Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
Most of the early cloud has burned off and the sky is a delicate, pale blue. 51F, wind at 3mph and gusting, AQI30, UV2. The clouds are going to be thickening up over the next several days. There’s only a chance of rain showers on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday and not a high chance, at that.
Yesterday it was pushing 4pm before I managed to get the newsletter out…well, I hit “Publish” around 3pm, but the pointers… we were pretty busy! …and those were still going out at 4pm. …and then it got quiet, so Tempus and I worked on projects and got some pictures. …and by 5pm it was getting dark.
Late in the evening Tempus cut a piece of dowel for a “kraut pounder” and we got to working on that. I’ve been using handles of other kitchen tools and they don’t work well, so it’s going to be some cut, shape, sand, woodbutter for a couple of days here.
Late in the evening he made bread and I was testing crockpots for temperature. I’ve been working in back this morning. I’m trying to sort out the pieces that have been shoved into what’s supposed to be my sewing alcove, but I’m finding things like shoes and hammers and paint and miscellaneous cardboard. <gleeble> So that is exiting the space and very, very slowly the embroidery is going to one side, the sewing the other and the crafts… and going into boxes that are going to go on the shelves in back once I can reach them. I suddenly realized that I hadn’t gotten this out, so I figured I’d better, and then I can get to what I was doing.
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
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 11/12 at 5:34am. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 11/4 at 2:23am. 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 11/10 at 8:34pm.
First-quarter Moon (exactly so at 2:23 a.m. Monday morning PST). On Sunday evening the Moon shines inside the huge triangle of Saturn to its lower right, Altair much higher to its upper right, and Fomalhaut way off to the Moon’s left. The Moon this evening is almost as close to first quarter as it was yesterday evening. You’ll find that the Moon is nearly in line with Fomalhaut, about two fists to its lower left, and Altair, three or four fists to its upper right.
As if the earlier sunsets this week don’t put you in mind of winter, the midevening appearance of the season’s most conspicuous constellation surely will. Orion the Hunter rises in the eastern sky around 9 p.m. local time and appears halfway to the zenith in the southeast by midnight. Look for three 2nd-magnitude stars in a line that form the Hunter’s Belt. The constellation’s brightest stars are ruddy Betelgeuse and blue-white Rigel.
Mercury is out of sight down under Venus.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for November –https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-november-2019
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl)
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.
©2019 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
M 4 High 6:48 AM 6.3 6:58 AM Rise 2:02 PM 43
~ 4 Low 12:24 PM 3.7 5:02 PM Set 11:52 PM
~ 4 High 5:45 PM 6.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I let Spirit (My Higher Self, God/dess, My Spirit Guides, The One, The Force, Infinite Source) purify any remaining thoughts and feelings of needing to be “right.”
~ I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them. – Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) Dutch philosopher
~ How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words! – Samuel Adams (1722-1803) US patriot
~ The hardest battle you’re ever going to fight is the battle to be just you. – Leo Buscaglia
~ Possession is eleven points in the law – Colley Cibber (1671-1757) English actor, playwright
THESE few pale autumn flowers,
How beautiful they are !
Than all that went before,
Than all the summer store,
How lovelier far !
And why ? They are the last !
The last ! the last ! the last !
O by that little word
How many thoughts are stirred
That whisper of the past !
Pale flowers ! pale perishing flowers !
Ye’re types of precious things ;
Types of those bitter moments,
That flit, like life’s enjoyments,
On rapid, rapid wings ;
Last hours with parting dear ones
(That Time the fastest spends),
Last tears in silence shed,
Last words half uttered,
Last looks of dying friends.
Who but would fain compress
A life into a day,
The last day spent with one
Who, ere the morrow’s sun,
Must leave us, and for aye ?
precious, precious moments !
Pale flowers ! ye’re types of those ;
The saddest, sweetest, dearest,
Because, like those, the nearest
To an eternal close.
Pale flowers ! pale perishing flowers !
I woo your gentle breath ;
1 leave the summer rose
For younger, blither brows ;
Tell me of change and death ! – MRS. CAROLINE ANN [BOWLES] SOUTHEY.
Quoting from https://housecapuchin3.wordpress.com/portfolio/activities-through-7-1-18/ [This link has process pictures as well as this recipe/method]
Strawberries – On Saturday, as part of herbs, we prepped most of a 2 pound box of strawberries. The best got eaten. The least ripe went into a strawberry pickle and the most ripe and bits went into a sugar preserve and the 5 left over got frozen for breakfast. Now, we don’t have a clue how period these methods are… at least for strawberries. All the strawberries were cleaned, sliced and packed at the same time, then the pickling brine got done and added.
So, first the sugar preserve… the method is from Townsends. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNTpZkiiqUs
- Take your container (1 pt canning jar) and put a layer of sugar on the bottom.
- Make a layer of strawberry slices and pieces.
- Cover with sugar.
- Tap down by tapping the jar on the table and add more only if necessary.
- Alternate until the jar is full, ending with a layer of sugar.
- Keep in the fridge until the sugar has turned into syrup and the strawberries are partially dehydrated, then eat. About a month for them to “finish”.
Girdle Cakes [Anja’s version 10/19] adapted from https://www.dublininquirer.com/2019/03/06/how-to-cook-medieval-legume-girdle-breads This is a slightly chewy bread from the middle ages. It has at least 1/3 (up to 1/2) fewer carbs than regular breads, even if there are a *lot* of calories from using butter in the frying. Do *not* use olive oil for this. It changes the flavor drastically, makes it bitter.
- 1 cup. wheat, barley or oat flour
- 1 cup pea, bean or garbanzo flour)
- 1 1/2 tsp. salt
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/8 cups water
- Unsalted butter
- 2 Tbsp of caraway seed, mustard seed or other flavoring. (opt)
- Whisk the flours together, then mix in the salt.
- Add water and eggs and whisk together, making sure to get the dry stuff from the bottom of the bowl. Add the optional seasoning, if desired.
- Mix thoroughly.
- Let stand at room temp for an ½ hour to an hour.
- Heat butter in a non-stick frying pan over a moderate heat.
- Spoon into bubbling butter. (Use a ladle that holds about an ½ cup to get a good consistent size)
- Cook on one side until golden, approximately 5 minutes, then turn over and repeat. Salt, if you wish, before it cools.
- Repeat, until all the blend has been used.
Note – The original of this recipe with the amounts suggested above supposedly made a dough. No, it made a *batter*, so these instructions reflect that.
Caraway pork roast – Caraway pork roast is just that, a pork roast (get the best you can afford!) sprinkled with salt and caraway. If you like the taste, add 2 Tbsp sauerkraut juice or balsamic vinegar.
- 1 peeled and quartered onion
- 2 1/2 pound boneless butt
- 1/4 cup caraway
- 1/2 cup water (or sharp white wine or burgundy!)
- Sprinkle well with salt
- Crockpot on high
- Flip at 2 hours.
- Perfect at 6 hours.
aeroma (ayr OH ma) – n. The odor emanating from an exercise room after an aerobics workout.