Herbs at 11am. Crystals at Noon. Sewing at 3pm
Minus tide at 8:32 PM of -0.5 feet.
Just as I walked into the study there was a sunbreak that let me see that the light of sunrise is falling squarely on the door curtain. It was a reddish tint and went away very quickly. It’s very windy, not as much as what they were saying….yet… but it’s mostly trotting along in the low 20’s and some of the gusts are hitting well over 30. …Now, we’re getting a hard shower and everything is dripping.
Yesterday was a day of cooking and making. I set up pickles early on, then “souped” some chicken with the intent of putting broth by for illness, but added enough veg for supper’ carrots, celery, mushroom stems, mushroom stems, peeled asparagus butts, since the tops went into the pickle…. that kind of thing. Next on the list was peeling garlic. I needed it in the soup and for pickle since Marius *loves* pickled garlic. I understand that Rowan just might hate me after he eats it, but… 🙂 I also wanted a lot for making a garlic scalded milk cheese. Late in the afternoon I discovered where the fruit flies were coming from. Hatch, bless him, took the bag of apples outside and composted the ones that had died and were trying to resurrect. I took what was left and cut it all up for a stewed fruit that he’s making for Sunday. He was hacking pears by that point. I spiced it after he was done and got the crockpot going.
All afternoon there were siskins and goldfinches on the feeder. I haven’t seen goldfinches for a long while. The jays kept coming back and they would try to chase the little birds and you could almost hear, “Nyah, nyah, nyah!” coming out of the clematis…..
In the evening we made the garlic cheese and got pix of the process. Tempus didn’t start for home until past 8pm so I was getting pretty tired by then. I got three tubs of “sick soup”….basically a rich chicken broth… into the freezer. We had most of a quart to go into the fridge and each had a bowl of it. after he was fed Tempus headed out to the kitchen to clean up a bit so we could get pix of the cheese in process. …and it went just great until the vinegar went in….and again… and again! The stuff just wouldn’t curdle! I left it to cool and consulted with the Great Gurus of Cheese. 🙂 They say I got it too hot. <sigh> So we’ve got a great chowder base.
Today we have Herbs at 11am and we’ll be setting up rose waters among other thing. Crystals at Noon is on Obsidians. Sewing at 3pm will be going on with the t-shirt transfers.
I miss my kitties….
Today’s Plant is Coltsfoot, Petasites frigidus var. palmatus. One of the best cough remedies out there, this is often smoked to help cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is also made into cough syrups often combined with horehound. This is another plant where the medicinal and magickal uses seem to go together. Feminine, Venus, water – Add to love sachets and use in spell of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites_frigidus
Today is the Feast of St. Crispin and St. Crispinian, patron saints of shoemakers. “Cursed be the cobbler that goes to bed sober!” – Old English cry for this day, because there were feasts and guild parties all over England on this day. Also, prosperous householders, particularly in London would often contribute barrel after barrel of beer to the guild, much of which went into storage for later, but much was consumed, with great thanks, on the spot. Why the association with beer? It’s that time of year! Saint Crispin is often associated with the Battle of Agincourt as the battle was fought on Saint Crispin’s Day, and especially because of Shakespere’s St. Crispin’s Day Speech from his play Henry V. (It’s in the quotes, below!) More on the saints here: More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Crispin More on the Knights of St. Crispin here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_the_Knights_of_St._Crispin
“Now shoemakers will have a frisken
All in honour of St Crispin”. – Traditional rhyme, St Crispin’s day
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 10/25 at 2:57am. 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. Phase ends on 11/6 at 2:23pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 10/28 at 2:57am.
Saturday, Oct. 25, evening – Saturn and the Moon – The moon passes just north of Saturn in the constellation Libra. Viewers in central Europe will see the moon occult Saturn.
A half hour after sunset, spot the thin waxing crescent Moon very low in the west-southwest. Look to its lower right to see if you can still detect Saturn, which has been sinking lower every day. Binoculars help.
Mercury will be too close to the sun to observe most of the month, but begins a good morning apparition at the end of the month for observers in the Northern Hemisphere.
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy – (GORT), Hedera helix L., Sep 30 – Oct 27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl)
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. Runic half-month of Hagalaz/Hagal – October 29-Novmber 12 – The Runic half-month of Hagal commences today, represented by 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 Scorpio enters Sagittarius at 9:40pm
Mercury Direct at 12:17pm. It’s still stationary for the next week!
