Want free bulbs and/or plants? Come join the folks working in the herb garden! There are always “volunteers” and divisions to be had and you can learn the techniques of making cuttings and layering in these workshops.
There’s a crow scarfing leftovers and a jay on the feeder. I’ve been hearing mostly crows and jays this morning. I asked Tempus about the feeder, since the birds have been nibbling steadily. He looked out the window and said, “Omg!” The tube at the back of the feeder has less than 1/2 an inch of seed. The one on the right is down to two inches and the closest one is just over 1/3!!!!!
The rain gauge is up over 2 1/2 inches. I’m going to have to dump that today.
The few times that the rain stopped enough for me to get outside yesterday, I was in the middle of something else. <sigh> A lot of it was laundry. We’re still trying to finish going through the fabrics that were on the porch. …and of *course* something went through with the other stuff that dyed everything pink, drattit…. so the rest of that load had to be bleached. <sigh> …and there was a pink rug that left fuzz all over everything…prickly fuzz….
I spent most of the day on newsletter files and writing. I’m still re-organizing the picture files and I wanted to actually finish setting the files up through next week, so all I have to do is write. I also spent a long while trying to de-louse the shop laptop….didn’t succeed…. and never got outside. <sigh>
Speaking of writing…. NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is coming up in November. This is a writing challenge each year asking people to write 50K words in a month. It sounds impossible, but it’s not. It doesn’t have to be good, just *write*! The thing is that a lot of people who text a lot or Facebook (yeah, that’s writing) don’t realize just how much they *do* write! …and we all are our own worst enemy… and if you actually have the words down on paper/electrons once it’s there you’ll do something with it!It’s under 1700 words a day, less than 12 tweets… See what I mean?
If you use the “search” on Facebook, there’s the parent group from Berkeley, at least one writing group and a bunch of locals that come up, too. If you’re not a joiner, it gives you a comparison. Or make yourself a chart and keep track on your own.
Now, the challenge is for a novel. I never have managed anything with that, but I count up my “wordage” and try to put time in on whatever books/articles that are current during the month. I’m going to add my current word count to the daily newsletter and I would encourage anyone else to let me know how you’re doing!
I have more of the same today although Tempus is working. I want to make use of the oven to make some shortbread and maybe get a start on holiday cookies, since I have some kids who are going to need holiday boxes to go out before Thanksgiving.
More baskets today! The first is a two-handled variety. They’re not *quite* as strong as the single handles, but nearly, and some people find them easier to carry. They make great picnic baskets with pop on one end and wine on the other and food and blanket between! $35
The ones I call “slab-side baskets”. These are smaller for smaller loads. $20
The “bulge” baskets hold the same capacity as the large, but work better for multiple small things. $35 …and the small ones are $10 and $12.
October 24 is celebrated internationally as United Nations Day. It commemorates the coming into being of the United Nations Organisation on that day in 1945 when the UN Charter was ratified by all permanent members of the security council and more than half of the signatories. More info here: http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/oct24.html and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Day
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Waxing Gibbous. 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. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Phase ends on 10/28 at 12:49am.
Around 8 or 9 p.m. the Big Dipper lies low and level above the north-northwest horizon. The farther north you live, the higher it will appear. If you’re as far south as Miami, it’s below the horizon completely.
Mercury (magnitude –0.2) is having a poor evening apparition. Using binoculars, look for it 20 or 30 minutes after sundown very low in the southwest, to the lower right of Mars and Antares.
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree month of Gort – Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 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.
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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).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 24 Low 2:54 AM 0.9 7:44 AM Set 2:34 AM 68
~ 24 High 9:28 AM 7.2 6:16 PM Rise 3:45 PM
~ 24 Low 3:45 PM 2.0
~ 24 High 9:30 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life is too short to be unhappy.
~ When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. – Arthur Conan Doyle
~ Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor vexation. – St. Francis of Assisi
~ You got to have is faith in yourself during those times when you’re not a winner. – Vince Lombardi
~ A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin. – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) US writer
Persephone is gone beneath the ground
Demeter roams the earth in search of her.
Mother turns Crone, grass and leaves turn sere
All that was fertile green, now black and brown.
Birds harvest hanging, wrinkled fruit at last
Heedless of mother’s grief, in Hade’s bed
Persephone, on pomegranates fed,
Ignores Demeter, moaning in the blast.
‘Twas ever thus, maiden leaves mother’s side
Her role revolving as all beings must
Maidenhood gone, ground to powdered dust
That falls throughout the Winter, far and wide.
Within the frozen soil all the while,
Life waits, asleep, for Spring to rise and smile. – Written and Submitted By Tasha Halpert
Magick – Samhain Poems & Prayers
My dearest friend, why did you die?
Why did you need to go away?
Now, when I am hungry, who will feed me?
When I am cold, who will warm me?
When I need shelter, whose hearth will I seek?
When I need company, whose house will be warm?
It was never your way to be gloomy and sad.
If you were here, you would be serving us tea. ~ Scottish Death Lament
Each one of us, during our lives, suffers many losses. Most significant are the deaths of people we loved and who loved us in return. Most painful are the deaths of those who we loved, but who never gave us what we desired, for all hope is then cut off.
There is even pain in the deaths of those whom we disliked, for hatred is a form of connection that death severs.
But there are other losses we must mourn. A pet who loved us, a special dream, a dear possession – we lose these, and more, during our lifetimes. Grief, with its attendant angers and outrage, is an uncomfortable emotion for others to experience. Yet grief can poison us, if unexpressed. Finding ways to grieve fully is a challenge. But, if we do not meet it, we grow twisted in our pain. – By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
The Goddess’ Farewell to the Hunter
Now I lay you down upon the drying grass,
Beloved. Your eyes sweep shut; you are weary,
Having given all you could give,
Even now you fade into the dry brown turf.
Your hand, once strong and warm, is dry
Like a little bundle of willow twigs; your hair
Fades into the leaves under your head.
Your blood and bones return to Me.
But this is how it is: your sacrifice is made
So that all can live again as the Wheel turns.
Even now your child quickens in My womb,
Growing, flourishing. He will be born when the snow flies.
How can I let you go, beloved?
I bend to kiss your lips, they fade against mine.
You smile, and slowly, slowly, sink into invisibility.
My tears fall where you were.
Now you will go down to that sunless sea,
Climb into your boat and sail the moonlit waters,
Safe in my womb. When My waters break, you will be born,
And I will hold you in my arms again. Child, brother, husband
O remember Me till I hold you again!
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