Minus tide at 10:25 PM of -0.5 feet.
It’s bright and sunny and *chilly* with the door open! …and it’s early afternoon! It’s supposed to be in the 40’s tonight and foggy. I think fall just might be trying to show up. 57F and a light breeze and clear, although there was mist earlier limiting visibility.
My day yesterday went completely sideways on me. I got no time at all the write. I actually had to set this newsletter up this morning, which is part of why it’s later than usually coming out. Mary Cedarwolf brought her brother for a visit, which was lovely, and we talked for several hours. A friend from the historical recreation group stopped on her way home from the event and that was another couple of hours of talking things over. I scrambled around getting ready for class and that was the rest of the evening and by then I was pooped enough that all I managed was catching up on mail.
Today is Tempus and my wedding anniversary. We’re supposed to go out to dinner tonight, but right now he’s working with a customer who came in when neither of us was paying attention, so he’s talking with him. 🙂 …and I have a *ton* of mail, as well as the writing that needs to get done, yet. I have an interesting life! 🙂
Love this pendant! No, not carrying it. <sigh>
Today’s Feast is the day when the initiates entered the Telesterion during the Eleusinian Mysteries. This was the climax of the rite where the triple ear of wheat was shown. The Mysteries endured for centuries only to be stamped out at the end of the 4th century CE. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleusinian_Mysteries
Today’s Plant is Stinging Nettle, Urtica Dioica,otherwise known as, “Ouch!!!!” Grab a handful of this plant and you will know it. There are lots of hollow “hairs” on this plant that act like tiny hypodermics, injecting histamine, among other stinging chemicals. There’s even a name for a type of allergic reaction called, “nettlerash”, that picked up the word from the characteristic pattern of itchy bumps. This plant has been used for food, medicine, fabric and magic for millenia. It is used as a pot herb and is one of the vegetables with the highest protein content. If you soak it in water or cook it the stings go away. In medicine it has been used to treat arthritis, dandruff and lack of milk in a nursing mother. The fibers are suitable for making fabric and a related species has been used for over 6000 years to make a silky-looking textile called ramie, even though the processing takes a lot of effort. They are even used to make beer and cordials! – Masculine, Mars, Fire, Thor – Exorcism – for getting rid of nasty-minded Fae, plant nettles around your garden and barn. Protection – nettles in a pocket will keep a person safe from lightning and bestow courage. Nettles kept in a room will protect anyone inside. Lust – Nettles are reputed to enhance fertility in men and nettle tea is an aphrodisiac. Healing – fever can be dispelled by plucking a nettle up by its roots while reciting the names of the sick person and family. …and shirts made of fabric spun and woven from nettles feature as a girl’s quest tale in the Twelve Wild Swans.
The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. 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
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. 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 9/23 at 2:56am.
This is the time of year when, during the evening, the dim Little Dipper “dumps water” into the bowl of the Big Dipper way down below. The Big Dipper will dump it back in the evenings of spring.
Mars (magnitude 0.0) continues moving eastward away from Saturn (magnitude +0.5) and Antares (+1.0, below and a bit left of Saturn). Look south-southwest at nightfall. The triangle they make keeps lengthening. Mars crosses from Ophiuchus into Sagittarius this week. Look for the Sagittarius Teapot asterism to its left. In a telescope, Mars is barely 10 arcseconds in diameter — only 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
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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
Tu 20 High 3:42 AM 7.3 7:02 AM Set 11:38 AM 87
~ 20 Low 9:36 AM 1.1 7:16 PM Rise 10:08 PM
~ 20 High 3:42 PM 8.4
~ 20 Low 10:25 PM -0.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Count Your Blessings. Once You realize how valuable You are and how much You have going for You, the Smiles will return, the Sun will break out, the Music will play, and You will finally be able to move forward with Grace, Strength, Courage, and Confidence. So, Count Your Blessings,dear Friend. Make a Gratitude list. You have thousands of Reasons to be Thankful…
~ One of the dreariest spots on life’s road is the point of conviction that nothing will ever again happen to you. – Faith Baldwin (1893-1978) US writer
~ We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
~ A poor surgeon hurts one person at a time. A poor teacher hurts 130. – Ernest Boyer
~ Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. – Helen Keller, American Blind/Deaf Author & Lecturer
Love Letter From Cernunnos
“You have given yourself to me…
Fully… You surrendered… You’re mine!
Your heart belongs to me, your soul,
Your body, your breath, your everything! Mine!
And you will run with me,
Scream with me, and rut with me,
Tremble in terror and desire of me,
Dance that wild, frenzied dance with me,
Journey to the dark, dank depths with me.
And you will know sheer ecstasy, utter agony,
And the intoxicating thrill of the hunt.
And we will meet at the Crossroads together, as we always have.
We will wander far and wide, with a fire raging in your head.
