That was a really good OCPPG! It was small, but definitely worth it for those who attended! When I have a little more brain back (I’m still pre-coffee) I’ll do a write-up on the blog page for the event and link it here. We actually started the planning for next year already! We’re thinking about October 7-9. As we were finishing up the fog rolled in and fatigue fog washed over me. I don’t really remember anything about the rest of the evening other than salad…
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Today I’ll be at the shop. Tempus is going to be home. They’ve still got that roof repair to finish up with. I have to re-set things and get some checks into the mail and get paperwork taken care of and then I want to get started on the big costume project for 12th Night. We’ll see how far I get!
Today is the anniversary of Nikita Khrushchev’s notorious “shoe-banging”. He got mad at someone (a Philippine diplomat?), yanked off his shoe, brandished it at the man and walloped the table in anger, possibly getting even madder because his pounding stopped his watch! More information on the incident here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoe-banging_incident and on Kruschev here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kruschev
Today’s Plant is Lovage, levisticum officinale. It seems to have originated somewhere near the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for a long while, being a very useful plant. It has a strong, long-lasting scent, that reminds a person of celery and parsley, but with the volume turned up. I harvested some one afternoon around 4pm and at nearly 9am the next morning, having washed my hands several times, I could still detect it! It’s great in salads, but chop it small and mix with other greens or it overpowers! Both leaf and seed are great in soups, especially seafood chowders and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable. I’ve drunk lovage cordial, which is tasty. It has a high flavonoid content, as well. Medicinally, a strong leaf tea, iced, is a good antiseptic, especially for extensive scrapes, where it takes down the sting and swelling very quickly and can be splashed on as often as needed. It can be used for mild cases of water retention, as well, and even with high blood pressure. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often used in love magicks, but works best as a self-confidence enhancer. Take a bath with a sachet of the leaves, or make a strong tea that you toss into the bathwater before going out to meet new people or to start a new job. It also helps to squeeze a small sachet of the leaves if you’re having trouble concentrating on a task. Wiki has more:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovage
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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 10/12 at 5:06pm. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Dark, psychopomps. – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris . Phase ends at the Tide Change to New on 10/12 at 5:06pm. 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 10/14 at am. 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 at the Tide Change on 10/27 at 5:25am.
Monday, October 12, 8:06 p.m. EDT – New Moon – The moon is not visible on the date of New Moon because it is too close to the sun, but can be seen low in the east as a narrow crescent a morning or two before, just before sunrise. It is visible low in the west an evening or two after New Moon.
Opposition of Uranus – Sunday, October 12, midnight EDT – Find Uranus at opposition by following the chain of stars in Pisces to a spot half way between Zeta and Epsilon Piscium, and a little to the south.
The little constellation Delphinus, >> about a fist at arm’s length upper left of Altair early these evenings, is a familiar group to scan with binoculars. But did you know about its twin orange variable stars for binoculars? See Gary Seronik’s Binocular Highlight column and chart in the October Sky & Telescope, page 43. Also discover some deep telescopic targets in Delphinus in Ken Hewitt-White’s Going Deep, page 57.
Look low in the southeast in late twilight for Fomalhaut coming up. It stands highest in the south about 10 or 11 p.m.
The eclipsing variable star Algol >>> should be at its minimum light, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.1, for a couple hours centered on 11 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, according to its recently revised timetable.
Monday, October 12–Thursday, October 24, before dawn. The best time in the year to see the dim glow of the zodiacal light in the pre-dawn eastern sky, the light reflected from millions of interplanetary particles. It lies along the ecliptic (shown in green). Don’t confuse it with the Milky Way, further south. Credit: Starry Night Software
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy – Sep 30 – Oct 27
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 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.
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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).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 12 High 12:46 AM 7.0 7:28 AM Rise 7:06 AM 1
~ 12 Low 6:49 AM 1.3 6:38 PM Set 6:43 PM
~ 12 High 12:50 PM 7.6
~ 12 Low 7:18 PM 0.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There are no coincidences or mistakes, just timely lessons.
