Daily Stuff 10-11-17 General Pulaski

Hi, folks!

2 days to OCPPG! Sign-up sheets are ready! We’ll be at the shop regular hours tomorrow until about 9pm,

Featured Photo by Ken Gagne! No minus tide today, but it’s coming just after midnight, Th 10/12 – Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 12:23 AM of -0.1 feet.

55F, little wind and mostly cloudy, although there’ve been some sunbreaks. We’ve gotten almost 1/2 an inch of rain since yesterday, which made the paper route interesting a couple of times. There was some wind last night, but not much now and only the offshore buoy is registering much. It’s at 20mph.

Yesterday was an odd day. I laid out one day to rest and I slept most of it! I got up long enough to spend awhile cussing that I hadn’t quite gotten the newsletter put together properly, and to write out just the note and then when I got to the shop around 6:30, to finish it and re-post.

I think I actually woke back up around 5pm. I scrambled around, finding things and was just sitting down to wait when Tempus got back. The car is mended, at least the obvious problem, which was the spark plugs and wires. We have a manifold leak, but it’s not causing any real trouble and has been there awhile.

So Tempus made us a good supper of chicken burgers while I was getting the newsletter out. …and I did more on trying to get far enough ahead that I won’t have to fight to get the newsletters out over the weekend.

I spent awhile with the sewing machine, doing some necessary mending and sewing up some other things that have been waiting.

I took a little bit of time to mix up a cake for a sweet for tomorrow. …Well, I tried. It burned. I can’t seem to make anything work in the convection oven. I dunno how Tempus does it!

He picked me up just before 4am. Double bagging and the papers were late coming out made us run very late. We ran into some very heavy rain a couple of times and several of the hand-deliveries got him *very* wet, but otherwise it was a pretty quiet run. We got in just as it was light enough to not need flashlights coming down the path at about 7am.

We’ve been getting small chores done and Tempus just headed for the shop to grab some paperwork that we didn’t bring with us. I have stuff to do on the computer, more chores here and some sewing. We’re going to try to turn in early tonight.

This is a Ken Gagne photo. When you see the tripod, right of the top center of the pic, the message for the upcoming stormy days is obvious! The guy survived the experience, but many don’t. Don’t go after the fantastic shot and lose your life! Or at best, equipment!

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200px-Kazimierz_PułaskiGeneral Pulaski Memorial Day, USA – Held annually in honour of General Kazimierz Pułaski (Casimir Pulaski; ‘the father of American cavalry’), a Polish hero of the American Revolution and to honour the heritage of Polish Americans. Pulaski Highway in Baltimore is a major thoroughfare in honor of some cavalry maneuvers during the Revolution. More on this page:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Pulaski_Memorial_Day and on Pulaski’s life here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazimierz_Pu%C5%82aski

farewelltospring plant flowerToday’s Plant is farewell-to-springClarkia amoena (godetia; syn.Godetia amoena) is a flowering plant native to western North America, found in coastal hills and mountains from British Columbia south to the San Francisco Bay Area. It is an annual plant growing to 1 m tall, with slender, linear leaves 2–7 cm long and 2–6 mm

plant flower farewell to spring

broad. The flowers are pink to pale purple, with four broad petals 1.5–6 cm long. The fruit is a dry capsule, which splits open when mature to release the numerous seeds. –Masculine, Mercury, Fire – Two very specific magicks for this plant…. Use it in coming-of-age rituals (such as luck on a driver’s test, or graduation or in firstblood/firstseed rituals, and also for fertility/prosperity (the seed capsule)

The shop is open 11-7pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

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 10/19 at 12:12pm. Waning Gibbous MoonBest 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 10/12 at 5:25am.

The last-quarter Moon rises around 11 or midnight tonight, depending on your location. Once the Moon is well up you’ll see that it’s in Gemini, with Castor and Pollux shining to its left. Farther to its right you’ll get an early look at Orion — your first of the season?
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) are up in the east and southeast, respectively, by mid-evening. Use our finder charts online or in the October Sky & Telescope, page 50.

Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy, Sep 30 – Oct 27
Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 10Runic half-month of Wunjo/Wyn – October 13-28 – Wyn represents joy, the rune being the shape of a weather vane. The month represents the creation of harmony within the given conditions of the present.

Sun in Libra
Moon in Cancer
Neptune (11/22), Chiron (12/5), Pallas (12/17), Uranus (1/2/18)  Retrograde
Color – Yellow

Planting 10/11-12

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Gort/Ivy, Sep 30 – Oct 27 – Gort – (GORT), ivy – Ivy (Hedera helix L.) is also a vine, growing to 30 m (100 feet) long in beech woods and around human habitations, where it is widely planted as a ground cover. Ivy produces greenish flowers before Samhain on short, vertical shrubby branches. The leaves of these flowering branches lack the characteristic lobes of the leaves of the rest of the plant. Like holly, ivy is evergreen, its dark green leaves striking in the bare forests of midwinter. Ivy is widely cultivated in North America. It is a member of the Ginseng family (Araliaceae).

Gort – Ivy, Ogam letter correspondences
Month: September
Color: Sky Blue
Class: Chieftain
Letter: G
Meaning: Take time to soul search or you will maake a wrong decision.

to study this month Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow-white
Class: Peasant
Letter: P, PE, UI
Meaning: Proceed with caution.

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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W   11     High   5:52 AM     6.4   7:27 AM     Set  1:57 PM      69
~    11      Low  11:18 AM     2.9   6:38 PM    Rise 11:40 PM
~    11     High   5:14 PM     7.7

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day –  There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Current Affairs – List ways your life would be different if you could never again use a telephone.

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Quotes  

~  What is powerful is when what you say is just the tip of the iceberg of what you know. – Jim Rohn
~  What we call luck is the inner man externalized. We make things happen to us. – Robertson Davies
~  When you find out who you are, you’ll find out what you need. Blue skies and sunshine guaranteed. – Mama Odie
~  When you look outside yourself for happiness you are looking in the wrong place. – Paul V Harris

The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the Prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this. – Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955); USA: the 18th Amendment (Prohibition) was passed on January 16, 1919

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Samhain Magick – Prayers

An Autumn Chant by Karen Bergquist

I will dance
The dance of dying days
And sleeping life.

I will dance
In cold, dead leaves
A bending, whirling human flame.

I will dance
As the Horned God rides
Across the skies.

I will dance
To the music of His hounds
Running, baying in chorus.

I will dance
With the ghosts of those
Gone before.

I will dance

Between the sleep of life
And the dream of death
I will dance

On Samhain’s dusky eye,

I will dance.

Invocation of the Old One by Noel-Anne Brennan

Ancient Mother
Warrior
Lady of the Red Desert,
Lady of the Great North,
Mistress of Moonlight,
And ice,
Mistress of Earth
And the changing sky,
Come to us now.
Come to us,
Old one,
You whose name
Is in all things,
Come to us now
And bless us
And feel our love.

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Daily Stuff 10-10-17 Tewkesbury Mop Fair

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 11:18 PM of -0.4 feet.

The newsletter part went out in the early afternoon, but I’m repeating it here.

3 days to OCPPG! Sign-up sheets are ready! We’ll be at the shop this evening from 5-9pm if you want to come in a register.

Cloudy and 55F. It looks like we have a shower rolling in, but it was sunny, earlier.

Yesterday started really in a fog. After being in the ER until 2am and then not sleeping for several hours after that I was *not* in good shape. Anyway, what sent me there was pain in the side that I bashed about a month ago, that was making it hard to breathe. They did the x-rays, and nothing is showing as currently broken. They did the enzyme checks to they know my heart wasn’t doing it. (Women often have weirdo heart symptoms compared to standard, so they had to check.) Pretty much they sent me home and told me to take Tylenol, but that’s about all they *could* do, and I know it’s nothing worse. Didn’t help me to sleep any better and yesterday wasn’t a day when I could sleep in.

Tempus had errands in Newport so I was at the shop and ended up apologizing to folks for being out of it.

…and then the fire info. I’ve got friends evacuated in front of a fire up in Washington and another panicking about one parent who’s out of touch (lines are down) and another who is out wetting down his orchard because he’s that close to the fire. Yet more friends in the San Francisco area are packing up because it looks like they’re next on the list. …and Annyfn is under threat and no one knows what the situation is there. Ack! That’s as bad as when Wolf Creek was burning here…. Eventually, the parental unit was contacted, but the rest….

…and then I got sleepier and sleepier, dozing off at my desk despite my best efforts. Tempus got back around 5:30 and wanted to get a nap after that, after discussing the repairs of the spinning wheel with someone who owns the same one for awhile.

Didn’t happen. We had a good esbat, though, talking about what we can do to help with things. We chatted for a bit, and then all headed home.

I’m taking today to rest and catch my breath before plunging into the craziness of OCPPG. Tempus is getting the car repairs taken care of and working on the classroom. I’ll be down at the shop later and if you want to come in to do sign-ups this evening I’ll have the door unlocked. We have the paper route tonight, too.

…and at 6pm. I’m finally at the shop. The car is fixed. I’ve gotten some rest. We’ve had some rain. Now, I get to buckle down to what needs to be done here. Books, yikes! Gonna be a lot in the used section!

…and since this is the month and time to call on the fates…

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_2417237734Today’s Feast is the Tewkesbury Mop Fair which had it’s 400th anniversary in 2010! This is a hiring fair where people go who are looking for work for the coming year. A Wikipedia article here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tewkesbury#Festivals_and_fairs and more info here: http://www.tewkesburyfairsociety.co.uk/

plant sword fernToday’s Plant is Sword fernPolystichum munitum. It grows all winter on the coast, getting greener and lovelier every year as the new fiddles come up out of the center of the plant and develop into fronds. I’ve been enjoying those, watching them for months, now. they can get to be 6 feet tall and some of the ones down in the park where the stream crosses through are that size! The indigenes used the rhizome as a poverty food (baked and peeled), and the fronds are one of the best remedies for relieving the pain from the sting of a Stinging Nettle. It is also commonly used by florists as an ornamental plant. – Masculine, Air, The God, the Puck. –This is an herb of masculine power, protection and luck. Use in spells to guide to treasure. Burn to drive away pests.…and as any fern, burn for rain…. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sword_fern

The shop is open 11-7pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

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 10/19 at 12:12pm. 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 10/12 at 5:25am.

After occulting Regulus on the morning of the 15th, the waning crescent Moon descends day by day toward Mars and Venus. These scenes are drawn exact for the middle of North America. For clarity, the Moon is always shown three times its actual apparent size.
Sometime around when nightfall is complete, you’ll find zero-magnitude <<< Arcturus low in the west-northwest at the same height as zero-magnitude Capella >>>> in the northeast. When this happens, turn to the south-southeast, and there will be 1st-magnitude <<< Fomalhaut at the same height too — if you’re at latitude 43° north. Seen from south of that latitude Fomalhaut will appear higher; from north of there it will be lower.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5, in Ophiuchus to the right of the Sagittarius Teapot) glows low in the southwest at dusk. It soon sinks lower and sets.

Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy, Sep 30 – Oct 27
Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102 Runic half-month of Wunjo/Wyn – October 13-28 – Wyn represents joy, the rune being the shape of a weather vane. The month represents the creation of harmony within the given conditions of the present.

Sun in Libra
Moon in Gemini enters Cancer at 8:38pm.
Neptune (11/22), Chiron (12/5), Pallas (12/17), Uranus (1/2/18)  Retrograde
Color – Scarlet

Harvest 10/9-10

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Gort/Ivy, Sep 30 – Oct 27 – Gort – (GORT), ivy – Ivy (Hedera helix L.) is also a vine, growing to 30 m (100 feet) long in beech woods and around human habitations, where it is widely planted as a ground cover. Ivy produces greenish flowers before Samhain on short, vertical shrubby branches. The leaves of these flowering branches lack the characteristic lobes of the leaves of the rest of the plant. Like holly, ivy is evergreen, its dark green leaves striking in the bare forests of midwinter. Ivy is widely cultivated in North America. It is a member of the Ginseng family (Araliaceae).

Gort – Ivy, Ogam letter correspondences
Month: September
Color: Sky Blue
Class: Chieftain
Letter: G
Meaning: Take time to soul search or you will maake a wrong decision.

to study this month Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow-white
Class: Peasant
Letter: P, PE, UI
Meaning: Proceed with caution.

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Tu  10     High   4:46 AM     6.7   7:26 AM     Set 12:56 PM      79
~    10      Low  10:18 AM     2.4   6:40 PM    Rise 10:41 PM
~    10     High   4:16 PM     8.1
~    10      Low  11:18 PM    -0.4

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If you want your spouse to listen and pay strict attention to every word you say, talk in your sleep.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What? – What does “The early bird gets the worm” mean to you?

