The sun was out, earlier, but there aren’t any shadows, at the moment. 54F and wind at 4mph, unlike during the night when it was raining fishhooks and hammer handles and gusting into the 30’s. That means were under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR HAZARDOUS SEAS through Monday evening. We got over 3/5 of an inch of rain last night. There’s still a chance of some showers tonight, but not really any in the forecast for awhile after tonight.
Both Tempus and I spent a lot of time on the computer yesterday. We’re both pretty worn down still from the moves and from the summer season. He got the Samhain decorations down and put away and made a box for some of our wheat decorations so they’ll be protected on the shelves. I did more bead sorting.
Early in the day we had our Herbs Workshop. This was all on preparing herbs for storage and use. Later, I was the only one for Sewing, but I got some more done on the embroidery.
We were supposed to go out after we closed, but had a communications glitch, so I went to bed early. I
needed it, and the extra hour last night. Did *you* remember to re-set the clocks?
Today is the House Capuchin Project Day. I have a lot of picture-taking to do today.
…and I included the Stuffed Pumpkin recipe in today’s newsletter, for those of you who asked!
…and I managed to get some of the mushroom pictures done!
Today’s Plant is Cow parsnip, Heracleum lanatum, or Indian Celery. Growing in every damp place along the roads out here, this is easily confused with seacoast angelica, and other plants, and even dangerously with water hemlock, if you don’t look carefully, or dig it up to check the root. It’s a huge plant (over 6 feet tall) with leaves large enough to make a hat from! Local peoples used it as a poultice plant for bruises and sores. The young stems and leaf stalks can be peeled and eaten in spring. The root makes a nice yellow dye. – Feminine, Water, Moon, Hathor – The flowers glow in the moonlight and I have used this as a plant of sacrifice to Bona Dea or the Great Mother in one of her many aspects as it is a symbol of the plenty of spring. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleum_lanatum
Feast day of St Emeric, Hungarian prince – Emeric, born in 1007, was the son of St Stephen of Hungary. His father had trained him to succeed him but the young man died before his father, killed in a hunting accident in 1031. His tomb at Szekesfehervar, Hungary, was a pilgrims’ site, and many miracles were reported there. He was canonized with his father in 1083. The name Amerigo (cf Amerigo Vespucci, after whom America is named) is a variant of Emeric. More here: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=3110 and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emeric_of_Hungary_%28saint%29
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Love & Light,
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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 11/5 at 8:02pm.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for November – NA, yet
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 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.
Tonight and tomorrow, Mars and Delta Capricorni are only 0.6° apart. The scene tonight is shown here.
For those areas of the United States and Canada that observe daylight saving time, you should have set your clocks back 1 hour this morning. The official switch occurs at 2 a.m. local daylight time, which becomes 1 a.m. local standard time. The switch means sunrise and sunset both arrive an hour earlier today than they did yesterday. So, at least by clock time, the latest sunrise of the year occurred Saturday morning.
In Monday’s dawn, spot the thin waning crescent Moon sitting cup-like low in the east-southeast. Way down under it is Venus. Using binoculars, can you see little Spica 4° above Venus? Although Venus passed between the Sun and Earth just nine days ago, its rapid orbital motion brings it back into view quickly. This morning, the planet rises an hour before the Sun and climbs 5° high in the east-southeast 30 minutes before sunrise. Shining at magnitude –4.3, the brilliant world appears conspicuous against the twilight glow. When viewed through a telescope, Venus displays a 59″-diameter disk that is just 3 percent illuminated.
Mars (fading from magnitude –0.6 to –0.4 this week) shines highest in the south just after the end of twilight. It set around midnight standard time. In a telescope Mars is 12 or 11 arcseconds wide, and it’s still as gibbous as we ever see it: 86 percent sunlit. For a Mars map that displays which side is facing Earth at your time and date, use our Mars Profiler.
©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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 4 Low 3:26 AM 0.7 6:58 AM Rise 3:20 AM 17
~ 4 High 9:48 AM 8.0 5:01 PM Set 4:01 PM
~ 4 Low 4:14 PM 0.9
~ 4 High 10:10 PM 7.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Do we take for granted? I would say a lot of people do. You have to love what’s in front of you, and keep memories of the ones we have lost. Unfortunately we all grow older every day, and life can be short, I know, I have lost friends, family, and I think, what was the last thing I said to them and I hope I made some kind of impact on their life, even if it was a smile. So to all my friends and family, to those that care and love us, I do thank you, for your love, a smile, a thank you, or even a good laugh. I have a lot of special people in my life, and thank you for being a part of it.
~ That you Jim? Paul Keating here. Just because you swallowed a fucking dictionary when you were about 15 doesn’t give you the right to pour a bucket of shit over the rest of us. – Paul Keating to former Labor politician, ‘Diamond’ Jim McClelland (on the phone)
~ Will is an unwavering purpose: It is the channeling of your awareness to focus precisely on that which you want with burning intensity. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ All we need is the truth in our hand. Someone to call a friend. Never fear the darkness. All we need is just the sun in the sky. And the hope of a summer to come with the meaning of love. – Unknown
~ The last time anybody made a list of the top hundred character attributes of New Yorkers, common sense snuck in at number 79. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
THE LAST GENTIAN
SEE ! I survive because I bowed my head,
Hearing the snow’s first footfall in the air ;
I felt his cold kiss on my cheek with dread,
And to my sister said, ” Beware ! ”
And stooped beneath my bank and let him pass.
