Christler Lake a few weeks back.
Yesterday was another great day. It’s nice to put the everyday stuff aside and just be together. After our soak in the tub we went to Shibui for the massage. I dawdled along the way, sitting in warm sunshine, taking photos and watching clouds whipping past in a very, very blue sky. Tempus was fishing things out of the car.
The spa is an interesting place with a number of water features scattered around the building. We changed into robes and then went into a room with two therapists who managed to relax me to the point that I had to work at it to come out of the daze when it was time to be dressed again. They were very considerate of my various ouch spots, too, so I was quite happy to sit and have a cup of vanilla tea and gaze at the fire for awhile.
When Tempus was dressed we went back to our cabin and I fell asleep! I woke in time for us to go over to the Sisters Movie House to see Storks, which is just a fun movie. I didn’t want a bang-bang-shoot-’em-up, so that’s the one we picked. It ended up being a private showing since it was just the two of us in the theater! This is one of those movie houses where you can order food, so I had a tuna panini sandwich and Tempus had a bacon burger. We also shared a bag of popcorn (movie theater, *gotta* have popcorn!) and a hard pear cider.
We went back to our cabin and I fell asleep *again*, only waking around 8pm, at which point Tempus fell asleep. 🙂 When he woke he went up to the lodge to see if they had the Hobbit or the last Harry Potter movie or something of the sort. Nope…. He watched a documentary on women’s rights in China. I was embroidering, finishing another biscornu top, and then I pulled out some other pincushion sewing, alternating that with reading. It was lovely just sitting in front of the fire with no pressure to do something else and then to go to sleep, not worrying about what time it was or what else was left to do.
We’re up early, for us, anyway. The tub is filling for one last soak. Coffee is brewing and I’m starting to pack. How did we scatter stuff so thoroughly? We’re going to grab some breakfast, finish packing and head home, probably stopping to do a little shopping in Sisters (I want some fancy olives) and maybe at Sutler Lake or someplace like that.
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Today’s Plant is Salal, Gaultheria shallon. This is a shrub, an understory plant, that ranges all up and down the west coast, from Alaska to California. They’re an invasive in wild heathlands in Europe, having been introduced back in the 1800’s. There’s a big industry in Oregon, supplying the foliage to florists. The local peoples harvested the berries as a primary food source, drying them into cakes. They make a nice crunchy snack, dried this way or individually.The young leaves are edible, too. One, nearly forgotten use, is medicinally as an astringent. Mashed with some water, they’re a great soother for sunburn or insect bites, even working on yellow-jacket stings. It also works internally on an inflamed digestive tract from ulcers to diarrhea and a tea (simple infusion) will help with a dry cough. Eat the young leaves as an appetite suppressant. –Feminine, Saturn, Juno – Use in spells as in the medicinal uses, the appetite suppressant effect, particularly. This is an hardy herb, so it also can be added to spells for added duration. It works well in situations of emotional upset, particularly when there’s a sick stomach from stress.
Today is Nicholas Culpeper’s Birthday. If you’ve ever heard of Culpeper’s Herbal, he’s the author of this 16th century classic! He was a pioneer in herbal references and associations and while a lot of his work has been disproved, most hasn’t. A lot of practical and empirically-gathered information got kept in his herbal which would have been otherwise lost. Along with the Herbal he published a manual on childbirth and many translations of texts used in medicine. “Culpeper was a radical in his time, angering his fellow physicians by condemning their greed, unwillingness to stray from Galen and their use of harmful practices such as toxic remedies and bloodletting. The Society of Apothecaries were similarly incensed by the fact that he suggested cheap herbal remedies as opposed to their expensive concoctions.” (from Wikipedia) More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Culpeper
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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
The waning gibbous Moon occults 1st-magnitude Aldebaran late tonight for most of the eastern, central, and southwestern US, and southeastern Canada. The star disappears on the Moon’s bright limb and reappears from behind its dark limb. The graze line crosses Los Angeles and Denver. Some Hyades stars get occulted too. See our article Moon to Cover Bright Star Aldebaran, with maps, time predictions, and other information.