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Quotes  

~  Truth is eternal, knowledge is changeable. It is disastrous to confuse them. – Madeleine L’Engle
~  We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. – Oscar Wilde
~  What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family. – Mother Teresa
~  What is called genius is the abundance of life and health. – Henry David Thoreau

October’s face, benign and mellow,
Turns nuts to brown and leaves to yellow;
But (like the Scorpion, sting in tail)
He ends with frost and scourging hail. – Jan Struther (1901–53)

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Samhain Magick – Crafts

Trick or Treat Bag (pic)

Materials include an undecorated gift bag, permanent markers, glue, ribbon, construction paper, or any other item you wish to use to decorate the bag.

  1. You can buy undecorated gift bags in most hobby and craft stores (or even at your local Wal-mart type store) for under $1.00. These bags come in a variety of sizes and colors, just pick whatever suits your fancy.
  2. Have your child color a Halloween-themed picture (jack-o-lantern, witch, werewolf, bats, etc.) and then cut the picture out and glue it on the bag.
  3. You could also cut something out of construction paper or draw directly onto the bag with permanent markers or glow-in-the-dark paints.
  4. Don’t forget the Halloween stickers!
  5. Tie some colorful ribbons on the handles and then just before they go out Trick-or-Treating, tie a couple of activated glow sticks to their bag’s ribbons to make them easier to see in the dark.

Anja’s note: If your kids have the problem with someone grabbing their treat bags, do not use paper (or if you live on the Oregon Coast, where most Halloweens are soaking wet….) Pillowcases work better, or you can do what I did and make sacks of a heavy fabric with a single loop to put over the child’s arm. These can be decorated with Sharpies or fabric paint or even glow-in-the-dark paint!

Eldersprouts Samhain CraftsTissue Ghosts

You will need:
–  tissues (the kind you blow your nose with)
–  black felt tip pen
–  white yarn
what to do:

  • Take two tissues and scrunch them up into a ball
    this will be the head.
  • Take another tissue and put your other ball in the middle of the tissue.
  • Pick up all four corners and pinch your ghost just below the head.
  • Tie a piece of yarn around the neck, and draw eyes on with your pen.
  • Hang up your ghost.

Friendly Spider

Materials include egg carton, black pom-poms, glue, black paint, scissors, 8 black pipe cleaners, buttons or wiggly eyes

Directions:

  1. Separate one cup from an egg carton.
  2. Paint it black and set it aside to dry.
  3. Once it is dry, make 8 small holes (4 on each side) at the base of the cup using the point of the scissors.
  4. Insert a pipe cleaner into each of the holes for legs.
  5. Glue the black pom-pom to the front of the cup for a head
  6. Glue two buttons or wiggly eyes on the black pom-pom

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Daily Stuff 10-10-17 Newsletter only

Hi, folks!

This is just the news part of the newsletter. I got mixed up and didn’t get all the pieces together, but I’ll send a 2nd part out this evening.

3 days to OCPPG! Sign-up sheets are ready! We’ll be at the shop this evening from 5-9pm if you want to come in a register.

Cloudy and 55F. It looks like we have a shower rolling in, but it was sunny, earlier.

Yesterday started really in a fog. After being in the ER until 2am and then not sleeping for several hours after that I was *not* in good shape. Anyway, what sent me there was pain in the side that I bashed about a month ago, that was making it hard to breathe. They did the x-rays, and nothing is showing as currently broken. They did the enzyme checks to they know my heart wasn’t doing it. (Women often have weirdo heart symptoms compared to standard, so they had to check.) Pretty much they sent me home and told me to take Tylenol, but that’s about all they *could* do, and I know it’s nothing worse. Didn’t help me to sleep any better and yesterday wasn’t a day when I could sleep in.

Tempus had errands in Newport so I was at the shop and ended up apologizing to folks for being out of it.

…and then the fire info. I’ve got friends evacuated in front of a fire up in Washington and another panicking about one parent who’s out of touch (lines are down) and another who is out wetting down his orchard because he’s that close to the fire. Yet more friends in the San Francisco area are packing up because it looks like they’re next on the list. …and Annyfn is under threat and no one knows what the situation is there. Ack! That’s as bad as when Wolf Creek was burning here…. Eventually, the parental unit was contacted, but the rest….

…and then I got sleepier and sleepier, dozing off at my desk despite my best efforts. Tempus got back around 5:30 and wanted to get a nap after that, after discussing the repairs of the spinning wheel with someone who owns the same one for awhile.

Didn’t happen. We had a good esbat, though, talking about what we can do to help with things. We chatted for a bit, and then all headed home.

I’m taking today to rest and catch my breath before plunging into the craziness of OCPPG. Tempus is getting the car repairs taken care of and working on the classroom. I’ll be down at the shop later and if you want to come in to do sign-ups this evening I’ll have the door unlocked. We have the paper route tonight, too.

The shop is open 11-7pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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Daily Stuff 10-9-17 Felicitas

Hi, folks!

4 days to OCPPG! Sign-up sheets are ready!

Minus Tide at 10:21 PM of -0.6 feet. Esbat tonight 7pm.

Scattered Cumulus Clouds in a Blue Sky

Blue sky with white, wispy streaks. 59F, little wind and only 65% humidity. We’re actually looking at a mostly dry weekend (we hope, that’s what they’re forecasting) for OCPPG. Showers on Friday, but dry the rest of the time. If there’s much wind Saturday evening we’re going to turn into ice cubes out on the beach, unless we’re properly dressed.

…and an OCPPG schedule change, but it’s minor! John Lusk and I are switching our Friday class times.

What a weird day, yesterday…. but we’re open today. I’m already running late enough that I’d rather get this out than write.

Short form, I ended up in the ER last night, but I’m fine. Short on sleep, though. <sigh> Hoping I can get a nap.

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FelicitasToday is the Feast of Felicitas. It’s a good day for making luck amulets and offerings for good fortune and prosperity.  More information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felicitas  

150px-Husband_and_wife_trees_-_BlackthornToday’s Plant is BlackthornPrunus spinosa, sometimes called “sloe”, “wish-thor”n or “faery tree”. The blossoms, the fruits and the crimson sap display the three colors of the Great Goddess: white, black, and red. The dangerous long spikes and the red “blood” that flows in the veins of this tree enhance the dramatic effect of Her symbolism. Blackthorns are sacred to the Luantishees, which are Blackthorn Fairies who guard the trees. It makes great walking sticks, such as shillelaghs. The fruit and leaves contain Vitamin C, organic acids, tannins, and sugars. Otzi, the “Iceman” had fruits in his stomach, even though they’re pretty bitter for food. Good wines and liqueurs are made from the fruits. Steep the flowers for a diuretic, tonic, and laxative. Dried fruits can treat bladder, kidney and stomach ailments. Boil the leaves for a mouthwash or to sooth the throat from tonsillitis or laryngitis. – Feminine, Saturn, Earth – Blackthorn symbolizes the inevitability of Death, Good in magicks of protection and revenge, strife and negativity, the balance between light and darkness. The staves cane help in exorcism, to make wishes, in divination and general protection magicks. Being a plant that’s bad to tangle with it also symbolizes not only death and the conquering of death, but the wisdom gained in life and beyond life and can be used in magicks for the gaining of such wisdom. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_spinosa

The shop is open 11-7pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

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 10/19 at 12:12pm. Waning Gibbous MoonBest 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 10/12 at 5:25am.

