The shop is closed for Thanksgiving, today. Winter hours are 1pm-5pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
Happy Turkey Day, all!
Overcast and quiet. 48F, wind at 0-2mph, AQI 36-48, UV1. Chance of rain 10% today and tonight. The High Surf Advisory is over at 4am, but the SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY goes on until 6pm. We’re looking at more sun that cloud over the next 10 days, except for showers on Saturday and rain on Monday. Highs in the low 50’s, but lows on the nights where there’s little cloud will go well below 40.
Yesterday, after I got the newsletter out, I went back to bed after all, but I got up at 6am. I talked to Tempus out on the paper route and then went to the shop and started Thanksgiving cooking. I started with clean-up, then making the sweet and sour beans. I set up a dehydrator load. After that I make pies, using puff pastry squares. I think I like these. The crust doesn’t have that strange aftertaste of the fridged stuff. I did cherry, peach and a savory brie/apple/cranberry. I had also set out some things to thaw, so I can set them up afterwards and bagged a bunch of the puff pastry squares to go into the freezer. We got the *big* pack… 108 squares! 16 of those went into the pies and 8 more into the fridge for the pumpkin and custard pies to be done later.
Tempus got the freezer stuff done, a dishwasher load, a nap and helped me pull out necessary tools and supplies. He headed for Newport at about 4pm. Yeah, weird day, but he has to be there to get the papers in and set up. He’s still delivering in the early morning hours, but they really don’t want papers sitting out the rain. He’s already gotten some of the insert stuff assembled, but this is going to be a long one…. a $6 Oregonian!
I ate far too much brie….. Oof… but the stuff is delicious and who wants scraps to go to waste? Waist is my problem. 🙂 I needed to work on eggs, for pickled and for deviled (which Sash requested) but the hot plate still wasn’t clean…. I finally got online. I had a class that was due to start at 4…except they got the time wrong. It started at 5pm.
At just about 4:30 the western sky turned into a golden glory, almost too bright to look at. …and then it went pink…. …and then dark.
…and the class started at 5pm but was being recorded. …so I thought about it and got a nap on the nap bed. When I woke Tempus was back …and the alternator died…. that’s the part that he’s been waiting for, and still has no idea whether the dealership got it. So he’s going to run on the battery tonight. <sigh> That’s going to make a very long night even longer and leave him with the possibility of getting stuck somewhere. At least we have AAA now.
Heather, Calluna vulgari, also called common heather or ling, is a perennial shrub native to Europe and Asia and widely found there in acidic soils. One of the “trees” of the Celtic Tree months, it is an important food plant for a lot of different creatures from butterflies, moths and birds to sheep, deer and cattle. It dyes wool a pretty yellow and has been used to tan leather, make brooms. Heather beer was a medieval beverage before hops came along and heather honey is prized. There are some medicinal uses, involving the urinary tract. It is even used to make jewelry when set in resin. It can become invasive as has happened in New Zealand recently, but usually is just a nice ornamental plant. More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calluna – Feminine, Venus, Water , Isis. – Carried to protect against violence, especially rape. It is also carried for good luck. Used for protection when conjuring ghosts. There are some specifics by color, too.
- Heather, Lavender – Admiration
- Heather, Pink – Protection, Luck and Rain Making
- Heather, White – Wishes and Good Luck, used in bridal bouquets
Late November, the Bogong Moth Dreaming, Australia – At one time this was a standard festival for several tribes, where disputes were settled, rites of passage performed and a food source was honored. Sadly the festival feast no longer can include the moth caterpillars since they are too toxic from pesticide use… more on the moth itself, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bogong_Moth
We will be closed for Thanksgiving today. 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 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
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 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.
The early Thanksgiving sunset. Does the Sun already seem to be setting about as early as it ever will? You’re right! We’re still nearly a month from the winter solstice on December 21st — but the Sun sets its earliest around December 7th if you live near latitude 40° north. And already the Sun sets within only two minutes of that time. A surprising result of this: The Sun actually sets a trace earlier on Thanksgiving than on Christmas — even though Christmas is around solstice time! This offset from the solstice date is balanced out by the opposite happening at sunrise: The Sun doesn’t come up its latest until January 4th. Blame the tilt of Earth’s axis and the eccentricity of Earth’s orbit.
The Moon reaches the farthest point from Earth in its orbit around our planet, called apogee, at 7:29 P.M. EST. At that time, our satellite will sit 252,211 miles (405,894 km) from Earth.
