Featured photo by Beth Kattelman.
Overcast, but bright, I think the sun is struggling to come through, and it just made it for a moment, again… and fading…. There are still puddles and some damp pavement. There were rainbows all over this morning, too. Lots of pix on the Waldport Community Facebook page. 59F, wind at 5 mph and gusting, AQI37, UV3. Why is the AQI staying so high? There’s a tiny chance of rain this evening and it looks like Pan-Pagan weekend is going to be quite wet.
Tempus insisted that I take this picture, just so he could say, “I got s*** for my birthday!” Yes, one of the things he got was a unicorn poop squishie… 🙂 Yes, we’re weird, what did you expect? 🙂
After I got some lunch I was really sleepy, so I worked on cleaning up my clipart files. By then Tempus had laundry and dishes going and he called to find out what the laundry in the dryer was… 🙂 Like I know what’s in Sash’s dryer!
I sorted some more of the “finds” from the last week’s scrabbling-around-to-clean-stuff-up-before-Pan-Pagan and then the phone rang and it was Amor! He’s going TDY for a bit and wanted to give me a heads-up and then chat…. 3 hours later. 🙂
Today he’s off to Corvallis with a friend who needed a ride for a medical appointment. I slept in and I’m going to work on my class handouts for the weekend, but I also have stuff to sort…. lots of stuff to sort.
Paper run tonight….
Today’s Feast is in honor of not of Columbus, whose legal holiday is somewhere in this vicinity, but of Bartolomé de las Casas. Can we cuss any louder at Columbus? He sounded like such a great hero when I was a kid, but looking at his motives and what came of that…. and he wasn’t the first, by a long way. Not only Erik the Red and Lief Erikson, not only the fishermen who had always gone to the Grand Banks, not just Brendon the Navigator (who is debatable…) but even the Chinese probably got to the Americas before he did! Look up Chinese discovery of America on Wikipedia for the last http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-Columbian_trans-oceanic_contact, but there’s more info on Columbus here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Columbus I’m celebrating this: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/columbus_day …and here’s a Wiki article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartolom%C3%A9_de_las_Casas
Pacific Aster, Symphyotrichum chilense, is one form of aster that grows in the PNW. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphyotrichum_chilense China Asters are the ones grown in gardens and are the common garden aster that Cunningham references: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callistephus_chinensis in his Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. Feminine, Venus, Water – The aster was sacred to the gods and used on altars in many religious paths. It is often used in love sachets or carry the bloom to win love. You can also grow them in your garden to draw love to you! …and here is an article on the whole family which includes sunflowers, chrysanthemums, yarrow and cone-flower! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteraceae
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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 10/13 at 5:08pm. 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 10/12 at 5:08am.
The Moon’s absence from the morning sky these next few days provides observers with an excellent opportunity to view the zodiacal light. From the Northern Hemisphere, the time around the autumnal equinox (which occurred two weeks ago) is the best for viewing the elusive glow before sunrise. It appears slightly fainter than the Milky Way, so you’ll need a clear moonless sky and an observing site located far from the city. Look for a cone-shaped glow that points nearly straight up from the eastern horizon shortly before morning twilight begins (around 5:30 a.m. local daylight time at mid-northern latitudes). The Moon remains out of the morning sky until October 12, when the waxing gibbous returns and overwhelms the much fainter zodiacal light.
Look lower left of the waxing gibbous Moon this evening, by about two fists at arm’s length, and there will be Fomalhaut, the lonely Autumn Star twinkling away. It’s particularly far from any other 1st-magnitude star, and the rest of its constellation — Piscis Austrinus, the Southern Fish — is extraordinarily dim.
Mercury, Venus, and Mars remain deep in the glare of the Sun.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for October – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-october-2019
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27
Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine.Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102 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.
©2019 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of 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).
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 8 Low 3:43 AM 0.9 7:23 AM Set 2:02 AM 70
8 High 10:25 AM 6.3 6:45 PM Rise 5:00 PM
8 Low 4:11 PM 3.0
8 High 9:47 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In seeking happiness for others, you find it for yourself.
~ Orage’s impersonality was his greatness, and the breadth of his mind was apparent in the speed with which he threw over a cumbrous lot of superstitions, and a certain number of fairly good ideas, for a new set of better ones. – Ezra Pound on Alfred Orage
~ For those who fight for it, life has a flavor that the protected will never know. – African Proverb
~ Silence is the fence around the haggard where wisdom is stacked. – Irish Proverb
~ Books alone are liberal and free: they give to all who ask; they emancipate all who serve them faithfully. – LA Main Library motto
Here was October, here
Was ruddy October, the old harvester,
Wrapped like a beggared sachem in a coat
Of tattered tanager and partridge feathers. – Stephen Vincent Benet (1898–1943)
WITCHS BREW (Woohoo!) For Kids Of All Ages!!!
