The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are 1pm-6pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
It’s mostly clouded over and a touch foggy and it feels damp. 45F, wind at 0-3mph, AQI36-61, UV2. Chance of rain 60% today and 10% tonight. The rain is forecast to hit around 8:30, but we’re still talking showers, nothing major. The chance of rain quits around 2pm and then we’re looking at sunny and nice for Saturday/Sunday. Monday the clouds will be back and from then on we’re looking at cloud and a chance of showers, which could get intense later in the week.
Yesterday started off with a bang. There was a customer in just as we were opening, and then several phone calls and internet questions. I worked at the computer until 3 and then spent 3 hours getting the goodie bags ready. About 1/3 of the bags are knotted and ready to go. A lot of the time these take is sorting out how many of what in each bag.
Tempus worked on the car a bit. He’s getting stuff transferred from the old Dodge to the new car. He was also making bread. I was asleep when he headed out to do the bulk route. I slept for 4 hours, which kinda boggled me. I got up, got a sandwich and went back to bed and slept for 3 more!
Today I have to finish the bags and put out a ad to bring people in. We also have to get the backdrop up to take pix in front of. We should be open on time.
Oh…. I forgot to say that there’s a bunch of new aventurine that’s been set out… and I have to get Tempus to put the newly potted plants into the front window. I’ve been forgetting for several days, now.
Today’s Plant is the Coast Willow, Salix hookeriana. I’ve been mistaking it for pussy willow ever since I moved out here! Pussy Willows are a subset of the willows which also include osiers (think “wicker” for their uses). They’re all Saliciae from which, salicylic acid, the medicine Aspirin, was derived. Willow magick is Feminine, Moon and Water. Willow wands can be used for healing, to sleep with for more vivid dreams, Drawing Down the Moon, or for protection in underworld journeying. The Willow will bring the blessings of the Moon upon those who plant it or have it on their property. Willows can be used to bind together witch’s brooms and a forked willow branch is widely used in water witching and dowsing. New Moon magick, creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, binding. Love, Love divination, protection, healing. It is also known as the tree of immortality because of its ability to re grow from a fallen branch in moist ground. These properties apply to all forms of willow, but the Coast Willow has the properties of endurance, tolerance and stubbornness as well. There’s more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org
The Rhyne Toll, Chetwode Manor, UK (Oct 30 – Nov 7) – At Chetwode, near Buckingham, England, the Lord of the Manor has the right to levy a yearly tax, called the ‘Rhyne Toll’, on all cattle found between October 30 and November 7 on his ‘liberty’, a grazing domain. Apparently a knight who slew an enormous boar in antiquity was rewarded with this manor and toll. In the 1800’s a mound in the area was unearthed and yielded up the skeleton of an enormous boar. These days, it’s a party, of course! More here: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/c/h/i/Billy-R-Chitwood/GENE12-0039.html and here (a couple of screens down) http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=62559
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. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 11/1 at 7:49pm. Blue Moon – A blue moon is an additional full moon that appears in a subdivision of a year, the third of four full moons in a season or some other subdivision like an astronomical sign. In 1946 someone misread and since then the 2nd full moon in a month is often called a blue moon. After 7/15, the next one will occur March 31, 2018. The phrase has nothing to do with the actual color of the moon, although a literal “blue moon” (the moon appearing with a tinge of blue) may occur in certain atmospheric conditions; e.g., when there are volcanic eruptions or when exceptionally large fires leave particles in the atmosphere.
Vega is the brightest star very high in the west these evenings. Its little constellation Lyra extends to its left, pointing as always to Altair, currently the brightest star high in the southwest. Three of Lyra’s leading stars, after Vega, are interesting doubles. Barely above Vega is 4th-magnitude Epsilon Lyrae, the Double-Double. Epsilon forms one corner of a roughly equilateral triangle with Vega and Zeta Lyrae. The triangle is less than 2° on a side, hardly the width of your thumb at arm’s length. Binoculars easily resolve Epsilon. And a 4-inch telescope at 100× or more should resolve each of Epsilon’s wide components into a tight pair. Zeta Lyrae is also a double star for binoculars; much tougher, but plainly resolved in a telescope. And Delta Lyrae, a similar distance upper left of Zeta, is a much wider and easier binocular pair.
