It’s only 54F and pouring….
Yesterday was long and busy. Saturday’s quite often are. We pulled up to the shop and the African Traders were already there and we got a few more baskets, plus a couple of really nice sling bags. …and none of those pix turned out, drattit. I’ll try again today!
The Herb Bunch arrived just as we finished and we started with talking about New Zealand Flax and then totally side-tracked into making a basket! We ended up with folks learning how to make a basic square basket. We finish the time sorting and putting away a number of herbs that have been sitting, from violet and jonquil to crocus (since last spring!) and douglas asters from this summer. The eggshells for fertilizer got processed. We also got a lot of trimming of shop plants done and they went home with a bagful of spiderplant babies for themselves.
After they headed home, so did Tempus. He wanted to take advantage of the good weather to finish the tarring on the roof. Of course, the minute he left we had all kinds of shoppers in! Several people were from the Valley, some from Montana, one family new in town.
<<<< Tempus yesterday morning. <<<<
I’ve run out of time to write, since I slept for 10 hours last night, just dropped into bed and still trying to get my eyes to focus. Dyes and Dyeing workshop at 1pm at Ancient Light! Still a few spaces. RSVP please, so we’ll know you’re on your way! http://wp.me/P6tYq4-mJ
Today’s Plant is Coltsfoot, Petasites frigidus var. palmatus.One of the best cough remedies out there, this is often smoked to help cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is also made into cough syrups often combined with horehound. This is another plant where the medicinal and magickal uses seem to go together. Feminine, Venus, water– Add to love sachets and use in spell of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites_frigidus
Today is the Feast of St. Crispin and St. Crispinian, patron saints of shoemakers. “Cursed be the cobbler that goes to bed sober!” – Old English cry for this day, because there were feasts and guild parties all over England on this day. Also, prosperous householders, particularly in London would often contribute barrel after barrel of beer to the guild, much of which went into storage for later, but much was consumed, with great thanks, on the spot. Why the association with beer? It’s that time of year! Saint Crispin is often associated with the Battle of Agincourt as the battle was fought on Saint Crispin’s Day, and especially because of Shakespere’s St. Crispin’s Day Speech from his play Henry V. (It’s in the quotes, below!) More on the saints here: More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Crispin More on the Knights of St. Crispin here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_the_Knights_of_St._Crispin
“Now shoemakers will have a frisken
All in honour of St Crispin”. – Traditional rhyme, St Crispin’s day
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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. 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 10/28 at 5:05pm.
The Venus-Jupiter conjunction continues at dawn Monday morning. And Venus happens to be at its greatest elongation, 46° west of the Sun.
Mercury is bright (magnitude –0.9) but low in the east at dawn, getting lower every day. Look for it about 45 minutes before sunrise, far beneath and perhaps a bit left of Venus, Jupiter, and Mars as shown above.
Double shadow transit on Jupiter – Sunday, October 25, 8:36–10:53 a.m. EDT – Shadows of Io and Ganymede enter Jupiter’s disk simultaneously, but Io’s shadow completes the transit by 10:53 while Ganymede’s takes over an hour longer. Best viewed in western North America.
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 – Sep 30 – Oct 27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24
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).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 25 Low 5:05 AM 0.7 7:44 AM Set 5:19 AM 89
~ 25 High 11:17 AM 8.4 6:16 PM Rise 5:30 PM
~ 25 Low 5:47 PM 0.0
~ 25 High 11:52 PM 7.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I listen to my “Self”.
