Yesterday just flew past. There was far too much to do and not enough time to do it in. Tempus spent the early part of the day putting things away, made a loaf of bread and then headed for the house. I was going through mail and spent quite a lot of the day finding files and getting them properly stashed. He was back for supper and then took off for his paper route, picking me up at 3.
It wasn’t nearly as wet as it’s been the last couple of times. In fact it was quite pleasant, just cool enough with the window open and the heat going on our toes. We got back to the shop at 4:45. Tempus figured that with having to take the car in for the starter, early, we might as well just stay at the shop.
He’s taken it over to the car place long since. I just woke and am gummy-eyed and stiff. I started the dehydrator on some bananas last night, so I need to pull those before too long. Tempus is working on breakfast and coffee. I have quite a bit of set-up for the Sabbat to do.
Today’s Plant is Pearly Everlasting, Anaphalis margaritacea, sometimes called Life-Everlasting. The “everlasting” part of the name comes from the fact that the flowers dry well and can be used as decorations during the winter month. There are a number of medicinal uses for this plant, particularly as poultices and often as a decoction added to a hot bag of some sort (iow, put it on a washcloth, warm and put a heating pad on top of that) for bruises, sprains and to the chest for bronchitis, among others – Feminine, Venus, Air – Add to spells that are long-term. Can be useful in a sachet/potpourri/amulet since the flowers will soak up essential oils and release the scent over time.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaphalis_margaritacea
Today in 1929 was Black Tuesday, the day of the Stock Market Crash that led into the Great Depression. Nobody is completely sure what caused it, even yet, although there are some darned good analyses out there of the “run-up”. One of the better statement’s about it is in Robert Heinlein’s writings. “How do you control an engine by positive feedback?” “You don’t! I would run out of control!” “There’s nothing a government can do that doesn’t work like positive feedback on an engine.” There’s a good article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Tuesday
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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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 10/28 at 10:38pm. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 10:38am on 10/30.
The waning crescent Moon passes Jupiter low in the dawn of Saturday the 28th. That star near them is 3rd-magnitude Gamma Virginis (Porrima). As always, the Moon’s placement is exact for a viewer at latitude 40° north, longitude 90° west.
The low twilight lineup of Saturn, Venus, and Antares in the southwest now begins to bend the other way, as Venus moves east. Around the same time, look for Arcturus low in the west-northwest.
Mars (magnitude +0.3) still glows in the south-southwest at dusk, some 40° upper left of Venus. In a telescope, Mars has shrunk to 8 arcseconds in diameter.
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 –
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. 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.
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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
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 28 Low 5:41 AM 1.4 7:49 AM Rise 5:43 AM 7
~ 28 High 11:49 AM 7.8 6:10 PM Set 5:38 PM
~ 28 Low 6:21 PM 0.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Budget: A method for going broke methodically.
~ Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit. – Napoleon Hill
~ Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity. -Will Smith
~ The thoughts we choose to think are the tools we use to paint the canvas of our lives. – Louise Hay
~ The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end. – Leon Trotsky (1879-1940) Russian revolutionary
The trees are in their autumn beauty,
The woodland paths are dry,
Under the October twilight the water
Mirrors a still sky. –William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)
Pumpkin Marble Cheesecake
- 1 1/2 c Gingersnap Crumbs
- 1/2 c Finely Chopped Pecans
- 1/3 c Margarine, Melted
- 16 oz Cream Cheese, Softened
- 3/4 c Sugar
- 1 t Vanilla
- 3 ea Eggs
- 1 c Canned Pumpkin
- 3/4 t Cinnamon
- 1/4 t Ground Nutmeg
- Combine crumbs, pecans and margarine; press onto bottom and 1 1/2-inches up sides of 9-inch springform pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees F., 10 minutes.
- Combine cream cheese, 1/2 c sugar and vanilla, mixing at medium speed on electric mixer until well blended.
- Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
- Reserve 1 c batter, chill.
- Add remaining sugar, pumpkin and spices to remaining batter; mix well.
- Alternately layer pumpkin and cream cheese batters over crust.
- Cut through batters with knife several times for marble effect.
- Bake at 350 degrees F., 55 minutes.
- Loosen cake from rim of pan; cool before removing rim of pan. Chill.
Ichabod Crane’s Baked Pumpkin Mousse – Serves 8.
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup superfine sugar
4 eggs, seperated
5 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup heavy cream
Pinch of salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Butter a 6-cup ovenproof bowl.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and 3/4 cups sugar.
- eat in the yolks, one at a time.
- Stir in the cornmeal, pumpkin, and spices, then the cream.
- Beat the egg whites until they are foamy.
- Add the salt.
- Continue to beat until soft peaks form.
- Gradually add the remaining 1/4 cup sugar, a teaspoon at a time, and continue beating until the whites are stiff and glossy but not dry.
- Fold the whites into the pumpkin mixture and pour the mixture into the buttered bowl.
- Set the bowl in a larger pan filled with 1 inch of hot water and bake for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Serve warm from the bowl, or let it settle on a cooling rack for 30 minutes and then invert the mousse onto a plate.
- Make a jack-o’-lantern face with currants and serve with unsweetened whipped cream.
Bird’s Nest Pudding by Siannan
The name of this pudding (really more like a pie) comes from the serving appearance–the apples are nestled in a bowl created by the crust. Just the thing for contemplating a warm fire or a cozy night of music!
5 Granny Smith apples, cored and peeled and sliced thinly
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup milk
2 cups flour (I use a half and half mixture of wheat and white flours–all wheat yields a tough crust)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp butter
1/2 cup sugar (for topping)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Grease a deep pie dish (lightly grease the rim of the dish as well).
- Toss apple slices with cinnamon and nutmeg and arrange in the dish.
- Blend together the egg, sugar, salt, milk, flour, cream, and baking powder until it begins to form a dough.
- Do not over mix!
- Shape the dough into a crust and mold it over the top of the pie dish to cover.
- Bake at for 25 minutes.
- To serve, invert the dish over a platter.
- Dot the apples with butter and sprinkle with the remaining sugar.
- Serve with heavy cream sprinkled with nutmeg.
Uncle Ray’s Orange-Carrot Jell-O® Mold – (I have a “brain” mold, anyone want to try this one? <grin>)
- l pkg. (small size) orange Jell-O®
- 2 or 3 medium carrots—-finely grated
- 1/4 tsp. white horseradish
- 1 and 1/4 cups water
- Boil the water
- Add horseradish,
- Mix in the orange Jell-O®
- Stir and add the finely grated carrots
- Pour into mold and refrigerate till set…serve with creamy dressing…following:
DRESSING – Mix equal parts of Mayonnaise and heavy cream together and chill. Serve with Jell-O® mold.