At home it’s 57, breezy and overcast with a good chance of thunderstorms. Here in Sisters it’s 45F, mostly overcast with occasional sun and fairy rain coming down.
A Ken Gagne photo of “B-52 with the landing gear down at Yachats Airport”. 🙂
Yesterday was amazing! We didn’t get up as early as I had planned, or rather Tempus didn’t. I was awake out of sheer excitement not long after 7:30. He didn’t wake until well past 8 (which was when we had planned on heading out, but….). We got stuff together and headed for the shop so we could have breakfast (leftover frumenty) and I could get the newsletter out. By the time we got everything into the car and taken care of it was nearly noon before we rolled out of town!
As we drove over the bridge I could see seals playing in the upper bay just above the bridge. We drove to Marius’, first, since I had left my tripod in his car. It was a touch windy and spitty, but starting to dry out as we drove up that way. We got the tripod and headed out 20.
The new section of road there is quite a change. No more twisty-windy-bounce-over-the-tracks-squeeze-through-the-bridge road! The trees were covered with tattered veils of cloud over the evergreens
and turning leaves. Leaves, leaves, and more leaves was what I was looking at the whole way with gracenotes of streams, rivers, lakes and craggy rocks. I love the way the big-leaf maples turn, where each leaf yellows in stages, so that the edges of the leaf are turning brown while the rib is still green.
As we drove it went from “spit” to “pour” very, very gradually. We got gas at I-5 and a bag of chips and then headed on, noshing on cheese and rolls and such. I
was getting sleepy as we went up the west side foothills and climbed to the pass. I woke up as my ears started to pop and crackle and watched the tiny-leaf maples (whatever that variety, vine maple?) in bright reds and yellows in the understory of the evergreens. As we got up to the top they got even more prominent and some mid-story tree whose pointy leaves turned brilliant gold was making drifts of color through what had burned in the Black Butte fire. There’s a lot of burned wood still standing, black and bare, but the ground is green and red and gold with new growth, some of it already respectable, small trees.
The rain gradually slacked off as we descended into Sisters, with what looked like parks heading out to both sides of the highway. The growth habits are so different from the coast! The needles make a thick bed and small stuff doesn’t do the “jungle thing” the way it does at home. Lodgepole pines grow tall and then a few bend over and you could indeed use them to hold up a tent! Sisters is a lovely community, although very touristy along the main drag and our turn-off was on Buckaroo Drive and Desperado. <groan, grin>
We got to Five Pines just at 4pm and checked in and we’re in #27. It’s a lovely little house. There’s a vestibule, which has a tiny fridge and sink, coffeemaker, etc. The bath area is huge. There’s a double sink on at least an 8 foot counter with towels and such below, a toilet area with a door and an efficient fan and a shower room, tiled all the way around with two shower heads. There’s a nice, big room which has a comfy big bed, and armoire for clothing (stocked with some really,
really nice robes!) a gas fire (lighted right away, of course) with some chairs sitting companionably before it with a small table between (with chocolates and bubble bath and champagne!) and a sunken soak tub. Bliss!
We unpacked, sat in front of fire, then went for the wine/beer reception which is complimentary with the room (you get two glassfuls). I had a Chardonnay and Tempus had a Chocolate Stout. We took them outside under the arcade because it
as quit warm inside. Chatted with a couple of people and both of us got tipsy, so we left and 1/2 of our 2nd glasses and went to get supper.
Three Creeks Brewery Pub is nice, (if loud!) inside, but the food was delicious! We started with pretzel bites that came with a lovely mustard and an amazing cheese sauce made with Columbia River Dairy American cheese. Normally those are bland. Not this! Tempus had fish and chips which came with Cajun Cole slaw
and I had schnitzel, the best I’ve had in years. I had a lot of vegetables since the mashed potatoes were made with pepper, so they gave me a double serving of veg instead of potatoes and the green beans that were part of a good veg mix were perfect, just crisp-tender. We finished off with a chocolate milk shake that we took back to the room and just enjoyed the tub & fire until we went to bed. Old fogies, ain’t we! 🙂
Today we’ve been over to have breakfast. The coffee is much better than what’s in the room, although the room setup for it is so cute! 🙂 They had tiny servings so you could taste lots of different things and I had pumpkin bread, a poppy-seed bagel and a scone made with raspberries and white chocolate
along with hard-boiled eggs (brown) whose shells were so difficult to get off that I said to Tempus that I was, “earning my breakfast”. 🙂 There was fresh fruit and some wonderful orange juice along with nice coffee. Tempus had mostly the same, but a lemon poppyseed muffin and a plain bagel. There are also hot cereals and granola and yogurt and…. 🙂 We didn’t get that far. We walked it off for a bit, wandering through the resort, looking a clouds and fairy rain and marvelous pines.
Tempus is trying out the awesome-looking shower and once I’m finished this I’m climbing into the tub again. 🙂 We’re going to have a “couples massage” at the Shibui Spa and go to the movie house for a showing of Storks. We’re not sure what we’re doing after that, but a nice supper probably features in it somewhere, as well as more soaking in the tub!
There will be a lot of pictures, but I’ll put them up in a separate page, the way I usually do for special events. I can’t develop ’em here. This computer refuses. 😦
A pic from 10-13-15 Looking onshore at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michael’s Maryland. That’s the Hooper Strait Lighthouse that was moved to the museum when I was a kid.
I’ve often heard people talk about “beach thistle”, but Sea Holly, Eryngium maritimum isn’t a thistle. It’s actually related to carrots. The young shoots can be blanched and eaten like asparagus and the roots (which can get up to 20 feet long!!!!) are peeled, boiled and cut, then braided and candied. Prepared thus they are a good cough and cold remedy. The roots can also be boiled or roasted as well and are very nutritious. It is native to Europe, but going extinct in certain areas. – Masculine, Fire, Venus – This plant is an aphrodisiac, pure and simple.
Today is the anniversary of the day in 539BCE when Cyrus the Great liberated Babylon and released the Hebrews from that captivity. He was quite a leader and apparently a good man beyond his war abilities. He may have written the first declaration of human rights and certainly practiced religious tolerance, even to the point of making certain that the Hebrews, who had been captive quite awhile had the money to rebuild the Temple that had been destroyed when the Captivity started. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyrus_the_Great#Religion_and_philosophy
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 10/17 at 9:23am. Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 10/30 at 10:38am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 10/22 at 12:14pm.
Most people in North and Central America will be positioned for the Moon’s October 18–19 coverup of Aldebaran. It happens in a dark sky late at night. Sky & Telescope diagram / source: IOTA
Vega is the brightest star high in the west these evenings. Less high in the southwest is Altair, not quite as bright. Just upper right of Altair, by a finger-width at arm’s length, is distant orange Tarazed.>>>> Straight down from Tarazed runs the stick-figure backbone of the constellation Aquila, the Eagle.
Mars (magnitude +0.2) still shines in the south-southwest at dusk. It’s very far now (30° or 40°) upper left of Saturn. This week it passes over the handle of the Sagittarius Teapot. In a telescope, Mars has shrunk to 8 arcseconds in diameter.
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 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 17 High 1:50 AM 7.9 7:35 AM Set 9:16 AM 99
~ 17 Low 7:43 AM 1.0 6:28 PM Rise 8:00 PM
~ 17 High 1:44 PM 9.1
~ 17 Low 8:26 PM -1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Your life can only be measured by the amount of imagination you have, when you imagine beauty, you manifest it, when you imagine love ,you give it, when you imagine all that is great , you become it, your life is only what you make of it, so make it happen….imagine first.
~ We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle
~ I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole. – Malcolm X
~ Joy has nothing to do with material things, or with a man’s outward circumstance…A man living in the lap of luxury and be wretched, and a man in the depths of poverty can overflow with joy. – William Barclay (1907 – 1978), Clergyman and writer
~ To practice magic is to be a quack; to know magic is to be a sage. – Eliphas Levi from The Threshold of Magical Science
It’s midnight again, again
And I am alone.
