Yesterday Tempus left me home in the tub in the morning. I really badly needed a hot soak. After I got out I got another load of the fabrics washed and then went to bundle them up to take to the shop to hang and iron dry there. Tempus was with customers, though, so I took ’em back to the laundry and got them spun dry and re-hung before he was ready to come back for me, and then harvested roses and some other herbs.
When he was able to get a way for a few minute he fetched me and then I got to work in back, hanging all the fabrics and then starting to cut them out for use. Some of them needed a bit of ironing and I also did the casing for the Brigitta Cap that I’m doing in linen. That went on for most of the afternoon, although I did finish the box that I was working on, as well, and then cut out the batting for more, since there are 9 more in the back.
We stopped at the park to watch the sunset. Tempus parked in the perfect spot so that I could watch from the open window of the car and rest my feet. With 100 yards or more of frontage of the vantage point and only people gathered at the far end, some guy walked along and stood directly in front of me at just the perfect point that I couldn’t have seen it at all! I got out and wandered up to the edge. The sky was a lovely soft blue, the ocean fairly calm with froth blowing sideways off the surf, pink in the reddening light. The sun was already slipping past the horizon point but still too bright to look at until just before the last bits went out, turning green and then teal as it went out. As we drove back up the hill to the house, the Girdle of Venus (earth’s shadow) was lifting above the trees.
Today we have to pick berries, but we also need to clean the freezers. We got the fridge done, but there’s stuff built up in the big freezers that needs to be gone through. Tempus has to stop at the house of a friend who is moving and do some shopping, too, although there’s no Metal Night tonight, so he has a little extra time. I’m going to work on newsletters today.
Oh, and I need to apologize for missing the astro section for the last couple of days! I’m not sure what happened!
Today honors Lada and Leyla, two goddesses of Slavic Reconstruction Myth, who don’t appear to have any historical precedent. Lada is a mother/harvest goddess married/twin to Lado, a solar god of joy. Leyla is her daughter who shows up in the stories of the spring rabbit who didn’t know any better and laid colored eggs as a gift, whose image is on the moon.
“Vid” is the short form of the name “Svatovit”, a Slavic sky god.
Lado! Vid slept in a meadow. Lado is beautiful!
Lado! Fair elf-maids were waking him. Lado is beautiful!
Lado! Stand up young Vid! Lado is beautiful!
Lado! your house is on sale; Lado is beautiful!
Lado! Your mother is dying; Lado is beautiful!
Lado! Your lover serves an other. Lado is beautiful!
Lado! Then answers young Vid, Lado is beautiful!
Lado! You are lying, fair elf-maids; Lado is beautiful!
Lado! Neither is my mother dying; Lado is beautiful!
Lado! Neither is my house on sale; Lado is beautiful!
Lado! …but my lover serves an other. Lado is beautiful!
This song, devoted to Lado, was sung by Serb girls around the Drava river. In springtime they would gather in front of churches and sing it standing in circles as late as 1885 (this is not to say that actual belief in Lado remained). Collected by Nikola Begovic. Source Wikipedia
Today’s plant is the trillium, specifically the varieties for our state of the Giant Purple Wakerobin, the Idaho Trillium and Round Leaf Trillium. These are one of the characteristic flowers of the Oregon spring forests, the flowers of spring called Wakerobin since in many places robins and trilliums appear at the same time. It is also called Birthroot and has been used medicinally to control bleeding. Tripartite petals and flower make this an unusual plant and since they grow, widely separated in the undergrowth of forests, they’re striking when you come across them. –Feminine, Venus, Water – Carry the root to attract money and luck or – Masculine, Venus & Saturn, Earth – the magicks of trillium are concerned with boundaries and lust. ….and they’re beautiful!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trillium Yes, it’s odd to have two sets of correspondences for one plant, but that’s the way this one works!
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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 Crescent Moon – Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 9/8 at 11:41am. 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 at the Dark on 9/11 at 11:41am.
