Daily Stuff 10-23-20 Usher calendar

Hi, folks!

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

Clear and chilly. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 1pm today to 11pm on Saturday. That’s associated with the rain/cold weather system. Clouds should start rolling in mid-morning and rain around 2pm. 40F, wind at 0-3mph, AQI 18-35 UV3. 90% chance of rain today and 80% tonight. That’s likely to be snow at higher elevations. It looks like the highs will be in the mid to low 50’s this week. Rain today and tonight. Wind today and Sunday and a slight chance of showers next friday. Otherwise, it’s going to be more sunny than not and that means cold at night!

Yesterday started grumpy. My knee was grumpy and got grumpy enough to wake me, early. …and grumpy knee means I don’t sleep well, in any case. Then I tripped and made the knee grumpier. By time I was at my desk at the shop I was ready to bite something.

We got the shop open on time…. well, we were there and unlocked, at least, but the lights didn’t go on for another couple of minutes. I wrote or tried to. Tempus headed out at 3pm, after having done some chores in back. …and still no car.

We had one batch of people in, a bunch of kids who’ve been collecting quartz from the rocks around here. We discussed terms (since they wanted to sell them to me….) and then they headed out.

Still no car, but paperwork tomorrow, it sounds like. <sigh> Should have been today. This has been a week, now. Tempus got home at closing time. We had supper and I headed off for a nap. He headed back to Newport for the bulk route. I was writing again. I’m not making a lot of headway. I think I need to do another set of photos and that’s going to take some help.

Today should mostly be a normal day. With a grumpy knee I didn’t get the watering done, but did get some headers. I want to partly clear the table again and see if I can work back there.

A picture from 10/22/16 by Ken Gagne of Forks Farm up the Yachats River. Used with permission

plant pic miners lettuce

Today’s Plant is Miner’s Lettuce, Claytonia perfoliata (aka winter purslane, or Indian lettuce). It’s a plant native to our area, growing and blooming in our soggy spring and drying out and dying back in the summer. I’ve seen in re-bloom in the fall. It’s a leaf vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked like spinach. It’s really choice in salads and very high in vitamin C. It got the name because the Gold Rush miners ate it to prevent scurvy, since they really weren’t eating right. Like any lettuce or most of the salad greens it’s Feminine and Water, but as any high Vitamin C food, its planet correspondence is the Sun. – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miner%27s_lettuce More on the genus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia

feast 1023 Weirdalclassic

According to the Usher calendar today is the day the earth was created (Chrifus are really into this date….) It’s also Weird Al Yankovic’s birthday… Coincidence? Can’t be! <grin> More on Creation here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ussher-Lightfoot_Calendar and on Weird Al here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%22Weird_Al%22_Yankovic

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 7:49am. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 10/23 at 6:23am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 10/31 at 7:49am

A First Quarter Moon in canyon country – The waxing Moon was just 47 percent lit when the photographer captured this image of it above Grand Canyon National Park on November 9, 2013. Luna will have a similar illumination the evening of November 3. – Wolfgang Golser

First-quarter Moon, exact at 6:23 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time. By evening, about half a day later (for North America), the Moon’s terminator will have become just a little bit convex. The Moon will shine in dim Capricornus left of Jupiter and Saturn at dusk, and upper left of them as the evening grows late.

Jupiter on October 5th, imaged by Christopher Go at 10:29 UT. South is upper right. Upper left of the Great Red Spot is large, pale Oval BA. Note the bluish dark festoon bases in the Equatorial Zone. Much of the EZ is still unusually tan rather than white.

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot should transit Jupiter’s central meridian around 7:10 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. (The West Coast is having its good view of Jupiter around then.)

Venus crosses from Leo into Virgo this morning. Earth’s sister planet is visible in the three or so hours before sunrise, slowly rising higher in the sky as daylight breaks. It’s a bright magnitude –4 and appears 14″ across through a telescope, its crescent face about 80 percent lit. Look to its north- and southeast to find Nu (ν) and Beta (β) Virginis, respectively; together, the three bright points form a triangle with the stars creating its wide base.

While it’s still dark, turn your attention across the sky to the west, where you’ll find asteroid 11 Parthenope right at the corner of Pisces, just 1.5° north-northeast of Alrescha. The magnitude 9.5 world was, as its number suggests, the 11th body discovered in the asteroid belt. Annibale de Gasparis is credited with that discovery in May 1850. Parthenope reaches opposition this morning at 7 A.M. PDT, about 40 minutes after First Quarter Moon occurs.

Neptune (magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) is a little higher in the south at that time. Neptune is 2.4 arcseconds wide, harder to resolve except in good seeing. Check in on them when you’re done with Mars: 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

Sun in Scorpio

Waxing Quarter at 6:23am.

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

Moon in Capricorn enters Aquarius at 5:17am

Color – White

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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
F   23      Low  12:31 AM     0.0   7:43 AM    Rise  3:16 PM      41
~    23     High   7:26 AM     6.3   6:18 PM
~    23      Low  12:46 PM     3.6
~    23     High   6:24 PM     7.0


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Kindness is always beautiful.


Journal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – If you had X-ray vision, what would you use it for? 



~   Love is more than just a feeling: it’s a process requiring continual attention. Loving well takes laughter, loyalty, and wanting more to be able to say, “I understand” than to hear, “You’re right.” ~Molleen Matsumura
~   Be constantly mindful, diligent, and resourceful, in your pursuit of Knighthood. – Kerr Cuhulain He who labors diligently need never despair; for all things are accomplished by diligence and labor. – Menander of Athens
~   Life isn’t divided into genres. It’s a horrifying, romantic, tragic, comical, science-fiction cowboy detective novel. You know, with a bit of pornography if you’re lucky. – Alan Moore
~   It’s not who you are…but what you do that defines you. – Batman Begins

The splendor falls on castle walls
And snowy summits old in story:
The long light shakes across the lakes,
And the wild cataract leaps in glory.
Blow, bugle, blow, set the wild echoes flying,
Blow, bugle; answer, echoes, dying, dying, dying.

O hark, O hear! how thin and clear,
And thinner, clearer, farther going!
O sweet and far from cliff and scar
The horns of Elfland faintly blowing!
Blow, let us hear the purple glens replying:
Blow, bugle; answer, echoes, dying, dying, dying.

O love, they die in yon rich sky,
They faint on hill or field or river:
Our echoes roll from soul to soul,
And grow for ever and for ever.
Blow, bugle, blow, set the wild echoes flying,
And answer, echoes, answer, dying, dying, dying. – Alfred Tennyson, British poet laureate, died on October 5, 1892; from ‘The Princess’, Chapter III


Samhain Magick – Prayers

May the things that you cast come to be, harming none
May your home fires burn with warmth and wonder
May the leaves blow on the winds tapping against your windows
And the candles and incense lit and glowing…..waiting for their time
Apples on the mantel
And the pictures of those passed on

May you find the veil thin
And the spells be cast
And the spirit uplifting you
To a place unexact
Where the forests are deep
The woods are dense and the leaves sweeping about you

May you all be blessed
with the transitions of the seasons
May you honor your ancestors
And hold them dear
You all hold a special place in my heart
For we are all one.
Happy Samhain

Samhainby Dame Niamh, High Priestess, Sisters of the Burning Branch

I am a twist of black paper
Dancing in a wind-eddy.
Blown three times round the gatepost,
Wrapped briefly round the lamppost
Hanging by wingtip from a branch
Plié into a puddle on the pavement.
I am a shout that bells around the corner
Ricochets diminished from the bushes,
Whistles down a chimney,
Chuckles in the porch-eaves,
Murmurs blending into the wind.
I am a shape-changing shadow
I whisk along behind a loping cat,
I solidify in corners, melt in streetlights,
Flit across the round-faced moon,
Fingering the rime round the moon,
Whispering a rhyme round the moon.
I am a figment of the night’s imagination,
A clown-face suspended in midair
To exorcise your ghosts,
To invite your dear departed to Dumb Supper,
To remember the sweet departed on this night,
And howl off hooting into the tunnel of night.

© Dame Niamh )O( Gealach High Priestess, Sisters of
the Burning Branch Sisters of the Silver Star, Circle of the Silver Hive


Silliness – Criminal Masterminds

When a man attempted to siphon gasoline from a motorhome parked on a Seattle street, he got much more than he had bargained for. Police arrived at the scene to find an ill man curled up next to a motorhome near spilled sewage.
A police spokesperson said that the man admitted to trying to steal gasoline and plugged his hose into the motorhome’s sewage tank by mistake.
The owner of the vehicle declined to press charges, saying that it was the best laugh he’d ever had.

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