There’s a raven on the porch picking his way through the stuff that Tempus set out on the tray. It’s something white and fluffy and the raven doesn’t like a lot of it. He’s picked out an eggshell for himself and some stale tortilla chips, but left the rest.
We had a crow yesterday with an injured foot. It was flipped completely back over on itself so that he was walking on the ankle part and the claws were up against the back of his leg. It didn’t look like a fresh injury and he seemed to get around just fine, but it made me sick to see it.
I was working on the other computer for a moment, getting it ready to take back to the shop and looked out the window to see a whole bunch of crows arguing and scuffling on the next-door roof. One had another flipped onto its back and was holding it down. I swear they look like kids on the playground….
Turns out the “fluffy” is macaroni that got forgotten in a colander….
The Calendar and Almanac special is put together! It’s gone up on the website by now. Actually it’s calendars, almanacs and *candles* this year. I know how spendy spell candles are getting so I’m going to place a larger order and if you buy by the box, pre-order or pre-pay you can stock up for a bit. I’ve also had some requests for candleholders, so I snagged out a couple of the ones that folks often need multiples of that will go on this special. I’m going to take orders through September 20 and that will get the stuff delivered by the 27th, so folks can pick things up at OCPPG and save the shipping, too!
I’ve gotten it posted in the Psychic Fair section of this blog, if you don’t use Facebook, where I’ll be posting it this morning. There are copies posted at the shop with all the info and I can send you a PDF if you request one, or you can pick up a printout at the shop.
We finally have a schedule for OCPPG! It’s not quite solid yet, because there were mistakes and a couple of kerfluffles about which was when. I have two more sections to finish on the handbook, one of which is the listing of where to stay and where to eat and then everything will get posted. I put the schedule up on the Facebook group yesterday and it will be up on the website today. I haven’t added it to the blog site because those things don’t vanish when you update them.
I’ll be at the shop today and Tempus later in the day, when he’ll put the psychic readings sign out. I’ve rock tumblers and herbs to work on, but I’m going to be trying to get the last bits done on the handbook so that can get published.
Ishi was a Yahi from Central California, the last survivor of his tribe. After everyone else died or was killed he lived on his own for several years, finally emerging to live in a museum for the rest of his life, dying of TB in 1916. There’s some on this page http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/aug29.html and more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishi
The shop opens at 10am. 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,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is waxing gibbous moving to Waxing Full at 6:58pm. 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 Wednesday at 6:58pm. Full Moon Magick: From fourteen to seventeen-and-a-half days after the new moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. The Tide Change is at 6:58am on Friday.
Fomalhaut, the “Autumn Star,” rises in the southeast in mid- to late evening; the time depends on your location. Watch for Fomalhaut coming into view below or lower left of the Moon.
Mars, Saturn, and Spica (in Virgo, similar at magnitudes 1.2, 0.8, and 1.0 respectively) form a lengthening triangle low in the west-southwest at dusk. Mars is pulling away to the left of the other two. Look for them far lower left of Arcturus.
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree month of Hazel Aug 5 – Sep 1–
Celtic Tree month of Muin Vine Sep 2 – 29–
Runic half-month of As, 8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world.
Runic half-month of Rad, 8/29-9/12
Denotes the channeling of energies in the correct manner to produce the desired results.
Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102
©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Hazel Aug 5 – Sep 1– Coll – (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Coll – Hazel, Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.
Muin Vine Sep 2 – 29– http://www.cyberwitch.com/wychwood/SacredWood/muin.htm– (MUHN, like “foot”), vine – The grape (Vitis vinifera L.) is a vine growing as long as 35 m (115 feet), in open woodlands and along the edges of forests, but most commonly seen today in cultivation, as the source of wine, grape juice, and the grape juice concentrate that is so widely used as a sweetener. European grapes are extensively cultivated in North America, especially in the southwest, and an industry and an agricultural discipline are devoted to their care and the production of wine. Grapes are in the Grape family (Vitaceae).
Muin – Vine Ogam letter correspondences
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation
to study this month – Koad – Grove Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Many Shades of Green
Letter: CH, KH, EA
Meaning: Wisdom gained by seeing past illusions.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 29 Low 5:42 AM -0.7 6:36 AM Set 4:36 AM 91
~ 29 High 12:06 PM 6.8 7:57 PM Rise 6:42 PM
~ 29 Low 5:49 PM 1.6
~ 29 High 11:43 PM 7.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am ready right now to live in mastery. I gratefully receive the opportunity.
~ I know that if odour were visible, as colour is, I’d see the summer garden in rainbow clouds. – Robert Bridges (1844-1930) English writer
~ If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility. – Henry Wadsworth
~ I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole. – Malcolm X
~ I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. – Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977) US activist
The Seven Of Pentacles
Under a sky the color of pea soup
she is looking at her work growing away there
actively, thickly like grapevines or pole beans
as things grow in the real world, slowly enough.
If you tend them properly, if you mulch, if you water,
if you provide birds that eat insects a home and winter food,
if the sun shines and you pick off caterpillars,
if the praying mantis comes and the ladybugs and the bees,
then the plants flourish, but at their own internal clock.
Connections are made slowly, sometimes they grow underground.
You cannot tell always by looking what is happening.
More than half the tree is spread out in the soil under your feet.
Penetrate quietly as the earthworm that blows no trumpet.
Fight persistently as the creeper that brings down the tree.
