The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1pm-5pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
Rain showers with some interesting flash and boom earlier in the evening. 48F, wind at 4-10 mph and gusting, AQI 21-43, UV1. Chance of rain 30% today and 20% tonight. The rain should be quitting soon and the chance peters out to nothing for tomorrow and Saturday. There’s a good chance of rain Sunday through Wednesday, with some added wind on Tuesday. After that we’re back to partly cloudy and 50% chance…. We’re looking at high temps in the low 50’s and low’s mostly in the mid-40’s, but when there are no clouds down to 39F.
Yesterday started late. We had a minor problem going in the bathroom. One of the doohickeys under the sink slipped and was causing a tiny leak. It made a mess on the floor, but ought to dry out just fine. All it took was a turn of a wrench, but we’re going to keep an eye on it. Otherwise everything else was chores.
I spent a good while on embroidery, trying to work out some patterns again. I’m hoping to spend some time tonight trying to get the finished ones ready to go.
Today we’ll be open. I still need to finish the impulse rings and we should have some more stock coming in. Did I mention last week that we got a new set of budget earrings, too? Good stocking stuffers.
Today’s Plant is Bleeding Heart, lamprocapnos spectabilis (which Cunningham has as dicentra spectabilis, an older designation). Other names are: old-fashioned bleeding-heart, Venus’s car, Lady in a bath, Dutchman’s trousers, or Lyre-flower, which all have various folklore attached. They’re native to Asia, but are common garden ornamentals and so suited to our climate that I assumed that they were native here! You see them all through the woods in the spring. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Used in magick mostly as a divination. Crush the flower. If it “bleeds red” there is love. If it “bleeds white”, either love has died, or there is no hope of it. Be careful if you bring the live plant indoors because it can produce irritation and anger between people in the household. To forestall this push a silver bead or a dime (standing in for silver) into the soil, and say, “Lady of the Moon, give us peace, in your honor, and we honor you!” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamprocapnos_spectabilis
The Gettysburg Address – Possibly the best-known speech at the current time, these 271 words were delivered on this day as a dedication of a soldier’s cemetery. It used to be memorized in school. Read it today. It says a lot that we need to remember. More info here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gettysburg_Address
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. —Abraham Lincoln
The Man in the Iron Mask is a figure mostly of fiction and legend, but there is an historical basis. This date in 1703 marks his death. Held for more than forty years in prison (the 19th-Century folklorist Robert Chambers says only the last five years of his imprisonment were actually in the Bastille) during the reign of King Louis XIV, the Man in the Iron Mask was an unknown prisoner. Most probably he was a general with whom the king was furious although he was originally admitted under the name of a valet privy to embarrassing events and was buried under the name, “Matthioli” . More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_in_the_Iron_Mask
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 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 11/30 at 1:30am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 11/19 at 9:07am. 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 11/21 at 8:45pm.
Now the Moon forms a flat triangle with Saturn and Jupiter, as shown above. The Moon forever creeps east from hour to hour against the background stars and planets. In the course of the evening, can you see the triangle change shape at all before it sets? The Moon passes 2° south of Jupiter at 4 A.M. EST, then skims 3° south of Saturn at 10 A.M. EST. Both occur after the planets have set, however; instead, catch the scene this evening as darkness falls. The Moon is 5.5° southeast of Saturn and 12.2° east-southeast of Jupiter an hour after sunset. At that time, Jupiter’s moon Callisto is crossing the planet’s face; it’s roughly halfway through its journey, which will take two more hours to complete. Meanwhile, Ganymede slips out from Jupiter’s shadow around 7:13 P.M. EST, reappearing to the planet’s east. Io lies further east, while Europa is visible to Jupiter’s west. Jupiter and Saturn shine from northeastern Sagittarius, but the Moon has already crossed into Capricornus. Saturn glows at magnitude 0.6, while Jupiter is a brighter magnitude –2.1. The planets themselves appear just over 3° apart, and there’s only a little more than a month to wait for their upcoming Great Conjunction December 21.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Aries) is high in the east by 7 p.m., about 20° east (lower left) of Mars. Uranus is only 3.7 arcseconds wide, but that’s enough to appear as a tiny fuzzy ball, not a point, at high power in even a good small telescope. And while you’re there, find the 9th-magnitude asteroid 8 Flora about 11° away. See Bob King’s Tiny Asteroid Flora and Mighty Uranus Team Up with finder charts and more about both. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune.
Old Farmer’s Almanac October Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-october
Runic half month of Naudhiz/ Nyd /Nauthiz – November 13- 27 – Need-fire – Time to prepare for winter. Consciousness is the Necessity. “That which does not destroy me makes me stronger.” – Nietzsche
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 – 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 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
Th 19 High 3:52 AM 7.0 7:19 AM Rise 12:12 PM 16
~ 19 Low 9:08 AM 3.5 4:45 PM Set 9:12 PM
~ 19 High 2:50 PM 8.2
~ 19 Low 10:02 PM -0.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Coffee in one hand. Confidence in the other.
Journal Prompt – Expository – Write about your first airplane ride. (If you have never been on an airplane, describe what you think it would be like.)
~ The time for action is now. Your life is your responsibility. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about. – Woody Hayes
~ Imagination is intelligence with an erection. – Victor Hugo
~ I am human, a father, and a black man in pain and I am not the only one. – Jay-Z on his conversation with Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) about justice for George Floyd.
We thank Him for all the fruits that grow on the trees and vines.
We thank Him for his goodness in making the forests, and thank all its trees.
We thank Him for the darkness that gives us rest, and for the kind Being
of the darkness that gives us light, the Moon.
We thank Him for the bright spots in the skies that give us signs, the stars.
–Harriet Maxwell Converse (1836–1903) Translated from a traditional Iroquois prayer
Did You Know?
The Algonkian tribes held six thanksgiving festivals during the year. The beginning of the Algonkian year was marked by the Maple Dance which gave thanks to the Creator for the maple tree and its syrup. This ceremony occurred when the weather was warm enough for the sap to run in the maple trees, sometimes as early as February. Second was the planting feast, where the seeds were blessed. The strawberry festival was next, celebrating the first fruits of the season. Summer brought the green corn festival to give thanks for the ripening corn. In late fall, the harvest festival gave thanks for the food they had grown. Mid-winter was the last ceremony of the old year. When the Indians sat down to the “first Thanksgiving” with the Pilgrims, it was really the fifth thanksgiving of the year for them!
Did You Know?
Many of the images commonly associated with Thanksgiving are derived from much older traditions of celebrating the autumn harvest. For example, the cornucopia (a horn-shaped basket overflowing with fruits and vegetables) is a typical emblem of Thanksgiving abundance that dates to ancient harvest festivals.
Many communities also decorate their churches with fruits, flowers, and vegetables at Thanksgiving, much as European communities have for centuries during the autumn harvest season.
In keeping with the idea of celebrating a plentiful harvest, preparing and eating a large meal is a central part of most Thanksgiving celebrations. Thanksgiving menus usually include turkey, bread-crumb stuffing, cranberry sauce, squash, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie.
Did You Know?
The estimate of the number of turkeys raised in the United States during 2001 was 270 million. That’s no change from 2000. In 2000, the turkeys produced weighed 7 billion pounds altogether and were valued at $2.8 billion.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten in the U.S. at Thanksgiving that’s one sixth of all turkeys sold in the U.S. each year.
Silliness – To Help You Smile – You can tune a guitar… but you can’t tuna fish!