There’s a mid-level layer of clouds that has a lot of holes in it and sun comes through it regularly. There’s a lower layer of cloud that is puffy, but dark and very scattered. 58F and almost no wind, although there’s enough to stir the begonia in the fairy garden outside my window.
Starting so late yesterday meant that the day flew past. Tempus fell asleep again once we were at the shop and ate and slept most of the afternoon while I was working on some clipart. He finally woke and got on his computer right away and then later worked in back. I got some newsletter stuff taken care of, mostly loading the Samhain files.
We headed home around 9 so that I could do my hair and we could see about getting the home computer up and running, fully. That *might* mean that I actually start getting the newsletters out in the morning again, rather than as late as the last couple of days! I succeeded in getting some of the programs running, but there’s no sound. Tempus managed to get the keyboard working, at least
I’ve been out working in the garden this morning. I had a handful of raspberries as a reward. Mostly I was weeding, but I need to get one of the bags of potting soil open and into the shallow box, so that I can plant some of the carrot seeds that I bought. They take a long while over the winter, but the little ball varieties, at the very least, will be up early in the spring. There are mushrooms everywhere at the moment.
Mad Hatter Day is a silly holiday opposite April Fool’s on the calendar. It is one of the Discordian Holy Days. More info here: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~ari/madHatter.html and info on Alice in Wonderland here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_in_Wonderland and the Hatter here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hatter
Today’s Plant is the Coast Willow, Salix hookeriana. I’ve been mistaking it for pussy willow ever since I moved out here and the pic used here I misidentified as that in yesterday’s newsletter! Pussy Willows are a subset of the willows which also include osiers (think “wicker” for their uses). They’re all Saliciae from which, salicylic acid, the medicine Aspirin, was derived. Willow magick is Feminine, Moon and Water. Willow wands can be used for healing, to sleep with for more vivid dreams, Drawing Down the Moon, or for protection in underworld journeying. The Willow will bring the blessings of the Moon upon those who plant it or have it on their property. Willows can be used to bind together witch’s brooms and a forked willow branch is widely used in water witching and dowsing. New Moon magick, creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, binding. Love, Love divination, protection, healing. It is also known as the tree of immortality because of its ability to re grow from a fallen branch in moist ground. These properties apply to all forms of willow, but the Coast Willow has the properties of endurance, tolerance and stubbornness as well. There’s more info here:http://en.wikipedia.org
The shop opens at 11am! Fall hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, but closing time will continue to follow sunset over the next couple of months. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at firstname.lastname@example.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.
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. 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 forms the top left corner of a skinny triangle with Saturn and Antares, as shown above.
Mercury (magnitude –1) is having a fine apparition low in the dawn. It’s the “star” very low due east in early dawn. Look about 40 minutes before your local sunrise
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
©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Th 6 High 4:41 AM 6.1 7:21 AM Rise 12:34 PM 19
~ 6 Low 10:11 AM 2.9 6:47 PM Set 10:24 PM
~ 6 High 4:04 PM 6.9
~ 6 Low 11:04 PM 0.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Our core is the compass, the cosmos, our horizon. Multitudes of expressions are experienced in between, but we remain in clear orientation. Evohe!
~ Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself but talent instantly recognizes genius. – Arthur Conan Doyle
~ A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user. – Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) US President (26)
~ Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing. – Camille Pissarro
~ Possession is eleven points in the law – Colley Cibber (1671-1757) English actor, playwright
MINNIE AND WINNIE
Minnie and Winnie
Slept in a shell.
Sleep, little ladies!
And they slept well.
Pink was the shell within,
Sounds of the great sea
Sleep, little ladies,
Wake not soon!
Echo on echo
Dies to the moon.
Two bright stars
Peeped into the shell.
“What are they dreaming of?
Who can tell?”
Started a green linnet
Out of the croft;
Wake, little ladies,
The sun is aloft! – Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892), English poet
Samhain Oil – Put in soap or anoint candles
- 3 drops cedarwood
- 3 drops clove
- 3 drops frankincense
- 3 drops patchouli
- 3 drops rosemary
Add a piece of dried marigold and three dried pumpkin seeds with obsidian, amber, and ruby crystals. This is a light and dark oil that captures all the mystery and ambience of this special night of meditation.
Samhain Ritual Potpourri by Gerina Dunwich
- 45 drops patchouli oil
- 1 cup oak moss
- 2 cups dried apple blossoms
- 2 cups dried heather flowers
- 1 cup dried and chopped apple peel
- 1 cup dried pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup dried and chopped mandrake root
Mix the patchouli oil with the oak moss, and then add the remaining ingredients.
Stir the potpourri well and store in a tightly covered ceramic or glass container.
(The above “Samhain Ritual Potpourri” recipe is from “The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch’s Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes” by Gerina Dunwich, page 164, Citadel Press, Carol Publishing Group Edition, 1995.)
Hecate Incense – by Gerina Dunwich
- 1/2 teaspoon Dried Bay Leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon Dried Mint Leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon dried Thyme
- pinch of Myrrh Resin
- pinch of Frankincense Resin
- 13 drops Cypress Oil
- 3 drops Camphor Oil
Using a mortar and pestle, crush the Bay, Mint, and Thyme until almost powdered.
Stir in the Frankincense and Myrrh resins.
Add the Cypress and camphor Oils, and mix well.
Store in a tightly capped jar and let the mixture age for at least two weeks before using.
Burn on a hot charcoal block during your ritual.
(The above “Hecate Incense” recipe is from “WiccaCraft: The Modern Witch’s Book of Herbs, Magick, and Dreams” by Gerina Dunwich, Citadel Press, Carol Publishing Group Edition, 1995.)
Silliness – Contact Lens
The teenager lost a contact lens while playing basketball in his driveway. After a fruitless search, he told his mother the lens was nowhere to be found.
Undaunted, she went outside and in a few minutes, returned with the lens in her hand.
“How did you manage to find it, Mom?” the teenager asked.
“We weren’t looking for the same thing,” she replied.
“You were looking for a small piece of plastic. I was looking for $150.”