Yesterday we slept in a bit, having stayed late, working at the shop. By the time we had coffee it was nearly 2pm. A friend of Jeanne’s stopped by and we had to talk for awhile. well…too long for all of us, but we needed it.
I worked on the ink, starting to bottle. After about 30 bottles, though, my hand felt like it was going to fall off. I’m having to use a dropper to fill the bottles! …and I got a test paper done. It’s horrible calligraphy, because I was using a straight nib and I’m a lefty, but the ink looks good!
Tempus had to run some errands…including my plant shelves. <sigh> I *will* get them! …and I did, but by the time he got back there was only a couple of hours to work in, so he barely got started and I didn’t have room to work to get the shelves up.
He took off around 9pm and after doing the bulk drops, started on the regular route near midnight. I was working on newsletters by then.
I finished all that by 3:20. He picked me up at about 3:45. We had a good run. The fog was rising as we started out 34, but it never got thick. Tempus had seen a deer and some smaller animals earlier, and something dark…. coyote? ….ran across 34 on our way back in. I got to see the zodiacal light while we were doing the drops south of town, and Orion was really, really bright and clear. We were done by 6, but had miss-dropped a paper, so Tempus went to fetch it while I was getting this done.
Today once we’re up and back at the shop, we really need to finish the “piano shift” as we’re calling it, but we also have to run into Newport for some things. It’s going to be crazy.
…and since this is the month and time to call on the fates…
Today’s Feast is the Tewkesbury Mop Fair which had it’s 400th anniversary in 2010! This is a hiring fair where people go who are looking for work for the coming year. A Wikipedia article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tewkesbury#Festivals_and_fairs and more info here: http://www.tewkesburyfairsociety.co.uk/
Today’s Plant is Sword fern, Polystichum munitum. It grows all winter on the coast, getting greener and lovelier every year as the new fiddles come up out of the center of the plant and develop into fronds. I’ve been enjoying those, watching them for months, now. they can get to be 6 feet tall and some of the ones down in the park where the stream crosses through are that size! The indigenes used the rhizome as a poverty food (baked and peeled), and the fronds are one of the best remedies for relieving the pain from the sting of a Stinging Nettle. It is also commonly used by florists as an ornamental plant. – Masculine, Air, The God, the Puck. –This is an herb of masculine power, protection and luck. Use in spells to guide to treasure. Burn to drive away pests.…and as any fern, burn for rain…. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sword_fern
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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 10/24 at 9:45am. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 8:47am on 10/10. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 10/13 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 to the zenith, the cross appears oriented upright. It’s about two fists at arm’s length tall, with Deneb forming its top. 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.
Mars continues to put on a great show these October evenings. The Red Planet appears some 30° above the southern horizon once darkness falls. The world shines at magnitude –1.1, significantly brighter than any star visible on October evenings, against the faint backdrop of central Capricornus. A telescope reveals a disk that spans 14″ and shows several subtle surface features.
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 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.
Planting – 10/10-11
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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 10 High 1:50 AM 7.8 7:25 AM Rise 9:00 AM 0
~ 10 Low 7:51 AM 0.8 6:41 PM Set 8:01 PM
~ 10 High 1:53 PM 8.5
~ 10 Low 8:26 PM -0.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Creator, you are mastery, help me to see mastery in a way that I can understand.
~ You don’t have to look poor, you know, you don’t have to look down. For money is a medium of exchange, and that’s all; but it is not a mind regulator unless you allow it to be. – Mother Charleszetta Waddles (1912-2001) US nun
~ I is another. – Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) French writer
~ You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of. You don’t have charge of the constellations, but you do have charge of whether you read, develop new skills, and take new classes. – Jim Rohn
~ God has no religion. – Mahatma Gandhi
Through golden noons and purple eves, and shadows cool and tender,
From scenes of tranquil happiness and dreams of deep delight,
October like a princess in her oriental splendor
Comes down the valley singing with her retinue of light. – –Katharine Brownlee Sherwood (1841–1914)
How to make a pumpkin decoration out of bandanas – This isn’t for a beginner, without help, but if someone wants to get the materials I can walk you through making some! – http://www.sadieseasongoods.com/halloween-bandana-pumpkin/
You will need: 1 dry gourd (about the size of an orange – the smooth kind, not warty), small craft saw, small keyhole saw, small hand drill, 1 straight sturdy stick for the handle, a handful of sharp stones, 1/2 inch wide strip of thin suede, at least 12 inches long, glue gun, handful of stones, beads, etc, a few dyed fluff feathers, assorted acrylic paints and brushes. Drill a hold in the bottom of the gourd. Enlarge the hole to the diameter of your stick about 5 incehs from the smaller end. Use the end of your stick to remove the seeds and dried pulp from inside the gourd. Place a small handful of shar stones inside and shake vigorously to remove even more loose material, then pour out the stones and the dust. Drill a hold in the top end of the gourd and enlarge it to the diameter of the smaller end of the stick. Insert the stick so that the top end sticks out about 1 inch to check fit, wrapping the suede around the beads and insert the stick. Secure with hot glue. Wrap the bottom joint between the stick and the gourd with more suede to create a smooth transition, stretching and gluing the leather into place. Repeat with the top joint, this time adding two or three feathers inside the leather wrapping as you glue it. Paint the gourd with acrylic paints if desired. – http://paganwiccan.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=paganwiccan&zu=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dreamcatcher.net%2Fmoonwise%2Fcrafts.html
CRAFT STICK SPIDERWEBS – http://happyhourprojects.com/halloween-crafts-for-kids-spiderwebs/
Materials include egg carton, black pom-poms, glue, black paint, scissors, 8 black pipe cleaners, buttons or wiggly eyes
- Separate one cup from an egg carton.
- Paint it black and set it aside to dry.
- Once it is dry, make 8 small holes (4 on each side) at the base of the cup using the point of the scissors.
- Insert a pipe cleaner into each of the holes for legs.
- Glue the black pom-pom to the front of the cup for a head
- Glue two buttons or wiggly eyes on the black pom-pom