The Season of the Witch!
(Blessed be my little witch. To those who came before and those who will come after, know that the Goddess is with you always. Thank you all my dear readers…be blessed. ~GrannyMoon
The NEW MOON always rises at sunrise
And the FIRST QUARTER at noon.
The FULL MOON always rises at sunset
And the LAST QUARTER at midnight.
~The New Orleans Mistic
Dark Moon — Time to Rest
New Moon — Time to Begin New Projects; Birth; Attraction
Waxing Moon — Time to Grow; Increase
Full Moon — Time to be Fulfilled; Abundance
Waning Moon — Time to Banish; Decrease
Last Sliver of Moon — Time to Die; Letting Go
Dark Moon — Time to Rest Again
Light A Candle Today!
In many different traditions lighting a candle is a sacred action. It expresses more than words can express. It has to do with gratefulness. From time immemorial, people have lit candles in sacred places. You may want to begin or end your day by the sacred ritual of lighting a candle on this gratefulness. Or you may want to light a birthday candle for a friend. One single guideline is all you need: Slow down and do it with full attention.
Dates of this calendar were devised by Robert Graves, 1895 – 1985
Month of Hathor begins 10/3 – 10/30
Celtic Tree Calendar: Gort (Ivy) September 30 to October 27
Current Moon Phase: Full Moon
From fourteen to seventeen-and-a-half days after the new moon. Prime time for rituals for prophecy. From seven to fourteen days after the New Moon.
Full Moon energy is used banishing unwanted influences in your life, protection magick, and divination.
Full Moon magick can be conjured for seven days: the three days prior to the Full Moon, the night of the Full Moon itself, and three days after the Full Moon.
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GrannyMoon is Founder and Mother High Priestess of GoddessSchool, Sisters of the Burning Branch, dedicated to the Feminine Divine. Living in the Washington, DC suburbs, she attended LDS Seminary, Former staff member and student of the Esoteric Theological Seminary, is an ordained Metaphysical Interfaith minister with doctoral degrees in Theology and Divinity, since 1999. She is a current board member of the Northern Virginia Pagan Pride Day, charter member and former counsel and board member of The Order of the White Moon. A scholar of ancient mysteries, Doula, Reiki Master, Herbalist and Lifetime Member of Herbal Healer Academy, Inc. and former VA State Representative A.R.E.N. Alternative Religions Educational Network. She has dedicated her life to the study and teaching of the Esoteric.
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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Moon Day Hail Luna! Hail Mani! Energy: Female Ruler: The Moon Magicks involving the subconscious, healing, emotions, love, spirituality, healing wounds, children, small animals, women’s mysteries,mothers, sisters, female partners, wives, instincts
Today’s Magickal Influences: Agriculture, Domestic, Long Life, Medicine,
Travels, Visions, Theft
Today’s Goddesses: Luna, Selene, Diana, Re, Gaeleach, Ida, Artemis [Whom The
Greeks Associated With Bast], The Witches, Yemaya, Erzulie, Bast
Perfumes: White Poppy, White Rose, Wallflower
Monday – Wear pearl, moonstone, or crystal. Use an emerald for amulets.
Color of The Day: Silver, Grey, White
Colors for Tomorrow: Red
Cooking on Monday will improve magics for creativity, insight, maternal
nature, and Goddess-related efforts. ~Quote from Magickal Martha
Hail Tyr! GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Tyr’s or Tiu’s Day! Day of Mars, Ares, Tiwaz, Tiw (from whom it is named), Tuisco,. Magickal influences are: Passion, courage, aggression and protection, vitality, passion, ambition and raw, unabashed power. Mars energy makes the mind acute.It is lucky to meet a left-handed person on any day except Tuesday – then it’s an ill omen. A superstition from areas of England that were ruled by the Danelaw, because the day is named for Norse God Týr who sacrificed his right hand to bind the Fenris Wolf. #FolkloreThursday
Tuesday – Wear a ruby, star sapphire, or emerald. Use topaz for amulets.
Today’s Magickal Influences ~ Destination, War, Courage, Surgery, Physical Strength
Be cautious-especially while traveling.
