Happy Halloween! Blessed Samhain! 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 a clear and cold night, 41F, winds are calm, AQI 11-36, UV1. Chance of rain 0% today and tonight. It should be sunny and nice today and tomorrow, highs pushing 60, but on Monday the clouds are likely to start rolling in during the morning hours. Rain/Showers are likely from Monday evening on through to Saturday… and there’s still a chance, then.
Yesterday I never even opened this file until way late in the evening. I was pretty busy all day. I ended up with about 20 pounds of green tomatoes and I need to process them, pretty quickly. I was working on finding an RV or a tiny home. If you see something out there under $6K, please let me know. Plant watering did happen, but the goodie bags aren’t finished.
We had an 1/2 dozen people in all day, one of whom was Linda. She has a *beautiful* ancestor altar piece that she made. After the holiday I’ll ask her for a photo for the class group. A logging truck went over by the Ona Curves and they had to shut down the highways for awhile, so it got vewy, vewy quiet…..
Tempus hasn’t been feeling well, so I chased him into the back and he slept until nearly 4pm. That’s a *very* good thing! …and he’s feeling a lot better tonight and not making “ouching” sounds with every step. With all the car stuff going on I haven’t had the heart to nag about getting decorations up and our ancestor altar didn’t happen either.
Today we’ll be open at 1pm and be handing out goodie bags until they run out, and doing photos all day.
I thought we were done with this…… the clock fall back. I am *so* sleepy, the extra hour is likely to help since we still have so much to do.
We’re going to have to get up early, me to work on the goodie bags and Tempus to get the photo backdrop up.
Today’s Plant is the Early Blue Violet, Viola adunca. – Violet leaves contain more vitamin A than spinach, and a half-cup of leaves has more vitamin C than four oranges, but rhizomes, fruits and seeds are poisonous. Other common names include the hooked-spur violet, Cascade violet, sand violet and the western dog violet. Found on Wiki here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_adunca or here:http://blogs.evergreen.edu/sustainableprisons/blog/2012/01/12/spp-plant-profile-early-blue-violet-viola-adunca/ Feminine, Venus, Water – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.
Tonight is the night when dead leaves fly
like witches on switches across the sky.
When elf and sprite flit through the night
on a moony sheen.
Tonight is the night when leaves make a sound
like a gnome in his home under the ground.
When spooks and trolls creep out of the holes,
all mossy and green.
Tonight is the night when pumpkins stare
through sheaves and leaves everywhere.
When ghoul and ghost and goblin host dance round their Queen.
“On All Saints’ Day the stags are lean,
Yellow are the tops of birch; deserted is the summer dwelling.
Woe to him who for a trifle deserves a curse.” – From The Heroic Elegies of Llywarch Hên (6th-Century Welsh), translated by Dr W Owen Pughe, 1792 (William Hone, The Every-Day Book, or a Guide to the Year, William Tegg and Co., London, 1878, 711 – 712; 1825-26 edition online)
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. Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for 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 11/14 at 9:07pm.
Full Moon for Halloween. – Full Moon occurs at 7:49 A.M. PDT, lighting the Halloween skies for the first time in the central and western U.S. since 2001, and the first time around the world since 1944 (thanks to time zones affecting the date on which the Full Moon falls). But this Full Moon is special for another reason — it’s also a Blue Moon, meaning it’s the second Full Moon in a single calendar month. October 1 also sported a Full Moon, which was called the Harvest Moon because it was the closest Full Moon to the autumn equinox September 22. That gives the Halloween Full Moon the name Hunter’s Moon, the title of the Full Moon that typically falls in October The Moon rises in the east about a half hour after sunset, depending on your location.
That bright orange dot off to its upper right is Mars. After dark, you’ll find the modest stars of little Aries above the Moon by about a fist and a half at arm’s length, if you can make them out through the moonlight. Above Aries, by a roughly similar amount, is the much longer line of stars forming the main line of the constellation Andromeda, sort of horizontal-ish and two or three fists from end to end. Meanwhile, in the west-southwest you’ll find bright Jupiter and, upper left of Jupiter by half a fist, lesser Saturn.
Uranus is at opposition. – The Moon passes 3° south of Uranus at 9 A.M. EDT. Three hours later, at noon EDT, Uranus reaches opposition. By an hour after sunset, Uranus and the Moon are 6° apart, both rising in the east in the constellation Aries. You’ll find the ice giant due west of the Moon and will need binoculars or a telescope to spot it, given the bright background light produced by our satellite. Glowing at magnitude 5.7, Uranus’ blue-gray disk is just 4″ wide.
