Daily Stuff 10-23-18 Usher calendar

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

It’s gloomy and grey out there, but no rain, yet. They’re saying that if we get any it will be in the early afternoon and then it might clear a little. 55F, wind at 13 with gusts up to 20, AQI43. We’re also under a small craft advisory for winds. Gusts up to 30 knts.

Yesterday started so late for me that it just seemed to fly past. I had a couple of good conversations with folks who came in and then Tempus and I flew around gathering up stuff for Sash.

We took off for Toledo, stopping to get a pizza Newport on the way to his place. When we found it, which took a little doing, the guys offloaded and then we baked the pizzas and sat and talked. Sash said he was really adulting, since there were his parents having supper in *his* place. 🙂

When we got home I wrote for awhile and then turned in. I got rousted out with an asthma attack twice during the night, which is just nasty….. So I’m going to go back to bed once this is out.

Once I’m awake, we’ll be working at the shop. I’m pretty sure that today we’re tearing apart the classroom area and trying to get that back into shape.

I really want to get my plant shelves up and I have a handful of spring onion roots to get into a pot, plus all the succulents that have been callusing for awhile are ready to be potted.

Tempus has the paper run tonight.

A picture from 10/22/16 by Ken Gagne of Forks Farm up the Yachats River.

102215 Ken Gagne Forks Farm Yachats

plant pic miners lettuceToday’s Plant is Miner’s Lettuce, Claytonia perfoliata (aka winter purslane, or Indian lettuce). It’s a plant native to our area, growing and blooming in our soggy spring and drying out and dying back in the summer. I’ve seen in re-bloom in the fall. It’s a leaf vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked like spinach. It’s really choice in salads and very high in vitamin C. It got the name because the Gold Rush miners ate it to prevent scurvy, since they really weren’t eating right. Like any lettuce or most of the salad greens it’s Feminine and Water, but as any high Vitamin C food, its planet correspondence is the Sun. – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miner%27s_lettuce More on the genus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia

feast 1023 WeirdalclassicAccording to the Usher calendar today is the day the earth was created (Chrifus are really into this date….) It’s also Weird Al Yankovic’s birthday… Coincidence? Can’t be! <grin> More on Creation here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ussher-Lightfoot_Calendar and on Weird Al here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%22Weird_Al%22_Yankovic

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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. 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. 

The Ghost of Summer Suns. Halloween is approaching, and this means that Arcturus, the star sparkling low in the west-northwest in twilight, is taking on its role as “the Ghost of Summer Suns.” What does this mean? For several days centered on October 25th every year, Arcturus occupies a special place above your local landscape. It closely marks the spot where the Sun stood at the same time, by the clock, during hot June and July — in broad daylight, of course! So, as Halloween approaches every year, you can see Arcturus as the forlorn, chilly ghost of the departed summer Sun.
The variable star Algol in Perseus reaches minimum brightness around 10:39 p.m. EDT, when it shines at magnitude 3.4. If you start tracking it this evening, you can watch it more than triple in brightness (to magnitude 2.1) by dawn. This eclipsing binary star runs through a cycle from minimum to maximum and back every 2.87 days. Algol remains visible all night, passing nearly overhead around 2 a.m. local daylight time.
Mars (magnitude –0.8) shines highest in the south soon after dark. It sets around 1 a.m. In a telescope Mars shrinks from 13 to 12 arcseconds wide this week, and it’s as gibbous as we ever see it: 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 enters Scorpio at 4:22am.
Moon in Aries
Venus (11/16), Neptune (11/24), Chiron (12/8), Juno (12/23), and Uranus (1/6/19) Retrograde
Color: White

©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).

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
Tu  23     High  12:10 AM     7.0   7:42 AM     Set  6:23 AM      96
~    23      Low   6:15 AM     1.2   6:19 PM    Rise  6:22 PM
~    23     High  12:21 PM     7.8
~    23      Low   6:49 PM     0.4


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Serenity Prayer – God, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference.


Journal Prompt – What would you? – What would I say to them if I could see them again?



~  It occurred to Prometheus that it had been many thousands of years since men had met their dreams. – Walter Mosley, (from The Gift of Fire)
~  As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance. – Calvin (the cartoon character, not the theologian)
~  People do and say stupid things, it is called being human; get over it quickly! – Hanns-Oskar Porr
~  For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake. – Alfred Hitchcock

On random wires the rows of summer swallows
Wait for their liftoff.
They will soon be gone
Before All Saints’ and before All Hallows’
The changing time when we are most alone. – May Sarton (1912–95)


Samhain Magick – Spells


Hazel nuts were also believed to possess mystical powers and could be used in divining. The nut is believed to be at its strongest on Hallowe’en night, which was traditionally called ‘Nutcrack Night’ in England (UK). Lovers were recommended to use this to gain foresight into the relationship.

‘Two hazel nuts I threw into the flame,
And to each nut I gave a sweetheart’s name.
This, with the loudest bounce me sore amazed,
That, with a flame of brightest colour blazed.
As blazed the nut, so may thy passion grow,
For ’twas thy nut that did so brightly glow.’ ~Gray

‘Some merry, friendly, countra folks
Together did convene,
To burn their nits, an’ pu their stocks,
An’ haud their Halloween
Fu’ blithe that night.’  )0(  R. Burns   )0(  GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast   

Clean Divination Ritual – Incense of the day: Carnation

The season of Halloween is a special time of year. The veil between the worlds is thin now, and divination possibilities are strongest. Now is the time to bring out the tarot cards or the runes so you can see what the future holds for you. Place a piece of soapstone in the bag that holds your cards or runes, and gently shake the bag to cleanse them. Then enchant your cards or runes by saying: “Cards (or runes) of fortune, this is what I ask of you—a glimpse of what will come to me, a hint of how my life may be.” If you read for others, be sure to cleanse the cards or runes with the soapstone between readings.

By: Paniteowl, Llewellyn and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast


I am a twist of black paper
Dancing in a wind-eddy.
Blown three times round the gatepost,
Wrapped briefly round the lamppost
Hanging by wingtip from a branch
Plié into a puddle on the pavement.
I am a shout that bells around the corner
Ricochets diminished from the bushes,
Whistles down a chimney,
Chuckles in the porch-eaves,
Murmurs blending into the wind.
I am a shape-changing shadow
I whisk along behind a loping cat,
I solidify in corners, melt in streetlights,
Flit across the round-faced moon,
Fingering the rime round the moon,
Whispering a rhyme round the moon.
I am a figment of the night’s imagination,
A clown-face suspended in midair
To exorcise your ghosts,
To invite your dear departed to Dumb Supper,
To remember the sweet departed on this night,
And howl off hooting into the tunnel of night.           © Dame Niamh )O( Gealach High Priestess, Sisters of
the Burning Branch Sisters of the Silver Star, Circle of the Silver Hive


Silliness – Curling

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