Minus Tide at 8:14 PM of -1.0 feet. The shop is closed on Tue/Wed. Fall hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Sam Standeven.
[posting at 9:30pm] Rain gauge 0.1in. It mostly just looked ominous all day, but around 4pm we started seeing flying bits of water and then thunder and lighting around 5pm. 51F, wind at 0-13mph and gusting, AQI 52/20/57, UV2. Chance of rain 40% today and 14% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 6pm Wed. (wind & seas)
Today(54°/44°F) AM Showers, 0.02 in.
Tomorrow(60°/50°F) Mostly Cloudy, 0 in.
Fri(57°/50°F) Showers, 0.72 in.
Sat(57°/49°F) Showers, 0.15 in.
Sun(56°/50°F) Showers, 0.66 in.
Mon(53°/45°F) Showers, 0.31 in.
Tue(50°/42°F) Showers, 0.71 in.
Wed(51°/41°F) Showers, 0.27 in.
Thu(51°/44°F) Showers, 0.32 in.
3 Fires on the map
Cedar Creek Fire – 127,283 – same
Windigo Fire – 1,007 acres – same
Slick Ear Fire – 243 acres – same
Sturgill Fire – 23,162 acres – off the map
Goat Mountain Two Fire – 584 acres – off the map
Double Creek Fire – 171,532 acres – off the map
Nebo – 12,609 acres – off the map
Monday evening I had a lovely long talk with Amor, our boy that’s in the Air Force and in Alaska. We were talking while I was getting the newsletter out and I think I may have made a mess of things, but by the time we were done talking I was too pooped to do more.
We went home and ate and crashed. I didn’t get much more done in the way of chores overnight, just finding a few things to put away and the usual embroidery.
Tempus got in around 10, having done a little shopping. I got up a couple of hours later, embroidered for awhile and read and then crawled back in! I think we actually got moving around 4:30. Around 5pm I said, “What was that?” “Tempus said, “I don’t think it was a car.” …then it happened again, and we figured out it was thunder. I guess the front hit the mountains. It was on for an hour, which is unusual for out here.
We had coffee and muffins and cheese, then Tempus got a drain hole in the one pot, I got slug bait on a couple of pots, emptying the old box and then we collected up stuff to bring back to the shop. I think we got here 6-ish. I had a meeting to go to and Tempus ran in and out for a bit. He needed to get air in the car tires and the Chevron wasn’t working, so he had to pay $2 at the Shell station. …and then we had some supper and I got back to writing. He’s heading out on the bulk route before 9pm, so I’ll be here.
Once my meeting is done I have a lot of writing to do. I’m *so* far behind…
Today we have chores. We’ll either sleep late or nap in the afternoon. If it’s dry enough there’s some more picking up to do in the garden. I want to take the potting soil home and pot up a few more things. We have indoor things to do, if it’s not dry. Things like a towel bar, re-stacking some storage boxes, putting clean stuff away. Yeah….
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
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 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,
New Moon Magick – The beginning of a new cycle. – Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. Phase ends on 10/26 at 3:49pm. 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 on 11/8 at 3:02am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 10/29 at 3:49pm.
Vega is the brightest star very high toward the west these evenings. Face west and look way up. To Vega’s right or lower right by 14° (nearly a fist and a half at arm’s length), look for Eltanin, the nose of Draco the Dragon. The rest of Draco’s fainter, lozenge-shaped head is a little farther behind. Draco’s head is about the width of a typical binocular’s field of view. The main stars of Vega’s own constellation, Lyra — faint at 3rd and 4th magnitude — extend to Vega’s left by half as far as the distance from Vega to Eltanin.
The Moon passed in front of Mercury yesterday. Today, it reaches New phase at 6:49 A.M. EDT and, several hours later, crosses in front of the Sun in a partial solar eclipse. This event is visible from most of Europe, northeastern Africa, southwestern Asia, the Middle East, India, and parts of Russia. Partial eclipses occur when the Moon slides too high or low to cover the entire disk of the Sun. This also means that visual protection must be worn throughout the eclipse, even at maximum, unlike total eclipses where you can remove your eyewear for the brief moments of totality. It is never safe to look without a solar filter at the unobscured Sun at any point during a partial eclipse.
