The sun is bright and the sky is blue and it was *doggone* cold last night! It went down to 37F…. I need to go out to check some of the more sensitive plants, but not until it warms up a little! …except it’s not going to get much, if any, warmer today…. 59F, wind at 2mph and gusting, AQI28, UV2. The forecast looks like sun for all of this week, only some tiny chance of rain a week from tomorrow.
Yesterday I got pretty frazzled trying to find all of the candle-dipping stuff. I had meant to do that Friday night, but there wasn’t room. There still wasn’t room when I was trying to sort things out Saturday morning! For awhile we had stuff pulled out from under the compounding station and from around the corner in front of the incense shelves where the frankincense that I had sitting out to dry had gotten dumped…. and spilled. Not sure how that happened, but it means that recent batch is going to have to get used by us, not for sale. Goodness knows what’s in it, now!
Herbs workshop went into thread waxers. We talked about dipping, but the equipment just wasn’t up to it. I need to fiddle with things and buy more wax. The thread waxers, though…. We had a great time. Some of the new molds work beautifully, especially the seashells. The new silicone rose heart mold also releases really well. These are going to be great for candies…..I wonder if I can get them to work with shortbread. Hmm…..
I finally got breakfast after that. I was horribly sleepy from the short night’s sleep. I swear between asthma hitting me at one end and joints at the other…. well, I swear… 🙂 So Tempus told me to go get a nap and when I got up I inventoried and priced the new thread waxers. …and then vegged on the computer for awhile. …and then got the waxers hung up after getting some photos.
For some reason unknown to me, while I was chopping, a fire truck and cop car pulled up in the end of the lot by the building that the tea room is going into, pulled out a ladder and crowbar, trotted over to the building, then trotted right back put it all away and took off! <scratching head>
So, we’ve had coffee and Tempus just headed over to Loryea’s house to drop off the partial head of cabbage that she wanted out of the 3 beeeyyyooootiful ones that she brought from Gathering Together Farms for us to make sauerkraut from.
I’m still typing here and have been processing photos since I got up. I’ll be heading in back to start some cookery…. oh, crud, I just realized that I used the last onion and I need some for the kraut…. I guess Tempus is running over to Ray’s…. I have to finish that chicken and mushroom soup that I’ve been talking about. The veg have been going all night. I need to cook up the chicken that was starting to “burn” in the freezer, and get that all mixed up with the failed cheese, and then it’s all going back into the freezer, but for some for us for the week. So, then, sauerkraut, which is going to take awhile, and Project Day stuff. …and I have a set of headers I want to print this morning, too, along with some signage…. Busy!
Today’s plant is Western Red Cedar, Thuja plicata,which is not a cedar at all, but an Arborvitae. Arborvitae comes from the Latin for “tree of life” and coincidentally, native Americans of the West coast also address the species as “long life maker”. “Western Redcedar has an extensive history of use by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast, from Oregon to southeast Alaska. Some northwest coast tribes refer to themselves as “people of the redcedar” because of their extensive dependence on the tree for basic materials. The wood has been used for constructing housing, totem poles, and crafted into many objects, including masks, utensils, boxes, boards, instruments, canoes, vessels, and ceremonial objects. Roots and bark were used for baskets, ropes, clothing, blankets and rings.” Wiki article –Masculine, Sun, Fire, – to enhance banishing of ill health and bad dreams. Burn for this purpose and purification and psychic power. Make a sachet for love or courage. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thuja_plicata
Quote from Wikipedia – “Servetus was the first European to describe the function of pulmonary circulation, although his achievement was not widely recognized at the time, … an amazing understanding of the body and treatments. Most copies of the book were burned shortly after its publication in 1553 because of persecution of Servetus by religious authorities. …In passage V, Servetus recounts his discovery that the blood of the pulmonary circulation flows from the heart to the lungs (rather than air in the lungs flowing to the heart as had been thought). His discovery was based on the color of the blood, the size and location of the different ventricles, and the fact that the pulmonary vein was extremely large, which suggested that it performed intensive and transcendent exchange.” Source and more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Servetus
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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. 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. 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 11/12 at 5:34am. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 8:39am on 10/29.
Uranus reaches opposition and peak visibility tonight. Opposition officially arrives at 4 a.m. EDT on the 28th, when the outer planet lies opposite the Sun in our sky. This means it rises at sunset, climbs highest in the south around 1 a.m. local daylight time, and sets at sunrise. (From 40° north latitude, Uranus peaks at an altitude of 63°, the highest it has appeared at opposition since February 1962.) The magnitude 5.7 planet lies among the background stars of southern Aries. In the nights around opposition, you can find it 3° south-southwest of the similarly bright star 19 Arietis.. Although Uranus shines brightly enough to glimpse with the naked eye under a dark sky, use binoculars to locate it initially. A telescope reveals the planet’s blue-green disk, which spans 3.7″.
Spot bright Altair high in the southwest soon after dark. Brighter Vega is far to its right. Two distinctive little constellations lurk above Altair: <<< Delphinus the Dolphin, hardly more than a fist at arm’s length to its upper left, and smaller, fainter Sagitta >>> the Arrow, slightly less far to Altair’s upper right. Light pollution too bright? Use binoculars!
New Moon occurs at 18:38 p.m. PDT. At its New phase, the Moon crosses the sky with the Sun and so remains hidden in our star’s glare.
Mercury and Venus are very low in bright twilight after sunset. Start by trying for Venus, magnitude –3.9. It’s just above the southwest horizon a mere 20 minutes after sunset. Binoculars will help. Mercury is much dimmer at about magnitude 0.0. It’s 5° left of Venus on the October 25th and 3° below Venus by the 31st (seen from the world’s mid-northern latitudes). Good luck trying; 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).
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl), reed – The term “reed” is used with great imprecision in North America, but it is clear that the reed of the ogham is the common reed (Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steudel). This is a giant grass, with stems as high as 4 m (13 feet). It grows in marshy areas, where it often forms dense stands. Like most other grasses, the vertical stems live only a single year, dying in the autumn and being replaced with new green shoots in the spring. The dead stems rattle and whisper in late autumn winds. Common reed has spread as a weed throughout the world; in North America it is widespread in cooler climates. Common reed is in the Grass family (Poaceae, or Gramineae).
“The Reed Month, is said by some to be most favorable for communication with ancestral spirits and the strengthening of all family ties, with magickal associations with fertility, love, protection, and family concerns. ‘Thin and slender is the Reed. He stands in clumps at the edge of the river and between his feet hides the swift pike awaiting an unsuspecting minnow to come his way. In his thinness the reed resembles arrows that fly, silver-tipped, up into the unknown air to land at the very source that one had searched for all these years. Firing arrows off into the unknown is an expression of the desire to search out basic truths. If you loose off without direction, the place of landing will be random. If the firing off is carried out with the correct conviction, determination and sense of purpose, then the act becomes secondary to the event that comes both before and after the moment.'” Source: Earth, Moon and Sky
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 27 High 12:13 AM 7.7 7:47 AM Rise 6:59 AM 2
~ 27 Low 6:17 AM 0.6 6:13 PM Set 6:28 PM
~ 27 High 12:24 PM 8.9
~ 27 Low 6:57 PM -0.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Today Is Not a Dress Rehearsal
~ And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. – Abraham Lincoln
~ Our lives are not in the lap of the gods, but in the lap of our cooks. – Lin Yutang (1895-1976) Chinese writer
~ People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them. – Dave Barry
~ Every human being is the author of his own health or disease. – Buddha
Be silent in that solitude,
Which is not loneliness—for then
The spirits of the dead, who stood
In life before thee, are again
In death around thee, and their will
Shall overshadow thee; be still. –Edgar Allan Poe (1809–49)
Hecate Consecration of Divinatory tools
Hecate is most active during this time of year. This goddess, usually associated with the dark Moon, can be called upon to lend her guidance in the understanding of and the use of divination tools. To call on her, light purple and black candles. Lay your divination tools in front of you. Speak these, or similar words:
Goddess of prophesy,
Let these tools speak clearly to me.
Let me precisely perceive their messages.
In your Honor,
So mote it be.
Thank Hecate for her presence and her guidance. Please note that Hecate is a powerful goddess. When she speaks to you, she expects you to listen and follow her advice. – )0(Karen Follett)0( )0(GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast )0(
Clean Divination Ritual – Incense of the day: Carnation
The season of Halloween is a special time of year. The veil between the worlds is thin now, and divination possibilities are strongest. Now is the time to bring out the tarot cards or the runes so you can see what the future holds for you. Place a piece of soapstone in the bag that holds your cards or runes, and gently shake the bag to cleanse them. Then enchant your cards or runes by saying: “Cards (or runes) of fortune, this is what I ask of you—a glimpse of what will come to me, a hint of how my life may be.” If you read for others, be sure to cleanse the cards or runes with the soapstone between readings. – By: Paniteowl, Llewellyn and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast