The Hidden Almanac for
Wednesday December 3rd, 2014
Episode 192
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Next episode: 2014-12-05


Today is the day an important book was published. It is also the birthday of an illustrious member of the community. It is the Feast Day of St. Charvus, and in the garden, there is weather.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


Welcome to the Hidden Almanac, I’m Reverend Mord.

Today is December 3rd, 2014.

It was on this day in 1848 that the book Prognostications was published by Stanford & Fish Publishers. The work of an anonymous author. Prognostications told the future with startling accuracy for the next six and a half years. (A foreward by the publisher indicated that the book had, in fact, predicted seven years, but had taken some time to reach the printer.)

With the future revealed, riots and suicides ensued. The stock market crashed, as there was no longer any point to speculation. Fortune tellers marched on the offices of Stanford & Fish. Chaos ensued for some weeks until, as predicted on page 87, the army swept in and confiscated all copies of Prognostications for the good of the empire.

And it is the 75th anniversary of the Birth of the Black Tortoise. But you knew that already.

It is the Feast Day of Saint Charvus. St. Charvus was a disciple of Saint Joan, patron of hex wrenches, but greatly exceeded her in fame. He was most famed for the miracle of the goats, where he led a thousand goats out of a blizzard and brought them back to an astonished shepherd. The shepherd had given his flock up for lost, and also they had been sheep when they went into the blizzard. St. Charvus is the patron of positive change derived from adversity. He is shown as a man with the head of a sheep, standing in the snow surrounded by goats, and wearing a robe with a brilliant silver lining.

In the garden, hot days are followed by freezing days. It is all very vexing. Let us take comfort in seed catalogs. From the Echo Harbor Book of the Soil, comes this elegant bean variety:

Veins of Fire, a climbing pole bean, is so named for the long red threads that cover its surface. This bean is ripe when the veins have swollen grotesquely and hang scarlet and dripping from the vine. A dry shelling type, Veins of Fire often holds up to seventeen beans per pod. Makes superb soup. A measure of the pot liquor should be drained off and offered to the ancestors.

So end our reading from the Echo Harbor Book of the Soil.

The Hidden Almanac is brought to you by Bleak Wombat Tea Company, purveyors of teas that no one will ever drink. Bleak Wombat --- “Nothing Matters. Except Maybe Tea.”

Also brought to you by the Sacred Order of Bull Moose Men. The New Year’s Moose Hunt is approaching! The sacred straws will be going around, and our condolences to the family of he who draws the short straw. It’s all for charity!

That’s the Hidden Almanac for December 3rd, 2014. Be safe, and stay out of trouble.


Out of Character

The Hidden Almanac is a production of Dark Canvas Media, and is written by Ursula Vernon. Our exit music is Red in Black and our into music is Moon Valley, both by Kosta T. You can hear more music from Kosta T at the Free Music Archive. The Hidden Almanac is copyright 2013-2014, Ursula Vernon.

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