Minus tide at 9:13 PM of -0.6 feet.
It’s 52 and mostly clouded over, although there are some patches of blue. The wind has died down and the feeder is full of little birds disputing with a jay. It’s hard to tell what they are in the dim light, but I’m thinking sparrows.
Yesterday the weather got interesting. Driving down the hill in the morning you could see white-caps, *big* ones, out on the ocean. The horizon was close because of the water in the air. The wind picked up and picked up, rattling the door until we finally closed it. It poured at times and gusted enough to really flap the flags, but nothing unusual. Tempus went to go take some trash out to the car and stopped dead in the entry and said, “No way am I going out there.”… yeah, waterpic weather. We ended up getting .7 inches of rain, but you’d think it was more.
…and a lot of my friends in the Valley got nailed. We had some tree debris on the roads, and power was out in Toledo for a a couple of hours, but folks there were worried about getting delivery vans tipped over or tree limbs coming through the windows and some power was still out, the last I heard.
In the Herbs workshop we made little jars of sugar scrub and talked about essential oils. The picture is me with some of my helpers. Crystals was on some of the stuff that we brought back from our trip to Eastern Oregon, mostly the obsidian. We were weighing and handling the stones. In Sewing I did some mending and then hunted for some of my supplies that have gotten misplaced.
I left the shop for home around 4:30, hoping to make a batch of cheese, but had to peel the garlics and then realized that most of my tools were still in need of being cleaned and I finally fell asleep waiting for that to get done and then didn’t manage it, anyway, and couldn’t fall asleep until nearly 3am, so I’m sitting here, drooping over my keyboard and feeling sorry for myself.
Today we have the Wicca 101 class at 9:30 and then the House Capuchin feast starts at Noon, so expect to see people in odd clothes. I’m kinda figuring we’re going to get some comments from customers about Halloween costumes. 🙂 Yes, the shop is open regular hours. The feast happens in back and then we’ll be scattered around working on projects.
I have a feeling this is kinda what I’m going to resemble today.
Today’s plant is the Snowberry, Symphoricarpos albus. My kids used to call this “popcorn plant”, which is a name I’ve heard from others, too. The white berries are used as a food, a soap and for hand lotion. It doesn’t have any magickal uses that I know of, although the folks magicks of a similar bush amongst the Slavs say that it is “proper” as an offering to statues of the gods. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphoricarpos_albus
Slavic pagan calendar – Mokosh’s Holiday – Pasdernic (October) 25 to Gruden (November) 1 -We celebrate this holiday on the Friday between October 25 and November 1. On this day we honor Mother Earth and give gratitude to her for her care and concern for us. The central icon for this feast is the vegetable.
Dziady, Ancient Ones – This is the fourth day of commemoration/worship of the Ancient Ones in the year. This is also a day of remembrance for the warriors who were slain in the year 1380 on Kulikovskoe Field. Say a toast to the honor and glory of the Russian Heroes. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kulikovo
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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. 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 on 10/28 at 2:57am.
The Sun. This week, the huge sunspot group AR2192 will be rotating from near the center of the Sun’s disk around to the Sun’s western limb. Solar flares within it strong enough to affect Earth’s near-space environment remain likely. See our article Huge Sunspot Group Now in View and updates at Spaceweather.com. Follow near-real-time images from space at the Solar Dynamics Observatory site.
As autumn proceeds, the Great Square of Pegasus shines ever higher in the east at nightfall. It’s still balancing on one corner. Later in the night and the season, it turns to rest upright very high when you face south.
Mercury is coming into its best morning apparition of 2014 for skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes. It brightens rapidly from magnitude +0.7 to –0.6 this week, hanging low above the eastern horizon in mid-dawn. It’ll probably be in best view about 60 to 45 minutes before sunrise, depending on the clarity of your low eastern sky. Don’t confuse Mercury with twinklier >>> Arcturus >>> far to its left in the east-northeast.
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.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 26 High 2:54 AM 6.9 7:46 AM Rise 10:34 AM 4
~ 26 Low 8:25 AM 2.5 6:14 PM Set 8:26 PM
~ 26 High 2:16 PM 8.3
~ 26 Low 9:13 PM -0.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Boost a spirit.
Journal Prompt – Persuasive – Is there something you would like you do that your parents will not allow you to do? Write an imaginary dialogue between yourself and your parents in which you try to convince them to give you permission to do as you ask. Be sure to explain why it is in your best interest. Also, in you dialogue, be sure to ask politely and with respect.
~ Never speak more clearly than you can think. – Jeremy Bernstein
There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning. -Warren Buffett
~ A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world. – Albert Camus (1913-1960) French writer, born in Algiers
~ A daily devotion will help you focus your attention on the body that carries the divine spark that is you. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ A man’s as old as he’s feeling. A woman as old as she looks. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) English writer
THE BLUE ROSE
A blue rose grew
Outside my window one day.
It was so very beautiful,
But it was the only one
And I couldn’t pick it
Or it would die.
So I just watched it bloom
Enjoying it while I could;
Always feeling anxiety
Because if it died
It might never bloom again.
