Minus Tide at 8:17 AM of -0.8 feet and at 8:43 PM of -0.1 feet. What? Two minus tides in one day? Yups! Today and tomorrow, with the moon just past perigee, the pull is strong enough for two minus tides!
63F and very little wind. Crows are playing in the yard and one leaf, looking rather tired and tattered, is woggling monotonously on the alder. I don’t know if it’s fallen and suspended by a spiderweb or what, but it’s the only one moving most of the time. It’s quite overcast, several layers of clouds up there, but not gloomy like yesterday.
Yesterday was a good, productive day. I’m still kinda tired, but it was worth it. I got to the shop in plenty of time despite the route troubles that Tempus had. It wasn’t him. The person who fetches papers from Florence overslept! He got back with just enough time to make us coffee (but not to drink it) and head for the shop.
I pulled out the camera, got some pictures and put some project things away and then the young folks got there for class. That went very well.
I went into the back and finished the pincushion filling and then cleaned up. By that point Marius was there and he and Tempus were deep into plans for what Marius’ wire-drawing bench. Eventually they pulled out tools and headed outside to work on that. I went in back and did the wood-dying project that was a big one for the day. Eventually Tempus was working on my craft drawer rack and then I covered a box lid. Willow and Caleb showed up and we talked a lot. He was fascinated by the woodworking stuff.
As we were coming home, the sun was getting close to setting, a golden (not red!) coin hanging above the ocean. You could tell it was just low tide and the tides were about to go minus because so much of the sand and rock was showing. A heron had found himself a perching spot and was tucked up in his own feathers, watching the seagulls foraging.
Today I have sewing to do, now that the table is cleaned up again. Tempus needs to work on that crafts drawer rack and depending on how antsy he gets about it, he might be the one putting the runners for the drawers in it. I think I have a reading appointment during the afternoon.
Today is the birthday of Raymond Buckland, one of the first witches in the US who came out of the “broom closet”. He’s been influential in writing books about the Craft and in a video, done for public access TV in the 90’s that portrayed several rituals and brought the basics of Wicca to people who didn’t even know that it existed. His earlier works are a little dated, and are from the ceremonial end of Wicca, but were invaluable in earlier decades with followable (if wordy) ritual scripts. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Buckland
Today’s Plant is Sword fern, Polystichum munitum. It grows all winter on the coast, getting greener and lovelier every year as the new fiddles come up out of the center of the plant and develop into fronds. I’ve been enjoying those, watching them for months, now. they can get to be 6 feet tall and some of the ones down in the park where the stream crosses through are that size! The indigenes used the rhizome as a poverty food (baked and peeled), and the fronds are one of the best remedies for relieving the pain from the sting of a Stinging Nettle. It is also commonly used by florists as an ornamental plant. – Masculine, Air, The God, the Puck. This is an herb of masculine power, protection and luck. Use in spells to guide to treasure. Burn to drive away pests.…and as any fern, burn for rain…. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sword_fern
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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 9/11 at 11:41. 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 at the Quarter on 9/5 at 2:54am.
The two brightest stars of summer are <<< Vega, overhead right 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.
Neptune is at opposition. It rises in the mid-evening in the constellation Aquarius
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
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
©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.
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 31 High 1:52 AM 8.3 6:38 AM Set 9:00 AM 98
~ 31 Low 8:17 AM -0.8 7:55 PM Rise 9:08 PM
~ 31 High 2:30 PM 8.2
~ 31 Low 8:43 PM -0.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You can only go as far as you push.
~ He that lives upon hope will die fasting. – Benjamin Franklin
~ As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words. – William Shakespeare
~ I am not a… leader. I don’t want you to follow me or anything else. If you are looking for a Moses to lead you out of the… wilderness, you will stay right where you are. I would not lead you into this promised land if I could, because if I could lead you in, someone else could lead you out. – Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926) US Socialist Leader
~ He whose walk is blameless is kept safe, but he whose ways are perverse will suddenly fall. – Proverbs 28:18, NIV
A Candle is a Little Thing by: Patricia Osborn Orton
A candle is a little thing
But its power can’t be denied.
It can light the darkest corner
And cast your fears aside.
In the blackness of a long night
You can bask in it’s soft, warm glow
Until the break of morning
When the light begins to show.
There are people all around
Who are in their darkest hour-
People who are friendless
Who need your candle power.
So let your little candle shine
For those with trouble or pain.
If you light the way for just one soul
You haven’t lived in vain.
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
BAKED STUFFED SQUASH– MAIN DISH – SERVES 4
1 recipe Stovetop Stuffing Mix
? Water (check box)
? Butter (check box)
1 small onion
1 Large boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked
½ Cup sunflower seeds or crushed hazelnuts (opt.)
2 acorn squash
1. In a large microwavable pot or bowl put spice mix (may be included with crumbs in some mixes), water and butter from stuffing.
