Oh, yes, the weather is getting interesting. Last night it was raining when we got home and it picked up overnight. Around 6am it was pouring down steadily and is still. The wind is picking up and there are a few branches down in the roads. The heaviest rain is east and north of us at the moment. 57F with the wind in the teens and gusts in the 20’s. We got 1 1/10 of an inch of rain yesterday and have gotten nearly an inch (.94) today!
Yesterday was a little on the crazy side. Tempus had moved the freezer and the grandfather clock on Tuesday and got the shed and a bunch of little stuff moved yesterday, so’s to get it done before the rain started. I wrote and then did newsletters. I have to have them complete, with uploaded pictures, by Friday, so that Saturday through Wednesday’s are ok to publish once I’ve written up the notes. They’re most of the way there, cleaning up and astronomy stuff that comes in on Friday is what’s left.
It had gotten darker and greyer as the day went on and by 6pm I had to turn the lights on. We had our dill soup at 9pm. Dang that was tasty!…and there’s more, at least a couple of meals more. We got home around 10 or a little later and I did my hair and we talked to Jeanne for a bit.
This morning Tempus got the shed off the trailer, dropped me here and then headed for the house to put the trailer into the driveway again. He’ll be back in a little bit, he said. I’ve got the door open, but the walkway is full of boxes and a grandfather clock and the freezer is blocking the access to the herbs and crystals!
So, today’s big thing is to get stuff out of the way. I have to start packing and I brought some of my class stuff from the freezer at the apartment. I’m doing a class called, “Papyns and Pottages” on Saturday, which is about simple medieval cookery. I need to get my ingredients together and boxed up along with the crockpots and a few tools.
Since we’re heading out early Sunday morning I need to pack for our anniversary trip, too!
The shop is open. We’ll stay that way during regular hours, although if the power goes out it’ll be interesting to be able to shop. 🙂 …and just in the time that I’ve been writing the wind has gone to the high teens and gusts into the 30’s!
Photo from 10/9/16 by Ken Gagne of the Yachats River, taken looking up the valley.
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,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 10/15 at 9:23pm. 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 10/14 at 9:23am.
Saturn and Antares advance closer to bright Venus this week.
The gibbous Moon lights the southeastern sky after dark. Look upper left of it, by a couple of fists at arm’s length, for the Great Square of Pegasus tilted up onto one corner. Far lower right of the Moon is 1st-magnitude Fomalhaut.
Algol should be at minimum brightness, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.1, for roughly two hours tonight centered on 1:00 a.m. EDT; 10:00 p.m. PDT. At any random time you glance up at Algol, you have a 1-in-30 chance of catching it at least 1 magnitude fainter than normal.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5) shines in the southwest as twilight fades. Its distance upper left from Venus shrinks from 25° to 18° this week, while its distance lower right of Mars expands from 25° to 30°. Look for Antares (magnitude +1.0) twinkling 6° below Saturn.
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month Gort/Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27 – (Hedera helix L.)
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
Th 13 Low 4:48 AM 0.5 7:30 AM Set 4:17 AM 84
~ 13 High 11:07 AM 7.5 6:35 PM Rise 5:31 PM
~ 13 Low 5:20 PM 1.2
~ 13 High 11:15 PM 7.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Happiness is made of illusion, hope, faith in people … … and in yourself, and then the friendship …
~ The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. – William James
~ If you don’t invest much, then defeat doesn’t hurt very much and winning is not very exciting. – Dick Vermeil
~ An election is coming. Universal peace is declared and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry. – Thomas Stearnes Eliot (1888-1965) US writer
~ Politics, when I am in it, it makes me sick. – William Howard Taft (1857-1930) US President (27)
Hail, old October, bright and chill,
First freedman from the summer sun!
Spice high the bowl, and drink your fill!
Thank heaven, at last the summer’s done!
–Thomas Constable (1812–81)
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.
Halloween Pumpkin Muffins by Gerina Dunwich
(This recipe yields about 3 1/2 dozen muffins.)
- 4 cups Flour
- 3 cups Sugar
- 1-3/4 teaspoons Baking Soda
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1 tablespoon Ground Cloves
- 1 tablespoon Cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon Nutmeg
- 1/2 tablespoon Ginger
- 1-1/2 cups Raisins
- 1/2 cup Walnuts (chopped)
- 4 Eggs
- 2-1/2 cups Mashed Cooked Pumpkin
- 1 cup Vegetable Oil
- 1 cup Water
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the first eleven ingredients, and then make a “well” in the middle of the mixture.
- In a separate bowl, beat the eggs lightly and then add the pumpkin, vegetable oil, and water.
- Mix together well.
- Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. (Do not overstir!)
- Spoon into paper-lined muffin pans, filling about two-thirds full.
- Bake for 20 minutes in a preheated 375-degree oven and then immediately remove the muffins from the pans to prevent them from scorching and drying out.
(The above “Halloween Pumpkin Muffins” recipe is from “The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch’s Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes” by Gerina Dunwich, page 171, Citadel Press, Carol Publishing Group Edition, 1995.)
Cranberry-Pumpkin Cookies Makes 3 dozen soft, cakelike cookies.
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 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..
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.
Silliness – Late Night Funny – Today Donald Trump said he doesn’t believe in climate change. He said if there’s a hole in the ozone layer, just comb some ozone from another part over it. – Conan O’Brien