Yesterday went crazy in spots, but mostly just went, and got productive as the day went on. Once we were up and fed, the newsletter was out and the laundry taken care of we hopped into the car and headed for Lincoln City. I have an embroidery piece that’s due in the next couple of weeks and I ran out of the right color of floss. Wouldn’t you know that no one in our area has any? <sigh>
So, we had a lovely day for a drive. There were cranes in the wildlife refuge and a bald eagle sitting on a stump. The ocean was very blue and there were some freighters out by the horizon and a Coast Guard boat and some zodiacs close in to shore. There were Mare’s Tails in the bluest, blue sky. Trees are turning color all over and the sunlight and mist were golden which made everything just perfect.
I got my floss and wandered JoAnn’s for a little, finding some other things like spools of thread, elastic, some felt and other buttons for pincushions and a bottle of my favorite glue and then we headed on back. Tempus missed the spots where we had intended to sight-see for a little, so we were back even faster than we went, but I got to enjoy the day for awhile, at least, even if I was eventually car-sick as all get-out.
Once we were at the shop, he went out to work on the car, doing maintenance and then rotating the tires. I started inventorying, tagging and placing some of the new stock, which went on for most of the evening. A fellow who lives in his van stopped by and helped Tempus with the tires, which is good, since otherwise he was going to be awfully tired for the paper route. We gave him some canned stuff as a thank-you.
We had been worried because a chunk of Bayview Road broke off yesterday and landed in the bay. The road crews have already been out and marked it and added some gravel, so it’s safe to drive over. I’m not taking bets with the next storm, though…. Here’s the spot. It’s on the way to the Duckmeister’s and yes, we’ve heard from her recently, and she’s fine.
Tempus had to run to the apartment and back for some supplies for the shop that got left behind in the morning. I was setting up this newsletter by then, and then went back to getting stuff into the inventory, then started working on the feast cookbook, tracking down recipes. By 2am I was out of spoons, so I curled up with a book and waited.
He picked me up at 4 and then dropped me off after we were done Bayshore, since I wasn’t doing well….carsick again… I was asleep by 5 and he got back in right after 7am. He slept until 2 and I was nearly as slow to wake. We’ve been puttering, but some chores are happening and we need to get out to the garden to transfer some things from the damaged box garden into pots.
Eventually I’m going to get my hair done and then we have some sorting to do in the apartment again, plus I need to process some more of those used CD’s.
I miss my kitties….
Today’s Plant is Coltsfoot, Petasites frigidus var. palmatus. One of the best cough remedies out there, this is often smoked to help cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is also made into cough syrups often combined with horehound. This is another plant where the medicinal and magickal uses seem to go together. Feminine, Venus, water– Add to love sachets and use in spell of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites_frigidus
Today is the Feast of St. Crispin and St. Crispinian, patron saints of shoemakers. “Cursed be the cobbler that goes to bed sober!” – Old English cry for this day, because there were feasts and guild parties all over England on this day. Also, prosperous householders, particularly in London would often contribute barrel after barrel of beer to the guild, much of which went into storage for later, but much was consumed, with great thanks, on the spot. Why the association with beer? It’s that time of year! Saint Crispin is often associated with the Battle of Agincourt as the battle was fought on Saint Crispin’s Day, and especially because of Shakespere’s St. Crispin’s Day Speech from his play Henry V. (It’s in the quotes, below!) More on the saints here: More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Crispin More on the Knights of St. Crispin here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_the_Knights_of_St._Crispin
“Now shoemakers will have a frisken
All in honour of St Crispin”. – Traditional rhyme, St Crispin’s day
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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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 10/27 at 3:22pm.
Newly returned to the evening sky, the waxing crescent Moon passes low Antares (use binoculars!) and then Saturn in the southwestern twilight.
The Ghost of Summer Suns. Halloween is approaching, and this means that Arcturus, the star sparkling low in the west-northwest in twilight, is taking on its role as “the Ghost of Summer Suns.” What does this mean? For several days centered on October 25th every year, Arcturus occupies a special place above your local landscape. It closely marks the spot where the Sun stood at the same time, by the clock, during hot June and July — in broad daylight, of course. So, as Halloween approaches every year, you can see Arcturus as the chilly ghost of the departed summer Sun.
Jupiter is out of sight, passing through conjunction behind the Sun.
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy, Sep 30 – Oct 27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24
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. Runic half-month of Hagalaz/Hagal – October 29-Novmber 12 – The Runic half-month of Hagal commences today, represented by the hailstone of transformation. It is a harbinger of the need to undergo the necessary preparations before the harsh northern Winter.
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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).
