Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
Gloriously sunny! It’s 63F at the moment, but likely to go up into the mid-70’s. The wind is at 3mph, but gusts are getting into the mid-teens. It’s supposed to stay sunny all this week, but by this time next week we should start seeing some rain.
Yesterday started slowly, but we had a lot to do. The milk wasn’t curdling, so I added another barked twig. The squash was done overnight, so that got seeded and skinned and put into a box with maple syrup and some spices. That’s going to be for Samhain.
I spent a little time re-organizing the cheese box, since things had gotten tossed all over and I made a bag for the coasters and the bottoms of the spring-form molds. Tempus had never seen me finger-crochet. I was using a piece of the cotton string that is tied around the papers for the bulk drops to make a thick enough cord for a small net onion bag and he was fascinated. Watching me, he realized that it’s the same technique that he uses to shorten the long orange outdoor power cords.
In the evening I decided to do a trial run of “Sauce Bob” (barbe robert) which is one of the sauces that we’ve been planning on for the Winter Feast. The cheese curdled suddenly while I was doing that, so after the sauce was put by I got that warming.
The sauce turned out a bit salty, but it was very tasty. Tempus had baked potatoes and we had a slice of ham and some pickled beets with the potatoes and sauce. I got back to work on the cheese and by 10:30 it was in the molds and being pressed. It got flipped and pressed again about 1/2 an hour later and fridged about 1/2 an hour after that. I’ll be brining it early this afternoon.
We’ll be open regular hours today. We’ve gotten two of the biggest pieces shifted out of the way of the candle aisle, so today is all little stuff getting moved. The chaos is resolving!
A photo from 9/30/16 by Ken Gagne that he tagged, “B-52’s coming into Yachats Airfield”. Yes, they’re pelicans.
Luffa (or loofah, luffa aegyptica or luffa acutangula) is an odd sort of plant, rather like a cucumber in that it’s a long, green vegetable with the flesh on the outside and a core full of seeds. They’re even edible, if a little bitter, when young. The biggest difference is that they grow a fibrous frame that has been used for a long time as a “vegetable sponge”, wherever they grow and are particularly good for scrubbing scratchable dishes, counters and glassware. They’re used a lot in Chinese medicine, and the juice is a remedy for jaundice. – Feminine, Moon, Water – Their magicks include helping with rheumatism and arthritis, detoxing, especially the liver, and with acne and scarring.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luffa
Today is the birthday of the poet Virgil who wrote the Aeneid. He was pretty famous, even in his own time, unlike the usual reception for poetry. The Ecologues, the Georgics and the Aeneid were studied in schools in the Roman Empire and unlike other writings of antiquity survived the Dark Ages. Virgil was viewed as a herald of Christianity, and a magus of some repute as well as a poet in the Middle Ages. He even became the psychopomp for the Divine Comedy! More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgil
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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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 10/16 at 11:02am.
The Moon’s absence from the morning sky this week provides observers with an excellent opportunity to view the zodiacal light. From the Northern Hemisphere, the time around the autumnal equinox (which occurred some three weeks ago) is the best for viewing the elusive glow before sunrise. It appears slightly fainter than the Milky Way, so you’ll need a clear moonless sky and an observing site located far from the city. Look for a cone-shaped glow that points nearly straight up from the eastern horizon shortly before morning twilight begins (around 5:30 a.m. local daylight time at mid-northern latitudes). The Moon remains out of the morning sky until October 23, when the waxing gibbous returns and overwhelms the much fainter zodiacal light.
The Big Dipper lies down horizontal low in the north-northwest late these evenings. 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.
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 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.
©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
M 15 High 6:12 AM 6.0 7:32 AM Rise 2:05 PM 31
~ 15 Low 11:34 AM 3.6 6:32 PM Set 11:24 PM
~ 15 High 5:16 PM 6.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – May your day be filled with love and smiles through out your day. Allow the universe to fill your day with laughter and breaks of relaxing times to!
