Daily Stuff 9-25-15 Pyanopsia

Hi, folks!

Hi, folks! Evening closing time is back to 6pm! Don’t count on us being there past that time unless you call first! …and we’re perfectly fine with staying so folks can shop.

weather storm cloud lightningI lifted out of bed just before 2am to a loud rumble that went on and on. In my grogginess I figured it was an earthquake and the “autopilot” reflexes kicked in, but it was thunder! I went over to Facebook to check up on what Tempus was doing and within a few minutes it was pouring. I wouldn’t be surprised to find that there was some hail in that, it was so loud. It’s still dark, gloomy and drippy, although it’s supposed to clear up later. 57F with almost no wind.

Flower arr PurpTurq vase plant motifYesterday didn’t go the way we planned. I was late getting down to the shop because I was prepping some fabrics for sewing and then Tempus never got loose from the shop. He was still putting things back even nearing 5pm and he ran a couple of errands, too. He finally settled back in one of the chairs and snoozed for a bit rather than heading home to work on the roof since it was already so late.

plant motif Flower_1I had a couple of people in for sewing, but they mostly worked on fabric prep and some cutting out. We talked about shapes and how they are cut and when they headed back out I sat down at the sewing machine and cranked out quite a pile of small stuff.

Tempus spent awhile working on the craft drawer rack right at the end of the day and when we got home he was in a bit of a rush getting supper and heading out to do the paper route. I spent the evening doing updates and finally crawled into bed.

Plant motif tulip flowerHe just got up. He’s supposed to be the one at the shop today, although I may have to come down there since there’s a lady who may come in with some mineral specimens for sale. I’m going to be working on page updates and the website along with trying to get the last bits of OCPPG lined up.

Tempus and his puns…. this is how he labeled the two varieties of sugar found in our kitchen!

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beanpotToday’s feast is the Pyanopsia (Πυανόψια) or Pyanepsia (Πυανέψια) was an ancient Greek festival in honor of Apollo, held at Athens on the 7th of the month Pyanepsion (October). The name literally means “bean-boiling”. Various legumes were stewed and given to Apollo as a “ripener of fruits”.  A suppliant branch”, was also offered, that sounds almost like our Christmas trees, but it was left up for a year and then replaced. More information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyanopsia


Today’s Plant is Salal, Gaultheria shallon. This is a shrub, an understory plant, that ranges all up and down the west coast, from Alaska to California. They’re an invasive in wild heathlands in Europe, having been introduced back in the 1800’s. There’s a big industry in Oregon, supplying the foliage to florists. The local peoples harvested the berries as a primary food source, drying them into cakes. They make a nice crunchy snack, dried this way or individually. The young leaves are edible, too. One, nearly forgotten use, is medicinally as an astringent. salalMashed with some water, they’re a great soother for sunburn or insect bites, even working on yellow-jacket stings. It also works internally on an inflamed digestive tract from ulcers to diarrhea and a tea (simple infusion) will help with a dry cough. Eat the young leaves as an appetite suppressant.  – Feminine, Saturn, Juno – Use in spells as the medicinal uses, the appetite suppressant effect, particularly. This is an hardy herb, so it also can be added to spells for added duration. It also works in situations of emotional upset, particularly when there’s a sick stomach from stress. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salal

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Love & Light,


Full MoonWaxing 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 at the Tide Change on 9/27 at 7:51pm. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the full on 9/26 at 7:51am. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full 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. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 9/29 at 7:51am. 

astro Piscis_Austrinus fomalhaut.svgLook far below the Moon this evening for 1st-magnitude <<< Fomalhaut coming into view. It rises in late twilight. How soon can you first spot it?
Perseus astro constallation AlgolAlgol should be at minimum brightness for a couple hours centered on 6:09 p.m. EDT (going by Algol’s recently updated schedule). It takes several additional hours to rebrighten.
Astro jupiterJupiter (magnitude –1.7) is even lower in the east during dawn. Look for it 9° below or lower left of Regulus, as shown above.
Astro SaturnSaturn (magnitude +0.6, at the Scorpius-Libra border) is moving lower and lower in the southwest at dusk. Left of it by 11° twinkles orange Antares.
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Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29
Rune Runic Month 18 Kenaz Kebo KenRunic half-month of Kenaz/Ken/Kebo – September 13-27 – Ken represents a flaming torch within the royal hall, so it’s the time of the creative fire – the forge where natural materials are transmuted by the force of the human will into a mystical third, an artifact that could not otherwise come into being. The positive aspects of sexuality that are immanent in Freya and Frey come into play at this time. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102. Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

