Bright and sunny, but as I was coming over the bridge, the beach fog was creeping up the Throat into the Bay. Bayshore was mostly obscured. With the hot temps predicted for the Valley over the next few days, that’s likely to be what we have overhead in a little while. You can see the temp difference. Bayshore is running around 61, but inland, (including here until the fog gets this far), it’s in the low to mid 70’s! The wind is clocking at 10mph and we’re getting some gusts into the 20’s.
<<<<<<<<<<<<< from the Sabbat <<<<<<<<<< Yesterday we were busy enough that it took me until past 4pm to finish my lunch salad. I was eating it a forkful at a time between customers! I did take advantage of one slow spot where Tempus was handling the front to finish the new Candles display, and then another later to get it filled.
By late afternoon we were wiped. I tried to get some pincushions done, but only got a little ways …and I was still working on Herbs. I finally got the last of the processed ones put away around 6pm and the fresh ones into the dryer near 8pm.
We watched a couple of Townsend vids that Tempus hadn’t seen and then I found the 1987 September Crown video for him and I read while he watched and we ate some of his good bread and butter.
He went to sleep soon after, but although I tried all of my get-to-sleep tricks, it was past 2 before I did. Then I woke up at 6:40 (thinking it was 8:30, didn’t have my glasses on) and couldn’t get back to sleep until about 8:30. Tempus left me sleeping, came down here and opened up, and waited for a Facebook message.
I woke with a jump around 12:30, thinking we were going to be late! I figured out that he had headed for the shop without me and had already done the watering. I got my pictures and then sent him a Facebook message and he came back for me.
I have to get the pix developed, first, then talk casting with Tempus. We have a book of Jeanne’s that has better info that what we’ve had before. We have various projects underway that we’ll have pulled out and be working on.
Eclipse countdown – 22 days!
Today’s Feast is National Sleepyhead Day in Finland. That made me giggle. The tradition is that the last person to wake gets water thrown on them. More recently there’s a tradition to dunk a celebrity in the ocean. 🙂 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Sleepy_Head_Day
Today’s Plant is Oregon White Oak, Quercus garryana, also called Garry oak, or just Oregon oak. It doesn’t grow well out here on the coast, although supposedly there are some specimens. I’ve never seen one out here, but they’re *all* over the Willamette Valley, many of them hosting our local mistletoe, Phoradendron flavescens. This is the same relation of tree and herb that gave rise to the legends of the Golden Bough in Europe, although these are *far* different species. – Masculine, Sun ,Fire, Dagda, (Jupiter, Thor, Pan) Use in magicks for protection, money, potency, fertility – Burn the bark to draw off illness, carry and piece of the for luck and protection, acorns are used to tip male power wands and worn as necklaces by some priests and can be carried to increase fertility and male potency to preserve health and long life. Place in windows to ward off lightning. Plant an acorn at the new moon if you need money. Fires of oak wood draw off illness. – Wiccaning or Seining –Wiccaning or Seining is the ceremony where we welcome a new child to the world. Holly water is used for girls and Oak for boys. Make by a tablespoon of powdered leaf brew in 1 cup of very hot water for about 10 minutes, then adding that to 2 cups of cold water. Sprinkle or wash baby with it, then rinse well. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_white_oak Mistletoe lore here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistletoe#Culture.2C_folklore.2C_and_mythology and more about our variety here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoradendron
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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 the Tide Change on 8/7 at 11:11am. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 7/30 at 8:23am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 8/5 at 11:11pm.
First-quarter Moon (exact at 11:23 a.m. EDT). The Moon is in Libra, far upper left of Jupiter at dusk and far right of the head of Scorpius and Saturn.
Starry Scorpius >>> is sometimes called “the Orion of Summer” for its brightness and its prominent red supergiant (Antares in the case of Scorpius, Betelgeuse for Orion). But Scorpius passes a lot lower in the south than Orion for those of us at mid-northern latitudes. That means Scorpius has only one really good evening month: July, which is almost over.
Catch Scorpius in the south-southwest now right after darkness is complete, before it tilts lower toward the southwest. It’s full of deep-sky objects for binoculars or a telescope — if you have a detailed star atlas to find them with. The tail of Scorpius curves low to the lower left of the Scorpion’s bright head and main body. How low depends on how far north or south you live: the farther south, the higher Scorpius appears. Look for the two stars especially close together in the tail. These are Lambda and fainter Upsilon Scorpii, known as the Cat’s Eyes. They’re canted at an angle; the cat is tilting his head and winking. The Cat’s Eyes point west (right) by nearly a fist-width toward Mu Scorpii, a much tighter pair known as the Little Cat’s Eyes. Can you resolve Mu without using binoculars? It takes very sharp vision! (Ignore the date on the pic and the direction. It’s Southwest, now.)
