The ocean is roaring this afternoon. I went out to embroider in the sunroom as Tempus was getting ready and heard a “mechanical” hum. I thought maybe the furnace had come on and checked. It hadn’t, but when Tempus came out he looked around and said, “What’s that sound?” I said that I didn’t know, but that I heard it, too. When we stepped outside we looked at each other in wonder and said, “It’s the ocean!” I can still hear it at the shop. Well, feel more than hear… It’s 57F with wind running at about 10mph. We ought to have a little break in the rain tomorrow and right back into it. We got 6/10ths of an inch of rain yesterday and over a 1/4 inch today, so far.
Yesterday went pretty quickly. I had a lot of computer stuff to work on, writing and putting out ads and such. Tempus had to set up the new part of his paper route and we got some other small stuff done. He went up to the house late in the day to take another load to storage and then he took me home around 7:30 and took off to do shopping and then run his paper route.
I spent the evening arguing with the other computer, reading and embroidering, and finally managed to get a little work done on creating some clipart. I listened to the rain tapping on the sunroom roof and then flat out thundering down around 3am and felt bad for Tempus out in that…
He got in past 6am, having had to track down and find enough of the addresses that it took him much longer than it will later. He’s doing a route that’s 1/2 again the size that it was, although still shorter than the route he was running a couple of years ago. He said the rain did make it pretty miserable.
We’re getting started really late today, it being past 2pm already. He’s heading up to storage to work there while I do more stuff on the computer. I’m setting up the last of the stuff for OCPPG today. I want to get a little more sorted out on the embroidery displays, as well, since I need to plan out what still needs to be printed and what can wait. I’m going to get into the back to work on herbs, as well, since that needs to be useable for Saturday. There are a lot of herbs and such that can be shifted into the far back to make room, I think.
A picture from 10/3/16 of the Yachats Valley and some Oreo cows as this weather was closing in by Ken Gagne.
Chief Joseph Surrenders, 1877: At Eagle Creek in Bear Paw Mountains, Montana, Nez Percé leader Chief Joseph (In-mut-too-yah-lat-lat – Thunder coming up over the land from the water), surrendered his rifle to General Nelson A Miles after months in which his starving band eluded pursuing federal troops. Only 40 miles and they would have been over the Canadian border… “From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.” More info here: http://www.turtletrack.org/Issues03/Co11012003/CO_11012003_Honor_Respect.htm
Today’s Plant is Rhubarb, Rheum rhabarbarum. Best known as “pie plant” or in strawberry and rhubarb jam this is a wonderful and nutritious stalk vegetable, that has been legally counted as a fruit, because of its uses. The roots have been used as a laxative for thousands of years, and the stalks, while strong-tasting when uncooked and with no sugar are delicious in sauces,pies, jellies, juice and so on, but the leaves are poisonous. It is very easy to grow since the roots will over-winter, even if the stalks die back and it’s one of the earliest vegetables to be harvestable. –Feminine, Venus Earth. – Wear a dried piece to help with stomach or gut pain and general protection. The pie served to a mate helps to maintain fidelity and is an aphrodisiac, especially when combined with strawberries.
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 10/15 at 9:23pm. 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 10/5 at 5:11am. 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 10/8 at 9:33pm.
Watch the waxing Moon step eastward against the stars-and-planets background from evening to evening. (These scenes are drawn exact for the middle of North America. For clarity, the Moon is drawn three times its actual apparent size. The visibility of faint stars through bright twilight is exaggerated.) The Moon this evening forms the right-hand corner of a triangle with Saturn and lower Antares, as shown above.
After dark, look just above the northeast horizon — far below high Cassiopeia — for bright Capella on the rise. How soon Capella rises, and how high you’ll find it, depends on your latitude. The farther north you are, the sooner and higher.
Mars (about magnitude 0.0) still shines in the south-southwest at dusk. It’s skimming the top of the Sagittarius Teapot. On the evening of October 7th (for North America) you’ll find it passing just 0.2° below the top star of the Teapot lid, Lambda Sagittarii, magnitude 2.8.
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month Gort/Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27 – (Hedera helix L.)
Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102
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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
W 5 High 3:54 AM 6.4 7:20 AM Rise 11:39 AM 12
~ 5 Low 9:35 AM 2.5 6:49 PM Set 9:43 PM
~ 5 High 3:28 PM 7.2
~ 5 Low 10:19 PM 0.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an amiable day!
~ Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning. ~ William Arthur Ward
~ Stay close to any sounds that make you glad you are alive. – Hafiz
~ Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think. – Robert Henri
~ My life is one long curve, full of turning points. – Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1919-2000) Canadian Prime Minister
Mistletoe is, however, seldom found on a hard-oak, and when it is discovered it is gathered with great ceremony, and particularly on the 6th day of the moon (which for those tribes [Druids] constitutes the beginning of the months and the years) and after every thirty years of a generation, because it is then rising in strength and not one half its full size. – Pliny the Elder (Plinius maior or Gaius Plinius Secundus; 23 CE – 79), Natural History XVI xcv. 250 (see Coligny Calendar)
The origins of Halloween is among the most interesting as it finds its origin in the old Celtic belief system adapted into Wicca which was founded in the l950’s.
Halloween falls on the Wiccan New Year called Samhaim (called Sow-en) which in essence is “New Year’s Eve” and observes the end of harvest and oncoming winter as integral to life regeneration in the spring. Since the old Celtic religions, like other earth based belief systems, focused on nature and its cycles for survival, Samhaim is both an ending and beginning, similar to death and rebirth (resurrection) as most Christian religions believe.
