Yesterday started well. The Herbs Workshop got a lot accomplished. We were working on identifying some of the herbs, now that they’re dry. We also packaged some herbs, so those will go on the board as soon as I can print the headers.
I spent the afternoon working up front and we had a lot of people in. I did a reading, mid-afternoon, as well. Both of us started scrambling to get things ready to leave and then Tempus had to run back to the house. We actually closed at about 4:30 and got stuff into the car and headed for Eugene.
We had a wonderful evening. Lots of good friends! Lots of good food! …and the drive down and back was good talk, working out projects and brainstorming new ones. We really got doused with rain on the way back, though. Astoria ended up with over 2 1/2 inches. We got a bit over a 10th here.
Today we have Wicca 101 if any of the young folks show up and then the House Capuchin Project Day. I have a *lot* of sewing to do. I’m hoping Tempus will sleep since he got less that 3 hours last night. He’s done with his route. I just saw the notice, so he’ll be here with doughnuts in a little bit and then we’ll head for the shop.
A picture by Ken Gagne of pelicans and spindrift, yesterday.
I harvested the last of this perennial plant earlier in the week. Today’s Plant is Lovage, levisticum officinale. It seems to have originated somewhere near the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for a long while, being a very useful plant. It has a strong, long-lasting scent, that reminds a person of celery and parsley, but with the volume turned up. It’s great in salads, but chop it small and mix with other greens or it overpowers! Both leaf and seed are great in soups, especially seafood chowders and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable. I’ve drunk lovage cordial, which is tasty. It has a high flavonoid content, as well. Medicinally, a strong leaf tea, iced, is a good antiseptic, especially for extensive scrapes, where it takes down the sting and swelling very quickly and can be splashed on as often as needed. It can be used for mild cases of water retention, as well, and even with high blood pressure. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often used in love magicks, but works best as a self-confidence enhancer. Take a bath with a sachet of the leaves, or make a strong tea that you toss into the bathwater before going out to meet new people or to start a new job. It also helps to squeeze a small sachet of the leaves if you’re having trouble concentrating on a task. Wiki has more:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovage
Shichi-Go-San (Shichigosan; ’7-5-3′) ceremony, Japan
Shich-Go-San literally means ‘seven-five-three’; the ceremony is performed in families who have daughters of seven, sons of five, and sons and daughters of three years of age. The children are taken to shrines to drive out evil spirits and receive the blessings of the deities. It’s one of the few occasions these days on which Japanese women wear the kimono. Chitoseame, literally ‘thousand year candy’, is given to children on Shichi-Go-San. Chitoseame is long, thin, red and white candy, which symbolizes and ensures healthy growth and longevity. It is given in a bag with a crane and a turtle on it, which are also symbols of long life, as well as pines, bamboo and ume. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shichi-Go-San
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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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 11/19 at 4:21am.
Look very high above the crescent Moon in early twilight. How soon can you spot 1st-magnitude Altair? And if you’re in the latitudes of the northern U.S. and southern Canada, look almost straight overhead for Deneb, only slightly fainter.
Mercury is hidden in superior conjunction with the Sun.
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
Su 15 High 2:53 AM 6.7 7:12 AM Rise 10:35 AM 9
~ 15 Low 8:13 AM 3.2 4:49 PM Set 8:27 PM
~ 15 High 1:56 PM 7.9
~ 15 Low 9:01 PM -0.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a loving day!
~ For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead. – Thomas Jefferson
~ The best way to knock the chip off your neighbor’s shoulder is to pat him on the back. – Author Unknown
~ Christians are to be taught that the pope would and should wish to give of his own money, even though he had to sell the basilica of St. Peter, to many of those from whom certain hawkers of indulgences cajole money. – Martin Luther (1483-1546) German leader of the Protestant Reformation
~ A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man. – John Adams (1735-1826) US President (2)
Behind the western bars
The shrouded day retreats,
And unperceived the stars
Steal to their sovran seats.
And whiter grows the foam,
The small moon lightens more;
And as I turn me home,
My shadow walks before.
The Clouds have left the Sky. – Robert Bridges (1844-1930) English writer
An Iroquois Thanksgiving Prayer
We return thanks to our mother, the earth, which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams, which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and stars, which have given to us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to the sun, that has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit, in Whom is embodied all goodness, and Who directs all things for the good of Her children. ~ Iroquois Prayer
However much or however little you have for your Thanksgiving meal, give thanks that you have a meal.
However warm or however chill your home, give thanks that you have a home.
However sweet or however irritating your family, give thanks that you have a family.
However wise or however stupid our government may be from time to time, give thanks that it is OUR government — that we are free.
Heartwings Love Notes 339 Inspiration for Thanksgiving
Heartwings says, “Giving thanks is a wonderful way to recognize the forms and faces of your blessings.”
I begin to dust the objects on my special memento shelf. The small silver eggcup, a baptismal gift from a godmother who died before I was old enough to remember her is tarnished. Polishing it I think of my mother, a young bride alone in a foreign country. I cherish the love she gave me all those years ago.
Each object holds a special memory: The dollhouse cabinet with tiny rockroses on its miniature shelves, a present from one daughter; matches cleverly painted with a city scene of Florence, souvenir of a trip with my youngest; A painted enameled box from my eldest daughter; a handmade card from my son and his delightful partner; small mementos from loving grandchildren.
I dust the Russian nesting doll I brought back from a trip with my mother to that vast land. Next to it is the small glass bottle for carrot juice that had quenched my thirst on a trip we took to Medjugoria. How sad I was when war tore up that countryside. What memories these two objects hold.
A painted shell calls to mind Stephen’s and my wonderful visit to Nova Scotia. The doll pincushion festooned with costume jewelry pins belonged to Stephen’s grandmother. As I blow the dust from it I feel grateful to her for her loving care of Stephen. The small box covered with delicate embroidery belonging to Stephens’s mother is a precious memory of her lovely smile.
All these and more are a reminder to me of the many blessings that fill my life to overflowing. How thankful I feel for my family, for my friends, and for the life I have led. There have been ups and downs. Dear ones have passed away or vanished. Hopes have been dashed. Yet through it all there is a thread of joy that brightens even dark experiences with the knowledge that always, in all ways, I am blessed. And for this I am ever grateful.
Now and always may you enjoy counting your blessings.
Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert
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A couple had been married for 45 years and had raised a brood of 11 children and were blessed with 22 grandchildren.
When asked the secret for staying together all that time, the wife replies, “Many years ago we made a promise to each other: the first one to pack up and leave has to take all the kids….”