After occulting Regulus on the morning of the 15th, the waning crescent Moon descends day by day toward Mars and Venus. These scenes are drawn exact for the middle of North America. For clarity, the Moon is always shown three times its actual apparent size.
As the last of twilight fades away, look above the northeast horizon — far below Cassiopeia — for bright Capella on the rise. How high you’ll find it depends on your latitude. The farther north you are, the higher it will be.
Mercury is hidden behind the glare of the Sun. Jupiter is hidden deep in the glare of sunset.

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Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy, Sep 30 – Oct 27
Runic half-month of Gebo/ GyfuSept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102 Runic half-month of Wunjo/WynOctober 13-28 – Wyn represents joy, the rune being the shape of a weather vane. The month represents the creation of harmony within the given conditions of the present.

Sun in Libra
Moon in Gemini
Neptune (11/22), Chiron (12/5), Pallas (12/17), Uranus (1/2/18)  Retrograde
Color – Lavendar

Harvest 10/9

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©2017 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Gort/Ivy, Sep 30 – Oct 27 – Gort – (GORT), ivy – Ivy (Hedera helix L.) is also a vine, growing to 30 m (100 feet) long in beech woods and around human habitations, where it is widely planted as a ground cover. Ivy produces greenish flowers before Samhain on short, vertical shrubby branches. The leaves of these flowering branches lack the characteristic lobes of the leaves of the rest of the plant. Like holly, ivy is evergreen, its dark green leaves striking in the bare forests of midwinter. Ivy is widely cultivated in North America. It is a member of the Ginseng family (Araliaceae).

Gort – Ivy, Ogam letter correspondences
Month: September
Color: Sky Blue
Class: Chieftain
Letter: G
Meaning: Take time to soul search or you will maake a wrong decision.

to study this month Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow-white
Class: Peasant
Letter: P, PE, UI
Meaning: Proceed with caution.

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
M    9     High   3:47 AM     7.1   7:24 AM     Set 11:48 AM      88
~     9      Low   9:28 AM     1.9   6:42 PM    Rise  9:49 PM
~     9     High   3:27 PM     8.4
~     9      Low  10:21 PM    -0.6

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If there’s no pot of gold at the end of your rainbow, maybe you are at the wrong end.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – Which would you rather be: a fish or a bird? Explain your answer.

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Quotes  

~  To know and master yourself brings great knowledge. As above so below. – Kiya Ravenhawk
~  To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.- Lao Tzu
~  Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity. – Albert Camus
~  True Warriors are realists. They take all they have and use it effectively. – Kerr Cuhulain

Hail, old October, bright and chill,
First freedman from the summer sun!
Spice high the bowl, and drink your fill!
Thank heaven, at last the summer’s done! – Thomas Constable (1812–81)

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Samhain Magick – Lore – The Magic of Autumn By Fran Hafey/Mysti

Come with me to laugh and play while leaves of all colors dance and the wind sings of Autumn and magic.” ~Fran Hafey/Mysti

Do you feel it, that crisp feeling in the air as the autumn winds reach out and lightly touch our senses? There’s magic in the air as Mother Nature paints beautiful scenes of colors all around us. I would like to share just a few things about Autumn that I love so well.

Nights are cooler, so I pull out the blankets, hanging them out on the clothesline to freshen them in the cool breeze before placing them on each bed.

Pumpkins appear at farmers markets while baskets of apples are sold to merchants wanting to make apple butter and pies. Oh and don’t forget caramel and candied apples and other treats too!

Children of all ages get excited about Samhain.Halloween and All Saint’s Day. so we can all pretend to be something magical and  let our hearts guide us. having fun on a hay wagon, singing old  tunes, laughing and telling ghostly stories. Smiling and  snuggling closer to keep warm as my nose gets cold from the  autumn night. Enjoying homemade popcorn balls, cookies and apple  cider, mmmmmmm.

Vegetable soup and chili simmer on the stovetop and the woodstove is lit for the first time. I love the smell of seasoned wood burning and watching the flames dance and sparkle. it always takes me far away to another time and place where magic is afoot.

The last of the hummingbirds come and go to the feeder seemingly saying goodbye for another season. They will return in the spring when it’s warmer, to bless us with their beauty and energy.

The afternoon sun shines in my south window onto my crystals causing them to shine all around the room making little rainbows and dancing colors. The wind chimes sing in harmony.

I wash my favorite sweater, the one that makes me feel so comfortable, cozy and warm on the cool afternoons and chilly nights, even if it is old and worn.

I sit up against a huge old oak tree and watch the leaves swirl and dance down to the ground as acorns drop on rooftops. I can sense winters on its way, but just for now, I sit and stop everything to enjoy this moment.

Soon there will be frost on the windows and you’ll be able to see your breath as you walk through the trees and autumn pathways. The mountains scream out with so many colors I feel my eyes will burst staring at them with their beauty. My breath is taken away once more.

Sipping hot chocolate is sooo good in the morning, with cream on top, of course. while I watch the birds play and the deer slowly leave the garden area as they look for leftover morsels. The crows gather there too looking like they’re having a big morning meeting, discussing the days’ events. Scarecrows oversee the pumpkin patch with vines going in all directionsLeading us to magical places.

I love the feel of autumn magic and I’m happy to be reminded of the miracles of life as I watch the Seasons come and go. I close my eyes and feel the cool air on my face and smell that special scent of Autumn and thank Spirit for sharing the magic of autumn with me once more.

Whether it’s Autumn or Spring in your area of the world, take time today to enjoy nature and the beauty that surrounds us. be thankful and never take anything for granted and remember we’re all magical and the magic lives within us all year round.
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Please sign the guestbook, so I know you were there visiting~
About the Author: Fran Hafey is a Spiritual Counselor, Healer, Visionary Writer, Earth and Animal Activist and Teacher, living in the mountains of Virginia with her husband, dogs and birds. She provides guidance, inspiration and love via her Website, groups and newsletter on the World Wide Web. She’s currently working on publishingher own books about love, inspiration, magic and nature stories for Children of all ages.
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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Black Market Drugs – The FBI and the DEA are joining efforts and will be assigning some of their agents to a quasi-FBI/DEA enforcement team specifically targeting the illegal allergy pills sales that occur on the black market.
The agents will be called “Pseudo Feds.”

