“Mackerel sky and Mares’ Tails, make tall ships carry low sails.” That’s what the sky looks like and the satellite shows a big swirl out in the Pacific. They’re talking about rain tonight and then a couple of days of not-so-much before we’re right back into pouring down. It’s 61F with the wind in the low 20’s and gusts going over.
Yesterday I had a pre-nup counseling session that went on all day. I was pretty wiped by the time it was over and then Loryea came by to drop off some jewelry. We have new stock of pendants and some of ’em are brand-new just designed and made this year! We also have a stack more of pendulums and rings than we’ve had for awhile. Come in and see!
Tempus headed up to storage to work and managed to get his lathe down here, which is taking up a chunk of the area right by the door until he can get it horsed into the back. I spent the evening working on the new Pincushions pamphlet.
He picked me up around 3:30, a little late, but he clipped the passenger side mirror on something and had to hunt for some of the pieces of the casing. It was dry, but windy, that is, it was dry until the tail end of the run around 5am when we got sprinkled on. Upriver there wasn’t much wind, but down by the water we got batted around a little. By the time we were done, lights were coming on in the various houses, one subscriber was actually up and came to the car to get handed his paper and there were actually some cars on the highway. We got home at 5:30.
Obviously we got up late. I spent a little time in the herb planters, weeding mostly and checking on the plants. I’m going to have a nice lot of garlics in the not-too-distant. I need to shift some of the plants around. A few of the tender ones will need to go into the solarium and I ought to harvest the leeks pretty soon and the ones that need cosseting to go down by the apartment and some of the tough ones that just need some protection from frost can go up top. Tempus pulled my garden tent out, so I’m going to have something to cover them up with if we get some nasty weather this winter. .
Today I’m going to be at the shop for awhile. I need to photograph the new pendulums and rings and start pricing them so I can get them out for sale. Tempus is going to be doing laundry and then we have some other chores.
Photo from 10/30/16 by Ken Gagne of a favorite play place along the Yachats River for his dog.
Today’s Plant is Oregon White Oak, Quercus garryana, also called Garry oak, or just Oregon oak. It doesn’t grow well out here on the coast, although supposedly there are some specimens. I’ve never seen one out here, but they’re *all* over the Willamette Valley, many of them hosting our local mistletoe, Phoradendron flavescens. This is the same relation of tree and herb that gave rise to the legends of the Golden Bough in Europe, although these are *far* different species. – Masculine, Sun ,Fire, Dagda, (Jupiter, Thor, Pan) – Use in magicks for protection, money, potency, fertility – Burn the bark to draw off illness, carry and piece of the for luck and protection, acorns are used to tip male power wands and worn as necklaces by some priests and can be carried to increase fertility and male potency to preserve health and long life. Place in windows to ward off lightning. Plant an acorn at the new moon if you need money. Fires of oak wood draw off illness. – Wiccaning or Seining –Wiccaning or Seining is the ceremony where we welcome a new child to the world. Holly water is used for girls and Oak for boys. Make by a tablespoon of powdered leaf brew in 1 cup of very hot water for about 10 minutes, then adding that to 2 cups of cold water. Sprinkle or wash baby with it. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_white_oak Mistletoe lore here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistletoe#Culture.2C_folklore.2C_and_mythologyand more about our variety here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoradendron
Today’s Feast of All Souls Day and the Day of the Dead descend from the indigenous celebrations of the goddess Mictecacihuatl. Most “Catrina” figures that are all over during this celebration are descendants of this Lady of the Dead. I wonder if “St. Death” has gotten mixed in there somehow. Today is the Day of the Faithful Dead, after All Saints, and All Innocents.
- On the celebrations https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Dead
- On the goddess – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mictecacihuatl
- La Calavera Catrina – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Calavera_Catrina
- Photo is By Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33196773
“On All Saints’ Day the tops of the branches are bent;
In the mouth of the mischievous, disturbance is congenial:
Where there is no natural gift there will be no learning”. – From The Heroic Elegies of Llywarch Hên (6th-Century Welsh), translated by Dr W Owen Pughe, 1792 (William Hone, The Every-Day Book, or a Guide to the Year, William Tegg and Co., London, 1878, 711 – 712; 1825-26 edition online)
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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 11/14 at 5:52am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 11/3 at 10:38pm.
As the Moon comes back into the evening sky, it waxes past Saturn and Venus. . . The Moon hangs above Saturn low in the southwest, while much-brighter Venus looks on from the left (as shown above). And can you still detect Antares below them, right down near the horizon? Binoculars help.
Jupiter (magnitude –1.7) is low in the east in early dawn. Binoculars will help show Gamma (γ) Virginis near it, if you look before the sky grows too bright.
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 –
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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Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl), reed – The term “reed” is used with great imprecision in North America, but it is clear that the reed of the ogham is the common reed (Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steudel). This is a giant grass, with stems as high as 4 m (13 feet). It grows in marshy areas, where it often forms dense stands. Like most other grasses, the vertical stems live only a single year, dying in the autumn and being replaced with new green shoots in the spring. The dead stems rattle and whisper in late autumn winds. Common reed has spread as a weed throughout the world; in North America it is widespread in cooler climates. Common reed is in the Grass family (Poaceae, or Gramineae).
