Daily Stuff 10-3-20 Oschophoria

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Greg Anderson. The shop is open 1-6pm, Thursday through Monday.

Cloudy, 57F, wind at 1-6mph, AQI29-45, UV2. 10% chance of rain today and 20% tonight. Today and Wednesday, foggy in the morning, sun in the afternoon and 63F. Sunday through Tuesday, Sunny and warmer, high 60’s. On Thursday, the weather starts to change becoming cooler and with the chance of rain or showers climbing through the end of the 10-day forecast.

Yesterday was another quiet day. I remember seeing 5 groups, total, in the shop. Tempus said there were two more. There might have been a few while I got a nap later in the afternoon. I spent the whole day up until 6pm bagging necklace cords. Bleah…. but we have them done. Next up was smudges, which needed Tempus help because something had a fragrance on it. Well, new suppliers, taking a chance on it….

It turned out that the “cedar” incense was Eastern Red Cedar which is juniperius virginiana. Juniper….one of the things I’m specifically allergic to, but I got the stuff packed up for sale, and hopefully the plastic will keep the allergens down. Tempus did the personal celebration kits. Those are kinda cool, with a selenite wand, candles, palo santo and flowers, just a lot of scent. We have a lot of white sage smudges for $3, $6, and $10, plus a bunch of “trios” of various smudge types, some “samplers” and some *huge* white sage and yerba santa smudges. We were open until nearly 9pm. By then Tempus was tidying the incense table and wall. Then he took out the stinky trash…

I was working on this when Tempus got word that the paper truck from Portland had been in a wreck and the papers were going to run at least a couple of hours late. I’m *really* not liking the new format that WordPress is forcing. Today’s newsletter looks ok, but tomorrow’s is going to be a mess unless I can figure this out. I’ve spent 4 hours on it already and the fix I put in for today doesn’t exist for tomorrow’s, as far as I can tell!

Today I need to makes sure that the outdoor plants get watered. I said something yesterday, but Tempus never got that far. I did get a little done on the indoor plants, but there’s more to do and some harvesting again. We’ll be open on time.

“Sunset Flock” photo by Greg Anderson, taken on 9/30/18, used with permission

200px-Dionysos_Louvre_Ma87_n2Oschophoria, ancient Greece – The Bearing of Green Branches to commemorate Theseus’s return – The Oschophoria was a festival in Attica, according to some writers celebrated in honour of the deities Athena and Dionysus, according to others Dionysus and Ariadne. Said to have been instituted by the god Theseus, this was a vintage festival, its name derived from the word for a branch of a vine with grapes. More info here http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/oct3.html The Wiki article is a stub: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oschophoria There’s an interesting article on the Greek calendar, though, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyanepsion

Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis – Sea Dew – Obviously this plant grows well by the ocean! It is used for garden plantings, both as an ornament and for pest control. A lovely seasoning for food, it can also make a tasty tea. The oil is used to deter pesty bugs and to keep other oils from going rancid. Rosemary tops are used for making Hungary Water. Settles stomach. Steam clears the nose, especially when you have a cold or sinus problems – Masculine, Sun, Fire – to enhance protective and cleansing influences. Burn for powerful cleansing and purifying vibrations. Rids an area of negativity, especially good before performing magic or if angry words have been spoken. Use an infusion (pour boiling water over) to wash before rituals, especially those of healing. Simmer in water to drive off lingering resentments and freshen the psychic atmosphere. Make a small flat bag of purple cloth and place beneath your pillow to drive off nightmares and promote healing sleep. Place leaves in a small green cloth amulet and wear or keep in your breast pocket to aid healing.  To dispel depression bind leaves in a piece of real linen and wrap around your right arm. For more info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosemary

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 10/3 at 2:05am. Waning Moon MagickFrom 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 10/16 at 12:31pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 10/9 at 5:40pm. 

