Grey, rain, damp, breeze… typical Oregon Coast weather. It’s not pouring now, but there’s a heavy drizzle going and everything is soaked. Even with everything dying back the plants just feel happier and some of the plants are enjoying the warmth of the “atmospheric river” that’s dumping so much water on us. It’s 56F, almost the forecast high, although for the last 5 days the daytime temps have been 3-5 degrees warmer than expected. There’s at least 3 1/2 inches in the rain gauge, and they’re talking about some minor flooding possible on the susceptible rivers. Winter….
I got to the shop pretty early yesterday, early enough that I got to spend an hour picking up candy wrappers and such out of the displays. That kinda pissed me off! So I told the youngsters about it, because I know who to blame…. We had only 10 yesterday, but they went to Fright Night at the Aquarium Saturday night and some of them couldn’t crawl out of bed yesterday morning. Wicca 101 went pretty well. We’re through the “definitions & isms” section of Lesson 3. Brea’s class continued with the 1/2 class and 1/2 Q&A that she’s been doing for several weeks. We took a break for an hour and there were customers in during that time and started playing Young Frankenstein. At 2pm, Practical Craft worked on grinding incense and we burned some samples and talked about charcoal, too. At about the time that everyone was drifting away from that, the one movie ended and we put on Phantom of the Opera.
Tempus came flying in around 4:30 or so, rounded up the youngsters and took ’em all back to the Center. When he got back we took a break for a few, then cleaned up, collected dirty dishes and such and headed home.
I got a badly needed nap while he was starting a bread loaf and when I got up we had supper and then I settled in to work on some recipes. I have a thumbprint cookie recipe somewhere, but I can’t find the darned thing and I want to try some with orange marmalade to see if that works. It also occurred to me that a cocoa cookie done as a thumbprint with marmalade would be pretty tasty.
Today Tempus is working again, so the Readings sign won’t go out until he’s back for the day. I have more work on clipart and product pictures to do and I want to get the curtain made. The frankincense is still sitting out, since I have some that i want to finish grinding.
Seeing the pelican picture reminds me. These big birds are coming more onshore at this time of the year. On Saturday morning as Fawkes and I drove down to the shop we saw a dozen of them playing in the lower bay. They were just lifting off from a sandbar.
Today is full moon and I wish it were more possible to see it… When the moon was still waxing gibbous, (this was Friday night after the Sabbat) when we got up to the house, the high haze made a beautiful halo. It’s been so bright at night, even with the rain and clouds, that you know She’s bright and full!
I’m posting some pictures of bells today. Some of these we have in stock regularly and I just want to order some of the last pic. The first is a lovely small altar bell with a triple moon symbol engraved into the bell. $8
2nd are the bell strings that hang in the windows of the shop. We have some at $4 and some at $7.
The last picture is of some moon and star enameled bells that I have available from a supplier. I’m going to pick up some for the shop, but it occurred to me that if more people want some now and would like to pre-order, I can get us all a better price. These run $2.25 per bell. Usually if you pre-order 5 or more items I’ll price them at 10% off or 25% off if you order a dozen or more. For this one item, pre-order one or more for over 10% off ($2) and if you pre-pay you’ll get 33% off! ($1.50) Be quick though, I need to place this order by this coming Friday morning, 11/2.
We’ve got a Psychic Fair coming up this next weekend 11/3 & 4. Our special guest is going to be Julie Strozyk, a friend from the Portland area that I haven’t seen for over a decade! We’ve kept in touch. Julie is a storyteller and recently did a performance in Portland at Hipbone Studio. She’s going to do some of the show on both Saturday and Sunday at the shop!
Saturday at 1pm and Sunday probably the same, but we may try to make Sunday’s a little earlier. She’s got a time crunch after. Here’s the story line-up!
Baba Yaga Explains it all for You
The Knife (Jewish traditional tale)
The Cats of Ulfarr (based on H.P. Lovecraft)
In the Vault (based on H.P. Lovecraft)
Over Yandro (based on “The Desrick on Yandro” by Manley Wade Wellman)
Stone Wings (an original story inspired by a story on National Public Radio)
Samhain Feis (based on Peter Tremayne, aka Peter Berresford Ellis)
This just sounds fantastic!
Today in 1929 was Black Tuesday, the day of the Stock Market Crash that led into the Great Depression. There’s a good article here: http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/oct29.html and more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Tuesday
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Storytelling Spider Moon is Full at 12:49pm (Blood Moon). 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.
Full Moon Magick: From fourteen to seventeen-and-a-half days after the new moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. Phase ends on Wednesday 12:49am. 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.
Full Moon (exact at 3:49 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time). Look a fist-width above the Moon for the brightest stars of Aries, lined up nearly horizontally.
Algol should be at minimum light for a couple hours centered on 10:03 p.m. EDT.
Jupiter‘s Great Red Spot (pale orange-tan) crosses Jupiter’s central meridian around 11:32 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Ngetal Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24
Runic half-month of Hagal – October 29-Novmber 12 – Hagal represents the hailstone of transformation. It is a harbinger of the need to undergo the necessary preparations before the harsh northern Winter.
