The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Hubble.
It’s been spitty/blowing/rainy all day and there are large green blodges all around us on the map and more offshore. 60F, wind at 0-26mph and gusting, AQI 2-26, UV1. Chance of rain 99% today and 46% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 4pm Friday.. FLOOD WATCH through Friday night. It’s raining and windy right now and should keep on into the evening and then start winding down, at least a little. Saturday and Wednesday should give us a break in the wet, but the rest of the week is all rain and showers. Highs in the upper 50’s through Monday and then dropping to low 50’s. Lows will be in the 50’s until Monday, but if the clouds break Tuesday night it could go down to 40! Time to get the tender plants inside! 4 firespots
- Little Bend Creek Fire – 89% – 9432 acres
- Rough Patch Complex Fire – 86% – 50563.15 acres
- Janus Fire – 87% – 24797.8 acres
At or near containment
- Devils Knob Complex Fire – 100% – 70109.85 acres
- Jack Fire – 98% – 24165 acres
- Bull Complex Fire – 95% – 24894 acres
Yesterday wasn’t so good for me. I had a bad bout of asthma late in the night and didn’t get very much sleep, so I kept dozing off at my desk and finally I went in back and curled up. I had *another* bout of asthma at that point, but finally got a nap. That meant I got a little writing done later in the day, but more in the way of research. I’m trying to get more info on the basic incense ingredients.
Herbs workshop was pretty good. We have 50 sticks of the first incense, the frankincense/copal/sandalwood blend and the dough for Clearing. We also got a bunch of newly harvested herbs set up for drying. Tempus was cutting headers during workshop time, so I have some to start on today.
Tempus headed out at about the time we closed down the workshop after having helped get the shop closed up for the night. I wrote for awhile, got a sandwich and read for awhile, then wrote a bit more before starting on this.
Today we’ll be open at 1pm. Hopefully, Tempus will get more headers cut while I’m getting the new herbs and things finished up and into the inventory before hanging them. I have a bunch of boxes to open, some are holiday things that need to be re-boxed to be sent to the kids, one is some cleaning supplies, but a couple of others are stock.
Today’s plant is the Pacific Blackberry, Rubus ursinus.There are several species of blackberries that grow in the PNW, the nasty invasive one being the Himalayan blackberry, Rubus armeniacus. Here are pictures so that you can compare, ursinus on the left and armeniacus on the right. Ursinus (from the Latin for “bear”) also has narrower leaves and reddish canes. It is the ancestor of Marionberries, Boysenberries & parent of Loganberries, too. Feminine, Venus, Water, Brigit, Healing, Money, Protection – Carry leaves for money, use blackberry leaves in spring water as healing for burns, in incense for Lughnasadh. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_blackberry
Today’s feast is the Epulum Jovis – in Capitoli, Festival of Jupiter, Roman Empire (Nov 12 – 14) – Epulum Jovis in Capitoli was a three-day festival honouring the one Roman deity given the title of God – Jupiter, or Jove to the Romans and Zeus to the Greeks. Jupiter was the god of the sky and thunder, a friendly, mostly happy god, not vengeful or destructive like the Bible’s Jehovah (God of the Jews), who is also sometimes called in English ‘Jove’ by association. The English word ‘jovial’, in fact, comes from this happy god. However, he could sometimes be a punishing deity. He was born of Cronus (Saturn) and Rhea (Ops). Worship of Zeus originated among the Minoans, where he was known as the Earthshaker. At Epirus in Greece, his voice was heard coming from a giant oak tree. (from Wilson’s Almanac) More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jupiter_(mythology)#Epula_Iovis and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epulum_Jovis
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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 11/19 at 12:57am. 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 11/17 at 3:57pm.
At nightfall Jupiter, Saturn, the Moon, and Venus form a long, ragged diagonal line in the south to southwest, in that order from upper left to lower right.
This month’s Leonid meteor shower peaks the 17th — which, unfortunately, closely coincides with the Full Moon. That makes this week your best bet at spotting shower meteors. This morning offers several hours of darkness, as the Moon sets late Thursday night, shortly before the calendar changes to Friday. The Leonids’ radiant in near Adhafera in Leo the Lion is highest closer to sunrise, so try stepping outside a few hours before dawn to catch it at its best. Even at their peak, the Leonids will only produce about 10 meteors per hour, so while you should notice more meteors than the sporadic background rate of only a few per hour, don’t expect a stunning show. Still, it’s a great time to enjoy the early-morning autumn sky, which contains not only Leo but also Cancer, Orion, Gemini, Taurus and Perseus. There’s a plethora of familiar constellations and easy-to-find deep-sky objects, including the Pleiades, the Crab Nebula (M1), the Orion Nebula (M42), and the Perseus Double Cluster.
