Yesterday we hurried to the shop, but my class didn’t show. Hmm… It was raining and blowing and gloomy, but we got open and Tempus sat down on the couch and …. “thud”… was all I heard. 🙂 He slept soundly for almost two hours.
<<< skeining on a niddy-noddy <<<
>>>>>>>> the wolf lichen >>>>>>>>
The workshop was great! We made a number of skeins of a silk embroidery thread that Clare had. One was dyed in indigo (blue) , the 2nd in Wolf lichen (yellow), the 3rd in both (green) and then kermes (pink). The kermes is still soaking, so I’ll get pix this morning and then they need to be untangled and wound up. She also showed us some murex dye, the original “royal purple”. We learned a lot about dyes and the dyeing process, plus some about the kinds of fibers and the differences in the way they must be dyed.
<<<<<<<< the kermes pink <<<<<<<<
Clare is heading home today. She’s going to take a little time on the coast, sight-seeing, especially since this is a lovely day. We’ll be at the shop. Tempus may come back home to get some chores done, but we need to start inventory.
>>>>>>>>>>> The kermes. Believe it or not it’s squished beetles! >>>>>>>>>>>
10/25/15 Ken Gagne, Gulls in Yachats Bay
Today’s plant is the Snowberry, Symphoricarpos albus. My kids used to call this “popcorn plant”, which is a name I’ve heard from others, too. The white berries are used as a food, a soap and for hand lotion. It doesn’t have any magickal uses that I know of, although the folks magicks of a similar bush amongst the Slavs say that it is “proper” as an offering to statues of the gods.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphoricarpos_albus
Slavic pagan calendar – Mokosh’s Holiday – Pasdernic (October) 25 to Gruden (November) 1 -We celebrate this holiday on the Friday between October 25 and November 1. On this day we honor Mother Earth and give gratitude to her for her care and concern for us. The central icon for this feast is the vegetable.
Dziady, Ancient Ones – This is the fourth day of commemoration/worship of the Ancient Ones in the year. This is also a day of remembrance for the warriors who were slain in the year 1380 on Kulikovskoe Field. Say a toast to the honor and glory of the Russian Heroes. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kulikovo
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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. 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.
Venus, Mars, and Jupiter show off together in the east before and during dawn. Venus is the brightest at magnitude –4.5. Jupiter is –1.8, and Mars, much closer to Jupiter, is much fainter at +1.7.
Venus at greatest elongation west – Monday, October 26, 3 a.m. EDT – Venus will be 46 degrees west of the sun.
Venus near Jupiter – Monday, October 26, 4 a.m. EDT – Venus will pass close to Jupiter.
Moon near Uranus – Monday, October 26, 6 a.m. EDT – The moon will occult Uranus as seen from New Zealand and French Polynesia.
Moon at perigee – Monday, October 26, 9 a.m. EDT – The moon will be at its closest to the Earth this month. Expect high tides for the next four days.
The brightest asteroid, 4 Vesta, is visible in binoculars at magnitude 6.8 this week. It’s in the tail (western) end of Cetus, well up in the southeast to south after dinnertime. Use the finder chart in the October Sky & Telescope, page 48.
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
M 26 Low 5:52 AM 0.8 7:46 AM Set 6:35 AM 95
~ 26 High 11:59 AM 8.9 6:15 PM Rise 6:07 PM
~ 26 Low 6:36 PM -0.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Demonstrate to Your Self how Special You are.
~ Keep smiling and let Karma take care of the revenge!! – Debi Tumlin
~ When doctors and undertakers meet, they always wink at each other. – W. C. Fields
~ Credentials may be helpful in evaluating someone but they rarely provide you with a window to their soul. – Walter E Jacobson, MD
~ If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain. – Maya Angelou
At the fireside
I want to sing.
At the fireside
I want to call spirits.
Here among you
my body will rest
while my soul travels
to the center of the earth.
When I return, I will sing:
children, here is what
I have learned, here
is what you need to know.
Samhain Magick – Crafts
Paper Bag Pumpkin
Materials include a brown lunch bag, two rubber bands, green cotton chenille stem, orange tempera paint, newspaper, sponge brush, scissors
- Prepare the bag. Cut bottom off bag leaving a tube shape. Gather bottom of bag together evenly. Secure with a rubber ban about 1″ from the bottom. Turn bag inside out and flatten out bottom.
- Make the pumpkin. Stuff bag with newspaper. Shape bag into pumpkin shape. For stem, gather together and twist top of bag. Push down for pumpkin shape. Secure with rubber band. Paint pumpkin shape leaving wrinkles unpainted for contrast. Let dry.
- Finish up. Remove rubber band from top and replace with green stem. For vine, wrap ends of stem around a pencil. Remove pencil leaving vine spirals in tact.
- You can add Jack-O-Lantern faces onto the pumpkins with black permanent markers or tempera paint.
Fall Leaf Stained Glass
- fall leaves
- wax paper
- picture frame
- Collect as many different colored and size fall leaves as possible!
- Cut two pieces of wax paper slightly larger than your picture frame.
- Lay one piece of the wax paper on the towel, and arrainge the leaves in a pleasing design.
- Lay the other piece of wax paper over the leaves, and lay another press the two together using a hot iron and moving quickly but firmly
- Tape the “stained glass” to the picture frame and cut off the excess
- Hang in a window for best results.
- You have to try on a pair of sunglasses with that stupid little plastic thing in the middle of them.
- The person behind you in the supermarket runs his cart into the back of your ankle.
- The elevator stops on every floor and nobody gets on.
- There’s always a car riding your tail when you’re slowing down to find an address.
- You open a can of soup and the lid falls in.
- There’s a dog in the neighborhood that barks at EVERYTHING.
- You can never put anything back in a box the way it came.
- Your tire gauge lets out half the air while you’re trying to get a reading.
- A station comes in brilliantly when you’re standing near the radio but buzzes, drifts and spits every time you move away.
- There are always one or two ice cubes that won’t pop out of the tray.
- You wash a garment with a tissue in the pocket and your entire laundry comes out covered with lint.
- The car behind you blasts its horn because you let a pedestrian finish crossing.
- A piece of foil candy wrapper makes electrical contact with your filling (or braces).
- You set the alarm on your digital clock for 7pm instead of 7am.
- The radio station doesn’t tell you who sang that song.
- You rub on hand cream and can’t turn the bathroom doorknob to get out.
- People behind you on a supermarket line dash ahead of you to a counter just opening up.
- Your glasses slide off your ears when you perspire.
- You can’t look up the correct spelling of a word in the dictionary because you don’t know how to spell it.
- You have to inform five different sales people in the same store that you’re just browsing.
- You had that pen in your hand only a second ago and now you can’t find it.
- You reach under the table to pick something off the floor and smash your head on the way up.