There’s sunshine pouring through the curtain, but there are also clouds scattered across the sky. According to Wunderground it’s not quite 40F, wind at 9mph and….. possible *snow* tonight? Um…. camping in the snow….. um….
3pm yesterday – We left the driveway at 1:30, went to the bank and paid the shop rent and then headed out of Waldport. We didn’t run any of the errands that we had planned to in Newport, just turned the corner onto rt 20 and headed east. We stopped at the Dairy Queen, because we still hadn’t had lunch and Tempus suddenly remembered some messages that hadn’t gone out, so it was just now before we were really rolling.
4pm – Going through Corvallis. It poured on us at the top of the Coast Range, but oh, it’s been a beautiful drive! The colors are intense, deep evergreens, golden maples and scarlet sumac and vine maple! New ferns are everywhere and I even saw a stand of amanitas!
7:30pm – Well, we’re in the Sisters Inn and Suites! Tempus has gone over to Subway to get something for supper. We crossed I-5 and got very confused in Lebanon, but eventually found 20 again. We were talking and somehow missed a sign, as best as we could figure, but we knew the general direction to go and eventually ran into the main drag which is Santiam Highway…. what we needed to find. The were a lot of slash burns (I guess) going, *lots* of smoke.
The drive over the Cascades was amazing. They’re already set up for snow, with the red guide sticks along the road. It looked as though they’ve had to gravel and/or plow already. We were mostly up in the clouds, and it rained, but only hard for a moment or three a few times. We both kept watching and commenting on clouds blowing and mist lifting from lakes and rivers and up valleys. There were some new burns, but the old ones are already covered with new plants, which led to some awesome vistas of white trunks surrounded by brown dead bracken, golden maples growing as low brush, and a few sparks of vine maple, looking like flames in the middle of that.
As we were losing elevation coming closer to Sisters, the sun was getting close enough to setting that the clouds began to pink up. We saw Suttle Lake and went, “Oh! Let’s stop there!” …. and of course, it’s a National Park…. closed because of the shutdown. <grr> We tried a couple of other places…. and it was *beautiful* to see the trees, even in the areas burned through last summer, since the trees survived, and the rest of the undergrowth grew back. …but then it got too dark, so we gave in to the inevitable and stopped here at the Sisters Inn and Suites.
Tempus is watching TV, avidly, since he doesn’t get to at home. I think I’m going to curl up with some fun embroidery.
2am – …and of course, being in a strange room, every little noise is waking me up, so I decided to play a game. Going back to bed, now….
9am – We’re up. Making coffee and plans and packing up.
Tuesday am – Today is going to be good. We have a little time to spend shopping here in Sisters. We need batteries and munchies and we *gotta* hit the Russian shop and then we’ll head for Rabbit Hills for the sunstones. I probably won’t have access to the internet again until we come back out of there, but we’re going to check in Riley as we go through to see if there’s any signal. Might even have to go into Plush or Lakeview.
Today’s Feast is in honor of Columbus, whose legal holiday is somewhere in this vicinity. Can we cuss any louder at Columbus? He sounded like such a great hero when I was a kid, but looking at his motives and what came of that…. and he wasn’t the first, by a long way. Not only Erik the Red and Lief Erikson, not only the fishermen who had always gone to the Grand Banks, not just Brendon the Navigator (who is debatable…) but even the Chinese probably got to the Americas before him! Look up Chinese discovery of America on Wikipedia for the last http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-Columbian_trans-oceanic_contact, but there’s more info on Columbus here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Columbus
Pacific Aster, Symphyotrichum chilense, is one form of aster that grows in the PNW. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphyotrichum_chilense China Asters are the ones grown in gardens and are the common garden aster that Cunningham references: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callistephus_chinensis in his Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. Feminine, Venus, Water – The aster was sacred to the gods and used on altars in many religious paths. It is often used in love sachets or carry the bloom to win love. You can also grow them in your garden to draw love to you! …and here is an article on the whole family which includes sunflowers, chrysanthemums, yarrow and cone-flower! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteraceae
The shop is closed until Friday, and we may open late on Friday. Why? Well, our 25th anniversary was back on the 20th of September. We couldn’t justify taking that much time away from the shop before OCPPG, but we’re going to, now! We’re taking a rock-hounding trip to Eastern Oregon. We won’t be answering mail or Facebook, since we don’t expect to be where there’s WiFi, but I’ll try to get to something at least once a day. Wish us a good trip, clear roads, open parks and decent weather!
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is in Diana’s Bow. 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. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 10/9 at 8:35am.
The Moon shines above Venus in twilight. Depending on where you are in North America, the Moon, Venus, and fainter Antares form a nearly equilateral triangle.
Mars (magnitude 1.6, in Leo) rises around 3 a.m. It glows in the east in early dawn with Regulus below it. Compare their colors! The gap between them shrinks from 6° on the morning of October 5th to 2° on the morning of the 12th. They’ll pass a bit less than 1° apart on the morning of the 15th. In a telescope, Mars is still just a tiny blob 4.5 arcseconds wide.
before morning twilight – Zodiacal Light – This faint light reflected from countless pieces of interplanetary material will be visible in dark skies for the next two weeks. It rises in a conical shape along the ecliptic before morning twilight.
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 11/30
Celtic Tree month of Gort/Ivy, Sep 30 – Oct 27
Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992,p. 102
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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).
Gort – Ivy Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Sky Blue
Meaning: Take time to soul search or you will make a wrong decision.
to study this month Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: P, PE, UI
Meaning: Proceed with caution.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 8 High 3:30 AM 6.9 7:23 AM Rise 11:32 AM 9
~ 8 Low 9:04 AM 2.1 6:44 PM Set 9:16 PM
~ 8 High 3:01 PM 8.4
~ 8 Low 9:58 PM -0.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Choose love!
~ A person starts to live when he can live outside himself. – Einstein
~ A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein
~ An election is coming. Universal peace is declared and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry. – Thomas Stearnes Eliot (1888-1965) US writer
~ And we must think no further of you. – Thomas Stearnes Eliot (1888-1965) US writer
Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful. – Mark Victor Hansen
Magick – Samhain Story
This is a true story of a Mother’s Sacrifice during the Japan Earthquake (3/11/11). After the Earthquake had subsided, when the rescuers reached the ruins of a young woman’s house, they saw her dead body through the cracks. But her pose was somehow strange that she knelt on her knees like a person was worshiping; her body was leaning forward, and her two hands were supporting an object. The collapsed house had crashed down onto her back and her head. With so many difficulties, the leader of the rescuer team put his hand through a narrow gap on the wall to reach the woman’s body. He was hoping that this woman could be still alive. However, the cold and stiff body told him that she had passed away for sure. He and the rest of the team left this house and were going to search the next collapsed building. For some reasons, the team leader was driven by a compelling force to go back to the ruin house of the dead woman. Again, he knelt down and used his hand through the narrow cracks to search the little space under the dead body. Suddenly, he screamed with excitement,” A child! There is a child!” The whole team worked together; carefully they removed the piles of ruined objects around the dead woman. There was a 3 month old little boy wrapped in a flowery blanket under his mother’s dead body. Obviously, the woman had made an ultimate sacrifice for saving her son. When her house was falling, she used her body to make a cover to protect her son. The little boy was still sleeping peacefully when the team leader picked him up. The medical doctor came quickly to exam the little boy. After he opened the blanket, he saw a cell phone inside the blanket. There was a text message on the screen. It said,” If you can survive, you must remember that I love you.” This cell phone was passing around from one hand to another. Everybody that read the message wept. ” If you can survive, you must remember that I love you.” Such is the mother’s love for her child!! By: Bhaskar Madkaikar
I’ve sure gotten old. I’ve had 2 By-pass surgeries, a hip replacement, new knees, fought prostate cancer and diabetes. I’m half blind, can’t hear anything quieter than a jet engine, take 40 different medications that make me dizzy, winded, and subject me to blackouts, have bouts with dementia, have poor circulation, hardly feel my hands and feet anymore. I can’t remember if I’m 85 or 92 and have lost all my friends.
But… I still have my Florida driver’s license!