Daily Stuff 11-5-22 Guy Fawkes Night

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Sewing Workshop at 3pm.

[posting at 6pm] Rain gauge 0.6in. It’s windy and nasty out there. We actually have the shop door closed for the first time since spring. 54F, wind at 5-25mph and gusting, AQI 28/57/63, UV2. Chance of rain 54% today and 97% tonight.

Forecast
Today(51°/44°F) AM Showers, 0.3 in.
Tomorrow(48°/39°F) Rain/Wind, 1.02 in.
Mon(46°/37°F) Thunderstorms, 0.27 in.
Tue(49°/33°F) Partly Cloudy, 0 in.
Wed(49°/35°F) Mostly Sunny, 0 in.
Thu(48°/37°F) Partly Cloudy, 0.03 in.
Fri(48°/38°F) Showers, 0.2 in.
Sat(49°/40°F) PM Showers, 0.17 in.
Sun(50°/40°F) Showers, 0.36 in.

Fires on the map
Cedar Creek Fire – 127,311  – same
Weaver Pit Fire – 300 acres – same
Slick Ear Fire – 243 acres – same
2 firespots! Managed to check out the rest, apparently.

lemon balm

Thursday evening I kept on working on newsletters while I waited for Tempus. I had had some soup, earlier, but I was getting pretty hungry by the time we headed home…but I was also really tired. I worked a puzzle while he got some chili for his supper and then when he left I just went to bed. I didn’t manage to sleep until later, just read. Tempus said the weather was horrible overnight and he had not one but two run-ins with deer/elk!

nasturtium

The wind and rain picked up overnight, making the trees thrash and moan. It was a lot warmer than it’s been. I had trouble waking. Rain does that to me, I even dozed off in the car on the way into town, but not before noticing the huddled flock of ducks in the grasses in the Eckman outflow, and the heron on the bank.

Nasturtium with bulbils around it.

When we got to the shop, the big rose pot was tipped on its side! Must have been some good gusts down here! Tempus got it righted and back into place. That hasn’t flipped since we put it there, but the rose is a lot taller than it was, probably double the height of a year ago.

lemon grass

I sat down to writing, immediately. Tempus went in back to make coffee. He bought some apple strudel pastries to go with it. Found out something that had fallen below the radar. Our rent has been a month late for quite some time, now. I thought we were caught up. Urf! So we’re going to have to save up to pay twice this month. Yikes!

hummingbird on a neighbor’s feeder.

Tempus went out to run errands mid-afternoon. He had to pick up the rose again. We’re going to have to tie it down, I think. He went to put more gas in the car and had to stop because of the rain. It was running into the tank! No customers at all…..

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lots of garlic cloves.

I have to make some kind of a casserole tonight. I have macaroni. I have canned chicken and canned corn and frozen peas. I have cheese sauce mix. Ooh, and shallots! I guess I know what I’m making! Tempus just brought me a sandwich. I’m working on the garlic page.

Today is our usual Saturday. Open at 1pm. Sewing Workshop at 3pm. No topic today. I’ll work on my sampler, or help whoever comes in.

Photo from 10/17/16 by Ken Gagne of Yachats Bay.

Dandelion, TaraxacumTaraxacum officinale seems to be one of the most common plants ever! Other names are Blowball, Cankerwort, Piss-a-bed and Wild Endive. The two most common species came from Europe to North America, although there are native varieties across the whole northern hemisphere. T. Officinale, and T. erythrospermum are completely edible, blossom to root, although the latex in the sap causes allergic reactions in some people. The most common use is of the raw young leaves and unopened buds in salad, but the leaves add a pleasant bitterness when stir-fryed or stewed to kale and spinach. I often chop and use as a flavorant in bland stews (chicken….or beans) or chop with other strong-flavored herbs and plant tops in not just stew, but fritters, biscuits and breads. The roots can also be used in stews as a starchy vegetable and the crowns are great if blanched, battered and deep-fried! The blossoms are also deep-fried, but more commonly used in tea and wine. The roots may be roasted to make a caffeine-free coffee substitute.  Medicinally it is used as a mild diuretic or laxative, for “bitters” to improve digestion and increasing the appetite. The latex can be used as a mosquito repellent.

