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.
Clear and chilly! 38F, wind at 3-4mph and gusting, AQI 25-52, UV1. Chance of rain 0% today and 10% tonight. Today ought to be nice and sunny. Tomorrow and Monday, showers. Tuesday/Wednesday rain. Thursday-Saturday some sun. Sunday, back to rain.
Yesterday morning I was coughing and coughing. Just junk from down in my lungs, but it gave me an awful headache and wore me out. Once I got coffee everything calmed down. We had some people in during the first hour and I was busy getting things unpacked and into the inventory.
We have calendars! I got several of the desktop Witches Datebook, but mostly one per on the others. There are some wall calendars and a few almanacs. I’m not expecting them to last long, although I should be able to order more for a couple of weeks. If you’re thinking holiday gifts to send, better do it quick! They’re predicting that mail and shipping is going to take 1/2 again as long as usual this year, because of volume. …and the same goes for me, if I need to order more.
…and we’re already out of the Magickal Almanac and the Crystals Calendar. Let me know if you were planning on getting one and we’ll get those on the way. We had 1/2 a dozen people through during the afternoon. Leslie from the Chocolate Frog posted and their big German Christmas Chocolate order is in. Anyone heading through Lincoln City? Let me know?
Tempus made some phone calls and then got one from a long-time friend, so he was busy for quite some time. Someone dropped us a nasty note for never being open…. except we’re always open at the time she said we weren’t. ????? He ran around doing small chores. I got some more stock put out. We need to find a display for the calendars. Right now they’re parked on the counter.
He went out to the bank and pharmacy and I ran out of energy right about then. That migraine that’s been lurking for a couple of days was really running me down. We had some people in while he was out, too, the folks who left the note, earlier.
Once he was back I curled up in the nap bed. That was such a relief to get out from under the fluorescents. When he closed he ran across the street to the China Restaurant to get me some sweet and sour pork. After that I slept for awhile until it was time to go home, and then went right back to bed. I woke up just after midnight and embroidered until it was time to get going on this. …and I’ve got the sleepies. Oof…. …and I put the shopping list together. Dunno whether Tempus is going today or tomorrow.
Today I have plants to work on and I need to start the cooking for Thanksgiving. It’s going to be just us… and maybe Sasha. …and I have to remind Tempus to pick up the turkey, because it needs time to thaw! …but I’m going to do a lot of smaller dishes that just need to be heated….
Today’s Plant is Sweet William, Dianthus barbatus. It is often called Carnation, just like others of the dianthus species and I’ve seen it mis-named “phlox” on plant tags at Fred Meyer’s. The difference is the scent. It still has a sweet scent, but not of clove, like gillyflower, or no scent, like phlox. The flowers are edible and attract butterflies and bees, and the seeds will draw birds, who sometimes will also go after the flowers. They’re good as cut flowers, lasting a decent while, being tall, and a cluster, rather than multiple stems. Cate Middleton had them in her bouquet as a nice touch when she married her “Sweet William”. They have the meaning of “Gallantry”. – Masculine, Sun, Air, Venus – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy. Magickally it is very similar to Gillyflowers.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_william
Day of Kukulkan (Quetzalcoatl); Mayan Kukulkan – Mayan God from whom the Aztec Quetzalcoatl is derived. – Source of date: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar. The feathered serpent is a major god of the Maya. The symbols date back at least 2000 years, but we don’t really know the forms of the worship. So much was destroyed! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quetzalcoatl
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. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 11/28 at 1:30pm.
As dawn brightens Mercury is still nicely visible in the east-southeast. Look for it lower left of Venus as shown above. Next week it will descend from sight down to the dawn horizon.
The bowl of the Little Dipper descends in the evening at this time of year, left or lower left of Polaris. By about 11 p.m. it hangs straight down from Polaris.
First-quarter Moon (exact at 8:45 p.m.PST). The Moon shines between dim Aquarius and Capricornus. Look to its lower left for Fomalhaut.
For those close to the equator or in the Southern Hemisphere, the Alpha (α) Monocerotids peak early this morning, with the best views between 1 and 3 A.M. local time, after the Moon has set. The shower’s radiant is close to the bright star Procyon in Canis Minor. This year, the shower’s expected maximum rate is just a few more than the sporadic rate of roughly seven meteors per hour. Still, if the skies are clear and the weather is comfortable, it’s worth venturing outside to monitor the skies for shooting stars. The Alpha Monocerotids are fast-moving meteors, zipping through our atmosphere at about 40 miles (65 kilometers) per second.