Uranus (12/21), Chiron (11/23) and Neptune (11/16) Retrograde
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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).
Gort – Ivy Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Sky Blue
Meaning: Take time to soul search or you will maake a wrong decision.
to study this month Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: P, PE, UI
Meaning: Proceed with caution.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 25 High 2:11 AM 7.0 7:45 AM Rise 9:32 AM 0
~ 25 Low 7:48 AM 2.2 6:16 PM Set 7:40 PM
~ 25 High 1:41 PM 8.3
~ 25 Low 8:32 PM -0.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I shall resolve to show the same face everywhere, and I’ll become serene.
~ A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. – Mark Twain
~ How many inner resources one needs to tolerate a life of leisure without fatigue. – Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972) US writer
~ You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight-savings time. – Dave Barry
~ In order to be a realist you must believe in miracles. – David Ben Gurion
The Challenge of Thor
I am the God Thor,
I am the War God,
I am the Thunderer!
Here in my Northland,
My fastness and fortress,
Reign I forever!
Here amid icebergs
Rule I the nations;
This is my hammer,
Miölner the mighty;
Giants and sorcerers
Cannot withstand it!
These are the gauntlets
Wherewith I wield it,
And hurl it afar off;
This is my girdle;
Whenever I brace it,
Strength is redoubled!
The light thou beholdest
Stream through the heavens,
In flashes of crimson,
Is but my red beard
Blown by the night-wind,
Affrighting the nations!
Jove is my brother;
Mine eyes are the lightning;
The wheels of my chariot
Roll in the thunder,
The blows of my hammer
Ring in the earthquake!
Force rules the world still,
Has ruled it, shall rule it;
Meekness is weakness,
Strength is triumphant,
Over the whole earth
Still is it Thor’s Day!
Thou art a God too,
And thus singled-handed
Unto the combat,
Gauntlet or Gospel,
Here I defy thee! – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
WITCHES FLYING MIX For Kids Of All Ages!!!
This fun mix takes only five minutes to prepare, looks great on the table, and taste terrific. Witches’ flying mix was especially designed for working moms or guardians whose schedules are jammed and who can’t make something for the school party, or for the mother who, at 10:00 P.M., learns from her third-grader that she’s expected to provide a snack for tomorrow’s Halloween party.
1 cup popcorn (or Cracker Jack’s)
1/2 cup candy corn
1/2 cup small marshmallows
1/2 cup black jelly beans
Mix all ingredients together in a colorful bowl. Makes 8 servings.
From Landa at OccultCrafts
Popcorn Balls – These are fun to make and fun to give–wrap them in orange tinted cellophane or clear wrap and tie with a ribbon. This makes about 18 three inch balls. Unless you have a really large pot, make these in two batches.
1/2 cup solid margarine
2-10oz packages of large, white marshmallows
orange paste food coloring
20 cups popped, fresh plain or colored popcorn (don’t use microwave corn)
1 cup candy corn (optional)…
- Melt margarine in a large pot.
- Add marshmallows, turning to cover with oil well, and cooking slowly to melt completely.
- Stir in tiny amounts of food coloring with a toothpick until the color appeals to you.
- When completely melted, remove from heat.
- stir in popcorn and candy, covering well with melted marshmallow until marshmallow turns to stringy threads.
- Let sit a few minutes.
- Melt extra butter
- Butter all popcorn ball-maker’s hands liberally, and begin to pack mixture into balls. Adults mind that the mixture can still be quite hot, so put aside a pan in which to set balls down if children find them too hot.
- Let balls thoroughly cool, then wrap them up!
[Anja’s Note – Kids love to roll these in sprinkles, chopped nuts or Halloween mini-candies!]
Popcorn Ball syrup
- 1 c. sugar
- 1/3 c. dark Karo corn syrup
- 1/3 c. water
- 1/4 c. butter
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
Boil mixture several minutes, then put a drop in cold water. If drop forms a hard, brittle ball, it is ready to pour over popped corn. If it doesn’t harden, cook longer and keep testing every few minutes. Once it is ready, butter your hands well and start making popcorn balls. Keep your hands buttered, it’s easy to get burned.
Marshmallow Caramel Popcorn – Liz Bevan Horsley
- 1/2 c. brown sugar
• 1/2 c. butter
• 9-10 marshmallows
• 12 c. popcorn
• Microwave brown sugar and butter for 2 minutes, add marshmallows & microwave until melted.
• Pour over popcorn.