~ The part of the mind that is dark to us in this culture, that is sleeping in us, that we name ‘unconscious’, is the knowledge that we are inseparable from all other beings in the Universe. – Susan Griffin
~ Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice. – Oliver Wendell Holmes
~ Enlightenment is not about imagining figures of light but of making the darkness conscious. – C.G. Jung
~ Do everything from a state of inner peace. – Jim Kitzmiller
The trees are in their autumn beauty,
The woodland paths are dry,
Under the October twilight the water
Mirrors a still sky. – William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)
Pumpkin Protection Spell – Categories: Spellwork
[Note: by Claudette Griffith (c) 2001-2004]
Scary faces carved into pumpkins were meant to protect, so you can guess where this is going. The easiest thing to do is simply concentrate on protection as you carve your pumpkin, if you would like, you can add carve protective seals instead of the traditional face. Protective herbs can be added to the inside of your pumpkin as well. If you are faced with immediate danger during the fall season try this spell.
1 large pumpkin
1 black candle
Pumpkin Pattern book (optional)
- Buy or harvest a large pumpkin, design a face of a dragon or any really scary face, as you carve see what ever is threatening you as being warded off by the beast that will become your pumpkin guardian.
- When you have completed the pumpkin carving write the name of the person or thing that you fear and place it in the bottom of the pumpkin cover it with several handfuls of dirt.
- Now take a black candle and inscribe on it the words “Banish All Evil” place it inside the pumpkin along with a generous amount of protective incense.
- Light the candle and incense and watch as the pumpkin glows, soon the smoke from the incense will billow out of the pumpkin, as it does, envision the threat being surrounded by the smoke until it fades into it and blows away with the wind.
*Note~ keep seeds to add to any protection work in the coming year.
Saoirse, ruthee www.turningthewheel.org
Prosperity Pumpkins – Categories: Info – [Note: By Claudette Griffith copywrite 2001 (THANKS CLAUDETTE!!)
I’m a big fan of window boxes and this is one of the ways I use to encourage abundance in the fall. Once the frosts have killed off the plantings in my window boxes I place a board over them to serve as a platform to hold my prosperity pumpkins. Simply take several pumpkins of varying sizes from the garden and write on the bottom of them, words like “abundance”, “prosperity”, “comfort” or other things you would like to bring into your life, perhaps harmony or love. Place them on your platformed window box, along with colorful leaves and interesting twigs. Add nuts and perhaps dried corn to be enjoyed by local wildlife and you have a great display that can bring abundance to your life, In many areas of the country it can be colorful all the way through Thanksgiving and if not perhaps you can use the same ideas for a mantle or tabletop display. Your house will look great and your neighbors will be none the wiser! When that hard frost comes remove the pumpkins to the compost pile, Next spring don’t be surprised when the pumpkin vines begin to take over your compost!
Saoirse, ruthee www.turningthewheel.org
Harvest Knotwork – October 6th, 2007
Color of the day: Black – Incense of the day: Almond
Throughout the month of October, farmers worked hard to bring in the grain harvest during the good weather (and before the end of the year at Samhain). In Ireland, as part of the harvest celebration, small ornamental twists or knots of braided straw were created and worn as a sign that the harvest was completed. These were made throughout the harvest season, and were also worn at the “Harvest Home” supper. Women wore elaborately created knots with the grain ears still attached, and men wore simpler knots without the ears. Patterns for harvest knot-making are easy to find online. After soaking the straw, think about what prayers or magical work you would like to weave into the harvest knot. Repeat your charm or prayer as you make your magical autumn weaving.
By: Sharynne NicMhacha
Silliness – Learn to be More Polite
One day, Bill and Tom went to a restaurant for dinner. As soon as the waiter took out two steaks, Bill quickly picked out the bigger steak for himself.
Tom wasn’t happy about that: “When are you going to learn to be polite?”
Bill: “If you had the chance to pick first, which one would you pick?”
Tom: “The smaller piece, of course.”
Bill: “What are you whining about then? The smaller piece is what you want, right?”