It’s very foggy and damp. 57F, wind at 1mph, clouds at 900 feet and we got 0.02 inches of rain last night. It wasn’t even enough to wet the dry ground! There’s an actual chance of .03 inches at the end of next week, though.
Yesterday started as a blur, even coffee wasn’t helping. After I bonked my head on the desk when I fell asleep sitting there, I went over and curled up on the sofa. 🙂 When I woke again Tempus was watering plants. With so many here, instead of in the sunroom, it’s turning into a really big task!
Then we got busy…. The usual summer-touristy people were in, plus some locals with questions. I was checking things in. The abalone shell that we got from a yard sale finally lost all the plastic bits that I could tweeze off it. It must have been wrapped in cling-wrap for some reason.
We had something for supper…don’t even remember what. Some kind of casserole? 🙂 We headed home around 9 and went to sleep fairly soon. I woke up at one point and couldn’t get back to sleep, so I did some sewing for awhile. I also finished Dion Fortune’s Psychic Self-Defense. I must not have read the last couple of chapters the first time. I didn’t get that much useful out of it, but was a little surprised to find that the section of 101 on the subject is organized exactly the same!
Today I’ve been out harvesting greens while we’re still there, and a bit of honeysuckle. We’re going to have to dig the dandelion roots and a flat of violets, plus a fern out of the path and I’m thinking I want to nab some more of the plantain plants that are growing along there, not just harvest the leaves. We still need to move the raspberry and one of the big ferns, too.
Herbs is at 11am and Sewing at 3pm.
Today’s Feast is Ólavsøka, a big midsummer festival in the Faroe Islands. Parliament opens on this day. The name is St. Olaf’s Wake, after the death of St. Olaf in 1030CE, but the parliament predates that. There’s a concert and boat races, football and a bunch of other stuff going on…and it actually starts the night of the 28th… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%93lavs%C3%B8ka
Today’s plant is Candy Flower, Claytonia siberica, (also called Siberian Spring Beauty, Siberian Miner’s Lettuce or Pink Purslane) is a flowering plant in the family Montiaceae, native to Siberia and western North America. A synonym is Montia sibirica. The plant was introduced into the United Kingdom by the 18th century where it has become very widespread. It is similar to Miner’s Lettuce in properties, but not as edible. – Feminine, Moon, Water, – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. This one is also a spirit-lifter. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia_sibirica
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 7/29 at 1:20am. 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 8/11 at 2:58am.
Asteroid 4 Vesta should be an easy target through binoculars or a telescope this weekend as the bright Moon moves away from the minor planet’s home in southern Ophiuchus. >>> With binoculars, start at magnitude 2.4 Eta (η) Ophiuchi and then drop south one field to magnitude 4.4 Xi (ξ) Oph. This evening, magnitude 6.3 Vesta lies 1.7° southeast of Xi.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.2, in Libra) shines in the south-southwest in twilight. It’s between Spica about 20° to its right or lower right, and the head of Scorpius about 20° to its left. Catch Jupiter with your scope in late twilight before it gets low.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for July 2018 https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-july-2018
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
Runic half-month of Uruz/ Ur, 7/14-28 According to Pennick Ur represents primal strength, a time of collective action. A good time for beginnings! Pennick, Nigel, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992 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.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 28 High 1:01 AM 7.5 5:59 AM Set 6:43 AM 99
28 Low 7:59 AM -0.8 8:46 PM Rise 9:28 PM
28 High 2:28 PM 6.3
28 Low 7:55 PM 2.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Handle yourself with kid gloves. You are your own best best ally.
~ A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short. – Andre Maurois
~ Warriors think for themselves, eliminating useless habits and routines, unfettered by dogma. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. – Albert Schweitzer
~ If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased. – Katharine Hepburn
Beyond me in the fields the Sun
Soaks in the grass and hath his will;
I count the marguerites one by one;
Even the buttercups are still. – Archibald Lampman (1861–99)
Collect blackberries and make a fresh pie marked with the Solar Cross. From “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel)
Brigid’s Blackberry Pie – Recipe by Edain McCoy – (Makes one nine-inch pie)
- 4 cups fresh blackberries (thawed frozen is okay)
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Unbaked pie crust
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a deep pie dish with the pie crust, or purchase a commercially-made one. Set aside. Mix all other ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. If it appears too “wet”, mix in a little more flour (about 2 tablespoons). Turn the fruit into the pie shell and dot with butter or margarine. You can bake the pie as is, or cover it with another pie crust. If you do this, pinch down the ends to hold it to the other crust. Then score the top several times with a sharp knife. Bake for 1 hour, or until the top crust is a golden brown. (Note: A sugar-free version can be made by substituting appropriate amounts of artificial sweetener.)
(The above recipe for “Brigid’s Blackberry Pie” is quoted directly from Edain McCoy’s book “The Sabbats: A New Approach to Living the Old Ways”, page 179, Llewellyn Publications, 1994)
Blaeberry Jam – Bilberries – http://www.chalicecentre.net/lughnasadh.htm
Bilberries, ( fraocháin, blaeberries, blueberries, whortleberries,) the first wild fruits, were a sign of the earth’s covenant with her children, so it was very important to gather and share them with the community. In early Ireland, bilberries were sent as tribute to the High King, according to the medieval Book of Rights:
On the calends of August to the king
Were brought from each respective district,
… the heath-fruit of Brigh-Leithe;
Quantities were eaten on the way up to the Lughnasadh hill of assembly, but the ones that managed to make it down might be made into jam or “fraughan cakes” or simply mashed with cream. A special treat was bilberry wine, which was most enjoyed by lovers, and had the reputation for hastening on the wedding! As was typical in a more neighborly society, some were set aside for those who could not make the climb. And some were also left behind on a special cairn or rock as an offering to an old, almost-forgotten god who first brought the harvest to Ireland.
Here’s a recipe for traditional blaeberry jam that comes from Scotland. Wild blaeberries (vaccinium myrtillus) are much smaller and tarter than the commercial blueberry, but the rhubarb in this recipe adds sharpness and texture.
- 2 lb blueberries
- 1/2lb rhubarb
- 2 lb preserving sugar
Wash, trim and roughly chop the rhubarb, put it into a pan and cook gently until it starts to soften. Stir in the sugar and when it has dissolved add the blaeberries and bring the jam to the boil. Boil it rapidly for up to 20 minutes to setting point. Cool slightly then pour into clean warm jars, cover, label and store.
(Test for setting point: test the jam by placing a spoonful on a plate, letting it cool and then pushing the surface with your finger: if it wrinkles the jam is ready)
From: Janet Warren, A feast of Scotland, Lomond Books,1990, ISBN 1-85051-112-8.
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.