The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are 1pm-6pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). Featured photo by Liz Schulz Guidero.
We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 5pm on Thursday and there’s a SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT for frost and freezing over the weekend. 40F, wind at 0-3mph, AQI 11-36, UV3. Clear weather means not-too-chilly today, but cold tonight! Clouds will increase until by mid-afternoon on Friday it should be raining. After that it will stay dry out through Halloween, with any luck. …but chilly….
Yesterday we got up just a bit late. Tempus got us coffee and some of the last of the carrot pudding and then he took off to see about the car…. still no luck… I wrote while he was gone and watered plants about 1/2-way.
I got a nap after supper, did some embroidery and then got back to writing. Amor called and we talked for most of two hours, at which point he needed sleep and I needed to finish this!
Today we’ll be open on time. Maybe we’ll have car… Otherwise, the other 1/2 of the watering needs to be done and I’m hoping for some time on getting headers onto stock.
I’m going to have to send Tempus to the store, too. We’re out of a bunch of things at this point, since we haven’t done a major store run for a couple of weeks.
I was hoping to get to the farmer’s market yesterday, but we didn’t have the oomph, so I need to find out which farmstands are open.
Today’s Plant is the Douglas Fir, pseudotsuga_menziesii, sometimes called Oregon Pine, since it’s actually a pine, not a fir at all. Common as Christmas trees, since they hold their needles better than many other trees, they are one of the better timber trees, growing quickly with a straight grain. Their main use, magickally, is in incense, since the resin has a good sweet scent. – Mars,Air/Fire – Attracting prosperity, purifying ritual areas and new homes, helping “stay the course” during difficult times. A wand or cone kept on the altar wards off evil influences. Carry cones to increase fertility and have a vigorous old age. Floor washes with the oil cleanse a space of negativity and ward off illness. Throw needles into winter fires for protection, or burn as incense for purification and divination. Place branches over the bed to keep sickness away, or to aid the ill. Hang a branch over the main door of your house to ensure continuous joy within.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudotsuga_menziesii
Festival of Perpendicular Sun – Illumination of the Inner Sanctum of Ramses II, Abu Simbel Temple, Egypt (also February 22) – “The archaeological complex of Abu Simbel comprises two massive rock temples in southern Egypt on the western bank of the Nile. It is a part of the Nubian Monuments UNESCO World Heritage Site, which runs from Abu Simbel downriver as far as Philae.
“Crowds pack into the temple before sunrise and watch the shafts of light slowly creeping through the stone. Eventually, statues of Ramses, Ra and Amun are illuminated in the inner sanctum (the statute of Ptah – the god of darkness – remains in the shadows). When they have recovered their breath, spectators can join celebrations outside, including a fair and music demonstrations. However, nothing can really impress you immediately after witnessing such a sight.”
“The most remarkable feature of the site is that the temple is precisely oriented so that twice every year, on 22 February and 22 October, the first rays of the morning sun shine down the entire length of the temple-cave to illuminate the back wall of the innermost shrine and the statues of the four gods seated there. … Precisely this same effect was apparently also fundamental to the design of the artificial cave of Newgrange in Ireland.” Source here: http://witcombe.sbc.edu/sacredplaces/abusimbel.html More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Simbel_temples
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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 10/31 at 7:49. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 10/23 at 6:23am.
Now the Moon forms a rather tight triangle with Jupiter and Saturn, as shown at the top of this page.
This is the time of year when the Big Dipper lies down horizontal low in the north-northwest during evening. How low? The farther south you are, the lower. Seen from 40° north (New York, Peoria, Denver) even its bottom stars twinkle nearly ten degrees high. But at Miami (26° N), the entire Dipper skims along out of sight just below the northern horizon.
The Moon passes 2° south of Jupiter at 1 P.M. EDT this afternoon; (see pic above) our satellite then passes 3° south of Saturn at midnight tonight. Sagittarius is a popular place this week, as you’ll find our Moon hanging with the giant planets there this evening, northeast of the Teapot’s handle as soon as the Sun goes down. About an hour after sunset, the Moon appears suspended between them. Jupiter, to our satellite’s right, glows a bright magnitude –2.3. Saturn, on the left, is around magnitude 0.6. The two planets sit a little less than 6° apart. Over the next few months, that distance will shrink until they seem to nearly merge on the sky during their Great Conjunction in December.
All four of Jupiter’s Galilean moons are visible for most of the evening: Ganymede, Europa, and Io (closest to the planet) stretch out to its east, and Callisto to its west. Shortly after 11:30 P.M. EDT, Io crosses onto the planet’s face and begins a transit that will last a little over two hours. By the time Io slips away from the planet, now on its western side, the dark blot of the tiny moon’s shadow has followed it nearly halfway across.
Over at Saturn, the rings are on display. Low power should also reveal its biggest, brightest moon, Titan, about 2′ due east of the planet tonight. Higher magnification will likely bring out detail on the planet and perhaps even the reveal its shadow on the eastern side of the rings.
