The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are 1pm-6pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
Partly cloudy at the moment, but the streets are wet. We’re under at SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY unto 10pm tonight. 54F, wind at 0-4mph and gusting, AQI15-5, UV3. 90% chance of rain today and tonight. Today could get quite wet, later, along with some wind, but that ought to taper off going into Monday. Tuesday could get wet again and then the rest of the 10-day looks dry.
Yesterday was slow as far as customers. Tempus was paying bills. I got the last batch of zucchini and tomatoes into the dehydrator. After that I was doing paperwork and never got as far as the headers. I got so sleepy by 5pm that I got up and did some cooking, setting up a couple of casseroles for the next couple of days and chopping up the ham for ham salad, which I’ve been meaning to do for a week.
That’s about all that happened…. I guess folks were still expecting “storm” and didn’t bother going out.
Today is our different day. I’m hoping that Tempus will work on needles and we have some more plant stuff to do now that I have potting soil again.
Hint…. Dihydrogen Monoxide = H2O
General Pulaski Memorial Day, USA – Held annually in honour of General Kazimierz Pułaski (Casimir Pulaski; ‘the father of American cavalry’), a Polish hero of the American Revolution and to honour the heritage of Polish Americans. Pulaski Highway in Baltimore is a major thoroughfare in honor of some cavalry maneuvers during the Revolution. More on this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Pulaski_Memorial_Day and on Pulaski’s life here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazimierz_Pu%C5%82aski
Today’s Plant is farewell-to-spring. Clarkia amoena (godetia; syn.Godetia amoena) is a flowering plant native to western North America, found in coastal hills and mountains from British Columbia south to the San Francisco Bay Area. It is an annual plant growing to 1 m tall, with slender, linear leaves 2–7 cm long and 2–6 mm
broad. The flowers are pink to pale purple, with four broad petals 1.5–6 cm long. The fruit is a dry capsule, which splits open when mature to release the numerous seeds. –Masculine, Mercury, Fire – Two very specific magicks for this plant…. Use it in coming-of-age rituals (such as luck on a driver’s test, or graduation or in firstblood/firstseed rituals, and also for fertility/prosperity (the seed capsule)
The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are 1pm-6pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at firstname.lastname@example.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 1/23 at 1:42pm. 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 10/12 at 12:31am.
If you’re awake in the dawn of Monday the 12th, the waning crescent Moon stands very high above bright Venus. Look between them, and a bit to the right, for Regulus, the forefoot of Leo.
Because our satellite doesn’t rise until nearly midnight, use the evening window of darkness to target a familiar favorite: M27, also known as the Dumbbell Nebula. You’ll find it high in the sky, within the borders of the lesser-known constellation Vulpecula the Fox. For a brighter signpost, find Albireo in Cygnus, then scan about 8.3° southwest to find M27. This planetary nebula was the first such object ever discovered and is one of only four planetary nebulae in Messier’s catalog. It represents the end stages in the life of a Sun-like star that is now blowing away its outer atmosphere in a bubble. The core of the star, which lies at the center of the nebula, is still shining enough to illuminate the sloughed-off gas and dust. The nebula is named for its distinct shape: slimmer in the center and wider at the ends. But appearances can be deceiving — the entire shell of gas and dust is spherical, but because it is so thin, we see straight through the center but look through more material at the edges. At the eyepiece of a larger scope, you may even catch the gas’ eerie greenish cast.
Arcturus shines low in the west these evenings as twilight fades out. Capella, equally bright, is lower in the north-northeast (depending on your latitude; the farther north you are the higher it will be.) They’re both magnitude 0. Around the end of twilight, Arcturus and Capella shine at the same height. When exactly will this happen? That depends on both your latitude and longitude. When it does, turn around and look low in the south-southeast. There will be 1st-magnitude Fomalhaut at the same height too — if you’re at latitude 43° north (Boston, Buffalo, Milwaukee, Boise, Eugene). Seen from south of that latitude, Fomalhaut will appear higher than Capella and Arcturus are. Seen from north of there, it will be lower.
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot should transit the planet’s central meridian around 10:12 p.m. EDT. Some 13 minutes later, Europa will disappear into occultation behind Jupiter’s western limb.
Neptune (magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) is high in the south-southeast at dark. Neptune is 2.4 arcseconds wide, harder to resolve except in good seeing. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune.
Old Farmer’s Almanac October Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-october
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27
Mars (11/13), Neptune (11/28), Chiron (12/12) Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde
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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
Color: Sky Blue
Meaning: Take time to soul search or you will make a wrong decision.
to study this month Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
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
Su 11 Low 2:25 AM 0.8 7:27 AM Rise 12:48 AM 42
~ 11 High 9:21 AM 5.9 6:38 PM Set 4:25 PM
~ 11 Low 2:42 PM 3.6
~ 11 High 8:18 PM 6.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Never lick a gift horse in the mouth.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Robert Louis Stevenson begins the poem “The Little Land,” “When at home alone I sit, And am very tired of it, I have just to shut my eyes To go sailing through the skies—” Write about your most common daydream.