Today’s Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Soorejnaree, Pingalla, Anna, Aine, Danu,
Yngona, Bellona, Aida Wedo, Sun Woman
Perfumes: Hellebore, Carnation, Patchouli
Incense: Lignum Aloes, Plantain
Color of The Day: Red
Colors for Tomorrow: Yellow
Lucky Sign: Tuesday Is The Lucky Day For Aries
On Tuesday, cooking up a hearty meal featuring carrots, peppers, and garlic (all Mars foods and spices) to empower yourself for victory and success!
Hail Odin! GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Woden’s or Odin’s Day
Energy: Male Ruler: Mercury – Rules healings, the mind – Use for magick
involving mental issues, learning, higher education, addictions,
communications, travel, young people, messages, perception, self-expression,
artists, poets, and writers
Wednesday – Wear amethyst, star ruby, or lodestone. Use turquoise in amulets.
Today’s Magickal Influences: Conjurations, Predictions, Knowledge, Writing,Eloquence
Incense: Cinnamon, Cinquefoil
Perfumes: Sweetpea, Lavender, Mastic, Frankincense, Cloves
Color of The Day: Yellow, Grey
Colors for Tomorrow: Purple, Indigo, Blue
Lucky Sign: Wednesday Is The Lucky Day For Gemini And Virgo
Today’s Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya,
Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette, Sekhmet, Hathor
GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Thor’s Day Hail Thor!
Today’s Magickal Influences ~ Luck, Religion, Healing, Trade And Employment,Treasure, Honors, Riches, Legal Matters,
Use Growth, Expansion, Prosperity, Money, Business, Attracting attracting more of what you have.
Thor’s Day – Wear sapphire, cat’s eye, or carnelian. Use sapphire in rituals.
Today’s Goddesses: Juno, Hera, Kwan Yin, Mary, Cybele, Tara, Mawu, Mlaba Mwana Waresa, Ishtar, Nuit
Color of The Day: Purple, Indigo, Blue
Candle: Purple, Blue
Colors for Tomorrow: Green, Light Blue
Perfumes: Stock, Lilac, Storax, Aloes
Incense: Nutmeg, Henbane
Lucky Sign: Thursday Is The Lucky Day For Sagittarius And Pisces
Hail Freya! GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Freya’s Day
Energy: Female Ruler: Venus – Rules lovers and pleasure, affairs of the
heart – Use for magick involving love, peace, beauty, gentleness, women’s
problems, healing, protection, lovers, ease, pleasure, affairs. Resolve
Friday – Cast love spells on Fridays. Wear blue robes and use turquoise, ruby, emerald or cat’s eye.
Today’s Magickal Influences: All Love Matters, Friendships, Affection,
Partnerships, Money, Sex
Today’s Goddesses: Astarte, Aphrodite, Erzulie, Aida Wedo, Eve, Venus,
Freya, Frigg, Diana, Aset [Isis], The Witch Of Gaeta, Chalchiuhtlique
Incense: Saffron, Verbena
Perfumes: Stephanotis, Apple Blossom, Musk, Ambergris
Color of The Day: Light Blue, Pale Green
Colors for Tomorrow: Black
Lucky Sign: Friday Is The Lucky Day For Taurus And Libra
Saint Jegudiel represents Friday
Hail Loki! GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Saturn and Loki’s Day
Day of Seatere, Seater, and Saturn and of Loki, the Norse god of tricks and
revelry. Saturday is ruled by Saturn, whose Magickal influences are:
longevity, endings, and homes. Saturday comes under the influence of Saturn.
Saturn’s influence directs our attention toward routine chores, customs, and
conventional traditions. Saturday is a good day for furthering our ambitions
through perseverance, patience, responsible action, and a sense of purpose .
Saturday – Wear turquoise, labradorite, or diamond. Use amethyst.
Saturday is a good day of the week to perform spells and rituals involving
spirit communication, meditation, psychic self-defense, binding, and
locating lost things or missing persons.
Today’s Goddesses: Ops, Rhea, Tellus Mater, Gaia, Eartha, Ge, Tonantzin,
Asherah, Anath, The Shekinah, The Matronit, Mary, Gula, Herodias, Oddudua,
Today’s Magickal Influences: Duties, Responsibilities, Finding Families,
Works Of Magic, Buildings, Meditation, Life, Doctrines
Today’s Energies: Female – Rules obstacles, overcoming blockages – Use for
magick involving overcoming limitations, the elderly, endings, deaths,
blocks, constrictions, and those restricting you.
