Daily Stuff 10-31-12 Samhain

Hi, folks!

Radio spot happened on KCUP this morning at 9am. It can be found on the net http://www.kcup.net/pod/wednesday/WaldportTodayWithLarryProfittAndKathyAmick10.31.12.mp3

Blessed Samhain! May the Wheel Turn smoothly for you in this New Year!

Esbat at Anja’s tonight at 7pm.

It poured earlier and the rain gauge is overflowing, but it seems to have dried up a bit, now.

Tempus was out the door before I got the newsletter out, yesterday. I’m often late on Tuesdays since I have a tendency to sleep in, but yesterday is was “sheer lazy-miss” as Baba used to say. I was playing, reading up on the hurricane, marveling over the two weather systems bracketing North America, one the hurricane and the other our rain, and laughing over some of the silly stuff that folks post on Facebook, including me, since I shared some!

I spent a little while putting newsletter files in order, then set up the other computer to get some more clip-art motifs together. You’ll see some of the results today and over the next several days. I also wrote off and on all day.

After that I got a cake into the oven. I haven’t trusted the oven since the thermostat started going out and I miss baking! I mixed the batter with the vanilla extract that we made at OCPPG and gave it a topping of Heath Bits and Halloween sprinkles. Later I set up a roasting pan of chicken, part for supper and part for other dishes over the next few days. I also decided to put a couple of the cheese blintzes that showed up out of the bottom of the big chest freezer into the oven to see if they were edible.

I figured out what Tempus did with the acorn squash and started hacking… <sigh> He can cut things tidily, but my first “whack” took about 1/4 off it longways…. I managed to lay it on the flat side and cut “rings”… well, they were 3/4 circles, but you get what I’m saying…. Both ends and the hacked bit went into foil for later and the rings in a corningware dish with a lid. I was trying to make that “squash ring” dish. I had forgotten that we didn’t have any butter so had to get hold of Tempus and ask him to bring some home.

Since I put the blini in with the chicken they didn’t take 15 minutes, they took 45, baking at the slightly lower temperature. They’re fine despite sitting so long and delicious! That was an awesome afternoon snack.

I tried looking up the baked spinach dip that I’ve been wanting to try. I can’t find the recipe in my computer, so I started hunting on the net. Bad idea…. 3 hours later I realized that I had about 100 new recipe ideas! …but I found the recipe that I was looking for…. I remember the changes that I like to make in the dip, I just needed to see the original to know what to change!

I kept going on making motifs for the newsletter and when the chicken was done, made some baked stuffing to go with it. Tempus finally got home well after dark and we ate supper by candlelight. He liked the cake. I didn’t have enough oomph to work on the squash last night, but that’s ok. I was kinda figuring it was for the esbat, anyway.

This morning we got up early and got dressed and flew out the door! The radio spot went well and we’ll be back for Imbolc. Listen here: http://www.kcup.net/pod/wednesday/WaldportTodayWithLarryProfittAndKathyAmick10.31.12.mp3

All the way up and back we watched the ocean and birds and the plants. Herons and gulls and ducks and waves and lowering clouds, all the ponds, the lakes and the marsh are full.

We got the week’s shopping done and came home and now I’m hurrying to get this out….even if it’s very late.

Featured products for today are from the pottery table. The first is a flask, with a carry string. $15

Next is a Southwest design pot. $35

This last one is a small star-shaped shallow bowl about 6 inches across. $5 and we do have a pair at the current time.

Today is the Celebration of the Samhain Sabbat. This is the traditional day, although many groups, celebrating in time with the moon phase, will have their rituals earlier or later. If you’re one of the people who missed Rose of the Sea’s Open Circle last Friday, our ritual was based around the idea of the God leaving the world to take up his crown in the Summerlands, visiting us for one last time, bringing the Mighty Dead to say goodbye, leaving the Goddess pregnant with His Successor who will be born at Yule.

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Fall hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday. If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open!

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

The Moon is Waning Full moving to Gibbous at 12:49am. 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. New Moon/Tide Change is on 10/13 at 2:08pm. 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. Phase ends at the Quarter on 6/6 at 3:04pm.

The Halloween Moon, waning gibbous, rises around the end of twilight. The Pleiades are above it. Once it rises higher, Aldebaran sparkles is below it and bright Jupiter shines to its lower left.
Just after dark, the faint, slow-moving asteroid 35 Leukothea should occult a 10.6-magnitude star in Aquarius fairly high in the south for up to 39 seconds, for observers along a track from Florida through Michigan. Charts and details. http://www.asteroidoccultation.com/2012_10/1031_35_27006.htm
Saturn is buried deep in the glow of sunrise.

Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of
Ngetal  Reed  Oct 28Nov 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.

Sun in Scorpio
Moon in Taurus enters Gemini at 11:40am
Ceres goes retrograde at 8:46am
Vesta, Pallas, Uranus, Chiron, Neptune, Jupiter Retrograde
Color: White

Planting 10/29-31

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©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Ngetal  Reed  Oct 28Nov 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
Month: October
Color: Grass Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: NG
Meaning: Upsets or surprises
to study this month Mor – the Sea Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Blue-green
Class: none
Letter: AE, X, XI, M

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide     Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time       Feet    Sunset                                Visible
W   31     High   2:20 AM      6.8   7:53 AM     Set  9:44 AM      99
~    31      Low   7:48 AM      2.8   6:06 PM    Rise  7:17 PM
~    31      High   1:35 PM      8.1
~    31      Low   8:32 PM    -0.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The Gods want spiritual fruit, not religious nuts…

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Journal Prompt – Friends – If your best friend came to you depressed and upset like you’ve never seen before, how would you react?