Jupiter (magnitude –1.9, in Virgo) shines brightly in the west-southwest in early evening. Fainter Spica (magnitude +1.0) glitters 7° or 8° left of it. In a telescope, poor Jupiter has shrunk to 35 or 34 arcseconds wide as it swings toward the far side of the Sun from Earth’s viewpoint.
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
Runic half-month of Thurisaz/ Thorn/Thunor, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor. The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe.
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Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh), holly – The holly (Ilex aquifolium L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (35 feet) in open woodlands and along clearings in forests. Hollies are evergreen, and stand out in winter among the bare branches of the deciduous forest trees that surround them. Hollies form red berries before Samhain which last until the birds finish eating them, often after Imbolc. The typical “holly leaf” is found on smaller plants, but toward the tops of taller plants the leaves have fewer spiny teeth. Hollies are members of the Holly family (Aquifoliaceae). The common holly is often cultivated in North America, as are hybrids between it and Asiatic holly species.
Graves (1966) and others are of the opinion that the original tinne was not the holly, but rather the holm oak, or holly oak (Quercus ilex L.). This is an evergreen oak of southern Europe that grows as a shrub, or as a tree to 25 m (80 feet). Like the holly, the holm oak has spiny-edged leaves on young growth. It does not have red berries, but it does have red leaf “galls” caused by the kermes scale insect; these are the source of natural scarlet dye. Holm oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 30 Low 12:48 AM 1.3 6:02 AM Set 12:23 AM 42
~ 30 High 6:35 AM 5.3 8:43 PM Rise 2:02 PM
~ 30 Low 12:31 PM 1.6
~ 30 High 7:00 PM 6.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You will never see what is in front of you, if you never look back
~ Word carries, though mouth stands still. – Vapnfirðinga Saga, c.3
~ You change for two reasons: Either you learn enough that you want to, or you’ve been hurt enough that you have to. – Unknown
~ You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. – Margaret Thatcher
~ A single conversation across the table with a wise man is worth a month’s study of books. – Chinese Proverb
Peace is not a momentary lack of restlessness in our mind. It is not a transitory state. It is our true nature, has always been. It can never leave us. It is our noise that covers it up. It is only our Ego dreaming he loses it and playing dramatically to look for it. – Nicole Montineri
SAUTEED BABY ZUCCHINI WITH SQUASH BLOSSOMS AND LEMON BASIL Remember squash blossoms are extremely perishable; it’s best to use them the day you buy them.
- 3 tablespoons butter, divided
- 1 pound baby zucchini, halved lengthwise, each half cut lengthwise into
- 3 wedges
- 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh lemon basil or regular basil Fleur de sel (fine French sea salt)
- 18 zucchini squash blossoms, (Available at farmers’ markets and some specialty foods stores.)
- Melt 1 tablespoon butter in heavy large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
- Add zucchini; sauté until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Stir in basil. Season with fleur de sel. Transfer to plate.
- Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in skillet. Add squash blossoms and cook until barely wilted and still bright orange, about 2 seconds per side. Arrange atop zucchini and serve.
Market tip: Buy a small pot of lemon basil at a nursery if it’s not available at farmers’ markets.
Makes 6 servings.
BERRIES WITH GERANIUM CREAM – Check your local farmers market or Chef’s Garden (800-289-4644) for the geranium leaves or experiment with other leaves such as fresh basil or mint.
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped pesticide-free rose-scented geranium (pelargonium) leaves
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 3 cups blackberries (13 oz)
- 1 1/2 cups blueberries (8 oz)
- Heat cream, geranium leaves, and sugar in a metal bowl set over a pot of simmering water
- Stir until sugar is dissolved and cream is hot but not boiling, about 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and cool slightly, then chill until cold, about 45 minutes.
- Pour cream through a sieve set into a bowl and discard solids.
- Beat together cream cheese and cream in a bowl with an electric mixer until thickened (cream should not hold peaks), about 2 minutes.
- Divide blackberries and blueberries among 6 bowls or parfait glasses and top with cream.
Cooks’ note: Cream can be beaten up to 4 hours ahead and chilled, covered. Makes 6 dessert servings.
Lemon blueberry Pancakes
- 2 Teaspoons Grated Lemon Rind
- 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
- 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
- 1/2 Cup Fresh Blueberries
- 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
- 1 Tablespoon Sugar
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 3/4 Cup Milk
- 1 Cup Flour
- 1 Egg
- Beat egg until fluffy
- Beat in remaining ingredients except blueberries just until smooth.
- Stir in blueberries.
- Grease heated griddle.
- For each pancake, pour about 3 tablespoons of batter from a large spoon or from pitcher onto hot griddle.
- Cook pancakes until puffed and dry around edges.
- Turn and cook other side until golden brown.