Daily Stuff 10-20-18 HUAC

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Arthur Bartlett. Herbs at 11. Sewing at 3pm.

Lovely, bright sunshine! Vehicles going past are throwing reflections all over the shop, with the sun so low. 45F, wind at 1mph, AQI 48? Hmm… There’s still a chance of rain, starting Tuesday, but not quite as solid a chance as it looked a few days ago.


Yesterday it was difficult to make myself get up so we could get the shop open. Our coffeemaker is here, though, so that helps. 🙂 I’ve been reading a treatise on cheesemaking from 1588 and got to talking to Tempus about cheese-presses. We’ve been talking for a couple of years about how to make one.

A couple from Yachats came in and spent quite awhile browsing. We had a few more people in, but the day passed in a blur.


Both of us dozed off sitting upright on the sofa in the reading area, not once, but a couple of times. 🙂 Tempus eventually headed to the post office and then up to storage.

We had some lunch and then he went to do laundry. A bit after 7 I closed up and started working on the cheeses. Once Tempus was back he got supper and I did some more cheese after that. This 3rd fig cheese really didn’t quite manage to curdle properly, so I added some rennet and cooked it like Schiz (which is the cheese that I usually fry….) …and then the brined cheese exploded and had to be re-molded and the schiz didn’t fit in the boxes. Well, it got done. There are days like that, when


experiments go wrong. It’s frustrating.

So today, Herbs Workshop is 11am-1pm. We’ll be starting with rose sachets, then going on to eggshell fertilizer and then prepping some other herbs, along with looking over the pots outside. Sewing will be at 3pm.

A picture that our son Arthur took on 10/19/15 of the San Diego sunset. Wow!

101915 Arthur San Diego SunsetHUACIn 1947 on this date the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) was formed. Often called “the McCarthy era”, most liberals saw it (and still see it) as a witch-hunt. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_Un-American_Activities_Committee

Sweet WoodruffGalium odoratum is also called: sweetscented bedstraw, Master of the Woods and wild baby’s breath. The sweet smell persists when dried which makes it great for potpourri. It is also used as a flavoring agent in wines, beers, soft drinks and syrups and even in green gummy bears! The traditional witchy use is in May Wine along with strawberries, but you have to be careful not to steep it too long because coumarin (the odiferous agent) can give people headaches. – Masculine, Mars, Fire – Carry to attract money, bring victory for athletes and warriors. In a pouch of leather it guard against harm. cordiality, eternal life, rejoicing. Wiki article at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galium_odoratum

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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 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. 

After dark, look upper left of the Moon, by two or three fists at arm’s length, for the Great Square of Pegasus. It’s standing on one corner and is a little more than a fist at arm’s length in size.
The variable star Algol >>> in Perseus reaches minimum brightness around 10:39 p.m. EDT, when it shines at magnitude 3.4. If you start tracking it this evening, you can watch it more than triple in brightness (to magnitude 2.1) by dawn. This eclipsing binary star runs through a cycle from minimum to maximum and back every 2.87 days. Algol remains visible all night, passing nearly overhead around 2 a.m. local daylight time.

Saturn on August 27th, imaged with the 1-meter Chilescope in good seeing by Damian Peach and the Chilescope team. As Earth moves farther east along its orbit from where we were at Saturn’s opposition on June 26th, the more of Saturn’s shadow on the rings behind it is coming into our view (just lower right of the globe). South is up. The famous North Polar Hexagon is plain to see.

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.

Sun in Libra
Moon in Pisces
Venus (11/16), Neptune (11/24), Chiron (12/8), Juno (12/23), and Uranus (1/6/19) Retrograde
Color: Black

Planting 10/20-21

©2018 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).

Gort – Ivy Ogam letter correspondences
Month: September
Color: Sky Blue
Class: Chieftain
Letter: G
Meaning: Take time to soul search or you will maake a wrong decision.

to study this month Uilleand – Honeysuckle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow-white
Class: Peasant
Letter: P, PE, UI
Meaning: Proceed with caution.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Sa  20      Low   4:22 AM     1.2   7:38 AM     Set  3:13 AM      77
~    20     High  10:47 AM     6.8   6:24 PM    Rise  5:04 PM
~    20      Low   4:56 PM     2.2
~    20     High  10:38 PM     6.5


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I’ll watch my thinking and keep improving it.


Journal Prompt – How do you feel? – How do you feel when you do something wrong?



~  I don’t regret a thing I’ve done. I only regret the things I didn’t do. – Ingrid Bergman
~  The next time I tell you someone from Texas should not be president of the United States, please, pay attention.  – Molly Ivins
~  The balance of power. – Expression by Robert Walpole, born August 26, 1676 (British House of Commons, February 13, 1741)
~  … Let the policy be what it might, let the consequences be what they would, I am from this time determined that I would never rest until I have effected its [the slave trade’s] abolition. – William Wilberforce

A little elf
Sat in a tree
Painting leaves
To throw at me.

Leaves of yellow
And leaves of red
Came tumbling down
About my head. – Anon.


Samhain Magick – Recipes

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!

Old-fashioned Raisin Pie (can be made ahead)

  • 2 c. raisins
  • 2 c. water
  • 1/2 c. packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp . salt
  • 1 Tbsp. vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 1 unbaked double pie crust

Preheat oven to 425^F. Combine raisins and water and boil for 5 minute. Meanwhile, blend sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and salt. Add to raisin liquid and cook, stirring, until clear. Remove from heat. Stir in vinegar and butter. Cool slightly and turn into pastry-lined pan. Cover with top pastry. Seal edges of top and bottom crust together by pressing down with tines of a fork; this makes a nice ridged appearance. For Samhain or other Pagan events, cut a triple moon in the crust; for non-Pagan ones, just make a small round hole in the center.

Bake about 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Serves 8, so make two. 🙂

Source: My mom, who got it from hers.

Granny McCoy Pumpkin Pie – by Edain McCoy

  • This recipe makes two nine-inch pies.
  • 3 cups Cooked Pumpkin (canned is fine)
  • 1-1/4 cups Evaporated Milk
  • 2-1/2 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 heaping teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/2 scant teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 rounded teaspoon Allspice
  • 1/2 rounded teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 4 well-beaten Eggs
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix all ingredients thoroughly and pour into two deep, unbaked pie shells.
  3. Bake for about 50 minutes, or until a knife comes out of the center clean.

(The above “Granny McCoy’s Pumpkin Pie” recipe is quoted directly from Edain McCoy’s book “The Sabbats: A New Approach to Living the Old Ways”, page 32, Llewellyn Publications, 1994.)

American Traditional Pumpkin Pie – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)

  • 3 eggs 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups pumpkin mush*
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 12oz can evaporated milk
  • 1 pie shell

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a large non-metal bowl combine sugars and eggs. Add in the pumpkin mush, the spices, salt, and evaporated milk. Pour the filling into the pie shell. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 and bake for another 50 minutes, or until pie sets.

Makes 6-8 servings.

*Pumpkin mush: cut a medium pumpkin in half. Prick the skin several times with a fork, and place on a cookie sheet, cut-side up. Bake for 50 minutes or until very soft when poked with a fork. Let the pumpkin cool, then scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Scoop out the pumpkin meat, and throw away the skin. Mash the pumpkin meat with a potato masher or puree in a blender/food processor. Makes about 4 cups.


Silliness – Inevitable Laws of Work – 21. If it wasn’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.

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