Minus Tide at 7:30 PM of -1.8 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1pm-5pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
Showers, 50F, wind at 2-4mph and gusting, AQI41-116, UV1. Chance of rain 70% today and 90% tonight. After these morning showers we ought to dry out a bit before the next storm walks in early Tuesday morning. It’s bringing rain and wind and ought to hit the height at about 8am. There could be some thunder on Wednesday and then things ought to taper off until we have a partly cloudy day on Saturday, but after that it’s back to rain. At least it’s warmer! Highs should be in the mid 50’s and lows in the upper 40’s.
Yesterday I had the lights on well before time. I was really tired. I kept waking up with other things that I wanted to do during the night. Tempus was in worse shape but he dragged himself to the shop so he could help get things open. It took two hours for him to do anything other than coffee and waffles, but those were delicious!
Not a single customer in all day! …and it was nice out after a storm. Oh, well.
I started cooking around 3pm, did papyns and perry of peasoun, chicken salad, pulled out the pease pottage and we feasted. We put off the sweets for later in the evening, being totally stuffed, and we both napped.
I made the cherry dish and woke Tempus with it, leaving him tucked up with a warm bowl so he could wake, gradually, before the paper route. That was tasty! …and the Elizabethan Naughty Cake was good, too, although not for bad teeth. (Recipe below)
Devil’s Churn yesterday, video by John Brink… hoping that you’ll be able to see it. If you can’t, leave me a comment, below. I can’t always tell.
Today’s Plant is the Large-Leaved Avens, Geum macrophyllum. They’re a beautiful plant in the woods and garden and a food for many butterflies.- Masculine, Jupiter Fire – These plants are used in exorcism mixes, whether incense, amulet or “sprinkle” and for purification, as the live plants can chase nasty influences. If you hate having traveling salesmen or evangelists at your door, plant these along with mint by the pathways. North American species are used in love blends, too. More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum_macrophyllum More on the family at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum
Night of Hecate, ancient Greece– In Greece, this day was celebrated as the Night of Hecate, known to the Romans as Diana Lucifera. Diana had three forms, Luna in the Heavens, Diana on Earth, and Hecate in the Underworld. Diana was the goddess of the moon and was often called Diana Lucifera, Diana the Bringer of Light. More here: http://inanna.virtualave.net/hekate.htm
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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 11/30 at 1:30am. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 9:07am on 11/16. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 11/19 at 9:07am.
Although now well past its October opposition, Mars remains an excellent evening target. High in the sky after dark, the Red Planet is currently magnitude –1.6 and spans 17″. It will shrink by 2″ during the last two weeks of the month, so get in your observations now. Close study will also show the planet is not quite full — it’s currently 95 percent lit, and will wane slightly to close out November at 92 percent lit. Amid the faint stars of Pisces, Mars should be the brightest (and reddest) object in that region of sky. Skip northeast to Aries and you’ll find blue-gray Uranus, currently magnitude 5.7 and an easy binocular object. Its 4″-wide disk sits a little less than 3° southeast of 19 Arietis, which matches the planet in brightness. Return to the region night after night and you might see the planet slowly inch toward the star, closing out the month just 2.5° from the luminary.
Around 8 p.m., Orion is clearing the eastern horizon. His three-star belt is nearly vertical. High above Orion shines orange Aldebaran. Above Aldebaran is the little Pleiades cluster, the size of your fingertip at arm’s length. Capella shines far left of Aldebaran and the Pleiades. Down below Orion, Sirius rises around 10 p.m. No matter where they are, Sirius always follows two hours behind Orion. Or equivalently, one month behind Orion.
Venus (magnitude –3.9, in Virgo) shines brightly in the east before and during dawn, not very high. Can you keep it in view all the way to sunrise and maybe after? Binoculars help. Spica, only 1% as bright, passes Venus this week. Find Spica 5° lower right of Venus on the morning of the 14th, 4° directly right of Venus around the 17th to 19th depending on your latitude, and to Venus’s upper right thereafter.
Old Farmer’s Almanac October Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-october
Runic half month of Naudhiz/ Nyd /Nauthiz – November 13- 27 – Need-fire – Time to prepare for winter. Consciousness is the Necessity. “That which does not destroy me makes me stronger.” – Nietzsche
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 to 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl)
Mars (11/13), Neptune (11/28), Chiron (12/12) Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde
Color – Grey
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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 t 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
Ngetal – Reed Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Grass Green
Meaning: Upsets or surprises
to study this month Mor – the Sea Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: AE, X, XI, M
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 16 High 1:07 AM 7.6 7:15 AM Rise 9:04 AM 0
~ 16 Low 6:35 AM 2.3 4:48 PM Set 6:10 PM
~ 16 High 12:29 PM 9.6
~ 16 Low 7:30 PM -1.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I Know that I have the Inner strength of Love and Light within my heart, to Create Peace, Bliss, Love and Joy in my life now
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – A familiar nursery rhyme begins: “Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are! Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky.” List everything that is valuable or precious to you, and tell why you value it.
