65F and *gorgeous* outside. There’s lovely golden mist as the water from all the rain dries out, the rich, golden light from the lowering sun, very little wind, and no rain in the forecast for days. Time to get the last yard chores done! We got nearly 1 1/4 inches of rain yesterday, but we’re done for a bit, at least through next Monday, with the chance of a little night rain later this week.
Yesterday was a cooking day and I had a lot of fun doing that. We ended up with beef in wine, onion pies with gravy, apple pies, a souffle, a peach crumble, bread and lots of pickles! That was fun and we’re eating leftovers today.
A picture from 10/22/16 by Ken Gagne of Forks Farm up the Yachats River.
Today’s Plant is Miner’s Lettuce, Claytonia perfoliata (aka winter purslane, or Indian lettuce). It’s a plant native to our area, growing and blooming in our soggy spring and drying out and dying back in the summer. I’ve seen in re-bloom in the fall. It’s a leaf vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked like spinach. It’s really choice in salads and very high in vitamin C. It got the name because the Gold Rush miners ate it to prevent scurvy, since they really weren’t eating right. Like any lettuce or most of the salad greens it’s Feminine and Water, but as any high Vitamin C food, its planet correspondence is the Sun. – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miner%27s_lettuce More on the genus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia
According to the Ussher calendar today is the day the earth was created (Chrifus are really into this date….) It’s also Weird Al Yankovic’s birthday… Coincidence? Can’t be! <grin> More on Creation here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ussher-Lightfoot_Calendar and on Weird Al here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%22Weird_Al%22_Yankovic
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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 11/3 at 10:23pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 10/24 at 12:12am.
Newly returned to the evening sky, the waxing crescent Moon passes low Antares (use binoculars!) and then Saturn in the southwestern twilight. Look low in the southwest in late twilight for Saturn glowing about 7° left of the waxing crescent Moon (as seen from North America), as shown here.
Venus (magnitude –3.9) rises around the beginning of dawn and shines very low due east as dawn brightens.
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
M 23 High 3:37 AM 6.7 7:42 AM Rise 11:20 AM 8
~ 23 Low 9:11 AM 2.7 6:18 PM Set 9:06 PM
~ 23 High 2:58 PM 7.6
~ 23 Low 9:53 PM 0.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a joyful day!
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – A familiar nursery rhyme begins: “Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are! Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky.” List everything that is valuable or precious to you, and tell why you value it.
~ Only in growth, reform and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found. – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
~ The best way to keep your friends is not to give them away. – Wilson Mizner
~ Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan. – Tom Landry
~ The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes. – Winston Churchill
A springful of larks in a rolling
Cloud and the roadside bushes brimming with whistling
Blackbirds and the sun of October. – Dylan Thomas [1914–53]
From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us! Source: Scottish prayer
Honoring the Dead
From the dawn of your birth
To the sunset of your death
I honor you.
From the missions you completed
To your duties left undone
I honor you.
From the seasons of your being
Through the cycle of your life
I honor you.
From your time beyond the veil
Lie your entrance back again
May the angels support you
May my healing love reach you
From this moment until the end of time
So Mote It Be. – Silver RavenWolf – Pagan
Prayer to the Deities of Death
The harvest has ended, and the fields are bare.
The earth has grown cold, and the land is empty.
The gods of the death are lingering over us,
keeping a watchful eye upon the living.
They wait, patiently, for eternity is theirs.
Hail to you, Anubis! O jackal headed one,
guardian of the realm of the dead.
When my time comes, I hope
you may deem me worthy.
Hail to you, Demeter! O mother of darkness,
May your grief be abated
when your daughter returns once more.
Hail to you, Hecate! O keeper of the gate,
between this world and the underworld.
I ask that when I cross over,
you may guide me with wisdom.
Hail to you, Freya! O mistress of Folkvangr,
guardian of those who fall in battle.
Keep the souls of my ancestors with you.
Hail to you, O gods and goddesses,
those of you who guard the underworld
and guide the dead on their final journey.
At this time of cold and dark,
I honor you, and ask that you watch over me,
and protect me when the day arrives
that I take my final journey.