Daily Stuff 10-18-12 Nicholas Culpeper

Hi, folks!

The sun is rising into a sky of shattered cloud with stripes of high stuff that’s not thick enough for the computer weather to notice. There’s almost no wind, just barely enough to stir the clematis and rock the bamboo chime (that I forgot to untangle from the clematis <sigh> Now I know why it wasn’t making any noise yesterday. It’s 51F and there was one gust a bit ago (just as the sun hit the yard, coincidence…) that hit 7mph.

Sunlight is slanting onto the alder and the top of the confetti rose that has pink buds again. The birdseed that’s blooming in the planter has all fresh little blue flowers and the change in the green of the garden is amazing!

Yesterday was one task on top of another. I never did get back to working on house chores, since computer stuff took up most of the day. I got the newsletter out just as the weather was turning really lovely, and I kept being torn all day with wanting to get outside and needing to get the computer work done.

I updated the various pages associated with the newsletter, first, then worked on psychic fair scheduling and details. After that I spent quite a while on Cafe Press (two more designs are up….) then around 1pm, finally gave in and went out to work in the garden. I spent about 3 hours, mostly moving things and weeding. I got the main part of the path around from the driveway done, and did a chunk of the part that needed cover crop, then spent a while weeding around various herbs.Tempus has a couple of buckets of weeds that need to be dumped.

When I came back in I got some (very late) lunch, then started in on pictures for the newsletter, finally getting to the point of working on the newsletter files.

There were only 3 of us for esbat, so we just had a business meeting instead because we didn’t even get started until past 8 and we were all wiped out. We’re going to have a run-through for the Open Circle Samhain ritual next Wednesday evening and the esbat on 11/14 is going to be a business meeting on Pan-Pagan and the next Wicca 202 class.

Today Tempus and I have orders to mail out, first thing, then he’s driving into Newport to pick up a lawnmower and to do some shopping. I have herbs to process (the mint, at least) and a lot of dried stuff to put away. I’m also going to keep going on the Cafe Press designs and I might get as far as re-organizing the picture files on the blog.

When Tempus gets back into town we’ll put the Readings sign out. There were two people who made appointments last week and forgot about ’em. (I guess…) Today would be a good day!

For featured products we have 3 Thor’s hammers today. The first one is a silver slide-pendant with a knotwork design.

This design is sometimes called an “Odin Hammer”. Again, it’s silver.

One last hammer, a smaller and more detailed version of the one above. …and the “hairs” in the pictures are the fiberfill that they’re lying on in the display case.

Today is the birthday in 1616 of Nicholas Culpeper (18 October 1616 – 10 January 1654) He was an English botanist, herbalist, physician, and astrologer. His published books include The English Physician (1652) and the Complete Herbal (1653), which contain a rich store of pharmaceutical and herbal knowledge, and Astrological Judgement of Diseases from the Decumbiture of the Sick (1655), which is one of the most detailed documents we have on the practice of medical astrology in Early Modern Europe. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Culpeper …and the text of the Herbal is here: http://www.bibliomania.com/2/1/66/113/frameset.html

The shop opens at 11am today. Fall hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday. 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!

Love & Light,


Starhawk’s newsletter posted this:

Focused, intensive magic on a big scale
— dancing a spiral with over a thousand people —
a time to honor the dead and raise the power we need
to renew the world for the living and the generations to come!
Reclaiming’s annual Spiral Dance ritual weaves deep spirituality
together with music, art and ecstatic communion.
It’s not a party, not a rave — it’s a whole lot deeper.
Leave the drugs and alcohol behind and see where trance,
dance and connection can take you
as we twine our gifts, strengths and awareness
into a lifeline to nurture the new world being born.

33rd Annual Spiral Dance
When: Sat Oct 27, 2012
Doors Open: 6:00 PM

• Altars ~ This year’s Cardinal Altars will be interactive. They will feature fully modular parts that attendees can engage and play with while at the Spiral Dance!

• Altar Tour ~ especially designed for the vision-impaired.

• Listening Meditation ~ Reading of the Names of the Beloved Dead with chant, vocable and harp music.

{Submit names to RBDnames@yahoogroups.com}

Ritual: 7:30 PM

Where: Kezar Pavilion,
755 Stanyan St, San Francisco
General Admission: $10+ to $20 Elders (60+) and Youth (15 and under): $10+
For advance tix and more info: www.reclaimingspiraldance.org

Please like us on FB: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Reclaiming-Spiral-Dance/165236606578


Today’s Astro & Calendar

The Moon is in Diana’s Bow moving to waxing crescent at 5:03pm. 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. (Full Moon/Tide Change is 10/29 at 12:49pm.) Diana’s Bow – On the 3rdday after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! Phase ends on Thursday at 5:03pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. Phase ends at the Quarter 10/21 at 8:32pm.

