Daily Stuff 10-19-18 Bettara-Ichi

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Rosetta Kilby. Rose of the Sea’s Open Circle for Samhain is Friday, 11/2, 7pm at Ancient Light.

Very, very foggy and chill. It was 43F as I came back in. The bridge looked like Brigadoon, like Waldport had faded into the mists….. It had clouded up over the Bay and Bayshore, since we were down that direction, and I just went out and checked and Orion has vanished. The computer says that clouds are at 500 feet. …and we’re under a Dense Fog Advisory. Yups…..

View from the back of the cabin

Yesterday I started out bleary-eyed from not-so-good sleep. I finally had to give in mid-afternoon to go in the back for a nap. Early in the day Tempus ran errands, and was supposed to get out to do laundry, but ran out of time.

We had a number of customers in, not like summer, but good for October, even if the morning rain and chill kept people home.

It stayed cloudy almost the whole day, with

Mushrooms on a stump

a little sunbreak right at 5pm, but by 6:30 it was already getting dark because of the clouds.

Otherwise it was more of the same, sort, put-away, sort, put-away, over and over. <sigh>

Eventually Tempus headed for Newport, after helping me set up for some more cookery. I was doing another fig rennet

On the way to the spa

experiment. He started the bulk drops a little before 11 and then the regular route (bagging already done) at 12:15. I tried to nap a little, and missed catching him before he started the Beaver Creek/ Bayview loop, but got through around the 12/-way point.

It was getting pretty foggy by then, not so much so where he was, but in town. He got slowed down on Bayview, trying to make sure he didn’t tangle with an elk in the fog, but picked me up around 3:45.

Pine needles on a spruce

We had a good run, starting with talking cheese and ending up talking classic SciFi lit. 🙂 It was pretty foggy in spots, but clear enough for the low speeds that we run at. Orion was bright, but most of the rest of the stars were hard to see because of the foggy halos around things and the ambient light reflecting inside the fog. We were done before 6am, which was nice….a few hours sleep, anyway.

Today we’ll be open on time, doing the same-old, same-old.

Seagulls from 10/14/16 by Rosetta Kilby

Today’s Plant is Evening primroseOenothera species, sometimes called Sundrop or Suncup in Oregon. The young roots can be eaten like aoenothera evening primrose peppery-flavored vegetable and the shoots can be used in salad. It can be used in poultices for wound-healing and to ease bruises. (Sun…it’s drying) Clinical trials don’t support the traditional uses for treatment of PMS (particularly bloating and water retention) or cervical ripening in pregnancy, but one of the varieties has promise as a treatment for breast cancer. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often called the King’s Cure-all, used by a ruler to cure scrofula. It has powers of healing, particularly for drying “wet” wounds or injuries. It can be used in sleep sachets, and for spells to cure (or cause) alcoholism.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evening_primrose

feast 1015 BettarazukeToday feast is the Bettara-Ichi, or ‘Sticky-Sticky Fair’, Tokyo, Japan (Oct 19 –20This pickled radish fair honours Ebisu, one of seven Shinto good luck gods, from noon to 9:30 pm on both days. Traditionally, children run through the streets swinging radishes at friends, shouting “bettara” in warning, for bettara is what the radishes are called in Japan. Today, people buy from street stalls (mainly in the Kodemmacho area, mostly in the Takarada Ebisu Jinja shrine) good luck charms and religious images as well as bettara on straw ropes. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bettarazuke

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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 Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 10/22 at 9:45pm. 


. . . and then it passes Mars.

The waxing gibbous Moon at dusk forms a right triangle (as seen from North America) with Mars to its right and Fomalhaut below it. Later in the evening, the triangle turns clockwise a bit as it wheels across the southern sky.

How soon after sunset can you see the big Summer Triangle? Face southeast and look high. There’s Altair, currently the triangle’s bottom point. Vega, the Triangle’s brightest star, is nearly at the zenith (as seen from mid-northern latitudes). Deneb is a bit farther to Altair’s upper left.

Although autumn began a few weeks ago and the stars of winter’s Orion now rule the morning sky, the Summer Triangle remains prominent on October evenings. Look high in the west after darkness falls and your eyes will fall on the brilliant star Vega in the constellation Lyra the Harp. At magnitude 0.0, Vega is the brightest member of the Triangle. The second-brightest star, magnitude 0.8 Altair in Aquila the Eagle, lies some 35° southeast of Vega. The asterism’s dimmest member, magnitude 1.3 Deneb in Cygnus the Swan, stands about 25° east-northeast of Vega. For observers at mid-northern latitudes, Deneb passes through the zenith around 8 p.m. local daylight time, just as the last vestiges of twilight disappear.
Mars, moving eastward through central Capricornus, fades from magnitude –1.0 to –0.8 this week. It shines highest in the south soon after dark and sets around 1 a.m. In a telescope Mars shrinks from 14 to 13 arcseconds wide this week, and it’s as gibbous as we ever see it: only 86 percent sunlit. 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 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.

