The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Pattie Huggins Deitrick. Sewing Workshop at 3pm.
Clear and 47F, wind at 1-7mph and gusting, AQI 6-36, UV2. Chance of rain 6% today and 80% tonight. Clouds increasing later in the day. Rain on Sunday and from Wednesday on. Partly to mostly cloudy on Monday/Tuesday. Highs mid-to upper 50’s. Lows down to 45F. 14 firespots. Down to 9 fires, but there are two smoke plumes coming from hotspots that aren’t showing as fires….
- Devils Knob Complex Fire – 65% – 70110.05 acres
- Smith Fire – 42% – 49239 acres
- Jack Fire – 83% – 24165 acres
- Rough Patch Complex Fire – 74% – 50409 acres
- Chaos Fire – 77% – 28840 acres
- Janus Fire – 20% – 24797.8 acres
- Bull Complex Fire – 70% – 24894 acres
At or near containment
- Cougar Peak Fire – 98% – 91810 acres
- Big Hamlin Fire – 100% – 19377 acres
Yesterday morning I got to do some pictures before turning in and then nabbed another just before we headed back to the shop. It was a lovely day! Just enough cirrus to qualify as “partly cloudy”, but only just. The sky was a light blue bowl with paler edges and drizzles of white glaze on the blue. 🙂 The river and Back Bay practically glowed.
We got the shop open and I started working, first catching up on mail, then doing a few headers (lots more to do) and then the smudge order showed up. I’m not going to try to pop it open until Monday…. too much already going! Also some Sioned clothes showed up just in a bag, not a box.
We had some customers in, most of them “just looking” and a few sales, one to a local lady who obviously knew what she was looking for. 🙂 She got a bunch of the used astrology books.
I was just getting up to go work on the egg porridge when Amor called. I talked him through finding some things for a project in his local JoAnn’s and then he talked to Tempus for awhile. By then it was late enough that I wasn’t going to get the baking done, drattit.
So we closed up and headed home. Venus was bright in the west, still, leaving a track on Eckman Lake and the Moon with Jupiter and Saturn blazed overhead. We got supper and sleep and on the way back, the Moon had slid way over to the west and was framed in one tree gap, with Jupiter in the next. Eckman lake had a Moon track and a Jupiter track. Ground mist was making the edges of the sky beyond the hills to the north of the river glow in the light of the Moon.
I’ve been catching up on mail, trying to sort the last week’s stuff. I’m not sure how I got that far behind! Now, I’m doing this part and I want to at least get the eggs separated tonight. I have a garlic butter to make, too, so it has enough time to sit. Oof….then I can sleep for a bit.
Today I have to get a bunch of the stuff set up for Sunday. The folks from the Valley are going to be here from 1-3, instead of 5-7pm, so I have to be able to just pull things out early on. For Sewing Workshop, I’m still going to be working on my sampler. Anyone who comes in with project or questions is welcome!
Today’s plant is Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. It is naturalized in the PNW, being native to Europe, not the Americas. Digitalis was one of the first heart medications and was extracted from the plant and then synthesized. The plant is poisonous, not just because of this (too much causes irregular heartbeat), but some other chemicals. Also known as Lady’s Glove, Witches’ Gloves, Fairy Fingers, or Dead Men’s Bells. – Feminine, Venus, Water – A Druid sacred herb associated with the “little people”. Lust, protection, decision, grow in a garden for protection of house and yard, reveals insincerity. Flower meaning – a wish, “I am not ambitious for myself but for you”.
Today is World Food Prize day. The idea was to cut the number of hungry in half in the world by 2015. Hmm… I doubt that we got there, but it looks like the prize has focused more and more on food security. In 2013 there was quite a bit of controversy because the prize went to folks in the biotech industry. A few years back the winner was Dr Sanjaya Rajaram who has developed 480 varieties of disease resistant wheat. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Food_Prize and on the history of the prize here: http://www.ift.org/food-technology/past-issues/2009/october/features/creation-and-history-of-the-world-food-prize.aspx
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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 10/20 at 7:57am. 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 10/18 at 7:57pm.
It’s International Observe the Moon Night, with more than 1,960 events worldwide inviting you to show up! Or, put on your own event and add it to the map. All you need to host a Moon-observing event is a telescope, a place to put it, and a readiness to welcome visitors for a look. Or you can just invite friends and family, and it still counts. NASA is hosting several activities in honor of the event, including a NASA TV broadcast you can tune in to from 7:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. EDT tonight.
