The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1pm-5pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
There are standing puddles all over from the heavy rain that we had off and on. It’s just overcast now. 48F, wind at 0-4 mph and gusting, AQI 32-38, UV1. Chance of rain 40% today and 10% tonight. We’re under a GALE WARNING through 9pm today for wind on/by the ocean up to about 45 mph. The best chance for showers is late afternoon both today and Saturday. Sunday and Monday should be nice and then we’re back to rain with some possible wind next Friday.
Yesterday we were open on time and I worked pretty hard for quite awhile, but by the time the SpaceX launch was past. I was running out of energy, so I went back to computer housekeeping. I think we had one person in all day, Susanne, who was dropping off my stuff from Trader Joes. Tempus headed over to the laundromat at a bit after 5pm while I stayed open waiting for the UPS guy. …and waited and waited….
I finally started watching youtube videos. Eventually Tempus was back and we sorted stuff and got it put away and then I went to sleep. When I woke, he had headed for Newport for the bulk route, so I got myself some supper and worked on inventory for a bit and then started processing more tomatoes. I’m going to head to bed and read/embroider for awhile.
Today we have chores to do in the shop and hoping for more customers, despite the rain. It’s watering day again, along with more tomatoes to process, since I’m hoping to do the chowchow tonight, now that I have all of the ingredients. I’m wondering if I’m calling that by the right name. Baba used to use corn, cabbage and both red and green tomatoes, but that doesn’t look like any of the recipes or photos out there….
My mother used to recite, when the weather turned to fall, “The goldenrod is yellow, the leaves are turning brown, the trees in the apple orchard, with fruit, are bending down.” Today’s plant is Goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis
Today we’ve got an odd feast. There are several celebrations of “St. Leonard” on this day, but the only saint of this name that I can find doesn’t see to have even the slightest connection to the celebrations! There are a Bavarians who celebrate him with a parade of painted wagons and a whip-cracking contest as a patron saint of drovers. There’s a candle procession in another spot and an historical veneration of St. Leonard by Crusaders. What’s that have to do with this guy? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_of_Noblac
The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1pm-5pm 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 email@example.com 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
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. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 11/8 at 5:46am.
After dark this week, Capella shines well up in the northeast. Look for the Pleiades three fists to Capella’s right. As evening grows later, you’ll find orange Aldebaran climbing up below the Pleiades.
Then by about 10 p.m. (depending on your location), Orion clears the eastern horizon below Aldebaran.
The Leonid meteor shower begins ramping up tonight, although it won’t come to a peak until November 17. Still, swing your gaze to Leo the Lion this morning as his tail, the bright star Denebola, just clears the horizon around 2 A.M. local time. About 35° due east (upper right) of Denebola is Alpha (α) Leonis, also known as Regulus. This bright star is the base of Leo’s six-star Sickle asterism, which forms the Lion’s regal head and looks like a backwards question mark on the sky. Algenubi, which caps the sickle on its rounded end, can be imagined as Leo’s nose. The Leonids’ radiant is about 10° due north of Regulus, and you should begin to notice more meteors originating in this region of the sky over the next two weeks. The best time to look for meteors is in the early morning, as the radiant rises higher in the sky but twilight has not yet begun to leach away the darkness.
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)
Mars (11/13), Neptune (11/28), Chiron (12/12) Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde
Color – Pink
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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 t 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 6 High 4:37 AM 6.0 7:01 AM Set 12:41 PM 77
~ 6 Low 9:31 AM 3.9 4:58 PM Rise 9:36 PM
~ 6 High 3:07 PM 7.1
~ 6 Low 10:37 PM 0.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If wrinkles must be written upon our brow, let them not be written upon the heart; the spirit should not grow old.
Journal Prompt – Personal taste – If I could give one piece of advice to any person in history, that advice would be…
~ Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open. – – Alexander Graham Bell
~ Will is an unwavering purpose: It is the channeling of your awareness to focus precisely on that which you want with burning intensity. – Kerr Cuhulain
Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person. – Mother Teresa
~ The opposition leader today was like a tired old sock. – Paul Keating on the parliamentary performance of then opposition leader John Hewson
A NOVEMBER EVE
IT was a soft November eve, and a faint yellow dye,
Pale as a winter primrose, tinged the margin of the sky,
While leaves, like brown-winged butterflies, came
eddying from the oak,
And spiral shafts of purest blue curled up of cottage smoke. – EDWARD CAPERN.
If you’re giving a book as a holiday gift why not add a bookmark to which you’ve added a few drops of essential oils. Try to choose something that will appeal to most folks like Orange or maybe a blend of Lavender and Tangerine. The Orange is great for kids. Create a bookmark for students adding oils to help them study, Peppermint, Rosemary and Basil will help keep them alert. Add a bottle of the essential oil so they can refresh their bookmark. Maybe spice oils for a cookbook. The possibilities are endless. – Brought to you by AromaThyme.com – http://www.aromathyme.com
Doorway Protection – To protect your house or a room
Tools: a besom or decorative broom – plain, or decorated with dried or silk flowers to match your decor or the current season; a nail or hook to put on a door to hold the besom
Hang the besom or broom on the back of the door and say: “As you hang upon my door,
Remember what a door is for
Letting in and keeping out
Is what a door is all about.
As we travel on our rounds,
Help us return safely to our grounds.
But whether we’re in or whether we’re out,
Please keep want and trouble out.”
Make the sign of the banishing pentagram on the inside of the door, and the sign of the invoking pentagram on the outside. ~MOONCRAFTS NEWSLETTER, GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
Silliness – To Help You Smile – A good way to stand out from the competition at a job interview is to bring your resume on a floppy disk.