Incense: Pepperwort, Assodilious, Black Poppy Seeds, Henbane, Lodestone,
Perfumes: Hyacinth, Pansy
Color of The Day: Black
Colors for Tomorrow: Orange, Gold and Yellow
Lucky Sign: Saturday Is The Lucky Day For Capricorn And Aquarius
Hail Sunna and Sol! GrannyMoon Says Today is: Sun Day
Ruler: The Sun
Rule health, prosperity, leadership, joy, and protection – Use for magick involving happiness, prosperity, joy, healing, protection, power,
leadership, ego, authority figures, fathers, husbands
Today’s Goddesses: Sunne, Frau Sonne, Aditi, Igaehindvo, Amaterasu, Arinna,
Sunday’s Magickal Influences: Health, Healing, Confidence And Hope, Prosperity
Incense: Dragons Blood
Perfumes: Heliotrope, Orange Blossom, Cloves, Frankincense, Ambergris, Musk, Myrrh
Sunday – wear topaz, sunstone, or diamond. Use pearl in crafting talismans.
Color of The Day: Orange, Gold
Colors for Tomorrow: Silver, Gray, White
Lucky Sign: Sunday Is The Lucky Day For Leo
The Four of Pentacles
Pearls of Wisdom Tarot
The allure of the almighty dollar could be a trap! Don’t hold on too tightly and be careful what you wish for. Are you choosing riches over love or family?
Llewellyn’s Spell A Day
Bringing the Autumn Rains
October 07, 2019 by Elizabeth Barrette
In a temperate climate, spring and fall are typically the rainy times. Summer tends to be dry, while winter brings snow. That is no longer as reliable as it used to be. So here’s a spell to bring the autumn rains.
To cast this spell, you’ll need some fresh colorful autumn leaves and some dry brown ones, plus a bowl of water. It’s easier to do this outdoors, but you can bring some leaves indoors if necessary. Dip a handful of fresh leaves into the bowl and sprinkle water in all four directions, then above and below. Say:
“Hear me, autumn rains,
wherever you may be.”
Dip the fresh leaves again and sprinkle water onto the dry leaves. Listen to the familiar sound it makes. Say:
“Come hither, autumn rains,
wherever you may be.”
Preferably, dispose of the leaves outdoors and pour the water over them.
Wish Bracelet Spell
October 08, 2019 by Kate Freuler
Get a piece of thread that is about ten inches long. Hold it in the smoke of burning incense while thinking of your wish, then wrap it around your wrist or ankle. As you make a bow, say your wish aloud. Now your wish is inside the bow, empowered by air, the element of communication and dream fulfillment. Choose the color of thread according to your wish:
Leave the bracelet alone and do not take it off for any reason. Forget about it if you can, and let it fall off of its own accord. This can take hours or days or even weeks. When it does, your wish will start to manifest.
October 09, 2019 by Dallas Jennifer Cobb
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement in Hebrew culture, when Jews seek to purify their souls. Atonement (at-one-ment) means to be “at one” with ourselves. In twelve-step programs like AA and NA, the fourth step reads: “We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.”
Today, write your own inventory. List your liabilities and assets. Guilt, shame, remorse, self-pity, resentment, betrayal, fear, and denial have a place on this list, as do honesty, openmindedness, willingness, courage, faith, kindness, generosity, and gratitude.
Look at your list and say:
I see all that I am.
Fold the list in half and say:
At-one-ment. I make peace
with all that I am.
Fold the list again and say:
Atonement. I purify my soul. I see my
self, light and dark. I know who I am.
Going forward I am guided.
I am all that I am.
Place the list on your altar. Be at one with yourself. Grow. Change. Atone.
Make a Talisman
October 10, 2019 by Barbara Ardinger
Go out among the autumn trees and look for twigs lying on the ground. Gather several that are about six inches long and preferably forked. If you can’t find twigs, you can use six-inch pieces of doweling or Popsicle sticks or whatever else you think of. You can make these twigs into talismans for yourself and winter holiday gifts for your friends. (If you live where there are, alas, no trees that drop twigs, you can use Popsicle sticks or pieces of dowel rods.)
Gather these supplies out of your art and magic cabinet:
• Magical stones and herbs
• Mini squeeze bottles of sparkly paint
• Embroidery floss and/or ribbons
• Tiny feathers
• Other decorative items that call to you
First, speak aloud your intention for this talisman’s magic. Then paint a face on the twig. Depending on what the magic is for, tie stones, beads, feathers, and anything else that calls to you on the twig. Make it beautiful and fancy. (If anybody asks, you’re Making Art.)
