Daily Stuff 10-14-20 Ida Pfeiffer

Hi, folks!

The shop is closed today. Fall hours are 1pm-6pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

Cloudy, 53F, wind at 1-5mph and gusting, AQI10-50, UV3. 10 percent chance of rain today and 20% tonight. It looks like a couple of sunny days ahead, but Sunday and Tuesday we’re looking at a slight chance of showers. We’re heading off into the rainy season. I guess we should expect more clouds and wet, yes? Temperatures ought to hover around 60, but it’s getting chillier. I needed my little heater under my desk this morning.

Yesterday we didn’t get up until late. I was hardat work on a Mab’s Creations pattern card set until about 6pm and then I decided to see whether I could manage to set up newsletter frames instead of doing them one by one the way I’ve had to over the last few weeks. Of course, they started doing strange things. Blocks kept changing on me. I had to go back in and re-do 1/2 of them before saving. <sigh> Please let me know if something looks strange in the format… pictures missing…. extra spaces… I can’t fix the colors, yet, but I think I have the rest of it… I hope that’s not famous last words!

Once Tempus was up he started working in back. We’re still trying to whomp through things that need to be really cleaned before we put them away or take them up to storage. There was a lot of stuff built up and there’s still a whole tote of bottles that need labels removed before they go back into use. He did get my watering bottles refilled and started on some of that in the evening.

At 6:40 the light on the blinds by my desk suddenly turned pink/gold. That was a beautiful sunset! I had found a youtube of sea shanties that I could sing along to and it seemed appropriate. Even Tempus started singing.

Tempus waited and waited for the phone call to go start the bulk route. It didn’t come until 11:10. There must have been a press breakdown, or something. Of course, he didn’t sleep, waiting, so he’s going to go until 8am without a break, most likely. At least it’s Wednesday, so he can sleep, but we were going to go to the Farmer’s Market… oh, well.

Today I have more plant tending. Goodness knows what Tempus is going to get done, if anything. I wish my trike were mended. I really want to go get the mail and go to the farmer’s market, but I don’t know what kind of shape he’s going to be in.

A photo from 10/12/16 by Ken Gagne of a pelican with his landing gear out.

Plant motif Hawthorn Huath Celtic Tree Month

Today’s Plant is Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna, known as common hawthorn , may, mayblossom, maythorn, quickthorn, whitethorn, motherdie, and haw. It has edible buds, flowers and fruits, which are full of antioxidants . Particularly sacred to the month of May and to Beltane, it is used extensively as a hedge plant. –Fairy energy, May interfere with digitalis medications. – Masculine, Mars, Fire. – Increases fertility and/or celibacy. Carry on a fishing trip to ensure good catch. Brings happiness to the troubled or depressed. Protects house against lightning and storms, evil ghosts may not enter. In cradles to guard from evil spells. Most Witch’s gardens contained a hawt hedge. Sacred to the fairies, and is part of the tree triad of Britain. More on this species:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_hawthorn More on the genus Crataegus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crataegus

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Today is the birthday in 1797 of Ida Pfeiffer, world-traveler and author. More information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ida_Pfeiffer She was one of the first of the “lady explorers” and published 7 books about her travels all over the world. She was quite a scandal in her day and didn’t actually begin her travels until her children were grown.


The shop is closed today. 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,
Anja

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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 1/16 at 1:42pm. 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.

Hecate’s Brooch – Photo by Anja on 8/29/19

Today holds amazing solar system sights for both morning and evening observers. For those up before the Sun, you can spot the delicate crescent Moon — with just eight percent of its surface lit — join the planet Venus in the morning sky. Look east in the two hours before sunrise to glimpse the pair in the southern portion of Leo the Lion, about 9° southwest of Denebola (which you may remember from earlier this week marks the tip of Leo’s tail). See if you can spot any earthshine on the lunar surface, which occurs when sunlight bounces off Earth and lights up the portion of the Moon in Earth’s shadow.

Lucky — and speedy — evening observers can catch magnitude 0.9 Mercury low in the western sky at sunset tonight. It’s only 5° high as the Sun sinks below the horizon and is completely gone within about 30 minutes.

As Mercury disappears, look to its north. Higher above the horizon, you’ll see the bright star Arcturus in Boötes pop out in the darkening twilight. This red giant shines 113 times more brightly than our Sun and weighs about one-and-a-half times as much as our star.

Now that it’s mid-October, Deneb has replaced Vega as the zenith star after nightfall (for skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes). And so, necessarily, Capricornus has replaced Sagittarius as the zodiacal constellation due south.

