Daily Stuff 10-28-12 Isia

Hi, folks!

It’s quite dark and rain is pouring down. It patters on the skylight and crackles in the downspouts, only to be drowned out by the “krack-eck-eck-eck-eck!” of a jay. The sparrows keep coming back to the feeder, but the jays keep chasing ’em.

I’m sorry that the newsletter was so sketchy yesterday. I hadn’t slept well, so the phone woke me and we had a visitor not 10 minutes after I got out of bed, so I had to rush! Mary Cedarwolf brought her dog for a good run on the beach and for some “down time” for the both of them. We visited until it was time to open the shop and then Fawkes, Mary and I went down to the shop, leaving Tempus to work on the freezer.

Fawkes and I got the last of the re-setting done on the shop and got opened up and then sat and visited until Mary headed home. …and then there was no one for the workshops all day. I stripped flaxseed from the dried NZ flax pods…and yes, I had checked the last stem, not ready… I needed a few more large jars, that I haven’t gotten down to the shop yet. I finally put the allysum in a bag, although I have to do some crunching before I start doing up the small bags for stock. I got a lot of other of the dried things bagged, at least and did a little more sorting on the herb drawers, but then ran out of oomph.

We had a number of customers in during the early afternoon, despite the rain.

Mid-afternoon, after I had switched to working on clipart, Tempus called. He was ready for Fawkes to come up and help. They got the freezer moved and re-installed in our garage, then Tempus went through the dregs of what was in that freezer and the compost has a lot of it…. He also defrosted the freezer and mopped it out, then washed it, so it will be clean for the food again.

Fawkes came back to the shop and we finally closed on time and came home.

Leave Tempus home with ingredients and time and, omg, what a dinner! He made ham steaks, mashed potatoes and a mixed veg that was mostly green beans and mushrooms, caramelized some onions and served it with a slice of his good bread, still warm, and my garlic butter for it all! We all ate until we were too stuffed to even talk for a bit and then all pottered off to bed doing what Tempus calls the “python thing”.

I had trouble sleeping again, waking in the middle of the night. I spent that time researching the Queen Charlotte Islands quake and the resulting (tiny) tsunami. A 7.7? Wow!

Today is Job Corps day. The young folks will be there by 10am and Tempus has to work today, so Tempus and Fawkes are going to drop me off early and get Fawkes home. We have Wicca 101 at 10. Brea’s Elements at Noon (although this may be a counseling week) and Practical Craft at 2pm. I was thinking about decorating cupcakes, but I was too full to move after dinner and they never even got mixed, so we’re probably going to be grinding resins for incense.

These are some of the Mab’s Creations designs where I made up samples that are also for sale. The first is a needlebook. The cover is Holbeinwork done in blue and the inside is 100% cotton flannel to keep needles from rusting. It can be fastened to scissors as a scissor keeper by the loop at the top, or a emery strawberry can be added.

This is the inside so that you can see that the embroidery is the same inside and out! …and yes, I teach this technique. The needlebook is $25, but the kit is $10 and has many patterns to try. There are also many pamphlets in the Well-Dressed Workbasket series. One is on Needlebooks and Needlerolls. If you bring all your own materials, I teach the technique for free in the Sewing Workshop on Saturdays (or you can buy a kit). Otherwise it’s a $25 class (3 hours) , but that is for up to 4 people for the same price and includes all materials.

Another product from a different kit and pamphlet. This one is a thimble-keeper, intended to be tied to the rim of a basket. $12 All hand-stitched…. More Mab’s Creations products can be found here: http://www.ancientlight.info/mabs/

The Isia, ancient Egypt (Oct 28 – Nov 3) – Today is the first day of the ancient Egyptian Isia festival. This was a week-long autumn festival commemorating the mythological search of Isis for her son/lover Osiris in order to restore life on earth. The festival has a connection with the Eleusinian Mysteries, rites of ancient Greece centuries later. More on Wilson’s Almanac http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/oct28.html and more on Isis http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isis

The shop opens at 11am, but I’ll be there well before because of classes. 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,



Today’s Astro & Calendar

The Moon is Waxing Gibbous moving to Full at 12:49am. 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.
Full Moon Magick: From fourteen to seventeen-and-a-half days after the new 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. Phase ends on Wednesday 12:49am.

Plucked from obscurity to make astronomical history, the star 51 Pegasi will be known for all ages as the first Sun-like star discovered to host a planet beyond our solar system (in 1995). At 5th magnitude it’s an easy binocular target next to the Great Square of Pegasus, even in moonlight. Can you spot it, and show it to others? Use the chart with Gary Seronik’s Binocular Highlight column in the November Sky & Telescope, page 45. http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newtrack/st_201211/
Venus (magnitude –4.0, in Virgo) rises in darkness more than an hour before the first glimmer of dawn. By dawn it’s shining brightly in the east.

