Sunrise was incredibly red this morning and it was sunny for a bit, but now the clouds have closed in. It’s 47F with only a little breeze. Looks like we have a significant amount of rain coming in, starting tonight, but mostly into the weekend. They’re talking 3-4 inches.
Yesterday was a long day of writing. I should have been working on newsletters, but I sidetracked so thoroughly into research that I never got there until after esbat. We’ve got a plan for this Turn of the Wheel.
After getting home from esbat Tempus and I took a couple minutes to look at the stars. Orion was just beginning to be visible over the eastern trees, the Pleides were bright, climbing to the zenith and Cygnus was flying off into the west.
I don’t know why this one touched me, so, but it did. Horse rescue http://boredomtherapy.com/100-horses-on-an-island/
This is fantastic. Explaining physics. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jjFjC30-4
Today’s plant is the Pacific Blackberry, Rubus ursinus.There are several species of blackberries that grow in the PNW, the nasty invasive one being the Himalayan blackberry, Rubus armeniacus. Here are pictures so that you can compare the blossoms, ursinus on the left and armeniacus on the right. Ursinus (from the Latin for “bear”) also has narrower leaves and reddish canes. It is the ancestor of Marionberries, Boysenberries & parent of Loganberries, too. Feminine, Venus, Water, Brigit, Healing, Money, Protection – Carry leaves for money, use blackberry leaves in spring water as healing for burns, in incense for Lughnasadh. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_blackberry
Today’s feast is the Epulum Jovis – in Capitoli, Festival of Jupiter, Roman Empire (Nov 12 – 14) – Epulum Jovis in Capitoli was a three-day festival honouring the one Roman deity given the title of God – Jupiter, or Jove to the Romans and Zeus to the Greeks. Jupiter was the god of the sky and thunder, a friendly, mostly happy god, not vengeful or destructive like the Bible’s Jehovah (God of the Jews), who is also sometimes called in English ‘Jove’ by association. The English word ‘jovial’, in fact, comes from this happy god. However, he could sometimes be a punishing deity. He was born of Cronus (Saturn) and Rhea (Ops). Worship of Zeus originated among the Minoans, where he was known as the Earthshaker. At Epirus in Greece, his voice was heard coming from a giant oak tree. (from Wilson’s Almanac) More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jupiter_(mythology)#Epula_Iovis and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epulum_Jovis
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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 11/1 at 9:47pm. 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 on 11/25 at 2:4pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 11/1 at 9:47pm.
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. Runic half month of Naudhiz/ Nyd /Nauthiz – November 13- 27 – Time to prepare for winter. Bank the walls, seal the windows, make sure the shutters will close properly. The storms are coming.
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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
W 11 High 12:10 AM 6.8 7:07 AM Rise 6:54 AM 0
11 Low 5:47 AM 2.4 4:53 PM Set 5:19 PM
11 High 11:40 AM 8.2
11 Low 6:30 PM -0.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You will never see what is in front of you, if you never look back.
~ All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired. – Martin Luther (1483-1546) German leader of the Protestant Reformation
~ Friendship is a pretty full-time occupation if you really are friendly with somebody. You can’t have too many friends because then you’re just not really friends. – Truman Capote (1924-1984) US writer
~ All you have to do is know where you’re going. The answers will come to you of their own accord. – Earl Nightingale
~ The real measure of a day’s heat is the length of a sleeping cat. – Charles J. Brady
Remember, we are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not. Our actions and states of mind matter, because we’re so deeply interconnected with one another. Working on our own consciousness is the most important thing that we are doing at any moment, and being love is the supreme creative act. – Ram Dass
Egg and Sweet Potato Cups – These fun little mini quiches are a healthy version of the typical quiche with pie crust. These use sweet potatoes to make a lovely crust for the egg filling.
- 2 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
- 2 tablespoons sage, fresh chopped
- 6 large eggs
- 4 large egg white
- 4 tablespoons onion, minced
- 2 cups spinach, chopped
- 2 tablespoons low fat milk
- 6 tablespoons low fat cheddar cheese, shredded
1 – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
4 – Combine eggs, onion, spinach and cheese. Fill muffin cups with egg mixture and bake for another 10 – 15 minutes until egg is set in the middle.
Hobbit’s Seed Cake – In his writing, Professor Tolkien said he was particularly fond of Seed Cake. Try a slice of this vintage recipe with a warm mug of tea and see if it doesn’t transport you to another realm.
Many modern readers imagine seed cake to be chock full of sunflower or pumpkin seeds, but it turns out Tolkien grew up on a decadently buttery version of pound cake full of caraway seeds. They have a sweet, licorice flavor reminiscent of a milder, earthier version of anise seeds. You can find them at most Indian groceries. They’ve been out of fashion in sweets and tea cakes for a couple generations now, which is a darn shame. If you want to indulge in a little armchair time travel, the next rainy day, try curling up with a good book, a hearty slice of seed cake, and a hot cup of milky tea and you’ll feel transported to another era.
- 4 eggs
- ¾ c / 180 g butter
- 1 c / 200 g sugar
- 2 c / 250 g flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- ¼ c / 30 g almond meal/flour
- 1 ½ tbsp caraway seeds
- ¼ cup / 60 ml whole milk
- 2 1/2 c / 320 g powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup / 120 ml cold water
- 1 tsp almond extract
Cream the eggs, butter, and sugar. Yes, that’s a lot of butter. The Victorians weren’t known for eating healthy. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Once they’re well blended, add the almond meal and all important caraway seeds.
Mix the dry ingredients into your bowl of butter. Splash in the milk. Now give it all a good beating so everything is well blended. You should achieve something the thickness of brownie batter. Scoop your batter into a well-greased 2 pound cake pan. (You’ll need a spatula. This batter is way too dense to pour.) Shake the pan to help settle the batter before baking.
Bake at 350F / 180 C for 50-55 minutes, or until it is both golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. This loaf is so dense it can be deceptive, so make sure to give it that toothpick test.
Let the cake rest in the pan for 20 minutes before removing it. That both lets it cool and reduces the risk of it crumbling when you remove it. If you buttered the pan heavily enough, after 20 minutes it should slide right out.
The Victorians weren’t fans of icing on their cakes. However, if you prefer a little extra sweetness on top, feel free to add a light sugar glaze. Simply whisk the glaze ingredients together. If it’s too thin for your taste, add another 1/4 cup powdered sugar. Let the cake cool completely then paint the glaze on top.
Once the loaf has cooled, serve cut it into 1 inch / 2.5 cm slices. It should last 3-4 days in an airtight container, provided you can keep your hands off it for that long.
Date Night: Roasted Cornish Game Hens with Garlic and Rosemary – Leah Rodrigues – November 2, 2012 – The best practice when trying to impress someone with a meal is to cook something simple yet sophisticated. These individual roasted Cornish game hens are absolutely delicious and easy to make. A Cornish game hen is a hybrid chicken that has been crossed with a Cornish Game and Plymouth or White Rock. It has has a stronger, gamier flavor compared to chicken but it’s not as strong as beef or lamb. Serve these petite roasted birds with a side of creamed spinach and roasted potatoes.
- 4 Cornish game hens
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 lemon, quartered
- 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 24 cloves garlic
- cup white wine
- cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 4 sprigs fresh rosemary, for garnish
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
- Rub hens with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Lightly season hens with salt and pepper. Place 1 lemon wedge and 1 sprig rosemary in cavity of each hen. Arrange in a large, heavy roasting pan, and arrange garlic cloves around hens. Roast in preheated oven for 25 minutes.
- Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a mixing bowl, whisk together wine, chicken broth, and remaining 2 tablespoons of oil; pour over hens. Continue roasting about 25 minutes longer, or until hens are golden brown and juices run clear. Baste with pan juices every 10 minutes.
- Transfer hens to a platter, pouring any cavity juices into the roasting Tent hens with aluminum foil to keep warm. Transfer pan juices and garlic cloves to a medium saucepan and boil until liquids reduce to a sauce consistency, about 6 minutes. Cut hens in half lengthwise and arrange on plates. Spoon sauce and garlic around hens. Garnish with rosemary sprigs, and serve.
Silliness – Deep Thoughts from the Shower – Since smart watches can now read your pulse, there should be a feature that erases your browser history if your heart stops beating. – via Shower Thoughts