Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 11:40 PM of -0.5 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. House Capuchin Project Day 1-4pm.
[posting at 6pm] Computer says it’s partly sunny. I wanna know what that monitor is *on*! It’s been overcast, when not spitting, all day, except for a few minutes between 1 and 2pm. 53F, wind at 0-3mph and gusting, AQI 39/75/108, UV1. Chance of rain 12% today and 60% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through Monday for winds and seas.
Today(56°/52°F) Cloudy, 0.05 in.
Tomorrow(55°/44°F) Rain, 0.73 in.
Tue(50°/42°F) Rain, 0.41 in.
Wed(48°/37°F) Showers, 0.09 in.
Thu(50°/46°F) PM Showers, 0.14 in.
Fri(54°/50°F) Showers, 1.14 in.
Sat(52°/44°F) Showers, 0.76 in.
Sun(49°/42°F) Showers, 0.71 in.
Mon(49°/42°F) Showers, 0.39 in.
4 Fires on the map – Some of these are from months ago, but everything is being checked over to make sure they’ve stayed contained.
Cedar Creek Fire – 127,311 – same
Potter Fire – 632 acres – same
Windigo Fire – 1,007 acres – same
Weaver Pit Fire – 300 acres – new
Slick Ear Fire – 900 acres – same
Friday evening Amor called as I was getting the newsletter out, so Tempus and I traded the phone back and forth, chatting with him. They hit zero last night and are expecting minus temps tonight. <brrrrrrr> I’m glad I’m here in Oregon and not Fairbanks!
I didn’t sleep well overnight and I’m kinda groggy today, but I’m doing the best I can. Now that I have coffee I’m in a bit better shape. Right now I’m still catching up on mail and things I want to read. Tempus is getting ready to go hit up a yard sale.
We had a fellow in who’s an astrologer. He spent a long while in the collector’s book section. Says he’ll have to come back with some money.
I wrote for quite awhile. I’m finally starting to catch up on things. Tempus called to say that they didn’t have the crockpot any longer. <sigh> Our small one died, just after we gave away the spare, so we’re going to have to keep hunting. He did find an electric fondue set, a wide-slot toaster and a coffeemaker, though. We’ll see what he comes home with. …goodness! Also a battery-charger and a small air-compressor that runs on DC!
Tempus is out running some more errands, both to get a couple of small things and break some of our larger bills. I was trying to post some of my own things on pinterest, but not getting very far. Don’t they have a tutorial?
Nobody was in for Sewing, so I worked on my sampler, cussing all the while. This pattern is kicking some serious tukas! …and then we had a customer in who mostly needed to rant for awhile…. who wanted some incense cones that Tempus made, but didn’t want the ones that I made…. different color. 🙂
Eventually, I started on this. I found a more seasonal poem for today than the one I had in the file. Tempus got me some soup and then a sandwich. I was getting awfully hungry.
Today’s Plant is the Coast Willow, Salix hookeriana. I’ve been mistaking it for pussy willow ever since I moved out here! Pussy Willows are a subset of the willows which also include osiers (think “wicker” for their uses). They’re all Saliciae from which, salicylic acid, the medicine Aspirin, was derived. Willow magick is Feminine, Moon and Water. Willow wands can be used for healing, to sleep with for more vivid dreams, Drawing Down the Moon, or for protection in underworld journeying. The Willow will bring the blessings of the Moon upon those who plant it or have it on their property. Willows can be used to bind together witch’s brooms and a forked willow branch is widely used in water witching and dowsing. New Moon magick, creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, binding. Love, Love divination, protection, healing. It is also known as the tree of immortality because of its ability to re grow from a fallen branch in moist ground. These properties apply to all forms of willow, but the Coast Willow has the properties of endurance, tolerance and stubbornness as well. There’s more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org
The Rhyne Toll, Chetwode Manor, UK (Oct 30 – Nov 7) – At Chetwode, near Buckingham, England, the Lord of the Manor has the right to levy a yearly tax, called the ‘Rhyne Toll’, on all cattle found between October 30 and November 7 on his ‘liberty’, a grazing domain. Apparently a knight who slew an enormous boar in antiquity was rewarded with this manor and toll. In the 1800’s a mound in the area was unearthed and yielded up the skeleton of an enormous boar. These days, it’s a party, of course! More here: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/c/h/i/Billy-R-Chitwood/GENE12-0039.html and here (a couple of screens down) http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=62559
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 10/31 at 11:37pm.
