The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
At the current moment (3pm on Sunday) the weather system that caused the storm is east of us. There’s a *huge* swirl offshore and it’s likely to hand us some more! Now at 6pm – I don’t think the brilliant sunshine is going to last, but it’s certainly nice! There’s at least one tree down upriver. This one took out power lines. It’s still mostly cloudy, 57F, wind at 3-30mph and gusting, AQI 20-56, UV2. Chance of rain 94% today and 97% tonight (Monday). COASTAL FLOOD WARNING through 5am on Tuesday. The rain showers will be back overnight and today is looking like rain and wind (up to 30mph), with just rain during the evening. That could mean more trees coming down. That’ll keep going through Tuesday evening total of about 2 more inches. Showers Wed-Fri and then it’ll dry out for a few days. 5 firespots, one of which is just beyond Siletz.
- Rough Patch Complex Fire – 80% – 50409 acres
- Janus Fire – 80% – 24797.8 acres
- Bull Complex Fire – 86% – 24894 acres
At or nearing containment
- Devils Knob Complex Fire – 100% – 70110.05 acres
- Jack Fire – 90% – 24165 acres
I spent Saturday evening trying to sew and getting very upset with my hands’ inability to hold things. I couldn’t even get scissors to work consistently! I finally ended up mostly reading and working on some small embroidery projects that don’t weigh anything….
That was quite a storm! Short, but dang! Thunder woke me before 10am and pounding rain… or maybe even hail. It was that loud. I dozed back off, but wind popped the bedroom door at one point and thunder crashes got my attention. Tempus finally got in around 10:30, I think, and the pounding of the rain soothed me back to sleep.
When we headed for the shop it was pouring and then we started out the door and it stopped and the sun was trying to come out in just minutes! The water in the wetlands along the river was higher than even a normal high tide, drowning the grass that’s grown over the summer.
We were a few minutes late at the shop, mostly because we had some unloading to do before re-loading, but we were fully open by 1:15. We had one batch of customers in the first hour, just looking and then it went quiet. I took a bunch of pictures, processed them and started getting them up online.
…and then we just worked on projects. Around 4 we finally started a potted cheddar, which we finished at about 6:15. This batch was made with dark beer and is really tasty on rye bread! We have a bonus of about 1/2 a cup of shallots in the leftover bacon fat.
Today we’ll be open at 1pm. Be careful out there! Branches, not to mention trees, are down all over and there are enough needles on the road to make it slippy! More potted cheddar pix tomorrow…. and I’ll add the recipe. It’s not difficult, just messy and takes a bit. 🙂
Today’s Plant is Coltsfoot, Petasites frigidus var. palmatus. One of the best cough remedies out there, this is often smoked to help cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is also made into cough syrups often combined with horehound. This is another plant where the medicinal and magickal uses seem to go together. Feminine, Venus, water– Add to love sachets and use in spell of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites_frigidus
Today is the Feast of St. Crispin and St. Crispinian, patron saints of shoemakers. “Cursed be the cobbler that goes to bed sober!” – Old English cry for this day, because there were feasts and guild parties all over England on this day. Also, prosperous householders, particularly in London would often contribute barrel after barrel of beer to the guild, much of which went into storage for later, but much was consumed, with great thanks, on the spot. Why the association with beer? It’s that time of year! Saint Crispin is often associated with the Battle of Agincourt as the battle was fought on Saint Crispin’s Day, and especially because of Shakespere’s St. Crispin’s Day Speech from his play Henry V. (It’s in the quotes, below!) More on the saints here: More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Crispin More on the Knights of St. Crispin here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_the_Knights_of_St._Crispin
“Now shoemakers will have a frisken
All in honour of St Crispin”. – Traditional rhyme, St Crispin’s day
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 11/4 at 2:15pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 10/28 at 1:05pm .
The Ghost of Summer Suns. Halloween is approaching, and this means that Arcturus, the star sparkling low in the west-northwest in twilight, is taking on its role as “the Ghost of Summer Suns.” For several evenings centered on October 25th every year, Arcturus occupies a special place above your local landscape. It closely marks the spot where the Sun stood at the same time, by the clock, during hot June and July — in broad daylight, of course! So, as Halloween approaches every year, you can see Arcturus as the chilly ghost of the departed summer Sun.
Mercury reaches greatest western elongation at 2 A.M. EDT, when it stands 18° from the Sun. From the midwestern U.S., the small planet rises around 5:50 A.M. local time and has climbed nearly 12° above the horizon 30 minutes before sunrise. It’s blazing a bright magnitude –0.5 in Virgo. Mercury currently spans 7″ and is 57 percent lit. Despite the fact that it will now slowly start moving back toward the Sun in the sky, the speedy planet should remain easy to find in the morning for now. It will continue to brighten a few tenths of a magnitude by the end of the month.
