There was a flotilla of ducks on the far side of the bay as we rolled into town this morning. We have to finish packing, get coffee and then head out. Another screech of gulls, mostly, we a little closer to the bridge, but I suspect they were on a floating log. 56F, very little wind, and I’m *so* tempted to say, “I told you so!” about yesterday’s weather….
Ken Gagne Sunset…..
Tempus spent a lot of the day getting ready for our trip. He wasn’t all that busy, even if the storm didn’t really materialize. He had people in shopping. Marcus and I rolled in about 9:30 and after sitting and talking for a bit, he headed home for some well-earned sleep and Tempus and I got to unpacking and packing until I just ran out of spoons and we went home and fell into bed.
Moon was gorgeous on the drive back and then while I was waiting for Tempus to lock up the shop. We actually stood outside the solarium for a bit watching the speeding clouds across Her face and the corona coming and going.
Today we’re heading for Sisters on our anniversary trip! We’re staying at Five Pines and it looks like a fun time. We’ve got a couple of extra hours to play around on the way there, so we’ll probably stop at some of the parks.
A photo from 10/14/15 by Pattie Huggins Deitrick, posted in the Facebook group Waldport Community
Today’s plant is Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. It is naturalized in the PNW, being native to Europe, not the Americas. Digitalis was one of the first heart medications and was extracted from the plant and then synthesized. The plant is poisonous, not just because of this (too much causes irregular heartbeat), but some other chemicals. Also known as Lady’s Glove, Witches’ Gloves, Fairy Fingers, or Dead Men’s Bells. – Feminine, Venus, Water – A Druid sacred herb associated with the “little people”. Lust, protection, decision, grow in a garden for protection of house and yard, reveals insincerity. Flower meaning – a wish, “I am not ambitious for myself but for you”.
Today is World Food Prize day. The idea was to cut the number of hungry in half in the world by 2015. Hmm… I doubt that we’re getting there, but it looks like the prize has focused more and more on food security. In 2013 there was quite a bit of controversy because the prize went to folks in the biotech industry. Last year’s winner was Dr Sanjaya Rajaram who has developed 480 varieties of disease resistant wheat. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Food_Prize and on the history of the prize here: http://www.ift.org/food-technology/past-issues/2009/october/features/creation-and-history-of-the-world-food-prize.aspx
The shop is closed for our anniversary trip! Fall hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, but closing time will continue to follow sunset over the next couple of months. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at firstname.lastname@example.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 10/17 at 9:23am. 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 10/30 at 10:38am.
Mars starts the week just above the Teapot’s handle.
This is the time of year when, just after nightfall, W-shaped Cassiopeia stands on end halfway up the northeastern sky — and when, three fists to its left, the dim Little Dipper extends leftward from Polaris in the north.
Algol >>> shines at minimum brightness for about two hours centered on 9:49 p.m. EDT.
Venus (magnitude –3.9) shines low in the southwest during twilight.
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
Su 16 High 12:59 AM 7.9 7:34 AM Set 8:00 AM 99
~ 16 Low 7:00 AM 0.7 6:29 PM Rise 7:18 PM
~ 16 High 1:03 PM 8.9
~ 16 Low 7:38 PM -1.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Rest is good, but not when it feeds inertia. Let rest be true rest, then rise again to the practices that feed your soul.
~ A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. – William James
~ It is at the edge of a petal that love waits. – William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) US poet
~ No one can claim to be called Christian who gives money for the building of warships and arsenals. – Belva Lockwood (1830-1917) US attorney
~ The groundwork of all happiness is health. – Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) English writer
LULLABY OF THE IROQUOIS
Little brown baby-bird, lapped in your nest,
Wrapped in your nest,
Strapped in your nest,
Your straight little cradle-board rocks you to rest;
Its hands are your nest;
Its bands are your nest;
It swings from the down-bending branch of the oak;
You watch the camp flame, and the curling gray smoke;
But, oh, for your pretty black eyes sleep is best, –
Little brown baby of mine, go to rest.
Little brown baby-bird swinging to sleep,
Winging to sleep,
Singing to sleep,
Your wonder-black eyes that so wide open keep,
Shielding their sleep,
Unyielding to sleep,
The heron is homing, the plover is still,
The night-owl calls from his haunt on the hill,
Afar the fox barks, afar the stars peep, –
Little brown baby of mine, go to sleep. – Pauline Johnson (1861-1914) was a popular Canadian poet, writer, and entertainer.
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!
Rain’s Apple Vanilla Chai (good with raisin pie!)
- 2 qt. apple cider/juice, VERY preferably the fresh unfiltered stuff
- 2 cups very strong unflavored black tea, preferably a good Yunnan or Assam if you have it
- 1 tsp. whole cloves
- 1 tsp. whole allspice
- About half a nutmeg, not grated–crack it with a hammer or (being Pagan) a clean rock. 🙂
- 1 tsp. cardamom seeds, lightly cracked if desired but not powdered
- Two 3-inch cinnamon sticks (don’t use powder!)
- 1/2 to 1 tsp. black pepper, preferably whole
- 1/2 c. lightly packed brown sugar, or to taste
- 1 to 2 tsp. vanilla
- A few grains of salt
- Orange sections
Bring all but the tea, raisins and orange segments to a boil in a large kettle. Reduce heat and simmer 30 to 60 minutes. Remove spices if desired, and add the tea. Serve hot in mugs. Thread raisins and orange sections on skewers (or sassafras twigs split lengthwise) and use as stirrers. This could probably handle a splash of cream, but I haven’t tried it yet and can’t vouch. Nor have I tried it with Earl Grey, but the idea intrigues me. Source: Rain Redknife
Howling Jack Honey Pumpkin Mead by Aurora – This mead is the color of a ripe peach and smells like autumn leaves – perfect for a Harvest party or Sabbat. [Anja’s note: I don’t think this will work they way she’s got it put together. It’s most likely that the pumpkin would explode. We’ve got pretty much the same recipe going in a carboy (with the pumpkin cut into the must…) and it’s two years and still under pressure! If someone experiments, let me know….]
- 1 sound, hard-rind pumpkin (approx. 2 quart capacity)
- Paraffin wax
- 1 1/2 quarts of water
- 4 lbs. honey
- 2 each oranges and lemons
- 1 pkt. wine yeast
- 1 tea bag (black tea)
- Prepare yeast starter.
- Sterilize honey and water by boiling for 10 minutes, skimming the froth as it rises.
- Remove from heat; stir in sliced citrus fruits, including skins.
- Cool to room temperature; pitch yeast.
- Allow to sit over night.
- Prepare pumpkin by cutting off the top with a sharp knife. The top must “mate” with the bottom so cut carefully. Clean out the seeds, strings, and membranes of the pumpkin. Rinse out with water.
- Pour the must into the pumpkin, leaving an inch of air space between the liquid and the rim of the opening. Replace the top.
- Prepare the paraffin/water bath: Fill a plastic bucket with hot water, melt the paraffin wax and float it on the water.
- Dip the pumpkin, bottom first, into the warm paraffin until it is coated up to its lid. Once the paraffin begins to harden on the pumpkin skin, seal the lid by carefully pouring paraffin over the top, making sure to coat the seam.
- Set the pumpkin in the middle of a shallow dishpan full of water to keep any thirsty pickle worms at bay and place it in a dark, quiet spot.
- Allow to sit for two months, then siphon off and bottle.
Note: It is probably a good idea to rack the mead into a glass fermenter, fitted with an air lock, for evaluation prior to bottling. If the fermentation is not complete and you bottle prematurely, the corks and glass may blow.
WITCHS BREW (Woohoo!) For Kids Of All Ages!!!
1 (10 ounce) package frozen raspberries, thawed
2 1/2 cups cranberry juice
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
2 liters ginger ale
2 liters sparkling apple cider (non-alcoholic)
6 gummi snakes candy
- To make the frozen hand: Wash and rinse the outside of a latex dish-washing glove. Turn glove inside out and set aside.
- In a 4 cup measuring cup, combine the thawed raspberries and cranberry juice.
- Pour 2 cups of the raspberry mixture into a small saucepan.
- Sprinkle the gelatin over and let stand 2 minutes.
- Warm over low heat, stirring constantly, just until gelatin dissolves.
- Mix back into the reserved raspberry mixture in the measuring cup.
- Pour raspberry mixture into the inverted glove.
- Gather up the top of the glove and tie securely with kitchen twine.
- Freeze until solid, or several days if possible.
To serve: Carefully cut latex glove away from frozen hand. Place frozen hand, palm side up, leaning against side of a large punch bowl. Pour in ginger ale and sparkling cider. Garnish with gummy snakes.