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Sunny! 74F, wind at 3mph and gusting, AQI40, UV3. The chance of rain for tomrrow evening has dropped to 20%. Maybe we should have planned a beach ritual after all? …well, if it stays clear, like last night… oh, the Moon! … we can just pick up and head that way. Tuesday evening the chance is up to 85%, though, and there’s a whole series of showery days coming at the point.
Yesterday I felt like I got up way too early. It’s the back and forth from the paper nights that does it. I got the newsletter out and then did a bunch of computer paperwork, yawning. Why, when I’m already sleepy, does coffee make me sleepier? My grandfolks always had a cup of coffee before bed….maybe I ought to try that… 🙂
Tempus finally chased me in back for a nap while he worked up front. When I woke I had lunch and I felt an awful lot better. I got the newsletters finished being set up for the weekend…well, except for the astro bits that come in on Friday… After that I went back to my class handouts.
I took the occasional break to finish some write-ups of things like the Country Bumpkin Halloween Pumpkin project that’s going into one of the newsletters next week. Tempus was running back and forth and in and out of the door. He did promise me that the workroom was going to be usable as a classroom. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
By the time it was getting dark, my tukas hurt from sitting and my eyes were going buggy from staring at the computer screen. I was able to help some in back, mostly putting smaller stuff away and we got the table shifted so that we can seat people behind the table again, and also reach the library books.
Tempus headed out around 8:30 and I took a nap and got back to work on handouts. By 10:30 Tempus was already starting the bulk drops. I took another break and made up some pickles and got a snack, then put things away and started putting away more of the things that Tempus didn’t know what to do with.
I got picked up just past 3 and dropped back off at 4. The Moon was amazing last night. It was incredibly clear, but not nearly as cold as Tuesday night. Only 49 instead of 39…. We gasped a couple of times, when we could see the Moon over the ocean. She was beautiful, looking like a sagged cheese wheel in the deep blue velvet sky, but when we could see Her light on the ocean, well, that was a treat! The wind was picking up as we were finishing the Bayview drops.
Today we have a lot to get done. My handouts are done but for a few bits and to get them printed….but to print them I need the printer set up…. There’s stuff left on the table and I need to clean up my sewing projects up front. I’m planning to start a lentil soup during the day so anyone who comes in tonight won’t have to go buy something, and it ought to be fine in the crockpot until Saturday lunch. Tempus still has a stack of boxes to deal with in the workroom, but we’re getting there and it’ll be good enough to go on with by evening.
…and I’ve been reading a thread on Waldport Community… a Pacific sun fish, a mola mola, got washed up onto a local beach, a bunch of people tried to help, folks actually drove there just to do so, and he finally got hauled out to deep enough water to swim away. We live in a good…and small… community. Enough people care that there were over 100 comments, counting subs and replies….
General Pulaski Memorial Day, USA – Held annually in honour of General Kazimierz Pułaski (Casimir Pulaski; ‘the father of American cavalry’), a Polish hero of the American Revolution and to honour the heritage of Polish Americans. Pulaski Highway in Baltimore is a major thoroughfare in honor of some cavalry maneuvers during the Revolution. More on this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Pulaski_Memorial_Day and on Pulaski’s life here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazimierz_Pu%C5%82aski
Today’s Plant is farewell-to-spring. Clarkia amoena (godetia; syn.Godetia amoena) is a flowering plant native to western North America, found in coastal hills and mountains from British Columbia south to the San Francisco Bay Area. It is an annual plant growing to 1 m tall, with slender, linear leaves 2–7 cm long and 2–6 mm
broad. The flowers are pink to pale purple, with four broad petals 1.5–6 cm long. The fruit is a dry capsule, which splits open when mature to release the numerous seeds. –Masculine, Mercury, Fire – Two very specific magicks for this plant…. Use it in coming-of-age rituals (such as luck on a driver’s test, or graduation or in firstblood/firstseed rituals, and also for fertility/prosperity (the seed capsule)
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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 2:08pm. 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 2:08am.
Look to the right of Vega by 14° (nearly a fist and a half at arm’s length) for Eltanin, the nose of Draco the Dragon. The rest of Draco’s fainter, lozenge-shaped head is a little farther behind. Draco is always eyeing Vega. The main stars of Vega’s own constellation Lyra, faint by comparison, now extend to Vega’s left (by 7°).
Although the Orionid meteor shower won’t peak for another two weeks (the morning of the 22nd), you should see a few “shooting stars” associated with it before dawn these next few days. The Moon-free observing conditions in the morning sky now offer better viewing prospects than the waning Moon will at the shower’s peak. These meteors appear to radiate from the northern part of the constellation Orion the Hunter.
The Moon reaches apogee, the farthest point in its orbit around Earth, at 2:29 p.m. EDT. It then lies 252,214 miles (405,899 kilometers) from Earth’s center.
Neptune (magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) is in the southeast after dark and highest in the south by 10 or 11. 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 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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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
F 11 Low 5:53 AM 0.8 7:26 AM Set 5:04 AM 91
~ 11 High 12:07 PM 7.1 6:39 PM Rise 6:18 PM
~ 11 Low 6:17 PM 1.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make Friends with Freedom
~ I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
~ Welcome difficulties and obstacles as valuable steps in the ladder to success. – Brian Tracy
~ I have discovered that we may be in some degree whatever character we choose. Besides, practice forms a man to anything. – James Boswell (1740-1795) Scottish biographer
~ Goals help you channel your energy into action. – Les Brown
On All Saints’ Day ’tis hard and dry,
Doubly black is the crow, quick is the arrow from the bow,
For the stumbling of the old, the looks of the young wear a smile. – From The Heroic Elegies of Llywarch Hên (6th-Century Welsh), translated by Dr W Owen Pughe, 1792 (William Hone, The Every-Day Book, or a Guide to the Year, William Tegg and Co., London, 1878, 711 – 712; 1825-26 edition online)
Honoring the Dead
From the dawn of your birth
To the sunset of your death
I honor you.
From the missions you completed
To your duties left undone
I honor you.
From the seasons of your being
Through the cycle of your life
I honor you.
From your time beyond the veil
Lie your entrance back again
May the angels support you
May my healing love reach you
From this moment until the end of time
So Mote It Be. – Silver RavenWolf – Pagan
Samhain Night of the Dead
‘I am the God who in the dead of the year, in the dark of life, at the end me-
Silent clamour of the returning hoard filling the night but no space,
and we, hosts in our turn greet in love the Mighty Dead.
All is life, on the Feast of the Dead – on Samhain.
The sword, flashing candle-glow, salutes The Guardians,
forms the Circle, builds again the Castle.
Bridges down, we wait, welcoming, expectant,
feeling again the surge as they return.
Now with us again – The Clan.
Life force quickens, on the Feast of the Dead – on Samhain.
Now fill the cup to drink in honour of our kin. Ours by choice and right. To talk gravely, laugh merrily as kinsmen will in kinship.
Drink, with them, the ancient festival.
Out of time, is the time of the Dead – is Samhain.
Brought on no chill wind, this merry crew,
the dead and the Lord of the Dead.
Their rich warmth reaches the soul of us encumbered in
light we warm our cold clay at the fire of your caring.
Tonight is the promise renewed, and our spirits drink the
Life force with our beloved dead.
In the hour of the dead – on the Eve of Samhain.