The waxing crescent Moon poses over Mars and Antares low in the southwest in twilight.
Mercury (magnitude –0.2) is deep in the sunset. Using binoculars, try scanning for it about 30 minutes after sundown very low in the west-southwest. The crescent Moon points the way starting midweek, as shown above.  Overall, this will be a poor apparition of Mercury. It stays lying low there for a month, then drops back into the Sun’s glare.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.6, in Taurus) rises in the east-northeast around 9 p.m. daylight saving time. Once it’s clear of the horizon, look for fainter orange Aldebaran twinkling 7½° to its right and Beta Tauri (Elnath) a little farther to Jupiter’s left. By dawn this lineup-of-three stands high and vertical in the southwest.

Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree month of Gort  – Ivy  Sep 30Oct 27
Runic half-month of Wyn – October 13-27 – 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 until 10/22 at 5:14pm
Moon in Sagittarius
Pallas, Uranus, Chiron, Neptune, Jupiter Retrograde
Color:  Turquoise


©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

Gort  Ivy  Sep 30Oct 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).


Tides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide     Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time       Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
Th  18     High   3:19 AM      7.3   7:36 AM    Rise 11:32 AM      7
~    18      Low   8:49 AM      2.2   6:26 PM       Set  8:58 PM
~    18     High   2:45 PM      9.0
~    18      Low   9:45 PM    -1.2


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I act with balance in my heart.  I speak with balance on my lips.  I walk with balance in my feet.


Journal Prompt – Favorites – What is your favorite season? What is your best memory of something that happened in that season?


~   Once he drew With one long kiss my whole soul thro’ My lips, as sunlight drinketh dew. – Alfred Lord Tennyson
~   Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations. – Earl Nightingale
~   Peace in my heart, peace in this place, peace in our land and throughout the world peace. – UK Peace Foundation Mantra
~   People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy. – Anton Chekhov

Wild peaceful, days where the slightest wind
Soars perfumed with your traces…
I am in a heaven of One
Unable to talk, not to talk. – Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi


Magick – Samhain
Samhain tidbit 28 From: http://www.asiya.org/sabbats/samhain.html  
Samhain is the best-loved Sabbat of many Pagans. The dark half of the year commences on this night. It is the Witches’ New Year’s Eve, as well as the third and final harvest festival in the Wheel of the Year.
Traditionally, Samhain is the meat harvest. This was the time when cattle and other livestock were slaughtered for eating in the ensuing winter months.
Samhain was the last hurrah before winter’s arrival. An unusually bitter winter or late-arriving spring would endanger our ancestors’ survival, and they had no way to predict the temperament of the season. They had to rely on the rebirth of nature, and their myths and stories reflect this period of insecurity and worry. The hope and promise of reincarnation (of themselves as well as nature) was a salve in this time of physical uncertainty.
On this night, the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead is said to be the thinnest. It is the Day of the Dead for modern Pagans as it was for the Celts, Egyptians and ancient Mexicans, a night to remember deceased loved ones and honor ancestors.
None of us know what will happen to us (assuming we have enduring souls) after we die. Samhain is a time to ponder on and celebrate the Dark Mysteries of ourselves and nature, reflected in the wonderful salve of the Crone and the God of the Underworld.
Samhain is also known as Halloween, All Hallow’s Eve, Hallowmas, Day of the Dead, Third Harvest, Hallowstide, and Celtic New Year.

Samhain tidbit 13 From: http://www.joellessacredgrove.com/Holidays/samhain.html 
Samhain (SOW-in or SAV-ayn) marked the beginning of the old Celtic new year, and many Celtic Pagans still observe Samhain as the renewal of the Wheel of the Year.
This was the night that the old God died, returning to the Land of the Dead to await rebirth at Yule, and a time when the Crone Goddess would go into mourning for her lost son/consort, leaving her people in temporary darkness.
As in days long past, Celtic Pagans believe that the veil between the world of the living and that of the dead is at its thinnest on this night, and that the spirits of our departed loved ones walk the earth, visit family and friends, and join in the ritual celebrations. This makes Samhain a prime night for any type of spirit contact rituals.
The feeding of the dead is a widespread practice, even in modern Celtic lands. In Brittany and Ireland food is always left out for these spirit travelers, and candles are placed in windows to guide them along their way, and these were the origins of the modern Halloween customs of the jack o’lantern and trick-or-treat. – Taken from “Celtic Myth and Magick” by Edain McCoy


Silliness – Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are good is like expecting the bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian.

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