It’s bright and sunshiny this morning, although there’s some high cloud straining the sunlight a bit. There are only remnants of last night’s fog down in the Throat and on the beaches. It’s 55F with only a touch of breeze. They’re talking 70F here today, but we didn’t make it yesterday. The Valley is a different story. I’m glad I’m out here!
After I got yesterday’s newsletter out, we were pretty busy for awhile. We had a number of people in the shop, some browsing, some actually shopping. Tempus and I were consulting about lucets again. He’s going to make one more to my specs.
After that I got onto some computer housekeeping while Tempus was working in back. He was finding things…. 🙂 We ended up with a call from Salem Dept of Corrections looking for ritual tools for the inmates. I gave them some advice about where to go to get some. After that there were several more calls, mostly people trying to find us.
I did a reading and by the time that was done the Sewing folks were here and I did that right up to about 8:30, at which point Tempus took off to do some of the necessary shopping. The Sewing Machine guy showed up, looked at the cabinet machine and then left with the Janome.
I spent the evening trying to write and trying to work out patterns. I really didn’t get anywhere. Tempus picked me up around 2am and I finished the route with him. It was *foggy*! It was hard to find landmarks and even to see where we were going, in some spots.
Today we have a lot to get done. I don’t know for certain which things we’re going to be working on, though.
Today’s Feast is the Lychnapsia, the “lights of Isis”. There are two stories in the Isis myth associated with this. One is that this day is her birthday and people lighted the lamps in her honor. The other the lamp that she carried while searching for the pieces of her husband’s body. More on the myth here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isis
“At the times when they gather together at the city of Sais for their sacrifices, on a certain night they all kindle lamps many in number in the open air round about the houses; now the lamps are saucers full of salt and oil mixed, and the wick floats by itself on the surface, and this burns during the whole night; and to the festival is given the name Lychnocaia (“Lamp Lighting”). Moreover those of the Egyptians who have not come to this solemn assembly observe the night of the festival and themselves also light lamps all of them, and thus not in Sais alone are they lighted, but over all Egypt: and as to the reason why light and honour are allotted to this night, about this there is a sacred story told.” – Herodotus, Histories, Book II, Chapter 62
“The 4th-century-CE Calender of Philocalus lists a festival called the Lychnapsia Philocaliana on August 12th. As you may be able to guess, it was a lamp-lighting festival. The scholars who have studied it seem reasonably certain that it was an Isis festival because a.) the August 12th date of this lamp festival is at roughly the same time as the great Egyptian Festival of Lights at the epagomenal birthdays of the Deities, b.) Isis was extremely popular in Rome and anything Egyptian would have been considered Isiac as well, and c.) there are “Egyptian Days” designated on the calendar several days before and several days after the Lychnapsia.” http://isiopolis.com/
Today’s Plant is the Buttercup that flourishes in my area in two types, Ranunculus bulbosus (sometimes called. St Anthony’s Turnip) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_bulbosus and Ranunculus repens, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_repens (called creeping buttercup or crowfoot) which is the variety in my garden. These are non-native plants and invasive, but not usually worried about too much, since they usually grow in grasslands and very poor soil, not suited for agriculture. Although the fresh plant is poisonous, the sap being used as a blistering agent for gout and rheumatism, the dried plant is safe for consumption. Tinctures of this plant have been used on shingles and infusions for “soremouth”. – Masculine, Mercury (Uranus), Fire– These are used in spells for tenacity & stubbornness, both to create and cure, and as a plant of fertility, possibly being the plant that the Flora gave Juno to use to get pregnant with Mars. Carry in sachets (dried flowers only) for fertility or the dried leaves for tenacity. This is also used for harmony and for Sight (and called Frog’s Foot) Use buttercup flower petals in magickal potpourris for spells regarding: divination, energy, innocence, prosperity, youth. Solar spells: Use buttercup in solar spells involving energy and prosperity.
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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 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 8/16 at 2:27pm.
This evening, the waxing gibbous Moon looks down on the Saturn-Mars-Antares triangle from the upper left (as shown in the panel above).
The Perseids continue late tonight, a day after their nominal peak. Now the Moon doesn’t set until about 1:30 or 2 a.m. local daylight saving time (Saturday morning).
Mercury and Venus are very low in bright twilight. About 15 minutes after sunset, use binoculars or a wide-field telescope to start scanning for Venus just above the west-northwest horizon. Venus is magnitude –3.9; Mercury is about magnitude –0.1 (1/35 as bright) and fading. Look for Mercury about 8° to Venus’s upper left this week.
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
F 12 Low 2:48 AM 1.2 6:17 AM Set 1:10 AM 60
~ 12 High 9:03 AM 4.7 8:25 PM Rise 3:58 PM
~ 12 Low 2:16 PM 3.0
~ 12 High 8:30 PM 6.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I understand the meaning of clarity. I know that clarity comes from the divine.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the guy Who’ll decide where you go. — Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
~ A wise man sometimes changes his mind, but a fool never. – Arab Proverb
~ Everyone who got to where they are had to begin where they were. – Richard Paul Evans
~ How sad that you yourself veil the treasure that is yours. – Rumi
~ Give up your old self to find a greater self. – Kerr Cuhulain
It’s a very funny thought that, if Bears were Bees,
They’d build their nests at the bottom of trees.
And that being so (if the Bees were Bears),
We shouldn’t have to climb up all these stairs. – AA Milne
Skillet Pizza Dip – Recipe by Hungry Happenings – https://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/skillet-pizza-dip/6203f8ba-48dc-42b3-8776-a19d0b3e0e16
Prep Time20 min
Total Time55 min
Skillet Pizza Dip – An impressive-looking appetizer that combines the flavors of a white pizza with a spinach dip—in just 20 minutes!
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 1 (9 ounce) box frozen frozen chopped spinach, thawed
- 1 cup creamy Alfredo sauce
- 1 cup freshly shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
- 1 cup diced chicken breast, divided
- 1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes (packed in oil and drained,) divided
- 3 sticks mozzarella string cheese
- 1 tube Pillsbury™ refrigerated classic pizza crust
- 1 egg white
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, shredded
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 10-inch oven-safe non-stick skillet (or cast iron skillet) with 1 teaspoon butter.
- Squeeze excess water out of spinach.
- Stir spinach into the Alfredo sauce. Add half of the shredded mozzarella cheese along with 2/3 of the diced chicken and 2/3 of the sun-dried tomatoes. Stir just until combined.
- Cut each string cheese into 4 pieces. Unroll pizza dough and cut it into 12 squares.
- Brush egg white over pieces of pizza dough. Set one piece of the string cheese on a square of dough. Attach opposing corners of the dough, then pinch around the edges to seal the dough. Pinch and roll into a ball.
- Set balls of dough around the edge of the buttered skillet, creating one row of 12.
- Spoon the spinach mixture into the center of the skillet.
- Brush the tops of the dough balls with olive oil and sprinkle the shredded Parmesan cheese over top.
- Sprinkle some of the remaining mozzarella cheese and all the remaining chicken and sun-dried tomatoes over the spinach dip, then top with the remaining mozzarella cheese.
- Bake for 32-35 minutes, until the pizza crust turns deep golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.
Avocado Dip from Best Dips & Apps Ever by Monica Sweeney – Not your typical guacamole, this avocado dip is smooth like a veggie dip, but with the cool flavor of avocado. The best part about this dip is that it can be complemented by pita bread and fresh vegetables, but it can also be used as a refreshing spread for sandwiches and burgers.
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon
- 1/4 cup lemon zest
- 2 large avocados
- 1/2 cup plain sour cream
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Mince garlic and tarragon in a food processor.
- Scrape the mixture down and add remaining ingredients.
- Pulse until smooth.
Yield: 1 cup
Party Cheese Ball Made Over – Recipe by Kraft – http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/party-cheese-ball-made-over-121795.aspx?cm_mmc=eml-_-rbe-_-20160721-_-1333&cm_lm=E0D8E1A7A1BB7D0120DD49F51898D75A&bt_he=EC491140404E8FE02203111A6A5793C26F7B24358BCE35577FEB2E1AC58E611E
- Prep Time – 15min.
- Total Time – 1hr. 15min. –
- Servings – 24 servings, 2 Tbsp. cheese mixture, 2 pieces celery and 5 crackers each
What are the secrets of this smart cheese ball makeover? Sharp cheddar cheese combines with smooth Neufchatel for better-for-you creaminess.
What You Need
- 2 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
- 1 Tbsp. finely chopped red peppers
- 1 Tbsp. finely chopped green onions
- 2 tsp. GREY POUPON Dijon Mustard
- 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
- 12 stalks celery, cut crosswise into quarters
- RITZ Crackers with Whole Wheat
- Beat Neufchatel and cheddar in small bowl with mixer until blended.
- Add peppers, onions and mustard; mix well.
- Refrigerate 1 hour.
- Shape into ball; roll in parsley. Serve with celery and crackers.