Daily Stuff 10-8-22 Bartolomé de las Casas

Hi, folks!

Moon in Pisces

The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Beth Kattelman. Sewing Workshop 3pm. Still fighting the picture issue. 

[posting at 6pm] Overcast and 55F, wind at 0-12mph and gusting, AQI 19-37, UV4. Chance of rain 9% today and tonight. DENSE FOG ADVISORY until 5pm today. Forecast – There’s a tiny chance of rain Mon. night into Tues. Today/Tomorrow(61/51) partly cloudy. Mon(59/51) mostly cloudy. Tue(59/49) partly cloudy. Wed-Fri(68/52) sunny. Sat(65/52) sunny. Sun(62/52) partly cloudy.

Fires on the map
THe smoke plume is covering everything from the Cascades west. We’re under the lightest, but the area around Oakridge (Cedar Creek Fire) is pretty nasty.
Rum Creek Fire – 21,347 acres – same
Cedar Creek Fire – 120,983 – same
Slick Ear Fire – 244 acres – same
Crockets Knob Fire – 4,331 – same
West Campbell Fire – 135 acres – new
Sturgill Fire – 21,710 acres – up
Goat Mountain Two Fire – 584 acres – same
Double Creek Fire – 171,530 acres – up a little
Nebo – 12,609 acres – up a tiny bit
9 firespots.

Thursday evening we sat and waited for folks to show up for class. No one did. <sigh> I’m re-setting for next week to start, so you have plenty of time to work things out. We’ll negotiate time/day of the week during the first class. Bring your flash drives!

So we packed up and headed home. Tempus had only minutes before he had to head out on the bulk route, so we offloaded and he headed out. I totally space putting the laundry away. I was sitting in my chair, trying to eat, because I knew I needed to, and kept dozing off. I finally put about 1/2 of my supper into the fridge and went to bed. I slept for about 3 hours…. Once I was awake again I finished my supper and worked on embroidery for several hours, then went back to bed. I was awake again around 7am and found a message from Tempus that he was going to be late….and he was. He got in around 10am!

He had picked up a pie that was on the day-old shelf and it was very tasty with eggnog coffee for breakfast. Loryea called several times. She’s having trouble with car documents and needed help with packing.

I was writing after I picked up mail and messages. I had a number of pages on various blogs that needed updates and I had to actually track one down that I thought I had already published and that took awhile. Next up was filling in newsletter frames. …and that was finicky and I had to keep going back to make sure I got it right, since we had a bunch of customers through while I was doing that!

Another couple came in right before 5pm that are new to the area, but used to run a group where they came from. They might be joining us. …and this is finally done just a bit after time! I have chicken to cook tonight, but we’re going to have brats for supper. I need to get the laundry put away and then I have some writing planning to do.

Today is our usual Saturday: open at 1pm, Sewing Workshop at 3pm. I might have someone coming in for basic embroidery, but bring your projects or your mending basket and we’ll have fun!

Reflections in Alsea Bay – photo by Beth Kattelman on 9/28/19 Used with permission

Today’s Feast is in honor of not of Columbus, whose legal holiday is somewhere in this vicinity, but of Bartolomé de las Casas. Can we cuss any louder at Columbus? He sounded like such a great hero when I was a kid, but looking at his motives and what came of that…. and he wasn’t the first, by a long way. Not only Erik the Red and Lief Erikson, not only the fishermen who had always gone to the Grand Banks, not just Brendon the Navigator (who is debatable…) but even the Chinese probably got to the Americas before he did! Look up Chinese discovery of America on Wikipedia for the last  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-Columbian_trans-oceanic_contact, but there’s more info on Columbus here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Columbus I’m celebrating this: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/columbus_day …and here’s a Wiki article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartolom%C3%A9_de_las_Casas

Pacific AsterSymphyotrichum chilense, is one form of aster that grows in the PNW.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphyotrichum_chilense  China Asters are the ones grown in gardens and are the common garden aster that Cunningham references:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callistephus_chinensis in his Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. Feminine, Venus, Water – The aster was sacred to the gods and used on altars in many religious paths. It is often used in love sachets or carry the bloom to win love. You can also grow them in your garden to draw love to you! …and here is an article on the whole family which includes sunflowers, chrysanthemums, yarrow and cone-flower!  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteraceae

Fall hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon., although we’re often here later.Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook message or email at anjasnihova@yahoo.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,


The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Beth Kattelman. Sewing Workshop 3pm. Still fighting the picture issue. 

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 10/9 at 1:55pm. 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 10/8 at 1:55am. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 10/11 at 1:55am.

Mercury this week is on its way to a good morning showing. Look for it very low due east as dawn brightens. Binoculars help. Mercury brightens rapidly, from magnitude +1.0 to –0.5 from October 2nd through 9th. That’s a four-fold increase in brightness.

Jupiter is a little past its opposition. When the Moon shines close to it on the 8th, the Moon is a little before its own opposition (it’s full on Sunday evening the 9th). Why do the Moon and Jupiter appear together on opposite sides of their oppositions? Because the Moon (circling Earth) always moves eastward against the stars, while planets near their oppositions are always moving westward.

By the morning of the 8th, Mercury has become an easy catch low in the brightening dawn.

Mercury reaches greatest western elongation at 5 P.M. EDT, when it stands 18° from the Sun. We’ll catch up with this planet in just a few hours, early tomorrow morning.

The Moon and Jupiter cross the sky together tonight. They start in the east-southeast, as shown above. The Moon passes 2° south of Jupiter at 2 P.M. EDT — and at magnitude –2.9, this is a much better target for tonight. There’s a lot going on around the king of planets, too. Around 8:50 P.M. EDT, Europa is passing onto the disk from the east. Less than 10 minutes later, Ganymede appears about 20″ from the eastern limb, emerging from long shadow that stretches behind the planet. And speaking of shadows, Europa’s trails onto the cloud tops around 9:25 P.M. EDT, following the moon from east to west. Just before 10:45 P.M. EDT, Io disappears behind Jupiter’s western limb in an occultation. About half an hour later, Europa leaves the western edge of the disk; its shadow follows about 45 minutes later. Io won’t reappear until tomorrow morning for those in the eastern half of the U.S., emerging from the shadow just as Ganymede did, to Jupiter’s east, around 1:15 A.M. EDT on the 9th. The entire time, Callisto sits far to Jupiter’s west, staying out of the theatrics.

The distant dwarf planet Pluto is stationary at 2 P.M. EDT in northeastern Sagittarius. Unfortunately, because it is so small and faint, its feeble light will be difficult to find even with a large amateur scope because the Moon is so bright. We’ll revisit this tiny target when conditions are better.

Mars, magnitude –0.7 in eastern Taurus, clears the east-northeast horizon around 10 p.m. and gains altitude for the rest of the night. Mars is four times as bright as Mars-colored Aldebaran, magnitude +0.9, sparkling to its upper right. Look a similar distance above Aldebaran for the Pleiades. Mars is 12 arc-seconds in diameter and growing. The best time to observe it telescopically is before dawn when it’s highest. Mars will be 17.2 arc-seconds across when closest to Earth on December 1st.

Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102 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.

Sun in Libra

Pluto Directs at 2:56pm.
Saturn (10/23), Jupiter (11/23), Neptune 12/3, Chiron (12/23), Uranus (1/22/23) Retrograde
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy  Sep 30 – Oct 27
Color – ?
Planting Harvest
©2022 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


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
Month: September
Color: Sky Blue
Class: Chieftain
Letter: G
Meaning: Take time to soul search or you will make a wrong decision.

to study this month Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow-white
Class: Peasant
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
Sa   8      Low   6:04 AM     0.0   7:23 AM     Set  5:49 AM      94
~     8     High  12:19 PM     7.9   6:44 PM    Rise  6:35 PM
~     8      Low   6:32 PM     0.6


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Friends live within my heart


Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity/ — Oprah Winfrey



~   An optimist stays up to see the new year in. A pessimist waits to make sure the old one leaves. – Bill Vaughan
~   The lead car is absolutely unique, except for the one behind it which is identical. – Murray Walker
~   What! Do they run already? Then I die happy. – Last words of General James Wolfe, who died on September 13, 1759, aged only 32
~   How many inner resources one needs to tolerate a life of leisure without fatigue. – Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972) US writer

Leaves in the autumn came tumbling down,
Scarlet and yellow, russet and brown,
Leaves in the garden were swept in a heap,
Trees were undressing ready for sleep. – Anon.


