Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
Rain, lovely, lovely rain! Oh, that was nice last night! We only got .04 inches, but it pattered down steadily for at least an hour and then we got .02 inches after midnight. It’s quite foggy, now, with a humidity of 95%. Water is standing on every leaf and reflecting back the light. It’s actually fairly bright. There’s no wind, or not enough to matter. The hind-dune lakes along the highway were glassy and reflecting the fog back was a cool effect. We’re back to more normal weather after today, but I hope this helped a bit with the fires.
Yesterday started ok, although the Net crashed on me just as I was about the get the newsletter out. I didn’t lose a whole lot, so it didn’t take very long to get back, I just earned a few more grey hairs.
We have some new smudges and next week sometime we should have some more of the crystal bottles out for sale. I only had two left, so I filled them with amethyst, but got the next batch ordered. The smudges took a little more time, since I needed to bag and header the beautiful things. They smell wonderful!
I came to an horrid realization right at the tail end of the afternoon. My Italian Renn gown that I was going to wear this weekend, isn’t at the shop… anywhere. The only thing we can figure, since all the pieces are awol, too, is that it got packed and put into storage. …It’s mostly a bummer because I was going to do the Shrewsbury Faire on Sunday and now, I can’t. My stuff can go, but I can’t…. That also means that today I’m going to have to work on making tags for things. …and then I got a response that maybe I could go after all, but I have to do some quick sewing today and borrow a couple of pieces. I hate doing that, but at least I can go.
Tempus dropped me at the apartment and we had to dodge a sprinkler. 🙂 Later I went upstairs and got to chat with Jeanne for awhile, which was awfully nice. I’ve missed that. While I was up there it started to rain. It was really coming down, steadily, not just a shower. That’s a real relief given the lightning strikes. Now if it’s just doing that where the fires are….
I spent a good couple of hours working on cutting out some interesting shapes for pincushions. I actually turned my music off for about an hour while I was doing that, just to listen to the rain on the solarium roof. I have a lot of scraps for emery bags, too, and since I got two pounds of it yesterday, that’s going to happen, next.
Tempus had a good run last night. He got the shopping done, which he’s getting put away at the moment, handing me goodies. 🙂 It rained on him, mostly at the beginning and the end, but he was home not long after 5:30.
Today he’s got to go back home after we’re open and breakfasted. Jeanne’s out to the doctor’s and there’s a repairman coming for a piece of equipment, so he’s going to go back and nap until she’s home. I have to get my stuff packed and then we’re going to drive down there after we close to go set up.
…and we’re going to close early on Sunday, right at 5pm.
A Ken Gagne photo of a Yachats sunset from 9/4/16
The Feast of Honor for Lada and Lela – Ruen (September) 8
This day Lada and Lela are honored because of the work in the fields has come to a close. A celebration is held with dancing and song. This marks the passing of Summer and its attendant warmth.
Today honors Lada and Leyla, two goddesses of Slavic Reconstruction Myth, who don’t appear to have any historical precedent. Lada is a mother/harvest goddess married/twin to Lado, a solar god of joy. Leyla is her daughter who shows up in the stories of the spring rabbit who didn’t know any better and laid colored eggs as a gift, whose image is on the moon.
“Vid” is the short form of the name “Svatovit”, a Slavic sky god.
Lado! Vid slept in a meadow. Lado is beautiful!
Lado! Fair elf-maids were waking him. Lado is beautiful!
Lado! Stand up young Vid! Lado is beautiful!
Lado! your house is on sale; Lado is beautiful!
Lado! Your mother is dying; Lado is beautiful!
Lado! Your lover serves an other. Lado is beautiful!
Lado! Then answers young Vid, Lado is beautiful!
Lado! You are lying, fair elf-maids; Lado is beautiful!
Lado! Neither is my mother dying; Lado is beautiful!
Lado! Neither is my house on sale; Lado is beautiful!
Lado! …but my lover serves an other. Lado is beautiful!
This song, devoted to Lado, was sung by Serb girls around the Drava river. In springtime they would gather in front of churches and sing it standing in circles as late as 1885 (this is not to say that actual belief in Lado remained). Collected by Nikola Begovic. Source Wikipedia
Today’s plant is the trillium, specifically the varieties for our state of the Giant Purple Wakerobin, the Idaho Trillium and Round Leaf Trillium. These are one of the characteristic flowers of the Oregon spring forests, the flowers of spring called Wakerobin since in many places robins and trilliums appear at the same time. It is also called Birthroot and has been used medicinally to control bleeding. Tripartite petals and flower make this an unusual plant and since they grow, widely separated in the undergrowth of forests, they’re striking when you come across them. –Feminine, Venus, Water – Carry the root to attract money and luck or – Masculine, Venus & Saturn, Earth – the magicks of trillium are concerned with boundaries and lust. ….and they’re beautiful!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trillium Yes, it’s odd to have two sets of correspondences for one plant, but that’s the way this one works!
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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 9/19 at 10:30pm. 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 9/12 at 11:25pm.
By the 9th, Mercury has moved up past Mars to pair with Regulus. The visibility of faint objects in bright twilight is exaggerated in these scenes. A dawn challenge: Very low in the east as dawn brightens on Saturday morning the 9th, Mercury, now a respectable magnitude 0, glows 1° to the right of Regulus, magnitude 1.3. Mars, fainter at magnitude 1.8, is about 3° to their lower left, as shown above. Bring binoculars.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) are well up in the east and southeast, respectively, by late evening. It likely rains diamonds inside them. Use our finder charts.
The sun is letting off a bunch of solar flares. One already messed with radio communications.
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 Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
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 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
F 8 High 2:15 AM 7.5 6:48 AM Set 9:19 AM 97
~ 8 Low 8:34 AM 0.1 7:39 PM Rise 9:16 PM
~ 8 High 2:45 PM 7.7
~ 8 Low 9:01 PM 0.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Instead of giving myself reasons why I can’t, I give myself reasons why I can.
~ The biggest problem in the world could have been solved when it was small. Lao Tzu
~ The quickest and surest way to conquer your fear is to do whatever it is you fear. Just do it. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ The road to happiness is always under construction. – Dan Millman
~ The unjust man prospers ill. – Grettir’s Saga, c.62
Now westlin winds and slaught’ring guns
Bring Autumn’s pleasant weather;
The moorcock springs on whirring wings
Amang the blooming heather:
Now waving grain, wide o’er the plain,
Delights the weary farmer:
And the moon shines bright, when I rove at night,
To muse upon my charmer. – Robert Burns (1759–96)
Peel three potatoes and place them on a green cloth on your kitchen table. Consider three things you can do to improve your health. Carve on each potato symbols or words regarding your intention. Make a potato leek soup with your magical potatoes.
4 cup sliced leeks
3 cup sliced potatoes
6 cup chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
1. Combine potatoes, leeks and broth and cook for 20 minutes.
2. Liquefy in a blender.
3. Add cream, sherry, and chives and cook an additional 5 minutes without boiling, stirring constantly.
Adapted from ~Lily Gardner-Butts
German Winter Mushroom Soup
- 2 qts. water
- 1 lb. fresh mushrooms (dried may be used)
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 1 lg. onion
- Sauerkraut juice or vinegar to taste
- Roux — browned butter sauce
- Chopped noodle dough (1 c. or more if desired)
- Soak mushrooms in salt water 20 minutes.
- Clean, slice and cook, with large onion 20 minutes.
- Drain and rinse.
- Add mushrooms to 2 quarts water, season to taste.
- Bring to a boil.
- Pour about 1 cup boiling mushroom water to the roux.
- Stir to make a smooth paste, return to the boiling mushrooms.
- Add chopped noodle dough to the boiling mushrooms, cook until the dough is tender. Add sauerkraut juice to taste.
- 1/2 stick margarine or butter (brown)
- 3 tbsp. flour
- Brown ingredients, remove from flame.
- Add boiling mushroom water, stir for a smooth paste.
- Return to mushrooms.
CHOPPED NOODLE DOUGH:
- 1 c. flour
- 1/2 c. water
- 1 egg
- Mix all ingredients to make a stiff dough.
- Chop to make fine crumbs.
- Add to the boiling mushroom soup.
Curried Crockpot Dal with Sweet Potato – Serves 6-8
- 1 lb dried split peas
- 1 seeded, diced green pepper
- 1 grated medium sweet potato (peel only if skin is very rough)
- 6 cup unsalted vegetable stock or soup base (-OR- 6 c. water plus 1 finely chopped rib celery and half a finely chopped medium onion)
- 1 bay leaf
- 1-2 chipotles, torn up or sliced 1
- fairly generous pinch anise seed Curry powder to taste
- soy sauce to taste (dirt cheap at any Asian grocery)
- Black pepper to taste
- Garlic powder or sliced garlic to taste
- Place first seven ingredients in crockpot and season to taste with the remaining four. Be generous with the mushroom soy; it’s the source of some of the richness and all of the salt in this soup/stew. Note: If using Indian curry powder and not the Malaysian kind that has peanut powder in it, you can add a tsp. of peanut butter if desired.
- Cook at low setting (200^f.) for ten hours, then add a cup of water and turn heat to high. Cook till peas begin to fall apart, perhaps another hour. They will still have some texture; this is not mushy like standard American pea soup. (Note that yellow split peas may take a bit longer to cook than green ones, as they’re often a bit larger. They do come out pretty, though.)
- Serve with coleslaw, crusty bread and iced tea or beer.
- Or reduce stock a little further, blenderize the dish (in batches if necessary), and fry in oil, as for refried beans, till it’s beginning to go golden and crusty. This is nutty and incredibly good served with rice and spinach and some sort of hot or sour pickle. – Rain Redknife