Daily Stuff 10-30-12 Rhyne Toll

Hi, folks!

The radio spot on KCUP is tomorrow morning!

I walked into the study this morning and was greeted by a startled squawk from a jay that was sitting on the edge of a box almost right up against the study window. He was back in just a few minutes, peering through the window. They’re such curious birds….

It’s warm outside, nearly 60F. It still feels strange, even after well over a decade out here, that it warms up when the weather closes in…. and “closed in” it is. The rain gauge is over 4 inches for this past week. (…and no, I don’t know how accurate it is. It seems to always read over what the “official” stats are….) It’s raining and breezy, gusting into the upper teens at times.

We’re pretty sure that the raccoons are back. I chased 3 out of the garden last night and my planter is off the railing down on the lawn, and one whole tube of the feeder is empty.

The birds don’t seem to care, they’re swarming the feeder anyway. I saw another towhee this morning. It’s odd that they were gone all summer, and I haven’t seen a red or house finch in months.

Yesterday started in a rush because we need to put batteries in some of the clocks…. We got the shop open and Tempus hurried off. I started in on putting some of the copper goddess figures up and counting the window stock as I went. Every time I went in the back I worked a little more on the frankincense until by 2:30 I was done enough to start bagging putting things away. I love the way my hands smell after working with that stuff….. I got the headers printed and Tempus got them cut and on when he got back.

I didn’t get as far as finishing inventorying the windows. <sigh> I didn’t get started on sewing, either, since I was trying to de-louse the computer, still. Once I got that done I didn’t have the energy to do more than work on uploading product pictures, so at least I have those for the next week.

We had a few people in, but the season is definitely slowing down. The nice part was that I got a chance to get posters done for the Psychic Fair weekend stuff.

Tempus and I had a quiet evening. We needed one!

He’s working today, so I’m going to get newsletter files sorted, finish sorting my computer mail and some pictures that I have to edit. I want to do some baking and I have a couple of recipes that I’m going to try for the ritual foods cookbook. I want to get a bit of writing time in, if I can.

We’re featuring Rick Cosci’s crystal glaze pottery today. You’ve got to see these pieces to believe them! They’re just gorgeous, even better than the pictures. The first one is a shallow bowl, about 6 inches across. We have several of these in white/cream, blues and blue/green, plus one larger bowl.

This next one is a small vase about 10 inches high.

..and the last one is a tall vase, just under 18 inches.

The Rhyne Toll, Chetwode Manor, UK (Oct 30 – Nov 7) – At Chetwode, near Buckingham, England, the Lord of the Manor has the right to levy a yearly tax, called the ‘Rhyne Toll’, on all cattle found between October 30 and November 7 on his ‘liberty’, a grazing domain. Apparently a knight who slew an enormous boar in antiquity was rewarded with this manor and toll. In the 1800’s a mound in the area was unearthed and yielded up the skeleton of an enormous boar. These days, it’s a party, of course! More here: http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/oct30.html and here: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/c/h/i/Billy-R-Chitwood/GENE12-0039.html and here (a couple of screens down) http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=62559

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. 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 Waning Full. 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. Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. New Moon/Tide Change is on 10/13 at 2:08pm.

The “Summer Star” Vega is still the brightest star in the west during fall evenings. Higher above it is Deneb. Farther off to Vega’s left or lower left is Altair, the third star of the Summer Triangle.
Mars (magnitude +1.2, in Ophiuchus) remains low in the southwest in evening twilight. It’s upper left of similar-looking Antares; they widen from 6° to 10° apart this week.

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 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 Taurus
Vesta, Pallas, Uranus, Chiron, Neptune, Jupiter Retrograde
Color: Red

Planting 10/29-31


©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
Tu  30     High   1:42 AM     6.8   7:52 AM     Set  8:47 AM      99
30      Low   7:14 AM     2.5   6:08 PM    Rise  6:37 PM
30     High   1:04 PM     8.2
30      Low   7:57 PM    -0.4


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If I hear a negative story, I say: “It may be true for them, but it is not true for me.”


Journal Prompt – What do you think? – What do you think about when you can’t fall asleep?


~   Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs. – Pearl Strachan Hurd
~   I can’t control the winds, I know this. But I can set my sails, and I can set my own course. – Lacey Lin McKay
~   I hate small towns because once you’ve seen the cannon in the park there’s nothing else to do. – Lenny Bruce (1925-1966) US comic
~   I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

THROUGH THE GATES –  by Tasha Halpert
The way was dark, lit by no stars,
The Moon had hid her face,
Faint wisps of fog trailed round my feet,
I did not know this place.

A bell rang out, it sounded twelve,
I was quite mystified.
‘Twas midnight of All Hallows Eve
How came I here?” I cried.

