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Tempus really slept in yesterday. He had gotten home by 2am and slept until nearly noon! I was working on newsletter set-up, alternating with finding and putting away, and then stacking, books. I tracked down a couple of files that went into the file cabinet, too.
I took a nap in the early afternoon and had a really vivid dream that involved living in a house with crank windows and stone railings on the front steps, a tornado and a really cool rug and library and then woke up telling someone that I had to get off the phone because there was a tornado…. Weird!
Tempus made me a cheese toast for lunch which I had with some of the pickled beans. This batch turned out really tasty! He had gotten my blue & silver window star glued back together so I could hang it back up. It had gotten dropped at the shop, so I brought it home, cracked, but then it got caught in the window and actually broke. It’s not as good as new, but I don’t care. It’s pretty!
Books, and more books and papers…. this is a mess….. and then some garden and herbly things….equal mess…. and eventually it was dark and Tempus came in, but still not done. At least I made a dent….
Today I’m running behind, but hoping that we’ll make it to the shop on time. Tempus is going to come back home to finish the roof and then he’ll be doing a store run tonight before his paper route. I’m going to be at the shop all day. I’ll be packing herbs this morning and then sewing during the afternoon. I want to finish my blue skirt and then get back to work on costumes.
The St. Johns Bridge by Photos by Mike mikeinstagram.com/mikephotog7
Today’s Plant is the Douglas Fir, pseudotsuga_menziesii, sometimes called Oregon Pine, since it’s actually a pine, not a fir at all. Common as Christmas trees, since they hold their needles better than many other trees, they are one of the better timber trees, growing quickly with a straight grain. Their main use, magickally, is in incense, since the resin has a good sweet scent. – Mars,Air/Fire – Attracting prosperity, purifying ritual areas and new homes, helping “stay the course” during difficult times. A wand or cone kept on the altar wards off evil influences. Carry cones to increase fertility and have a vigorous old age. Floor washes with the oil cleanse a space of negativity and ward off illness. Throw needles into winter fires for protection, or burn as incense for purification and divination. Place branches over the bed to keep sickness away, or to aid the ill. Hang a branch over the main door of your house to ensure continuous joy within.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudotsuga_menziesii
Festival of Perpendicular Sun – Illumination the Inner Sanctum of Ramses II, Abu Simbel Temple, Egypt (also February 22) – “The archaeological complex of Abu Simbel comprises two massive rock temples in southern Egypt on the western bank of the Nile. It is a part of the Nubian Monuments UNESCO World Heritage Site, which runs from Abu Simbel downriver as far as Philae.
“Crowds pack into the temple before sunrise and watch the shafts of light slowly creeping through the stone. Eventually, statues of Ramses, Ra and Amun are illuminated in the inner sanctum (the statute of Ptah – the god of darkness – remains in the shadows). When they have recovered their breath, spectators can join celebrations outside, including a fair and music demonstrations. However, nothing can really impress you immediately after witnessing such a sight.”
“The most remarkable feature of the site is that the temple is precisely oriented so that twice every year, on 22 February and 22 October, the first rays of the morning sun shine down the entire length of the temple-cave to illuminate the back wall of the innermost shrine and the statues of the four gods seated there. … Precisely this same effect was apparently also fundamental to the design of the artificial cave of Newgrange in Ireland.” Source here: http://witcombe.sbc.edu/sacredplaces/abusimbel.html More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Simbel_temples
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Love & Light,
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 at the Tide Change on 10/27 at 5:25am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 10/25 at 5:05pm.
<< Vega is the brightest star very high in the west at dusk. Arcturus, equally bright, is getting low in the west-northwest. The brightest star in the vast region between them, about a third of the way from Arcturus back up toward Vega, is Alphecca, >>> magnitude 2.2 — the crown jewel of Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown.
Venus, Mars, and Jupiter hang together in the east (in Leo) before and during dawn. Venus is the brightest at magnitude –4.6. Jupiter is –1.8, and Mars, much closer to Jupiter, is much fainter at +1.7.
Monday, October 12–Thursday, October 24, before dawn. The best time in the year to see the dim glow of the zodiacal light in the pre-dawn eastern sky, the light reflected from millions of interplanetary particles. It lies along the ecliptic (shown in green). Don’t confuse it with the Milky Way, further south. Credit: Starry Night Software
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy – Sep 30 – Oct 27
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.
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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
Th 22 Low 2:17 AM 0.8 7:40 AM Set 1:42 AM 60
~ 22 High 8:58 AM 6.7 6:21 PM Rise 3:43 PM
~ 22 Low 2:57 PM 2.6
~ 22 High 8:40 PM 6.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Build fairy houses.
~ We have to earn our wings every day. – Frank Borman
~ Then followed that beautiful season…Summer…. Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
~ Try and live your life the way you wish other people would live theirs. – Raymond Burr (1917 – 1993), Actor
~ All in all, art represents the need of one human being to communicate with another. – Edvard Munch
Anocht Oidhche Shamhna, a Mhongo Mango. Sop is na fuinneogaibh; dúntar na díirse. Eirigh id’ shuidhe, a bhean an tighe. Téirigh siar go banamhail, tar aniar go flaitheamhail. Tabhair leat ceapaire aráin agus ime ar dhath do leacain fhéin; a mbeidh léim ghirrfiadh dhe aoirde ann ages ciscéim choiligh dhe im air. Tabhair chugham peigín de bhainne righin, mín, milis a mbeidh leawhnach ‘n-a chosa agus uachtar ‘n-a mhullaigh; go mbeidh sé ag imtheacht ‘n-a chnocaibh agus ag teacht Ôn-a shléibhtibh, agus badh ó leat go dtachtfadh sé mé, agus mo chreach fhada níor bhaoghal dom.
