Daily Stuff 10-31-18 Blessed Samhain!

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Rose of the Sea Open Circle for Samhain Friday, 11/2 at 7pm. Wicca 101 starting 11/5.

Yes, there was an out of date newsletter that went out yesterday. No clue why it never published, but I wanted to get it into the queue at least.

It’s raining, steadily. It started in the late evening, but we had the windshield wipers going full tilt during the part of the run that I go on. Lots of leaves and needles are down, making the roads rather slippery. We’ve gotten 1/2 an inch, and more since midnight. 53F, wind at 2, but it was gusting higher in Bayshore and out rt 34. It looks like we might get a break on Saturday, but otherwise it’s likely to stay wet.

We took it easy yesterday, sleeping a bit late, puttering at chores. I finally started on newsletter stuff in the middle of the afternoon and Tempus went out to see whether he could repair the serious leak that we’ve had in the back of the car. He thinks he maybe got it, or at least made a good start on slowing it down.

In the early evening we had supper at the Salty  Dawg. We were both wanting fish and chips and we started with some loaded fries. We were stuffed and it was probably too high a carb meal for me, in reality, but it was awfully good!

We puttered with a few more chores, then I got a nap and Tempus headed for Newport. Once I was up again, I got back to work on the newsletters. I had the frames done by 10:30, so I started on some research into cardoons. …and ended up buying some rennet online. This is for my cheese-making. …and then had a long cheese conversation with a lady in California.

I spent some time emptying a few boxes and getting things put away.

After awhile I started cutting up the last watermelon. It’s not all that good, being rather dry, but it’s fruit. By 4, that was done and I was just waiting.

Both of us just lost it over this pic!

I got picked up at 5:30 and we were done at 7:40. That was a long night. It was mostly just wet and slippery, but the slough bridge construction on 34, did cause a delay. Right at the tail end of the run, on Breakers Dr. as we were on the way in I exclaimed over a huge amanita. It had to be 8 inches across  and at least that tall. On the way back down Tempus got to look at it and we saw 1/2 a dozen more in various stages of development. Gorgeous!

Tempus apparently dropped a couple of things out of the car at one point on the paper run. He found one piece, but another is still missing, so he’s headed back to that point (we were in the dark, when it happened) to see if he can find them.

Today we’re going to sleep for most of the day. We do have laundry to do, later, and I have a watermelon pickle to make. We also need to get rid of the boxes and things that I emptied over the last couple of days.

Fall Back

Photo by Ken Gagne of the Bridge at Devil’s Elbow State Park, also home to the Heceta Head Lighthouse

plant flower Dogviolet viola aduncaToday’s Plant is the Early Blue VioletViola adunca. – Violet leaves contain more vitamin A than spinach, and a half-cup of leaves has more vitamin C than four oranges, but rhizomes, fruits and seeds are poisonous. Other common names include the hooked-spur violet, Cascade violet, sand violet and the western dog violet. Found on Wiki here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_adunca or here:http://blogs.evergreen.edu/sustainableprisons/blog/2012/01/12/spp-plant-profile-early-blue-violet-viola-adunca/  Feminine, Venus, Water – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.

It’s Halloween!

Tonight is the night when dead leaves fly
like witches on switches across the sky.
When elf and sprite flit through the night
on a moony sheen.

0_hh_P_boun1Tonight is the night when leaves make a sound
like a gnome in his home under the ground.
When spooks and trolls creep out of the holes,
all mossy and green.

Tonight is the night when pumpkins stare
jack1a3through sheaves and leaves everywhere.
When ghoul and ghost and goblin host dance round their Queen.


“On All Saints’ Day the stags are lean,
Yellow are the tops of birch; deserted is the summer dwelling.
Woe to him who for a trifle deserves a curse.” – From The Heroic Elegies of Llywarch Hên (6th-Century Welsh), translated by Dr W Owen Pughe, 1792 (William Hone, The Every-Day Book, or a Guide to the Year, William Tegg and Co., London, 1878, 711 – 712; 1825-26 edition online)

The shop opens at 11am. Our hours are changing! Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 11/7 at 8:02am. Waning Gibbous MoonBest time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 10/31 at 9:40am. Waning Crescent Moon – Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 11/2 at 8:02pm. 

