Daily Stuff 11-1-12 El Día de los Muertos

Hi, folks!

It’s rainy and grey. I have to remember to dump the rain gauge this morning, since it’s overflowing. It’s 55F and they think we might get some thunderstorms today.

Sparrows are busy this morning, snacking and chattering up in the branches of the clematis. I had one clinging to a grass rake in the tool rack that was just staring at me and then “thump!” he flew into the window and away. I wonder what was going through his mind?

Yesterday afternoon I spent some time writing and then Mary Cedarwolf showed up and we got a chance to visit and talk during the late afternoon while I was cooking squash and the spinach dip.

Aurora was here! We haven’t seen her since her initiation, almost a year ago. She’s going to stop by the shop for a visit at some point.

It had rained off and on, more on than off, but while Mary and I were talking, a sucker hole showed up and we watched the dark clouds blowing swiftly by with big white puffies behind them.

Tempus had to take off mid-afternoon, was back briefly around 6 and then had to go out again for work. Everyone else starting rolling in between 6 and 7, although Tempus and one other didn’t get there until nearly 8pm, by which time we had the altar all set up and food ready-to-go and so on.

We had our esbat/Sabbat and the Wish Web has been released into the Universe. Yes, the rain quit just at the right time. We even got to see the Moon and Jupiter hanging together in the clouds!

When we came in two people had to take off right away, but everyone got a nibble of the foods. We had a black&white cakes, spanokopita, oriental meat dumplings, the squash that I’ve been experimenting with (it worked), the spinach dip and plenty of bread. We ate until stuffed and talked and then everyone headed home. I went to bed. Tempus didn’t follow until past 1.

Today at the shop have to start packing up Halloween Decor and setting out Yule. Tempus has already done some cleanup in the kitchen, but I think he’s going to come home during the afternoon to work on things at the house. He also has posters to put up and some outside work.

Today’s featured products are some of the new pendulums. The first picture is the dragon pendulums with snowflake obsidian bobs.

The second pictures are the cat’s head pendulums.

The white cat face has a carnelian point and the dark ones are amethyst with an amethyst point and obsidian with an obsidian bob.

Btw, I found out the other day and the faceted ones are “points” and all the others, whatever the shape, are properly called “bobs”.

The last product picture is the acorn pendulums. They’re colored copper, silver or gold and have the oak leaf at one end and the acorn at the other.

Today’s feast is El Día de los Muertos. This is celebrated in Mexico and in the US with remembrances of those who have gone on. It’s not a time of mourning, as such, but a time to remember and celebrate. Offerings of marigolds, sweets, alcohol and breads are taken to cemeteries where the living feast with the dead. There are a lot of interesting links on this page: http://www.mexconnect.com/tags/day-of-the-dead More info here: http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/nov1.html and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dia_de_los_Muertos

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,


NASA Science News for Oct. 31, 2012 – New results from NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity show that the mineralogy of some Martian soil is similar to soils of volcanic origin in Hawaii. FULL STORY: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/31oct_hawaii/


The text from the early part of the radio spot on KCUP from 10/31. This is ©M. Bartlett 2012. You can hear the radio spot on this link: http://www.kcup.net/pod/wednesday/WaldportTodayWithLarryProfittAndKathyAmick10.31.12.mp3

I am a witch.

I am a follower of Wicca, the religion that we call the Craft of the Wise.

I am a worshiper of the earth and the moon, the sun and stars and the tides, the natural cycles of life that are the clock that we all keep time with.

Today is the day that we call Halloween, that used to be called, “Hallow’s Eve”, the evening before the day of saints or our sacred ancestors.

Most Wicca use the old Celtic name Samhain for this day, which we also call the Witch’s New Year.

Today is a day of endings: of saying goodbye, whether to friends or family or pets that have Crossed the Veil to the Other Side, or to events that have happened whether good or bad. It is a day to take stock of the old and let it go, so that the New Year has room to come in.

We light candles to remind spirits that wander the earth looking for those they love to come home for this one last night. We set out a dinner of favorite foods to remind them and us of meals shared, and small treats to symbolize the sweetness of life.

We gather together to mourn and weep for those that are leaving, but then to dry our tears and hug close those that are still here, to cherish them until it is our turn to Cross to the Summerlands, the place of rest and healing that awaits us all beyond life.

In the days to come we will take the time to make resolutions as anyone does for a new year, and to decide what we wish to accomplish.

