Today begins the run-up to Samhain. There will be a celebration suggestion each day for the next week. Tonight is the Festival Prelude and Night of Seers – decorate and remember those who have seen the future.
58F and gusts into the low teens, and maybe rain starting just before we head for the shop? <sigh> It’s completely overcast and there are at least a couple of layers of cloud up there. Computer still says, “clear”…. <sigh>
Yesterday Tempus went flying out the door, since we had overslept. He got me coffee and breakfast before he even woke me! I spent the early part of the day on newsletters and photos and after that on some writing. Tempus and I were talking back and forth on Facebook about the decorations and how things were going. He got some more decor sorted out. There’s more yet to do today, plus to start the altars for the Crossed.
>>> The path as it was on Wednesday, pre-trimming ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
What an awesome lunch! If I have a choice I prefer to nibble for an hour or two mid-day, so I made myself a little tray. I had a cut-up apple, a pile of beets and onions, a slice of toast with a swipe of bacon and blue butter, a pickled egg, a couple of chunks of cheddar and a nice little nibble of Wensleydale cheese. Not quite a Ploughman’s Lunch, but in the vicinity!
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Tempus had the battery quit on him again as he was getting ready to head for home, so he was pretty late. It was 10pm by the time we were eating and I was long since finished with the newsletters by then, even tweaking. It’s nice to have them done, so all I have to do it write the note!
>>>>>>> bundle of flax leaves >>>>>>>>
I ended up doing a little research into ancient roman gifting for Saturnalia and a little more playing of games and then got back to work on the Apicius cookbook, hunting new recipes. Tempus went to bed, left for his Saturday route after I was asleep, and rolled back in at 6:30. We’re both still trying to pry our eyes open.
Today Herbs is at 11am and Sewing at 3pm. We’re going to be continuing to process the summer’s harvest. I’m going to be working on a mantle of the sort in the pic during Sewing and we’ll be going on with decorating for the holiday particularly the altars for the Crossed.
A picture posted by Liz Schulz Guidero on Facebook yesterday, taken in her front yard, of a Bolete mushroom (Leccinum scabrum, birch bolete) and Pacific Chorus Tree Frog friend and what looks like a marvelous tangle of witch moss behind it.
Today’s Plant is Evening primrose, Oenothera species, sometimes called Sundrop or Suncup in Oregon. The young roots can be eaten like a peppery-flavored vegetable and the shoots can be used in salad. It can be used in poultices for wound-healing and to ease bruises. (Sun…it’s drying) Clinical trials don’t support the traditional uses for treatment of PMS (particularly bloating and water retention) or cervical ripening in pregnancy, but one of the varieties has promise as a treatment for breast cancer. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often called the King’s Cure-all, used by a ruler to cure scrofula. It has powers of healing, particularly for drying “wet” wounds or injuries. It can be used in sleep sachets, and for spells to cure (or cause) alcoholism.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evening_primrose
October 24 is celebrated internationally as United Nations Day. It commemorates the coming into being of the United Nations Organisation on that day in 1945 when the UN Charter was ratified by all permanent members of the security council and more than half of the signatories. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Day
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Love & Light,
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. 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 10/25 at 5:05pm.
Look upper left of the waxing gibbous Moon this evening for the Great Square of Pegasus balancing on one corner.
Venus and Jupiter have their conjunction, 1.1° apart, in the dawns of Sunday and Monday.
Saturn (magnitude +0.6) sinks away very low in the southwest during twilight. Don’t confuse it with orange Antares twinkling 9° to its left.
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
Tomorrow Morning!!! Double shadow transit on Jupiter – Sunday, October 25, 8:36–10:53 a.m. EDT – Shadows of Io and Ganymede enter Jupiter’s disk simultaneously, but Io’s shadow completes the transit by 10:53 while Ganymede’s takes over an hour longer. Best viewed in western North America.
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 Gort/Ivy – Sep 30 – Oct 27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24
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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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
Sa 24 Low 4:14 AM 0.7 7:43 AM Set 4:05 AM 81
~ 24 High 10:34 AM 7.8 6:18 PM Rise 4:55 PM
~ 24 Low 4:57 PM 0.9
~ 24 High 10:54 PM 7.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – High intention operates in the midst of freedom. Freedom operates in the midst of high intention.