Cosmic bubble – The bubblelike NGC 6781 is just one of several planetary nebulae hiding in the constellation Aquila. – ESO

Tonight is the perfect night to give the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules a peek. Cataloged as M13, this massive cluster contains more than 100,000 stars and shines at magnitude 5.8, making it the second brightest in the northern sky. Even with a nearly Full Moon up tonight, binoculars or a telescope should bring out many of M13’s myriad stars, which cover a region nearly 17′ across. To find it, locate Hercules high in the western sky after sunset. He’ll be oriented slightly sideways, with the stars Zeta (ζ) and Eta (η) Herculis, which make up one side of his torso, closer to the horizon. Look two-thirds of the way from Zeta to Eta, and you’ll run smack-dab into M13.
If you want to compare M13 with the Northern Hemisphere’s brightest globular, you’re in luck — M5 is also above the western horizon after sunset. M5 is lower than M13; it’s nearly level with the bright star Arcturus and lies about 23° southeast of the star. This cluster glows at magnitude 5.7 and is 17.4′ across, making it another great binocular or telescopic object.

.Between the morning of the 2nd and 3rd, Regulus hopscotches across Venus to shine above it — for North Americans. Their actual conjunction, when they pass a mere 0.09° apart, occurs around 0h October 3 Universal Time, when a longitude band crossing central and south Asia has the view.

Venus (magnitude –4.1, in Leo) rises in deep darkness almost two hours before dawn begins, in the east-northeast. By the time dawn gets under way, Venus shines prominently in the east. While the sky is still dark, spot Regulus above Venus or to its upper right. They separate rapidly this week, from 0.6° apart on the morning of the 3rd to 9° on October 10th. In a telescope, Venus continues to shrink slowly into the distance; it’s now only 15 arcseconds in diameter. And it’s growing more gibbous, about 73% sunlit, as it rounds toward passing behind the Sun next winter.

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

The Moon reaches apogee — the farthest point from our planet in its orbit — at 1:22 P.M. EDT. At that time, it will be 252,476 miles (406,321 kilometers) from Earth. Finally starting to noticeably wane from Full, our satellite rises near Uranus tonight. An hour after moonrise, the two are 5.7° apart and closing in. They’ll reach just 4.3° apart by 2 A.M. EDT on the 4th. You will find the pair between the bright stars Hamal in Aries and Menkar in Cetus. Uranus appears as a magnitude 5.7 starlike object and its 4″-wide disk is best caught with binoculars or a telescope tonight, given the Moon’s glare.
West-southwest of the duo is bright Mars in Pisces; we’ll come back to the Red Planet later this week. Keep looking west, past Pisces, to find Neptune in eastern Aquarius. The farthest planet from the Sun is currently magnitude 7.8, but should be visible with optical aid, despite the Moon’s bright background light.

Usually Algol matches the brightness of Gamma (γ) Andromedae to its west (to the right here; north is up). But at mid-eclipse Algol is about halfway in brightness between (ε) and faint Kappa (κ).

With fall well under way, Algol is well up in the northeast after dark. Normally it shines at magnitude 2.1, but this evening it has one of its periodic self-eclipses: It should be as faint as magnitude 3.4 for a couple hours centered on 9:48 p.m. EDT. It takes several additional hours to fade and to rebrighten. Compare it to Gamma Andromedae, magnitude 2.1, about a fist to its upper right. And see Bob King’s When Algol Winks, Will You Wink Back?
Venus (magnitude –4.1, in Leo) rises in deep darkness almost two hours before dawn begins, in the east-northeast. By the time dawn gets under way, Venus shines prominently in the east. While the sky is still dark, spot Regulus above Venus or to its upper right. They separate rapidly this week, from 0.6° apart on the morning of the 3rd to 9° on October 10th. In a telescope, Venus continues to shrink slowly into the distance; it’s now only 15 arcseconds in diameter. And it’s growing more gibbous, about 73% sunlit, as it rounds toward passing behind the Sun next winter.

Old Farmer’s Almanac October Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-october
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy  Sep 30 – Oct 27
Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine.Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

Sun in Virgo
Moon in Aries enters Taurus at 8:12am
Pluto (10/4), Mars (11/13), Neptune (11/28), Chiron (12/12) Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde

Color: Blue

Planting 10/3-5

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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.

Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet      Sunset                                  Visible
Sa   3     High   2:00 AM     7.0   7:17 AM     Set  8:54 AM      99
~     3      Low   8:03 AM     1.3   6:52 PM    Rise  8:03 PM
~     3     High   2:03 PM     7.5
~     3      Low   8:32 PM     0.5


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A Clean House Is A Sign Of A Misspent Life


Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. – Henry David Thoreau



~   Fear is the absence of Understanding. – SanDanYi
~   On a ten-point scale, if I am at level two in any field, and desire to move to level five, I just first take the step toward level three. “A thousand-mile journey begins with the first step” and can only be taken one step at a time. Principles of Growth and Change
~   Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anyone else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. – Henry Ward Beecher
~   As soon as I began, it seemed impossible to write fast enough – I wrote faster than I would write a letter – two thousand to three thousand words in a morning, and I cannot help it. – Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885) US 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)


Samhain Magick – Poem – Little Orphan Annie (Grandma Bues’ favorite!)

Little Orphant Annie’s come to our house to stay,
An’ wash the cups an’ saucers up, an’ brush the crumbs away,
An’ shoo the chickens off the porch, an’ dust the hearth, an’ sweep,
An’ make the fire, an’ bake the bread, an’ earn her board-an-keep;
An’ all us other childern, when the supper-things is done,
We set around the kitchen fire an’ has the mostest fun,
A-listenin’ to the witch-tales ‘at Annie tells about,
An’ the Gobble-uns ‘at gits you
Ef you Don’t Watch Out!

Wunst they wuz a little boy wouldn’t say his prayers, –
An’ when he went to bed at night, away up-stairs,
His Mammy heerd him holler, an’ his Daddy heerd him bawl,
An’ when they turn’t the kivvers down, he wuzn’t there at all!
An’ they seeked him in the rafter-room, an’ cubby-hole, an’ press,
An seeked him up the chimbly-flue, an’ ever’-wheres, I guess;
But all they ever found wuz thist his pants an’ roundabout: –
An’ the Gobble-uns ‘ll git you
Ef you Don’t Watch Out!

An’ one time a little girl ‘ud allus laugh an’ grin,
An’ make fun of ever’ one, an’ all her blood-an’-kin;
An’ wunst, when they was “company,” an’ ole folks wuz there,
She mocked ’em an’ shocked ’em, an’ said she didn’t care!
An’ thist as she kicked her heels, an’ turn’t to run an’ hide,
They wuz two great big Black Things a-standin’ by her side,
An’ they snatched her through the ceilin’ ‘for she knowed what she’s
An’ the Gobble-uns ‘ll git you
Ef you Don’t Watch Out!

An’ little Orphant Annie says, when the blaze is blue,
An’ the lamp-wick sputters, an’ the wind goes woo-oo!
An’ you hear the crickets quit, an’ the moon is gray,
An’ the lightnin’bugs in dew is all squenched away, –
You better mind yer parunts, an’ yer teachurs fond an’ dear,
An’ cherish them ‘at loves you, an’ dry the orphant’s tear,
An’ he’p the pore an’ needy ones ‘at clusters all about,
Er the Gobble-uns ‘ll git you
Ef you Don’t Watch Out! – James Whitcomb Riley


Silliness – Skeleton In The Closet

A very large, old, building was being torn down in Chicago to make room for a new skyscraper. Due to its proximity to other buildings it could not be imploded and had to be dismantled floor by floor.
While working on the 49th floor, two construction workers found a skeleton in a small closet behind the elevator shaft. They decided that they should call the police.
When the police arrived they directed them to the closet and showed them the skeleton fully clothed and standing upright. They said, “This could be Jimmy Hoffa or somebody really important.”
Two days went by and the construction workers couldn’t stand it any more; they had to know who they had found. They called the police and said, “We are the two guys who found the skeleton in the closet and we want to know if it was Jimmy Hoffa or somebody important.”
The police said, “It’s not Jimmy Hoffa, but it was somebody kind of important.”
“Well, who was it?”
“The 1956 Blonde National Hide-and-Seek Champion.”

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