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl), reed – The term “reed” is used with great imprecision in North America, but it is clear that the reed of the ogham is the common reed (Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steudel). This is a giant grass, with stems as high as 4 m (13 feet). It grows in marshy areas, where it often forms dense stands. Like most other grasses, the vertical stems live only a single year, dying in the autumn and being replaced with new green shoots in the spring. The dead stems rattle and whisper in late autumn winds. Common reed has spread as a weed throughout the world; in North America it is widespread in cooler climates. Common reed is in the Grass family (Poaceae, or Gramineae). “The Reed Month, is said by some to be most favorable for communication with ancestral spirits and the strengthening of all family ties, with magickal associations with fertility, love, protection, and family concerns. ‘Thin and slender is the Reed. He stands in clumps at the edge of the river and between his feet hides the swift pike awaiting an unsuspecting minnow to come his way. In his thinness the reed resembles arrows that fly, silver-tipped, up into the unknown air to land at the very source that one had searched for all these years. Firing arrows off into the unknown is an expression of the desire to search out basic truths. If you loose off without direction, the place of landing will be random. If the firing off is carried out with the correct conviction, determination and sense of purpose, then the act becomes secondary to the event that comes both before and after the moment.'” Source: Earth, Moon and Sky
Tides for Alsea Bay
W 25 High 5:12 AM 6.2 7:45 AM Rise 1:04 PM 22
~ 25 Low 10:34 AM 3.5 6:15 PM Set 10:36 PM
~ 25 High 4:13 PM 6.9
~ 25 Low 11:22 PM 0.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Relationships are the proving grounds for my growth
~ Thought is only a flash between two long nights, but this flash is everything. – Henri Poincare
~ Time is our most valuable asset, yet we tend to waste it, kill it and spend it rather than invest it. – Denis Waitley
~ Traditions don’t win battles. Originality, the unexpected, that’s what wins the day. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Tragedy can make you bitter or better. – Mikey’s Thot for the Day
The green elm with the one great bough of gold
Lets leaves into the grass slip, one by one, —
The short hill grass, the mushrooms small milk-white,
Harebell and scabious and tormentil,
That blackberry and gorse, in dew and sun,
Bow down to; and the wind travels too light
To shake the fallen birch leaves from the fern. – Edward Thomas (1878–1917)
Samhain Magick – Lore – Samhuinn (or Samhain) 1 November – Samhain tidbit
Samhain, meaning “Summer’s End,” is celebrated on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. A solemn occasion. As darkness overwhelmed the world, the days grew short, and the earth became barren and cold and the veil between the mortal and the supernatural was temporarily drawn aside. Samhain is the beginning of the Celtic new year. This is the time when the rising of Pleiades, heralds the triumph of night over day. Now it is the “time of the little sun” and the portion of the year which is ruled by the realms of the moon.
Samhain was a time of fairs and festivities. As with all the fire festivals, fires were lit on the hilltops at Samhain. This festival was one of the two when all hearth fires were extinguished and re-lit from the communal bonfires. The cattle were driven back from the mountains where they had been sent for the summer. At this time of their return they were driven between two bonfires to purify and protect them. People and cattle both had now returned from the hills and glens to their winter quarters and were engaged in actively re-tying the social bonds. Just prior to this, the stores that had been put up had been assessed. Part of this assessment was how many could be fed during the cold months ahead. Rather than have whole herds starve to death in the winter, the herds were culled and the weakest harvested and the meat was preserved.
The taking of life was done in a sacred way, and the utilitarian killing of the excess livestock had a sacrificial nature. Another area were the religious philosophy is addressed was in the bonds of kinship which were renewed in the clan spirit that was invoked at this time of year. Traditionally Samhain begins the time of storytelling by the fires of the hearth, as there isn’t much to do outside during this “time of the little sun.”
You Say Halloween. We Say Samhain By Theresa Chaze
Many of the most popular religious and secular holidays have their roots in Pagan or Wiccan festivals. By absorbing the basic beliefs of the celebration and transforming them to conform to their religious doctrine, religious leaders hoped to lure away the followers of the Earth based religions and convert them.
Traditionally, Samhain is the ending of the Pagan and Wiccan year. The final harvests have been brought in and the finally preparations for winter have been made. Animals are slaughtered and their meat preserved. The death of a few insures life for others through the coming winter months.
It is the day when the veils between the realms are the thinnest. The dead and earth spirits are able to walk freely among the living. Whether dead loved ones or earth spirits, this time of year communication with them is the easiest. It is the time for honoring your ancestors and making amends with those who have crossed over. Many Wiccans and Pagans believe it is the most important day of the year as it is not only a time of honoring our ancestors, but is an accounting of our actions.
Ritually spirits are invited to attend festivals in their honor. Banquets are prepared with the choices meats and vegetables being set aside for those who have crossed over. Frequently these meals are silent as each participant remembers their loved one and looks for signs of their presence. The food on the spirits’ plates remains uneaten. Instead, after the dinner the ritual continues as the food is offered up outside and left behind. Deities, earth spirits and elementals are also petitioned for protection and for boons. Calls are more easily heard and answered during this time.
Spiritually, what we have sent out comes back for good or ill. Just as the harvest has been collected, so does the karmic debt come due. The thinning curtain only makes the Deities of Justice more active and powerful. Whether it is said as “What goes around, comes around” or “So share ye sow, so shall ye reap”, what we have created shall manifest as a blessing or a challenge.
Many of the Halloween traditions come from the fear of spirits. The masks were designed to disguise identities and to scare away evil spirits. Treat or treating represents the offerings left out to honor the ancestors and tithes to the deities. Christians created All Saints Day on November 1 as a way to counter act the popularity of the Samhain festival.
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Silliness – A young minister
A young minister, in the first days of his first parish, was obliged to call upon the widow of an eccentric man who had just died.
Standing before the open casket and consoling the widow, he said, “I know this must be a very hard blow, Mrs. Vernon.
“But we must remember that what we see here is the husk only, the shell.
“The nut has gone to heaven.”