Minus tide at 6:50 AM of -0.4 feet.
The atmospheric moisture is in the undecided state of, “am I cloud or fog?” There are puffy white bits heading over the Coast Range, but down on the water end of things it’s quite socked in, bits and tangling in the trees over the marsh, blowing up over Yaquina John Point and scudding along just above the street. Fishermen are thick on the Bay. It’s 62F with just enough breeze to wiggle things.
I really overslept yesterday so by the time Tempus brought me to the shop, there wasn’t nearly enough day left. Yesterday’s big deal was getting the turkey roasted and the meat into the fridge. I spent almost all the time that I was sitting in between parts of that talking to people, trying to get everything sorted out for the weekend. I had intended to have Sewing yesterday, but things ran away with me and instead Tempus and I closed early. He drove me to Newport to do the shopping, dropped me where Marius works and then Marius and I drove up to Lincoln City and back. I needed a couple of things from JoAnn’s for this weekend and there wasn’t any other way to get them.
When I got back the turkey was done, so I had some supper and then got it all busted up and put away. I spent the evening finding and packing stuff.
Tempus picked me up at 1:30am. When Marius and I were on the way back from LC the Moon rose and by the time I was in the car with Tempus She was high and bright. Eckman Lake and the Alsea River and Bay were beautifully mysterious and it really changes the look of places to go through them in bright moonlight. Clouds started being visible around 2:45, just cirrus, but by the time we got home at 3:30 the whole sky was blank except for a bit towards the east and the Moon. Orion was still visible.
Today I have to pack. I have food to prep, clothes to get into the suitcase, food for the weekend to sort out. I mostly have to feed myself on Saturday, but want to set stuff up so I don’t have to eat out. Marius is picking me up at around 6:30.
Tempus is going to be here all weekend, even if I won’t. I’ll try to get newsletters out for Saturday and Sunday, but if they don’t show up until Sunday night, it means either I didn’t get enough time or didn’t have a good wifi signal.
Fête of Cornely (St Cornelius), at Carnac, Brittany, France, who may be the old worship of a horned god in disguise. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Cornelius He was a Pope under the persecutions before the Roman empire was christianized. In the Rhineland, he was also a patron saint of lovers. and a legend tells of a young artist who fell in love with a young woman whose father forbade the marriage, remarking that he would only consent if the pope did as well. Miraculously, the statue of Cornelius leaned forward from the altar and blessed the pair, and the two lovers were thus married. A legend told at Carnac states that its stones were once pagan soldiers who had been turned into stone by Cornelius, who was fleeing from them. He is the patron against earache, epilepsy, fever, twitching, and also of cattle, domestic animals, earache sufferers, epileptics, and the town of Kornelimünster, Germany where his head is located.
Today’s plant is the Snowberry, Symphoricarpos albus. My kids used to call this “popcorn plant”, which is a name I’ve heard from others, too. The white berries are used as a food, a soap and for hand lotion. It doesn’t have any magickal uses that I know of, although the folks magicks of a similar bush amongst the Slavs say that it is “proper” as an offering to statues of the gods. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphoricarpos_albus
The shop opens at 11am! Summer hours are 11am-7pm Thursday through Monday, but as sunset is getting earlier and earlier pretty soon we’re going to shift to 6pm. 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 at the Tide Change on 9/16 at 12:05pm. 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 9/18 at 12:05am. Eclipses – Lunar eclipses always occur on the day of the Full Moon. Positive magicks should not be performed in these months until after the eclipse is over. – Associated God/esses: Kali, Shiva the Destroyer. Exact 11:54am. 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 9/30 at 5:11pm.
Full Moon (exact at 3:05 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time). As night comes on, look for the Great Square of Pegasus to its upper left. The Square, a bit larger than a fist at arm’s length, stands on one corner. A fairly deep penumbral (fringe) eclipse of the Moon is visible from eastern Europe, eastern Africa, Asia, and the westernmost Pacific. Map and full details.
Mars (magnitude –0.1) continues moving eastward away from Saturn (magnitude +0.5) and Antares (+1.0, below Saturn) in the south-southwest at nightfall. The triangle they make is lengthening. Mars is now at the eastern foot of Ophiuchus; Saturn is at his western foot. In a telescope, Mars is down to 10 arcseconds in diameter — about two thirds the size of Saturn’s globe, but much more brightly sunlit.
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29 – (MUHN, like “foot”),
Runic half-month of Kenaz/Ken/Kebo – September 13-27 – Ken represents a flaming torch within the royal hall, so it’s the time of the creative fire – the forge where natural materials are transmuted by the force of the human will into a mystical third, an artifact that could not otherwise come into being. The positive aspects of sexuality that are immanent in Freya and Frey come into play at this time. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102
Sun in Virgo
Full HArvest Moon at 12:05pm
Moon in Pisces enters Aries at 9:22pm.
