Sewing from 6-8pm.
63F with just a few low clouds in a pale blue sky. It looks like that rain shifted some of the fire smoke, at least. It’s windy today, blowing at around 10mph and gusting into the upper teens on the beaches. 73% humidity. The days are getting shorter by almost 3 minutes each, now, and the sunlight is thinner, somehow.
We didn’t get up all that late yesterday, but we took our time getting going on things. I had my 2nd cup of coffee around 4pm. Tempus went up to do some laundry and vanished for awhile. It turned out later he was talking to Jeanne. I worked on some embroidery, did a little sorting in the apartment and then went outside and got some pix of the plants and had some berries, harvested some bergamot and plantain. When I came in I stitched one pincushion, then cut out a small emery cushion. This is the 2nd cube one that I’ve done. I was alternating facebook, a reader’s digest that I’m working through and some stitchery for awhile after that and eventually ended up with a embroidered piece that still needs a back, one emery cube, 4 flats ones, a partially stitched 5th and a biscornu.
Eventually once Tempus was back downstairs we had some supper and then he dozed off while I was still stitching. I woke him a little before 10 because I wanted to do my hair and he had offered to bring my tote for me. 🙂 Jeanne was watching Game of Thrones, so he stayed for that. I’m not into chopping people to bits, much less frying them, so I came back down to the apartment. 🙂
For some reason I had trouble sleeping last night, although I don’t feel like I missed too much. That’s probably because we both overslept and didn’t get the shop open until 1/4 past! I have to get caught up on bills and things and then sort some herbs. I’m hoping Tempus is going to get the table cleared in back, so I can get some more sewing taken care of along with starting another batch of pincushion filling.
Tempus has the paper route tonight and I’m hoping that he can get some shopping done beforehand.
Today is the birthday of Raymond Buckland, one of the first witches in the US who came out of the “broom closet”. He’s been influential in writing books about the Craft and in a video, done for public access TV in the 90’s that portrayed several rituals and brought the basics of Wicca to people who didn’t even know that it existed. His earlier works are a little dated, and are from the ceremonial end of Wicca, but were invaluable in earlier decades with followable (if wordy) ritual scripts. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Buckland
Today’s Plant is Sword fern, Polystichum munitum. It grows all winter on the coast, getting greener and lovelier every year as the new fiddles come up out of the center of the plant and develop into fronds. I’ve been enjoying those, watching them for months, now. they can get to be 6 feet tall and some of the ones down in the park where the stream crosses through are that size! The indigenes used the rhizome as a poverty food (baked and peeled), and the fronds are one of the best remedies for relieving the pain from the sting of a Stinging Nettle. It is also commonly used by florists as an ornamental plant. – Masculine, Air, The God, the Puck. This is an herb of masculine power, protection and luck. Use in spells to guide to treasure. Burn to drive away pests.…and as any fern, burn for rain…. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sword_fern
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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. 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 9/4 at 12:03pm.
Jupiter is getting harder to see low in the afterglow of sunset.
The wide W pattern of Cassiopeia is tilting up in the northeast after dark. Look below the W’s last segment on the lower left, by a little farther than the segment’s length, for an enhanced spot of the Milky Way’s glow if you have a dark enough sky. Binoculars will show this to be the Perseus Double Cluster — even through a fair amount of light pollution.
Venus and the Beehive >>>: Just before the first light of dawn on Friday morning (in other words, about 90 minutes before your local sunrise), spot Venus shining brightly low in the east-northeast. Binoculars will show the Beehive star cluster only about 1° to its left.
Saturn (magnitude +0.4, in the legs of Ophiuchus) glows steadily in the south-southwest at nightfall. Antares, less bright, twinkles 12° to Saturn’s lower right.