Cast your circle and state your intention. Afterward, set the talisman in its best place or hang it on the wall.
In Service to Equality
October 11, 2019 by Blake Octavian Blair
Today is the birth date of Eleanor Roosevelt, America’s longest serving first lady. Eleanor Roosevelt was a strong civil rights supporter and served as a strong voice in favor of equal pay and benefits to be extended to all races in an administration with official positions that were mostly to the contrary. Even in our current times it is plain to see that there are many civil rights battles that are still ongoing. Let us remember Eleanor and continue to strive for the equality of all people as we examine our relationships to others in society. Light a candle and recite:
Candle burning bright,
Passion for equality may it ignite.
Illuminate the ways for me,
That I may be of service
to those around me.
Contemplate how you can make a positive contribution to civil rights movements. How can you help lift others and create positive change? Journal your thoughts.
Fire Spell for Strength
October 12, 2019 by Ember Grant
This ritual celebrates the characteristics of the fire element, helping you draw those qualities, as needed, into your life. Fire governs the realms of change and transformation, courage, energy, and passion. It can also be used for protection and purification and for banishing negativity.
Focus on your needs, including gaining strength, as you meditate on the element of fire. Light candles or incense or make a fire in a fireplace or patio fire pit. Contemplate the qualities of fire and the ways in which it’s essential for our lives. As with all the elements, fire can be destructive, so we must always treat it with respect. Chant:
Fire, in my darkest hour,
spark my strength and untapped power.
Bring me what I need to thrive,
to persevere and to survive.
Spell for Courage
October 13, 2019 by Melanie Marquis
Use this spell to increase your sense of confidence and courage so that you can face any challenges that arise with greater strength and bravery. Stand outside under the light of the full moon and sprinkle around your feet a circle of powdered cinnamon. Strike your most courageous pose and imagine that you are an allpowerful superhero with supernatural abilities as you invite the moonlight to pour into your body. Howl at the moon if it seems fitting, imagining yourself as a wild and untamable beast, fierce and full of vigor.
When you feel as if you’ve got a good fake courage going on, imagine lions, crocodiles, or other symbols of danger lurking just beyond the perimeter of cinnamon that surrounds you. Take a step or leap out of the circle of cinnamon as you say boo! at the imaginary dangers.
Heartwings Love Notes 901 It’s Soup Weather
Heartwings says: “A hearty soup is just right to take the chill from your bones.”
One of my favorite things about fall is that my appetite returns and I can eat more without gaining weight. Those extra calories burn to keep me warm. However I do not eat more empty calories: i.e. desserts, snacks, sweets. Instead I eat more vegetables and healthy carbohydrates. Soup calories are always good fuel for the body. Hearty fall and winter soups are made with root vegetables, winter squash, beans, and other appropriate ingredients.
Sturdy herbs like thyme, oregano, rosemary and tarragon add flavor and food value to these soups as well. I begin most of my soup recipes by sautéing chopped onion, finely chopped celery, and ground garlic (not garlic powder, it has less flavor) in butter and olive oil. The mung beans in this recipe can be found at any health food store if your market does not carry them, and are a nice change from the more commonly used lentils or other beans.
My mung bean soup is a little different from the average bean soup. For this hearty recipe sauté ½ cup onion and 1 cup celery chopped small in 2 Tbs olive oil and 2 Tbs butter until transparent. Add 1 tsp each of thyme, rosemary, curry powder, and ground garlic . Stir in 2 cups peeled, chopped firm potatoes and 1 cup or more sliced carrots. Add 2 cups beef broth, and 4 cups water. Bring to a boil and simmer for an hour or so, until vegetables are tender and soup is tasty.
Cauliflower has become popular lately. I have seen versions of it prepared in many ways. This is my cauliflower soup: Thinly slice ½ to ¾ of a large cauliflower and 1 or 2 large carrots. Simmer in 2 cups water until soft. Meanwhile, Sauté 1 medium onion and 6 cloves garlic chopped, black pepper and your choice of seasonings in olive oil. Mash simmered vegetables and add sautéed ones. Add 2 cups chicken broth. If you wish, thicken with leftover mashed potato or a roux made from 2 Tbs butter and 2 Tbs flour stirred over medium heat, add 1 cup liquid of your choice stirring until smooth and thick. Stir into soup and cook briefly. Enjoy in good health!
May your fall cooking be tasty and nourishing.
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The Grounding Properties of The Dalmation Jasper Stone
also known as “Dalmation Stone”, is a grounding stone, in terms of the Earth and in reality. It removes disillusionment, helping one to see their strengths and weaknesses more clearly. Dalmation stone brings a sense of fun to one’s life and helps to increase loyalty in relationships. It purifies the blood and boosts the immune system.
Jasper is a methodical and meticulous worker of practical, down to earth solutions, promoting organizational abilities and courage to assertively tackle a variety of problems. This explains why jasper stimulates the imagination and transforms ideas into action. It has the ability to foster and nurture and its energy is used for grounding and protection.
This reputation of being a supreme nurturer is evident in the way it can sustain and support us through times of stress. It can benefit us with support during prolonged illness and has the ability to re-energize both the etheric body and the physical body. Jasper resonates with our bodies since it is a microcrystalline variety of quartz, therefore this is the reason why it brings tranquility and wholeness when it is around us.
It balances yin and yang. Considered more effective if it is used for long periods of time because it works slowly. Use this stone when you wish to encourage honesty within yourself. Jasper has been used to prolong sexual pleasure, especially, red, black and orange jasper. Each color of Jasper has additional, specific qualities when used alone. Jasper is very effective when using on the Root Chakra. Jasper has an affinity to Leo, Virgo and Scorpio.
Andrew Pacholyk, MS L.Ac
What is Divination?
Hope/divine assistance. Union with light
Color: White, Violet
Stone: All crystals, but especially, Amethyst, Hematite, Tiger’s Eye, Moonstone, Obsidian, Onyx, Opal, Quartz, Sardonyx, Smoky Quartz
Essential Oil: Sandalwood, Jasmine, Myrrh, Frankincense
Incense: Shaman Circle, Frankincense, Myrrh
Tea: Heart, Heart of an Angel, Chakra Tea, Aura Tea,
Herb: Anise, Coltsfoot, Comfrey, Crocus, Frankincense, Hawthorne Berry, Hazel, Marigold, Mugwort, Rosemary, Wormwood, Yarrow, Yew
Guiding Principle: “Divine Assistance”, “Foretelling So”, “Beneath the Veil”
The Metaphysics of Divination
Traditionally, metaphysics refers to the branch of philosophy that attempts to understand the fundamental nature of all reality, whether visible or invisible. It seeks a description so basic, so essentially simple, so all-inclusive that it applies to everything, whether divine or human or anything else. It attempts to tell what anything must be like in order to be at all.
As far back as the 14th century, divination was considered the art or practice that would seek to foresee or foretell future events. Discoveries of hidden knowledge, usually by the interpretation of omens or by the assistance of supernatural powers was how it was perceived. Today, the idea is not so different.
Divination is considered unusual insight or intuitive perception. As intuitive beings, we often tend to let go of or loose sight of this ability as we age.Children are extremely intuitive and utilize this ability daily. As we grow older, it seems that we tend not to trust these feelings, images or concepts from our mind’s eye. They almost seem odd, irrational or just something that is hard to believe. The Art of Scrying, or another words, tapping into the super sensory powers of your subconscious, are just other ways of “paying attention”!
By Madisyn Taylor
Holding onto regret is like dragging the weight of the past with us everywhere we go.
Holding onto regret is like dragging the weight of the past with us everywhere we go. It drains our energy, leaving less available for life in the present because we are constantly feeding an old issue. This attachment can cause illness the same way watering a dead plant creates decay. We know that something new and beautiful can grow in its place if we only prepare the soil and plant the right seeds. We also know that we create our lives from our thoughts, so dwelling on the past may actually recreate a situation in our lives where we are forced to make the choice again and again. We can choose to move on right now by applying what we have learned to the present and perhaps even sharing with others, transforming the energy into something that is constructive and creative for ourselves and others.
Forgiveness is the soothing balm that can heal regret. In meditation, we can imagine discussing the issue with the self of our past and offering our forgiveness for the choice. In return, we can ask for our selves’ forgiveness for keeping them locked in that space of judgment for so long. We may also want to ask forgiveness from anyone else who may have been affected and perhaps offer our forgiveness. By replaying the event in our minds, we can choose a new ending using all that we now know. Imagine that you have actually gone back into the past and made this change, and then say goodbye to it. Release your former self with a hug and bring the forgiveness and love back with you to the present. Since we are usually our harshest critics, it is amazing how powerfully healing it can be to offer ourselves love.