And I will show you the way on those crooked and hidden paths
I will tell you things no other could
I will take you to places unknown, and unseen
I will teach you. Guide you. Push you. Pull you. Rip you open.
I will show you what it means to be my devotee
I will break you and remake you,
Over and over…
And you will love me…
And when I’m not with you…
4 carrots, sliced
2 stalks celery, diced
6-8 small potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped green pepper, optional
2 cans or 1 pint green beans, drained
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 can baby peas, drained
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 quart V-8 juice
1 lb. diced ham or beef stew meat
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Combine all ingredients in crockpot. Cover with lid and cook on high for 6-7 hours.
Recipe taken from “Crazy About Crockpots – 101 Soups & Stews for Less than $.75 a Serving” by Penny E. Stone, published by Champion Press. “Crazy About Crockpots – 101 Soups & Stews for Less than $.75 a Serving” is available for $12.00 from Parents & Teens at: https://www.wmsecure.com/%7Ehistoryg/specialbookorder.html
- 3 Large Potatoes (peeled and Cubed)
- 1 lb frozen Corn
- 2 Large Onion (Cubed)
- 1 lb Bacon
- 2 Cup Milk
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup sour cream
- 1 tsp caraway seed
- Place potatoes and onions in a medium soup pot.
- Boil in enough water to cover the tops of the cubed vegetables by an inch or two.
- Drain off excess water.
- In another pan, fry the bacon strips until curled and then drain off excess oil/fat.
- Add bacon to the potatoes and onions along with additional ingredients.
- Simmer over medium heat stirring frequently. Avoid boiling
- Continue to heat until chowder is thoroughly heated.
Fried green tomatoes – Rain Redknife
People make a big mystery of these, but the best recipe is still the simple one my mom learned from her mom in East Tennessee: no herbs, no garlic, no truffle oil or other foofy yuppie stuff, and absolutely NO “dietarily correct” efforts to make ’em over into health food. They aren’t. They shouldn’t be. Get over it. 🙂
- Take green (unripe) tomatoes that are still firm but are starting to “give” a little to a gentle squeeze. Slice about 3/8″ thick, and set aside.
- In a soup bowl or other flat container, season a half-cup or so of plain (not self-rising!) flour to taste with salt and pepper. Add a handful of plain white cornmeal if desired. In another bowl, place half a cup of milk .
- Heat 1/4 to 1/3 cup vegetable oil very hot but not smoking in a large nonstick or very well seasoned cast-iron skillet.
- Dip slices in milk, and shake off excess gently. Then dip in flour mixture on both sides. Leave a good coating, but tap off any real excess; this coating should be thin and crisp, not thick and bready!
- Place a few slices at a time in skillet, and fry about one minute per side, turning _gently_ so coating stays on. Then turn heat down to medium and fry till golden brown on both sides, turning only once more (They go pretty quickly, so watch.) Don’t do too many at once, and do let the oil get hot again between batches.
- Drain briefly on paper towels, and eat ’em hot if possible. If not, re-warm briefly in the oven under the broiler, NOT in the microwave.
Silliness – A Pagan in Hell – Home -> Humour -> Pagan Humour By: Pendragon – Posted: Sept. 12th/00 Website: http://www.paganvillages.com/Goddess/pendragon/index0.html
A Pagan dies and heads for the SUmmerlands, and just as he gets there, to his great surprise, he finds himself standing before some pearly gates. St. Peter asks him, “May I help you?”
The Pagan asks, “Where am I?”
Peter says, “You’re at the gates of heaven.”
The Pagan says, “But I don’t believe in heaven.”
Peter frowns at him. “You’re one of those Pagans, aren’t you?”
“Yes. I believe I’m in the wrong place; I’m supposed to go to the Summerlands.”
Peter says, “Sorry. The Summerlands are temporarily closed for remodeling.”
“What should I do now?”
Peter says, “Well, since we don’t allow Pagans in heaven, you have to go to hell. Sorry. Just follow that path that leads downward and to the left.”
The Pagan walks down to hell, where the gates are standing open. He walks in and finds beautiful meadows, happy animals, and clear streams of water.
He walks on in and begins exploring, and after a few minutes a courtly gentleman walks up to him and bows politely. “Hello, I’m Satan. You must be the guy that St. Peter phoned me about. Are you a Pagan?”
“Yes, I am. What’s going to happen now?”
Satan says, “Well, the fishing’s pretty good, if you enjoy that sort of thing. There’s a little refreshment stand down the road. And I believe the Pagan meeting grounds are right over the next hill.”
Suddenly, a hole opens up in the sky above, and a yawning chasm opens directly underneath it. The stench of sulphur fills the air. Hundreds of screaming, tortured souls drop down into the flaming pit, which immediately closes up with a thud.
The Pagan, hardly believing what he just saw, asks Satan, “And what was THAT???”
Satan rolls his eyes. “Oh, just ignore them. They’re Christians; they wouldn’t have it any other way.”
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