Minus tides start tomorrow! Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Sewing at 6pm. Still looking for feedback on this year’s OCPPG! https://wp.me/P2xgQ8-6hh
It’s rather gloomy. The ground was wet outside the apartment, but the parking lot here at the shop is dry. It’s a bit windy, in the mid-teens. We’re due for rain in the late afternoon and it looks like it. …and we got a sharp shower, really coming down hard, but it only lasted about 10 minutes and it’s a lot brighter, now!
Yesterday just went. Lots of chores got worked through and Tempus was at the shop for a bit in the late afternoon, but I stayed home and worked on embroidery. Most everything, (except the table, still!) got done. Still more garden work, but I’m getting there. Tempus still needs to sort out the furniture in the sunroom. He and Jeanne were discussing that on Tuesday, but I dunno what they decided.
Just after Tempus got a shower he perked up, looked out the window and said, “I think I’m glad I got done when I did!” It was pouring, really hammering down on the sunroom roof, but it didn’t last long.
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We’ve had a bunch of customers in. I’m trying to get this sorted out, work on the tvarog and get a bunch of other things done all at once, which means each thing is taking 10 times longer. You’d think in 6 decades that I would have learned better than that! …So, I’m going to get this out and then start on the other stuff. I have a lot of cutting out to do for sewing, but I’m not sure I’m going to have a full table to work on, yet. Thinking about making some onion pies, too….
Sewing tonight at 6pm!
Photo from 10/30/16 by Ken Gagne of a favorite play place along the Yachats River for his dog.
Today’s Plant is Oregon White Oak, Quercus garryana, also called Garry oak, or just Oregon oak. It doesn’t grow well out here on the coast, although supposedly there are some specimens. I’ve never seen one out here, but they’re *all* over the Willamette Valley, many of them hosting our local mistletoe, Phoradendron flavescens. This is the same relation of tree and herb that gave rise to the legends of the Golden Bough in Europe, although these are *far* different species. – Masculine, Sun ,Fire, Dagda, (Jupiter, Thor, Pan) – Use in magicks for protection, money, potency, fertility – Burn the bark to draw off illness, carry and piece of the for luck and protection, acorns are used to tip male power wands and worn as necklaces by some priests and can be carried to increase fertility and male potency to preserve health and long life. Place in windows to ward off lightning. Plant an acorn at the new moon if you need money. Fires of oak wood draw off illness. – Wiccaning or Seining –Wiccaning or Seining is the ceremony where we welcome a new child to the world. Holly water is used for girls and Oak for boys. Make by a tablespoon of powdered leaf brew in 1 cup of very hot water for about 10 minutes, then adding that to 2 cups of cold water. Sprinkle or wash baby with it. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_white_oak Mistletoe lore here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistletoe#Culture.2C_folklore.2C_and_mythologyand more about our variety here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoradendron
Today’s Feast of All Souls Day and the Day of the Dead descend from the indigenous celebrations of the goddess Mictecacihuatl. Most “Catrina” figures that are all over during this celebration are descendants of this Lady of the Dead. I wonder if “St. Death” has gotten mixed in there somehow. Today is the Day of the Faithful Dead, after All Saints, and All Innocents.
- On the celebrations https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Dead
- On the goddess – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mictecacihuatl
- La Calavera Catrina – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Calavera_Catrina
- Photo is By Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33196773
“On All Saints’ Day the tops of the branches are bent;
In the mouth of the mischievous, disturbance is congenial:
Where there is no natural gift there will be no learning”. – From The Heroic Elegies of Llywarch Hên (6th-Century Welsh), translated by Dr W Owen Pughe, 1792 (William Hone, The Every-Day Book, or a Guide to the Year, William Tegg and Co., London, 1878, 711 – 712; 1825-26 edition online)
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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. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 11/5 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.)
Vega is the brightest star in the west on November evenings. Its little constellation Lyra extends to its left, pointing in the direction of Altair, the brightest star in the southwest. Three of Lyra‘s leading stars, after Vega, are interesting doubles. Barely above Vega is 4th-magnitude Epsilon Lyrae, the Double-Double. Epsilon forms one corner of a roughly equilateral triangle with Vega and Zeta Lyrae. The triangle is less than 2° on a side, hardly the width of your thumb at arm’s length. It easily fits in a binocular’s field of view. Binoculars easily resolve Epsilon. And a 4-inch telescope at 100× or more should resolve each of Epsilon’s wide components into a tight pair. Zeta Lyrae is also a double star for binoculars; much tougher, but plainly resolved in any telescope. Delta Lyrae, upper left of Zeta, is a much wider and easier pair.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5, in southern Ophiuchus) glows very low in the southwest at dusk.
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
Th 2 Low 5:32 AM 1.2 7:56 AM Set 5:50 AM 92
~ 2 High 11:40 AM 8.3 6:04 PM Rise 5:44 PM
~ 2 Low 6:15 PM 0.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make seed balls. Carry them with you. Put one down where you see a bare spot. It is one way to make the world a better place.
~ If you don’t risk anything you risk even more. – Erica Jong
~ If you want to work for world peace, go home and love your families. – Mother Teresa
~ If you want work well done, select a busy man: the other kind has no time. – Elbert Hubbard
~ In writing, your audience is one single reader… Sometimes it helps to pick out one person. John Steinbeck
When he is seen within us and without, He sets right all doubts and dispels the pain Of wrong actions committed in the past. – Mundaka Upanishad, Excerpted from The Upanishads, translated by Eknath Easwaran, copyright 1987. Reprinted with permission from Nilgiri Press, http://www.nilgiri.org. To order the book, please call 1-800-475-2369.
I do a lot of magickal embroidery. This is my favorite version of Theban based on Willow Poulson’s. I usually render it in doubled-running stitch, and have a good instuction page here: https://mabscreations.wordpress.com/resources-how-to/what-is-blackwork-plus-a-basic-how-to-on-the-stitch/ (This is from my embroidery site) . If you want to learn this, get hold of me and we’ll set up a day.
Silliness – White cheese or yellow
My brother Sean stopped by a sandwich shop one afternoon and placed his order with the girl at the counter. She rattled off a list of condiments, but he stopped her when she asked if he wanted white cheese or yellow.
“What’s the difference?” Sean asked.
“Hello?” replied the girl, sighing and rolling her eyes. “The COLOR is different!”