It’s 61F with bright sunshine pouring down. The marine layer is right up on the beach, looking like cotton wool stuffed in the Throat! There’s some wind down on the beach, but up here it’s a very light breeze. The sky is starting to turn to the autumnal blue from the pale blue of summer.
Yesterday started late, as Tuesdays usually do for us. I got the newsletter out, caught up on mail and then started setting up this week’s newsletters. Tempus did some paperwork and headed out to work on the storage stuff. I got the House Capuchin newsletter out and then got back to this week’s shop newsletters and also put together a few stock orders.
It was 75F indoors and only 56F outside at around 7pm, so I opened the doors back up. Tempus got back around 7:30 and I got some supper put together and he took off again around 8:15. I spent the rest of the evening filling files and then sorting pictures. When you’ve got 25 years of electronic versions of pix and then scans from the years before that, it takes a bit!
He picked me up around 1:30 and we were home at 3:30. We rolled through the quiet town under a lopsided wheel of Moon-cheese and perfect stars. Light mist turned Eckman Lake and the river that direction to a ghostly shimmer.
Today we’re supposed to work at the house. I’m trying to get “grumple” packed for later sorting. It’s almost 2pm already, but we just couldn’t get going any faster. I had work to do with the plants, getting plates under them, watering and getting dirt on some incredibly overgrown nasturtiums. I’ve got this newsletter to do and some things to put away here (re-filling my pillbox for one) and then we’ll head on up. I don’t want to be too late getting home, since we’ve stuff to do there, too.
Today’s feast is the Bartholomew Fair, which may have descended from the Mania, the feast of Ceres, Mania, and the Manes, in the sense of honoring cthonic and grain deities. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartholomew_Fair On the Manes here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manes and Mania (goddess of the dead) here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mania_(mythology)
Today’s Plant is Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna, known as common hawthorn , may, mayblossom, maythorn, quickthorn, whitethorn, motherdie, and haw. It has edible buds, flowers and fruits, which are full of antioxidants . Particularly sacred to the month of May and to Beltane, it is used extensively as a hedge plant. – Fairy energy, May interfere with digitalis medications. – Masculine, Mars, Fire. – Increases fertility and/or celibacy. Carry on a fishing trip to ensure good catch. Brings happiness to the troubled or depressed. Protects house against lightning and storms, evil ghosts may not enter. In cradles to guard from evil spells. Most Witch’s gardens contained a hawt hedge. Sacred to the fairies, and is part of the tree triad of Britain. More on this species:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_hawthorn More on the genus Crataegus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crataegus
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Love & Light,
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 9/1 at 2:03am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 8/24 at 8:41pm. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 8/27 at 2:03pm.
Saturn, Mars, and Antares line up almost vertically on the evening of August 23 and 24, 2016. Have a look! Sky & Telescope diagram.• Last chance to catch Saturn, Mars, and Antares in their evening lineup. Think photo opportunity!
Last-quarter Moon tonight (exact at 11:41 p.m. EDT). The Moon, in Taurus, rises around midnight. By early dawn Thursday morning they’re high in the south with Aldebaran to the Moon’s left. They’re drawing closer hour by hour.
Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter are very low in bright twilight. About 20 or 25 minutes after sunset, look for Venus and Jupiter very low to the horizon due west (to the left of where the Sun went down). Venus is the brighter one, lower right of Jupiter. They’re 8° apart on August 19th and close in on each other by 1° per day. Mark your calendar for their very close conjunction, barely 0.1° apart for North America, on the evening of Saturday August 27th. Bring binoculars! Next, try to spot fainter, lower Mercury. It spends the week 4° or 5° below or lower left of Jupiter. You’ll probably need those binoculars. Jupiter is nominally magnitude –1.7, Venus is –3.8, and Mercury fades this week from +0.3 to +0.9. But objects near the horizon appear dimmer than their listed magnitudes due to atmospheric extinction.
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 24 High 5:51 AM 6.0 6:31 AM Set 1:49 PM 65
~ 24 Low 11:37 AM 1.6 8:06 PM
~ 24 High 5:57 PM 7.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I accept the change that Death brings, in order that I may receive the transformation of rebirth.
~ Think of a window: it’s a hole in a wall but through it the whole room fills with light. Similarly, when the mind is open and free from his own thoughts, life unfolds effortlessly, and the world is filled with light. – Chuang Tzu
~ What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence. – Samuel Johnson
~ This wallpaper is killing me; one of us has got to go. – Oscar Wilde, Irish author and dramatist, said to be his dying words
~ The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun. – Napoleon Hill
Then flash the wings returning summer calls
Through the deep arches of her forest halls. –Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841–1935)
Vegetable Herb Stew
- 2 diced carrots
- 2 chopped leeks
- 2 diced kohlrabi
- 2 chopped onions
- diced celery stick
- clove garlic minced
- medium potatoes cubed
- 1T chopped fresh parsley
- 1T chopped fresh chervil
- 1C fresh mushrooms
- olive oil
- 3C vegetable or chicken broth
- Salt & & pepper to taste
- Drizzle olive oil in a large soup pan or Dutch oven. Add all the vegetables except the potatoes and sauté them over a low heat while stirring. Do not brown the vegetables.
- Add the broth, salt and pepper.
- Meanwhile, boil the potatoes, just until they are tender but still firm.
- Add the potatoes to the vegetables.
- Wash or wipe dry the mushrooms, chop and add them to the pot.
- Cook the mixture for 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste, and add the fresh herbs.
- Serve with good bread or rolls.
GrannyMoon’s Herbal Course
CORN PUDDING – SERVES 6 TO 8 – From Arcamax recipes
2 ½ cups corn (3 ears depending on cob size or 1 16-oz bag of frozen corn
¼ cup white sugar
½ Tsp salt
2 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp breadcrumbs
1/3 Tsp baking powder
1 cup milk
4 Large eggs
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1. Spray a 9- by 13-inch pan with olive oil spray or lightly grease it.
2. Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Do this with a spoon or spatula so you don’t smash up the corn.
3. Pour the batter in the pan and bake at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes. The top will be slightly browned and a knife inserted in the corn pudding should come out clean. If the knife does not cone out clean, bake it a bit more.
Tip: For the creamiest taste, serve it immediately. It still tastes great served a bit later or even reheated the next day.
CUCUMBER TOMATO ONION SALAD – Arcamax 4-6 servings
2-3 large cucumbers
1 Small onion
¼ Cup fresh cilantro
¼ cup lemon juice
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger root
¼ Tsp ground cumin
¼ Tsp coriander
½ tsp salt
1. Peel, ¼ and slice cukes.
2. Chop tomatoes, cilantro & onion.
3. Grate ginger
4. Put in a bowl and toss.
5. Combine remaining ingredients in a cruet and shake well.
6. Pour over salad and toss.
7. Chill for about 1 hour before serving.
The Skinny: Not much room for improvement here.
Silliness – Classic Quips From Late Night – In what has become standard procedure in these kinds of situations, police conducted a room-by-room search of the Capitol building. That’s just what congressmen want to hear this week — a knock at the door and it’s the police. They were flushing bribe money down the toilet. Ted Kennedy was out on the ledge naked. – Jay Leno