Every night at midnight I awake
And sit up, the satin sheets
Sliding off against my naked skin
And I am chilled to the bone.
Where you now?
I pad on naked feet to my table
Where my candle is waiting for me,
The candle I made myself
And put in three drops of my blood
I will call to you, as I do every night
And light my candle,
Asking whichever forces hear me,
Dark or Light, to bring you to me.
All I want is you, by my side
And in my bed.
And I sing…
“Three drops of heart blood
Three, three, three;
And hard as resins
Is this blood from me…”
Mixed with my tears and blood
Was the frosting on your wedding cake;
You did not know.
And my laughter rang across
The miles between us
And still echoes through
The years of our long past. © Copyright 3/15/06 Beth Clare Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
12 Days of Magic – Halloween – Samhain
Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). It is the time between Samhain (pronounced “Sow-in” in Ireland, Sow-een in Wales, “Sav-en” in Scotland or even “Sam-haine” in non-Gaelic speaking countries) and Brigid’s Day “the period of little sun.” Thus, Samhain is often named the “Last Harvest” or “Summer’s End”. The Earth nods a sad farewell to the God.
Symbolism of Samhain – Third Harvest, the Dark Mysteries, Rebirth through Death.
Symbols of Samhain – Gourds, Apples, Black Cats, Jack-O-Lanterns, Besoms.
Herbs of Samhain – Mugwort, Allspice, Broom, Catnip, Deadly Nightshade, Mandrake, Oak leaves, Sage and Straw.
Foods of Samhain – Turnips, Apples, Gourds, Nuts, Mulled Wines, Beef, Pork, Poultry.
Incense of Samhain – Heliotrope, Mint, Nutmeg.
Colors of Samhain – Black, Orange, White, Silver, Gold.
Stones of Samhain – All Black Stones, preferably jet or obsidian.
From the Samhain Ritual – “We know that He will once again be reborn of the Goddess and the cycle will continue. This is the time of reflection, the time to honor the Ancients who have gone on before us and the time of ‘Seeing” (divination). As we contemplate the Wheel of the Year, we come to recognize our own part in the eternal cycle of Life.
While almost all Celtic based traditions recognize this Holiday as the end of the “old” year, some groups do not celebrate the coming of the New Year until Yule. Some consider the time between Samhain and Yule as a time which does not even exist on the Earthly plane. The “time which is no time” was considered in the old days to be both very Magickal and very dangerous. Even today, we celebrate this holiday with a mixture of joyous celebration and ‘spine tingling” reverence.
The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France, celebrated their New Year on November 1.
This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death.
Celts believed that on the night before the New Year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred.
On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to Earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future.
For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.
To commemorate the event, Druid priests built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities.
During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other’s fortunes.
When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.
By A.D. 43, Romans had conquered the majority of Celtic territory. In the course of the four hundred years that they ruled the Celtic lands, two festivals of Roman origin were combined with the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain.
The first was Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead. The second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees.
The symbol of Pomona is the apple and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of “bobbing” for apples that is practiced today on Halloween.
By the 800s, the influence of Christianity had spread into Celtic lands. In the seventh century, Pope Boniface IV designated November 1st ‘All Saints’ Day’, a time to honor saints and martyrs.
It is widely believed today that the pope was attempting to replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a related, but church-sanctioned holiday.
The celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints’ Day) and the night before it, the night of Samhain, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween.
Even later, in A.D. 1000, the church would make November 2 All Souls’ Day, a day to honor the dead. It was celebrated similarly to Samhain, with big bonfires, parades, and dressing up in costumes as saints, angels, and devils.
Together, the three celebrations, the eve of All Saints’, All Saints’, and All Souls’, were called Hallowmas.
Halloween is the eve of Hallowmas, better know to modern Christians as All Saints’ Day. Hallowmas celebrates God’s harvesting into heaven the faithful of every age, culture and walk of life. It is a day of glorious rejoicing.