The Moon reaches apogee, the farthest point from Earth in its orbit, at 2:45 P.M. EDT. It will then sit 252,522 miles (406,395 kilometers) from our planet. Our satellite is 99 percent lit and will delight Halloween revelers tomorrow as a Full Moon to light the spooky holiday.
The nearly Full Moon does, however, make the sky brighter and washes out dimmer stars and deep-sky objects. Tonight is a great night to search out some famous asterisms, though: the Square of Pegasus, the Big and Little Dippers, the Teapot in Sagittarius, and the w shape of Cassiopeia. Also still visible is the Summer Triangle, made up of the three bright stars Deneb, Altair, and Vega. High overhead during summer nights, the Triangle is now lower in the west around 8 P.M. local time. Over the next few months, its stars will set completely by sunset and the Triangle will disappear as the winter constellations come out in full force.
Neptune (magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) is well up in the south-southeast by 9 p.m. daylight-saving time, about 20° east of Mars. Neptune is 2.3 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 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 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 – Purple
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Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl), reed – The term “reed” is used with great imprecision in North America, but it is clear that the reed of the ogham is the common reed (Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steudel). This is a giant grass, with stems as high as 4 m (13 feet). It grows in marshy areas, where it often forms dense stands. Like most other grasses, the vertical stems live only a single year, dying in the autumn and being replaced with new green shoots in the spring. The dead stems rattle and whisper in late autumn winds. Common reed has spread as a weed throughout the world; in North America it is widespread in cooler climates. Common reed is in the Grass family (Poaceae, or Gramineae). “The Reed Month, is said by some to be most favorable for communication with ancestral spirits and the strengthening of all family ties, with magickal associations with fertility, love, protection, and family concerns. ‘Thin and slender is the Reed. He stands in clumps at the edge of the river and between his feet hides the swift pike awaiting an unsuspecting minnow to come his way. In his thinness the reed resembles arrows that fly, silver-tipped, up into the unknown air to land at the very source that one had searched for all these years. Firing arrows off into the unknown is an expression of the desire to search out basic truths. If you loose off without direction, the place of landing will be random. If the firing off is carried out with the correct conviction, determination and sense of purpose, then the act becomes secondary to the event that comes both before and after the moment.'” Source: Earth, Moon and Sky
Ngetal – Reed Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Grass Green
Meaning: Upsets or surprises
to study this month Mor – the Sea Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: AE, X, XI, M
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 30 High 12:31 AM 6.8 7:52 AM Set 6:47 AM 96
~ 30 Low 6:26 AM 1.7 6:08 PM Rise 6:09 PM
~ 30 High 12:27 PM 7.8
~ 30 Low 7:03 PM 0.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Laugh. Play. Dance. Let go.
Journal Prompt – Wiki – What does “holds water” mean to you?
~ Any assumption about the action of a plant that relies solely on the basis of the action of a constituent should be resisted. It should always be recalled that the action of the whole plant is more than the action of its parts. – Simon Mills
~ And again: No more gods! no more gods! Man is King, Man is God! – But the great Faith is Love! – Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) French writer
~ There is no death…Only a change of worlds. – Chief Seattle (Seathl, Duwamish-Suquamish, 1785-1866)
~ A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds. – Shelley
…it has great practical value – you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindboggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you – daft as a bush, but very, very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Samhain Magick – Have a fun Halloween!
The day may also be referred to as Hallowmas, All Hallows Eve, Day of the Dead, Feast of Spirits, Third Harvest, Samonios, All Saint’s Eve, Martinmas, Celtic New Year, Samhuinn, Celtic Winter, Samana, Festival of Pamona, Vigil of Saman, Hallowe’en, Vigil of Todos, Santos, and The Witches New Year
Samhain (also spelled Samhuim or Samhuinn) has several pronunciations: “SOW-wen”, “SEW-wen”, “SOW-vain”, “SAV-een”, “Sahm-HAYN”. The word means “Summer’s End” in Gaelic. It is the New Years Eve of Celts and Druids and for many who call themselves “witch”, including Wiccans. For some, the day marks the end of the rule of the Goddess and the beginning of the rule of the God. For Christians, it is the eve of All Hallows.
On Samhain night the veil between the our world and the world of spirits is thought to be very thin. So, Samhain or the Eve of All Hallows is nearly universally viewed as a time for honoring the dead and, even, possibly seeing them. (Some people believed you could go to a graveyard and, at midnight, see the ‘ghosts’ of those destined to die in the coming year wandering about.) In the Celtic tradition it was believed that all who died had to wait until Samhain before crossing over the the world of the spirits. It is believed that future can be more easily seen at this time.
I’ve been asked to post this simple recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds…warning, they are addictive!
Scoop out seeds and get stringy stuff off…but not pulp. Leave that on because it adds to taste. Spread on a cookie sheet and drizzle with melted butter. I use enough to get them all wet with the butter. Then put in 350 degree oven for about 20-30 minutes. About halfway through, stir the seeds around to get both sides…then salt them as soon as you pull them out. If you really like the roasted flavor, let them get a little darker than golden brown. Yum!Scoop out seeds and get stringy stuff off…but not pulp. Leave that on because it adds to taste. Spread on a cookie sheet and drizzle with melted butter. I use enough to get them all wet with the butter. Then put in 350 degree oven for about 20-30 minutes. About halfway through, stir the seeds around to get both sides…then salt them as soon as you pull them out. If you really like the roasted flavor, let them get a little darker than golden brown. Yum!
Honor the dead, remember those you loved who have passed on
Give food to travelers (or trick or treaters)
Have a bonfire
Scry by the fire, smoke or your scrying mirror
Leave food outside as an offering to the dead
Carve faces in apples and pumpkins (originally this was done to frighten off evil spirits)
Mix up some hot mugwart tea
Cook up a Samhain pumkin pie
Make a collection of photos etc of loved ones who are dead and display it on your altar
Some clans do testing for psychic and magickal talents on this night.
It is traditional on Samhain night to leave a plate of food outside the home for the souls of the dead. A candle placed in the window guides them to the lands of eternal summer, and burying apples in the hard-packed earth “feeds” the passed ones on their journey.
In Belgium an old custom was to prepare “Cakes for the Dead” small white cakes or cookies. A cake was eaten for each spirit honoured with the belief that the more cakes you ate, the more the dead would bless you.
It was also customary to light a fire on the household hearth which would burn continuously until the first day of the following spring. Huge bonfires were lit on the hilltops at sunset in honor of the old Gods and Goddesses and to guide the souls of the dead home to their kin.
Samhain can be a time for getting rid of bad habits, too. Write down bad habits and weaknesses you wish to be rid of on a piece of parchment. Meditate upon how much better off you will be once rid of the weaknesses; then, burn the parchment.
Foods – Gingerbread, cakes for the dead, pumpkin pie and other pumpkin dishes, cranberry muffins and breads, apples, corn, beets, turnips, haselnuts, cider, ale, herbal teas, mulled wines are appropriate, as are meat dishes.
Herbs and Plants – Acorn, Oak, Apple, Arborvitae (Yellow Cedar), Corn Dittany of Crete Fumitory, Hazel, Mullein, Nightshade, Pumpkin, Sage, Turnip, Wormwood, Mugwort, Gourds, Sage, Allspice, Catnip, pomegranites
Symbols – Jack-o’-Lantern, Balefire, Besom, Masks, The Cauldron, Waning Moon.
Gemstones – all black gemstones, jet, obsidian, and onyx.
Silliness – Silly Q&A – Question: Why don’t penguins go to England? Because they’re afraid of Wales!