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(at 3am) Cloudy and 51F, wind at 0-6mph, AQI 56-57, UV2. Chance of rain 67% today and 85% tonight 67% on Thursday. Dry until mid-afternoon today, then rain. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 8pm on Wednesday. GALE WATCH from Wed eve through Thurs morn. Wet into Friday morning, then more likely dry until Monday, when it’s back to showers. High temps in the upper 50’s. Lows in the upper 40’s. 8 firespots and ours here close to town is out.
- Middle Fork Complex Fire – 75% – 30928.6 acres
- Janus Fire – 87% – 24797.8 acres
- Bull Complex Fire – 87% – 24894 acres
At or nearing containment
- Devils Knob Complex Fire – 100% – 70110.05 acres
- Jack Fire – 90% – 24165 acres
When we left the shop Monday evening it was long past dark and we ate supper right away and went to bed. When I got up the rest of the evening was spent with a sewing project that really ripped up my hands. I got it done before Tempus was heading out on the paper route and he was supposed to deliver it on the way, but we got our wires crossed. I spent part of the night that I was awake with a book, and the rest of it with one of the bookmarks, since that was light enough to not hurt.
He got in a bit late, since he’s been stopping at the shop on the way home to grab dishes and such. I tried to get up around 1:30, but after getting something to eat, crawled back in and slept until 4pm. He got up not long after and got us coffee. We were both cranky and had words over the delivery….
So we got ourselves together and rolled in to the shop. He had to pull some stuff out from behind my desk, so the meeting that I was supposed to get to at 7, I didn’t actually manage to get into until 7:45. He headed out not long after while I was embroidering and talking with people. I got a couple of phone calls during the evening. He was supposed to be picking up Hween candy and wasn’t quite sure what I wanted. Once the meeting was over I went in back for a nap. I’m hoping I’ll get another one, but the air mattress is deflating, fast.
That’s why this newsletter is getting published late in the night again. There won’t be a newsletter for Thursday, since I’m going to stay home tonight, again. If my hands will cooperate, there’s a *lot* of sewing to do.
Today I don’t know whether the farmer will be at the market or not. They haven’t cancelled it that I’ve seen, but I dunno that they were planning on this week at all. If he’s not there we’ll have to stop at Rays. There some cookery that I want to do. I’m hoping that Tempus will be able to get at some of the projects, too, not just chores. He’s been getting a little more sleep this week. I have some chores, too, and like I said, sewing. We’ll see how much gets done.
Thursday we’ll be open at the regular time, and Friday starts trick-or-treating, so I have to get that set up, too.
Today’s plant is Western Red Cedar, Thuja plicata, which is not a cedar at all, but an Arborvitae. Arborvitae comes from the Latin for “tree of life” and coincidentally, native Americans of the West coast also address the species as “long life maker”. “Western Redcedar has an extensive history of use by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast, from Oregon to southeast Alaska. Some northwest coast tribes refer to themselves as “people of the redcedar” because of their extensive dependence on the tree for basic materials. The wood has been used for constructing housing, totem poles, and crafted into many objects, including masks, utensils, boxes, boards, instruments, canoes, vessels, and ceremonial objects. Roots and bark were used for baskets, ropes, clothing, blankets and rings.” Wiki article –Masculine, Sun, Fire, – to enhance banishing of ill health and bad dreams. Burn for this purpose and purification and psychic power. Make a sachet for love or courage. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thuja_plicata
Today is the anniversary of one of the Mighty Dead, Michael Servetus, who was executed for “heresy”. He is also claimed as an “ancestor” by the Unitarians and others.
Quote from Wikipedia – “Servetus was the first European to describe the function of pulmonary circulation, although his achievement was not widely recognized at the time, … an amazing understanding of the body and treatments. Most copies of the book were burned shortly after its publication in 1553 because of persecution of Servetus by religious authorities. …In passage V, Servetus recounts his discovery that the blood of the pulmonary circulation flows from the heart to the lungs (rather than air in the lungs flowing to the heart as had been thought). His discovery was based on the color of the blood, the size and location of the different ventricles, and the fact that the pulmonary vein was extremely large, which suggested that it performed intensive and transcendent exchange.” Source and more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Servetus
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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 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.
