Daily Stuff 10-26-19 Mokosh’s Holiday

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Sam Standeven. Herbs at 11am. Sewing at 3pm. Open Circle for Samhain on Wednesday, October 30 at 7pm.

It’s still quite overcast and *cold*! Well, for us, since this is a lot chillier than it’s been. It’s October, though, so we start getting some really cold nights about now and the lack of cloud *early* in the night let what heat we had wisp away. 46F, wind at 3mph and gusting, AQI36, UV2. Most of the clouds should go away later in the day, and we’re looking at nights below 40 for the rest of the week. No rain likely until *next* weekend, though….

Yesterday’s newsletter went out way later than planned. <sigh> …but the day didn’t get any less busy. Tempus was out running errands and kept calling back to make sure he got everything done. Sash was very happy with his care package. 🙂

I worked with customers and as they thinned out, tried to work at the computer, and finally gave up because I was making so many mistakes. Not only that, but my right elbow decided I was toast. It’s probably just a pinched nerve, but dang….

Stella dropped by in the evening and picked up here “care package” from last weekend. It was nice to see her!

Today’s Herbs Workshop is supposed to be on dipping candles. We’ll see how far we get.  I need to go get the water started! Sewing will be at 3. In between customers and that I’m still working on signage.

Good morning, Waldport! by Sam Standeven, from 10/25/17 Port Docks, looking East

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Today’s plant is the SnowberrySymphoricarpos albus. My kids used to call this “popcorn plant”, which is a name I’ve heard from others, too. The white berries are used as a food, a soap and for hand lotion. It doesn’t have any magickal uses that I know of, although the folks magicks of a similar bush amongst the Slavs say that it is “proper” as an offering to statues of the gods.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphoricarpos_albus

Obec_Mokošín-_Bohyně_MokošSlavic pagan calendar – Mokosh’s Holiday – Pasdernic (October) 25 to Gruden (November) 1 -We celebrate this holiday on the Friday between October 25 and November 1. On this day we honor Mother Earth and give gratitude to her for her care and concern for us. The central icon for this feast is the vegetable.
DziadyAncient Ones –  This is the fourth day of commemoration/worship of the Ancient Ones in the year. This is also a day of remembrance for the warriors who were slain in the year 1380 on Kulikovskoe Field. Say a toast to the honor and glory of the Russian Heroes. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kulikovo

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Love & Light,
Anja

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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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 8:39pm on 10:27. 

Celebrate one of the last mornings before daylight-saving time ends by greeting the thin waning crescent Moon and Mars. The visibility of faint objects in bright twilight is exaggerated here; binoculars will help.

A meteor zips past Cassiopeia – The W-shaped constellation Cassiopeia the Queen hung low in the sky as a bright meteor streaked to its right the morning of January 6, 2014. On September evenings, Cassiopeia appears on its side in the northeast, at the same altitude as the Big Dipper in the northwest. – Tony Rowell

The W of Cassiopeia now stands vertically on end in the evening, high in the northeast. To its right, high in the east, are Andromeda and the corner-balanced Great Square of Pegasus.
Saturn remains a glorious sight this week. The ringed planet resides among the background stars of Sagittarius the Archer, a region that appears 25° high in the south-southwest as twilight fades to darkness and doesn’t set until close to 10:30 p.m. local daylight time. Saturn shines at magnitude 0.5 and appears significantly brighter than any of its host constellation’s stars. Although a naked-eye view of the planet is nice, seeing it through a telescope truly inspires. Even a small instrument shows the distant world’s 16″-diameter disk and spectacular ring system, which spans 37″ and tilts 25° to our line of sight.

Moon Apogee/Perigee – * For a good explanation of what this is – https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/moon/lunar-perigee-apogee.html

The Moon reaches perigee, the closest point in its orbit around Earth, at 6:39 a.m. EDT. It then lies 224,508 miles (361,311 kilometers) away from us.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.0, in southern Ophiuchus) is the white dot low in the southwest as twilight fades.

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/WynOctober 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. 

Sun in Scorpio
Moon in Libra
Neptune (11/27), Chiron (12/12), Vesta (12/29), Uranus (1/10/20) Retrograde
Color: Indigo

©2019 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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).

Gort – Ivy Ogam letter correspondences
Month: September
Color: Sky Blue
Class: Chieftain
Letter: G
Meaning: Take time to soul search or you will make a wrong decision.

to study this month Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow-white
Class: Peasant
Letter: P, PE, UI
Meaning: Proceed with caution.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet     Sunset                                  Visible
Sa  26      Low   5:31 AM     0.4   7:46 AM    Rise  5:41 AM      8
~    26     High  11:45 AM     8.4   6:15 PM     Set  5:59 PM
~    26      Low   6:10 PM     0.0

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Count your age with friends, not with years.

