4 days to the radio program! Herbs at 11. Crystals at noon. Sewing at 3pm!
The rain is pattering gently on the skylight. It looks like it’s going to be that kind of day. 54F and not likely to get much warmer.
The jays keep chasing off the sparrows, but the little birds fly up into the clematis and just go right back when the jays leave.
I have to the check the flax seed stem when I got out to the car this morning. Can’t forget!
Yesterday started ok, then got awfully frustrating then sorted out again. Tempus and I opened the shop and then I came back up to work on the shop laptop.I started with some baking though, made rolls and garlic butter for tonight, first.
I went through everything that I had done before and found something that I had missed, which was to run the other spyware program. Well…. first it had to update the program, then load the definitions updates. After that I set it to run the program and it got partway and stopped…. just froze. I couldn’t make anything work, so I let it run the battery down and then plugged it back in and restarted the computer. This time it got a little farther. <sigh>
I got a nap and then started making some shortbread. I haven’t baked for a while with the oven problems. It didn’t get finished until past 6pm and I had to wait for it to cool, still. I had fun. We had some nonpareils in black and orange, so I used them in the shortbread! Otherwise it was an almond/nutmeg shortbread. I also got some mulling spices put together for the hot cider that we had last night and strained the extracts that we made a OCPPG in the liqueurs workshop. We made a lemon (which smells lovely) and vanilla (and that’s even better) and an almond. The vanilla beans went right back into the bottles, although I strained the lemon, but the almonds went into the shortbread, which gave it a nice flavor and a light texture.
Tempus was already heading down to Angell Job Corps to pick up the young folks who wanted to come to the Sabbat. Other people were at the shop, setting up. I got dressed here and then waited.
Tempus came to the house with the last batch of young folks and we headed for the shop, dove into the ritual and had fun. The young folks had longer than usual so we didn’t have to shove them back out the door right away after, which was awfully nice, and they had a great time with the treat bags. Putting the toys in ’em turned out to be a great idea. …and we came home after and just dropped.
Today is the usual round of Saturday workshops. Fawkes and Tempus are going to try to move the big chest freezer, too. I’ve already got a counseling session before we open and they’re here. Wow…
The featured products for today are some inexpensive candle/tealight holders. Two are views of the same candleholder and the 3rd is a heavy glass holder suitable for tapers.
Today is the anniversary of one of the Mighty Dead, Michael Servetus, who was executed for “heresy”. He is also claimed as an “ancestor” by the Unitarians and others.
Quote from Wikipedia – “Servetus was the first European to describe the function of pulmonary circulation, although his achievement was not widely recognized at the time, … an amazing understanding of the body and treatments. Most copies of the book were burned shortly after its publication in 1553 because of persecution of Servetus by religious authorities. …In passage V, Servetus recounts his discovery that the blood of the pulmonary circulation flows from the heart to the lungs (rather than air in the lungs flowing to the heart as had been thought). His discovery was based on the color of the blood, the size and location of the different ventricles, and the fact that the pulmonary vein was extremely large, which suggested that it performed intensive and transcendent exchange.” Source and more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Servetus
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.
The bright Moon shines below the Great Square of Pegasus’s bottom corner early this evening. From the Square’s left corner extends a big, slightly downward line of three stars (including the corner). These form the backbone and leg of Andromeda.
Mercury (magnitude –0.2) is having a poor evening apparition. Using binoculars, look for it about 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
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
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
Sa 27 Low 5:23 AM 1.6 7:48 AM Set 5:45 AM 91
~ 27 High 11:30 AM 8.0 6:12 PM Rise 5:03 PM
~ 27 Low 6:10 PM 0.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Each new day offers us possibilities, don’t waste it. Accept the challenge that comes with the sunrise. Marvel at the opportunities before you. Step confidently into the day and relax with the setting of the sun, knowing you made the most of your day!
~ Character building begins in infancy and ends in death. – Eleanor Roosevelt
~ Christians are to be taught that the pope would and should wish to give of his own money, even though he had to sell the basilica of St. Peter, to many of those from whom certain hawkers of indulgences cajole money. – Martin Luther (1483-1546) German leader of the Protestant Reformation
~ Common Sense is that which judges the things given to it by other senses. – Da Vinci
~ Do not rejoice over what has not yet happened. — Egyptian Proverb
The image in the mirror seems different
But sublime days arrive when you know
Viewer, image, and mirror are one: the same
Silent calm eternal shimmering. – Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)
Magick – Samhain Crafts
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!
Magick Mirror (For Samhain)http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/mirror.html
A convex piece of glass (like an old clock face or glass bowl)
A wooden circle that will fit on the bottom of the bowl
Black enamel paint
Make sure the glass is clean first. Paint two coats of black enamel paint on the back of the glass, and also paint the wood black, leaving no signs of drips or strokes. Let dry. To prepare for use, take crushed herbs (such as mugwort or any others suggested for divination) and dissolve them in water. Let the herbs steep overnight (covered with a cloth) and then strain them out, and use the infusion to paint over the enamel. Do three coats, allowing to dry in between. Glue the glass onto the wood.
Ritual use:The magick mirror can be used for divination during a Samhain ritual.