Daily Stuff 11-3-22

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Posting at 3pm. Rain Gauge on Wed. 0.9. on Thurs. 0.1.

Tuesday evening after I got the newsletter out I had some event pages to set up and to do the House report. We finally got home at about 8:30. Tempus had to get going for the bulk route pretty quickly. I did some more work on garlics.

Yesterday I finally managed to get moving around 1pm. I spent an hour, spread over 3 hours, working on the garden, harvesting lemon grass and lemon balm, and planting garlics and shallots, and more garlics and *more* garlics. I still have 50 to go!

Once Tempus was up we got coffee and some doughnuts and eventually got around to supper. That’s about all that happened. I was exhausted and he wasn’t much better, so we went to bed! I’ll add a bit more about today in the Friday newsletter.

From the National Gardening Association newsletter, this week is time to:

  • Dig and Store Dahlias
  • Winterize Planters
  • Continue to Mow Your Lawn
  • Turn the Soil
  • Prune Back Mums

A picture by Jessica Smith Carlock, taken on 10/24/14, used with permission.

plant pic flower false lily of the valley

Today’s Plant is False Lily of the ValleyMaianthemum dilatatum. It was eaten as a poverty food, and the berries won’t hurt you, but they aren’t particularly tasty, either. It was more used as a medicinal by the indigenous peoples, although modern medicine doesn’t substantiate the native uses. The leaves were eaten in spring as a purgative, leaves were made into poultices for scrapes and cuts and the roots were pounded to make a medicine for sore eyes. I don’t know of any magickal uses except against sterility. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maianthemum_dilatatum   and here:  http://academic.evergreen.edu/projects/gardens/longhouse/monographs/false_lillyofthevalley.htm


Apaturia – (from Pip Wilson’s Almanac) meeting of the clans, ancient Greece (Nov 3 – 5) -The Apaturia was commemorated by all Ionian Greeks except those of Colophon and Ephesus. It was celebrated in the month of Pyanepsion (October to November) and lasted three days. The name is roughly translated as ‘common relationship’; Xenophon (431 – c. 354 BCE), tells us that during the celebration, fathers and relations assembled and births were registered. More information here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apaturia

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 Pisces

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 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 at 6:02pm.

How soon after sunset can you see the big Summer Triangle? Face southeast and look high. There’s Altair, currently the triangle’s bottom point. Vega, the Triangle’s brightest star, is nearly at the zenith (as seen from mid-northern latitudes). Deneb is a bit farther to Altair’s upper left.

The Summer Triangle Effect. Here it is early November, but Deneb still shines near the zenith as the stars come out. And brighter Vega is still not far west of the zenith. The third star of the “Summer” Triangle, Altair, remains very high in the southwest. They seem to have stayed there for a couple of months! Why have they stalled out? What you’re seeing is the result of sunset and darkness coming earlier and earlier during autumn. Which means that if you go out and starwatch soon after dark, you’re doing it earlier and earlier by the clock. This earlier viewing time counteracts the seasonal westward turning of the constellations. Of course this “Summer Triangle effect” applies to the entire celestial sphere, not just the Summer Triangle. But the apparent stalling of that bright landmark in the fall inspired Sky & Telescope to give the effect that name many years ago, and it stuck. Of course, as always in celestial mechanics, a deficit somewhere gets made up elsewhere. The opposite effect makes the seasonal advance of the constellations seem to speed up in early spring. The spring-sky landmarks of Virgo and Corvus seem to dash away westward from week to week almost before you know it, due to darkness falling later and later. Let’s call this the “Corvus effect.”

The Moon passes 1° south of asteroid 3 Juno at 4 A.M. EDT. However, if you want to catch the pair, you’ll again need to do it either early or late. They’re currently located in Aquarius, which sets about 2 A.M. local time. So, if you’re up around 1 A.M. this morning, you can find the Moon southwest of Juno for a short while before they disappear in the west. If you prefer to view them in the evening sky — the better option for catching them through less turbulent air — they’re visible as soon as the sky is dark after sunset. Now, Aquarius is climbing in the southeast and the Moon sits near a nice curve of three 4th- to 5th-magnitude stars: Psi1 (ψ1), Psi2 (ψ2), and Psi3 (ψ3) Aquarii. The Moon is closest to Psi3, passing particularly near to this star between about 8 P.M. and 10 P.M. EDT. Our satellite is now roughly 9° due east of Juno. The main-belt asteroid glows at magnitude 8.7, within reach of binoculars or a small scope. See if you can find it, even with the Moon’s background light. For a closer signpost, Juno is just 30′ northeast of a relatively bright 6th-magnitude field star.