Sun in LibraSun in Libra
Moon in AquariusMoon in Aquarius enters Pisces at 12:43pm
Mercury (10/9), Vesta (11/13/15) and Chiron (11/27/15) Retrograde
Color: Purple


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motif plant fruit Grape muin celtic tree monthCeltic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29 – Muin  – (MUHN, like “foot”), vine – The grape (Vitis vinifera L.) is a vine growing as long as 35 m (115 feet), in open woodlands and along the edges of forests, but most commonly seen today in cultivation, as the source of wine, grape juice, and the grape juice concentrate that is so widely used as a sweetener. European grapes are extensively cultivated in North America, especially in the southwest, and an industry and an agricultural discipline are devoted to their care and the production of wine. Grapes are in the Grape family (Vitaceae).
blackberry muin celtic tree monthMuin – Vine Ogam letter correspondences
Month: August
Color: Variegated
Class: Chieftain
Letter: M
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation
grove muin celtic tree monthto study this month – Koad – Grove Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Many Shades of Green
Class: None
Letter: CH, KH, EA
Meaning: Wisdom gained by seeing past illusions.


Waves tide


Tides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                    Visible
F   25      Low   4:50 AM     0.0   7:07 AM     Set  4:01 AM      84
~    25     High  11:11 AM     7.1   7:08 PM    Rise  5:48 PM
~    25      Low   5:10 PM     1.4
~    25     High  11:05 PM     7.7


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Listen more carefully…


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Persuasive – Is there something you would like you do that your parents will not allow you to do? Write an imaginary dialogue between yourself and your parents in which you try to convince them to give you permission to do as you ask. Be sure to explain why it is in your best interest. Also, in you dialogue, be sure to ask politely and with respect.



~  Change not the mass but change the fabric of your own soul and your own visions, and you change all. – Vachel Lindsay
~  The worst thing about being lied to is simply knowing you weren’t worth the truth. – Unknown
~  For the strength of the pack is the wolf; and the strength of the wolf is the pack. – Rudyard Kipling
~  There are certain books in the world which every searcher for truth must know: the Bible, the Critique of Pure Reason, the Origin of Species, and Karl Marx’s Capital. – Al Capp (1909-1979) US cartoonist

A sort of the richest of them being shipped with their treasure, in a mighty tall ship which they had hired, when the same was under sail, and got down the Thames, towards the mouth of the river, the master-mariner bethought him of a wile, and caused his men to cast anchor, and so rode at the same, till the ship, by ebbing of the stream, remained on the dry sand. The master herewith enticed the Jews to walk out with him on land, for recreation; and at length, when he understood the tide to be coming in, he got him back to the ship, whither he was drawn up by a cord. The Jews made not so much haste as he did, because they were not aware of the danger; but when they perceived how the matter stood, they cried to him for help, howbeit he told them that they ought to cry rather unto Moses, by whose conduct their fathers passed through the Red Sea; and, there-fore, if they would call to him for help, he was able to help them out of these raging floods, which now came in upon them. They cried, indeed, but no succour appeared, and so they were swallowed up in the water. The master returned with his ship, and told the king how he had used the matter, and had both thanks and rewards, as some have written. – Raphael Holinshed (died c. 1580), English chronicler, writes of a tragic incident during the expulsion of the Jews from England, which commenced on November 1, 1290


Pentacle of ElementsMagick – Celebrating St. Michael’s Day in Old Ireland 
by Bridget Haggerty – http://www.irishcultureandcustoms.com/ACalend/Michaelmas.html

Throughout the Celtic lands, Michaelmas – September 29, marked the end of the harvest. This was the time that farm folk calculated how many animals they could afford to feed over the winter and how many would have to be sold or slaughtered and salted down in order to preserve the meat.
In addition to livestock fairs, rural folk attended hiring fairs which were especially important for farm laborers looking for winter employment after the harvest.

Michaelmas was also one of the regular quarter-days for settling rents and accounts; often, since this was also the time of the “geese harvest”, many a farmer paid off his accounts with a brace or more of plump birds from the flock hatched in the spring. Traditionally, on St. Michael’s Day, Irish families sat down to a roast goose dinner.