Mercury (magnitude –1.2) is still visible under Jupiter low in the dawn for the first few mornings of the week. On Saturday morning the 15th, about 30 minutes before sunrise, look for Mercury 6° to Jupiter’s lower left. Binoculars will help. Mercury becomes lost from sight in the next couple of days.
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
Tu 18 High 2:42 AM 7.7 7:36 AM Set 10:30 AM 96
~ 18 Low 8:28 AM 1.4 6:26 PM Rise 8:46 PM
~ 18 High 2:27 PM 9.1
~ 18 Low 9:15 PM -1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There’s no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream!
~ The public is like a piano. You just have to know what keys to poke. – Al Capp (1909-1979) US cartoonist
~ We need to become conscious of ourselves, not as individuals, but as mankind. – Nietzsche
~ I do not want to so firmly identify with anything that I close myself off to change. – T. Thorn Coyle
~ Do not fear going forward slowly; fear only to stand still. – Chinese Proverb
May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us. – Mother Theresa
Magick Mirror (For Samhain)
- A convex piece of glass (like an old clock face or glass bowl)
- A wooden circle that will fit on the bottom of the bowl
- Black enamel paint
- Divination herbs
Make sure the glass is clean first. Paint two coats of black enamel paint on the back of the glass, and also paint the wood black, leaving no signs of drips or strokes. Let dry. To prepare for use, take crushed herbs (such as mugwort or any others suggested for divination) and dissolve them in water. Let the herbs steep overnight (covered with a cloth) and then strain them out, and use the infusion to paint over the enamel. Do three coats, allowing to dry in between. Glue the glass onto the wood.
The magick mirror can be used for divination during a Samhain ritual.
Halloween Centerpiece – (For Samhain)
- Craft pumpkin with hollow interior OR real pumpkin carved in desired shape
- Gourds, small pumpkins, and squash
- Black and orange candles
- Black treat bowl
- Candy corn
All sorts of seasonal decorations are available in regular shops this time of year! Any can be incorporated into a festive display, but here is a good suggestion: Use the black bowl, filled with candy corn, to place the hollowed-out pumpkin (real or fake) into. Place black and orange candles (any number and combination) on either side. Place gourds and other seasonal plants around and in front of the bowl.
Ancestors can be remembered and their pictures and keepsakes can be put inside the pumpkin, provided it is either fake or the artifacts are protected.
Paper Bag Pumpkin
Materials include a brown lunch bag, two rubber bands, green cotton chenille stem, orange tempera paint, newspaper, sponge brush, scissors
- Prepare the bag. Cut bottom off bag leaving a tube shape. Gather bottom of bag together evenly. Secure with a rubber ban about 1″ from the bottom. Turn bag inside out and flatten out bottom.
- Make the pumpkin. Stuff bag with newspaper. Shape bag into pumpkin shape. For stem, gather together and twist top of bag. Push down for pumpkin shape. Secure with rubber band. Paint pumpkin shape leaving wrinkles unpainted for contrast. Let dry.
- Finish up. Remove rubber band from top and replace with green stem. For vine, wrap ends of stem around a pencil. Remove pencil leaving vine spirals in tact.
- You can add Jack-O-Lantern faces onto the pumpkins with black permanent markers or tempera paint.
Silliness – Cooking Woes
Becky prepared a pasta dish for a dinner party she was giving. In her haste, however, she forgot to refrigerate the spaghetti sauce, and it sat on the counter all day. She was worried about spoilage, but it was too late to cook up another batch.
She called the local Poison Control Center and voiced her concern. They advised Becky to boil the sauce again.
That night, the phone rang during dinner, and one of the guests volunteered to answer it. Becky’s face dropped as the guest called out, “It’s the Poison Control Center. They want to know how the spaghetti sauce turned out.”