Venus (magnitude –4.0, in Virgo) shines brightly in the east before and during dawn, not very high. Venus rises in darkness about an hour before dawn’s first light. Once dawn gets under way, it’s nicely up as the “Morning Star.” Can you keep Venus in view all the way to sunrise and maybe after? Binoculars help as the sky grows bright with day.
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 Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 to 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 – Brown
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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
Sa 31 High 1:10 AM 6.8 7:53 AM Set 7:48 AM 99
~ 31 Low 6:57 AM 2.0 6:06 PM Rise 6:31 PM
~ 31 High 12:54 PM 7.9
~ 31 Low 7:36 PM 0.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Be your true self, it’s your destiny
Journal Prompt – Memories – Think of a photograph of yourself taken when you were younger. Then write down the thoughts that you might have been thinking at the time it was taken.
~ Be a shape shifter, making adjustments to handle the situations that you find yourself in. Shape your life to sway circumstances to your advantage. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Improve your business, your life, your relationships, your finances and your health. When you do the whole world improves. – Mark Victor Hansen
~ You see a lot of smart guys with dumb women, but you hardly ever see a smart woman with a dumb guy. – Erica Jong
~ First keep peace with yourself, then you can also bring peace to others. – Thomas a Kempis
Octobers face, benign and mellow,
Turns nuts to brown and leaves to yellow;
But (like the Scorpion, sting in tail)
He ends with frost and scourging hail. – Jan Struther (1901–53)
Samhain Magick – Recipes
Soothsayer’s Sliced Apples – Makes 48 slices.
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup pecans, finely ground
6 large, firm apples
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup dark corn syrup
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Place the chocolate in a double boiler over medium heat until it is almost melted.
- Remove from heat, stir, and let cool.
- Spread the nuts in a small bowl.
- Dip the apples into the chocolate and shake off excess.
- Then dip the apples into the nuts to coat the bottom.
- et them 3 inches apart on a lightly buttered tray and refrigerate for 45 minutes.
- In a small pot, stir together the sugar, cream, corn syrup, butter, and salt.
- Cover and bring to a boil over medium heat.
- Cook until the mixture reaches 240, stirring occasionally.
- Remove pot from heat and add vanilla.
- Pour the hot caramel over the apples, a little at a time, letting it drip down the sides.
- Cool the apples but don’t refrigerate them.
- When ready to serve, slice the apples in half and remove the cores.
- Cut each half into 4 slices.
Bird’s Nest Pudding by Siannan
The name of this pudding (really more like a pie) comes from the serving appearance–the apples are nestled in a bowl created by the crust. Just the thing for contemplating a warm fire or a cozy night of music!
5 Granny Smith apples, cored and peeled and sliced thinly
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup milk
2 cups flour (I use a half and half mixture of wheat and white flours–all wheat yields a tough crust)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp butter
1/2 cup sugar (for topping)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Grease a deep pie dish (lightly grease the rim of the dish as well).
- Toss apple slices with cinnamon and nutmeg and arrange in the dish.
- Blend together the egg, sugar, salt, milk, flour, cream, and baking powder until it begins to form a dough.
- Do not over mix!
- Shape the dough into a crust and mold it over the top of the pie dish to cover.
- Bake at for 25 minutes.
- To serve, invert the dish over a platter.
- Dot the apples with butter and sprinkle with the remaining sugar.
- Serve with heavy cream sprinkled with nutmeg.
Uncle Ray’s Orange-Carrot Jell-O® Mold – (I have a “brain” mold, anyone want to try this one? <grin>)
l pkg. (small size) orange Jell-O®
2 or 3 medium carrots—-finely grated
1/4 tsp. white horseradish
1 and 1/4 cups water
- Boil the water
- Add horseradish,
- Mix in the orange Jell-O®
- Stir and add the finely grated carrots
- Pour into mold and refrigerate till set…serve with creamy dressing…following:
DRESSING – Mix equal parts of Mayonnaise and heavy cream together and chill. Serve with Jell-O® mold.
Or serve with catsup for blood….
Silliness – Problem with a Dog
Police officer: Excuse me, but your dog has been chasing a man on his bicycle.
Dog owner: Are you crazy? My dog can’t even ride a bicycle.