Michaelmas also marked the end of the fishing season, the beginning of the hunting season, the traditional time to pick apples and the time to make cider. In County Waterford, it was also the end of the tourist season. This gave rise to a strange custom observed by those in the holiday trade – they held a procession to the beach and cast an effigy of St. Michael into the sea as a symbolic protest against loss of earnings.

In many parts of Ireland, farmers gave geese as gifts to the poor and sold the down as fillings for mattresses and pillows. In several towns, Michaelmas was the day to elect a mayor. As the story goes, it was the tradition that the Mayor of Dublin could not be sworn in until after his counterpart in Drogheda. Where this custom came from, no-one seems to know.

According to Kevin Danaher’s The Year in Ireland, the feast of St. Michael had no special significance in ancient Ireland. It was the coming of the Anglo-Normans and the establishment of their legal customs that gave Michelmas an important place in the Irish calendar.

In doing further research on the Irish celebration of Michaelmas, we found references to Michaelmas Pie. In the old days, it was the custom to hide a ring in the pie and the person who found it would be married within the year. Intrigued by the custom, we went looking for a recipe. Extensive searches turned up nothing; however, since the traditional main course on this date would be roast goose, logic dictates that the pie was probably sweet, not savory. There’s another old bit of folklore that leads us to think it might have been a pie made with blackberries as part of the filling. It was once believed that on the feast of St. Michael, the devil spat on the blackberries (or worse!) and it was therefore very unwise to pick and eat the fruit after September 29th. According to the old tale, when St. Michael cast Satan from Heaven, the devil landed on earth in a patch of brambles and he returns every year to spit on the plant that tortured him, breathing his foul breath over it and trampling it.

Not wanting anything to go to waste, especially free food, believers in this tale would have gathered as many blackberries as they could. They would then use them in pies, crumbles and jams. Apples were also plentiful at this time of year, so it is quite likely that they would also be used in the pie. (See recipe for Michaelmas Pie in the Irish Kitchen).

As for the main course – roast goose – how this came to be the traditional meal most likely comes from English settlers. During the Middle Ages, St. Michael’s Day was a great religious feast in most of western Europe, coinciding as it did with the end of the harvest. In England it was the custom to eat a goose on Michaelmas, which was supposed to protect against financial need for the next year. “He who eats goose on Michaelmas day shan’t money lack or debts to pay”. (See recipe for Michaelmas Goose in the Irish Kitchen)

Spring-hatched geese are ready for market beginning on Michaelmas and this goose harvest is known as Fomhar na ngean. The goose was supposed to be eaten up the by September 30th and the breastbone was used to foretell the weather for the coming winter by holding it up to the light. A translucent breastbone meant that the coming winter would be mild, while a thick breastbone meant it would be a hard winter. A mottled breastbone meant the coming winter would be variable. The front part of the breastbone applied to the early winter while the back half told of the weather for the period after Christmas.

Traditionally, celebration of this holiday was symbolized with “glofe, gees, and gyngeuer.” The glove represented the open-handedness and generosity of the lord of the village, eating goose gave good luck in the coming year, and ginger was believed to provide protection against infection.

Since geese were so plentiful and were now ready to be harvested, it’s easy to understand why a goose became the traditional main course. However, there is a fascinating story that has become part of British folklore. Supposedly, Queen Elizabeth I dined at the ancient seat of Sir Neville Umfreyville, where, among other things, two fine geese were provided for dinner. The queen, having eaten heartily, called for a bumper of Burgundy; and gave as a toast, “Destruction to the Spanish Armada!” Scarcely had she spoken when a messenger announced the destruction of the fleet by a storm. The queen demanded a second bumper, and said, “Henceforth shall a goose commemorate this great victory.” This tale is marred by the awkward circumstance that the thanksgiving sermon for the victory was preached at St. Paul’s on the 20th August, and the fleet was dispersed by the winds in July.

There are other customs and traditions associated with the day: “A Tree planted at Michaelmas, will surely not go amiss,” and we found this quaint old verse:
“The Michaelmas Daisies, among dede weeds,
Bloom for St Michael’s valorous deeds.
And seems the last of flowers that stood,
Till the feast of St. Simon and St. Jude.”
In some areas, a cake called St. Michael’s Bannock was also baked on this day. (See recipe for Irish Bannock in the Irish Kitchen)

So there you have it; as much as we could find on the feast of St. Michael in Ireland. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Aideen, our resident Irish speaker, and her internet food club for their invaluable assistance in helping us enrich what was originally a very thin article.


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