Spread like the squash plant that overruns the garden.
Gnaw in the dark and use the sun to make sugar.
Weave real connections, create real nodes, build real houses.
Live a life you can endure: Make love that is loving.
Keep tangling and interweaving and taking more in,
a thicket and bramble wilderness to the outside but to us
interconnected with rabbit runs and burrows and lairs.
Live as if you liked yourself, and it may happen:
reach out, keep reaching out, keep bringing in.
This is how we are going to live for a long time: not always,
for every gardener knows that after the digging, after the planting,
after the long season of tending and growth, the harvest comes. ~ Marge Piercy (In Praise of Fertile Land, edited by Claudia Mauro)
THE FESTAL BOARD, Mabon edition by Rain Redknife
Mabon’s coming ,and the nights are starting to get cool over most of North America, and that always makes me want gutsy pea or bean soups and stews. It also leaves me, like many of us, with scads of green tomatoes in the garden. So let’s start this suggested Sabbat meal with:
Fried green tomatoes
People make a big mystery of these, but the best recipe is still the simple one my mom learned from her mom in East Tennessee: no herbs, no garlic, no truffle oil or other foofy yuppie stuff, and absolutely NO “dietarily correct” efforts to make ’em over into health food. They aren’t. They shouldn’t be. Get over it. 🙂
1. Take green (unripe) tomatoes that are still firm but are starting to “give” a little to a gentle squeeze. Slice about 3/8″ thick, and set aside.
2. In a soup bowl or other flat container, season a half-cup or so of plain (not self-rising!) flour to taste with salt and pepper. Add a handful of plain white cornmeal if desired. In another bowl, place half a cup of milk .
3. Heat 1/4 to 1/3 cup vegetable oil very hot but not smoking in a large nonstick or very well seasoned cast-iron skillet.
4. Dip slices in milk, and shake off excess gently. Then dip in flour mixture on both sides. Leave a good coating, but tap off any real excess; this coating should be thin and crisp, not thick and bready!
5. Place a few slices at a time in skillet, and fry about one minute per side, turning _gently_ so coating stays on. Then turn heat down to medium and fry till golden brown on both sides, turning only once more (They go pretty quickly, so watch.) Don’t do too many at once, and do let the oil get hot again between batches.
6. Drain briefly on paper towels, and eat ’em hot if possible. If not, re-warm briefly in the oven under the broiler, NOT in the microwave.
Follow or accompany these with this. “Dal” is the Hindi generic word for any pea, bean or lentil.
Curried Crockpot Dal with Sweet Potato – Serves 6-8
1 lb dried split peas
1 seeded, diced green pepper
1 grated medium sweet potato (peel only if skin is very rough)
6 cup unsalted vegetable stock or soup base (-OR- 6 c. water plus 1 finely chopped rib celery and half a finely chopped medium onion)
1 bay leaf
1-2 chipotles, torn up or sliced
1 fairly generous pinch anise seed
Curry powder to taste
Mushroom soy sauce to taste (dirt cheap at any Asian grocery)
Black pepper to taste
Garlic powder or sliced garlic to taste
Place first seven ingredients in crockpot and season to taste with the remaining four. Be generous with the mushroom soy; it’s the source of some of the richness and all of the salt in this soup/stew. Note: If using Indian curry powder and not the Malaysian kind that has peanut powder in it, you can add a tsp. of peanut butter if desired.
Cook at low setting (200^f.) for ten hours, then add a cup of water and turn heat to high. Cook till peas begin to fall apart, perhaps another hour. They will still have some texture; this is not mushy like standard American pea soup. (Note that yellow split peas may take a bit longer to cook than green ones, as they’re often a bit larger. They do come out pretty, though.)
Serve with coleslaw, crusty bread and iced tea or beer.
Or reduce stock a little further, blenderize the dish (in batches if necessary), and fry in oil, as for refried beans, till it’s beginning to go golden and crusty. This is nutty and incredibly good served with rice and spinach and some sort of hot or sour pickle.
*–Real Pagans don’t steal. So you are welcome to reprint these recipes anywhere you like, but ONLY if you leave my name on ’em. I worked hard to become a good cook, and I appreciate your courtesy in not ripping me off.) Thanks, and merry meet again!
Blackberries – School for the Seasons 8/13/05
Although I’m the Queen of Holidays, my good intentions always outrun my abilities. I’m sorry to report I did not go blackberry-picking on Lammas, as I intended, except in the most casual way during a walk along the lake, but that’s OK because my daughter took over the holiday tradition and showed up on Lughnasad Eve with three containers full of freshly-picked, still warm blackberries, which we’ve enjoyed in the past weeks in a variety of ways including in pancakes, topping yogurt, and (my favorite) with Hagen Daaz Light Vanilla Bean ice cream.
Last night my daughter took the last of the remaining blackberries (which were beginning to ferment even though kept in the refrigerator) and distilled them down into a delicious syrup, with a faint flavor of wine, spiced with black pepper and cloves.
May you allow yourself the spontaneity of lazy days of summer,
A woman walks into the optometry store to return a pair of eyeglasses she had purchased the week before.
“What seems to be the problem, ma’am?” the optometrist inquired.
“Well, I bought these glasses for my husband last week and they’re just not working,” the woman complained.
“Perhaps the lab made an error in filling the prescription.”
“I’m sure they must have,” the woman confirmed. “My husband’s still not seeing things my way.”