Daily Stuff 10-5-20 Chief Joseph Surrenders

Hi, folks!

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

Partly cloudy 51F, winds are calm, AQI28-43, UV3. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. Today through Friday should be in the low-mid 60’s with some clouds each day and sunny afternoons. Starting Saturday rain is likely, but that will taper off until Wednesday is sunny again.

Yesterday we slept and slept and slept. I know I was in bed by 7pm and Tempus must have been no long after. He didn’t even twitch when I got up to do the newsletter or when I crawled back in. I finally couldn’t stay down any longer, not because I wanted to be awake, but because I had a hip that wouldn’t shut up while I was lying down. I finally went in at about 11:30am and begged for some coffee. He made coffee and buttered biscuits with cheese. I think I got more butter on my face than in the biscuits, but that’s 1/2 the fun.

After we had the shop open, we had customers pretty steadily until 3pm and then a few and then it petered out. We spent a lot of time on plants, plus we had an order to go out, but I was dealing with the customers more than Tempus was. He was dragging…and that after 15+ hours of sleep. Around 4pm he wrapped up the spaghetti squash that we were having for dinner and *went* *to* *sleep* on the nap bed! I went in back and there he was, crashed out. He still had his sandals on…..

I had been talking to Jeffrey, the honey guy, and arranged to have some dropped off. We’ve been talking about making more mead for months and this should be enough for us to start two batches, plus make some honey drops. I’m also getting the maple syrup for the holiday candies. …and realized that I hadn’t asked the kids to save the canning jars that their goodies came in and that I needed to pull the first squash and add another.

The light vanished abruptly at 6:23, as least off of my window. It took another 5 minutes for it to vanish from the rest of the shop. It’s that time of year. The Wheel is Turning. I was getting pretty sleepy by that time, so I kept getting up to sort bottles and then sitting again. Tempus got up around 7 when I was starting to open the squashes to get supper ready. We had the squash, the last of the red onions, some leftover cooked bacon and a batch of tomato paste on the bowlful (3/4 of the squash went into the fridge) and then it got mixed, cheesed on top and zapped again to melt the cheese, then served. It was tasty, although Tempus had to add salt…. nothing new there!

Well, I managed to get the featured photo in here today. I’m still having trouble with the rest. …and then I managed some in the Lore section entirely by accident. Beyond that…. and this is a 7 step process instead of two clicks! …and then it worked in astro, but this is a pain in the !@#$%^&*()! …worked only sortof…. well, I made a little progress…. Gotta be a better way! …and 3 hours later I found it. Someone *finally* put up an article about how to find the “classic” setting. I have to do it block by block, but at least I can. This is *still* ridiculous! …and I still can’t fix the colors…. …and then I got that too…. sorta. <sigh> OK, it’s going to look clunky until I can get the hang of it. … and here at 4am, after having published this hours ago, I’m trying to re-set it, so that it actually works!

Tempus walked up to our landlord’s place to drop off the check. It only took him from 10:40pm to 11:55… but he stopped at the PO to mail the order I put together during the afternoon . Today we’ll be open by 1. We’ve more to do on the plants, even though Tempus watered while the squash was getting ready. I have some more pendants to get strings on and get put up, since I found another box. I also have some assorted calcite and aventurine to bag up and get set out for sale. Hopefully, we’ll have good news about the car today. 

A picture from 10/3/16 of the Yachats Valley and some Oreo cows as weather was closing in by Ken Gagne.


Chief Joseph Surrenders, 1877: At Eagle Creek in Bear Paw Mountains, Montana, Nez Percé leader Chief Joseph (In-mut-too-yah-lat-lat – Thunder coming up over the land from the water), surrendered his rifle to General Nelson A Miles after months in which his starving band eluded pursuing federal troops. Only 40 miles and they would have been over the Canadian border…  “Hear me, my chiefs! I am tired. My heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands I will fight no more forever.” More info here:  http://www.turtletrack.org/Issues03/Co11012003/CO_11012003_Honor_Respect.htm

ArnicaArnica Montana – mountain arnica, mountain daisy, mountain tobacco, fall dandelion, leopard’s bane, Wolf’s Bane (not the aconitum variety with the same name), Dumbledore’s Delight are all names for this herb. 1-2 foot tall hairy stems bear bunches of bright yellow daisies in the summer and autumn. Use flowers and upper stems either fresh of dried slowly. Roots dug up in late autumn or spring can be used after drying in artificial heat. Treatments for osteoarthritis, sprains and bruising have been scientifically proven to be effective, but it is also used to treat epilepsy and blood pressure, throat infections, wounds and paralysis – Feminine, Saturn, Leo, Sacred to Hecate,-  this has been called one of the 3 herbs of witchcraft. Use to increase psychic powers and in amulets for healing and protection. Image by Franz Eugen Köhler, Köhler’s Medizinal-Pflanzen – List of Koehler Images, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=255279

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Love & Light,


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 10/16 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. 

Today’s Astro & Calendar

Mars on August 27th, imaged at very high resolution by Enrico Enzmann and Damian Peach with a 76cm (30-inch) telescope. South is up. Dark Syrtis Major juts down from center. Upper left of it is dark Mare Tyrrhenum. Above them is the large, circular Hellas Basin, lighter in color but not as bright as when it’s filled with cloud or frost. Sinus Meridiani is at the center of the right-hand (morning) limb. The South Polar Cap continues to shrink, and just off its edge, only a little remains of Novus Mons. In an image Enzmann and Peach took just six days earlier, the Novus Mons patch was sharply defined and starkly white.

This is the exact date when Mars is closest to Earth: 0.415 a.u (38.6 million miles; 3.5 light-minutes). It won’t pass us that close again until September 2035. How old will you be then?
By 10 p.m. tonight (daylight-saving time) the waning gibbous Moon is up in the east. Look upper left of it for the Pleiades and lower left of it for orange Aldebaran.

A busy visit – Comet Howell visits a number of star clusters this month: Globulars M19, NGC 6293, and NGC 6355, as well as open cluster NGC 6520. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

Comet 88P/Howell is traveling through a star-studded region of the southwestern sky early this month. There’s a dark-sky window for about an hour tonight before moonrise, and you’ll want to use it to snag a glimpse of Howell sandwiched between globular clusters M19 to its west and NGC 6293 to its east. There’s plenty more to see nearby as well: globular cluster NGC 6355 and the Pipe Nebula sit a little farther to the comet’s east, and 12.8° east of Howell is open cluster NGC 6520. A 4-inch telescope under dark skies will net you the view; those in more light-polluted areas will want a bigger aperture. The best signpost to find the comet is Antares in Scorpius — Howell floats about 8.2° due east of the bright red luminary tonight.

Relying on the deepest visible-light images ever taken in space, astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope (HST) have reliably measured the age of the spherical halo of stars surrounding the neighboring Andromeda galaxy (M31). To their surprise, they have discovered that approximately one-third of the stars in Andromeda’s halo formed only 6 to 8 billion years ago. That’s a far cry from the 11-to-13 billion-year age of the stars in the Milky Way’s halo.

Today is also the 97th anniversary of Edwin Hubble’s identification of Cepheid variable stars in M31, perhaps better known as the Andromeda Galaxy. These stars allowed for an accurate distance measurement to M31, proving that, at 2.5 million light-years, this object isn’t inside the Milky Way, but actually another galaxy altogether. If you get outside early enough after dark, you’ll have the best chance of spotting M31 in the east. Clear, dark skies may offer a glimpse of this galactic fuzz with no optical aid at all, as it’s typically the farthest object you can see with the naked eye. Binoculars or a telescope will certainly bring it out, although heavy light pollution will make your search more difficult.
Once the Moon rises, instead consider searching for the prototype classical Cepheid, Delta (δ) Cephei. This magnitude 6.3 star lies just southeast of the “house” asterism made up of Cepheus’ brightest stars, which sits high in the northeast after moonrise. Delta is about 2.4° due east of brighter magnitude 3.4 Zeta Cephei; search with binoculars or a low-powered telescope to find Delta, and know you’re looking at an important tool that astronomers now use to measure vast distances beyond the Milky Way.

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 Taurus
Pluto Directs at 6:32am. Mars (11/13), Neptune (11/28), Chiron (12/12) Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde
Color: Yellow

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 maake 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
M    5     High   3:18 AM     6.5   7:20 AM     Set 10:58 AM      92
~     5      Low   9:01 AM     2.2   6:49 PM    Rise  8:53 PM
~     5     High   2:56 PM     7.4
~     5      Low   9:43 PM     0.5

Affirmation/Thought for the Day – No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up and never give up.

Journal Prompt – Why would? – Why would it be good to be honest?