Sun in Libra
Moon in Aquarius enters Pisces at 1:20pm.
Venus (11/16), Neptune (11/24), Chiron (12/8), Juno (12/23), and Uranus (1/6/19) Retrograde
Color: Pink

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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
F   19      Low   3:34 AM     1.2   7:37 AM     Set  2:13 AM      68
~    19     High  10:11 AM     6.4   6:25 PM    Rise  4:35 PM
~    19      Low   4:11 PM     2.8
~    19     High   9:45 PM     6.3


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – 

Make this an extraordinary day!


Journal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – Explain the advantages and disadvantages of being able to fly around like a bird.



~  When an individual is seen gliding through the woods and close to the observer, it passes like a thought, and on trying to see it again, the eye searches in vain; the bird is gone. – John James Audubon, on the Passenger pigeon
~  Veni, vidi, vici. [I came, I saw, I conquered.] – The Romans under Julius Caesar invaded Britain on this day in 55 BCE. It is often thought Caesar referred to Britain in this famous quotation. However, these words were written in a report to Rome in 47 BCE after defeating Pharnaces II of Pontus at Zela in Asia Minor in just five days.
~  The only possible death is to lose belief in this truth simply because the great end comes slowly, because time is long. – WEB DuBois, American-born author and sociologist, who died on August 27, 1963
~  There’s not much to say. I haven’t been at all deedy. – Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett, English author who died on August 27, 1969; on her life, in a posthumously published interview in the The Times of London

Magnificent Autumn! He comes not like a pilgrim, clad in russet weeds. He comes not like a hermit, clad in grey. But he comes like a warrior, with the stain of blood upon his brazen mail. His crimson scarf is rent…. The wind…. wafts to us the odour of forest leaves, that hang wilted on the dripping branches, or drop into the stream. Their gorgeous tints are gone, as if the autumnal rains had washed them out. Orange, yellow, and scarlet, all are changed to one melancholy russet hue…. There is a melancholy and continual roar in the tops of the tall pines…. It is the funeral anthem of the dying year. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Samhain Magick – Prayers

Who is this they’re burying?
Who but the shoulder I leaned on?
Who but the fire of my passion?
Who but my burning ember of loss?
Who but my darling, who but my treasure,
Who but the blood of the blood of my heart? ~Scottish Death Song

The Celtic feast of Samhain is still honored in our culture as Halloween, its meaning intact over thousands of years. The symbols decking our homes, offices and businesses at this season are reminders of the mystery toward all life edges. The black cat, the carved jack-o-lantern, the skulls, and the gravestones may seem innocuous when strung on mobiles or hung in windows. But their meaning is serious. This is the season of death, the time when vegetative life is withdrawing after its fertile period.

In ancient times, this was a period of omens. Would the winter be long? Would frail children and weak elders die in the dark times? Bobbing for apples, cutting cakes in which oracular symbols were baked, looking into crystals – these were some of the ways our forebears sought hints of what lay ahead. If the omens predicted difficulties or death, there was time to prepare for, if never to avoid, the promised fate. As the dark season of the year approaches, meditating upon the inevitable conclusion of our lives is appropriate and, ultimately, reminds us to live well the years we have left. – By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast

My dearest friend, why did you die?
Why did you need to go away?
Now, when I am hungry, who will feed me?
When I am cold, who will warm me?
When I need shelter, whose hearth will I seek?
When I need company, whose house will be warm?
It was never your way to be gloomy and sad.
If you were here, you would be serving us tea. ~Scottish Death Lament

Each one of us, during our lives, suffers many losses. Most significant are the deaths of people we loved and who loved us in return. Most painful are the deaths of those who we loved, but who never gave us what we desired, for all hope is then cut off.

There is even pain in the deaths of those whom we disliked, for hatred is a form of connection that death severs.

But there are other losses we must mourn. A pet who loved us, a special dream, a dear possession – we lose these, and more, during our lifetimes. Grief, with its attendant angers and outrage, is an uncomfortable emotion for others to experience. Yet grief can poison us, if unexpressed. Finding ways to grieve fully is a challenge. But, if we do not meet it, we grow twisted in our pain. – By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast

Prayer to the Deities of Death

The harvest has ended, and the fields are bare.
The earth has grown cold, and the land is empty.
The gods of the death are lingering over us,
keeping a watchful eye upon the living.
They wait, patiently, for eternity is theirs.

Hail to you, Anubis! O jackal headed one,
guardian of the realm of the dead.
When my time comes, I hope
you may deem me worthy.

Hail to you, Demeter! O mother of darkness,
May your grief be abated
when your daughter returns once more.

Hail to you, Hecate! O keeper of the gate,
between this world and the underworld.
I ask that when I cross over,
you may guide me with wisdom.

Hail to you, Freya! O mistress of Folkvangr,
guardian of those who fall in battle.
Keep the souls of my ancestors with you.

Hail to you, O gods and goddesses,
those of you who guard the underworld
and guide the dead on their final journey.
At this time of cold and dark,
I honor you, and ask that you watch over me,
and protect me when the day arrives
that I take my final journey.


Silliness – Twin Engines

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