The shop is closed on Tue/Wed. Fall hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
[posting at 6pm] Rain gauge – dry. It’s been bright and sunny, but it was really cold last night. Frost! 49F, wind at 0-3mph and gusting, AQI 11/31/40, UV1. Chance of rain 2% today and tonight.
Forecast – Get your outside stuff accomplished this week! It looks dry into Sunday, but after that….
Today & Tomorrow(59° | 39°F) Sunny, 0 in.
Thu(53° | 34°F Mostly Cloudy, 0 in.
Fri(53° | 39°F Partly Cloudy, 0 in.
Sat(53° | 43°F PM Showers, 0.17 in.
Sun(55° | 45°F Showers, 0.57 in.
Mon(53° | 45°F Showers, 0.56 in.
Tue(54° | 46°F Showers, 1.08 in.
2 Fires on the map
Cedar Creek Fire – 127,311 – same
Weaver pit Fire – 204 acres – same
We had a good supper Sunday evening, but it took quite awhile to put it together. This was some more of the pork, a dish of buttered mixed veg, and air-fryer potatoes. Yummy! I ended up getting almost 10 hours of sleep, but was still tired and sleepy all day.
There was frost this morning. It was still lingering in the long grass near the inlets where the shadows had been all morning.
We had a few people in, John Lusk for one. I haven’t had a chance to see him for awhile and it was good ot know he’s still kicking. Tempus sees him on the newspaper route each night, but he hadn’t thought to say anything! Tempus took off for NEwport around 3pm, to do the laundry. Our town laundromat has been closed for weeks and the situation was dire….
I was writing and writing all day. I was also just sleepy enough to it was a fight to make myself keep going. All I really wanted to do was veg and play. …but I kept at it. That means you’ll have your “stuff” on Wed & Thurs, even if the notes don’t get added until later. I’m still waiting for Tempus to get back from Newport, so I’m taking the time to get them taken care of.
Today we have to catch up on sleep, put away laundry and get some small chores done.
Comfrey, Symphytum officinale – A fast-growing, ground-covering plant that tolerates a wide range of conditions, comfrey is used as a medicinal plant as well as for magick. It also has a lot of uses in organic gardening as a compost activator, a side-dressing and a soil amendment. The leaves can be harvested from mid-spring into the fall, every 6 weeks. It is used medicinally, mostly for topical applications because there are some alkaloids that are not good for your insides. It’s great on scrapes and wounds, although limiting applications to a couple of weeks is a good idea. More here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comfrey – Feminine, Saturn, Water – Health spells, worn or carried for safe travel. Tuck into suitcases to prevent theft. The root is also used in money spells.
Shichi-Go-San, Shichigosan, 7-5-3 ceremony, Japan
Shich-Go-San literally means ‘seven-five-three’; the ceremony is performed in families who have daughters of seven, sons of five, and sons and daughters of three years of age. The children are taken to shrines to drive out evil spirits and receive the blessings of the deities. It’s one of the few occasions these days on which Japanese women wear the kimono. Chitoseame, literally ‘thousand year candy’, is given to children on Shichi-Go-San. Chitoseame is long, thin, red and white candy, which symbolizes and ensures healthy growth and longevity. It is given in a bag with a crane and a turtle on it, which are also symbols of long life, as well as pines, bamboo and ume. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shichi-Go-San
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,
Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 11/23 at 2:57am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 11/16 at 5:27am.
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot should transit the planet’s central meridian around 8:25 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Timetables of all the Red Spot’s transits this month, and all of the interplays between Jupiter and its moons and their shadows, are in the November Sky & Telescope, page 51.
With moonrise delayed until late this evening, conditions are perfect for observing Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) shortly after sunset. Still around 10th to 11th magnitude, ZTF requires at least a 6-inch scope and clear, dark skies, so do your best to get away from any low-lying light pollution. The comet is making a slow curve through Serpens Caput this month, just south of Corona Borealis. Tonight, ZTF is just over 1.5° due south of magnitude 4.6 Delta (δ) Coronae Borealis in the Northern Crown. The comet is essentially at the turning point in its curve and will now start moving slowly north and slightly east as November continues. Once you’ve found the faint fuzzball, bump up your magnification to 100x or more. Look for a well-defined southern flank and a short, stubby fan of a tail extending slightly northward. Through the rest of the year, the comet should continue to brighten. Astronomers are hoping it will put on a good show in early 2023, perhaps as the best comet of the year.
