Daily Stuff 10-17-20 Cyrus the Great

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are 1pm-6pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). Minus Tide at 7:57 PM of -1.2 feet. Featured photo by Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

It’s been raining, but it’s not right now. Everything is very wet. The low has gone past and there’s a *big* high that should last for a few days. 57F, wind at 1-3mph and gusting, AQI11-27, UV2. Chance of rain 10% today and tonight. There’s a chance of rain late on Sunday and again on Tuesday. Otherwise it should stay dry.

Yesterday both of us were in bad shape. Tempus had not had any sleep when he got home at 12:30. I had slept badly. We scrambled to get the shop open and then talked about what to do about a car.

We had a few customers in during the day and I did a counseling session over the phone. Tempus went out to do laundry and the laundromat was closed, so we worked on some of the smaller projects and I made progress on the Hween sorting. 1200 pieces, not counting candy, is taking awhile.

Mortar chicken on a girdle cake with pickles.

Eventually, I went in back to do some cooking. Last night was the medieval chicken nuggets… which aren’t, really. They were tasty, but I was disappointed in the batter, which just slid off, more than coating the bits. I also used up an apple that was going bad, making some apple mush. I did a pair of girdle cakes from the kits and Tempus set up some cole slaw so we’ll have that for a couple of days. We ended up stuffed and needed sleep not long after finishing, so we closed up and quit for the night by 7pm. …and I found out later in the evening that I was supposed to have made chicken patties out of the stuff, mixing it all together, rather than making a batter for the chicken. <sigh>

I slept for several hours, getting up to write. By then it was raining. I heated up a little more of the apple for a snack. I used up the last of the eating apples that I got last time from the farmer’s market. I was just going to save them to eat, but the first one of this last batch of 3, had internal brown spots, not rotten, just starting to go, so I did them all. That was tasty. Since it was for House Capuchin, I used a lump brown sugar, not refined much and just a touch of butter along with the spices. I like that. I might just start using brown instead of white sugar in all of that kind of dish.

Goodness… it’s pouring rain… Today we should be open at the usual time. Tempus still has to go do laundry and hopefully he’ll have energy to make bread after that. I need to work on plants again. I’m hoping to get another set of starts made and maybe a little sewing done before I have to start the “egg ribbons”. 🙂 Weird dishes I’m making.

I have some seeds, shallots and garlics to get planted, too, and I want to do a little more weeding etc., especially since I need to trim the crocosmia of the brown stuff. I wonder how long the rain will last?

A pic from 10-13-15 Looking onshore at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michael’s Maryland. That’s the Hooper Strait Lighthouse that was moved to the museum when I was a kid.


I’ve often heard people talk about “beach thistle”, but Sea HollyEryngium maritimum isn’t a thistle. It’s actually related to carrots. The young shoots can be blanched and eaten like asparagus and the roots (which can get up to 20 feet long!!!!) are peeled, boiled and cut, then braided and candied. Prepared thus they are a good cough and cold remedy. The roots can also be boiled or roasted as well and are very nutritious. It is native to Europe, but going extinct in certain areas. – Masculine, Fire, Venus – This plant is an aphrodisiac, pure and simple.


Today is the anniversary of the day in 539BCE when Cyrus the Great liberated Babylon and released the Hebrews from that captivity. He was quite a leader and apparently a good man beyond his war abilities. He may have written the first declaration of human rights and certainly practiced religious tolerance, even to the point of making certain that the Hebrews, who had been captive quite awhile had the money to rebuild the Temple that had been destroyed when the Captivity started.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyrus_the_Great#Religion_and_philosophy

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

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.

Cassiopeia’s hidden double – Eta Cassiopeiae is an easy double star to split even in a small telescope. The bright primary’s color contrasts with its fainter companion.
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Cassiopeia stands high in the northeast these evenings, a flattened W standing on end. The third segment of the W, counting down from the top, points almost straight down. Extend that segment twice as far down as its own length, and you’re at the Double Cluster in Perseus. This pair of star-swarms is dimly apparent to the unaided eye in a dark sky (use averted vision), and it’s visible from almost anywhere with binoculars. It’s lovely in telescopes.

Crescent Moon ISS Nasa – Though the New Moon is hidden by the Sun’s glare, in the days that follow, a beautiful crescent Moon will grace the sky. This image of the crescent Moon and Earth’s atmosphere was taken aboard the International Space Station. – NASA

The Moon passes 7° north of Mercury at 3 P.M. EDT. Our solar system’s smallest, speediest planet is heading toward inferior conjunction on the 25th. Tonight, it shines at magnitude 1.5 and sits nearly 5.3° southwest of the crescent Moon just 10 minutes after sunset. At that time, the planet is just 2° high, so only observers with a clear view of the western horizon have a chance of spotting it. If you try with binoculars, take care to ensure the Sun is below the horizon before you pull them out. Otherwise, it’s too easy to accidentally catch our star’s glare in your binoculars and cause permanent damage to your eyes.  

