Daily Stuff 10-12-20 Shoe-banging

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are 1pm-6pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). Featured photo by Don and Jo Leach.

Everything is very wet, but it’s stopped raining and the fog is coming up. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 6am on Tuesday. 60F, wind at 2-10mph and gusting, AQI10-56, UV3. Chance of rain 30% today and 70% tonight. That third storm ought to roll through tonight with the rain mostly over by noon on Tuesday. After that we should have most of a week of dry weather, more sun than cloud.

Yesterday was wet and windy. It didn’t look quite so bad early on, but by the time we were open it looked messy and we didn’t have customers. I had one counseling session come in, so I started sorting the halloween goodies so I had something for my hands to do while we were talking.

We got a random phone call wanting to know if we had any kites in stock and if not, where to find some. Well, we’re listed as a gift shop….

…and the weather got messier and messier. I kept working on the Halloween stuff.

…and I had a thought. If you don’t have trick-or-treaters coming to your house would it be possible for us to get candy donations for the goodie bags? I’m doing 200, which is 1/2 again the numbers from last time. If wrapped candies can be dropped off at the shop, I’ll get them into the bags.

I got the dehydrator emptied and then refilled with the last of the apples. We’ll see if there’re more to do later. We’re down to squashes, keeper squashes. I managed a little embroidery. Tempus worked on that bone spoon and filling out a loan application for a car. Keep your fingers crossed!

Today we’ll be open on time. I’m hoping to work a little on the outside plants and then do more back by my beading table. I found another stash of stock stuff in one of the drawer sets and I have some headers to do, once there’s room.

Little Miss Wigeon came to see us for a couple days! Isn’t she pretty? Eckman Lake is full of American Wigeons this week. (jo) (Photo from 10/10/19 by Don and Jo Leach) Used with permission


Today is the anniversary of Nikita Khrushchev’s notorious “shoe-banging”. He got mad at someone (a Philippine diplomat?), yanked off his shoe, brandished it at the man and walloped the table in anger, possibly getting even madder because his pounding stopped his watch! More information on the incident here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoe-banging_incident and on Kruschev here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kruschev


Today’s Plant is Lovagelevisticum officinale. It seems to have originated somewhere near the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for a long while, being a very useful plant. It has a strong, long-lasting scent, that reminds a person of celery and parsley, but with the volume turned up. I harvested some one afternoon around 4pm and at nearly 9am the next morning, having washed my hands several times, I could still detect it! It’s great in salads, but chop it small and mix with other greens or it overpowers! Both leaf and seed are great in soups, especially seafood chowders and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable. I’ve drunk lovage cordial, which is tasty. It has a high flavonoid content, as well. Medicinally, a strong leaf tea, iced, is a good antiseptic, especially for extensive scrapes, where it takes down the sting and swelling very quickly and can be splashed on as often as needed. It can be used for mild cases of water retention, as well, and even with high blood pressure. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often used in love magicks, but works best as a self-confidence enhancer. Take a bath with a sachet of the leaves, or make a strong tea that you toss into the bathwater before going out to meet new people or to start a new job. It also helps to squeeze a small sachet of the leaves if you’re having trouble concentrating on a task. Wiki has more:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovage

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 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 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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 10/15 at 12:31am.

Leo is a late-winter and springtime constellation if you’re an evening skywatcher. But in October, it’s up in the east before and during early dawn.

In the dawn of Tuesday the 13th, the crescent Moon stands closer over Venus as shown above. Now you’ll find Regulus to the Moon’s upper right (for North America). Look also for orange Gamma Leonis, only a little fainter than Regulus, to the Moon’s upper left. Gamma Leonis is a fine, easy double star for any telescope: magnitudes 2.6 and 3.2, separation 5 arcseconds.

A black pipe – This mosaic shows the dark Pipe Nebula in its entirety, from is bowl (bottom) to its stem, stretching upward. – Luis Argerich (Flickr)

Comet 88P/Howell passes less than 2° from the bowl of the Pipe Nebula this evening. They’re already low in the southwest an hour after sunset, so leverage what darkness you can before it gets too late to look for the pair. A 4-inch scope under dark, country skies should nab them, but you’ll want a larger instrument in more light-polluted locales. In that smaller scope, Howell will likely appear as a gray fuzz; in larger scopes, you may glimpse a greenish glow surrounding the nucleus. The comet is 2.5° east-southeast of magnitude 3.3 Theta (θ) Ophiuchi. The Pipe Nebula is a dark nebula of obscuring gas and dust that block starlight beyond it, making it look like an inky spot of “nothingness” on the sky. It is visible to the naked eye under dark skies, so try your luck on this moonless night before pulling out any optical aid. The entire Pipe structure is 7° long; its bowl is also cataloged as Barnard 78, while Barnard 59, 65, 66, and 67 create the pipe’s stem.

