I had a heck of a time waking up yesterday. Tempus finally chased me in back to nap after we opened. I was groggy even later once I woke. He said that we had been busy. I know we were after I got up. …and we needed some help on the piano, just to get it off the cart…. but we couldn’t shift anything of the large stuff until that was done, much less the clutter.
I did some more of the ink bottles and got the mushrooms from the dehydrator and set up the other batch to do, then sat down with some embroidery for a bit. Tempus was scrubbing my plant shelves out front.
…and that feels so *weird* when the sunlight just blots out suddenly at the end of the day!
The piano got moved thanks to Nick (Chocolate Frog). It’s in place, now we just need to move everything *else*. <sigh> Not long after that got done I called Tempus to the door to see the lovely crescent Moon hanging in the western sky.
Tempus took off before 9pm for the paper route. He didn’t get the papers to start on the bulk drops until midnight, though. I did some work on files for the newsletter. The affirmations files needed more work. After that I worked on embroidery designs.
He picked me up at about 4:35. The run went pretty quickly and we were done at 6:45. The stars close to the horizon was scintillating madly and the zodiacal light was really plain.
Today, we’re not open yet. Tempus had to dump some things from the car into the shop last night and he’s trying to get them out of the way, now. It won’t be long…. …and then it’s more of the same.
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
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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 10/24 at 9:45am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 10/13 at 8:47am.
Looking lower left of the crescent Moon in twilight, can you spot orange Antares, as shown here? For North Americans it’s about 8° from the Moon, a little less than a fist at arm’s length. Off to the right of Antares shines brighter Jupiter.
The night sky’s most conspicuous harbinger of winter now rises in the east around midnight local daylight time. The constellation Orion the Hunter appears on its side as it rises, with ruddy Betelgeuse to the left of the three-star belt and blue-white Rigel to the belt’s right. As Orion climbs higher before dawn, the figure rotates so that Betelgeuse lies at the upper left and Rigel at the lower right of the constellation pattern. (This is the way I see it on the paper route, these days….)
Saturn (magnitude +0.5, above the spout-tip of the Sagittarius Teapot) glows pale yellow in the south-southwest in late dusk, as shown at the top of this page. Get your telescope on it early before it sinks low. Saturn is three or four fists at arm’s length to the right or lower right of Mars.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for October – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-october-2018
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.
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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).
to study this month Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: P, PE, UI
Meaning: Proceed with caution.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 12 High 3:26 AM 7.1 7:28 AM Rise 11:15 AM 8
~ 12 Low 9:11 AM 1.9 6:37 PM Set 9:10 PM
~ 12 High 3:06 PM 8.1
~ 12 Low 9:54 PM -0.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Meditation – The silence of the dawn, and how it speaks to you.
~ Forethought is better than afterthought. -Vatnsdæla Saga, c.40
~ Fear of failure must never be a reason not to try something. – Fred Smith
~ You will find something more in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters. – St. Bernard
~ Patience is a bitter plant that produces sweet fruit. – Charles Swindoll, Clergyman and writer
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)
All Souls’ Day, or the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed
Celebrated much more in former days, on All Souls’ Day (the day following All Saints or All Hallows’ Day) people prayed for the souls of the dead, particularly those believed to be in Hell.
It was celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church which has set it aside for a service for the repose of the deceased. In England it used to be observed by the ringing of the soul bell, the eating of soul cakes (flat, round, spicy cakes), and the blessing of beans.
(A bell, the “passing bell” was also rung when a person was in extremis, to scare away evil spirits. [Similarly, the ancient Athenians used to beat on kettles at the moment of one’s death, to frighten away the Furies.] )
The English would distribute soul cakes to the poor who went a-souling at the church door. The poor would say:
Soul, soul, for soul cake,
Pray you, good mistress, a soul cake.
Papers called Soul-papers were given away with these cakes. They contained requests for prayers for the souls of the departed.
- Two sticks butter
- 3 and 3/4 cups sifted flour
- 1 cup fine white sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg or mace
- 1 teaspoon each, cinnamon, ginger, allspice
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons malt vinegar (or cider vinegar)
- Oven: 350 degrees; bake 20-25 minutes
- Cut the butter into the flour with a pastry blender (or a large fork).
- Blend in the sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and spice.
- Mix to a stiff dough with the beaten eggs and vinegar.
- Knead thoroughly and roll out, 1/4 inch thick.
- Cut into 3-inch rounds and set on greased baking sheets.
- Prick cakes with a fork and bake.
- Sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar or spices – Written by Waverly Fitzgerald From GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
Remembrance Cookies – These cookies can be made on Hallow’s Eve. They can be shaped like people and the herb rosemary is added to the dough as a symbol of remembrance. Some of the cookies are eaten while telling stories or attributes of special ancestors, reminding us that we still have access to their strengths–or perhaps a predisposition to their weaknesses. The rest of the cookies are left outside by a bonfire as an offering. This can be a solemn ritual, but it need not be.
- 1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
- 1 c. butter or margarine (softened)
- 1 egg
- 2 t. vanilla
- 1 t. almond extract
- 2 1/2 c. all purpose flour
- 1 t. baking soda
- 1 t. cream of tartar
- 1 1/2 T. chopped rosemary
- Heat oven 375 degrees.
- In a large bowl, beat sugar, butter, egg, vanilla, almond extract, and rosemary until creamy.
- In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar.
- Fold flour mixture into sugar mixture.
- Beat until dough forms and refrigerate for three hours.
- Divide dough into halves.
- Roll out one portion to 3/16 of an inch on a floured surface.
- Cut out with gingerbread women or men cutters and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Repeat rolling and cutting with second portion.
- Bake for 5-7 minutes.
Thought Seed Crackers – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)
- 1 box family-favorite crackers
- melted Onion or garlic powder
- Caraway, celery, poppy, and sesame seeds
Brush the crackers lightly with butter/margarine. Sprinkle lightly with onion or garlic powder and ever so sparingly with dillweed. Top with combination seed mix. Bake on an un-greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 5 minutes or until crisp and hot.
Silliness – Inevitable Laws of Work – 20. People who go to conferences are the ones who shouldn’t.