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – In “The Adventures of Peter Cottontail” by Thornton W. Burgess, Peter Rabbit says, “Cottontail, Peter Cottontail! How much better sounding that is than Peter Rabbit! That sounds as if I were really somebody. Yes, Sir, that’s the very name I want.” If you could change your name, what would it be? Explain your answer.

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Quotes

~   Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. – William Feather
~   Man’s real life is happy, chiefly because he is ever expecting that it soon will be so. – Edgar Allan Poe
~   Sincerity is not a test of truth.  We must not make this mistake: He must be right; he’s so sincere. Because, it is possible to be sincerely wrong. We can only judge truth by truth and sincerity by sincerity. – Jim Rohn
~   Sleep is when all the unsorted stuff comes flying out as from a dustbin upset in a high wind. – William Golding (1911-1993) English writer

The Leaves are Falling Down
(to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell”)

The leaves are falling down
The leaves are falling down
School is here and fall is near
The leaves are falling down.

The leaves are falling down
The leaves are falling down
Some are red and some are brown
The leaves are falling down.

The leaves are falling down
The leaves are falling down
They tickle your nose and touch your toes
The leaves are falling down. – June Haggard

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Magick – Craft

Magick Mirror (For Samhain)

http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/mirror.html

Materials:

  • A convex piece of glass (like an old clock face or glass bowl)
  • A wooden circle that will fit on the bottom of the bowl
  • Black enamel paint
  • Divination herbs

Directions:

Make sure the glass is clean first. Paint two coats of black enamel paint on the back of the glass, and also paint the wood black, leaving no signs of drips or strokes. Let dry. To prepare for use, take crushed herbs (such as mugwort or any others suggested for divination) and dissolve them in water. Let the herbs steep overnight (covered with a cloth) and then strain them out, and use the infusion to paint over the enamel. Do three coats, allowing to dry in between. Glue the glass onto the wood.

Ritual use:

The magick mirror can be used for divination during a Samhain ritual.

Mask of Your Shadow Self

Items needed: mixing bowl, 1 cup water, 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup white glue, 20-30 pieces of newspaper or paper towels cut into 1″ by 6″ strips, plastic wrap. In a mixing bowl, pour 1 cup of water. Add flour in 1/3 cup increments. As you add each 1/3 cup flour, stir it well, using the fingers to break up any clots. Once completely mixed (it should be the consistency of plaster) add 1/4 cup white glue. Stir well. Buy a mask base at an arts and crafts store, or use the wearer of the mask as a model. If using a human model, spread Saran Wrap or plastic over the person’s face. IMPORTANT: BE VERY SURE TO INSERT A STRAW OR OTHER SUCH DEVISE THROUGH THE PLASTIC THROUGH WHICH THE MODEL CAN BREATHE. Dip paper strips in flour mixture one piece at a time. Shake off excess mixture and smooth either side of the strip to take off more moisture. Begin to lay strips along the outer rim of the person’s face or mask base, along the brow, the temples, the jaws, and the chin. Be sure to overlap and interconnect all strips as you lay them out. Smooth each strip into the others with your fingers. Next lay strips across the nose and connect those strips to those at the cheekbone area. Next begin to fill in empty places on your model’s face and around the cheeks and forehead. Repeat process a second time to create a stronger mask base.Drying time will vary. Use a blow dryer to speed the process if desired. Once the mask is dry enough to be taken off the model’s face, place it in a warm place for 24 hours. Decorate when dry.

At no other time are we faced with our shadow self more than at Samhain. Now we encounter the dark time of endings and completion, dissolution, and diminishing. The days grow shorter and the nights longer. The Earth is plunging into its winter darkness as the veil between the worlds grows thinner. Halloween’s monsters and frights are merely representations of our repressed fears and shadow side. One way of easing the tensions of the season is to shine the light squarely on our shadows. Examine it and in the process lose all fear of it. Wear your shadow mask on Samhain and then burn it in the bonfire or cauldron fire — or leave it on your altar as a tribute to your dark side. Making a representation of your shadow mask can be liberating. You can feel empowered, because you have better control of the shadow when you can see it before you. Once you eternalize the shadow mask, you know what it is made of. You drain it of any power it holds over you because you know longer hide from it. You then gain magical power because you have changed your consciousness and now know when the mask is worn and when it is not. — Timothy Roderick, Dark Moon Mysteries

http://paganwiccan.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=paganwiccan&zu=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dreamcatcher.net%2Fmoonwise%2Fcrafts.html

Samhain projects for kids can be found in the Kiddie Cauldron.

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Silliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t.

ambiportalous (am bih PORT ahl us) – adj. Possessing the uncanny knack for approaching a set of double doors and ALWAYS pushing the locked one.

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