~   Don’t worry over what the newspapers say. I don’t. Why should anyone else? I told the truth to the newspaper correspondents – but when you tell the truth to them they are at sea. – William Howard Taft (1857-1930) US President (27)
~   Disciples be damned. It’s not interesting. It’s only the masters that matter. Those who create. – Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish artist
~   Love your neighbour, but don’t pull down your fence. – Benjamin Franklin, American polymath, born on January 17, 1706
~   For it isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it. – Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) US first lady (33)


October’s the month 
When the smallest breeze 
Gives us a shower 
Of autumn leaves. 
Bonfires and pumpkins, 
Leaves sailing down – 
October is red 
And golden and brown. – Anon.

Samhain Magick – Lore

Pagans and Deathhttp://paganwiccan.about.com/od/DeathandDying/ss/Pagans-And-Death.htm

Is death the end, or just another beginning?

Image © Patti Wigington 2010; Licensed to About.com

For many modern Pagans, there is a somewhat different philosophy on death and dying than what is seen in the non-Pagan community. While our non-Pagans see death as an ending, some Pagans view it as a beginning of the next phase of our existence. Perhaps it is because we view the cycle of birth and life and death and rebirth as something magical and spiritual, a never ending, ever turning wheel. Rather than being disconnected from death and dying, we tend to acknowledge it as part of a sacred evolution.

In The Pagan Book of Living and Dying, author Starhawk says, “Imagine if we truly understood that decay is the matrix of fertility… we might view our own aging with less fear and distaste, and greet death with sadness, certainly, but without terror.”

As the Pagan population ages – and certainly, we are doing so – it’s becoming more and more likely that at some point each of us will have to bid farewell to a fellow Pagan, Heathen, Druid, or other member of our community. When that happens, what is the appropriate response? What can be done to honor the person’s beliefs and send them on their way in a way that they themselves would have valued, while still managing to maintain sensitivity in dealing with their non-Pagan family members and friends?

Views of the Afterlife

Many Pagans believe that there is some sort of afterlife, although that tends to take varying forms, depending on the individual belief system. Some followers of NeoWiccan paths accept the afterlife as the Summerland, which Wiccan author Scott Cunningham described as a place where the soul goes on to live forever. In Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, he says, “This realm is neither in heaven nor the underworld. It simply is — a non-physical reality much less dense than ours. Some Wiccan traditions describe it as a land of eternal summer, with grassy fields and sweet flowing rivers, perhaps the Earth before the advent of humans. Others see it vaguely as a realm without forms, where energy swirls coexist with the greatest energies – the Goddess and God in their celestial identities.”

Members of non-Wiccan groups, particularly those who follow a more Reconstructionist slant, may see the afterlife as Valhalla or Fólkvangr, for those who adhere to a Nordse belief system, or Tir na nOg, for individuals who participate in a Celtic path. Hellenic Pagans may see the afterlife as Hades.

For those Pagans who don’t have a defined name or description of the afterlife, there is still typically a notion that the spirit and the soul live on somewhere, even if we don’t know where it is or what to call it.

Tawsha is a Pagan in Indiana who follows an eclectic path. She says, “I don’t know what happens to us when we die, but I like the idea of the Summerland. It seems peaceful, a place where our souls can regenerate before they reincarnate into a new body. But my husband is a Druid, and his beliefs are different and focus more on the Celtic view of the afterlife, which seems a little more ethereal to me. I think it’s really all just different interpretations of the same place.”

LONDON – OCTOBER 03: A 25 ft model of Anubis stands in Trafalgar Square on October 3, 2007 in London, England. The model is to publicise a forthcoming Egyptian exhibition at the O2 Arena in London. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Deities of Death and the Afterlife

[Pagans & Death 02] Anubis guided the souls of the dead through the underworld. Image © Getty Images

Cultures have, since the beginning of time, honored deities associated with the process of dying, the act itself, and the journey of the spirit or soul into the afterlife. Although many of them are celebrated during the harvest season, around Samhain, when the earth itself is slowly dying, it is not uncommon to see them called upon as someone is approaching their last days, or has recently crossed over.

If you follow an Egyptian, or Kemetic, path, you may choose to honor Anubis, the jackal headed god of death. Anubis’ job is to determine whether the deceased is worthy of entering the underworld, by taking the individual’s measure. To help ease their passing, you may choose to sing or chant to Anubis about the dying or dead person’s accomplishments.

For Pagans who follow an Asatru or Heathen belief system, prayers and chants to Odin or to the goddesses Hel and Freya might be appropriate. Half of the warriors who die in battle go to spend the afterlife with Freya in her hall, Folkvangr, and the others go to Valhalla with Odin. Hel takes charge of those who have died from old age or sickness, and accompanies them to her hall, Éljúðnir.

