What was with the rain early on? Everything was wet and tires were hissing…. 52F, wind at 3mph, AQI 19 and the clouds at 400 feet. This might partially burn off, but it’s not going to be a warm day, today, even if the rain last night wasn’t predicted. Chance of rain starts Monday.
Yesterday we didn’t get up until nearly 5pm! We’re starting to catch up on sleep, at least, although I had hoped for more of a day than that. We git our mail caught up, then went over to tend the plants that have been at a friend’s house. <sigh> They’re all stunted and withered, definitely not watered twice a week, which was the deal. <sigh twice> Well…. that’s less we have to transport, I guess, but I was disappointed.
We did get some harvest out of it, a couple of tomatoes, a handful of strawberries, a handfull of chives and one of basil and a bunch of small ball carrots, planted in July, so they should have been past full size, but they’re nice and sweet. They’ll be good in the stew.
Loryea stopped by and we talked food for awhile again. After that we had some supper and then drove to a piece of property that we’re interested in to look at
We ended up very late at the shop, trying to sort out more stuff. Why does the place still look wrecked? <sigh> It’s almost like it’s getting worse, not better, although I *can* see the improvement.
Today Tempus is going out to do laundry and to go to storage to drop off some stuff and pick up some stuff. The shop’s open, even if I’m bleary-eyed, yet. 🙂
Go read this…have some kleenex handy, but it’s worth it. https://medium.com/life-tips/when-i-m-gone-f1611ceb759f
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Today’s Plant is Salal, Gaultheria shallon. This is a shrub, an understory plant, that ranges all up and down the west coast, from Alaska to California. They’re an invasive in wild heathlands in Europe, having been introduced back in the 1800’s. There’s a big industry in Oregon, supplying the foliage to florists. The local peoples harvested the berries as a primary food source, drying them into cakes. They make a nice crunchy snack, dried this way or individually.The young leaves are edible, too. One, nearly forgotten use, is medicinally as an astringent. Mashed with some water, they’re a great soother for sunburn or insect bites, even working on yellow-jacket stings. It also works internally on an inflamed digestive tract from ulcers to diarrhea and a tea (simple infusion) will help with a dry cough. Eat the young leaves as an appetite suppressant. –Feminine, Saturn, Juno – Use in spells as in the medicinal uses, the appetite suppressant effect, particularly. This is an hardy herb, so it also can be added to spells for added duration. It works well in situations of emotional upset, particularly when there’s a sick stomach from stress.
Today is Nicholas Culpeper’s Birthday. If you’ve ever heard of Culpeper’s Herbal, he’s the author of this 16th century classic! He was a pioneer in herbal references and associations and while a lot of his work has been disproved, most hasn’t. A lot of practical and empirically-gathered information got kept in his herbal which would have been otherwise lost. Along with the Herbal he published a manual on childbirth and many translations of texts used in medicine. “Culpeper was a radical in his time, angering his fellow physicians by condemning their greed, unwillingness to stray from Galen and their use of harmful practices such as toxic remedies and bloodletting. The Society of Apothecaries were similarly incensed by the fact that he suggested cheap herbal remedies as opposed to their expensive concoctions.” (from Wikipedia) More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Culpeper
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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.
Now the Moon shines left (east) of Mars. Look to their lower left, by about two fists at arm’s length, for Fomalhaut.
The days of viewing Jupiter in the evening sky are quickly running out. The giant planet now lies low in the southwest during twilight, hanging barely 10° above the horizon 30 minutes after sunset. Still, Jupiter shines brightly at magnitude –1.8 and should stand out if you have a clear and unobstructed horizon. The low altitude means a telescope won’t show much detail in the planet’s cloud tops.
Mercury is lost 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
Th 18 Low 2:37 AM 1.2 7:36 AM Set 1:14 AM 59
~ 18 High 9:26 AM 6.1 6:27 PM Rise 4:04 PM
~ 18 Low 3:16 PM 3.4
~ 18 High 8:42 PM 6.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – What you think about and focus on, you attract to you. When you focus on what you do want you attract it; when you focus on what you do not want, you attract it. It’s that simple.
~ Though God were to rain wealth from heaven or cause it to burst from the earth, to whom would the wealth belong? Nay, if the land had been property when the Israelites were in the desert, to whom would the manna have belonged? – Henry George; from a speech delivered in Australia, reported in Bunyip, May 2, 1890
~ I am one of those fellows who … always gets to the fire after it is out. – Edgar Rice Burroughs, born on September 1, 1875, American author, creator of Tarzan
~ The reason why, in spite of the increase of productive power wages constantly tend to a minimum which will give but a bare living, is that, with increase in productive power, rent tends to even greater increase, thus producing a constant tendency to the forcing down of wages. – Henry George, Progress and Poverty, 1879
~ Ah, to know all is to forgive all,” said Rhoda. “I confess I have not found it so, my lady. To forgive, it is best to know as little as possible.” – Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett; from A Heritage and Its History
I love fall! Fall is exciting.