The largest asteroid, 1 Ceres, is currently passing through the Hyades near Aldebaran this week. At magnitude 7.3 Ceres is faintly in binocular range. Its path is mapped in the November Sky & Telescope, page 50 (where the date ticks are for 0:00 Universal time, which falls on the evening of the previous date for North America.) Aldebaran and the Hyades are well up in the east by 9 p.m. standard time. Robert C. Victor points out to us that on the nights of November 11-12 and 12-13 , “Ceres is passing north of the naked-eye pair Theta-1 and Theta-2 Tauri,” a landmark pair of Hyads just west of Aldebaran. “These stars are 5.5 arcminutes apart, magnitudes 3.8 and 3.4. The 5.0-mag. star 75 Tauri is 24 arcminutes north of Theta-1. On November 12, Ceres passes within 9 arcminutes north of 75 Tauri. This conjunction takes place in the afternoon in North America, with Ceres moving west by 12 arcminutes per day.”
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. 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
NIGHT SKY MAP FOR NOVEMBER 2021: CONSTELLATIONS IN THE WATER – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-november-constellations-water
NIGHT SKY FOR NOVEMBER 2021 – NOVEMBER’S GUIDE TO BRIGHT PLANETS – https://www.almanac.com/content/night-sky-november
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24
Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – Rose
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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
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
F 12 Low 12:36 AM 0.4 7:09 AM Rise 2:29 PM 52
~ 12 High 7:31 AM 6.9 4:52 PM
~ 12 Low 1:24 PM 3.2
~ 12 High 6:52 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.
Journal Prompt – Expository – Write everything you know about your ancestors on your mother’s side of the family.
~ The crucial point is that we can relate with our life just as it is right now. We can always connect with the openness of our minds. We can use our days to wake up rather than go back to sleep. ~Pema Chodron
~ A culture of discipline is not a principle of business; it is a principle of greatness. – Jim Collins
As important as it is to think big, nothing happens until you think small. – Scott Dinsmore (So, what’s your next step?)
~ Empowerment is all about taking responsibility for your actions. – Kerr Cuhulain
After Apple-Picking BY ROBERT FROST
My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a tree
Toward heaven still,
And there’s a barrel that I didn’t fill
Beside it, and there may be two or three
Apples I didn’t pick upon some bough.
But I am done with apple-picking now.
Essence of winter sleep is on the night,
The scent of apples: I am drowsing off.
I cannot rub the strangeness from my sight
I got from looking through a pane of glass
I skimmed this morning from the drinking trough
And held against the world of hoary grass.
It melted, and I let it fall and break.
But I was well
Upon my way to sleep before it fell,
And I could tell
What form my dreaming was about to take.
Magnified apples appear and disappear,
Stem end and blossom end,
And every fleck of russet showing clear.
My instep arch not only keeps the ache,
It keeps the pressure of a ladder-round.
I feel the ladder sway as the boughs bend.
And I keep hearing from the cellar bin
The rumbling sound
Of load on load of apples coming in.
For I have had too much
Of apple-picking: I am overtired
Of the great harvest I myself desired.
There were ten thousand thousand fruit to touch,
Cherish in hand, lift down, and not let fall.
That struck the earth,
No matter if not bruised or spiked with stubble,
Went surely to the cider-apple heap
As of no worth.
One can see what will trouble
This sleep of mine, whatever sleep it is.
Were he not gone,
The woodchuck could say whether it’s like his
Long sleep, as I describe its coming on,
Or just some human sleep.
Magick – Recipes for Thanksgiving
Pancetta and Mushroom Phyllo Cups – Pancetta, mushrooms and herbs combine to make this easy and decadent crispy appetizer in just 40 minutes. – https://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/pancetta-and-mushroom-phyllo-cups/bb4c51d8-e3ce-4626-b900-52692190288a
- Prep Time – 40 min
- Total Time – 40 min
- 2 packages (1.9 oz each) phyllo cups (30 shells total)
- 3 oz thinly sliced pancetta, coarsely chopped
- 1 package (8 oz) cremini or baby bella mushrooms, finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped sage leaves
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped thyme leaves
- ½ cup Progresso™ chicken stock (from 32-oz carton)
- ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
- ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup sour cream
- Crisp phyllo cups as directed on package.