The time of the eclipse and the amount of the Sun the Moon will cover depend on your location — for example, in London, our satellite will cover 26 percent of the Sun’s diameter (a maximum obscuration of 15 percent) as the Moon passes across the Sun’s face from 10:08 A.M. to 11:51 A.M. local time. Many other locations will see much more of the Sun covered and a longer duration for the eclipse. There are several online resources available for those curious about the eclipse in their location.
Neptune, magnitude 7.8 at the Aquarius-Pisces border, is high in the evening about 7° west of Jupiter. See the Neptune finder charts in the September Sky & Telescope
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.
Solar Eclipse 3:29am.
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 – Yellow
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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).
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 26 High 1:47 AM 7.2 7:46 AM Rise 9:17 AM 0
~ 26 Low 7:26 AM 1.9 6:14 PM Set 6:59 PM
~ 26 High 1:22 PM 8.7
~ 26 Low 8:14 PM -1.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Fear has two meanings – Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise.
~ A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened. – Albert Camus (1913-1960) French writer, born in Algiers
~ If there are two possible ways to spell a person’s name, you will pick the wrong one. – Second Law of Business Meetings, Corollary – If there is only one way to spell a name, you will spell it wrong anyway.
~ If you define things, you limit them – Taoism
~ The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: That’s the essence of inhumanity. – George Bernard Shaw
The trees are in their autumn beauty,
The woodland paths are dry,
Under the October twilight the water
Mirrors a still sky. – William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)
Laminated Window Hangings for Samhain
You will need:
- lined paper
- laminating paper
- Samhain/Halloween cookie cutters(the big ones)
- scissors & a single hole punch
- a pencil
What to do:
- Lightly trace the shapes of ghosts, spiders, cauldrons or other Samhain figures with your pencil.
- Cut out those shapes with scissors.
- Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
- Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
- Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.
Halloween Centerpiece – (For Samhain)
Craft pumpkin with hollow interior OR real pumpkin carved in desired shape
Gourds, small pumpkins, and squash
Black and orange candles
Black treat bowl
All sorts of seasonal decorations are available in regular shops this time of year! Any can be incorporated into a festive display, but here is a good suggestion: Use the black bowl, filled with candy corn, to place the hollowed-out pumpkin (real or fake) into. Place black and orange candles (any number and combination) on either side. Place gourds and other seasonal plants around and in front of the bowl.
Ancestors can be remembered and their pictures and keepsakes can be put inside the pumpkin, provided it is either fake or the artifacts are protected.
Paper Bag Pumpkin
Materials include a brown lunch bag, two rubber bands, green cotton chenille stem, orange tempera paint, newspaper, sponge brush, scissors
- Prepare the bag. Cut bottom off bag leaving a tube shape. Gather bottom of bag together evenly. Secure with a rubber ban about 1″ from the bottom. Turn bag inside out and flatten out bottom.
- Make the pumpkin. Stuff bag with newspaper. Shape bag into pumpkin shape. For stem, gather together and twist top of bag. Push down for pumpkin shape. Secure with rubber band. Paint pumpkin shape leaving wrinkles unpainted for contrast. Let dry.
- Finish up. Remove rubber band from top and replace with green stem. For vine, wrap ends of stem around a pencil. Remove pencil leaving vine spirals in tact.
- You can add Jack-O-Lantern faces onto the pumpkins with black permanent markers or tempera paint.
Grandpa was always going on about the good old days, and the lower cost of living, in particular…
“When I was a kid, my mom could send me to the store, and I’d get a salami, two pints of milk, 6 oranges, 2 loaves o’ bread, and a magazine, some new blue jeans… all for a dollar!!
Then Grandpa said sadly …”You can’t DO that any more…they got those darn video cameras everywhere you look……”