As it orbits the Sun closer in than Earth, the planet Venus undergoes changing phases. Today, that phase reaches 50 percent, leaving Venus’ 24″-wide disk half-lit. But there’s a catch: Thanks to a phenomenon called Schröter’s effect, Venus can appear to reach this half-lit phase, or dichotomy, earlier or later than expected. When it’s visible in the evening sky, as it is now, the planet tends to reach dichotomy early. So, if you’re reading this column ahead of time, try observing Venus earlier in the week to see if it already looks half-lit to you. The planet currently sets a little over two hours after the Sun and hangs against the stars of the large constellation Ophiuchus. But you won’t need any help to find it, blazing at magnitude –4.5 in the twilight sky. Astronomers still aren’t entirely sure what causes Schröter’s effect, but believe it may be a combination of the way Venus’ atmosphere scatters light and fact that the terminator separating night from day appears darker near the center.
Jupiter’s inner moon Io enters onto the face of Jupiter’s disk at 9:20 p.m. EDT, followed by Io’s tiny black shadow at 10:37 p.m. EDT. Each takes about 1 hour 40 minutes to cross the planet.
Meanwhile on Jupiter itself, the Great Red Spot should cross Jupiter’s central meridian around 11:24 p.m. EDT (8:24 p.m. PDT). The Red Spot is in fine position for a good 50 minutes before and after its transits. A light blue or green filter at the eyepiece helps to reveal it.
Got a really big scope and a dark-sky location? Now that the Moon is gone from the early evening, bring your deep-sky atlas and check out “The Odd World of Peculiar Galaxies” in the October Sky & Telescope starting on page 57, with photos and visual drawings. The ten featured galaxies are magnitudes 12 to 14.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in southern Aries) is well up in the east by 9 or 10 p.m.
Thursday, October 28
Thursday, October 28, Waning Quarter exact at 1:05pm. 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. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 10/21 at 5:15am.
Last Quarter Moon occurs at 1:05 P.M. PDT, after our satellite has already set. You’ll currently find it high in the sky during the early morning hours, a little less than 8° north-northwest of the famous Beehive Cluster (M44) in Cancer the Crab. The half-lit Moon rises around midnight, in Cancer far below Castor and Pollux.
The Beehive is a large, young group or stars spanning roughly 95′. It’s one of the nearest young, or open, cluster of stars to Earth and is visible with the naked eye. Ancient astronomers referred to it as a “little mist” or “little cloud.” Although the cluster as a whole appears as a magnitude 3.7 glow, its brightest stars range from 6th to 8th magnitude and are easy to pick out individually in binoculars or a small telescope. The Beehive sits at the center of the constellation, with the Crab’s brightest stars surrounding it at roughly equal distances: Acubens 8.8° to the southeast, Tegmine 6.8° to the west, and Iota (ι) Cancri 9.4° to the north.
Once the Moon is nicely up, the night is late enough that you’re getting a fine preview of the winter evening sky. Spot Procyon two or three fists at arm’s length right of the Moon, and brilliant Sirius the same distance right of Procyon. High over Sirius is Orion; high over Orion is Taurus with Aldebaran, the Hyades, and the Pleiades.
Neptune (magnitude 7.8, at the Aquarius-Pisces border) is already well up in the southeast at the end of twilight.
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.
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
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24
Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – Yellow/Green
Planting 10/26&7, Harvest 10/28-30
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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.
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 27 High 6:30 AM 5.7 7:48 AM Set 2:28 PM 69
~ 27 Low 11:18 AM 4.1 6:12 PM Rise 11:08 PM
~ 27 High 4:51 PM 6.6
Th 28 Low 12:27 AM 1.0 7:49 AM Set 3:07 PM 60
~ 28 High 7:38 AM 5.7 6:11 PM
~ 28 Low 12:38 PM 4.2
~ 28 High 6:00 PM 6.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Never regret anything because one time it was exactly what you wanted.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? -There’s a great power in words, if you don’t hitch too many of them together. — Josh Billings
28~ Pay heed to the tales of old wives. It may well be that they alone keep in memory what it was once needful for the wise to know. –Tolkien
~ Genius is talent exercised with courage.- Ludwig Wittgenstein
~ If you always give, you will always have. – Chinese Proverb
~ Hope is the dream of a waking man. – Aristotle
Here was October, here
Was ruddy October, the old harvester,
Wrapped like a beggared sachem in a coat
Of tattered tanager and partridge feathers. – Stephen Vincent Benet (1898–1943)
Samhain Magick – Recipes
Popcorn Balls – These are fun to make and fun to give–wrap them in orange tinted cellophane or clear wrap and tie with a ribbon. This makes about 18 three inch balls. Unless you have a really large pot, make these in two batches.
- 1/2 cup solid margarine
- 2-10oz packages of large, white marshmallows
- orange paste food coloring
- 20 cups popped, fresh plain or colored popcorn (don’t use microwave corn)
- 1 cup candy corn (optional)…
- extra butter
- Melt margarine in a large pot.
- Add marshmallows, turning to cover with oil well, and cooking slowly to melt completely.
- Stir in tiny amounts of food coloring with a toothpick until the color appeals to you.
- When completely melted, remove from heat.
- stir in popcorn and candy, covering well with melted marshmallow until marshmallow turns to stringy threads.
- Let sit a few minutes.
- Melt extra butter
- Butter all popcorn ball-maker’s hands liberally, and begin to pack mixture into balls. Adults mind that the mixture can still be quite hot, so put aside a pan in which to set balls down if children find them too hot.
- Let balls thoroughly cool, then wrap them up!
[Anja’s Note – Kids love to roll these in sprinkles, chopped nuts or Halloween mini-candies!]
Popcorn Ball syrup
- 1 c. sugar
- 1/3 c. dark Karo corn syrup
- 1/3 c. water
- 1/4 c. butter
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
Boil mixture several minutes, then put a drop in cold water. If drop forms a hard, brittle ball, it is ready to pour over popped corn. If it doesn’t harden, cook longer and keep testing every few minutes. Once it is ready, butter your hands well and start making popcorn balls. Keep your hands buttered, it’s easy to get burned.
Bird’s Nest Pudding by Siannan
The name of this pudding (really more like a pie) comes from the serving appearance–the apples are nestled in a bowl created by the crust. Just the thing for contemplating a warm fire or a cozy night of music!
5 Granny Smith apples, cored and peeled and sliced thinly
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup milk
2 cups flour (I use a half and half mixture of wheat and white flours–all wheat yields a tough crust)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp butter
1/2 cup sugar (for topping)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Grease a deep pie dish (lightly grease the rim of the dish as well).
- Toss apple slices with cinnamon and nutmeg and arrange in the dish.
- Blend together the egg, sugar, salt, milk, flour, cream, and baking powder until it begins to form a dough.
- Do not over mix!
- Shape the dough into a crust and mold it over the top of the pie dish to cover.
- Bake at for 25 minutes.
- To serve, invert the dish over a platter.
- Dot the apples with butter and sprinkle with the remaining sugar.
- Serve with heavy cream sprinkled with nutmeg.
Marshmallow Caramel Popcorn – Liz Bevan Horsley
• 1/2 c. brown sugar
• 1/2 c. butter
• 9-10 marshmallows
• 12 c. popcorn
• Microwave brown sugar and butter for 2 minutes, add marshmallows & microwave until melted.
• Pour over popcorn.
Anja’s Note – You can make popcorn balls of this if you butter your hands before trying to squeeze them into shape, otherwise scatter over aluminum foil and let cool. You can also sprinkle with Halloween decors and/or ground nuts to make a really fun treat!
Silliness – 10 Ways to Know If You Have PMS
1. Everyone around you has an attitude problem.
2. You’re adding chocolate chips to your cheese omelette.
3. The dryer has shrunk every last pair of your jeans.
4. Your husband is suddenly agreeing to everything you say.
5. Your using your cellular phone to dial up every bumpersticker that says, “How’s my driving- call 1-800-***-****.
6. Everyone’s head looks like an invitation to batting practice.
7. You’re convinced there’s a God and he’s male.
8. You’re counting down the days until menopause.
9. You’re sure that everyone is scheming to drive you crazy.
10. The ibuprofen bottle is empty and you bought it yesterday.