No Herbs Outdoors today!
Beautiful sunshine again! I’m probably not going to get outside to make use of it, but at least I can look. It’s already 55F and very clear. There’s a band of cloud off the coast in the satellite pictures, which is probably why they’re predicting “partly cloudy”.
We didn’t get up and get moving until late, yesterday. Tempus made us a yummy breakfast of waffles, bacon and hard-boiled eggs.
I worked on the newsletters until I had to lie down again. Tempus was working in the kitchen and I came out to help when things needed sorting. I got a long nap in the afternoon, (still sick, just not totally incapacitated), then started working on sorting files again. I have gigs to do in *this* computer, before I get into the backups! <sigh>
…and then I did count for the week, and then I did bills and checks, and then I *finally* got started on sorting the crystal meanings files, of which there are 44! Part of that is from backups, but every darned one has some different information. The first part was whittling down the absolute duplicates. That was pretty easy, but it still left me with 11 files…..
Why am I doing this? I have headers to do for lots of the stones that we’ve collected/found/bought/traded over the summer! I want them to be consistent and that means a total re-do on the files! I’ve found 14 different wordings for crysocolla for instance, one of which was for citrine…. as a good example.
This is an example of the recipes:
54. _To make whipt Sillibub._Take half a Pint of Rhenish Wine or white Wine, put it into a Pint of Cream, with the Whites of three Eggs, season it with Sugar, and beat it as you do Snow-Cream, with Birchen Rods, and take off the Froth as it ariseth, and put it into your Pot, so do till it be beaten to a Froth, let it stand two or three hours till it do settle, and then it will eat finely.
We went to bed later than we should have and Tempus is still asleep.
We have more putting away to do today. I’m hoping to get Tempus outside and working on the boxes on the porch. I want to get some writing time in, but I also have to get to filing some of the stuff that’s in the boxes in my study and deciding what I’m going to do with some of the large books, my costuming and embroidery ones in particular.
Yachats is having a *huge* festival this coming weekend, all centering on mushrooms! http://www.yachats.org/MFest2013.html THe weather even looks good. Stop by the shop while you’re out this way!
Today’s plant is Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. It is naturalized in the PNW, being native to Europe, not the Americas. Digitalis was one of the first heart medications and was extracted from the plant and then synthesized. The plant is poisonous, not just because of this (too much causes irregular heartbeat), but some other chemicals. Also known as Lady’s Glove, Witches’ Gloves, Fairy Fingers, or Dead Men’s Bells. – Feminine, Venus, Water – A Druid sacred herb associated with the “little people”. Lust, protection, decision, grow in a garden for protection of house and yard, reveals insincerity. Flower meaning – a wish, “I am not ambitious for myself but for you”.
Today is World Food Prize day. The idea was to cut the number of hungry in half in the world by 2015. Hmm… I doubt that we’re getting there, but it looks like the prize has focused more and more on food security. This past year there was quite a bit of controversy because the prize went to folks in the biotech industry. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Food_Prize and on the history of the prize here: http://www.ift.org/food-technology/past-issues/2009/october/features/creation-and-history-of-the-world-food-prize.aspx
The shop opens at 11am! Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday, although we’ll be closing at sunset as that creeps backwards to 5pm. 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! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light or call the shop at 541-563-7154.
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. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 10/18 at 4:38pm.
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. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends on 10/17 at 4:38am.
Wednesday, Oct. 16, after sunset – Venus and Antares – Look just 1½° below Venus as twilight fades for the red giant star Antares. If you look carefully, you may also be able to spot Mercury and Saturn. Antares twinkles.
Wednesday/Thursday, Oct. 16/17, 4:57–7:09 a.m. PDT – Double shadow transit on Jupiter – Observers on the West Coast will have the best chance of seeing this event, which mostly takes place after sunrise in the East.
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 – 10/30
Celtic Tree month of Gort/Ivy, Sep 30 – Oct 27
Runic half-month of Wunjo/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.
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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
W 16 Low 5:00 AM 0.8 7:33 AM Set 5:02 AM 88
~ 16 High 11:14 AM 8.0 6:30 PM Rise 5:16 PM
~ 16 Low 5:41 PM 0.5
~ 16 High 11:43 PM 7.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I pay attention to my gut feelings.
~ The aim is to balance the terror of being alive with the wonder of being alive. – Carlos Castaneda
~ In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different. – Coco Chanel
~ Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car. – G. K. Chesterton
~ Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. – Confucius
I’ve continued to recognize the power individuals have to change virtually anything and everything in their lives in an instant. I’ve learned that the resources we need to turn our dreams into reality are within us, merely waiting for the day when we decide to wake up and claim our birthright. – Anthony Robbins
Magick – Samhain Readings
An Autumn Chant by Karen Bergquist
I will dance
The dance of dying days
And sleeping life.
I will dance
In cold, dead leaves
A bending, whirling human flame.
I will dance
As the Horned God rides
Across the skies.
I will dance
To the music of His hounds
Running, baying in chorus.
I will dance
With the ghosts of those
I will dance
Between the sleep of life
And the dream of death
I will dance
On Samhain’s dusky eye,
I will dance.
Ancestors call from Tir fo Thuinn
Ancestors call from Tir fo ThuinnBeating 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.
Granny ©¿©¬ Moon