Constellation of Cetus. Menkar is near the top left.

The constellation Cetus the Whale is rising in the southeast as darkness falls. You can track it over the next few hours, as its stars climb higher in the sky. Focus in on one star in particular: the variable star Mira, whose very name means “wonderful.” You can find Mira, also cataloged as Omicron (ο) Ceti, roughly in the center of the constellation, about one-third of the way on a line drawn southwest from Menkar (magnitude 2.5) toward Diphda (magnitude 2). Mira is a long-period variable, swinging from 2nd to 10th magnitude and back over the course of 332 days. That means its brightness changes by a factor of 1,600 between its brightest and its dimmest. Consider visiting this variable once every one to two weeks this fall and winter to see if you can note its change over time in comparison to other, nearby stars. You can check out Phil Harrington’s column in Astronomy’s October 2020 issue for more details on this wonderful little star and step-by-step instructions on how to track its brightness in the coming months.

Mercury is lost in the glow of sunset.

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

Runic half-month of Wunjo/Wyn – October 13-28 – Wyn represents joy, the rune being the shape of a weather vane. The month represents the creation of harmony within the given conditions of the present.

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

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Sun in Virgo

Mars (11/13), Neptune (11/28), Chiron (12/12) Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde
Color: Orange

Moon in  Leo enters Scorpio at 9:56pm.

Harvest 10/11-12

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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
M   12      Low   3:27 AM     0.5   7:29 AM    Rise  1:59 AM      31
~    12     High  10:10 AM     6.4   6:36 PM     Set  5:00 PM
~    12      Low   3:50 PM     3.0
~    12     High   9:30 PM     6.9


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Translate fear into excited anticipation.


Journal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – Explain why you do or not like to talk on the telephone.



~   Few are open to conviction, but the majority of men are open to persuasion. – Goethe
~   Observe the wonders as they occur around you. Don’t claim them. Feel the artistry moving through and be silent. Rumi
~   The person who can be only serious or only cheerful, is but half a man. – Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) English writer
~   A man who exposes himself when he is intoxicated, has not the art of getting drunk. – Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English writer, lexcographer

One late fall day, he knelt, 
A spray of white roses held with trembling hands, a gold and diamond ring, 
As he declared his love, and asked for me to share his life, 
To be his lover, his friend, his guide. 
I said “Yes!”, and we were wed the following June.
With pink rose buds to grace the altar, 
We promised love, which would never falter.

Neither mine for him nor his for me has ever wavered. 
As the spring showers came and went, we held fast to each other. 
I became a mother; 
He, a father, a coach, a grandfather, 
As we grew old together.

But slowly, slowly he began to forget, 
His keys, his home, my name. 
His thoughts slipped through his mind, like sand through your fingers. 
He could not hold them. 
I still loved him.
And I knew he loved me, 
But we were not the people we had planned to be.

And then, one bright morning in May, 
We were sitting in the garden, side by side, 
When with a look of anxious joy 
He got down on one knee. 
And holding the first red rose of spring, 
He asked, again, to marry me. 
I looked at him, as he stared at me waiting, 
Waiting for what my answer would be. 
And I told him as I laughed through my tears, 
“Darling, we’ve been married for sixty years.”
The look of joy that lit his face, 
Told me once again how much he loved me.

He has gone, gone away, 
To the place where all good memories stay. 
I am here; I still have life to live. 
But I imagine, when we meet again, 
Among the celestial beings, 
It will be in a rose garden, 
On the first day of spring. = -Grace Hanna


Samhain Magick – Recipes


These pumpkin pickles are a nice change from the usual sweet pumpkin treats. They make a great pairing with a cheese plate and add color to any autumn meal.


4 cups pumpkin, peeled and cut into bite-size cubes
1-1/2 cups sugar
1-1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
2 sticks cinnamon
10 whole cloves


Steam pumpkin until barely tender, about 10 minutes (don’t let the pumpkin touch the boiling water or it will get mushy). Drain thoroughly and set aside.