Samhain Magick – Recipes

BeWitching Apple Pancakes – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)

  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbs. sugar
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • salt
  • 2 well beaten egg yolks
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tbs. butter/margarine, melted
  • 1 cup finely chopped apple, peeled and cored
  • 2 stiffly beaten egg whites. 

In a large non-metal bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients. In a smaller bowl, combine the milk and egg yolks. Pour mixture into the dry ingredients and stir well. Stir in the butter/margarine and apple. Fold in the egg whites. Let the batter set up for a few minutes. Cook on a hot griddle or in a large frying pan, using 1/3 cup of batter per pancake. Use a spatula or spoon to spread batter evenly. Remove from heat, dot with butter, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and roll up into log. Top with slightly heated applesauce and a dash of cinnamon. 

Makes 12 pancakes.

Eye-Opening Fried Cornmeal Mush – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 2 3/4 cups water in a pan

Bring the 2 3/4 cups of water to a boil. In bowl, combine the cornmeal, 1 cup water, salt, and sugar. Gradually add this mixture to the boiling water, stirring constantly. Cover and cook over low heat for 10-15 minutes. Pour into a shallow loaf pan. Chill in refrigerator overnight. In the morning, turn out of pan onto a platter or flat countertop. Cut into 1/2 inch slices. Fry slowly in hot fat (bacon or sausage drippings) or very small amount of vegetable oil. Turn once. When browned, serve warm with butter and syrup or fresh fruit. 

Makes 6 servings.

Honey Cakes

Decorate little round cakes with lit miniature torches for Hecate’s Night. They are the temple honey cakes found in all ancient ceremonies. Honey is sacred to Hecate. Offered to the deities in most temples, honey cakes were often oval. When offered to Hecate and Artemis, the torch-bearing Goddesses of the Night, these cakes (called amphiphon, which can mean “shining by double light”) were formed into little round circles and surrounded by lit miniature torches.

These honey cakes traveled well because they were flat, hard, dry biscuits that were often soaked in honey to soften them. Flavorless alone, the honey gave the cakes flavor and restorative powers to the hungry and weary traveler. It was the Arabs who gave them a more delicate texture and added almonds, wine, oranges, and sweet spices.

The following recipe is fairly simple, much lighter than the dense, hard cake of ancient times. It dates to the late 1800s and is probably Irish or English, as it calls for caster sugar. Arrange on a fireproof platter and affix lighted birthday candles in and around them.

Honey Cakes

3 tbs. superfine sugar

1 cup milk

1 egg white

2 tbs. honey

2 egg yolks

1 stick butter

4 cups flour

1/4tsp. salt

Grated rind of one orange

1 ½ tsp. baking powder

  1. Cut the butter into the flour, salt, orange zest, and baking powder.
  2. Beat the two egg yolks and one egg white with the milk.
  3. Heat sugar and honey, stirring until well mixed.
  4. Stir wet ingredients into the dry mixture and turn out on a floured board.
  5. Roll lightly to 1/2-inch thickness.
  6. Cut out 2-inch rounds or ovals.
  7. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake in an oven preheated to 400 degrees F for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove to a rack and reduce oven heat to 250 degrees F.
  9. Pour topping (one cup of flavorful honey) over the hot cakes and sprinkle three tablespoons of ground, blanched almonds.

Place rack of cakes in the cooler oven for 5 minutes, or until set.


Silliness – Pretty Light

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