The Hidden Almanac for
Friday March 23rd, 2018
Episode 697
The Hidden Almanac
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Today we mark one of Pastor Drom’s High Holy Days. It is the Feast Day of St. Ian, and in the garden, there is weather.

Be Safe, and Remember: You Are Not Alone.


Mord: Welcome to the Hidden Almanac, I’m Reverend Mord. Today is March 23rd 2018.

It was on this day, in the year 63 of the modern calendar, that the first recognisable tequila was distilled from the agave plant. Under normal circumstances, we do not concern ourselves with such minor invention, but this one is of a particular note to Pastor Drom, who I believe considers it one of the High Holy Days.

It is the Feast Day of Saint Ian the Pagan. Saint Ian was unusual among saints in that he was deeply, unabashedly pagan, and he made sure that everyone knew it. he cut mistletoe with silver sickles, constructed wicker effigies and painted himself with woad and danced among standing stones on every major holiday. However, in his position of Bishop of the Highlands during a particularly bloody age that reflects badly upon organised religion in general and the Church in specific, he was the most popular religious leader in the country. The fact that he did not engage in any of the ways or schisms that were sweeping the countryside was considered so commendable that he was canonised very shortly after his death. The miracles attributed to him are, to be sure, rather questionable, and can largely be explained by either luck or, in one case, excessive drinking, but St. Ian retains his place on the ecclesiastical calendar despite these minor faults.

In the Garden, the weather continues its cool reversals. One would like to blame various trends in the climate, but on the ground, it is merely weather, and it has always been unkind to gardeners. There is nothing to be done. There is only to do.

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That's the Hidden Almanac for March 23rd 2018. Be safe and remember, you are not alone.


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The Hidden Almanac is a production of Red Wombat Studio, and is written by Ursula Vernon and produced by Kevin Sonney. The voice of Reverend Mord is Kevin Sonney. And the voice of Pastor Drom is Ursula Vernon. 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 to 2018, Ursula Vernon. (That's me.)



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