Daily Stuff 7-29-12

Hi, folks!

Wicca 101 at 10am. Brea’s Elements at Noon. Practical Craft at 2pm.

The moon last night was beautiful ducking in and out of the clouds and the sunshine all day yesterday was welcome. The thermometer actually said 62F after 10pm. it’s overcast and 58F again this morning.

Yesterday was nuts… I had hardly a minute to do anything but work with customers, classes, clients and counseling! So, I’m putting in some interesting info instead of a note, since I have to be at the shop early today. The Job Corps bunch is back from vacation!

The shop opens at 10am, but I’ll be there well before that. Summer hours, 10am-7pm, Wednesday through Monday. If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open!

Love & Light,


First, some Lughasadh links:


 Next an ad for an interesting new product. I just got the wording, so this will be on the website.

Rick Cosci & Diana Robertson are happy to announce our new Service “Valley-Coast Connection”. (We will still be actively pet-sitting too – Angel Wings Pet Sitting).

We will be bringing food, household, pet and garden products over from the Eugene and Corvallis areas to the Coast for everyone to enjoy. You can save the time and hassle of driving to the Valley, plus the cost of gas. We can bring back products from Costco, Trader Joe’s, Down to Earth Garden Store, Great Harvest Bakery and other fine stores in the Eugene and Corvallis areas. We can also pick up medical prescriptions, produce from Gathering Together Farm in Philomath, etc.

Some ideas are:
  • Costco: nuts, avocados, organic brown rice, sundries, batteries.
  • Trader Joe’s: chocolate, cookies, fruit.
  • Down to Earth: organic garden products and tools etc.
  • Great Harvest: wholesome delicious breads, cookies and muffins.
  • ____________________________ (you fill in the blank).
Our prices will be just 20% above individual store prices (or we can quote you a fee for picking up prescriptions and “special pick-up” items).
We recently price-checked 25 sample items from Costco, and customers will still save an average of 27% as compared with Fred Meyer’s prices and 46% as compared with Ray’s prices.
The items will be available for pick-up on Wednesdays from 4-7 pm at the Ancient Light Store in downtown Waldport, 145 Highway 101 (located near the intersection of Highway 34 and 101). We can also deliver the products for a small additional fee* (within a ten mile radius of Waldport).
Delivery rates:
  • Orders up to $50.00 = $10.00 delivery fee
  • Orders of $50-$99.99 = $ 5.00 delivery fee
  • Orders of $100.00 or more = free delivery
We will be asking for payment at the time of your order (by cash or check). Costco catalogs are available if you would like to see the types of products available from Costco.
Please check out our fledgling website at http://valley-coastconnection.yolasite.com/. We’ll be updating it regularly, so check back often for the latest news, products and services available.
Try us out! Let us know how we can serve you! Call or email us today, so we can discuss the possibilities! rcosci@peak.org or 541-563-5585.


Space Weather News for July 28, 2012http://spaceweather.com

SOLAR FLARES: New sunspot AR1532 is crackling with M-class solar flares, including a brief but intense M6-flare on July 28th.  So far none of the eruptions has been Earth-directed, but this could change in the days ahead as the active region turns toward our planet. Check http://spaceweather.com for updates.
DON’T MISS THE NEXT FLARE: Would you like a call when strong flares are in progress? Realtime solar activity alerts are available from http://spaceweathertext.com (text) and http://spaceweatherphone.com (voice).


Today’s Astro & Calendar

The Moon is Waxing Gibbous. Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is  for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn.  Phase ends on Tuesday at 8:27am.

Before and during dawn Monday morning, Jupiter is closest to Aldebaran. They’re 4.7° apart, with Aldebaran to Jupiter’s lower right.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, at the Pisces-Cetus border) and Neptune (magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) are high in the southern sky before the first light of dawn.

Celtic Tree Month of Tinne  Holly  Jul 8Aug 4
Celtic Tree Month of Coll – Hazel, begins 8/5
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Runic half-month of Thorn, 7/29-8/12Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor (right). The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe.

Sun in Leo
Moon in Sagittarius
Mercury, Uranus, Chiron, Neptune, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Orange


©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Tides for Alsea Bay
~Day         High      Tide   Height   Sunrise       Moon  Time      % Moon
~               /Low      Time      Feet    Sunset                                 Visible
~Su  29      Low   4:12 AM    -0.7   6:01 AM     Set   2:18 AM      77
~      29     High  10:44 AM      5.5  8:44 PM     Rise  5:59 PM
~      29      Low   3:47 PM       2.7
~      29     High   9:53 PM       8.1


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I understand the meaning of clarity.  I know that clarity comes from the divine.


Journal Prompt – Would you? – Would you like to be famous? Why or why not? What would you like to be famous for?


~   Don’t make me walk when I want to fly. – Galina Doyla
~   Each has his own tree of ancestors, but at the top of all sits Probably Arboreal. – Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Scottish novelist, poet
~   Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. – Benjamin Franklin
~   Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark. – Rabindranath Tagore

The Goddess Garden
I am but the steward of those she will send
Immature seeds, for knowledge they yen
I will protect and I will teach
The Goddess path to those who seek

I am but the steward of those she sends
Those youthful sprouts that sway and bends
Their environment controls them, they can not see
The Goddess within them has yet to be

I am but the steward of those she sends
Blossoming flowers, some become friends
She does the weeding; the reap and the sow
They touch my heart, as they come and they go

My promise is to Her, I always will tend
From the beginning and until the end
Guiding towards her, Nurture with love
While she looks on and protects from above – Ruby RedPepper 5/21/2005



Colcannon (cally, poundy)

In some parts of Ireland, the Feast of Lughnasadh came to be called Colcannon Sunday, after a dish made from the first digging of potatoes. The cook put on a special white apron kept for the occasion, boiled a huge pot of potatoes over the fire, and mashed them with a wooden mallet. Often, they were seasoned with onions, garlic or cabbage. The cooked vegetables were then turned out onto a platter, and a well hollowed out in the middle for plenty of butter and hot milk. The family sat round and ate, while the cook ate hers from the pot itself—a special privilege. In more well-to-do households, the meal would be accompanied by meat: a flitch of bacon, newly-slaughtered sheep or roast chicken, and followed by seasonal fruits such as gooseberries and blackcurrants.

It was thought to be unlucky not to eat Colcannon on this day, so people often made sure to share theirs with less fortunate neighbors. Here’s a more modern recipe for you to try.

6 servings:
1 medium cabbage, quartered and core removed
2 lb potatoes, scrubbed and sliced with skins left on
2 medium leeks, thoroughly washed and sliced
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoons each mace, salt, pepper
2 garlic cloves
8 tablespoons unsalted butter

~  Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and boil the cabbage until tender, about 12-15 minutes. Drain off the water and chop the cabbage. Set aside.
~  Bring another pot of water to a boil and boil the potatoes until tender. Drain off the water and set aside.
~  Put the leeks in a saucepan, cover with the milk, bring close to boiling and then turn down to a simmer until tender. Set aside.
~  Add the mace, salt and pepper, and garlic to the pot with the potatoes and mash well with a hand masher. Now add the leeks and their milk and mix in with the potatoes, taking care not to break down the leeks too much. Add a little more milk if necessary to make it smooth. Now mash in the cabbage and lastly the butter. The texture that you want to achieve is smooth-buttery-potato with interesting pieces of leek and cabbage well distributed in it.
~  Transfer the whole mixture to an ovenproof dish, make a pattern on the surface and place under the broiler to brown.
~  After the first mouthful, Irish families might call out, “Destruction to the Red-haired Hag!”  The red-haired hag is a personification of hunger.
From: Janet Warren, A feast of Scotland, Lomond Books,1990, ISBN 1-85051-112-8.

Boxty – http://www.chalicecentre.net/lughnasadh.htm
If you have mashed potatoes left over, you can turn them into another traditional Irish dish.

Boxty (Potato Griddle Cakes) – makes12 x 3-inch pancakes (4 to 6 servings)
1 cup hot unseasoned mashed potatoes
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup grated unpeeled raw potatoes
1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon caraway seeds (optional)
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup milk
Butter or margarine, for frying

In large bowl mix together mashed potatoes and 2 tablespoons butter. Stir in eggs and grated potatoes, then the flour, baking powder, salt, caraway seeds and pepper. Blend in milk. Heat 1 tablespoon butter to sizzling in large nonstick skillet. Drop potato mixture, about 2 1/2 tablespoons at a time, into skillet to form pa tties. Flatten slightly. Fry over medium-high heat until crisp and browned, turning once. Repeat with remaining potato mixture, adding butter to skillet as needed. Serve hot.

An old rhyme goes:
Boxty on the griddle,
boxty in the pan,
if you can’t make boxty,
you’ll never get a man.
From: Janet Warren, A feast of Scotland, Lomond Books,1990, ISBN 1-85051-112-8.

Lammas Curds – Crowdie – http://www.chalicecentre.net/lughnasadh.htm
In the Scottish Highlands, when the cattle were brought down to the strath, (valley) from their summer pastures on the hills, mothers gave their children and all others returned from the sheilings a small cheese of curds made from that day’s milk, for luck and good-will. More curds and butter were specially prepared for the high feast later that day. The Lammas cheese was probably a kind of crowdie. Caraway seeds can be added to the recipe below to give it the authentic flavoring.

~  Put two pints (40 fl.oz.) of freshly sour or thick milk into a pan and place on a slow heat and watch until it curdles. Do not allow the milk to simmer or boil otherwise the curds will harden.
~  When the curd sets let it cool before you attempt draining the whey.
~  Line a colander with a clean muslin cloth and transfer the curds into it and leave until most of the whey has drained before squeezing the last of the whey out by hand. Mix the crowdie with a little salt until it has a smooth texture.
~  Now blend the crowdie with a little cream and place the mixture in a dish and allow to rest in a refrigerator.
From: Country Cookery – Recipes from Wales by Sian Llewellyn.


Silliness – With high-definition TV everything looks bigger and wider. Kind of like going to your 25th high school reunion.

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