After rain yesterday, they’re still talking about the possibility today. My herbs got a good watering at least! It’s 63F, overcast and with very little wind, not even enough to stir the ferns in the fairy garden. The chance of rain is 20% for today although there’s a spike, mid-day tomorrow, where the chance goes up to 50%!
Tempus had a good day at the shop yesterday. He had a lot of people in shopping and the projects that he was working on progressed, as well. He managed to get a few house chores done, too, mostly laundry.
I had a good day teaching. I had 5 students and they were all interested in the Mab’s Creations products as well as the class, so that was some good advertising. Marius and I had fun driving up to St. Helens from Portland and then the longer trip back home. We get along well and talk about a lot of things on these roads trips, ideas and projects and events that we’re interested in.
Today the shop is open. Tempus has some errands to run and then he’s going to work up at the storage unit. I’ll be here, working with customers and writing up the weekend, developing pictures and getting other such sedentary tasks done.
Today’s Feast is in honor of the Tan Hill Inn, the Sheep Show that happens there around this time of year and other harvest festivals, including celebrations revolving around coal mining. The inn dates to the 17th century and has been refurbished recently. “Tan Hill” refers to “Tinne”, the Celtic tree month of Holly, which ends right around now, not oak trees or leather-making, or even tin mining. It’s Britain’s highest inn at 1,732 feet (528 m) above sea level up in the top of the Yorkshire Dales. The hill seems to have been used back into pre-history as a sacred site of some sort. Here’s the Inn website.http://www.tanhillinn.co.uk/ Here’s some history: http://www.tanhillinn.com/history-of-tan-hill-innarkengarthdaleswaledaleyorkshire-dales-places-to-visitvisitor-attraction-yorkshire-dales/10/ (You can click on the pix to make ‘em bigger….)
Today’s Plant is the Blueberry, Vaccinium Cyanococcus (many species/varieties)! This is a fruiting bush that is related to cranberries, huckleberries and bilberries, has many species within the genus and many varieties within the species. Many fruits are called blueberries, when they’re not Vaccinium. I’ve heard people call salal and evergreen huckleberry by the name. Widely cultivated across the world, the fruit is high in iron and lot of micronutrients and even has resveratrol like red grapes. It may have effects on brain health, reducing stroke damage in experimental animals and aiding memory retention in the aged. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blueberry – Put blueberries under the doormat to keep people you don’t want out of the house or plant them along the property line or next to the front walk to keep them entirely off your property. Blossoms can be dried and carried in an amulet, or wear fresh ones in your hair for protection from negative psychic energy near you. Eat blueberries and/or make blueberry pie or tea or jam to get the protection from psychic attack inside you, especially if the effects are leading to headaches and fatigue.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Tide Change on 8/18 at 2:27pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 8/10 at 11:21am.
In the deepening twilight, Spica twinkles below or lower right of the Moon.
Mars is passing 0.9° beneath Delta Scorpii (Dschubba), the brightest star in the head of Scorpius, this evening and tomorrow evening.
Jupiter (magnitude –1.7, at the head of Virgo) is low due west in twilight, well to the upper left of Venus. The gap between them shrinks by 1° per day: from 21° on August 6th to 14° on August 13th.
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
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. Runic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/, 8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world.
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Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 8 High 4:36 AM 6.0 6:12 AM Rise 12:10 PM 23
~ 8 Low 10:50 AM 1.1 8:31 PM Set 11:32 PM
~ 8 High 5:14 PM 6.8
~ 8 Low 11:42 PM 1.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When you open your eyes to greet this day….remember to first love yourself, celebrate your strengths and know that you are loved, that you are needed, valued and appreciated ..for if you feel the love you can share the love within…
~ [While] solipsism may be logically consistent with present quantum mechanics, monism in the ~ sense of materialism is not. – Eugene Wigner (1902-1995) Hungarian-born US physicist
~ Men trust their ears less than their eyes. – Herodotus
~ “You know,” said Arthur, “it’s at times like this, when I’m trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I’d listened to what my mother told me when I was young.” “Why, what did she tell you?” “I don’t know, I didn’t listen.” – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~ Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved. – Jeremy Kitson
In the Inbox – From: Coordinator of Volunteer Services
“We have a young man, thirty-six, on hospice
who has a very young child.
They want someone to help him do a life review
and perhaps put some pictures together
for he and his wife
so the child will know him.
Call me if you are willing to do this.”
The next time, friend, your life seems too hard,
check your Inbox. – Jose Orez
Italian BLT Pinwheels – Prep Time- 30 min, Total Time- 1 hr 30 min, 24 servings – https://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/italian-blt-pinwheels/b48f4e50-1319-427f-a46a-e34c5a87a477
It’s a wrap at lunch or snack time with these easy roll-ups, with flavored tortillas cradling cream cheese, bacon, and tangy sun-dried tomatoes.
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes in oil
- 6 slices bacon, crisply cooked, crumbled
- 3 spinach- or tomato-flavored flour tortillas (9-inch diameter)
- 1 cup chopped seeded Italian plum tomatoes (about 3 medium)
- 1 1/2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
- In small bowl, mix cream cheese, mayonnaise and sun-dried tomatoes until well blended. Gently stir in bacon.
- Spread mayonnaise mixture evenly over tortillas. Top each evenly with plum tomatoes and lettuce; roll up tightly. Wrap each tortilla roll in plastic wrap; refrigerate 1 hour.
- To serve, with serrated knife, cut each roll into about 1-inch-thick slices.
Greek Salad Pinwheels –
Prep Time25 min, Total Time2 hr 25 min, Servings48 – https://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/greek-salad-pinwheels/b6c6a9cc-7123-4dc5-955a-0072c66690c4
Bite-size pinwheels are bursting with Mediterranean flavor. Making them in advance reduces last-minute prep.
- container (8 oz) garlic-and-herb whipped cream cheese
- 1 container (4 oz) crumbled feta cheese
- 1/3 cup finely chopped cucumber
- 6 Old El Paso™ flour tortillas for burritos, 8 inch (from 11.5-oz package)
- 1/3 cup pitted kalamata olives, coarsely chopped
- small plum (Roma) tomatoes, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
- cups fresh baby spinach leaves
- In small bowl, beat cream cheese and feta cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Stir in cucumber.
- Place tortillas on microwavable plate or microwavable paper towel; microwave uncovered on High 10 to 15 seconds to soften. Spread about 1/4 cup cheese mixture over each tortilla. Top evenly with olives and tomatoes. Arrange 1/2 cup spinach on each tortilla to within 1/2 inch of edge. Roll up tightly; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours to blend flavors.
- Trim ends of rolled tortillas if desired. Cut each roll into eight 1-inch slices. Arrange with cut sides down on serving dish.
ABC Turkey Pinwheels – A – avocado B – bacon C – cheese!
Prep Time5 min, Total Time5 min, Servings1 (multiply ingredients by number of servings) – https://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/abc-turkey-pinwheels/913021c3-baec-40f5-8831-adac47dd4be5
- whole grain tortilla or wrap, about the size for a burrito (not taco)
- tablespoons mashed avocado
- slices of turkey, I like mesquite roasted flavor
- 2 slices baby swiss cheese
- slices center cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1/4 cup shredded romaine lettuce
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced cherry or grape tomatoes
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Spread the mashed avocado on the tortilla or wrap, leaving a 1 inch edge all around.
- Top with turkey, cheese, lettuce, bacon, and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
- Starting on one end, tightly roll the wrap.
- Then, slice the tightly rolled wrap into 1 to 1 1/2 inch sections. Secure each section with a tooth pick.