We got going really late again, yesterday, and Tempus had to deal with the cars right away. He got the spare on the van and then went to see what had happened with his Subaru. It blew the radiator! Amazingly enough the thing still starts and runs….badly, but it runs…. We can’t get a tire until morning, though, so he’ll be running up to Newport first thing to do that tomorrow.
I was working on newsletters and doing some research on Roman herbs & spices and what they believed that they did. Silphium is supposed to be a really good cooking spice that was also a contraceptive and was driven extinct. Originy seems to be oregano, but not the one we commonly use.
I got a bath in the evening and then read for a bit, taking it a bit easy, since I’m still tired and then I couldn’t get to sleep. Go figure. So, I’m short on sleep and groggy this morning.
Today I’ll be at the shop. Tempus is going to be running around, trying to get the car fixed and our bills paid. This afternoon and evening is Sewing. Marius needs an apron, so I guess that’s first on the agenda and I have more garb sewing to do.
A tide pool pic from awhile back. I took this one because of the light sparkles.
Today’s Plant is Pearly Everlasting, Anaphalis margaritacea, sometimes called Life-Everlasting. The “everlasting” part of the name comes from the fact that the flowers dry well and can be used as decorations during the winter month. There are a number of medicinal uses for this plant, particularly as poultices and often as a decoction added to a hot bag of some sort (iow, put it on a washcloth, warm and put a heating pad on top of that) for bruises, sprains and to the chest for bronchitis, among others – Feminine, Venus, Air – Add to spells that are long-term. Can be useful in a sachet/potpourri/amulet since the flowers will soak up essential oils and release the scent over time.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaphalis_margaritacea
Today in 1929 was Black Tuesday, the day of the Stock Market Crash that led into the Great Depression. Nobody is completely sure what caused it, even yet, although there are some darned good analyses out there of the “run-up”. One of the better statement’s about it is in Robert Heinlein’s writings. “How do you control an engine by positive feedback?” “You don’t! I would run out of control!” “There’s nothing a government can do that doesn’t work like positive feedback on an engine.” There’s a good article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Tuesday
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Love & Light,
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 11/11 at 9:47am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 11/3 at 4:24am.
Moon near Aldebaran – Thursday, October 29, 8:30 p.m. local time – The moon again passes close to Aldebaran.
The Ghost of Summer Suns. Halloween is approaching, and this means that Arcturus >>>, the star sparkling low in the west-northwest in twilight, is taking on its role as “the Ghost of Summer Suns.” What does this mean? For several days centered on October 29th every year, Arcturus occupies a special place above your local landscape. It closely marks the spot there where the Sun stood at the same time, by the clock, during warm June and July — in broad daylight, of course. So, in the last days of October each year, you can think of Arcturus as the chilly Halloween ghost of the departed summer Sun.
Jupiter shines brightly eastern pre-dawn sky all month. It passes close to Mars on the 17th and Venus on the 26th.
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 Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24
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.
Harvest 10/29 & 30
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Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl), reed – 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
Th 29 High 2:30 AM 7.7 7:50 AM Set 10:14 AM 97
~ 29 Low 8:11 AM 1.7 6:10 PM Rise 8:19 PM
~ 29 High 2:06 PM 9.2
~ 29 Low 8:58 PM -1.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When you are forgiving you do not become a doormat. You become the door.
Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Pick a noteworthy figure in politics, sports, music, or film about whom you know a great deal and whom you admire. Write a narrative about this person’s life and work.
~ The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. – Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love
~ Love is to the heart what the summer is to the farmer’s year–it brings to harvest all the loveliest flowers of the soul. – Unknown
~ The first place to look for anything is the last place you would expect to find it. – Law of the Search, Corollary: It will not be in the last place you expect to find it.
~ To be one’s own master is to be the slave of self. – Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972) US writer
Beauty of a Woman
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears,
The figure she carries, or the way she combs her hair.
The beauty of a woman must be seen from her eyes,
Because that is the doorway to her heart,
The place where love resides.
The beauty of a woman Is not in a facial mole,
But true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.
It is the caring that she lovingly gives,
The passion that she shows.
The beauty of a woman
With passing years — only grows. – GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives 2002
Samhain Magick – Recipes
Spirited Cheese Stuffed Apples – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)
- 1- 3oz package softened cream cheese
- 4 medium apples
- 1 1/3oz Apple Cheddar Cheese
- 1 tablespoon dry white wine
Beat together both cheeses and the wine, with an electric or rotary mixer, until smooth. Core the apples and hollow out, leaving apple shells about 1/2 inch thick. Fill the apples with the cheese mixture and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
Cut apples into 8 wedges.
Or (Anja’s recipe) use 1 oz of shredded cheddar cheese and about ¼ cup of the apple bits and 1 tbsp of dark rum
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Ingredients & Preparation:
11/2 Cups Pumpkin Seeds (Cleaned & Rinsed)
2 Teaspoon Melted Butter
- Saturate pumpkin seeds with the melted butter in a medium bowl and salt to desired flavoring.
- You can also add other seasonings you like such as black pepper, cajun seasonings or garlic salt-This part is up to you.
- When your seeds are fully seasoned, spread them on a baking sheet so they are one layer thick.
- Bake in preheated 300 degree F oven until golden brown (about 45 minutes), re-arranging occasionally so all seeds are evenly roasted
- WITCHES FLYING MIX For Kids Of All Ages!!!
- This fun mix takes only five minutes to prepare, looks great on the table, and taste terrific. Witches’ flying mix was especially designed for working moms or guardians whose schedules are jammed and who can’t make something for the school party, or for the mother who, at 10:00 P.M., learns from her third-grader that she’s expected to provide a snack for tomorrow’s Halloween party.
- 1 cup popcorn (or Cracker Jack’s)
1/2 cup candy corn
1/2 cup small marshmallows
1/2 cup black jelly beans
- Mix all ingredients together in a colorful bowl. Makes 8 servings.
- From Landa at OccultCrafts