Featured photo by Sam Standeven! Open Circle for Samhain, Friday, 10/27 at 7pm! This will be a Dumb Supper, so bring a dab (yes, like a one inch cube….) of a favorite food and/or a photo for the ritual. Sewing tonight 5-8pm.
55F and might get warm this afternoon. The sky is covered with lumpy clouds, seemingly raked into windrows, like hay. It’s supposed to clear up this afternoon. There’s blue sky over the ocean and we’ve seen some sunbreaks, like right now, so I’m going to call it, “Partly Cloudy”. There’s some wind, but the gusts aren’t even getting up into the teens.
Yesterday went pretty well. We got some of the garden work done. I got the re-potting accomplished of the plants that had been in the disintegrating box garden, harvested some small bits of things and trimmed both the path entrance and the hydrangea growth shoots. Tempus didn’t get as far as raking it all up and there are still a couple of things that need to be moved, but we got most of it done.
I was filthy after that, so I went in and got a shower and both of us sat and talked with Jeanne for quite awhile. Afterwards I got a bit more done in the apartment and then turned in. I don’t know for certain when Tempus went to sleep, but I was up around 1:30 for awhile, mostly reading. I’ve gotten two solid nights of sleep in a few days and it certainly is a mood adjuster!
Today I have to get more done on checking in the new stock and eventually I want to set up some muffins or cupcakes to bake this evening at home. Of course, tonight is the paper run, so Tempus will be out doing that. I’ll probably sew. I need to finish that piece of needlepoint, so I can mail it out!
Port Docks, looking East. This photo is “Good Morning, Waldport!” by Sam Standeven
Today’s plant is the Snowberry, Symphoricarpos albus. My kids used to call this “popcorn plant”, which is a name I’ve heard from others, too. The white berries are used as a food, a soap and for hand lotion. It doesn’t have any magickal uses that I know of, although the folks magicks of a similar bush amongst the Slavs say that it is “proper” as an offering to statues of the gods. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphoricarpos_albus
Slavic pagan calendar – Mokosh’s Holiday – Pasdernic (October) 25 to Gruden (November) 1 -We celebrate this holiday on the Friday between October 25 and November 1. On this day we honor Mother Earth and give gratitude to her for her care and concern for us. The central icon for this feast is the vegetable.
Dziady, Ancient Ones – This is the fourth day of commemoration/worship of the Ancient Ones in the year. This is also a day of remembrance for the warriors who were slain in the year 1380 on Kulikovskoe Field. Say a toast to the honor and glory of the Russian Heroes. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kulikovo
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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.
Draw a line from <<< Altair, the brightest star very high above the Moon in the southwest after dark, to the right to brighter Vega, >>> very high in the west. Continue the line half as far onward, and you hit the Lozenge: the pointy-nosed head of <<< Draco, the Dragon. Its brightest star is orange Eltanin, the tip of the Dragon’s nose, which points toward Vega.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5, in southern Ophiuchus) glows low in the southwest at dusk.
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
Th 26 High 6:09 AM 6.0 7:46 AM Rise 1:49 PM 30
~ 26 Low 11:29 AM 3.7 6:14 PM Set 11:28 PM
~ 26 High 5:03 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a truthful day!
~ Understanding why we have developed habits or addictions is one of the most important steps in overcoming them. Kerr Cuhulain
~ View all problems as challenges. Look upon negativities that arise as opportunities to learn and to grow. – Bhante Gunaratana
~ We cannot fail to win unless we fail to try. – Tom Clancy
~ What brothers own jointly is best seen together. – Gisli Sursson’s Saga, c.10
October is the treasurer of the year,
And all the months pay bounty to her store;
The fields and orchards still their tribute bear,
And fill her brimming coffers more and more. – Paul Lawrence Dunbar (1872–1906)
Prosperity Pumpkins – [Note: By Claudette Griffith copywrite 2001]
I’m a big fan of window boxes and this is one of the ways I use to encourage abundance in the fall. Once the frosts have killed off the plantings in my window boxes I place a board over them to serve as a platform to hold my prosperity pumpkins. Simply take several pumpkins of varying sizes from the garden and write on the bottom of them, words like “abundance”, “prosperity”, “comfort” or other things you would like to bring into your life, perhaps harmony or love. Place them on your platformed window box, along with colorful leaves and interesting twigs. Add nuts and perhaps dried corn to be enjoyed by local wildlife and you have a great display that can bring abundance to your life, In many areas of the country it can be colorful all the way through Thanksgiving and if not perhaps you can use the same ideas for a mantle or tabletop display. Your house will look great and your neighbors will be none the wiser! When that hard frost comes remove the pumpkins to the compost pile, Next spring don’t be surprised when the pumpkin vines begin to take over your compost!