Keeping our minds and our energy fully in the present allows us to fuel our physical and emotional healing and well-being today. This action frees our energy to create the dreams we dream for the future. By taking responsibility and action in the present, we can release our hold on the past.
How Healthful Is Your Tea? Try These 4!
The antioxidants and polyphenols in tea may be responsible for some of its health benefits, such as stronger bones, lower cholesterol levels, and reduced risk of heart disease and some types of cancer – all of which are enjoyed by regular tea drinkers. Consider these types of tea in the upcoming winter months for healthful, warming treats that offer added health benefits:
1. Green tea. With tea leaves that are steamed, rolled and dried – a method that preserves the content of polyphenols – green tea is high in antioxidants. Its flavor is a bit earthier than that of white tea. Green tea is available in a range of varieties; Dr. Weil’s favorite is powdered green tea, known as matcha. Green tea provides EGCG, a polyphenol than may help to fight inflammation, lower cholesterol, prevent cancer and boost the immune system.
2. Oolong. This tea’s healthful properties (as well as taste and color) fall between those of green tea and black tea. It has a floral and fruity taste, and may help relieve itchy skin associated with atopic dermatitis.
3. Black tea. This is the tea that the English, Irish and most Americans drink. The oxidation process causes the leaves to change both their color and flavor, reducing the content of polyphenols. It is a hearty tea that has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, colon cancer and the bacteria associated with cavities and bad breath.
4. Pu-erh. Highly valued in China, pu-erh (pronounced POO-air) is a dark red tea that is bold and earthy and the most oxidized form of tea. It may help to reduce cholesterol and aid in digestion.
An Experiment in Time, Part2 by Stephen Halpert
It was a dank, cloudy morning in April, 1865. The chill air and the threat of eventual rain made Adam huddle inside his inadequate coat. It was well worn and neither fit comfortably nor provided him the warmth he was used to. Feeling completely at sea in his strange situation, for Ann’s sake he did his best to give the impression he felt optimistic. What an idiotic thing I’ve done, he thought, I guess the Dean was right. Holding hands, he and Ann joined several dozen townsfolk along the railroad track as they all awaited the passing of President Lincoln’s funeral train.
A woman came over to them. “Ann,” her voice showed concern. “What’s wrong? You look ill. What’s become of your coloring?”
Ann had the courage to smile. “Just adjusting to the weather,” she said.
But the woman wouldn’t stop. “Are you sure?” She turned and looked askance at Adam. “Has he been pushing you too hard, making you finish those gowns for the Easter communion service?” She wagged a bony finger at him. “Women aren’t beasts of burden you know!”
“Oh I agree,” Adam hoped he sounded sincere. He looked to Ann for help.
“It’s just the changing weather,” she repeated.
“Like so many wives you go on defending him, taking his guff as though its sweet pudding.” The woman frowned and put her arm around Ann’s shoulders. “But Minnie Rathbone can tell when a woman has been pushed to her limits. I certainly have been pushed enough that way by my Willard. We women must organize and stand together for our equality. Once the slaves were emancipated we all prayed that President Lincoln would push for our emancipation too; but now, alas…” she sighed and shook her head.
“Maybe Andrew Johnson will pick up on his agenda,” Adam said.
Hearing the new President’s name spoken aloud, her lips twisted. “That drunken sot! All we ever read of him from Secretary Stanton is that he spends his days inebriated in the tavern.” She shook her head. “I fear he’s not much good to any of us.”
Adam nodded. He’d best be quiet and stay still. That history had condemned Edward Stanton, Lincoln’s Secretary of War, would mean little to these people and only further rile this woman.
“Well at least you finally bought her that sewing machine: second hand Singer though it be. I’m sure if you had your way you’d pinch pennies and make her hand stitch everything.”
Minnie’s husband, Willard, joined them. He clapped Adam on the back. “Don’t let Minnie raise your dander.” He glared at his wife. “You go on talking like that and Parson Wilkie will have words with you, woman. And if his warning doesn’t quiet you down he’ll take his strap to your backside like he does with the ornery children.”