~ After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books. – Albert Camus (1913-1960) French writer, born in Algiers
~ It is much easier to suppress a first desire than to satisfy those that follow. – Benjamin Franklin
~ There are no absolute rules of conduct, either in peace or war. Everything depends on circumstances. – Leon Trotsky (1879-1940) Russian revolutionary
~ Age is a very high price to pay for maturity. – Anonymous
In night when colors all to black are cast,
Distinction lost, or gone down with the light;
The eye a watch to inward senses placed,
Not seeing, yet still having powers of sight. – Lord Brooke Fulke Greville (1554–1628)
Samhain Magick – Prayers
Croning Blessing by Noel-Anne Brennan
We call to you now,
From the times before the Beginning,
from the place before time,
We call to you, Dark Moon,
By all your names
Spoken and unspoken.
Rhea, Mother of Time,
Macha, Lady of Power,
Baba Yaga of the forests,
Kali, Dark Mother,
Hecate of the Crossroads,
Queen of magic.
Mighty Goddesses and Crones,
And bless the Crones
Of our circle,
First among sisters.
Bless them, bless them, bless them,
We thank you.
From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us! Source: Scottish prayer
Prayer for Autumn Days
God of the seasons, there is a time for everything; there is a time for dying and a time for rising. We need courage to enter into the transformation process.
God of autumn, the trees are saying goodbye to their green, letting go of what has been. We, too, have our moments of surrender, with all their insecurity and risk. Help us to let go when we need to do so.
God of fallen leaves lying in colored patterns on the ground, our lives have their own patterns. As we see the patterns of our own growth, may we learn from them.
God of misty days and harvest moon nights, there is always the dimension of mystery and wonder in our lives. We always need to recognize your power-filled presence. May we gain strength from this.
God of harvest wagons and fields of ripened grain, many gifts of growth lie within the season of our surrender. We must wait for harvest in faith and hope. Grant us patience when we do not see the blessings.
God of geese going south for another season, your wisdom enables us to know what needs to be left behind and what needs to be carried into the future. We yearn for insight and vision.
God of flowers touched with frost and windows wearing white designs, may your love keep our hearts from growing cold in the empty seasons.
God of life, you believe in us, you enrich us, you entrust us with the freedom to choose life. For all this, we are grateful. – Author Unknown – Appropriate for many faiths
Silliness – Dangerous Dihydrogen Monoxide
Dihydrogen monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and kills uncounted thousands of people every year. Most of these deaths are caused by accidental inhalation of DHMO, but the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide do not end there. Prolonged exposure to its solid form causes severe tissue damage. Symptoms of DHMO ingestion can include excessive sweating and urination, and possibly a bloated feeling, nausea, vomiting and body electrolyte imbalance. For those who have become dependent, DHMO withdrawal means death.
* is also known as hydric acid, and is the major component of acid rain.
* contributes to the “greenhouse effect.”
* may cause severe burns.
* contributes to the erosion of our natural landscape.
* accelerates corrosion and rusting of many metals.
* may cause electrical failures and decreased effectiveness of automobile brakes.
* has been found in excised tumors of terminal cancer patients.
CONTAMINATION IS REACHING EPIDEMIC PROPORTIONS!
Quantities of dihydrogen monoxide have been found in almost every stream, lake, and reservoir in America today. But the pollution is global, and the contaminant has even been found in Antarctic ice. In the midwest alone DHMO has caused millions of dollars of property damage.
Despite the danger, dihydrogen monoxide is often used:
* as an industrial solvent and coolant.
* in nuclear power plants.
* in the production of styrofoam.
* as a fire retardant.
* in many forms of cruel animal research.
* in the distribution of pesticides. Even after washing, produce remains contaminated by this chemical.
* as an additive in “junk-foods” and other food products.
Companies dump waste DHMO into rivers and the ocean, and nothing can be done to stop them because this practice is still legal. The impact on wildlife is extreme, and we cannot afford to ignore it any longer!
THE HORROR MUST BE STOPPED!
The American government has refused to ban the production, distribution, or use of this damaging chemical due to its “importance to the economic health of this nation.” In fact, the navy and other military organizations are conducting experiments with DHMO, and designing multi-billion dollar devices to control and utilize it during warfare situations. Hundreds of military research facilities receive tons of it through a highly sophisticated underground distribution network. Many store large quantities for later use.
IT’S NOT TOO LATE!
Act NOW to prevent further contamination. Find out more about this dangerous chemical. What you don’t know CAN hurt you and others throughout the world.