Yesterday started late again, although I was up and moving earlier than the day before. Tempus fed me coffee and we headed down into town to pick up his car.
While I was waiting for him to finish paying and talking to Shep I watched the cove that is the outlet for Lint Slough. Seagulls were flying all over and several landed on the well-decorated (in bird
terms) end of the ridgepole of the apartment complex across the street. At one point a large, male Harbor Gull was squawking away, loudly, and a lady gull landed on the very tip end of the ridgepole and gave him a shove, “Move over, you loudmouth!” <giggle>
A Kingfisher came swooping across the cove. They’re such odd-looking birds with those short tails. Tempus has said, “Sat in a fan?” about them. 🙂 He landed in a coastal pine growing just above the rip-rap that protects the yards of the houses that are right there.
After that I saw a heron fly up out of Lint Slough and up and over the low bridge that lets Hwy 34 cross the Slough. He wheeled above the cove, looking for just the right spot and landed near the top of the tallest of the pines, bending the whole branch, but not the sturdy tree. Then another flew in from out in the Backbay. I think this one was a female because she landed first on the beach below the riprap and then found a lower branch on another of the pines.
When we got home, we had a salad and then Tempus worked in the living room while I was working on the Pan-Pagan ads. I got a large chunk of that done and stuff spread around the websites, blog and e-mails and then went back to work on newsletters. Urf…. takes a while to organize…. on both.
No one for Hrrbs Outdoors, so I mostly did ground preparation and weeded. I think my artichoke is toast….
Tempus made us burgers for dinner and then he went out to work on a friend’s rototiller and I tried to go to sleep because I was sleepy. It made sense, but trying to go to sleep work me up or something. <sigh>
I slept for awhile and then woke up and didn’t get back to sleep until late, so now, I’m sleepy and headachy. Tempus headed for the shop without me realizing. He’s going to be there today and I have to get some of this other paperwork done.
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. He taught people at the museum a lot of the techniques of weapon-making and various implements, particularly those in knapped flint as well as making numberous recordings on wax cylinders of his native language. People are realzing that he was not of pure Yahi ancestry, that the surviving members of the tribes probably intermarried as the population dwindled. There’s a good bio on this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishi
Today’s Plant is the Coast Willow, Salix hookeriana. I’ve been mistaking it for pussy willow ever since I moved out here! Pussy Willows are a subset of the willows which also include osiers (think “wicker” for their uses). They’re all Saliciae from which, salicylic acid, the medicine Aspirin, was derived. Willow magick is Feminine, Moon and Water. Willow wands can be used for healing, to sleep with for more vivid dreams, Drawing Down the Moon, or for protection in underworld journeying. The Willow will bring the blessings of the Moon upon those who plant it or have it on their property. Willows can be used to bind together witch’s brooms and a forked willow branch is widely used in water witching and dowsing. New Moon magick, creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, binding. Love, Love divination, protection, healing. It is also known as the tree of immortality because of its ability to re grow from a fallen branch in moist ground. These properties apply to all forms of willow, but the Coast Willow has the properties of endurance, tolerance and stubbornness as well. There’s more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org
The shop opens at 11am! Spring hours are 11am-7pm Thursday 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! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light or call the shop at 541-563-7154.
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is a Waning Crescent. Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the New Moon on 9/5 4:36am. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 8/31 at 4:36pm.
Off the eastern shoulder of Ophiuchus are several interesting binocular sights, including the loose open cluster IC 4665 and the evocative asterism of Taurus Poniatovii. See Gary Seronik’s Binocular Highlight in the August Sky & Telescope, page 45. http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newtrack/st_201308/
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1 – Coll – (CULL), hazel
Celtic Tree month of Muin/Vine, Sep 2 – 29 – Muin – (MUHN, like “foot”),
Runic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/, 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 Raidho/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
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Coll/Hazel – Aug 5 – Sep 1 – – Coll – (CULL) – 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).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 29 Low 1:57 AM 1.1 6:36 AM Rise 12:25 AM 45
~ 29 High 8:27 AM 4.9 7:58 PM Set 3:38 PM
~ 29 Low 1:39 PM 3.2
~ 29 High 7:43 PM 6.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Do not lose faith in yourself.
~ All of your characteristics are tools that you can use. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Hand out hope. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ There are no mistakes, no coincidences, simply lessons. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ To become a Knight is to stop being a victim, say “Never Again!”, and take charge of your life. – Kerr Cuhulain
Healer by Lila MoonShadow – Dedicated to EH
The door opened and there you stood
your arms open wide
My heart knew right then
there was no reason to hide
Understanding pours from your eyes
peace from your lips
a balm for my soul lies
in your fingertips.
Concern and care for my heart
passion held in check
strength beneath your careful moves
your breathe upon my neck
Your gentle hands smoothing my hair
your arms wrapped round me tight
whispering words that heal
all through the night
Forever I will feel you
in my heart to stay
you touched my life forever
with the things you say.
Magick – Mabon Recipe Spells
Peel three potatoes and place them on a green cloth on your kitchen table. Consider three things you can do to improve your health. Carve on each potato symbols or words regarding your intention. Make a potato leek soup with your magical potatoes.
4 cup sliced leeks
3 cup sliced potatoes
6 cup chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
1. Combine potatoes, leeks and broth and cook for 20 minutes.
2. Liquefy in a blender.
3. Add cream, sherry, and chives and cook an additional 5 minutes without boiling, stirring constantly.
Adapted from ~Lily Gardner-Butts
EASY BAKED SQUASH – This works for any kind of “keeper” squash, the kind with a hard rind: butternut, acorn, even mini-pumpkins!
Squash – It takes an amount about the size of a fist per serving. 1 mini-pumpkin is one serving.
Sugar (optional) I use raw sugar because it’s pretty and adds a light molasses flavor
1. Pre-heat oven to 350F.
2. Wrap squash in aluminum foil.
3. Put on a pie pan or cookie sheet in case of leaks.
4. Bake for at least 1 hour, or until package feels soft, when pushed on. Some large butternuts will take up to 2 ½ hours!
5. Let sit on counter or other heat-proof surface until you can touch it. (10-15 minutes)
6. Peel back foil, and use fork to punch a circle around it about ¼ of the way down the sides.
7. Pull off the skin at that point. Discard seeds and strings. Scoop out the flesh.
Put a pat of butter on each serving and sprinkle with sugar, if desired.
Tip: Mini-pumpkins can usually be served still in their skin with the top pulled off, the seeds and strings discarded, butter/sugar put inside and the top, with the stem, put back.
Crone’s Corner -Good Fortune Spell (Michalemas is at the end of September)
Michaelmas Eve celebrates Michael the Archangel’s defeat of the dragon. Michael symbolizes the Sun, and the dragon, in this context, symbolizes darkness and winter. This tradition is similar to the mummer plays performed at the winter solstice, wherein Saint George defeats the dragon of winter. One custom now is to make a special dragon bread for the family. Eating this bread symbolizes overcoming the dragon.
1 cup white flour
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup fine ground oatmeal
1/3 cup corn meal
1 cup milk
1 beaten egg
1/2 cup oil
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup finely chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
Mix the ingredients together and bake in a 375-degree oven for twenty-five minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Allow to cool for five minutes before serving warm.
By: Lily Gardner-Butts
)0( From GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast