It’s cloudy and looks like rain. There’s a 40% chance tonight of 0.02 inches. Don’t stop watering the plants, iow… 61F, wind at 7mph and gusting, AQI65, UV7. Partly cloudy with nighttime chances of 25% for 0.0 inches of rain. 🙂
Yesterday Tempus was fighting his way through health insurance paperwork. Why does this stuff have to be so difficult? Well, yes, I know why, but it gripes me that we don’t have single-payer after all this time. …and despite spending 3 days at it, they won’t take it by e-mail, so we have to phone it in? Phone? It’s something like 20 pages o’ stuff!
It was hot enough that the Chocolate Frog closed early to keep their chocolate from melting. We had the shop shut up and some fabric over the south window and only opened the door at about 6pm when the temp went under 70 outside and it was about 75 inside.
Tempus headed out around 7:30 and I had a bunch of friend stop by not long after, that I haven’t seen in awhile. They ran over to the China Restaurant to get some supper foods and then we sat and ate and talked and worked on projects until past 10pm, then they headed back to Lincoln City, which is where they’re staying for a few days of vacation.
I got a nap, then worked on the computer for awhile. Tempus stopped to drop off my onions and the rest of the groceries, and took back off. I got the onions started caramelizing in the crockpot for French Onion Soup.
He picked me up well before 4am, but we did a trial run on switching things up last night. He ran the drops out 34 before coming back for me (which is how he could drop off the onions), then we did Bayshore, Bayview, OldTown and then the upper Waldport drops before the last handful along 101. We were done at about 5:50. We’re probably going to keep doing this on Tuesday nights, anyway. It worked.
Partway through Bayshore I got a glimpse of the eastern sky and realized that Hecate’s Brooch was above the horizon, looking like some old dried cheddar parings. I kept agitating at Tempus to look and he found a spot where we finally got to sit and look for a couple of minutes. During the whole drive
She was rising higher and higher in the sky and as the morning twilight began you could really see the New Moon in the Old Moon’s arms! …although at one point I giggled to Tempus, “The Old Lady’s collar brooch is crooked!” 🙂 I made him stop when colored twilight started to get some photos.
So we got home and dropped. I stirred the onions a couple of times, but we didn’t actually get up until 3pm and then spent until nearly 5pm on the phone with health plan stuff. Argh… you’d think they’d make it easier than *that*!
When I really looked outside, that’s a *real* weather change! I knew the barometer was dropping, but it had been predicted to be sunny and dry today. I thought for a moment that it was raining when I first looked out. We’re at the shop collecting stuff up so that Tempus can do the laundry and I can work on herbs. We’ll have our soup for supper, having had some of his good bread for lunch and a friend’s gift of banana bread for breakfast.
I’d better get on it… Hey, the sun’s trying to come out anyway! …that’s a funny color. Wonder if it’s related to the AQI today?
My lungs are itching…. …and it’s only 7:25 and the sunlight is going away as the sun sinks behind the buildings….
Today 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 Ash, Fraxinus latifolia. “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. The 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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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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 8/28 at 3:37pm. 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 3:37am on 8/30.
Look for bright Vega passing the zenith as twilight fades away, if you live in the world’s mid-northern latitudes. Vega goes right through your zenith if you’re at latitude 39° north (near Baltimore, Kansas City, Lake Tahoe, Sendai, Beijing, Athens, Lisbon). At that time the little triangle-and-parallelogram of the rest of Lyra, much fainter, dangles straight down from Vega when you face southeast. Crane your neck up. At magnitude 0.0, Vega is the brightest member of the prominent Summer Triangle asterism. The triangle’s second-brightest star, magnitude 0.8 Altair in Aquila the Eagle, lies some 35° southeast of Vega. The asterism’s dimmest member, magnitude 1.3 Deneb in Cygnus the Swan, stands about 25° east-northeast of Vega. Deneb trails Vega by about two hours and passes through the zenith at approximately 11 p.m. local daylight time.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.3, between the feet of Ophiuchus) is the white dot hanging in the south-southwest as twilight fades away. Get your scope on it early before it sinks lower into poorer seeing. Orange Antares, much fainter at magnitude +1.0, twinkles 7° to Jupiter’s lower right. In a telescope Jupiter is 40 arcseconds wide and shrinking.
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
W 28 Low 5:43 AM -1.1 6:34 AM Rise 4:06 AM 10
~ 28 High 12:12 PM 6.5 8:00 PM Set 7:22 PM
~ 28 Low 5:39 PM 2.1
~ 28 High 11:33 PM 8.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t worry about those who talk behind your back, they’re behind you for a reason.
~ Anyone who knows history, particularly the history of Europe, will, I think, recognize that the domination of education or of government by any one particular religious faith is never a happy arrangement for the people. – Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) US first lady (33)
~ Politics, when I am in it, it makes me sick. – William Howard Taft (1857-1930) US President (27)
~ Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion… in private self-defense. – John Adams (1735-1826) US President (2)
~ Chiefly the mould of a man’s fortune is in his own hands. – Francis Bacon; Of Fortune
What wondrous life is this I lead!
Ripe apples drop about my head;
The luscious clusters of the vine
Upon my mouth do crush their wine;
The nectarine and curious peach
Into my hands themselves do reach;
Stumbling on melons, as I pass,
Ensnared with flowers, I fall on grass. – Andrew Marvell (1621–78)
Mabon Magick – Recipes
CUCUMBER TOMATO ONION SALAD – Arcamax 4-6 servings
2-3 large cucumbers
1 Small onion
¼ Cup fresh cilantro
¼ cup lemon juice
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger root
¼ Tsp ground cumin
¼ Tsp coriander
½ tsp salt
1. Peel, ¼ and slice cukes.
2. Chop tomatoes, cilantro & onion.
3. Grate ginger
4. Put in a bowl and toss.
5. Combine remaining ingredients in a cruet and shake well.
6. Pour over salad and toss.
7. Chill for about 1 hour before serving.
The Skinny: Not much room for improvement here.
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. 🙂
- 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.
- 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 .
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
Cream of Carrot Soup
4 Tbs (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1 large onion, preferably Spanish or Vidalia chopped
12 carrots, sliced
1 potato, peeled and diced
4 cups chicken stock
2 Tbs minced fresh ginger
2 tsp minced fresh rosemary
1/2 cup heavy cream
salt & pepper to taste
additional rosemary sprigs, for garnish
- Melt the butter in a heavy pot over low heat.
- Add the onion and let it cook slowly, covered, until it is soft but not browned, about 30
- Add the carrots and potato, chicken stock, ginger, and rosemary. Cook until the carrots and potatoes are soft, about 30 minutes longer.
- Mash with potato masher, or if you prefer a smoother texture, puree in a food processor.
- Stir in the cream.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Garnish with rosemary if desired.
From Cooking With Herbs, GrannyMoon’s Herbal Course – http://goddessschool.com/courses/Herbs/herbology.html
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.
bargarcs (BAR jarks) – n. The streaks on a car’s windshield from faulty wipers.