There’s beautiful sunshine this morning and it’s up to 48, so my hands aren’t griping *too* badly as I type. My tummy is complaining, though. I made the mistake of eating a handful of toffee peanuts before I went to bed. <sigh>
I had gotten everything published so early yesterday morning that I did go back to bed and Tempus had to wake me with a cup of coffee just before 9am. I staggered out the door as quickly as I could, with Tempus’ help. The air was so dry and clear (37% humidity!) that the horizon line was sharp and waves all the way to the far edge were plainly seen. I got down to the shop and got things set up for class. The puddle at the far side of the parking lot was pretty solidly frozen. Even the car didn’t go through, although it crazed as I drove over it, I saw when I got out of the car. The phone company thermometer said, “37F”, but the sensor is higher and in a spot that gets more sun. I went hunting for my boots….
Wicca went well. The students are having trouble waking up on time again, though. We only had two, but we finished Lesson 3.
Hatch and Travis and Marius all showed up at about the same time. Tempus was working on boxes at that point and I did a little putting away of craft stuff, since most of the sorting that I have left is just that. Marius and I worked on sewing while we all talked about next week’s potluck feast, historical recipes that we’ve found and about history and armor-making and various other topics. Later in the afternoon we worked on planing wood for the gameboards and I cut out transfers.
Amber Connection showed up late in the day. I now have some lovely amber earrings (going to try to do pictures today) pendulums that need charms, some power crystal bracelets and a few new pendants, including one *awesome* amethyst that is begging for a spectacular necklace to display it well, plus some other goodies.
We had a salad for supper and I spent some time with photos and talking online about a new bid for a banner. …and playing around talking with friends, but we went to bed early.
We’re all getting moving. I know Tempus going to make it to the shop on time. I don’t think I’m going to, but if I don’t, I’ll get some more gemstone headers printed. Hatch and Travis are heading down in a bit. We’re going to do a big push today to get the showroom into some kind of shape, maybe to move my jigsaw down there and then I’ll be working on sorting out boxes of craft supplies. So much of my stuff has just been stashed for so long! I want to whittle the piles down, but that means using up supplies. One of the next projects is going to be to get my bead and leather and tool organizers up by my beading table up front. I haven’t been able to do leatherwork because the bead organizers try to wander off the table when I do! 🙂 …and then this evening is the next Wicca 101 class.
Quoting Ken Gagne on 11/14, “The 3 Tenors were performing this afternoon at the Sea Lion Docks down at the Newport Bay Front and they gave quite a performance.” 🙂
Today’s plant is the Rhododendron genus, specifically the wild rhodys that we have out here, the Pacific rhododendron, Rhododendron macrophyllum. Rhodys have native forms in much of the world (not South America or Africa) They are one of the showiest of the flowers with hybrids and cultivars all over the place, including the azaleas which fall into this genus, but there are some that you wouldn’t recognize having almost no flowers at all! The plant is toxic to many animals and honey made from some of plants will make you ill. , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron Our rhodys out here are lovely during their bloom time, when you see a hit of pink here and there along highways and trails and in the woods and then within days drifts and swathes and whole hillsides are pink! It’s a hardy plant, which grows well in disturbed places, particularly areas that were burned over. It will re-grow from the scorched roots!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_macrophyllum – There aren’t any magickal references to rhododendrons that I’ve found, which doesn’t make any sense, since at least the cultivated ones are all over! Azaleas stand for Temperance in the language of flowers. Yellow rhododendron, native to Sibera, is use for rheumatism, gout and syphilis. My personal uses for them are for glamourie, beauty and outward show, but also for the learning to make these unnecessary by creating inward beauty and serenity. When these flowers are in season I use the fresh ones as a “notice me!” spell.
The Leonid meteor shower happens around this time each year. The radiant is the constellation Leo and they’re associated with the comet Temple/Tuttle (many meteor showers are “leftovers” from comets) The peak of Leonid’s visibility is around November 17. There is a spike every 33 years above the normal levels of about 50 ‘shooting stars’ an hour. More here: and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonids
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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. 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 on 11/17 at 7:32pm.
Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the entry to the Dark at 7:32pm on 11/20.
The Leonid meteor shower should peak late tonight, but don’t expect much. Even under ideal dark-sky conditions, you might see roughly a dozen per hour during the best viewing period: from about 1 a.m. Tuesday morning (your local time) until the beginning of dawn. The shower’s radiant is in the Sickle of Leo near Jupiter. Also, keep an eye out for the very occasional Taurid fireball. For more: See November’s Speedy Leonids.
Venus is hidden deep the glow on sunset.
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 Naudhiz/ Nyd /Nauthiz – November 13- 27 – Time to prepare for 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
M 17 Low 2:08 AM 2.1 7:15 AM Rise 2:11 AM 29
~ 17 High 8:35 AM 7.2 4:47 PM Set 2:24 PM
~ 17 Low 3:17 PM 1.8
~ 17 High 9:05 PM 5.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Negative thinking produces negative experiences.
~ His expression is less rational and more poetic. – Ilie Cioara – The Silence of the Mind
~ Chivalry may have been largely a romantic legend in the past, but can and should be made reality in the present. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ If I had to select one quality, one personal characteristic that I regard as being most highly correlated with success, whatever the field, I would pick the trait of persistence. Determination. The will to endure to the end, to get knocked down 70 times and get up off the floor saying, “Here comes number 71! – Richard M. Devos, businessman
~ Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action. – Benjamin Disraeli
from MARY’S GIRLHOOD
Gone is a great while, and she
Dwelt young in Nazareth of Galilee.
Unto God’s will she brought devout respect
Profound simplicity of intellect.
And supreme patience. From her mother’s knee
Faithful and hopeful; wise in charity;
Strong in grave peace; in pity circumspect. – Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), English poet, painter, and illustrator
Keep your Thanksgiving Celebration SAFE! Keep HOT foods HOT; COLD foods COLD!
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.
Weights & Cooking Time
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 1/2
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 1/2
Weight (in pounds) 24 to 30
Unstuffed (in hours) 4 1/2 to 5
Stuffed (in hours) 5 1/2 to 6 1/4
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.)