Wicca 101 course begins 11/10.
Last minus tide of the cycle at 10:47 PM of -0.2 feet
It’s 57 and completely overcast, although a sucker hole let a burst of bright sunshine in just as I was coming into the study this morning. It’s been rainy and windy all night and more of the same is predicted for today.
Yesterday we a good productive day, long, but productive. Tempus went down to the shop to open and I followed once I had gotten some printing done and done some harvesting in the garden. My first job was to get all that prepped. Heather, bergamot and few bit of other things were what I accomplished, although I got attacked by blackberries and they’ve covered the other heather, so that I don’t know whether it’s going to manage to bloom this fall, even if the blackberries get cut back.
1/2 of the big fennel blew down in the last storm and it had already gone down to the shop. After I got the other things set up for drying, I got the “weed” parts that were still green cut off to dry and then started on seed heads. Tempus wants to try burning some of the stems to see what they smell like with the idea of possibly grinding them for use in incense. He was working on putting away things that had gotten left out all over the shop. That took a big chunk of the day.
We had some mid-afternoon lunch and then Tempus headed over to the rented space to get that going. Katrina came in to talk for a bit and then when Tempus was done, we traded spaces. I found my Dad’s boat models and later Tempus and I talked about how to display them. I’m going to be working on scrubbing some of them, today. I also went through box after box of stuff that was supposed to have gotten washed and pile after pile of kid’s books. We’ll have a “rummage” at some point.
I opened a box that had something moldy in it and started to wheeze and went back to the shop. It was nearing closing time, so Tempus went down there to put stuff into the car that was coming home (including all that laundry) and then came back and we closed up and I did count. We went across the street for supper and then I came home. It took Tempus another 1 1/2 hours to follow me. Still not sure why…
I worked on paperwork during the evening and then sorted some clipart and found a project that I hadn’t finished before of medieval musicians. That’s today’s clipart. It’s actually for the other blog, but I still think it’s cool. 🙂
The wind picked up during the night and right now it’s raining and blowing at a good clip. Some of the gusts are over 30mph. Tempus has headed out to help our elderly friend with some errands. I’m going to be finishing up stuff and doing updates, but I want to try doing a video slide-show, so that’s going to be part of my afternoon.
Today’s plant is Blue Elderberry, Sambucus cerulea. It’s a rather wild shrub that can be trained into a small tree, with icky-smelling white flowers that then produce dark fruits that appear blue because of a whitish coating on them. In Oregon it grows mostly from the valley out to the coast with some isolated pockets in the Eastern part of the state. There’s a lot of folklore surrounding the tree. “In some areas, the “elder tree” was supposed to ward off evil influence and give protection from witches, while other beliefs say that witches often congregate under the plant, especially when it is full of fruit. In some regions, superstition, religious belief, or tradition prohibits the cutting of certain trees for bonfires, most notably in witchcraft customs the elderberry tree; “Elder be ye Lady’s tree, burn it not or cursed ye’ll be” – A rhyme from the Wiccan rede [poem]. If an elder tree was cut down, a spirit known as the Elder Mother would be released and take her revenge. The tree could only safely be cut while chanting a rhyme to the Elder Mother.” From Wikipedia – Feminine, Venus, Water – The flowers are used for Crossing the Bridge rituals. Carry for protection and to prevent rheumatism and toothache. Dried berries are helpful in sleep pillows. All parts are good for protection. Grow near the home for prosperity. Magic wands and flutes are often made from this wood.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus_cerulea orhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus
The Isia, ancient Egypt (Oct 28 – Nov 3) – Today is the first day of the ancient Egyptian Isia festival. This was a week-long autumn festival commemorating the mythological search of Isis for her son/lover Osiris in order to restore life on earth. The festival has a connection with the Eleusinian Mysteries, rites of ancient Greece centuries later. More on Isis http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isis
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Waxing Quarter on 10/30 at 7:48pm.
This evening Mars is below the Moon at nightfall.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.0, at the Cancer-Leo border) rises in the east-northeast around 1 a.m. By dawn it shines brightly high in the southeast. Spot Regulus about a fist-width below or lower left of it.