In a saucepan, combine sugar, vinegar, cinnamon, and cloves and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Add pumpkin, return to a simmer, cover, and cook for 3 minutes more. Remove pan from heat and leave the pumpkin in the syrup; refrigerate for 24 hours.

Heat mixture to simmering and cook 5 minutes. Remove spices and pack pumpkin into sterilized jars. Fill with syrup. Seal and process 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.

YIELD: Makes about 3 pints.

SOURCE – Old Farmer’s Almanac

Samhain tidbit From:  http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art33090.asp

Irish Culture SiteMary Ellen Sweeney BellaOnline’s Irish Culture Editor

Boxty, Irish Potato Cakes

      Boxty comes up in conversation throughout the year, usually accompanied by a wistful smile and some lip-smacking. Should you witness this behavior, kindness dictates that this treat be served as soon as humanly possible. No one will question the date, though your motives may be suspect, as in: “Just how much did you say you spent on…?” Never mind. Boxty is as good as absolution.
1 cup of mashed potatoes
1 cup of grated raw potatoes
2 cups of self-rising flour
1 to 1 ½ cups of milk or buttermilk
¼ teaspoon of salt
¼ to ½ cup of butter
Sour cream, optional

  1. Mix the mashed potatoes with the grated raw potatoes in a large bowl.
  2. Stir in the rest of the dry ingredients and 1 cup of liquid.
  3. As the batter is mixed, add small amounts of additional milk or buttermilk until the batter is loose enough to work with.
  4. Melt two tablespoons of butter over gentle heat.
  5. When the butter is melted and the pan heated, ladle small pancakes into the pan.
  6. Brown on both sides and serve hot with more butter or sour cream.

Candied Squash Rings – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)

Cut 2 acorn squashes crosswise in 1 inch slices. Discard seeds and ends. Arrange in a single layer in a shallow baking dish. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Combine 2/3 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup soft butter, spread over squash. Bake, uncovered for another 15-20 minutes, basting occasionally. 

Makes 6 servings.

Colcannon by Edain McCoy

Potatoes, harvested from August to October, were a part of the feast in Ireland where they were made into a Samhain dish known as colcannon. Colcannon is a mashed potato, cabbage, and onion dish still served in Ireland on All Saint’s Day. It was an old Irish tradition to hide in it a ring for a bride, a button for a bachelor, a thimble for a spinster, and a coin for wealth, or any other item which local custom decreed in keeping with the idea of the New Year as a time for divination. If you make colcannon with these little objects inside, please exercise caution against choking.

(Serves eight)

  • 4 cups Mashed Potatoes
  • 2-1/2 cups Cabbage, cooked and chopped fine
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • (avoid corn oil margarines as they will not add the needed body and flavor)
  • 1/2 cup Evaporated Milk or Cream
  • 3/4 cup Onion, chopped very fine and sauteedbr
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon White Pepper

Saute onions (traditionalists saute in lard or grease, but butter is acceptable). Boil the potatoes and mash them (do not use artificial potato flakes). In a large pan place all of the ingredients except the cabbage and cook over low heat while blending them together. Turn the heat to medium and add the chopped cabbage. The mixture will take on a pale green cast. Keep stirring occasionally until the mixture is warm enough to eat. Lastly drop in the thimble, button, ring, and coin. Stir well and serve.

(The above “Colcannon” recipe is quoted directly from Edain McCoy’s book “The Sabbats: A New Approach to Living the Old Ways”, page 38, Llewellyn Publications, 1994.)

Carefree Corn n Cabbage Combo – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)

In a 1 qt glass casserole dish, combine 1- 10oz package frozen whole kernel corn, 2 cups chopped cabbage, 2 tbs. chopped onion, and 2 tbs. water. Cover and microwave on high for 3 minutes. Stir. Cover and microwave for 3 minutes more. Drain in a collander. In the same casserole dish combine 1 cup cream-style cottage cheese, 2 tbs. grated Parmesan cheese, 1/4 tsp. salt and a dash of pepper. Stir in drained vegetables. Microwave, uncovered, for 3 minutes. Stir and microwave, uncovered for 3 minutes more. Stir and serve heated. 

Makes 6 servings.


Silliness – To Help You Smile – My daughter came up to me the other day and started coloring the top of my arm. She was just looking for a shoulder to crayon.

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