Seagulls from 10/14/16 by Rosetta Kilby
Yesterday after we got up, we packed, in between bits of getting the newsletter out. We got a nice soak, talking about trebuchets. 🙂 Breakfast was good again, but we did push a bit and took some stuff back with us so we could get checked out on time and just noshed while packing, and then in the car, later.
We were ready and in the car in plenty of time….and then the starter on the car just wouldn’t…. It’s been iffy. Tempus is going to have to fix it. He trotted back over to the main lodge to check out and let ’em know that we were having car trouble and when he came back he fiddled with it and it finally started and we got on the road. That canned any shopping or side trips, though. Well, not a biggie.
It had been cold enough that more leaves had turned red in just the couple of days that we were there! I did find out that some of the gold-leafed trees are birches, but not all of them. The trunks look funny to me, not peely enough….
We climbed up towards Santiam pass (4,817 feet) and hit snow! There wasn’t any on the road, but all the side roads were at least slushy. It was just so lovely that I actually started weeping at one point. I had asked that we not get slowed down by snow but actually get to see some and it happened! It was drizzling a bit as we climbed up and over Santiam and then up and over Tombstone Pass (4,236 feet) and down the west side of the Cascades. Evergreen branches were loaded with mounds of fluffy white. Small thickets of the tiny leafed maples were mounded white on top, red and golden below, framed with deep green from the conifers. Every rock had its cap and in the cliffs, every projection was visible because of the snow clinging to it. For part of the trip only one side of the tree trunks had snow, as though it had driven steadily in one direction. More bliss!
Eventually our elevation dropped to where it was just rain and I started dozing off, sporadically. We stopped at Cascadia park to use the bathroom and I really wanted to go down the trail to the Soda Springs, but Tempus didn’t want to turn off the car. Well, next time! We ate a little lunch while we were there and then when we started off again, I went soundly to sleep.
Tempus made a wrong turn somewhere. I think I know where it was, but he got mixed up somehow in Lebanon and we ended up in
Albany, which is where I woke up again. It was pouring buckets all during that time, which did *not* help! We got turned around right and back onto 20, stopped for burgers in Philomath and just rolled on home.
Well, to the shop, anyway. 🙂 I started unpacking and got the bean pottage going (that I had set up, but not added water or cooked on Saturday). Tempus got a nap since he was heading out for the paper route later. He slept right up until 8pm while I was processing pictures (and yes, I’m adding some to the previous newsletters….) and starting to write the special page about the trip, which will be found here: https://ancientlightshop.wordpress.com/calendar/psychic-fair-information/sisters-trip-10-16-16/
By 3am the bean pottage wasn’t quite done, so when Tempus showed up, we left it going and took off to finish the route. The Moon was amazingly bright, occasionally haloed in high cloud which thickened as the night went on. Orion was almost overheard and Sirius very high. Just a month ago we only saw Sirius right at the end of the run. We stopped back at the shop at 4:30 or so and got the pottage into the fridge, dropped the last paper, went home and dropped into bed.
We only woke past noon, and did a few
chores before heading this way. It’s taken me some time to finish writing this! Tempus is going to head up to the house to do some last loads of laundry since we’re sold the washer/dryer and will deliver on Saturday. I have newsletters to set up, the special page to finish and more unpacking. I’m mostly at the put-it-away point on that, but I want to nab all the keepsakes into one bag/box. I have to sort out a bunch of stuff from Saturday still, too, and get some embroidery pieces cleaned up so I can find things because I had grouped them differently for our trip.
Hoarfrost – Studio Fotografii Tomasz Gmerek – “Ziemia Kłodzka” – October 2015
Today’s Plant is Evening primrose, Oenothera species, sometimes called Sundrop or Suncup in Oregon. The young roots can be eaten like a peppery-flavored vegetable and the shoots can be used in salad. It can be used in poultices for wound-healing and to ease bruises. (Sun…it’s drying) Clinical trials don’t support the traditional uses for treatment of PMS (particularly bloating and water retention) or cervical ripening in pregnancy, but one of the varieties has promise as a treatment for breast cancer. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often called the King’s Cure-all, used by a ruler to cure scrofula. It has powers of healing, particularly for drying “wet” wounds or injuries. It can be used in sleep sachets, and for spells to cure (or cause) alcoholism. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evening_primrose
Today feast is the Bettara-Ichi, or ‘Sticky-Sticky Fair’, Tokyo, Japan (Oct 19 –20) This pickled radish fair honours Ebisu, one of seven Shinto good luck gods, from noon to 9:30 pm on both days. Traditionally, children run through the streets swinging radishes at friends, shouting “bettara” in warning, for bettara is what the radishes are called in Japan. Today, people buy from street stalls (mainly in the Kodemmacho area, mostly in the Takarada Ebisu Jinja shrine) good luck charms and religious images as well as bettara on straw ropes. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bettarazuke
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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.