As a celebration of nature’s never ending renewal of the life that feeds and supports people and the earth, Samhaim celebrated impending darkness after the light and harvest of fall after which life would re-emerge again in the spring. With this in mind, Samhaim was a religious time of fasting, reflection, meditation and prayer as well as a time for casting spells to end hardship, pain, illness and hunger. It was believed the worlds of the living and the dead merged on this day and it was in order to maintain peace between the two worlds that most of our Halloween traditions evolved such as trick or treat.
Fear of the roaming dead brought about many Halloween practices but first note this interesting fact. The early Christian Church changed All Saints Day, which was in May to October 31(All Hallow’s Eve) in order to appease a still pagan oriented congregation. It is purported that the Halloween customs we follow today is a result of the massive Irish famine immigration.
Many of our traditions stem from Irish or other Celtic countries. Take the Jack o’ Lantern. In Ireland, it was said “Jack” was a mean drunkard who used to beat his wife. He played too many tricks on the devil to save his soul. Well, when Jack died, he was too bad to get into Heaven and the devil was too annoyed at him to let him into Hell either. The devil gave Jack a burning coal which Jack placed inside a partially eaten turnip, called a bogie. From that day forward, Jack wanders the earth with this lantern looking for a place to rest his soul. Since ancient times, the pumpkin has replaced the turnip.
Costumes and masks were used for protection against spirits and despite conversion to Christianity, people remained afraid of All Hallows Eve, the one day it was believed spirits were allowed to freely walk the earth. In order to not be recognized by these spirits, people would leave their homes at night incognito in masks and misleading regalia.
In ancient Ireland the Druid priests of Muck Olla would go to farms begging for food and money for their houses of worship. If farmers did not pay, barns would be burned or animals would disappear. These incidents were believed to have been caused by the god, “Muck” from which the word muck has come to mean trouble and chaos. Acts such as these evolved into the threat of ‘tricks’ (or pranks) if treats were not given. Spain also had its tradition. On All Hallows Eve, people would place cakes and nuts on graves to bribe the devil. In Belgium children begged for money to buy cakes to eat. Each eaten cake was believed to relieve the suffering of a soul. In Ireland, food were specially prepared for the dead. Often a large amount of food was set aside not to be touched by anyone until the ritual period was over. In Wales, the wealthy in a community would put together a communal feast while the poor, representing the community’s dead, would ask for food in the name of dead ancestors.
Favorite fall foods that begin with October 31 include apples and nuts. In ancient times, apples were considered a symbol of love and fertility. The Norse ate them for youth and what we call bobbing for apples was originally called ‘snapping for apples”. If a man got an apple then it mean the woman he loved, loved him back. In Scotland, nuts were used to determine whether lovers would be happy together. They would take two nuts and name them after each other. They would then toss them into a fire. If the nuts burned to ashes, they would enjoy a happy life. If they popped apart or crackled, their lives would have hardship and quarrel.
Are you going or throwing a Halloween party? Did you ever think of how far back this celebration goes or why you give treats to avoid a trick, or how wearing masks and costumes got started? Enjoy your party and festivities safely and remember no party should go without a cake magic recipe.
Make any kind of cake. Put a ring, thimble, a very tiny figurine and a coin inside the cooked cake in different locations. Some people will get one of these items in their slice.
The ring means they will be married within a year, the thimble means you will never marry. The doll means lots of children and the coin means prosperity.
While you are at it, you might want to try this popular ‘spell’ for money that is best done around Halloween. You need a gold coin and a pair of old shoes. Holding up the coin in daylight and say “what I see, may it increase, so I may have financial peace.” Place the gold coin in the old left shoe, then put both shoes on. Walk clockwise in a circle three times. Take the shoes off and place them in a T shape where they can’t be disturbed. Do the same thing for three more days. On the third day take out the gold coin from the left shoe and tape the coin in the most worn part of the shoes. Do not spend the coin as it will bring you luck!! ONLY DO THIS SPELL IF MONEY IS NEEDED NOT OUT OF GREED!
If you are single, put a glass of water by your bed. It said the person you dream of on All Hallow’s Eve is the person you will marry. Warning: since the dead roam this night, you might want to consider sleeping with a mask on!
NOTE: Samhaim, the most solemn day of the year
Whereas the lore of Halloween is interesting and fun, it must be noted that, as a spiritual sabbat, Samhaim is a time for serius reflection and honoring one’s beloved dead or ancestors. For those of this path, a place is set for visiting loved ones that have passed with pictures and candles to commemorate the life of these beloveds.
I spend a week in quiet reflection. I ponder my own spiritual growth, make my own ‘private confession’ to my deities and consider how I may have contributed to any problems I encountered in order to take responsibility for my part which is essential to both avoiding the same misjudgement and spiritual growth.
Regardless of what the year has brought, I spend a lot of time literally counting my blessings and giving thanks. In order to honor the loved ones no longer with me, I make a list and give time to reflect on how my life was enriched by knowing all of them. If I have unresolved grief, I allow myself to grieve. I prepare meals, often they have been very humble, for the spirits as an expression of my gratitude and light candles to Creator and my deities for all of their guidance, strength and protection in the previous year.
This year will be difficult, my mother passed away this last September 11. I will devote this Samhaim to her memory. She was the most courageous person I have ever known or ever will. She is and forever will be the Queen of my heart, my life and my soul.
Cate Cavanagh is the Author of “Gifts Of The Spirit”, a poet columnist and witch. http://cate_cavanagh.tripod.com Submitted To GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
Silliness – Late Night Funny – There was a big ceremony at the Capital yesterday to unveil a marble statue of Dick Cheney. People said, “Wow, he looks so life-like.” And then Cheney said, “Actually, the statue’s over there. – Jimmy Fallon