It’s only 52F at the moment because up until just a bit ago when the fog pulled up it was quite clear, enough to see the light of the waning moon through the skylight very clearly. It sounds like it’s foggy enough in the valley to really slow traffic down, but even though the computer says, “overcast at 100 feet”, we’re at 200 and it hasn’t risen to this level yet. …and the sky is blushing to the east and overcast, now.
Yesterday was long, full of talk and laughter with some frustration as spice. OCPPG is smaller than usual, which means that it’s running far more smoothly, and the classes and discussions have been wonderful. I really think that the talks around the altar that just happen depending on which people are there may be the best. We need the classes for the specifics, but when Larry stopped by yesterday (He’s the Labyrinths class today) we got to talking about various experiences with labyrinths and the meditations and learned some amazing things.
The food was *really* good for the potluck. I have a chunk of the stuffed pumpkin for breakfast this morning and whoever brought the Red Velvet cake was inspired! Many of us were snacking after the esbat and there’s more than plenty left over for lunch things today. Folks had a good time at the esbat, having to run up the beach *twice* as Ocean came to give us a hug. 🙂 …and the meteors last night were wonderful. Are we in a shower, because I saw two coming in last night? I got to bed far too late and I’m up too early and I’m fine with that. 🙂
Today is the last day of classes. I know folks are really looking forward to the Thor’s Well trip and the Labyrinths. There’s plenty of room in the classes and the wave action on the ocean is wonderful! The Raffle is at 6pm. You don’t have to be present to win something and some of the prizes are really amazing. The Closing ritual follows that and then that’s being followed by a baby shower, so there’s still plenty of fun to come, today!
Today is the anniversary of Nikita Khrushchev’s notorious “shoe-banging”. He got mad at someone (a Philippine diplomat?), yanked off his shoe, brandished it at the man and walloped the table in anger, possibly getting even madder because his pounding stopped his watch! More information on the incident here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoe-banging_incident and on Kruschev here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kruschev
Today’s Plant is Lovage, levisticum officinale. It seems to have originated somewhere near the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for a long while, being a very useful plant. It has a strong, long-lasting scent, that reminds a person of celery and parsley, but with the volume turned up. I harvested some one afternoon around 4pm and at nearly 9am the next morning, having washed my hands several times, I could still detect it! It’s great in salads, but chop it small and mix with other greens or it overpowers! Both leaf and seed are great in soups, especially seafood chowders and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable. I’ve drunk lovage cordial, which is tasty. It has a high flavonoid content, as well. Medicinally, a strong leaf tea, iced, is a good antiseptic, especially for extensive scrapes, where it takes down the sting and swelling very quickly and can be splashed on as often as needed. It can be used for mild cases of water retention, as well, and even with high blood pressure. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often used in love magicks, but works best as a self-confidence enhancer. Take a bath with a sachet of the leaves, or make a strong tea that you toss into the bathwater before going out to meet new people or to start a new job. It also helps to squeeze a small sachet of the leaves if you’re having trouble concentrating on a task. Wiki has more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovage
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 10/23 at 3:57pm. Waning Gibbous (Disseminating) 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. Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 10/15 at 12:12pm.
Orion preview: With fall well underway, the “winter” constellation Orion rises in the east by 11 or midnight, depending on how far east or west (respectively) you live in your time zone. It’s well to the lower right of the waning Moon. Orion’s Belt will be vertical, as it always is when Orion is rising for mid-northern skywatchers. Orion reaches its highest stand in the south well before the first light of dawn, with the Moon now above it (on the morning of the 13th).
Mars (magnitude +0.8) remains low in the southwest during dusk. Look for twinklier orange Antares >>> (magnitude +1.0) moving ever farther down to Mars’s lower right.
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy – (GORT), Hedera helix L., 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. 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 maake 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
Su 12 High 4:04 AM 6.9 7:28 AM Set 12:02 PM 85
~ 12 Low 9:41 AM 2.3 6:37 PM Rise 9:52 PM
~ 12 High 3:34 PM 8.0
~ 12 Low 10:29 PM -0.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Forget the things that made you sad.
~ Experience is a good school but the fees are high. – Heinrich Heine
~ Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think. – Robert Henri
~ Much learning does not teach understanding. – Heraclitus
~ If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual. – Frank Herbert (1920-1986) US writer
The Ash Grove
The ash grove how graceful, how plainly ’tis speaking
The harp through its playing has language for me.
Whenever the light through its branches is breaking,
A host of kind faces is gazing on me.
The friends from my childhood again are before me
Each step wakes a memory as freely I roam.
With soft whispers laden the leaves rustle o’er me
The ash grove, the ash grove alone is my home.
Down yonder green meadow where streamlets meander
When twilight is fading I pensively roam
Or in the bright noon tide in solitude wander
Amid the dark spaces of that lonely ash grove.
‘Twas there while the black bird was cheerfully singing
I first met my dear one the joy of my heart
Around us for gladness the blue bells were springing
The ash grove, the ash grove that sheltered my home.
My lips smile no more, my heart loses its lightness;
No dream of the future my spirit can cheer.
I only can brood on the past and its brightness
The dear ones I long for again gather here.
From ev’ry dark nook they press forward to meet me;
I lift up my eyes to the broad leafy dome,
And others are there, looking downward to greet me
The ash grove, the ash grove, again is my home.
This is a true story of 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 ruined 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 examine 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!!