Daily Stuff 10-3-21 Oschophoria

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Greg Anderson. House Capuchin Project Day 1-5pm.

Clear and 41F, wind at 0-5mph and gusting, AQI 6-45, UV3. Chance of rain 5% today and 7% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 11am on Monday. Partly cloudy and chilly today. High of 61, low 41. There’s a pretty solid chance of rain on Tuesday and then from next Sunday on, it looks wet. Other than that, mostly it’ll be partly cloudy with highs early in the week near 60, but dropping to the low 50’s by the 11th. Lows in the mid 40’s. 5 firespots, no smoke plume.

Large Fires

  • 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% – 50409 acres
  • Chaos Fire – 65% – 28840 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% – 7230 acres
  • Little Bend Creek Fire – 72% – 9432 acres

At or nearing containment

  • Big Meadow Fire – 100% – 2643 acres
  • Big Hamlin Fire – 100% – 19377 acres
  • Near Minky Fire – 90% – 4864 acres
  • Kwis Fire – 100% – 1485 acres

Yesterday went by quickly, but I was really tired by the end of it and it’s taking me longer than usual to get this together. I keep yawning. 🙂

We didn’t get to go home in the morning, but curled up on the nap bed for several hours. When I got up I started into messages and mail. Eventually Tempus was up and got us coffee and very quickly our friends from the Valley showed up. We had a good long visit, with coffee and marzipan, and talked over feast plans and other projects.

They took off back home at just about time for Sewing Workshop to start. I was the only one there, so I worked on my sampler, getting another few motifs done. At that point I processed the pictures that were in the camera and got them uploaded.

The early part of the day had a few customers. Tempus mostly worked with them although I talked books with one lady. Dilly beans were the last thing on my list for the day and we packed up those, onions and dishes and headed home.

I took a bunch of pictures, but we discovered that several things hadn’t come home with us, so Tempus went on back. He took long enough that the photos were done, the dilly beans put by and two pizzas set up and ready to go. We got them baked, ate, and by then it was 10pm, so we turned in.

I was back up much sooner than I liked, since one of my feet decided that it was the perfect time to cramp and I had to walk it loose. When I got outside the stars were bright and Pegasus well past the zenith, now. Tempus wasn’t as quick as he usually is and was worried that we were going to run late, but he had a bit of time to sit with his computer and send my some fun jokes before he got his phone call and headed for Newport.

Today is our “different day”. I’m hoping to do a little cookery later in the day and a bit of embroidery. I got some of the plants watered, but there are more to do, still. …and so on and so on. 🙂

“Sunset Flock” photo by Greg Anderson, taken on 9/30/18, used with permission


Oschophoria, ancient Greece – The Bearing of Green Branches to commemorate Theseus’s return – The Oschophoria was a festival in Attica, according to some writers celebrated in honour of the deities Athena and Dionysus, according to others Dionysus and Ariadne. Said to have been instituted by the god Theseus, this was a vintage festival, its name derived from the word for a branch of a vine with grapes. More info here http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/oct3.html The Wiki article is a stub: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oschophoria There’s an interesting article on the Greek calendar, though, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyanepsion

Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis – Sea Dew – Obviously this plant grows well by the ocean! It is used for garden plantings, both as an ornament and for pest control. A lovely seasoning for food, it can also make a tasty tea. The oil is used to deter pesty bugs and to keep other oils from going rancid. Rosemary tops are used for making Hungary Water. Settles stomach. Steam clears the nose, especially when you have a cold or sinus problems – Masculine, Sun, Fire – to enhance protective and cleansing influences. Burn for powerful cleansing and purifying vibrations. Rids an area of negativity, especially good before performing magic or if angry words have been spoken. Use an infusion (pour boiling water over) to wash before rituals, especially those of healing. Simmer in water to drive off lingering resentments and freshen the psychic atmosphere. Make a small flat bag of purple cloth and place beneath your pillow to drive off nightmares and promote healing sleep. Place leaves in a small green cloth amulet and wear or keep in your breast pocket to aid healing.  To dispel depression bind leaves in a piece of real linen and wrap around your right arm. For more info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosemary

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Leo enters Virgo at 1:38am.

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.

A watery pair – Pallas tracks through Aquarius the Water-bearer this month. Nearby is the distant planet Neptune. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

Over in Aquarius the Water-bearer, asteroid 2 Pallas is slowly sliding southwest, diving south through the ecliptic, the plane of our solar system. Tonight, you’ll find the 9th-magnitude space rock 2.2° north of Hydor (Lambda [λ] Aquarii), which shines at magnitude 3.7. It’s in a region relatively rich with good anchor stars, so make a sketch or take a picture and come back over the next few nights to identify the asteroid’s motion through the field, while the background stars remain stationary.

Also hanging out in this watery constellation is Neptune, which now sits 8.8° east of Pallas and 3.8° northeast of 4th-magnitude Phi (ϕ) Aquarii. The solar system’s most distant planet is a faint magnitude 7.7 — too faint to see without binoculars or a telescope. Its disk currently spans about 2″ and appears a flat bluish-green if you can catch it on a steady night.

M71 (NGC 6618) Swan Nebula or Omega Nebula

Globular clusters are at their most abundant on summer evenings. In this first week of October, with moonlight gone from the evening sky, set up your telescope to look in on four that Josh Urban calls The Last Wildflowers: Globular Clusters Greet Autumn. There’s “Sagittifolia,” the Arrowhead Flower M71 in Sagitta; “Queen Anne’s Lace,” M15 sneezed from the nose of Pegasus; “Watercress by the Stream,” M2 in Aquarius a little farther south; and “Seaflower of the Deep,” M30 in Capricornus down below Jupiter.