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Quotes
~   I remember when I was in college, people told me I couldn’t play in the NBA. There’s always somebody saying you can’t do it, and those people have to be ignored. –  Bill Cartwright
~   I won’t say ours was a tough school, but we had our own coroner. We used to write essays like: What I’m going to be if I grow up. – Lenny Bruce (1925-1966) US comic
~   I wouldn’t want to be a part of any group that would let someone like me in it! – Groucho Marx
~   If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor. – Albert Einstein

Great tree of bliss! Your swaying braziers
Musk each second with Eternity!
I wade incessantly your sea of star-flowers
Your trunk soars blazing from my heart. – Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)

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Magick – Samhain Celebrations

DIAS DE LOS MUERTOS

http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20111102/NEWS01/111020330/Dia-de-los-Muertos-Mexican-celebration-honoring-loved-ones-spreads-throughout-US

The altar, or “ofrenda,” is built to celebrate Los Dias de los Muertos, or The Days of the Dead. All three traditional calendars — Christian, Aztec and Maya — coincide on the first days of November to honor beloved members of the community who have passed on to the afterlife. Some of the items include:

Butterflies and hummingbirds: Aztecs believed souls might return as butterflies and hummingbirds

Atole: An ancient drink made from corn meal and water flavored with various fruits

Candles: It is believed that spirits of the deceased are attracted to the light

Papel Picado: Traditional paper cutting art

Sand painting: Used to guide the spirits toward the altar

Santos: Images of saints beloved by those who passed on

Virgin of Guadalupe: The patron saint of Mexico

Day of the Dead altars often include photographs of deceased family members, flowers and skeleton imagery. / MICKEY WELSH

Written by Kym Klass

They honor the dead in respectful celebration.

At burial sites, or intricately built al­tars, photos of loved ones are centered on items including skeleton figurines, bright decorations and candles.

“Candles attract the souls and lights their way back to their home,” said Pam­ela Long, coordinator of international studies at Auburn Montgomery. “We (also) choose dishes that were the favor­ite dishes of those who passed … and also liquor.”

The Mexican and Mexican-American celebration, Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, honors departed souls of loved ones who are welcomed back for a few intimate hours. The tra­dition — celebrated Nov. 1 and 2 — makes offerings in recognition of loved ones who have died, and dates back to 3500 BC. The first two days in November coin­cide with the similar Roman Catholic celebrations of All Saints Day and All Souls Day.

In the past decade or so, the traditional Latin American holiday with indigenous roots has spread throughout the U.S. along with migration from Mexico and other countries where it is observed. The celebration has become popular in the American Southwest, and is increasingly being observed in the South, with people seeing the day of remembrance as “hip,” Long said.

“The Day of the Dead is being recognized (in America) by those in their 20s and in the schools,” she said. In fact, AUM’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs hosted a Dia de los Muertos observance for the first time Monday. The past couple of years the office has coordinated festivities for Cinco de Mayo, a date observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

“It is important to look at other cultural events,” said Timothy Spraggins, assistant provost for the department. “A lot of people think that getting people of different cultures together is diversi­ty. But it’s about getting to know them and understand­ing what their differences are, and understanding each other and their community rituals.”

Not only are U.S.-born Latinos adopting Dia de los Muertos , but various underground and artistic non-Latino groups have begun to mark the early November holiday through colorful cel­ebrations, parades, exhibits and even bike rides and mixed martial arts fights, according to an Associated Press report.

Pre-Columbian in origin, many of the current themes and rituals associated with Dia de los Muertos are mixtures of indigenous practices and Roman Catholicism. The holiday is celebrated in Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil and parts of Ecuador.

The growing Latin American population in the U.S. and the increased influence of Hispanic culture here in everything from food to television programming are major factors in the growth of Day of the Dead celebrations.

But the holiday’s increased popularity may also coincide with evolving attitudes toward death, including a move away from private mourning to more public ways of honoring departed loved ones, whether through online tributes or sidewalk memorials.

For some in the U.S., the Day of the Dead remains personal as they use the occasion to remember loved ones. But for others, it is a chance to honor late celebrities or just an opportunity to dress up as a favorite Day of the Dead character.

“It is a way to treasure and appreciate someone’s life,” said Isabel Rubio, executive director of the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA), a nonprofit organization created in 1999 that aims to improve the quality of life for Latinos living in Alabama.

“Reflecting on someone’s death doesn’t have to be a purely somber thing,” she said. “Especially in Mexico, the Day of the Dead celebration is popular and an important part of their culture. It is a day that brings together the American and the Hispanic immigrant community.”

And it is a day Long said students from the Universi­dad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) reclaimed after noticing schoolchildren shopping for Halloween costumes at Walmart in Mexico in 2000 and 2001.

“They were imitating American culture,” she said. “And students at UNAM and a couple of other universities started going over the top with (the Day of the Dead celebration), such as turning an entire campus building into a ‘Day of the Dead’ house.”

Shortly thereafter, Long said, younger school children began to take notice and the schools in Mexico started talking more about the Day of the Dead in the context of the Mexican culture.

Long said the Christian aspect of the celebration began in the first century AD.

“The impulse is to commune with our Christian dead — to remember those who have gone on before us and to remember them as heroes and role models,” she said. “The Day of the Dead has combined a Christian and Native American spirituality to it. I think it has a different flavor altogether.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Silliness – Q – Why did the skeleton go to hospital ? A – To have his ghoul stones removed!

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