Daily Stuff 10-6-20 Temp

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. The shop is open 1-6pm, Thursday through Monday.

Foggy, but clear above,  54F, winds are calm, AQI34-37, UV3. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. It looks like today and tomorrow and possibly next Tuesday should be dry, but then showers building up to some real rain from Friday night through Monday morning. AFter today’s highs around 65, high temps should hover right around 60F. 

Yesterday I spent pretty much the whole day when I wasn’t working with customers on trying to work on the kinks in this program. I think I may have it…. I hope I do… but I’m not sure.

Tempus took off right after we opened. He got on the bus, got a rental car, got the 3 days worth of papers and got started.

I was at the shop by myself, but it wasn’t crazy like on Saturday. I spent a lot of the day working on rings, and re-doing the inventory that the night-before-last’s Windows update blanked. <sigh> I was \pretty tired by the end of the day. Amor caught me on Facebook and gave me an excuse to just sit, which was welcome. I closed a few minutes after 7 and called Tempus. He was still bagging papers, and very cranky. I took a book and my embroidery and went home.

I finally called Tempus somewhere around 11:30. He was finally almost done and he decided to come home for a meal at least before heading back out to do the Tuesday papers. …and now it won’t add pictures. <gah> This is ridiculous. It’s like it will do something one time and I think I’ve got it and then it refuses thereafter…. Ugh, I’ll fight with it tomorrow some more…

Today I’m hoping Tempus is going to get home and just sleep. I have some chores to get to, mending mostly, but we’ll be at the shop once he’s awake and maybe get a little done… maybe….

Mad Hatter Day is a silly holiday opposite April Fool’s on the calendar. It is one of the Discordian Holy Days. More info here:  http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~ari/madHatter.html and info on Alice in Wonderland here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_in_Wonderland and the Hatter here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hatter

ChamomileChamaemelum nobile also called Anthemis Noblis – Calming. anti-inflammatory, sedative, relieves stomachaches and diarrhea in infants, menstrual cramps , excellent insect repellent, hair rinse for blondes, Small amounts of pollen residue in the tea may cause dermatitis or other allergic symptoms in people sensitive to ragweed, chrysanthemums, and other members of the daisy family.  Probably the most common use for this is in dream pillows. The fruity, applelike aroma of this chamomile will help you relax, making for easier sleep – even in a strange place. – Masculine, Sun or Venus, Water – Patron herb for the garden promotes healing energies which were good for all plant species. Chamomile in your garden guarantees success. Good as a meditation incense, for centering, peace, sprinkle in your home for protection, healing, money. The strong association chamomile has with the Sun is an underlying indication of its modern usage. Through incense or ritual drink it is used to assist a priest’s call upon a Sun God (working with any of the solar deities). Some traditions have also used chamomile at Midsummer to give honor to the Father of Nature. Chamomile is renowned for its promise of success so once you have finished an amulet, sprinkle in a little chamomile.  Wiki article here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamaemelum_nobile

The shop is open 1-6pm, Thursday through Monday. (generally we’re open until dark). Need something? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org

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 10/16 at 12:31pm. 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 10/9 at 5:40pm. 

Vega is the brightest star very high in the west at nightfall, almost overhead. Arcturus, equally bright, is getting low in the west-northwest. The brightest star in the vast expanse between them, about a third of the way from Arcturus up toward Vega, is Alphecca, magnitude 2.2 — the crown jewel of Corona Borealis. Alphecca is a 17-day eclipsing binary, but its brightness dips are too slight for the eye to see reliably.

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot should transit Jupiter’s central meridian around 11:03 p.m. EDT.

Mars comes closest to Earth at 10 A.M. EDT this morning. At that time, the Red Planet will sit just 0.41 astronomical unit (1 astronomical unit is the average Earth-Sun distance), or 38.6 million miles (61.3 million km) from our planet. The best time to view it will be later this evening, when it’s high above the horizon in the hours before local midnight.  Mars is currently glowing at magnitude –2.6 in the east; tonight, it’s just 23′ from Mu (μ) Piscium, but the planet far outshines the magnitude 4.8 star. Under higher magnification, you may be able to see dark Syrtis Major and the bright Hellas basin on the planet’s 23″-wide disk. Both are relatively front and center around 11 P.M. EDT, but are visible for several hours before and after this time.

To the east, a bright waning gibbous Moon brightens the sky in Taurus. Our satellite is a little less than 5° from the Bull’s brightest star, Aldebaran, which should still be visible despite the glare. Just below them, Orion the Hunter is beginning to rise; his body should just clear the horizon by midnight for observers in the northern half of the U.S.  