Masculine, Jupiter, Air, Hecate. – The coffee substitute can be used to promote psychic powers, or if left hot beside the bed, will call spirits into your dreams. Make an amulet and bury it at the NW corner of your house to bring favorable winds and prevent wind damage. Use for spells against liver and gall bladder complaints, “bound bowels” and general good health. This may be used to welcome beings into your space and of course the “blowball” is a well-known divinatory tool!

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Guy Fawkes Night (often referred to as Bonfire Night) is
celebrated with bonfires and fireworks on November 5, or the closest Friday or Saturday night. On this day in 1605, Guy Fawkes (“the only man ever to enter Parliament with honest intentions”) and collaborators attempted to blow up the English Houses of Parliament over things that make little sense to us today. English people still burn a ‘guy’ in effigy, although the festival is more one of fireworks and parades and parties, rather than something more ominous.

The Fifth of November – English Folk Verse (c.1870)

Remember, remember!
The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!

Guy Fawkes and his companions
Did the scheme contrive,
To blow the King and Parliament
All up alive.

Threescore barrels, laid below,
To prove old England’s overthrow.
But, by God’s providence, him they catch,
With a dark lantern, lighting a match!

A stick and a stake
For King James’s sake!
If you won’t give me one,
I’ll take two,
The better for me,
And the worse for you.

A rope, a rope, to hang the Pope,
A penn’orth of cheese to choke him,
A pint of beer to wash it down,
And a jolly good fire to burn him.

Holloa, boys! holloa, boys! make the bells ring!
Holloa, boys! holloa boys! God save the King!
Hip, hip, hooor-r-r-ray!

Version from http://www.potw.org/archive/potw405.html

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feast 1105 Guy_fawkes_mask

The “Anonymous” mask is actually one that is worn in England on Guy Fawkes Night. This celebration seems to tie in with folk festivals that go far back in history of a night of bonfires in this time of the year. More info:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Fawkes_Night

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,
Anja

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Moon in Aries

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.

Daylight-saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday morning for most of North America. Clocks fall back an hour to standard time.

Capella


Vega

Around 10 p.m., depending on where you live, zero-magnitude Capella rises exactly as high in the northeast as zero-magnitude Vega has sunk in the west-northwest. How accurately can you time this event? Sextant not required. . . but it would help.

Start planning for the total eclipse of the Moon that will happen next Tuesday, November 8th, before and/or during dawn for most of North and Central America. From Asia through Australia, the eclipse will be seen on the evening of the 8th local date. See the November Sky & Telescope, page 48.

The Charioteer – Auriga has a lot going on — including the variable star Almaaz (Epsilon [ϵ] Aurigae), which sits near Capella and is sometimes included in the Kids asterism with Zeta (ζ) and Eta (η) Aurigae. The latter two stars are also called Haedus I and II, respectively. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

Cast your eyes toward Auriga the Charioteer a few hours after sunset tonight; within this circular constellation, we’re looking for a star called Almaaz, cataloged as Epsilon (ϵ) Aurigae. Each month, the American Association of Variable Star Observers highlights a different variable star. November’s pick is Almaaz, a 3rd-magnitude sun roughly 3.5° southwest of Auriga’s standout luminary, magnitude 0.1 Capella. By about 9 P.M. local time, look 25° above the northeastern horizon. You’ll first see bright Capella; glance to its upper right to spot Almaaz. This star is in an eclipsing binary system, which means its companion passes in front of it once every 27 years, blotting out its light for a span of 2 whole years. The last eclipse in this system ended in 2011, so Almaaz is currently at its brightest. But when it is eclipsed, it dips to nearly magnitude 4, closely matching the magnitude of Haedus I, a star 2.8° south of Almaaz. Together with Haedus I and Haedus II (45′ due east of Haedus I), Almaaz forms a thin triangle-shaped asterism known as the Kids. (Although Almaaz is now often included in this asterism, historically, only Haedus I and II were called the Kids.)

