For some reason I woke around 5:30. When I went into the study something out the window caught my eye. It was Venus, clear and bright in the pre-dawn sky! It was only 43F. I was up for about an hour, then went back to bed.
Now, past 9, the sky is still quite clear, although the sun is so low, still… It’s only two degrees warmer! There’s a light breeze, enough to make the clematis moved, but not to make the wind chime clonk.
There’s a hummingbird on that feeder, drinking steadily, her white stomach gleaming in the sunlight. A junco is at the seed feeder which is nearly empty!
Yesterday was one of those day where I felt like I didn’t accomplish anything. It was more of an “idea” day, rather than a work day. I got some designs for the Yule ornament fabric started, a few bits found for some writing that I’m working on, some research… but nothing really finished. I never even got as far as making the shortbread!
Today I’ll be at the shop. Tempus and I are going to both be there for at least a while and the Readings sign will be out. I’m not sure what he’s planning to do today, although I’m hoping we can spend some time cleaning up in the back.
Our featured products today are the boxes and cabinets that we carry. This first one is the Triple Moon Cabinet with all the compartments open. The ones like this range between $40 and $50 in price. They stand about a foot high and are great for tidying away small things and supplies on your altar.
The 2nd product are the Moon boxes. These are ceramic and come in several colors, about 5 inches across.
We have several of these hand-pyrographed boxes made by a local artist that are just a little over 3 inches across. You won’t believe the delicacy of the work!
Today is the Feast of St. Crispin and St. Crispinian, patron saints of shoemakers. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Crispin “Cursed be the cobbler that goes to bed sober!” – Old English cry for this day.
Love & Light,
This is fascinating! They’re coming up with some awesome ideas. http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/How_highway_bridges_sing_or_groan_in_the_rain_to_reveal_their_health_999.html
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Waxing Gibbous. 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. Full Moon/Tide Change is 10/29 at 12:49pm. 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. Phase ends on 10/28 at 12:49am.
The W pattern of Cassiopeia is tipping nearly vertically high in the northeast after dusk. It stands exactly vertical around 9 p.m., depending on your location. The W’s brightest side is on top.
Venus (magnitude –4.0, at the Leo-Virgo border) rises in darkness more than an hour before the first glimmer of dawn. By dawn it’s shining brightly in the east.
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree month of Gort – Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27
Runic half-month of Wyn – October 13-27 – 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.
©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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).
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
Th 25 Low 3:51 AM 1.2 7:45 AM Set 3:39 AM 77
25 High 10:14 AM 7.5 6:15 PM Rise 4:11 PM
25 Low 4:41 PM 1.3
25 High 10:35 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am discovering how Wonder-Full I am. I choose to Love and Enjoy My Self.
~ A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book. – Irish Proverb
~ A lot of people say to me, “Why did you kill Christ?” “I dunno… it was one of those parties, got out of hand, you know.” “We killed him because he didn’t want to become a doctor, that’s why we killed him.” Lenny Bruce (1925-1966) US comic, in response to nasty comments about his religion
~ Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it. – Russell Baker
~ Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. – William Faulkner (1897-1962) US writer
When Love is in me, I am One with Love
The lightning when I say your name
I roam a dazzled drunkard in our dimension
Where each event is secret laughter. – Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)
Magick – Samhain
From THE FESTAL BOARD Samhain edition by Rain Redknife NOTE: Real Pagans don’t steal. I worked hard to become a good cook, and so did the folks credited above. If you share these recipes elsewhere, pretty please care enough to leave the source tags on them!
Old-fashioned Raisin Pie (can be made ahead)
2 c. raisins
2 c. water
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp . salt
1 Tbsp. vinegar
1 Tbsp. butter or margarine
1 unbaked double pie crust
Preheat oven to 425^F. Combine raisins and water and boil for 5 minute. Meanwhile, blend sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and salt. Add to raisin liquid and cook, stirring, until clear. Remove from heat. Stir in vinegar and butter. Cool slightly and turn into pastry-lined pan. Cover with top pastry. Seal edges of top and bottom crust together by pressing down with tines of a fork; this makes a nice ridged appearance. For Samhain or other Pagan events, cut a triple moon in the crust; for non-Pagan ones, just make a small round hole in the center.
Bake about 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Serves 8, so make two. 🙂
Source: My mom, who got it from hers.
Harvest Ball Pumpkin Bread – Makes 3 small loaves 45 minutes at 350 degrees or 2 large loaves, 1 hour at 350 degrees.
4 c. flour
3 c. sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. ginger
1 c. vegetable oil
1 lb. canned pumpkin
2/3 c. cold water
1 c. chopped pecans, if desired
- Sift together dry ingredients
- Make a well in the center and add the vegetable oil, pumpkin and cold water
- blend well with beater.
- Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each.
- Fold in pecans.
- Pour batter into greased, floured loaf pans.
- Bake one hour at 350 degrees.
- Cool on wire rack.
- Bread may be frozen after cooling.
- Wrap in plastic immediately upon cooling.
- Serve with cream cheese if desired.
Borrowed From GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
American Traditional Pumpkin Pie – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups pumpkin mush*
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. salt
1- 12oz can evaporated milk
1 pie shell
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a large non-metal bowl combine sugars and eggs. Add in the pumpkin mush, the spices, salt, and evaporated milk. Pour the filling into the pie shell. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 and bake for another 50 minutes, or until pie sets.
Makes 6-8 servings.
*Pumpkin mush: cut a medium pumpkin in half. Prick the skin several times with a fork, and place on a cookie sheet, cut-side up. Bake for 50 minutes or until very soft when poked with a fork. Let the pumpkin cool, then scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Scoop out the pumpkin meat, and throw away the skin. Mash the pumpkin meat with a potato masher or puree in a blender/food processor. Makes about 4 cups.
Silliness – GCF: The Message
Mother to four-year-old: “How did you get that big bruise on your leg?”
“It’s not a bruise, Mommy. It’s a message.”
“How did it happen?”
“Well, I was jumping on the couch even though you told me not to, and I fell off and hit the table. That’s when I finally got the message.”