The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Sewing workshop at 3pm.
Foggy adn 47F, wind at 0-2mph and gusting, AQI 13-31, UV4. Chance of rain 4% today and 9% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY 2am-3pm on Sunday. Showers on Tuesday and then Sun-Mon. Most of the rest is just partly cloudy, but the temps will be dropping from the low 60’s to the mid-50’s. 8 firespots.
- Cougar Peak Fire – 85% – 91795 acres
- Devils Knob Complex Fire – 58% – 70110.05 acres
- Smith Fire – 42% – 49239 acres
- Jack Fire – 83% – 24165 acres
- Rough Patch Complex Fire – 71% – 50426 acres
- Chaos Fire – 65% – 28850 acres
- Rough Patch Complex Fire – 71% – 50426 acres
- Middle Fork Complex Fire – 55% – 30928.6 acres
- Gales Fire – 51% – 29356.25 acres
- Janus Fire – 20% – 24797.8 acres
- Bull Complex Fire – 20% – 24894 acres
- 6 Rough Patch Tfr Fire – 58% – 7235 acres
- Little Bend Creek Fire – 72% – 9429 acres
At or nearing containment
- Big Meadow Fire – 100% – 2643 acres
- Big Hamlin Fire – 100% – 19377 acres
- Near Minky Fire – 90% – 4869 acres
- Kwis Fire – 100% – 1485 acres
Yesterday was another busy day. Tempus got back early enough that we got to go home for some good sleep. Once we were back at the shop we got coffee and then Tempus headed to Loryea’s to help her out with some handyman stuff. I think it was a mailbox repair or something of that sort.
I was busy with customers. I managed to get some of the plants watered. I checked in some more bits and pieces and got them into the inventory and out for sale. I processed pictures….. pretty much I just put my head down and bulled on through!
Tempus got to the PO and two packages that were supposed to have showed up yesterday, did, so he had all his b-day things. It sounds funny that a coffee mug and a pair of socks would make a fun gift, but it’s Minions socks (two pair) and a mug that says, “You’re one in a Minion!” so he was tickled. He’s wearing the socks with his sandals. 🙂
Late in the afternoon he sat down on the sofa to read something and fell asleep. I kept going, but by then it was quiet. I made arrangements to pick up some plants from a lady in Tidewater and eventually we starting putting things together to go home. We took the makings for a pizza, but then ended up finishing the lemon chicken, instead. Yes, we picked up the plants. I still have to bring the flat back to the shop that the starts are in before they get too cold.
After we ate I went to sleep. I don’t know when Tempus turned in, but he cut up some compost stuff before he did. …and I have a new compost bucket, since he had saved out a coffee can and some lids, so that it’ll have a bottom to keep it from making rust rings on the counter and I cut the center out of the other lid to use that to hold a bag in place. Right now he’s making me a sandwich, but I think I heard his phone ring.
Today we’ll be open at 1pm and Sewing Workshop is at 3pm. I have a bunch of small things to work on for that. We may have some visitors from the Valley, a couple of the House Capuchin folks. Not sure why they decided to come on Saturday instead of Sunday….
Something odd for today, the San Pedro mummy. ….an article with links here: http://www.ancient-origins.net/unexplained-phenomena/mystery-san-pedro-mountains-mummy-002088?utm_source=Ancient-Origins+Newsletter&utm_campaign=77b909890d-Ancient_Origins_August_Newsletter_8_301_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2dcd13de15-77b909890d-86802433 and there’s a Wiki article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Pedro_Mountains_Mummy
Today is the day of Tutelary Spirits, Guardian Spirits, angels, daemons, spirit guides, spirits of place. “On this day, light a white candle on your altar and give thanks to your spirit guide (or guides) for guarding over you and guiding you through your spiritual development. If you wish to communicate with or meet your spirit guide, use a Ouija board or, through prayer, invite the spirit guide to come to you in a dream or in a trance.” – Wicca Book of Days, Gerina Dunwich
Soapwort, Saponaria officinalis is sacred to these spirits. More on soapwort here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saponaria_officinalis
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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 10/6 at 4:05am. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on10/4 at 4:05pm.
Before and during early dawn Sunday morning October 3rd, the waning crescent Moon forms a flat, almost isosceles triangle with Regulus and Algieba (Gamma Leonis) to Regulus’s left or upper left, as shown above (for North America).
During evening, look just above the northeast horizon — far below high Cassiopeia — for bright Capella on the rise. How soon Capella rises, and how high you’ll find it, depends on your latitude. The farther north you are, the sooner and higher.
Vega is the brightest star very high in the west, and Arcturus is getting low in the west-northwest. The brightest star in the vast expanse between them, about a third of the way from Arcturus up toward Vega, is Alphecca, magnitude 2.2 — the crown jewel of dim Corona Borealis. Alphecca is a 17-day eclipsing binary, but (like most variable stars!) its brightness dips are too slight for the eye to see reliably.
