We have a date for OCPPG2014! The date decided on is October 10-12, 2014. We’re pretty sure that this don’t won’t change, at this point. The suggestions list for classes and activities is going up for this coming year on the Oregon Coast Pan-Pagan Gathering group on Facebook. Not there yet and I’ve class tonight, so it might be tomorrow, but definitely check later in the week. …and yes, that’s the 2013 logo. The 2014 is done and approved, but it’s in the house computer! <groan>
We got a lot done yesterday. The Elders’ Council talked out a number of things. The biggest one is that the website, the Oregon Pagan Purple Pages, is almost ready to roll. Rozaylia is the one putting this together. It’s intended to be an information clearing house, rather than a group-sponsored thing, which should take some of the politicking out of it.
…and then I had a long break because I had to get the shop open…
So, we had a good dinner at the China Restaurant…and then a good OCPPG staff meeting, although we were missing well over 1/2 of those who have volunteered. I need to get those notes written up and on the page, and some other things going. That may not happen until tomorrow.
Tempus finally got the turkey pulled into the fridge after we got home….two days late. <groan> so he’s going to be cold-water thawing today, and then it’ll go back into the fridge. Hopefully, I won’t have to quick thaw Wednesday evening!
Tempus and I drove past the old highschool on the way to the shop. Saturday night it was sullen flames and this morning it’s still going. It’s mostly piles of materials that are gradually turning to ash, but we’ve gotten a couple of lungfuls of smoke this morning. The walls of the gym and the whole locker room are still there, plus the central load-bearing wall, and I think the principal’s office…. ironic, that …. but we’re talking shell, except that the locker room roof is still intact….They’re taking the burning slowly, to keep it from being any more of a mess.
We also got the box with the Paradise Music Celtic CD’s. We’ve a special set for the holiday season and some of their CD cards, also holiday style! Remember the prices are dropped on these. The cards at $6 or $7, the DVD’s $10 and the CD’s $13! Big drop!
So, I have decorating to do, sorting from the weekend and other things of that sort. Gotta get to it! Tempus is going to go home to work on his car, which has been giving him fits for a couple of days.
This is one of a while series of sunwheel/wreath ornaments. This one happens to have lace on the outer wreath and tiny wooden ornaments in the center, but there are others with gold-edged tulle and the whole series has various small ornaments made of wood or cold cast resin or even metal. These are a middling weight for an ornament. They work great on standard trees, but not on the lighter ones and range from 3 1/2 inch diameter up to 5.
Today’s Plant is Stinging Nettle, Urtica Dioica, otherwise known as, “Ouch!!!!” Grab a handful of this plant and you will know it. There are lots of hollow “hairs” on this plant that act like tiny hypodermics, injecting histamine, among other stinging chemicals. There’s even a name for a type of allergic reaction called, “nettlerash”, that picked up the word from the characteristic pattern of itchy bumps. This plant has been used for food, medicine, fabric and magic for millenia. It is used as a pot herb and is one of the vegetables with the highest protein content. If you soak it in water or cook it the stings go away. In medicine it has been used to treat arthritis, dandruff and lack of milk in a nursing mother. The fibers are suitable for making fabric and a related species has been used for over 6000 years to make a silky-looking textile called ramie, even though the processing takes a lot of effort. They are even used to make beer and cordials! – Masculine, Mars, Fire, Thor – Exorcism – for getting rid of nasty-minded Fae, plant nettles around your garden and barn. Protection – nettles in a pocket will keep a person safe from lightning and bestow courage. Nettles kept in a room will protect anyone inside. Lust – Nettles are reputed to enhance fertility in men and nettle tea is an aphrodisiac. Healing – fever can be dispelled by plucking a nettle up by its roots while reciting the names of the sick person and family. …and shirts made of fabric spun and woven from nettles feature as a girl’s quest tale in the Twelve Wild Swans.
Windmill Blessing Day, Holland – “Many millers would bless their windmills by throwing a handful of flour into the wind as an offering to the mischievous windmill spirits.” I’ve *never* run into this festival anywhere except for Wilson’s Almanac, and the link he gives as a source is long since dead, but it’s a cool idea!
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is at the Waning Quarter. 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 11/29 at 4:22pm. 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. , Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 11/25 at 11:28am. 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 11/28 at 4:22am.
