57F, wet and windy. Winter on the Coast….. The Bay was covered with whitecaps and looked like the fabric of a ripped and tattered and stained pair of grey pants. We got 1/2 and inch of rain yesterday and we’re already over 1/2 an inch. The clouds are down to 500 feet which make the day rather gloomy.
Yesterday started with a lot of “getting things done before….” and we did, although I didn’t get to try the cake before my friends arrived. Well, that was a good thing, not a bad one. The convection oven burned it on top, but maybe next time I’ll do a better job. It’s not inedible, but not something I wanted to serve to friends.
My friends were here for several hours, talking over all kinds of things. I got my delivery of dry bamboo, which is lovely.
Tempus was starting on getting the drill press and cabinet to the back along with the drill press. They’ve been sitting up front in the walkway right in the way of everything for a week. I’m looking forward to making tiny peach pit baskets, which have to be drilled in a press to start them without destroying the pit.
I got back to my task for the day which was acquiring and organizing some clipart. Eventually Tempus headed up to
the house and I tried to get a nap, only to be awakened by someone calling who let the phone ring and ring until I got up to get it and hhung up just before I put my hand on it.
I did a fair amount of reading after tha, looking up articles and tracing interesting things on places like Live Science. When Tempus got back he made a loaf of bread (that wasn’t burned, unlike my cake…how does he do that?) and then took off for his paper route.
He called repeatedly while doing the shopping and then posted updates on Facebook as he usually does. I worked on some clipart, then set up apples in the dehydrator. Apples are wonderful, but I have to cut them up to eat ’em and then they go bad too fast unless I dry them! …but I like ’em dried!
We had a wet ride last night, getting in at 4:30 and this afternoon (almost called it morning….). Coming into town across the bridge it was nicely blustery, as well. I’ve already gotten the apples into an airtight container. Tempus just went out to the spring for some good water. I’m going to set up newsletters for the week while he heads up to the house after we have some food. We have to be in Newport at 6pm because Marius and I are going up to Lincoln City to pick up sawdust for pincushion filling and to do a “fabric research run” at JoAnn’s.
10/25/15 Ken Gagne, Gulls in Yachats Bay
…and a Ken Gagne from 10/24/16!
Today’s plant is the Snowberry, Symphoricarpos albus. My kids used to call this “popcorn plant”, which is a name I’ve heard from others, too. The white berries are used as a food, a soap and for hand lotion. It doesn’t have any magickal uses that I know of, although the folks magicks of a similar bush amongst the Slavs say that it is “proper” as an offering to statues of the gods. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphoricarpos_albus
Slavic pagan calendar – Mokosh’s Holiday – Pasdernic (October) 25 to Gruden (November) 1 -We celebrate this holiday on the Friday between October 25 and November 1. On this day we honor Mother Earth and give gratitude to her for her care and concern for us. The central icon for this feast is the vegetable.
Dziady, Ancient Ones – This is the fourth day of commemoration/worship of the Ancient Ones in the year. This is also a day of remembrance for the warriors who were slain in the year 1380 on Kulikovskoe Field. Say a toast to the honor and glory of the Russian Heroes. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kulikovo
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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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 10/28 at 10:38pm.
Venus passes between Saturn and Antares low in twilight on Thursday the 27th. (The visibility of faint stars in bright twilight is exaggerated here.) Low in the southwest in twilight, Saturn, bright Venus, and Antares form a nearly vertical curve, in that order from top to bottom. It’s 7° tall.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5) glimmers low in the southwest near Venus as twilight fades. It’s 10° upper left of Venus on October 21st, and 4° above it on the 28th. Look for Antares >>>> (magnitude +1.0) twinkling 7° below Saturn all week.
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month Gort/Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27 – (Hedera helix L.)
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 –
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. Runic half-month of Hagalaz/Hagal – October 29-Novmber 12 – The Runic half-month of Hagal commences today, represented by the hailstone of transformation. It is a harbinger of the need to undergo the necessary preparations before the harsh northern Winter.
