It’s cooler in the valley this morning than here, 53 rather than 58, but it’s clear there and here it’s overcast. It’s supposed to be pretty much the same today as yesterday, on the coast, but it’s going to get at least to the upper 70’s where Tempus and I are headed.
Yesterday started with a real blow. The alternator on the car decided to give up during Tempus’ Thursday night paper route, so we spent the early part of the day trying to find a part, a shop to work on it, a rental car or something. Nobody could get to it until next week, no rental cars available… oiyoiyoi…..
Finally around 3:30, Leslie (from the Frog) drove Tempus to Newport to pick up the part. Amy and Ruth were in and I got Ruth set up on how to get in and run the shop during the day. Tempus got back with the part and started working. By dark he realized that he wasn’t going to get it done in time, so we decided to take Amy up on her offer of a ride. He got supper and fell asleep and I worked on some writing.
He was up again around 11:30 and we got some more things sorted out. Jeanne came to get us and we got showers, picked up a few things and then came to the shop and got back to work, making sure that Ruth could move around the shop today.
Today is the wedding. This newsletter is going out very early, since we’re leaving at 4am! There are morning things with the family and the ceremony is at 1pm with the reception following. We’re going to meet up with Hatch on the way home.
The shop is open today. Ruth and Stella volunteered to keep it open for us so we could go to see the kids get married, bless them! They won’t be taking plastic, just cash, because that was too much to worry with. Ruth has said that she’ll do readings, though.
Today’s Feast is the anniversary date of the Hijri Calendar, the main religious calendar for Islam. Year 1 is our 622CE. It’s a lunar calendar, which means that the dates for the hajj and Ramadan and other celebrations shift around, compared to the solar-based calendars. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_calendar
Today’s plant is Western Red Cedar, Arborvitae 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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thuja_plicata – 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.
The shop opens at 11am! Summer hours are 11am-7pm Thursday through Monday. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at email@example.com If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 7/19 at 3:57pm. 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 at the Full on 7/18 at 6:57am.
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Venus-Mercury conjunction challenge: About 15 minutes after sunset, use binoculars to look for Venus just above the west-northwest horizon — with fainter Mercury just ½° above it. Venus is currently magnitude –3.9, and Mercury is –1.0, so you may be able to detect at least Venus naked-eye once you locate them in binoculars. Good luck.
Mars (magnitude –1.0, in Libra to the right of upper Scorpius) is still bright, though fading. It’s the yellow-orange light in the south-southwest at dusk, lower in the southwest later in the evening. In a telescope, Mars is still about 14 arcseconds in diameter and very plainly gibbous.
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh)
Runic half-month of Uruz/ Ur, 7/14-28 According to Pennick Ur represents primal strength, a time of collective action. A good time for beginnings! Pennick, Nigel, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992
©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh), holly – The holly (Ilex aquifolium L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (35 feet) in open woodlands and along clearings in forests. Hollies are evergreen, and stand out in winter among the bare branches of the deciduous forest trees that surround them. Hollies form red berries before Samhain which last until the birds finish eating them, often after Imbolc. The typical “holly leaf” is found on smaller plants, but toward the tops of taller plants the leaves have fewer spiny teeth. Hollies are members of the Holly family (Aquifoliaceae). The common holly is often cultivated in North America, as are hybrids between it and Asiatic holly species.
Graves (1966) and others are of the opinion that the original tinne was not the holly, but rather the holm oak, or holly oak (Quercus ilex L.). This is an evergreen oak of southern Europe that grows as a shrub, or as a tree to 25 m (80 feet). Like the holly, the holm oak has spiny-edged leaves on young growth. It does not have red berries, but it does have red leaf “galls” caused by the kermes scale insect; these are the source of natural scarlet dye. Holm oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 16 Low 5:15 AM 0.1 5:47 AM Set 3:13 AM 83
~ 16 High 11:38 AM 5.3 8:57 PM Rise 6:09 PM
~ 16 Low 4:49 PM 2.8
~ 16 High 10:47 PM 7.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I accept abundance in all aspects of my life.
~ A person should exhibit frith whatever may come. Though many wish for good, ill is oft the more mighty. – Atlamol en Gronlenzku 34
~ We should not only use the brains we have, but all that we can borrow. – Woodrow Wilson
~ The strength of any weakness within us is the degree to which it is feared. – Guy Finley
~ The greatest remedy for anger is delay. – Seneca
I Will Rise
Like a seed that’s growing,
I will rise.
Like a wind that’s blowing,
I will rise.
Though you tried to burn me
And destroy me with your lies,
I am stronger than your hatred.
I will rise.
Like the curling smoke
I will rise.
Like the sacred oak,
I will rise.
You did your best to stop me
Goddess knows you tried.
I am stronger than your hatred–
I will rise.
Like an eagle flying,
I will rise.
There is no death in dying.
I will rise.
You tried to silence me,
But my existence testifies
I am stronger than your hatred–
I will rise.
Hear me softly drumming,
“I will rise.”
Know that I am coming–
I will rise.
Like the legendary Phoenix,
From the ashes to the skies.
I’ve returned and I am millions–
I will rise. – Written and Submitted by Maré )O(
SAUTEED BABY ZUCCHINI WITH SQUASH BLOSSOMS AND LEMON BASIL Remember squash blossoms are extremely perishable; it’s best to use them the day you buy them.
- 3 tablespoons butter, divided
- 1 pound baby zucchini, halved lengthwise, each half cut lengthwise into
- 3 wedges
- 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh lemon basil or regular basil Fleur de sel (fine French sea salt)
- 18 zucchini squash blossoms, (Available at farmers’ markets and some specialty foods stores.)