Observing the Moon can be as simple as casting your gaze upward, or as complex as training a telescope on its rugged surface to make out fine details. Tonight, because our Moon is mostly illuminated, many of its features are on display, with only its western limb (east in our sky) still hidden in shadow. Look for features such as the Seas of Serenity, Tranquillity, and Showers; as well as large craters such as Tycho, Langrenus, and Copernicus. Our satellite, which is a waxing gibbous whose face is between 50 percent and 100 percent lit, rises around 5 P.M. local time and is visible all evening in eastern Aquarius. Its terminator crosses Oceanus Procellarum, which shows off the dramatic crater Copernicus and countless other features. To the naked eye, the Moon forms a roughly equilateral triangle with bright Jupiter to its right or upper right, and Fomalhaut to the Moon’s lower right.
Cloudy where you are? Gianluca Masi of the Virtual Telescope Project plans a narrated live feed of the Moon from Rome, starting at 17:30 UT (3:30 p.m. EDT).
Venus passes 1.5° north of the red giant Antares in Scorpius this morning at 10 A.M. EDT. Like Jupiter and the Moon yesterday, however, the two aren’t visible at that time, so instead step outside after sunset to spot them, roughly the same distance apart and hanging low in the southwest, about 12° above the horizon 15 minutes or so after sunset. Venus is a bright magnitude –4.4, far outshining the 1st-magnitude star.
Mercury is heading toward its best morning apparition of the year. By about Monday October 18th, look for it low above the east horizon about 50 minutes before sunrise. On that morning it’s still only magnitude +0.7, so you may want binoculars. But it brightens and gets a little higher every day. Just four days later, on Friday morning the 22nd, Mercury is more than twice as bright at magnitude –0.2. Next week it will nearly double in brightness again. Don’t confuse Mercury with Arcturus, which is above the east-northeast horizon (depending on your latitude) off to Mercury’s left.
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.
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
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 16 Low 4:16 AM 0.3 7:33 AM Set 3:07 AM 77
~ 16 High 10:50 AM 7.0 6:30 PM Rise 5:23 PM
~ 16 Low 4:48 PM 2.2
~ 16 High 10:31 PM 7.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Choose to shine.
Journal Prompt – Which? – Which do you prefer, a shower or a bath? Why?
~ People who make no mistakes lack boldness and the spirit of adventure. They are the brakes on the wheels of progress. – Dale E. Turner
~ I think I began learning long ago that those who are happiest are those who do the most for others. – Booker T. Washington
~ If it frustrates you that they don’t allow laptops on a Ferris wheel, you may be a workaholic. – Dr. Donald E. Wetmore
~ For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, ‘It might have been’. – John Greenleaf Whittier
Through golden noons and purple eves, and shadows cool and tender,
From scenes of tranquil happiness and dreams of deep delight,
October like a princess in her oriental splendor
Comes down the valley singing with her retinue of light. – –Katharine Brownlee Sherwood (1841–1914)
Samhain Magick – Recipes
Earth Magic Baked Apples – When you polish an apple on your shirt before taking a bite, you are continuing an ancient tradition. The Celts rubbed apples to drive out evil fairies hiding inside the fruit. Medieval Christians thought the practice kept away the devil. These customs reflect the belief that apples contain Earth energies.
Magic Apples Recipe:
4 medium-sized apples
8 tbsp brown sugar
4 tsp butter
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- Rub the apples over your heart then core them.
- Place in a baking dish.
- Fill each center with 2 tablespoons sugar, 1 teaspoon butter, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.
- Add 1/4 inch water to the pan.
- Bake 30–40 minutes at 375°F.
~Lynne Sturtevant GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
BeWitching Apple Pancakes – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)
- 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 2 tbs. sugar
- 4 tsp. baking powder
- 1tsp. salt
- 2 well beaten egg yolks
- 2 cups milk
- 2 tbs. butter/margarine, melted
- 1 cup finely chopped apple, peeled and cored
- 2 stiffly beaten egg whites.
In a large non-metal bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients. In a smaller bowl, combine the milk and egg yolks. Pour mixture into the dry ingredients and stir well. Stir in the butter/margarine and apple. Fold in the egg whites. Let the batter set up for a few minutes. Cook on a hot griddle or in a large frying pan, using 1/3 cup of batter per pancake. Use a spatula or spoon to spread batter evenly. Remove from heat, dot with butter, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and roll up into log. Top with slightly heated applesauce and a dash of cinnamon.
Makes 12 pancakes.
Eye-Opening Fried Cornmeal Mush – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)1 cup cornmeal
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1 cup cold water
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 2 3/4 cups water in a pan
Bring the 2 3/4 cups of water to a boil. In bowl, combine the cornmeal, 1 cup water, salt, and sugar. Gradually add this mixture to the boiling water, stirring constantly. Cover and cook over low heat for 10-15 minutes. Pour into a shallow loaf pan. Chill in refrigerator overnight. In the morning, turn out of pan onto a platter or flat countertop. Cut into 1/2 inch slices. Fry slowly in hot fat (bacon or sausage drippings) or very small amount of vegetable oil. Turn once. When browned, serve warm with butter and syrup or fresh fruit.
Makes 6 servings.
Silliness – Mask up!