©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
M 29 High 1:02 AM 6.8 7:51 AM Set 7:48 AM 99
~ 29 Low 6:39 AM 2.2 6:09 PM Rise 6:02 PM
~ 29 High 12:34 PM 8.2
~ 29 Low 7:22 PM -0.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – My hopes keep my fears at bay.
~ Everything is clearer when you’re in love. – John Lennon (1940-1980) English singer, songwriter
~ Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again. – Henry Ford
~ Fascism is capitalism plus murder. – Upton Sinclair (1878-1968) US writer
~ Follow your passion, and success will follow you – Arthur Buddhold
One Moon blossoming in a thousand bowls
One Water laughing in a thousand thousand fields
One Sun with a million electric shadows
One Silence with these love-cries for children. – Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)
All Souls’ Day, or the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed
Celebrated much more in former days, on All Souls’ Day (the day following All Saints or All Hallows’ Day) people prayed for the souls of the dead, particularly those believed to be in Hell.
It was celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church which has set it aside for a service for the repose of the deceased. In England it used to be observed by the ringing of the soul bell, the eating of soul cakes (flat, round, spicy cakes), and the blessing of beans.
(A bell, the “passing bell” was also rung when a person was in extremis, to scare away evil spirits. [Similarly, the ancient Athenians used to beat on kettles at the moment of one’s death, to frighten away the Furies.] )
The English would distribute soul cakes to the poor who went a-souling at the church door. The poor would say:
Soul, soul, for soul cake,
Pray you, good mistress, a soul cake.
Papers called Soul-papers were given away with these cakes. They contained requests for prayers for the souls of the departed.
Two sticks butter
3 and 3/4 cups sifted flour
1 cup fine white sugar
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg or mace
1 teaspoon each, cinnamon, ginger, allspice
2 teaspoons malt vinegar (or cider vinegar)
- Oven: 350 degrees; bake 20-25 minutes
- Cut the butter into the flour with a pastry blender (or a large fork).
- Blend in the sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and spice.
- Mix to a stiff dough with the beaten eggs and vinegar.
- Knead thoroughly and roll out, 1/4 inch thick.
- Cut into 3-inch rounds and set on greased baking sheets.
- Prick cakes with a fork and bake.
- Sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar or spices
Written by Waverly Fitzgerald From GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
Bread of the Dead – Serve with milk or hot chocolate, and offer some to your departed ancestors, so they may breathe in its essence and be nourished, before you gobble it up yourself!
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/4 t. salt
2/3 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
10 drops anise extract
- Mix all of the above until smooth.
- Heat the oven to 400 degrees and grease a cookie sheet.
- With clean hands, mold the dough into a round shape with a knob on the top (which will be a skull) or into smaller round shapes, animals, faces or angels.
- Place dough on cookie sheet.
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 T. flour
1 t. ground cinnamon
1 T. melted butter
- Mix together brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and melted butter for the topping.
- Sprinkle topping on dough and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
- When cool, decorate the skull shaped knobs, animals or faces with icing sugar to make eyes, nose and mouth.
Halloween Pumpkin Muffins by Gerina Dunwich
(This recipe yields about 3 1/2 dozen muffins.)
4 cups Flour
3 cups Sugar
1-3/4 teaspoons Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 tablespoon Ground Cloves
1 tablespoon Cinnamon
1 tablespoon Nutmeg
1/2 tablespoon Ginger
1-1/2 cups Raisins
1/2 cup Walnuts (chopped)
2-1/2 cups Mashed Cooked Pumpkin
1 cup Vegetable Oil
1 cup Water
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the first eleven ingredients, and then make a “well” in the middle of the mixture.
- In a separate bowl, beat the eggs lightly and then add the pumpkin, vegetable oil, and water.
- Mix together well.
- Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. (Do not overstir!)
- Spoon into paper-lined muffin pans, filling about two-thirds full.
- Bake for 20 minutes in a preheated 375-degree oven and then immediately remove the muffins from the pans to prevent them from scorching and drying out.
(The above “Halloween Pumpkin Muffins” recipe is from “The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch’s Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes” by Gerina Dunwich, page 171, Citadel Press, Carol Publishing Group Edition, 1995.)
Remembrance Cookies – These cookies can be made on Hallow’s Eve. They can be shaped like people and the herb rosemary is added to the dough as a symbol of remembrance. Some of the cookies are eaten while telling stories or attributes of special ancestors, reminding us that we still have access to their strengths–or perhaps a predisposition to their weaknesses. The rest of the cookies are left outside by a bonfire as an offering. This can be a solemn ritual, but it need not be.
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 c. butter or margarine (softened)
2 t. vanilla
1 t. almond extract
2 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. cream of tartar
1 1/2 T. chopped rosemary
- Heat oven 375 degrees.
- In a large bowl, beat sugar, butter, egg, vanilla, almond extract, and rosemary until creamy.
- In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar.
- Fold flour mixture into sugar mixture.
- Beat until dough forms and refrigerate for three hours.
- Divide dough into halves.
- Roll out one portion to 3/16 of an inch on a floured surface.
- Cut out with gingerbread women or men cutters and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Repeat rolling and cutting with second portion.
- Bake for 5-7 minutes.