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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 26 Low 4:14 AM 1.1 7:47 AM Rise 3:43 AM 20
~ 26 High 10:38 AM 7.4 6:13 PM Set 4:43 PM
~ 26 Low 4:59 PM 1.5
~ 26 High 10:50 PM 6.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If you are 6 inches tall and think you can’t make a difference, Guess what? You just made a difference because you’re 6 inches tall…
~ The storm had now definitely abated, and what thunder there was now grumbled over more distant hills, like a man saying “And another thing…” twenty minutes after admitting he’s lost the argument. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~ Real change is uncomfortable. If it’s not feeling that way, you’ve probably just adopted new words. – Seth Godin
~ A man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy and nothing can stop him. – Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
~ Knights stand on the side of justice. – Kerr Cuhulain
Milk for the Cat
When the tea is brought at five o’clock,
And all the neat curtains are drawn with care,
The little black cat with bright green eyes
Is suddenly purring there.
At first she pretends, having nothing to do,
She has come in merely to blink by the grate,
But, though tea may be late or the milk may be sour,
She is never late.
And presently her agate eyes
Take a soft large milky haze,
And her independent casual glance
Becomes a stiff, hard gaze.
Then she stamps her claws or lifts her ears,
Or twists her tail and begins to stir,
Till suddenly all her lithe body becomes
One breathing, trembling purr.
The children eat and wriggle and laugh;
The two old ladies stroke their silk:
But the cat is grown small and thin with desire,
Transformed to a creeping lust for milk.
The white saucer like some full moon descends
At last from the clouds of the table above;
She sighs and dreams and thrills and glows,
Transfigured with love.
She nestles over the shining rim,
Buries her chin in the creamy sea;
Her tail hangs loose; each drowsy paw
Is doubled under each bending knee.
A long, dim ecstasy holds her life;
Her world is an infinite shapeless white,
Till her tongue has curled the last holy drop,
Then she sinks back into the night,
Draws and dips her body to heap
Her sleepy nerves in the great arm-chair,
Lies defeated and buried deep
Three or four hours unconscious there. – Harold Monro
Samhain Door Wreath
You will need items from Nature, fine wire, sheet of corrugated cardboard, collection sack, small nail. First, take a Nature hike. Collect items from nature, such as pine cones, seeds, leaves, berry bunches acorns and caps, flowers, etc.remembering how important it is to thank the plant for its gift, and to take only what is needed. When you return home, spread out collection on some newspaper. Cut out a circle about 15″ in diameter, from the cardboard. Cut a smaller circle out of the middle. Wrap the wire around each object so it can be fastened to the cardboard. Poke two small holes in the cardboard ring for each item. Feed the wire through and twist in back. Keep fastening objects onto the ring until it is full and no cardboard shows. Hang the wreath on the front door with the nail.
Make a tree out of craft materials–craft wire, floral tape, fake flowers, et cetera. As the seasons change, make the tree match the outside world. Hang paper wishes on five branches and every season when the tree is changed, coat the branches with catalystic oil (for waxing year) or blessing oil (for waning year) and meditate on how wishes are shaping up or have been granted. Suggestions for seasonal tree changes:
- Yule – Wrap floral wire around a nut and “plant” it in a floral planter, setting it in a pot on top of last year’s wish ashes. Let floral wire poke up through floral planter to resemble a sprouted plant.
- Imbolc – Create branches for the tree and wrap in brown floral tape. Conceive wishes, write them on paper, and hang them from the branches.
- Ostara – Add leaves to each branch.
- Beltane – Add flower buds to each branch.
- Litha – Take down flower buds. Add bloomed flowers to each branch.
- Lughnasadh/Lammas – Take down bloomed flowers. Add closing or withering flowers to each branch.
- Mabon – Take down withered flowers and place them around the tree’s base.
- Samhain – Take down leaves. Place around base of tree as fallen leaves. Burn wishes and save the ashes for “soil” of next year’s tree.
- Disassemble tree if necessary while creating new Yule tree.
Silliness – Old Age Secret
Grandpa was celebrating his 100th birthday and everybody complimented him on how athletic and well-preserved he appeared.
“Gentlemen, I will tell you the secret of my success,” he cackled. “I have been in the open air day after day for some 75 years now.”
The celebrants were impressed and asked how he managed to keep up his rigorous fitness regime.
“Well, you see my wife and I were married 75 years ago. On our wedding night, we made a solemn pledge. Whenever we had a fight, the one who was proved wrong would go outside and take a walk.”