The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are 1pm-6pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). Featured photo by Don Lindsley.
Clear and cold again. 38F, wind at 1-6mph and gusting, AQI31, UV2. Chance of rain 10% today and tonight. Long range looks about the same. Clear for the next three days. Fri and Tuesday wet. Otherwise partly cloudy, highs around 60 and not as cold at night.
Yesterday was a little on the weird side, or it started that way. Tempus came home with a car that wasn’t the rental. It’s a beater, but it works. It’s not the car we were dickering for, but it’s paid for. Oof… He got here just in time to open and then didn’t go nap. <sigh>
We only had a few customers in during the day. I got some headers done and more pieces into the inventory and out for sale. I got some more of the sewing done. I made a “doctored cans” chinese supper after Tempus made us orange rolls for lunch. I wrote. Tempus worked on paperwork. I think he may have snoozed a little.
I talked Amor for awhile during the afternoon. I wanted some input from him if we’re dickering for another place to live. I got a nap right after supper and Tempus finally went to sleep at 11pm and he’s heading out at 2am.
Today we’re probably going to sleep in at least a little bit. Tempus is exhausted from all the running around. I’m *hoping* he’ll stay asleep. Tonight is the bulk route and then the regular route, so he needs the rest. I’m hoping to make a soup today, or something of the sort, as well. Maybe I’ll just make dumplings. We still have some of the garlic sauce…..
Today’s plant is Western Red Cedar, Thuja plicata,which is not a cedar at all, but an Arborvitae. Arborvitae comes from the Latin for “tree of life” and coincidentally, native Americans of the West coast also address the species as “long life maker”. “Western Redcedar has an extensive history of use by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast, from Oregon to southeast Alaska. Some northwest coast tribes refer to themselves as “people of the redcedar” because of their extensive dependence on the tree for basic materials. The wood has been used for constructing housing, totem poles, and crafted into many objects, including masks, utensils, boxes, boards, instruments, canoes, vessels, and ceremonial objects. Roots and bark were used for baskets, ropes, clothing, blankets and rings.” Wiki article –Masculine, Sun, Fire, – to enhance banishing of ill health and bad dreams. Burn for this purpose and purification and psychic power. Make a sachet for love or courage. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thuja_plicata
Today is the anniversary of one of the Mighty Dead, Michael Servetus, who was executed for “heresy”. He is also claimed as an “ancestor” by the Unitarians and others.
Quote from Wikipedia – “Servetus was the first European to describe the function of pulmonary circulation, although his achievement was not widely recognized at the time, … an amazing understanding of the body and treatments. Most copies of the book were burned shortly after its publication in 1553 because of persecution of Servetus by religious authorities. …In passage V, Servetus recounts his discovery that the blood of the pulmonary circulation flows from the heart to the lungs (rather than air in the lungs flowing to the heart as had been thought). His discovery was based on the color of the blood, the size and location of the different ventricles, and the fact that the pulmonary vein was extremely large, which suggested that it performed intensive and transcendent exchange.” Source and more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Servetus
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 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
The waxing gibbous Moon shines in the southeast after dark. Way to its left is fire-colored Mars. A little farther to the Moon’s lower right, you’ll find Fomalhaut. And somewhat closer below the Moon is Beta Ceti or Diphda, less bright. A sky landmark to remember: Once you find the Great Square of Pegasus (high above the Moon tonight and maybe a bit left), its east and west sides always point down roughly to Beta Ceti and Fomalhaut, respectively.
It’s another early morning for observers, but well worth it to catch the Moon passing 4° south of Neptune at 2 A.M. EDT. The pair are in the constellation Aquarius, with two magnitude 4 stars — Psi1 (ψ1) and Phi (φ) Aquarii — between them. Neptune, at magnitude 7.8, requires some decent optical aid to see, especially with the gibbous Moon so close. Its 2″-wide, bluish disk will likely appear as a “flatter” star in your field of view. The distant ice giant is currently nearly 30 astronomical units, or AU, from Earth. (One AU is the average Earth-Sun distance.) Despite its diminutive appearance through your optics, Neptune is actually 17 times more massive than Earth and nearly 4 times as wide; however, it is only 0.3 times as dense as our planet, owing to its icy, gassy composition when compared to our rocky home.
