Yesterday started slowly. Both of us are tired from the push to get OCPPG ready. We sorted laundry and did a few more loads, then Tempus worked on getting the area around the fridge unstacked, so he can put up a few more shelves and I kept still and read.
I got mugged by a warm quilt in the middle of the afternoon. Tempus had run it in the dryer to beat dust (or whatever) out of it and when he put it on the bed, I said, “Warm! I’m cold!” unwadded it, and pulled it up. Next time he looked I was sound asleep and tipping over! I curled up and napped for a bit, waking really bewildered… 🙂
We got to the shop around 7pm and Tempus made burgers for supper while I started in on some of the Mab’s Creations stuff. He started bagging papers at 10:15 and was on the road by just after midnight. At just about the time he started bagging I set up a crockpot of apple pie filling from the lovely, heirloom, organic apples that I’ve been noshing on since we bought them a few weeks back. As soon as those were going I got back to work on the embroidery things, alternating with setting up the newsletter.
I worked steadily until I started to get really tired, then curled up with a book until Tempus picked me up around 4am. Everything just seemed to take longer than it should. We were crawling into bed around 7:30, way later than usual.
It was foggy when we started and there was fog in the trees all along, you could tell by the light reflected back off the clouds. We were strategizing for the next several weeks, as we went, figuring out what needs to be done first at the shop and at home. By the time we were starting the Crestview area of town it was getting light and getting windy. Trees were moving and flags were flapping during the last part.
Today we have some more home chores to do and I need to spend a little while copying some CD’s onto the home computer before taking them back to the shop library tomorrow. I’m hoping to do a little writing, too.
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Today’s Plant is Salal, Gaultheria shallon. This is a shrub, an understory plant, that ranges all up and down the west coast, from Alaska to California. They’re an invasive in wild heathlands in Europe, having been introduced back in the 1800’s. There’s a big industry in Oregon, supplying the foliage to florists. The local peoples harvested the berries as a primary food source, drying them into cakes. They make a nice crunchy snack, dried this way or individually.The young leaves are edible, too. One, nearly forgotten use, is medicinally as an astringent. Mashed with some water, they’re a great soother for sunburn or insect bites, even working on yellow-jacket stings. It also works internally on an inflamed digestive tract from ulcers to diarrhea and a tea (simple infusion) will help with a dry cough. Eat the young leaves as an appetite suppressant. –Feminine, Saturn, Juno – Use in spells as in the medicinal uses, the appetite suppressant effect, particularly. This is an hardy herb, so it also can be added to spells for added duration. It works well in situations of emotional upset, particularly when there’s a sick stomach from stress.
Today is Nicholas Culpeper’s Birthday. If you’ve ever heard of Culpeper’s Herbal, he’s the author of this 16th century classic! He was a pioneer in herbal references and associations and while a lot of his work has been disproved, most hasn’t. A lot of practical and empirically-gathered information got kept in his herbal which would have been otherwise lost. Along with the Herbal he published a manual on childbirth and many translations of texts used in medicine. “Culpeper was a radical in his time, angering his fellow physicians by condemning their greed, unwillingness to stray from Galen and their use of harmful practices such as toxic remedies and bloodletting. The Society of Apothecaries were similarly incensed by the fact that he suggested cheap herbal remedies as opposed to their expensive concoctions.” (from Wikipedia) More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Culpeper
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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. 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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at on 10/19 at 12:12pm.
The waning crescent Moon occults Regulus for most of the US on the morning of the 15th (see the entry for the 14th at left). Then the Moon descends day by day toward Mars and Venus. These scenes are drawn exact for the middle of North America. (In Europe, move each Moon symbol a quarter of the way toward the one for the previous date.) For clarity, the Moon is always shown three times its actual apparent size.
Algol is at minimum light this evening for a couple hours centered on 10:14 p.m. EDT.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5, in Ophiuchus to the right of the Sagittarius Teapot) glows low in the southwest at dusk. It soon sinks away and sets.
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
W 18 High 12:00 AM 7.3 7:36 AM Rise 6:15 AM 4
~ 18 Low 6:10 AM 0.8 6:26 PM Set 6:23 PM
~ 18 High 12:19 PM 8.1
~ 18 Low 6:44 PM 0.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Laughter is a direct route to the soul. It broadens your perspective, keeps you healthy and makes unbearable situations easier to deal with.
