Daily Stuff 10-4-18 Jejunium Cereris

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Lovelui Etsy shop/tides/announce

It’s pretty sunny out there for partly cloudy. …and of course in the 10 minutes I just spent with customer it’s change from partly cloudy to sunny. 🙂 63F, wind at 4mph. Gale Warning for the ocean, which means it could get interesting ashore.

Yesterday we didn’t wake until 3pm and it was bright sunshine outside for all of 2 minutes. By 6:30 it was completely overcast or than an occasional gleam.

Tempus was out doing laundry by then and he got back late. I was working on the affirmations file and later got back into the quotes file.

Other than that it was exactly the same as we’ve been doing. I’m getting tired of sorting….

How’d it get to be 3:15 and this isn’t out yet! Our morning started with a long call from one of our boys just after we opened, which continued on Facebook, consulting about a piece of equipment that he wants. We had some customers in, mostly intimidated, but the stuff that got pulled out of the car and needs to be put away. Robert was in and we talked cheese for most of an hour, but still…. where did the day go?

So the rest of today is more of the same, except that tonight is the paper run again. We’ve got rain moving in tonight/tomorrow, apparently the leftovers of Ophelia… …and here it’s 5:30! When I don’t get these out first thing in the morning, this is what happens!

I think these are cool. These are buttons made from vintage embroideries that were otherwise too stained or damaged for use, from Lovelui Etsy shop.

Lovelui Etsy shop repurposed vintage embroidery

plant poppy wheatToday’s feast is the Jejunium Cereris, Fast of Ceres, Roman Empire – This was a fast introduced in 191 BCE by command of the Sibylline books. Fasting was not common in the Graeco-Roman world. This one was held in honour of the goddess Ceres and followed the general feasting as carried out in the Eleusinian festival. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceres_%28Roman_mythology%29#Expiations and here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceres_%28Roman_mythology%29#Ceres_and_Magna_Mater

Darlingtonia_californica_ne1Today’s plant is the cobra lilyDarlingtonia Californica, a carnivorous bog plant, native to California and Oregon. These plants are trippy…. they eat bugs, because they thrive in such awful soil that they need a different way to get the nutrients that most plants get out of the ground! No, they don’t have any magickal uses that I know of. A good article about Darlingtonia: http://coastexplorermagazine.com/features/carnivorous-rare-and-wild-cobra-lilies The wiki article is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_(plant) and one about the wayside in Florence is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_Botanical_Wayside The wayside is worth a drive. There are good walkways just above the ground level so that you don’t hurt the plants. We used to roll Grandma’s wheelchair through there every summer at least once, because she was fascinated, too.

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Moon MagickFrom 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. Hecate’s Brooch 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 10/7 at 8:47am. 

After dark, look just above the northeast horizon — far below high Cassiopeia — for bright Capella on the rise. How soon Capella rises, and how high you’ll find it, depends on your latitude. The farther north you are, the sooner and higher.
Neptune, in Aquarius, is harder at magnitude 7.8. By late evening both are well up in the east and southeast, respectively. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune, or see the September Sky & Telescope, page 48.

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

Sun in Libra
Moon in Leo
Neptune (11/24), Chiron (12/8), and Uranus (1/6/19) Retrograde
Color: Green

Harvest 10/4-5

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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).

Gort – Ivy Ogam letter correspondences
Month: September
Color: Sky Blue
Class: Chieftain
Letter: G
Meaning: Take time to soul search or you will maake a wrong decision.

to study this month Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow-white
Class: Peasant
Letter: P, PE, UI
Meaning: Proceed with caution.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Th   4      Low   2:59 AM     0.1   7:18 AM    Rise  1:44 AM      34
~     4     High   9:41 AM     6.4   6:51 PM     Set  4:46 PM
~     4      Low   3:18 PM     2.9
~     4     High   9:05 PM     7.3


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I make my own destiny to the best of my abilities.


Journal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – Imagine that you drank a magic potion, and then suddenly you started to grow smaller and smaller. Finally, you were no larger than a fly. What would you do?



~  It is foolish to fear what you cannot avoid. Stultum est timere quod vitare non potes. – Publius Syrus
~  I may be as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best. – Walt Whitman
~  Even a newspaper man, if you entice him into a cemetery at midnight, will believe in phantoms, for every one is a visionary, if you scratch him deep enough. But the Celt is a visionary without the scratching. – W. B. Yeats, 1888
~  Your mind is for having ideas, not for holding them. – David Allen

A birdnote sounding here and there,
A bloom, where leaves are brown and sober,
Warm noons, and nights with frosty air,
And loaded wagons say, October. – Thomas Stephens Collier (1842–93)


Samhain Magick – Recipes – Incense and Oils

Samhain Ritual Potpourri by Gerina Dunwich

  • 45 drops patchouli oil
  • 1 cup oak moss
  • 2 cups dried apple blossoms
  • 2 cups dried heather flowers
  • 1 cup dried and chopped apple peel
  • 1 cup dried pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup dried and chopped mandrake root

Mix the patchouli oil with the oak moss, and then add the remaining ingredients.

Stir the potpourri well and store in a tightly covered ceramic or glass container.

(The above “Samhain Ritual Potpourri” recipe is from “The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch’s Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes” by Gerina Dunwich, page 164, Citadel Press, Carol Publishing Group Edition, 1995.)

Hecate Incense – by Gerina Dunwich

  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried Bay Leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried Mint Leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Thyme
  • pinch of Myrrh Resin
  • pinch of Frankincense Resin
  • 13 drops Cypress Oil
  • 3 drops Camphor Oil
  1. Using a mortar and pestle, crush the Bay, Mint, and Thyme until almost powdered.
  2. Stir in the Frankincense and Myrrh resins.
  3. Add the Cypress and camphor Oils, and mix well.
  4. Store in a tightly capped jar and let the mixture age for at least two weeks before using.
  5. Burn on a hot charcoal block during your ritual.
    (The above “Hecate Incense” recipe is from “WiccaCraft: The Modern Witch’s Book of Herbs, Magick, and Dreams” by Gerina Dunwich, Citadel Press, Carol Publishing Group Edition, 1995.)

Samhain Oil – Put in soap or anoint candles

  • 3 drops cedarwood
  • 3 drops clove
  • 3 drops frankincense
  • 3 drops patchouli
  • 3 drops rosemary

Add a piece of dried marigold and three dried pumpkin seeds with obsidian, amber, and ruby crystals. This is a light and dark oil that captures all the mystery and ambience of this special night of meditation.


Silliness – Inevitable Laws of Work – 17. Important letters that contain no errors will develop errors in the mail.

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