Slightly brighter and also worth finding once Cetus has fully risen is the spiral galaxy M77, which shines at magnitude 8.9 a little less than 1° east-southeast of 4th-magnitude Delta (δ) Ceti. This face-on spiral has an actively feeding black hole at its center, earning it a classification as a Seyfert galaxy.
A new month means it’s time to check out a new variable star. The American Association of Variable Star Observers’ featured variable of the month for October is Mira, also cataloged as Omicron (ο) Ceti. If you looked for Harmonia last night, you already know that Cetus is rising in the east as the Sun sets in the west. Wait a few hours for it to get a bit higher, then look again for Delta Ceti. To its left (northeast) is bright Menkar, the Whale’s alpha star. And about the same distance to Delta’s right (southwest) is Mira. This famous star has a name that translates to wonderful, so named by Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius in the mid-1600s. It is the archetypical Mira variable, which is a type of variable star that changes brightness over about a year. Over the course of its 332-day period, Mira undergoes a vast change in visibility, growing as bright as 2nd magnitude and as faint as 10th magnitude. That’s a difference of some 1,600x in brightness! It also means Mira is only sometimes visible with the naked eye, while at other times it fades from view without the aid of binoculars. Fortunately for us, Mira was last at its peak brightness in late August; by early September, it was magnitude 3. Even now, it’s still well within the range of naked-eye visibility. Once you’ve found it, see if you can determine Mira’s brightness by comparing it to the stars around it. Astronomy columnist Phil Harrington offers some tips and tricks for estimating this wonderful variable star’s brightness in his October 2020 Binocular Universe column, “The wonderful variable star.”
Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102
NIGHT SKY MAP FOR October has not been posted yet.
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27
Pluto (10/6), Saturn (10/10), Mercury 10/18, Jupiter (10/18), Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – Grey
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Celtic Tree Month of 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 maake 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
Sa 2 Low 4:22 AM 0.6 7:16 AM Rise 2:31 AM 24
~ 2 High 10:59 AM 6.2 6:55 PM Set 5:40 PM
~ 2 Low 4:37 PM 2.9
~ 2 High 10:15 PM 6.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There are no coincidences or mistakes, just timely lessons.
Journal Prompt – What? – What music makes you want to get up and dance? Why don’t you?
~ Night’s deepest gloom is but a calm; that soothes the weary mind: The labored days restoring balm; the comfort of mankind. – Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) English writer
A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week. – George S. Patton, Jr. (1885-1945) US general
~ … small time punk stuff coming from a punk Opposition. – Paul Keating
I think most artists create out of despair. The very nature of creation is not a performing glory on the outside, it’s a painful, difficult search within. – Louise Nevelson (1889-1988) Russian artist
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 – Crafts
Materials include egg carton, black pom-poms, glue, black paint, scissors, 8 black pipe cleaners, buttons or wiggly eyes
- Separate one cup from an egg carton.
- Paint it black and set it aside to dry.
- Once it is dry, make 8 small holes (4 on each side) at the base of the cup using the point of the scissors.
- Insert a pipe cleaner into each of the holes for legs.
- Glue the black pom-pom to the front of the cup for a head
- Glue two buttons or wiggly eyes on the black pom-pom
Fall Leaf Stained Glass
- fall leaves
- wax paper
- picture frame
- Collect as many different colored and size fall leaves as possible!
- Cut two pieces of wax paper slightly larger than your picture frame.
- Lay one piece of the wax paper on the towel, and arrainge the leaves in a pleasing design.
- Lay the other piece of wax paper over the leaves, and lay another press the two together using a hot iron and moving quickly but firmly
- Tape the “stained glass” to the picture frame and cut off the excess
- Hang in a window for best results.
You will need: 1 dry gourd (about the size of an orange – the smooth kind, not warty), small craft saw, small keyhole saw, small hand drill, 1 straight sturdy stick for the handle, a handful of sharp stones, 1/2 inch wide strip of thin suede, at least 12 inches long, glue gun, handful of stones, beads, etc, a few dyed fluff feathers, assorted acrylic paints and brushes. Drill a hold in the bottom of the gourd. Enlarge the hole to the diameter of your stick about 5 incehs from the smaller end. Use the end of your stick to remove the seeds and dried pulp from inside the gourd. Place a small handful of shar stones inside and shake vigorously to remove even more loose material, then pour out the stones and the dust. Drill a hold in the top end of the gourd and enlarge it to the diameter of the smaller end of the stick. Insert the stick so that the top end sticks out about 1 inch to check fit, wrapping the suede around the beads and insert the stick. Secure with hot glue. Wrap the bottom joint between the stick and the gourd with more suede to create a smooth transition, stretching and gluing the leather into place. Repeat with the top joing, this time adding two or three feathers inside the leather wrapping as you glue it. Paint the gourd with acrylic paints if desired.
Silliness – Store-bought