Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 12:23 AM of -0.1 feet.
No Sewing Workshop tonight!
54F and raining off and on. Sometimes it’s really bucketed down but we’re only gotten 3/10 of an inch so far. We got almost 3/5 of an inch yesterday. There’s a little wind, gusting up to 10mph here in town.
Yesterday was busy, but not in the standard ways. We slept until nearly 2pm, then started in on chores. Tempus took off to get some paperwork done at the shop and after I got the newsletter out I sorted some more things into drawers and organized a couple of ’em that I hadn’t gotten to last week, then spent awhile putting clean utensils away, putting books away and things like that. After that I sat down and finished working out some embroidery patterns, consulting with the person who’s making the final garment and then doing some practice pieces. That took awhile and it was nice to have the time to concentrate! I pulled out a fairly mindless project after that (needlepoint) that needs to be done by the end of the month and alternated computer, the project and reading for the rest of the night.
When Tempus got back he worked on laundry and we talked logistics for this weekend, then drowsed off to sleep listening to the rain. He was up early, finishing a couple of loads of laundry this morning.
Now that we’re at the shop we’re in the final day of getting ready. There are boxes to get out of the line of fire, floors to sweep and I need to put some of the embroidery projects up front away and set up the event altar.
Today is the anniversary of Nikita Khrushchev’s notorious “shoe-banging”. He got mad at someone (a Philippine diplomat?), yanked off his shoe, brandished it at the man and walloped the table in anger, possibly getting even madder because his pounding stopped his watch! More information on the incident here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoe-banging_incident and on Kruschev here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kruschev
Today’s Plant is Lovage, levisticum officinale. It seems to have originated somewhere near the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for a long while, being a very useful plant. It has a strong, long-lasting scent, that reminds a person of celery and parsley, but with the volume turned up. I harvested some one afternoon around 4pm and at nearly 9am the next morning, having washed my hands several times, I could still detect it! It’s great in salads, but chop it small and mix with other greens or it overpowers! Both leaf and seed are great in soups, especially seafood chowders and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable. I’ve drunk lovage cordial, which is tasty. It has a high flavonoid content, as well. Medicinally, a strong leaf tea, iced, is a good antiseptic, especially for extensive scrapes, where it takes down the sting and swelling very quickly and can be splashed on as often as needed. It can be used for mild cases of water retention, as well, and even with high blood pressure. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often used in love magicks, but works best as a self-confidence enhancer. Take a bath with a sachet of the leaves, or make a strong tea that you toss into the bathwater before going out to meet new people or to start a new job. It also helps to squeeze a small sachet of the leaves if you’re having trouble concentrating on a task. Wiki has more:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovage
The shop is open 11-7pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. 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
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 10/19 at 12:12pm. 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 10/12 at 5:25am. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 10/15 at 12:12am.
After occulting Regulus on the morning of the 15th, the waning crescent Moon descends day by day toward Mars and Venus. These scenes are drawn exact for the middle of North America. For clarity, the Moon is always shown three times its actual apparent size.
After dark, spot the W of Cassiopeia high in the northeast, it’s standing almost on end. The third segment of the W, counting from the top, points almost straight down. Extend it twice as far down as its own length, 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 (use averted vision), and it’s visible from almost anywhere in binoculars. It’s lovely in telescopes.
Mercury is hidden behind the glare of the Sun.
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy, Sep 30 – Oct 27
Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102 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.
©2017 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Th 12 Low 12:23 AM -0.1 7:28 AM Set 2:52 PM 58
~ 12 High 7:05 AM 6.3 6:37 PM
~ 12 Low 12:32 PM 3.2
~ 12 High 6:24 PM 7.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Sometimes it doesn’t matter how good you are at something – it is how bad you want it.
~ Whenever 2 people meet there are 6 present. There is the man as he sees himself, each as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is. – William James
~ Who is rich? He who rejoices in his portion. – The Talmud
~ With lies you may get ahead in the world-but you can never go back. – Russian Proverb
~ Within yourself is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat anytime. – Hermann Hesse
O Suns and skies and clouds of June,
And flowers of June together,
Ye cannot rival for one hour
October’s bright blue weather;
When loud the bumblebee makes haste,
Belated, thriftless vagrant,
And goldenrod is dying fast,
And lanes with grapes are fragrant. – Helen Hunt Jackson (1830–85)
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.
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 nor 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
Ingredients & Preparation:
- 1 Cup Light Brown Sugar (Packed)
- 2 Quarts Apple Cider
- 1 Cup Lemon Juice
- Cinnamon Sticks
- 8 Whole Cloves
- 3/4 Cup Rum
- Combine brown sugar, apple cider, lemon juice, cloves and 2 cinnamon sticks in large pan and allow to boil.
- Reduce heat to simmer and heat for another 10 minutes.
- Strain and add rum and a single cinnamon stick to each individual mug.
Silliness – Credit Cards
In March 1992 a man living in Newtown near Boston Massachusetts received a bill for his as yet unused credit card stating that he owed $0.00. He ignored it and threw it away.
In April he received another and threw that one away too. The following month the credit card company sent him a very nasty note stating they were going to cancel his card if he didn’t send them $0.00 by return of post. He called them, talked to them, they said it was a computer error and told him they’d take care of it.
The following month he decided that it was about time that he tried out the troublesome credit card, figuring that if there were purchases on his account it would put an end to his ridiculous predicament. However, in the first store that he produced his credit card in payment for his purchases he found that his card had been canceled. He called the credit card company, who apologized for the computer error once again and said that they would take care of it.
The next day he got a bill for $0.00 stating that payment was now overdue. Assuming that having spoken to the credit card company only the previous day the latest bill was yet another mistake he ignored it, trusting that the company would be as good as their word and sort the problem out.
The next month he got a bill for $0.00 stating that he had 10 days to pay his account or the company would have to take steps to recover the debt.
Finally giving in, he thought he would play the company at their own game and mailed them a check for $0.00. The computer duly processed his account and returned a statement to the effect that he now owed the credit card company nothing at all.
A week later, the man’s bank called him asking him what he was doing writing a check for $0.00. After a lengthy explanation the bank replied that the $0.00 check had caused their check processing software to fail.
The bank could not now process ANY checks from ANY of their customers that day because the check for $0.00 was causing the computer to crash.
The following month the man received a letter from the credit card company claiming that his check had bounced and that he now owed them $0.00 and unless he sent a check by return of post they would be taking steps to recover the debt.
The man, who had been considering buying his wife a computer for her birthday, bought her a typewriter instead.