Just 1¼ day earlier, Glenn Orton at NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility imaged nearly the same side of Jupiter in the mid-infrared (5.1 microns). Bright areas are heat radiation shining out from Jupiter’s inside. Darker areas are where high-altitude clouds block it. Compare the two images. White and light tan clouds are clearly the highest ones, but so is the distinctive orange material of the Great Red Spot.
The blue festoon bases, and smaller slightly bluish markings at high latitudes, are areas of clear air that allow a somewhat deeper view. And that’s why, at visible wavelengths, they look blue! Clear Jupiter-air preferentially scatters the blue wavelengths in sunlight, just like molecular scattering by clear Earth-air makes our own sky blue.

Mars (magnitude –2.6, in Pisces) comes to opposition on October 13th. All week it is still essentially at its closest to Earth, remaining 22.5 to 22.0 arcseconds in apparent diameter. This is bigger that we will see it again until September 2035.
Mars is climbing into good view a little earlier every night! In late dusk it glares fiery orange, brighter even than Jupiter, low in the east. It’s high in the southeast by 10 or 11 p.m. daylight-saving time, and it’s its highest at its telescopic best by midnight or 1 a.m., blazing in the south. See Bob King’s “A Great Year for Mars” in the October Sky & Telescope, page 48, and his Behold Mars! article online. To get a map of the side of Mars facing Earth at the date and time you’ll observe, you can use our Mars Profiler. The map there is square; remember to mentally wrap it onto the side of a globe. (Features near the map’s edges become very foreshortened; compare with the images above.)

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

Mercury (11/3), Mars (11/13), Neptune (11/28), Chiron (12/12) Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde
Color: Orange

Moon in Scorpio enters Libra at 10:54pm. 

Color – White

©2020 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
W   14      Low   5:08 AM     0.1   7:31 AM    Rise  4:32 AM      13
~    14     High  11:29 AM     7.5   6:33 PM     Set  5:59 PM
~    14      Low   5:36 PM     1.2
~    14     High  11:30 PM     7.7

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life is too short to be serious.

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Journal Prompt – Favorites – Who is your all-time favorite sports player?

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Quotes

~   All miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone. – Blaise Pascal
~   bISeH’eghlaH’be’chugh latlh Dara’laH’be’ (Klingon Proverb: If you cannot control yourself, you cannot command others)
~   I have learned not to think little of any one’s belief, no matter how strange it may be. I have tried to keep an open mind, and it is not the ordinary things of life that could close it, but the strange things, the extraordinary things, the things that make one doubt if they be mad or sane. – Bram Stoker (1847-1912) English novelist
~   Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative. – H. G. Wells (1866-1946) English writer

The green elm with the one great bough of gold
Lets leaves into the grass slip, one by one, —
The short hill grass, the mushrooms small milk-white,
Harebell and scabious and tormentil,
That blackberry and gorse, in dew and sun,
Bow down to; and the wind travels too light
To shake the fallen birch leaves from the fern. – Edward Thomas (1878–1917)

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Samhain Magick – Crafts

Samhain Door Wreath

You will need items from Nature, fine wire, sheet of corrugated cardboard, collection sack, small nail. First, take a Nature hike. Collect items from nature, such as pine cones, seeds, leaves, berry bunches acorns and caps, flowers, etc.remembering how important it is to thank the plant for its gift, and to take only what is needed. When you return home, spread out collection on some newspaper. Cut out a circle about 15″ in diameter, from the cardboard. Cut a smaller circle out of the middle. Wrap the wire around each object so it can be fastened to the cardboard. Poke two small holes in the cardboard ring for each item. Feed the wire through and twist in back. Keep fastening objects onto the ring until it is full and no cardboard shows. Hang the wreath on the front door with the nail.

Trick or Treat Bag

Materials include an undecorated gift bag, permanent markers, glue, ribbon, construction paper, or any other item you wish to use to decorate the bag.

1. You can buy undecorated gift bags in most hobby and craft stores (or even at your local Wal-mart type store) for under $1.00. These bags come in a variety of sizes and colors, just pick whatever suits your fancy.

2. Have your child color a Halloween-themed picture (jack-o-lantern, witch, werewolf, bats, etc.) and then cut the picture out and glue it on the bag.

3. You could also cut something out of construction paper or draw directly onto the bag with permanent markers or glow-in-the-dark paints.

4. Don’t forget the Halloween stickers!

5. Tie some colorful ribbons on the handles and then just before they go out Trick-or-Treating, tie a couple of activated glow sticks to their bag’s ribbons to make them easier to see in the dark.

Anja’s note: If your kids have the problem with someone grabbing their treat bags, do not use paper (or if you live on the Oregon Coast, where most Halloweens are soaking wet….) Pillowcases work better, or you can do what I did and make sacks of a heavy fabric with a single loop to put over the child’s arm. These can be decorated with Sharpies or fabric paint or even glow-in-the-dark paint!

