It’s typical wet season weather today: no thrashing trees, just moving briskly, no pouring rain, just soggy when you don’t expect it. The only thing is that it’s over 50F, not down in the 40’s, but it’s not expected to get warmer than that.
Jan Wilkins stopped by early in the day. I was still working on the inventory file to try to figure out what I need to get from her when she got to the shop, but the first thing was pendulums, so that’s what I got! We have quite an assortment of pendulums, mostly in semi-precious stones on at least the pointer end. There’s a resin raven with mahogany obsidian, a couple of rhodonite doughnuts and cat tops, acorns, a silver or bronze spiral goddess, a Vesuvianite pointer and one in Amazonite and so on. I also got two mens’ (sizes 11 1/2 and 14!) brass rings with pentacles that are really not expensive. She’s going to be here for most of another month, so I’ll probably be picking up more.
The next order of business was getting pictures of the pendulums. That projects’s about 1/2-way on taking the pictures, which I hope to finish this morning and then when I come home I can start developing them.
I had a bunch of customers in after that and one young lady who is quite serious about studying Wicca.
Tempus got back as it was getting dark and we closed up and then drove back up the seawall and stopped at Patterson Park for a quick look at the sunset. ….what we could see of it…. The clouds were mostly in stripes…thick stripes… but that made for an interesting dotted line pattern with the sunset glow behind it. Tempus kept talking about the “shear line” and saying that the clouds were perforated to tear easily. <sigh>
Today I have some cooking/baking to do. Tempus has set up a dough recipe and I’m going to make rolls for tonight along with some garlic butter. I’m hoping to get at least one batch of shortbread done and we’ll see what else. I have to get back to the shop early enough to clean up for the Circle.
Our Open Circle starts at 7pm. The shop will close at 6:30 as we set up for the ritual. The first hour is to set up and get ready. We’ll shut the door at 8pm and the ritual should be finished by around 9pm, so the lights will go on and we can eat some of the yummy things that folks have promised to bring!
Radio program…. I’m going to be on KCUP http://www.kcup.net/audio.htm as their guest for the Wednesday morning program for Halloween, “Waldport Seal Rock Today With Larry Profitt And Kathy Amick”. ‘ll be on at 9am (if I remember right) and the program will be available online just after noon.
Slavic pagan calendar – Makoshe’s Holiday – Pasdernic (October) 25 to Gruden (November) 1 -We celebrate this holiday on the Friday between October 25 and November 1. On this day we honor Mother Earth and give gratitude to her for her care and concern for us. The central icon for this feast is the vegetable.
Ancient Ones – This is the fourth day of commemoration/worship of the Ancient Ones in the year. This is also a day of remembrance for the warriors who were slain in the year 1380 on Kulikovskoe Field. Say a toast to the honor and glory of the Russian Heroes.
The shop opens at 11am and we’ll be closing at 6:30pm because of the Sabbat celebration. 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,
NASA Science News for Oct. 25, 2012 – Astronomers have caught a red giant star apparently in the act of devouring one of its planets. It could be a preview of what will happen to Earth five billion years from now. FULL STORY: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/25oct_friedplanets/ VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21RkSui1cG8
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.
The Ghost of Summer Suns. Halloween is approaching, and this means that Arcturus, the star sparkling low in the west-northwest in twilight, is taking on its role as “the Ghost of Summer Suns.” What does this mean? For several days centered on October 29th every year, Arcturus occupies a special place above your local landscape. It closely marks the spot in your sky where the Sun stood at the same time, by the clock, during warm June and July — in broad daylight, of course. So, in the last days of October each year, you can think of Arcturus as the chilly Halloween ghost of the departed summer Sun.
The waxing gibbous Moon shines in the east early this evening. Look to its upper left for the Great Square of Pegasus, tipped onto one corner.
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree month of Gort – Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27
Ngetal Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 –
Runic half-month of 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.
Runic half-month of Hagal – October 29-Novmber 12 – Hagal represents the hailstone of transformation. It is a harbinger of the need to undergo the necessary preparations before the harsh northern Winter.
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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).
Ngetal Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl), reed – The term “reed” is used with great imprecision in North America, but it is clear that the reed of the ogham is the common reed (Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steudel). This is a giant grass, with stems as high as 4 m (13 feet). It grows in marshy areas, where it often forms dense stands. Like most other grasses, the vertical stems live only a single year, dying in the autumn and being replaced with new green shoots in the spring. The dead stems rattle and whisper in late autumn winds. Common reed has spread as a weed throughout the world; in North America it is widespread in cooler climates. Common reed is in the Grass family (Poaceae, or Gramineae). “The Reed Month, is said by some to be most favorable for communication with ancestral spirits and the strengthening of all family ties, with magickal associations with fertility, love, protection, and family concerns. ‘Thin and slender is the Reed. He stands in clumps at the edge of the river and between his feet hides the swift pike awaiting an unsuspecting minnow to come his way. In his thinness the reed resembles arrows that fly, silver-tipped, up into the unknown air to land at the very source that one had searched for all these years. Firing arrows off into the unknown is an expression of the desire to search out basic truths. If you loose off without direction, the place of landing will be random. If the firing off is carried out with the correct conviction, determination and sense of purpose, then the act becomes secondary to the event that comes both before and after the moment.'” Source: Earth, Moon and Sky
Ngetal – Reed Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Grass Green
Meaning: Upsets or surprises
to study this month Mor – the Sea Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: AE, X, XI, M
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 26 Low 4:40 AM 1.4 7:47 AM Set 4:43 AM 85
~ 26 High 10:54 AM 7.8 6:13 PM Rise 4:36 PM
~ 26 Low 5:28 PM 0.8
~ 26 High 11:31 PM 6.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A soul becomes great through acting on its dreams.
~ An autobiography is the story of how a man thinks he lived. – Herbert Samuel
~ An honest heart possesses a kingdom. – Seneca
~ Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most do. – Dale Carnegie (1888-1955)
~ Art is always the replacement of indifference with attention. – Guy Davenport
Here in the timeless garden,
The scent of flowers hangs heavy on the air.
Bees sing their way among the vines,
Sounds of cricket and grasshopper,
Point and counter point,
Rise and fall through the birdsong.
Here are apples and apple blossoms together
Seeds and buds side by side.
All moments are gathered here as one
All seasons seamlessly woven
Patterning beds and bowers.
Dry leaves skitter across the path
Followed by blossom petals.
A dandelion seed drifts on the air.
Here in the timeless garden
Peace abides, discovering itself in my heart.
I walk and drink in the green beauty.
Leaves and grasses lush in the warm air
Release their fragrance where I pass.
This is paradise,
Present in my heart
As the heart of all;
Blessing me within the moment
That is this moment
Of all moments
Of all that is
Creation. – Tasha Halpert (copyright 2005)
Magick – Samhain
Hey. I know there’s a few pagans on here – anybody have some Samhain gift ideas?
Fimo’s on sale at Joann’s (or maybe it’s Michael’s? I forget…) this weekend, and I’ll probably buy some, and maybe make some little bowls/altar plate stuff. But anyone got any better ideas? The only things that are a definite ‘no’ are candles and incense, as the friend I’d be giving a gift to is in a dorm that doesn’t allow them.
spacekitten – Re: Samhain gifts! – « Reply #1 on: October 06, 2005 09:27:12 AM »
I’m making my mother a set of felt decorations for our ‘Halloween Tree’ (a fallen branch we spray-painted purple, covered in glitter, and stuck in a pot of dirt).
Maybe you could make her a nice, harvest-related decoration for her room/home. Like, a wreath covered in colored silk leaves and foam made to look like pumpkins and gourds. Or, you could make a fall-themed bath and beauty set. Fun smelly bath-things scented like cinnamon and pumpkin! Another great gift idea (for any holiday, really) is to make a batch of pumpkin cookies/gingersnaps/sugar cookies cut out like leaves and pumpkins with icing, then write out the recipe you used on a card. That way, she’ll get a yummy batch of cookies, and she’ll know how to make more.
Hope my random ideas help you out!
Re: Samhain gifts!
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2005 10:22:35 AM »
There’s a recipe for scented rocks here: http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf45859973.tip.html which your friend could use instead of incense. Maybe a pumpkin, allspice or apple scent? You could make them in the shape of leaves or whatever.
Have a good Samhain ^_^
Diane B. – Re: Samhain gifts! – « Reply #3 on: October 07, 2005 11:46:22 AM »
If you want to use polymer clay, you can get lots of possible ideas for Samhain-theme things to make on this page at my website:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/Halloween_etc.htm (…especially under the Dia de los Muertos category, but the Scenes & Dioramas and other categories too)
And I don’t know for sure, but Michaels has been having fairly frequent sales on all their polymer clays the past year or so (and remember rain checks for the colors they sell out of!!)
GlassAttic …polymer clay “encyclopedia” – http://glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm
How about a set of runes made out of that polymer clay stuff?
Homemade incense is great, and even though she can’t burn it, she can put it out like potpourri. Or use it as sprinkling powder (i just taught a class in incense making so this is fresh in my mind.)
Magickal oils also make wonderful holiday gifts.
Of course most Pagans are book lovers, so a gift certificate to her fav Pagan shop would probably go over real well.
Oooo what about all the goodies so you two can have a traditional “Dumb Supper”?
Such great ideas! Thank you so much everyone! I’m… plotting away. *evil laugh* 😉
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