The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1pm-5pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). Featured photo by Imagine That Photography. We will be closed for Thanksgiving on 11/26.
Partly cloudy at 2am and *stars*! 41F, wind at 7-9mph and gusting, AQI34-43, UV1. Chance of rain 10% today and tonight. It ought to stay dry through early Sunday morning, at this point. It’s going to be a sunny, crisp, fall day today, and that means cold (39F) overnight and Saturday night. Sunday and Monday we’re looking at showers and then some real rain on Tuesday/Wednesday with a touch of wind, yet, but it’s going to dry out for a few days after that. Thanksgiving ought to be nice!
Yesterday I was up a bit early, but never really got going all that well. I did get plants watered and managed to do a bit of writing in with the paperwork, but that was about all. We had one set of people in, just looking, all day. Around 4pm Tempus headed over to the laundromat and also picked up mail. I’m going to have to open those today. I slept from 6 until about 10:30 and then got up to work on newsletters. I gave up just after midnight and went back to bed.
Last night was bulk drops, so Tempus headed out while I was asleep. I called him to make sure everything’s going ok. He’s waiting for the Oregonians. When this is done I’m going to go work on some embroidery.
Today I have to get the one box of stock emptied, inventoried and out for sale. This one should finally be the calendars. We didn’t stock heavily, so come in and look before they all vanish!
Lupines are represented on the coast by the Large-Leaved Lupine, Lupinus polyphyllus, (which is often the common garden variety and all over out here) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_polyphyllus and Kincaid’s Lupine, Lupinus sulphureus subsp. Kincaidii (which used to be called Oregon Lupine). The latter is threatened as they’re disappearing and are needed for an also disappearing butterfly. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_sulphureus We also get the yellow varieties of this one on the coast. More on the main lupin species here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin These are tall showy flower spikes with a distinctive leaf pattern that bloom all summer into the fall. Some varieties of lupins (the “sweet lupins”) are eaten, but many require soaking in salt water for long periods of time to get the alkaloids out that could be poisonous. These were eaten by the indigenes, but no one has said how they were prepared. There’s a little here about the beans, which are being used as a vegan food, but have a high potential for allergic effects. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin_bean – Masculine, Fire, Moon – As far as magick goes, it’s not listed very many places, but its old name is “Blood from a head”. The word “lupine” derives from the word for wolf, as well. They are useful in magicks for any canine. In fact, I always include them in amulets for dogs or wolves. They can also be used to help with spirit communication with the canine/lupine totems. They have also been used in curse magicks for getting rid of things like cancers, or resistant viruses and bacteria or even for brain tumors.
Praetextatus and Paulina, pagan activists, Roman Empire – Praetextatus and Paulina, husband and wife, were guardians of the Eleusinian Mysteries. In 364 CE, they resisted the order of the Christian emperor Valentinian I to suppress these already ancient Greek pagan sacred rites. Praetextatus and Paulina were virtuous people and involved with many paths, more than just the Mysteries. They were also proponents of the numen multiplex, which resembles more polytheism/pantheism. They were married for over 40 years and lived out their lives before the worst of the persecutions began, but saw the problems revving up. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Praetextatus_%28aristocrat%29
The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1pm-5pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). We will be closed for Thanksgiving on 11/26.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. 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.
Whenever Fomalhaut is “southing” (crossing the meridian due south, which it does around 7 p.m. this week), the first stars of Orion are just about to rise above the east horizon for skywatchers in the world’s mid-northern latitudes. And, the Pointers of the Big Dipper stand upright low due north, straight below Polaris.
Early evening observers should consider taking some time to enjoy the Moon tonight. Our satellite sits smack dab in the middle of Capricornus the Sea Goat, east of Sagittarius (and Jupiter and Saturn). Easily visible on the Moon’s face is the small, round Mare Crisium, as well as Mare Fecunditatis and Mare Nectaris. Through a telescope, look for the crater Theophilus, which has a prominent central mountain comprising three peaks that rise just over a mile (2 km) above the crater floor. Planetary scientists have dated the crater to sometime between 3 billion and 1 billion years ago, during an era known as the Moon’s Eratosthenian period. Tonight, the crater should appear in sharp relief just to the right of the terminator (the line that divides lunar night from day).
Neptune (magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) is equally high in the south at that time. Neptune is 2.3 arcseconds wide, harder to resolve than Uranus except in very good seeing. Check in on all three of these faint targets 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 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
F 20 High 4:52 AM 6.8 7:20 AM Rise 12:52 PM 25
~ 20 Low 10:13 AM 3.6 4:44 PM Set 10:21 PM
~ 20 High 3:47 PM 7.5
~ 20 Low 10:58 PM 0.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an acceptable day!
Journal Prompt – What do you think? – What do you think your life will be like ten years from now?
