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Yesterday was really hard on me. It’s not one of the better days that I’ve had because there was too much to do and not enough prep had been finished in time. I wasn’t feelling at all well, and that made me slower even than usual. We closed up and started cleaning up after that potluck around 8pm, then gave up and by 9pm I was asleep in bed. … I was up twice during the night, but after that I slept until 3pm! Thankfully Tempus was in better shape and let me sleep. He had the shop open all day, but thanks to the weather there were only 5 people in shopping, the whole time.
…and I really didn’t feel well, so I didn’t end up at the computer until 8pm and it’s been fighting me about getting the newsletter out. I’m sorry that it’s so darned late in the day. Tempus thinks this is my get-sick-after-event flop…. I certainly hope so! So for what’s left of the evening I’m going to crawl back into bed and call this day a wash.
Today’s Plant is Rhubarb, Rheum rhabarbarum. Best known as “pie plant” or in strawberry and rhubarb jam this is a wonderful and nutritious stalk vegetable, that has been legally counted as a fruit, because of its uses. The roots have been used as a laxative for thousands of years, and the stalks, while strong-tasting when uncooked and with no sugar, are delicious in sauces, pies, jellies, juice and so on, but the leaves are poisonous. It is very easy to grow since the roots will over-winter, even if the stalks die back and it’s one of the earliest vegetables to be harvestable. – Feminine, Venus Earth. – Wear a dried piece to help with stomach or gut pain and general protection. The pie served to a mate helps to maintain fidelity and is an aphrodisiac, especially when combined with strawberries.
Today’s feast is that of St. Ursula who was martyred for refusing the advances of a Hun prince….supposedly. She may be a Christianized version of a bear/moon goddess from far earlier in history or even the goddess Freya. “Her legend, probably unhistorical, is that she was a princess who, at the request of her father King Dionotus of Dumnonia in south-west Britain, set sail to join her future husband, the pagan governor Conan Meriadoc of Armorica, along with 11,000 virginal handmaidens. After a miraculous storm brought them over the sea in a single day to a Gaulish port, Ursula declared that before her marriage she would undertake a pan-European pilgrimage. She headed for Rome with her followers and persuaded the pope, Cyriacus (unknown in the pontifical records), and Sulpicius, bishop of Ravenna, to join them. After setting out for Cologne, which was being besieged by Huns, all the virgins were beheaded in a massacre. The Huns’ leader shot Ursula dead, in about 383 (the date varies).” – Quoted from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Ursula
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 10/27 at 8:39pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 10/21 at 5:39am. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 10/23 at 8:39am.
Last-quarter Moon; exactly so at 8:39 a.m. EDT. Many hours later, when the Moon rises around midnight or 1 a.m. tonight, the Moon’s terminator will already be looking just a little concave. The Moon will then be in dim Cancer, below Castor and Pollux and left of Procyon, among the background stars of eastern Gemini. Binoculars will not only show the shape of the terminator better, they should also reveal the loose Beehive Star Cluster just a few degrees from the Moon within the same binocular field of view — if the air is sufficiently clear and clean. By dawn Tuesday morning the Moon will be high in the southeast. It rose around 11:30 p.m. local daylight time yesterday evening, which gives North American observers a chance to see it almost precisely half-lit before this morning’s dawn.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in southern Aries) is well up in the east by 9 p.m. daylight saving time. It’s highest in the south around midnight or 1.
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 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.
©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
M 21 Low 12:34 AM 0.4 7:39 AM Set 3:09 PM 58
~ 21 High 7:31 AM 5.9 6:22 PM
~ 21 Low 12:40 PM 3.7
~ 21 High 6:22 PM 6.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – We have the power to do what we wish, although it may seem hard. One step at a time will get you there!
~ Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. – William Faulkner (1897-1962) US writer
~ Time is a dressmaker, specializing in alterations – Faith Baldwin (1893-1978) US writer
~ As things are, and as fundamentally they must always be, poetry is not a career, but a mug’s game. No honest poet can ever feel quite sure of the permanent value of what he has written: He may have wasted his time and messed up his life for nothing. – Thomas Stearnes Eliot (1888-1965) US writer
~ To be one’s own master is to be the slave of self. – Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972) US writer
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.
