Minus Tide at 8:44 PM of -1.7 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Samuel John Klein. Sewing Workshop at 3pm.
It’s overcast, but everything is wet. 51F, wind at 1-13mph and gusting into the 20’s, AQI 45, UV1. Chance of rain 92% today and 86% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 4am PST on Sunday. Rain today and tomorrow, with wind mid-day today. Showers on Monday, rain Tuesday, then showers Wed-Sat, with a change to partly cloudy, next weekend. The fire map is acting weird. No fires or firespots? No, something’s messed up on the site.
Yesterday I started off a touch tired, but managed to get going, finally. I processed photos, first, then took some more and tried the new incense sticks and they worked! I did plant watering and trimmed back the south planter. two more to go…. I have a bunch of crocosmia bulbs from thinning out that are going to be free to somebody. There are going to be at least two more bags from the other planters.
Tempus had to take off mid-afternoon to make a run into Newport for some shopping and other errands. While he was gone I had someone in who wanted beeswax candles, and I discovered that he had forgotten to put up the extra bed, so that meant I had to crawl over it and I lost a shoe over the back. Urf…. Made the sale, at least. We had a few others in browsing during the day, but it’s November…. Tempus got back at 5:40 and rushed through scanning some stuff and hurried over to the bank. Once he was back he had to sweep up the bulbs, since I could get the fronds and other harvested stuff, but the bulbs just landed on the ground. He got food put away, first. …and didn’t get the mail.
…and we finally left for home at 8 ate supper, put some things away and went to sleep. There were stars on the way home, and despite it having rained enough to have things dripping, there were stars on the way back in…. and lot of water in the river! I have to get this out and then do some photographs of the harvest and get those sorted away to dry.
Today is our usual Saturday schedule, although Tempus might be late since he’s getting the headlight fixed. I still haven’t gotten a call back from the doctor’s office about the ear, so I’m kindof a mess to talk with….. Sewing is a BYoP (bring your own project) and we’ll be there until the usual time.
My mother used to recite, when the weather turned to fall, “The goldenrod is yellow, the leaves are turning brown, the trees in the apple orchard, with fruit, are bending down.” (from September by Helen Hunt Jackson) Today’s plant is Goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis
Today we’ve got an odd feast. There are several celebrations of “St. Leonard” on this day, but the only saint of this name that I can find doesn’t see to have even the slightest connection to the celebrations! There are a Bavarians who celebrate him with a parade of painted wagons and a whip-cracking contest as a patron saint of drovers. There’s a candle procession in another spot and an historical veneration of St. Leonard by Crusaders. What’s that have to do with this guy? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_of_Noblac
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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 11/19 at 12:57am. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 11/6 at 2:15am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 11/9 at 1:15am PST.
Venus crossed into Sagittarius November 1st and continues its trek through a rich region of the sky. Astroimagers take note: Tonight, the bright planet sits less than 3° south of the Lagoon Nebula (M8). This stunning star-forming region glows at magnitude 6 and stretches some 90′ by 40′. Embedded within it is a young cluster of stars: NGC 6530. These stars are a mere 2 million years old. Through a telescope, you’ll see that Venus — blazing at magnitude –4.6 — is 28″ in diameter and 45 percent lit. A delicate crescent Moon, just 2 days old, sits about 18° to Venus’ west. Fortunately, its meager light won’t interfere with the scene once the sky grows darker.
If you are keen on photographing this meetup, take your time setting up your shot, getting the planet, the nebula, and the rich Milky Way in the frame. A great landscape in the foreground will only enhance the final image.
Daylight-saving time ends at 2 a.m. tonight for most of North America. Clocks fall back an hour — and some of them do it all by themselves, this being the 21st century.
‘I don’t know why I always get confused trying to find the open cluster NGC 7789 in Cassiopeia, a.k.a. Caroline’s Rose, with a finderscope or binoculars. I mean it’s right there — a simple, short star-hop from the bright end of the Cassiopeia W. Maybe it’s because it’s a very dim, smooth glow despite being respectably large; the cluster is rich with stars but they’re all very faint. Use the nice clear finder chart with Matt Wedel’s Binocular Highlight column in the November Sky & Telescope, page 43. More on Carolines Rose here: https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/astrophotography/stars/star-clusters/carolines-rose/
M1, also known as the Crab Nebula, is a supernova remnant housing a rapidly spinning neutron star — called a pulsar — inside. Discovered in 1731 not by Messier, but by John Bevis, Messier spotted it independently nearly 30 years later, in 1758. Because he was searching for a comet — Halley’s Comet, actually, as it was predicted to return for the first time since its discovery — Messier marked down the position of the nebula to avoid confusing its fuzzy, circular glow with the comet. He continued doing so with many other faint, fuzzy objects, and today, we have the Messier catalog. The Crab is roughly 6′ by 4′ across and located between the two horns of Taurus the Bull; it’s much closer to Alheka, the Bull’s right horn (if you picture his face looking toward us from the sky). M1 sits just 1.1° northwest of this 3rd-magnitude star. The nebula itself is magnitude 8, appearing as a faint, fuzzy splotch in most amateur scopes. You’re looking at the innards of a star whose explosion was recorded in A.D. 1054 by astronomers across the ancient world.
Mercury is deeper down in the sunrise glow every morning. Look for it low above the east-southeast horizon about 30 or 40 minutes before sunrise. At least it’s currently bright, about magnitude –0.9. By the end of the week it’ll probably be out of sight. Don’t confuse Mercury with Arcturus sparkling some 30° (three fists) to its upper left.
