It’s 59F and gloomy from a solid overcast. The wind is at 15mph and gusting over 30 upon occasion. It looks like the weather system with all the rain is going past north of us.
Yesterday’s weather just looked more than it did. I was dry and warm at the shop. We had some people in, mostly folks who saw the shop and wondered what all we had. I spent the early part of the day sorting and putting away and then settled to some sewing and ironing, still mostly pouches, while Tempus headed out to see about water heater stuff and then to get some work done in the kitchen.
Tempus got that going during the evening and I crashed, getting up before 3 to start drying it all. That’s just about the time that Tempus heads out for his Saturday paper route. It had to be dried one piece at a time so’s to not crease or tear off a lot of bits. When I was done I went back to bed.
Today we have the Herbs Workshop at 11 and Sewing at 3pm. We’re going to be closing early, heading to a friend’s place in Eugene for a supper party!
A Ken Gagne pic of a wave in Yachats yesterday. See the tiny person along the right edge of the picture for scale!
Today’s Plant is the Early Blue Violet, Viola adunca. – Violet leaves contain more vitamin A than spinach, and a half-cup of leaves has more vitamin C than four oranges, but rhizomes, fruits and seeds are poisonous. Other common names include the hooked-spur violet, Cascade violet, sand violet and the western dog violet. Found on Wiki here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_adunca or here: http://blogs.evergreen.edu/sustainableprisons/blog/2012/01/12/spp-plant-profile-early-blue-violet-viola-adunca/ Feminine, Venus, Water – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.
On today’s date in 1963 the island ofSurtsey first appeared off Iceland. This is a volcanic island arising from the Atlantic Ridge. Many small islands appeared and disappeared around it while the eruption continued. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surtsey
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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 on 11/25 at 2:4pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 11/15 at 9:47pm.
Before dawn begins the Jupiter-Mars-Venus line shines especially bright, but Spica is still low. Venus, Mars, and Jupiter continue their display in the east before and during dawn, but they’re drawing farther apart. Venus is the brightest at magnitude –4.4. Jupiter, higher, is –1.9, and Mars, between them, is much fainter at +1.6. Watch the line lengthen this week. Venus is descending; Jupiter and Mars are moving higher. And so is Spica; look for it well below Venus, more or less in line with the planets.
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24
Runic half month of Naudhiz/ Nyd /Nauthiz – November 13- 27 – Time to prepare for winter. Bank the walls, seal the windows, make sure the shutters will close properly. The storms are coming.
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Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl), reed – 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
Sa 14 High 2:10 AM 6.8 7:11 AM Rise 9:44 AM 4
~ 14 Low 7:33 AM 3.0 4:50 PM Set 7:31 PM
~ 14 High 1:18 PM 8.1
~ 14 Low 8:19 PM -0.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Today I envision a world of peace and plenty.
~ Do not hold as gold all that shines as gold. – Alain de Lille
~ He may not enter anywhere at the first, unless there be some one of the household who bid him to come, though afterwards he can come as he please. – Bram Stoker (1847-1912) English novelist
~ A little credulity helps one on through life very smoothly. – Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) English writer
~ Physics is becoming so unbelievably complex that it is taking longer and longer to train a physicist. It takes so long to train a physicist to the place where he understands the nature of physical problems that he is already too old to solve them.Eugene Wigner (1902-1995) Hungarian-born US physicist
The ocean splashing against the rocks reminds me of a time
A time where hatred was isolated
A time when different was unheard of
A time that could have never lasted
The sun shining down on me reminds me of a time
A time where crying was a happy thing
A time when pain was something joyful
A time that awakened my life
That time was birth – Doug Starr 9/29/5
A reader asked for some more tips regarding taking your own family portraits.
May I suggest the following:
Even if you don’t have a digital camera, don’t be stingy with the number of shots you take. Professional photographers will use a whole roll of 24 or 36 on one subject. It’s really not that expensive, and you get the shot you want. Besides, you can send the ones that aren’t your favorites to friends and acquaintances in those frame-style Christmas cards that you can get at the dollar store. (Or make your own frames).
It’s a good idea to move your subject around; change the background, whatever, just in case there is something wrong that you aren’t noticing, like something stuck on the bottom of the baby’s shoe or something!
With babies and small children, keep snapping, even if they’re weeping or pouting or pulling one another’s hair! Some of my best shots have been of this spontaneous variety. The perfectly posed ones where everyone is smiling at the camera seem boring after that! (See attached photo of my niece. We had been bribing her with the lollypop she’s holding, but we couldn’t get it back from her at this point, so I just snapped away. Her mother and my parents–the baby’s grandparents–liked this one best of all!) This type of photo gets more precious with the passing years.
Also in this photo, notice that the oversized green ornament matches the background–grass. The green contrasts with the white outfit. The leopard skin makes you think of a green jungle. You get the idea. People don’t think of all these things when they look at the photo, but somehow they know the photo looks RIGHT.
Also notice that I got down on the baby’s level, which gives the photo more depth. The grass in front of her feet is in the foreground where it should be and the background is dark and somewhat out of focus.
Always step back and look at the background before you place the baby/dog/whoever in the setting. Sometimes there is an electric cord or plant that will look like it’s sticking up out of the person’s head or something. You will need to work really fast once you get your subject in place.
When creating your background, try to create layers so your photo will have depth. For example, in the photo that appeared on this site yesterday, I used a printed fabric, and then gathered the tulle and draped it like a curtain. You don’t have to buy new fabric, use what you have on hand, but even for a small baby you’ll need at least two yards of each kind. If you don’t want anything so fancy, maybe hang a piece of denim and attach a couple of raffia bows. Put the baby in little bib overalls with a bright red shirt and little hiking boots.
You can make your photos more meaningful if you place the baby’s favorite lovey or blankey or binkey (or the dog’s “mean kitty”toy) somewhere strategically in the portrait. Try to have your background match it. It will bring its own set of fond memories.
If you are sending the photo as a Christmas greeting, give your photo a title or caption or write a little rhyme about it. People just love that. For example, I dubbed the photo that was posted here yesterday as the “Snow Princess in the Desert” because she was holding a snowflake and she lives in Nevada.
Your great photos go to waste if you don’t display them prominently and appropriately. Regarding my niece’s photo, last year on her first Christmas, I had her sitting on white, star-studded tulle. I bought a large frame (for about $5) which was matted for an 8 x 10. I cut strips of the fabric and covered the mat with them, attaching it with glue stick. Her mother went wild over it!
Finally, keep the photo shoot in perspective and hang onto your sense of humor. In the years to come, you will be so glad you did.
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