- In 10-inch skillet, cook pancetta over medium heat 4 to 5 minutes or until crisp. Remove with slotted spoon; drain on paper towel-lined plate. Add mushrooms to drippings in skillet; cook 5 to 6 minutes or until mushrooms are soft and pan is nearly dry. Add garlic; cook about 1 minute or until garlic is fragrant. Add 1 teaspoon of the sage, the thyme and stock. Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until most of liquid is absorbed. Add whipping cream; simmer 1 to 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Stir pancetta and Parmesan cheese into mixture; remove from heat.
- In small bowl, mix remaining 2 teaspoons sage and the sour cream.
- Scoop rounded teaspoons mushroom filling into phyllo cups; top with sage cream.
- White mushrooms can be substituted for cremini mushrooms in this recipe.
- Dried sage and thyme can be used in this recipe. Reduce sage to 1 teaspoon and thyme to 1/4 teaspoon.
Mini Sweet Potato Bites – https://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/mini-sweet-potato-bites/f8c088a5-e36b-451e-8f77-7871587f1584
- Prep Time – 50 min
- Total Time – 60 min
- Servings – 16
For your next party, skip the potato chips, and opt for these delicious caramelized onion- and apple-topped sweet potatoes instead.
- 2 large (8-inch) unpeeled orange-fleshed sweet potatoes (1 3/4 lb)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 2 cups sweet onion, halved and thinly sliced (1 large)
- 1 small unpeeled apple (Gala or Braeburn), cored and thinly sliced (1 cup)
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
- Heat oven to 425ºF. Spray large rimmed baking pan with cooking spray.
- Cut 8 (1/2-inch-thick) slices from center of each sweet potato; reserve ends for another use, or discard. In large bowl, toss sweet potato slices, 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and the pepper. Place slices in pan. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until tender when pierced with paring knife. Turn slices over. Brush sweet potato slices with mustard.
- Meanwhile, in 10-inch nonstick skillet, heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add onion and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook 6 to 8 minutes or until softened and golden brown. Add apple, and cook 2 to 3 minutes longer or until apple softens. Add vinegar; cook 30 to 60 seconds or until liquid evaporates.
- Divide caramelized onion mixture among slices. Top with blue cheese. Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until cheese softens. Top with parsley and thyme.
Southern Corn Pudding
Serves 8, 1h 10 minute prep time
- 10-12 ears of fresh corn, husks removed (6 cups)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3 tbs all-purpose flour
- 2 tbs baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 6 large eggs
- 2 cups whipping cream
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Cut off kernels from cobs in to a large bowl. This should amount to about six cups.
- Scrape milk and remaining pulp from the cobs, then discard cobs. It’s important to get as much as possible off the cobs.
- Begin mixing the eggs, baking powder, flour, salt, whipping cream, and butter in a large bowl
- Gradually add sugar to the egg mixture and whisk it until it is smooth.
- Add in the corn and stir.
- Pour mixture in to a lightly greased 13″x9″ baking dish.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes
Mini Butternut Squash Polenta Bites – Recipe by Girl Versus Dough – For step-by-step go to https://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/mini-butternut-squash-polenta-bites/972c7601-8556-4ef7-8cda-a1a5056e6698 – Cute ‘n’ tasty little fall-flavored appetizers made with butternut squash and chickpea polenta. Adapted from Food Network
- Prep Time60 min
- Total Time4 hr 0 min
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 yellow or white onion, minced
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 2 cups Progresso™ chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 8 cups Progresso™ chicken broth (or water)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 cups uncooked polenta
- 1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- Fresh snipped rosemary
- Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add minced onion and garlic; cook 5 minutes until softened.
- Add chickpeas, broth (or water) and salt and pepper to taste. Cook 10 to 15 minutes until chickpeas are softened.
- Using an immersion blender or a regular blender, blend mixture (in batches, if necessary) until smooth. Bring to a boil.
- Slowly whisk in polenta. Decrease heat to medium. Stir polenta constantly 15 to 20 minutes until very thick, like pudding. Once cooked, pour into a lightly greased rimmed baking sheet; spread evenly with a spatula.
- Cover with foil and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours until chilled and set.
- Meanwhile, heat oven to 400°F. Toss cut squash with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast until soft, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Using a cookie cutter, cut polenta into 2 to 3-inch discs (or slice into squares). Place discs on a lightly greased baking sheet. Brush tops lightly with olive oil. Bake until golden brown on the top and slightly crispy, about 30 to 40 minutes.
- Top polenta discs with squash and a sprig of rosemary.
Silliness – Working Man Blues – After many years of trying to find steady work I finally got a job as a historian until I realized there was …no future in it.