~ I’ve never had a humble opinion. If you’ve got an opinion, why be humble about it? – Joan Baez
~ I believe that I am in hell, therefore I am there. – Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) French writer
~ Courtesy is cheap to provide, and it pays great dividends. – S. Truett Cathy
~ He can who thinks he can and he can’t who thinks he can’t. This is an inexorable, indisputable law. – Picasso
An absurd belief in the fables of classical antiquity lent an additional feature to the character of the woodland spirits of whom we treat. Greece and Rome had not only assigned tutelary deities to each province and city, but had peopled, with peculiar spirits, the Seas, the Rivers, the Woods, and the Mountains. The memory of the Pagan creed was not speedily eradicated in the extensive Provinces through which it was once universally received ; and in many particulars it continued long to mingle with, and influence, the original superstitions of the Gothic nations. Hence we find the elves occasionally arrayed in the costume of Greece and Rome, and the Fairy Queen and her attendants transformed into Diana and her nymphs, and invested with their attributes and appropriate insignia (Delrius, pp. 168, 807). According to the same author, the Fairy Queen was also called Habundia. Like Diana, who in one capacity was denominated Hecate, the goddess of enchantment, the Fairy Queen is identified in popular tradition with the Gyre-Carline, Gay Carline, or mother witch of the Scottish peasantry. Of this personage, as an individual, we have but few notices. She is sometimes termed Nicnevin, and is mentioned in the Complaynt of Scotland, by Lindsay in his Dreme, p. 225, edit. 1590, and in his Interludes, apud Pinkerton’s Scottish Poems, vol. ii, p. z8. But the traditionary accounts regarding her are too obscure to admit of explanation. In the burlesque fragment subjoined, which is copied from the Bannatyne MS., the Gyre Carline is termed the Queen of Jowis (Jovis, or perhaps Jews), and is, with great consistency, married to Mohammed. – Sir Walter Scott (1771 – 1832), Scottish writer; ‘Minstrelsy Of The Scottish Border’
Samhain Magick – Recipes
Thought Seed Crackers – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)
- 1 box family-favorite crackers
- melted Onion or garlic powder
- Caraway, celery, poppy, and sesame seeds
Brush the crackers lightly with butter/margarine. Sprinkle lightly with onion or garlic powder and ever so sparingly with dillweed. Top with combination seed mix. Bake on an un-greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 5 minutes or until crisp and hot.
Cranberry-Pumpkin Cookies Makes 3 dozen soft, cakelike cookies. From CookieRecipe.Com
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup pureed cooked pumpkin
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cranberries
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1/2 cup chopped nuts
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Beat in vanilla, egg and pumpkin.
- Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and add to mixture.
- Mix until until well blended.
- Cut the cranberries in half and stir into mixture.
- Add orange peel and nuts.
- Drop by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheets.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes..
Bread of the Dead – Serve with milk or hot chocolate, and offer some to your departed ancestors, so they may breathe in its essence and be nourished, before you gobble it up yourself!
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 t. salt
- 1 egg
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 10 drops anise extract
- Mix all of the above until smooth.
- Heat the oven to 400 degrees and grease a cookie sheet.
- With clean hands, mold the dough into a round shape with a knob on the top (which will be a skull) or into smaller round shapes, animals, faces or angels.
- Place dough on cookie sheet.
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 T. flour
- 1 t. ground cinnamon
- 1 T. melted butter
- Mix together brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and melted butter for the topping.
- Sprinkle topping on dough and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
- When cool, decorate the skull shaped knobs, animals or faces with icing sugar to make eyes, nose and mouth.
From THE FESTAL BOARD Samhain edition by Rain Redknife NOTE: Real Pagans don’t steal. I worked hard to become a good cook, and so did the folks credited above. If you share these recipes elsewhere, pretty please care enough to leave the source tags on them!
Old-fashioned Raisin Pie (can be made ahead)
- 2 c. raisins
- 2 c. water
- 1/2 c. packed brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp . salt
- 1 Tbsp. vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. butter or margarine
- 1 unbaked double pie crust
Preheat oven to 425^F. Combine raisins and water and boil for 5 minute. Meanwhile, blend sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and salt. Add to raisin liquid and cook, stirring, until clear. Remove from heat. Stir in vinegar and butter. Cool slightly and turn into pastry-lined pan. Cover with top pastry. Seal edges of top and bottom crust together by pressing down with tines of a fork; this makes a nice ridged appearance. For Samhain or other Pagan events, cut a triple moon in the crust; for non-Pagan ones, just make a small round hole in the center.
Bake about 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Serves 8, so make two. 🙂
Source: My mom, who got it from hers.