Goddess Ninkilim (often descibed also as a male god) is a widely
referenced Mesopotamian deity from Sumerian to later Babylonian periods
whose minions include wildlife in general and vermin in particular. His
name, Nin-kilim, means “Lord Rodent”. Ninkilim is feminine in the great
god-list, and the Sumerian Farmer’s Almanac – (which entreats the
farmer to pray to Ninkilim, goddess of field mice, so that she will keep
her sharp-toothed little subjects away from the growing grain), the
field-pest incantations know him as masculine, as do other texts of the
When “the grain has penetrated the soil ” a
prayer to Ninkilim, goddess of the fields is needed to eliminate
anything that might damage it.
According to Farmers’ Almanac, the phrase “blue moon” may have originated from the Old English “belewe”, meaning “to betray.” The second moon would be labeled in such a way because, if it occurred during Lent, it would extend Lent for another full month and would therefore cause the lengthening of the fasting that went along with it. As “belewe” is no longer used, “blue” has taken its place. You can read more about it at the attached link.
We enjoy watching the familiar faces of sunflowers follow the path of the sun, but below the surface, they may also be busy at work removing toxins from the soil through a process called phytoremediation: phyto - plant, remediation - restoring balance, according to an article by Sherie Blumenthal in this year’s Farmers’ Almanac.
Not only are individuals and cities, including New Orleans, successfully using phytoremediation, but also the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), who began testing it at waste sites in the early 1990s.
Farmers' Almanac predicts a "bitterly cold" winter
AP, Aug. 25, 2013
LEWISTON, Maine–The Farmers’ Almanac is using words like “piercing cold,” “bitterly cold” and “biting cold” to describe the upcoming winter. And if its predictions are right, the first outdoor Super Bowl in years will be a messy “Storm Bowl.”
The 197-year-old publication that hits newsstands Monday predicts a winter storm will hit the Northeast around the time the Super Bowl is played at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands in New Jersey. It also predicts a colder-than-normal winter for two-thirds of the country and heavy snowfall in the Midwest, Great Lakes and New England.
“We’re using a very strong four-letter word to describe this winter, which is C-O-L-D. It’s going to be very cold,” said Sandi Duncan, managing editor.
Based on planetary positions, sunspots and lunar cycles, the almanac’s secret formula is largely unchanged since founder David Young published the first almanac in 1818.
Modern scientists don’t put much stock in sunspots or tidal action, but the almanac says its forecasts used by readers to plan weddings and plant gardens are correct about 80 percent of the time.
Last year, the forecast called for cold weather for the eastern and central U.S. with milder temperatures west of the Great Lakes. It started just the opposite but ended up that way.
Caleb Weatherbee, the publication’s elusive prognosticator, said he was off by only a couple of days on two of the season’s biggest storms: a February blizzard that paralyzed the Northeast with 3 feet of snow in some places and a sloppy storm the day before spring’s arrival that buried parts of New England.
Readers who put stock in the almanac’s forecasts may do well to stock up on long johns, especially if they’re lucky enough to get tickets to the Super Bowl on Feb. 2. The first Super Bowl held outdoors in a cold-weather environment could be both super cold and super messy, with a big storm due Feb. 1 to 3, the almanac says.
Said Duncan: “It really looks like the Super Bowl may be the Storm Bowl.”
The Maine-based Farmers’ Almanac, not to be confused with the New Hampshire-based Old Farmer’s Almanac, which will be published next month, features a mix of corny jokes, gardening tips, nostalgia and home remedies, like feeding carrots to dogs to help with bad breath and using mashed bananas to soothe dry, cracked skin in the winter.
Full Wolf Moon – January Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January’s full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next Moon.
Night chills. Our vaporous breath hangs like wisteria in wind. The moon rises. Happy howling, followers!
Native American lore says that the sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most easily caught during the full moon in August. This full moon tends to make people feel restless and overwhelmed.
The 2016 edition ofThe Old Farmer’s Almanac, which released its seasonal forecast this week, predicts a unusually harsh winter for the northeast. But a Connecticut meteorologist called the almanac an unreliable source, and said that science doesn’t really allow for fine-tuned predictions so far in the future.
The forecast the almanac used is based on a top-secret formula devised by the almanac’s founder in 1792. It’s since been revised to include technological and scientific calculations.
The almanac’s website says it employs three disciplines to to make long-term predictions: the study of sunspots, the study of prevailing weather patterns, and the study of the atmosphere. But meteorologists have generally scoffed at the almanac’s methodology, which they say are outdated and unscientific.
NBC Connecticut Meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan said the almanac’s prediction is as reliable as “if you were to shake a Magic 8 Ball and ask it if it’s going to snow on Christmas.”
Hanrahan said it’s the almanac’s veiled methodology and lack of statistical analysis that makes it an unreliable source.
“They say that their methods are a close-guarded secret. That’s not the way scientific discourse takes place,” he said.
Meanwhile, meteorologists say the upcoming winter might actually be a bit milder than last year’s. Hanrahan said that long-term weather analysts are pointing to this year’s massive El Niño as the potential cause.
Hanrahan said there’s really no way to accurately predict weather this far out, especially for specific weeks in the coming winter.
“One thing we can say with a fair amount of certainty: February was the coldest month on record in the Hartford area, I think we can be fairly certain that this coming February will not be as cold,” Hanrahan said.
The big question, Hanrahan said, is snowfall. “All it takes is one big snowstorm to blow out the whole winter and give you average or above average snow,” he said.
New Englanders might remember that it was only a month ago that the last of a giant snow pile in Boston melted.
Text Credit: Ryan King, WNPR
(Image Credit: Creative Commons, Martin Fisch / Kelly Teague)
Sours were a style that we never thought we could get into. We don’t know if what we tried years ago were too funky and unrefined, sours have improved, or our palates have just gotten more used to them. But thanks to Almanac, we are all aboard the sour train.
Our review of Almanac Beer Co. Farmer’s Reserve Pluot. Check it out:
In a previous post, I wrote about vertical gardening, an artful option for growing smoothie. That got me thinking of how to capture the garden’s abundance for the dark months ahead. Freezing is an ideal way to do that. The Old Farmer’s Almanac says that produce kept at
they actually expanded the harpy archetype and it is huge now.
mega harpy deck
that’s a show i wanna watch, mai just owning ppl with a fuckload of hot bird ladies
i don’t even care about her motivations, let’s see
she enters the battle *spins wheel* elevator tournament and has to *rolls dice* duel her way up every floor of a skyscraper in order to *flips coin* get back a stolen keepsake and *consults a farmer’s almanac* win a 130,000 dollar mall of america shopping spree