In the dawn of Wednesday the 9th, look for Venus and Mars below the waning crescent Moon in the east, as shown below.
And if you’re out early enough before sunrise for the stars to still be visible, you get a winter preview! The sky displays the same starry panorama as it will at dusk next February. Orion >>> stands high in the south, Sirius and Canis Major sparkle to its lower left, and Gemini occupies the high east.
(magnitude +0.5, in Libra) shines in the southwest at dusk, to the right of upper Scorpius. Orange Antares, less bright, twinkles 12° to Saturn’s left. Between them is the near-vertical line of three fainter stars marking Scorpius’s head. (The brightest of these is the middle one, Delta Scorpii.)
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 Runic half-month of Kenaz/Ken/Kebo – September 13-27 – Ken represents a flaming torch within the royal hall, so it’s the time of the creative fire – the forge where natural materials are transmuted by the force of the human will into a mystical third, an artifact that could not otherwise come into being. The positive aspects of sexuality that are immanent in Freya and Frey come into play at this time. 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
Tu 8 Low 4:00 AM 0.3 6:47 AM Rise 2:27 AM 25
~ 8 High 10:33 AM 6.0 7:40 PM Set 5:09 PM
~ 8 Low 4:07 PM 2.6
~ 8 High 9:58 PM 7.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – No matter what happens in life, Remember that you don’t have the power to control everything, But you do have the power to control how it affects you.
~ Better three hours too soon than a minute too late. – William Shakespeare
~ We have all known the long loneliness, and the answer is love, and that love is found in community. – Dorothy Day
~ An apple may not fall far from the tree, but that doesn’t mean you should continue to drink dysfunctional cider. Grow your own orchard. David Roppo
~ Failure is a sign that you’re trying. -Kerr Cuhulain
If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it. A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. – Roald Dahl, The Twits
CARROT HONEY CAKE
1 1/2 cups honey
1 cup oil
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
3 cups grated carrots
1 cup walnuts (optional)
Beat eggs. Add honey and oil and mix well. Add dry ingredients. Stir in
carrots and nuts if used. Grease and flour a 9 inch by 13 inch pan.
Pour batter into pan and smooth it out. Bake at 350F for 45 to 50 minutes.
(This recipe can be made into cupcakes using the paper cupcake liners.)
Bake at 350F for 25 minutes. Cool.
Just before serving, sprinkle liberally with sifted powdered sugar.
YIELD: 3 1/2 dozen cupcakes
Blackberries – School for the Seasons 8/13/05
Although I’m the Queen of Holidays, my good intentions always outrun my abilities. I’m sorry to report I did not go blackberry-picking on Lammas, as I intended, except in the most casual way during a walk along the lake, but that’s OK because my daughter took over the holiday tradition and showed up on Lughnasad Eve with three containers full of freshly-picked, still warm blackberries, which we’ve enjoyed in the past weeks in a variety of ways including in pancakes, topping yogurt, and (my favorite) with Hagen Daaz Light Vanilla Bean ice cream.
Last night my daughter took the last of the remaining blackberries (which were beginning to ferment even though kept in the refrigerator) and distilled them down into a delicious syrup, with a faint flavor of wine, spiced with black pepper and cloves.
May you allow yourself the spontaneity of lazy days of summer,
Celtic Mabon Soda Bread
- 2 Cups Plain (Unbleached Flour)
- 1 Cup Coarse Wholemeal Flour
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Bread Soda
- 2 Cups Buttermilk
- In a medium bowl, combine ingredients until well blended
non-sticky dough forms (being careful not to over knead).
- Place ball of dough (slightly flattened) on a lightly greased/floured cookie sheet
- Carefully cut a five pointed star on the top of the bread.
- Bake in an oven preheated to 430 degrees F, for about 30 to 45 minutes.
- Check to see if bread is done by “knocking” on the bottom of the loaf.
- If the sound is somewhat hollow, then the bread is finished baking.