Saturday, 9am – Push-Button Healing (3hr)
Saturday, Noon – Quick Magickal Cleansing Magicks (1hr)
Saturday, 2pm – Buddhism, the healing practice (2hr)
Saturday, 2pm – Easy Wands, beach trip and workshop (2-3hr)
Saturday, 3pm – Magickal embroidery (3hr)
Saturday 6pm – We’ll pick a place to go eat & Pagan Hangout time.
Saturday, 8pm – Ritual on the Beach (1hr)
Saturday, begins after Beach Ritual – Midnight Questions (2-4hr)
Gorgeous blue sky! 43F looking for a high of 60. Winds light, gusts into the teens.
Yesterday started in a flap. Lots of people having to bow out of attending for one reason or another. 😦 I got the newsletter out and got those sorted, then went on to the next task. Tempus was trying to finish in back and didn’t quite manage, but the lentils smelled wonderful.
The ritual started on time (we plan on starting at 10 minutes past the time) and then we went on to more set-up. John’s class also started on time with two students. Tempus took off for Newport, not long after that and I kept printing necessary things and putting things together.
I got the 2nd batch of soup stuff added around noon, and then went hunting for my votives class materials and couldn’t find ’em… or maybe couldn’t reach it is the better way to put it. I got my class handout printed and waited…
Tempus got back at 3:30 and it was time to set up my candles workshop, but the Vision class wasn’t done. Ended up that the folks that were intending to take the class, were either in the visioning one and wiped out or the crew coming in from the Valley that had to turn around and go back since one has an elderly parent who was suddenly taken ill. We had everything pulled out but the fancy molds, and we can’t figure out how they got separated from the candle stuff or where they went. I had molds, just not the fancy ones. So, it all got put back again and then we set up for supper. That and hangout time was fun. We sat around and talked music and performance and silly jokes and had a great time.
The toning workshop was really well done. New equipment and still very polished. I learned some new things! We’re going to have them come back again on this one, I think, probably sooner even than next year’s OCPPG.
…and then we all headed home. Tempus and I crashed, but were up early this morning again, scrambling to get here and get things open for folks. We have people here scribbling on the class sheets, talking and getting things going. This may not be as coherent as usual since they’re all talking to me! 🙂
It’s going to be lovely during the day and *cold* for the beach ritual tonight!
Here’s a Youtube on how to light natural charcoal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E97xSPI6Yh4&feature=youtu.be&a
Some poetry for the season!
- The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe – Read by Christopher Walken –https://soundcloud.com/olyfantastique/the-raven-by-edgar-allan-poe
- Little Orphant Annie – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7ltxAmV3Ck
A photo from 10/12/16 Featured photo by Ken Gagne of a pelican with his landing gear out.
Today’s Plant is Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna, known as common hawthorn , may, mayblossom, maythorn, quickthorn, whitethorn, motherdie, and haw. It has edible buds, flowers and fruits, which are full of antioxidants . Particularly sacred to the month of May and to Beltane, it is used extensively as a hedge plant. – Fairy energy, May interfere with digitalis medications. – Masculine, Mars, Fire. – Increases fertility and/or celibacy. Carry on a fishing trip to ensure good catch. Brings happiness to the troubled or depressed. Protects house against lightning and storms, evil ghosts may not enter. In cradles to guard from evil spells. Most Witch’s gardens contained a hawt hedge. Sacred to the fairies, and is part of the tree triad of Britain. More on this species:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_hawthorn More on the genus Crataegus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crataegus
Today is the birthday in 1797 of Ida Pfeiffer, world-traveler and author. More information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ida_Pfeiffer She was one of the first of the “lady explorers” and published 7 books about her travels all over the world. She was quite a scandal in her day and didn’t actually begin her travels until her children were grown.
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Love & Light,
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 10/19 at 12:12pm. Waning Crescent Moon – Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 10/15 at 12:12am.
After occulting Regulus on the morning of the 15th, the waning crescent Moon descends day by day toward Mars and Venus. These scenes are drawn exact for the middle of North America. For clarity, the Moon is always shown three times its actual apparent size.
Early on Sunday morning the 15th, the bright limb of the waning crescent Moon occults Regulus for telescope users in much of North America. The event happens during dawn for the East and earlier in darkness farther west. The West Coast misses out. For details see the October Sky & Telescope, page 50. Here’s a map and detailed timetables for many locations, including the altitudes of the Moon and Sun at the times of the star’s disappearance and reappearance. The reappearance happens up to an hour or more later, from behind the Moon’s dark limb.