Jupiter lights the southeast after dark. Look below it by almost two fists for a 2nd-magnitude orange point. This is Diphda (Beta Ceti), the Frog Star. That’s what the name means in Arabic. Almost halfway between them is fainter Iota Ceti, magnitude 3.5. Look two or three fists right of Diphda and there’s 1st-magnitude Fomalhaut, the Mouth of the Fish, the Alpha star of the Southern Fish, Piscis Austrinus. Jupiter and these stars form a big right triangle. Algol should be at its minimum light, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.1, for a couple hours around 9:42 p.m. EDT (6:42 p.m. PDT). Algol takes several more hours to rebrighten.
Mars stands stationary against the background stars of Taurus at 7 A.M. EDT. Because it’s nearing opposition, Mars is visible during most of the time it’s dark overnight. You can opt to catch the Red Planet either in the hours before dawn if you’re an early riser, or after it clears the horizon by 9 P.M. local time if you’re a night owl. Today, the Red Planet sits 2.7° north of 3rd-magnitude Alheka (Zeta [ζ] Tauri), which marks one of the Bull’s two horns. Through a telescope, the planet now appears 15″ across and is 93 percent lit, growing larger and brighter as we near its early December opposition date. If you’re familiar with — or ready to try out — high-speed video capture through your telescope, Mars is an excellent target. Around local midnight in the Midwest, the dark patch of Mare Sirenum is most prominent in the hemisphere facing Earth.
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.
Mars Retrograde 6:26am
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 – Orange
©2022 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Su 30 High 5:27 AM 6.3 7:51 AM Rise 2:04 PM 22
~ 30 Low 10:24 AM 3.6 6:08 PM Set 10:28 PM
~ 30 High 4:13 PM 8.0
~ 30 Low 11:40 PM -0.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Dance for a spiritual lift.
Friends – What would you do if only one hot dog is left and neither you nor your friend have had one?
What does this quote say to you? – We must be careful what we say. No bird resumes its egg. — Emily Dickinson
~ Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go. – Oscar Wilde, Irish playwright, novelist and poet, born on October 16, 1854
~ A Warrior doesn’t wish for a “Golden Age” or sit about endlessly dreaming of an unattainable future. The Warrior creates their reality. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Part of self-empowerment is discovering the divine within. Thou art God/dess. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Believe it or not, one of the best “hex-breakers” is laughter. – Kerr Cuhulain
The Haunted House byFelicia Dorothea Hemans
I seem like one
Who treads alone
Some banquet-hall deserted,
Whose lights are fled,
Whose garlands dead,
And all but me departed.
—Thomas Moore, “Oft in the Stilly Night (Scotch Air)”
See’st thou yon gray gleaming hall,
Where the deep elm-shadows fall?
Voices that have left the earth
Still are murmuring round its hearth,
Soft and low:
Ever there;—yet one alone
Hath the gift to hear their tone.
Guests come thither, and depart,
Free of step, and light of heart;
Children, with sweet visions blessed,
In the haunted chambers rest;
One alone unslumbering lies
When the night hath sealed all eyes,
One quick heart and watchful ear,
Listening for those whispers clear.
See’st thou where the woodbine-flowers
O’er yon low porch hang in showers?
Startling faces of the dead,
Pale, yet sweet,
One lone woman’s entering tread
There still meet!
Some with young, smooth foreheads fair,
Faintly shining through bright hair;
Some with reverend locks of snow—
All, all buried long ago!
All, from under deep sea-waves,
Or the flowers of foreign graves,
Or the old and bannered aisle,
Where their high tombs gleam the while;
Rising, wandering, floating by,
Suddenly and silently,
Through their earthly home and place,
But amidst another race.
Wherefore, unto one alone,
Are those sounds and visions known?
Wherefore hath that spell of power
Dark and dread,
On her soul, a baleful dower,
Thus been shed?