It’s apples and cider.
It’s an airborne spider.
It’s pumpkins in bins.
It’s burrs on dog’s chins.
It’s wind blowing leaves.
It’s chilly red knees.
It’s nuts on the ground.
It’s a crisp dry sound.
It’s green leaves turning
And the smell of them burning.
It’s clouds in the sky.
It’s fall. That’s why…
I love fall. – Anon.
Fall Leaf Stained Glass
- fall leaves
- wax paper
- picture frame
- Collect as many different colored and size fall leaves as possible!
- Cut two pieces of wax paper slightly larger than your picture frame.
- Lay one piece of the wax paper on the towel, and arrainge the leaves in a pleasing design.
- Lay the other piece of wax paper over the leaves, and lay another press the two together using a hot iron and moving quickly but firmly
- Tape the “stained glass” to the picture frame and cut off the excess
- Hang in a window for best results.
Autumn votive holders & vases (Anja) (Make no more than 3 days ahead!!!)
- Several mini pumpkins (the flat kind hold candles, the round kind make vases)
- Pot or large bowl for soaking pumpkins
- Salt (table salt is fine for soaking)
- Strong knife
- Strong handled spoon
- One clear glass votive candle holder per pumpkin
- Rock salt
- Plate, platter or tray
- Cut the pumpkin stem section out so that the glass holder will fit inside.
- Gut the pumpkin, pulling all strings.
- Soak for about an ½ hour in salted water (1 tablespoon per cup)
- Fish the pumpkins out, turn them upside down on something like a wire rack, so that air will flow underneath the help them dry. Leave overnight.
- Put rock salt into pumpkins.
- Shove votive holders into the salt, so that it fills the crevices in the pumpkin.
- Add flowers and/or tea lights as desired .
- Put salt on plate, so that plate is covered. Place pumpkins artistically around.
Note – Salt will “draw” liquid from the pumpkins, so they will wrinkle. The salt is a delaying tactic for the inevitable mold! In a dry climate these might last a week. On the Pacific Coast, 3 days is tops. You can delay things farther, by keeping the pumpkins in the fridge at night.
Pumpkin Candles – By Patti Wigington, About.com
The pumpkin is one of the best-known members of the squash family. From September to November, they’re all over the place – we see them carved into jack-o-lanterns, painted, and practically invading every roadside stand in town. With Samhain growing nearer, the pumpkin crop is at its peak, and there are all kinds of things you can do with them. Everyone loves candles, so why not use a few small pumpkins to jazz up your Sabbat decor?
The first thing you’ll need is a baking-size pumpkin (you can use an acorn squash for this project too). Here’s a hint — before you buy a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, check your grocery store’s produce section.
Unless you already have candle-making equipment and paraffin wax, the other thing you’ll need to get is some soy wax chips. These are inexpensive, melt easily and safely in your microwave, and burn cleaner than paraffin wax. If you already have paraffin, you can use that for this project, but you’ll need to melt it over a double burner instead. If you want to add color or scent, you’ll need some of that too.
Finally, you’ll need a wick. You can either make your own by coating a string in wax, or you can buy a pre-made wick at any craft or hobby store. The pre-made ones typically have a small metal disc at the bottom for the base.
Assemble all your supplies, and cut the top off the pumpkin. Scoop out the goop inside (you can save the seeds for roasting later) and scrape the interior clean. A melon-baller actually works really well for this step.
Melt your wax — again, if you use soy chips you can melt them in the microwave. Eight cups of dry chips will give you about four cups of melted wax, which is just about enough to fill a baking pumpkin or acorn squash. Before you pour the wax, secure the wick to the bottom of the pumpkin’s inside. It’s okay if it flops over a little, because we’ll prop it up later when the wax is in place.
Once your wax is melted, add scent or color chips if you like. Stir before pouring. Fill the pumpkin with wax up to the bottom edge of the opening. You’ll probably have a little bit left over — don’t throw it away, you’ll need it later!
After you’ve poured the wax, if the wick seems to lean to one side or the other, place a butter knife across the top of the pumpkin to hold up the wick and keep it from flopping.
Once the wax has cooled, you may notice a small dip or indentation around the wick where the wax has sunk. Use the leftover wax to fill this spot up. Trim the wick back so it is no longer than 1/4″ long.
When you burn your candle, be careful not to leave it unattended. If the inside of the pumpkin begins to burn, put your candle out immediately. Use it on your altar or around your house as part of your Samhain decorating.