In the Northern Hemisphere, Lynx the Lynx (astronomers are full of original names) is high in your skies this morning. Find Ursa Major the Great Bear, whose hindquarters house the familiar Big Dipper. Look west of the far side of the cup (opposite where the handle attaches), and you’ll pass the Bear’s nose to run smack dab into Lynx. Although this constellation contains no Messier objects, it does contain the globular cluster NGC 2419, also known as the Intergalactic Wanderer. That’s because astronomers originally weren’t sure whether this distant cluster belonged to the Milky Way or not — we now know it does. Located about 9.5° west-southwest of Alsciaukat, this cluster glows around magnitude 10. That makes it a bit of a challenge with binoculars and small scopes, but certainly possible under good conditions. Scopes larger than six inches will bring it out more readily.
Mars (about magnitude –1.3, in Pisces) shines bright yellow in the east-southeast at dusk. Above it is the Great Square of Pegasus. Mars is six weeks past opposition and shrinking into the distance, but it’s still 16 or 15 arcseconds wide in a telescope, quite big enough to show surface detail during steady seeing. The South Polar Cap has shrunk to a tiny white speck. Yellow dust storm activity has begun in the Chryse region and has spread south. To get a map of the side of Mars facing Earth at the date and time you observe, you can use our Mars Profiler. The map there is square; remember to mentally wrap it onto the side of a globe. (Features near the map’s edges become very foreshortened.)
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 – 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 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
Sa 21 High 5:55 AM 6.8 7:21 AM Rise 1:24 PM 35
~ 21 Low 11:28 AM 3.6 4:43 PM Set 11:28 PM
~ 21 High 4:53 PM 6.8
~ 21 Low 11:58 PM 0.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Dust settles. I don’t.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – The wastebasket is a writer’s best friend. — Isaac Bashevis Singer
~ A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long. – e. e. cummings (1894-1962) u. s. poet
~ You are meant to grow and blossom into the person you want to be. The time to start is now. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Remember, we are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not. Our actions and states of mind matter, because we’re so deeply interconnected with one another. Working on our own consciousness is the most important thing that we are doing at any moment, and being love is the supreme creative act. – Ram Dass
~ Each time dawn appears, the mystery is there in its entirety. – Rene Daumal
And the prayer, which my mouth is too full to express,
Swells my heart that thy shadow may never be less,
That the days of thy lot may be lengthened below,
And the fame of thy worth like a pumpkin-vine grow,
And thy life be as sweet, and its last sunset sky
Golden-tinted and fair as thy own Pumpkin pie! – John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892)
Did you know?
Thanksgiving Day legal holiday – observed annually in the United States on the fourth Thursday of November. In Canada, Thanksgiving falls on the second Monday in October. Most people celebrate Thanksgiving by gathering with family or friends for a holiday feast. Thanksgiving was first celebrated by Pilgrims and Native Americans in colonial New England in the early 17th century.
Did you know?
Not a lot is really known about the “First Thanksgiving” and what was served there. (Remember, to the pilgrims “corn” was what we know as wheat.) This is a journal entry; one of the few available references about the day.
“Our corn did prove well, and, God be praised, we had a good increase of Indian corn, and our barley indifferent good, but our pease not worth the gathering, for we feared they were too late sown, They came up very well, and blossomed, but the sun parched them in the blossom.
Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week. At which time, among other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation and bestowed upon our governor, and upon the captain, and others. And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty.”
E.W., Plymouth, in New England, this 11th of December, 1621. in A RELATION OR Iournal of the beginning and proceedings of the English Plantation settled at Plimoth in NEW ENGLAND, by certaine English Aduenturers both Merchants and others. LONDON,Printed for Iohn Bellamie,..1622. pp. 60-61.
Did you know?
The original Mayflower Compact no longer exists. What does exist is a handwritten copy of the Compact made by Mayflower passenger and Plymouth Colony governor William Bradford, made about 1630 in his manuscript history Of Plymouth Plantation. See a copy at: http://members.aol.com/mayfloweb/compact.html
Here’s the “translation” to modern words:
In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereigne Lord, King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britaine, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c.
Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the first colony in the Northerne Parts of Virginia; doe, by these Presents, solemnly and mutually in the Presence of God and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civill Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid; And by Virtue hereof do enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equall Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions, and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meete and convenient for the Generall Good of the Colonie; unto which we promise all due Submission and Obedience.
In Witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the eleventh of November, in the Raigne of our Sovereigne Lord, King James of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland, the fiftie-fourth, Anno. Domini, 1620. http://w3.one.net/~mweiler/ushda/maycomp.htm