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Minus Tide at 6:53 PM of -1.2 feet. This is well after dark, but it you have reason to be on the beach, keep an eye on things!
Yesterday Tempus took off for the shop well ahead of me. I had to print some resumes for Hatch and then get some laundry taken care of and then get a shower. It took awhile. As I was getting the printing done the sky opened up and it poured. It looked those old Hollywood movies where they used hoses to create rain. …and then the wind picked up, but despite all the comments I was hearing about how cold it was the temp was 58F! That’s still sleeve weather….long sleeves, but sleeves!
I got slowed, first by Aurora who is back out here, again! …and also Rowan. I am *not* complaining, btw! I was really glad to see the both of them. Then Jan stopped by so we could finish up choosing the new stuff that I wanted. I have a handful of new pendulums and a bunch of new rings. There are a couple of bears this time and a lot of new dolphins!
…so I did finally get to sorting. I can only handle 10-15 minutes at a time, especially if the stuff whiffs of mold or mildew, and then my back gets to hurting, too. …I got a lot done, though. I found my cake decorating stuff and a bunch of leather-working supplies, plus some keepsies from when the kids were little and a lot more laundry. What I do is work for that time frame, then head back for the shop and Tempus goes over there to put boxes in the car or get me another box for the table, by which time I can trot back down there again.
When I was coming home I got glimpses of the moon and the halo around it. I tried to get a picture but haven’t had time to look ’em over to see if there’s anything worth sharing.
Today Tempus is going to have to go do some shopping. I’m putting together a shopping list for him. I need to be running back and forth and sorting again, and I’m hoping to get him to deal with getting the leather supplies onto the right shelf again, instead of where I can reach ’em. …and I need to harvest some more heather before the rain spoils it.
I haven’t posted this for a bit. This is a moving version of a Tesseract, which is the progression from square to cube to hyper-cube or tesseract, a 4-dimensional (not counting time….) object. Each of the cubes is the same size and all 90 degree angles….
Today’s plant – Maidenhair Fern is cultivated for use in gardens, but out here on the coast you can’t walk past a stand of trees without seeing it. Our variety is Adiantum Pedatum, (northern maidenhair, five-fingered fern) most often , but others of the aidantums get mixed in, too. – Feminine, Venus, Water – This represents the physical presence of the Divine Feminine, much as the Sword Fern represents the Divine Masculine. To get more in touch with this part of your Higher Self and to gain grace and physical beauty (always remembering that true beauty is from within) soak a sprig of this plant in water (…better by moonlight, and it’s a great ritual for a Full Moon) and hang it in your bedroom. This is also helpful for the transition times between life stages, and can even help with becoming pregnant if there are physical difficulties with a woman’s cycles. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adiantum_pedatum and on the family grouping here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maidenhair_fern
From Wikpedia – In Hawaiian mythology, the deity Lono is associated with fertility, agriculture, rainfall, and music. In one of the many Hawaiian legends of Lono, he is a fertility and music god who descended to Earth on a rainbow to marry Laka. In agricultural and planting traditions, Lono was identified with rain and food plants. He was one of the four gods (with Kū, Kāne, and Kāne’s twin brother Kanaloa) who existed before the world was created. Lono was also the god of peace. In his honor, the great annual festival of the Makahiki was held. During this period (from October through February), war and unnecessary work was kapu (forbidden). In Hawaiian weather terminology, the winter Kona storms that bring rain to leeward areas are associated with Lono. Lono brings on the rains and dispenses fertility, and as such was sometimes referred to as Lono-makua (Lono the Provider). Ceremonies went through a monthly and yearly cycle. For 8 months of the year, the luakini was dedicated to Ku-with strict kapus. Four periods (kapu pule) each month required strict ceremonies. Violators could have their property seized by priests or overlord chiefs, or be sentenced to death for serious breaches. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lono
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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. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 11/8 at 2:23am
The Moon, just past full, rises in the east at dusk. Once it climbs high, look for orange <<< Aldebaran to its lower left and the Pleiades >>> to its upper left.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) are high in the southeast and south, respectively, shortly after dark now. See our finder charts for Uranus and Neptune online or in the September Sky & Telescope, page 50.
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl)
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. Runic half month of Naudhiz/ Nyd /Nauthiz – November 13- 27 – Time to prepare for winter.
