Daily Stuff 10-31-22 Halloween

Hi, folks!

Blessed Samhain! The Wheel turns to the new witches’ year tonight. May the coming year be healthy and prosperous for us all!

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

[posting at 6pm] Overcast and things are damp, but not wet. 55F, wind at 0-2mph and gusting, AQI 61/42/164, UV1. Chance of rain 97% today and 84% tonight. HAZARDOUS SEAS WARNING until 11pm on Wed.

Today(55°/44°F) Rain, 0.86 in.
Tomorrow(49°/41°F) Rain, 0.36 in.
Wed(48°/38°F) Thundershowers, 0.18 in.
Thu(50°/46°F) Mostly Cloudy, 0.09 in.
Fri(54°/50°F) Showers, 1.13 in.
Sat(52°/43°F) Showers, 1.24 in.
Sun(49°/43°F) Showers, 0.47 in.
Mon(50°/44°F) Showers, 0.49 in.
Tue(51°/40°F) Showers, 0.4 in.

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 – same
Slick Ear Fire – 900 acres – same
6 firespots.

Giant nasturtium – watch for the pix of this over the next few days. It’s grown amazingly in a month!

Saturday evening we had just finished sandwiches when I got the newsletter out. I just wanted to go home and sleep. Not getting quite enough Friday night/Saturday morning just knocked the stuffings out of me. We fell into bed when we got home. I got up and poked around for a bit before midnight and ate something, but then crawled back in and despite waking a couple of times, never found the energy to do much of anything. Tempus got in at 11, but he had fallen asleep at the shop for awhile.

Scallion starts in the old tomato bucket.

The sun tried to come out when we were getting ready to come into town, but it couldn’t stay that way. I didn’t see it again. We did have customers. There were two in the first hour and another batch just at 2pm, who were still there are 3pm. The one young man kept trying on rings and getting them stuck…. 🙂 That was “fun” to watch. We keep having people stop by for readings. I want to do them, but how to do it safely? The flu is hitting hard and early and there’s that lung infection that the kids are getting *plus* COVID.

Trailing nasturtium

Back to writing…. more people through. I think we’d had more folks in today than Thurs-Sat this week! We were busy enough that coffee and sandwiches were just getting done at 4pm! Other than that, Tempus made bread late in the day (and wondered why it wasn’t rising until he looked at the wrapper and the “best by” date was 2019…..) and worked a bit on the wooden pieces. I spaced reminding him to go over to the thrift shop to see if they had a small crockpot. …and then I fell down a pinterest rabbithole and had trouble with the computer because I had too many tabs open! …Finally wordpress is letting me load photos into the posts without a lot of rigamarole! Hopefully, you’ll start seeing more again.

Today we’re back to our usual pursuits and hopefully can remember to get a couple of the plant buckets back home!

Photo by Ken Gagne of the Bridge at Devil’s Elbow State Park, also home to the Heceta Head Lighthouse, Used with permission. Taken October 2018
plant flower Dogviolet viola adunca

Today’s Plant is the Early Blue VioletViola adunca. – Violet leaves contain more vitamin A than spinach, and a half-cup of leaves has more vitamin C than four oranges, but rhizomes, fruits and seeds are poisonous. Other common names include the hooked-spur violet, Cascade violet, sand violet and the western dog violet. Found on Wiki here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_adunca or here:http://blogs.evergreen.edu/sustainableprisons/blog/2012/01/12/spp-plant-profile-early-blue-violet-viola-adunca/  Feminine, Venus, Water – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.

It’s Halloween!

Tonight is the night when dead leaves fly
like witches on switches across the sky.
When elf and sprite flit through the night
on a moony sheen.


Tonight is the night when leaves make a sound
like a gnome in his home under the ground.
When spooks and trolls creep out of the holes,
all mossy and green.


Tonight is the night when pumpkins stare
through sheaves and leaves everywhere.
When ghoul and ghost and goblin host dance round their Queen.


“On All Saints’ Day the stags are lean,
Yellow are the tops of birch; deserted is the summer dwelling.
Woe to him who for a trifle deserves a curse.” – From The Heroic Elegies of Llywarch Hên (6th-Century Welsh), translated by Dr W Owen Pughe, 1792 (William Hone, The Every-Day Book, or a Guide to the Year, William Tegg and Co., London, 1878, 711 – 712; 1825-26 edition online)

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 Capricorn enters Aquarius at 8:43am.

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. 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 11/6 ast 6:02pm.

The Halloween Moon this year is first quarter (exactly first quarter at 2:37 a.m. EDT tonight). It hangs in the south in early evening, with distant Saturn glowing steadily to its upper left. Much farther left of Saturn is brighter Jupiter. As night deepens, the dim boat-shaped pattern of Capricornus emerges shyly behind Saturn and the Moon.

A phantom – JWST recently snapped an out-of-this-world shot of the Phantom Galaxy (M74). – NASA/ESA/CSA/Judy Schmidt

Happy Halloween! Today, let’s enjoy a ghostly phantom in the sky — the Phantom Galaxy, that is. Also cataloged as M74, this nearly face-on, grand design spiral is a sight to behold… if you can see it. It’s called the Phantom Galaxy because its large size — 11′ — spreads out its 9th-magnitude glow, giving it a low overall surface brightness and rendering it difficult to detect in light-polluted skies. That means your best chances of viewing it come either a few hours before dawn or late this evening, when there is no Moon in the sky. Opt for an extra-dark, spooky (but safe!) viewing location to up your chances, as well as a larger scope. M74 is located in Pisces the Fish. It sits just less than 1.5° east-northeast of magnitude 3.6 Eta (η) Piscium. Also in Pisces right now is Jupiter — and the mighty gas giant is much easier to spot. Glowing at magnitude –2.8, the solar system’s biggest planet is easily visible with the naked eye. Through your telescope, it will stretch a whopping 48″ and shows off both atmospheric features and its large Galilean moons. Depending on when you look, you may see only a few of the four moons, or catch a transit as one of the satellites or its shadow crosses the face of Jupiter. The planet is located on the other side of Pisces from M74, about 9° east-southeast of the Circlet asterism.

