Please be aware that the shop will be closed on Thursday, 11/26 for Thanksgiving, 12/25 for Christmas and 1/1 for New Years. We will be open on Wednesday 12/23 and Thursday, 12/24 for last-minute shoppers.
44F and bright sunshine. We’re due a bit of a break in the rain after an inch of rain yesterday.
Yesterday passed in a blur. I was so busy all day, but I have no idea what all I was doing! I remember setting up herbs to dry and adding some bracelets to the rack and having a long talk with a customer. Both Cat and the Duckmeister stopped by early on.
Tempus was still working on our renters’ water heater and came to get me at just about 5pm. I was fighting sleepiness by 6:30 and crashed after supper, getting back up after he had left for his paper route.
Today I’m going to be home trying to get more of my writing done. Tempus will be at the shop.
One of the things you can’t plan…. This was a pro baby portrait shoot outdoors and the deer wandered up to see what was going on. Imagine That Photography
Lupines are represented on the coast by the Large-Leaved Lupine, Lupinus polyphyllus, (which is often the common garden variety and all over out here)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_polyphyllus and Kincaid’s Lupine, Lupinus sulphureus subsp. Kincaidii (which used to be called Oregon Lupine). The
latter is threatened as they’re disappearing and are needed for an also disappearing butterfly. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_sulphureus We also get the yellow varieties of this one on the coast. More on the main lupin species here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin These are tall showy flower spikes with a distinctive leaf pattern that bloom all summer into the fall. Some varieties of lupins (the “sweet lupins”) are eaten, but many require soaking in salt water for long periods of time to get the alkaloids out that could be poisonous. These were eaten by the indigenes, but no one has said how they were prepared. There’s a little here about the beans, which are being used as a vegan food, but have a high potential for allergic effects. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin_bean – Masculine, Fire, Moon – As far as magick goes, it’s not listed very many places, but its old name is “Blood from a head”. The word “lupine” derives from the word for wolf, as well. They are useful in magicks for any canine. In fact, I always include them in amulets for dogs or wolves. They can also be used to help with spirit communication with the canine/lupine totems. They have also been used in curse magicks for getting rid of things like cancers, or resistant viruses and bacteria or even for brain tumors.
Praetextatus and Paulina, pagan activists, Roman Empire – Praetextatus and Paulina, husband and wife, were guardians of the Eleusinian Mysteries. In 364 CE, they resisted the order of the Christian emperor Valentinian I to suppress these already ancient Greek pagan sacred rites. Praetextatus and Paulina were virtuous people and involved with many paths, more than just the Mysteries. They were also proponents of the numen multiplex, which resembles more polytheism/pantheism. They were married for over 40 years and lived out their lives before the worst of the persecutions began, but saw the problems revving up. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Praetextatus_%28aristocrat%29
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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 on 11/25 at 2:4pm. 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 11/24 at 2:44am.
Whenever <<<<< Fomalhaut is “southing” (crossing the meridian due south, which it does around 7 p.m. this week), the first stars of Orion >>>>> are just about to rise in the east, and the Pointers of the Big Dipper stand directly below Polaris (for skywatchers in the world’s mid-northern latitudes).
Before dawn tomorrow morning, look east for bright Jupiter and brighter Venus. Between them is little orange Mars. Look carefully; very close to Mars is the 4th-magnitude star Eta Virginis. The two may appear less than 0.1° apart depending on where you are.
Jupiter shines brightly in Leo in the eastern pre-dawn sky all month.
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 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
F 20 Low 12:36 AM 1.0 7:19 AM Set 12:48 AM 56
~ 20 High 7:19 AM 7.4 4:45 PM Rise 1:53 PM
~ 20 Low 1:41 PM 2.2
~ 20 High 7:22 PM 6.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – As the sun shines upon you and the day draws to and end remember to reflect on what the day has meant, and remember to smile upon another to make their day feel bright, remember to laugh with a person so they know its meant from the heart.
~ Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. – Groucho Marx
~ “Space,” it says, “is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~ It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it. – Upton Sinclair (1878-1968) US writer
~ A cheerful heart is good medicine… (Prov 17:22a)
Beneath the crisp and wintry carpet hid
A million buds but stay their blossoming
And trustful birds have built their nests amid
The shuddering boughs, and only wait to sing
Till one soft shower from the south shall bid
And hither tempt the pilgrim steps of Spring. – Robert Bridges (1844-1930) English writer
Make a PUMPKIN CAKE
Mix the cake according to directions on the box.
Pour the cake mix into ONE cupcake liner.
Pour the rest of the cake mix into the bundt cake pan, coating the pan as directed on the box.
Bake according to the directions on the box, making sure you don’t over bake the cupcake.
Mix up a small amount of frosting in one mixing bowl using green food coloring.
Mix up the rest of the frosting in another mixing bowl using red and yellow food coloring to create orange.
Frost the cake with the orange frosting.
Frost the cupcake on the sides and bottom with the green frosting.
Place the cupcake, bottom side up, on the top of the cake.
Makes a nice table decoration.
Pams Thanksgiving Pie – Try Pam’s special Thanksgiving pie, chock full of maple, coconut, pecans, and a healthy dose of holiday cheer! This recipe has been used since 1860!
From, “Atlanta Cooknotes,” published in cooperation with your Daily InBox newsletter.
- 1 unbaked nine-inch deep-dish pastry shell
- 4 large eggs, well beaten
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup softened margarine
- 1 cup milk
- 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon butter extract
- 1/4 teaspoon maple flavoring
- 1/4 cup dark corn syrup
- 1/4 cup oatmeal
- 1/2 cup flaked coconut
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine eggs, sugar, margarine, milk, flour, flavorings, and corn syrup; beat well. Blend in oatmeal, coconut, and pecans. Mixture will seem soupy.
Pour into unbaked pastry shell. Bake on lowest rake of oven for 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool and chill two to three hours. Pie filling becomes a custard with a crunchy top.
SERVINGS: 6 – 8
Butternut Squash Galette
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 butternut squash (about 1 1/2 pounds), cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices
- kosher salt and black pepper
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage leaves
- 1 basic flaky piecrust
- 1 tablespoon heavy cream
- 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese (2 ounces)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 small head frisée
- Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, squash, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until tender, 8 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in the sage; let cool.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment. Roll the piecrust on a floured surface into a 12-inch circle; place on the prepared baking sheet. Top the piecrust with the squash and onion mixture, leaving a clear 2-inch border. Fold the edges of the piecrust over and toward the center, overlapping slightly and partially covering the squash. Chill until the dough is firm, at least 20 minutes and up to 1 hour.
- Heat oven to 350° F with a rack set in the lowest position. Brush the piecrust with the cream. Bake until the squash is cooked through and the crust is golden, 45 to 55 minutes. Top with the blue cheese.
- Meanwhile, whisk together the oil, vinegar, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add the frisée and toss to combine. Serve the galette with the salad.
Silliness – Deep Thoughts from the Shower – The person who would proof read Hitler’s speeches was literally a grammar Nazi. – via Shower Thoughts