Minus Tide at 9:46 PM of -1.1 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Chrissy Cowden. Yes, I changed the weather format a little. It’s easier to see the rain amounts this way.
[posting at 6pm] Rain Gauge, 0.1in. There’s been beautiful sunshine today, but it’s gone now and looking more and more like rain. 56F, wind at 1-9mph, AQI 15/32/38, UV2. Chance of rain 90% today and 98% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 5pm Sat. (winds & seas)
Today(56°/50°F) Rain, 0.49 in.
Tomorrow(55°/45°F) AM Showers, 0.02 in
Sun(57°/49°F) Mostly Cloudy, 0.08 in
Mon(55°/44°F) Rain, 0.63 in
Tue(50°/41°F) Showers, 0.18 in
Wed(50°/41°F) Showers, 0.26 in
Thu(51°/46°F) Showers, 0.29 in
Fri(54°/48°F) Showers, 0.57 in
Sat(55°/45°F) Showers, 0.91 in
3 Fires on the map
Cedar Creek Fire – 127,283 – same
Windigo Fire – 1,007 acres – same
Slick Ear Fire – 243 acres – same
10 firespots. Most of these are where fires have been burning, but have left the map.
Yesterday morning was beautiful! The sunshine was nice and clear and the sky very blue. Driving down river had some gorgeous views, too. I especially enjoyed the Eckman Lake outflow, where the water close up was reflecting a pale blue, then there was a tan, grassy spot, another area of water in a very blue, blue, then another strip of grass, then the bay which was a gorgeous, deep blue! All the little inlets were inhabited by ducks and other water birds there was even one in a seasonal pond that just appeared after the rain. It’s only 5 feet across, yet, but that duck was determined. 🙂
I had a lot of catch-up to do once we were at the shop. I got the note for Thursday’s newsletter done and posted around 3pm. Tempus ran in and out with crates of books and things for awhile, then got us coffee. Eventually he sat down and paid some bills, electronically, and then the shop got kinda busy. We had some lookers in, then a family that bought a book on runes and some palo santo, and then the young daughter ran up with a couple of fluorite crystals. After that we had a young lady who was specifically looking for us, who spent a good while prowling around. While she was there I started setting up newsletters for this coming week.
Tempus took off to go check on the trailer. He wants to get it moved before Laura’s property gets sold and not having a car with a trailer hitch we’re going to have to ask a friend for a favor. I had another customer in who wanted to talk theology for awhile. That was fun! by 4:30 I had most of the “stuff” in place. Tempus got back a little after that. Nobody was in, so I worked on e-mails once the was just about ready.
Today we’ll be open at the regular time. It looks like rain, so I’m not expecting much foot traffic. That makes it a good time to stop by to chat or shop or whatever! I’m hoping to work on plants, a little and then books.
Today’s Plant is Pearly Everlasting, Anaphalis margaritacea, sometimes called Life-Everlasting. The “everlasting” part of the name comes from the fact that the flowers dry well and can be used as decorations during the winter month. There are a number of medicinal uses for this plant, particularly as poultices and often as a decoction added to a hot bag of some sort (iow, put it on a washcloth, warm and put a heating pad on top of that) for bruises, sprains and to the chest for bronchitis, among others – Feminine, Venus, Air – Add to spells that are long-term. Can be useful in a sachet/potpourri/amulet since the flowers will soak up essential oils and release the scent over time.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaphalis_margaritacea
Today in 1929 was Black Tuesday, the day of the Stock Market Crash that led into the Great Depression. Nobody is completely sure what caused it, even yet, although there are some darned good analyses out there of the “run-up”. One of the better statements about it is in Robert Heinlein’s writings. “How do you control an engine by positive feedback?” “You don’t! It would run out of control!” “There’s nothing a government can do that doesn’t work like positive feedback on an engine.” There’s a good article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Tuesday
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,
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.