With our satellite visible all evening, it’s a great time to explore its pockmarked face. You’ll find the Moon in the southeastern corner of Pisces the Fish, now nearly 13° east of Mars. As the Moon travels around Earth, it can look to observers on Earth as if it’s “nodding” back and forth — sometimes areas at the limb are easier to see than others. This motion is called libration and tonight, it makes features normally hard to spot on the Moon’s northeastern limb more accessible. With binoculars or a small scope, look at the upper right portion of the lunar disk for three dark spots. These are Lacus Spei, Endymion, and Mare Humboldtianum (closest to the edge). Come back over the next few nights, and you’ll see Humboldtianum slowly disappear in the last days of the month. By the 30th, Lacus Spei and Endymion will appear at the very edge of the disk.
Venus (magnitude –3.9, in the feet of Virgo) is also moving lower in the dawn, but it’s higher and much more obvious as the bright “Morning Star.” Look for Spica, only 1% as bright at magnitude +1.0, increasingly far to Venus’s upper right.
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 Runic half-month of Isa/ Is November 28-12 Literally, ‘ice’: a static period. The time of waiting before birth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 to 11/27
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH),
Neptune (11/28), Chiron (12/12) Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde
Color – Green
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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
Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH), elder – Celtic tree month of Ruis (Elder) commences (Nov 25 – Dec 22) – Like other Iron Age Europeans, the Celts were a polytheistic people prior to their conversion to (Celtic) Christianity. The Celts divided the year into 13 lunar cycles (months or moons). These were linked to specific sacred trees which gave each moon its name. Today commences the Celtic tree month of Elder.
Elder or Elderberry (Sambucus) is a genus of fast-growing shrubs or small trees in the family Caprifoliaceae. They bear bunches of small white or cream coloured flowers in the Spring, that are followed by bunches of small red, bluish or black berries. The berries are a very valuable food resource for many birds. Common North American species include American Elder, Sambucus canadensis, in the east, and Blueberry Elder, Sambucus glauca, in the west; both have blue-black berries. The common European species is the Common or Black Elder, Sambucus nigra, with black berries.
The common elder (Sambucus nigra L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (33 feet) in damp clearings, along the edge of woods, and especially near habitations. Elders are grown for their blackish berries, which are used for preserves and wine. The leaf scars have the shape of a crescent moon. Elder branches have a broad spongy pith in their centers, much like the marrow of long bones, and an elder branch stripped of its bark is very bone-like. The red elder (S. racemosa L.) is a similar plant at higher elevations; it grows to 5 m (15 feet). Red elder extends its native range to northern North America, and it is cultivated along with other native species, but common elders are seldom seen in cultivation. Elders are in the Honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae).
Ruis – Elder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: Makeup days of the thirteenth Moon
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.
to study this month Straif – Blackthorn Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: SS, Z, ST
Meaning: Resentment; Confusion; Refusing to see the truth
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 26 Low 3:30 AM 2.1 7:27 AM Set 3:39 AM 81
~ 26 High 9:44 AM 7.7 4:40 PM Rise 3:14 PM
~ 26 Low 4:30 PM 1.1
~ 26 High 10:32 PM 6.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The moment is mine to cherish and to share as I wish. When I share a kindness, I double its value.
Journal Prompt – What if? – What would you do if an hour before the party you remember you don’t have a gift?
~ I am easily satisfied with the very best. – Winston Churchill
~ We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
~ You never get away, you only get someplace else. – Lovka’s Dilemma
~ It is much easier to suppress a first desire than to satisfy those that follow. – Benjamin Franklin
No shade, no shine,
no butterflies, no bees,
no fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds—
November! – Thomas Hood (1799–1845)
Twas The Night of Thanksgiving
But I just couldn’t sleep,
I tried counting backwards,
I tried counting sheep.
The leftovers beckoned-
The dark meat and white
But I fought the temptation
With all of my might.
Tossing and turning,
The thought of a snack,
So, I raced to the kitchen,
Flung open the door,
And gazed at the fridge,
Full of goodies galore.
I gobbled up turkey,
And buttered potatoes,
Pickles and carrots,
Beans and tomatoes.
I felt myself swelling,
So plump and so round,
’til all of a sudden,
I rose off the ground.
I crashed through the ceiling,
Floating into the sky,
With a mouthful of pudding,
And a handful of pie.
But, I managed to yell,
As I soared past the trees…
“Happy eating to all-
Pass the cranberries, please”.
May your stuffing be tasty,
May your turkey (or tofu) be plump,
May your potatoes ‘n gravy,
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious,
May your pies take the prize,
May your Thanksgiving dinner,
Stay off of your thighs.