Bright sunshine with only a few puffs and streaks to mar the blue sky. It’s going to be cold tonight, though. 32F? <shiver> I think I’d better get out my hat and gloves for the paper route. 55F, wind at 3mph and gusting, AQI35, UV2. Although the chance of rain starts going up on Sunday, it’s still only 16% chance at the end of the 10-day. That means clear, cold nights, and probably spells the end of gardens for the year.
Yesterday I was up really early and then in the early afternoon I got so sleepy that I was incoherent. Tempus chased me into the back and I slept for most of 4 hours! Sheesh! He tended the shop and worked on sanding more wooden rune pieces.
Once I was conscious again I started writing. I got a couple of blog posts done and then got back to work on stock. We have some more slices of agate and thundereggs in the incense aisle. Those are great bases for burning cone incense.
I spent a lot of the evening embroidering and reading, but I took the time to finish the headers for some selenite. We’ve been digging in boxes and emptying drawers and a lot of the headers I’m doing are things that weren’t as easy, either I needed to look something up, or subdivide, or weigh or write….
…and we got up way late today. We needed some extra rest. I’m here at my desk in the shop, now, and trying to work out what all I can do today. I need to keep going on the pile of stock, at the very least, and I think tonight I should spend the time to get those cabbages reduced to sauerkraut, but what else?
Today’s plant is Kinnikinnick, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi. It is used medicinally for urinary tract complaints, as a “poverty food”, and as a smoking herb, known for giving visions. Magickally it is used for ceremonies. Add to sachets designed to increase psychic power. Full article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctostaphylos_uva-ursi More inhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bearberry
For those of us who love our kitties, today’s feast is National Cat Day, a day to raise awareness of the plight of the homeless and feral cats. It’s a day to celebrate the ones that have forever homes with us and to open our eyes to the ones that don’t and should. The website is here: https://www.nationalcatday.com/ and there’s a facebook page and a Wikipedia page, plus events at various shelters.
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 11/1 at 8:39am.
About 20 minutes after sunset, look very low in the southwest for the very thin crescent Moon, two days old. Venus is just a few degrees under it (for North America). Binoculars give the best view.
The solar system’s two inner planets appear near each other in the early evening sky. Tonight, Mercury slides 3° due south (lower left) of Venus. You can find the pair with the help of a two-day-old crescent Moon. Our satellite stands 8° high 30 minutes after sunset with Venus 5° to its lower right and Mercury 6° directly below the Moon. All three objects should just fit in the field of view through 7×50 binoculars. At magnitude –3.8, Venus shines far brighter than magnitude 0.1 Mercury.
Jupiter (magnitude –1.9, in southern Ophiuchus) is the creamy-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 Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl)
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 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
Tu 29 High 1:59 AM 7.7 7:50 AM Rise 9:32 AM 0
~ 29 Low 7:43 AM 1.5 6:10 PM Set 7:35 PM
~ 29 High 1:41 PM 9.1
~ 29 Low 8:29 PM -1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Feel good about yourself today.
~ Sometimes I feel like a figment of my own imagination. . – Lily Tomlin
“My doctor says that I have a malformed public-duty gland and a natural deficiency in moral fibre,” Ford muttered to himself, “and that I am therefore excused from saving Universes. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~ In nine times out of ten, the slanderous tongue belongs to a disappointed person. – George Bancroft (1800-1891) US historian, statesman
~ We don’t have to leap off cliffs to take risks, we just have to be willing to move forward down a path that we can’t see the end of. – T. Thorn Coyle
Hail, old October, bright and chill,
First freedman from the summer sun!
Spice high the bowl, and drink your fill!
Thank heaven, at last the summer’s done! – Thomas Constable (1812–81)
Samhain (SOW-in or SAV-ayn) marked the beginning of the old Celtic new year, and many Celtic Pagans still observe Samhain as the renewal of the Wheel of the Year.
This was the night that the old God died, returning to the Land of the Dead to await rebirth at Yule, and a time when the Crone Goddess would go into mourning for her lost son/consort, leaving her people in temporary darkness.
As in days long past, Celtic Pagans believe that the veil between the world of the living and that of the dead is at its thinnest on this night, and that the spirits of our departed loved ones walk the earth, visit family and friends, and join in the ritual celebrations. This makes Samhain a prime night for any type of spirit contact rituals.
The feeding of the dead is a widespread practice, even in modern Celtic lands. In Brittany and Ireland food is always left out for these spirit travelers, and candles are placed in windows to guide them along their way, and these were the origins of the modern Halloween customs of the jack o’lantern and trick-or-treat. – Taken from “Celtic Myth and Magick” by Edain McCoy
Samhain tidbit3 – From: http://www3.kumc.edu/diversity/ethnic_relig/samhain.html
Samhain is the Celtic Feast of the Dead and is one of the 8 sabbats in the pagan calendar. Samhain may be pronounced in a number of ways but the most common pronunciation is “sow-in” (sow rhymes with cow). The modern day Halloween celebration is a descendent of this ancient festival.
The Celtic celebration signaled the end of the harvest (fruits, nuts, and souls) and the beginning of winter. The Celts believed that, during Samhain, “the barriers between humans, ancestors, gods and faeries are overthrown, and they can visit each others’ realms”¹.
Other divination practices occurred during Samhain and some of these followed Irish immigrants to America during the potato famine. For example, bobbing for apples was a marriage divination that indicated who (the first person to bite an apple) would marry first in the coming year.
Samhain is celebrated in modern times by many members of pagan religions, including Druids and Wiccans. It is observed as a “memorial day for their dead friends, similar to the national holiday of Memorial Day in May…a time to wrap up old projects, take stock of ones life, and initiate new projects for the coming year…and a time to begin hand work such as sewing, leather working, wood working, etc. for Yule gifts later in the year”².
Additional reading about Samhain
1. Matthews, C. (1996). The Celtic Book of Days. Rochester, VT: Destiny
2. Moonstone, R. The Origins of Halloween. URL
Silliness – Weekend Passes
Although I knew our commanding officer hated doling out weekend passes, I thought I had a good reason.
“My wife is pregnant and I want to be with her,” I told the C.O. Much to my surprise he said, “Permission granted.”
Inspired by my success, a fellow soldier also requested a weekend pass. His wife wasn’t pregnant, so when the C.O. asked why he should grant him permission, my friend re sponded, “My wife is getting pregnant this weekend and I want to be with her.”