Good Grief! The computer says it’s 81F! It doesn’t feel like that, actually, and the temps down near the water are more like 72F, but that’s the warmest we’ve been in awhile. Inland’s going to be awfully hot, though, and fire danger is high. I’ve bene hearing from folks in the Valley who say there’s ash and smoke in the air. Out here it’s only 31% humidity! Out *here*!
<< A Ken Gagne from up the Yachats River last week.
Tempus headed out for the shop on time yesterday and I was supposed to follow in an hour or so. Kyaara decided that I wasn’t. 🙂 We talked until nearly 2pm, by which time I had managed to finish the newsletters, but…. I called Tempus and we decided that I would stay home and “soup” instead. …and got distracted repeatedly by some of the stuff that Kyaara was doing, including working on the car window and splitting some of the cherrywood…. instead of working on what I needed to work on. <sigh> …and then I got distracted by some news articles. Good Journey Joan Rivers!
>>>>>>>>Ken Gagne, Alsea Bay Bridge from 9/2/14 >>>>
For some reason yesterday the pigeons/doves decided to roost in the alder. It was rather disconcerting, seeing large birds in that tree. Some of them have white under-wings and it’s making me think that someone released some white doves out here and they’ve interbred.
So, I finally got to work on some of the Spoonflower designs, but by the time I had one uploaded and set I was coming down with a migraine… it nailed me a good one and by the time it was starting to let go it was 10pm…. <sigh> So much for getting things done.
<<<<<<Ken Gagne, Alsea Bay, looking up the Bay from the ocean, from 9/2/14
Tempus has been working on a new Shepherd’s Dial, a type of portable sundial with a moveable gnomon (the little sticky-out bit that makes the shadow) He managed to make a nice one over the last few days and we’ve been talking about some of the other ones that are possible.
Today, I’ll be at the shop, although I’m not feeling up to much after the migraine. I have a lot to do, though. Tempus has some errands to run and then I’m probably going to be pestering him about cleaning his desk! 🙂
Today is the Feast of the Blessed Mother Theresa. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_Theresa
Today’s Plant is Skunk Cabbage, Lysichitum americanum. This is one of the signs of spring here on the coast, where every drainage ditch or marshy field has it’s glow of brilliant yellow and bright, deep green. It is a famine food with a spicy or peppery taste, but contains calcium oxalate, which can upset the insides and even cause death if you get too much. Bears eat it after hibernation to get their intestines working again. It is used to cure sores and swellings, particularly after winter, when starvation conditions make these things immensely worse. However the typical use of the local peoples of this herb was to line baskets with the huge leaves to keep things from bruising or dropping through and to wrap around foods when baked under a fire, where it imparts a distinctive taste to the crust. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia references Eastern Skunk Cabbage, which is a different plant with a red flower, but the magicks are the same,Symplocarpus foetidus – Feminine, Saturn, Water – Carry when you have legal troubles, or keep in the drawer with the filed papers. Wrap in a bay leaf on a Sunday to draw good fortune. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysichitum_americanum and on Eastern Skunk Cabbage here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symplocarpus_foetidus
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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. Phase ends at the Full on 9/8 at 9:38pm. 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. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 9/7 at 6:38am.
Saturn, Mars, Delta (δ) Scorpii, and Antares form an equally-spaced ragged line in the southwest at dusk. Delta Scorpii used to be a bit dimmer than Beta above it. Then in July 2000 it doubled in brightness. It has remained bright, with fluctuations, ever since.
Look high above the Moon this evening for Altair.
Mercury will be in its best evening apparition of 2014 for observers in the Southern Hemisphere. Northern observers will have more difficulty seeing it.
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29
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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Celtic Tree Month of 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
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
F 5 Low 4:00 AM -0.1 6:44 AM Set 2:38 AM 75
~ 5 High 10:29 AM 6.1 7:45 PM Rise 5:24 PM
~ 5 Low 4:01 PM 2.4
~ 5 High 9:58 PM 7.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life is a mystery to be lived… Not a problem to be solved.
~ Enlightenment means taking full responsibility for your life. – William Blake
~ He who has provoked the lash of wit, cannot complain that he smarts from it. – James Boswell (1740-1795) Scottish biographer
~ Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death. – Omar Bradley
~ A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip, and worried to death by a frown on the right man’s brow. – Charlie Brower
Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your… children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor… Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting. – Mother Theresa
Mabon Wine Moon Cider
4 cups apple cider
4 cups grape juice
2 cinnamon sticks, 4 inches long
1 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. whole cloves
additional cinnamon sticks for cups, 6 inches long
In a 4 quart sauce pan, heat cider and grape juice. Add cinnamon,
allspice, and cloves. Bring it to a light boil, then lower heat, and
simmer for 5 minutes. serve with a ladle from a cauldron. makes 8 cups.
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Mabon Ruby Red Wine (for next year)
- General Purpose Wine Yeast
- 1 1/2 Pounds White Sugar
- 2 Pounds Blackberries
- 2 Pounds Elderberries
- 1/2 Pound Raisins
- 6 Pints Cold Water
- 2 Pounds Sloes
- 1 Pound Apples
- Yeast Nutrient
- Pectic Enzyme
- 1 campden tablet
- Juice the berries, raisins and apples in an electric juicer and remove any pits you find in the pulp.
- Place juice, pulp, 6 pints of water, the campden tablet and enzyme in a large clean container
- Cover and leave for 1 full day.
- Mix in 1 1/2 pound sugar, and the yeast nutrient.
- Re-cover and leave for 48 hours, stirring at least once per day.
- Strain liquid into a new container,
- Add another pound of sugar.
- Re-cover and for another 36 hours.
- Pour liquid into a fermenting jar and age as you would any wine.
Mama’s Mulled Spiced Cider
Beverage – Hot
Party Recipe – Winter
8 servings – can be halved, doubled or more
Party perk recipe doubles this
- ½ gal or rough cider or apple juice
- ½ cup orange juice
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp grated nutmeg
- 1 tbsp grated orange peel
- 8 cinnamon sticks
- 8 orange wheels (see garnish – fruit)
- 1 star anise or ¼ tsp aniseed
- Microwave-safe measuring cup (2-cup, at least) measuring spoons, strainer, something to keep the cider hot in (soup pot with lid, Party Perk) 8 mugs, sharp small knife
- Put 1 cup of apple juice into measuring cup and add spices.
- Zap in microwave for 4 minutes, stirring every minute. Don’t let it boil! If it does, just stop there and go on.
- Let sit for 15 minutes, at least.
- Pour apple and orange juices into pot (or Party Perk) and warm on medium for about 15 minutes, stirring every so often. (Party Perk takes 1 hour to warm)
- Turn temperature to low. (Not on Party Perk, see above)
- Put strainer over pot or Party perk and pour spiced juice from measuring cup through it. Stir and let finish warming, covered.
- Set out the mugs.
- Add a cinnamon stick to each.
- Split each orange wheel from the center to one edge and push the split down over the rim of the mug until the slice stands up.
- Add juice and serve. There will be seconds.