Featured photo by by Greg Anderson.
Yesterday most of the day was gone before I got the newsletter out. Lots got moved. More got pulled out. Oi!… but I can see progress, even if no one else will. We even had customers in, folks who know what a mess we’re going to be on our weekend.
I got going on some cooking in the early evening, a soup to use up veg and such that are going to go bad, mostly onions and shallots that have been sitting. I need to do another with the potatoes, which are sprouting. We had some tortellini for it, rather than meat. Couldn’t find the pot lid, though…. <sigh>
By 8:30 it was done and boxed and the leftover put away and us fed. It turned out pretty tasty. Shallots and onions and garlic and dried mushrooms, chicken broth with a few cups of water plus some frozen carrots and peas. That just went into the hot soup and thawed and were plenty cooked. I hunted for some water chestnuts or celery, but we were out.
Later I got a watermelon cut up and the rind brined. The first 8th and all the overnight set-up was done at right about the time that Tempus set out on the bulk drops at 10:35. The 2nd part, a quarter was finished by 11:10, the third part was finished by 12:30 and the last part, with the worst parts of the rind, was done, everything cut, the rind brined and the cut melon waiting to go into the fridge at 1:30. Doing the pickling is going to have to wait for tonight and I ate far too many of the scraps. I’ll probably pay for that, this afternoon….
Tempus stopped at the shop at 3 to put away the melon, then headed out again for the Seal Rock drops. He picked me up right after 4am and we went on with the route. The stars were very bright when we started. The Big Dipper was standing on its handle. Cygnus was flying over the western horizon. Taurus was up in the east with the Moon, like a deflated ball being kicked by the bull. Orion was striding across the sky with the Hare at his feet and Sirius following behind. Clouds rolled in for awhile, turning all the stars to globes of crystal, but it was clear again by the time we were done and the sky was just starting to get light. We were done at 6:15.
Once we’re back up Tempus needs to go get the laundry done and then we’ll get back to putting away and sorting around.
“Sunset Flock” photo by Greg Anderson
Oschophoria, ancient Greece – The Bearing of Green Branches to commemorate Theseus’s return – The Oschophoria was a festival in Attica, according to some writers celebrated in honour of the deities Athena and Dionysus, according to others Dionysus and Ariadne. Said to have been instituted by the god Theseus, this was a vintage festival, its name derived from the word for a branch of a vine with grapes. More info here http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/oct3.html The Wiki article is a stub: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oschophoria There’s an interesting article on the Greek calendar, though, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyanepsion
Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis – Sea Dew – Obviously this plant grows well by the ocean! It is used for garden plantings, both as an ornament and for pest control. A lovely seasoning for food, it can also make a tasty tea. The oil is used to deter pesty bugs and to keep other oils from going rancid. Rosemary tops are used for making Hungary Water. Settles stomach. Steam clears the nose, especially when you have a cold or sinus problems – Masculine, Sun, Fire – to enhance protective and cleansing influences. Burn for powerful cleansing and purifying vibrations. Rids an area of negativity, especially
good before performing magic or if angry words have been spoken. Use an infusion (pour boiling water over) to wash before rituals, especially those of healing. Simmer in water to drive off lingering resentments and freshen the psychic atmosphere. Make a small flat bag of purple cloth and place beneath your pillow to drive off nightmares and promote healing sleep. Place leaves in a small green cloth amulet and wear or keep in your breast pocket to aid healing. To dispel depression bind leaves in a piece of real linen and wrap around your right arm. For more info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosemary
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Love & Light,
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 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.
Cygnus floats high overhead these evenings. Its brightest stars form the big Northern Cross. When you face southwest and crane your head overhead, the cross appears oriented upright. It’s about two fists at arm’s length tall. The bottom star of the cross is Albireo, not very bright. It’s a fine double star for 10x binoculars, but how well you can resolve it in binoculars depends on their optical quality and how steady you can brace them. From Albireo, you can star-hop to the planetary nebula M27 and to lesser-known Stock 1, a very large but sparse star cluster, using Matt Wedel’s Binocular Highlight column and chart in the October Sky & Telescope, page 43.
Uranus, near the Aries-Pisces border, is easy in binoculars at magnitude 5.7 — if you have a finder chart and know the constellations well enough to see where to start with it.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for October – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-october-2018
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 – Too busy sometimes now to remember the core of what started at all? Live your dreams and don’t let those dreams make you forget who you were when you dreamed them.
~ The highest result of education is tolerance. – Helen Keller, who graduated from college on September 1, 1904
~ A time will come when a politician who has willfully made war and promoted international dissension will be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide. It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men’s lives should not stake their own. – HG Wells, who on September 1, 1939 published The Shape of Things to Come
~ I am determined to solve (1) the Danzig question; (2) the question of the Corridor; and (3) to see to it that a change is made in the relationship between Germany and Poland that shall ensure a peaceful co-existence. – Adolph Hitler, speech before the Reichstag, Berlin, September 1, 1939 Source~ Say do you remember dancing in September? Never was a cloudy day. – Earth, Wind & Fire; ‘September’
Hail, old October, bright and chill,
First freedman from the summer sun!
Spice high the bowl, and drink your fill!
Thank heaven, at last the summer’s done! – Thomas Constable (1812–81)
Prayer for Autumn Days
God of the seasons, there is a time for everything; there is a time for dying and a time for rising. We need courage to enter into the transformation process.
God of autumn, the trees are saying goodbye to their green, letting go of what has been. We, too, have our moments of surrender, with all their insecurity and risk. Help us to let go when we need to do so.
God of fallen leaves lying in colored patterns on the ground, our lives have their own patterns. As we see the patterns of our own growth, may we learn from them.
God of misty days and harvest moon nights, there is always the dimension of mystery and wonder in our lives. We always need to recognize your power-filled presence. May we gain strength from this.
God of harvest wagons and fields of ripened grain, many gifts of growth lie within the season of our surrender. We must wait for harvest in faith and hope. Grant us patience when we do not see the blessings.
God of geese going south for another season, your wisdom enables us to know what needs to be left behind and what needs to be carried into the future. We yearn for insight and vision.
God of flowers touched with frost and windows wearing white designs, may your love keep our hearts from growing cold in the empty seasons.
God of life, you believe in us, you enrich us, you entrust us with the freedom to choose life. For all this, we are grateful. – Author Unknown – Appropriate for many faiths
An Autumn Chant by Karen Bergquist
I will dance
The dance of dying days
And sleeping life.
I will dance
In cold, dead leaves
A bending, whirling human flame.
I will dance
As the Horned God rides
Across the skies.
I will dance
To the music of His hounds
Running, baying in chorus.
I will dance
With the ghosts of those
I will dance
Between the sleep of life
And the dream of death
I will dance
On Samhain’s dusky eye,
I will dance.