~ Making rich people richer doesn’t make the rest of us richer. – Ha-Joon Chang, economist at Cambridge University
~ The inside-out approach to personal and interpersonal effectiveness means to start first with self; even more fundamentally, to start with the most inside part of self-with your paradigms, your character, and your motives. – Inside-Out
~ An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have; the older she gets the more interested he is in her. – Agatha Christie
~ His hands are clean who warns another. – Njal’s Saga, c.41
Danger by Amir Sulaiman
I am not angry; I am anger.
I am not dangerous; I am danger.
I am abominable stress, eliotic, relentless.
I’m a breath of vengeance.
I’m a death sentence.
I’m forsaking repentance,
to the beast in his hench men.Armed forces and policemen
that survived off of oils and prisons until there cup runneth over with lost souls.
That wear over-sized caps like blind-folds
Shiny necklaces like lassoes
Draggin’ them into black-holes
And I may have to holla out to Fidel Castro
To get my other brothers outta GuantanimoAnd the innocence on death row?
It’s probably in the same proportion to criminals in black robes
That smack gavels
That crack domes
That smack gavels
That smash homesJustice is somewhere between reading sad poems and 40 oz of gasoline crashing through windows
It is between plans and action
It is between writing letters to congressmen and clocking the captain
It is between raising legal defense funds and putting a gun to the bailiff and taking the judge captive
It is between prayer and fasting
Between burning and blasting
Freedom is between the mind and the soul
Between the lock and the load
Between the zeal of the young and the patience of the old
Freedom is between a finger and the trigger
It is between the page and the pen
It is between the grenade and the pin
Between righteous and keeping one in the chamberSo what can they do with a cat with a heart like Turner
A mind like Douglass
A mouth like Malcolm
And a voice like Chris?!That is why I am not dangerous; I am danger
I am not angry, I am anger
I am abominable, stress, Eliotic relentless
I’m a death sentence
For the beast and his henchmen
Politicians and big businessmen
I’m a teenage Palestinian
Opening fire at an Israeli checkpoint, point blank, check-mate, now what?!
I’m a rape victim with a gun cocked to his cock, cock BANG! Bangkok! Now what?!
I am sitting Bull with Colonel Custard’s scalp in my hands
I am Sincay with a slave trader’s blood on my hands
I am Jonathan Jackson and a gun to my man
I am David with a slingshot and a rock
And if David lived today, he’d have a Molotov cocktail and a Glock
So down with Goliath, I say down with GoliathBut we must learn, know, write, read
We must kick, bite, yell, scream
We must pray, fast, live, dream, fight, kill and die free!with video: http://www.seancoon.org/2007/03/amir_sulaiman_danger.html
Listen to Amir Sulaiman’s spoken word poem “Danger.”
Samhain Magick – Recipes
Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms– Arcamax – serves 6-8
16 – 20 large fresh mushrooms, cleaned and stems removed
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup green onion, chopped
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
- Combine cream cheese, garlic, green onion, parsley, Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper and mix well.
- Fill each mushroom and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.
The Skinny: Use low fat cream cheese.
Hallowed Stuffed Mushrooms – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)
- 2- 6oz cans of broiled mushroom crowns
- 1 tbs. finely chopped onion
- 1 tsp. vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup smoked cheese spread
- 1 tbs. catsup
- 1/4 cup finely chopped turnip*
- 1 tsp. minced garlic
- Fine soft bread crumbs
Drain the cans of broiled mushroom crowns. Hollow out and chop up enough of the pieces to make 3 tbs. In a sauce pan, combine the mushroom pieces, onion, turnip, and garlic. Add the vegetable oil and cook slowly over a low heat. Stir in the cheese spread and catsup. Stuff the slightly cooled mixture into the mushroom crowns and place on a greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle tops with the fine soft bread crumbs. Bake at 425 degrees for 6-8minutes.
Ingredients & Preparation:
- 1 Cup Light Brown Sugar (Packed)
- 2 Quarts Apple Cider
- 1 Cup Lemon Juice
- Cinnamon Sticks
- 8 Whole Cloves
- 3/4 Cup Rum
- Combine brown sugar, apple cider, lemon juice, cloves and 2 cinnamon sticks in large pan and allow to boil.
- Reduce heat to simmer and heat for another 10 minutes.
- Strain and add rum and a single cinnamon stick to each individual mug.