Wear a costume, get a goodie at Ancient Light during shop hours (1-6) on Fri./Sat./Sun. October 1029-31! The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Fall hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Sam Standeven.
(posting at 6pm, Monday) A little foggy at 6pm, mostly overcast, but sunbreaks every so often. 52F, wind at 3-6mph and gusting, AQI 56, UV2. Chance of rain 97% today and 70% tonight. GALE WARNING from 5-11am. Rain Monday evening. Today looks like all rain, with some wind in the morning. It ought to slack off in the evening and stay as a lull until Wednesday evening. Those showers will continue through Saturday and then we should have a few dry days, we can hope, anyway…. 16 firespots and the fire up by Dahl’s is one of them! Waiting for an update on that.
- Rough Patch Complex Fire – 80% – 50409 acres
- Janus Fire – 80% – 24797.8 acres
- Bull Complex Fire – 86% – 24894 acres
At or nearing containment
- Devils Knob Complex Fire – 100% – 70110.05 acres
- Jack Fire – 90% – 24165 acres
We didn’t close up until past 7pm Sunday evening. It was blustery but not wet and Jupiter was visible off and on through the streaming clouds. We had a good supper of chowder, rye bread with potted cheddar and the last of the pear stuff, then turned in and got some good sleep.
The wind picked up around midnight again, and the power was flickering, so Tempus and I talked it over and I came back in to the shop for the night, since we really don’t have emergency lights at home, yet. While he was getting ready, I stood outside for awhile. There are a lot of low-heavy clouds sailing north. The Moon was surrounded by mackerel cirrus, which made coronas, colored coronas and halos, flickering in and out. I could see one star to the north (Eltanin?) and two stars of the Great Square of Pegasus by the big tree. That’s all….. In the part of the drive where there’s a lovely prospect of the bottom end of the river and out into the BackBay, the clouds mottled the sky with dark centers and pearly edges. The Moon made the river gleam, and the silhouettes of the hills on the far side were very black.
Tempus headed into Newport, but got detoured around through the Beaver Creek area because of a big tree down, so he was late starting the paper route. I wrote for quite awhile, then read a bit, then took my embroidery into the back. The air mattress still isn’t holding pressure, but it was enough for a nap, at least. Tempus got back at 9 and we went home to sleep.
Coming back into town there’s a spot along the river where 100’s of seagulls congregate in this kind of weather and a bit farther along there was a crane standing in a flooded river meadow looking out at the river. It was spitty when we got into town, but warm.
We’ve been busy today. Lots of people are taking advantage of off-season rates to come stormwatch and there’s even been sunshine. Loryea stopped by to drop off some bottles and to pick up the cheesecloth since she’s making paneer. I was printing headers. Not sure what Tempus was up to, although he had errands to run later in the afternoon.
We’re trying to work out what to do about trick-or-treating. I’m thinking that we’ll just have the cauldron out Friday through Sunday during shop hours. …and that’s what’s been announced…. We’re also trying to work out the Sabbat.
Today we’ll be home, catching up on sleep. I have to be back at the shop at 7pm, so I’ll probably put the newsletter out early, again. Not sure what’s going to happen with Thursdays.
Potted Cheddar with Bacon and Shallots
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: about 1 pint
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 8 ounces bacon
- 2 medium shallots, sliced paper thin
- 12 ounces sharp cheddar cheese shredded
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons dry or cream sherry or even dark beer (have done it with all of these)
- Melt butter in a pan and fry bacon over medium-high heat until cooked through and crispy.
- Remove the bacon from the pan, and set the strips on a rack to cool slightly and de-grease.
- Decrease the heat to medium-low.
- Toss the shallots into the hot fat, and sauté them until deeply fragrant and browned, about 15 minutes.
- Combine bacon and cheddar in a food processor and pulse until well-blended.
- Add the shallots and pulse until mixed, then the cream, then sherry to the bacon and cheddar, and continue to process them together until they form a smooth, spreadable paste.
- Spoon the cheese spread into a jar or into ramekins, and either serve right away or store, carefully covered, in the fridge for up to a month. Remember to bring the potted cheddar to room temperature before serving, and spread over crackers or bread as an appetizer or starter.
Today’s plant is the Snowberry, Symphoricarpos albus. My kids used to call this “popcorn plant”, which is a name I’ve heard from others, too. The white berries are used as a food, a soap and for hand lotion. It doesn’t have any magickal uses that I know of, although the folks magicks of a similar bush amongst the Slavs say that it is “proper” as an offering to statues of the gods. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphoricarpos_albus
Slavic pagan calendar – Mokosh’s Holiday – Pasdernic (October) 25 to Gruden (November) 1 -We celebrate this holiday on the Friday between October 25 and November 1. On this day we honor Mother Earth and give gratitude to her for her care and concern for us. The central icon for this feast is the vegetable.
