It’s a drippy, windy morning. The light coming through the sunroom roof was more golden than silver and that’s persisting. 56F, but it feels chillier and wind gusts are well into the teens. We’ve gotten 4/10’s of an inch of rain after 1/3 of an inch yesterday, but it’s supposed to slack off through the weekend.
Today we have to finish cleaning up before OCPPG. I’m hoping to get some potatoes cooking for supper, too. I have herbs to sort out for my class in the morning and some plants and things to collect. I hope I’m going to get a chance to harvest a bit in the morning before the workshop!
Today’s Feast is in honor of Joe Hill (d. November 19 [qv], 1915), American labor activist, songwriter (‘The Preacher and the Slave‘) and member of the Industrial Workers of the World, better known as the Wobblies. He was executed for murder after a controversial trial, and after his death became the subject of a famous folksong, Joe Hill. His last words, to his supporters, were “Don’t mourn for me. Organize!” More at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Hill and http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/oct7.html
Today’s Plant is Yarrow, Achillea millefolium. This plant is often called woundwort or nosebleed because of its clotting properties and is used for fevers and infections because it has salicylates (aspirin) in it. The young leaves can be eaten and it becomes an aid to vision-work. It’s easy to grow and makes a great companion plant. We have mostly the pacificaand californica varieties out here. – Feminine, Venus, Water. Exorcism – Wear to protect – hold in hand to stop fear – hang over bed for lasting love – carry for love and bring friends and contact with relatives. Flower –Feminine, Venus, Water – flowers made into tea for psychic power, Exorcism, protection, stop fear, lasting love. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarrow
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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. 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.
Look south-southwest at dusk. Mars, magnitude +0.1, shines lower left of the Moon. This evening Mars is passing just 0.2° below the top star of the Sagittarius Teapot, Lambda Sagittarii. The star is a dozen times fainter than Mars, at magnitude 2.8.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5) shines in the southwest at dusk, a good 20° to 25° to the right of Mars and a bit lower. Look for Antares (magnitude +1.0) 6° below it.
Jupiter is hidden deep in the sunrise.
Can you see Jupiter yet very low in the dawn under Mercury?
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. 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.
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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
F 7 High 5:35 AM 5.8 7:22 AM Rise 1:26 PM 27
~ 7 Low 10:56 AM 3.3 6:45 PM Set 11:10 PM
~ 7 High 4:47 PM 6.7
~ 7 Low 11:57 PM 1.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Think of yourself in a garden, the sounds of the birds and the fragrances of the flowers. Come and Enjoy the Beauty of this New Day.
~ All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain? – Buddha
~ You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
~ There’s only one endeavor in which you can start at the top and that’s digging a hole. – Bits & Pieces
Everyone carries with them at least one piece to someone else’s puzzle. – Lawrence Kushner
Make it totally clear that this gun has a right end and a wrong end. Make it totally clear to anyone standing at the wrong end that things are going badly for them. If that means sticking all sort of spikes and prongs and blackened bits all over it then so be it. This is not a gun for hanging over the fireplace or sticking in the umbrella stand, it is a gun for going out and making people miserable with. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Honoring the Dead
From the dawn of your birth
To the sunset of your death
I honor you.
From the missions you completed
To your duties left undone
I honor you.
From the seasons of your being
Through the cycle of your life
I honor you.
From your time beyond the veil
Lie your entrance back again
May the angels support you
May my healing love reach you
From this moment until the end of time
So Mote It Be. – Silver RavenWolf – Pagan
Invocation of the Old One by Noel-Anne Brennan
Lady of the Red Desert,
Lady of the Great North,
Mistress of Moonlight,
Mistress of Earth
And the changing sky,
Come to us now.
Come to us,
You whose name
Is in all things,
Come to us now
And bless us
And feel our love.