I am still so tired, but I’m awake. I can tell that it’s summer. There’s never quite enough time to do things and I spend a lot of time on my feet and wake, still tired, in the morning. Yesterday was a nice break, though. I got to spend most of the day talking history and recipes and sitting working on handwork.
Today Tempus and I are both going to be at the shop, at least for part of the day. I don’t know what errands he needs to do, other than he needs to find a power supply for our Open sign. I’m hoping I’m going to be able to work on altar cloths today.
Today’s feast is the Bartholomew Fair, which may have descended from the Mania, the feast of Ceres, Mania, and the Manes, in the sense of honoring cthonic and grain deities. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartholomew_Fair On the Manes here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manes and Mania (goddess of the dead) here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mania_(mythology)
Today’s Plant is Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna, known as common hawthorn , may, mayblossom, maythorn, quickthorn, whitethorn, motherdie, and haw. It has edible buds, flowers and fruits, which are full of antioxidants . Particularly sacred to the month of May and to Beltane, it is used extensively as a hedge plant. – Fairy energy, May interfere with digitalis medications. – Masculine, Mars, Fire. – Increases fertility and/or celibacy. Carry on a fishing trip to ensure good catch. Brings happiness to the troubled or depressed. Protects house against lightning and storms, evil ghosts may not enter. In cradles to guard from evil spells. Most Witch’s gardens contained a hawt hedge. Sacred to the fairies, and is part of the tree triad of Britain. More on this species:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_hawthorn More on the genus Crataegus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crataegus
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Love & Light,
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 Tide Change on 8/29 at 11:35am. 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 on 8/27 at 11:35pm
The two brightest stars of summer are <<< Vega, overhead soon after dark, and Arcturus >>> , declining ever lower in the west. The name Vega comes from an ancient Arabic phrase for “the diving eagle.” Arcturus is from ancient Greek for “bear watcher” or “bear guardian,” referring to the way it follows Ursa Major, the Great Bear, around the sky.
The brightest part of the Bear, the Big Dipper, is dipping down well to the right of Arcturus, in the northwest.
Venus (magnitude –4.2) emerges into dawn visibility by about August 24th. Look just above the east horizon 30 minutes before your local sunrise. (It’s lower right of much fainter Mars.) Venus moves rapidly higher day by day.
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
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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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).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 24 Low 2:39 AM 0.9 6:30 AM Set 1:06 AM 60
~ 24 High 9:05 AM 4.9 8:07 PM Rise 4:09 PM
~ 24 Low 2:14 PM 3.0
~ 24 High 8:24 PM 6.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Love is what every heart seeks.
~ Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. – Truman Capote (1924-1984) US writer
~ The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; It is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. – FDR
~ Timidity puts obstacles in your path, boldness eliminates them. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ How poor are they who have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees. – William Shakespeare
A BOY’S HEAD
In it there is a space-ship
and a project
for doing away with piano lessons.
And there is
which shall be first.
And there is
an entirely new bird,
an entirely new hare,
an entirely new bumble-bee.
There is a river
that flows upwards.
There is a multiplication table.
There is anti-matter.
And it just cannot be trimmed.
that only what cannot be trimmed
is a head.
There is much promise
in the circumstance
that so many people have heads. – Miroslav Holub (1923-1998), Czech poet
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.
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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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.
Silliness – Quick Quotes – “Lance Armstrong is going on a bike ride with President Bush. Apparently Armstrong’s mom called the president’s mom and they set the whole thing up. They’re going to have a sleep over, build a tent, maybe eat s’mores.” –Conan O’Brien