Lots of high cloud… this weather is gorgeous, but it isn’t going to hold for long. 44F, Winds at 5mph and gusts in the low teens. 43% humidity and there might be a chance of salmon on the table with over 50 fishing boats in the bay and the bank lined with people in waders with poles. 🙂
Yesterday was just an amazing day. OCPPG this year is on the smaller side, but it means more time to interact with the folks who are there. Classes are going well and folks are complimenting the instructors. ….and it was *such* a looney-tune day that I never got to write anything as the day went on!
We had a kerfluffle with supper. Folks voted to go to the Salty Dawg, but then weren’t there, after all, and the Salty Dawg was chock-full, being a Saturday night, so we ended up at the China restaurant with 4 of us. It was really too cold for the beach ritual,
so we did it in the shop, anyway and then went on into Midnight questions with 6 of us, eventually 5, then the last 4 of us went on until 1am.
Today is more classes, the Mushroom Walk and eventually the raffle and closing ritual. I’m going to be wiped, but the end of the day, but with a *big* smile on my face!
…and yikes we overslept at got here right at 9, but we’re the first here, anyway! 🙂
A photo from 9/30/16 by Ken Gagne that he tagged, “B-52’s coming into Yachats Airfield”. Yes, they’re pelicans.
Luffa (or loofah, luffa aegyptica or luffa acutangula) is an odd sort of plant, rather like a cucumber in that it’s a long, green vegetable with the flesh on the outside and a core full of seeds. They’re even edible, if a little bitter, when young. The biggest difference is that they grow a fibrous frame that has been used for a long time as a “vegetable sponge”, wherever they grow and are particularly good for scrubbing scratchable dishes, counters and glassware. They’re used a lot in Chinese medicine, and the juice is a remedy for jaundice. – Feminine, Moon, Water – Their magicks include helping with rheumatism and arthritis, detoxing, especially the liver, and with acne and scarring.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luffa
Today is the birthday of the poet Virgil who wrote the Aeneid. He was pretty famous, even in his own time, unlike the usual reception for poetry. The Ecologues, the Georgics and the Aeneid were studied in schools in the Roman Empire and unlike other writings of antiquity survived the Dark Ages. Virgil was viewed as a herald of Christianity, and a magus of some repute as well as a poet in the Middle Ages. He even became the psychopomp for the Divine Comedy! More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgil
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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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 10/18 at 12:12am.
>>> 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.
Algol is at minimum brightness in eclipse, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.1, for about two hours tonight centered on 1:25 a.m. EDT (10:25 p.m. PDT). Algol takes several additional hours to fade and to rebrighten.
Mercury and Jupiter are buried deep in the sunset.
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.
©2017 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Su 15 Low 3:46 AM 0.4 7:32 AM Rise 2:57 AM 25
~ 15 High 10:18 AM 7.1 6:32 PM Set 4:54 PM
~ 15 Low 4:21 PM 2.0
~ 15 High 10:08 PM 7.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life is a gift. We unwrap it daily.
~ Charisma is a fancy name given to the knack of giving people your full attention. – Robert Brault
~ Do not be negligent, even in trifling matters. Order of Scathách Precept, Adapted from the Book of Five Rings… – Miyamoto Musashi
~ Don’t let yourself be swayed by the narrow minded. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Faith without action serves no useful purpose. – Anon
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have one them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly. – Theodore Roosevelt
Pumpkin Protection Spell – Categories: Spellwork
[Note: by Claudette Griffith (c) 2001-2004]
Scary faces carved into pumpkins were meant to protect, so you can guess where this is going. The easiest thing to do is simply concentrate on protection as you carve your pumpkin, if you would like, you can add carve protective seals instead of the traditional face. Protective herbs can be added to the inside of your pumpkin as well. If you are faced with immediate danger during the fall season try this spell.
1 large pumpkin
1 black candle
Pumpkin Pattern book (optional)
- Buy or harvest a large pumpkin, design a face of a dragon or any really scary face, as you carve see what ever is threatening you as being warded off by the beast that will become your pumpkin guardian.
- When you have completed the pumpkin carving write the name of the person or thing that you fear and place it in the bottom of the pumpkin cover it with several handfuls of dirt.
- Now take a black candle and inscribe on it the words “Banish All Evil” place it inside the pumpkin along with a generous amount of protective incense.
- Light the candle and incense and watch as the pumpkin glows, soon the smoke from the incense will billow out of the pumpkin, as it does, envision the threat being surrounded by the smoke until it fades into it and blows away with the wind.
*Note~ keep seeds to add to any protection work in the coming year.
Saoirse, ruthee www.turningthewheel.org
A Janus Samhain Spell – Color of the day: Orange
Thousands of rituals and spells have been composed for Samhain. On this night when the boundaries of life and death are blurred we honor our ancestors, and we remember others who have passed over that we never knew. What has been part of our past shapes our future. This Samhain we might also want to look forward. Someday we will be the past that helped shape someone else’s future. Janus was the two-faced Roman god for whom January is named. One face looks to the past, the other to the future. Turn to face the west, the land of the dead and the deities, saying:
Janus, who looks into the night toward the place where spirits seek light,
bless all souls who come now as they hear it, and dance in the circle of spirit.
Turn to face the east, the point of the rising Sun, away from death and into the promise of a new day, saying:
Janus, who into the day at dawn’s first glow and Sun’s first ray, bless this circle without hesitation, and fear not the past nor times not yet here.
By: Edain McCoy,Llewellyn and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast