Over 1/2 of the sky is a lovely, soft blue. There are some streaky, high clouds out over the ocean and a lower curdled set over the Coast Range that’s tangling in the trees. 60F and we got some rain during the night. The computer says it was 2 100’s of an inch…. It sounded like more than that.
Yesterday flew past. We were busy and both Tempus and I were doing a lot of sorting/cleaning. Herbs was just us, so we got the harvested herbs set out to dry. We had a number of customers during the day, but you can tell it’s Fall. Sewing was just us, as well, so I worked on pincushions.
We had a good supper of some of that roasted chicken, peas and parsleyed potatoes. Parsley was one of the herbs I harvested yesterday. I gave Tempus his birthday present after we got home, then he fell asleep while I worked on some embroidery patterns and read. Just a quiet evening, which we both needed.
Today I’m bundling some more herbs to hang and then we have a bunch of photos to take and projects to work on.
Hoarfrost in the Czech Republic (picture from Facebook) Studio Fotografii, Tomasz Gmerek
The Wiki article is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October
Today’s plant is Oregon Iris, Iris tenax. I grew up calling Iris flowers “ladies’ ball gowns”. Local peoples used the tough leaves for making string and rope mostly for snares. – Feminine, Venus, Water – sacred to Iris and Juno, their magicks are used for purification and magicks including 3’s. The three petals stand for faith, wisdom and valor and can be used in magicks to promote these qualities. More on Oregon Iris here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_tenax More on Iris in general here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_%28plant%29
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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 10/5 at 11:40am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 10/3 at 11:40pm.
Can you still spot Antares twinkling to the lower right of Saturn this week? They’re 14° apart, almost a fist and a half at arm’s length.
The starry W of Cassiopeia stands high in the northeast after dark. The right-hand side of the W (the brightest side) is tilted up. Look along the second segment of the W counting down from the top. It’s not quite horizontal. Notice the dim naked-eye star partway along that segment. That’s Eta Cassiopeiae, magnitude 3.4, a Sun-like star just 19 light-years away with an orange-dwarf companion. It’s a lovely binary pair in a telescope, with an easy separation of 20 arcseconds. Left of Eta Cas along the segment is a fainter, much wider pair: Upsilon1 and Upsilon2 Cassiopeiae, separation 0.3° (1,200 arcseconds). This pair consists of two orange giants, and they’re unrelated to each other; they’re 200 and 400 light-years from us.
Mercury is hidden behind the glare of the Sun.
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy, Sep 30 – Oct 27
Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102
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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
Su 1 Low 4:10 AM 0.9 7:15 AM Set 2:39 AM 74
~ 1 High 10:40 AM 6.3 6:56 PM Rise 5:09 PM
~ 1 Low 4:30 PM 2.6
~ 1 High 10:13 PM 6.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.
~ If the Warrior does something that adversely affects another, she does something to make it right. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ If you have to keep telling people you are powerful, then it’s a pretty safe bet that you haven’t any power at all. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ If you want to keep your memories, you first have to live them. – Bob Dylan
~ If you’re powerless, you just haven’t learned how to use your strength. – Kerr Cuhulain:
Where long the shadows of the wind had rolled,
Green wheat was yielding to the change assigned;
And as by some vast magic undivined
The world was turning slowly into gold. – Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869–1935)
Sacred to Goddess Astraea, daughter of Zeus and Themis. She lived among humans in the Golden Age but when civilization deteriorated she withdrew to the upperworld.
October’s child is born for woe,
And life’s vicissitudes must know
But lay an Opal on her breast,
And hope will lull those woes to rest. ~Traditional English Proverb
In some Saxon calendars, allegorized by the figure of a husbandman carrying a sack on his shoulders, sowing corn. In other old calendars, the sport of hawking is represented.
The month for making beer, wine, cider, because of steady temperature.
This is the Irish month of Deireadh Fomhair. The Frankish name, Windurmanoth, means ‘vintage month’. American backwoods: Hunter’s Moon. Asatru name: Hunting.
Weather lore of October (Northern Hemisphere): the more bright red berries (haws and hips) that can be seen in the hedgerows, the more frost and snow there will be the next Winter.
The second ‘Summer’ in October is called Indian Summer in America, St Bridget’s Summer in Sweden; in Italy, the Summer of St Teresa; in Germany and Switzerland, the Summer of St Gall. In England, it is called St Luke’s Summer.
Much rain in October said to correspond with much rain in December. A warm October makes a cold February.
Bittersweet October – The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter. ~Carol Bishop Hipps
If October bring much frost and wind,
Then are January and February mild. ~Traditional English weather proverb
In October dung your field,
And your land its wealth shall yield. ~Traditional English proverb
Birth flowers: Calendula and cosmos.
Birthstone: Opal, signifying hope. Said to bring bad luck to those not born in this month who wear it.
The Wiki article is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October
Silliness – Late Night Funny – Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon gave an odd interview to Charlie Rose where he criticized the Catholic Church, saying they had been terrible on the issue of immigration and that they need illegal aliens to fill their churches. This is just in case you had any doubt that Steve Bannon is literally the Antichrist. – James Corden