Herbs at 11, Sewing at 3!
It’s 59F and thoroughly overcast. There’s no wind, even the leaves are still and then a gust rustles through and everything is motion for a moment or two. There’s rain in the forecast for this coming week. That will be good. Things are drying out again. It’s supposed to be pretty hot in the Valley and over in eastern Oregon today, but we should be ok out here.
Yesterday I was hoping to cook, but ended up only getting my computer work done. I had no room to work and Tempus had forgotten to take my stuff out of the car! I spent the early part of the day tracking down links various places around the area, figuring out milages and entering them into a file. That was done by mid-afternoon, so I got the newsletters done for the week and that took me well into the evening.
Tempus had a good day at the shop. He had a lot of shoppers and a few who actually bought something. During the evening he found my stuff, but by the time everything was in the house I was too tired to do anything with it, although we figured out a substitute for one of the dishes.
Today we have the workshops and Tempus is going to try to get the tire on my car. I noticed on Thursday that we’re getting low on smudges again, so I’m going to have to spend some time fishing those out and pricing them. I’m hoping that I’m going to be able to spend enough time in the back to get the table ready for tomorrow.
Today is the feast of Meng Jiangnu (Pumpkin Girl), China. It is a tragic story of a loving couple whose lives were destroyed by war and the torture that war brings on the common people. There is more information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meng_Jiangnu More information can be found here about the Great Wall of China: http://www.warriortours.com/cityguides/beijing/great_wall/ and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Wall_of_China
Today’s plant is Western Red Cedar, Thuja plicata, which is not a cedar at all, but an Arborvitae. Arborvitae comes from the Latin for “tree of life” and coincidentally, native Americans of the West coast also address the species as “long life maker”. “Western Redcedar has an extensive history of use by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast, from Oregon to southeast Alaska. Some northwest coast tribes refer to themselves as “people of the redcedar” because of their extensive dependence on the tree for basic materials. The wood has been used for constructing housing, totem poles, and crafted into many objects, including masks, utensils, boxes, boards, instruments, canoes, vessels, and ceremonial objects. Roots and bark were used for baskets, ropes, clothing, blankets and rings.” Wiki article – Masculine, Sun, Fire, – to enhance banishing of ill health and bad dreams. Burn for this purpose and purification and psychic power. Make a sachet for love or courage. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thuja_plicata
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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 9/12 at 11:41pm. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Dark, psychopomps. – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris . Phase ends at the Tide Change on 9/12 at 11:41pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 9/14 at 11:41am. 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 9/27 at 7:51pm.
The Great Square of Pegasus is high in the east after dark, balancing on one corner. From the Great Square’s left corner extends the big line of three stars, running to the lower left, that mark the head, backbone and leg of the constellation Andromeda. (The line of three includes the corner.) Upper left from the end of this line, you’ll find W-shaped Cassiopeia tilting up.
Mercury has sunk away low in the sunset.
Zodiacal light – Friday, Sept. 11–Thursday, Sept. 24, before dawn – The best time in the year to see the dim glow of the zodiacal light in the pre-dawn eastern sky, the light reflected from millions of interplanetary particles. It lies along the ecliptic.
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
Sa 12 High 12:22 AM 7.3 6:52 AM Rise 6:19 AM 1
~ 12 Low 6:51 AM 0.2 7:33 PM Set 7:17 PM
~ 12 High 1:03 PM 7.0
~ 12 Low 7:06 PM 1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – We’re all pilgrims on the same journey, but some pilgrims have better road maps.
~ Tearless grief bleeds inwardly. – Christian Nevell Bovee
~ A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. – David Brinkley
~ It takes less time to do things right than to explain why you did it wrong. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
~ Fortune is the word used by those who work the plan, while luck is the word used by those planning to work. – K C Anton
A woman’s work is never done
She must imagine and remember
A woman’s work is never done
Building a fire from just an ember
I remember a hundred simple stories
Each an ember glowing on its own
Such a stubborn people are we women
Such a stubborn flower up through stone
I know of others who are like us
Fierce and tender warriors of the flower
We live in each and every city
We hold the vision hour by hour…
We’re singing. – © Labyris Music Co. 2001 ASCAP
French Cream of Mushroom Soup
- 1/4 c. butter or margarine
- 1 lb. mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 2 shallots, finely chopped (about ¼ c.)
- 1 tbsp. flour
- 1/2 tsp. each salt & dried savory
- Pinch white pepper
- 2 tsp. tomato paste
- 2 c. rich beef broth or 1 (14 ½ oz.) can regular strength beef broth
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 2 c. half and half
- 2 tbsp. dry vermouth
- In a 3 quart pan over moderately high heat, melt butter.
- Add mushrooms and shallots and cook, stirring often, until mushrooms brown lightly and most of their liquid is gone.
- Sprinkle with flour, salt, savory, and pepper.
- Add tomato paste.
- Stir mushrooms to coat with added ingredients.
- Remove from heat and gradually blend in beef broth.
- Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Puree mushroom mixture in blender or food processor until smooth, mixing in lemon juice at end.
- Return to cooking pan, blend in half and half and stir often over medium heat until steaming. Do not boil.
- Taste and add salt if needed.
- Add vermouth and serve at once.
Makes about 5 cups, 4 servings.
- 3 Large Potatoes (peeled and Cubed)
- 1 lb frozen Corn
- 2 Large Onion (Cubed)
- 1 lb Bacon
- 2 Cup Milk
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup sour cream
- 1 tsp caraway seed
- Place potatoes and onions in a medium soup pot.
- Boil in enough water to cover the tops of the cubed vegetables by an inch or two.
- Drain off excess water.
- In another pan, fry the bacon strips until curled and then drain off excess oil/fat.
- Add bacon to the potatoes and onions along with additional ingredients.
- Simmer over medium heat stirring frequently. Avoid boiling
- Continue to heat until chowder is thoroughly heated.
Cream of Carrot Soup
4 Tbs (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1 large onion, preferably Spanish or Vidalia chopped
12 carrots, sliced
1 potato, peeled and diced
4 cups chicken stock
2 Tbs minced fresh ginger
2 tsp minced fresh rosemary
1/2 cup heavy cream
salt & pepper to taste
additional rosemary sprigs, for garnish
- Melt the butter in a heavy pot over low heat.
- Add the onion and let it cook slowly, covered, until it is soft but not browned, about 30
- Add the carrots and potato, chicken stock, ginger, and rosemary. Cook until the carrots and potatoes are soft, about 30 minutes longer.
- Mash with potato masher, or if you prefer a smoother texture, puree in a food processor.
- Stir in the cream.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Garnish with rosemary if desired.
From Cooking With Herbs, GrannyMoon’s Herbal Course –
Silliness – Deep Thoughts from the Shower – The sinking of the Titanic must have been a miracle to the lobsters in the kitchen. – via Shower Thoughts