It’s gorgeously sunny in a pale blue sky with lots of white puffies over the mountains. The marine layer is either rolled back to or over the horizon and with just a striped of cloud ahead of it. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay out there! It’s 65F with even a lighter breeze than we’ve had for the last few days, although the ferns in my fairy garden are waving in the occasional gust and the windchime sounding.
Yesterday was pretty long and I ended up getting stopped on shop chores partway through. We were pretty busy with customers and then Tempus took off to work at the house and not long after Will and Amy and Kaleb showed up so we had an impromptu sewing day.
When we got to the car the back rear tire was flat. Pancake, but not popped off the rim, so Tempus was able to pump it up (with a foot pump!) but it was still pretty squashy. Somehow it picked up *another* nail, this time in the sidewall….. He’s taking it off to roll over to the tire place, yet again. <sigh> Tempus has his paper route tonight, so it’s got to be fixed.
I’m going with some friends to Eugene tonight for an Arts and Sciences meeting. It sounds like we’re going to have fun! Before then I have to not only gather my stuff up to take with me, but I’m going to try to get a little writing or research done. I have a new book to dig into, one of manufacturing and crafts in the Renaissance.
Today’s Feast is for William II Rufus, the 2nd Norman king of England, who may, in the tradition of sacrificial kingship (if it existed) have been shot and killed on this day. Well… he died, anyway. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Rufus He was hated, to put it mildly, and his body was left where it fell, after he had been shot by one of his own hunting party, which included his brother. The Rufus Stone (same article) has this wording, “Here stood the oak tree, on which an arrow shot by Sir Walter Tyrrell at a stag, glanced and struck King William the Second, surnamed Rufus, on the breast, of which he instantly died, on the second day of August, anno 1100. King William the Second, surnamed Rufus, being slain, as before related, was laid in a cart, belonging to one Purkis to take the king’s body to Winchester Cathedral on his cart, and drawn from hence, to Winchester, and buried in the Cathedral Church, of that city.”
Today’s plant is Nasturtium, Tropaeolum majus, (not watercress, which is true nasturtium) since that’s what I was talking about. It’s certainly not native to the PNW, but grows well here. I love the brilliant oranges and yellows of the flowers. They’re yummy, too, with a slightly peppery taste, both leaf and flower and the seeds serve as a substitute for capers in pickles.The flowers stand for Victory in Battle; Patriotism and Affectation and are little used in magicks other than as symbols and foods for Ostara and Beltane celebrations because of their association with the Sun. They also can be used as a symbol for sacrifice to the larger good of soldiers, firemen and police, but are usually only seen at funerals in this context.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropaeolum_majus
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 8/2 at 6:12pm. 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 Outer 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 8/2 at 1:45pm. 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 8/4 at 1:45am. 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 Tide Change on 8/18 at 2:27pm.
New Moon (exact at 4:45 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time). The lineup shifts as Regulus passes under Venus — while the waxing crescent Moon emerges in the evening twilight near Mercury and then Jupiter.
Explore faint little Lacerta, the Lizard tucked between Cygnus and Andromeda, using binoculars and Mathew Wedel’s Binocular Highlights column and map in the August Sky & Telescope, page 43. Can you make out the little arrowhead of NGC 7243?
As summer proceeds, Scorpius shifts westward from its highest stance in the south just after dark, and Sagittarius moves in from the east to take its place. So we’re entering prime time for the profusion of Messier objects in and above Sagittarius. How many can you locate with a map and binoculars? Start with M8, the big Lagoon Nebula. It’s 6° above the spout-tip of the Sagittarius Teapot pattern.
Saturn (magnitude +0.3, in southern Ophiuchus) shines in the south at dusk, 6° above fainter Antares and about 11° upper left of bright Mars. The brightest star in the upper edge of this triangle is the long-term eruptive variable Delta Scorpii (Dschubba). It’s also the middle star of the vertical row marking the Scorpion’s head.
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh)
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL)
Runic half-month of Thurisaz/ Thorn/Thunor, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor. The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe.
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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
Tu 2 High 12:09 AM 8.3 6:05 AM Rise 5:59 AM 1
~ 2 Low 7:05 AM -1.4 8:39 PM Set 8:30 PM
~ 2 High 1:31 PM 6.8
~ 2 Low 7:04 PM 1.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The hardest thing to do is watch the one you love, love somebody else.
