Yesterday I worked steadily on OCPPG stuff until it was nearly time to head for Philomath. Tempus and I noticed a vibration in the motion of the car as we were driving, but didn’t think much of it because Tempus had checked it over before we headed out. We drove straight to Philomath, through the most marvelous autumn scenery of red and golden maples, stopping at McD’s to use the bathroom since we missed a turn somewhere and had to loop around. We got it the 2nd time, though.
<<<< A Monday friend at the shop! <<<<
Angela and her husband have a beautiful garden with all kinds of herbs and vegetable plants, turkeys and chickens. Their asparagus had grown to be small trees. I’ve never seen that.) They fed us strawberries and new peas and then we started digging. I got to sniff a lot of roses and marvel over the lush growth. We dug up a bunch of plants to take home: lemon balm, costmary, bee balm, purple oregano, black-eyed-susans and Shasta daisies and the whole while we compared growing conditions in Philomath and at the coast.
>>>> Trimmings from my bay tree >>>>>
By the time we were done it was almost dark, so we took our leave and stopped at Dairy Queen on the way home for some food, then talked all the way back home. I thought that maybe the sound from the vibration was getting louder but didn’t quite trust my hearing, since it’s been pretty bad over the last couple of days. It wasn’t until we made the turn onto 101 in Newport that the car lurched and rocked and so we pulled over into a parking lot to inspect. Right rear tire has a bubble! We made it home, but we worried the whole way. At least Tempus’ car was in ok shape for his paper route since he got *his* tire fixed on Monday!
<<<<<<<< Raffle Prize! <<<<<<<
Today I have to go to the Yachats Commons to work out some of the stuff for the February event. After that we need to get some of the plants into the ground. I also need to get the stuff that needs printed up finished so I can do it on the shop printer tomorrow and then set up the newsletters for the weekend. They’re mostly done, but I want to have them to the point where all I have to do is write up what’s happening as it goes.
>>>>>>> ‘Nother prize! Signed by Lupa! >>>>>>>>
Today’s Feast is in honor of Joe Hill (d. November 19 [qv], 1915), American labor activist, songwriter (‘The Preacher and the Slave‘) and member of the Industrial Workers of the World, better known as the Wobblies. He was executed for murder after a controversial trial, and after his death became the subject of a famous folksong, Joe Hill. His last words, to his supporters, were “Don’t mourn for me. Organize!” More at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Hill and http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/oct7.html
Today’s Plant is Yarrow, Achillea millefolium. This plant is often called woundwort or nosebleed because of its clotting properties and is used for fevers and infections because it has salicylates (aspirin) in it. The young leaves can be eaten and it becomes an aid to vision-work. It’s easy to grow and makes a great companion plant. We have mostly the pacifica and californica varieties out here. – Feminine, Venus, Water. Exorcism – Wear to protect – hold in hand to stop fear – hang over bed for lasting love – carry for love and bring friends and contact with relatives. Flower –Feminine, Venus, Water – flowers made into tea for psychic power, Exorcism, protection, stop fear, lasting love. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarrow
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Love & Light,
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 10/12 at 5:06pm. 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 10/6 at 5:06pm. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 10/9 at 5:06pm.
Moon near Venus – Thursday, October 8, 5 p.m. EDT – The moon will occult Venus as seen from Australia, New Zealand, and Melanesia. Best seen in North America around dawn on October 8. Best seen in Australia and New Zealand at dawn on October 9.
In early dawn Thursday morning, the crescent Moon, bright Venus, and fainter Regulus form a triangle in the eastern sky, as shown here. Jupiter and fainter Mars are down to their lower left, glowing 4° apart. Uranus (magnitude +5.7, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude +7.8, in Aquarius) are well up in the east and southeast, respectively, by 9 p.m. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune.
The fickle Draconid >>> meteor shower may or may show up this evening. The shower has occasionally been quite active in recent years. See the October Sky & Telescope, page 48.
In Friday’s early dawn the Moon forms a triangle with Jupiter and Mars, while Venus and Regulus now look on from above.
Mercury is well placed in the morning twilight for the most of the month. This apparition is more favorable for observers in the Southern Hemisphere.
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy – Sep 30 – Oct 27
Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102
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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).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 7 Low 3:22 AM 0.9 7:21 AM Rise 2:17 AM 30
~ 7 High 9:57 AM 6.5 6:46 PM Set 4:21 PM
~ 7 Low 3:55 PM 2.5
~ 7 High 9:38 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life can be as simple as love and prayer. Where the two mingle there can be no jealousy, resentment, or fear.
~ Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it. – M. Scott Peck, author
~ Your purpose is to make your audience see what you saw, hear what you heard, feel what you felt. – Dale Carnegie
~ Death is the wish of some, the relief of many, and the end of all. – Seneca
~ Young people should be helped, sheltered, ignored, and clubbed of necessary. – Al Capp (1909-1979) US cartoonist
All Things Will Die by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
Clearly the blue river chimes in its flowing
Under my eye;
Warmly and broadly the south winds are blowing
Over the sky.
One after another the white clouds are fleeting;
Every heart this May morning in joyance is beating
Yet all things must die.
The stream will cease to flow;
The wind will cease to blow;
The clouds will cease to fleet;
The heart will cease to beat;
For all things must die.
All things must die.
Spring will come never more.
Death waits at the door.
See! our friends are all forsaking
The wine and the merrymaking.
We are call’d-we must go.
Laid low, very low,
In the dark we must lie.
The merry glees are still;
The voice of the bird
Shall no more be heard,
Nor the wind on the hill.
Hark! death is calling
While I speak to ye,
The jaw is falling,
The red cheek paling,
The strong limbs failing;
Ice with the warm blood mixing;
The eyeballs fixing.
Nine times goes the passing bell:
Ye merry souls, farewell.
The old earth
Had a birth,
As all men know,
And the old earth must die.
So let the warm winds range,
And the blue wave beat the shore;
For even and morn
Ye will never see
All things were born.
Ye will come never more,
For all things must die.
Samhain Magick – Crafts
You will need: a round piece of craft foam, pins, fall items such as gourds, mini pumpkins, apples, autumn leaves, pine cones, 2 orange candles, candle holders. Place the items on the craft foam in whatever design you desire and attach with pins. Leave room for two orange candles in their holders. Place in the center of the feast table, light candles, and enjoy!
Halloween Centerpiece – (For Samhain) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/pumpkin.html
- Craft pumpkin with hollow interior OR real pumpkin carved in desired shape
- Gourds, small pumpkins, and squash
- Black and orange candles
- Black treat bowl
- Candy corn
All sorts of seasonal decorations are available in regular shops this time of year! Any can be incorporated into a festive display, but here is a good suggestion: Use the black bowl, filled with candy corn, to place the hollowed-out pumpkin (real or fake) into. Place black and orange candles (any number and combination) on either side. Place gourds and other seasonal plants around and in front of the bowl.
Ancestors can be remembered and their pictures and keepsakes can be put inside the pumpkin, provided it is either fake or the artifacts are protected.