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Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl) – The term “reed” is used with great imprecision in North America, but it is clear that the reed of the ogham is the common reed (Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steudel). This is a giant grass, with stems as high as 4 m (13 feet). It grows in marshy areas, where it often forms dense stands. Like most other grasses, the vertical stems live only a single year, dying in the autumn and being replaced with new green shoots in the spring. The dead stems rattle and whisper in late autumn winds. Common reed has spread as a weed throughout the world; in North America it is widespread in cooler climates. Common reed is in the Grass family (Poaceae, or Gramineae).
“The Reed Month, is said by some to be most favorable for communication with ancestral spirits and the strengthening of all family ties, with magickal associations with fertility, love, protection, and family concerns. ‘Thin and slender is the Reed. He stands in clumps at the edge of the river and between his feet hides the swift pike awaiting an unsuspecting minnow to come his way. In his thinness the reed resembles arrows that fly, silver-tipped, up into the unknown air to land at the very source that one had searched for all these years. Firing arrows off into the unknown is an expression of the desire to search out basic truths. If you loose off without direction, the place of landing will be random. If the firing off is carried out with the correct conviction, determination and sense of purpose, then the act becomes secondary to the event that comes both before and after the moment.'” Source: Earth, Moon and Sky
Ngetal – Reed Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Grass Green
Meaning: Upsets or surprises
to study this month Mor – the Sea Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: AE, X, XI, M
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 7 High 12:29 AM 7.4 7:02 AM Set 7:44 AM 99
~ 7 Low 6:05 AM 2.0 4:58 PM Rise 5:54 PM
~ 7 High 12:01 PM 9.1
~ 7 Low 6:53 PM -1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The mighty oak tree was once a little nut that held its ground.
~ A man may live after losing his life but not after losing his honour. – Irish Proverb
~ A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out. – Grace Pulpit
~ I never drink coffee at lunch. I find it keeps me awake for the afternoon. – Ronald Reagan
~ When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused. – Rainer Maria Rilke
And I saw that he was holding in his hand a bright red stick that was alive, and as I looked it sprouted at the top and sent forth branches, and on the branches many leaves came out and murmured and in the leaves the birds began to sing. And then for just a little while I thought I saw beneath it in the shade the circled villages of people and every living thing with roots or legs or wings, and all were happy. ‘It shall stand in the center of a nation’s circle,’ said the Grandfather, ‘a cane to walk with and a people’s heart; and by your powers you shall make it blossom. – Black Elk
If you’re giving a book as a holiday gift why not add a bookmark to which you’ve added a few drops of essential oils. Try to choose something that will appeal to most folks like Orange or maybe a blend of Lavender and Tangerine. The Orange is great for kids. Create a bookmark for students adding oils to help them study, Peppermint, Rosemary and Basil will help keep them alert. Add a bottle of the essential oil so they can refresh their bookmark. Maybe spice oils for a cookbook. The possibilities are endless. – Brought to you by AromaThyme.com – http://www.aromathyme.com
While you’re on the beach this year pick up unusual pieces of driftwood. Add essential oils and use as decorations or as drawer fresheners, or even to toss on the fire. Any dried wood will soak up essential oils. These also make good gifts for other witches, especially if you have oils that work for protection, for instance, or sight. You can also tie onto them things like herbs and shells or other found objects, or even little medicine pouches.
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Anja’s notes – When you go to add EO’s to the wood use a recycled glass bottle that the wood just fits into. Place the wood in the jar and drip some of the EO on each day until the fragrance is strong, replacing the lid after each addition. If you stick a note on the top as to what it is for, you will reinforce your intention each time you open and close the jar.
For protection – rosemary, sandalwood, sage
For home harmony – amber, balsam, pine
For love – rose, patchouli
For sleep and rest – chamomile, coconut, vanilla
For comfort from stress – Myrrh, frankincense, sandalwood
For health – mint, bergamot
- two pieces of twisted rope approx. 3 feet long
- 6 inches of twine
- hot glue and hot glue gun
- small piece of twist paper
- small dried flower sprig
- Hold the two pieces of rope , ends equal.
- Fold in half and lay on table with the loop at the top.
- Loop the right ropes to the right, left ropes to the left, and bring the ropes together in the center, the ends of the rope falling to the bottom.
- Secure ropes in this position with hot glue.
- Thread the twine from the back of the love knot through the wide loops and tie in the center.
- Unravel a 8 inch section of twist paper. Fold the ends to meet in the center, and press flat. Gather the center.
- Tie the ends of the twine over the center of the bow. Hot glue in place.
- Insert flower sprig at the top and hot glue in place.