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Daily Stuff 10-8-17 Bartolomé de las Casas

Hi, folks!

OCPPG in 5 days!

 

Minus Tide at 9:29 PM of -0.7 feet. House Capuchin Project Day today, noon to 6pm.

59F, and partly cloudy with little wind.

Yesterday started *far* too early! We were up around 7am and in the car well before 8, onsite and unpacked and 90% set up before 9am

and Tempus was back with the two trees for display by 9:30. From that point on I tagged pincushions, then started stitching some. I got to visit awhile with Nina who is doing the mushroom walk. I really like her. I got to hang out with some of the other vendors and the folks from the Moose, just chatting and getting to know how folks roll.

I did have some good sales at the event and only bought some sweets and some flowers. I sold 4 of the pincushions! Tempus took advantage of a customer lull to bring me a sandwich and found me packing down a bit after 2pm. The event was supposed to run until 3pm, but they wanted us out by then, rather than just starting to pack up at that point.

He went back after the car and I got to visit with a couple more people while I was waiting for him. I had been intending to walk back, but it made more sense to have him pick me and the stock up.

So we got packed and went back to the shop. I took a short nap during which time the books multiplied, which I have to work on today. Wow, that’s a lot of deck to clear

before OCPPG!

I’m still at the apartment. The combination of smokers, pollens, molds and other things made my asthma kick up and I finally got to sleep very late, so Tempus let me sleep in today. I’m actually at the apartment waiting for him while I’m writing this, but because I didn’t have the brains yesterday evening to set the newsletter up, so it’s going to have to go out *very* late today.

…and now finally at the shop. Just as we were pulling in there was a crow on the tailgate of a pickup that squawked at us. …Bless my sweetie! He had coffee ready! … The mouse on the computer has been starting to malfunction and it quit just as I was getting ready to finish this up! Tempus found a replacement. It looks like the Project Day is going to run late today, too.

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Christopher_ColumbusToday’s Feast is in honor of not of Columbus, whose legal holiday is somewhere in this vicinity, but of Bartolomé de las Casas. Can we cuss any louder at Columbus? He sounded like such a great hero when I was a kid, but looking at his motives and what came of that…. and he wasn’t the first, by a long way. Not only Erik the Red and Lief Erikson, not only the fishermen who had always gone to the Grand Banks, not just Brendon the Navigator (who is debatable…) but even the Chinese probably got to the Americas before he did! Look up Chinese discovery of America on Wikipedia for the last  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-Columbian_trans-oceanic_contact, but there’s more info on Columbus here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Columbus I’m celebrating this: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/columbus_day …and here’s a Wiki article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartolom%C3%A9_de_las_Casas

China_aster_redoutePacific AsterSymphyotrichum chilense, is one form of aster that grows in the PNW.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphyotrichum_chilense  China Asters are the ones grown in gardens and are the common garden aster that Cunningham references:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callistephus_chinensis in his Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. Feminine, Venus, Water – The aster was sacred to the gods and used on altars in many religious paths. It is often used in love sachets or carry the bloom to win love. You can also grow them in your garden to draw love to you! …and here is an article on the whole family which includes sunflowers, chrysanthemums, yarrow and cone-flower!  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteraceae

The shop is open 11-7pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

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 10/19 at 12:12pm. 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 10/12 at 5:25am.

Can you still spot Antares twinkling to the lower right of Saturn this week? They’re 14° apart, almost a fist and a half at arm’s length.
The starry W of Cassiopeia stands high in the northeast after dark. The right-hand side of the W (the brightest side) is tilted up. Look along the second segment of the W counting down from the top. Notice the dimmer naked-eye star partway along that segment. That’s Eta Cassiopeiae, magnitude 3.4, a Sun-like star just 19 light-years away with an orange-dwarf companion. It’s a lovely binary pair in a telescope, with an easy separation of 20 arcseconds. Left of Eta Cas along the segment is a fainter, much wider pair: Upsilon1 and Upsilon2 Cassiopeiae, separation 0.3° (1,200 arcseconds). This pair consists of two orange giants, and they’re unrelated to each other; they’re 200 and 400 light-years from us.
The waning gibbous Moon rises in mid-evening with the <<< Pleiades to its upper left and Aldebaran >>> and the Hyades to its lower left.
Venus is the bright “Morning Star,” (magnitude –3.9) is low due east in the dawn. Just above it is faint Mars, magnitude +1.8, only 1/200 as bright. They were in conjunction on the morning of October 5th and are now drawing apart. On the morning of Saturday the 7th they’re 1° apart (at dawn for North America), and by the 14th they’re 5° apart. Venus is getting lower, Mars higher. Why their great brightness difference? Whenever Mars appears anywhere near Venus, it seems to get scared and fade. That’s because Venus is never seen far from our line of sight to the Sun. Whenever Mars is anywhere near our line of sight to the Sun, it has to be on the far side of its orbit from us: about as far and faint as it gets.

Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy, Sep 30 – Oct 27
Runic half-month of Gebo/ GyfuSept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

Sun in Libra
Moon in Taurus
Neptune (11/22), Chiron (12/5), Pallas (12/17), Uranus (1/2/18)  Retrograde
Color – Blue

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Gort/Ivy, Sep 30 – Oct 27 – Gort – (GORT), ivy – Ivy (Hedera helix L.) is also a vine, growing to 30 m (100 feet) long in beech woods and around human habitations, where it is widely planted as a ground cover. Ivy produces greenish flowers before Samhain on short, vertical shrubby branches. The leaves of these flowering branches lack the characteristic lobes of the leaves of the rest of the plant. Like holly, ivy is evergreen, its dark green leaves striking in the bare forests of midwinter. Ivy is widely cultivated in North America. It is a member of the Ginseng family (Araliaceae).

Gort – Ivy, Ogam letter correspondences
Month: September
Color: Sky Blue
Class: Chieftain
Letter: G
Meaning: Take time to soul search or you will maake a wrong decision.

to study this month Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow-white
Class: Peasant
Letter: P, PE, UI
Meaning: Proceed with caution.

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Su   8     High   2:55 AM     7.4   7:23 AM     Set 10:37 AM      94
~     8      Low   8:45 AM     1.3   6:44 PM    Rise  9:04 PM
~     8     High   2:45 PM     8.5
~     8      Low   9:29 PM    -0.7

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – What do you do when the only person who can make you stop crying is the person who made you cry?

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Describe – Describe the best teacher you ever had.