Dziady, Ancient Ones, Kulikovo – This is the fourth day of commemoration/worship of the Ancient Ones in the year. This is also a day of remembrance for the warriors who were slain in the year 1380 on Kulikovskoe Field. Say a toast to the honor and glory of the Russian Heroes. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kulikovo
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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 11/4 at 2:15pm. 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 10/28 at 1:05pm .
There’s a roughly four-hour window tonight after sunset when there is no Moon in the sky. Use this time for some deep-sky observing, targeting objects such as the North America Nebula (NGC 7000) in Cygnus. This constellation is already high overhead as darkness falls, and it’s easy to locate its alpha star, Deneb, as a bright, magnitude 1.25 luminary. The North America Nebula sits just over 3° east of Deneb, alongside the Pelican Nebula (IC 5070) to its west. The two are separated by a dark swath of dust. You’ll want binoculars or a telescope to see them. The North America Nebula looks just like its namesake, its pale green glow forming the outline of Canada, the U.S., and even Mexico. In reality, this is a massive cloud of glowing hydrogen gas stretching about 100 light-years across. Its atoms are excited by light from the nearby 6th-magnitude star HD 199579. Although this star appears fainter than Deneb, it’s actually much hotter and brighter. Deneb only looks brighter because it’s a bit closer and unobscured by the dust and gas shrouding HD 199579.
This week Jupiter crosses the meridian (is highest due south) around 8:00 daylight-saving time, depending how far east or west you live in your time zone. And this month when Jupiter crosses the meridian, so does the nose star of upside-down Pegasus: Enif, aka Epsilon Pegasi. “Enif” is from the Arabic for nose, a designation adopted from the Greeks’ take on Pegasus. At magnitude 2.4, Enif is easy to spot 25° above Jupiter. That’s about 2½ fists at arm’s length. Sharp eyes, or binoculars, reveal that it’s yellow-orange; it’s a K3 supergiant.
Enif is your starting point for finding the fine fall globular cluster M15, located 5° to the star’s northwest (upper right these evenings). At 6th magnitude M15 is within binocular range as a tiny glowball, and a 6-inch telescope may begin to resolve some of its sugarpile starspecks. Use the finder chart with Matt Wedel’s Binocular Highlight column in the October Sky & Telescope, page 43.
Jupiter and Saturn continue to shine in the south during evening, 15° apart on opposite sides of Capricornus. Jupiter is the bright one at magnitude –2.5. Saturn, to its right or lower right, is fainter at mag +0.6. In twilight they’re almost the same height, just beginning to tilt. As evening advances they tilt ever more steeply as they move westward. Saturn sets around midnight daylight-saving time, followed by Jupiter about an hour later. Look 23° (two fists at arm’s length) lower left of Jupiter for Fomalhaut, magnitude +1.2. Here’s a beginner’s telescopic guide to Jupiter.
Runic half-month of Wunjo/Wyn – October 13-28 – Wyn represents joy, the rune being the shape of a weather vane. The month represents the creation of harmony within the given conditions of the present.
NIGHT SKY FOR OCTOBER 2021 – BRIGHT PLANETS AND METEOR SHOWERS – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-october
NIGHT SKY MAP FOR OCTOBER 2021: CONSTELLATIONS, THEN AND NOW – STARGAZING FOR THE OCTOBER NIGHT SKY – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-october-constellations-then-and-now
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27
Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – Grey
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Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27 – Gort – (GORT), ivy – Ivy (Hedera helix L.) is also a vine, growing to 30 m (100 feet) long in beech woods and around human habitations, where it is widely planted as a ground cover. Ivy produces greenish flowers before Samhain on short, vertical shrubby branches. The leaves of these flowering branches lack the characteristic lobes of the leaves of the rest of the plant. Like holly, ivy is evergreen, its dark green leaves striking in the bare forests of midwinter. Ivy is widely cultivated in North America. It is a member of the Ginseng family (Araliaceae).
Gort – Ivy Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Sky Blue
Meaning: Take time to soul search or you will maake a wrong decision.
to study this month Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: P, PE, UI
Meaning: Proceed with caution.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 25 High 4:32 AM 6.1 7:45 AM Set 12:49 PM 85
~ 25 Low 9:40 AM 3.6 6:15 PM Rise 9:19 PM
~ 25 High 3:22 PM 7.3
~ 25 Low 10:39 PM 0.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Prove them wrong.
Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Think of a time when you “embraced the unknown.” Write an essay about the action you feared to take and what motivated you to take it.
