Yesterday went really sideways on me. I got yesterday’s newsletter out as early as I did, because I was awake from an asthma attack. I did go back to bed and then when I got up, here it came again! It was 8pm before things eased enough that I could do anything other that sit and read.
Tempus worked in back for part of the day and spent some time catching up on mail. He did a bunch of chores, like trash and such, and planted a couple of buckets of vegetable ends that we’re going to re-grow. He helped me get the chicken that we had thawed started.
Eventually he took off for Newport, but the papers were late and it was midnight before he started the bulk drops. By 11pm the chicken was close to done and I flipped it. At midnight it was finished and I had my chunk while it was cooling, then I boxed and fridged it. That’s going to be nice to have this week.
After that I puttered. I really didn’t have the energy for more. Asthma really takes it out of me. I wrote for awhile, then finally got started on setting up the newsletter frames for the week (finished around 4am) and later did a bit of research into vegetable rennets, nettles this time.
He picked me up at 5:15 and dropped me at the shop at 7:15. He was done a few minutes later, by 7:30, .
Today once we’re awake again, we have to get some things put away and pull out some of the Halloween decorations, so we’ll be ready for Saturday. In the evening we’re going to Loryea’s.
Some drone footage of Thor’s Well and some other awesome places around here. …but…. leave it to the drones! Sneaker waves grab and roll you and are so full of sand, that even good swimmers have found themselves in serious trouble from the weight! We lost several people to the waves over the summer. Stay safe!
- Thor’s Well – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSmwakm0OF0
- Thor’s Well and Diamond Lake – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-EJ2r6cRoI&t=240
- 11 minutes – Thor’s Well and the Spouting Horn – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1j4-c2ZjQLY
Photo by Brandy Lynn from 10/16/18. She calls this the “lumin effect” when the sap is still in the leaves, but they’ve changed color and they appear to glow. The effect vanishes in a day or so as the sap leaves.
Today’s plant is Thyme, Thymus vulgaris – One of the herbs of the Anglo-Saxon 9 herbs charm called Fille. Thyme is of the genus Thymus of the mint family (Lamiaceae), and a relative of the oregano genus Origanum. It is a common component of the bouquet garni, and of herbes de Provence. It keeps its scent and flavor even when dried, so has become a kitchen staple. Originating in the area around the Mediterranean it was spread across Europe by citizen of the Roman empire who used it for incense and medicine as well as in the kitchen. Thymol, the main active component of the essential oil of thyme, is used for treating toe fungus and also appears in hand sanitizers and Listerine. –
Feminine, Venus, Water – Use in sachets to promote sleep, in incense for psychic energy, courage, healing, purification, for magickal cleansing baths, a renewing of one’s personal energy, warding off of negative energy. Wear in a green amulet for good health. Or in the hair to attact sex partners and in a purple or pink amulet to be able to see the Fae.
October 24 is celebrated internationally as United Nations Day. It commemorates the coming into being of the United Nations Organisation on that day in 1945 when the UN Charter was ratified by all permanent members of the security council and more than half of the signatories. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Day
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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. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on at 9:45pm on 10/25. 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 11/7 at 8:02am.
Full Moon officially arrives at 12:45 p.m. EDT, but it should look completely illuminated all night. You can find it rising in the east around sunset and peaking in the south around 1 a.m. local daylight time. It dips low in the west by the time morning twilight starts to paint the sky. The Moon resides in the northern part of the constellation Cetus. October’s Full Moon also goes by the name “Hunter’s Moon.” In early autumn, the Full Moon rises about a half-hour later each night compared with a normal lag close to 50 minutes. The added early evening illumination supposedly helps hunters track down their prey.
This evening look upper left of it, by one or two fists at arm’s length, for the two brightest stars of Aries lined up nearly horizontally.
And look left of the Moon by two or three fists for the little Pleiades cluster on the rise. Whenever we see the Pleiades climbing the eastern sky, their tiny dipper shape is standing on its handle.
Uranus reached opposition and peak visibility last night. Opposition officially arrived at 9 p.m. EDT, when the outer planet lies opposite the Sun in our sky. This means it rises at sunset, climbs highest in the south around 1 a.m. local daylight time, and sets at sunrise. (From 40° north latitude, Uranus peaks at an altitude of 61°, the highest it has appeared at opposition since February 1962.) The magnitude 5.7 planet lies in the southwestern corner of Aries, just over the border from Pisces. In the nights around opposition, you can find it 2.8° northeast of 4th-magnitude Omicron (ο) Piscium. Although Uranus shines brightly enough to glimpse with the naked eye under a dark sky, use binoculars to locate it initially. A telescope reveals the planet’s blue-green disk, which spans 3.7″.
Jupiter (magnitude –1.8) is very low in the west-southwest in early twilight and sets before twilight’s end. Can you still make out fainter orange Antares, magnitude +1.0, about 14° to Jupiter’s left?
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for October – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-october-2018
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27.
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 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.
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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
W 24 High 12:52 AM 7.2 7:43 AM Set 7:29 AM 99
~ 24 Low 6:50 AM 1.3 6:17 PM Rise 6:51 PM
~ 24 High 12:51 PM 8.1
~ 24 Low 7:26 PM -0.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Happy feelings will attract more happy circumstances. It is so very important that you find ways to shift your feelings so they are more positive. The more things you can feel joyful, happy, and grateful about, the more you will attract positive, wonderful things.
~ Consider every day that you are then for the first time – as it were – beginning; and always act with the same fervour as on the first day you began. – Saint Antony of Padua
~ We don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone. Freedom is like that. It’s like air. When you have it, you don’t notice it. – Boris Yeltsin, 1995
~ It has all been most interesting. – Last words of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (d. August 21, 1762), English author, traveller and medical pioneer
~ There is no terror in a bang, only in the anticipation of it. – Alfred Hitchcock
October’s face, benign and mellow,
Turns nuts to brown and leaves to yellow;
But (like the Scorpion, sting in tail)
He ends with frost and scourging hail. – Jan Struther (1901–53)
Cauldron Cookies – Recipe by Gerina Dunwich – This recipe yields about 36 cookies which can be served at any of the eight Sabbats, as well as at Esbats and all other Witchy get-togethers.
- 3/4 cup softened butter
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup finely chopped pecans
- Cream the butter in a large cast-iron cauldron (or mixing bowl).
- Gradually add the brown sugar, beating well.
- Add the eggs, lemon juice, and rind, and then beat by hand or with an electric mixer until the mixture is well blended.
- The next step is to stir in the flour and pecans.
- Cover the cauldron with a lid, aluminum foil, or plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.
- When ready, shape the dough into one-inch balls and place them about three inches apart on greased cookie sheets.
- Bake in a 375-degree preheated oven for approximately eight minutes.
- Remove from the oven and place on wire racks until completely cool.
(The above “Cauldron Cookies” recipe is from “The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch’s Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes” by Gerina Dunwich, page 167, Citadel Press, Carol Publishing Group Edition, 1995.)
Decorate little round cakes with lit miniature torches for Hecate’s Night. They are the temple honey cakes found in all ancient ceremonies. Honey is sacred to Hecate. Offered to the deities in most temples, honey cakes were often oval. When offered to Hecate and Artemis, the torch-bearing Goddesses of the Night, these cakes (called amphiphon, which can mean “shining by double light”) were formed into little round circles and surrounded by lit miniature torches.
These honey cakes traveled well because they were flat, hard, dry biscuits that were often soaked in honey to soften them. Flavorless alone, the honey gave the cakes flavor and restorative powers to the hungry and weary traveler. It was the Arabs who gave them a more delicate texture and added almonds, wine, oranges, and sweet spices.
The following recipe is fairly simple, much lighter than the dense, hard cake of ancient times. It dates to the late 1800s and is probably Irish or English, as it calls for caster sugar. Arrange on a fireproof platter and affix lighted birthday candles in and around them.
- 3 tbs. superfine sugar
- 1 cup milk
- 1 egg white
- 2 tbs. honey
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 stick butter
- 4 cups flour
- 1/4tsp. salt
- Grated rind of one orange
- 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
- Cut the butter into the flour, salt, orange zest, and baking powder.
- Beat the two egg yolks and one egg white with the milk.
- Heat sugar and honey, stirring until well mixed.
- Stir wet ingredients into the dry mixture and turn out on a floured board.
- Roll lightly to 1/2-inch thickness.
- Cut out 2-inch rounds or ovals.
- Place on a greased baking sheet and bake in an oven preheated to 400 degrees F for 20 minutes.
- Remove to a rack and reduce oven heat to 250 degrees F.
- Pour topping (one cup of flavorful honey) over the hot cakes and sprinkle three tablespoons of ground, blanched almonds.
- Place rack of cakes in the cooler oven for 5 minutes, or until set.
Cranberry-Pumpkin Cookies Makes 3 dozen soft, cakelike cookies.
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 cup pureed cooked pumpkin
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup cranberries
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Beat in vanilla, egg and pumpkin.
- Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and add to mixture.
- Mix until until well blended.
- Cut the cranberries in half and stir into mixture.
- Add orange peel and nuts.
- Drop by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheets.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes..
Silliness – Inevitable Laws of Work – 22. At work, the authority of a person is inversely proportional to the number of pens that person is carrying.