This is the Saturday newsletter.
Yesterday was crazy. We had a bank deposit to do and about 10 customers before we’d finished our coffee. I did a re-think and put the regular bottom info for both today’s and tomorrow’s newsletters out on the off chance that I wouldn’t have internet over the weekend, figuring to take the extra posts down, once the regular newsletters came out.
He made me the nicest brunch! Cheese toast with tomato slices under the cheese, made with the garlic bread we picked up on Tuesday, another cup of coffee and mango slices!
…and the rest of the day was pack and tote and pack and tote…. at 6:30 we sat down and ate some supper, then finished and headed out at 7:30.
We headed out at around 7:30, stopping for ice and then to pick up our pizza slices from home. The drive was nice. We munched pizza and talked the whole way. The starts were really bright at the site and Mars was amazing.
Loren/Tempus offloaded and we really had a car-full. 7 boxes, two tables, a totes, my regular basket and two more, a cooler, water-bottles, the drink cooler, plus all the little odd pieces that never fit anywhere…. and then a re-think and he also dropped off the tote of blankets and my heavy denim coat…. and it was a good thing he did! We said our farewells for the weekend, then I talked awhile with various folks who were onsite, waiting for the person who was supposed to come find me for my crash space. Who didn’t.
My log (I was expecting a chunk, rather than a log!) had come down from Gate, where it had been dropped off and then taken down to the SCA area by the next SCAdians who came through the gate, “Get this thing off our table!” 🙂 It is a beautiful piece. (pix, farther down)
After awhile it was well past 10pm and obvious I was on-site for the night. Louisa and Alys consulted and the extra cot got put up in their tent for the night. Louisa set it up with my blankets from the car box and an extra-cushy one of hers. I crawled in, fully dressed and she tucked me in. I went immediately to sleep, being really, really tired.
I half-woke several times as car headlights lighted up the tent walls and more times as the fighter-types camped across from us and really loud with their war stories and combat demonstrations. There were no weapons just wildly waving arms, but they were loud, and more than a bit drunk. 🙂 Louisa and Alys didn’t wake me coming in. They were vewy, vewy quiet….
…though a leg cramp dumped me onto the tent floor late in the night after the whole place was silent. Amazingly, I didn’t wake *them*! I crawled out of the tent, since I couldn’t stand, yet, dragging my jacket and walker and shoes. I finally managed to stand up and then walked it off, back and forth along with pathway, bumping and rattling over the hard group. I managed to find the biffies, too, which was direly necessary by then.
Omgs, the stars! It was worth it to see them! It’s been awhile since I’ve been out at night with an unobstructed view, a clear sky and time to look. I got a bit chilled, so I found my heavy coat and went back out to sit and stare. We have beautiful views of the stars on the coast, too, but at this time of the year it’s usually overcast before dawn. I got a snack (the last of the pizza) and some water and finally got tired enough to go back into the tent and back to bed.
Then today was the first day of the Faire! More tomorrow!
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 9/9 at 11:01am. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at the New on 9/9 at 11:01am.
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 dominates the twilight sky after sunset. The dazzling object shines at magnitude –4.7 among the background stars of south-central Virgo. The planet appears 9° high 30 minutes after sundown and sets shortly after 8:30 p.m. local daylight time. A telescope reveals Venus’ disk, which spans 32″ and appears about one-third lit.
Comet Giacobini-Zinner is a relatively small comet just over a mile (2 km) in diameter. Astronomers captured this image of the comet using the Kitt Peak 0.9-m telescope located in Arizona on October 31, 1998. – N. Sharp/NOAO/AURA/NSF
Astroimagers will want to target Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner these weekend mornings. The 7th-magnitude comet slides through a photogenic region of the winter Milky Way that includes the bright star clusters M36 and M38.
The wide W pattern of Cassiopeia is tilting up in the northeast after dark. Look below the W’s bottom segment, 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.081718 FourPlanetsMoon astro – This is a wide-field image of (l-r) Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, and Venus taken August 17th over the skyline of Rome, courtesy of Gianluca Masi. Four bright planets still shine during twilight, though one is getting very low and tricky. From right to left, they are Venus very low in the west-southwest, Jupiter upper left of Venus, Saturn higher in the south, and Mars well to the left of Saturn. Best viewing time that includes Venus: 30 or 40 minutes after sunset.
Neptune is at opposition.
Saturn (magnitude +0.4, above the spout-tip of the Sagittarius Teapot) glows yellow in the south at nightfall. It’s between brighter Mars, off to its left, and Mars-colored Antares, nearly as far to Saturn’s lower right.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for September 2018 – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-september-2018
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).
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 8 Low 6:10 AM -1.2 6:47 AM Rise 5:16 AM 5
~ 8 High 12:32 PM 7.3 7:40 PM Set 7:29 PM
~ 8 Low 6:19 PM 1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t push the river, just let it flow.
~ Abstract art is a product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered. – Al Capp (1909-1979) US cartoonist
~ The test of any man lies in action. – Pindar
~ Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young. – Arthur Wing Pinero (1855-1934), Playwright
~ Chance makes our parents, but choice makes our friends. – George Santayana
O sweet September rain!
I hear it fall upon the garden beds,
Freshening the blossoms which begin to wane. – Mortimer Collins (1827–76)
Celtic Mabon Soda Bread
- 2 Cups Plain (Unbleached Flour)
- 1 Cup Coarse Wholemeal Flour
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Bread Soda
- 2 Cups Buttermilk
- In a medium bowl, combine ingredients until well blended
non-sticky dough forms (being careful not to over knead).
- Place ball of dough (slightly flattened) on a lightly greased/floured cookie sheet
- Carefully cut a five pointed star on the top of the bread.
- Bake in an oven preheated to 430 degrees F, for about 30 to 45 minutes.
- Check to see if bread is done by “knocking” on the bottom of the loaf.
- If the sound is somewhat hollow, then the bread is finished baking.
Ashtoreth’s Saffron Crescent Cakes – expensive recipe!
These are traditionally baked in honor of Ashtoreth, but they are appropriate for any Goddess associated with the Moon. To honor those harvest deities not associated with the Moon, simply cut into round or other shapes, and bake as directed. Saffron expensive, so you may prefer to substitute yellow food coloring, an additional 1/4 cup honey, or 1/3 cup chopped nuts instead.
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/4 honey
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 3 T.. baking powder
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4-1/2 tsp. saffron
- Mix egg, milk, oil, and honey in a large bowl.
- Add remaining ingredients and stir until just mixed.
- Turn out onto a floured board and press into a circle
- Cut into wedges with a pizza cutter
- Roll up, starting at the rounded edge.
- Place on greased cookie sheet with points down and shape into crescents.
- Bake for 20 minutes at 400F.
Celebrating The Autumn Equinox by Kristin Madden
Mabon fresh apple bread with icing
Fresh Apple Pound Cake
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 large eggs
3 cups firm apples, diced
3 cups plain flour
1 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped
1 teaspoon baking soda
Mix together sugar and oil.
Add eggs and beat well.
Combine flour, baking soda, and salt.
Add to oil mixture.
Stir in vanilla, apples, nuts, and mix well.
Pour batter into a greased 9 inch tube pan
Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until cake is done.
1 stick margarine
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Heat margarine and sugar together over low heat. Add milk and let
come to a full boil. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Drizzle over the cake.
CORN PUDDING – SERVES 6 TO 8 – From Arcamax recipes
2 ½ cups corn (3 ears depending on cob size or 1 16-oz bag of frozen corn
¼ cup white sugar
½ Tsp salt
2 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp breadcrumbs
1/3 Tsp baking powder
1 cup milk
4 Large eggs
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1. Spray a 9- by 13-inch pan with olive oil spray or lightly grease it.
2. Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Do this with a spoon or spatula so you don’t smash up the corn.
3. Pour the batter in the pan and bake at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes. The top will be slightly browned and a knife inserted in the corn pudding should come out clean. If the knife does not cone out clean, bake it a bit more.
Tip: For the creamiest taste, serve it immediately. It still tastes great served a bit later or even reheated the next day.
Silliness – The Tell-Tale Clock
The other night I was invited out for a night with the guys. I told my wife that I would be home by midnight… “I promise!”
Well, the hours passed quickly and the beer was going down way too easy. At 3 am, drunk as a skunk, I headed for home. Just as I got in the door, the cuckoo clock in the hall started up and cuckooed three times.
Quickly, I realized she’d probably wake up, so I cuckooed another 9 times. I was really proud of myself for having such a rapid, witty solution, even when smashed, to escape a possible conflict.
The next morning my wife asked me what time I got in, and I told her 12 o’clock. She didn’t seem disturbed at all. Got away with that one, I thought!
Then she told me we needed a new cuckoo clock. When I asked her why she said, “Well, last night it cuckooed 3 times, then said, ‘Oh crap,’ cuckooed 4 more times, cleared its throat, cuckooed another 3 times, giggled, cuckooed twice more, and then farted.”