Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
Bright sunshine outside whatever it looked like this morning, when it just seemed dim and grey! 64F, wind at 1mph, AQI finally down to 10. We got some appreciable rainfall yesterday, but I can’t get the ‘puter to tell me how much, drattit. It looks like almost 100% chance of rain on Friday….
I spent right up until lunchtime working on the computer, trying to catch up on mail and then setting up newsletters for the week. This past week they tended to be late because they weren’t filled in the way I usually do, so I got the frames together today, because tomorrow I’ll have to work on the files to get ’em filled in. Finally finished that just past 6pm.
I kept pecking away at that while Tempus ran around doing errands. One of those was to pick up mail and my patterns showed up. Yeah, baby patterns. 🙂 With a grandbaby on the way? Gotta be done. 🙂
I spent a chunk of the evening embroidering and reading and Tempus was on his computer, trying to catch up.
Today we’ve been working like crazy, hard enough that I forgot that I hadn’t gotten the newsletter out. You can tell, though, which is upsetting. We’ve only got a few more hours until Tempus heads to Newport to start the paper route.
A Ken Gagne photo that I’m calling “Rush Hour in Yachats” from 9/29/15. That’s morning moonset.
Something odd for today, the San Pedro mummy. ….an article with links here: http://www.ancient-origins.net/unexplained-phenomena/mystery-san-pedro-mountains-mummy-002088?utm_source=Ancient-Origins+Newsletter&utm_campaign=77b909890d-Ancient_Origins_August_Newsletter_8_301_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2dcd13de15-77b909890d-86802433 and there’s a Wiki article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Pedro_Mountains_Mummy
Today is the day of Tutelary Spirits, Guardian Spirits, angels, daemons, spirit guides, spirits of place. “On this day, light a white candle on your altar and give thanks to your spirit guide (or guides) for guarding over you and guiding you through your spiritual development. If you wish to communicate with or meet your spirit guide, use a Ouija board or, through prayer, invite the spirit guide to come to you in a dream or in a trance.” – Wicca Book of Days, Gerina Dunwich
Soapwort, Saponaria officinalis is sacred to these spirits. More on soapwort here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saponaria_officinalis
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 10/8 at 8:47pm. Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 10/8 at 8:47pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 10/2 at 2:45am. Waning Crescent Moon – Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 10/4 at 8:47am.
Last-quarter Moon (exact at 2:45 a.m. on this date). Tonight, the Moon rises around midnight or 1 a.m. in Gemini. Before dawn Wednesday morning, you’ll find it shining high with Pollux and Castor to its upper left and Procyon farther to its lower right.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5, above the spout-tip of the Sagittarius Teapot) glows pale yellow in the south-southwest at dusk, getting low. It’s three or four fists at arm’s length to the lower right of brighter Mars.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for October – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-october-2018
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27
Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102
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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).
to study this month Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: P, PE, UI
Meaning: Proceed with caution.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 3 Low 1:49 AM 0.3 7:17 AM Rise 12:37 AM 45
~ 3 High 8:36 AM 6.0 6:53 PM Set 4:00 PM
~ 3 Low 1:58 PM 3.3
~ 3 High 7:48 PM 7.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow.
Journal Prompt – Favorites – What is your favorite sport? Write the reasons for your choice. (If you don’t have a favorite sport, decide what sport you would like to play well when you get older. Then list the reasons for your choice.)
~ There is a very fine line between “hobby” and “mental illness.” – Dave Barry
~ They understand but a little who understand only what can be explained. – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) US writer
~ No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage-ground of truth. – Francis Bacon, English Renaissance polymath, born on January 22, 1561, died on April 9, 1626; Of Truth
~ The only way to deal with an unfree world is to make yourself so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. – Albert Camus
BLONDE AND BRUNETTE.
There’s a beautiful blonde for whom
I have been mad in my time full oft :
O, her kiss hath a gay perfume !
O, her voice is divinely soft !
Sweet it is her waist to clasp,
Strongly she mankind can grasp ;
While life lasts I shall ever be fond
Of that same peerless piquant blonde.
There is also a rare brunette,
Years ago beloved by me ;
Purple suns that in autumn set
Have not more magical hue than she.
O, to woo her is joy and power !
She, of brunettes the choicest flower, <
Hath a deliciously dainty breath :
Faith, I shall love her until my death.
For the laughing blonde is Champagne, you see :
And the rare brunette is Burgundy. – Mortimer Collins
Magick Mirror (For Samhain)
- A convex piece of glass (like an old clock face or glass bowl)
- A wooden circle that will fit on the bottom of the bowl
- Black enamel paint
- Divination herbs
Directions – Make sure the glass is clean first. Paint two coats of black enamel paint on the back of the glass, and also paint the wood black, leaving no signs of drips or strokes. Let dry. To prepare for use, take crushed herbs (such as mugwort or any others suggested for divination) and dissolve them in water. Let the herbs steep overnight (covered with a cloth) and then strain them out, and use the infusion to paint over the enamel. Do three coats, allowing to dry in between. Glue the glass onto the wood.
Ritual use – The magick mirror can be used for divination during a Samhain ritual.
Samhain Door Wreath
You will need items from Nature, fine wire, sheet of corrugated cardboard, collection sack, small nail. First, take a Nature hike. Collect items from nature, such as pine cones, seeds, leaves, berry bunches acorns and caps, flowers, etc.remembering how important it is to thank the plant for its gift, and to take only what is needed. When you return home, spread out collection on some newspaper. Cut out a circle about 15″ in diameter, from the cardboard. Cut a smaller circle out of the middle. Wrap the wire around each object so it can be fastened to the cardboard. Poke two small holes in the cardboard ring for each item. Feed the wire through and twist in back. Keep fastening objects onto the ring until it is full and no cardboard shows. Hang the wreath on the front door with the nail. – http://paganwiccan.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=paganwiccan&zu=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dreamcatcher.net%2Fmoonwise%2Fcrafts.html
Silliness – Inevitable Laws of Work – 16. Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn’t the work he/she is supposed to be doing.