Minus tide at 7:54 PM of -0.4 feet.
It’s 55F and grey. I think my computer is hallucinating because it’s trying to say that it’s clear…. no…. it’s very grey, almost gloomy. I know it was raining earlier. I heard it, but it’s not dripping at the moment. .(..and at noon, as this newsletter is going out, it’s raining….) That’s supposed to change and we have some interesting weather coming in over the next few days. Nothing like tornadoes yesterday, though…. http://www.kgw.com/story/news/local/2014/10/24/adding-up-damages-from-longview-tornado/17825167/
Yesterday was a long day for me and I wore out long before it was done, which means I’m running like crazy this morning trying to catch up. Tempus is up and making coffee and I’m trying to do this, but also to print some headers for the new gemstones that we’re working on.
I got the shop open on time and realized that I had forgotten the keyboard, yet again. <sigh> Hatch brought it down for me. I did a round of cleaning-up and then sat down with the fennel (pix to the right). I managed, over the course of the day, to get all that we had processed! That meant getting the newest stuff that Hatch harvested cut for drying, and with the older, dried stuff, getting the seeds off of the seed heads.
I alternated working on fennel with talking with customers and a few clients and cleaning in the back. I’ve gotten 7 shelves re-set of the 16, and yesterday I even managed to shift a few rollies to where they’re supposed to live. I’m hoping that Tempus will do some sorting on boxes and paper today, so we can get the shipping stuff put together.
Later in the day I started working on some of the sewing projects, getting stuff sorted around for the Sewing Time that’s supposed to happen on Thursdays at 3pm. It’s an open thing, bring your projects or have fun with those who are working on stuff. We’ve been having problems getting it started with OCPPG craziness and illnesses and job stuff, but there were two of us yesterday (eventually) which is something, anyway.
>> A friend that wandered into the fennel and apparently stayed a little too long. >>>
Today Tempus has already left to get the bank deposit done and pick up mail and then he’s going to open the shop and work on the headers that I got printed and then work on picking up his “playpen”. Hatch is off to a job fair. I’m cooking and doing newsletters for the week.
Interesting story about Bull Kelp, the “alien tentacles” on the beaches out here after storms – http://www.beachconnection.net/news/bullkelp110313_536.php
St. John’s Bridge, Portland, from Photos by Mike http://instagram.com/mikephotog7
Today’s Plant is Evening primrose, Oenothera species, sometimes called Sundrop or Suncup in Oregon. The young roots can be eaten like a peppery-flavored vegetable and the shoots can be used in salad. It can be used in poultices for wound-healing and to ease bruises. (Sun…it’s drying) Clinical trials don’t support the traditional uses for treatment of PMS (particularly bloating and water retention) or cervical ripening in pregnancy, but one of the varieties has promise as a treatment for breast cancer. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often called the King’s Cure-all, used by a ruler to cure scrofula. It has powers of healing, particularly for drying “wet” wounds or injuries. It can be used in sleep sachets, and for spells to cure (or cause) alcoholism.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evening_primrose
October 24 is celebrated internationally as United Nations Day. It commemorates the coming into being of the United Nations Organisation on that day in 1945 when the UN Charter was ratified by all permanent members of the security council and more than half of the signatories. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Day
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 10/25 at 2:57am. 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 on 11/6 at 2:23pm.
As the stars come out this week, Deneb is nearly straight overhead for skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes. Brighter Vega is west of the zenith. Altair is farther from the zenith toward the south.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) are high in the southeast and south, respectively, by 9 p.m. See our finder charts for Uranus and Neptune
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy – (GORT), Hedera helix L., Sep 30 – Oct 27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl)
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. Runic half-month of Hagalaz/Hagal – October 29-Novmber 12 – The Runic half-month of Hagal commences today, represented by the hailstone of transformation. It is a harbinger of the need to undergo the necessary preparations before the harsh northern Winter.
