Featured photo by Pattie Huggins Deitrick.
While the computer says that it’s clear, clouds are coming and going. They can’t be thick because it’s quite bright. 71F, wind at 10, AUI 20, UV 2. Definitely running out of sunshine…. Rain starting early next week. That’s starting to look definite.
Yesterday started a little strangely, because I hadn’t slept well, to put it mildly. I had been up and down all night. We got the shop open and had coffee and breakfast and then he worked in back for a little, so I could get to brining the cheese. Eventually, I got that started, but by then I was getting horribly sleepy.
I did some writing as I was waiting for the cheese while Tempus was setting up laundry. I had a snafu with the brine, since apparently you need to leave it in the mold while brining. <sigh> Finally, it was put by at 3pm. Phew!
Tempus went out and did laundry after that, and when he came back, I got a nap we had supper, then he went out to Ray’s to pick up a few small things including the milk for another batch of cheese. Once he was back, I got my milk set up and then read for the rest of the evening.
We slept in this morning and here I’m just getting to this at 3pm! We’re taking it easy today. Both of us are really tired and things are far enough along to just continue putting things away, rather than pushing. Paper route tonight.
A photo from 10/14/15 by Pattie Huggins Deitrick, posted in the Facebook group Waldport Community
Today’s plant is Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. It is naturalized in the PNW, being native to Europe, not the Americas. Digitalis was one of the first heart medications and was extracted from the plant and then synthesized. The plant is poisonous, not just because of this (too much causes irregular heartbeat), but some other chemicals. Also known as Lady’s Glove, Witches’ Gloves, Fairy Fingers, or Dead Men’s Bells. – Feminine, Venus, Water – A Druid sacred herb associated with the “little people”. Lust, protection, decision, grow in a garden for protection of house and yard, reveals insincerity. Flower meaning – a wish, “I am not ambitious for myself but for you”.
Today is World Food Prize day. The idea was to cut the number of hungry in half in the world by 2015. Hmm… I doubt that we’re getting there, but it looks like the prize has focused more and more on food security. In 2013 there was quite a bit of controversy because the prize went to folks in the biotech industry. Last year’s winner was Dr Sanjaya Rajaram who has developed 480 varieties of disease resistant wheat. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Food_Prize and on the history of the prize here: http://www.ift.org/food-technology/past-issues/2009/october/features/creation-and-history-of-the-world-food-prize.aspx
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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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 10/16 at 11:02am. 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 10/22 at 9:45pm.
First-quarter Moon At nightfall the half-lit Moon shines in the south with Mars to its left, Saturn farther to its lower right, and Altair very high above it. A finger-width above Altair is distant little Tarazed, magnitude 2.7. First Quarter Moon arrives at 2:02 p.m. EDT. Our satellite rises in the east around 2:15 p.m. local daylight time but it doesn’t become prominent until the Sun sets shortly after 6 p.m. The Moon climbs highest in the south about an hour later. After darkness falls, Luna’s half-lit orb appears in northeastern Sagittarius, to the upper left of that constellation’s conspicuous Teapot asterism.
Uranus, near the Aries-Pisces border, is easy in binoculars at magnitude 5.7 — with a good finder chart if you know the constellations well enough to see where to start.
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 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
Tu 16 Low 12:29 AM 0.9 7:33 AM Rise 2:50 PM 41
~ 16 High 7:21 AM 5.8 6:30 PM
~ 16 Low 12:45 PM 3.7
~ 16 High 6:18 PM 6.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am discovering how WonderFul I am. I choose to Love and Enjoy MySelf.
~ There is a Providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children, and the United States of America. – Prince Otto von Bismarck
~ An intellectual is someone who has found something more interesting than sex. – Edgar Wallace, British mystery novelist, born on April 1, 1875
~ I was awfully curious to find out why I didn’t go insane. – Abraham Maslow, American psychologist, born on April 1, 1908
~ Human nature is not nearly as bad as it has been thought to be. – Abraham Maslow
All day I have watched the purple vine leaves
Fall into the water.
And now in the moonlight they still fall,
But each leaf is fringed with silver. – Amy Lowell (1874–1925)
- 1 c Unbleached Flour, Sifted
- 2 t Baking Powder
- 1/4 t Salt
- 1/4 t Ground Cinnamon
- 1/4 c Vegetable Shortening
- 2/3 c Sugar
- 1 ea Large Egg
- 1/2 c Canned, Mashed Pumpkin
- 2 T Milk
- Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; set aside.
- Cream together shortening and sugar in mixing bowl until light and fluffy, using electric mixer at medium speed.
- Beat in egg.
- Combine pumpkin and milk in small bowl.
- Add dry ingredients alternately with pumpkin mixture to creamed mixture, stirring well after each addition.
- Spoon batter into paper-lined 2 1/2-inch muffin-pan cups, filling 2/3rds full.
- Bake in 350 degree F. oven 20 minutes or until golden brown.
- Serve hot with butter and homemade jam.
Pumpkin Cookies –from Auramooth’s Wiccan Page
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup cooked pumpkin
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 t. baking powder
- 1 t. baking soda
- 1 t. nutmeg
- 1/2 t. salt
- 1 t. cinnamon
- 1/2 c. walnuts
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Cream butter and sugar together, then add egg and blend well.
- Blend in pumpkin and vanilla.
- Blend together dry ingredients: flour, powder, soda, salt and spices, and add to pumpkin mixture.
- Stir in nuts and chips, and drop by spoonfuls onto baking sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees for fifteen minutes, cool and eat!
Halloween Pumpkin Muffins by Gerina Dunwich – (This recipe yields about 3 1/2 dozen muffins.)
- 4 cups Flour
- 3 cups Sugar
- 1-3/4 teaspoons Baking Soda
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1 tablespoon Ground Cloves
- 1 tablespoon Cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon Nutmeg
- 1/2 tablespoon Ginger
- 1-1/2 cups Raisins
- 1/2 cup Walnuts (chopped)
- 4 Eggs
- 2-1/2 cups Mashed Cooked Pumpkin
- 1 cup Vegetable Oil
- 1 cup Water
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the first eleven ingredients, and then make a “well” in the middle of the mixture.
- In a separate bowl, beat the eggs lightly and then add the pumpkin, vegetable oil, and water.
- Mix together well.
- Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. (Do not overstir!)
- Spoon into paper-lined muffin pans, filling about two-thirds full.
- Bake for 20 minutes in a preheated 375-degree oven and then immediately remove the muffins from the pans to prevent them from scorching and drying out.
(The above “Halloween Pumpkin Muffins” recipe is from “The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch’s Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes” by Gerina Dunwich, page 171, Citadel Press, Carol Publishing Group Edition, 1995.)
Silliness – Inevitable Laws of Work – 19. You are always doing something marginal when the boss drops by your desk.