Celestial swan – The elegant Swan Nebula (M17), also often called the Omega Nebula, floats amid the plane of the galaxy in the region occupied by the constellation Sagittarius. – Clem Brazil (Flickr)

The Moon sets shortly after, and it’s another clear, dark night to scan for deep-sky wonders. Tonight, follow the plane of the Milky Way from Sagittarius to Cygnus, high overhead. Its familiar cross shape should be easy to find, with bright Deneb at one end and the brilliant double star Albireo at the other. Deep-sky objects you’ll find within this flying constellation include the North America Nebula (NGC 7000), open clusters M39 and M29, and the stunning Veil Nebula supernova remnant (NGC 6960), which sits near the 4th-magnitude star 52 Cygni. The first three are visible with binoculars, but the last you’ll need a telescope to see — ideally with a 6-inch aperture or larger. If possible, slide on an OIII filter to make its gauzy detail even easier to discern.

Stormy planet

Neptune (magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) is higher in the south-southeast at that time. 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

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

Moon in Scorpio 

Color – Black

Planting 10/17-18

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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
Sa  17     High   1:17 AM     7.9   7:35 AM    Rise  8:33 AM      0
~    17      Low   7:17 AM     0.7   6:28 PM     Set  7:23 PM
~    17     High   1:20 PM     9.0
~    17      Low   7:57 PM    -1.2


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Dance for a spiritual lift.


Journal Prompt – Wiki – If you could return in time to a set time to relive it, but not change anything, what would you choose and why?



~   By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll be happy. If you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher… and that is a good thing for any man. – Socrates
~   Whenever conscience commands anything, there is only one thing to fear, and that is fear. – St. Theresa, Spanish nun, mystic and reformer
~   My mind tells me to give up, but my heart won’t let me. – Jennifer Tyler
~   I do not tolerate a world emptied of you. I have tried. For a year I have called every black tree Marya Morevna; I have looked for your face in the patterns of the ice. In the dark, I have pored over the loss of you like pale gold. – Cat Valente, Deathless

Leaves in the autumn came tumbling down,
Scarlet and yellow, russet and brown,
Leaves in the garden were swept in a heap,
Trees were undressing ready for sleep. – Anon.


Samhain Magick – Lore – “The circle is open but unbroken, Merry meet and merry part and merry meet again.”(Samhain, pronounced, Sow’ in, is also known as: All Saint’s Day, All Soul’s Day, All Hallow’s Eve, Halloween, Hallowe’en, Olde Style, the Great Gathering)

Samhain is the most important holiday of the Celtic calendar. It is the Celtic New Year; it is also the Wiccan New Year. Samhain and the new Celtic year actually begin at dusk on October 31, the beginning of the Celtic day. Traditionally, however, Samhain was celebrated on the full moon of October, also known as Blood Moon.

This night is the Feast of the Dead, the night of the wheel-turning year that brings us to the This Veil. The gates between the worlds stand open this night. I honour my ancestors who come to me on the whispering wind. All those who wish me well are welcomed within this circle. 

Samhain is celebrated at night because darkness comes before light, because life appears in the darkness of the womb, and because the Celts observed time as proceeding from darkness to light. The Celtic day began at dusk, the beginning of the dark and cold night, and ended the following dusk, the end of a day of light and warmth. The Celtic year began with An Geamhradh, the dark Celtic winter, and ended with Am Foghar, the Celtic harvest. Samhain marks the beginning of both An Geamhradh and the new Celtic year.

During the Dark Ages, Irish monks carried the tradition and celebration to Europe. In the year 998, 31 October was adopted as a Christian festival known as All Saint’s Day, or All Soul’s Day. It came to be commonly known as, All Hallow’s Eve.

Oidhche Shamhna, the Eve of Samhain, was the most important part of Samhain. It was a night of feasting and celebration. 

Villagers gathered the best of the autumn harvest and the animals that could not be kept through the winter were slaughtered and their meat salted to sustain the tribe through the winter. 


The focus of each village’s festivities was a great bonfire. Villagers cast the bones of the slaughtered cattle upon the flames. (The present-day word, bonfire, comes from these “bone fires.”) With the great bonfire roaring, the villagers extinguished all other fires. Each family then solemnly lit their hearth from the one great common flame, bonding all families of the village together. In Ireland, all fires were extinguished and then re-lit from the one great fire kindled upon the hill of Tlachtga.

