It’s partly cloudy, which means the sky is mostly blue and the sunshine is really pretty. I don’t actually see any clouds, but there are usually some around the edges. 🙂 66F, wind at 0mph and gusting, AQI32, UV2. The chance of rain for Monday night and then next weekend is dropping a little.
Yesterday we ended up *really* busy for a fall Friday! We didn’t get any time to really do much beyond tend customers until nearly 6pm. We closed up at that point and collected camera, tripod and Pirates’ Treasure buckets and went over to Patterson Park. It looked like really good light for those photos.
…and it was, and a lovely sunset. Tempus got slobbered on by a passing friendly dog (really pretty husky-type) and the kiddo
with him made me shiver. He was wearing soggy basketball shorts and I was cold even in my hoodie! I was ID’ing plants on the way down and back up the path. There were the usual beach grasses and salal and ferns, but also pearly ever-lasting, yarrow and Douglas asters, plus what I think may have been a beach holly, but it was too far upslope to really reach.
We came back to the shop and both got naps. I went to work on the computer and
Tempus went over to Ray’s for some bits for supper. Afterwards I finished up my computer stuff and then took my embroidery and a book and rested….
Today we have the usual Saturday workshops. Tempus has been working in back, but I’m not sure whether we’ll be working on the table or up front for Herbs. …He’s opening up. I gotta get this out!
Chief Joseph Surrenders, 1877: At Eagle Creek in Bear Paw Mountains, Montana, Nez Percé leader Chief Joseph (In-mut-too-yah-lat-lat – Thunder coming up over the land from the water), surrendered his rifle to General Nelson A Miles after months in which his starving band eluded pursuing federal troops. Only 40 miles and they would have been over the Canadian border… “From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.” More info here: http://www.turtletrack.org/Issues03/Co11012003/CO_11012003_Honor_Respect.htm
Arnica, Arnica Montana – mountain arnica, mountain daisy, mountain tobacco, fall dandelion, leopard’s bane, Wolf’s Bane (not the aconitum variety with the same name), Dumbledore’s Delight are all names for this herb. 1-2 foot tall hairy stems bear bunches of bright yellow daisies in the summer and autumn. Use flowers and upper stems either fresh of dried slowly. Roots dug up in late autumn or spring can be used after drying in artificial heat. Treatments for osteoarthritis, sprains and bruising have been scientifically proven to be effective, but it is also used to treat epilepsy and blood pressure, throat infections, wounds and paralysis – Feminine, Saturn, Leo, Sacred to Hecate,- this has been called one of the 3 herbs of witchcraft. Use to increase psychic powers and in amulets for healing and protection. Image by Franz Eugen Köhler, Köhler’s Medizinal-Pflanzen – List of Koehler Images, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=255279
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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 10/13 at 5:08pm. 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. 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 10/12 at 5:08am.
First-quarter Moon (exact at 12:47 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time). Our satellite rises in the southeast around 2:30 p.m. local daylight time, but it doesn’t become prominent until the Sun sets shortly before 7 p.m. (The Moon then lies due south and about one-third of the way to the zenith.) After darkness falls, the Moon’s half-lit orb appears in northern Sagittarius >>> , above the handle in that constellation’s conspicuous Teapot asterism.
The Moon also serves as a guide for finding Saturn this evening. The ringed planet is the bright point of light just a couple of degrees to Luna’s right, but Saturn is 3,800 times farther away. A telescope this evening will show its own largest satellite, Titan, as a magnitude-8.7 orange pinpoint four ring-lengths to Saturn’s east. Yet Titan is half again as large in diameter as our Moon.
Neptune (magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) is in the southeast after dark and highest in the south around 11 p.m. See Bob King’s story on observing Neptune and our finder charts for Uranus and Neptune.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for October – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-october-2019
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
©2019 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Sa 5 Low 12:25 AM 0.3 7:19 AM Rise 3:02 PM 40
~ 5 High 7:09 AM 5.9 6:50 PM
~ 5 Low 12:28 PM 3.5
~ 5 High 6:16 PM 6.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Live life vibrantly and energetically.