2. Chop onion and add to mixture.
3. Chop chicken and add
4. Zap in nuker for 5 minutes. Stir.
5. Keep zapping, for two minutes at a time, stirring between.
6. Add seeds or nuts. Stir. Add breadcrumbs from stuffing mix. Stir well and fluff with a fork.
7. Chop squash in ½ longways. Scoop out seeds and discard.
8. Pile stuffing mix into the centers of the squash. There will be leftovers.
9. Put the 4 squash into an oven-safe dish, drizzle with melted butter and top with chopped fresh chives.
10. Cover and bake at 350 for about an hour. Squash is done when a sharp knife or skewer goes down through the center to the pan with no resistance (feels like a done baked potato!)
11. Serve hot. Store leftovers, covered. Can be reheated in the microwave if each serving is cut into ¼’s.
Tips This makes a good 8-serving side dish or 16-serving nosh.
THE FESTAL BOARD, Mabon edition by Rain Redknife
Mabon’s coming ,and the nights are starting to get cool over most of North America, and that always makes me want gutsy pea or bean soups and stews. It also leaves me, like many of us, with scads of green tomatoes in the garden. So let’s start this suggested Sabbat meal with:
Fried green tomatoes
People make a big mystery of these, but the best recipe is still the simple one my mom learned from her mom in East Tennessee: no herbs, no garlic, no truffle oil or other foofy yuppie stuff, and absolutely NO “dietarily correct” efforts to make ’em over into health food. They aren’t. They shouldn’t be. Get over it. 🙂
- Take green (unripe) tomatoes that are still firm but are starting to “give” a little to a gentle squeeze. Slice about 3/8″ thick, and set aside.
- In a soup bowl or other flat container, season a half-cup or so of plain (not self-rising!) flour to taste with salt and pepper. Add a handful of plain white cornmeal if desired. In another bowl, place half a cup of milk .
- Heat 1/4 to 1/3 cup vegetable oil very hot but not smoking in a large nonstick or very well seasoned cast-iron skillet.
- Dip slices in milk, and shake off excess gently. Then dip in flour mixture on both sides. Leave a good coating, but tap off any real excess; this coating should be thin and crisp, not thick and bready!
- Place a few slices at a time in skillet, and fry about one minute per side, turning _gently_ so coating stays on. Then turn heat down to medium and fry till golden brown on both sides, turning only once more (They go pretty quickly, so watch.) Don’t do too many at once, and do let the oil get hot again between batches.
- Drain briefly on paper towels, and eat ’em hot if possible. If not, re-warm briefly in the oven under the broiler, NOT in the microwave.
Follow or accompany these with this. “Dal” is the Hindi generic word for any pea, bean or lentil.
Curried Crockpot Dal with Sweet Potato – Serves 6-8
1 lb dried split peas 1 seeded, diced green pepper 1 grated medium sweet potato (peel only if skin is very rough) 6 cup unsalted vegetable stock or soup base (-OR- 6 c. water plus 1 finely chopped rib celery and half a finely chopped medium onion) 1 bay leaf 1-2 chipotles, torn up or sliced 1 fairly generous pinch anise seed Curry powder to taste Mushroom soy sauce to taste (dirt cheap at any Asian grocery) Black pepper to taste Garlic powder or sliced garlic to taste
Place first seven ingredients in crockpot and season to taste with the remaining four. Be generous with the mushroom soy; it’s the source of some of the richness and all of the salt in this soup/stew. Note: If using Indian curry powder and not the Malaysian kind that has peanut powder in it, you can add a tsp. of peanut butter if desired.
Cook at low setting (200^f.) for ten hours, then add a cup of water and turn heat to high. Cook till peas begin to fall apart, perhaps another hour. They will still have some texture; this is not mushy like standard American pea soup. (Note that yellow split peas may take a bit longer to cook than green ones, as they’re often a bit larger. They do come out pretty, though.)
Serve with coleslaw, crusty bread and iced tea or beer.
Or reduce stock a little further, blenderize the dish (in batches if necessary), and fry in oil, as for refried beans, till it’s beginning to go golden and crusty. This is nutty and incredibly good served with rice and spinach and some sort of hot or sour pickle.
*–Real Pagans don’t steal. So you are welcome to reprint these recipes anywhere you like, but ONLY if you leave my name on ’em. I worked hard to become a good cook, and I appreciate your courtesy in not ripping me off. 🙂 Thanks, and merry meet again!
Larry’s barn burned down and his wife, Susan, called the insurance company.
Susan spoke to the insurance agent and said, “We had that barn insured for fifty thousand, and I want my money.”
The agent replied, “Whoa there, just a minute. Insurance doesn’t work quite like that. An independent adjuster will assess the value of what was insured, and then we’ll provide you with a new barn of similar worth.”
There was a long pause, and then Susan replied, “If that’s how it works, then I want to cancel the life insurance policy on my husband.”