The sunshine is about as bright as it gets this time of year. The sky isn’t “autumnal blue”, it’s got a milky coloration that suggests high haze. 68F, wind at 4mph and gusting, AQI33, UV3. There’s about a 50% chance of showers tomorrow, and then it’s likely to be dry well into November.
Yesterday started pretty late. Tempus and I were both up by three and I was at my desk at the shop by 4. Breakfast was the last of the mini-loaves from Sunday, split, buttered and toasted, with the apple/ginger compote on them. I needed Tempus help to set up the “care packages” that we were going to set up from the potluck on Sunday, since one of the people was stopping by at 6 for hers.
It says something about what all we had on Sunday that the care packages each had: a nukable container of spaetzle and pork roast with onions, a jar of veg and beef stew, a small box of mixed bean pickles, another with a pickled egg and onions, and a tiny one of sugar-preserved strawberries (yes, Herb Bunch, we’ll have some this Saturday!).
We watched the lovely colors of the sunset and then Tempus helped me get things put away. …and then he vegged on the sofa for quite awhile. He was still awfully tired and achy. …and he’s not usually this complainy. Wondering if he’s maybe picked up the flu or something…. and I sat and played a computer game, thinking….
Once he was conscious again we worked in back. WeRe still sorting stuff, although it’s not like it was. Eventually we were hungry enough for supper (or lunch, but it was suppertime) and that was girdle cakes made with chickpea and oat flour along with the leftovers from Sunday. …and then we just vegged.
Here are links to some drone footage of Thor’s Well and some other awesome places around here. …but…. leave it to the drones! Sneaker waves grab and roll you and are so full of sand, that even good swimmers have found themselves in serious trouble from the weight! We lost several people to the waves over the last few summers. Stay safe!
- Thor’s Well – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSmwakm0OF0
- Thor’s Well and Diamond Lake – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-EJ2r6cRoI&t=240
- 11 minutes – Thor’s Well and the Spouting Horn – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1j4-c2ZjQLY
Today’s plant is Thyme, Thymus vulgaris – One of the herbs of the Anglo-Saxon 9 herbs charm called Fille. Thyme is of the genus Thymus of the mint family (Lamiaceae), and a relative of the oregano genus Origanum. It is a common component of the bouquet garni, and of herbes de Provence. It keeps its scent and flavor even when dried, so has become a kitchen staple. Originating in the area around the Mediterranean it was spread across Europe by citizen of the Roman empire who used it for incense and medicine as well as in the kitchen. Thymol, the main active component of the essential oil of thyme, is used for treating toe fungus and also appears in hand sanitizers and Listerine. –
Feminine, Venus, Water – Use in sachets to promote sleep, in incense for psychic energy, courage, healing, purification, for magickal cleansing baths, a renewing of one’s personal energy, warding off of negative energy. Wear in a green amulet for good health. Or in the hair to attact sex partners and in a purple or pink amulet to be able to see the Fae.
October 24 is celebrated internationally as United Nations Day. It commemorates the coming into being of the United Nations Organisation on that day in 1945 when the UN Charter was ratified by all permanent members of the security council and more than half of the signatories. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Day
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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. 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.
Look for Capella sparkling low in the northeast these evenings. Look for the Pleiades cluster, fingertip-size, about three fists at arm’s length to Capella’s right. These harbingers of the cold months rise higher as evening grows late. Upper right of Capella, and upper left of the Pleiades, the stars of Perseus lie astride the Milky Way.
Neptune appeared at its best at opposition in September, but its visibility hardly suffers in October. The outermost major planet lies some 35° above the southeastern horizon once darkness falls and climbs highest in the south around 10 p.m. local daylight time. Neptune glows at magnitude 7.8, which is bright enough to spot through binoculars if you know where to look. The trick is to find the 4th-magnitude star Phi (φ) Aquarii, which lies about 15° (two binocular fields) east-southeast of Aquarius’ distinctive Water Jar asterism. Tonight, Neptune appears 1.2° west-southwest of Phi. When viewed through a telescope, the ice giant planet shows a blue-gray disk measuring 2.3″ across.
To learn more about viewing Neptune and its outer solar system cousin, Uranus (which reaches opposition at the end of this week), see “Observe the ice giants” in October’s Astronomy.
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
Th 24 Low 3:50 AM 0.3 7:43 AM Rise 3:06 AM 25
~ 24 High 10:22 AM 7.3 6:18 PM Set 5:00 PM
~ 24 Low 4:27 PM 1.9
~ 24 High 10:14 PM 7.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t talk, act. Don’t say, show. Don’t promise, prove.
~ If you always give, you will always have. – Chinese Proverb
~ The essential ingredient of politics is timing. – Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1919-2000) Canadian Prime Minister
~ A Profound Bow, All streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are. Humility gives it its power. – Lao-Tzu.
~ The groundwork of all happiness is health. – Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) English writer
October is the treasurer of the year,
And all the months pay bounty to her store;
The fields and orchards still their tribute bear,
And fill her brimming coffers more and more. – Paul Lawrence Dunbar (1872–1906)
Silliness – Classic Bumper Stickers – – Eschew obfuscation.