Samhain Door Wreath

You will need items from Nature, fine wire, sheet of corrugated cardboard, collection sack, small nail. First, take a Nature hike. Collect items from nature, such as pine cones, seeds, leaves, berry bunches acorns and caps, flowers, etc.remembering how important it is to thank the plant for its gift, and to take only what is needed. When you return home, spread out collection on some newspaper. Cut out a circle about 15″ in diameter, from the cardboard. Cut a smaller circle out of the middle. Wrap the wire around each object so it can be fastened to the cardboard. Poke two small holes in the cardboard ring for each item. Feed the wire through and twist in back. Keep fastening objects onto the ring until it is full and no cardboard shows. Hang the wreath on the front door with the nail.

Trick or Treat Bag

Materials include an undecorated gift bag, permanent markers, glue, ribbon, construction paper, or any other item you wish to use to decorate the bag.

1. You can buy undecorated gift bags in most hobby and craft stores (or even at your local Wal-mart type store) for under $1.00. These bags come in a variety of sizes and colors, just pick whatever suits your fancy.

2. Have your child color a Halloween-themed picture (jack-o-lantern, witch, werewolf, bats, etc.) and then cut the picture out and glue it on the bag.

3. You could also cut something out of construction paper or draw directly onto the bag with permanent markers or glow-in-the-dark paints.

4. Don’t forget the Halloween stickers!

5. Tie some colorful ribbons on the handles and then just before they go out Trick-or-Treating, tie a couple of activated glow sticks to their bag’s ribbons to make them easier to see in the dark.

Anja’s note: If your kids have the problem with someone grabbing their treat bags, do not use paper (or if you live on the Oregon Coast, where most Halloweens are soaking wet….) Pillowcases work better, or you can do what I did and make sacks of a heavy fabric with a single loop to put over the child’s arm. These can be decorated with Sharpies or fabric paint or even glow-in-the-dark paint!

Samhain tidbit 21

katiad
Posts: 29 Joined: 09-Feb-2005

Samhain gifts! « on: October 06, 2005 04:38:42 AM »

Hey. I know there’s a few pagans on here – anybody have some Samhain gift ideas?

Fimo’s on sale at Joann’s (or maybe it’s Michael’s? I forget…) this weekend, and I’ll probably buy some, and maybe make some little bowls/altar plate stuff. But anyone got any better ideas? The only things that are a definate ‘no’ are candles and incense, as the friend I’d be giving a gift to is in a dorm that doesn’t allow them.

spacekitten Posts: 44 Joined: 04-Mar-2005

Re: Samhain gifts!

« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2005 09:27:12 AM »

I’m making my mother a set of felt decorations for our ‘Halloween Tree’ (a fallen branch we spray-painted purple, covered in glitter, and stuck in a pot of dirt).

Maybe you could make her a nice, harvest-related decoration for her room/home.  Like, a wreath covered in colored silk leaves and foam made to look like pumpkins and gourds.  Or, you could make a fall-themed bath and beauty set.  Fun smelly bath-things scented like cinnamon and pumpkin!  Another great gift idea (for any holiday, really) is to make a batch of pumpkin cookies/gingersnaps/sugar cookies cut out like leaves and pumkins with icing, then write out the recipie you used on a card.  That way, she’ll get a yummy batch of cookies, and she’ll know how to make more.

Hope my random ideas help you out!

teraspawn 0101010 Posts: 82 Joined: 17-Jul-2005

Re: Samhain gifts! « Reply #2 on: October 07, 2005 10:22:35 AM »

There’s a recipe for scented rocks here:  http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf45859973.tip.html which your friend could use instead of incense.  Maybe a pumpkin, allspice or apple scent?  You could make them in the shape of leaves or whatever.

Have a good Samhain ^_^

http://www.teradaisyspawn.tk

Diane B.

Posts: 441
Joined: 01-May-2004

Re: Samhain gifts!

« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2005 11:46:22 AM »

If you want to use polymer clay, you can get lots of possible ideas for Samhain-theme things to make on this page at my website:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/Halloween_etc.htm
(…especially under the Dia de los Muertos category, but the Scenes & Dioramas and other categories too)

And I don’t know for sure, but Michaels has been having fairly frequent sales on all their polymer clays the past year or so (and remember rain checks for the colors they sell out of!!)


Diane B. GlassAttic …polymer clay “encyclopedia” http://glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm

Morgana – Posts: 3 – Joined: 07-Oct-2005 – Re: Samhain gifts! – « Reply #4 on: October 09, 2005 05:32:10 PM »                                          

Hi–

How about a set of runes made out of that polymer clay stuff?

Homemade incense is great, and even though she can’t burn it, she can put it out like potpourri. Or use it as sprinkling powder (i just taught a class in incense making so this is fresh in my mind.)

Magickal oils also make wonderful holiday gifts.

Of course most Pagans are book lovers, so a gift certificate to her fav Pagan shop would probably go over real well.

Oooo what about all the goodies so you two can have a traditional “Dumb Supper”?

Blessed Be,
Morgana

katiad

Posts: 29
Joined: 09-Feb-2005

Such great ideas! Thank you so much everyone! I’m… plotting away. *evil laugh* 😉

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