This morning all the ponds and lakes that yesterday were all wrinkly are smoothed out and mirror-like. There’s a lot of high cloud and the sun was trying to make a halo, but only getting chips and bits. It’s 55F with only a tiny bit of breeze and no real chance of rain until tomorrow night.
Yesterday started nice, but got gloomier and gloomier, until by 6pm it was deep twilight. Time change next week is going to make that worse. I spent the afternoon writing some more, talking with a possible new supplier, (lunuli!!!!) and sorting paperwork. Tempus was running around doing errands and came back from one saying, “There are disadvantages to sending me to pay the rent when the person that is taking the rent is a former nuclear engineer on a nuclear submarine!” with a rueful grin. Yeah, he’d been awhile. 🙂
By dark he was making us both a snack and then heading home to work on the laundry while I kept going on my stuff. I never got to the photos before the light went away. <sigh> I kept on writing and drawing, but eventually went to try to sort out some of the sewing stuff that’s gotten rather….well…. stuffed into all kinds of places with no organization.
So I ended up shifting one of the shelf units, very, very slowly to where it’s supposed to go, but it took a long while, inching slowly across the back of the shop and then glacially into place. …and then the Cubs won, fergossakes! I think the devil is ice-skating…
Today I have more crystals to work on, more computer updates to do and some more sorting. Tempus is still working on laundry and storage and has a paper run tonight. I think I’m going to go home, though, instead of staying at the shop and finishing the run with him.
A picture by Jessica Smith Carlock, taken on 10/24/14, used with permission.
From the National Gardening Association newsletter, this week is time to:
- Dig and Store Dahlias
- Winterize Planters
- Continue to Mow Your Lawn
- Turn the Soil
- Prune Back Mums
Today’s Plant is False Lily of the Valley, Maianthemum dilatatum. It was eaten as a poverty food, and the berries won’t hurt you, but they aren’t particularly tasty, either. It was more used as a medicinal by the indigenous peoples, although modern medicine doesn’t substantiate the native uses. The leaves were eaten in spring as a purgative, leaves were made into poultices for scrapes and cuts and the roots were pounded to make a medicine for sore eyes. I don’t know of any magickal uses except against sterility. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maianthemum_dilatatumand here:http://academic.evergreen.edu/projects/gardens/longhouse/monographs/false_lillyofthevalley.htm
Apaturia – (from Pip Wilson’s Almanac) meeting of the clans, ancient Greece (Nov 3 – 5) -The Apaturia was commemorated by all Ionian Greeks except those of Colophon and Ephesus. It was celebrated in the month of Pyanepsion (October to November) and lasted three days (our placement in the Book of Days is fairly arbitrary). The name is roughly translated as ‘common relationship’; Xenophon (431 – c. 354 BCE), tells us that during the celebration, fathers and relations assembled and births were registered. More information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apaturia
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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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 11/7 at 11:51am.
. . .and as it waxes further, the Moon passes Mars. The thickening Moon in the dusk points the way lower right to Venus and faint Saturn, as shown.
Around 9 p.m., depending on where you live, zero-magnitude <<< Capella rises exactly as high in the northeast as zero-magnitude Vega >>> has sunk in the west-northwest. How accurately can you time this event? Astrolabe not required. . . but it might help.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5) glimmers low in the southwest near Venus as twilight fades. It’s 4° above Venus on October 28th, and 6° right of it by November 3rd. Look for Antares (magnitude +1.0) twinkling bleary-eyed 7° below Saturn, lower every evening.
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
Th 3 High 3:41 AM 6.6 7:57 AM Rise 11:21 AM 8
~ 3 Low 9:07 AM 3.1 6:02 PM Set 9:05 PM
~ 3 High 2:50 PM 7.5
~ 3 Low 9:51 PM 0.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In seeking happiness for others, you find it for yourself.
~ The problem is that the people with the most ridiculous ideas are always the people who are most certain of them. – Bill Maher
~ You are the only person on earth who can use your ability. – Zig Ziglar
~ Bee to the blossom, moth to the flame; Each to his passion; what’s in a name? – Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885) US writer
~ Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness. – Faith Baldwin (1893-1978) US writer
In the end, it was the Sunday afternoons he couldn’t cope with, and that terrible listlessness that starts to set in about 2:55, when you know you’ve taken all the baths that you can usefully take that day, that however hard you stare at any given paragraph in the newspaper you will never actually read it, or use the revolutionary new pruning technique it describes, and that as you stare at the clock the hands will move relentlessly on to four o’clock, and you will enter the long dark teatime of the soul. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Most of us as we travel through life have been wounded by those that we thought loved us. Naturally we seek love, but sometimes we have learned ways that really do not bring love into our lives but actually drive us to choose negative relationships. Pain and hurt and abuse – physical and emotional – can fracture our souls. In mending our souls we have to recapture those parts of ourselves that were harmed.
You are not what you remember but how you remember. If you can remember negative experiences with forgiveness rather than resentment you will transcend fear into a state of love. Resentment means to re-feel something or some event. When we hold on to resentment we give power to our anger and our fears. Forgiveness allows us to let go of the past. Forgiveness allows us to heal our fractured souls and wounded hearts.
Taking responsibility for how we respond to our world, gives us back our power. Only a powerful person can afford to be vulnerable. And there is no place where we are more vulnerable than when we love. If you are having difficulty forgiving the person who wounded you, it might help to recognize that you are forgiving the person and not the behavior.
Clarity of vision when looking at the past will do more to empower you with the ability to love and to accept love than any other action. Do an exercise where you use your imagination to enter the mind of the person who wounded you. What had happened in their past that created their behavior? It is pretty clear, that people do not do horrible things unless horrible things have been done to them. More than sixty percent of criminals in prisons were abused as children. They were subjected to horrible events and thus they grew up to act in horrible ways. All of them are wounded in some way or another. Your parents were wounded as they were growing up. We have wounded our children as they grew up. The cycle goes back generation upon generation. However, the cycle of wounding can stop now with you. When you can look at your parents as imperfect but still love the spirit of “the Divine” that is within each and every one of us, you will realize that they like you were just doing the best that the could.
Who do you surround you with? Are your friends and family members toxic? There is nothing that can kill love more than to hang around people who are incapable of having positive relationships. When those around you demand that you act in a negative way, they need to be eliminated from your life. You can hope that they will change but you cannot control it. You cannot control other people in your life. You can control whether you allow them to create a toxic environment for you and your soul. Fear loses its control when we realize that we can always walk away from any person or situation that makes us feel unloved or unloving.
Silliness – Delaware Decision
Bambi, a blonde in her fourth year as a UCLA freshman, sat in her USA government class. The professor asked Bambi if she knew what Roe vs. Wade was about.
Bambi pondered the question then finally said, “That was the decision George Washington had to make before he crossed the Delaware.”