Then as I looked, the fog dissolved,
Revealing to my eyes
A moonlit meadow bright as day
And a beautiful surprise.

For everywhere I looked I saw
The Folk both fair and fey
“Come dance with us,” they called to me,
“Come join us while we play.

“Come be with us, come dance with us
“We’ll crown you this night’s queen,
I started toward their company,
The fairest I’d ever seen.

“Be careful, Lass!” Who’s voice was this?
“Should you join the dance, I fear,
You’ll never more return to home,
“And you’ll dwell forever here.

“I gazed into his blue, blue eyes,
And saw what there did shine.
My heart grew full, I fell in love,
And wished he could be mine.

His love enfolded me in bliss
That filled my heart to stay
No longer did I yearn to be
With the Folk both fair and fey.

“The power of love is great dear lass,
The unicorn tossed his head.
Now let me guide you past the gates,
“Before the night has fled.

Together then we left behind
The dancers fey and fair,
And side by side went down a path
That led I knew not where.

Yet I trusted him, I followed him,
His love surrounded me.
His horn ablaze with golden light
Shone forth to help me see.

It seemed we wandered on and on,
And yet, scant time had passed,
Until I heard his gentle voice,
“Now, here you are, dear lass.

“My own dear garden, Blessed Be!
He’d brought me safely here,
“I’ll not be leaving home,” I said,
All Hallows Eve next year.

The sun was rising through the mist.
It twinkled on the grass.
The unicorn bowed his stately head.
“Now I must go, dear lass.

My heart squeezed in my chest, tears welled,
“Oh, tell me can’t you stay?”
“E’en though I would, dear lass, you know,
“I must be on my way.

“Farewell,” I cried, “my thanks, Dear Heart,
When may we meet again?
“In dreams, dear maiden, look for me,
“Though I cannot tell you when.

The mist was gone, and so was he,
What a glorious, gladsome morn!
Forever I knew, I’d lost my heart,
To the gallant unicorn.


Magick – Samhain Lore

Halloween – Samhain (site now defunct)

Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). It is the time between Samhain (pronounced “Sow-in” in Ireland, Sow-een in Wales, “Sav-en” in Scotland or even “Sam-haine” in non Gaelic speaking countries) and Brigid’s Day “the period of little sun.” Thus, Samhain is often named the “Last Harvest” or “Summer’s End”. The Earth nods a sad farewell to the God.

Symbolism of Samhain – Third Harvest, the Dark Mysteries, Rebirth through Death.
Symbols of Samhain – Gourds, Apples, Black Cats, Jack-O-Lanterns, Besoms.
Herbs of Samhain – Mugwort, Allspice, Broom, Catnip, Deadly Nightshade, Mandrake, Oak leaves, Sage and Straw.
Foods of Samhain – Turnips, Apples, Gourds, Nuts, Mulled Wines, Beef, Pork, Poultry.
Incense of Samhain – Heliotrope, Mint, Nutmeg.
Colors of Samhain – Black, Orange, White, Silver, Gold.
Stones of Samhain – All Black Stones, preferably jet or obsidian.

Samhain Ritual

We know that He will once again be reborn of the Goddess and the cycle will continue. This is the time of reflection, the time to honor the Ancients who have gone on before us and the time of ‘Seeing” (divination). As we contemplate the Wheel of the Year, we come to recognize our own part in the eternal cycle of Life.

While almost all Celtic based traditions recognize this Holiday as the end of the “old” year, some groups do not celebrate the coming of the New Year until Yule. Some consider the time between Samhain and Yule as a time which does not even exist on the Earthly plane. The “time which is no time” was considered in the old days to be both very Magickal and very dangerous. Even today, we celebrate this holiday with a mixture of joyous celebration and ‘spine tingling” reverence.

The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France, celebrated their New Year on November 1.

This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death.

Celts believed that on the night before the New Year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred.

On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to Earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future.

For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.

To commemorate the event, Druid priests built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities.

During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other’s fortunes.

When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.

By A.D. 43, Romans had conquered the majority of Celtic territory. In the course of the four hundred years that they ruled the Celtic lands, two festivals of Roman origin were combined with the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain.

The first was Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead. The second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees.

The symbol of Pomona is the apple and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of “bobbing” for apples that is practiced today on Halloween.

By the 800s, the influence of Christianity had spread into Celtic lands. In the seventh century, Pope Boniface IV designated November 1st ‘All Saints’ Day’, a time to honor saints and martyrs.

It is widely believed today that the pope was attempting to replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a related, but church-sanctioned holiday.

The celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints’ Day) and the night before it, the night of Samhain, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween.

Even later, in A.D. 1000, the church would make November 2 All Souls’ Day, a day to honor the dead. It was celebrated similarly to Samhain, with big bonfires, parades, and dressing up in costumes as saints, angels, and devils.

Together, the three celebrations, the eve of All Saints’, All Saints’, and All Souls’, were called Hallowmas.

Halloween is the eve of Hallowmas, better know to modern Christians as All Saints’ Day. Hallowmas celebrates God’s harvesting into heaven the faithful of every age, culture and walk of life. It is a day of glorious rejoicing.

Saints are people who, by their joyful service, have extended the love of God to others. The martyrologies, the list of the saints officially honored by the church, contains over 10,000 names – and those are only the saints we know of.

All Saints’ Day also remembers those holy people whom no one but God any longer knows. The reading for the day from Revelation describes a great multitude that no one can count.

The American tradition of “trick-or-treating” probably dates back to the early All Souls’ Day parades in England. During the festivities, poor citizens would beg for food and families would give them pastries called “soul cakes” in return for their promise to pray for the family’s dead relatives. The distribution of soul cakes was encouraged by the church as a way to replace the ancient practice of leaving food and wine for roaming spirits. The practice, which was referred to as “going a-souling” was eventually taken up by children who would visit the houses in their neighborhood and be given ale, food, and money.

The tradition of dressing in costume for Halloween has both European and Celtic roots. Hundreds of years ago, winter was an uncertain and frightening time. Food supplies often ran low and, for the many people afraid of the dark, the short days of winter were full of constant worry.

On Halloween, when it was believed that ghosts came back to the earthly world, people thought that they would encounter ghosts if they left their homes. To avoid being recognized by these ghosts, people would wear masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits. On Halloween, to keep ghosts away from their houses, people would place bowls of food outside their homes to appease the ghosts and prevent them from attempting to enter.

As European immigrants came to America, they brought their varied Halloween customs with them. Because of the rigid Protestant belief systems that characterized early New England, celebration of Halloween in colonial times was extremely limited there. It was much more common in Maryland and the southern colonies.

As the beliefs and customs of different European ethnic groups, as well as the American Indians, meshed, a distinctly American version of Halloween began to emerge. The first celebrations included “play parties,” public events held to celebrate the harvest, where neighbors would share stories of the dead, tell each other’s fortunes, dance, and sing. Colonial Halloween festivities also featured the telling of ghost stories and mischief-making of all kinds. By the middle of the nineteenth century, annual autumn festivities were common, but Halloween was not yet celebrated everywhere in the country.

In the second half of the nineteenth century, America was flooded with new immigrants. These new immigrants, especially the millions of Irish fleeing Ireland’s potato famine of 1846, helped to popularize the celebration of Halloween nationally. Taking from Irish and English traditions, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, a practice that eventually became today’s “trick-or-treat” tradition. Young women believed that, on Halloween, they could divine the name or appearance of their future husband by doing tricks with yarn, apple parings, or mirrors.

In the late 1800s, there was a move in America to mold Halloween into a holiday more about community and neighborly get-togethers, than about ghosts, pranks, and witchcraft. At the turn of the century, Halloween parties for both children and adults became the most common way to celebrate the day. Parties focused on games, foods of the season, and festive costumes. Parents were encouraged by newspapers and community leaders to take anything “frightening” or “grotesque” out of Halloween celebrations. Because of their efforts, Halloween lost most of its superstitious and religious overtones by the beginning of the twentieth century.

By the 1920’s and 1930’s, Halloween had become a secular, but community-centered holiday, with parades and town-wide parties as the featured entertainment. Despite the best efforts of many schools and communities, vandalism began to plague Halloween celebrations in many communities during this time.

By the 1950’s, town leaders had successfully limited vandalism and Halloween had evolved into a holiday directed mainly at the young. Due to the high numbers of young children during the fifties baby boom, parties moved from town civic centers into the classroom or home, where they could be more easily accommodated.

Between 1920 and 1950, the centuries-old practice of trick-or-treating was also revived. Trick-or-treating was a relatively inexpensive way for an entire community to share the Halloween celebration. In theory, families could also prevent tricks being played on them by providing the neighborhood children with small treats. A new American tradition was born, and it has continued to grow.

Today, Americans spend an estimated $6.9 billion annually on Halloween, making it the country’s second largest commercial holiday.

If you could be anyone who Halloween – who would it be?

Why do you suppose you picked that role?


Silliness – GCF: Who’s That?
While working at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, I was responsible for emptying the trash cans in front of the castle.
One afternoon as I was changing out the trash bag in one of the refuse bins, I saw a small girl point at me and overheard her ask her mother, “Who’s that lady?”
“Why, honey,” her mother replied, “that must be Cinderella, before she met her fairy godmother!”


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