~ For it isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it. – Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) US first lady (33)
~ What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence. – Samuel Johnson
~ Death is the wish of some, the relief of many, and the end of all. – Seneca
~ Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing. – Benjamin Franklin
One late fall day, he knelt,
A spray of white roses held with trembling hands, a gold and diamond ring,
As he declared his love, and asked for me to share his life,
To be his lover, his friend, his guide.
I said “Yes!”, and we were wed the following June.
With pink rose buds to grace the altar,
We promised love, which would never falter.
Neither mine for him nor his for me has ever wavered.
As the spring showers came and went, we held fast to each other.
I became a mother;
He, a father, a coach, a grandfather,
As we grew old together.
But slowly, slowly he began to forget,
His keys, his home, my name.
His thoughts slipped through his mind, like sand through your fingers.
He could not hold them.
I still loved him.
And I knew he loved me,
But we were not the people we had planned to be.
And then, one bright morning in May,
We were sitting in the garden, side by side,
When with a look of anxious joy
He got down on one knee.
And holding the first red rose of spring,
He asked, again, to marry me.
I looked at him, as he stared at me waiting,
Waiting for what my answer would be.
And I told him as I laughed through my tears,
“Darling, we’ve been married for sixty years.”
The look of joy that lit his face,
Told me once again how much he loved me.
He has gone, gone away,
To the place where all good memories stay.
I am here; I still have life to live.
But I imagine, when we meet again,
Among the celestial beings,
It will be in a rose garden,
On the first day of spring. -Grace Hanna
Samhain Magick – Crafts
Harvest Knotwork – October 6th, 2007 – Color of the day: Black – Incense of the day: Almond
Throughout the month of October, farmers worked hard to bring in the grain harvest during the good weather (and before the end of the year at Samhain). In Ireland, as part of the harvest celebration, small ornamental twists or knots of braided straw were created and worn as a sign that the harvest was completed. These were made throughout the harvest season, and were also worn at the “Harvest Home” supper. Women wore elaborately created knots with the grain ears still attached, and men wore simpler knots without the ears. Patterns for harvest knot-making are easy to find online. After soaking the straw, think about what prayers or magical work you would like to weave into the harvest knot. Repeat your charm or prayer as you make your magical autumn weaving. By: Sharynne NicMhacha
Trick or Treat Bag
Materials include an undecorated gift bag, permanent markers, glue, ribbon, construction paper, or any other item you wish to use to decorate the bag.
1. You can buy undecorated gift bags in most hobby and craft stores (or even at your local Wal-mart type store) for under $1.00. These bags come in a variety of sizes and colors, just pick whatever suits your fancy.
2. Have your child color a Halloween-themed picture (jack-o-lantern, witch, werewolf, bats, etc.) and then cut the picture out and glue it on the bag.
3. You could also cut something out of construction paper or draw directly onto the bag with permanent markers or glow-in-the-dark paints.
4. Don’t forget the Halloween stickers!
5. Tie some colorful ribbons on the handles and then just before they go out Trick-or-Treating, tie a couple of activated glow sticks to their bag’s ribbons to make them easier to see in the dark.
Anja’s note: If your kids have the problem with someone grabbing their treat bags, do not use paper (or if you live on the Oregon Coast, where most Halloweens are soaking wet….) Pillowcases work better, or you can do what I did and make sacks of a heavy fabric with a single loop to put over the child’s arm. These can be decorated with Sharpies or fabric paint or even glow-in-the-dark paint!
Autumn votive holders & vases (Anja) (Make no more than 3 days ahead!!!)
- Several mini pumpkins (the flat kind hold candles, the round kind make vases)
- Pot or large bowl for soaking pumpkins
- Salt (table salt is fine for soaking)
- Strong knife
- Strong handled spoon
- One clear glass votive candle holder per pumpkin
- Rock salt
- Plate, platter or tray
- Cut the pumpkin stem section out so that the glass holder will fit inside.
- Gut the pumpkin, pulling all strings.
- Soak for about an ½ hour in salted water (1 tablespoon per cup)
- Fish the pumpkins out, turn them upside down on something like a wire rack, so that air will flow underneath the help them dry. Leave overnight.
- Put rock salt into pumpkins.
- Shove votive holders into the salt, so that it fills the crevices in the pumpkin.
- Add flowers and/or tea lights as desired .
- Put salt on plate, so that plate is covered. Place pumpkins artistically around.
Note – Salt will “draw” liquid from the pumpkins, so they will wrinkle. The salt is a delaying tactic for the inevitable mold! In a dry climate these might last a week. On the Pacific Coast, 3 days is tops. You can delay things farther, by keeping the pumpkins in the fridge at night.
Silliness – Working Man Blues – I got a job at a zoo feeding giraffes, but I was fired because I …wasn’t up to it.