The Hidden Almanac for
Monday October 12th, 2015
Episode 320
Previous episode: 2015-10-09
Next episode: 2015-10-14


Today we report to Pastor Drom the most recent findings of our research, and in the garden, there are leaves.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


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

Today is October 12th, 2015.

PD: Hi everybody! I’m Pastor Drom.

RM: What are you doing here now, Drom? Don’t you have some other part of the studio to disrupt?

PD: The sooner we get to the bottom of my future martyrdom, the sooner I’m out of your hair, Mord. Assuming you have hair, under the hat and the cowl and…yeah, still not convinced you’re not a whole bunch of scarab beetles in there. Which is fine. I accept my friends for who they are. Or what they are, in this case…

RM: (sigh) I have uncovered a lead.

PD: You have?!

RM: Indeed. According to this volume on the Shrike Cult, a group split off in the late 17th century, and took with them the sacred inner mysteries. Some peculiarities of the text lead me to believe that these mysteries related to the worship of Corvus-Wrax. It is therefore possible that the followers of Corvus-Wrax still exist today, as the inner circle of this particular branch of the Shrike Cult.

PD: That’s great news! I mean, not insomuch as those are the people who are gonna martyr me, but at least we know who to look out for.

RM: …ah.

PD: We DO know who to look out for, right, Mord?

RM: Unfortunately the group in question changed their name and the book does not follow their activities in any detail. I have…lost track of them.

PD: These people are gonna impale me, Mord.

RM: Those people were always going to impale you, Drom. The future has not changed, we are merely now aware of it. The situation is no more urgent than it was a month ago, before you knew anything about it.

PD: It feels a lot more urgent to me!

RM: I suggest you relax. Perhaps walk in the garden. Carefully.

In the garden, the leaves are turning. The sugar maples have some of the best color, but the rabbiteye blueberries turn bright red and the grape leaves provide an attractive yellow backdrop. The finest fall color comes from the Paintbrush Maple, but this particular plant is so finicky that it is rarely grown. It grows primarily on limestone outcroppings, in damp, cool climates. The home gardener is advised to shell out the large sum of money for a specimen, inevitably kill it, and then to admire it in catalogs only. Ideally, one could even skip these steps, but gardeners are frequently convinced that they will be the exception to the rule.

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That’s the Hidden Almanac for October 12th, 2015. Be safe, and stay out of trouble.


Out of Character

The Hidden Almanac is a production of Dark Canvas Media, written by Ursula Vernon and performed and produced by Kevin Sonney. Our theme music is Moon Valley and our exit music is Red in Black, both by Kosta T. You can hear more from Kosta T at the Free Music Archive. All other content is copyright 2013 through 2015, Ursula Vernon.

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