[Oh Mongo Mango, Hallow E’en tonight. Straw in the windows and close the doors. Rise up housewife, go inside womanly, return hospitably, bring with you a slice of bread and butter the colour of your own cheek, as high as a hare’s jump with a cock’s step of butter on it. Bring us a measure of thick fine sweet milk, with new milk below and cream above, coming in hills and going in mountains; you may think it would choke me, but, alas! I am in no danger.] – A contributor to An Claidheamh Soluis, December 15, 1906, 5; a Halloween verse, Ring, County Waterford, Ireland, where Halloween is called oidhche na h-aimléise, “the night of mischief or con”
Samhain Magick – Crafts
Samhain Door Wreath
You will need items from Nature, fine wire, sheet of corrugated cardboard, collection sack, small nail. First, take a Nature hike. Collect items from nature, such as pine cones, seeds, leaves, berry bunches acorns and caps, flowers, etc.remembering how important it is to thank the plant for its gift, and to take only what is needed. When you return home, spread out collection on some newspaper. Cut out a circle about 15″ in diameter, from the cardboard. Cut a smaller circle out of the middle. Wrap the wire around each object so it can be fastened to the cardboard. Poke two small holes in the cardboard ring for each item. Feed the wire through and twist in back. Keep fastening objects onto the ring until it is full and no cardboard shows. Hang the wreath on the front door with the nail.
Prosperity Pumpkins – Categories: Info – [Note: By Claudette Griffith copywrite 2001 (THANKS CLAUDETTE!!)
I’m a big fan of window boxes and this is one of the ways I use to encourage abundance in the fall. Once the frosts have killed off the plantings in my window boxes I place a board over them to serve as a platform to hold my prosperity pumpkins. Simply take several pumpkins of varying sizes from the garden and write on the bottom of them, words like “abundance”, “prosperity”, “comfort” or other things you would like to bring into your life, perhaps harmony or love. Place them on your platformed window box, along with colorful leaves and interesting twigs. Add nuts and perhaps dried corn to be enjoyed by local wildlife and you have a great display that can bring abundance to your life, In many areas of the country it can be colorful all the way through Thanksgiving and if not perhaps you can use the same ideas for a mantle or tabletop display. Your house will look great and your neighbors will be none the wiser! When that hard frost comes remove the pumpkins to the compost pile, Next spring don’t be surprised when the pumpkin vines begin to take over your compost!
Saoirse, ruthee www.turningthewheel.org
Autumn votive holders & vases (Anja)
- Several mini pumpkins (the flat kind hold candles, the round kind make vases)
- Pot or large bowl for soaking pumpkins
- Salt (table salt is fine for soaking)
- Strong knife
- Strong handled spoon
- One clear glass votive candle holder per pumpkin
- Rock salt
- Plate, platter or tray
- Cut the pumpkin stem section out so that the glass holder will fit inside.
- Gut the pumpkin, pulling all strings.
- Soak for about an ½ hour in salted water (1 tablespoon per cup)
- Fish the pumpkins out, turn them upside down on something like a wire rack, so that air will flow underneath the help them dry. Leave overnight.
- Put rock salt into pumpkins.
- Shove votive holders into the salt, so that it fills the crevices in the pumpkin.
- Add flowers and/or tea lights as desired .
- Put salt on plate, so that plate is covered. Place pumpkins artistically around.
Note – Salt will “draw” liquid from the pumpkins, so they will wrinkle. The salt is a delaying tactic for the inevitable mold! In a dry climate these might last a week. On the Pacific Coast, 3 days is tops. You can delay things farther, by keeping the pumpkins in the fridge at night.
- The birds have to use pot holders to pull worms out of the ground.
- Farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to keep them from laying hard boiled eggs.
- The cows are giving evaporated milk.
- The trees are whistling for the dogs.
- You can say 110 degrees without fainting.
- You eat hot chilies to cool your mouth off.
- The temperature drops below 95, you feel a bit chilly.
- You discover that in August, it takes only 2 fingers to drive your motorcycle.
- You discover that you can get a sunburn through your face shield.
- You notice the best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance.
- Hot water now comes out of both taps.
- You can actually burn your hand on the clutch lever.
- No one would dream of wearing shorts and sitting on a vinyl motorcycle seat!
- Your biggest motorcycle wreck fear is, “What if I get knocked out and end up lying on the pavement and cook to death?”
- You realize that asphalt has a liquid state.
- Riding breaks are measured by bottles of water rather than the need for gas.
- Now that your yard has burnt, you do not have to spend time mowing but it is still to hot to ride.
- You have to chew the air properly before you can swallow it.
- The next person to ask you “Hot ’nuff for ya?” WILL receive a black eye.