Our Circle, the Rose of the Sea Teaching Circle based here in Waldport, Oregon chose this past year to create a Wish Web. We’ve been adding to it all year long and tonight its energies will be released to do our Will in the World. It has tiny wish baskets, origami peace cranes and butterflies of happiness, representations of the gifts we have been granted or need and leaves and candy pumpkins as well as many other wishes, but mostly it is a web that stands for the bonds and connections between us all and our connections to all life.

We’ve already decided that in this next Turning of the Wheel of the Year, which begins tomorrow, we will build a Wishing Tree, adding to it as we did the Wish Web this year, growing it from the ashes of the old, helping it grow and leaf and flower and set fruit as the year goes on.

This is the magick of the witch. So Mote it Be!


Today’s Astro & Calendar

The Moon is Waning Gibbous. 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. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. Phase ends at the Quarter on 6/6 at 3:04pm.

The bright “star” above the Moon this evening is Jupiter. Although they look close together, Jupiter is 1,500 times farther away. Aldebaran, to their right, is 930,000 times more distant than Jupiter!
Jupiter (magnitude –2.7, in Taurus) rises in the east-northeast shortly after dark, with Aldebaran to its right. Above Aldebaran are the Pleiades.

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 Gemini
Ceres, Vesta, Pallas, Uranus, Chiron, Neptune, Jupiter Retrograde
Color: White

Harvest 11/1-2


©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
Th   1     High   2:59 AM      6.7   7:55 AM     Set 10:37 AM      96
~     1      Low   8:23 AM      3.0   6:05 PM    Rise  8:01 PM
~     1     High    2:07 PM      7.9
~     1      Low   9:08 PM    -0.1


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Only YOU can stop YOU!


Journal Prompt – Wiki – If you could trade places with a famous person for a day, who would you like to be and why?


~   If you can dream it, you can do it. – Walt Disney
~   If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain. – Maya Angelou
~   In church you stand up when told to and sing the hymns from a book. In knighthood you stand up for yourself and sing from your heart. – Kerr Cuhulain
~   In inner-party politics, these methods lead, as we shall yet see, to this: the party organization substitutes itself for the party, the central committee substitutes itself for the organization, and, finally, a “dictator” substitutes himself for the central committee. – Leon Trotsky (1879-1940) Russian revolutionary

Thoughts on the Water
You enter the world being dropped between your Mother’s legs
and there the wide-eyed journey begins
The sun rises, the Moon slips back down. Over and over and over
What do you fill your days with… as time marches by?
Do you choose to be true to your self?
Practice compassion and faithfulness? Loyalty? Honesty?
How could you not be thinking of these things? How could you be thinking of anything but getting as far down the path as you can in this life?
I don’t want to be back to do it again, but I am afraid that I am no where near Ghandi status yet. I am oh-so-very human.
Youth spins slowly away from you, “middle age” becomes something you look directly in the eyes.. And someday the inevitable…the promise we all came here with… The ongoing tides of life.
What IS important in the span of a day’s time?
Live in the moment. Feel the sun on your face, the breezes making the leaves sing their quiet song. The smell of grass, and the laughter of a child. The smile of your best friend and lover. Good Friends and Family.
Watching your children grow. Loving each other.
Be still and quiet.
Watch your garden grow.
Be grateful.
Grab today and kiss her right on the lips.  – By Cboggan ~ July 2005


Magick – Samhain Poem Blessings

May the things that you cast come to be, harming none
May your home fires burn with warmth and wonder
May the leaves blow on the winds tapping against your windows
And the candles and incense lit and glowing…..waiting for their time
Apples on the mantel
And the pictures of those passed on

May you find the veil thin
And the spells be cast
And the spirit uplifting you
To a place unexact
Where the forests are deep
The woods are dense and the leaves sweeping about you

May you all be blessed
with the transitions of the seasons
May you honor your ancestors
And hold them dear
You all hold a special place in my heart
For we are all one.

Ancestors call from Tir fo Thuinn
Beating wings, voice of the swan
Dance from sunset into the dawn.
And the gods will dance in the mist

Blowing wind will call them here
Voice of the dead will answer our fears.
And sung as we dance in the mist

Death to death and life to life
Form to form on the edge of the night.
We call as we move through the mist

Womb to tomb and birth to birth
Warmth of the flames upon the hearth
We are held in the arms of the earth

Ancestors come they hear our call
Dance their bones down echoing halls.
They rise like the tide of the mist.


Silliness – Q – What do you hear when a snowman enters a haunted house? A – Ice Screams

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