Featured photo by Thom Iverson. The shop closed today but open 1-6pm, Thursday through Monday.
It’s very foggy and getting thicker by the minute! DENSE FOG ADVISORY through 6pm Wednesday. 54F, wind at 0-1mph, AQI26-47, UV4. 10% chance of rain today and 30% tonight. I was supposed to be sunny today. Somebody didn’t get the memo, but fog usually burns off without cloud cover on top…. The best chance of rain is tonight and then Friday through Monday. There’s a possibility… not a good one, just a possibility of up to 1 1/2 inches by the end of this spate. The rest of the 10-day is for partly sunny. We’re looking at highs for the whole time around 60 and lows in the upper 50’s.
Yesterday I didn’t get up until 2pm and Tempus didn’t until 4. He also went straight out the door to pick up his paycheck and get it into the bank. I had been working on mail and some writing. Since it looks like we’re going to be paying out a large sum either for a tranny or another car, that’s even more important. He stopped by to get us some pizza, too, as a quick meal and a bit of a treat because of the stress we’ve been under.
I did some plant watering and tending, but it was pretty warm in the shop, so I had to keep going to sit in front of the fan. Last night the light disappeared at 6:19 and well before 7pm it was quite dark in the shop.
I took my book and embroidery and went home to bed. ..and the phone rang and it was Amor. We had a good chat, catching up on each other’s news and family news and comparing cocktail recipes and syrups. 🙂 Tempus took off at a bit after nine and I went to sleep.
Hey, I think I got the pix worked out!
It’s nearly 2 and Tempus’s had a nap and finished his pizza, just waiting to start the 2nd route. I’m going to get this out and figure out where I buried my embroidery.
Today we have a lot of home chores to do after hitting the farmer’s market this morning, and then we have stuff at the shop, too. I need to get farther on the rings (I’m hunting extra stock that I know we have, the question is where?) Indoor plants need more water and Tempus is supposed to tackle the mess under the work table. He got part of it last week, but my altar cloth box is still buried somewhere, along with the sculpey box with the granitex that we use for inexpensive rune pendants. I also saw a box of fabric in the far back that I’ve been waiting to use, once the workroom and compounding station are done. At that point I can sit down and sew for awhile and get some of these projects out of the way.
Today’s Feast is in honor of Joe Hill (d. November 19 [qv], 1915), American labor activist, songwriter (‘The Preacher and the Slave‘) and member of the Industrial Workers of the World, better known as the Wobblies. He was executed for murder after a controversial trial, and after his death became the subject of a famous folksong, Joe Hill. His last words, to his supporters, were “Don’t mourn for me. Organize!” More at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Hill and http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/oct7.html
Today’s Plant is Yarrow, Achillea millefolium. This plant is often called woundwort or nosebleed because of its clotting properties and is used for fevers and infections because it has salicylates (aspirin) in it. The young leaves can be eaten and it becomes an aid to vision-work. It’s easy to grow and makes a great companion plant. We have mostly the pacifica and californica varieties out here. – Feminine, Venus, Water. Exorcism – Wear to protect – hold in hand to stop fear – hang over bed for lasting love – carry for love and bring friends and contact with relatives. Flower –Feminine, Venus, Water – flowers made into tea for psychic power, Exorcism, protection, stop fear, lasting love. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarrow
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Love & Light,
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 10/16 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.
The Draconid meteor shower is ramping up this evening to a peak tomorrow morning. Despite the fact that most meteor showers are best viewed in the early morning hours, this one is better in the late evening. Although this periodic shower has produced some impressive shows, it’s scheduled for relative mediocrity this year with a maximum rate around 10 meteors per hour. But the Draconids can surprise observers with much higher rates; if it’s clear, consider stepping outside late tonight and casting your gaze high in the northwest. The shower’s radiant in Draco the Dragon is about 19° northwest of Vega; you’ll want to look somewhat away from the radiant for the best chance to catch these slow-moving meteors.
