There’s a high haze that’s thinning the sunlight and a lot of moisture in the air that’s making distances deceptive. 64F according to the phone company thermometer, but the computer says 60F and there’s a nice breeze.
Yesterday we got to the shop a little later than usual, but did get a fair amount done. I worked on the computer, doing newsletters, only to find out around 8pm that one of them had completely not saved, so I’d lost every bit of the information. <sigh> That wasn’t today’s, but dang…
Tempus worked at the house and storage and then came back for a bit to offload some things and get the shopping list before he headed out on the paper route. We’ve got the big lamp for the sitting space by the books into place even if it’s not plugged in, yet.
I decided to leave well enough alone and started working on embroidery patterns. After a bit I dropped that and started trying to get the herb stuff out of where we’re going to put the fridge. I could only make small amounts of progress. I did manage to pile a bunch of the wandwood that I’ve been trying to get to right in the middle of the floor, though. Tempus is going to have to put it up top today, or find another spot for it!
Today we’ve been taking it easy. We got in earlier than sometimes from the paper route. The Moon was high and bright, but clouded up for most of the run. Eckman Lake was lovely in the moonlight with mist on the water. So we puttered around at the apartment and now Tempus is running errands I’m doing this, then we’re on to storage to try to sort a few more things.
Today’s Feast is the beginning of Odin’s Ordeal – “In Rúnatal, a section of the Hávamál, Odin is attributed with discovering the runes. In a sacrifice to himself, the highest of the gods, he was hanged from the world tree Yggdrasil for nine days and nights, pierced by his own spear, in order to learn the wisdom that would give him power in the nine worlds. Nine is a significant number in Norse magical practice (there were, for example, nine realms of existence), thereby learning nine (later eighteen) magical songs and eighteen magical runes. One of Odin’s names is Ygg, and the Norse name for the World Ash —Yggdrasil—therefore could mean “Ygg’s (Odin’s) horse.” Another of Odin’s names is Hangatýr, the god of the hanged.” (from Wikipedia)
Today’s plant is Goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis
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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. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 8/19 at 2:27pm.
Full Moon tonight (exact at 5:27 a.m. Thursday morning Eastern Daylight Time). The Moon shines between dim Capricornus and Aquarius. Look far to its left or upper left for the Great Square of Pegasus, tipped up on one corner.
From earlier in the month….
Mars (magnitude –0.5, in upper Scorpius) is moving rapidly eastward (leftward) toward Saturn (magnitude +0.4) and Antares (+1.0, below Saturn). The three form an ever-narrower triangle in the southwest at nightfall. The triangle will turn into an almost straight, vertical line on August 23rd and 24th, when Mars slingshots between the other two.
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 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
W 17 Low 6:44 AM -0.9 6:22 AM Set 5:35 AM 96
~ 17 High 1:06 PM 6.6 8:17 PM Rise 7:55 PM
~ 17 Low 6:43 PM 1.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The mighty oak tree was once a little nut that held its ground.
~ Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life. – Lawrence Kasdan
~ Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don’t have film. – Steven Wright
~ Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal. – Henry Ford
~ A wise youth works hard all summer; a youth who sleeps away the hour of opportunity brings shame. – Proverbs 10:5
In summer they feasted on wheat and oats and were easily approached as they rested on the trees along the sides of the field after a good full meal, displaying beautiful iridescent colors as they moved their necks backward and forward when we went very near them. Every shotgun was aimed at them and everybody feasted on pigeon pies, and not a few of the settlers feasted also on the beauty of the wonderful birds. The breast of the male is a fine rosy red, the lower part of the neck behind and along the sides changing from the red of the breast to gold, emerald green and rich crimson. The general color of the upper parts is grayish blue, the under parts white. The extreme length of the bird is about seventeen inches; the finely modeled slender tail about eight inches, and extent of wings twentyfour inches. The females are scarcely less beautiful. – John Muir on Passenger pigeons; The Story of My Boyhood and Youth
Magick – The Natural Gourmet: Make Your Own Spice Mixtures and Herb Bundles By Elyse Prince – March 4, 2011 Posted in: Health & Nutrition, Recipes
Forget Mrs. Dash and Emeril’s Essences!
Learn how to make your own BAM with these 5 herb and spice recipes, courtesy of The Natural Gourmet:
Fresh Curry Blend: This green curry paste works great as a marinade (with some added oil) for meat, tofu, tempeh or veggies. You can also use it as a base for curries, soups, sauces, or stir-fries. Hot and spicy herbs can help cut fat and stimulate digestive juices, so bring on the fire!
3 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon dry mustard
(Note: stores in fridge, 4 to 6 weeks)
Pickling Spice: You can use this spice blend to give a pickle flavor to virtually any vegetable. Great with Kirby cucumbers, okra carrots, zucchini, and eggplant, just to name a few. Check out this post “How To Make Pickles” on eHow and get pickling!
Add 1 tablespoon of each of the following:
Yellow mustard seeds
Hot red pepper flakes
Crushed mace (or a pinch of grated nutmeg)
2-inch cinnamon stick
2 crumbled bay leaves
1 teaspoon cloves
2 tablespoons ground ginger
Five Spice Powder: This spice mixture gives off a wonderful, sweet-and-spicy aroma and licorice flavor from the anise. Delicious in poaching liquid for pears, apples and plums.
Cassia or cinnamon
Fagara (also known as Szechwan Pepper)
(Note: Used in Asian cooking. Helps dispel gas, relieve motion sickness, and nausea)
Dried Bouquet Garni: Wonderful in long-simmering recipes, including soups and sauces, with roasts, and to flavor vinegars. Also, great combined with garlic and olive oil. (Note: the shelf life of dried herbs is 6 to 9 months; store in a cool, dark place)
1 teaspoon of parsley
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon of thyme
Wrap the parsley, bay leaf and thyme in cheese cheesecloth and tie with natural cooking twine:
Herbes de Provence: Great aromatic herb bundle with Mediterranean cooking, including soups, stews, stuffing, eggplant and lamb dishes.
2 to 3 parts thyme
1 part oregano
1 part rosemary
1 part marjoram
1 part savory
(Optional: lavender and fennel – use both sparingly!)
Silliness – Oxymorons – Microsoft Works