Mars (about magnitude –2.3, in Pisces) passed through opposition on October 13th and is still much larger and brighter than we usually see it. This week it’s about 21 arcseconds in diameter, climbing into fine, high telescopic view earlier in the night. At dusk Mars glares fiery orange, a trace more than Jupiter-bright, fairly low in the east. It’s high in the southeast by 9 or 10 p.m. daylight-saving time, and it’s highest at its telescopic best by 11 or midnight, blazing in the south. See Bob King’s “A Great Year for Mars” in the October Sky & Telescope, page 48, and his Behold Mars! 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. Runic half-month of Hagalaz/Hagal – October 29-Novmber 12 – The Runic half-month of Hagal commences today, represented by the hailstone of transformation. It is a harbinger of the need to undergo the necessary preparations before the harsh northern Winter.
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl)
Mercury (11/3), Mars (11/13), Neptune (11/28), Chiron (12/12) Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde
Color – Scarlet
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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
Tu 27 Low 4:35 AM 1.0 7:48 AM Set 3:43 AM 80
~ 27 High 11:00 AM 7.2 6:12 PM Rise 5:08 PM
~ 27 Low 5:15 PM 1.8
~ 27 High 11:01 PM 6.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The fruits of your spirits; what are they and how can you grow more of what you need?
Journal Prompt – Describe – Describe what it was like to fall in love.
~ Other people’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality. – Les Brown
~ You may delay, but time will not, and lost time is never found again. – Dougles Chan
~ Awareness is innate. You don’t have to seek it outside yourself. But expanded awareness must be cultivated. – Deepak Chopra
~ His expression is less rational and more poetic. – Ilie Cioara – The Silence of the Mind
Some merry, friendly, country-folks,
Together did convene,
To burn their nits, and pou their stocks,
And haud their Halloween. –Robert Burns (1759–96)
Samhain Magick – Divination
Hecate Consecration of Divinatory tools
Hecate is most active during this time of year. This goddess, usually associated with the dark Moon, can be called upon to lend her guidance in the understanding of and the use of divination tools. To call on her, light purple and black candles. Lay your divination tools in front of you. Speak these, or similar words:
Goddess of prophesy,
Let these tools speak clearly to me.
Let me precisely perceive their messages.
In your Honor,
So mote it be.
Thank Hecate for her presence and her guidance. Please note that Hecate is a powerful goddess. When she speaks to you, she expects you to listen and follow her advice. – )0(Karen Follett)0( )0(GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast )0(
Clean Divination Ritual – Incense of the day: Carnation
The season of Halloween is a special time of year. The veil between the worlds is thin now, and divination possibilities are strongest. Now is the time to bring out the tarot cards or the runes so you can see what the future holds for you. Place a piece of soapstone in the bag that holds your cards or runes, and gently shake the bag to cleanse them. Then enchant your cards or runes by saying: “Cards (or runes) of fortune, this is what I ask of you—a glimpse of what will come to me, a hint of how my life may be.” If you read for others, be sure to cleanse the cards or runes with the soapstone between readings.
By: Paniteowl, Llewellyn and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
Silliness – Three Doors
A rather bad man dies and meets Satan in a room with three doors.
Satan explains, “I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that you have to spend eternity behind one of these doors. But, the good news is that you can take a peek behind each and take your choice.”
So, the man opened the first door and saw a room full of people, standing on their heads on a concrete floor. Not very nice, he thought.
Opening the second door, he saw a room full of people standing on their heads on a wooden floor. Better, he thought, but best to check the last door.
Upon opening the last door, he saw a room full of people, standing waist-deep in excrement and sipping coffee.
“Of the three, this one looks best,” he said and waded in to get something to drink while Satan closed the door.
A few minutes later the door opened, Satan stuck his head in and said, “Ok, coffee break`s over, back on your heads!”