The Cassini Probe is taking its last dives past Saturn. The final “suicide plunge” should be on 9/15. More here: https://www.space.com/37980-mysteries-of-saturn-near-cassini-finale.html
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine, Sep 2 – 29
Runic half-month of Raidho/Rad 8/29-9/12 – Denotes the channeling of energies in the correct manner to produce the desired results. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102
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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 31 Low 3:11 AM 1.1 6:38 AM Set 1:17 AM 63
~ 31 High 9:45 AM 5.2 7:54 PM Rise 4:28 PM
~ 31 Low 3:00 PM 3.2
~ 31 High 8:55 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the mist of the morning, be thankful. Do the same in the afternoon. By the time evening falls you will realize you have been blessed all day long .When you lay your head down, reflect upon those blessings. When you wake again feel the love that filled your heart over night.
~ If I have been able to see farther than others, it was because I stood on the shoulders of giants. – Isaac Newton
~ If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. – Jim Rohn
~ If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else. Yogi Berra
~ Ill is it to do the wrong and leave the right undone. – Króka-refs Saga, c.3
I wish it were possible, from this instance, to invent a method of embalming drowned persons, in such a manner that they might be recalled to life at any period, however distant; for having very ardent desire to see and observe the state of America a hundred years hence, I should prefer to an ordinary death, being immersed with a few friends in a cask of Madeira, until that time, then to be recalled to life by the solar warmth of my dear country. – Benjamin Franklin; letter to Jacques Barbeu Dubourg, April, 1773
Mabon Wine Moon Cider
4 cups apple cider
4 cups grape juice
2 cinnamon sticks, 4 inches long
1 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. whole cloves
additional cinnamon sticks for cups, 6 inches long
In a 4 quart sauce pan, heat cider and grape juice. Add cinnamon,
allspice, and cloves. Bring it to a light boil, then lower heat, and
simmer for 5 minutes. serve with a ladle from a cauldron. makes 8 cups.
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Mabon Ruby Red Wine
- General Purpose Wine Yeast
- 1 1/2 Pounds White Sugar
- 2 Pounds Blackberries
- 2 Pounds Elderberries
- 1/2 Pound Raisins
- 6 Pints Cold Water
- 2 Pounds Sloes
- 1 Pound Apples
- Yeast Nutrient
- Pectic Enzyme
- 1 campden tablet
- Juice the berries, raisins and apples in an electric juicer and remove any pits you find in the pulp.
- Place juice, pulp, 6 pints of water, the campden tablet and enzyme in a large clean container
- Cover and leave for 1 full day.
- Mix in 1 1/2 pound sugar, and the yeast nutrient.
- Re-cover and leave for 48 hours, stirring at least once per day.
- Strain liquid into a new container,
- Add another pound of sugar.
- Re-cover and for another 36 hours.
- Pour liquid into a fermenting jar and age as you would any wine.
Mama’s Mulled Spiced Cider
Beverage – Hot
Party Recipe – Winter
8 servings – can be halved, doubled or more
Party perk recipe doubles this
- ½ gal or rough cider or apple juice
- ½ cup orange juice
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp grated nutmeg
- 1 tbsp grated orange peel
- 8 cinnamon sticks
- 8 orange wheels (see garnish – fruit)
- 1 star anise or ¼ tsp aniseed
Microwave-safe measuring cup (2-cup, at least) measuring spoons, strainer, something to keep the cider hot in (soup pot with lid, Party Perk) 8 mugs, sharp small knife
- Put 1 cup of apple juice into measuring cup and add spices.
- Zap in microwave for 4 minutes, stirring every minute. Don’t let it boil! If it does, just stop there and go on.
- Let sit for 15 minutes, at least.
- Pour apple and orange juices into pot (or Party Perk) and warm on medium for about 15 minutes, stirring every so often. (Party Perk takes 1 hour to warm)
- Turn temperature to low. (Not on Party Perk, see above)
- Put strainer over pot or Party perk and pour spiced juice from measuring cup through it. Stir and let finish warming, covered.
- Set out the mugs.
- Add a cinnamon stick to each.
- Split each orange wheel from the center to one edge and push the split down over the rim of the mug until the slice stands up.
- Add juice and serve. There will be seconds.