A Maryland Heathen who asked to be identified as Wolfen says when his brother died, “We had this huge ceremony with a big bonfire, lots of drinking and toasts, and song. My brother had already been cremated, but we added his ashes to the fire, and we sang a song honoring him and his accomplishments, and introducing him to Odin and Valhalla, and then we continued it by calling upon our ancestors, going back about eight generations. It was what he wanted, and probably the closest thing to a Viking funeral that you can get in suburban America.”

Other deities you may wish to call upon as someone is dying, or has crossed over, include the Greek Demeter, Hecate, and Hades, or the Chinese Meng Po. Be sure to read more about:Deities of Death and the Afterlife.

Funerary Rites

In many countries in the modern world, the practice of burying the dead is common. However, it’s a relatively new concept by some standards, and in some places, it’s almost a novelty. In fact, many of today’s contemporary funeral practices might be considered a bit strange by our ancestors.

In other societies, it is not uncommon to see the dead interred in trees, placed on giant funeral pyres, closed up in a ceremonial tomb, or even left out for the elements to consume.

One trend that is increasing in popularity in the Western world is that of “green burial,” in which the body is not embalmed, and is simply buried in the soil with no coffin, or with a biodegradable container. While not all areas permit this, it is something worth looking into for someone who truly wishes to be returned to earth as part of the cycle of life and death.

Memorial and Ritual

Luminarias candles and chalk message on ground, night

How will you be remembered when you’ve crossed over?

[Pagans & Death 03] Image © Getty Images; Licensed to About.com

Many people – Pagans and otherwise – believe that one of the best ways to keep someone’s memory alive is to do something in their honor, something that keeps them alive in your heart long after theirs has stopped beating. There are a number of things you can do to honor the dead.

Rituals: Hold a memorial ritual in the individual’s honor. This can be as simple as lighting a candle in his or her name, or as complex as inviting the entire community together to hold a vigil and offer blessings for the person’s spirit as they cross over into the afterlife.

Causes: Did the deceased person have a favorite cause or charity that they worked hard to support? A great way to memorialize them is to do something for that cause that meant so much to them. Your friend who adopted all of those shelter kittens would probably love it if you made a donation to the shelter in her name. How about the gentleman who gave so much time to cleaning up local parks? What about planting a tree in his honor?

Jewelry: A popular trend during the Victorian era was to wear jewelry in the deceased’s honor. This might include a brooch holding their ashes, or a bracelet woven from their hair. While this may sound a bit morbid to some folks, bereavement jewelry is making quite a comeback. There are a number of jewelers who offer memorial jewelry, which is typically a small pendant with a hole in the back. Ashes are poured into the pendant, the hole is sealed with a screw, and then the friends and family of the dead can keep them nearby any time they like.

Be sure to read the following articles on death, dying and the afterlife:

Caring for Our Dead: Every society, throughout history, has found some way to attend to the proper care of their dead. Let’s look at some of the different methods in which various cultures have said farewell to their loved ones.

Ray Buckland on Death and Dying: Wiccan author Ray Buckland recently did a presentation on a Pagan view of death and dying. He has graciously allowed us permission to share that presentation here on the Pagan/Wiccan website.

What Happens to Your Magical Items After You Die? Since so many members of the Pagan community work as solitaries, and may never come into contact with other Pagans during their lifetime, one issue that comes up as our population ages is that of what to do with magical tools and other items after death.

A Pagan Blessing for the Dead: This simple memorial ceremony can be performed for a deceased loved one. It invokes the powers of the earth, air, fire and water to send the departed off to their next destination.

Prayer for the Dying: This prayer is one which may be said by or on behalf of a dying person, and addresses the need we have to feel at home in the last moments of life.

Prayer to Hel: In Norse mythology, Hel features as a goddess of the underworld. She was sent by Odin to Helheim/Niflheim to preside over the spirits of the dead, except for those who were killed in battle and went to Valhalla. It was her job to determine the fate of the souls who entered her realm.

Prayer to Anubis: This prayer honors the Egyptian god of the underworld, Anubis. He is honored as the god who takes our measure when we cross from this life into the next.

Prayer to the Gods of Death: At Samhain, the earth is growing cold and dark. It is a time of death, of endings and beginnings. This prayer honors some of the deities associated with death and the underworld.

Silliness – In a Vacuum

A blonde was playing Trivial Pursuit one night. She rolled the dice and she landed on Science & Nature. Her question was, “If you are in a vacuum and someone calls your name, can you hear it?”
She thought for a time and then asked, “Is it on or off?”

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