Well, we’re back to partly cloudy and some possible rain tomorrow afternoon, drying out. We saw some small landslips last night, on the paper route, but nothing big. The rain took the smoke down over in the Valley and they’ve managed to send some of the exhausted fire crews home.
Yesterday I got a lot done at the apartment. I’m still sorting things out and there are lots more boxes to do, but I think that’s the next to last that we have at home. Tempus brought a yummy sandwich back with him that he made from the beef we had on Sunday, then he whacked through chores and then we came back to the shop.
I started right in on filling crystal bottles and still have a few left to do this afternoon, since my bottle order was delivered when he was at the shop. We have some goodies like Ethiopian Opal, Peridot and Lapis in the new stuff! The box is so full that I have a few extras in a small plastic drawer next to the tray.
Tempus took off for Newport in good time, but the papers were late and having to double bag for the rain meant that he didn’t come for me until past 3:30 and it was 7am when we got home. He also had some problems with how many papers he’d been given and the drown-pours that were happening every so often.
We got to see the Moon/Regulus conjunction, though! As we were starting out 34, I exclaimed that I could see stars to the south and west and by the time we were doing the upper part of Waldport, Orion was striding across the brightening sky and Venus and Regulus were plain, as the sky more to the east cleared, even if clouds were dark against that sky all around. Tempus actually got to see it as we had a clear view after a delivery near the golf course and I made him stop to look.
…and then everything closed back in from the south and west. We had seen lightning off and on, but during some of the glimpses that we get of the ocean during the last part of the run there was a lot of flickering going on out there and lots of water falling out of the clouds. We sorta/kinda beat it home and went right to sleep. My jacket was all sprinkled and had to dry out, but it wasn’t anything major.
Today I’m finally managing to get his out. We got up 2:30-ish, but we had to pick up mail and some other chores needed to happen, but at least this is going out now. It’s our anniversary. (29) Yes, we’ve been together for over 32 years, but today in 1988 is when we actually got married. I’m hoping we’re going to go out to dinner this evening, but I’m waiting on another delivery, so that may be late.
Love this pendant! No, not carrying it. <sigh>
Today’s Feast is the day when the initiates entered the Telesterion during the Eleusinian Mysteries. This was the climax of the rite where the triple ear of wheat was shown. The Mysteries endured for centuries only to be stamped out at the end of the 4th century CE. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleusinian_Mysteries
Today’s Plant is Stinging Nettle, Urtica Dioica, otherwise known as, “Ouch!!!!” Grab a handful of this plant and you will know it. There are lots of hollow “hairs” on this plant that act like tiny hypodermics, injecting histamine, among other stinging chemicals. There’s even a name for a type of allergic reaction called, “nettlerash”, that picked up the word from the characteristic pattern of itchy bumps. This plant has been used for food, medicine, fabric and magic for millenia. It is used as a pot herb and is one of the vegetables with the highest protein content. If you soak it in water or cook it the stings go away. In medicine it has been used to treat arthritis, dandruff and lack of milk in a nursing mother. The fibers are suitable for making fabric and a related species has been used for over 6000 years to make a silky-looking textile called ramie, even though the processing takes a lot of effort. They are even used to make beer and cordials! – Masculine, Mars, Fire, Thor – Exorcism – for getting rid of nasty-minded Fae, plant nettles around your garden and barn. Protection – nettles in a pocket will keep a person safe from lightning and bestow courage. Nettles kept in a room will protect anyone inside. Lust – Nettles are reputed to enhance fertility in men and nettle tea is an aphrodisiac. Healing – fever can be dispelled by plucking a nettle up by its roots while reciting the names of the sick person and family. …and shirts made of fabric spun and woven from nettles feature as a girl’s quest tale in the Twelve Wild Swans.
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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 10/5 at 11:40am. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 10:30am on 9/21.
Venus and Regulus pair up. Regulus is less than 1% as bright as the supposed “Morning Star.”
New Moon (exact at 1:30 a.m. on the 20th EDT, iow, last night for us). With the Moon out of the sky, try for the big, elongated, 10.4-magnitude galaxy NGC 7331 above the top corner of the Great Square of Pegasus >>>— using Matt Wedel’s Binocular Highlight chart and article in the September Sky & Telescope, page 43. Really, binoculars? For a galaxy as faint as 10.4? Says Matt, “I’ve needed at least 10×50s to pull it out, and 15×70s are better still. Some claim to have spotted it with only 7×50s in only moderately dark skies.” For users of big telescopes under darker skies, NGC 7331 is also known as the stepping stone to Stephan’s Quintet, ½° to the south-southwest.
Jupiter (magnitude –1.7) is disappearing deep into the sunset. Use binoculars to try for it just above the west-southwest horizon during bright twilight.
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine, Sep 2 – 29
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
W 20 High 12:55 AM 7.9 7:02 AM Rise 7:24 AM 0
~ 20 Low 7:18 AM -0.2 7:17 PM Set 7:54 PM
~ 20 High 1:29 PM 7.8
~ 20 Low 7:40 PM 0.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I find contentment by focusing on the positive around me.
~ Never think that you can’t do something without even trying first. – Lucas Benitez
~ No friend is he who but flatters. – Norse Adage
~ One evening I sat Beauty on my knees – And I found her bitter – And I reviled her. – Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) French writer
~ One key to successful relationships is learning to say “no” without guilt, so that you can say “yes” without resentment. ~ Bill Crawford
Man’s Reason is in such deep insolvency to sense, that tho’ she guide his highest flight heav’nward, and teach him dignity morals manners and human comfort, she can delicately and dangerously bedizen the rioting joys that fringe the sad pathways of Hell. – Robert Bridges (1844-1930) English writer
Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup
- 1/2 c. wild rice
- 2 tbsp. margarine
- 1 c. minced leek (white part only)
- 1/3 c. minced celery
- 1 tsp. minced ginger root
- 1 c. diced mushrooms
- 4 c. 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
- 1 lb. mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 2 shallots, finely chopped (about ¼ c.)
- 1 tbsp. flour
- 1/2 tsp. each salt & dried savory
- Pinch white pepper
- 2 tsp. tomato paste
- 2 c. rich beef broth or 1 (14 ½ oz.) can regular strength beef broth
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 2 c. half and half
- 2 tbsp. 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.
4 carrots, sliced
2 stalks celery, diced
6-8 small potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped green pepper, optional
2 cans or 1 pint green beans, drained
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 can baby peas, drained
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 quart V-8 juice
1 lb. diced ham or beef stew meat
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Combine all ingredients in crockpot. Cover with lid and cook on high for 6-7 hours.
Recipe taken from “Crazy About Crockpots – 101 Soups & Stews for Less than $.75 a Serving” by Penny E. Stone, published by Champion Press. “Crazy About Crockpots – 101 Soups & Stews for Less than $.75 a Serving” is available for $12.00 from Parents & Teens at: https://www.wmsecure.com/%7Ehistoryg/specialbookorder.html