Vega is the brightest star in the west these evenings. Less high in the southwest is Altair >>>, not quite as bright. Just upper right of Altair, by a finger-width at arm’s length, is little orange Tarazed (Gamma Aquilae). Straight down from Tarazed runs the stick-figure backbone of Aquila, the Eagle.
Venus is the bright “Morning Star,” (magnitude –3.9) is low due east in the dawn. Just above it is faint Mars, magnitude +1.8, only 1/200 as bright. They were in conjunction on the morning of October 5th and are now drawing apart. On the morning of Saturday the 7th they’re 1° apart (at dawn for North America), and by the 14th they’re 5° apart. Venus is getting lower, Mars higher. Why their great brightness difference? Whenever Mars appears anywhere near Venus, it seems to get scared and fade. That’s because Venus is never seen far from our line of sight to the Sun. Whenever Mars is anywhere near our line of sight to the Sun, it has to be on the far side of its orbit from us: about as far and faint as it gets.
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy, Sep 30 – Oct 27
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.
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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
Sa 14 Low 2:42 AM 0.3 7:31 AM Rise 1:49 AM 35
~ 14 High 9:24 AM 6.7 6:33 PM Set 4:19 PM
~ 14 Low 3:15 PM 2.7
~ 14 High 9:00 PM 7.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Do not spend $1000 worth of emotion on a 5-cent trivia.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – In “The Tale of Tom Kitten” by Beatrix Potter, Mrs. Tabitha Twitchit says to her three kittens, “Now keep your frocks clean, children! You must walk on your hind legs. Keep away from the dirty ash pit, and from Sally Henny Penny, and from the pig-sty, and the Puddleducks.” What is some advice your mother has given you? How do you feel when you receive advice? Even if it is for your own good, do you sometimes hate to hear it? Or do you appreciate it? Explain your answer.
~ You’ll always feel like you’re riding on a rainbow if you help people. – Richard Simmons
~ Anxiety is a sign that you’re out of your comfort zone, which is where you will surely be if you’re pushing your limits, and that’s where you should be. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ As we advance in life we learn the limits of our abilities. – Henry Ford
~ Can anyone remember love? It’s like trying to summon up the smell of roses in a cellar. You might see a rose, but never the perfume. – Arthur Miller (1915-2005) US playwright
Bright yellow, red, and orange,
The leaves come down in hosts;
The trees are Indian Princes,
But soon they’ll turn to Ghosts. – William Allingham (1824–1889)
Harvest Knotwork – October 6th, 2007
Color of the day: Black – Incense of the day: Almond
Throughout the month of October, farmers worked hard to bring in the grain harvest during the good weather (and before the end of the year at Samhain). In Ireland, as part of the harvest celebration, small ornamental twists or knots of braided straw were created and worn as a sign that the harvest was completed. These were made throughout the harvest season, and were also worn at the “Harvest Home” supper. Women wore elaborately created knots with the grain ears still attached, and men wore simpler knots without the ears. Patterns for harvest knot-making are easy to find online. After soaking the straw, think about what prayers or magical work you would like to weave into the harvest knot. Repeat your charm or prayer as you make your magical autumn weaving. By: Sharynne NicMhacha
Halloween Centerpiece – (For Samhain) http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/pumpkin.html
- Craft pumpkin with hollow interior OR real pumpkin carved in desired shape
- Gourds, small pumpkins, and squash
- Black and orange candles
- Black treat bowl
- Candy corn
All sorts of seasonal decorations are available in regular shops this time of year! Any can be incorporated into a festive display, but here is a good suggestion: Use the black bowl, filled with candy corn, to place the hollowed-out pumpkin (real or fake) into. Place black and orange candles (any number and combination) on either side. Place gourds and other seasonal plants around and in front of the bowl.
Ancestors can be remembered and their pictures and keepsakes can be put inside the pumpkin, provided it is either fake or the artifacts are protected.
Laminated Window Hangings for Samhain
you will need:
– lined paper
– laminating paper
– Samhain/Halloween cookie cutters(the big ones)
– scissors & a single hole punch
– a pencil
what to do:
- Lightly trace the shapes of ghosts, spiders, cauldrons or other Samhain figures with your pencil.
- Cut out those shapes with scissors.
- Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
- Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
- Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.