Minus Tide at 9:57 PM of -0.5 feet
It’s 52F. It got *chilly* last night as the clouds went away! Right now it’s clear, but clouds have been rolling past and wind and rain are supposed to return this evening. It’s definitely heading into winter. The leaves are all gone from the alder. Saddle Mountain has 6 inches of snow.
There’ve been little birds all over the feeder this morning and one lone jay. A sparrow just landed on the feeder. It’s a juvenile, so I’m not sure what kind. They’ve eaten the feeder nearly empty. He’s sticking his head in the port and reeeeaaaaaching for the seeds. 🙂
The garden is looking tired. The fennel plant came down in the storm, so Hatch cut it down yesterday and it’s on the work table waiting for me to decide what I’m going to do with what’s left. I harvested most of the sorrel for the feast so that looks rather lonely…and I probably better harvest the heather this morning. I keep forgetting and it’s ready for this year’s 2nd crop.
Yesterday was a lot of fun, but tiring. I had 3 young people from Job Corps for the morning class. We were finishing lesson 2 with psychic self-defense. As soon as class was done I got to work sorting feast gear and discovered the stuff that had been missed for what I was cooking and Tempus texted Hatch about it, only to discover that Hatch had missed all the messages and came down without, so Tempus went after it himself.
We had a great feast, lots of food, rather bewildered customers over our clothing, lots of talk. Afterwards we played some games and talked over projects. I worked a little more on the transfer projects.
Tempus and I talked over what we want to get done today while we were having our coffee. He’s heading for the shop in just a couple of minutes. I need to get the Wicca 101 poster done up and printed and a few headers. I want to harvest the heather before I head for the shop and then I have to process that and the fennel once I get there. After that I’m going to be sorting out the stuff from the weekend and then get back to working on the shelves and the sorting. I’ll be doing readings if someone wants.
Today’s plant is Western Red Cedar, Thuja plicata, which is not a cedar at all, but an Arborvitae. Arborvitae comes from the Latin for “tree of life” and coincidentally, native Americans of the West coast also address the species as “long life maker”. “Western Redcedar has an extensive history of use by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast, from Oregon to southeast Alaska. Some northwest coast tribes refer to themselves as “people of the redcedar” because of their extensive dependence on the tree for basic materials. The wood has been used for constructing housing, totem poles, and crafted into many objects, including masks, utensils, boxes, boards, instruments, canoes, vessels, and ceremonial objects. Roots and bark were used for baskets, ropes, clothing, blankets and rings.” Wiki article –Masculine, Sun, Fire, – to enhance banishing of ill health and bad dreams. Burn for this purpose and purification and psychic power. Make a sachet for love or courage. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thuja_plicata
Quote from Wikipedia – “Servetus was the first European to describe the function of pulmonary circulation, although his achievement was not widely recognized at the time, … an amazing understanding of the body and treatments. Most copies of the book were burned shortly after its publication in 1553 because of persecution of Servetus by religious authorities. …In passage V, Servetus recounts his discovery that the blood of the pulmonary circulation flows from the heart to the lungs (rather than air in the lungs flowing to the heart as had been thought). His discovery was based on the color of the blood, the size and location of the different ventricles, and the fact that the pulmonary vein was extremely large, which suggested that it performed intensive and transcendent exchange.” Source and more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Servetus
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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.
Spot Mars to the left of the waxing crescent Moon at nightfall.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) are high in the southeast and south, respectively, in early evening. See our finder charts for Uranus and Neptune online or in the September Sky & Telescope, page 50.
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
M 27 High 3:40 AM 6.8 7:47 AM Rise 11:32 AM 9
27 Low 9:05 AM 2.8 6:13 PM Set 9:19 PM
27 High 2:55 PM 8.1
27 Low 9:57 PM -0.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Lend a cheerful helping hand to someone you don’t know.
Journal Prompt – What if? – What would happen if everyone lived in space? What type of houses would they live in? What type of clothing would they wear? What type of food would they eat? How would they travel?
~ Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom associated with true virtue. – Confucius
~ Anyone who has a library and a garden wants for nothing. – Cicero ~ You cannot choose your battlefield, God does that for you; But you can plant a standard Where a standard never flew. – Stephen Crane (1871-1900) US writer
~ Be constantly mindful, diligent, and resourceful, in your pursuit of Knighthood. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ All you need in life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure. – Mark Twain
The Cricket and the Rose
beneath the rose bush
as the roses fall
to the very ground
that is his kingdom also.
So they’re neighbors,
one full of fragrance,
of a single dry song.
We call this time of the year
the beginning of the end
of another circle,
and nothing more.
For the cricket’s song
is surely a prayer,
and a prayer, when it is given,
is given forever.
This is a truth
I’m sure of,
for I’m older than I used to be,
and therefore I understand things
nobody would think of
who’s young and in a hurry.
The snow is very beautiful.
Under it are the lingering
petals of fragrance,
and the timeless body
of prayer. – Mary Oliver (New and Selected Poems Volume Two)
Make a tree out of craft materials–craft wire, floral tape, fake flowers, et cetera. As the seasons change, make the tree match the outside world. Hang paper wishes on five branches and every season when the tree is changed, coat the branches with catalystic oil (for waxing year) or blessing oil (for waning year) and meditate on how wishes are shaping up or have been granted. Suggestions for seasonal tree changes:
- Yule – Wrap floral wire around a nut and “plant” it in a floral planter, setting it in a pot on top of last year’s wish ashes. Let floral wire poke up through floral planter to resemble a sprouted plant.
- Imbolc – Create branches for the tree and wrap in brown floral tape. Conceive wishes, write them on paper, and hang them from the branches.
- Ostara – Add leaves to each branch.
- Beltane – Add flower buds to each branch.
- Litha – Take down flower buds. Add bloomed flowers to each branch.
- Lughnasadh/Lammas – Take down bloomed flowers. Add closing or withering flowers to each branch.
- Mabon – Take down withered flowers and place them around the tree’s base.
- Samhain – Take down leaves. Place around base of tree as fallen leaves. Burn wishes and save the ashes for “soil” of next year’s tree.
- Disassemble tree if necessary while creating new Yule tree.