Next morn the brook was glass :
My simple sister in her pride,
Disdained to bow her head, so drooped and died. – THOMAS WILLIAM PARSONS.
Baked stuffed Pumpkin ©2009 M. Bartlett – Holiday – Samhain – Main Dish – Meat/Starch/Veg – 8-12 servings
This recipe developed from the need to feed the kids before then went Trick-or-Treating and stuffed themselves on candy. A full kid *might* eat just as much candy, but usually they’re more moderate. I wanted something seasonal, that was filling, had the necessary nutrients and didn’t take tending while costumes and makeup were being argued over. Believe me, with 6 kids those costumes took a lot of time! I would start this just after feeding the toddlers lunch and getting them down for naps.
1 medium to large pumpkin 10”-12” diameter (don’t overdo it!!!!!!!!)
- 2 recipe Stovetop Stuffing Mix (varies by size of pumpkin!!!!!)
- 3 cups Water (check box)
- 1 stick Butter (check box)
- 1 small onion (or a generous shake of dried onion flakes)
- 1 bunch green onions
- 2 Large boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked
- ½ bunch of celery
- 1 small can sliced olives
- 2 cans sliced water chestnuts
- 1 small can sliced mushrooms (don’t use fresh unless you’re sure people love them)
- 1 cup sunflower seeds or crushed hazelnuts (opt.)
- Cut top from pumpkin at an angle so that it won’t fall in even when cooked.
- Scoop out “guts” and seeds and discard (or save seeds for toasting.)
- In a large microwavable pot or bowl put water and butter. Add spice mix from stuffing (if not included with the crumbs).
- Chop onions, chicken and celery and add to mixture.
- Zap in nuker for 5 minutes. Stir.
- Add mushrooms, water chestnuts, olives and stir.
- Keep zapping, for two minutes at a time, stirring between, until nearly boiling.
- Add seeds or nuts. Stir. Add breadcrumbs from stuffing mix. Stir well and fluff with a fork.
- Pile stuffing mix into the center of the pumpkin, pushing down and into the corners.
- Put the “lid” back on.
- Wrap the pumpkin in foil and set on a baking tray large enough to catch any dripping.
- Cover and bake at 350 for about two hours. Pumpkin is done when the sides push inward with finger pressure. It gets pretty soft.
- Serve hot. Will “stand” if properly wrapped (I use a blanket!!!) for up to 3 hours and still be hot. Store leftovers, covered in fridge. Can be reheated in the microwave by servings.
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!
Avesha’s Belt-Bustin’ Shepherd’s Pie (can be made ahead)
[Ed.-This recipe makes a pie that will serve 6. If group size is unknown, don’t hesitate to make two or three of ’em; leftovers will freeze.]
- Two 12-oz. packages veggie “ground beef” crumbles
- 1 med. red onion, thinly sliced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 can whole kernel corn, drained
- 1 can creamed corn
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cut up
- 1 tsp. marjoram
- 1/2 tsp. thyme
- 2 Tbsp. chopped chives
- 1 Tbsp. minced garlic, or to taste
- 1/2 cup butter (or vegan margarine)
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil (optional–see below)
- Paprika (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350^F.
- Boil potatoes in enough salted water to cover.
- Meanwhile, saute onion in a large skillet with 1 Tbsp. butter or olive oil until translucent. Add “beef” and herbs, and cook till heated through. Salt and pepper to taste and remove from heat. Transfer mixture to a non-greased baking dish, a deep 10″ casserole or a 9″x13″ pan; if this is a non-metal dish, the pie can be nuked quickly between ritual and dinner.
- Spread each type of corn in a layer over the “beef”. Do the same with peas and set aside.
- Pour off water from potatoes. Add garlic, chives, remaining butter, salt & pepper and mash to your favorite consistency. Spread the mashed potatoes over pie and sprinkle with paprika.
- Place on a foil-lined cookie sheet (pie will bubble over.) Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until potatoes are golden and the juices from the “beef” and veggies are bubbling around the edges.
- Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes and serve or refrigerate. Reheats fine, and can be frozen. Serves 6. Source: adapted from a recipe by Avesha on vegweb.com <http://www.vegweb.com/>
Legendary Oven Hash – From: http://thecupwa.blogspot.com/2010/10/samhain-celebration-recipes.html (site now inactive)
- 1 cup coarsely ground beef
- 1 cup coarsely ground potatoes
- 1/4 cup coarsely ground onion
- 1/4 cup snipped fresh parsley
- 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 6oz can evaporated milk
- 1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs
- 1 tbs. butter/margarine melted
In frying pan, combine and cook beef, potatoes, onion, parsley, and Worcestershire sauce, and evaporated milk. Remove from heat and turn out into a 1 qt casserole dish. Mix bread crumbs with melted butter/margarine and sprinkle on top. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Makes 4 servings.