1 (10 ounce) package frozen raspberries, thawed
2 1/2 cups cranberry juice
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
2 liters ginger ale
2 liters sparkling apple cider (non-alcoholic)
6 gummi snakes candy
- To make the frozen hand: Wash and rinse the outside of a latex dish-washing glove. Turn glove inside out and set aside.
- In a 4 cup measuring cup, combine the thawed raspberries and cranberry juice.
- Pour 2 cups of the raspberry mixture into a small saucepan.
- Sprinkle the gelatin over and let stand 2 minutes.
- Warm over low heat, stirring constantly, just until gelatin dissolves.
- Mix back into the reserved raspberry mixture in the measuring cup.
- Pour raspberry mixture into the inverted glove.
- Gather up the top of the glove and tie securely with kitchen twine.
- Freeze until solid, or several days if possible.
To serve: Carefully cut latex glove away from frozen hand. Place frozen hand, palm side up, leaning against side of a large punch bowl. Pour in ginger ale and sparkling cider. Garnish with gummy snakes.
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!
Rain’s Apple Vanilla Chai (good with raisin pie!)
- 2 qt. apple cider/juice, VERY preferably the fresh unfiltered stuff
- 2 cups very strong unflavored black tea,
- preferably a good Yunnan or Assam if you have it
- 1 tsp. whole cloves
- 1 tsp. whole allspice
- About half a nutmeg, not grated–crack it with a hammer or (being Pagan) a clean rock. 🙂
- 1 tsp. cardamom seeds, lightly cracked if desired
- but nor powdered
- Two 3-inch cinnamon sticks (don’t use powder!)
- 1/2 to 1 tsp. black pepper, preferably whole
- 1/2 c. lightly packed brown sugar, or to taste
- 1 to 2 tsp. vanilla
- A few grains of salt
- Orange sections
Bring all but the tea, raisins and orange segments to a boil in a large kettle. Reduce heat and simmer 30 to 60 minutes. Remove spices if desired, and add the tea. Serve hot in mugs. Thread raisins and orange sections on skewers (or sassafras twigs split lengthwise) and use as stirrers. This could probably handle a splash of cream, but I haven’t tried it yet and can’t vouch. Nor have I tried it with Earl Grey, but the idea intrigues me. Source: Rain Redknife
Ingredients & Preparation:
- 1 Cup Light Brown Sugar (Packed)
- 2 Quarts Apple Cider
- 1 Cup Lemon Juice
- Cinnamon Sticks
- 8 Whole Cloves
- 3/4 Cup Rum
- Combine brown sugar, apple cider, lemon juice, cloves and 2 cinnamon sticks in large pan and allow to boil.
- Reduce heat to simmer and heat for another 10 minutes.
- Strain and add rum and a single cinnamon stick to each individual mug.
…and then one for next year. We loved this. Howling Jack Honey Pumpkin Mead by Aurora – This mead is the color of a ripe peach and smells like autumn leaves – perfect for a Harvest party or Sabbat. [Anja’s note: I don’t think this will work they way she’s got it put together. It’s most likely that the pumpkin would explode. We got pretty much the same recipe going in a carboy (with the pumpkin cut into the must…) and it fermented for two and a half years! If someone experiments, let me know…. We’ve drunk the whole thing up and it turned out really, really good….]
- 1 sound, hard-rind pumpkin (approx. 2 quart capacity)
- Paraffin wax
- 1 1/2 quarts of water
- 4 lbs. honey
- 2 each oranges and lemons
- 1 pkt. wine yeast
- 1 tea bag (black tea)
- Prepare yeast starter.
- Sterilize honey and water by boiling for 10 minutes, skimming the froth as it rises.
- Remove from heat; stir in sliced citrus fruits, including skins.
- Cool to room temperature; pitch yeast.
- Allow to sit over night.
- Prepare pumpkin by cutting off the top with a sharp knife. The top must “mate” with the bottom so cut carefully. Clean out the seeds, strings, and membranes of the pumpkin. Rinse out with water.
- Pour the must into the pumpkin, leaving an inch of air space between the liquid and the rim of the opening. Replace the top.
- Prepare the paraffin/water bath: Fill a plastic bucket with hot water, melt the paraffin wax and float it on the water.
- Dip the pumpkin, bottom first, into the warm paraffin until it is coated up to its lid. Once the paraffin begins to harden on the pumpkin skin, seal the lid by carefully pouring paraffin over the top, making sure to coat the seam.
- Set the pumpkin in the middle of a shallow dishpan full of water to keep any thirsty pickle worms at bay and place it in a dark, quiet spot.
- Allow to sit for two months, then siphon off and bottle.
Note: It is probably a good idea to rack the mead into a glass fermenter, fitted with an air lock, for evaluation prior to bottling. If the fermentation is not complete and you bottle prematurely, the corks and glass may blow.
bandile (BAN dyl) – n. The thin red strip one pulls to release a Band-Aid.