Featured photo by Ethan Chappel. Herbs Workshop 11-1. Sewing at 3pm.
Pretty weather, again. Lots of folks commented on it, yesterday, except that they were cold. I was too hot. Go figure! 63F, wind at 2mph and gusting, AQI32, UV6. The various precipitation gauges are registering 0.01-0.02 every night, now. That’s mostly from fog, as far as I can tell. We might have some wind tomorrow and Monday. Time to fold up the umbrellas?
Tempus got the mail and we ended up with some goodies for the herb things, some small jars, frankincense chunks, that kind of thing.
Today starts with Herbs Workshop and we’ll be working on incense, again. The shop opens at 11am. Sewing is at 3pm. We’ve been staying open until 9-10pm this week. I know we’ll be open at least until 8pm tonight.
On August 7th, amateur imager Ethan Chappel was videorecording Jupiter when a tiny bright flare appeared on it and faded over the course of about a second — much like the six previous meteor impacts in Jupiter’s atmosphere that have been detected in the modern era of video planetary imaging. See Texas Amateur Detects Possible Impact on Jupiter.
Today’s feast is the Bartholomew Fair, which may have descended from the Mania, the feast of Ceres, Mania, and the Manes, in the sense of honoring cthonic and grain deities. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartholomew_Fair On the Manes here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manes and Mania (goddess of the dead) here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mania_(mythology)
Today’s Plant is Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna, known as common hawthorn, may, mayblossom, maythorn, quickthorn, whitethorn, motherdie, and haw. It has edible buds, flowers and fruits, which are full of antioxidants. Particularly sacred to the month of May and to Beltane, it is used extensively as a hedge plant. – Fairy energy, May interfere with digitalis medications. – Masculine, Mars, Fire. – Increases fertility and/or celibacy. Carry on a fishing trip to ensure good catch. Brings happiness to the troubled or depressed. Protects house against lightning and storms, evil ghosts may not enter. In cradles to guard from evil spells. Most Witch’s gardens contained a hawt hedge. Sacred to the fairies, and is part of the tree triad of Britain. More on this species: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_hawthorn More on the genus Crataegus here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crataegus
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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 8/30 at 3:37am. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 8/25 at 3:37pm.
In the early-morning hours of Sunday, the waning Moon is even closer to 3rd-magnitude Zeta Tauri, one of the Taurus horn-tips. The bright limb of the Moon occults the star for the western US and Mexico before or during dawn; see the August Sky & Telescope, page 50. Detailed timetables. Look for the waning crescent Moon this morning as it hovers just east of the Hyades star cluster in Taurus the Bull. The two objects clear the horizon by 1 a.m. local daylight time and climb halfway to the zenith by the time morning twilight begins. The Moon appears about 40 percent lit and easily outshines the stars of the V-shaped Hyades. First-magnitude Aldebaran, which marks one tip of the V, appears brighter than the rest of the cluster’s stars because it actually lies in the foreground.
Venus and Mars are out of sight behind the glare of the Sun.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for August – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-august-2019
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
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 give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world.
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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).
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 24 Low 1:45 AM 1.1 6:30 AM Rise 12:21 AM 48
~ 24 High 8:05 AM 4.8 8:07 PM Set 3:36 PM
~ 24 Low 1:08 PM 3.0
~ 24 High 7:29 PM 7.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Someday, we’ll forget the pains, who caused the tears, and why we cried. We would finally realize that the secret of being free is not revenge but letting things unfold in their own ways…
~ Everybody needs beauty as well as bread. – John Muir
~ To be aware that we are asleep is to be on the point of waking; and to be aware that we are only partially awake is the first condition of becoming and making ourselves more fully awake. – Alfred Orage, British intellectual, born on January 22, 1873; ‘Are We Awake?’
~ No one gossips about other people’s secret virtues. – Bertrand Russell
~ Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best. – Bob Talbert
Ah in the thunder air
how still the trees are!
And the lime-tree, lovely and tall, every leaf silent
hardly looses even a last breath of perfume. – D.H. Lawrence (1885–1930)
Mabon Magick – Recipes
Mabon Wine Moon Cider – (non-alcoholic)
4 cups apple cider
4 cups grape juice
2 cinnamon sticks, 4 inches long
1 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. whole cloves
additional cinnamon sticks for cups, 6 inches long
In a 4 quart sauce pan, heat cider and grape juice. Add cinnamon,
allspice, and cloves. Bring it to a light boil, then lower heat, and
simmer for 5 minutes. serve with a ladle from a cauldron. makes 8 cups.
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Mama’s Mulled Spiced Cider
Beverage – Hot
Party Recipe – Winter
8 servings – can be halved, doubled or more
Party perk recipe doubles this
- ½ gal or rough cider or apple juice
- ½ cup orange juice
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp grated nutmeg
- 1 tbsp grated orange peel
- 8 cinnamon sticks
- 8 orange wheels (see garnish – fruit)
- 1 star anise or ¼ tsp aniseed
Microwave-safe measuring cup (2-cup, at least) measuring spoons, strainer, something to keep the cider hot in (soup pot with lid, Party Perk) 8 mugs, sharp small knife
- Put 1 cup of apple juice into measuring cup and add spices.
- Zap in microwave for 4 minutes, stirring every minute. Don’t let it boil! If it does, just stop there and go on.
- Let sit for 15 minutes, at least.
- Pour apple and orange juices into pot (or Party Perk) and warm on medium for about 15 minutes, stirring every so often. (Party Perk takes 1 hour to warm)
- Turn temperature to low. (Not on Party Perk, see above)
- Put strainer over pot or Party perk and pour spiced juice from measuring cup through it. Stir and let finish warming, covered.
- Set out the mugs.
- Add a cinnamon stick to each.
- Split each orange wheel from the center to one edge and push the split down over the rim of the mug until the slice stands up.
- Add juice and serve. There will be seconds.
Mabon Ruby Red Wine – This is going to take 6-12 weeks to ferment and then 6 months to age. Start now for 2020.
- General Purpose Wine Yeast
- 1 1/2 Pounds White Sugar
- 2 Pounds Blackberries
- 2 Pounds Elderberries
- 1/2 Pound Raisins
- 6 Pints Cold Water
- 2 Pounds Sloes
- 1 Pound Apples
- Yeast Nutrient
- Pectic Enzyme
- 1 campden tablet
- Juice the berries, raisins and apples in an electric juicer and remove any pits you find in the pulp.
- Place juice, pulp, 6 pints of water, the campden tablet and enzyme in a large clean container
- Cover and leave for 1 full day.
- Mix in 1 1/2 pound sugar, and the yeast nutrient.
- Re-cover and leave for 48 hours, stirring at least once per day.
- Strain liquid into a new container,
- Add another pound of sugar.
- Re-cover and for another 36 hours.
- Pour liquid into a fermenting jar and age as you would any wine.
Silliness – Twenty-First Century Addendum
I had been teaching my three-year old daughter, Caitlin, the Lord’s Prayer. For several evenings, at bedtime, she would repeat after me the lines from the prayer.
Finally, she decided to go solo. I listened with pride as she carefully enunciated each word, right up to the end of the prayer: “Lead us not into temptation,” she prayed, “but deliver us from e-mail. Amen.”