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 – Scarlet
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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
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
Tu 15 High 5:58 AM 6.0 7:13 AM Set 1:26 PM 66
~ 15 Low 11:08 AM 4.2 4:49 PM Rise 10:54 PM
~ 15 High 4:20 PM 6.3
~ 15 Low 11:46 PM 1.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.
~ We know all their gods; they ignore ours. What they call our sins are our gods, and what they call their gods, we name otherwise. – Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972) US writer
~ Wait patiently, sense the flows emanating from your opponent, and defeat the attack. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
~ America is a nation that conceives many odd inventions for getting somewhere but it can think of nothing to do once it gets there. – Will Rogers (1879-1935) US actor, humorist
Autumn leaves float quietly down
And form a carpet on the ground.
But when those leaves are stepped upon,
Listen for the crackling sound. – Anon.
THERE was a time, says the Iroquois grandmother, when it was not needful to plant the corn- seed nor to hoe the fields, for the corn sprang up of itself, and filled the broad meadows. Its stalks grew strong and tall, and were covered with leaves like waving banners, and filled with ears of pearly grain wrapped in silken green husks.
In those days Onatah, the Spirit of the Corn, walked upon the earth. The sun lovingly touched her dusky face with the blush of the morning, and her eyes grew soft as the gleam of the stars on dark streams. Her night-black hair was spread before the breeze like a wind-driven cloud.
As she walked through the fields, the corn, the Indian maize, sprang up of itself from the earth and filled the air with its fringed tassels and whispering leaves. With Onatah walked her two sisters, the Spirits of the Squash and the Bean. As they passed by, squash-vines and bean-plants grew from the corn-hills.
One day Onatah wandered away alone in search of early dew. Then the Evil One of the earth, Hahgwehdaetgah, followed swiftly after. He grasped her by the hair and dragged her beneath the ground down to his gloomy cave. Then, sending out his fire-breathing monsters, he blighted Onatah’s grain. And when her sisters, the Spirits of the Squash and the Bean, saw the flame- monsters raging through the fields, they flew far away in terror.
As for poor Onatah, she lay a trembling captive in the dark prison-cave of the Evil One. She mourned the blight of her cornfields, and sorrowed over her runaway sisters.
“O warm, bright sun!” she cried, “if I may walk once more upon the earth, never again will I leave my corn!”
And the little birds of the air heard her cry, and winging their way upward they carried her vow and gave it to the sun as he wandered through the blue heavens.
The sun, who loved Onatah, sent out many searching beams of light. They pierced through the damp earth, and entering the prison-cave, guided her back again to her fields.
And ever after that she watched her fields alone, for no more did her sisters, the Spirits of the Squash and Bean, watch with her. If her fields thirsted, no longer could she seek the early dew. If the flame-monsters burned her corn, she could not search the skies for cooling winds. And when the great rains fell and injured her harvest, her voice grew so faint that the friendly sun could not hear it.
But ever Onatah tenderly watched her fields and the little birds of the air flocked to her service. They followed her through the rows of corn, and made war on the tiny enemies that gnawed at the roots of the grain.
And at harvest-time the grateful Onatah scattered the first gathered corn over her broad lands, and the little birds, fluttering and singing, joyfully partook of the feast spread for them on the meadow-ground.
- You try to enter your password on the microwave.
- You haven’t played solitaire with real cards in years.
- You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of 4.
- You e-mail your colleague at the desk next to you to ask if they’re ready to go to lunch.
- You chat on-line regularly with a stranger from the U.S., but you haven’t spoken to your next-door-neighbor yet this year.
- Your reason for not staying in touch with friends is that they do not have an e-mail address.
- Your idea of being organized is multiple colored post-it notes.
- You hear most of your jokes via e-mail rather than in person.
- When you go home after a long day at work you still answer the phone in a business manner.
- When you make phone calls from home you accidentally dial “9” to get an outside line.
- You now think of three espressos as “getting wasted.”
- You call your son’s beeper to let him know it’s time to eat. He emails you back from his bedroom, “What’s for dinner?”
- Your daughter sells Girl Scout Cookies via her web site.
- You didn’t give your valentine a card this year, but you posted one for your e-mail buddies via a web page.