~ Without some goal and some effort to reach it no man can live. – Feodor Dostoyevsky
~ When you find the strength to continuously act in the face of uncertainty, you till the soil of genius. – Jonathan Fields
~ Don’t try to shape what you see, let the world show you its shape. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Technology does not run an enterprise, relationships do. – Patricia Fripp
E’en in these bleak November days
There’s gladness for the heart that heeds.
The marsh to me no gloom conveys,
Though the grey frost be on the weeds. –Charles Dawson Shanly (1811–75)
Thanksgiving Blessing Snack Mix – * Each ingredient in this snack mix symbolizes something associated with Thanksgiving.
2 cups Bugles brand corn snacks – shaped as a cornucopia, a horn of plenty.
2 cups pretzels – represent arms folded in thanks and prayer.
1 cup candy corn – during the first winter, the Pilgrims were each alloted only 5 kernels of corn per day because food was so scarce.
1 cup dried or candy fruits – Thanksgiving is the celebration of the harvest.
1 cup peanuts or sunflower seeds – seeds represent the potential of a bounteous harvest for the next season if they are planted and well tended.
In a large bowl mix all ingredients together. Other ingredients such as dry cereals, candies, or marshmallows can also be added.
Make this mix as a family and eat while discussing each ingredient and how it relates to Thanksgiving. By Kathy
Southern Corn Pudding – Serves 8, 1h 10 minute prep time
- 10-12 ears of fresh corn, husks removed (6 cups)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3 tbs all-purpose flour
- 2 tbs baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 6 large eggs
- 2 cups whipping cream
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Cut off kernels from cobs in to a large bowl. This should amount to about six cups.
- Scrape milk and remaining pulp from the cobs, then discard cobs. It’s important to get as much as possible off the cobs.
- Begin mixing the eggs, baking powder, flour, salt, whipping cream, and butter in a large bowl
- Gradually add sugar to the egg mixture and whisk it until it is smooth.
- Add in the corn and stir.
- Pour mixture in to a lightly greased 13″x9″ baking dish.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
Pams Thanksgiving Pie – Try Pam’s special Thanksgiving pie, chock full of maple, coconut, pecans, and a healthy dose of holiday cheer! This recipe has been used since 1860! From, “Atlanta Cooknotes,” published in cooperation with your Daily InBox newsletter. – http://www.beliefnet.com/Love-Family/Recipes/Pams-Thanksgiving-Pie.aspx
- 1 unbaked nine-inch deep-dish pastry shell
- 4 large eggs, well beaten
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup softened margarine
- 1 cup milk
- 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon butter extract
- 1/4 teaspoon maple flavoring
- 1/4 cup dark corn syrup
- 1/4 cup oatmeal
- 1/2 cup flaked coconut
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine eggs, sugar, margarine, milk, flour, flavorings, and corn syrup; beat well. Blend in oatmeal, coconut, and pecans. Mixture will seem soupy.
- Pour into unbaked pastry shell. Bake on lowest rake of oven for 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool and chill two to three hours. Pie filling becomes a custard with a crunchy top.
SERVINGS: 6 – 8
Pancetta and Mushroom Phyllo Cups – Pancetta, mushrooms and herbs combine to make this easy and decadent crispy appetizer in just 40 minutes. – https://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/pancetta-and-mushroom-phyllo-cups/bb4c51d8-e3ce-4626-b900-52692190288a
- Prep Time – 40 min
- Total Time – 40 min
- Servings – 30
- 2 packages (1.9 oz each) phyllo cups (30 shells total)
- 3 oz thinly sliced pancetta, coarsely chopped
- 1 package (8 oz) cremini or baby bella mushrooms, finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped sage leaves
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped thyme leaves
- ½ cup Progresso™ chicken stock (from 32-oz carton)
- ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
- ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup sour cream
- Crisp phyllo cups as directed on package.
- In 10-inch skillet, cook pancetta over medium heat 4 to 5 minutes or until crisp. Remove with slotted spoon; drain on paper towel-lined plate. Add mushrooms to drippings in skillet; cook 5 to 6 minutes or until mushrooms are soft and pan is nearly dry. Add garlic; cook about 1 minute or until garlic is fragrant. Add 1 teaspoon of the sage, the thyme and stock. Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until most of liquid is absorbed. Add whipping cream; simmer 1 to 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Stir pancetta and Parmesan cheese into mixture; remove from heat.
- In small bowl, mix remaining 2 teaspoons sage and the sour cream.
- Scoop rounded teaspoons mushroom filling into phyllo cups; top with sage cream.
- White mushrooms can be substituted for cremini mushrooms in this recipe.
- Dried sage and thyme can be used in this recipe. Reduce sage to 1 teaspoon and thyme to 1/4 teaspoon.