Saoirse, ruthee www.turningthewheel.org
Autumn votive holders & vases (Anja) (Make no more than 3 days ahead!!!)
- Several mini pumpkins (the flat kind hold candles, the round kind make vases)
- Pot or large bowl for soaking pumpkins
- Salt (table salt is fine for soaking)
- Strong knife
- Strong handled spoon
- One clear glass votive candle holder per pumpkin
- Rock salt
- Plate, platter or tray
- Cut the pumpkin stem section out so that the glass holder will fit inside.
- Gut the pumpkin, pulling all strings.
- Soak for about an ½ hour in salted water (1 tablespoon per cup)
- Fish the pumpkins out, turn them upside down on something like a wire rack, so that air will flow underneath the help them dry. Leave overnight.
- Put rock salt into pumpkins.
- Shove votive holders into the salt, so that it fills the crevices in the pumpkin.
- Add flowers and/or tea lights as desired .
- Put salt on plate, so that plate is covered. Place pumpkins artistically around.
Note – Salt will “draw” liquid from the pumpkins, so they will wrinkle. The salt is a delaying tactic for the inevitable mold! In a dry climate these might last a week. On the Pacific Coast, 3 days is tops. You can delay things farther, by keeping the pumpkins in the fridge at night.
Pumpkin Candles – By Patti Wigington, About.com
Image &Copy; Patti Wigington
The pumpkin is one of the best-known members of the squash family. From September to November, they’re all over the place – we see them carved into jack-o-lanterns, painted, and practically invading every roadside stand in town. With Samhain growing nearer, the pumpkin crop is at its peak, and there are all kinds of things you can do with them. Everyone loves candles, so why not use a few small pumpkins to jazz up your Sabbat decor?
The first thing you’ll need is a baking-size pumpkin (you can use an acorn squash for this project too). Here’s a hint — before you buy a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, check your grocery store’s produce section.
Unless you already have candle-making equipment and paraffin wax, the other thing you’ll need to get is some soy wax chips. These are inexpensive, melt easily and safely in your microwave, and burn cleaner than paraffin wax. If you already have paraffin, you can use that for this project, but you’ll need to melt it over a double burner instead. If you want to add color or scent, you’ll need some of that too.
Finally, you’ll need a wick. You can either make your own by coating a string in wax, or you can buy a pre-made wick at any craft or hobby store. The pre-made ones typically have a small metal disc at the bottom for the base.
Assemble all your supplies, and cut the top off the pumpkin. Scoop out the goop inside (you can save the seeds for roasting later) and scrape the interior clean. A melon-baller actually works really well for this step.
Melt your wax — again, if you use soy chips you can melt them in the microwave. Eight cups of dry chips will give you about four cups of melted wax, which is just about enough to fill a baking pumpkin or acorn squash. Before you pour the wax, secure the wick to the bottom of the pumpkin’s inside. It’s okay if it flops over a little, because we’ll prop it up later when the wax is in place.
Once your wax is melted, add scent or color chips if you like. Stir before pouring. Fill the pumpkin with wax up to the bottom edge of the opening. You’ll probably have a little bit left over — don’t throw it away, you’ll need it later!
After you’ve poured the wax, if the wick seems to lean to one side or the other, place a butter knife across the top of the pumpkin to hold up the wick and keep it from flopping.
Image © Patti Wigington
Once the wax has cooled, you may notice a small dip or indentation around the wick where the wax has sunk. Use the leftover wax to fill this spot up. Trim the wick back so it is no longer than 1/4″ long.
When you burn your candle, be careful not to leave it unattended. If the inside of the pumpkin begins to burn, put your candle out immediately. Use it on your altar or around your house as part of your Samhain decorating.
Silliness – Late Night Funny – Check this out, guys. Target is letting customers download an indoor map to help them find their way around the store, while if you get lost at Costco, they just tell you to forget your old life and move in. – Jimmy Fallon