Saturn, magnitude +0.7 in Capricornus, glows highest in the south at dusk. As night progresses, it moves lower toward the southwest and sets around 11 p.m. standard time.

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 – Blue
©2022 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
Sa   5      Low   4:47 AM     1.0   7:59 AM     Set  4:47 AM      85
~     5     High  11:06 AM     8.1   6:00 PM    Rise  4:59 PM
~     5      Low   5:36 PM     0.7
~     5     High  11:34 PM     6.9

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Thoughts are the bricks that make up your reality.

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Journal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – If you could be anything you want to be when you graduate from school, what would you be? Explain your choice.

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Quotes

~   Night’s deepest gloom is but a calm; that soothes the weary mind: The labored days restoring balm; the comfort of mankind. – Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) English writer
~   … small time punk stuff coming from a punk Opposition. – Paul Keating
~   The heyday of woman’s life is the shady side of fifty. – Elizabeth Stanton (1815-1902) US reformer
~   The strength of any weakness within us is the degree to which it is feared. – Guy Finley

A touch of cold in the Autumn night
I walked abroad,
And saw the ruddy moon lean over a hedge
Like a red-faced farmer.
I did not stop to speak, but nodded;
And round about were the wistful stars
With white faces like town children. –T. E. Hulme (1883–1917)

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Magick – The Decline of Wicca

[Anja’s note: This is definitely not my view of what is occurring, but it needs be said.]

Modern Paganism and Wicca have over the last 25 years become unfocused in a number of directions and both lack a central theme, if either ever had a single focus. Lost is the electricity and excitement that was evident as recently as the middle 1980’s. This may have been a generational rebellion in the form of a renaissance of the hippie movement 20 years early, or a reaction to the corporate “me generation” of greed and junk bonds. Lost since that time also has been what there was of a cohesiveness of a single common base for all traditions.

The older traditions and the more established paths; the Alexandrian, Gardnerian, Welsh and a few other groups have been overwhelmed by an explosion of special interest and special cause groups calling themselves “Wiccans” or “Witches”, with their background and tenets not in the least connected with the historical mix of Masonic ritual, Egyptian High Magick, Mystic Theosophy and Kabbalism. Most, if not all traditions originally had some connection with the Order of The Golden Dawn, if not directly at least in a similarity of practice and ritual.

The confusion in the neo-pagan movement notably the Wiccan traditions and groups of today is not a charge against these traditional groups or covens, or the questioning of their resilience. They have chosen to remain traditional and in many cases to achieve this they must withdraw from the lighter and revisionist views of Paganism and the Wicca expansion.

It is the explosion of information, misinformation and disinformation available in self-publications and on the Internet that are damaging traditions and weakening the resolve of many people and altering the traditional structure of the older traditions. Newer traditions are promoting and allowing an openness and acceptance of everyone wanting to appear politically correct, whereas older traditional covens, were by invitation only with a selection committee and even membership votes with “blackballing”.

Now most traditions and groups are so open and bending over backwards to expand membership, that community action groups cannot even enforce the rules of their own charters or ideals at the risk of offending someone. The most traditional groups are not being open, they still exist, but have distanced themselves from the greater number. This is good in the in the respect that they are remaining true and abiding by in their commitments, however the negative side to this is that this is the time of greatest need for their stewardship.

These groups be they Pagan, Wiccan, Witch or Occult in nature, all face similar criticism if they remain exclusionary and are called aloof or elitist, yet they are the root organizations of all the newer groups. When one of these group opens itself to everyone to reveal their in mysteries and secrets, they are seen as losing both credibility and purpose, and are then criticized for being to accommodating.