~ You cannot stand up and claim your power and not permit yourself to be tested. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ A friend is a gift you give yourself. – Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Scottish novelist, poet
~ You’ll find that if you get into the practice of seizing opportunities, then the opportunities in your life will multiply. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Instinct is intelligence incapable of self-consciousness. – John Sterling
And what does it mean, then to be a poet? It was a long time before I realized that to be a poet means essentially to see, but mark well, to see in such a way that whatever is seen is perceived by the audience just as the poet saw it. But only what has been lived through can be seen in that way and accepted in that way. And the secret of modern literature lies precisely in this matter of experiences that are lived through. All that I have written these last ten years, I have lived through spiritually. – Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian playwright; ‘Speech to the Norwegian Students’, September 10, 1874, from Speeches and New Letters, 1910
Samhain Magick –
Samhain tidbit From: http://www.adf.org/rituals/celtic/samhain/scg-samhain-99-lore.html
The Festival of Samhain marks the ending and beginning of the Celtic Year. Samhain (pronounced “Sow-in”) comes from the Irish Gaelic and means “Summers End”. There is a great deal of distortion as to the true meaning of the Holiday, fostered in large part by religious propaganda perpetuated by overly superstitious fundamentalists.
Sometimes one will hear of an “Evil God” named “Samhain”, but such a deity never existed anywhere in Celtic lands or Europe for that matter. It was a literary fiction masquerading as scholarship from the early nineteenth century. Fables of Druids leaving “Jack-o-lanterns” at the homes of families who have helped procure a sacrifice for “Samhain” (or Satan) are likewise scurrilous at best.
Samhain can be viewed a number of ways.
First, it was an important agricultural observance, when the final harvest was taken and the folk were now dependent on stored food, hunting and slaughtering of animals for survival. Herds were culled to eliminate the weak and unnecessary and ensure that the limited amount of food would go around for the next six months. In this aspect, Samhain is a holiday of Plenty and feasting, laying in a layer of fat before the winter, and gathering together for safety and protection.
The harvest being over, the seeds for the next years crops are planted. They’ll lie dormant until Oimelc (Feb. 1st) when they will begin to sprout. By Beltain (May 1st) they will have shown growth, and it is this time of year that is concerned with the fertility of the coming crops. Those same crops will be harvested by Samhain, and the cycle begins anew.
In present times the importance of this part of the festival has diminished for most people living in this country, but you should try to see this from the stand- point of a tribal people for whom a bad season meant facing a long winter of famine in which many would not survive to the spring.
(S. McSkimming, Dalriada Heritage Trust http://www.tartans.com/samhain.html
Samhain is also a time when the veil separating our world, the mortal realm, and the world of the Gods and spirits becomes thin. As such, it is a good time to commune with the recently departed before they continue their journey from death to the “Summerland” – the realm of the Gods. There they can enjoy an eternal paradise of feasting, joy and plenty, until they are ready to cross back over to our realm and become incarnate beings again.
…Death was never very far away, yet to die was not the tragedy it is in modern times. What was of great importance to these people was to die with honour and to live in the memory of the clan and be honoured at the great feast Fleadh nan Mairbh (Feast of the Dead) which took place on Samhain Eve. (S. McSkimming,)
Likewise, the separation between past, present and future becomes blurred, allowing for glimpses not only into the realm of the ever Young, but of things which have not yet come to pass. Divination has been historically popular at Samhain, from the Irish myths; to children casting nuts into a fire and kenning their future sweetheart by the way they pop and burn.
Samhain, as the beginning and ending of the yearly cycle, can be viewed as any other “New Years” celebration.
Sig Lonegren, in a treatise published in: http://www.isleofavalon.co.uk/knowbank.html remarks:
So as this Samhain approaches, what is ending in you? What do you have inside that it is time to let go of? No healing is complete until you get beyond recovery. Use Samhain to take the thirteenth step: Transformation. In the Tarot, the thirteenth card of the Major Arcane is Death, and it is ruled by Scorpio. Samhain occurs in Scorpio. The card of Death doesn’t necessarily mean physical death (though it can mean that), but more productively, it can be seen as an inevitable heavy change or transformation. Something old must be gotten rid of to make room for something new to be able to come in. Use the magic of this time to say good-bye to an old habit or addiction, an old relationship, or anything else it is time to leave behind.
Samhain is the time when we connect with the vital forces of nature and make ourselves ready for the long descent into winter. It is a time to reflect on that which we’ve brought into our lives, and that which we need for the times to come. Connecting with our roots and examining the directions we need to grow. We feast with the ancestors and ensure the continuing vitality of our people, be it ourselves, our family or the community in which we dwell.