Six Mars portraits taken in September 2020 show the current appearance of its albedo markings all around the globe. Labeled are some of the most prominent ones visible in amateur telescopes. Credits: Damian Peach (top left, right); Mark Schmidt (top middle); Chris Go (bottom left) and Anthony Wesley (bottom middle and right)

Mars, magnitude –1.2 in eastern Taurus, clears the east-northeast horizon soon after dark and gains altitude for most of the night. There’s no missing it when it’s as bright as this! Mars lingers almost between the horntips of Taurus, Beta and Zeta Tauri; it’s at the first stationary point of its retrograde (westward) loop against the background stars, on its way to opposition on the night of December 7-8. Mars-colored Aldebaran, only a seventh as bright at magnitude +0.9, sparkles to Mars’s upper right by 16°, about a fist and a half at arm’s length. The same distance to the planet’s lower right is Mars-colored Betelgeuse. Once again, color perception in astronomy can be tricky. Read “Seeing the True Colors of Mars,” a lesson for astronomers from a chemist, in the November Sky & Telescope, page 52. In a telescope Mars is now 15 arcseconds wide, hardly less than its 17.2 arcseconds width around the time of its closest approach to Earth, December 1st.

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), Mars (1/12/23),  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 – Turquoise
Planting 11/3&4
©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
Th   3      Low   3:01 AM     0.4   7:57 AM     Set  2:20 AM      66
~     3     High   9:44 AM     7.2   6:03 PM    Rise  4:19 PM
~     3      Low   3:48 PM     2.4
~     3     High   9:26 PM     6.7


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Listen to the morning sounds: bird’s songs; wind in the tree; the roar of traffic; children’s voices. What do these sounds convey to you?


Journal Prompt – What do you think? – Why do you think some people encourage others to smoke/drink?



~   With every rising of the sun, think of your life as just begun. – Anon
~   You can’t move so fast that you try to change the mores faster than people can accept it. That doesn’t mean you do nothing, but it means that you do the things that need to be done according to priority. – Eleanor Roosevelt; On My Own, 1958
~   You do not need an intermediary between you and the divine. Kerr Cuhulain
~   There is a moment in every dawn when light floats, there is the possibility of magic. Creation holds its breath. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

And the dead leaves lie huddled and still,
No longer blown hither and thither,
The last lone aster is gone;
The flowers of the witch hazel wither. –Robert Frost (1874–1963)


Magick – Some spells

A Protective Egg Charm, Herban Corner :  

Take an egg and, by poking small holes at each end of it, empty it out. Fill the egg with Cinquefoil leaf (aka five finger leaf) and Dogwood, then tape the holes shut.

You can decorate the egg with Runes or symbols of protection, or you can leave it natural. Your home and property will be protected. )0( GrannyMoon’s Coventry of Healing Arts and Pagan Studies  

A Past Life Dream Spell

In October, the door to the other-world opens. Our dreams serve now as doors to other realms. You can use your dreams to recall former lives, and then use this information to help you deal with problems in your current life. Perform this spell at bedtime when you aren’t overly tired. To start, you’ll need a smooth and polished amethyst stone. Sitting on a bed, hold the amethyst and say:

” I call on the power of  perfect memory to enable me to see a past life I’ve lived; it shall be revealed in my dreams. I’ll see only what I should see. So mote it be.”

Place the amethyst beneath your pillow and go to sleep. When you awake, record any images you recall. Repeat this spell over many nights. ~James Kambos – GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast

A Spell for Pain 

No spell will ever take the place of professional medical treatment, especially for serious conditions, but a spell to reduce pain can speed up the healing process. Many years ago, axes or knives were placed beneath the bed of an ill person to “cut” the pain. This spell is based on that old-time remedy. Take three feet of gray yarn made of natural fiber. Knot the yarn three times to capture your pain. With scissors, cut the yarn into small pieces, saying:

No pain will bind me,
I am free.

Cast away the pieces of yarn quickly. Throw them in the trash or in a running body of water, or bury them. Turn and walk away immediately.  ~James Kambos ~)O(~  GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives 


Silliness – Shorties – What do a dog and a phone have in common? They both have collar ID.

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