No Wicca 102 tonight. Sick students! Still looking for feedback on this year’s OCPPG! https://wp.me/P2xgQ8-6hh
Yesterday was long. Tempus and I kept going all day on all kinds of chores and cleaning and such. He made us baked potatoes with chives in the middle of the afternoon that were yummy and kept us going. Amy showed up late in the afternoon for Project Day and we’re trying to fix a problem with event insurance or we have to change the event, pretty drastically, so we had to work on that. Later, I was writing and Tempus trying to sort out some paperwork.
Today he let me sleep. (That’s why this is late.) He’s been at the shop since 11, working with customers and sorting out payment from my ER visit earlier in the month. After I was up and ready to go he got busy with customers, so I worked on some research that’s been hanging fire.
…and some customers came in just as he was getting ready to come get me and were here for quite awhile, so here’s it’s nearly 4pm when I’m getting this out, and it’ll be later by the time it’s filled in!
No class tonight, both students are down sick. 😦
This next bit brings up the funny story about what Tempus *didn’t* say…. He should have *asked* me whether all the herbs in the garden are edible before spicing the roast with wormwood…🙂 Yes, that’s years ago now, but I’m not going to let him forget it!
Today’s Plant is the Coast Willow, Salix hookeriana. I’ve been mistaking it for pussy willow ever since I moved out here! Pussy Willows are a subset of the willows which also include osiers (think “wicker” for their uses). They’re all Saliciae from which, salicylic acid, the medicine Aspirin, was derived. Willow magick is Feminine, Moon and Water. Willow wands can be used for healing, to sleep with for more vivid dreams, Drawing Down the Moon, or for protection in underworld journeying. The Willow will bring the blessings of the Moon upon those who plant it or have it on their property. Willows can be used to bind together witch’s brooms and a forked willow branch is widely used in water witching and dowsing. New Moon magick, creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, binding. Love, Love divination, protection, healing. It is also known as the tree of immortality because of its ability to re grow from a fallen branch in moist ground. These properties apply to all forms of willow, but the Coast Willow has the properties of endurance, tolerance and stubbornness as well. There’s more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org
The Rhyne Toll, Chetwode Manor, UK (Oct 30 – Nov 7) – At Chetwode, near Buckingham, England, the Lord of the Manor has the right to levy a yearly tax, called the ‘Rhyne Toll’, on all cattle found between October 30 and November 7 on his ‘liberty’, a grazing domain. Apparently a knight who slew an enormous boar in antiquity was rewarded with this manor and toll. In the 1800’s a mound in the area was unearthed and yielded up the skeleton of an enormous boar. These days, it’s a party, of course! More here: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/c/h/i/Billy-R-Chitwood/GENE12-0039.html and here (a couple of screens down) http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=62559
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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 Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 11/2 at 10:23am.
All week, bright Venus and faint Mars shine in the east during early dawn. (The blue 10° scale is about a fist-width at arm’s length, always a handy measure.)
The Big Dipper lies down horizontal low in the north-northwest after dark. How low? The farther south you are, the lower. Seen from 40° north (New York, Denver) even its bottom stars twinkle nearly ten degrees high. But at Miami (26° N) the entire Dipper skims along out of sight just below the northern horizon.
Venus (magnitude –3.9) rises as dawn begins and shines very low due east as dawn brightens.
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 Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24
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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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
M 30 Low 3:15 AM 1.2 7:52 AM Set 2:27 AM 68
~ 30 High 9:49 AM 6.8 6:08 PM Rise 4:12 PM
~ 30 Low 4:01 PM 2.5
~ 30 High 9:40 PM 6.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Say yes to Freedom!
~ Certainly the most diverse, if minor, pastime of literary life is the game of Find the Author. – Arthur Miller (1915-2005) US playwright
~ Discard the title “victim” and tell yourself “never again!” Empower yourself, and take charge of your life. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Don’t ask, ‘Why isn’t the world a better place?’ Ask ‘How can I make it better? – L Buscaglia
~ Except a person be part coward, it is not a compliment to say that he is brave. – Mark Twain
The maples ripen. Apples
come home crisp in bags.
This pear tastes good.
It rains lightly on the
random leaf patterns. – James Marcus Schuyler (1923–92)
Ancestors call from Tir fo Thuinn
Ancestors call from Tir fo Thuinn
Beating wings, voice of the swan
Dance from sunset into the dawn.
And the gods will dance in the mist
Blowing wind will call them here
Voice of the dead will answer our fears.
And sung as we dance in the mist
Death to death and life to life
Form to form on the edge of the night.
We call as we move through the mist
Womb to tomb and birth to birth
Warmth of the flames upon the hearth
We are held in the arms of the earth
Ancestors come they hear our call
Dance their bones down echoing halls.
They rise like the tide of the mist.
Happy Samhain. – Granny ©¿©¬ Moon
Samhain Night of the Dead
‘I am the God who i the dead of the year, in the dark of life, at the end me .
black crowded darkness forming the
Silent clamour of the returning hoard filling the night but no space,
and we, hosts in our turn greet in love the Mighty Dead.
All is life, on the Feast of the Dead – on Samhain.
The sword, flashing candle-glow, salutes The Guardians,
forms the Circle, builds again the Castle.
Bridges down, we wait, welcoming, expectant,
feeling again the surge as they return.
Now with us again – The Clan.
Life force quickens, on the Feast of the Dead – on Samhain.
Now fill the cup to drink in honour of our kin. Ours by choice and right. To talk gravely, laugh merrily as kinsmen will in kinship.
Drink, with them, the ancient festival.
Out of time, is the time of the Dead – is Samhain.
Brought on no chill wind, this merry crew,
the dead and the Lord of the Dead.
Their rich warmth reaches the soul of us encumbered in
light we warm our cold clay at the fire of your caring.
Tonight is the promise renewed, and our spirits drink the
Life force with our beloved dead.
In the hour of the dead – on the Eve of Samhain.
Silliness – Working Man Blues – Then I worked in the woods as a lumberjack, but I just couldn’t hack it, so …they gave me the ax.