The light from the east was very red this morning. I’m guessing it was from smoke that’s accumulating in the air over the Valley. It’s not quite 58F and very still with the sun turning the leave metallic and colors fresh and bright. The eaves are dripping from dew.
Yesterday was very busy. I started so slowly that Tempus headed for the shop without me, but I made up for it later. He worked with customers while I was home getting my brain working and then I did updates until he could come back for me and talked to our son that’s in the Middle East on Facebook. Thank goodness for that!
Once I was at the shop I was checking in mail and putting orders on the shelves. We have a nice set of chip necklaces that I almost finished. I’ll get those first thing on Thursday. I also finished up a set of pouches, cut a bunch more, worked on herbs…well, sorta usual stuff, but a lot of it!
Today Tempus has jury duty, so goodness knows when he’ll be home. I may have friends coming out from the Valley tomorrow, so I have to do today when I’d normally do on Wednesdays. I was hoping to do some more research.
Today’s Feast is in honor of St. Oswald, an Anglo-Saxon king of the 7th century. He ruled two kingdoms that were joined into Northumbria, and started the switch-over to xtianity in that area. For that he was revered as a saint during the Middle Ages. When he was killed in battle, he was dismembered in the tradition of sacred kingship. More on the history here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oswald_of_Northumbria
Today’s plant is Pacific Aster, Symphyotrichum chilense, one form of aster that grows in the PNW.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphyotrichum_chilense China Asters are the ones grown in gardens and are the common garden aster that Cunningham references: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callistephus_chinensis in his Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. – Feminine, Venus, Water – The aster was sacred to the gods and used on altars in many religious paths. It is often used in love sachets or carry the bloom to win love. You can also grow them in your garden to draw love to you! …and here is an article on the whole family which includes sunflowers, chrysanthemums, yarrow and cone-flower!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteraceae
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Love & Light,
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 Tide Change on 8/13 at 7:53am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends on 8/6 at 7:03pm.
The red long-period variable star Chi Cygni is having a bright maximum! It was reported at magnitude 4.3 as of July 30th and may still be on the way up. See the article and comparison-star chart in the August Sky & Telescope, page 51.
Uranus (magnitude +5.8, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude +7.8, in Aquarius) are in the southern sky before the beginning of dawn. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune.
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
Runic half-month of Thurisaz/ Thorn/Thunor, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor. 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.
©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh), holly – The holly (Ilex aquifolium L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (35 feet) in open woodlands and along clearings in forests. Hollies are evergreen, and stand out in winter among the bare branches of the deciduous forest trees that surround them. Hollies form red berries before Samhain which last until the birds finish eating them, often after Imbolc. The typical “holly leaf” is found on smaller plants, but toward the tops of taller plants the leaves have fewer spiny teeth. Hollies are members of the Holly family (Aquifoliaceae). The common holly is often cultivated in North America, as are hybrids between it and Asiatic holly species.
Graves (1966) and others are of the opinion that the original tinne was not the holly, but rather the holm oak, or holly oak (Quercus ilex L.). This is an evergreen oak of southern Europe that grows as a shrub, or as a tree to 25 m (80 feet). Like the holly, the holm oak has spiny-edged leaves on young growth. It does not have red berries, but it does have red leaf “galls” caused by the kermes scale insect; these are the source of natural scarlet dye. Holm oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America.
Tinne – Holly Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Dark Grey
Meaning: Energy and guidance for problems to come
to study this month – Ioho – Yew Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Dark Green
Letter: I, J, Y
Meaning: Complete change in life-direction or attitude.
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/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.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 4 High 3:45 AM 7.4 6:07 AM Set 11:21 AM 84
~ 4 Low 10:09 AM -0.5 8:38 PM Rise 11:10 PM
~ 4 High 4:32 PM 7.9
~ 4 Low 10:51 PM 0.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Eat a live toad first thing every morning, and nothing worse will happen to you for the rest of the day
~ Circumstance does not make a man, it reveals him. – James Allen
~ Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. – Steve Jobs, 1955 – 2011
~ Avarice is the vice of declining years. – George Bancroft (1800-1891) US historian, statesman
~ Insanity in individuals is something rare – but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. – Nietzsche
I have a brother who builds wooden boats,
Who knows precisely how a board
Can bend or turn, steamed just exactly
Soft enough so he, with help of friends,
Can shape it to the hull.
