It’s very cloudy, but not gloomy, particularly. There’s a possibility of rain starting late this afternoon as showers and then turning into rain overnight, maybe 1/8 of an inch tonight and another 1/5 tomorrow. 56F, wind at 6mph, AQI 38.
Yesterday we didn’t have a whole lot of shoppers in. I guess the timing on the rain? It gave us a chance to try to get ahead of the mess, at least. The D&D group showed up mid-afternoon and that meant we got *that* area cleaned up. I did some more bookmarkers and experimented with doubling the ribbon for the ones with loose backs. Late in the afternoon I was so tired that Tempus chased me in back for a nap. It’s nice to have that option again.
In the early afternoon Maleficent showed up with family in tow to film for the promo video for the October 27, Trick-or-Treat the Businesses. I got my spiderweb witchy hat and a wand and had fun. 🙂
In the evening I started grinding oak galls for ink. It took awhile and I overheated, so had to stop and ask Tempus to find me a fan. …then he had to find an extension cord, etc., etc., but eventually, I got back to it. …and it took a couple of hours to grind 1/2 a pound of oak galls, but I set ’em to soak overnight.
Tempus went out to the spring to refill one of the big water bottles. He meant to Thursday night, but was too tired.
Today he let me sleep in and had to come back for me. I was up and down all night. We’re already starting on projects. He has his sanding out, although I asked him to work on a bone needle and I’m thinking I was to finish my butter spreader. We’ll be doing more on the ink this evening, since it needs to soak until then.
Yes, the shop is open. We’ve had a bunch of people through, already. I’m hoping that Tempus can get a few more things up to storage and pick up my plant shelves, as well.
Today’s Feast is in honor of Joe Hill (d. November 19 [qv], 1915), American labor activist, songwriter (‘The Preacher and the Slave‘) and member of the Industrial Workers of the World, better known as the Wobblies. He was executed for murder after a controversial trial, and after his death became the subject of a famous folksong, Joe Hill. His last words, to his supporters, were “Don’t mourn for me. Organize!” More at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Hill and http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/oct7.html
Today’s Plant is Yarrow, Achillea millefolium. This plant is often called woundwort or nosebleed because of its clotting properties and is used for fevers and infections because it has salicylates (aspirin) in it. The young leaves can be eaten and it becomes an aid to vision-work. It’s easy to grow and makes a great companion plant. We have mostly the pacifica and californica varieties out here. – Feminine, Venus, Water. Exorcism – Wear to protect – hold in hand to stop fear – hang over bed for lasting love – carry for love and bring friends and contact with relatives. Flower –Feminine, Venus, Water – flowers made into tea for psychic power, Exorcism, protection, stop fear, lasting love. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarrow
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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. 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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 8:47pm on 10/8.
The Big Dipper lies down horizontal low in the north-northwest in late evening. 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.
Vesta, the brightest minor planet, is super easy to find tonight, low in the southwestern sky. Use a small telescope (or tripod-mounted binoculars) and point to magnitude 2.8 Kaus Borealis (Lambda Sagitarii). If you are familiar with the famous Teapot asterism of Sagittarius, Kaus Borealis is the star at the peak of the pot’s lid. As soon as it’s dark enough for you to locate the orange star, center it in your scope’s field of view. Vesta will then lie only 20′ (one-third of a degree) to the south. Mercury and Venus are buried very low in the glow of sunset. You may still catch Venus 10 or 15 minutes after sunset; bring binoculars. Sweep for it carefully above the southwest horizon. Don’t confuse Venus with Jupiter, higher and easier. Venus is about 15° to Jupiter’s lower right. In a telescope, however, Venus is an increasingly dramatic thin crescent, enlarging as it approaches Earth. It’s now only about 10% sunlit, waning daily, and 50 arcseconds tall. But for decent telescopic seeing you’ll have to catch Venus high in a blue sky long before sunset.
Mars, in southern Capricornus, fades from magnitude –1.2 to –1.0 this week. It shines highest in the south soon after dark and sets around 1 a.m. In a telescope Mars shrinks from 15 to 14 arcseconds wide this week, and it’s very obviously gibbous: only 88 percent sunlit, almost as gibbous as we ever see Mars. For a Mars map that displays which side is facing Earth at your time and date, use our Mars Profiler
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 Runic half-month of Wunjo/Wyn – October 13-28 – Wyn represents joy, the rune being the shape of a weather vane. The month represents the creation of harmony within the given conditions of the present.
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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
Su 7 Low 5:44 AM -0.2 7:22 AM Rise 5:24 AM 7
~ 7 High 12:01 PM 7.9 6:46 PM Set 6:31 PM
~ 7 Low 6:11 PM 0.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t confuse mere inconveniences with real problems.
~~ Why weep you? Did you think I should live forever? I thought dying had been harder. – Dying words of King Louis XIV of France, the ‘Sun King’, on September 1, 1715
~ It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. – Aristotle
~ As lame as St Giles Cripple-gate. – English saying The pigeons were picked up and piled in heaps, until each [hunter] had as many as he could possibly dispose of, when the hogs were let loose to feed on the remainder. – John James Audubon, Birds of America. Martha, the last Passenger pigeon, died on September 1, 1914.
~ All men are liable to error; and most men are, in many points, by passion or interest, under temptation to it. – John Locke, English philosopher, born on August 29, 1632; ‘Essay on the Human Understanding’
Bright yellow, red, and orange,
The leaves come down in hosts;
The trees are Indian Princes,
But soon they’ll turn to Ghosts. – William Allingham (1824–1889)
Spiritual Path Reaffirmation – October 28th, 2006
Color of the day: Indigo – Incense of the day: Parsley
During the Witches’ New Year, or Samhain, take time to stop and evaluate your faith and beliefs. Make a sacred ritual or retreat out of this evaluation. Light white candles and burn sandalwood, myrrh, or frankincense. Brew a cup of herbal tea. Sit down and ask the God and Goddess to guide you on your path. Write down your beliefs in a journal or your Book of Shadows. Some questions you can meditate on are: What is life? How do I view the universe? Why am I here? What affirms my spirituality and what lessens it? How can I bring spirituality into my everyday life? After writing, you can create a statement of faith based on your answers to the questions. Recite what you write by candlelight for the universe to hear. Rediscover and rededicate yourself to your spirituality.
By: Olivia O’Meir
A Janus Samhain Spell – Color of the day: Orange
Thousands of rituals and spells have been composed for Samhain. On this night when the boundaries of life and death are blurred we honor our ancestors, and we remember others who have passed over that we never knew. What has been part of our past shapes our future. This Samhain we might also want to look forward. Someday we will be the past that helped shape someone else’s future. Janus was the two-faced Roman god for whom January is named. One face looks to the past, the other to the future. Turn to face the west, the land of the dead and the deities, saying:
Janus, who looks into the night toward the place where spirits seek light,
bless all souls who come now as they hear it, and dance in the circle of spirit.
Turn to face the east, the point of the rising Sun, away from death and into the promise of a new day, saying:
Janus, who into the day at dawn’s first glow and Sun’s first ray, bless this circle without hesitation, and fear not the past nor times not yet here.
By: Edain McCoy,Llewellyn and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
Attunement with Divination
Hecate is most active during this time of year. This goddess, usually associated with the dark Moon, can be called upon to lend her guidance in the understanding of and the use of divination tools. To call on her, light purple and black candles. Lay your divination tools in front of you. Speak these, or similar words:
Goddess of prophesy,
Let these tools speak clearly to me.
Let me precisely perceive their messages.
In your Honor,
So mote it be.
Thank Hecate for her presence and her guidance. Please note that Hecate is a powerful goddess. When she speaks to you, she expects you to listen and follow her advice.
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