Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
Sunny and bright again, even if the light is dimming as the Wheel is turning to Samhain, now. 59F, Wind at 14 and gusting up to 20, although not quite so high in town here. It looks like rain building up over the weekend into early next week. Fascinating article on the various possible hurricanes and typhoons this week, with an odd pic at the end from Florence. – https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/Multiple-Threats-Atlantic-and-Super-Typhoon-Pacific
Yesterday was nuts. After I got to the shop it was pretty quiet until opening time and then I had a lot of shoppers in. Tempus and Lisa and Trevor ran in and out until they were done. The apartment is mostly clear. There are still some things out back and the freezer and futon frame, but Tempus says he can get those on his own, as long as we get the car back.
The melon guy was here, yesterday, set up outside the shop, which was wonderful. I’m currently eating a chunk of cantaloupe that has a really luscious flavor. We also have a watermelon and I bought one for Lisa and Trevor as a thank you. I’m also going to go over to their place to help with their gardens, when things calm down a little.
We’ve been open since 11:15, but crazy busy trying to turn chaos into usable again. Things are pretty messy at the moment, and of course, Tempus is baking the daily bread loaf, too. 🙂 …and it’s starting to smell really good!
We’ll be working on into the evening, I’m sure. There’s a lot to put away!
A Ken Gagne photo from 9/22/16 of Yachats Bay seagulls
Today is the Feast of In-Gathering in England. It is also known as Harvest-Home, Kirn-Supper or Mell-Supper. This is one of many feasts going on at this time of the year all across Europe and the US that celebrate the gathered harvest. The picture is a Polish Feast with a name that also translates as “Harvest Home”. The original link to this broke, but here is a Wiki article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvest_festival
Today’s Plant is Miner’s Lettuce, Claytonia perfoliata (aka winter purslane, or Indian lettuce). It’s a plant native to our area, growing and blooming in our soggy spring and drying out and dying back in the summer (which it’s doing this year!). I’ve seen in re-bloom in the fall. It’s a leaf vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked like spinach. It’s really choice in salads and very high in vitamin C. It got the name because the Gold Rush miners ate it to prevent scurvy, since they really weren’t eating right. Like any lettuce or most of the salad greens it’s Feminine and Water, but as any high Vitamin C food, its planet correspondence is the Sun. – 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. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miner%27s_lettuce More on the genus here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia
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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 9/24 at 7:52pm. 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 9/26 at 7:52am. 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 10/8 at 8:47pm. 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 10/8 at 8:47pm,
Full Moon (exact at 10:52 p.m. EDT). The Moon rises in the east soon after sunset. Later in the evening you’ll find the Great Square of Pegasus above it by a couple of fists at arm’s length. At that moment, our lone natural satellite will lie 245,106 miles (394,460 kilometers) away. At this time, the Sun stands high above the lunar surface, a condition similar to midday here on Earth. Shadows at this time are shortest, so you’ll actually see the least amount of detail during Full Moon. That said, two features actually stand out better at this time: the lunar maria (seas) and lunar rays. In the first case, lava on the floors of the maria appears much darker than the surrounding highlands, so the contrast between the maria and the highlands is highest at Full Moon. In the second case, sometimes a dark surface covers lighter material. If, as has happened millions of times, a meteor hits the Moon, the impact can splash some of what’s underground across the landscape. And the bigger the meteor, the longer and brighter the splash. Astronomers call such ejecta “rays.” Most resemble the spokes of a wheel and extend for many times their crater’s diameter. And Full Moon is the best time to view them.
Venus peaked at magnitude –4.8 this evening on Friday, shining brighter than at any other time during this evening apparition. (The difference is essentially imperceptible, however — it appears only a thousandth of a magnitude brighter today than it did over the last couple of days.) Venus lies only 5° high in the southwest a half-hour after sundown, however, so you’ll have to look for it from a site with an unobstructed horizon. As the inner planet swings closer to a direct line between the Sun and Earth, its telescopic appearance changes quickly. Tonight, Venus’ disk spans 40″ and appears about one-quarter lit.
Mars, in southern Capricornus, fades from magnitude –1.5 to –1.3 this week, still as bright as Sirius. It shines highest in the south soon after dark and sets around 2 a.m. In a telescope Mars is about 17 arcseconds wide. For a Mars map that displays which side is facing Earth at your time and date, use our Mars Profiler.
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
Celtic Tree Month of Gort/Ivy Sep 30 – Oct 27
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 Runic half-month of Gebo/ Gyfu – Sept 28-Oct 12 – Gyfu represents the unity that a gift brings between the donor & recipient. It is a time of unification, both between members of society and between the human and divine. 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
M 24 High 12:28 AM 7.3 7:06 AM Set 6:28 AM 98
~ 24 Low 6:55 AM 0.3 7:10 PM Rise 7:28 PM
~ 24 High 1:06 PM 7.2
~ 24 Low 7:12 PM 1.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Choose love!
