Bright sunshine and 57F and just a breath of breeze! The alder is nearly bare, the rugosa leaves are yellowing in and blueberry bush is brilliant red.
Yesterday was long and full of tasks, but I got most of what I wanted done and the shop is back to its normal state. I even managed, late in the day, to get a bunch of pouches threaded, so there are some new ones in the basket! I also got some things cut out: a new skirt, some pieces for block printing, part of a jumper and the lining for a jumper that I started last year. It’s a fun Winnie-the-Pooh fabric, but it’s just too thin for a dress without a lining.
>>>>> The event altar >>>>>>
<<<<<<<<< Class altar for Visit to the Outskirts of Heaven <<<<<<<<<<<
Late in the day Maryse came in and we had a good visit. She may come for sewing because I was showing her how to make a simple tube skirt like my corduroy one.
In the evening I worked on the historical re-creation stuff, catching up some project pages and creating a couple of new ones, then snuggled up to Tempus and read while he slept and finally slept, myself.
Today we got up pretty late. I think we’ve made up for the sleep we missed over the last week, though, which is a good thing.
I’ve been doing bathroom and laundry chores. Tempus is working in the kitchen and he’s heading next door for the next round of work on their roof.
He has his paper route to run tonight, after the Metal Night at the fellow’s shop in South Beach. …and I have a doctor’s appointment and we just realized that he’s going to have to drive me down there for it.
>>>>>> costmary blossoms >>>>>>>>>
A big beautiful bunch of purple oregano on the hood of Tempus’ car!
Today’s plant is Candy Flower, Claytonia siberica, also called, Siberian Spring Beauty, Siberian Miner’s Lettuce or Pink Purslane) is a flowering plant in the family Montiaceae, native to Siberia and western North America. A synonym is Montia sibirica. The plant was introduced into the United Kingdom by the 18th century where it has become very widespread. It is similar to Miner’s Lettuce in properties, but not as edible. – Feminine, Moon, Water, – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. This one is also a spirit-lifter.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia_sibirica
Lux Mundi festival, ancient Rome – Lux Mundi literally means ‘the Light of the World’. This is also another name for France’s Liberty, whose day this also is. Liberty’s torch shines hope in the world. Her statue graces New York City’s harbour, her full name being Liberty Enlightening the World.
In Roman mythology, Liberty is Libertas, the goddess of freedom. Originally a deity of personal freedom, she evolved to become the goddess of the commonwealth. Her temples were found on the Aventine Hill and the Forum. She was depicted on many Roman coins as a female figure wearing a pileus (a felt cap, worn by slaves when they were set free), a wreath of laurels and a spear … from Pip Wilson’s Almanac.
In recent times the title of Lux Mundi has been taken on by Christians to mean Jesus rather than enlightenment, so many online references reflect this. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statue_of_Liberty http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libertas
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Love & Light,
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.
The Great Square of Pegasus balances on its corner high in the east at nightfall. Seen from your location, when it is exactly balanced? That is, when is the Square’s bottom corner exactly below its bottom corner? It’ll be sometime soon after the end of twilight, depending on both your latitude and longitude.
Mercury is having a fine dawn apparition. Look for it about 45 to 30 minutes before sunrise low in the east, well below and perhaps a bit left of brilliant Venus and Jupiter. Mercury brightens from magnitude +1.0 to +0.2 this week.
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 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
Tu 13 High 1:24 AM 7.0 7:29 AM Rise 8:04 AM 0
~ 13 Low 7:20 AM 1.5 6:36 PM Set 7:12 PM
~ 13 High 1:18 PM 7.7
~ 13 Low 7:52 PM 0.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Be happy, happiness brings balance and peace in world. It is part of the medicine Earth Mother needs to heal.
~ A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool. – Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
~ Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. – V Lombardi
~ You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight-savings time. – Dave Barry
~ Do everything from a state of inner peace. – Jim Kitzmiller
Poem: “An Empty Suit” by Robert Phillips, from Circumstances Beyond Our Control: Poems. © The Johns Hopkins University Press. Reprinted with permission.
An Empty Suit
You can tell he was a big man,
46 Long, sleeves that would hang
below your knuckles, back vent
that would flap below your butt.
You can tell by the fine Italian wool
and cut he was a stylish man.
Not some mail-order or Sears suit,
but a designer label from Neiman’s.
You can tell he preferred the subtle:
fabric a miniscule tic-weave,
shaded a smoky dove gray,
any color tie would go with it.
You can tell by the hair-oil stain
inside the back collar he was vain,
or at least well-groomed, a man
for whom appearances mattered.
You can tell he was a smoker,
or socialized with one—two tiny
cigarette burns, one on the right sleeve,
one by the middle button.
You can tell by the small gray stain
to the left of the breast pocket
he hadn’t had much time lately
to attend to the dry cleaner’s.
You can tell by the frayed bottoms
of the trousers he had lost a lot
of weight. They had drooped
till he was walking on his cuffs.
You can tell by the two red pills
in the right-hand jacket pocket—
for pain—he underwent some ordeal.
You hope that’s a lipstick smudge
high on the pearl gray silk lining;
maybe he was loved by somebody
who saw him through, you can’t tell who.
But you can tell by the fact it hangs
in the thrift shop here, it isn’t
the suit he was laid out in,
that once lucky, now unlucky stiff.
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.