Oh! in those deep-seeing eyes,
No strange gift of mystery lies!
She is lone where once she moved,
Fair, and happy, and beloved!
Sunny smiles were glancing round her,
Tendrils of kind hearts had bound her;
Now those silver chords are broken,
Those bright looks have left no token;
Not one trace on all the earth,
Save her memory of their mirth.
She is lone and lingering now,
Dreams have gathered o’er her brow,
Midst gay songs and children’s play,
She is dwelling far away;
Seeing what none else may see—
Haunted still her place must be!
This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on October 29, 2022, by the Academy of American Poets.
Legendary Oven Hash – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)
1 cup coarsely ground beef
1 cup coarsely ground potatoes
1/4 cup coarsely ground onion
1/4 cup snipped fresh parsley
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1- 6oz can evaporated milk
1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1 tbs. butter/margarine melted
In frying pan, combine and cook beef, potatoes, onion, parsley, and Worcestershire sauce, and evaporated milk. Remove from heat and turn out into a 1 qt casserole dish. Mix bread crumbs with melted butter/margarine and sprinkle on top. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Makes 4 servings.
Curried Pumpkin Stew – Contributed by White WinterWolf
- 1 quart (liter) chicken stock
- 2 cans pumpkin
- 1 pint (1/2 liter) whipping cream
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- Bring chicken stock to a boil
- Reduce to a simmer.
- Add pumpkin. Stir well.
- Add whipping cream and sugar.
- Bring to a good simmer.
- Add spices, serve hot!
Baked stuffed Pumpkin ©2009 M. Bartlett, Holiday – Samhain, Main Dish – Meat/Starch/Veg – 8-12 servings
This recipe developed from the need to feed the kids before then went Trick-or-Treating and stuffed themselves on candy. A full kid *might* eat just as much candy, but usually they’re more moderate. I wanted something seasonal, that was filling, had the necessary nutrients and didn’t take tending while costumes and makeup were being argued over. Believe me, with 6 kids those costumes took a lot of time! I would start this just after feeding the toddlers lunch and getting them down for naps.
- 1 medium to large pumpkin 10”-12” diameter (don’t overdo it!!!!!!!!)
- 2 recipe Stovetop Stuffing Mix (varies by size of pumpkin!!!!!)
- 3 cups Water (check box)
- 1 stick Butter (check box)
- 1 small onion (or a generous shake of dried onion flakes)
- 1 bunch green onions
- 2 Large boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked
- ½ bunch of celery
- 1 small can sliced olives
- 2 cans sliced water chestnuts
- 1 small can sliced mushrooms (don’t use fresh unless you’re sure people love them)
- 1 cup sunflower seeds or crushed hazelnuts (opt.)
- Cut top from pumpkin at an angle so that it won’t fall in even when cooked.
- Scoop out “guts” and seeds and discard (or save seeds for toasting.)
- In a large microwavable pot or bowl put water and butter. Add spice mix from stuffing (if not included with the crumbs).
- Chop onions, chicken and celery and add to mixture.
- Zap in nuker for 5 minutes. Stir.
- Add mushrooms, water chestnuts, olives and stir.
- Keep zapping, for two minutes at a time, stirring between, until nearly boiling.
- Add seeds or nuts. Stir. Add breadcrumbs from stuffing mix. Stir well and fluff with a fork.
- Pile stuffing mix into the center of the pumpkin, pushing down and into the corners.
- Put the “lid” back on.
- Wrap the pumpkin in foil and set on a baking tray large enough to catch any dripping.
- Cover and bake at 350 for about two hours. Pumpkin is done when the sides push inward with finger pressure. It gets pretty soft.
- Serve hot. Will “stand” if properly wrapped (I use a blanket!!!) for up to 3 hours and still be hot. Store leftovers, covered in fridge. Can be reheated in the microwave by servings.
Silliness – Reality T.V. – I realized that my five-year-old grandson had been watching too many reality TV shows the day we attended a relative’s wedding. As the four bridesmaids walked down the aisle toward the front of the church, he turned to me and asked, “Is this where the groom decides which one he wants to marry?”