~ People take pictures of the summer, just in case someone thought they had missed it, and to prove that it really existed. – Ray Davies
~ There is something here I do not know, the knowing of which could change everything. – Terry Davis
~ You have to stay in shape. My grandmother, she started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She’s 97 today and we don’t know where the hell she is. – Ellen DeGeneres.
~ An orotundity, which I define as Nobelitis a pomposity in which one is treated as representative of more than oneself by someone conscious of representing more than himself. – William Golding (1911-1993) English writer
Little drops of water,
Little grains of sand,
Make the mighty ocean
And the pleasant land.
Thus the little minutes,
Humble though they be,
Make the mighty ages
Of eternity. – Julia A. Fletcher (1823–1908)
Simple Beef broth – This is an essential in the kitchen. Make your own! Multiply to fit your pot.
- 2 quarts water
- ½ pound of beef – you can use beef cubes, pot roast, steak or even hamburger (lean), check the “going out of code” shelf at the grocery, or ask at the meat counter. Add a beef bone, if there is one available.
- 1 small onion chopped, or 2 tablespoons onion powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup shredded vegetables (carrots and celery are most common, but you can use anything, just shred, chop, or even puree it down fine)
- Put all ingredients into a large pot.
- Stir well.
- Turn on high until the pot starts to bubble. Watch the pot and stir often or it will scorch!
- As soon as it boils, turn it down to medium low and let simmer along until the amount is reduced to nearly 1 ½ quarts. You don’t have to watch this stage, just check it about every ½ hour or so and stir well.
- Strain the broth through a colander and let stand in the fridge until any grease cools on top. (you can chop up the meat and veg and use in other recipes)
- To use, “pop” the grease off the top and discard. You have achieved broth!
Simple chicken Broth
Choose one of these:
- 2 frozen chicken breasts
- 1 pound of fresh chicken thighs
- 2 cans of canned chicken meat
- Chicken carcass (leftover rotisserie chicken?) plus one frozen chicken breast or a can of chicken meat
Put in a pan on the stove, or into a crockpot with water to cover.
- 2 sticks of chopped celery or bok choy
- 6 peeled garlic cloves
- Up to an ½ cup of leftover mixed veg or 1 can of veg-all, drained.
In a crockpot turn to low and cook 3 hours.
On the stove bright to a rolling boil, cover and turn to low. Cook 1 hour.
Simple Pork Roast
- Buy the best pork roast you can afford. Boneless pork tenderloin is the one I like for this.
- Put into a tight baking dish, the closest fit you have, or these can be done in a crock pot, again, the tightest fit, is the best.
- Pour 2 cups of water, (or 2 cups of beef broth, or 2 cups of water plus 1 beef bullion cube, or 1 cup of red wine (burgundy) plus 1 cup water) over the meat. (You should have about ½ an inch of liquid, if your pot is larger, you may need to use more. That’s why the smallest pot is best! )
- Salt lightly.
- Sprinkle with caraway (only if you like the flavor) or 1 tsp ground mustard, or red pepper flakes, or skip this step entirely! Another optional ingredient (that I love, but some don’t) is ground dried mushrooms, about 2 TBSP to be sprinkled over the roast.
- Chop one medium onion, or two shallots and dump in on top.
- Bake at 350 until done, or on high in a crockpot. Flip over once per hour. Check internal temp with a good thermometer. 145 is the minimum temperature. Depending on the size of your pork roast it could be from 1-2 hours in the oven or 3-4 hours in a crockpot. Do not undercook pork!
- If serving immediately, let stand at least 10 minutes before slicing.
- Take roast out, then pour off the drippings into a canning jar or pyrex cup and cool both in the fridge. When the dripping are cool, take off the congealed fat and discard (or feed to the birds mixed with birdseed.) Slice the roast ¼ inch thick or as close to that as possible. You can heat slices back up in a small covered dish with the degreased pan drippings.
Silliness – The local nunnery recently updated their music in services. With this change they bought a full set of guitars, drums, microphones, and speakers. In order to decide which Sisters would play they held a talent show. Each Sister took turns playing and singing. Unfortunately two of the Sisters had equal skill playing the new drum kit. The Abbess could not decide, knowing that any choice would look like she was playing favorites. In order to keep the peace she called in the local Bishop. After hearing both Sisters play, he looked at the Abbess and said “Hmmm, you seem to have quite a conundrum.”