Sunshine poured into the sunroom from the east this morning. It hasn’t done that all summer, but the sun angle has changed just enough. I was out working on my herbs this morning for a bit and cut a lovely set of chives for baked potatoes later, noshed on some more raspberries and did a little weeding. Coming across the bridge there are dozens of little boats out in the bay, most having sprouted fishing poles. Fog is lifting from the hills and there are white puffies over the coast range, but the rest of the sky is clear except for some cirrus cloud. Only a little breeze ruffled my hair as we were going into the shop and it’s not enough to do more than notice, but it’s *chilly*! It’s only 52F and my dew-wet fingers got really cold.
Yesterday started in a haze of tired and didn’t get a whole lot better for me. Five hours of sleep after the paper run was *not* enough. I worked on my patterns as I had hoped. Tempus and I got the area for the Sabbat ready. I also tried working on the table in back so I could do Herbs today, but didn’t get very far so we’re in early today to deal with that.
I did a reading and we had some customers in. Nothing like summer numbers of course, but Tempus and I noted how many “landwhales” are migrating on the paper route, since they stay in some of the parks where we drop papers.
Later in the afternoon Tempus was doing some dishes while I was working on patterns again. I whomped through a bunch of the simple ones that I’ve done for years, turning them into vector art and then JPEG’s for use. I was alternating that with setting up newsletters, catching up.
The ritual started slowly. We were melting and tending fondues and then Tempus had to go pick up Lureya. We had fun. The foods were yummy, although we had to tend the fondues carefully and we finally all headed home around 10:30.
We’re early at the shop, so Tempus can make us a good breakfast and then we can work on clearing the work table and move the shelf unit that has been so much in the way. After Herbs he’s planning to work up at the house, probably getting some of the yard stuff shifted and maybe a load of boxes. I have a lot of herb work to do. The harvest is ready to be bagged and packed.
A Ken Gagne photo from 9/22/16 of Yachats Bay seagulls
Today is the Feast of In-Gathering in England. It is also known as Harvest-Home, Kirn-Supper or Mell-Supper. This is one of many feasts going on at this time of the year all across Europe and the US that celebrate the gathered harvest. The picture is a Polish Feast with a name that also translates as “Harvest Home”. The original link to this broke, but here is a Wiki article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvest_festival
Today’s Plant is Miner’s Lettuce, Claytonia perfoliata (aka winter purslane, or Indian lettuce). It’s a plant native to our area, growing and blooming in our soggy spring and drying out and dying back in the summer. I’ve seen in re-bloom in the fall. It’s a leaf vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked like spinach. It’s really choice in salads and very high in vitamin C. It got the name because the Gold Rush miners ate it to prevent scurvy, since they really weren’t eating right. Like any lettuce or most of the salad greens it’s Feminine and Water, but as any high Vitamin C food, its planet correspondence is the Sun. – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miner%27s_lettuce More on the genus here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia
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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 9/30 at 5:11pm. 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 9/26 at 5:11am.
This is the time of year when the rich Cygnus Milky Way crosses the zenith in the hour after nightfall is complete (for skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes). The Milky Way rises straight up from the southwest horizon, passed overhead, and runs straight down to the northeast.
Mercury has jumped up to shine low as dawn brightens. Look due east about 45 minutes before your local sunrise time. Mercury triples in brightness from magnitude +0.4 on the morning of September 24th to – 0.8 a week later (October 1st). Don’t confuse it with Regulus 15° or 20° above it.
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29 – (MUHN, like “foot”)
Celtic Tree Month Gort/Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27 – (Hedera helix L.)
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 Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. 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
Sa 24 Low 1:41 AM 0.2 7:07 AM Rise 12:42 AM 45
~ 24 High 8:19 AM 6.1 7:09 PM Set 3:42 PM
~ 24 Low 1:51 PM 2.9
~ 24 High 7:47 PM 7.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – To lie down and be discouraged is our temptation, but to hope and have faith is our wisdom.
~ Let your awareness flow around you, feeling out the shape of the world. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its troubles…. it empties today of its strength. – Corrie Ten Boom
~ Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds. – Einstein
~ Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. – Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Scottish novelist, poet
Let the new heroes of the future not be the conquering, warlike, oppressors, but the farmers and growers who labor to provide food for everyone… who dare to lay down their swords to embrace forest food generation as an art, a gift and an intensely pleasurable occupation. ~ Pierre Soleil
Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup
- 1/2 c. wild rice
- 2 tbsp. margarine
- minced leek (white part only)
- 1/3 c. minced celery
- minced ginger root
- diced mushrooms
- chicken broth
- Salt & Pepper
Cook rice; drain. Meanwhile, heat margarine or butter in medium saucepan. Add leek, celery and ginger and cook over medium heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and continue cooking until they get a bit soft and then add broth. Bring to boil, lower heat and simmer, covered for 10 minutes. Add rice and season soup to taste with salt and pepper.
French Cream of Mushroom Soup
- 1/4 c. butter or margarine
- mushrooms, thinly sliced
- shallots, finely chopped (about ¼ c.)
- 1/2 tsp. each salt & dried savory
- Pinch white pepper
- tomato paste
- rich beef broth or 1 (14 ½ oz.) can regular strength beef broth
- lemon juice
- half and half
- dry vermouth
- In a 3 quart pan over moderately high heat, melt butter.
- Add mushrooms and shallots and cook, stirring often, until mushrooms brown lightly and most of their liquid is gone.
- Sprinkle with flour, salt, savory, and pepper.
- Add tomato paste.
- Stir mushrooms to coat with added ingredients.
- Remove from heat and gradually blend in beef broth.
- Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Puree mushroom mixture in blender or food processor until smooth, mixing in lemon juice at end.
- Return to cooking pan, blend in half and half and stir often over medium heat until steaming. Do not boil.
- Taste and add salt if needed.
- Add vermouth and serve at once.
Makes about 5 cups, 4 servings.
Mushroom Soup and Brie
- 1 1/2 lbs. fresh mushrooms, sliced
- 4 oz. butter
- 1 med. onion
- 1 minced shallot (if available)
Saute above ingredients. Stir in:
- 1/4 c. flour
- 3 c. beef or chicken broth
- 1 c. port (or dry wine)
Bring to boil, reduce to simmer, cook 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 2 cups cream (or half and half). Ladle into bowls. Cover with slices of brie and run under broiler. Serve with crusty French bread
Dianaic: Shit happens when men are around.
Norse: If shit happens, beat the crap out of it.
Feminist: Get in touch with your inner shit.
Solitary: If shit happens; Duck!
Eco-Feminist: We’ve got to clean up this shit.
Gardenarian: Shit happens in degrees.
Alexandrian: Shit happens because Gardner told us so.
Dabbler: We have ways of making shit happen.
Eclectic: We make our own shit.
Newbie: I don’t understand this shit. -OR- I like this shit.
Ceremonial Magician: No-one understands my shit.
Wiccan: You must balance your shit.
Witch: I can use this shit.
Druid: This is old shit.
Greek: Let’s drink to this shit.
Reconstructionist: This shit happened before.
Celtic: This shit keeps happening to us.
Modern Western: We’ll fight to keep our shit.
Fundamentalist: We know who to blame for this shit.
Priest: This shit happens every year.
Traditionalist: Don’t tell anyone about this shit.
Fam-Trad: I inherited this shit.
Visionary: Let’s smoke this shit.
Former Catholics: If shit happens, I’m not to blame, I’m not to blame…
Techno-Pagan: This shit always happens when I’m online.
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