Mabon Open Circle, Wednesday 9/23 at 7pm. OCPPG 2016 October 10-11.
We finally got breakfasted and moving by 1pm, yesterday. Some of that delay was just taking it easy on the first day of our weekend, some was sitting and talking over what we need to get done over the next couple of days and then we got stopped in the middle because our renters had a flat tire and Tempus ran out to fire up the air compressor. After breakfast I settled in to working on newsletters, and made a new Mabon banner (below) while Tempus went to start laundry and then get to work in the shop. He had a couple of repairs to do.
At about 5:30 the sky opened up and it *poured*, drumming on the porch roof. Tempus got soaked because he was working outside on a lawnmower and the computer still says we didn’t get any rain yesterday. Go figure! As far as I can tell there was about 1/4 inch.
I didn’t get the newsletter stuff done until mid-evening, by which time I had also cleaned the bathroom, sorted clothes, done a box full of papers and set up a crockpot full of applesauce. He headed out about then to get a friend’s trash out, to pick up a couple of things at Freddie’s and then do his paper route and was home by around 3:30, I think.
The applesauce woke me this morning. It was starting to smell important, so I got a little sugar, the raisins and some spices into it.
We’ve more chores today. I think Tempus is going over to a friend’s to do hers later, too.
Fête of Cornely (St Cornelius), at Carnac, Brittany, France, who may be the old worship of a horned god in disguise. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Cornelius He was a Pope under the persecutions before the Roman empire was christianized. In the Rhineland, he was also a patron saint of lovers. and a legend tells of a young artist who fell in love with a young woman whose father forbade the marriage, remarking that he would only consent if the pope did as well. Miraculously, the statue of Cornelius leaned forward from the altar and blessed the pair, and the two lovers were thus married. A legend told at Carnac states that its stones were once pagan soldiers who had been turned into stone by Cornelius, who was fleeing from them. He is the patron against earache, epilepsy, fever, twitching, and also of cattle, domestic animals, earache sufferers, epileptics, and the town of Kornelimünster, Germany where his head is located.
Today’s plant is the Snowberry, Symphoricarpos albus. My kids used to call this “popcorn plant”, which is a name I’ve heard from others, too. The white berries are used as a food, a soap and for hand lotion. It doesn’t have any magickal uses that I know of, although the folks magicks of a similar bush amongst the Slavs say that it is “proper” as an offering to statues of the gods. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphoricarpos_albus
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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 9/27 at 7:51pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 9/17 at 11:41am.
Got light pollution? Cygnus overhead offers many sights for small telescopes regardless — if you can star-hop to them with a good finderscope. See Ken Hewitt-White’s “Cygnus in the City” in the September Sky & Telescope, page 58, with chart and photos.
Saturn (magnitude +0.6, in Libra) shines low in the southwest at dusk. Left of it by 12° twinkles orange Antares, slightly less bright.
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 (shown in green).
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29
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
W 16 High 2:51 AM 6.7 6:56 AM Rise 10:10 AM 5
~ 16 Low 8:54 AM 1.3 7:25 PM Set 9:10 PM
~ 16 High 2:57 PM 7.2
~ 16 Low 9:27 PM 0.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I give to others all the things I wish to receive.
~ The core value that motivates a true revolution is love; love for peace, justice, freedom and higher values, love for humanity, and the love for the well-being of all existence. When forces threaten this well-being, the lover is motivated to act in the interest of the beloved. – Roozbeh Bahramali
~ We know that a peaceful world cannot long exist, one-third rich, and two-thirds hungry. – J. Carter
~ Every act of creation is first an act of destruction. – Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish artist
~ The only competition you will ever have is the competition between your disciplined and undisciplined mind. – James A. Ray
A Tourist at Ellis Island by Linda Pastan, from Queen of a Rainy Country. © W.W. Norton & company. Reprinted with permission.
A Tourist at Ellis Island
I found him, Jankel Olenik,
age 3, on the manifest
of the ship Spaarndam
in 1902-my surgeon father
Jack, of the silk ties
and trimmed mustache
who never mentioned
the life he once inhabited
not just in a different language
but in a different book,
its pages yellowed at the edges.