Venus (magnitude –4.0, in Virgo) rises in darkness more than an hour before the first glimmer of dawn. By dawn it’s shining brightly in the east.

Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Ngetal  Reed  Oct 28Nov 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.

Sun in Scorpio
Moon in Aries enters Taurus at 11:15am
Vesta, Pallas, Uranus, Chiron, Neptune, Jupiter Retrograde
Color: Gold


©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

Ngetal  Reed  Oct 28Nov 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
Month: October
Color: Grass Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: NG
Meaning: Upsets or surprises
to study this month Mor – the Sea Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Blue-green
Class: none
Letter: AE, X, XI, M


Tides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
Su  28     High  12:19 AM      6.8   7:49 AM     Set  6:47 AM      96
~    28      Low   6:03 AM      1.9    6:10 PM    Rise  5:31 PM
~    28     High  12:02 PM      8.1
~    28      Low   6:47 PM     -0.1


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Listen to old People.


Journal Prompt – What do you think? – Why do you think some people encourage others to smoke/drink?


~   Ecce quam bonum et quam iucundum habitare fratres in unum. – 133rd Psalm [Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity]
~   Even when freshly washed and relieved of all obvious confections, children tend to be sticky. –  Fran Lebowitz
~   Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don’t count on harvesting Golden Delicious. – Bill Meyer
~   Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences. – Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Scottish novelist, poet

Thoughts on Watching the Pot
They say
A watched pot never boils.
Why is that?

Is it because we lift the lid to check,
Releasing heat
And thus delaying boil?

Or is it because we watch for not-boiling
And see it that way,
So that not-boiling
Is the expectation
Thus delaying boil?
The answer is in the experience. – Written and Submitted by Tasha Halpert http://www.heartwingsandfriends.com


Magick – Samhain Divinations

Clean Divination Ritual – Incense of the day: Carnation
The season of Halloween is a special time of year. The veil between the worlds is thin now, and divination possibilities are strongest. Now is the time to bring out the tarot cards or the runes so you can see what the future holds for you. Place a piece of soapstone in the bag that holds your cards or runes, and gently shake the bag to cleanse them. Then enchant your cards or runes by saying: “Cards (or runes) of fortune, this is what I ask of you—a glimpse of what will come to me, a hint of how my life may be.” If you read for others, be sure to cleanse the cards or runes with the soapstone between readings. – By: Paniteowl, Llewellyn and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast

A Janus Samhain Spell – Color of the day: Orange
Thousands of rituals and spells have been composed for Samhain. On this night when the boundaries of life and death are blurred we honor our ancestors, and we remember others who have passed over that we never knew. What has been part of our past shapes our future. This Samhain we might also want to look forward. Someday we will be the past that helped shape someone else’s future. Janus was the two-faced Roman god for whom January is named. One face looks to the past, the other to the future. Turn to face the west, the land of the dead and the deities, saying:
Janus, who looks into the night toward the place where spirits seek light,
bless all souls who come now as they hear it, and dance in the circle of spirit.
Turn to face the east, the point of the rising Sun, away from death and into the promise of a new day, saying:

Janus, who into the day at dawn’s first glow and Sun’s first ray, bless this circle without hesitation, and fear not the past nor times not yet here.  – By: Edain McCoy,Llewellyn and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast

Hazel nuts were also believed to possess mystical powers and could be used in divining. The nut is believed to be at its strongest on Hallowe’en night, which was traditionally called ‘Nutcrack Night’ in England (UK). Lovers were recommended to use this to gain foresight into the relationship.

‘Two hazel nuts I threw into the flame,
And to each nut I gave a sweetheart’s name.
This, with the loudest bounce me sore amazed,
That, with a flame of brightest colour blazed.
As blazed the nut, so may thy passion grow,
For ’twas thy nut that did so brightly glow.’ ~Gray

‘Some merry, friendly, countra folks
Together did convene,
To burn their nits, an’ pu their stocks,
An’ haud their Halloween
Fu’ blithe that night.’  )0(  R. Burns   )0(  – GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast


Silliness – GCF: Darn Cat
A couple was going out for the evening. They’d gotten ready, all dolled up, cat put out, etc. The taxi arrives, and as the couple got out, the cat shoots back in. They don’t want the cat shut in the house, so the wife goes out to the taxi while the husband goes upstairs to chase the cat out. The wife, not wanting it known that the house will be empty explains to the taxi driver, “He’s just going upstairs to say goodbye to my mother.”
A few minutes later, the husband gets into the cab, “Sorry I took so long,” he says. “Stupid old thing was hiding under the bed and I had to poke her with a coat hanger to get her to come out!”

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