The shop is closed on Tue/Wed. Fall hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Rosetta Kilby. This is being published Monday night so that you have your “stuff”. Workshop today is Herbs in the Garden, probably the last regularly scheduled one for the year.
Monday evening I fought my way through to getting the House newsletter out after I got this one done. It was a fight, but I got there. Tempus was trying baking one of the Birka Breads and we waited and waited for it. It was finally 45 minutes!
We’re heading home at about 8pm. Planning to publish here and then put the Facebook pointer up for Wednesday morning…. Hoping.
…and I’ll add a note on Thursday!
Remember to get ready for rain!
…I was right about Monday. Didn’t get much done at all. Mostly I read and embroidered. Well, that’s progress? Maybe? Did the same all day Tuesday, and went to bed early, not long after Tempus headed out on the bulk route. Mostly we got small kitchen chores done.
Today’s Plant is Evening primrose, Oenothera species, sometimes called Sundrop or Suncup in Oregon. The young roots can be eaten like a peppery-flavored vegetable and the shoots can be used in salad. It can be used in poultices for wound-healing and to ease bruises. (Sun…it’s drying) Clinical trials don’t support the traditional uses for treatment of PMS (particularly bloating and water retention) or cervical ripening in pregnancy, but one of the varieties has promise as a treatment for breast cancer. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often called the King’s Cure-all, used by a ruler to cure scrofula. It has powers of healing, particularly for drying “wet” wounds or injuries. It can be used in sleep sachets, and for spells to cure (or cause) alcoholism. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evening_primrose
Today feast is the Bettara-Ichi, or ‘Sticky-Sticky Fair’, Tokyo, Japan (Oct 19 –20) This pickled radish fair honours Ebisu, one of seven Shinto good luck gods, from noon to 9:30 pm on both days. Traditionally, children run through the streets swinging radishes at friends, shouting “bettara” in warning, for bettara is what the radishes are called in Japan. Today, people buy from street stalls (mainly in the Kodemmacho area, mostly in the Takarada Ebisu Jinja shrine) good luck charms and religious images as well as bettara on straw ropes. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bettarazuke
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Love & Light,
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 10/25 at 3:49am. 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 10/20 at 3:49pm.
Vega is the brightest star very high toward the west these evenings. Face west and look way up. To Vega’s right or lower right by 14° (nearly a fist and a half at arm’s length), look for Eltanin, the nose of Draco the Dragon. The rest of Draco’s fainter, lozenge-shaped head is a little farther behind. Binoculars will help through the moonlight; Draco’s head is about the width of a typical binocular’s field of view. Draco always eyes Vega as they wheel around the sky. The main stars of Vega’s own constellation, Lyra — faint at 3rd and 4th magnitude — extend to Vega’s left by half as far as the distance from Vega to Eltanin. Again, binoculars will help.
With no Moon in the nighttime sky, let’s look all the way to the Outer Limits — the Outer Limits Galaxy, that is. Cataloged as NGC 891 and also sometimes called the Silver Sliver Galaxy, this 10th-magnitude edge-on spiral sits in Andromeda the Princess, which is 40° high in the northeast around 9 P.M. tonight. Finding the galaxy is relatively easy, too — it is just 3.5° east of 2nd-magnitude Almach (Gamma Andromedae). It should appear easily in even a small scope if your local light pollution is low. If you’ve got good seeing and a large aperture, look closely for the dust lane that bisects the galaxy right down the middle. Look also at its shape — NGC 891 is about 4 times as long as it is wide. How much of its extended glow can you see? Why is it called the Outer Limits Galaxy? The answer is simple: An image of this target appeared in the end credits of the The Outer Limits television show, along with seven additional objects. Astronomy contributing editor Michael E. Bakich takes you on a tour of all of them in his 2019 article “The Outer Limits universe.”
Uranus, magnitude 5.6 in Aries, is up in the east in good binocular or telescope view by late evening. See the Uranus finder charts in the November Sky & Telescope, page 49.
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.
Saturn (10/23), Jupiter (11/23), Neptune 12/3, Chiron (12/23), Uranus (1/22/23) Retrograde
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27
Color – Topaz
©2022 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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).
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 18 Low 1:43 AM 1.2 7:36 AM Set 3:57 PM 49
~ 18 High 8:54 AM 5.7 6:27 PM
~ 18 Low 2:10 PM 4.0
~ 18 High 7:27 PM 6.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – We can not help someone up the ladder unless he, himself, has a true willingness to try.
~ Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing. – Arundhati Roy
~ A wounded coward lies low. – The Saga of Thorstein Staff-struck
~ We cannot avoid adversity, but we can rise to it. And in our courage, our greatness pours forth. – Scott Sonnon
~ It is no longer possible to go on passively ‘hoping for the best’ while remaining as we are. – Annie Lou Stavely
Wild Horses Drink from the River of History by Lois Roma-Deeley
Hours before dark, I follow the stony path
from the parking lot to the river bank.
Along the shore I look for crushed branches and trampled grass,
the clearing where wild horses are said to appear.
Then, I hide behind a mesquite tree, hold my breath.
I want to know their secrets.
Finally the mares and foals emerge from the woods
and stand, ankle deep, among the dense reeds.
At once the entire herd bows their heads,
laps the cool water, takes the river into themselves.
If I were brave, if I’d forget
to move past the brokenness of my own family,
I’d approach these unclaimed, unnamed creatures.
I’d stroke their brown manes,
feed them sugar apples and snow peas.
We’d share one fearless story.
Now the Mustangs dig their feet under the tall grass.
I step forward, snap a few pictures,
as if the camera could capture
when my unsettled heart and theirs became one.
Overhead, the whir of helicopter blades
cuts through a questioning sky.
Suddenly there’s a thousand echoes,
galloping hooves ringing over badlands.
I turn and look back to the river
which flows on, relentlessly, carrying with it
every story of who or what has come and gone.
And the sun sets, dropping behind the mountain,
leaving a blue ridge, a dimming thread of gold.
I get into my car, head up switchbacks
that lead me to the open highway and down towards the city
where lights shimmer like the past of distant stars.
Copyright © 2022 by Lois Roma-Deeley. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on September 7, 2022, by the Academy of American Poets.
Prosperity Pumpkins – Categories: Info – [Note: By Claudette Griffith copywrite 2001 (THANKS CLAUDETTE!!)
I’m a big fan of window boxes and this is one of the ways I use to encourage abundance in the fall. Once the frosts have killed off the plantings in my window boxes I place a board over them to serve as a platform to hold my prosperity pumpkins. Simply take several pumpkins of varying sizes from the garden and write on the bottom of them, words like “abundance”, “prosperity”, “comfort” or other things you would like to bring into your life, perhaps harmony or love. Place them on your platformed window box, along with colorful leaves and interesting twigs. Add nuts and perhaps dried corn to be enjoyed by local wildlife and you have a great display that can bring abundance to your life, In many areas of the country it can be colorful all the way through Thanksgiving and if not perhaps you can use the same ideas for a mantle or tabletop display. Your house will look great and your neighbors will be none the wiser! When that hard frost comes remove the pumpkins to the compost pile, Next spring don’t be surprised when the pumpkin vines begin to take over your compost!
Saoirse, ruthee www.turningthewheel.org
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.
1 large pumpkin
1 black candle
Pumpkin Pattern book (optional)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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