Dwarf planet Ceres is stationary tonight at 11 P.M. EDT. It lies above the southern horizon in the constellation Aquarius. Large binoculars or a small scope will find it. The easiest way to locate Ceres is to first find Fomalhaut, the brightest star in Piscis Austrinus. From there, scan 4.5° northwest to Epsilon (ε) Piscis Austrini, and then look northwest the same distance again to find Ceres. The tiny world is about 0.5° from 49 Aquarii, so both should fit within the same low-powered field of view.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Aries) is well up in the east by 9 or 10 p.m. daylight-saving time, about 20° east of Mars. Uranus is only 3.7 arcseconds wide, but that’s enough to appear as a tiny fuzzy ball, not a point, at high power in even a small telescope.
Old Farmer’s Almanac October Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-october
Runic half-month of Wunjo/Wyn – October 13-28 – Wyn represents joy, the rune being the shape of a weather vane. The month represents the creation of harmony within the given conditions of the present.
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27
Mercury (11/3), Mars (11/13), Neptune (11/28), Chiron (12/12) Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde
Color – Purple
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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 22 High 6:12 AM 6.4 7:41 AM Rise 2:31 PM 31
~ 22 Low 11:27 AM 3.5 6:20 PM Set 11:22 PM
~ 22 High 5:13 PM 7.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – My intuition works like a trustworthy friend.
Journal Prompt – What do you think? – If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
~ Men build too many walls and not enough bridges. – Sir Isaac Newton
~ To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. – Joseph Chilton Pierce
~ Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing. – Camille Pissarro
~ Be silent always when you doubt your sense. – Alexander Pope
The hollow winds begin to blow,
The clouds look black, the glass is low;
The soot falls down, the spaniels sleep,
And spiders from their cobwebs peep. – Dr. Edward Jenner (1749–1823)
Samhain Magick – Crafts
Autumn votive holders & vases (Anja) (Make no more than 3 days ahead!!!)
Several mini pumpkins (the flat kind hold candles, the round kind make vases)
Pot or large bowl for soaking pumpkins
Salt (table salt is fine for soaking)
Strong handled spoon
One clear glass votive candle holder per pumpkin
Plate, platter or tray
- Cut the pumpkin stem section out so that the glass holder will fit inside.
- Gut the pumpkin, pulling all strings.
- Soak for about an ½ hour in salted water (1 tablespoon per cup)
- Fish the pumpkins out, turn them upside down on something like a wire rack, so that air will flow underneath the help them dry. Leave overnight.
- Put rock salt into pumpkins.
- Shove votive holders into the salt, so that it fills the crevices in the pumpkin.
- Add flowers (dried or artificial, only!) and/or tea lights as desired .
- Put salt on plate, so that plate is covered. Place pumpkins artistically around.
Note – Salt will “draw” liquid from the pumpkins, so they will wrinkle. The salt is a delaying tactic for the inevitable mold! In a dry climate these might last a week. On the Pacific Coast, 3 days is tops. You can delay things farther, by keeping the pumpkins in the fridge at night.
Pumpkin Candles – By Patti Wigington, About.com
The pumpkin is one of the best-known members of the squash family. From September to November, they’re all over the place – we see them carved into jack-o-lanterns, painted, and practically invading every roadside stand in town. With Samhain growing nearer, the pumpkin crop is at its peak, and there are all kinds of things you can do with them. Everyone loves candles, so why not use a few small pumpkins to jazz up your Sabbat decor?
The first thing you’ll need is a baking-size pumpkin (you can use an acorn squash for this project too). Here’s a hint — before you buy a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, check your grocery store’s produce section.
Unless you already have candle-making equipment and paraffin wax, the other thing you’ll need to get is some soy wax chips. These are inexpensive, melt easily and safely in your microwave, and burn cleaner than paraffin wax. If you already have paraffin, you can use that for this project, but you’ll need to melt it over a double burner instead. If you want to add color or scent, you’ll need some of that too.
Finally, you’ll need a wick. You can either make your own by coating a string in wax, or you can buy a pre-made wick at any craft or hobby store. The pre-made ones typically have a small metal disc at the bottom for the base.
Assemble all your supplies, and cut the top off the pumpkin. Scoop out the goop inside (you can save the seeds for roasting later) and scrape the interior clean. A melon-baller actually works really well for this step.
Melt your wax — again, if you use soy chips you can melt them in the microwave. Eight cups of dry chips will give you about four cups of melted wax, which is just about enough to fill a baking pumpkin or acorn squash. Before you pour the wax, secure the wick to the bottom of the pumpkin’s inside. It’s okay if it flops over a little, because we’ll prop it up later when the wax is in place.
Once your wax is melted, add scent or color chips if you like. Stir before pouring. Fill the pumpkin with wax up to the bottom edge of the opening. You’ll probably have a little bit left over — don’t throw it away, you’ll need it later!
After you’ve poured the wax, if the wick seems to lean to one side or the other, place a butter knife across the top of the pumpkin to hold up the wick and keep it from flopping.
Once the wax has cooled, you may notice a small dip or indentation around the wick where the wax has sunk. Use the leftover wax to fill this spot up. Trim the wick back so it is no longer than 1/4″ long.
When you burn your candle, be careful not to leave it unattended. If the inside of the pumpkin begins to burn, put your candle out immediately. Use it on your altar or around your house as part of your Samhain decorating.
Silliness – Silly Q&A – Question: Why is “dark” spelled with the letter K? Because you can-t “c” in the dark…