Earlier in the week, we caught the show as dust particles left behind by Comet 1P/Halley created the stunning Orionid meteors. This morning before dawn, you can catch a different kind of light created by the same material: zodiacal light. This gentle glow comes not from dust particles burning up in Earth’s atmosphere, but from sunlight scattering off dusty debris left by comets as it orbits in the plane of the solar system. With no Moon to interfere, you’ll still want to choose a dark viewing site in the hours before dawn. Look for a cone-shaped glow thrusting upward from the eastern horizon and climbing into the sky though Leo, Cancer, and Gemini as it narrows. At this time of year, because the zodiacal light is visible in the morning before sunrise, it is often called the false dawn.
As a bonus, you may yet be rewarded with a few sporadic bright meteors as the Orionids continue to wind down from the peak last week.
This is the time of year when the Big Dipper lies down horizontal low in the north-northwest after dark. How low? The farther south you are, the lower. Seen from 40° north (New York, Denver) even its bottom stars twinkle nearly ten degrees high. But at the latitude of Miami (26° N) the entire Dipper skims along just below the northern horizon out of sight.
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.
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 Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24
Color – Rose
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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).
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 it 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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 28 High 3:27 AM 6.9 7:49 AM Rise 11:54 AM 6
~ 28 Low 8:43 AM 2.9 6:11 PM Set 8:20 PM
~ 28 High 2:35 PM 8.8
~ 28 Low 9:46 PM -1.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Meditation – Lie in the grass and watch the clouds float by. What do they look like? What do the shapes and patterns mean to you?
~ Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is. – Mahatma Gandhi
~ A lifetime without love is of no account. Love is the water of life. Drink it down with heart and soul. – Rumi
~ It’s no use having a good memory unless you have something good to remember. – Unknown
~ When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it’s a sure sign you’re getting old. – Mark Twain
IN LATE AUTUMN
THEN autumn fired the woods, and crimson glowed
Fringed bole and feathered bough, and topmost spray,
Which, as fell in the shriveled foliage, showed
Roofless and bare, that late shut out the day :
While hurrying winter’s drifting storm-showers flowed
From hissing heavens, and slowly died away
The color from drenched Nature’s face. And then ?
Black trunks, and dirgeful winds, and dripping fen. ALFRED AUSTIN – The Human Tragedy.
Carefree Corn n Cabbage Combo – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)
In a 1 qt glass casserole dish, combine 1- 10oz package frozen whole kernel corn, 2 cups chopped cabbage, 2 tbs. chopped onion, and 2 tbs. water. Cover and microwave on high for 3 minutes. Stir. Cover and microwave for 3 minutes more. Drain in a collander. In the same casserole dish combine 1 cup cream-style cottage cheese, 2 tbs. grated Parmesan cheese, 1/4 tsp. salt and a dash of pepper. Stir in drained vegetables. Microwave, uncovered, for 3 minutes. Stir and microwave, uncovered for 3 minutes more. Stir and serve heated.
Makes 6 servings.
Candied Squash Rings – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)
Cut 2 acorn squashes crosswise in 1 inch slices. Discard seeds and ends. Arrange in a single layer in a shallow baking dish. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Combine 2/3 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup soft butter, spread over squash. Bake, uncovered for another 15-20 minutes, basting occasionally.
Makes 6 servings.
These pumpkin pickles are a nice change from the usual sweet pumpkin treats. They make a great pairing with a cheese plate and add color to any autumn meal.
- 4 cups pumpkin, peeled and cut into bite-size cubes
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 1-1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
- 2 sticks cinnamon
- 10 whole cloves
Steam pumpkin until barely tender, about 10 minutes (don’t let the pumpkin touch the boiling water or it will get mushy). Drain thoroughly and set aside.
In a saucepan, combine sugar, vinegar, cinnamon, and cloves and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Add pumpkin, return to a simmer, cover, and cook for 3 minutes more. Remove pan from heat and leave the pumpkin in the syrup; refrigerate for 24 hours.
Heat mixture to simmering and cook 5 minutes. Remove spices and pack pumpkin into sterilized jars. Fill with syrup. Seal and process 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.
YIELD: Makes about 3 pints.
SOURCE – Old Farmer’s Almanac