Don’t forget! Tonight is Lupa’s Plant and Fungus Totems class! 7pm at Ancient Light. Several of us will be getting together at the China Restaurant (across the street from the shop) at or a little after 5:30pm.
It’s bright sunshine alternating with cloud and 57F at the moment, although when I’ve been wakeful during the night there was the sound of pattering rain. The wind is gusting up over 20 mph and they’re talking about it hitting 40 or better as the day goes on into tomorrow.
Yesterday we got up so late and it took so long to get going and we were so tired still from the weekend, that at about 2:30 Tempus and I went back to bed! I was up and typing again an hour later, but he stayed down until past 5pm. He’s coughing badly and it’s worrying me. …and now I’m starting to cough.
I spent most of my time at the computer, tying up loose ends and finding others from OCPPG. Finally in the evening I started to catch up, getting back before this past weekend into mail and pictures. Tempus and Hatch were doing chores during the late afternoon, mostly laundry and kitchen and I think Kyaara was carving. By evening I was talking to friends online and we were doing some research into bone needles and how far back they go.
…and then the cough that I’m starting got me back up again. …and down …and up …and down… <sigh> I really dislike colds.
Today Tempus is supposed to clean for someone, but the way he’s coughing I’m not sure that’s a good idea. For the class tonight we can stay back out of range, but the lady he’s supposed to work for this afternoon is older. Well, we’ll see. I’m just going to keep going with that I was doing yesterday.
Luffa (or loofah, luffa aegyptica or luffa acutangula) is an oddsort of plant, rather like a cucumber in that it’s a long, green vegetable with the flesh on the outside and a core full of seeds. They’re even edible, if a little bitter, when young. The biggest difference is that they grow a fibrous frame that has been used for a long time as a “vegetable sponge”, wherever they grow and are particularly good for scrubbing scratchable dishes, counters and glassware. They’re used a lot in Chinese medicine, and the juice is a remedy for jaundice. –Feminine, Moon, Water – Their magicks include helping with rheumatism and arthritis, detoxing, especially the liver, and with acne and scarring.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luffa
Today is the birthday of the poet Virgil who wrote the Aeneid. He was pretty famous, even in his own time, unlike the usual reception for poetry. The Ecologues, the Georgics and the Aeneid were studied in schools in the Roman Empire and unlike other writings of antiquity survived the Dark Ages. Virgil was viewed as a herald of Christianity, and a magus of some repute as well as a poet in the Middle Ages. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgil
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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. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 10/19 at 3:57am.
Now that it’s mid-October, Deneb has replaced Vega as the zenith star after nightfall (for skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes) — and, accordingly, Capricornus has replaced Sagittarius as the most notable constellation low in the south.
Saturn (magnitude +0.6, in Libra) is sinking very low after sunset. As twilight fades, look for it well to the right of Antares, which is lower right of Mars. Bring binoculars.
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 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
W 15 Low 12:18 AM 0.8 7:32 AM Set 2:22 PM 59
~ 15 High 7:02 AM 6.0 6:32 PM
~ 15 Low 12:37 PM 3.4
~ 15 High 6:16 PM 6.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There is something wrong if you are always right.
~ A book should serve as an axe for the frozen sea within us. – Franz Kafka
~ You just have to decide if you are a Tigger or an Eeyore. – Ron Karr
~ I submit to you that if a man hasn’t discovered something he will die for, he isn’t fit to live. – Martin Luther King, Jr., Speech in Detroit, ’63
~ A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent. – Martin L. King, Jr.
Success is Counted Sweetest by Emily Dickenson
Success is counted sweetest
By those who ne’er succeed.
To comprehend a nectar
Requires sorest need.
Not one of all the purple Host
Who took the Flag today
Can tell the definition
So clear of Victory
As he defeated-dying
On whose forbidden ear
The distant strains of triumph
Burst agonized and clear!
Autumn votive holders & vases (Anja)
- Several mini pumpkins (the flat kind hold candles, the round kind make vases)
- Pot or large bowl for soaking pumpkins
- Salt (table salt is fine for soaking)
- Strong knife
- Strong handled spoon
- One clear glass votive candle holder per pumpkin
- Rock salt
- Plate, platter or tray
- Cut the pumpkin stem section out so that the glass holder will fit inside.
- Gut the pumpkin, pulling all strings.
- Soak for about an ½ hour in salted water (1 tablespoon per cup)
- Fish the pumpkins out, turn them upside down on something like a wire rack, so that air will flow underneath the help them dry. Leave overnight.
- Put rock salt into pumpkins.
- Shove votive holders into the salt, so that it fills the crevices in the pumpkin.
- Add flowers and/or tea lights as desired .
- Put salt on plate, so that plate is covered. Place pumpkins artistically around.
Note – Salt will “draw” liquid from the pumpkins, so they will wrinkle. The salt is a delaying tactic for the inevitable mold! In a dry climate these might last a week. On the Pacific Coast, 3 days is tops. You can delay things farther, by keeping the pumpkins in the fridge at night.
Laminated Window Hangings for Samhain
you will need:
– lined paper
– laminating paper
– Samhain/Halloween cookie cutters(the big ones)
– scissors & a single hole punch
– a pencil
what to do:
Lightly trace the shapes of ghosts, spiders, cauldrons or other Samhain figures with your pencil.
Cut out those shapes with scissors.
Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.
Materials include egg carton, black pom-poms, glue, black paint, scissors, 8 black pipe cleaners, buttons or wiggly eyes
- Separate one cup from an egg carton.
- Paint it black and set it aside to dry.
- Once it is dry, make 8 small holes (4 on each side) at the base of the cup using the point of the scissors.
- Insert a pipe cleaner into each of the holes for legs.
- Glue the black pom-pom to the front of the cup for a head
- Glue two buttons or wiggly eyes on the black pom-pom