Here in Seattle it’s 65F and what I can see of the sky is a pretty blue, although the computer weather says it’s mostly cloudy. At home it’s 60F with wind gusts getting into the teens, mostly clear and the shop is open. We just got a text from Ruth.
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Yesterday was pretty awful. We got up in plenty of time, but this took longer and that took longer and we weren’t properly packed so we had to go to the shop and *that* took longer…. <sigh> I was pretty frantic by the time we got going at 4:30…and then we had to go to the PO, stop at the apartment for some things that we forgot and then pick up some food for the trip…. you get the picture. I think we were finally on rt 20 headed east before 6pm… I think…
I ended up carsick, even worse. <sigh> That meant that I wasn’t all that talkative early on in the trip. I was finally starting to get somewhat past it as we hit Corvallis, at least enough to realize that the pink “clouds” over the Cascades was smoke from the fires! Wow….
Clouds were the amazing thing pretty much the whole trip. When we were at home while I was waiting for Tempus I watched polka-dotted stripes of cloud that were oriented north/south sliding northeast, with a determined southward march of small puffy grey bits that looked like leftover for heading directly south below them with mackerel sky, way up high. I have no idea where the small bits were coming from, either. There seemed to be clumps over the Coast Range, but it petered out before we got to the Yaquina Bay.
I was amazed/appalled by the smoke in the Valley. We certainly weren’t near the worst of it, but I see why one of my friends had a respirator on when she was watching the eclipse on Monday (she works in Grants Pass) if it was that bad up here. The clouds in the Valley were oriented north/south in stripes as well, but these were pretty solid. As the sun lowered everything went a pink/gold color that seemed lurid, just wrong. It didn’t make the trees fluoresce the way they normally do at that time of the day.
We got gas where 20 hits I-5 and then headed north. It was a spectacular sunset, but I had a sore throat, which gradually resolved itself the farther north we went. We chatted about all kinds of things from politics to food to war heroes and statues. We were late enough to miss most of the Portland traffic, but wow did we hit it in Tacoma! They’re doing some kind of roadwork and it was down to one lane. We only stopped twice after gas, once for a bathroom and once to text someone.
Ambient light pollution really changed the look of the sky after dark. It was pretty dark by the time we crossed into Washington, with only left-over sunset in the west, clear of smoke. I’m used to either nice dark skies or lighter cloud, but the clouds were brighter than the sky. Around Tumwater there was just glow over town, but in Tacoma, the clouds were reflecting the light right back. After the traffic nightmare we got to the hotel just a little after midnight. Googlemaps “5:15 hours” was definitely not the kind of time we made. 6:30 at best….
We’re in a lovely room in the Silver Cloud Hotel, but the parking garage and elevator are a claustrophobe’s nightmare…. I didn’t quite freak out, but we’d been here for about 20 minutes before my heart-rate finally slowed down! I think I’m going to go take a long soak, even if it’s past 1 in the morning.
…and I did. We got up around noon. Tempus is getting a bath, now, and I still need to do my hair. We’re going to have an early dinner with the kiddos and Raven’s family later and then the wedding this evening. I’m excited!
Today’s feast is the Bartholomew Fair, which may have descended from the Mania, the feast of Ceres, Mania, and the Manes, in the sense of honoring cthonic and grain deities. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartholomew_Fair On the Manes here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manes and Mania (goddess of the dead) here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mania_(mythology)
Today’s Plant is Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna, known as common hawthorn , may, mayblossom, maythorn, quickthorn, whitethorn, motherdie, and haw. It has edible buds, flowers and fruits, which are full of antioxidants . Particularly sacred to the month of May and to Beltane, it is used extensively as a hedge plant. – Fairy energy, May interfere with digitalis medications. – Masculine, Mars, Fire. – Increases fertility and/or celibacy. Carry on a fishing trip to ensure good catch. Brings happiness to the troubled or depressed. Protects house against lightning and storms, evil ghosts may not enter. In cradles to guard from evil spells. Most Witch’s gardens contained a hawt hedge. Sacred to the fairies, and is part of the tree triad of Britain. More on this species:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_hawthorn More on the genus Crataegus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crataegus
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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 9/6 at 12:03am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 8/25 at 11:30pm.
….and then the Moon reappears in the evening sky as a waxing crescent, retreating farther from our sunward line of sight every day. (The Moon here is positioned for the middle of North America; your aspect may vary a bit.) After causing so much fuss on Monday, the Moon now gleams shyly low in the west after sunset, as shown here. Almost a fist-width to its left is Jupiter, and fainter Spica is farther left or lower left.
Jupiter (magnitude –1.8, in Virgo) is very low in the west-southwest during twilight. Look for fainter Spica (magnitude +1.0) 5° left or lower left of it. Binoculars help.
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
Runic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/, 8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world.
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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).
Coll – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 24 High 2:36 AM 7.7 6:30 AM Rise 9:42 AM 5
~ 24 Low 9:04 AM -0.4 8:06 PM Set 9:55 PM
~ 24 High 3:20 PM 7.5
~ 24 Low 9:28 PM 0.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Let the truth shine through appearances.
~ The mind that is anxious about the future is miserable. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca
~ The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. – Leo Tolstoy
~ There are hundreds of languages in the world but a smile speaks them all. – Unknown
~ Time is not a road- it is a room. – John Fowles
There is a brokenness out of which comes the unbroken, a shatteredness out of which blooms the unshatterable. There is a sorrow beyond grief which leads to joy and a fragility out of whose depths emerges strength. There is a hollow space too vast for words through which we pass with each loss, out of whose darkness we are sanctioned into being. There is a cry deeper than all sound whose serrated edges cut the heart as we break open to the place inside which is unbreakable and whole, while learning to sing. –Rashani
Saint Phanourios Cake – August 27th, 2007
Color of the day: Gray – Incense of the day: Basil
This special cake is baked in honor of Saint Phanourios, a kindly saint who helps lovers find one another and is called upon to locate missing objects. Before you bake the cake, say:
Saint Phanourios, may your mother be blessed with eternal peace as you come to my aid.
- 1 cup sugar 1 cup oil
- 2 cups orange juice
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 4 cups flour
- 3/4 cup raisins
- 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
Beat oil and sugar for 10 minutes or until creamy. In a separate bowl dissolve baking soda in orange juice (this has a tendency to foam over). Add flour, raisins, and nuts. Pour in an ungreased bundt pan or 9×13 cake pan. Bake 45 minutes at 350º F or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
By: Lily Gardner
More info about the Saint whose feast day is 8/27. http://www.orthodox.net/recipes/st-phanourios-story-prayer-to-bread-recipes.html
HARVEST HOME CAKE
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 1cup raisins
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup lard
- 1 egg
- 3 cups flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- one teaspoon powdered cinnamon
- one teaspoon cloves
- one teaspoon allspice
- 1 cup of chopped nuts of your choice
- butter or cream.
- Mix sugar, raisins, water and lard in a medium glass cook pot.
- Bring to a simmering boil for 3 minutes. Set aside to cool.
- After cooling completely, beat in egg.
- Into a large bowl, sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon, cloves and allspice.
- Pour cooled mixture in a little at a time.
- Beat for 2 minutes.
- Pour into greased cake pan
- Top with nuts.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes,
Serve with butter or cream. This can be back in mini-loaf pans to make cutting up and serving easy.
Hot Cinnamon Pudding Cake
- 1 cup sugar
- 2tbsp butter
- 1 cup milk
- 2 cup flour
- 2 tsp Baking powder
- 2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/4tsp salt
- 2 cup Brown sugar
- 2tbsp butter
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 ¼ c water
- Mix cake ingredients together and pour into a greased 13 x 9″ baking pan.
- Combine topping ingredients in a saucepan.
- Bring to a boil.
- Pour over cake batter.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
Serves 12. Good with ice cream or cool whip.
Adapted from Dana 2002
Tip: You can use nutmeg instead of cinnamon or 1 tsp ground ginger instead. Grate nutmeg on top or use candied ginger, too.