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Quotes  

~  The only problem with many things is the pre-conceived ideas we have about them! – Shanti
~  The very thing that holds you back is the excuse that you have for not doing it. – David Neagle
~  The word impossible is not in my dictionary.  – Napoleon Bonaparte
~  There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few we can solve by ourselves. – Lyndon Johnson

On the 16th of January, 1832, we anchored at Porto Praya, in St Jago, the chief island of the Cape de Verd archipelago. The neighbourhood of Porto Praya, viewed from the sea, wears a desolate aspect. The volcanic fires of a past age, and the scorching heat of a tropical sun, have in most places rendered the soil unfit for vegetation. The country rises in successive steps of table-land, interspersed with some truncate conical hills, and the horizon is bounded by an irregular chain of more lofty mountains. – Charles Darwin; The Voyage of the Beagle, Ch. 1

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Samhain Magick – Recipes

Eye-Opening Fried Cornmeal Mush – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 2 3/4 cups water in a pan

Bring the 2 3/4 cups of water to a boil. In bowl, combine the cornmeal, 1 cup water, salt, and sugar. Gradually add this mixture to the boiling water, stirring constantly. Cover and cook over low heat for 10-15 minutes. Pour into a shallow loaf pan. Chill in refrigerator overnight. In the morning, turn out of pan onto a platter or flat countertop. Cut into 1/2 inch slices. Fry slowly in hot fat (bacon or sausage drippings) or very small amount of vegetable oil. Turn once. When browned, serve warm with butter and syrup or fresh fruit.

Makes 6 servings

BeWitching Apple Pancakes – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)

  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbs. sugar
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1tsp. salt
  • 2 well beaten egg yolks
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tbs. butter/margarine, melted
  • 1 cup finely chopped apple, peeled and cored
  • 2 stiffly beaten egg whites

In a large non-metal bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients. In a smaller bowl, combine the milk and egg yolks. Pour mixture into the dry ingredients and stir well. Stir in the butter/margarine and apple. Fold in the egg whites. Let the batter set up for a few minutes. Cook on a hot griddle or in a large frying pan, using 1/3 cup of batter per pancake. Use a spatula or spoon to spread batter evenly. Remove from heat, dot with butter, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and roll up into log. Top with slightly heated applesauce and a dash of cinnamon.

Makes 12 pancakes.

Halloween Pumpkin Muffins by Gerina Dunwich – (This recipe yields about 3 1/2 dozen muffins.)

  • 4 cups Flour
  • 3 cups Sugar
  • 1-3/4 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Cloves
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tablespoon Ginger
  • 1-1/2 cups Raisins
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts (chopped)
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2-1/2 cups Mashed Cooked Pumpkin
  • 1 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 cup Water
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the first eleven ingredients, and then make a “well” in the middle of the mixture.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs lightly and then add the pumpkin, vegetable oil, and water.
  3. Mix together well.
  4. Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. (Do not overstir!)
  5. Spoon into paper-lined muffin pans, filling about two-thirds full.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes in a preheated 375-degree oven and then immediately remove the muffins from the pans to prevent them from scorching and drying out.

(The above “Halloween Pumpkin Muffins” recipe is from “The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch’s Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes” by Gerina Dunwich, page 171, Citadel Press, Carol Publishing Group Edition, 1995.)

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – 10 Guinness’ in 10 Minutes
An American walks into an Irish pub and says, “I’ll give anyone $100 if they can drink 10 Guinness’s in 10 minutes.”
Most people just ignore the absurd bet and go back to their conversations. One guy even leaves the bar.
A little while later that guy comes back and asks the American, “Is that bet still on?”
“Sure,” he says.
So the bartender lines 10 Guinness’ up on the bar the Irishman drinks them all in less than 10 minutes.
As the American hands over the money he asks, “Where did you go when you just left?”
The Irishman answers, “I went next door to the other pub to see if I could do it.”

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Daily Stuff 10-7-17 Joe Hill

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 8:42 PM of -0.6 feet. No workshops today! I’m at the Christmas in October!

Overcast, 54F, no wind and we’ gotten 6/100’s of an inch of rain. It’s making things look damp, is all. The pavement is barely wet. They’re predicting showers for today and tonight.

Yesterday was an odd day. The car didn’t get back to us until nearly 5pm, so I was at the apartment all day. I spent some time doing chores, and a little more doing some mending, then sat down with a Latin translation and had some fun. I love doing translations that pick up not the literal meaning, but the slang connotations, so that they mean something!

After that I wrote for awhile and then caught up on mail. When I got to the shop, I set this up, so’s to have it ready this morning… early, omgs…. Tempus conked out on the sofa for several hours while I worked on getting things ready.

When he woke we had some supper, then he tracked down more things that I was going to need and we started loading up.

Today…well, it’s early. I have to be there at 8am, ready to roll, so everything is in the car. Tempus is going to do the load-in, then come back to the shop to track down the trees for the ornaments and then come back to the Moose while I’m setting up. He’s going to open the shop around 10, from the looks of it. The show runs 9-3 and I have to pack down at that point. Then I’ll go to the shop, freeing him to go back and load out. I think we’re going to be ready to close on time today.

Autumn Beauty! I found this pic with no attributions on Facebook. Too beautiful not to share….
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180px-Joe_hill002Today’s Feast is in honor of Joe Hill (d. November 19 [qv], 1915), American labor activist, songwriter (‘The Preacher and the Slave‘) and member of the Industrial Workers of the World, better known as the Wobblies. He was executed for murder after a controversial trial, and after his death became the subject of a famous folksongJoe Hill. His last words, to his supporters, were “Don’t mourn for me. Organize!” More at:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Hill and  http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/oct7.html

yarrow 06-07-10Today’s Plant is YarrowAchillea millefolium. This plant is often called woundwort or nosebleed because of its clotting properties and is used for fevers and infections because it has salicylates (aspirin) in it. The young leaves can be eaten and it becomes an aid to vision-work. It’s easy to grow and makes a great companion plant. We have mostly the pacifica and californica varieties out here. – Feminine, Venus, Water. Exorcism – Wear to protect – hold in hand to stop fear – hang over bed for lasting love – carry for love and bring friends and contact with relatives. Flower –Feminine, Venus, Water – flowers made into tea for psychic power, Exorcism, protection, stop fear, lasting love. More info here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarrow

The shop is open 11-7pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

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 10/19 at 12:12pm. 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 10/12 at 5:25am.

The Great Square of Pegasus balances on its corner high in the east at nightfall. For your location, when it is exactly balanced? That is, when it the Square’s top corner exactly above its bottom corner? It’ll be sometime after the end of twilight, depending on both your latitude and longitude. Try lining them up with the vertical edge of a building for improved precision.
Jupiter has disappeared into the sunset.

Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy, Sep 30 – Oct 27
Runic half-month of Gebo/ GyfuSept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

Sun in Libra
Moon in Aries
Neptune (11/22), Chiron (12/5), Pallas (12/17), Uranus (1/2/18)  Retrograde
Color – Green

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Gort/Ivy, Sep 30 – Oct 27 – Gort – (GORT), ivy – Ivy (Hedera helix L.) is also a vine, growing to 30 m (100 feet) long in beech woods and around human habitations, where it is widely planted as a ground cover. Ivy produces greenish flowers before Samhain on short, vertical shrubby branches. The leaves of these flowering branches lack the characteristic lobes of the leaves of the rest of the plant. Like holly, ivy is evergreen, its dark green leaves striking in the bare forests of midwinter. Ivy is widely cultivated in North America. It is a member of the Ginseng family (Araliaceae).

Gort – Ivy, Ogam letter correspondences
Month: September
Color: Sky Blue
Class: Chieftain
Letter: G
Meaning: Take time to soul search or you will maake a wrong decision.

to study this month Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow-white
Class: Peasant
Letter: P, PE, UI
Meaning: Proceed with caution.

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Sa   7     High   2:06 AM     7.6   7:22 AM     Set  9:25 AM      98
~     7      Low   8:04 AM     1.0   6:46 PM    Rise  8:24 PM
~     7     High   2:06 PM     8.5
~     7      Low   8:42 PM    -0.6

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Forget the things that made you sad.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Would you? – Would you like to be President of the United States? Explain the reasons for your answer.

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Quotes  

~  There never has been, and cannot be, a good life without self-control. – Leo Tolstoy
~  Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. – Buddha
To be a warrior is to learn to be genuine in every moment of your life. – Chogyam Trungpa
~  To err is human; to forgive, divine. – Alexander Pope

A birdnote sounding here and there,
A bloom, where leaves are brown and sober,
Warm noons, and nights with frosty air,
And loaded wagons say, October. – Thomas Stephens Collier (1842–93)

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Samhain Magick – Poems

Samhainby Dame Niamh, High Priestess, Sisters of the Burning Branch

I am a twist of black paper
Dancing in a wind-eddy.
Blown three times round the gatepost,
Wrapped briefly round the lamppost
Hanging by wingtip from a branch
Plié into a puddle on the pavement.
I am a shout that bells around the corner
Ricochets diminished from the bushes,
Whistles down a chimney,
Chuckles in the porch-eaves,
Murmurs blending into the wind.
I am a shape-changing shadow
I whisk along behind a loping cat,
I solidify in corners, melt in streetlights,
Flit across the round-faced moon,
Fingering the rime round the moon,
Whispering a rhyme round the moon.
I am a figment of the night’s imagination,
A clown-face suspended in midair
To exorcise your ghosts,
To invite your dear departed to Dumb Supper,
To remember the sweet departed on this night,
And howl off hooting into the tunnel of night. – © Dame Niamh )O( Gealach High Priestess, Sisters of the Burning Branch Sisters of the Silver Star, Circle of the Silver Hive

Prayer for Autumn Days

God of the seasons, there is a time for everything; there is a time for dying and a time for rising. We need courage to enter into the transformation process.

God of autumn, the trees are saying goodbye to their green, letting go of what has been. We, too, have our moments of surrender, with all their insecurity and risk. Help us to let go when we need to do so.

God of fallen leaves lying in colored patterns on the ground, our lives have their own patterns. As we see the patterns of our own growth, may we learn from them.

God of misty days and harvest moon nights, there is always the dimension of mystery and wonder in our lives. We always need to recognize your power-filled presence. May we gain strength from this.

God of harvest wagons and fields of ripened grain, many gifts of growth lie within the season of our surrender. We must wait for harvest in faith and hope. Grant us patience when we do not see the blessings.

God of geese going south for another season, your wisdom enables us to know what needs to be left behind and what needs to be carried into the future. We yearn for insight and vision.

God of flowers touched with frost and windows wearing white designs, may your love keep our hearts from growing cold in the empty seasons.

God of life, you believe in us, you enrich us, you entrust us with the freedom to choose life. For all this, we are grateful. – Author Unknown  – Appropriate for many faiths

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Daily Stuff 10-6-17 Mad Hatter Day

Hi, folks!

8 days to OCPPG (counting today)! Schedule and class info for Pan-Pagan! http://wp.me/P2xgQ8-62p

First Minus Tide of the cycle at 7:58 PM of -0.3 feet.

61F and bright sunshine with some possible rain early tomorrow morning and almost no wind.

Yesterday went by crazy fast because we were so busy. I was photographing crystals since I had lovely sunshine and packaging some and pricing some. I worked on newsletter stuff, and then late in the afternoon decided

to take advantage of an opportunity to maybe sell some of the Yule decor that we’ve got, at the Moose Lodge Christmas in October. So I’m going to be a little crazy today and tomorrow, not that I’m not, already. 🙂 …and no workshops this Saturday, either, although if anyone wants to come in after 4pm and sew, you’ll be welcome.

This is the event. …and it’s just a couple of blocks from our shop! Tempus will be opening a little early that day since I have to be at the Moose at around 8am.

So Tempus was working in the back again. Things are resolving a little back there, but I still didn’t have a table to work on. He made a loaf of bread and a yummy supper. Amy stopped by for Sewing and then we headed home for me to work on my sewing and for him to go on to the paper route.

The papers ran late last night and he didn’t get in until 7am and then had to get back up at 9 to take the car to

 

get looked at. It’s missing, badly, and he can’t get one of the plugs loose. He left me home and will come back for me when the car is done. I’d bet he’s napping at the shop, but he can up and down with that, with no problem.

So I’m going to sit down and sew, now that this is out, but yes, the shop is open.

