Daily Stuff 8-28-18 Feast of Pan

Hi, folks!

Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 8:32 AM of -0.1 feet.

Eighteen boats in the Bay, today! The light is somewhat obscured by haze, but not by any real cloud. 60F wind at 14 with gusts into the 20’s (but it’s afternoon, so….) AUI 25 and humidity at 85%. It’s cool enough for that not to bother, much, but it’s still pretty high for summer and explains the light. Figuring on fog tonight…

Yesterday went by very quickly. We had lot of people in early in the afternoon and otherwishe I was working on newsletter setup. Tempus got the errands run and I have my pills, some recorders a friend was sending me, a pair of shop shoes, and I got my packages mailed.

Late in the afternoon he headed back to the apartment to harvest the salal, and once he brought those back I had to clean and pick them over and late in the evening he finally got them washed, bagged and then into the freezer.

At 7:20 the light suddenly dimmed as the sun went behind he buildings across the street. By 8pm it was already twilight.

Mars was bright directly south as we were leaving the shop near midnight. We finally ate supper at the apartment after that and went to sleep. I was up for awhile during the night, embroidering and reading and we didn’t wake until 1pm.

We had coffee and cheese and toast for breakfast and Tempus ran me to the shop, only to realize that we had forgotten several things, including my embroidery bag. so I sat down to get this out and then we’ll get to work. I have a coin collection to sort and put by, books to check in (yeah, another box pulled out from under) and then back to herbs. We have the paper run tonight, as well. I’m hoping to go over to where my plant are to harvest, later this afternoon, if possible, too. Busy-ness!


220px-PanandDaphnisToday is the Feast of Pan in Ancient Greece. There is an extensive Wikipedia article here about Pan, himself: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_(god) This feast seems to have be more of a private celebration rather than civil. People would take foods to the shrines and picnic (etc.) nearby. There were some music competitions held in various of the towns in more rural areas, not the mannered competitions that were held in the large cities, but ones that included shepherd’s songs, playing on the panpipe and other reed pipes, etc. All of the links that I had about the competitions are broken, unfortunately, but they get commented on in various of the Greek comedies and even a few in the tragedies and other poetry from ancient Greece.

Today’s Plant is Oregon AshFraxinus latifoliaCeltic tree month Ash NuinFraxinus_latifolia_JPG1Fe“Ash before oak we’re in for a soak. Oak before ash we’re in for a splash” refers to a weather divination in England about spring rain and the leafing times of trees! Ash is a hardwood and is hard, dense, tough and very strong but elastic, great for making bows, , spears and drums as well as all kinds of furniture, even guitars and many of the early airplanes. It makes excellent firewood and has been used a lot for smoking meats. The bark can make a quinine substitute for fevers. The folk name for Ash is “Hoop Ash” ,  or “Nion” – (a rune name from the Irish Gaelic word Nionon which means heaven.) Elsewhere the ash and elm tree were known as the Widow Maker because the large boughs would often drop without warning. Witches were believed to fly on ash-handled broomsticks, while Viking ships were made of ash. In ancient Greece the Meliae were the ash nymphs and the dryads were the oak nymphs. Yggdrasil, the World Tree that supports the order of the Universe was an ash and humans were born from her branches. Odin hung on the tree to gain the knowledge of the Runes and therefore the ash tree is associated with communication.Ash trees have a sugary sap which may have been the basis of the Norse mead of inspiration. Ash Tree attracts lightening, so don’t stand under one during an electric storm. The ash fairy understands that problems are rarely solved on the level at which they were created. – Feminine – Sun & Neptune, Water & Fire – The “helicopter” seeds are used for traditional wish magicks. plant tree pic Oregon AshThe Yule Log is traditionally of ash to bring the light of the Sun to the depths of winter and prosperity to the family. Wands and Staves (and traditionally the handle of the besom) made of this wood are good for healing, general and solar magic. The leaves attract love and prosperity. Sleep with them under your pillow and you will have psychic/prophetic dreams. Sleep with them in a bowl of water next to your bed to prevent illness. Wearing garters of green ash bark protects against the powers of magicians. Ash can heal children just by passing the child through a split in the tree’s trunk. It promotes strength, harmony, and a sense of being in tune with your surroundings. Ash is the key to healing the loneliness of the human spirit, forming a link between the gods, humans, and the dead in the spirit world. Ash holds the key to Universal Truth and Cosmic Wisdom, and it takes on the important role as a Tree of Initiation.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraxinus_latifolia

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Love & Light,


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 8/27 at 7:56pm. 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 9/9 at 11:01am. Waning Gibbous MoonBest 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 9/2 at 7:37pm. 

After nightfall this week, ^^^^^ Arcturus and the Big Dipper >>>>> shine equally high in the west and northwest, respectively.
Although Jupiter reached opposition and peak visibility in early May, it remains a conspicuous object from evening twilight until it sets around 10:30 p.m. local daylight time. Jupiter shines at magnitude –1.9 and dominates the southwestern sky after Venus sets. The gas giant resides among the background stars of Libra the Scales; this evening, it lies 1.5° due east of Zubenelgenubi (Alpha [a] Librae). If you view the planet through a telescope, its disk spans 35″ and displays spectacular cloud-top detail.
Mercury makes an impressive appearance before dawn in late August. It reaches greatest elongation this morning, when it lies 18° west of the Sun and appears 10° high in the east 30 minutes before sunrise. The innermost planet shines at magnitude –0.2 and is the most conspicuous celestial object near the eastern horizon. A telescope reveals the planet’s disk, which spans 7″ and appears 43 percent lit.

