It’s been beautifully sunny today, but it was *cold* last night! Down to 34F! …and the Wheel has definitely Turned to the dark part of the years. UV of 3? 63F, wind at 5mph gusting up to 8, AQI31, UV3. There’s a pretty good chance of showers/light rain from Wednesday through to early Friday, but except for most of tomorrow, everything looks like showers and clouds for the next 10 days.
Yesterday, once the newsletter was out I went back to plants. There’s a lot of this to get done this week…. especially if we’re going to be out of town on Sunday/Monday. We’re planning on taking one of the laptops with us, so we’ll post newsletters, if we can. If not, they’ll start showing up either Tuesday night or Wednesday.
Tempus headed out in the late afternoon to run various errands. I did some more work on the outside plants, mostly adding dirt to those that needed some. …and then came in and kept going on the starts and plants that were inside.
We closed up around 6:30 and drove down to Florence to take advantage of the gas prices. The sunset was spectacular on the drive. We didn’t actually get to see the sun slip over the edge, just at half and then it was down, but the colors! …especially through the trees… …and Diana’s Bow hanging in the blue above the red/orange with clouds where the sun vanished.
It was fully dark by the time we gassed up at the Shell station ($2.65). We’re observing the Kroeger/Fred Meyer boycott, so we went to the Shell. On the way back we stopped at McD’s and actually went and ate in their dining room! 🙂
It was very dark once we were north of Florence and the stars were amazing. The Moon had set by then, but we got to see the Heceta Head light sweeping its beam across ocean, trees and cliffs. It was 48F at 9:30 as we passed the phone company thermometer.
Once we were home I curled up with embroidery and a book as usual, and wow did we get up late! …and I had trouble getting the computer to cooperate and get the old files cleared so I could get this put together and out…and then it crashed…. and updates… and clearing a couple of programs… …and I *still* haven’t gotten to the plants, argh! …and I have a fiber arts meeting tonight… in just over an hour. Where has the day *gone*?
Tempus has been cleaning things like the ice chest and getting stuff ready to take over to Sash’s tomorrow. Pretty sure we’re going to be able to go. Whether we can get everything done that we need to beforehand is a different story. …and Tempus just ran out to Vicki’s Big Wheel for their $2 Tuesday milkshakes!
Paper route tonight!
Today’s Feast is that October begins! Samhain and pumpkins and (urgh) pumpkin spice lattes, but pie! …and apples and nuts and H’ween candy and…. 🙂
The Wiki article is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October
Today’s plant is Oregon Iris, Iris tenax. I grew up calling Iris flowers “ladies’ ball gowns”. Local peoples used the tough leaves for making string and rope mostly for snares. – Feminine, Venus, Water – sacred to Iris and Juno, their magicks are used for purification and magicks including 3’s. The three petals stand for faith, wisdom and valor and can be used in magicks to promote these qualities. More on Oregon Iris here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_tenax More on Iris in general here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_%28plant%29
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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 10/11 at 9:46pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 10/2 at 11:26pm.
In the west, way left of the Big Dipper, shines bright Arcturus, the “Spring Star,” a little lower at nightfall each week. From Arcturus, the narrow kite-shaped pattern of Bootes extends 24° to the upper right.
Although magnificent Saturn reached its peak in July, our view of the ringed planet remains spectacular. It resides among the background stars of Sagittarius the Archer, a region that appears nearly 30° above the southern horizon an hour after sundown and doesn’t set until midnight local daylight time. Saturn continues to shine brightly, too, at magnitude 0.5. When viewed through a telescope, the planet’s disk measures 17″ across while the dramatic ring system spans 38″ and tilts 25° to our line of sight. Tonight is also a good night to hunt for its five brightest moons. You’ll find 8th-magnitude Titan and the 10th-magnitude trio of Tethys, Dione, and Rhea clustered relatively close to the planet. Distant Iapetus is a bit harder to locate. Fortunately, it reaches greatest western elongation tonight, when its brighter hemisphere faces Earth and it glows brightest (at 10th magnitude). Look for Iapetus 8.5′ west of Saturn.
Mercury, Venus, and Mars remain deep in the glare of the Sun.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for September – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-september-2019
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27
Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine.Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102
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Celtic Tree Month of 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).
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 1 High 2:56 AM 7.7 7:14 AM Rise 10:44 AM 5
~ 1 Low 8:53 AM 0.9 6:57 PM Set 9:06 PM
~ 1 High 2:56 PM 8.6
~ 1 Low 9:36 PM -0.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I allow clarity to flow through me, filling my cells and every fiber of my being.
Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Have you, or your family, ever been affected by war? Describe how. (This is the prompt that had me make up this page… https://wp.me/P2xgQ8-8Eb
~ Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God. – Lenny Bruce (1925-1966) US comic
~ I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil. – Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968) US Politician
~ You got to have is faith in yourself during those times when you’re not a winner. – Vince Lombardi
~ The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart. – Proverbs 17:3, New International Version
October’s child is born for woe,
And life’s vicissitudes must know
But lay an Opal on her breast,
And hope will lull those woes to rest. – Traditional English Proverb
In some Saxon calendars, allegorized by the figure of a husbandman carrying a sack on his shoulders, sowing corn. In other old calendars, the sport of hawking is represented.
The month for making beer, wine, cider, because of steady temperature.
Sacred to Goddess Astraea, daughter of Zeus and Themis. She lived among humans in the Golden Age but when civilization deteriorated she withdrew to the upperworld.
This is the Irish month of Deireadh Fomhair. The Frankish name, Windurmanoth, means ‘vintage month’. American backwoods: Hunter’s Moon. Asatru name: Hunting.
Weather lore of October (Northern Hemisphere): the more bright red berries (haws and hips) that can be seen in the hedgerows, the more frost and snow there will be the next Winter.
The second ‘Summer’ in October is called Indian Summer in America, St Bridget’s Summer in Sweden; in Italy, the Summer of St Teresa; in Germany and Switzerland, the Summer of St Gall. In England, it is called St Luke’s Summer.
Much rain in October said to correspond with much rain in December. A warm October makes a cold February.
Bittersweet October – The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter. ~Carol Bishop Hipps
If October bring much frost and wind,
Then are January and February mild. ~Traditional English weather proverb
In October dung your field,
And your land its wealth shall yield. ~Traditional English proverb
Birth flowers: Calendula and cosmos.
Birthstone: Opal, signifying hope. Said to bring bad luck to those not born in this month who wear it.