If you step outside early enough to catch a few stars still shining, you’ll see that Mercury sits about 3.5° below magnitude 2.7 Porrima (Gamma [γ] Virginis). Porrima is one of the northern sky’s most famous double stars, so take a peek in a telescope if you’ve got time. At times its stars come too close to separate without a large instrument, but you’re in luck — they’re currently separated by a wide enough gap (about 3″) that even small scopes should resolve the two magnitude 3.5 components. Each is about 1.5 times as massive as our Sun. It takes nearly 170 years for these stars to complete a full orbit around each other. They last came closest in 2005.
Venus, brilliant at magnitude –4.4, shines in southwest during twilight, crossing the feet of Ophiuchus between Antares at its lower right and the Sagittarius Teapot at its upper left. Venus now stays up about 45 minutes after twilight’s end. It will continue to get higher and brighter into early December.
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
Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – Silver
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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
Su 24 High 3:46 AM 6.4 7:44 AM Set 11:50 AM 91
~ 24 Low 9:05 AM 3.2 6:17 PM Rise 8:36 PM
~ 24 High 2:49 PM 7.6
~ 24 Low 9:56 PM 0.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – People do a much better job of everything in the presence of love than they do around criticism and insult.
Journal Prompt – What if? – If you could do whatever you wanted to right now, what would you do?
~ There is nothing more dangerous than the moment you become a hostage to yesterday’s comfort zone. – Rob Thompson
~ A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~ I do not pray for success, I ask for faithfulness. – Mother Teresa
~ For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much — the wheel, New York, wars and so on — whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man — for precisely the same reasons. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
“But the night is Hallowe’en, lady,
The morn is Hallowday;
Then win me, win me, and ye will,
For weel I wot ye may.
“Just at the mirk and midnight hour
The fairy folk will ride.
And they that wad their true-love win,
At Miles Cross they maun bide.” – ‘Ballad of Tam Lin’
Samhain Magick – Lore
Samhain tidbit – From: http://celt.net/Celtic/History/calendar.html – Samhuinn or Samhain 1 November
Samhain (pronounced sow-en) meaning “Summer’s End,” is celebrated on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. A solemn occasion. As darkness overwhelmed the world, the days grew short, and the earth became barren and cold and the veil between the mortal and the supernatural was temporarily drawn aside. Samhain is the beginning of the Celtic new year. This is the time when the rising of Pleiades, heralds the triumph of night over day. Now it is the “time of the little sun” and the portion of the year which is ruled by the realms of the moon.
In the three days preceding the Samhain, the God of Light Lugh, dies at the hand of his Tanist, who is himself as the Lord of mis-rule. Lugh then passes through the veil between the worlds on Samhain. The Tanist is a stingy and harsh King who while shining brightly in the skies gives no warmth to the land. He cannot warm the north wind which is the breath of the Crone, Cailleach Bheare. This is indicative of the cyclic harmony of seasonal dominance which teaches us that neither Life nor Death can ever hold permanent sway.
Death was never far from our ancestors, and there was not the fear of it that permeates the society we live in. Yet while death itself wasn’t feared, it was held important to die with honor. Through dying well, people had the promise of living on in this world through their clan and at “Fleadh nan Mairbh” (Feast of the Dead). It is at this time the ancestors were honored and the dead were remembered. This feast took place on Samhain Eve. In many ways it is very similar to the Mexican “Day of the Dead.”
This is one of two times in the year when the veil between this world and Otherworld, the Shield of Skathach, is at it’s thinnest. For this reason it was a time of divination. This day was considered to be a day that did not exist. Because of this the Spirits of the Dead and those yet to be born of the clan walked freely amongst the living. Food and entertainment were provided in their honour. In this way the clan remained in unity with its past, present and future. The common modern practice of carving pumpkins in the States, and turnips in the old countries stem from the days when our ancestors were active head hunters. They believed that the spirit resided in the head. They also believed that if they controlled the head of a foe they had killed in battle, and displayed the head at Samhain, then that foe could do them no further ill during this time when they could again walk in this realm. This practice was modified in the times after the rise of Christianity. It was however remolded into the practice of carving vegetables with the same intent. That being to keep away harm intending spirits.
Samhain was a time of fairs and festivities. As with all the fire festivals, fires were lit on the hilltops at Samhain. This festival was one of the two when all hearth fires were extinguished and re-lit from the communal bonfires. The cattle were driven back from the mountains where they had been sent for the summer. At this time of their return they were driven between two bonfires to purify and protect them. People and cattle both had now returned from the hills and glens to their winter quarters and were engaged in actively re-tying the social bonds. Just prior to this, the stores that had been put up had been assessed. Part of this assessment was how many could be fed during the cold months ahead. Rather than have whole herds starve to death in the winter, the herds were culled and the weakest harvested and the meat was preserved. The taking of life was done in a sacred way, and the utilitarian killing of the excess livestock had a sacrificial nature. Another area were the religious philosophy is addressed was in the bonds of kinship which were renewed in the clan spirit that was invoked at this time of year. Traditionally Samhain begins the time of storytelling by the fires of the hearth, as there isn’t much to do outside during this “time of the little sun.”
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