Uranus, magnitude 5.6 in Aries and nearly at opposition, is up in the east in good binocular or telescope view by mid- to late evening. See the Uranus finder charts in the November Sky & Telescope, page 49.

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 Ngetal/Reed  Oct 28 – Nov 24
Color – Ivory
©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
Month: October
Color: Grass Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: NG
Meaning: Upsets or surprises

to study this month Mor – the Sea Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Blue-green
Class: none
Letter: AE, X, XI, M


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
M   31     High   6:38 AM     6.2   7:53 AM    Rise  2:51 PM      32
~    31      Low  11:37 AM     3.8   6:07 PM     Set 11:45 PM
~    31     High   5:20 PM     7.5


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Have a picnic.


Journal Prompt – Friends – What would you do if only one hot dog is left and neither you nor your friend have had one?



31 ~   Humility is a virtue; timidity is a disease. – Jim Rohn
~   Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. – Kerr Cuhulain
~   Don’t Panic. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~   Don’t let someone become a priority in your life when you are just an option in theirs. – Unknown

“But the night is Hallowe’en, lady,
The morn is Hallowday;
Then win me, win me, and ye will,
For weel I wot ye may.

“Just at the mirk and midnight hour
The fairy folk will ride.
And they that wad their true-love win,
At Miles Cross they maun bide.” – ‘Ballad of Tam Lin’


Samhain Magick – Recipes

Popcorn Balls – These are fun to make and fun to give–wrap them in orange tinted cellophane or clear wrap and tie with a ribbon. This makes about 18 three inch balls. Unless you have a really large pot, make these in two batches.

1/2 cup solid margarine
2-10oz packages of large, white marshmallows
orange paste food coloring
20 cups popped, fresh plain or colored popcorn (don’t use microwave corn)
1 cup candy corn (optional)…
extra butter

  1. Melt margarine in a large pot.
  2. Add marshmallows, turning to cover with oil well, and cooking slowly to melt completely.
  3. Stir in tiny amounts of food coloring with a toothpick until the color appeals to you.
  4. When completely melted, remove from heat.
  5. stir in popcorn and candy, covering well with melted marshmallow until marshmallow turns to stringy threads.
  6. Let sit a few minutes.
  7. Melt extra butter
  8. Butter all popcorn ball-maker’s hands liberally, and begin to pack mixture into balls. Adults mind that the mixture can still be quite hot, so put aside a pan in which to set balls down if children find them too hot.
  9. Let balls thoroughly cool, then wrap them up!

[Anja’s Note – Kids love to roll these in sprinkles, chopped nuts or Halloween mini-candies!]

Popcorn Ball syrup

  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1/3 c. dark Karo corn syrup
  • 1/3 c. water
  • 1/4 c. butter
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Boil mixture several minutes, then put a drop in cold water.  If drop forms a hard, brittle ball, it is ready to pour over popped corn.  If it doesn’t harden, cook longer and keep testing every few minutes.  Once it is ready, butter your hands well and start making popcorn balls.  Keep your hands buttered, it’s easy to get burned. 

Marshmallow Caramel Popcorn – Liz Bevan Horsley

  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
    • 1/2 c. butter
    • 9-10 marshmallows
    • 12 c. popcorn
    • Microwave brown sugar and butter for 2 minutes, add marshmallows & microwave until melted.
    • Pour over popcorn.

Anja’s Note – You can make popcorn balls of this if you butter your hands before trying to squeeze them into shape, otherwise scatter over aluminum foil and let cool. You can also sprinkle with Halloween decors and/or ground nuts to make a really fun treat!

Ichabod Crane’s Baked Pumpkin Mousse – Serves 8.
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup superfine sugar
4 eggs, seperated
5 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup heavy cream
Pinch of salt

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Butter a 6-cup ovenproof bowl.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and 3/4 cups sugar.
  4. eat in the yolks, one at a time.
  5. Stir in the cornmeal, pumpkin, and spices, then the cream.
  6. Beat the egg whites until they are foamy.
  7. Add the salt.
  8. Continue to beat until soft peaks form.
  9. Gradually add the remaining 1/4 cup sugar, a teaspoon at a time, and continue beating until the whites are stiff and glossy but not dry.
  10. Fold the whites into the pumpkin mixture and pour the mixture into the buttered bowl.
  11. Set the bowl in a larger pan filled with 1 inch of hot water and bake for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  12. Serve warm from the bowl, or let it settle on a cooling rack for 30 minutes and then invert the mousse onto a plate.
  13. Make a jack-o’-lantern face with currants and serve with unsweetened whipped cream.


Silliness – Expensive Operation

A woman was having a medical problem – her husband’s snoring. So she called the doctor one morning and asked him if there was anything he could do to relieve her “suffering.”

“Well, there is one operation I can perform that will cure your husband, but it is really rather expensive. It will cost $1000 down and payments of $450 for 24 months, plus payments for extras.”

“My goodness!” the woman exclaimed, “it sounds like leasing a new sports car!”

“Humm,” the doctor murmured, “too obvious, huh?”

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