Strange Seasons of Uranus – https://earthsky.org/space/seasons-of-uranus-strange-sideways-world/
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 MAP FOR NOVEMBER 2021: CONSTELLATIONS IN THE WATER – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-november-constellations-water
NIGHT SKY FOR NOVEMBER 2021 – NOVEMBER’S GUIDE TO BRIGHT PLANETS – https://www.almanac.com/content/night-sky-november
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24
Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – Brown
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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
Sa 6 High 2:19 AM 7.5 8:01 AM Rise 10:23 AM 1
~ 6 Low 7:48 AM 2.2 5:59 PM Set 7:24 PM
~ 6 High 1:42 PM 9.5
~ 6 Low 8:44 PM -1.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When you open your eyes to greet this day….remember to first love yourself, celebrate your strengths and know that you are loved, that you are needed, valued and appreciated. If you feel the love you can share the love within…
Journal Prompt – What is? – What is one unanswered question you would like to ask your grandparents? Why?
~ The essential ingredient of politics is timing. – Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1919-2000) Canadian Prime Minister
~ Each has his own tree of ancestors, but at the top of all sits Probably Arboreal. – Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Scottish novelist, poet
~ A Profound Bow, All streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are. Humility gives it its power. – Lao-Tzu.
~ A metaphysician is one who, when you remark that twice two makes four, demands to know what you mean by twice, what by two, what by makes, and what by four. For asking such questions metaphysicians are supported in oriental luxury in the universities, and respected as educated and intelligent men. – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) US writer
THESE few pale autumn flowers,
How beautiful they are !
Than all that went before,
Than all the summer store,
How lovelier far !
And why ? They are the last !
The last ! the last ! the last !
O by that little word
How many thoughts are stirred
That whisper of the past !
Pale flowers ! pale perishing flowers !
Ye’re types of precious things ;
Types of those bitter moments,
That flit, like life’s enjoyments,
On rapid, rapid wings ;
Last hours with parting dear ones
(That Time the fastest spends),
Last tears in silence shed,
Last words half uttered,
Last looks of dying friends.
Who but would fain compress
A life into a day,
The last day spent with one
Who, ere the morrow’s sun,
Must leave us, and for aye ?
precious, precious moments !
Pale flowers ! ye’re types of those ;
The saddest, sweetest, dearest,
Because, like those, the nearest
To an eternal close.
Pale flowers ! pale perishing flowers !
I woo your gentle breath ;
1 leave the summer rose
For younger, blither brows ;
Tell me of change and death ! – MRS. CAROLINE ANN [BOWLES] SOUTHEY.
Magick – Seasonal Crafts
Scented Apple Wreath
You will need:
- juice of 9 lemons
- 2 tsp salt
- 8 to 10 large firm apples (Rome Reds or Ida Reds are preferred, or use any firm apple)
- Ground spices:
- 6 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp allspice
- 1 tsp cloves
- 2 tsp orrisroot powder (Note: Spices will not only add a pleasant aroma but also will act as a natural food preservative)
- 8″-10″ heart shaped wire frame that can be open or closed by unhooking two ends (or 8″-10″ length of heavy gauge wire)
- 1 1/4 yd of 1″ wide blue and white checked ribbon
- floral wire
- sharp knife
- mortar and pestle or small bowl and spoon
- small kitchen sieve or tea strainer
- pastry brush
- broiler pan or wire screen
- Pour freshly squeezed lemon juice into a medium-sized bowl, add salt and blend well.
- Peel and slice apples horizontally into 1/8″ to 1/4″ thick circles.
- Core apple slices as needed.
- Soak slices in the lemon juice mixture for 6 minutes, turning once.
- Make sure slices are covered completely.
- Remove slices from bowl and place on paper towels.
- Pat dry with more paper towels to absorb excess liquid.
- Combine the ground spices and blend well, using a mortar and pestle or small bowl and spoon.
- Using a small kitchen sieve or tea strainer, dust apple slices with the spice mixture.
- With a pastry brush, gently remove excess spice mixture.
- Turn apples slices over and repeat the procedure.
- Place apple slices in a single layer on a broiler pan or wire screen.
- Dry in conventional oven at 150 – 200 degrees F for six hours or until evenly dried. If using a microwave oven, dry apple slices for 4 – 6 minutes at low to medium heat.
- Let slices cool. If not dried thoroughly, return slices to oven. Apple slices will be pliable.
- Straighten both ends of the heart-shaped wire frame with a pair of pliers.
- Fold apple slices into halves, then into quarters and “thread” them onto wire frame.
- When frame is completely covered with slices, use pliers to bend both ends back into “hooks” so they can be reconnected.
- Using checked ribbon, make a large bow with a loop for hanging. Attach a bow to wreath with thin floral wire. http://paganwiccan.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=paganwiccan&zu=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dreamcatcher.net%2Fmoonwise%2Fcrafts.html
Horn of Plenty – You will need: a cornucopia basket, either handmade or from a store. Fill this with fruits, flowers, and veggies of the season, spilling out onto the table. Add to it small trinkets or charms for prosperity, abundance, or anything else you would like to give thanks for. http://paganwiccan.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=paganwiccan&zu=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dreamcatcher.net%2Fmoonwise%2Fcrafts.html
You will need:
- Dried Leaves
- flowers and seeds that are flattened
- clear contact paper
- large sheet of construction paper or poster board cut to approx. 12×18 inches
- white or stick glue
- Place leaves, flowers and seeds on the paper of choice and glue into place with a very small amount of glue. Use only as much as is necessary to hold items in place.
- Cut contact paper to the same size as the paper used and cover by placing over the top of design. http://paganwiccan.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=paganwiccan&zu=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dreamcatcher.net%2Fmoonwise%2Fcrafts.html
Silliness – Don’t drink and fly!