This Halloween the evening is moonless. In early evening, the two brightest celestial objects in good view are Vega ^^^^ high in the west and Mars lower in the south. Draw a line between them. A little below the line’s midpoint shines Altair, with fainter Tarazed to its upper right by about a finger width at arm’s length.
Last-quarter Moon (exactly so at 12:40 p.m. EDT). The Moon, between Cancer and Leo, rises around midnight or 1 a.m. depending on your location, in the east-northeast far below Castor and Pollux. By the time it rises in North America shortly after midnight local daylight time, its phase will have waned to approximately 43 percent lit.

Moon Apogee/Perigee – For a good explanation of what this is – https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/moon/lunar-perigee-apogee.html

The Moon reaches perigee, the closest point in its orbit around Earth, at 4:23 p.m. EDT. It then lies 230,034 miles (370,204 kilometers) away from us.
Mars (fading from magnitude –0.8 to –0.6 this week) shines highest in the south just after the end of twilight. It continues to set around 1 a.m. In a telescope Mars is 12 arcseconds wide, and it’s as gibbous as we ever see it: 86 percent sunlit. For a Mars map that displays which side is facing Earth at your time and date, use our Mars Profiler.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for October – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-october-2018
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27.
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed  Oct 28 – Nov 24 

Runic half-month of Hagalaz/Hagal – October 29-Novmber 12 – The Runic half-month of Hagal commences today, represented by the hailstone of transformation. It is a harbinger of the need to undergo the necessary preparations before the harsh northern Winter. 

Sun in Scorpio
Moon in Leo
Venus (11/16), Neptune (11/24), Chiron (12/8), Juno (12/23), and Uranus (1/6/19) Retrograde
Color: Brown

Harvest 10/31-11/1

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed  Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl), reed – The term “reed” is used with great imprecision in North America, but it is clear that the reed of the ogham is the common reed (Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steudel). This is a giant grass, with stems as high as 4 m (13 feet). It grows in marshy areas, where it often forms dense stands. Like most other grasses, the vertical stems live only a single year, dying in the autumn and being replaced with new green shoots in the spring. The dead stems rattle and whisper in late autumn winds. Common reed has spread as a weed throughout the world; in North America it is widespread in cooler climates. Common reed is in the Grass family (Poaceae, or Gramineae). “The Reed Month, is said by some to be most favorable for communication with ancestral spirits and the strengthening of all family ties, with magickal associations with fertility, love, protection, and family concerns. ‘Thin and slender is the Reed. He stands in clumps at the edge of the river and between his feet hides the swift pike awaiting an unsuspecting minnow to come his way. In his thinness the reed resembles arrows that fly, silver-tipped, up into the unknown air to land at the very source that one had searched for all these years. Firing arrows off into the unknown is an expression of the desire to search out basic truths. If you loose off without direction, the place of landing will be random. If the firing off is carried out with the correct conviction, determination and sense of purpose, then the act becomes secondary to the event that comes both before and after the moment.'”   Source: Earth, Moon and Sky

Ngetal – Reed Ogam letter correspondences
Month: October
Color: Grass Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: NG
Meaning: Upsets or surprises

to study this month Mor – the Sea Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Blue-green
Class: none
Letter: AE, X, XI, M


 Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
W   31      Low  12:15 AM     0.0   7:53 AM     Set  2:46 PM      60
~    31     High   7:07 AM     6.5   6:07 PM
~    31      Low  12:33 PM     3.5
~    31     High   6:13 PM     7.1


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Days are like the Sun and Moon they come and go. We are like the Wind. We can go at any time, never held back except by our inner thoughts.


Journal Prompt – What? – What makes you laugh?



