Foggy this morning! Every leaf and every spiderweb have droplets thickly on the surface. It collected on the windshield as we rolled down the highway, but it’s not rain. 96% humidity and the cloud layer is at 300 feet. 51F with little wind even out at sea. I finally figured out that the weather station location that’s all numbers is a buoy off the coast! There’s a small chance of rain over today into tomorrow, but then the rain will pick up on Thursday, it looks like in the early morning hours.
I got to the shop yesterday around 2:30 and kinda needed to scramble. The damp books needed to be collected up, but most were dry. I got the rest set aside to work on over the weekend. The bookshelves are being worked on because a lot of these were astrology and we can’t set them all up at once. I slipped a few over the back of the books, but that’s a stopgap, since I have at least 30 more!!!
Tempus was working on a bread loaf. He eventually took off for Newport and I got the altar cleaned up, then back to work on the books. I shifted a couple of shelves worth of books down one, and one set to the right and then got back to astrology books. We’ve got a good range, now, from $5 up to $30 or more for a couple of OoP rares.
About then folks started showing up for the ritual. We were most of the way set up but the Circle members got it the rest of the way. It went really well, and we had some fun chatting after and some yummy food.
I didn’t have a good night, did a lot of tossing and turning. <sigh> …and then we’re changing the clocks next week. The calendar hates me.
….but we’re here at the shop, early. Herbs is at 11 and Sewing at 3pm today!
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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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 11/3 at 10:23pm. 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 11/2 at 10:23am.
Now Altair appears a little farther to the Moon’s upper right after dark. Just upper right of Altair, by a finger-width at arm’s length, is orange Tarazed. It looks like Altair’s little sidekick, but it’s actually a much bigger and brighter star far in the background. Altair is 17 light-years away. Tarazed is about 360 light-years away and 100 times as luminous.
….And hey, it’s International Observe the Moon Night!
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) are well up after dark in the southeastern side of the sky. Neptune is less than 1° from Lambda Aquarii. Use our finder charts online or in the October Sky & Telescope, page 50.
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
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.
©2017 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Sa 28 Low 1:17 AM 1.2 7:49 AM Set 12:25 AM 48
~ 28 High 8:12 AM 6.1 6:11 PM Rise 3:07 PM
~ 28 Low 1:57 PM 3.6
~ 28 High 7:21 PM 6.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Let your mind be as the horizon, forever expanding and rising.
~ Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is? – Frank Scully
~ Write more, do other stuff less. – Brian K Vaughn
~ You are never strong enough that you don’t need help. – Cesar Chavez
~ You are the designer of your destiny; you are the author of your story. – Lisa Nichols
Be silent in that solitude,
Which is not loneliness—for then
The spirits of the dead, who stood
In life before thee, are again
In death around thee, and their will
Shall overshadow thee; be still. – Edgar Allan Poe (1809–49)
Curried Pumpkin Stew – Contributed by White WinterWolf
- 1 quart (liter) chicken stock
- 2 cans pumpkin
- 1 pint (1/2 liter) whipping cream
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- Bring chicken stock to a boil
- Reduce to a simmer.
- Add pumpkin. Stir well.
- Add whipping cream and sugar.
- Bring to a good simmer.
- Add spices, serve hot!
Baked stuffed Pumpkin ©2009 M. Bartlett
- Holiday – Samhain
- Main Dish – Meat/Starch/Veg
- 8-12 servings
This recipe developed from the need to feed the kids before then went Trick-or-Treating and stuffed themselves on candy. A full kid *might* eat just as much candy, but usually they’re more moderate. I wanted something seasonal, that was filling, had the necessary nutrients and didn’t take tending while costumes and makeup were being argued over. Believe me, with 6 kids those costumes took a lot of time! I would start this just after feeding the toddlers lunch and getting them down for naps.
- 1 medium to large pumpkin 10”-12” diameter (don’t overdo it!!!!!!!!)
- 2 recipe Stovetop Stuffing Mix (varies by size of pumpkin!!!!!)
- 3 cups Water (check box)
- 1 stick Butter (check box)
- 1 small onion (or a generous shake of dried onion flakes)
- 1 bunch green onions
- 2 Large boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked
- ½ bunch of celery
- 1 small can sliced olives
- 2 cans sliced water chestnuts
- 1 small can sliced mushrooms (don’t use fresh unless you’re sure people love them)
- 1 cup sunflower seeds or crushed hazelnuts (opt.)
- Cut top from pumpkin at an angle so that it won’t fall in even when cooked.
- Scoop out “guts” and seeds and discard (or save seeds for toasting.)
- In a large microwavable pot or bowl put water and butter. Add spice mix from stuffing (if not included with the crumbs).
- Chop onions, chicken and celery and add to mixture.
- Zap in nuker for 5 minutes. Stir.
- Add mushrooms, water chestnuts, olives and stir.
- Keep zapping, for two minutes at a time, stirring between, until nearly boiling.
- Add seeds or nuts. Stir. Add breadcrumbs from stuffing mix. Stir well and fluff with a fork.
- Pile stuffing mix into the center of the pumpkin, pushing down and into the corners.
- Put the “lid” back on.
- Wrap the pumpkin in foil and set on a baking tray large enough to catch any dripping.
- Cover and bake at 350 for about two hours. Pumpkin is done when the sides push inward with finger pressure. It gets pretty soft.
- Serve hot. Will “stand” if properly wrapped (I use a blanket!!!) for up to 3 hours and still be hot. Store leftovers, covered in fridge. Can be reheated in the microwave by servings.
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!
Tahini Mushroom Soup (fast to make and re-heats well)
- 12 cups boiling water or Swanson’s vegetable broth (NOT a brown
- or tomato-ey broth!)
- 3 Tbsp. rosemary (leaves, not powder)
- 1 1/2 c. tahini
- 1 1/2 lb. sliced mushrooms
- 6 Tbsp. butter or olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 3 Tbsp. chopped parsley, optional but good
- In a soup kettle or Dutch oven, saute mushrooms in butter for about 10 minutes, or until they give off juices. Meanwhile, steep rosemary in hot water or broth in a separate pan or bowl.
- Remove mushrooms from heat. Add liquid to ‘shrooms, straining rosemary from it as you pour.
- Stir tahini from the bottom before spooning it from can or jar. Place in a small bowl and dilute slowly with a little of the rosemary broth, stirring. Add mixture to soup and stir well. Salt and pepper to taste.
- When ready to serve, re-heat just to very warm, not scalding. Top with parsley and serve.
- Serves 12 as a soup course or 6 as a meal with bread and a salad.
Source: Adapted by me from Anna and John Spanos’ book Pure Greek Cooking.