Last Minus tide of the cycle at 11:03 PM of -0.7 feet.
It’s very grey and drippy. At one point this morning, before dawn, the rain woke me, thundering down on the solarium roof. Right now it’s mostly what’s shaking down off the trees, but Tempus had to run the wipers. The bay is ruffled up with tiny whitecaps and the ocean was almost invisible through the mist. 58F, gusts into the upper 20’s and the clouds are at 400 feet. We’ve gotten almost a 1/4 inch of rain but this is supposed to be slacking off to nothing by suppertime.
Here’s the full write-up of our Sisters trip. I’m still hunting a few things and have to re-take some pix, but it’s published. http://wp.me/P2xgQ8-5kA
Yesterday started late, of course, and was very busy. Tempus had some errands to run. We had to sort some financial stuff. The book order came in and that needed to be dealt with, plus the weekend’s mail…and the unpacking and doing laundry, etc. He’s bringing large quantities from the house, now, and they’re *all* over! I got the page about our trip put together during the
afternoon and then sorted and put away. I completely ran out of spoons at around 10pm, so I sat and read, waiting.
I’ve been up and in the garden and my leaky shoes have soaked my socks, drattit. I had a few raspberries and harvested a little mint before Tempus got up to the car and got a lot of pictures. We have to finish getting the stuff out of the shop walkway and then I have more work to do in back and Tempus is heading for storage as I type.
A photo by Ken Gagne from yesterday (10/19/16) of a Great Blue Heron.
A picture that our son Arthur took on 10/19/15 of the San Diego sunset. Wow!
Today’s plant is the cobra lily, Darlingtonia Californica, a carnivorous bog plant, native to California and Oregon. These plants are trippy…. they eat bugs, because they thrive in such awful soil that they need a different way to get the nutrients that most plants get out of the ground! No, they don’t have any magickal uses that I know of. A good article about Darlingtonia: http://coastexplorermagazine.com/features/carnivorous-rare-and-wild-cobra-lilies The wiki article is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_(plant) and one about the wayside in Florence is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_Botanical_Wayside The wayside is worth a drive. There are good walkways just above the ground level so that you don’t hurt the plants. We used to roll Grandma’s wheelchair through there every summer at least once, because she was fascinated, too.
In 1947 on this date the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) was formed. Often called “the McCarthy era”, most liberals saw it as a witch-hunt. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_Un-American_Activities_Committee
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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. 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 10/22 at 12:14pm.
After dark, spot the W of Cassiopeia standing on end high in the northeast. The third segment of the W, counting from the top, points almost straight down. Extend it twice as far down and you’re at the Double Cluster in Perseus. This pair of star-swarms is dimly apparent to the unaided eye in a dark sky, and it’s visible from almost anywhere in binoculars or a small, wide-field telescope at low power.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5) shines low in the southwest as twilight fades. It’s 18° upper left of Venus on October 14th, and only 10° from Venus by the 21st. Look for Antares (magnitude +1.0) twinkling 7° 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 20 High 4:35 AM 7.1 7:39 AM Set 12:43 PM 81
~ 20 Low 10:09 AM 2.4 6:23 PM Rise 10:34 PM
~ 20 High 4:03 PM 8.3
~ 20 Low 11:03 PM -0.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Translate fear into excited anticipation.
~ A bold, vigorous assault has won many a faltering cause. – Ira Eaker
~ Nothing is more powerful for your future than being a gatherer of good ideas and information. That’s called doing your homework. – Jim Rohn
~ A traveler am I, and a navigator, and every day I discover a new region within my soul. – Kahlil Gibran
~ Be slow in choosing a friend, but slower in changing him. – Scottish Proverb
A hill, a farm,
A forest, and a valley.
Half a hill plowed, half woods.
A forest valley and a valley field.
Sun passes over;
Two solstices a year
Cow in the pasture
A farmhouse built of wood.
A forest built on bones.
The high field, hawks
The low field, crows
Wren in the brambles
Frogs in the creek
Hot in summer
Cold in snow
The woods fade and pass.
The farm goes on.
The farm quits and fails
The woods creep down
Stocks fall you can’t sell corn
Big frost and tree-mice starve
Who wins who cares?
The woods have time.
The farmer has heirs. – Gary Snyder, from Left Out in the Rain. © Shoemaker & Hoard. Reprinted with permission.
Spirited Cheese Stuffed Apples – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)
- 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.
Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms– Arcamax – serves 6-8
16 – 20 large fresh mushrooms, cleaned and stems removed
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup green onion, chopped
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
- Combine cream cheese, garlic, green onion, parsley, Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper and mix well.
- Fill each mushroom and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.
- Serve warm.
The Skinny: Use low fat cream cheese.
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