It was blue as the sky
Looming over the ocean,
As soft as royal blue velvet
But only the one,
Only the one.
I was afraid to leave my house
It might die while I was gone,
Might be parched for water
Or worms eat at its roots.
I told it goodnight every night
And watched the starshine
Glimmer on the petals,
Saw the faeries admire it.
Everyone told me it was illusion
And they couldn’t see it
But I knew it bloomed for me
So I wouldn’t be alone.
As long as it blooms
I do not lack for company
It is unique like I am,
It is beautiful like I am.
But I dare not leave it
Blooming in its rare splendor
Because it is the only one,
And without it
I could not bear the sorrow. – © Copyright 5/26/07, Beth Clare Johnson (Mystic Raven)
Samhuinn (or Samhain) 1 November – Samhain tidbit
Samhain, meaning “Summer’s End,” is celebrated on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. A solemn occasion. As darkness overwhelmed the world, the days grew short, and the earth became barren and cold and the veil between the mortal and the supernatural was temporarily drawn aside. Samhain is the beginning of the Celtic new year. This is the time when the rising of Pleiades, heralds the triumph of night over day. Now it is the “time of the little sun” and the portion of the year which is ruled by the realms of the moon.
Samhain was a time of fairs and festivities. As with all the fire festivals, fires were lit on the hilltops at Samhain. This festival was one of the two when all hearth fires were extinguished and re-lit from the communal bonfires. The cattle were driven back from the mountains where they had been sent for the summer. At this time of their return they were driven between two bonfires to purify and protect them. People and cattle both had now returned from the hills and glens to their winter quarters and were engaged in actively re-tying the social bonds. Just prior to this, the stores that had been put up had been assessed. Part of this assessment was how many could be fed during the cold months ahead. Rather than have whole herds starve to death in the winter, the herds were culled and the weakest harvested and the meat was preserved.
The taking of life was done in a sacred way, and the utilitarian killing of the excess livestock had a sacrificial nature. Another area were the religious philosophy is addressed was in the bonds of kinship which were renewed in the clan spirit that was invoked at this time of year. Traditionally Samhain begins the time of storytelling by the fires of the hearth, as there isn’t much to do outside during this “time of the little sun.”
Samhain tidbit 3 – From: http://www3.kumc.edu/diversity/ethnic_relig/samhain.html
Samhain is the Celtic Feast of the Dead and is one of the 8 sabbats in the pagan calendar. Samhain may be pronounced in a number of ways butthe most common pronunciation is “sow-in” (sow rhymes with cow). The modern day Halloween celebration is a descendent of this ancient festival.
The Celtic celebration signaled the end of the harvest (fruits, nuts, and souls) and the beginning of winter. The Celts believed that, during Samhain, “the barriers between humans, ancestors, gods and faeries are overthrown, and they can visit each others’ realms”¹.
Other divination practices occurred during Samhain and some of these followed Irish immigrants to America during the potato famine. For example, bobbing for apples was a marriage divination that indicated who (the first person to bite an apple) would marry first in the coming year.
Samhain is celebrated in modern times by many members of pagan religions, including Druids and Wiccans. It is observed as a “memorial day for their dead friends, similar to the national holiday of Memorial Day in May…a time to wrap up old projects, take stock of ones life, and initiate new projects for the coming year…and a time to begin hand work such as sewing, leather working, wood working, etc. for Yule gifts later in the year”².
Additional reading about Samhain
1. Matthews, C. (1996). The Celtic Book of Days. Rochester, VT: Destiny Books.
2. Moonstone, R. The Origins of Halloween. URL http://homepages.together.net/~joe/origins.html.
Druid Reading for Samhain – Incense of the day: Poplar
The celebrations on the eve of All Souls Day, called Halloween, stem from the Celtic New Year celebration called Samhain. When the Sun goes down on this eve, there is a time between the old year and the creation of the new. Specifically, this occurs at sunrise. In this twilight of the years, the veil between this world and the world of the spirit is thin. It is a time when ghosts and spirits can interact with the living, and a time when divination is most effective. This is a sacred time when all warriors were to keep their swords sheathed. Samhain literally means “end of the summer.” This day marked the last harvest of the summer, and so it is a harvest celebration. But, because there were only three months in the ancient Celtic calendar, and no autumn, it is also the beginning of the winter death that will lead to next year’s regeneration. On this night, the lord of death reigns, and the Celts protect themselves from this threat with bonfires and animal sacrifice. Animal sacrifice is closely associated with divination. In most ancient cultures, the remains of the sacrificed animal were examined to discover the will of the gods and to predict the future. The Druid priests would take advantage of this auspicious time to look into the events of the upcoming year—at least up until Beltane, which marked the year’s midpoint. Although predicting the future is not necessarily the best use of the tarot, this is a good time to try reading the future. You can do this by laying out three cards for each of the six months from Samhain to Beltane (you should have eighteen total cards). Read each set of three cards as a story that will pertain to that month. By: Robert Place, Llewellyn and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast