It’s pretty out this morning. Everything is washed clean and little droplets were sparkling on leaves. The sun angle is low enough that light is coming through in places I haven’t seen before. I didn’t have my camera and that made me unhappy. As we crossed the bridge I was looking at soft blue sky with lots of mackerel clouds in it, way up high. There are some puffy bits over the Coast Range. 63F with the occasional gust up to 10mph that makes things flap. There’s a minimal chance of rain through Tuesday evening at this point. We got 1.4 inches of rain yesterday! …and another 2/10 this morning, but it’s nice, now.
Yesterday went quickly. We weren’t busy with customers, likely because of the rain, but we did have a few people in. Herbs got a batch of Lady’s Mantle prepped, then started on the pincushion filling. Later in the day I decanted a strawberry cordial and finished it. Tasty! Sewing was just me, so I worked on pincushion tops. Tempus was trying to get things sorted out and wash some of the glassware that’s been turning up in the move. He even found a bag of crystals that I had put by since they were very dirty and in need of scrubbing. Some of ’em are really big. Those will start showing up on the counter in short order, I think. We worked right into the evening.
Today this is coming out late because we *have* been busy! There were people in before 11am as we were just opening and steadily since. I’ve got a breather for a minute. Tempus ran over for some Sunday doughnuts to go with our coffee and then he’s back to crystals and I have to put some of the clean stuff away so that we have space to do some of the varnishing that’s been waiting.
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A photo by Samuel John Klein from 11/05/16 of a Mt. Hood sunrise with the shadow of the mountain being cast across a cloud layer. We used to watch for that at this time of the year, when we were still living in Portland, not just on clouds, but often you could see the same thing in the morning mist.
My mother used to recite, when the weather turned to fall, “The goldenrod is yellow, the leaves are turning brown, the trees in the apple orchard, with fruit, are bending down.” Today’s plant is Goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis
Today we’ve got an odd feast. There are several celebrations of “St. Leonard” on this day, but the only saint of this name that I can find doesn’t see to have even the slightest connection to the celebrations! There are a Bavarians who celebrate him with a parade of painted wagons and a whip-cracking contest as a patron saint of drovers. There’s a candle procession in another spot and an historical veneration of St. Leonard by Crusaders. What’s that have to do with this guy? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_of_Noblac
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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. 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.
Now Mars is lower right of the thickening Moon in early evening, as shown above. And look closer to the Moon’s upper right for Beta and then Alpha Capricorni. Alpha Cap is a naked-eye double star if you have sharp eyes. Binoculars split it widely — and may reveal Beta as a more difficult, uneven double.
Venus (magnitude –4.0) shines brightly in the southwest during evening twilight. It’s now setting a good half hour after the end of twilight.
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
Su 6 High 5:10 AM 6.2 7:01 AM Rise 12:39 PM 30
~ 6 Low 10:31 AM 3.6 4:58 PM Set 10:47 PM
~ 6 High 4:02 PM 6.6
~ 6 Low 11:13 PM 0.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am free to express myself
~ An honest heart possesses a kingdom. – Seneca
~ We don’t have to leap off cliffs to take risks, we just have to be willing to move forward down a path that we can’t see the end of. – T. Thorn Coyle
~ The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people. – Theodore Roosevelt
~ The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Autumn Bird Song
Over the housetops,
Over the trees,
Winging their way
In a stiff fall breeze.
A flock of birds
Is flying along
Southward, for winter,
Singing a song.
Singing a song
They all like to sing,
“We’ll see you again
When it’s spring, spring, spring.” – Anon.
Do you have a lot of kids to keep entertained on Thanksgiving Day? Try this site out for some creative activities to occupy and keep the kids from bouncing off the walls.
There are free coloring pages with a Thanksgiving theme. It’s just click, got to the pic, click and print — as many as you need!
You’ll also find recipes, a wordsearch, an online jigsaw puzzle, and printables like math worksheets, gift bags, writing paper, doorknob hangers, etc..
Brainstorm Thanks – So often we eat and watch football at Thanksgiving but forget to say thanks. Here’s a fun idea.
Each person is given a blank sheet of paper and sharpened pencil. Set a timer, according to what you think is best (two minutes max). Tell everyone that when you say “GO” they should write down everything they can think of that can be explained in two words or less for which they are thankful. When the timer goes off they each count how many they have. The person with the most should read their list and for every word that’s the same each person should cross it off their list. It’s fun to see what’s on every person’s list and what is unique to different individuals. Open it up to discussion and if you choose give a prize to the person who has the most unique answers.
This game plays rather like an old game of musical chairs only instead of moving until music stops, people must simply leave their chair for another. Don’t let it get rowdy.
- Put chairs in a circle with one less chair than there are players.
- One person says something like, “I’m grateful for people with blue eyes”.
- Everyone with blue eyes stands up and changes places.
- While everyone’s scurrying for a chair the leader takes one away.
- The person left standing is out and the last person to sit down goes next…”I’m grateful for everyone who’s wearing tennis shoes”.
- Repeat until you are down to one person.
- Another option is that the person who is “out” gets to call the next thing for which he or she is grateful.
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