~ Do what you love, love what you do, and deliver more than you promise. – Harvey McKay
~ Nothing is more endangered in the modern world than the powerful combination of hard work toward meaningful goals joined with an exuberant embrace of the present moment. – Tom Morris
~ Show me a man who is a good loser and I’ll show you a man who is playing golf with his boss. – Jim Murray
~ Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it and it darts away. – Dorothy Parker
MUCH have I spoken of the faded leaf ;
Long have I listened to the wailing wind,
And watched it plowing through the heavy clouds ;
For autumn charms my melancholy mind.
When autumn comes the poets sing a dirge :
The year must perish : all the flowers are dead ;
The sheaves are gathered, and the mottled quail
Runs in the stubble, but the lark has fled.
Still, autumn ushers in the Christmas cheer,
The hollyberries and the ivy-tree :
They weave a chaplet for the Old Year’s bier;
These waiting mourners do not sing for me !
I find sweet peace in depths of autumn woods,
Where grow the ragged ferns and roughened moss
The naked, silent trees have taught me this,
The loss of beauty is not always loss! – MRS. ELIZABETH DREW [BARSTOW] STODDARD.
Elizabethan Naughty Cake – from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W81cj0559pc – No bake!
- ½ cup chopped mixed dried fruit
- ¼ cup of glace cherries
- 1/3 cup of chopped nuts
- ½ cup of crumbled Nilla wafer (recipe specifies “biscuit”….)
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup butter
- 3 TBSP honey
- Crunch or chop fruit, cherries, nuts and cookies.
- Add spices and mix.
- Take a square of cling wrap and lay it over a 7 inch plate or pie pan.
- Heat butter and honey in microwave for 1 minute. Stir.
- Mix butter/honey mix and fruit mix together very thoroughly.
- Dump out onto cling wrap.
- Fold edges up and over and squash the mix today hard.
- Let cool.
- Slice and serve.
Cranberry-Blue Cheese Ball
- Prep Time30 min
- Total Time2 hr 30 min
Step aside, boring cheese balls! This pecan, cranberry, blue cheese beauty is coated in toasted bread crumbs and parsley for a fun twist on the traditional nut-covered cheese ball.
2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1 package (5 oz) crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, softened
2 tablespoons honey
¼ teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup sweetened dried cranberries, chopped
½ cup chopped pecans, toasted
2 teaspoons butter
½ cup Progresso™ plain panko crispy bread crumbs
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
Assorted crackers, if desired
- In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, Gorgonzola cheese, honey, red pepper and salt with electric mixer on low speed 1 to 2 minutes or until mixed and fluffy. Stir in cranberries and pecans. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours until firm enough to shape into a ball.
- Just before shaping, melt butter in 8-inch skillet over medium heat. Add bread crumbs; cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown; transfer to medium bowl. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir in parsley.
- Shape cheese mixture into 1 large ball. Roll in toasted bread crumb mixture; place on serving plate. Serve with crackers.
Creamy Slow Cooker Marsala Mushrooms – https://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/creamy-slow-cooker-marsala-mushrooms/42181854-d5d5-4a25-9e9f-03ae1d45f70f
Total Time – 8 hr 5 min
Servings – 8
This creamy slow-cooker side gets an elegant flavor upgrade thanks to Marsala wine and Progresso™ chicken stock.
- 1 ½ lb cremini or button mushrooms, cleaned and trimmed
- 1 small shallot, diced (about 1/3 cup)
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- ¼ cup sweet Marsala
- ¼ cup Progresso™ chicken stock (from 32-oz container)
- Dash salt and pepper
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- Grated Parmesan cheese and additional parsley, if desired
- Lightly butter slow cooker. Arrange mushrooms across bottom–it’s okay if there is overlap; the mushrooms will shrink considerably as they cook. Sprinkle with shallot, garlic and parsley.
- In small bowl, mix Marsala and chicken stock; pour over mushrooms. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Cover and cook on Low heat setting 8 hours. About 30 to 60 minutes before end of cook time, in small bowl, stir heavy cream with cornstarch to dissolve. Gently stir mixture into liquid in slow cooker for remaining cook time. Taste for seasoning; add salt if needed.
- Serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan and additional parsley. Serve using toothpicks, with bread, or over pasta as desired.