Yesterday was pretty quiet. I napped when I could, then got some solid sleep in the evening and then was awake until Tempus got in at 7:15am from the paper route. I might as well just go with him, because I overslept this morning and he had to come back for me. <sigh>
Today had been crazy so far. I keep thinking I got this out in the morning, but I didn’t….. obviously…. We’ve had customers in, and Tempus packed the car with the stuff for Sash and took off. We’re going to do a second run this evening after we’ve been to storage.
…and I keep getting distracted!!!!!
Today’s plant is the Snowberry, Symphoricarpos albus. My kids used to call this “popcorn plant”, which is a name I’ve heard from others, too. The white berries are used as a food, a soap and for hand lotion. It doesn’t have any magickal uses that I know of, although the folks magicks of a similar bush amongst the Slavs say that it is “proper” as an offering to statues of the gods. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphoricarpos_albus
Slavic pagan calendar – Mokosh’s Holiday – Pasdernic (October) 25 to Gruden (November) 1 -We celebrate this holiday on the Friday between October 25 and November 1. On this day we honor Mother Earth and give gratitude to her for her care and concern for us. The central icon for this feast is the vegetable.
Dziady, Ancient Ones – This is the fourth day of commemoration/worship of the Ancient Ones in the year. This is also a day of remembrance for the warriors who were slain in the year 1380 on Kulikovskoe Field. Say a toast to the honor and glory of the Russian Heroes. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kulikovo
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 11/7 at 8:02am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 10/31 at 9:40am.
The waning gibbous Moon is well up in the east by late evening, with the Pleiades above it and Aldebaran closer to its lower left (for North America).
The waning gibbous Moon rises in the east around 8 p.m. local daylight time. Wait about an hour for it to climb well clear of the horizon and you’ll see it perched just west of the Hyades star cluster in the constellation Taurus the Bull. Binoculars will deliver the best views of this pretty conjunction. If you keep watching throughout the night, you’ll see the Moon pass in front of the V-shaped Hyades.
Venus reaches inferior conjunction at 10 a.m. EDT. This position places the inner planet most nearly between Earth and the Sun (precisely 6° south-southwest of our star), so it is lost in the glare. But the brilliant world orbits the Sun quickly, and it will return to view before dawn in about 10 days.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5, upper right of the Sagittarius Teapot) glows yellow in the south-southwest in late dusk. It’s midway between Mars and Jupiter.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for October – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-october-2018
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27.
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24
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. Runic half-month of Hagalaz/Hagal – October 29-Novmber 12 – The Runic half-month of Hagal commences today, represented by the hailstone of transformation. It is a harbinger of the need to undergo the necessary preparations before the harsh northern Winter.
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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.
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl), reed – The term “reed” is used with great imprecision in North America, but it is clear that the reed of the ogham is the common reed (Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steudel). This is a giant grass, with stems as high as 4 m (13 feet). It grows in marshy areas, where it often forms dense stands. Like most other grasses, the vertical stems live only a single year, dying in the autumn and being replaced with new green shoots in the spring. The dead stems rattle and whisper in late autumn winds. Common reed has spread as a weed throughout the world; in North America it is widespread in cooler climates. Common reed is in the Grass family (Poaceae, or Gramineae). “The Reed Month, is said by some to be most favorable for communication with ancestral spirits and the strengthening of all family ties, with magickal associations with fertility, love, protection, and family concerns. ‘Thin and slender is the Reed. He stands in clumps at the edge of the river and between his feet hides the swift pike awaiting an unsuspecting minnow to come his way. In his thinness the reed resembles arrows that fly, silver-tipped, up into the unknown air to land at the very source that one had searched for all these years. Firing arrows off into the unknown is an expression of the desire to search out basic truths. If you loose off without direction, the place of landing will be random. If the firing off is carried out with the correct conviction, determination and sense of purpose, then the act becomes secondary to the event that comes both before and after the moment.'” Source: Earth, Moon and Sky
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 26 High 2:19 AM 7.2 7:46 AM Set 9:46 AM 98
~ 26 Low 8:00 AM 1.9 6:14 PM Rise 7:58 PM
~ 26 High 1:56 PM 8.5
~ 26 Low 8:45 PM -0.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
~ Crystals grew inside rock like arithmetic flowers. They lengthened and spread, added plane to plane in an awed and perfect obedience to an absolute geometry that even stones – maybe only the stones – understood. – Annie Dillard
~ Because afterwards, when I come into a room, people will say there is the man who rowed the Atlantic. – Captain John Ridgeway, explaining why he wanted to row the Atlantic
~ You can’t fatten the pig on market day. – John Howard, prison reformer, born on September 2, 1726
~ The cause of Hawaii and independence is larger and dearer than the life of any man connected with it. Love of country is deep-seated in the breast of every Hawaiian, whatever his station. – Lydia Kamekeha Liliuokalani
October leaves are lovely
They rustle when I run
Sometimes I make a heap
And jump in them for fun. – Anon.
You will need: a round piece of craft foam, pins, fall items such as gourds, mini pumpkins, apples, autumn leaves, pine cones, 2 orange candles, candle holders. Place the items on the craft foam in whatever design you desire and attach with pins. Leave room for two orange candles in their holders. Place in the center of the feast table, light candles, and enjoy!
Make a tree out of craft materials–craft wire, floral tape, fake flowers, et cetera. As the seasons change, make the tree match the outside world. Hang paper wishes on five branches and every season when the tree is changed, coat the branches with catalystic oil (for waxing year) or blessing oil (for waning year) and meditate on how wishes are shaping up or have been granted. Suggestions for seasonal tree changes:
- Yule – Wrap floral wire around a nut and “plant” it in a floral planter, setting it in a pot on top of last year’s wish ashes. Let floral wire poke up through floral planter to resemble a sprouted plant.
- Imbolc – Create branches for the tree and wrap in brown floral tape. Conceive wishes, write them on paper, and hang them from the branches.
- Ostara – Add leaves to each branch.
- Beltane – Add flower buds to each branch.
- Litha – Take down flower buds. Add bloomed flowers to each branch.
- Lughnasadh/Lammas – Take down bloomed flowers. Add closing or withering flowers to each branch.
- Mabon – Take down withered flowers and place them around the tree’s base.
- Samhain – Take down leaves. Place around base of tree as fallen leaves. Burn wishes and save the ashes for “soil” of next year’s tree.
- Disassemble tree if necessary while creating new Yule tree.
Mask of Your Shadow Self
Items needed: mixing bowl, 1 cup water, 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup white glue, 20-30 pieces of newspaper or paper towels cut into 1″ by 6″ strips, plastic wrap. In a mixing bowl, pour 1 cup of water. Add flour in 1/3 cup increments. As you add each 1/3 cup flour, stir it well, using the fingers to break up any clots. Once completely mixed (it should be the consistency of plaster) add 1/4 cup white glue. Stir well. Buy a mask base at an arts and crafts store, or use the wearer of the mask as a model. If using a human model, spread Saran Wrap or plastic over the person’s face. IMPORTANT: BE VERY SURE TO INSERT A STRAW OR OTHER SUCH DEVISE THROUGH THE PLASTIC THROUGH WHICH THE MODEL CAN BREATHE. Dip paper strips in flour mixture one piece at a time. Shake off excess mixture and smooth either side of the strip to take off more moisture. Begin to lay strips along the outer rim of the person’s face or mask base, along the brow, the temples, the jaws, and the chin. Be sure to overlap and interconnect all strips as you lay them out. Smooth each strip into the others with your fingers. Next lay strips across the nose and connect those strips to those at the cheekbone area. Next begin to fill in empty places on your model’s face and around the cheeks and forehead. Repeat process a second time to create a stronger mask base.Drying time will vary. Use a blow dryer to speed the process if desired. Once the mask is dry enough to be taken off the model’s face, place it in a warm place for 24 hours. Decorate when dry.
At no other time are we faced with our shadow self more than at Samhain. Now we encounter the dark time of endings and completion, dissolution, and diminishing. The days grow shorter and the nights longer. The Earth is plunging into its winter darkness as the veil between the worlds grows thinner. Halloween’s monsters and frights are merely representations of our repressed fears and shadow side. One way of easing the tensions of the season is to shine the light squarely on our shadows. Examine it and in the process lose all fear of it. Wear your shadow mask on Samhain and then burn it in the bonfire or cauldron fire — or leave it on your altar as a tribute to your dark side.Making a representation of your shadow mask can be liberating. You can feel empowered, because you have better control of the shadow when you can see it before you. Once you eternalize the shadow mask, you know what it is made of. You drain it of any power it holds over you because you know longer hide from it. You then gain magical power because you have changed your consciousness and now know when the mask is worn and when it is not. — Timothy Roderick, Dark Moon Mysteries
Samhain projects for kids can be found in the Kiddie Cauldron.