The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are 1pm-6pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). Featured photo by Chrissy Cowden.
Clear and chilly. I’ll be glad when we have nighttime clouds again! 41F, wind at 0-2mph and gusting, AQI18, UV1. Chance of rain 10% today and tonight. There’s an AQI site just south of town, now. Much better numbers! Sunny today through Monday, with the exception of a small chance of showers on Friday. Highs around 60. From Tuesday on the forecast has changed to damp, with the highs staying below 60, but the lows not below 50.
Yesterday we didn’t so much get up late as go back to sleep. I wrote for a couple of hours in the morning and then didn’t get back to anything until past 3. The phone rang… one car is still at the repair place and Tempus needed to tell them what to do with it. I crawled back in with him and since that woke him, I told him what they said and we both faded back out. When I was finally awake again he was already up. He picked up at the Post Office and ran a couple of other errands after his phone calls.
Once I was at my desk at the shop I got the packages taken care of. We have a copy of the Witches Companion for this year. I have some of the Witch’s Datebook still on the way. Calendars should be in by mid-November. I haven’t had any requests, but there’s still time to ask if you want a specific one of the Llewellyn line.
Plant watering happened and a little sewing, but mostly I was reading all day.
Tempus headed out around 8pm for the bulk route. I talked to him around 2am when he was waiting for papers to start the other route. He’s going to stop at Cash n Carry for some stuff before he heads home this morning.
I think I need to make a soup today. There are some things that are going to go bad pretty soon, if I don’t. I want to do a baked squash, too. There’s an acorn squash that’s turning orange. I’m probably going to do pumpkin soup for Saturday.
Have y’all voted, yet? Use the drop boxes, not the mail at this point! We’re going to get that done today, I hope along with more plant watering and then shifting things back in the work room so that I can start on the compounding station this week. I need to finish up the Halloween Goodie Bags, too, now that we have all the candy. Thanks for the donations!
Today’s Plant is Pearly Everlasting, Anaphalis margaritacea, sometimes called Life-Everlasting. The “everlasting” part of the name comes from the fact that the flowers dry well and can be used as decorations during the winter month. There are a number of medicinal uses for this plant, particularly as poultices and often as a decoction added to a hot bag of some sort (iow, put it on a washcloth, warm and put a heating pad on top of that) for bruises, sprains and to the chest for bronchitis, among others – Feminine, Venus, Air – Add to spells that are long-term. Can be useful in a sachet/potpourri/amulet since the flowers will soak up essential oils and release the scent over time.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaphalis_margaritacea
Today in 1929 was Black Tuesday, the day of the Stock Market Crash that led into the Great Depression. Nobody is completely sure what caused it, even yet, although there are some darned good analyses out there of the “run-up”. One of the better statements about it is in Robert Heinlein’s writings. “How do you control an engine by positive feedback?” “You don’t! I would run out of control!” “There’s nothing a government can do that doesn’t work like positive feedback on an engine.” There’s a good article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Tuesday
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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 10/29 at 7:49pm.
The Summer Triangle Effect. Here it is the end of October, but Deneb still shines right near the zenith as the stars come out. And brighter Vega is still not far from the zenith, toward the west. And the third star of the “Summer” Triangle, Altair, remains very high in the southwest (high over Jupiter and Saturn). They seem to have been there for a couple months! Why have they stalled out? What you’re seeing is the result of sunset and darkness arriving earlier and earlier during autumn. Which means if you go out and starwatch soon after dark, you’re doing it earlier and earlier by the clock. This counteracts the seasonal westward turning of the constellations. If you made a point of always doing your skywatching at the same time by the clock, the constellations would proceed as always. Of course the “Summer Triangle effect” applies to the entire celestial sphere, not just the Summer Triangle. But the apparent stalling of that bright landmark inspired Sky & Telescope to give the effect that many years ago, and it has stuck ever since. Of course, as always in celestial mechanics, a deficit somewhere gets made up elsewhere. The opposite effect makes the seasonal advance of the constellations seem to speed up in early spring. The spring-sky landmarks of Virgo and Corvus seem to move away westward from week to week almost before you know it, due to darkness coming later. Let’s call this the “Corvus effect.”
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot should transit the planet’s central meridian around 6:20 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. Jupiter is in fairly good view for the Pacific time zone around then. But don’t be too disappointed; not only is Jupiter getting fairly low in fuzzy, shimmery seeing, it has also been getting somewhat farther and smaller since its July opposition.
Like the Force, Saturn’s two-faced moon Iapetus has a light side and a dark side. Currently, that brighter side is turned toward Earth, making the tiny, icy moon a little easier to locate as it orbits the ringed planet. Tonight, magnitude 0.6 Saturn sits about 5.5° east of magnitude –2.2 Jupiter; both are in the southwest among the stars of Sagittarius. Zoom in on Saturn with a telescope to pick out several of its moons — the largest and brightest, Titan, is just under 2′ southwest of the planet. Tenth-magnitude Tethys and Dione float east of the planet, with Dione the farther of the two. Rhea, also magnitude 10, is about 30″ due south of the eastern edge of the rings. Enceladus, a challenging magnitude 12, lies just 6″ northwest of Tethys. Look due west of Saturn to find Iapetus, glowing near magnitude 10 and about three times farther from the planet’s disk than Titan. As its dark side rotates back into view next month, the moon will dim; the difference in brightness between its two hemispheres is a little more than a magnitude.