~  Halloween is thought to be a night when witches, devils, and other mischief-making beings are all abroad … – Robert Burns, note to his poem, ‘ Halloween’
~  And touching the bairn, it’s weel kenn’d she was born on Hallowe’en, and they that are born on Hallowe’en whiles see mair than ither folk. – Sir Walter Scott; ‘The Monastery’
~  If on All Saints’ Day the beech nut is dry, we shall have a hard winter; but if the nut be wet and not light, we may expect a wet winter. – English traditional proverb
~  If on All Saints Day the beech acorn is dry we will stick behind the stove in winter, but if it is wet and not light the winter will not be dry, but wet. – English traditional proverb (another version)

Red leaves and yellow leaves
Orange leaves and brown,
Leaves are dancing everywhere
Happily dancing down. – Anon.


Samhain Magick – Recipes

WITCHS BREW (Woohoo!) For Kids Of All Ages!!!

1 (10 ounce) package frozen raspberries, thawed
2 1/2 cups cranberry juice
2 envelopes  unflavored gelatin
2 liters ginger ale
2 liters sparkling apple cider (non-alcoholic)
6 gummi snakes candy


  1. To make the frozen hand: Wash and rinse the outside of a latex dish-washing glove. Turn glove inside out and set aside.
  2. In a 4 cup measuring cup, combine the thawed raspberries and cranberry juice.
  3. Pour 2 cups of the raspberry mixture into a small saucepan.
  4. Sprinkle the gelatin over and let stand 2 minutes.
  5. Warm over low heat, stirring constantly, just until gelatin dissolves.
  6. Mix back into the reserved raspberry mixture in the measuring cup.
  7. Pour raspberry mixture into the inverted glove.
  8. Gather up the top of the glove and tie securely with kitchen twine.
  9. Freeze until solid, or several days if possible.

To serve: Carefully cut latex glove away from frozen hand. Place frozen hand, palm side up, leaning against side of a large punch bowl. Pour in ginger ale and sparkling cider. Garnish with gummy snakes.

Mulled Cider

Ingredients & Preparation:

  • 1 Cup Light Brown Sugar (Packed)
  • 2 Quarts Apple Cider
  • 1 Cup Lemon Juice
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • 8 Whole Cloves
  • 3/4 Cup Rum


  1. Combine brown sugar, apple cider, lemon juice, cloves and 2 cinnamon sticks in large pan and allow to boil.
  2. Reduce heat to simmer and heat for another 10 minutes.
  3. Strain and add rum and a single cinnamon stick to each individual mug.

From THE FESTAL BOARD Samhain edition by Rain Redknife NOTE: Real Pagans don’t steal. I worked hard to become a good cook, and so did the folks credited above. If you share these recipes elsewhere, pretty please care enough to leave the source tags on them!

Rain’s Apple Vanilla Chai (good with raisin pie!)

  • 2 qt. apple cider/juice, VERY preferably the fresh unfiltered stuff
  • 2 cups very strong unflavored black tea,
  • preferably a good Yunnan or Assam if you have it
  • 1 tsp. whole cloves
  • 1 tsp. whole allspice
  • About half a nutmeg, not grated–crack it with a hammer or (being Pagan) a clean rock. 🙂
  • 1 tsp. cardamom seeds, lightly cracked if desired
  • but nor powdered
  • Two 3-inch cinnamon sticks (don’t use powder!)
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp. black pepper, preferably whole
  • 1/2 c. lightly packed brown sugar, or to taste
  • 1 to 2 tsp. vanilla
  • A few grains of salt
  • Raisins
  • Orange sections

Bring all but the tea, raisins and orange segments to a boil in a large kettle. Reduce heat and simmer 30 to 60 minutes. Remove spices if desired, and add the tea. Serve hot in mugs. Thread raisins and orange sections on skewers (or sassafras twigs split lengthwise) and use as stirrers. This could probably handle a splash of cream, but I haven’t tried it yet and can’t vouch. Nor have I tried it with Earl Grey, but the idea intrigues me. Source: Rain Redknife


Silliness – Sink Repair

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