Old Farmer’s Almanac October Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-october

Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine.Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy  Sep 30 – Oct 27

Sun in Virgo
Moon in Taurus

Moon entered Gemini at 9:03pm last night
Mars (11/13), Neptune (11/28), Chiron (12/12) Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde
Color: Grey

Planting 10/3-5

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Gort/Ivy  Sep 30 – Oct 27 – Gort – (GORT), ivy – Ivy (Hedera helix L.) is also a vine, growing to 30 m (100 feet) long in beech woods and around human habitations, where it is widely planted as a ground cover. Ivy produces greenish flowers before Samhain on short, vertical shrubby branches. The leaves of these flowering branches lack the characteristic lobes of the leaves of the rest of the plant. Like holly, ivy is evergreen, its dark green leaves striking in the bare forests of midwinter. Ivy is widely cultivated in North America. It is a member of the Ginseng family (Araliaceae).

Gort – Ivy Ogam letter correspondences
Month: September
Color: Sky Blue
Class: Chieftain
Letter: G
Meaning: Take time to soul search or you will make a wrong decision.

to study this month Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow-white
Class: Peasant
Letter: P, PE, UI
Meaning: Proceed with caution.

Tides for Alsea Bay *

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet      Sunset                                  Visible
Tu   6     High   4:01 AM     6.2   7:21 AM     Set 12:00 PM      86
~     6      Low   9:31 AM     2.7   6:47 PM    Rise  9:25 PM
~     6     High   3:24 PM     7.2
~     6     Low  10:24 PM     0.6

Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Law of Probable Dispersal – Whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed.

Journal Prompt – Favorites – What is your favorite cartoon or comic strip? Explain the reasons for your choice.


~   You and I ought not to die before we have explained ourselves to each other. – John Adams, (1735-1826) US President (2), in a letter to Thomas Jefferson
~   Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot. – Julius “Groucho” Marx (1890-1977) US comic, actor
~   One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus. – Tony Robbins
~   Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State’s failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community. – H. G. Wells (1866-1946) English writer

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all. – Robert Frost (1874–1963)

Samhain Magick – Crafts

Mask of Your Shadow Self

 Items needed: mixing bowl, 1 cup water, 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup white glue, 20-30 pieces of newspaper or paper towels cut into 1″ by 6″ strips, plastic wrap. In a mixing bowl, pour 1 cup of water. Add flour in 1/3 cup increments. As you add each 1/3 cup flour, stir it well, using the fingers to break up any clots. Once completely mixed (it should be the consistency of plaster) add 1/4 cup white glue. Stir well. Buy a mask base at an arts and crafts store, or use the wearer of the mask as a model. If using a human model, spread Saran Wrap or plastic over the person’s face. IMPORTANT: BE VERY SURE TO INSERT A STRAW OR OTHER SUCH DEVISE THROUGH THE PLASTIC THROUGH WHICH THE MODEL CAN BREATHE. Dip paper strips in flour mixture one piece at a time. Shake off excess mixture and smooth either side of the strip to take off more moisture. Begin to lay strips along the outer rim of the person’s face or mask base, along the brow, the temples, the jaws, and the chin. Be sure to overlap and interconnect all strips as you lay them out. Smooth each strip into the others with your fingers. Next lay strips across the nose and connect those strips to those at the cheekbone area. Next begin to fill in empty places on your model’s face and around the cheeks and forehead. Repeat process a second time to create a stronger mask base.Drying time will vary. Use a blow dryer to speed the process if desired. Once the mask is dry enough to be taken off the model’s face, place it in a warm place for 24 hours. Decorate when dry.

At no other time are we faced with our shadow self more than at Samhain. Now we encounter the dark time of endings and completion, dissolution, and diminishing. The days grow shorter and the nights longer. The Earth is plunging into its winter darkness as the veil between the worlds grows thinner. Halloween’s monsters and frights are merely representations of our repressed fears and shadow side. One way of easing the tensions of the season is to shine the light squarely on our shadows. Examine it and in the process lose all fear of it. Wear your shadow mask on Samhain and then burn it in the bonfire or cauldron fire — or leave it on your altar as a tribute to your dark side.Making a representation of your shadow mask can be liberating. You can feel empowered, because you have better control of the shadow when you can see it before you. Once you eternalize the shadow mask, you know what it is made of. You drain it of any power it holds over you because you know longer hide from it. You then gain magical power because you have changed your consciousness and now know when the mask is worn and when it is not. — Timothy Roderick, Dark Moon Mysteries


Samhain projects for kids can be found in the Kiddie Cauldron.

Silliness – Silly Q&A – Question: What’s the fastest liquid on earth? Milk. It’s pasteurized (Past Your Eyes) before you see it.

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