~ We have all known the long loneliness, and the answer is love, and that love is found in community. – Dorothy Day
~ You can’t test courage cautiously. – Annie Dillard
~ Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes. – Peter Drucker
~ God does not comfort us to make us comfortable only, but to make us comforters. – Dr. John Henry Jowett
O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all. – Robert Frost (1874–1963)
12 Days of Magic – Halloween – Samhain
Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). It is the time between Samhain (pronounced “Sow-in” in Ireland, Sow-een in Wales, “Sav-en” in Scotland or even “Sam-haine” in non-Gaelic speaking countries) and Brigid’s Day “the period of little sun.” Thus, Samhain is often named the “Last Harvest” or “Summer’s End”. The Earth nods a sad farewell to the God.
- Symbolism of Samhain – Third Harvest, the Dark Mysteries, Rebirth through Death.
- Symbols of Samhain – Gourds, Apples, Black Cats, Jack-O-Lanterns, Besoms.
- Herbs of Samhain – Mugwort, Allspice, Broom, Catnip, Deadly Nightshade, Mandrake, Oak leaves, Sage and Straw.
- Foods of Samhain – Turnips, Apples, Gourds, Nuts, Mulled Wines, Beef, Pork, Poultry.
- Incense of Samhain – Heliotrope, Mint, Nutmeg.
- Colors of Samhain – Black, Orange, White, Silver, Gold.
- Stones of Samhain – All Black Stones, preferably jet or obsidian.
From the Samhain Ritual – “We know that He will once again be reborn of the Goddess and the cycle will continue. This is the time of reflection, the time to honor the Ancients who have gone on before us and the time of ‘Seeing” (divination). As we contemplate the Wheel of the Year, we come to recognize our own part in the eternal cycle of Life.
While almost all Celtic based traditions recognize this Holiday as the end of the “old” year, some groups do not celebrate the coming of the New Year until Yule. Some consider the time between Samhain and Yule as a time which does not even exist on the Earthly plane. The “time which is no time” was considered in the old days to be both very Magickal and very dangerous. Even today, we celebrate this holiday with a mixture of joyous celebration and ‘spine tingling” reverence.
The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France, celebrated their New Year on November 1.
This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death.
Celts believed that on the night before the New Year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred.
On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to Earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future.
For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.
To commemorate the event, Druid priests built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities.
During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other’s fortunes.
When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.
By A.D. 43, Romans had conquered the majority of Celtic territory. In the course of the four hundred years that they ruled the Celtic lands, two festivals of Roman origin were combined with the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain.
The first was Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead. The second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees.
The symbol of Pomona is the apple and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of “bobbing” for apples that is practiced today on Halloween.
By the 800s, the influence of Christianity had spread into Celtic lands. In the seventh century, Pope Boniface IV designated November 1st ‘All Saints’ Day’, a time to honor saints and martyrs.
It is widely believed today that the pope was attempting to replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a related, but church-sanctioned holiday.
The celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints’ Day) and the night before it, the night of Samhain, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween.
Even later, in A.D. 1000, the church would make November 2 All Souls’ Day, a day to honor the dead. It was celebrated similarly to Samhain, with big bonfires, parades, and dressing up in costumes as saints, angels, and devils.
Together, the three celebrations, the eve of All Saints’, All Saints’, and All Souls’, were called Hallowmas.
Halloween is the eve of Hallowmas, better know to modern Christians as All Saints’ Day. Hallowmas celebrates God’s harvesting into heaven the faithful of every age, culture and walk of life. It is a day of glorious rejoicing.
Saints are people who, by their joyful service, have extended the love of God to others. The martyrologies, the list of the saints officially honored by the church, contains over 10,000 names – and those are only the saints we know of.
All Saints’ Day also remembers those holy people whom no one but God any longer knows. The reading for the day from Revelation describes a great multitude that no one can count.
The American tradition of “trick-or-treating” probably dates back to the early All Souls’ Day parades in England. During the festivities, poor citizens would beg for food and families would give them pastries called “soul cakes” in return for their promise to pray for the family’s dead relatives. The distribution of soul cakes was encouraged by the church as a way to replace the ancient practice of leaving food and wine for roaming spirits. The practice, which was referred to as “going a-souling” was eventually taken up by children who would visit the houses in their neighborhood and be given ale, food, and money.
The tradition of dressing in costume for Halloween has both European and Celtic roots. Hundreds of years ago, winter was an uncertain and frightening time. Food supplies often ran low and, for the many people afraid of the dark, the short days of winter were full of constant worry.
On Halloween, when it was believed that ghosts came back to the earthly world, people thought that they would encounter ghosts if they left their homes. To avoid being recognized by these ghosts, people would wear masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits. On Halloween, to keep ghosts away from their houses, people would place bowls of food outside their homes to appease the ghosts and prevent them from attempting to enter.
As European immigrants came to America, they brought their varied Halloween customs with them. Because of the rigid Protestant belief systems that characterized early New England, celebration of Halloween in colonial times was extremely limited there. It was much more common in Maryland and the southern colonies.
As the beliefs and customs of different European ethnic groups, as well as the American Indians, meshed, a distinctly American version of Halloween began to emerge. The first celebrations included “play parties,” public events held to celebrate the harvest, where neighbors would share stories of the dead, tell each other’s fortunes, dance, and sing. Colonial Halloween festivities also featured the telling of ghost stories and mischief-making of all kinds. By the middle of the nineteenth century, annual autumn festivities were common, but Halloween was not yet celebrated everywhere in the country.
In the second half of the nineteenth century, America was flooded with new immigrants. These new immigrants, especially the millions of Irish fleeing Ireland’s potato famine of 1846, helped to popularize the celebration of Halloween nationally. Taking from Irish and English traditions, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, a practice that eventually became today’s “trick-or-treat” tradition. Young women believed that, on Halloween, they could divine the name or appearance of their future husband by doing tricks with yarn, apple parings, or mirrors.
In the late 1800s, there was a move in America to mold Halloween into a holiday more about community and neighborly get-togethers, than about ghosts, pranks, and witchcraft. At the turn of the century, Halloween parties for both children and adults became the most common way to celebrate the day. Parties focused on games, foods of the season, and festive costumes. Parents were encouraged by newspapers and community leaders to take anything “frightening” or “grotesque” out of Halloween celebrations. Because of their efforts, Halloween lost most of its superstitious and religious overtones by the beginning of the twentieth century.
By the 1920’s and 1930’s, Halloween had become a secular, but community-centered holiday, with parades and town-wide parties as the featured entertainment. Despite the best efforts of many schools and communities, vandalism began to plague Halloween celebrations in many communities during this time.
By the 1950’s, town leaders had successfully limited vandalism and Halloween had evolved into a holiday directed mainly at the young. Due to the high numbers of young children during the fifties baby boom, parties moved from town civic centers into the classroom or home, where they could be more easily accommodated.
Between 1920 and 1950, the centuries-old practice of trick-or-treating was also revived. Trick-or-treating was a relatively inexpensive way for an entire community to share the Halloween celebration. In theory, families could also prevent tricks being played on them by providing the neighborhood children with small treats. A new American tradition was born, and it has continued to grow.
Today, Americans spend an estimated $6.9 billion annually on Halloween, making it the country’s second largest commercial holiday.
If you could be anyone who Halloween – who would it be? Why do you suppose you picked that role?
*You’ve worn out the handle on your favorite coffee mug
*You go to AA meetings just for the free coffee
*You’ve worn the finish off your coffee table
*The Taster’s Choice couple wants to adopt you
*Starbuck’s owns the mortgage on your house
*You’re so wired you pick up FM radio
*Your life’s goal is to “amount to a hill of beans”
*Instant coffee takes too long
*You want to be cremated just so you can spend eternity in a coffee can
*You name your cats “Cream” and “Sugar”
*Your lips are permanently stuck in the sipping position
*Your first-aid kit contains two pints of coffee with an I.V. hookup