Mercury (9/22), Pluto (9/26), Pallas (10/17), Neptune (11/19) Chiron (12/1), Ceres (12/9) and Uranus (12/29) Retrograde
©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29 – Muin – (MUHN, like “foot”), vine – The grape (Vitis vinifera L.) is a vine growing as long as 35 m (115 feet), in open woodlands and along the edges of forests, but most commonly seen today in cultivation, as the source of wine, grape juice, and the grape juice concentrate that is so widely used as a sweetener. European grapes are extensively cultivated in North America, especially in the southwest, and an industry and an agricultural discipline are devoted to their care and the production of wine. Grapes are in the Grape family (Vitaceae).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 16 High 12:21 AM 7.9 6:57 AM Set 6:43 AM 98
~ 16 Low 6:50 AM -0.4 7:24 PM Rise 7:37 PM
~ 16 High 1:02 PM 7.7
~ 16 Low 7:09 PM 0.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the Name of the Maiden: I will wear bright colors and think of myself as part of Your rainbow.
~ Your first task is to forge yourself into a powerful being. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Half our time is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save. – Will Rogers
~ To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals. – Benjamin Franklin
~ A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. – Chinese Proverb
Through sunny days and yellow weeks,
With clouds that melt in tears,
The glory of the harvest speaks
In all the silken ears. – J. Hazard Hartzell (1830–90)
BEAN SALAD – ANJA’S – Easy to prepare the day before a picnic.
1 16 oz can corn
1 16 oz can red bean
1 16 oz can navy bean
1 16 oz can black bean
1 16 oz can green bean
1 small onion
3 Tbsp Chinese marinade
1/2 Cup sugar
1 tsp Ground ginger
½ cup wine vinegar
½ cup vegetable oil
1. Drain and rinse canned ingredients.
2. Chop onion.
3. Put all the ingredients other than vinegar and oil into a mixing bowl and stir.
4. Then add vinegar and oil and toss lightly.
5. Refrigerate overnight to let the flavors mix together.
Tip: Pour excessive juices off the salad before serving, or use a slotted spoon.
BAKED STUFFED SQUASH – MAIN DISH – SERVES 4
1 recipe Stovetop Stuffing Mix
? Water (check box)
? Butter (check box)
1 small onion
1 Large boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked
½ Cup sunflower seeds or crushed hazelnuts (opt.)
2 acorn squash
1. In a large microwavable pot or bowl put spice mix (may be included with crumbs in some mixes), water and butter from stuffing.
2. Chop onion and add to mixture.
3. Chop chicken and add
4. Zap in nuker for 5 minutes. Stir.
5. Keep zapping, for two minutes at a time, stirring between.
6. Add seeds or nuts. Stir. Add breadcrumbs from stuffing mix. Stir well and fluff with a fork.
7. Chop squash in ½ longways. Scoop out seeds and discard.
8. Pile stuffing mix into the centers of the squash. There will be leftovers.
9. Put the 4 squash into an oven-safe dish, drizzle with melted butter and top with chopped fresh chives.
10. Cover and bake at 350 for about an hour. Squash is done when a sharp knife or skewer goes down through the center to the pan with no resistance (feels like a done baked potato!)
11. Serve hot. Store leftovers, covered. Can be reheated in the microwave if each serving is cut into ¼’s.
Tips This makes a good 8-serving side dish or 16-serving nosh.
sta, Spicy Tomato-Vodka Sauce & Meatballs My version
Serves 4 (double works, but you need a LARGE frying pan!)
- pound pasta Rotini
- Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- tsp minced Jar garlic
- 28-oz can chopped tomatoes, plain
- 1/4 cup vodka
- tsp Italian seasoning
- 16 oz precooked meatballs
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- pint cherry tomatoes
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese
- Tbsp jar basil
- Can black olives
Tip: Leftovers can be re-heated in the nuker, but before you refrigerate, stir the pasta into the sauce.
- Following the directions on the package, cook your pasta while the sauce is cooking and drain.
- Start a large sauté pan on Medium High with the olive oil and garlic.
- Heat this until it starts to sizzle.
- As soon as it’s sizzling, add the tomatoes, vodka and Italian seasoning. Bring to a simmer.
- Add the meatballs.
- Turn the heat down to Medium until the meatballs are thawed and everything is hot, about 15 minutes.
- Turn heat to Low. Add the cream, the pint of cherry tomatoes and olives, and when this starts to steam, the Parmesan. Stir thoroughly, then cover with a loose lid or foil.
- Let simmer until the pasta is done and drained and dumped into a large serving bowl.
- Stir in the basil at the last second, then pour over pasta and serve.
Last night as we were driving up the seawall I exclaimed over seeing a seal swimming up the bay. Tempus said, “Seals are important to marine ecology, you know….”
I fell for it and asked, “Why?”
He said, “Well, if they went extinct, the water would all leak out!”
<sigh> I’ve been falling for those for over a quarter century….
( This is from 4/21/12)