Venus, brilliant at magnitude –4.3, shines low in southwest during twilight, in Libra. It sets a little after twilight’s end. Look to Venus’s left as twilight deepens for orange Antares in Scorpius. Between them for most of the week is Delta Scorpii, not too much fainter than Antares. Binoculars will help you pick out both stars in the deepening blue.  Watch Venus close in on Delta Sco day by day. They pass just ¾° apart on October 9th, with the thin crescent Moon right close by as shown above. A week later on the 16th, Venus will pass 1½° above Antares.

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 FOR OCTOBER 2021 – BRIGHT PLANETS AND METEOR SHOWERS – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-october
NIGHT SKY MAP FOR OCTOBER 2021: CONSTELLATIONS, THEN AND NOW – STARGAZING FOR THE OCTOBER NIGHT SKY – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-october-constellations-then-and-now

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 – Amber
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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
Month: September
Color: Sky Blue
Class: Chieftain
Letter: G
Meaning: Take time to soul search or you will maake a wrong decision.

to study this month Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow-white
Class: Peasant
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
Su   3      Low   5:06 AM     0.3   7:17 AM    Rise  3:43 AM      16
~     3     High  11:32 AM     6.7   6:53 PM     Set  6:07 PM
~     3      Low   5:22 PM     2.1
~     3     High  11:08 PM     7.3


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Minimalism is not about having less, it’s about making room for more of what matters.


Journal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – List the reasons why you would like to be covered with fur like animal- instead of wearing clothes.



~   Let a man find himself, in distinction from others, on top of two wheels with a chain – at least in a poor country like Russia – and his vanity begins to swell out like his tires. In America it takes an automobile to produce this effect. – Leon Trotsky (1879-1940) Russian revolutionary
~   A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit. – Richard Bach
~   Advice is like snow – the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper in sinks into the mind. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) English writer
~   It is books that teach us to refine our pleasures when young, and to recall them with satisfaction when we are old. – Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) English writer

On All Saints’ Day the tops of the branches are bent;
In the mouth of the mischievous, disturbance is congenial:
Where there is no natural gift there will be no learning. – From The Heroic Elegies of Llywarch Hên (6th-Century Welsh), translated by Dr W Owen Pughe, 1792 (William Hone, The Every-Day Book, or a Guide to the Year, William Tegg and Co., London, 1878, 711 – 712; 1825-26 edition online)


Samhain Magick –

Harvest Knotwork – October 6th, 2007

Color of the day: Black – Incense of the day: Almond

Throughout the month of October, farmers worked hard to bring in the grain harvest during the good weather (and before the end of the year at Samhain). In Ireland, as part of the harvest celebration, small ornamental twists or knots of braided straw were created and worn as a sign that the harvest was completed. These were made throughout the harvest season, and were also worn at the “Harvest Home” supper. Women wore elaborately created knots with the grain ears still attached, and men wore simpler knots without the ears. Patterns for harvest knot-making are easy to find online. After soaking the straw, think about what prayers or magical work you would like to weave into the harvest knot. Repeat your charm or prayer as you make your magical autumn weaving. By: Sharynne NicMhacha

Pumpkin Protection Spell – Categories: Spellwork
[Note: by Claudette Griffith (c) 2001-2004]

Scary faces carved into pumpkins were meant to protect, so you can guess where this is going. The easiest thing to do is simply concentrate on protection as you carve your pumpkin, if you would like, you can add carve protective seals instead of the traditional face. Protective herbs can be added to the inside of your pumpkin as well. If you are faced with immediate danger during the fall season try this spell.

Tools needed

  • 1 large pumpkin
  • 1 black candle
  • Dirt
  • Carving tools
  • paper
  • pen
  • Pumpkin Pattern book (optional)
  1. Buy or harvest a large pumpkin, design a face of a dragon or any really scary face, as you carve see what ever is threatening you as being warded off by the beast that will become your pumpkin guardian.
  2. When you have completed the pumpkin carving write the name of the person or thing that you fear and place it in the bottom of the pumpkin cover it with several handfuls of dirt.
  3. Now take a black candle and inscribe on it the words “Banish All Evil” place it inside the pumpkin along with a generous amount of protective incense.
  4. Light the candle and incense and watch as the pumpkin glows, soon the smoke from the incense will billow out of the pumpkin, as it does, envision the threat being surrounded by the smoke until it fades into it and blows away with the wind.

*Note~ keep seeds to add to any protection work in the coming year.Saoirse, ruthee www.turningthewheel.org

A Janus Samhain Spell – Color of the day: Orange

Thousands of rituals and spells have been composed for Samhain. On this night when the boundaries of life and death are blurred we honor our ancestors, and we remember others who have passed over that we never knew. What has been part of our past shapes our future. This Samhain we might also want to look forward. Someday we will be the past that helped shape someone else’s future. Janus was the two-faced Roman god for whom January is named. One face looks to the past, the other to the future. Turn to face the west, the land of the dead and the deities, saying:  

Janus, who looks into the night toward the place where spirits seek light,
bless all souls who come now as they hear it, and dance in the circle of spirit.

            Turn to face the east, the point of the rising Sun, away from death and into the promise of a new day, saying:  

Janus, who into the day at dawn’s first glow and Sun’s first ray, bless this circle without hesitation, and fear not the past nor times not yet here.

By: Edain McCoy,Llewellyn and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast


Silliness – Working Man Blues – I studied a long time to become a doctor, but I…didn’t have any patients.

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