Featured photo by Liz Schulz Guidero.
It’s really cloudy. Low cloud, which could burn off, but it’s past 2:30, so I doubt it. We’re wearing down the last of this dry weather. 50F, no wind, AQI 64. There’s a good chance of showers tomorrow and then a solid chance of rain on Thursday, up to 2/3 of an inch.
Yesterday things started going sideways even before we were actually open. I way overslept and had to scramble to get dressed and going.
I had one of those long conversations with a customer that are so wonderful and then started hurrying to get the food done.
The family that comes to the potlucks from Alsea was here and we spent a great day working on a couple of gowns for the girls, making rose sachets and sanding on a bunch of thrift store spoons and talking endlessly. During the late afternoon we started eating, first lentils and bread and butter, and then trying the cheeses, and eventually the rest of the foods. Loryea got here at 6 and brought a yummy butternut
squash soup. Somewhere in the late evening we packed everything up and went home.
Today Tempus got up at the regular time and got the shop open, but he had to come back for me, since it was nearly 2 when I finally woke up!
Yes, the shop’s been open since 11. We’re doing clean-up and then back to sorting.
A picture posted by Liz Schulz Guidero on Facebook on 10/22/15, taken in her front yard, of a Bolete mushroom (Leccinum scabrum, birch bolete) and Pacific Chorus Tree Frog friend and what looks like a marvelous tangle of witch moss behind it.
Today’s Plant is the Douglas Fir, pseudotsuga_menziesii, sometimes called Oregon Pine, since it’s actually a pine, not a fir at all. Common as Christmas trees, since they hold their needles better than many other trees, they are one of the better timber trees, growing quickly with a straight grain. Their main use, magickally, is in incense, since the resin has a good sweet scent. – Mars,Air/Fire – Attracting prosperity, purifying ritual areas and new homes, helping “stay the course” during difficult times. A wand or cone kept on the altar wards off evil influences. Carry cones to increase fertility and have a vigorous old age. Floor washes with the oil cleanse a space of negativity and ward off illness. Throw needles into winter fires for protection, or burn as incense for purification and divination. Place branches over the bed to keep sickness away, or to aid the ill. Hang a branch over the main door of your house to ensure continuous joy within.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudotsuga_menziesii
Festival of Perpendicular Sun – Illumination of the Inner Sanctum of Ramses II, Abu Simbel Temple, Egypt (also February 22) – “The archaeological complex of Abu Simbel comprises two massive rock temples in southern Egypt on the western bank of the Nile. It is a part of the Nubian Monuments UNESCO World Heritage Site, which runs from Abu Simbel downriver as far as Philae.
“Crowds pack into the temple before sunrise and watch the shafts of light slowly creeping through the stone. Eventually, statues of Ramses, Ra and Amun are illuminated in the inner sanctum (the statute of Ptah – the god of darkness – remains in the shadows). When they have recovered their breath, spectators can join celebrations outside, including a fair and music demonstrations. However, nothing can really impress you immediately after witnessing such a sight.”
“The most remarkable feature of the site is that the temple is precisely oriented so that twice every year, on 22 February and 22 October, the first rays of the morning sun shine down the entire length of the temple-cave to illuminate the back wall of the innermost shrine and the statues of the four gods seated there. … Precisely this same effect was apparently also fundamental to the design of the artificial cave of Newgrange in Ireland.” Source here: http://witcombe.sbc.edu/sacredplaces/abusimbel.html More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Simbel_temples
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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. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on at 9:45pm on 10/25.
Draw a line from Altair, the brightest star very high in the southwest after dark, to the right through Vega, very high in the west and even brighter. Continue the line half as far onward and you hit the Lozenge: the pointy-nosed head of Draco, the Dragon. Its brightest star is orange Eltanin, the tip of the Dragon’s nose, always pointing toward Vega.
Asteroid hunters have a great opportunity to spot Vesta against the backdrop of Sagittarius these next two evenings. On both nights, you can find the magnitude 7.7 minor planet 0.7° north of 2nd-magnitude Sigma (σ) Sagittarii, the northernmost star in the handle of the constellation’s Teapot asterism. Use binoculars or a telescope to track down Vesta as soon as the sky grows dark.
Venus is hidden in the glare of the Sun.
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.
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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
M 22 Low 5:40 AM 1.1 7:41 AM Set 5:18 AM 91
~ 22 High 11:51 AM 7.5 6:20 PM Rise 5:56 PM
~ 22 Low 6:13 PM 1.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – It is better to give than to receive
~ Re-examine all you have been told. Dismiss what insults your Soul. – Walt Whitman
~ A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. – James Dent
~ I drink so I can talk to assholes. This includes me. – Jim Morrison
~ Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms. – Alfred Hitchcock
The green elm with the one great bough of gold
Lets leaves into the grass slip, one by one, —
The short hill grass, the mushrooms small milk-white,
Harebell and scabious and tormentil,
That blackberry and gorse, in dew and sun,
Bow down to; and the wind travels too light
To shake the fallen birch leaves from the fern. – Edward Thomas (1878–1917)
Laminated Window Hangings for Samhain
you will need:
– lined paper
– laminating paper
– Samhain/Halloween cookie cutters(the big ones)
– scissors & a single hole punch
– a pencil
what to do:
- Lightly trace the shapes of ghosts, spiders, cauldrons or other Samhain figures with your pencil.
- Cut out those shapes with scissors.
- Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
- Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
- Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.
Paper Bag Pumpkin
Materials include a brown lunch bag, two rubber bands, green cotton chenille stem, orange tempera paint, newspaper, sponge brush, scissors
- Prepare the bag. Cut bottom off bag leaving a tube shape. Gather bottom of bag together evenly. Secure with a rubber ban about 1″ from the bottom. Turn bag inside out and flatten out bottom.
- Make the pumpkin. Stuff bag with newspaper. Shape bag into pumpkin shape. For stem, gather together and twist top of bag. Push down for pumpkin shape. Secure with rubber band. Paint pumpkin shape leaving wrinkles unpainted for contrast. Let dry.
- Finish up. Remove rubber band from top and replace with green stem. For vine, wrap ends of stem around a pencil. Remove pencil leaving vine spirals in tact.
- You can add Jack-O-Lantern faces onto the pumpkins with black permanent markers or tempera paint.
Halloween Centerpiece – (For Samhain) http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/pumpkin.html
- Craft pumpkin with hollow interior OR real pumpkin carved in desired shape
- Gourds, small pumpkins, and squash
- Black and orange candles
- Black treat bowl
- Candy corn
All sorts of seasonal decorations are available in regular shops this time of year! Any can be incorporated into a festive display, but here is a good suggestion: Use the black bowl, filled with candy corn, to place the hollowed-out pumpkin (real or fake) into. Place black and orange candles (any number and combination) on either side. Place gourds and other seasonal plants around and in front of the bowl.
Ancestors can be remembered and their pictures and keepsakes can be put inside the pumpkin, provided it is either fake or the artifacts are protected.