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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.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 24 High 1:29 AM 7.0 7:43 AM Rise 8:29 AM 0
~ 24 Low 7:13 AM 2.0 6:17 PM Set 6:59 PM
~ 24 High 1:08 PM 8.2
~ 24 Low 7:54 PM -0.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Today, I embrace my emotion, and recognize that it is healthy
~ Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain You cannot contribute anything to the ideal condition of mind and heart known as Brotherhood, however much you preach, posture, or agree, unless you live it. – Faith Baldwin (1893-1978) US writer
~ The public is wiser than the wisest critic. – George Bancroft (1800-1891) US historian, statesman
~ Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory. – William Barclay
~ Sometimes in life you must know what it’s like to fail, to truly know what it’s like to succeed. – Mitchell Travis Barg
The Census Taker
It was the first day of census, and all through the land;
The pollster was ready …….. a black book in hand.
He mounted his horse for a long dusty ride;
His book and some quills were tucked close by his side.
A long winding ride down a road barely there;
Toward the smell of fresh bread wafting up through the air.
The woman was tired, with lines on her face;
And wisps of brown hair she tucked back into place.
She gave him some water ….. as they sat at the table;
And she answered his questions ….. the best she was able.
He asked of her children ….. Yes, she had quite a few;
The oldest was twenty, the youngest not quite two.
She held up a toddler with cheeks round and red;
his sister, she whispered, was napping in bed.
She noted each person who lived there with pride;
And she felt the faint stirrings of the wee one inside.
He noted the sex, the colour, the age ..
The marks from the quill soon filled up the page.
At the number of children, she nodded her head;
And saw her lips quiver for the three that were dead.
The places of birth she “never forgot”;
Was it Kansas? or Utah? Or Oregon ….. or not?
They came from Scotland, of that she was clear;
But she wasn’t quite sure just how long they’d been here.
They spoke of employment, of schooling and such;
They could read some and write some ….. though really not much.
When the questions were answered, his job there was done;
So he mounted his horse and he rode toward the sun.
We can imagine his voice loud and clear;
“May God Bless you all for another ten years.”
Now picture a time warp ….. it’s now you and me;
As we search for the people on our family tree.
We squint at the census and scroll down so slow;
As we search for that entry from long, long ago.
Could they only imagine on that long ago day;
That the entries they made would effect us this way?
If they knew, would they wonder at the yearning we feel;
And the searching that makes them so increasingly real.
We can hear if we listen the words they impart;
Through their blood in our veins and their voices in our heart. – ~Author Unknown, For The Genealogists…Know Your Ancestors!
Harvest Knotwork – October 6th, 2007 – Color of the day: Black – Incense of the day: Almond
Throughout the month of October, farmers worked hard to bring in the grain harvest during the good weather (and before the end of the year at Samhain). In Ireland, as part of the harvest celebration, small ornamental twists or knots of braided straw were created and worn as a sign that the harvest was completed. These were made throughout the harvest season, and were also worn at the “Harvest Home” supper. Women wore elaborately created knots with the grain ears still attached, and men wore simpler knots without the ears. Patterns for harvest knot-making are easy to find online. After soaking the straw, think about what prayers or magical work you would like to weave into the harvest knot. Repeat your charm or prayer as you make your magical autumn weaving. By: Sharynne NicMhacha
Samhain Dream by Myria/Brighid – October 1999
It is Samhain …The Night of Shadows.
The Circle is cast around the fire,
And through the darkness, we glance,
For the veils are thin, in this sacred night!
Ancient voices around us,
Whispering old and forgotten songs,
While we dance the Spiral Dance,
To meet Her.
And there She comes,
The Lady of the Gate!
Power and compassion evolving us,
As a dark but comforting wave.
Beautiful Queen of the Dark Night!
With Her mantle of raven’s feathers,
And eyes deep with wisdom.
She opens Her arms,
in a welcoming embrace,
We feel around us the flow of love,
Of Her Eternal Grace.
And then we hear Her voice,
Melodious and grave,
That speaks from inside our soul,
As an echo in a cave.
Blessed Daughters of My Heart,
I hear your prayers from afar.
And that is why I came tonight!
Do not despair when the times are hard!
Do not abandon the Path you found!
For time has come for My return,
And you, Loved Ones, shall open the way,
Singing my name as the ancient bards.
I am always with you, do never doubt that!
I am the Old and the Young One!
I am the Keeper of the Gate!
I am the Master of Time!
I am the Dark Goddess of Death!
I am the Bright Goddess of Dawn!
I am The One!
I am Cerridwenn!