Saints are people who, by their joyful service, have extended the love of God to others. The martyrologies, the list of the saints officially honored by the church, contains over 10,000 names – and those are only the saints we know of.
All Saints’ Day also remembers those holy people whom no one but God any longer knows. The reading for the day from Revelation describes a great multitude that no one can count.
The American tradition of “trick-or-treating” probably dates back to the early All Souls’ Day parades in England. During the festivities, poor citizens would beg for food and families would give them pastries called “soul cakes” in return for their promise to pray for the family’s dead relatives. The distribution of soul cakes was encouraged by the church as a way to replace the ancient practice of leaving food and wine for roaming spirits. The practice, which was referred to as “going a-souling” was eventually taken up by children who would visit the houses in their neighborhood and be given ale, food, and money.
The tradition of dressing in costume for Halloween has both European and Celtic roots. Hundreds of years ago, winter was an uncertain and frightening time. Food supplies often ran low and, for the many people afraid of the dark, the short days of winter were full of constant worry.
On Halloween, when it was believed that ghosts came back to the earthly world, people thought that they would encounter ghosts if they left their homes. To avoid being recognized by these ghosts, people would wear masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits. On Halloween, to keep ghosts away from their houses, people would place bowls of food outside their homes to appease the ghosts and prevent them from attempting to enter.
As European immigrants came to America, they brought their varied Halloween customs with them. Because of the rigid Protestant belief systems that characterized early New England, celebration of Halloween in colonial times was extremely limited there. It was much more common in Maryland and the southern colonies.
As the beliefs and customs of different European ethnic groups, as well as the American Indians, meshed, a distinctly American version of Halloween began to emerge. The first celebrations included “play parties,” public events held to celebrate the harvest, where neighbors would share stories of the dead, tell each other’s fortunes, dance, and sing. Colonial Halloween festivities also featured the telling of ghost stories and mischief-making of all kinds. By the middle of the nineteenth century, annual autumn festivities were common, but Halloween was not yet celebrated everywhere in the country.
In the second half of the nineteenth century, America was flooded with new immigrants. These new immigrants, especially the millions of Irish fleeing Ireland’s potato famine of 1846, helped to popularize the celebration of Halloween nationally. Taking from Irish and English traditions, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, a practice that eventually became today’s “trick-or-treat” tradition. Young women believed that, on Halloween, they could divine the name or appearance of their future husband by doing tricks with yarn, apple parings, or mirrors.
In the late 1800s, there was a move in America to mold Halloween into a holiday more about community and neighborly get-togethers, than about ghosts, pranks, and witchcraft. At the turn of the century, Halloween parties for both children and adults became the most common way to celebrate the day. Parties focused on games, foods of the season, and festive costumes. Parents were encouraged by newspapers and community leaders to take anything “frightening” or “grotesque” out of Halloween celebrations. Because of their efforts, Halloween lost most of its superstitious and religious overtones by the beginning of the twentieth century.
By the 1920’s and 1930’s, Halloween had become a secular, but community-centered holiday, with parades and town-wide parties as the featured entertainment. Despite the best efforts of many schools and communities, vandalism began to plague Halloween celebrations in many communities during this time.
By the 1950’s, town leaders had successfully limited vandalism and Halloween had evolved into a holiday directed mainly at the young. Due to the high numbers of young children during the fifties baby boom, parties moved from town civic centers into the classroom or home, where they could be more easily accommodated.
Between 1920 and 1950, the centuries-old practice of trick-or-treating was also revived. Trick-or-treating was a relatively inexpensive way for an entire community to share the Halloween celebration. In theory, families could also prevent tricks being played on them by providing the neighborhood children with small treats. A new American tradition was born, and it has continued to grow.
Today, Americans spend an estimated $6.9 billion annually on Halloween, making it the country’s second largest commercial holiday.
If you could be anyone on Halloween – who would it be? Why do you suppose you picked that role?
Silliness – Late Night Funny – Facebook went down briefly today, which means that for several minutes all across the country, something got done. – Stephen Colbert