- Melt 1 tablespoon butter in heavy large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
- Add zucchini; sauté until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Stir in basil. Season with fleur de sel. Transfer to plate.
- Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in skillet. Add squash blossoms and cook until barely wilted and still bright orange, about 2 seconds per side. Arrange atop zucchini and serve.
Market tip: Buy a small pot of lemon basil at a nursery if it’s not available at farmers’ markets.
Makes 6 servings.
- 1 yellow squash (peeled)
- 1 zucchini (peeled)
- 1 Carrot (peeled)
- 3 Serrano chiles
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 Clove garlic
- 1/2 red onion
- 1 tablespoon marjoram
- 4 tsp olive oil
- 2 Tomatillos
- 1 tablespoon Sugar
- 1 tomato
- Finely dice all
- Mix in large bowl
- Let sit for an hour before serving
Cawl Cynhaeaf http://www.chalicecentre.net/lughnasadh.htm
In Wales, harvest celebrations were not for the weak-stomached. An 18thc account describes a feast of ‘the contents of a brewing pan of beef and mutton, with arage and potatoes and pottage, and pudding of wheaten flour, about twenty gallons of light ale and over twenty gallons of beer.’ After this, the guests were expected to drink more beer and dance to the music of the fiddle. Well, harvesting was very hard work, but for our more sedentary modern lifestyle, here is a low-fat version:
Cawl Cynhaeaf – Harvest Broth
2 1/2lbs. Welsh neck of lamb
1/2lb broad beans
1 medium carrot
1 small turnip
1 small cauliflower
5 sprigs of parsley
1 qt. water
salt and pepper
Remove as much fat as possible from the meat. Place the meat in a large saucepan and cover with the water.Bring to the boil and skim any fat from the surface of the liquid. Shell the peas and beans. Peel and dice the carrot, onion and turnip. Add the vegetables,
except the cauliflower, to the meat. Season. Cover the saucepan and simmer slowly for 3 hours. 30 minutes before serving the broth, cut the cauliflower into sprigs and add to the saucepan. Serve hot decorated with sprigs of parsley.
From: Country Cookery – Recipes from Wales by Sian Llewellyn.
Pulled Pork Sliders – Kate Mathis – Provided by: Taste Editors fromhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pulled-pork-sliders_n_1061216.html
1 hr 30 mins total
These delicious sliders are good to make when you want to serve something a bit more substantial then appetizers for a party. You’ll need time for the pork to marinate in a dry rub—overnight is best—and time for slow cooking, so plan ahead. For the barbecue sauce, you can make your own, or use your favorite commercial brand. Many barbecue lovers feel that beer goes best with barbecue, but slightly chilled rioja or Barbera taste might fine with pulled pork, too.
Recipe from Wine Bites by Barbara Scott-Goodman/Chronicle Books, 2011.
- 1 pork roast (3 to 4 lb), preferably pork shoulder or Boston butt
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- DRY RUB:
- 3 tbsp paprika
- 1 tbsp kosher salt
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- freshly ground pepper
- BARBECUE SAUCE:
- 1 tbsp corn oil
- 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
- 3/4 cup cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- dash of hot-pepper sauce
- 16 slider rolls or 8 hamburger rolls, split
- Pat the pork dry and brush with the olive oil.
- To make the dry rub, in a small bowl, stir together the paprika, salt, sugars, cumin, chili powder, cayenne, and black pepper to taste. Rub the dry rub all over the pork, wrap in plastic wrap, and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or up to overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 300°F/150°C/gas 2. Put the pork on a rack in a large roasting pan/tray and roast until an instant-read thermometer registers 170°F/80°C, about 6 hours.
- To make the barbecue sauce: Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until softened and golden, about 5 minutes. Add the ketchup/tomato sauce, vinegar, brown sugar/demerara sugar, chili powder, mustard, and hot-pepper sauce and stir to mix well. Simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens and the flavors blend, 20 to 25 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning, if necessary.
- Remove the pork roast from the oven and transfer to a cutting board or large platter. Tent loosely with aluminum foil and let rest for 15 to 20 minutes. “Pull” the pork apart with 2 forks to form shreds and transfer to a large bowl. Add the sauce to the shredded pork.
- To serve, spoon the pulled pork onto the bottom halves of the slider or hamburger rolls, dividing it evenly. Replace the tops of the buns; if using regular hamburger rolls, cut each sandwich in half. Serve at once.
Silliness – Cat Heaven
One day, a cat dies of natural causes and goes to heaven, where he meets the Lord Himself.
The Lord says to the cat, “You lived a good life, and if there is any way I can make your stay in heaven more comfortable, please let me know.”
The cat thinks for a moment and says, “Lord, all my life I have lived with a poor family and had to sleep on a hard wooden floor.”
The Lord stops the cat and says, “Say no more,” and a wonderful, fluffy pillow appears.
A few days later, six mice are killed in a tragic farming accident, and all of them go to heaven. Again, the Lord is there to greet them with the same offer.
The mice answer, “All our lives we have been chased. We have had to run from cats, dogs, and even women with brooms. Running, running, running; we’re tired of running. Do you think we could have roller skates so that we don’t have to run anymore?”
The Lord says, “Say no more” and fits each mouse with beautiful new roller skates.
About a week later, the Lord stops by to see the cat and finds him snoozing on the pillow.
The Lord gently wakes the cat and asks him, “How are things since you got here?”
The cat stretches and yawns, then replies, “It is wonderful here. Better than I could have ever expected. And those ‘Meals On Wheels’ you’ve been sending by are the best!”