Monday, Nov. 25, before dawn – Mercury, Saturn and Comet ISON – Mercury will be very close to Saturn, making a pretty pair. By now Comet ISON (C/2012 S1) should be getting very bright as it gets close to the sun.
Monday, Nov. 25, 11:28 A.m. EST – Last Quarter Moon – The Last Quarter Moon rises around 11:10 p.m. and sets around 12:40 p.m. It is most easily seen just after sunrise in the southern sky.
Comet ISON is becoming a lot more challenging to spot with binoculars or (better) a telescope as it moves lower in the dawn — even as it brightens day by day, racing toward its November 28th perihelion. See our Latest Updates on Comet ISON http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/objects/comets/Comet-ISON-Updates-193909261.html and our press release (with free-for-use high-res graphics) Comet ISON Brightening as its Moment of Truth Nears. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/objects/comets/232699581.html
Meanwhile, Comet Lovejoy C/2013 R1 remains much higher and easier to see in binoculars before dawn even begins. It’s 5th magnitude and south of the Big Dipper. Use our finder chart. http://media.skyandtelescope.com/documents/Comets_Ison_Lovejoy_LateNov.pdf
Jupiter (magnitude –2.5, in Gemini) rises in the east-northeast around 8 p.m., with Pollux and Castor to its left. It blazes highest around 3 a.m. In a telescope Jupiter has grown to 44 arcseconds wide, as it heads toward its January 5th opposition.
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree month of Ruis Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22
Runic half month of Naudhiz/ Nyd /Nauthiz – November 13- 27 – Time to prepare for winter. Runic half-month of Isa/ Is November 28-12 Literally, ‘ice’: a static period. The time of waiting before birth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
©2013 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Ruis/Elder, Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH) Celtic tree month of Ruis (Elder) commences (Nov 25 – Dec 22) – Like other Iron Age Europeans, the Celts were a polytheistic people prior to their conversion to (Celtic) Christianity. The Celts divided the year into 13 lunar cycles (months or moons). These were linked to specific sacred trees which gave each moon its name.
Elder or Elderberry (Sambucus) is a genus of fast-growing shrubs or small trees in the family Caprifoliaceae. They bear bunches of small white or cream coloured flowers in the Spring, that are followed by bunches of small red, bluish or black berries. The berries are a very valuable food resource for many birds.
Common North American species include American Elder, Sambucus canadensis, in the east, and Blueberry Elder, Sambucus glauca, in the west; both have blue-black berries.
The common European species is the Common or Black Elder, Sambucus nigra, with black berries.
The common elder (Sambucus nigra L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (33 feet) in damp clearings, along the edge of woods, and especially near habitations. Elders are grown for their blackish berries, which are used for preserves and wine. The leaf scars have the shape of a crescent moon. Elder branches have a broad spongy pith in their centers, much like the marrow of long bones, and an elder branch stripped of its bark is very bone-like. The red elder (S. racemosa L.) is a similar plant at higher elevations; it grows to 5 m (15 feet). Red elder extends its native range to northern North America, and it is cultivated along with other native species, but common elders are seldom seen in cultivation. Elders are in the Honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae).
Ruis – Elder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: Makeup days of the thirteenth Moon
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.
to study this month Straif – Blackthorn Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: SS, Z, ST
Meaning: Resentment; Confusion; Refusing to see the truth
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 25 High 5:59 AM 6.7 7:26 AM Set 12:36 PM 59
~ 25 Low 12:06 PM 3.3 4:41 PM
~ 25 High 5:24 PM 5.8
~ 25 Low 11:59 PM 1.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t ask for an easier life; ask to be a stronger person.
~ A person should tend to the oak if they want to live under it. – Egil’s Saga, c.71
~ Birds of a feather flock most together. – Njal’s Saga, c.51
~ There are times when I think the eradication of idiocy should be easy; at other times when I think that there is too much idiocy to eradicate; at other times I think that idiocy is omnipresent, but what little wisdom there is, is enough. Today, I wonder what the most efficient and sustainable ratio of idiocy to wisdom is. – Paradigm Shift
~ Trouble is a part of your life, and if you don’t share it, you don’t give the person who loves you enough chance to love you enough. – Dinah Shore
In the Inbox
From: Coordinator of Volunteer Services
“We have a young man, thirty-six, on hospice
who has a very young child.
They want someone to help him do a life review
and perhaps put some pictures together
for he and his wife
so the child will know him.
Call me if you are willing to do this.”
The next time, friend, your life seems too hard,
check your Inbox. ~ Jose Orez ~
Magick – Thanksgiving Recipes
Turkey Prep Directions – Today is the big day to get this sorted out! Learn how today, because you need to start immediately, if not yesterday… My 15 pound turkey went into the fridge, on Saturday, and I’m going to cold water thaw, Wednesday evening!
Keep your Thanksgiving Celebration SAFE! Keep HOT foods HOT; COLD foods COLD!
Also, consider cooking your stuffing separately to reduce the cooking time and the chance of food poisoning.
Turkey Thawing Methods
Refrigerator thawing is recommended. However, if you are short on time and need a quicker method for thawing, submerge the turkey in cold water. Thawing turkey at room temperature allows bacterial growth and is not recommended.
Thaw breast side up in its unopened wrapper on a tray in the refrigerator. Allow at least one day of thawing for every four pounds of turkey. (NO KIDDING. I have a 40 pound turkey so I started last week!)
Cold Water Thawing:
Thaw breast side down in its unopened wrapper in cold water to cover.
Change the water every 30 minutes to keep surface cold. Estimate minimum thawing time to be 30 minutes per pound for whole turkey.
Within two hours after roasting, remove stuffing from turkey and carve the meat off the bones, then store in refrigerator or freezer.
Wrap turkey slices and stuffing separately, refrigerate and use within three days.
Use refrigerated gravy within three days.
Freeze leftovers if you plan to store them for a longer period of time. Wrap in heavy foil, freezer wrap or place in freezer container; for optimum taste, use stuffing within one month and turkey within two months.
Check out the turkey place: www.butterball.com They have “HOW TO” videos on how to handle that turkey.
Check out this site — learn to cook a turkey!
Weights & Cooking Time – (from a website, now dead)
Turkey weight is the starting point for planning your holiday meal. Use the following calculator to determine how much turkey to buy and the Roasting chart as a guideline for planning the day’s schedule. While minor variations in weight do not significantly affect cooking times, always use a meat thermometer to determine doneness.
Butterball Open Pan Roasting Method.
Place thawed or fresh turkey, breast up on a flat rack in a shallow pan, 2 to 2-1/2 inches deep.
Brush or rub skin with oil to prevent the skin from drying and to enhance the golden color.
Insert oven-safe meat thermometer deep into the lower part of the thigh muscle, but not touching the bone. When thigh is up to temperature and if turkey is stuffed, move thermometer to center of stuffing for stuffing temperature.
Place in a preheated 325°F oven.
When the turkey is about two-thirds done, loosely cover the breast and top of drumsticks with a piece of lightweight foil to prevent overcooking the breast.
Use this roasting schedule as a guideline; start checking for doneness 1/2 hour before recommended end times:
Weight (in pounds) 10 to 18
Unstuffed (in hours) 3 to 3 1/2
Stuffed (in hours) 3 3/4 to 4 ½
Weight (in pounds) 18 to 22
Unstuffed (in hours)2 1/2 to 4
Stuffed (in hours) 4 1/2 to 5
Weight (in pounds) 22 to 24
Unstuffed (in hours) 4 to 4 1/2
Stuffed (in hours) 5 to 5 ½
Weight (in pounds) 24 to 30
Unstuffed (in hours) 4 1/2 to 5
Stuffed (in hours) 5 1/2 to 6 ¼
Turkey is done when the meat thermometer reaches the following temperatures:
180°F deep in the thigh; also, juices should be clear, not reddish pink when thigh muscle is pierced deeply. 160°F in the center of the stuffing, if turkey is stuffed.
Before removing stuffing and carving, let turkey stand 15 minutes to allow juices to set and stuffing temperature to rise to 165°F.
(I have been following this method, personally, since cooking my first turkey nearly 30 years ago and haven’t poisoned anybody yet! My husband is a food inspector and we emphasize safe eating at holiday meals in our home. USE a thermometer. Many times people who come down with stomach upsets aren’t suffering from flu or overeating, but from food poisoning which is seriously dangerous for the very young, the ill, and the elderly.)