~ My yesterdays walk with me. They keep step, they are gray faces that peer over my shoulder. – William Golding (1911-1993) English writer
~ Better to fight and fall than to live without hope. – Volsunga Saga, c.12
~ It’s not over till it’s over. – Yogi Berra
~ What luck for rulers that men do not think. – Adolf Hitler
It is not a unique, unheard-of thing for the Devil to thump about and haunt houses. In our monastery in Wittenberg I heard him distinctly. For when I began to lecture on the Book of Psalms and I was sitting in the refectory after we had sung matins, studying and writing my notes, the Devil came and thudded three times in the storage chamber [the area behind the stove] as if dragging a bushel away. Finally, as it did not want to stop, I collected my books and went to bed. I still regret to this hour that I did not sit him out, to discover what else the Devil wanted to do. I also heard him once over my chamber in the monastery. – Martin Luther, German church reformer, born on November 10, 1483
Blaeberry Jam – Bilberries – http://www.chalicecentre.net/lughnasadh.htm
Bilberries, ( fraocháin, blaeberries, blueberries, whortleberries,) the first wild fruits, were a sign of the earth’s covenant with her children, so it was very important to gather and share them with the community. In early Ireland, bilberries were sent as tribute to the High King, according to the medieval Book of Rights:
On the calends of August to the king
Were brought from each respective district,
… the heath-fruit of Brigh-Leithe;
Quantities were eaten on the way up to the Lughnasadh hill of assembly, but the ones that managed to make it down might be made into jam or “fraughan cakes” or simply mashed with cream. A special treat was bilberry wine, which was most enjoyed by lovers, and had the reputation for hastening on the wedding! As was typical in a more neighborly society, some were set aside for those who could not make the climb. And some were also left behind on a special cairn or rock as an offering to an old, almost-forgotten god who first brought the harvest to Ireland.
Here’s a recipe for traditional blaeberry jam that comes from Scotland. Wild blaeberries (vaccinium myrtillus) are much smaller and tarter than the commercial blueberry, but the rhubarb in this recipe adds sharpness and texture.
2 lb blaeberries
2 lb preserving sugar
Wash, trim and roughly chop the rhubarb, put it into a pan and cook gently until it starts to soften. Stir in the sugar and when it has dissolved add the blaeberries and bring the jam to the boil. Boil it rapidly for up to 20 minutes to setting point. Cool slightly then pour into clean warm jars, cover, label and store.
(Test for setting point: test the jam by placing a spoonful on a plate, letting it cool and then pushing the surface with your finger: if it wrinkles the jam is ready)
From: Janet Warren, A feast of Scotland, Lomond Books,1990, ISBN 1-85051-112-8.
Brigid’s Blackberry Pie
Recipe by Edain McCoy
(Makes one nine-inch pie)
4 cups fresh blackberries (thawed frozen is okay)
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
Unbaked pie crust
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a deep pie dish with the pie crust, or purchase a commercially-made one. Set aside. Mix all other ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. If it appears too “wet”, mix in a little more flour (about 2 tablespoons). Turn the fruit into the pie shell and dot with butter or margarine. You can bake the pie as is, or cover it with another pie crust. If you do this, pinch down the ends to hold it to the other crust. Then score the top several times with a sharp knife. Bake for 1 hour, or until the top crust is a golden brown. (Note: A sugar-free version can be made by substituting appropriate amounts of artificial sweetener.)
(The above recipe for “Brigid’s Blackberry Pie” is quoted directly from Edain McCoy’s book “The Sabbats: A New Approach to Living the Old Ways”, page 179, Llewellyn Publications, 1994)
From Miss Daney’s Folklore, Magic and Superstitions – Saint Phanourios Cake – August 27th, 2007
Color of the day: Gray – Incense of the day: Basil
This special cake is baked in honor of Saint Phanourios, a kindly saint who helps lovers find one another and is called upon to locate missing objects. Before you bake the cake, say:
Saint Phanourios, may your mother be blessed with eternal peace as you come to my aid.
1 cup sugar
1 cup oil
2 cups orange juice
1 tsp. baking soda
4 cups flour
3/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
Beat oil and sugar for 10 minutes or until creamy. In a separate bowl dissolve baking soda in orange juice (this has a tendency to foam over). Add flour, raisins, and nuts. Pour in an ungreased bundt pan or 9×13 cake pan. Bake 45 minutes at 350º F or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
By: Lily Gardner
Silliness – Oxymorons – Pretty ugly