Journal Prompt – Current Affairs – What do you collect—such as stickers, baseball cards, rocks? Explain why you started your collection. (If you don’t collect anything, describe what you would like to collect or explain why you don’t like to collect things.)
~ If ignorance is bliss, there should be more happy people. – Victor Cousins
~ If the white man gives you anything — just remember when he gets ready he will take it right back. We have to take for ourselves. – Fannie Hurst (1889-1968) US writer
~ If you really don’t know what you’re capable of, or even who you really are, how can you possibly live up to your potential? – Kerr Cuhulain
~ If you sweat more in training you will bleed less in battle.
Man does not live by bread alone.” I have known millionaires starving for lack of the nutriment which alone can sustain all that is human in man, and I know workmen, and many so-called poor men, who revel in luxuries beyond the power of those millionaires to reach. It is the mind that makes the body rich. There is no class so pitiably wretched as that which possesses money and nothing else. Money can only be the useful drudge of things immeasurably higher than itself. Exalted beyond this, as it sometimes is, it remains Caliban still and still plays the beast. My aspirations take a higher flight. Mine be it to have contributed to the enlightenment and the joys of the mind, to the things of the spirit, to all that tends to bring into the lives of the toilers of Pittsburgh sweetness and light. I hold this the noblest possible use of wealth. – Andrew Carnegie (1835 – 1919), Scottish-born American industrialist and philanthropist; from one of his memos to himself
A Lollipop Witch
Materials include a flat lollypop, black and orange construction paper, black crepe paper, orange chenille stem, black dots made with paper punch for eyes, red, black, or orange yarn for hair, tacky glue.
- Cut face and hat from construction paper following pattern instructions.
- Cut crepe paper strip 10″ long and 4″ wide. (Cut a four inch strip from the package and cut it into ten inch sections.)
- Cut orange chenille stem in half. Use one piece for arms.
- Glue orange circles to lollypop (head) add eyes and draw a felt pen mouth if desired.
- Cut six 5″ pieces of yarn for the hair and glue to head.
- Shape half circle into cone to make witch hat. Trim if necessary, shape to fit head and glue back seam.
- Glue hat to head.
- Gather black crepe paper around lollypop stick.
- Twist chenille stem tightly to hold it under the candy head about one inch from the top of the crepe paper, letting stem stick out on each side for arms. Fold crepe paper down from face to form neck ruffle on dress.
- Bend chenille stem ends to form hands.
- Add a toothpick and paper broom if desired.
Make a tree out of craft materials–craft wire, floral tape, fake flowers, et cetera. As the seasons change, make the tree match the outside world. Hang paper wishes on five branches and every season when the tree is changed, coat the branches with catalystic oil (for waxing year) or blessing oil (for waning year) and meditate on how wishes are shaping up or have been granted. Suggestions for seasonal tree changes:
- Yule – Wrap floral wire around a nut and “plant” it in a floral planter, setting it in a pot on top of last year’s wish ashes. Let floral wire poke up through floral planter to resemble a sprouted plant.
- Imbolc – Create branches for the tree and wrap in brown floral tape. Conceive wishes, write them on paper, and hang them from the branches.
- Ostara – Add leaves to each branch.
- Beltane – Add flower buds to each branch.
- Litha – Take down flower buds. Add bloomed flowers to each branch.
- Lughnasadh/Lammas – Take down bloomed flowers. Add closing or withering flowers to each branch.
- Mabon – Take down withered flowers and place them around the tree’s base.
- Samhain – Take down leaves. Place around base of tree as fallen leaves. Burn wishes and save the ashes for “soil” of next year’s tree.
- Disassemble tree if necessary while creating new Yule tree.
CRAFT STICK SPIDERWEBS – This is a project from happyhourprojects.com – You can find the full post here:http://happyhourprojects.com/?s=craft+stick+spiderweb This is only a few of the pictures/and truncated directions! Please visit her site for the full thing!
- 5 inch Wood Craft Sticks
- Silver Paintand Paintbrush
- Aleene’s Craft Glue
- White Yarn
- Plastic Spiders (I raided my fake cobwebs for a few)
- Paint Sticks
- Cut several 8 foot pieces of yard
- Tie one end around the center of the form, and wrap in each direction.
- Wrap yarn around each spoke.
- Work your way around, making sure to space the yarn slightly
- When you fill the form out to the ends of your sticks, tie a knot. Cut off excess
- Tie long strings on the ends to hang them, or trim the ends off to tuck them into corners!
- Glue on a spider and you’re ready to roll…..