The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are 1pm-6pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). Featured photo by Pattie Huggins Deitrick. First Minus Tide of the cycle at 7:10 PM of -0.6 feet.
Clear. 45F, wind at 0-1mph and gusting, AQI14-33, UV3. Chance of rain 20% today and 50% tonight. There’s a chance of rain tonight and on Sunday, but otherwise it should be dry and more cloud than sun for awhile. The temps are starting to drop. The highs probably won’t make it to 60 over the next while, but the clouds will keep it warmer at night than these last couple of clear ones.
Yesterday I *way* overslept and still felt pretty awful all day, although it eased off in the evening. Tempus wasn’t doing much better. He’s still short on sleep, not getting enough over our weekend. To top it off, one of the rental car tires went flat and he had to change it and see if he could get it repaired. There’s a place in Newport that will do it for free, but he has to be there when they’re open.
We had maybe 1/2 a dozen people through during the day. I’m hoping that the business loss because of covid grant goes through….
I spent awhile getting the garlic bulbs that I had (not stuff I grew, grocery store ones) broken up and processed. I had 1/2 a dozen rotten cloves out of 3 bulbs and an awful lot of mold. Stuff may have been harvested wet and not given enough time to dry. Fall garlic peels easily, but I had to chop out bad bits in about 1/3 of the cloves. Tempus finally got it into the oven around 6pm. Yeah, wanting to do roasted garlic for sauce and butter. He had forgotten to get the ground pork out to thaw for the pasties that I wanted to do for supper, too, so we got that going and cleaned the table so I’d have room to work.
I got the meat cooked and then had to wait for my pan. We actually had someone walk in, well after dark, looking at books. He bought $3 worth of the buck-a-books. I got the pasties set up and the Tempus got them in the oven. I started on pictures. They were pretty good, although I don’t like the flavor of the pie dough that we bought. It’s got some strange, bitter, oily aftertaste that didn’t go well with the pickles. I had my last one cold as a midnight snack and that was pretty good, too.
Tempus headed out at 9. The papers were running late again for the bulk route. He had been dinking with some old phone remote receivers, since the one we had has gotten unreliable. I slept for several hours, then got up to do this.
He’s going to have to stay in Newport to get the tire done and I’m hoping he’ll stop by the grocery and pick up a couple of things, and then he has to do laundry. Urf. We’ll be open on time. I have another bit of cookery to try (it’s a medieval popcorn chicken, go figure!)
Today’s plant is Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. It is naturalized in the PNW, being native to Europe, not the Americas. Digitalis was one of the first heart medications and was extracted from the plant and then synthesized. The plant is poisonous, not just because of this (too much causes irregular heartbeat), but some other chemicals. Also known as Lady’s Glove, Witches’ Gloves, Fairy Fingers, or Dead Men’s Bells. – Feminine, Venus, Water – A Druid sacred herb associated with the “little people”. Lust, protection, decision, grow in a garden for protection of house and yard, reveals insincerity. Flower meaning – a wish, “I am not ambitious for myself but for you”.
Today is World Food Prize day. The idea was to cut the number of hungry in half in the world by 2015. Hmm… I doubt that we got there, but it looks like the prize has focused more and more on food security. In 2013 there was quite a bit of controversy because the prize went to folks in the biotech industry. Last year’s winner was Dr Sanjaya Rajaram who has developed 480 varieties of disease resistant wheat. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Food_Prize and on the history of the prize here: http://www.ift.org/food-technology/past-issues/2009/october/features/creation-and-history-of-the-world-food-prize.aspx
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 email@example.com 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 timefor 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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Dark, psychopomps. – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris . Phase ends at the New on 10/16 at 12:31pm. Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 10/31 at 7:49. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 12:31am on 10/18.
This is the time of year when, after nightfall, W-shaped Cassiopeia stands on end halfway up the northeastern sky — and when, off to its left in the north, the dim Little Dipper extends leftward from Polaris.
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot should transit Jupiter’s central meridian around 9:22 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. An hour later, at 10:23 p.m. EDT, Jupiter’s moon Io reappears from eclipse out of Jupiter’s shadow just east of the planet — very close to Callisto, with Europa and Ganymede farther out. A small telescope will show Io swelling into view over the course of a couple minutes, turning Callisto into an imitation double star.
