It’s absolutely beautiful outside! The sun is shining, brightly and it’s 60F with just a light breeze. Coming over the end fo the ridge as I was heading to the shop, I could see the ocean, wide and blue with curls of white foam and a fog layer out at sea. Well, we’ll have fog again, later.
Yesterday went pretty well. I got to the shop in plenty of time to set up for workshops. …and nobody came to any of them! I did the prepping/drying/tincture on the rosemary, then worked with the crystals in the bag of new stuff, then settled down to work on checking books. ….a little over 200 books…. Our shelves are pretty stuffed!
During the afternoon Marius and Tempus worked on the boxes in back, and David and his GF were in to chat, so there actually were several people there during the time for Sewing Workshop. I sat and embroidered and finished the back of another needlebook besides putting the finishing stitches into the turtle. The turtle looks really cute, now that it’s done! This next one will be the grapes. …and Marius and I did some planning for winter events and classes.
It was marvelously sunny until about 1pm and then the temp dropped and the fog rolled in. It stayed foggy for most of the day, only getting less so, or really thick, not going away. It was thick enough by the time we headed home that it was drizzling.
I made an enhanced Ramen for dinner. I added chicken breast, ‘shrooms, bamboo shoots and corn. Yum….. and easy. We were both pretty tired.
Today’s Feast – The Calends (Latin Kalendae “the called”, gen. plural -arum), correspond to the first days of each month of the Roman calendar. The Romans assigned these calends to the first day of the month, signifying the start of the new moon cycle. On that day, the pontiffs would announce at the Curia Calabra the rest days for the upcoming month, and the debtors had to pay off their debts that were inscribed in the calendaria, a sort of accounts book. The date (in this calendar system) was measured relative to days such as the Calends, Nones or Ides, for example, in modern terms, three days past Calends would be the 4th of the month. This sort of system would be used to date documents, diary entries, etc. …This word forms the basis of the English word calendar. … Entry from Wikipedia here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalends
Today’s Plant is the Primrose, Primula vulgaris. This plant, because easily grown, but easily killed, is very popular at garden centers. Even our local grocery and Fred Meyer’s have racks of them outside in the early spring. They’re often given as inexpensive gifts for Valentine’s, Easter, and Mothers’ Day. Both flowers and leaves are edible, the flavor ranging between mild lettuce and more bitter salad greens. The leaves can also be used for tea, and the young flowers can be made into primrose wine. – Feminine, Venus, Earth, Freya – grow blue and red ones to protect against reverses of fortune, yellow and pink to attract the small Fae. When worn, they attract the love of men, and can cure madness. If you dry them and sew them into a child’s pillow you will gain his undying respect and loyalty, but be sure that you deserve it, first! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primula_vulgaris
The shop opens at 11am! Summer 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 in Hecate’s Brooch. 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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends on 9/3 at 4:36pm.
Look east after dark for the Great Square of Pegasus balancing on one corner. Its stars are 2nd and 3rd magnitude. From the Square’s left corner runs Andromeda’s main line of 2nd-magnitude stars, similarly spaced.
Mercury is hidden in the glare of sunset.
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
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 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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Muin – Vine Sep 2 – 29 – Muin – (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
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 1 Low 4:51 AM 0.5 6:40 AM Rise 3:01 AM 19
~ 1 High 11:18 AM 5.8 7:52 PM Set 5:37 PM
~ 1 Low 4:50 PM 2.6
~ 1 High 10:37 PM 6.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – It is not about reaching a goal and finally sitting back to rest. The point is experiencing the journey and drawing your own conclusions….
~ I bind and revoke, any contract or agreement, entered into or retained, which was entered into or retained through fraud, deception or manipulation which interferes with my whole being integration or seeks to restrict my sovereignty. – Jim Fry
~ Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress. – Mohandas Gandhi
~ The only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions. – Ellen Glasglow
~ The words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels. – Jesse Grant
Have You Ever
Have you ever looked at the sky and wondered how it goes so far?
Have you ever looked at the stars at night and wondered who you are?
Have you ever looked at the clouds and wished that you could hold one close?
Have you ever, have you ever?
Have you ever read a book and thought to mourn the loss of trees?
Have you ever eaten a honey graham and thought to thank the bees?
Have you ever stood in a forest glen and thought of other worlds?
Have you ever, have you ever?
Have you ever swum beneath the waves and wished that you could stay?
Have you ever envied fish that live without the light of day?
Have you ever stared at the waves and said “what secrets they must hold”?
Have you ever, have you ever?
Have you ever stopped to watch a bee get nectar from the flowers?
Have you ever stood outside and said “I could stay here for hours”?
Have you ever smelled a rose and felt your life become more sweet?
Have you ever, have you ever?
Have you ever danced to the breath of all the living things on earth?
Have you ever spun in the endless circle of life, death, and rebirth?
Have you ever laughed out loud in joy at the beauty of the world?
Have you ever, have you ever? ~Earthsong~ www.fictionpress.com/~greenwitch
Magick – Mabon Recipes
CUCUMBER TOMATO ONION SALAD – Arcamax 4-6 servings
2-3 large cucumbers
1 Small onion
¼ Cup fresh cilantro
¼ cup lemon juice
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger root
¼ Tsp ground cumin
¼ Tsp coriander
½ tsp salt
1. Peel, ¼ and slice cukes.
2. Chop tomatoes, cilantro & onion.
3. Grate ginger
4. Put in a bowl and toss.
5. Combine remaining ingredients in a cruet and shake well.
6. Pour over salad and toss.
7. Chill for about 1 hour before serving.
The Skinny: Not much room for improvement here.
FABULOUS 4 BEAN SALAD – ARCAMAX
1 16 oz can wax beans
1 16 oz can kidney beans
1 16 oz can chickpea
1 16 oz can green bean
1 Red bell pepper
1 Green bell pepper
1 red onion
2 Tbsp soy sauce
¾ Cup sugar
1 Ground ginger
½ cup apple cider vinegar
½ cup vegetable oil
1. Drain and rinse canned ingredients.
2. Chop peppers and onion.
3. Put all the ingredients other than vinegar and oil into a mixing bowl and stir.
4. Then add vinegar and oil and toss lightly.
5. Refrigerate overnight to let the flavors mix together.
Tip: Pour excessive juices off the salad before serving.
Mabon fresh apple bread with icing
Fresh Apple Pound Cake
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 large eggs
3 cups firm apples, diced
3 cups plain flour
1 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped
1 teaspoon baking soda
Mix together sugar and oil.
Add eggs and beat well.
Combine flour, baking soda, and salt.
Add to oil mixture.
Stir in vanilla, apples, nuts, and mix well.
Pour batter into a greased 9 inch tube pan
Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until cake is done.
1 stick margarine
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Heat margarine and sugar together over low heat. Add milk and let
come to a full boil. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Drizzle over the cake.