For a less-challenging set of satellites, swing over to Jupiter, where all four Galilean moons are on display. Only Callisto is currently east of the planet; on the western side, Ganymede, Io, and Europa line up (from closest to farthest). The orientation of the moons shows just how perpendicular Jupiter’s poles are to its orbital plane — the giant planet is tilted by a mere 3°, much less than Earth’s 23.5°.
Uranus, getting close to opposition, (magnitude 5.7, in Aries) is well up in the east by 9 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 good small telescope. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune.
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
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 – White
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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.
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl), reed – The term “reed” is used with great imprecision in North America, but it is clear that the reed of the ogham is the common reed (Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steudel). This is a giant grass, with stems as high as 4 m (13 feet). It grows in marshy areas, where it often forms dense stands. Like most other grasses, the vertical stems live only a single year, dying in the autumn and being replaced with new green shoots in the spring. The dead stems rattle and whisper in late autumn winds. Common reed has spread as a weed throughout the world; in North America it is widespread in cooler climates. Common reed is in the Grass family (Poaceae, or Gramineae). “The Reed Month, is said by some to be most favorable for communication with ancestral spirits and the strengthening of all family ties, with magickal associations with fertility, love, protection, and family concerns. ‘Thin and slender is the Reed. He stands in clumps at the edge of the river and between his feet hides the swift pike awaiting an unsuspecting minnow to come his way. In his thinness the reed resembles arrows that fly, silver-tipped, up into the unknown air to land at the very source that one had searched for all these years. Firing arrows off into the unknown is an expression of the desire to search out basic truths. If you loose off without direction, the place of landing will be random. If the firing off is carried out with the correct conviction, determination and sense of purpose, then the act becomes secondary to the event that comes both before and after the moment.'” Source: Earth, Moon and Sky
Ngetal – Reed Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Grass Green
Meaning: Upsets or surprises
to study this month Mor – the Sea Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: AE, X, XI, M
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 28 Low 5:16 AM 1.2 7:49 AM Set 4:45 AM 87
~ 28 High 11:32 AM 7.4 6:10 PM Rise 5:28 PM
~ 28 Low 5:54 PM 1.2
~ 28 High 11:48 PM 6.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Listen to Old People!
Journal Prompt – What if? – What would you do if you saw little bugs in your salad?
~ The less I behave like Whistler’s mother the night before, the more I look like her the morning after. – Tallulah Bankhead
~ Entrepreneurship is the last refuge of the trouble making individual. – Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972) US writer
~ Whatever you do, don’t do it halfway. – Bob Beamon
~ Druids recognize both the ancestors of the blood and the ancestors of the land, and they also recognize a third: the ancestors of the spirit. The ancestors of the spirit are those people who inspire you, who speak to something deep within you that recognizes the truth. They may be artists, musicians, writers, poets, priests, prophets, scientists, philosophers, kings, beggars, farmers, or hunters. They may have lived thousands of years ago, or they may be living now. You may know every detail of their lives, or perhaps all you know of them is a fragment of anonymous writings. – Heather “Say the Trees Have Ears” blog
On random wires the rows of summer swallows
Wait for their liftoff.
They will soon be gone
Before All Saints’ and before All Hallows’
The changing time when we are most alone. – May Sarton (1912–95)
Samhain Magick – Recipes
Carefree Corn n Cabbage Combo – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)
In a 1 qt glass casserole dish, combine 1- 10oz package frozen whole kernel corn, 2 cups chopped cabbage, 2 tbs. chopped onion, and 2 tbs. water. Cover and microwave on high for 3 minutes. Stir. Cover and microwave for 3 minutes more. Drain in a collander. In the same casserole dish combine 1 cup cream-style cottage cheese, 2 tbs. grated Parmesan cheese, 1/4 tsp. salt and a dash of pepper. Stir in drained vegetables. Microwave, uncovered, for 3 minutes. Stir and microwave, uncovered for 3 minutes more. Stir and serve heated.
Makes 6 servings.
Candied Squash Rings – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)
Cut 2 acorn squashes crosswise in 1 inch slices. Discard seeds and ends. Arrange in a single layer in a shallow baking dish. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Combine 2/3 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup soft butter, spread over squash. Bake, uncovered for another 15-20 minutes, basting occasionally.
Makes 6 servings.
These pumpkin pickles are a nice change from the usual sweet pumpkin treats. They make a great pairing with a cheese plate and add color to any autumn meal.
4 cups pumpkin, peeled and cut into bite-size cubes
1-1/2 cups sugar
1-1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
2 sticks cinnamon
10 whole cloves
Steam pumpkin until barely tender, about 10 minutes (don’t let the pumpkin touch the boiling water or it will get mushy). Drain thoroughly and set aside.
In a saucepan, combine sugar, vinegar, cinnamon, and cloves and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Add pumpkin, return to a simmer, cover, and cook for 3 minutes more. Remove pan from heat and leave the pumpkin in the syrup; refrigerate for 24 hours.
Heat mixture to simmering and cook 5 minutes. Remove spices and pack pumpkin into sterilized jars. Fill with syrup. Seal and process 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.
YIELD: Makes about 3 pints.
SOURCE – Old Farmer’s Almanac
Silliness – To Help You Smile – I would tell you the one about the broken pencil. But there’s no point to it.