He snorted and turned to Adam. “I hope you’ll help me with the milking. Our two boys are stricken with the croup and the cows need us.”
“Sure,” Adam mumbled. He wondered if he could remember how, from his brief boyhood experience with a school visit to a farm. How did they extract milk from a cow? Pull the udders, he thought and cringed at the idea. What if a cow kicked him?
“Here, dear,” Minnie handed Ann a dish of moldy gray lumps. “Have this porridge I made this morning. It will sustain you and warm you up. Oh Look!” She peered toward the tracks. “Here comes his funeral cortege.”
Thick gray smoke spewed from the slow moving locomotive now coming into view. Adam noticed an honor guard walking alongside one car covered with black crepe.
“I never thought I be this close to Abraham Lincoln,” he whispered to Ann. “What is that stuff she gave you to eat?”
“Porridge,” Ann said softly. “Here,” she showed him the dish of a gray curdled substance that looked deadly.
“Remove your hats and form a straight line,” boomed a stern voice that Adam figured was Parson Wilkie. He looked bent over, his eyes red, his cheeks ruddy. Adam noticed he had a wooden leg, most likely attained during the war. No doubt he was in constant pain.
Children threw flowers on the funeral bier. Both men and women sobbed as if they mourned a dearly beloved relative.
“The Great Emancipator,” several cried. Reverence and respect, was evident in their voices.
A short man dressed in his Sunday best approached Adam. He smiled. “How are my wife’s pantry cupboards coming along? Abigail’s awfully insistent about wanting them finished and installed.” He reached into his coat and extracted a suede bag that jingled. Smiling, he handed it to Adam. “Here’s a small advance that hopefully will speed your progress. I know a master carpenter like you has plenty of work, but her impatience is more than a man can bear.”
Adam nodded, smiled and put the weighted bag in his coat pocket.” He was glad that his father, an amateur cabinet maker, had taught him the basics about carpentry.
“I’ll be at it as soon as possible,” he bluffed. “But right now I must help with the milking. Josh’s boys are down with the croup and he needs my help.”
“Oh yes, of course,” the man said. He patted Adam’s shoulder and turned to leave. “It’s good to be helpful to your neighbor,” he said. “That way we all make it through.”
As the crowd dispersed Adam and Ann walked back across the field to their house.
“I didn’t know you were a master carpenter with a hand for milking cows,” Ann smiled. “I’m sure that will go over great at the faculty club.”
“And I didn’t know you were a fancy seamstress.” He smiled wryly. “I look forward to seeing some of your handiwork.”
“Yes. Actually I have done some sewing, though not on a treadle sewing machine.” She squeezed his hand. “Now I don’t want you to worry one small bit about any of this,” she said. Her voice reflected more courage than she knew herself to have.
“As long as we’re together,” he said softly.
The rain fell harder. Adam sighed and wondered what on earth he had gotten them into. “Sure,” he said and they went inside their chilly house. “After all we two, working together, can surmount any difficulties.”
“Yes,” she said. “We can, and we will. Why don’t you see if you can find some dry wood and get the fire going, and I’ll see what I can find for us to eat besides that…” she made a face, “porridge.”
To be continued.
Scary Vintage Homemade Masks
We tend to be greatly unsettled by photographs of vintage Halloween and the handmade nondescript masks. Why is that? It seems to be something inherent in us to need to see details of faces.
I’m reminded of the Michael Myers mask and why it was so effective. A simple store-bought mask of William Shatner, painted white, and it became one of the most terrifying visages ever!
What is he feeling? Who is he looking at? Is he smiling under that? Is he plotting something? The very vagueness of features leaves a mind to fill in the blanks. That is what true horror demands. It’s not what is shown creaking the floorboards in the hallway, it’s the sounds of someone in the home that makes the movie goer fill in the blanks with whatever their greatest fear would be.
This is the same issue with clown faces. They are painted on and inauthentic, perpetually smiling, and that is unnatural too. What is going on under that clown paint?
Let’s have a look at some vintage homemade masks and consider how very robotic and unemotional they seem. We can’t tell what the faces should represent and so our minds fill it in. Couple that with the fact you have no idea what the person behind the blank face is thinking and, true terror erupts….
Suggested supplies for making your own masks –
Brown paper bags, paper mache, a cheap drugstore-bought mask with a string spray painted, yarn, pillowcases, muslin, cloth flour bags, paper gift bags, muslin, cheesecloth, twine, burlap.