“The Reed Month, is said by some to be most favorable for communication with ancestral spirits and the strengthening of all family ties, with magickal associations with fertility, love, protection, and family concerns. ‘Thin and slender is the Reed. He stands in clumps at the edge of the river and between his feet hides the swift pike awaiting an unsuspecting minnow to come his way. In his thinness the reed resembles arrows that fly, silver-tipped, up into the unknown air to land at the very source that one had searched for all these years. Firing arrows off into the unknown is an expression of the desire to search out basic truths. If you loose off without direction, the place of landing will be random. If the firing off is carried out with the correct conviction, determination and sense of purpose, then the act becomes secondary to the event that comes both before and after the moment.'” Source: Earth, Moon and Sky
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 2 High 3:00 AM 6.7 7:56 AM Rise 10:29 AM 3
~ 2 Low 8:32 AM 2.8 6:03 PM Set 8:21 PM
~ 2 High 2:18 PM 7.8
~ 2 Low 9:13 PM 0.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If you want to move from where you are, take the first step.
~ I have entered the deep mountains to silence and beauty; in a profound valley beneath high cliffs, I sit under the old pine trees. Doing zazen in my rustic cottage is peaceful, lonely and truly comfortable. – Gengaku
~ Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is affected by every twitch and grunt. – Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1919-2000) Canadian Prime Minister
~ A man seldom thinks with more earnestness of anything than he does of his dinner. – Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English writer, lexicographer
~ Never wear a backward baseball cap to an interview unless applying for the job of umpire. – Dan Zevin
A person can either do something in order to “be happy,” or a person can start the day by simply deciding to “be happy,” and the things that person will do will automatically reflect that. Your experience of how you are being does not have to be a reaction to what is going on around you. – Neale Donald Walsch
Engraved Oil Lamp
- electric engraver
- safety glasses
- wine bottle
- oil lamp adapter
- gold paste
- fast food napkins
- Determine the design you wish to engrave; practice using the engraver on spare bottles. Be sure to wear your saftey glasses!
- Freehand engrave the design onto the bottle – don’t worry if it’s not perfect – it’s not supposed to be – and the imperfections give it character!
- wash the bottle, rinsing off the dust
- using the gold paste and the napkin, rub the paste into the engraving, removing any excess with the napkin or by scraping off with a utility knife
- Fill with oil lamp fuel and insert adapter
DoItYourself Olive Oil Lamp – Thursday, March 22, 2012 7:33 – http://beforeitsnews.com/story/1926/443/Do-It-Yourself_Olive_Oil_Lamp.html
An olive oil lamp is a surprisingly safe and simple lamp that you can do-it-yourself. It produces light, as much as, or more than, an ordinary candle, and is an alternative to kerosene-style oil lamps. The concept of burning oil from vegetables (olive oil) in the home rather than petroleum based kerosene seems more appealing, less toxic, and safer.
The Romans and other ancients regularly burned olive oil in their lamps, so, the concept is sound. Pure olive oil will not produce smoke, while other types of vegetable oils may produce some residual smoke while burning.
For those who are curious, the cost of burning olive oil in this lamp will depend on wick size (flame size and corresponding oil consumption), while my own experiment consumed 2 ounces (1/8 cup) of olive oil in 5 hours. This calculates out to about 10-cents per hour depending on how cheap you can find pure olive oil. An ordinary Votive candle may cost about 3 to 5-cents per hour to burn, although probably not as bright as the oil lamp.
Instructions how to make your own olive oil lamp
- You will need an ordinary metal coat hanger (these are made of steel), a wick (ordinary candle wicks are good), a canning jar (these are heat treated and can withstand the hot temperature), and needle-nose pliers. The wick shown in this photo is a typical kerosene lamp wick. Using a scissors, I cut the wick in half (length wise) so it wouldn’t be as fat as what is shown in the photo.
- Grip the pliers firmly to the metal wire of the coat hanger and twist back and forth until the wire snaps.
- Using the needle-nose pliers, grip the end of the wire and then wrap the wire around the pliers about five times around. Do this somewhat loosely so as to make it easier to slide the wind off of the pliers afterward.
- Use a screwdriver to assist in pushing the wound wire off of the pliers.
- The wound wire will serve to hold the wick.
- Form (bend) the wire while using your pliers to shape such that the wound portion of the wick holder will sit in the middle of the jar with a support loop slightly smaller than the diameter of the jar mouth, as shown in the photo. Bend the rest of the wire up the edge of the jar so you can form a handle later.
- Bend back the top portion of the wick holder. This will allow the wick to point somewhat upwards when we insert it later.
- Form a hook to hang over the edge of the jar as shown.
- Pry apart one of the upper winds so that the wick will slip through as shown.
- Once the wick is through the wire, pinch the wire enough so the wick is secure and won’t fall through. Not too tight though.
- Trim excess wick. Too much wick and the flame will smoke. Too little wick and the flame will be small.
- Fill the jar with pure olive oil to a level part way up the wick holder. Pour the oil over the top of the wick to speed up the soak.
- After the wick is full absorbed, light the wick. You will notice that olive oil is not nearly as readily flammable as petroleum fuels and will take longer to light. This very fact assures that if the mixture is spilled, the oil will not ignite.
- Insert the flaming wick assembly back into the jar.
- Enjoy the lovely soft flame of your olive oil lamp! Pretty neat, yes?Anja’s note – You can also set the wick holder higher and fill the bottom part of the jar with water. That way if you knock it over or the glass breaks, it will put itself out!
Silliness – Late Night Funny – We’re still on the road to World War III. Things were looking a little grim last week — all those countries pressuring us to call for an immediate cease-fire, but we stayed strong. Sure, we sent over Condi Rice to negotiate, but she’s not there for cease-fire. No, she’s there for ‘sustainable cease-fire,’ which considering the Middle East, is like sending her to bring back Jimmy Hoffa on a unicorn.” –Stephen Colbert