I’m going to put this out, now, even at 6:30, instead of taking a chance on forgetting!
It’s about 1/2 cloudy at the moment, but supposed to go to showers, later. 40 to 45F, wind at 3 mph gusting to 8, AQI32, UV4. There’s a good chance of showers today through Friday and then Tuesday through Thursday.
There wasn’t much time yesterday after I finally got the newsletter out to do much before the fiber arts meeting at the library. I got another couple of plants sorted out, then got my things together and headed over. I maybe should have had Tempus drive me over because my knee was hollering at me before I got there.
It was the usual group of people, discussing personal stuff, politics, mushroom dyeing of yarn, some sewing…. one lady is working on a lovely vest that actually has pockets set right into the seam. Another had an orange fleece hat with a green top tassel that is her autumn hat because it resembles a pumpkin! I got to show off the sewing kit.
Once I was back, Tempus was heading out on the paper route. I got a nap, then worked on plants again. We’re going to have to get potting soil today while we’re in Newport. I spent awhile working on this newsletter, starting to fill in files that have gotten emptied and I need to completely set up the ones for Sunday and Monday, if I have any chance of getting them out over the days we’re away.
Tempus picked me up at 4:30 and we were done at 6am. It was a quiet run, although papers were going all over because there was just enough wind….
Today we’re heading over to Sash’s. We’re going to do some baking, laundry and dishes, and finally have time to sit down with our son and visit! 🙂 We’re going to get a few hours of sleep first, though.
Something odd for today, the San Pedro mummy. ….an article with links here: http://www.ancient-origins.net/unexplained-phenomena/mystery-san-pedro-mountains-mummy-002088?utm_source=Ancient-Origins+Newsletter&utm_campaign=77b909890d-Ancient_Origins_August_Newsletter_8_301_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2dcd13de15-77b909890d-86802433 and there’s a Wiki article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Pedro_Mountains_Mummy
Today is the day of Tutelary Spirits, Guardian Spirits, angels, daemons, spirit guides, spirits of place. “On this day, light a white candle on your altar and give thanks to your spirit guide (or guides) for guarding over you and guiding you through your spiritual development. If you wish to communicate with or meet your spirit guide, use a Ouija board or, through prayer, invite the spirit guide to come to you in a dream or in a trance.” – Wicca Book of Days, Gerina Dunwich
Soapwort, Saponaria officinalis is sacred to these spirits. More on soapwort here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saponaria_officinalis
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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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 10/5 at 9:47pm.
The crescent Moon at dusk forms a triangle with Jupiter to its left and dimmer Antares closer to the Moon’s lower left, as shown.
Algol is at its minimum brightness for a couple hours centered on 9:23 p.m. EDT.
Tonight marks the unofficial start of the annual Orionid meteor shower. Although the Orionids won’t peak for nearly three weeks (before dawn October 22), you should start to see a few shower members in the early morning hours. The next 10 days offer Moon-free observing before dawn, something the waning Moon will prevent at the shower’s peak. Orionid meteors appear to radiate from the northern part of the constellation Orion the Hunter.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.0, between the feet of Ophiuchus) is the white dot low in the southwest as twilight fades away. Orange Antares, one sixteenth as bright at magnitude +1.0, twinkles 10° to Jupiter’s lower right. This is a lousy time for Jupiter telescopically. Not only is the low-altitude seeing a mess, but Jupiter has shrunk to just 36 arcseconds wide.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for September – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-september-2019
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for October – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-october-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
W 2 High 3:51 AM 7.2 7:15 AM Rise 11:57 AM 12
~ 2 Low 9:37 AM 1.6 6:55 PM Set 9:43 PM
~ 2 High 3:38 PM 8.4
~ 2 Low 10:27 PM -0.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – As the sun shines upon you and the day draws to and end remember to reflect on what the day has meant, and remember to smile upon another to make their day feel bright, remember to laugh with a person so they know its meant from the Make this a Good day!
~ I know what love is. There was a happy time when I didn’t, but bitter experience has taught me. – WS Gilbert; from Patience
~ …We did not conceive it possible that even Mr. Lincoln would produce a paper so slipshod, so loose-joined, so puerile, not alone in literary construction, but in its ideas, its sentiments, its grasp. He has outdone himself. He has literally come out of the little end of his own horn. By the side of it, mediocrity is superb. – The Chicago Times on Abraham Lincoln’s ‘Gettysburg Address’, which he delivered on November 19, 1863
~ Good sense travels on the well-worn paths; genius, never. And that is why the crowd, not altogether without reason, is so ready to treat great men as lunatics. – Cesare Lombroso
~ A moderate addiction to money may not always be hurtful; but when taken in excess it is nearly always bad for the health. – Clarence Shepherd Day, Jr; attributed
Every leaf speaks bliss to me,
Fluttering from the autumn tree. – Emily Jane Brontë (1818–48)
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!
Samhain Door Wreath
You will need items from Nature, fine wire, sheet of corrugated cardboard, collection sack, small nail. First, take a Nature hike. Collect items from nature, such as pine cones, seeds, leaves, berry bunches acorns and caps, flowers, etc.remembering how important it is to thank the plant for its gift, and to take only what is needed. When you return home, spread out collection on some newspaper. Cut out a circle about 15″ in diameter, from the cardboard. Cut a smaller circle out of the middle. Wrap the wire around each object so it can be fastened to the cardboard. Poke two small holes in the cardboard ring for each item. Feed the wire through and twist in back. Keep fastening objects onto the ring until it is full and no cardboard shows. Hang the wreath on the front door with the nail.
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.
Silliness – Classic Bumper Stickers – Life’s too short to dance with ugly women.