The starry W of Cassiopeia stands high in the northeast these evenings, nearly on end. Look along the second segment of the W counting down from the top. Notice the dim naked-eye stars along that segment (not counting its two ends). The brightest of these, on the right, is Eta Cassiopeiae, magnitude 3.4. It’s a remarkably Sun-like star just 19 light-years away, and it has a distant orange-dwarf companion, magnitude 7.3. They’re a lovely binary in a telescope. The next “one” down the segment, fainter, is a naked-eye pair in a dark sky: Upsilon1 and Upsilon2 Cassiopeiae, 0.3° apart. They’re yellow-orange giants unrelated to each other, 200 and 400 light-years distant. Upsilon1 is slightly fainter; that’s the farther one.
Mars is closest to Earth this week! (It’s exactly so on October 6th). And, as Mars visits go, this one is especially close; Mars appears 22.6 arcseconds wide. It won’t be as close and big again until September 2035. Mars’s opposition comes a week later, on the 13th. Mars rises in early twilight. As night comes on it glares fiery orange and Jupiter-bright (magnitude –2.5) low in the east. It climbs higher as the hours pass, then blazes at its highest and telescopic best around 1 a.m. daylight-saving time, beaming down from high in the south in Pisces. See Bob King’s “A Great Year for Mars” in the October Sky & Telescope, page 48. To get a map of the side of Mars facing Earth at the date and time you’ll observe, you can use our Mars Profiler. The map there is square; remember to mentally wrap it onto the side of a globe. (Features near the map’s edges become very foreshortened.)
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
Mars (11/13), Neptune (11/28), Chiron (12/12) Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde
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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
Color: Sky Blue
Meaning: Take time to soul search or you will make a wrong decision.
to study this month Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
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
W 7 High 4:51 AM 5.9 7:22 AM Set 1:02 PM 79
~ 7 Low 10:06 AM 3.2 6:45 PM Rise 10:03 PM
~ 7 High 3:58 PM 7.1
~ 7 Low 11:11 PM 0.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world.
Journal Prompt – Personal taste – Tell about something you do well?
~ Ah, mon cher, for anyone who is alone, without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful. – Albert Camus (1913-1960) French writer, born in Algiers
~ It is yet a higher speech of his than the other, “It is true greatness to have in one the frailty of a man and the security of a god.” – Francis Bacon; Of Adversity
~ Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars. – Henry Ford
~ We’re all Christ and we’re all Hitler. We are trying to make Christ’s message contemporary. We want Christ to win. What would he have done if he had advertisements, TV, records, films and newspapers? The miracle today is communication. So let’s use it. – John Lennon, who shaved his head to draw attention to war and peace, as announced on January 24, 1970
Magnificent Autumn! He comes not like a pilgrim, clad in russet weeds. He comes not like a hermit, clad in grey. But he comes like a warrior, with the stain of blood upon his brazen mail. His crimson scarf is rent…. The wind…. wafts to us the odour of forest leaves, that hang wilted on the dripping branches, or drop into the stream. Their gorgeous tints are gone, as if the autumnal rains had washed them out. Orange, yellow, and scarlet, all are changed to one melancholy russet hue…. There is a melancholy and continual roar in the tops of the tall pines…. It is the funeral anthem of the dying year. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Samhain Magick – Songs
This link has some favorites – https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/halloween-ideas/g27955468/best-halloween-songs-for-kids/
Have you seen the ghost of John?
Long white bones with no skin on
Ooh ooh ooh ooh
Wouldn’t it be chilly with no skin on? – Anon.
An Autumn Chant by Karen Bergquist
I will dance
The dance of dying days
And sleeping life.
I will dance
In cold, dead leaves
A bending, whirling human flame.
I will dance
As the Horned God rides
Across the skies.
I will dance
To the music of His hounds
Running, baying in chorus.
I will dance
With the ghosts of those
I will dance
Between the sleep of life
And the dream of death.
I will dance
On Samhain’s dusky eye,
I will dance.
Silliness – Three Hillbillies
Three Hillbillies Were Taking An I.Q. Test.
The first question was fill in the blank, “Old Mcdonald has a __?”
The first hillbilly said, “I Know, I Know! Old Mcdonald had a ranch!”
“No, no, no!” said the second hillbilly, “He had a farm.”
“That’s right,” said the first hillbilly. “How do you spell that?”
The third hillbilly said, “I Know! E-i-e-i-o!”