Daily Stuff 10-24-22 United Nations Day

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Anja.

[posting at 6:30pm] Rain gauge 0.3in. Overcast, although there’ve been sunbreaks, at times. 52F, wind at 0-2mph and gusting, AQI 42/43/75, UV1. Chance of rain 94% today and 24% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 2pm Tues (winds and seas) Forecast – For showers the rain amounts from Fri through the end of the forecast are intense! Today(55°/45°F) Rain, 0.3 in. Tomorrow(53°/47°F) Rain, 0.65 in. Wed(54°/44°F AM Showers, 0.02 in. Thu(59°/48°F Partly Cloudy, 0.13 in. Fri(56°/47°F Showers, 0.77 in. Sat(55°/49°F Showers, 0.49 in. Sun(54°/49°F Showers, 0.7 in. Mon(54°/48°F Showers, 0.51 in. Tue(54°/45°F Showers, 0.75 in.

Fires on the map – The smoke is gone. The rain really knocked it back.
Cedar Creek Fire – 127,283  – same
Slick Ear Fire – 243 acres – same
Sturgill Fire – 23,162 acres – same
Goat Mountain Two Fire – 584 acres – same
Double Creek Fire – 171,532 acres – same
Nebo – 12,609 acres – same
4 firespots.

Saturday evening after the newsletter was out Tempus was still watering. When he came back in he did some work in back and then we were out the door around 7pm. We had a canned supper because the peas weren’t quite done and turned in.

When I got up, the peas *still* weren’t done! …so I turned it up to high and settled down with my embroidery and they were ready to eat right as Tempus headed out for the paper run. I did some small chores and managed to fling about 1/3 of the contents of a bag of frozen vegetables all over the kitchen area. My back was too bad to try to sweep, so I messaged Tempus and he got them when he came in a bit before 9.

I was back up, embroidering, well before the alarm. I had the blind open so I could see the lovely sky with big white puffs sailing majestically across a soft blue sky. We dropped a couple of potted starts on a rack where one of our neighbors has just a few and rolled into town.The waterbirds were out in force, after yesterday’s huddle-and-hide weather.

I had the last of the bread-in-a-bag for breakfast, toasted with cheese, then processed some of the photos, then attended a talk about how olives are cured, along with the usual Sunday House Capuchin stuff. . Eventually Tempus woke and I went in back and got a nap then got back to writing.

Today is back to our usual schedule. …and I have more books to check in. Some year I’m going to finish this…..

Here are links to some drone footage of Thor’s Well and some other awesome places around here. …but…. leave it to the drones! Sneaker waves grab and roll you and are so full of sand, that even good swimmers have found themselves in serious trouble from the weight! We lost several people to the waves over the last few summers. Stay safe!

Photo by Anja from 10/19/20 So very pink! …and with a Moon!

Today’s plant is Thyme, Thymus vulgaris – One of the herbs of the Anglo-Saxon 9 herbs charm called Fille. Thyme is of the genus Thymus of the mint family (Lamiaceae), and a relative of the oregano genus Origanum. It is a common component of the bouquet garni, and of herbes de Provence. (recipes in Magick section!) It keeps its scent and flavor even when dried, so has become a kitchen staple. Originating in the area around the Mediterranean it was spread across Europe by citizen of the Roman empire who used it for incense and medicine as well as in the kitchen. Thymol, the main active component of the essential oil of thyme, is used for treating toe fungus and also appears in hand sanitizers and Listerine.

Feminine, Venus, Water – Use in sachets to promote sleep, in incense for psychic energy, courage, healing, purification, for magickal cleansing baths, a renewing of one’s personal energy, warding off of negative energy. Wear in a green amulet for good health. Or in the hair to attact sex partners and in a purple or pink amulet to be able to see the Fae.


October 24 is celebrated internationally as United Nations Day. It commemorates the coming into being of the United Nations Organisation on that day in 1945 when the UN Charter was ratified by all permanent members of the security council and more than half of the signatories. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Day

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,


Moon in Libra

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 10/25 at 3:49am. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps. – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at the New on 10/25 at 3:49am.

Pulling up close – The Moon and Mercury sit roughly 1° apart just before sunrise on Oct. 24. Later that morning, some will see the Moon occult Mercury. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

Mercury is now a challenge to spot in the mornings, but today in particular, it’s worth trying. Half an hour before sunrise, the solar system’s smallest planet is some 4° high in the east. Glowing a bright magnitude –1.1, Mercury hangs 1° directly below (southeast of) the thinnest sliver of Moon, which is just one day prior to New. Pull out binoculars or even use your finder scope to enjoy the pair, but take care to put away any visual aids several minutes before the Sun is due to rise (which may differ from the time given below, depending on your location). These two have more in store for us today, too: Around 10 A.M. EDT, U.S. observers will see the Moon occult Mercury. But note this is a tricky observation not for first timers — the Sun is nearby (10° away) so you’ll need to take significant precautions. Never randomly scan the daytime sky for any target. Only experienced observers who know how to protect their eyes and use their tracking go-to scope during daylight hours should attempt to view this event.

King of the planets – The solar system’s largest planet, mighty Jupiter, reaches opposition this week. It’s the best time to turn your gaze toward the planet and its moons. – NASA/ESA/STScI/A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center)/M.H. Wong (University of California, Berkeley)/the OPAL team

Jupiter’s moons Io and Europa emerge out of eclipse from Jupiter’s shadow just 15 minutes apart: at 11:33 and 11:48 p.m. EDT, respectively (8:33 and 8:48 p.m. PDT). Using a telescope at moderately high power, watch for them just barely off Jupiter’s celestial west (preceding) limb. Jupiter’s Great Red Spot will be excellently placed at the time. It’s due to transit the planet’s central meridian around 11:49 p.m. EDT.