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MadlHatterByTenniel.svgMad Hatter Day is a silly holiday opposite April Fool’s on the calendar. It is one of the Discordian Holy Days. More info here:  http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~ari/madHatter.html and info on Alice in Wonderland here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_in_Wonderland and the Hatter here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hatter

Chamomile, Chamaemelum nobile also called Anthemis Noblis – Calming. anti-inflammatory, sedative, relieves stomachaches and diarrhea in infants, menstrual cramps , excellent insect repellent, hair rinse for blondes, Small amounts of pollen residue in the tea may cause dermatitis or other allergic symptoms in people sensitive to ragweed, chrysanthemums, and other members of the daisy family.  Probably the most common use for this is in dream pillows. The fruity, applelike aroma of this chamomile will help you relax, making for easier sleep – even in a strange place. – Masculine, Sun or Venus, Water – Patron herb for the garden promotes healing energies which were good for all plant species. Chamomile in your garden guarantees success. Good as a meditation incense, for centering, peace, sprinkle in your home for protection, healing, money. The strong association chamomile has with the Sun is an underlying indication of its modern usage. Through incense or ritual drink it is used to assist a priest’s call upon a Sun God (working with any of the solar deities). Some traditions have also used chamomile at Midsummer to give honor to the Father of Nature. Chamomile is renowned for its promise of success so once you have finished an amulet, sprinkle in a little chamomile.  Wiki article here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamaemelum_nobile

The shop is open 11-7pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Full Moon The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 10/6 at 11:40pm. 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 10/19 at 12:12pm. 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 10/12 at 5:25am.

…And on down goes Venus…
The Moon, just past full, rises in the east in late twilight. As night arrives, look for the two brightest stars of Aries to the Moon’s upper left by about a fist and a half at arm’s length. The stars are 4° apart (less than half a fist) and lined up almost horizontally. Can you see that the brighter one — Hamal, on the left — has an orange tint?
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) are up in the east and southeast, respectively, by mid- to late evening. Use our finder charts.

Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy, Sep 30 – Oct 27
Runic half-month of Gebo/ GyfuSept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

Sun in Libra
Moon in Aries enters Taurus at 4:56pm.
Neptune (11/22), Chiron (12/5), Pallas (12/17), Uranus (1/2/18)  Retrograde
Color – Rose

Harvest 10/6

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Gort/Ivy, Sep 30 – Oct 27 – Gort – (GORT), ivy – Ivy (Hedera helix L.) is also a vine, growing to 30 m (100 feet) long in beech woods and around human habitations, where it is widely planted as a ground cover. Ivy produces greenish flowers before Samhain on short, vertical shrubby branches. The leaves of these flowering branches lack the characteristic lobes of the leaves of the rest of the plant. Like holly, ivy is evergreen, its dark green leaves striking in the bare forests of midwinter. Ivy is widely cultivated in North America. It is a member of the Ginseng family (Araliaceae).

Gort – Ivy, Ogam letter correspondences
Month: September
Color: Sky Blue
Class: Chieftain
Letter: G
Meaning: Take time to soul search or you will maake a wrong decision.

to study this month Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow-white
Class: Peasant
Letter: P, PE, UI
Meaning: Proceed with caution.

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
F    6     High   1:20 AM     7.6   7:21 AM     Set  8:13 AM      99
~     6      Low   7:26 AM     0.7   6:47 PM    Rise  7:48 PM
~     6     High   1:30 PM     8.3
~     6      Low   7:58 PM    -0.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Road to Success: It’s not straight, there are: curves called failure, a loop called confusion, speed bumps called friends, red lights called family flats called jobs. If you have a spare it’s called determination, an engine is called perseverance, insurance called faith and you’ll make it to a place called “SUCCESS”.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What is? – What is something that makes you feel sad?

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Quotes  

~  Some cunning men choose fools for their wives, thinking to manage them, but they always fail. – Samuel Johnson
~  Speaking cruel words is like sharpening a boomerang. – Anonymous
~  Spiritual life is not a once-and-for-all game; it’s an ongoing process. – Bhagavan Das
~  Stupidity has a certain charm ignorance does not. – Frank Zappa

The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the Prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this. – Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955); USA: the 18th Amendment (Prohibition) was passed on January 16, 1919

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Samhain Magick – Crafts

Samhain Door Wreath – You will need items from Nature, fine wire, sheet of corrugated cardboard, collection sack, small nail. First, take a Nature hike. Collect items from nature, such as pine cones, seeds, leaves, berry bunches acorns and caps, flowers, etc.remembering how important it is to thank the plant for its gift, and to take only what is needed. When you return home, spread out collection on some newspaper. Cut out a circle about 15″ in diameter, from the cardboard. Cut a smaller circle out of the middle. Wrap the wire around each object so it can be fastened to the cardboard. Poke two small holes in the cardboard ring for each item. Feed the wire through and twist in back. Keep fastening objects onto the ring until it is full and no cardboard shows. Hang the wreath on the front door with the nail. – http://paganwiccan.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=paganwiccan&zu=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dreamcatcher.net%2Fmoonwise%2Fcrafts.html

Paper Bag Pumpkin – Materials include a brown lunch bag, two rubber bands, green cotton chenille stem, orange tempera paint, newspaper, sponge brush, scissors

Directions:

  1. Prepare the bag. Cut bottom off bag leaving a tube shape. Gather bottom of bag together evenly. Secure with a rubber ban about 1″ from the bottom. Turn bag inside out and flatten out bottom.
  2. Make the pumpkin. Stuff bag with newspaper. Shape bag into pumpkin shape. For stem, gather together and twist top of bag. Push down for pumpkin shape. Secure with rubber band. Paint pumpkin shape leaving wrinkles unpainted for contrast. Let dry.
  3. Finish up. Remove rubber band from top and replace with green stem. For vine, wrap ends of stem around a pencil. Remove pencil leaving vine spirals in tact.
  4. You can add Jack-O-Lantern faces onto the pumpkins with black permanent markers or tempera paint.

Gourd Rattle – You will need: 1 dry gourd (about the size of an orange – the smooth kind, not warty), small craft saw, small keyhole saw, small hand drill, 1 straight sturdy stick for the handle, a handful of sharp stones, 1/2 inch wide strip of thin suede, at least 12 inches long, glue gun, handful of stones, beads, etc, a few dyed fluff feathers, assorted acrylic paints and brushes.

Drill a hole in the bottom of the gourd. Enlarge the hole to the diameter of your stick about 5 inches from the smaller end. Use the end of your stick to remove the seeds and dried pulp from inside the gourd. Place a small handful of sharp stones inside and shake vigorously to remove even more loose material, then pour out the stones and the dust. Drill a hold in the top end of the gourd and enlarge it to the diameter of the smaller end of the stick. Insert the stick so that the top end sticks out about 1 inch to check fit, wrapping the suede around the beads and insert the stick. Secure with hot glue. Wrap the bottom joint between the stick and the gourd with more suede to create a smooth transition, stretching and gluing the leather into place. Repeat with the top joint, this time adding two or three feathers inside the leather wrapping as you glue it. Paint the gourd with acrylic paints if desired. http://paganwiccan.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=paganwiccan&zu=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dreamcatcher.net%2Fmoonwise%2Fcrafts.html

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