Venus is shrouded in a visual-light obscuring haze thanks to a runaway greenhouse effect. Fortunately, NASA’s Magellan mission, launched in 1989, has mapped 98 percent of the venusian surface using cloud-penetrating radar. – NASA

Venus (magnitude –4.6) shines low in the west-southwest in twilight. In a telescope Venus is a very fat crescent 28 arcseconds tall. For the best telescopic seeing catch Venus as early as you can, preferably long before sunset while it is still high.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for August 2018 – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-august-2018
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29 

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 gives order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world. 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

Sun in Virgo
Moon in Pisces enters Aries at 9:35am
Saturn (9/6), Pluto (9/30), Neptune (11/24), Chiron (12/8), Uranus (1/6/19) Retrograde
Color – Grey

Planting 8/26-28

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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
Month: July
Color: Brown
Class: Chieftain
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
Tu  28     High   2:00 AM     7.3   6:35 AM     Set  8:37 AM      98
~    28      Low   8:32 AM    -0.1   8:00 PM    Rise  9:24 PM
~    28     High   2:48 PM     6.9
~    28      Low   8:47 PM     1.3


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t explain; your friends don’t expect it, and your enemies won’t believe it.


Journal Prompt – What do you think? – How do you think the divorce of parents affects the lives of their children?



~  Much suspected by me, Nothing proved can be. – Queen Elizabeth I; reputedly carved onto a window at Woodstock Manor, Oxfordshire
~  Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison. – Henry David Thoreau
~  And here I end, having put my arm as far as my strength will go to advance righteousness: I have writ, I have acted, I have peace: and now I must wait to see the spirit do his own work in the hearts of others, and whether England shall be the first land, or some others, wherein truth shall sit down in triumph. – Gerrard Winstanley; A New-year’s Gift for the Parliament and Army
~  Not every truth is the better for showing its face undisguised; and often silence is the wisest thing for a man to heed. – Pindar

On this scene enter–winged, horned, and spined—
A longlegs, a moth, and a dumbledore;
While ‘mid my page there idly stands
A sleepy fly, that rubs its hands . . .- –Thomas Hardy (1840–1928)


Mabon Magick – Recipes

Pasta, Spicy Tomato-Vodka Sauce & Meatballs –  My version

Serves 4 (doubling this recipe works, but you need a LARGE frying pan!)


  • 1 pound pasta Rotini
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tsp minced Jar garlic
  • 1 28-oz can chopped tomatoes, plain
  • ¼ cup vodka
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 16 oz precooked meatballs
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp jar basil
  • Can black olives

Tip:  Leftovers can be re-heated in the nuker, but before you refrigerate, stir the pasta into the sauce.


  1. Following the directions on the package, cook your pasta while the sauce is cooking and drain.
  2. Start a large sauté pan on Medium High with the olive oil and garlic.
  3. Heat this until it starts to sizzle.
  4. As soon as it’s sizzling, add the tomatoes, vodka and Italian seasoning. Bring to a simmer.
  5. Add the meatballs.
  6. Turn the heat down to Medium until the meatballs are thawed and everything is hot, about 15 minutes.
  7. Turn heat to Low. Add the cream, the pint of cherry tomatoes and olives, and when this starts to steam, the Parmesan. Stir thoroughly, then cover with a loose lid or foil.
  8. Let simmer until the pasta is done and drained and dumped into a large serving bowl.
  9. Stir in the basil at the last second, then pour over pasta and serve.

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 Mushroom 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

Fried green tomatoes – Rain Redknife

People make a big mystery of these, but the best recipe is still the simple one my mom learned  from her mom  in  East Tennessee: no herbs, no garlic, no  truffle oil or other foofy yuppie stuff, and absolutely NO “dietarily correct” efforts to  make  ’em over into health food.  They aren’t.  They shouldn’t be. Get over it. 🙂

  1. Take green (unripe) tomatoes that are still firm but are starting to “give” a little to a gentle squeeze.  Slice about 3/8″ thick, and set aside.
  2. In a soup bowl or other flat container, season a half-cup or so of plain (not self-rising!) flour to taste with salt and pepper.  Add a handful of plain white cornmeal if desired.  In another bowl, place  half a cup of milk .
  3. Heat 1/4 to 1/3  cup vegetable oil very hot but not smoking in a large nonstick or very well seasoned cast-iron skillet.
  4. Dip slices in milk, and shake off excess gently.  Then dip in flour mixture on both sides.  Leave a good coating, but tap off any real excess; this coating should be thin and crisp, not thick and bready!
  5. Place a few slices at a time in skillet, and fry about one minute per side, turning _gently_ so coating stays on.  Then turn heat down to medium and fry till golden brown on both sides, turning only once more  (They go pretty quickly, so watch.)  Don’t do too many at once, and do let the oil get hot again between  batches.
  6. Drain briefly on paper towels, and eat ’em hot if possible.  If not, re-warm briefly in the oven under the broiler, NOT in the microwave.


Silliness – Bumper Snickers – Hermits have no peer pressure.

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