Samhain tidbit – From: http://www.adf.org/rituals/celtic/samhain/scg-samhain-99-lore.html
The Festival of Samhain marks the ending and beginning of the Celtic Year. Samhain (pronounced “Sow-in”) comes from the Irish Gaelic and means “Summers End”. There is a great deal of distortion as to the true meaning of the Holiday, fostered in large part by religious propaganda perpetuated by overly superstitious fundamentalists.
Sometimes one will hear of an “Evil God” named “Samhain”, but such a deity never existed anywhere in Celtic lands or Europe for that matter. It was a literary fiction masquerading as scholarship from the early nineteenth century. Fables of Druids leaving “Jack-o-lanterns” at the homes of families who have helped procure a sacrifice for “Samhain” (or Satan) are likewise scurrilous at best.
Samhain can be viewed a number of ways.
First, it was an important agricultural observance, when the final harvest was taken and the folk were now dependent on stored food, hunting and slaughtering of animals for survival. Herds were culled to eliminate the weak and unnecessary and ensure that the limited amount of food would go around for the next six months. In this aspect, Samhain is a holiday of Plenty and feasting, laying in a layer of fat before the winter, and gathering together for safety and protection.
The harvest being over, the seeds for the next years crops are planted. They’ll lie dormant until Oimelc (Feb. 1st) when they will begin to sprout. By Beltain (May 1st) they will have shown growth, and it is this time of year that is concerned with the fertility of the coming crops. Those same crops will be harvested by Samhain, and the cycle begins anew.
In present times the importance of this part of the festival has diminished for most people living in this country, but you should try to see this from the stand- point of a tribal people for whom a bad season meant facing a long winter of famine in which many would not survive to the spring. S. McSkimming, Dalriada Heritage Trust http://www.tartans.com/samhain.html
Samhain is also a time when the veil separating our world, the mortal realm, and the world of the Gods and spirits becomes thin. As such, it is a good time to commune with the recently departed before they continue their journey from death to the “Summerland” – the realm of the Gods. There they can enjoy an eternal paradise of feasting, joy and plenty, until they are ready to cross back over to our realm and become incarnate beings again.
…Death was never very far away, yet to die was not the tragedy it is in modern times. What was of great importance to these people was to die with honour and to live in the memory of the clan and be honoured at the great feast Fleadh nan Mairbh (Feast of the Dead) which took place on Samhain Eve. (S. McSkimming,)
Likewise, the separation between past, present and future becomes blurred, allowing for glimpses not only into the realm of the ever Young, but of things which have not yet come to pass. Divination has been historically popular at Samhain, from the Irish myths; to children casting nuts into a fire and kenning their future sweetheart by the way they pop and burn.
Samhain, as the beginning and ending of the yearly cycle, can be viewed as any other “New Years” celebration.
Sig Lonegren, in a treatise published in: http://www.isleofavalon.co.uk/knowbank.html remarks:
So as this Samhain approaches, what is ending in you? What do you have inside that it is time to let go of? No healing is complete until you get beyond recovery. Use Samhain to take the thirteenth step: Transformation. In the Tarot, the thirteenth card of the Major Arcane is Death, and it is ruled by Scorpio. Samhain occurs in Scorpio. The card of Death doesn’t necessarily mean physical death (though it can mean that), but more productively, it can be seen as an inevitable heavy change or transformation. Something old must be gotten rid of to make room for something new to be able to come in. Use the magic of this time to say good-bye to an old habit or addiction, an old relationship, or anything else it is time to leave behind.
Samhain is the time when we connect with the vital forces of nature and make ourselves ready for the long descent into winter. It is a time to reflect on that which we’ve brought into our lives, and that which we need for the times to come. Connecting with our roots and examining the directions we need to grow. We feast with the ancestors and ensure the continuing vitality of our people, be it ourselves, our family or the community in which we dwell.
Silliness – College Writing
A visitor to a certain college paused to admire the new Hemingway Hall that had been built on campus.
“It’s a pleasure to see a building named for Ernest Hemingway,” he said.
“Actually,” said his guide, “it’s named for Joshua Hemingway. No relation.”
The visitor was astonished. “Was Joshua Hemingway a writer, also?”
“Yes, indeed,” said his guide. “He wrote a check.”