Minus tide at 6:43 AM of -0.6 feet.
The sky is a blank grey and the clouds are low enough to tangle in the trees on top of the bluff, iow at about 300 feet. It’s 62F with the occasional gust up to 10mph. We have an honest-to-goodness real chance of rain tomorrow evening!
It was going on 2pm by the time the newsletter was out yesterday and we still hadn’t had breakfast! Ending up staying awake until at least 3am a couple of nights a week kinda does a number our sleep schedules.
…and then I realized I was coming down with something. <groan> Tempus said something about it in the morning, about feeling like he had the flu…. <groan twice> …and so I got nothing done all day and neither did he. He at least felt well enough to head out to do his paper route while I was still feeling awful. I did get enough of my brain back that I could sort out some deliveries and errands, eventually. …and then I did up some more embroidery patterns. Tempus stopped to pick me up as usual, but I was feeling too awful, still.
Today we’ve spent a couple of hours doing chores at home, mostly finding things and putting them where they belong. I did a little with the herbs, mostly picking strawberries, honestly. Now, we’re here at the shop and trying to get ourselves started. I have to make marzipan today and I’m going to have to bake shortbread tomorrow. It’s going to be interesting. Losing yesterday was not so good. No, I don’t feel well, but I’m not running a temperature, either. Dunno what got hold of us.
Today is the birthday of Raymond Buckland, one of the first witches in the US who came out of the “broom closet”. He’s been influential in writing books about the Craft and in a video, done for public access TV in the 90’s that portrayed several rituals and brought the basics of Wicca to people who didn’t even know that it existed. His earlier works are a little dated, and are from the ceremonial end of Wicca, but were invaluable in earlier decades with followable (if wordy) ritual scripts. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Buckland
Today’s Plant is Sword fern, Polystichum munitum. It grows all winter on the coast, getting greener and lovelier every year as the new fiddles come up out of the center of the plant and develop into fronds. I’ve been enjoying those, watching them for months, now. they can get to be 6 feet tall and some of the ones down in the park where the stream crosses through are that size! The indigenes used the rhizome as a poverty food (baked and peeled), and the fronds are one of the best remedies for relieving the pain from the sting of a Stinging Nettle. It is also commonly used by florists as an ornamental plant. – Masculine, Air, The God, the Puck. This is an herb of masculine power, protection and luck. Use in spells to guide to treasure. Burn to drive away pests.…and as any fern, burn for rain…. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sword_fern
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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. 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 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 9/1 at 2:03am.
Before the Moon returns to light the evening next week, explore some lesser-known deep-sky sights in and around Cygnus overhead with Sue French’s Deep-Sky Wonders column and charts in the September Sky & Telescope, page 54. And in the Swan’s northwest wing, learn the binocular asterism Vultus Irrisorie, the Smiley Face. You’ll never forget it.
Venus and Jupiter are very low in bright twilight, shining at magnitudes –3.8 and –1.7 respectively. After their close conjunction on August 27th (see the top of this page), Venus creeps a little higher each night and Jupiter sinks farther to Venus’s lower right. Their separation grows by 1° per day. Bring binoculars.
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL)
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29 – (MUHN, like “foot”),
Runic half-month of Raidho/Rad 8/29-9/12 – Denotes the channeling of energies in the correct manner to produce the desired results. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102
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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 31 High 12:01 AM 7.8 6:39 AM Rise 5:54 AM 2
~ 31 Low 6:43 AM -0.6 7:54 PM Set 7:38 PM
~ 31 High 1:03 PM 7.0
~ 31 Low 6:53 PM 1.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Everyone deserves a second chance.
~ Whatever activity you do, do it slowly, with the attention it deserves. Do not rush to end it. Be relaxed in everything and bring your full attention to it. – Thich Nhat Hanh
~ The cacao nut…makes men awake all night long and is therefore good for soldiers, that are upon the guard. – Henry Stubbe 1662
~ Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back. – Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) French general and statesman
~ Be sincere; be brief; be seated. – Franklin D. Roosevelt
Kesey’s belly was hurting and the docs did a scan and found a black spot on his liver. It was cancerous but encapsulated which meant there was no cancer anywhere else. They decided to cut it out and the surgery went okay. He had sixty percent of his liver left to carry the load but in one of those dirty tricks the body can play on you everything else went to hell and this morning at 3:45 AM his heart stopped beating.
A great good friend and great husband and father and grand dad, he will be sorely missed but if there is one thing he would want us to do it would be to carry on his life’s work. Namely to treat others with kindness and if anyone does you dirt, forgive that person right away. This goes beyond the art, the writing, the performances, even the bus. Right down to the bone. – Ken Babbs on Ken Kesey, American author and Merry Prankster who died on November 10, 2001
- 4 cup sliced leeks
- 3 cup sliced potatoes
- 6 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3Tbsp Sherry
- Combine potatoes, leeks and broth and cook for 20 minutes.
- Liquefy in a blender.
- Add cream, sherry, and chives and cook an additional 5 minutes without boiling, stirring constantly. – Adapted from ~Lily Gardner-Butts
Cream of Carrot Soup
4 Tbs (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1 large onion, preferably Spanish or Vidalia chopped
12 carrots, sliced
1 potato, peeled and diced
4 cups chicken stock
2 Tbs minced fresh ginger
2 tsp minced fresh rosemary
1/2 cup heavy cream
salt & pepper to taste
additional rosemary sprigs, for garnish
- Melt the butter in a heavy pot over low heat.
- Add the onion and let it cook slowly, covered, until it is soft but not browned, about 30
- Add the carrots and potato, chicken stock, ginger, and rosemary. Cook until the carrots and potatoes are soft, about 30 minutes longer.
- Mash with potato masher, or if you prefer a smoother texture, puree in a food processor.
- Stir in the cream.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Garnish with rosemary if desired.
Serves6 – From Cooking With Herbs, GrannyMoon’s Herbal Course – http://goddessschool.com/courses/Herbs/herbology.html
Silliness – Late Night Funny – The company that makes Budweiser is merging with Miller. Yeah, that’s a lot of beer, in fact the next morning they looked at each other and went, “Wait, we didn’t…Did we MERGE last night??” – Jimmy Fallon