The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are 1pm-6pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). Featured photo by Sam Standeven.
Clear and cold, 37F, wind at 2-6mph and gusting, AQI29-35, UV2. Chance of rain today and tonight 0%. We’re under a FREEZE WARNING until 10am. It should stay clear until Friday’s chance of showers and then partly cloudy until Tues/Wed chance of showers.
Yesterday was really busy for an October Sunday. At least 1/2 the day was spent with customers. Tempus spent some time in back, cleaning up. I spent some in back, sewing. Iow, taking turns.
We spent a long while between customers talking about incense, since we want to get back into making some. I need to finish my sewing projects and then we’ll get going on that, now that I have incense base. He’s planning to make a stick extruder and some doohickeys to keep sticks straight and I’ve been talking about making molded incense, things like smileys for happiness incense and hearts for love, maybe even some shells for the ocean incense blend that I’ve been working on. Well, it’s going to be awhile before we can start on anything fancy, but we’re thinking winter projects.
I got a nap after supper and then did a little more sewing and then started to write. He got some dishes done and then went to sleep. I got a chance to talk to Arthur and Raven, very late. It was just for a little while. They’re doing fine. We won’t see them for the holidays this year. They’re heading over to see Raven’s family on the East Coast.
Today Tempus is going to try again to get the car. I hope they finally have all the paperwork done. We should be open on time. I’ll be back to headers again and some plant stuff.
He didn’t get to sleep in, yesterday, maybe he will today. I can hope, anyway.
Today’s plant is the Snowberry, Symphoricarpos albus. My kids used to call this “popcorn plant”, which is a name I’ve heard from others, too. The white berries are used as a food, a soap and for hand lotion. It doesn’t have any magickal uses that I know of, although the folks magicks of a similar bush amongst the Slavs say that it is “proper” as an offering to statues of the gods. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphoricarpos_albus
Slavic pagan calendar – Mokosh’s Holiday – Pasdernic (October) 25 to Gruden (November) 1 -We celebrate this holiday on the Friday between October 25 and November 1. On this day we honor Mother Earth and give gratitude to her for her care and concern for us. The central icon for this feast is the vegetable.
Dziady, Ancient Ones, Kulikovo – This is the fourth day of commemoration/worship of the Ancient Ones in the year. This is also a day of remembrance for the warriors who were slain in the year 1380 on Kulikovskoe Field. Say a toast to the honor and glory of the Russian Heroes. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kulikovo
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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 7:49am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 10/31 at 7:49am
After dark, Capella sparkles low in the northeast. The farther north you are, the higher it will be. To the right of Capella, by about three fists at arm’s length, the Pleiades are climbing into view. And soon Aldebaran will rise below the Pleiades.
Upper right of Capella, and upper left of the Pleiades, the stars of Perseus lie astride the Milky Way.
Asteroid 471 Papagena, currently located in the constellation Cetus the Whale, reaches opposition at 2 A.M. EDT. At that time, the tiny world is about 40° high above the southwestern horizon, glowing at magnitude 9.5. If you’re looking to spot Papagena, the nearest stellar signpost is Mira (Omicron [ο] Ceti), which sits 5° north-northwest of the asteroid. Mira is a famous star in its own right — this “wonderful” luminary is a variable star whose magnitude swings between 2 and 10 over the course of nearly 11 months. Its most recent peak in brightness was earlier this month. Careful, consistent observers can chart its changes by revisiting the star every one to two weeks and comparing its brightness with the stars around it. Binoculars or a telescope will do the trick, depending on your options and your location (i.e., the amount of light pollution).
Mercury is hidden in deep in the glow of sunrise. But not for long! Next week it will jump up into good dawn view.
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. Runic half-month of Hagalaz/Hagal – October 29-Novmber 12 – The Runic half-month of Hagal commences today, represented by the hailstone of transformation. It is a harbinger of the need to undergo the necessary preparations before the harsh northern Winter.
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl)
Mercury (11/3), Mars (11/13), Neptune (11/28), Chiron (12/12) Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde
Color – Silver
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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
M 26 Low 3:46 AM 0.9 7:47 AM Set 2:39 AM 71
~ 26 High 10:23 AM 6.9 6:13 PM Rise 4:46 PM
~ 26 Low 4:28 PM 2.4
~ 26 High 10:06 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Success and victory enter my life like welcome friends.
Journal Prompt – What is? – What is an unusual form of transportation you have used?
~ Everything that you need to take charge of your life is already yours. Believe it or not, it’s been with you since the day you were born, waiting to be used. Kerr Cuhulain
~ If I had to select one quality, one personal characteristic that I regard as being most highly correlated with success, whatever the field, I would pick the trait of persistence. Determination. The will to endure to the end, to get knocked down 70 times and get up off the floor saying, “Here comes number 71! – Richard M. Devos, businessman
~ It’s hard for me to put into words why I like the beach so much. Everything about it is renewing for me, almost like therapy…Beach Therapy. – Amy Dykens
~ It is by acts and not by ideas that people live. – Anatole France
The white chrysanthemums and asters star
The frosty silence. –Alice Wellington Rollins (1847–97)
Samhain Magick – Crafts
Magick Mirror (For Samhain)
A convex piece of glass (like an old clock face or glass bowl)
A wooden circle that will fit on the bottom of the bowl
Black enamel paint
Make sure the glass is clean first. Paint two coats of black enamel paint on the back of the glass, and also paint the wood black, leaving no signs of drips or strokes. Let dry. To prepare for use, take crushed herbs (such as mugwort or any others suggested for divination) and dissolve them in water. Let the herbs steep overnight (covered with a cloth) and then strain them out, and use the infusion to paint over the enamel. Do three coats, allowing to dry in between. Glue the glass onto the wood.
The magick mirror can be used for divination during a Samhain ritual.
CRAFT STICK SPIDERWEBS – This is a project from happyhourprojects.com – You can find the full post here:http://happyhourprojects.com/?s=craft+stick+spiderweb This is only a few of the pictures/and truncated directions! Please visit her site for the full thing!
- 4.5 inch Wood Craft Sticks
- Silver Paint and Paintbrush
- Aleene’s Craft Glue
- White Yarn
- Plastic Spiders (I raided my fake cobwebs for a few)
- Paint Sticks
- Cut several 8 foot pieces of yard
- Tie one end around the center of the form, and wrap in each direction.
- Wrap yarn around each spoke.
- Work your way around, making sure to space the yarn slightly
- When you fill the form out to the ends of your sticks, tie a knot. Cut off excess
- Tie long strings on the ends to hang them, or trim the ends off to tuck them into corners!
- Glue on a spider and you’re ready to roll…..
Silliness – Silly Q&A – Question: Why do babies make bad mechanics? They haven’t yet developed motor skills.