Fraser writes of  the beauty of the bonfires in the Highlands of Scotland, which blazed on the heights:

“On the last day of autumn children gathered ferns, tar-barrels, the long thin stalks called gàinisg, and everything suitable for a bonfire. These were placed in a heap on some eminence near the house, and in the evening set fire to. The fires were called Samhnagan. There was one for each house, and it was an object of ambition who should have the biggest. Whole districts were brilliant with bonfires, and their glare across a Highland loch, and from many eminences, formed an exceedingly picturesque scene.”

In Wales, bonfires were lighted on the hills, and  the people who assisted at the bonfires would wait till the last spark was out and then would suddenly take to their heels, shouting at the top of their voices, “The cropped black sow seize the hindmost!” The saying, according to Sir John Rhys, implies that originally one of the company became a victim in dead earnest.  Even today, allusions to the cutty black sow are still occasionally made to frighten children.

In the Isle of Man also, another Celtic country, Hallowe’en was celebrated by the kindling of fires, accompanied with all the usual ceremonies designed to prevent the baneful influence of fairies and witches. 

Feast of Death.

The rituals of Samhain involve bonding with the dead. On this night, the Celts believed the doors were opened between the worlds and the paths were travelled by the spirits going back and forth on this night. This world and the Otherworld become equivalent to each other, and no barriers existed between the dead and the living, that is, the “Veil” was at its thinnest. 

It is The Veil between the two worlds that Wiccans invoke when they cast the circle to worship or perform rituals; thus, on Samhain night, when the Veil is thinnest, spells are most powerful because we are closest to the spirtis. 

It is a time of celebration and remembering those who have parted from their earthly forms. Ghosts of old friends, grandparents, kindred from many ages enter the open doors. Now it is a time for oracles to see what will have in the year to come. Bobbing for apples, a traditional Samhain pastime, was a reference to the Celtic Emhain Abhlach, “Paradise of Apples,” where the dead, having eaten of the sacred fruit, enjoyed a blissful immortality.


Samhain is also known as the Great Gathering. Harvests of hazel nuts were gathered at this time, as were fungi for food and healing, and invoking dreams and visions. Celts used hazelnuts, symbols of wisdom, to foretell the future. 

Here the Goddess is both pregnant and the Old One, the Wise Hag. She is the ruller of the Otherworld, wherein her God/Lover rests, between evolving incarnations. She is Persephone, Queen of the Dead and the Unvorn, Bringer through the Veuil of Life to those to be born, and carrier through the River of Night, those who have passed from the human world. In this dark time when the Veil is the thinnest, is when knowledge and spiritual powsers can pass back and forth. The Goddess will answer those who dare to ask questions.

Stones also featured prominently in Celtic divination.


In Ireland, when the fire had died down, the ashes were carefully collected in the form of a circle, and a stone was put in, near the circumference, for every person of the several families interested in the bonfire. Next morning, if any of these stones was found to be displaced or injured, the person represented by it  would not live twelve months from that day. 

In the northern part of Wales it used to be customary for every family to make a great bonfire called Coel Coeth on Hallowe’en. The fire was kindled on the most conspicuous spot near the house; and when it had nearly gone out every one threw into the ashes a white stone, which he had first marked. Then having said their prayers round the fire, they went to bed. Next morning, as soon as they were up, they came to search out the stones, and if any one of them was found to be missing, they had a notion that the person who threw it would die before he saw another Hallowe’en. 

Reflection and Renewal

This is also the best time to make new year resolutions. In addition to celebrating the year’s end (Samhain literally translates to “Summer’s End”), it is also a celebration of the beginning of Winter. It is now that Celts and Wiccans begin to prepare for the Son of the Goddess (Later adopted by Christianity to be the birthday of the Christian son of God) — the child born on the darkest night of Yule (now called the Winter Solstice), the soul-son, the Sun of Life. Samhain is a time to review the past year: one’s failures and achievements, and gains and losses: and prepare  to awake cleansed and refreshed at Yule. 

“When you see my power fade, and the leaves fall from the trees; when snow obliterates like death all trace of me upon the Earth, then look for me in Moon and there in the Heavens you will see the soul of me, soaring still amongst the Stars.” —Vivianne Crowley, Prayer to the Autumn Goddess

See also: The Samhain Parshell



  • Aveni, A. The Book of the Year — A Brief History of Our Seasonal Holidays. Cambridge University Press, January 2003.
  • Conway, DJ. Celtic Magic. Llewellyn Publications, St. Paul, MN, 1994.
  • Crowley, Vivianne. Wicca: The Old Religion in the New Millenium. HarpersCollins, Glasgow, 1996.
  • Frazer, Sir James George. The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion, “The Fire-Festivals of Europe,” Chapter 62, MacMillan Co., New York, 1922.
  • Green, M. A Witch Alone: A Practical Handbook. HarpersCollins, London, 1991.
  • Personal knowledge
  • Treanor, George. The Irish Heritage Group.


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Other cultures celebrate the night of the dead

Alexandrian Egyptians laid out food for the dead and fastened oil lamps to the eves of their houses to commemorate them. 

Ancient Romans threw black beans at “spirits” in hopes that they would accept the beans instead of carrying off living family members. 

The Germans called it Hallowtide or “Hallowmas.” 

Mexicans celebrate the Days of the Dead with both solemn and playful activities: feasts, picnics, as well as visits to graves. 


It is customary to leave candles burning in the windows on Samhain,  to guide the spirits and let them know they are welcome in your home. 

Jack O’Lanterns

The people of Ireland leave their doors open and food on the table for the ‘dead to return.’ They also carve faces into turnips and set them on their doorsteps to ward off the wondering spirits.

The Irish immigrants in America carried on the tradition by carving bright, orange pumpkin’s in place of the turnips. 

See also: The Legend of the Jack O’Lantern.

Trick or Treat

It was also night of social bonding. The poor would take on the identity of the community’s dead, and go from door to door to receive offerings in the name of the ancestors. At each house they  were given a portion of the food that  had been set aside for the dead. 

In the villages of Scotland boys went from house to house and begged a  peat from each householder, usually with the words, “Ge’s a  peat t’ burn the witches.” When they had collected enough peats, they piled them in a heap, together with straw, furze, and other  combustible materials, and set the  whole on fire.  Then each of the youths, one after another, laid  himself down on the ground as near to the fire as he could without  being scorched, and thus lying allowed the smoke to roll over him. The others ran through the smoke and jumped over their prostrate comrade. When the heap was burned down, they scattered the ashes, vying with each other who should  scatter them most. 


The people in the community who were going from door to door were masked to allow them to represent the dead more convincingly. 

Disguise was also worn to confuse the spirits from the Otherworld because some might be evil. 

Celts thought the break in reality on November Eve not only provided a link between the worlds, but also dissolved the structure of society for the night.  Boys and girls would put on each other’s clothes, and would generally flout convention by boisterous behavior and by playing tricks on their elders.

In the Isle of Man, the first of November, Old Style, has been regarded as New Year’s day down to recent times. Thus, Manx mummers used to go around on Hallowe’en (Olde Style), singing, in the Manx language, a sort of Hogmanay song, which began “To-night is New Year’s Night,  Hogunnaa!.”

Fraser: “Not only among the Celts, but throughout Europe, Hallowe’en, the night which marks the transition from autumn to winter, seems to have been of old the time of year when the souls of the departed were supposed to revisit their old homes in order to warm themselves by the fire and to comfort themselves with the good cheer provided for them in the kitchen or the parlour by their affectionate kinsfolk. It was,  perhaps, a natural thought that  the approach of winter should drive the poor shivering hungry ghosts from the bare fields and the leafless woodlands to the shelter of the cottage with its familiar fireside. “

A few words of Irish for those who do not understand, dtús is the beginning, deireadh is the end and Draíocht na Muintir is the Magic of the People.  Our world is one of Magic.  We have made every attempt to classify and quantify that Magic, to prove that there is no such thing.  This journey of the learned fools shall be our undoing.  Yet if we completely destroy ourselves, the Magic that was once ours will still exist…

At dtús the simply was – Muintir
For the aid na Muintir
The Draíocht became spoken
Spoken it was in rhyme

The Draíocht na Muintir simply was – rhyme
For the aid na Muintir
The rhyme became ritual
The rituals were bound in time

The Draíocht na Muintir simply was – rituals in time
For the aid na Muintir
The rituals became ceremonies
Ceremonies found a need for priests

The Draíocht na Muintir simply was – ceremonies by priests
For the aid na Muintir
The ceremonies became holy days
Holy days found a need for feasts

The Draíocht na Muintir simply was – days for feasts
For the aid na Muintir
The Draíocht became forgotten
Full stomachs found no need for the Draíocht

At deireadh the Draíocht na Muintir simply was – Draíocht
For the Muintir were no more_____

Copyright ©  2000 Daryl Chambers

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