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Foogy again/still. 57F, wind at 0-3mph, AQI13-36, UV4. 20% chance of rain today and 10% tonight. Today and tomorrow are likely to be cloudy, and then tomorrow night there’s 100% chance of rain…pushing an inch by later on Saturday. From there on the chance and amounts drop until Wednesday ought to be dry and next Thursday and Friday should be sunny.
Yesterday we hit the farmer’s market early. Apples, cucumbers, summer squash, jerusalem artichokes, tomatoes, keeper squash, plus some pumpkins for decor and pie and jack-be-littles to be stuffed. I found some more small onions to add to the onion pickle and the dehydrator and soup pot will be running for days.
After that we slept until late afternoon and then dragged around with coffee for a couple of hours. We finally got breakfast after 5pm and then started on chores. Dishes, going out to the spring for water and then the work table and working on plants and collecting plant pots at the shop, plus getting a bunch of crystals inventoried and set up. Busy!
I’m still not quite there on the format of the newsletter. It keeps doing strange things. One of the things that I liked about WordPress was that the draft form looked almost exactly like the published. <sigh> …and now it won’t give me pictures again! I’m doing exactly what I did yesterday! ….and it ate 4 letters off the beginning of this block and I don’t know why….
Tempus made hamburgers for supper and then I started on some more vegetables. I had my embroidery so I did some work on that, too, between. I set up a pot of jerusalem artichokes, cabbage ends, onion and a couple of tomatoes that were on their last legs. Finally, after he went to sleep I got myself a bowl of lemon cuke slices, a tomato and a little apple that was just delicious…..very, very red and sweet and crisp, with just enough sour to make it taste of apple. I have a bagful of those for eating and drying and I might just make an apple spread of a couple.
It must have misted pretty hard during the evening because when Tempus left the roads were damp. Sidewalks just looked dripped on.
Today we’ll be open on time. Tempus has another round of plant watering to do outside and then to scrub up the dehydrator. He forgot that he had gotten it partly washed and then stopped. Oops. I have more crystals to work on along with the vegetables.
Today’s Feast is in honor of not of Columbus, whose legal holiday is somewhere in this vicinity, but of Bartolomé de las Casas. Can we cuss any louder at Columbus? He sounded like such a great hero when I was a kid, but looking at his motives and what came of that…. and he wasn’t the first, by a long way. Not only Erik the Red and Lief Erikson, not only the fishermen who had always gone to the Grand Banks, not just Brendon the Navigator (who is debatable…) but even the Chinese probably got to the Americas before he did! Look up Chinese discovery of America on Wikipedia for the last http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-Columbian_trans-oceanic_contact, but there’s more info on Columbus here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Columbus I’m celebrating this: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/columbus_day …and here’s a Wiki article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartolom%C3%A9_de_las_Casas
Pacific Aster, Symphyotrichum chilense, is one form of aster that grows in the PNW. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphyotrichum_chilense China Asters are the ones grown in gardens and are the common garden aster that Cunningham references: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callistephus_chinensis in his Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. Feminine, Venus, Water – The aster was sacred to the gods and used on altars in many religious paths. It is often used in love sachets or carry the bloom to win love. You can also grow them in your garden to draw love to you! …and here is an article on the whole family which includes sunflowers, chrysanthemums, yarrow and cone-flower! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteraceae
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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.
Vega is the brightest star very high in the west these evenings. To its lower right by 14° (nearly a fist and a half at arm’s length) is Eltanin, the orange nose of Draco the Dragon. The rest of Draco’s fainter, lozenge-shaped head is a little farther behind. Draco always eyes Vega as they wheel around the sky.
The main stars of Vega’s own constellation, Lyra — quite faint by comparison — now extend to its left (by 7°).
Tonight is one of your last chances to catch Mercury in the evening sky. By 30 minutes after sunset, the tiny planet is just 2° high in the southwest. It sets 15 minutes later, well on its way to inferior conjunction with the Sun on October 25. After that, the solar system’s smallest, speediest planet will become an early morning object in November. Mercury is now magnitude 0.1 — still bright and easy to spot, particularly with binoculars or a telescope. Its disk, which is a little less than 50 percent lit, spans 8″. As the planet sinks out of sight in the deepening twilight, you’ll see several bright stars pop into view: Antares, the red heart of Scorpius, and orange-hued Arcturus, the brightest star in Boötes. Look farther south and you’ll also see Jupiter (magnitude –2.4) and Saturn (magnitude 0.5) amid the stars of Sagittarius. Directly overhead, the Summer Triangle still rules, comprised of the bright stars Deneb, Altair, and Vega.
Jupiter and Saturn (magnitudes –2.3 and +0.5, respectively) shine in the south during dusk and early evening, then they move to the southwest as evening grows late, tilting as they go. Jupiter is the bright one; Saturn is 7° to its left. Watch the two planets gradually edge together for the rest of the fall. They will pass just 0.1° from each other at conjunction on December 21st, low in twilight, as fall turns to winter. Telescopically there’s a lot happening on Jupiter now; see Bob King’s Stormy Times on Jupiter. And you can follow the interplay of Jupiter with its moons and their shadows, and find the transit times of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, using the Celestial Calendar section of the current Sky & Telescope.
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
Moon enters Cancer at 8:45am.
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
Th 8 High 5:51 AM 5.6 7:24 AM Set 2:01 PM 71
~ 8 Low 10:48 AM 3.6 6:43 PM Rise 10:49 PM
~ 8 High 4:41 PM 6.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Each time I breathe, I’m harming thousands of things, but that same breath gives me the ability to create beauty, and do my work. Thank them for their gift!
Journal Prompt – I wish… – If all my wishes came true, I would……
~ You know, one had as good be out of the world, as out of the fashion. – Colley Cibber (1671-1757) English actor, playwright
~ And I want to thank you for all the enjoyment you’ve taken out of it. – Julius “Groucho” Marx (1890-1977) US comic, actor
~ And the Devil did grin, for his darling sin is pride that apes humility. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) English writer
~ Be not afraid of changing slowly; be afraid only of standing still. – Chinese Proverb
~ A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself; his aim is so exalted that riches, office, fortune and favour cannot satisfy him. – Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English writer, lexcographer
Here was October, here
Was ruddy October, the old harvester,
Wrapped like a beggared sachem in a coat
Of tattered tanager and partridge feathers. – Stephen Vincent Benet (1898–1943)
Samhain Magick – Recipes
Samhain Oil – Put in soap or anoint candles
3 drops cedarwood
3 drops clove
3 drops frankincense
3 drops patchouli
3 drops rosemary
Add a piece of dried marigold and three dried pumpkin seeds with obsidian, amber, and ruby crystals. This is a light and dark oil that captures all the mystery and ambience of this special night of meditation.
Hecate Incense – by Gerina Dunwich
1/2 teaspoon Dried Bay Leaves
1/2 teaspoon Dried Mint Leaves
1/2 teaspoon dried Thyme
pinch of Myrrh Resin
pinch of Frankincense Resin
13 drops Cypress Oil
3 drops Camphor Oil
Using a mortar and pestle, crush the Bay, Mint, and Thyme until almost powdered.
Stir in the Frankincense and Myrrh resins.
Add the Cypress and camphor Oils, and mix well.
Store in a tightly capped jar and let the mixture age for at least two weeks before using.
Burn on a hot charcoal block during your ritual.
(The above “Hecate Incense” recipe is from “WiccaCraft: The Modern Witch’s Book of Herbs, Magick, and Dreams” by Gerina Dunwich, Citadel Press, Carol Publishing Group Edition, 1995.)
Samhain Ritual Potpourri by Gerina Dunwich45 drops patchouli oil
1 cup oak moss
2 cups dried apple blossoms
2 cups dried heather flowers
1 cup dried and chopped apple peel
1 cup dried pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup dried and chopped mandrake root
Mix the patchouli oil with the oak moss, and then add the remaining ingredients.
Stir the potpourri well and store in a tightly covered ceramic or glass container.
(The above “Samhain Ritual Potpourri” recipe is from “The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch’s Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes” by Gerina Dunwich, page 164, Citadel Press, Carol Publishing Group Edition, 1995.)
Silliness – To Help You Smile – It’s rare that a defibrillator fails- but nobody’s shocked when they do.