There were a bunch of blue holes in the clouds as we left the apartment, but as we rolled into the town they were still solid, here. Now the sun is breaking through and they’re promising up a couple of nice, dry days. 61F and overcast, but that’s breaking up.
Yesterday went well, a bit long for me, by the end of it, but that’s because I’m dealing with the usual around-the-equinox sleep problems. We finished cleaning up from OCPPG, talked to folks about it and then had the House Capuchin project day which ended around 7pm.
By that point Tempus had gone up to the house to work and he didn’t get back until 9, at which point we went home. I spent awhile sorting my clean laundry and putting away a few things and then we turned in.
I know he’s planning on heading to the house again today. I have stock to get put up, having managed to get a small amount of stuff bagged and headered this week.
…and since this is the month and time to call on the fates…
Today’s Feast is the Tewkesbury Mop Fair which had it’s 400th anniversary in 2010! This is a hiring fair where people go who are looking for work for the coming year. A Wikipedia article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tewkesbury#Festivals_and_fairs and more info here: http://www.tewkesburyfairsociety.co.uk/
Today’s Plant is Sword fern, Polystichum munitum. It grows all winter on the coast, getting greener and lovelier every year as the new fiddles come up out of the center of the plant and develop into fronds. I’ve been enjoying those, watching them for months, now. they can get to be 6 feet tall and some of the ones down in the park where the stream crosses through are that size! The indigenes used the rhizome as a poverty food (baked and peeled), and the fronds are one of the best remedies for relieving the pain from the sting of a Stinging Nettle. It is also commonly used by florists as an ornamental plant. – Masculine, Air, The God, the Puck. –This is an herb of masculine power, protection and luck. Use in spells to guide to treasure. Burn to drive away pests.…and as any fern, burn for rain…. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sword_fern
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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 Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 10:14 at 9:23am.
Jupiter and fainter Mercury have a close conjunction on Tuesday morning the 11th. Look low due east about 45 minutes before your local sunrise time. They’ll be 0.8° apart at the times of dawn for North America, with Mercury to Jupiter’s left.
Venus (magnitude –3.9) is low in the west-southwest in twilight. It’s easily visible by 30 minutes after sunset.
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
M 10 Low 2:04 AM 1.1 7:26 AM Set 12:59 AM 56
~ 10 High 8:50 AM 5.9 6:40 PM Rise 3:42 PM
~ 10 Low 2:29 PM 3.3
~ 10 High 8:08 PM 6.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Mastery energizes my actions. I am empowered by the Truth of Spirit.
~ You can’t expect to attract positive experiences if you engage in habitual negative thinking! – Lesetz
~ I may be as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best. – Walt Whitman
~ Force has no place where there is a need of skill. – Herodotus
~ Pleasure can be supported by an illusion; but happiness rests upon truth. – Charmine Shing
The moth was once a creepy crawly
wormy munchy crunchy creature
That chewed its way away from grubhood
To discover growth and an unfamiliar shape.
Following its thread of life
Devouring its bread of life
Converting that to more of itself,
It grew and changed and laid its eggs
to become more of itself.
Change is the law of life.
To grow is to keep from decaying.
To stop growing is to begin to die.
To die is to change and grow again into oneself.
There is no Other, only One
That grows and changes into forms and shapes
diverse and wonderful.
Life never ceases; what we call death
Is only a form of life we cannot see.
Is the moth aware of mothness?
Are its wings familiar? Are ours?
What we call change is only
that with which we are unfamiliar
As being ourselves. – Written and Submitted by Tasha Halpert www.heartwingsandfriends.com
Materials include egg carton, black pom-poms, glue, black paint, scissors, 8 black pipe cleaners, buttons or wiggly eyes
- Separate one cup from an egg carton.
- Paint it black and set it aside to dry.
- Once it is dry, make 8 small holes (4 on each side) at the base of the cup using the point of the scissors.
- Insert a pipe cleaner into each of the holes for legs.
- Glue the black pom-pom to the front of the cup for a head
- Glue two buttons or wiggly eyes on the black pom-pom
Fall Leaf Stained Glass
- fall leaves
- wax paper
- picture frame
- Collect as many different colored and size fall leaves as possible!
- Cut two pieces of wax paper slightly larger than your picture frame.
- Lay one piece of the wax paper on the towel, and arrainge the leaves in a pleasing design.
- Lay the other piece of wax paper over the leaves, and lay another press the two together using a hot iron and moving quickly but firmly
- Tape the “stained glass” to the picture frame and cut off the excess
- Hang in a window for best results.
You will need: 1 dry gourd (about the size of an orange – the smooth kind, not warty), small craft saw, small keyhole saw, small hand drill, 1 straight sturdy stick for the handle, a handful of sharp stones, 1/2 inch wide strip of thin suede, at least 12 inches long, glue gun, handful of stones, beads, etc, a few dyed fluff feathers, assorted acrylic paints and brushes. Drill a hold in the bottom of the gourd. Enlarge the hole to the diameter of your stick about 5 incehs from the smaller end. Use the end of your stick to remove the seeds and dried pulp from inside the gourd. Place a small handful of shar stones inside and shake vigorously to remove even more loose material, then pour out the stones and the dust. Drill a hold in the top end of the gourd and enlarge it to the diameter of the smaller end of the stick. Insert the stick so that the top end sticks out about 1 inch to check fit, wrapping the suede around the beads and insert the stick. Secure with hot glue. Wrap the bottom joint between the stick and the gourd with more suede to create a smooth transition, stretching and gluing the leather into place. Repeat with the top joing, this time adding two or three feathers inside the leather wrapping as you glue it. Paint the gourd with acrylic paints if desired.
Silliness – How You Made Money
A young man asked an old rich man how he made his money.
The old guy fingered his worsted wool vest and said, “Well, son, it was 1932. The depth of the Great Depression. I was down to my last nickel.
“I invested that nickel in an apple. I spent the entire day polishing the apple and, at the end of the day, I sold the apple for ten cents.
“The next morning, I invested those ten cents in two apples. I spent the entire day polishing them and sold them at 5:00 pm for 20 cents. I continued this system for a month, by the end of which I’d accumulated a fortune of $1.37.”
“And that’s how you built an empire?” the boy asked.
“Heavens, no!” the man replied. “Then my wife’s father died and left us two million dollars.”