`Some pagan information sources say that paganism and Wicca are two of the fastest growing movements. In America it is second only to Islam in growth. Yet perhaps it is not that there are more people are joining the movement than there were twenty years ago, it is more the case that the umbrella of subgroups under the general label of
paganism is growing in number and scope. Nor is the pagan movement of today even similar to the one of that period.

Today there are more diverse groups that are gathering and associating with some form of paganism, and proportionally there is an equal number of these groups being wrongly labeled as Wiccans or Witches.

With this unparalleled growth, there is a changing and misrepresentation of the ideas and fundamental beliefs of what constitutes a pagan, a Wiccan” and a witch. This modification in terms rather than offer an enhancement of quality of what was, is a classic argument of quantity versus quality.

The older traditional groups focused on the quality aspect both on the individual and in a group, both for the solitary practitioners and for group work. This tradition represents a movement against the scattering of direction has allowed many standard pagan and wiccan, and even witchcraft ideas to be diluted by almost every new-age idea, passing fashionable fad or theory of subjects from antediluvian cultures to UFOS. This dilution seems to be founded and rooted in want to be accommodating of all. Where traditional paganism, back to its Roman roots, Wicca back to Gardener and witchcraft, throughout history in all cultures was standing and representing something distinct. Today it is as if that all the individuals or group are afraid to be different in any real or substantial way. Everyone is altering their standards and opinions to be accommodating to the lowest common denomination as opposed to raising themselves to a higher standard of excellence.

There are two general weaknesses in modern trend of altering tradition Wicca and Witchcraft. The first being that as the number of groups expand and these groups expand their memberships, too many members and adherents of these groups or larger communities have become too introspective and without what could best be described as “an edge”. This is common when any movement attempts or begins to move from the fringe towards the mainstream. Yet in paganism, the very essence of the pagan movement itself is to be different, to be radical and to be fringe.

This is often reflected in the situation where the majority of the rank and file members feel impotent in dealing with community matters and afraid to voice an opinion that is contrary to the status quo. A great amount of the cause of this problem is that many of the newcomers to whatever group are embraced too quickly. In not wanting to appear to have a hierarchy or have elitist policies, many groups function on the premise that religious groups can function as a democracy. This is rarely a workable situation, as newcomers or recent initiates may feel intimidated by the elders, or they may be simply scared in some cases of those with the actual authority and power, although these individuals will be the first to preach the groups democratic principles.

It is never easy to question the direction of a movement or the see it happening from within, those who do may feel that if they either offer questions of suggestions or become the voice of a minority they will find themselves at odds with what is often a self-appointed leadership or a leadership based on popularity.

Secondly, the other great weakness in much of paganism in the other direction, that of outreach and an extension of being politically attached or becoming politically aligned to what would be on the political spectrum, left-of-center causes and the pagan movements adoption of a radicalized politically correct stance to avoid upsetting anyone, thus shooting themselves in the foot, by virtue of the maxim “if you try and stand for all things, you stand for nothing”.

The pagan movement is adapting into a political hypocrisy. On one hand is wanting to become more mainstream and hoping to exert some semblance of strength by showing themselves of having or commercial, social or political clout, while on the other hand is embracing the political extremes of radical causes, lost causes and what is seen by the mainstream that they so wish to be accepted by, as fringe causes.

The idea of paganism and Wicca having a harder leading edge may upset some, those who believe that the path is to be silent and gentle. Part of this silence and gentleness is actively avoiding any centralization, leadership or core that can chart, steer and control the given dynamics of the pagan movement.

Unfortunately the world in large part and realistically is not silent and gentle. Those groups without direction and a clearly defined agenda are by-passed, ignored or dismissed. It is that particular mindset against unity and organization that is weakening paganism from within.

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Silliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t. – yorange (YAWR anj) – n.  Those disgusting white threads that hang from an orange after it has been peeled.

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