New Moon occurs at 3:31 P.M. EDT. The Moon is also at perigee today, the closest point in its orbit to Earth. It currently sits 221,775 miles (356,912 kilometers) away. New Moon is the best time to seek out dim objects — and constellations — washed out by our satellite’s bright glare. Tonight, try to catch Delphinus the Dolphin high in the southwest after dark. This tiny constellation, which ranks 69th in size among the 88 official constellations, consists of four stars that form the dolphin’s body, as well as one additional star that marks its tail. The four stars of Delphinus’ body also create an asterism known as Job’s Coffin, which measures just 1.3° by 2.7°. Although this aquatic constellation may not look like much to the naked eye, turning binoculars or a small scope on the region can bring out a wealth of field stars to enjoy on a dark night like tonight.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Aries) is well up in the east by 10 p.m. daylight-saving time, about 18° east of Mars. Uranus is only 3.7 arcseconds wide, but that’s enough to appear as a tiny fuzzy ball, not a point, at high power in even a small telescope. Check in on it when you’re done with Mars.
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
Mercury (11/3), Mars (11/13), Neptune (11/28), Chiron (12/12) Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde
Moon in Libra enters Scorpio at 10:05pm.
Color – Pink
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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
F 16 High 12:24 AM 7.9 7:34 AM Rise 7:12 AM 1
~ 16 Low 6:35 AM 0.3 6:29 PM Set 6:54 PM
~ 16 High 12:42 PM 8.7
~ 16 Low 7:10 PM -0.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I never lose. Either I win or I learn.
Journal Prompt – What is? – What’s the first step you can take to making a difference in the world today? Would you try to feed the hungry, improve the environment, promote peace? How would you start?
~ Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil. – Marcus Aurelius
~ Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed. – Dale Carnegie
~ One returns from the realm of the Fae either dead, mad or a poet… – most recently quoted by T. Thorn Coyle
Be attentive to your intuitive inspiration and the ideas that it brings. – Dr. Reginald Cuffee, Phd.
I Love Fall
I love fall! Fall is exciting.
It’s apples and cider.
It’s an airborne spider.
It’s pumpkins in bins.
It’s burrs on dog’s chins.
It’s wind blowing leaves.
It’s chilly red knees.
It’s nuts on the ground.
It’s a crisp dry sound.
It’s green leaves turning
And the smell of them burning.
It’s clouds in the sky.
It’s fall. That’s why…
I love fall. – Anon.
Samhain Magick – Recipes
Thought Seed Crackers – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)
- 1 box family-favorite crackers
- melted Onion or garlic powder
- Caraway, celery, poppy, and sesame seeds
Brush the crackers lightly with butter/margarine. Sprinkle lightly with onion or garlic powder and ever so sparingly with dillweed. Top with combination seed mix. Bake on an un-greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 5 minutes or until crisp and hot.
Bread of the Dead – Serve with milk or hot chocolate, and offer some to your departed ancestors, so they may breathe in its essence and be nourished, before you gobble it up yourself!
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/4 t. salt
2/3 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
10 drops anise extract
- Mix all of the above until smooth.
- Heat the oven to 400 degrees and grease a cookie sheet.
- With clean hands, mold the dough into a round shape with a knob on the top (which will be a skull) or into smaller round shapes, animals, faces or angels.
- Place dough on cookie sheet.
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 T. flour
1 t. ground cinnamon
1 T. melted butter
- Mix together brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and melted butter for the topping.
- Sprinkle topping on dough and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
- When cool, decorate the skull shaped knobs, animals or faces with icing sugar to make eyes, nose and mouth.
Harvest Ball Pumpkin Bread – Makes 3 small loaves 45 minutes at 350 degrees or 2 large loaves, 1 hour at 350 degrees.
4 c. flour
3 c. sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. ginger
1 c. vegetable oil
1 lb. canned pumpkin
2/3 c. cold water
1 c. chopped pecans, if desired
- Sift together dry ingredients
- Make a well in the center and add the vegetable oil, pumpkin and cold water
- blend well with beater.
- Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each.
- Fold in pecans.
- Pour batter into greased, floured loaf pans.
- Bake one hour at 350 degrees.
- Cool on wire rack.
- Bread may be frozen after cooling.
- Wrap in plastic immediately upon cooling.
- Serve with cream cheese if desired.
Borrowed From GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
Silliness – To Help You Smile – I was making a graph of my past relationships the other day. It had an ‘ex’ axis- and a ‘whyyy’ axis.