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 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.
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Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl) – 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
Tu 28 High 4:31 AM 6.6 7:49 AM Rise 12:27 PM 16
~ 28 Low 9:53 AM 3.0 6:11 PM Set 10:19 PM
~ 28 High 3:41 PM 7.8
~ 28 Low 10:47 PM -0.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the Name of the All-Mother: I sow harmony where ever I go. The Book Of Hours: Prayers to the Goddess By Galen Gillotte
~ You build the road to your success. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ You wouldn’t place a sword in the hands of an untrained amateur and expect them to prevail against a seasoned swordsman. You need to master what you’ve got in order to use it effectively. – KC
~ Old age is not for sissies.- Bette Davis
~ Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back. – Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) French general and statesman
The Blessings of Earthiness: The Next Step – Hawvlan lachma d’sunqanan yaomana – (KJV version: Give us this day our daily bread)
Grant what we need each day in bread and insight:
subsistence for the call of
Give us the food we need to grow
through each new day,
through each illumination of life’s needs.
Let the measure of our need be earthiness:
give all things simple, verdant,
Produce in us, for us, the possible:
each only-human step toward home
Help us fulfill what lies within
the circle of our lives: each day we ask
no more, no less.
Animate the earth within us: we then
feel the Wisdom underneath
Generate through us the bread of life:
we hold only what is asked to feed
the next mouth.
Grant what we need each day in bread and insight. – Neil Douglas-Klotz
Carefree Corn n Cabbage Combo – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)
In a 1 qt glass casserole dish, combine 1- 10oz package frozen whole kernel corn, 2 cups chopped cabbage, 2 tbs. chopped onion, and 2 tbs. water. Cover and microwave on high for 3 minutes. Stir. Cover and microwave for 3 minutes more. Drain in a collander. In the same casserole dish combine 1 cup cream-style cottage cheese, 2 tbs. grated Parmesan cheese, 1/4 tsp. salt and a dash of pepper. Stir in drained vegetables. Microwave, uncovered, for 3 minutes. Stir and microwave, uncovered for 3 minutes more. Stir and serve heated.
Makes 6 servings.
Candied Squash Rings – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)
Cut 2 acorn squashes crosswise in 1 inch slices. Discard seeds and ends. Arrange in a single layer in a shallow baking dish. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Combine 2/3 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup soft butter, spread over squash. Bake, uncovered for another 15-20 minutes, basting occasionally.
Makes 6 servings.
Colcannon by Edain McCoy
Potatoes, harvested from August to October, were a part of the feast in Ireland where they were made into a Samhain dish known as colcannon. Colcannon is a mashed potato, cabbage, and onion dish still served in Ireland on All Saint’s Day. It was an old Irish tradition to hide in it a ring for a bride, a button for a bachelor, a thimble for a spinster, and a coin for wealth, or any other item which local custom decreed in keeping with the idea of the New Year as a time for divination. If you make colcannon with these little objects inside, please exercise caution against choking.
- 4 cups Mashed Potatoes
- 2-1/2 cups Cabbage, cooked and chopped fine
- 1/2 cup Butter
- (avoid corn oil margarines as they will not add the needed body and flavor)
- 1/2 cup Evaporated Milk or Cream
- 3/4 cup Onion, chopped very fine and sauteedbr> 1/4 teaspoon Salt
- 1/8 teaspoon White Pepper
Saute onions (traditionalists saute in lard or grease, but butter is acceptable). Boil the potatoes and mash them (do not use artificial potato flakes). In a large pan place all of the ingredients except the cabbage and cook over low heat while blending them together. Turn the heat to medium and add the chopped cabbage. The mixture will take on a pale green cast. Keep stirring occasionally until the mixture is warm enough to eat. Lastly drop in the thimble, button, ring, and coin. Stir well and serve.
(The above “Colcannon” recipe is quoted directly from Edain McCoy’s book “The Sabbats: A New Approach to Living the Old Ways”, page 38, Llewellyn Publications, 1994.)