Saturn, magnitude +0.7 in Capricornus, glows highest in the south right after dark. As night progresses, it moves lower toward the southwest and sets around 1 a.m.

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. Runic half-month of Hagalaz/Hagal – October 29-Novmber 12 – The Runic half-month of Hagal commences today, represented by the hailstone of transformation. It is a harbinger of the need to undergo the necessary preparations before the harsh northern Winter.

Sun in Scorpio

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
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed  Oct 28 – Nov 24
Color – Silver
©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
M   24     High  12:15 AM     7.0   7:43 AM    Rise  6:45 AM      3
~    24      Low   6:16 AM     1.2   6:17 PM     Set  6:08 PM
~    24     High  12:21 PM     8.1
~    24      Low   6:55 PM     0.1


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Too many people offer God prayers, with claw marks all over them.


Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – In the story “The Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams Bianco, the Skin Horse says to the Velveteen Rabbit, “When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.” Write about the one toy you have had at any time in your life that you have loved the most.



Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. – Lin Yutang (1895-1976) Chinese writer
~   But I can tell – let truth be told – That love will change in growing old; Though day by day is nought to see, So delicate his motions be. – Robert Bridges (1844-1930) English writer
~   The world is not run by thought, nor by imagination, but by opinion. – Elizabeth Drew (1935- ) US journalist
~   Try harder. – Janis Joplin

An Invite to Eternity John Clare

Wilt thou go with me sweet maid
Say maiden wilt thou go with me
Through the valley-depths of shade,
Of night and dark obscurity,
Where the path has lost its way
Where the sun forgets the day
Where there’s nor life nor light to see
Sweet maiden, wilt thou go with me?

Where stones will turn to flooding streams
Where plains will rise like ocean waves
Where life will fade like visioned dreams
And mountains darken into caves
Say maiden wilt thou go with me
Through this sad non-identity
Where parents live and are forgot
And sisters live and know us not?

Say maiden wilt thou go with me
In this strange death of life to be
To live in death and be the same
Without this life, or home, or name
At once to be, and not to be
That was, and is not—yet to see
Things pass like shadows—and the sky
Above, below, around us lie?

The land of shadows wilt thou trace
And look—nor know each other’s face,
The present mixed with reasons gone
And past, and present all as one.
Say, maiden can thy life be led
To join the living to the dead?
Then trace thy footsteps on with me
We’re wed to one eternity.

This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on October 23, 2022, by the Academy of American Poets.


Samhain Magick – Recipes

Uncle Ray’s Orange-Carrot Jell-O® Mold(I have a “brain” mold, anyone want to try this one? <grin>)

l pkg. (small size) orange Jell-O®

2 or 3 medium carrots—-finely grated

1/4 tsp. white horseradish

1 and 1/4 cups water

  1. Boil the water
  2. Add horseradish,
  3. Mix in the orange Jell-O®
  4. Stir and add the finely grated carrots
  5. Pour into mold and refrigerate till set…serve with creamy dressing…following:

DRESSING – Mix equal parts of Mayonnaise and heavy cream together and chill. Serve with Jell-O® mold.

Soothsayer’s Sliced Apples – Makes 48 slices.8 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup pecans, finely ground
6 large, firm apples
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup dark corn syrup
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Place the chocolate in a double boiler over medium heat until it is almost melted.
  2. Remove from heat, stir, and let cool.
  3. Spread the nuts in a small bowl.
  4. Dip the apples into the chocolate and shake off excess.
  5. Then dip the apples into the nuts to coat the bottom.
  6. et them 3 inches apart on a lightly buttered tray and refrigerate for 45 minutes.
  7. In a small pot, stir together the sugar, cream, corn syrup, butter, and salt.
  8. Cover and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  9.  Cook until the mixture reaches 240, stirring occasionally.
  10. Remove pot from heat and add vanilla.
  11. Pour the hot caramel over the apples, a little at a time, letting it drip down the sides.
  12. Cool the apples but don’t refrigerate them.
  13. When ready to serve, slice the apples in half and remove the cores.
  14. Cut each half into 4 slices.

Bird’s Nest Pudding by Siannan

The name of this pudding (really more like a pie) comes from the serving appearance–the apples are nestled in a bowl created by the crust. Just the thing for contemplating a warm fire or a cozy night of music!
5 Granny Smith apples, cored and peeled and sliced thinly
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 egg
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup milk
2 cups flour (I use a half and half mixture of wheat and white flours–all wheat yields a tough crust)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp butter
1/2 cup sugar (for topping)

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Grease a deep pie dish (lightly grease the rim of the dish as well).
  3. Toss apple slices with cinnamon and nutmeg and arrange in the dish.
  4. Blend together the egg, sugar, salt, milk, flour, cream, and baking powder until it begins to form a dough.
  5. Do not over mix!
  6. Shape the dough into a crust and mold it over the top of the pie dish to cover.
  7. Bake at for 25 minutes.
  8. To serve, invert the dish over a platter.
  9. Dot the apples with butter and sprinkle with the remaining sugar.
  10. Serve with heavy cream sprinkled with nutmeg.


Silliness – Broomba

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