The knowledge lies as much
Within his sure hands on the plane
As in his head;
It lies in love of wood and grain,
A rough hand resting on the satin
Of the finished deck.
Is there within us each
Such artistry forgotten
In the cruder tasks
The world requires of us,
The faster modern work
That we have
Turned our life to do?
Could we return to more of craft
Within our lives,
And feel the way the grain of wood runs true,
By letting our hands linger
On the product of our artistry?
Could we recall what we have known
But have forgotten,
The gifts within ourselves,
Each other too,
And thus transform a world
As he and friends do,
Shaping steaming oak boards
Upon the hulls of wooden boats? – Judy Brown (The Sea Accepts All Rivers & Other Poems)
Magick – Recipes for summer
Summer Tortellini Salad – Yield: Makes 4 servings
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Chill: 25 Minutes
- 1 (19-oz.) package frozen cheese tortellini
- 2 cups chopped cooked chicken
- 1/4 cup sliced green olives
- 1/4 cup sliced black olives
- 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper $
- 2 tablespoons chopped sweet onion $
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise $
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon herbes de Provence*
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- Salt to taste $
- Garnish: fresh parsley sprigs
- 1. Cook tortellini according to package directions; drain. Plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain and place in large bowl. Stir in chicken and next 5 ingredients.
- 2. Whisk together mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, and herbes de Provence. Add oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly until smooth. Pour over tortellini mixture, tossing to coat. Stir in salt to taste. Cover and chill at least 25 minutes. Garnish, if desired.
- *1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning may be substituted.
- Note: For testing purposes only, we used Rosetto Cheese Tortellini.
- Tuna Tortellini Salad: Substitute 1 (12-oz.) can albacore tuna, rinsed and drained well, for chicken. Prepare recipe as directed.
Shirley Wood, San Antonio, Texas, Southern Living JULY 2007
Layered Summer Salad
total time 5 hr 30 min
prep 30 min
Makes 12 servings, 1 cup each.
What You Need
- 4 cups torn romaine lettuce
- 1-1/2 cups KRAFT Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese, divided
- 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
- 1 small red onion, sliced, separated into rings
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen peas, thawed
- 1/2 cup KRAFT Real Mayo Mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup BREAKSTONE’S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
- 4 slices OSCAR MAYER Bacon, cooked, crumbled
LAYER lettuce, 1 cup cheese, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes and peas in 3-qt. bowl.
MIX mayo, sour cream and basil; spread over salad, completely covering top of salad.
TOP with remaining cheese and bacon. Refrigerate 5 hours.
Kraft Kitchens Tips
Size-Wise – Enjoy a serving of this colorful salad with a serving of your favorite grilled meat at your next summer get-together.
Substitute – Substitute fresh spinach for the romaine.
Variation – Prepare using KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Cheddar Cheese, KRAFT Light Mayo Reduced Fat Mayonnaise and BREAKSTONE’S Reduced Fat or KNUDSEN Light Sour Cream.
Mustard Dill Tortellini Salad Skewers (by Anja) – These are a make-ahead for summer suppers. It makes a nice light meal with little cleanup, a great party dish, and a good side for barbeque nights while you’re waiting for things to cook.
Ingredients for skewers
- Refrigerated cheese tortellini
- Cherry tomatoes, cut in ½
- Pear tomatoes (whole)
- Snap peas or green beans, cut to 1 inch pieces
- Olives (green or black)
- Cocktail pickled onions
- Pickled beets, cut to no more than 1 inch cubes
- Party skewers
- 1 cup plain unsweetened greek yogurt (no sugar!!!)
- 2 Tablepoon dill weed or 1 teaspoon fresh dill, chopped
- 1 Tablespoon prepared mustard
- Dash of salt
- Dribble of cider vinegar
- Cook the tortellini up to 24 hours ahead according to package directions.
- While still hot add about a tablespoon of olive oil and toss well.
- Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
- Mix dressing ingredients.
- It needs to be runny enough to drip, not “glop”, so add vinegar, a little at a time, until you like the texture. Refrigerate.
- Thread ingredients onto skewers with one tortellini for 2 vegetables. Change ‘em up!
- Line skewers up on a platter, cover and refrigerate.
- An hour before serving, get your dressing out and let it stand at room temp.
- Just before serving take off the cover and dribble the dressing over the skewers. Set what’s left off to the side in a bowl for dipping.
….and part 4…. Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? From the viewpoint of other famous/infamous authors and other personalities… (Many, many contributors….this is a compilation as I find them….)
MOSES: And God came down from the Heavens, and he said unto the Chicken, “Thou shalt cross the road.” And the chicken crossed the road, and there was much rejoicing.
FOX MULDER: You saw it cross the road with your own eyes. How many more chickens have to cross the road before you believe it?
JERRY FALWELL: Because the chicken was gay! Can’t you people see the plain truth? That’s why they call it the ‘other side.’ Yes, my friends, that chicken was gay. If you eat that chicken, you will become gay too. I say we boycott all chickens until we sort out this abomination that the Liberal media whitewashes with seemingly harmless phrases like ‘the other side.’ That chicken should not be crossing the road. It’s as plain and as simple as that.
AL SHARPTON: Why are all the chickens white?
GRANDPA: In my day, we didn’t ask why the chicken crossed the road. Someone told us that the chicken had crossed the road and that was good enough for us.
RICHARD NIXON: The chicken did not cross the road. I repeat, the chicken did NOT cross the road.
JERRY SEINFELD: Why does anyone cross a road? I mean, why doesn’t anyone ever think to ask “What the heck was this chicken doing walking around all over the place, anyway?”
SIGMUND FREUD: The fact that you are at all concerned that the chicken crossed the road reveals your underlying sexual insecurity.
BILL GATES: I have just released the Chicken Office 2000, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents and balance your checkbook.
BILL GATES 3.0: I have just released eChicken2013, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents and balance your checkbook. Internet Explorer is an integral part of e-Chicken2013. This new platform is much more stable and will never reboot.
OLIVER STONE: The question is not, “Why did the chicken cross the road?” Rather, it is, “Who was crossing the road at the same time, whom we overlooked in our haste to observe the chicken crossing?”
ZEUS: Release the chickens!
CHARLES DARWIN: Chickens, over a great period of time, have been naturally selected in such a way that they are now genetically dispositioned to cross roads.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.: I dream of a world where *all* chickens will be free to cross roads without having their motives called into question.
NICCOLO MACHIAVELLI: The point is that the chicken crossed the road. Who cares why? The end of crossing the road justifies whatever motive there was.
ALBERT EINSTEIN: Whether the chicken crossed the road or the road moved beneath the chicken depends on your frame of reference.
Tempus adds: “It’s all about perspective!”
SARAH PALIN: The chicken crossed the road because, gosh-darn it, he’s a maverick!
BARACK OBAMA: Let me be perfectly clear, if the chickens like their eggs they can keep their eggs. No chicken will be required to cross the road to surrender her eggs. Period.
JOHN McCain: My friends, the chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road.
HILLARY CLINTON: What difference at this point does it make why the chicken crossed the road.
GEORGE W. BUSH: We don’t really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road or not. The chicken is either with us or against us. There is no middle ground here.
COLIN POWELL: Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road.
BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with that chicken.
PAT BUCHANAN: To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.
JOHN KERRY: Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken’s intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it.
AL GORE: I invented the chicken.
DICK CHENEY: Where’s my gun?
PHIL: The problem we have here is that this chicken won’t realize that he must first deal with the problem on this side of the road before it goes after the problem on the other side of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he is acting by not taking on his current problems before adding any new problems.
OPRAH: Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross the road so badly. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I’m going to give this chicken a NEW CAR so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.
ANDERSON COOPER: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.
NANCY GRACE: That chicken crossed the road because he’s guilty! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.
MARTHA STEWART: No one called me to warn me which way the chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer’s Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.
BARBARA WALTERS: Isn’t that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish it’s lifelong dream of crossing the road.
ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.
JOHN LENNON: Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together, in peace.
BUDDHA: Asking this question denies your own chicken nature.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON: The chicken did not cross the road; it transcended it.
DR SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I’ve not been told.
ERNEST HEMINGWAY: To die. In the rain.
COLONEL SANDERS: Did I miss one?