The Great Square of Pegasus is now high in the east-southeast after dark — still, for now, balancing on one corner (seen from the world’s mid-northern latitudes).
The modest Orionid meteor shower should be active for the next several mornings, but the light of the waning gibbous Moon will interfere with the viewing.
Jupiter (magnitude –1.7) is very low in the east in early dawn.
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
W 19 High 3:37 AM 7.5 7:37 AM Set 11:40 AM 89
~ 19 Low 9:16 AM 1.9 6:24 PM Rise 9:37 PM
~ 19 High 3:13 PM 8.8
~ 19 Low 10:07 PM -1.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life is a mystery to be lived… Not a problem to be solved.
Journal Prompt – Friends – Write a letter offering encouragement to a friend or family member who is struggling with a difficult situation. If you cannot think of someone you know personally, write a letter to someone you know about from the news.
~ The secret of success is constancy to purpose. – Disraeli
~ An autobiography is the story of how a man thinks he lived. – Herbert Samuel
~ In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends. – John Churton Collins
~ Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike. – Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) US President (26)
She walks the long corridors, they all look the same.
They wind and wind, but don’t seem to lead anywhere.
Her thin blue gown and robe are billowing behind her,
And she feels lost in the gray maze.
It is dusk; she must hurry and find her way out.
She doesn’t even know where she is, or why she is here.
As it gets darker, she feels along the walls as she walks.
She is hoping to find a doorway out, or a turn that leads
Yesterday she was happy; she saw her life in an orderly
Progression; filled with family events and motherly
Duties. Yet as night falls, she is lost in this gray labyrinth.
She does not know the pattern, and she cannot bear the
Earlier, she had prepared for bed, brushing her hair, and
Putting on her matching gown and robe. She was standing
In her little bare feet, beside her bed. Then suddenly,
Here she was! She was frightened, but knew that if she
Went mad, she would never leave here.
Turning, she saw blue wisps of material in front of her.
Then she saw a woman walking toward her, in a blue
Gown and robe, thin and billowing; her long dark hair
Floating out around her like a wild halo.
She stared and squinted her eyes, trying to see the
Woman’s face; maybe she could help her find a way out.
The woman smiled at her, and then laughed. Her face
Was the same as hers, the gown and robe were the same…
Only the eyes were different; the eyes were mad.
Calm filled her…acceptance blanketed her mind. She
Would never leave the labyrinth. She was meeting
Herself, as she had turned and retraced her steps
Along the winding halls. – © Copyright 11/5/05, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Hazel nuts were also believed to possess mystical powers and could be used in divining. The nut is believed to be at its strongest on Hallowe’en night, which was traditionally called ‘Nutcrack Night’ in England (UK). Lovers were recommended to use this to gain foresight into the relationship.
‘Two hazel nuts I threw into the flame,
And to each nut I gave a sweetheart’s name.
This, with the loudest bounce me sore amazed,
That, with a flame of brightest colour blazed.
As blazed the nut, so may thy passion grow,
For ’twas thy nut that did so brightly glow.’ ~Gray
‘Some merry, friendly, countra folks
Together did convene,
To burn their nits, an’ pu their stocks,
An’ haud their Halloween
Fu’ blithe that night.’ )0( R. Burns )0(
GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
Attunement with Divination
Hecate is most active during this time of year. This goddess, usually associated with the dark Moon, can be called upon to lend her guidance in the understanding of and the use of divination tools. To call on her, light purple and black candles. Lay your divination tools in front of you. Speak these, or similar words:
Goddess of prophesy,
Let these tools speak clearly to me.
Let me precisely perceive their messages.
In your Honor,
So mote it be.
Thank Hecate for her presence and her guidance. Please note that Hecate is a powerful goddess. When she speaks to you, she expects you to listen and follow her advice. – )0(Karen Follett)0( )0( GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast )0(
A Janus Samhain Spell – Color of the day: Orange
Thousands of rituals and spells have been composed for Samhain. On this night when the boundaries of life and death are blurred we honor our ancestors, and we remember others who have passed over that we never knew. What has been part of our past shapes our future. This Samhain we might also want to look forward. Someday we will be the past that helped shape someone else’s future. Janus was the two-faced Roman god for whom January is named. One face looks to the past, the other to the future. Turn to face the west, the land of the dead and the deities, saying:
Janus, who looks into the night toward the place where spirits seek light,
bless all souls who come now as they hear it, and dance in the circle of spirit.
Turn to face the east, the point of the rising Sun, away from death and into the promise of a new day, saying:
Janus, who into the day at dawn’s first glow and Sun’s first ray, bless this circle without hesitation, and fear not the past nor times not yet here. – By: Edain McCoy,Llewellyn and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast