Minus Tide at 10:18 PM of -0.6 feet. Rose of the Sea Open Circle for Samhain Friday, 11/2 at 7pm. Wicca 101 starting 11/5.
Everything is soggy and the cars hiss going by, but the sun is out, low in the sky, but there. 59F, wind at 18 gusting higher, AQI 18 (was down to 6, earlier) We have more rain rolling in around 4pm, but I’m gonna enjoy what we’ve got! Rain over tonight, over Wednesday night and Friday, it looks like.
Yesterday I didn’t accomplish all of what I figured, but we were ready for the Halloween celebration. We emptied two banker boxes of candy and small goodies! I’m going to have to see what I can scrounge in the after-holiday sales for next year.
We had upwards of 50 kids. I lost track about then… the Haunted House had over 100, so I’m guessing we’re somewhere in between. We closed around 9:30 and I crashed right after. There’s still candy in the cauldron! Come get a handful!
Today we have our project day. I don’t know what I’m going to get accomplished, but I’m going to try and try to get Tempus to get the work table ready for some cookery.
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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Today’s Astro & Calendar
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. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 10/31 at 9:40am.
This is the time of year when the dim Little Dipper extends straight left from Polaris right after dark. If your sky is light polluted, the only stars of it you’ll see are Polaris (its handle-end) and the end of its bowl: Kochab and Pherkad, the “Guardians of the Pole.” They’re left of Polaris by about a fist and a half at arm’s length. Check again around 2 a.m., and they’ll be straight below Polaris.Mars continues to put on a great show these October evenings. The Red Planet appears more than 30° above the southern horizon once darkness falls. The world shines at magnitude –0.7, significantly brighter than any star visible on October evenings, against the faint backdrop of Capricornus. A telescope reveals a disk that spans 12″ and shows several subtle surface features.
Mercury and Jupiter (magnitudes –0.2 and –1.7, respectively) are very low after sunset, just above the southwest horizon in bright twilight. Binoculars will help. You’ll catch brighter Jupiter first. On October 26th and 27th Mercury is about 4° below it. After that Jupiter sinks while Mercury moves to the left. By November 2nd Mercury is 6° more or less directly left of Jupiter. Meanwhile fainter Antares, magnitude +1.0 and not quite gone, remains farther to their left, twinkling effortfully. Did I mention binoculars?
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 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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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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 28 High 3:57 AM 6.8 7:49 AM Set 12:02 PM 88
~ 28 Low 9:22 AM 2.8 6:11 PM Rise 9:31 PM
~ 28 High 3:13 PM 8.3
~ 28 Low 10:18 PM -0.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I can see clearly now, the brain is gone…
~ God doesn’t require us to succeed; he only requires that you try. – Mother Teresa; quoted by Robert F Kennedy, Jr, in Rolling Stone, December, 1992
~ When in doubt, win the trick. – Edmond Hoyle (1672–1769), British writer on cards; Hoyle’s Games, ‘Whist: Twenty-Four Short Rules for Learners’, (c. 1756)
~ We want to give you a chance to talk to our candidate and to restate our demand that Pigasus be given Secret Service protection and be brought to the White House for his foreign policy briefing. – Jerry Rubin at the nomination of Pigasus for president of the USA
~ It’s a small apartment, I’ve barely enough room to lay my hat and a few friends. – Dorothy Parker, American writer, born on August 22, 1893
O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all. – Robert Frost (1874–1963)
Bread of the Dead – Serve with milk or hot chocolate, and offer some to your departed ancestors, so they may breathe in its essence and be nourished, before you gobble it up yourself!
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 t. salt
- 1 egg
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 10 drops anise extract
- Mix all of the above until smooth.
- Heat the oven to 400 degrees and grease a cookie sheet.
- With clean hands, mold the dough into a round shape with a knob on the top (which will be a skull) or into smaller round shapes, animals, faces or angels.
- Place dough on cookie sheet.
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 T. flour
- 1 t. ground cinnamon
- 1 T. melted butter
- Mix together brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and melted butter for the topping.
- Sprinkle topping on dough and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
- When cool, decorate the skull shaped knobs, animals or faces with icing sugar to make eyes, nose and mouth.
Harvest Ball Pumpkin Bread – Makes 3 small loaves 45 minutes at 350 degrees or 2 large loaves, 1 hour at 350 degrees.
4 c. flour
3 c. sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. ginger
1 c. vegetable oil
1 lb. canned pumpkin
2/3 c. cold water
1 c. chopped pecans, if desired
- Sift together dry ingredients
- Make a well in the center and add the vegetable oil, pumpkin and cold water
- blend well with beater.
- Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each.
- Fold in pecans.
- Pour batter into greased, floured loaf pans.
- Bake one hour at 350 degrees.
- Cool on wire rack.
- Bread may be frozen after cooling.
- Wrap in plastic immediately upon cooling.
- Serve with cream cheese if desired.
Borrowed From GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
Cinnamon Maple Squash Muffins November Recipe – Elaine Nichols of Alma Tierra Kitchen. – These are wonderfully moist and delicious muffins, packed with nutrition and a great way to use up leftover winter squash.
- 1 1/2 cups spelt flour
- 1/2 cup brown rice flour
- 6 Tbs. Rapadura Sugar (or other organic granulated sweetener)
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 medium winter squash, such as Butternut, Hubbard, Delicata (about 2 ½ cups)
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 Tbs. agave
- 1/3 cup melted coconut oil (or some other mild oil)
- 1 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp. vanilla or vanilla powder
- 1 carrot, grated (optional)
- If you have some leftover squash skip this step: Cut squash in half place face down in a baking dish with about 1/2 inch of water.
- Bake until fork pierces skin easily.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, rapadura, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
- Set aside.
- In another bowl, mix cooled squash, maple syrup, agave, coconut oil, vinegar and vanilla.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix just until combined. Be careful not to over mix.
- Fold in grated carrot.
- Put batter into greased muffin tins (I like to use an ice cream scoop for this) and bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes.
- Cool and enjoy!
Silliness – Inevitable Laws of Work – 23. When you don’t know what to do, walk fast and look worried.