A great use for this would be to fill a box with scrap fabrics, simple sewn sacks, scarves, coats, hats, and plain fabric/paper masks. Allow guests to choose items and put them on for a vintage Halloween party that creeps everyone out! And don’t forget your vintage decor – Ghost Hunting Theories
Recipes Using Leftover Halloween Candy!
Assuming you happen to have leftover Halloween candy – take the raw form and turn it into something dessert-happy. Here’s the recipes –
1 package fudge brownie mix (13-inch x 9-inch pan size)
48 striped chocolate kisses
Prepare brownie mix according to package directions for fudge-like brownies. Fill paper-lined miniature muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 18-21 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Immediately top each with a chocolate kiss. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: 4 dozen.
Mounds Candy Bar Brownies
2 Mounds candy bars
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup plain flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Melt candy bars and shortening. Remove from heat. Add remaining ingredients and blend well. Spread in greased 9-inch square pan. Bake at 350F for 25 minutes. While warm, cut into bars.
Candy Corn Bark
16 Halloween-colored chocolate sandwich cookies, chopped
1 1/2 cups broken small pretzels
1/3 cup raisins
1 1/2 pounds white chocolate, broken into squares
2 cups candy corn
orange and brown sprinkles
Spread the cookies, pretzels and raisins evenly onto a lightly greased small baking sheet. Melt chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water, or in the microwave, stirring frequently until melted. Remove from the heat while there are still a few chunks, and stir until smooth. White chocolate burns easily. Drizzle chocolate with a spoon over the goodies in the pan, spreading the top flat to coat evenly. Top with candy corn and sprinkles. Let cool until firm. Break into pieces and store in an airtight container.
Make package brownies per instructions and when you pull them out of the oven, press Reese’s into them so one is in each square.
Chocolate Peanut Butter 7-Layer Bars
1 box Devil’s food cake mix
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup coarsely crushed pretzels
1 cup peanut butter chips
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup Reese’s Pieces
1 cup honey roasted peanuts
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13×9 inch baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, egg and butter. Stir in the crushed pretzels. Spread the mixture evenly along the bottom of the greased pan and bake for about 8 minutes.
3. Sprinkle the par-baked bars with the peanut butter chips, chocolate chips, Reese’s Pieces and peanuts. Drizzle the top of the bars with the milk. Return to the oven for an additional 15 minutes or until golden and bubbly, and center is set.
4. Cool completely before cutting into bars. Serve warm or at room temperature. Best served within 1-2 days. Ghost Hunting Theories
Sharing Your Gift with Others
By Madisyn Taylor
Your earthly existence provides you with ample opportunity to explore your purpose and use your gifts.
The gifts we are born with and those that we work to develop throughout our lives vary in form and function. Some we find use for every day while others are only useful in specific circumstances. Yet many times we overlook opportunities to share our unique gifts with others. It may be fear of criticism that holds us back or the paralyzing weight of uncertainty. Ultimately, we doubt that our innate talents and practiced skills can truly add value to others’ lives. But it is the world as a whole that benefits when we willingly share our gifts. Whether you have been blessed with the ability to awaken beautiful emotions in others through art or industry, or your aptitudes transmit more practical advantages, your gifts are a part of who you are. As you make use of those gifts as best you can, be assured that your contribution to worldly well-being will not be overlooked.
Your personal power is defined in part by your gifts. To use your talents is to demonstrate to the world that you understand yourself and are truly attuned to your capabilities. Your earthly existence provides you with ample opportunity to explore your purpose, to utilize your skills in a life-affirming way, and to positively touch the lives of others while doing so. Yet you may feel that your gifts are not as valuable or worthy of attention as those of others and thus hide them away. However, every gift lying dormant in your soul has the potential to fill a void in someone else’s life. Just as your existence is made richer by the love, support, friendship, aid, and compassion of others, so, too, can you add richness to their lives. Your natural ability to soothe hurt, inspire compassion, bake, dance, knit, organize, or think outside the box can be a boon to someone in need.
As you embrace your gifts and allow their light to shine, you will discover that more and more opportunities to make use of them arise. This is because your gifts are a channel through which the universe operates. By simply doing what you are good at and also love to do, you make a positive difference. The recognition you receive for your efforts will pale in comparison to the satisfaction you feel when fulfilling your innate potential.
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