He thrust me into the new world
scrubbed clean of peasant dirt,
whole chapters of my history
torn out. Failed
archeologist of memory,
I never asked
a single question.
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
3/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
2 Tbsps. raw sesame seeds
1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1/2 tsp. baking soda
- Lightly butter heavy baking sheet or line with silicone mat or parchment paper.
- In heavy 2- to 3-quart saucepan, gently stir together sugar, water and corn syrup.
- Using wet pastry brush, wash down sides of pan.
- Add salt.
- Bring to boil over medium-high heat and cook, undisturbed, occasionally washing down sides of pan, until sugar starts to color around edges.
- Gently swirl pan to even out color and stir frequently to prevent scorching.
- At first hint of amber color, remove pan from heat.
- Stir in seeds and butter.
- Wait a few seconds for most of butter to melt, then stir in baking soda; it will foam up.
- Stir again and quickly pour mixture onto prepared baking sheet.
- Using wooden spatula, spread and flatten mixture as much as possible.
- Let cool until edges can be handled, but mixture is still warm enough to be pliable.
- Stretch or pull it out so that nuts are no more than 1 layer deep and you can see through candy in spots.
- Let cool completely, then break into large shards.
- May store in airtight container, layered with waxed paper, up to 2 weeks.
Makes 1 1/2 pounds.
Variations: Instead of seeds, use 2 cups (about 7 ounces) unsalted roasted cashews, toasted and skinned hazelnuts, fresh pecan pieces or halves, lightly toasted walnuts or unsalted dry-roasted peanuts.
French Mushroom Soup
Serves 4. 2 1/2 c. onions, sliced
- 3 tbsp. butter or margarine
- 3/4 lb. mushrooms, sliced 1/4 inch
- 2 (14 1/2 oz.) cans beef broth
- 2 tbsp. dry sherry
- 4 slices French bread, 1/2 inch thick
- 1 c. Swiss cheese, shredded
- 1/4 c. Parmesan cheese, grated
In 3 quart saucepan, saute onions in butter over medium heat for five minutes. Add mushrooms; cook and stir three minutes. Remove and reserve four mushroom slices for garnish. Stir in broth and sherry; bring to boil. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place bread on baking sheet; toast in oven until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Remove toast; heat broiler. Puree half of soup in blender, then return to saucepan; stir. Divide soup equally into four 1 1/2 cup, oven-proof bowls (see note below). Top each serving with 1 slice toast, 1/4 cup Swiss cheese, one reserved mushroom slice and 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese. Broil three to five minutes until golden brown. Note: Soup can be baked in larger serving dish rather than individual bowls, if desired.
German Winter Mushroom Soup
- 2 qts. water
- 1 lb. fresh mushrooms (dried may be used)
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 1 lg. onion
- Sauerkraut juice or vinegar to taste
- Roux — browned butter sauce
- Chopped noodle dough (1 c. or more if desired)
- Soak mushrooms in salt water 20 minutes.
- Clean, slice and cook, with large onion 20 minutes.
- Drain and rinse.
- Add mushrooms to 2 quarts water, season to taste.
- Bring to a boil.
- Pour about 1 cup boiling mushroom water to the roux.
- Stir to make a smooth paste, return to the boiling mushrooms.
- Add chopped noodle dough to the boiling mushrooms, cook until the dough is tender. Add sauerkraut juice to taste.
- 1/2 stick margarine or butter (brown)
- 3 tbsp. flour
- Brown all ingredients, remove from flame.
- Add boiling mushroom water, stir for a smooth paste.
- Return to mushrooms.
CHOPPED NOODLE DOUGH:
- 1 c. flour
- 1/2 c. water
- 1 egg
- Mix all ingredients to make a stiff dough.
- Chop to make fine crumbs.
- Add to the boiling mushroom soup.
Silliness – Deep Thoughts from the Shower – Instead of all the prequel and sequel movies coming out, they should start making “equels” – films shot in the same time period as the original film, but from an entirely different perspective.
Deep Thoughts from the Shower – X88B88 looks like the word “voodoo” reflecting off of itself. – via Shower Thoughts