Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
It’s sunny, but the sunshine is weak and looks more like very late evening, than the middle of the day. 64F, wind at 3mph and gusting, AQI34, UV3. There must be some kind of a weather system coming through late on Friday that’s going to give us some wind and a tiny chance of rain. Other than that it looks clear right through the 10-day forecast. Here’s our Indian Summer! Make use of it!
Yesterday started a bit late. I wrote all afternoon and Tempus caught up on mail before and after running errands. We finally had supper around 7pm, some of the spaetzel and pork from Sunday and then he tried to get the table cleared enough for me to work and got the big stuff while I worked on newsletter frames.
He took off for some shopping and then for the papers before 8pm. I got a nap, then went back to work on the frames. He was on the bulk route at midnight. I got picked up around 5:30 and we were done not long after 7, but for one paper that we missed. Tempus dropped me off and went to do that one.
The Moon was high and fairly bright, obscuring the fainter stars, lighting the fog on the hilltops and occasionally making bits of fog that were scurrying across the street look like seasonal decor. Orion and Sirius were very clear and bright and I saw 4 Orionid meteors while we were in Bayshore. It was pretty cold, 45F when I stepped out of the shop.
Now it’s past 3 and I’m awake again, sortof….waiting for coffee. Tempus and I are going to tackle the table and get it clean and then he’s going to go do laundry. I’ll be at the shop while he’s working on that because I have more writing to do. I’m also thinking that with the sunshine, maybe I should think about doing some photos of newer pieces of stock, but that’s likely to wait for a couple of days.
Today’s Plant is Miner’s Lettuce, Claytonia perfoliata (aka winter purslane, or Indian lettuce). It’s a plant native to our area, growing and blooming in our soggy spring and drying out and dying back in the summer. I’ve seen in re-bloom in the fall. It’s a leaf vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked like spinach. It’s really choice in salads and very high in vitamin C. It got the name because the Gold Rush miners ate it to prevent scurvy, since they really weren’t eating right. Like any lettuce or most of the salad greens it’s Feminine and Water, but as any high Vitamin C food, its planet correspondence is the Sun. – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miner%27s_lettuce More on the genus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia
According to the Usher calendar today is the day the earth was created (Chrifus are really into this date….) It’s also Weird Al Yankovic’s birthday… Coincidence? Can’t be! <grin> More on Creation here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ussher-Lightfoot_Calendar and on Weird Al here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%22Weird_Al%22_Yankovic
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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 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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 10/26 at 8:39am.
It’s getting to be the time of year when the Big Dipper lies down horizontal low in the north-northwest in the evening. How low? The farther south you are, the lower. Seen from 40° north (New York, Peoria, Denver) even its bottom stars twinkle nearly ten degrees high. But at Miami (26° N) the entire Dipper skims along out of sight just below the northern horizon.
Jupiter continues to dominate the early evening sky from its perch in southern Ophiuchus the Serpent-bearer. The giant planet shines at magnitude –1.9 and stands 15° above the southwestern horizon an hour after sunset. When viewed through a telescope, Jupiter shows a 34″-diameter disk with striking details in its dynamic atmosphere. You also should see four bright points of light arrayed around the planet: the Galilean moons Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto.
Mercury and Venus are very low in bright twilight after sunset. Start by trying for Venus, magnitude –3.8. It’s just above the west-southwest horizon a mere 20 minutes after sunset. Binoculars will help. To its left is Mercury, much dimmer at magnitude –0.1 all week. Their separation shrinks from 8° on October 18th to 5° on the 25th. Good luck; bring binoculars at least.
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
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl)
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. Runic half-month of Hagalaz/Hagal – October 29-Novmber 12 – The Runic half-month of Hagal commences today, represented by the hailstone of transformation. It is a harbinger of the need to undergo the necessary preparations before the harsh northern Winter.
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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 23 Low 2:50 AM 0.4 7:42 AM Rise 1:50 AM 35
~ 23 High 9:35 AM 6.7 6:19 PM Set 4:28 PM
~ 23 Low 3:24 PM 2.8
~ 23 High 9:04 PM 7.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A conclusion is simply the place where you got tired of thinking.
~ A true friend stabs you in the front. – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish writer and wit
~ The public is like a piano. You just have to know what keys to poke. – Al Capp (1909-1979) US cartoonist
~ You have to ‘be’ before you can ‘do’, and do before you can ‘have’. – Zig Ziglar
~ All people are born alike – except Republicans and Democrats. – Julius “Groucho” Marx (1890-1977) US comic, actor
October’s the month
When the smallest breeze
Gives us a shower
Of autumn leaves.
Bonfires and pumpkins,
Leaves sailing down –
October is red
And golden and brown. – Anon.
Hazel nuts were also believed to possess mystical powers and could be used in divining. The nut is believed to be at its strongest on Hallowe’en night, which was traditionally called ‘Nutcrack Night’ in England (UK). Lovers were recommended to use this to gain foresight into the relationship.
‘Two hazel nuts I threw into the flame,
And to each nut I gave a sweetheart’s name.
This, with the loudest bounce me sore amazed,
That, with a flame of brightest colour blazed.
As blazed the nut, so may thy passion grow,
For ’twas thy nut that did so brightly glow.’ ~Gray
‘Some merry, friendly, countra folks
Together did convene,
To burn their nits, an’ pu their stocks,
An’ haud their Halloween
Fu’ blithe that night.’ )0( R. Burns )0(
GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
A Janus Samhain Spell – Color of the day: Orange
Thousands of rituals and spells have been composed for Samhain. On this night when the boundaries of life and death are blurred we honor our ancestors, and we remember others who have passed over that we never knew. What has been part of our past shapes our future. This Samhain we might also want to look forward. Someday we will be the past that helped shape someone else’s future. Janus was the two-faced Roman god for whom January is named. One face looks to the past, the other to the future. Turn to face the west, the land of the dead and the deities, saying:
Janus, who looks into the night toward the place where spirits seek light,
bless all souls who come now as they hear it, and dance in the circle of spirit.
Turn to face the east, the point of the rising Sun, away from death and into the promise of a new day, saying:
Janus, who into the day at dawn’s first glow and Sun’s first ray, bless this circle without hesitation, and fear not the past nor times not yet here.
By: Edain McCoy,Llewellyn and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
Spiritual Path Reaffirmation – October 28th, 2006
Color of the day: Indigo – Incense of the day: Parsley
During the Witches’ New Year, or Samhain, take time to stop and evaluate your faith and beliefs. Make a sacred ritual or retreat out of this evaluation. Light white candles and burn sandalwood, myrrh, or frankincense. Brew a cup of herbal tea. Sit down and ask the God and Goddess to guide you on your path. Write down your beliefs in a journal or your Book of Shadows. Some questions you can meditate on are: What is life? How do I view the universe? Why am I here? What affirms my spirituality and what lessens it? How can I bring spirituality into my everyday life? After writing, you can create a statement of faith based on your answers to the questions. Recite what you write by candlelight for the universe to hear. Rediscover and rededicate yourself to your spirituality.
By: Olivia O’Meir