Daily Stuff 7-12-20 Naadam

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. The shop is open, limited hours, 1-5pm, Thursday through Monday.

It’s overcast and much warmer than you’d expect outside. 57F, wind at 1mph and gusting, AQI32, UV8. 20% chance of rain today and 10% tonight. Today is likely to stay cloudy, but after that we’ll have several days of sun. The rest of the forecast is for partly cloudy.

Both of us are just dragging. It’s not from being short on sleep on my part. Probably is on Tempus’ part, but yesterday we both not only had trouble getting going  we kept sitting down and stopping.

We had a few people in, but it got absolutely still after the middle of the afternoon. Tempus went down to the liquor store to get the stuff that I need for the limoncello. We got a nap, then started on that.

Foxglove

I had a dozen lemons to zest and then I needed to squeeze them for lemon curd. I ended up with an 1/2 gallon bottle, 1/2 full of the soaking zest that’s the start of the limoncello (It will get a simple syrup added in about a month) and 3 cup jars of lemon curd, which tasted really good on the tail end of the bread that we had. It remains to be seen what the texture will be like when it’s cold. I also got some tomatoes sliced for sandwiches, since it was that or lose them to the mold on the ends of both, and set up a cucumber salad (cacik, cukes in a sour cream and onion sauce), plus getting lemon bits put away, an orange that had been zested, peeled, sliced and in water for my water bottles and so on. Tempus helped me pull things out, put things in the fridge and work on the clean-up.

…and Tempus was still dragging even after a 4 hour nap! He headed out on the paper route past two with me, fretting, at home. I was worried, because he rarely gets this draggy….

Rose

Today is our “different day”. We have a lot of other tasks to work on. Tempus is working on small wooden animals and bone needles. I have a cutting board that needs sanding help and a wooden bowl with a big ding, plus my sewing and embroidery. …and I still need to water more plants!

A photo by Ken Gagne of a fawn, from 7/10/17.

220px-Naadam_women_archeryToday’s Feast is Naadam. This is a traditional sports event in Mongolia that is mostly contests in wrestling, horse-racing and archery. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naadam

220px-Kincaid'sLupineLupines are represented on the coast by the Large-Leaved Lupine, Lupinus polyphyllus, (which is often the common garden variety and all over out here)  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_polyphyllus and Kincaid’s Lupine, Lupinus sulphureus subsp. Kincaidii (which used to be called Oregon Lupine). The latter is threatened as they’re disappearing and are needed for an also disappearing butterfly.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_sulphureus We also get the yellow varieties of this one on the coast. More on the main lupin species here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin  motif plant flower lupin lupineThese are tall showy flower spikes with a distinctive leaf pattern that bloom all summer into the fall. Some varieties of lupines (the “sweet lupines”) are eaten, but many require soaking in salt water for long periods of time to get the alkaloids out that could be poisonous. These were eaten by the indigenes, but no one has said how they were prepared. There’s a little here about the beans, which are being used as a vegan food, but have a high potential for allergic effects.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin_bean As far as magick goes, it’s not listed very many places, but its old name is “Blood from a head”. The word “lupine” derives from the word for wolf, as well. They are useful in magicks for any canine. In fact, I always include them in amulets for dogs or wolves. They can also be used to help with spirit communication with the canine/lupine totems. They have also been used in curse magicks for getting rid of things like cancers, or resistant viruses and bacteria or even for brain tumors.

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Love & Light,
Anja

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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 7/19 at 10:33pm. 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 7/12 at 4:29pm. 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 7/15 at 10:33pm. 

NEOWISE rises to prominence – Astrophotographer Jamie Cooper captured Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) from Brancaster Beach in Norfolk, U.K., in the early hours of July 6. – Jamie Cooper

Catch Comet NEOWISE while you still can. Comet NEOWISE was as bright as hoped when it swung out from its July 3rd perihelion into the low morning sky. It’s dimly visible to the naked eye, though binoculars do better, and fairly small. Chris Schur of Payson, Arizona, wrote on July 5th, “The comet continues to be stunning, rising tail-first over the plateau some 20 miles distant. I was able to easily see it naked eye with about a degree of tail visually. Gorgeous yellow color in the scope.”
As of Saturday morning July 11th it should be about magnitude 2 or 3, but atmospheric extinction at its low altitude, and its involvement with morning twilight, reduce its visibility compared to what that magnitude might suggest. It’s fading day by day, so don’t wait!Scan for it with binoculars very low in the northeast, lower left of Capella, as dawn is beginning: starting roughly 1 hour 45 minutes before your local sunrise time. (This applies to the world’s mid-northern latitudes.)
Then around July 14th, the comet’s best visibility will switch from dawn to dusk, low in the north-northwest around the end of twilight. Look far below the Big Dipper, which is hanging by its handle high in the northwest, and a little to the right. By then it’s likely to be magnitude 3 or 4. From then on it will gain altitude late in evening twilight as it fades further.See Bob King’s Comet NEOWISE Delights at Dawn, with a chart of the comet’s path across easternmost Auriga, Lynx, and the feet of Ursa Major.
After nightfall, spot Altair in the east-southeast. It’s the second-brightest star on the whole eastern side of the sky, after Vega high to its upper left. Above Altair by a finger-width at arm’s length is little orange Tarazed. A bit more than a fist to Altair’s left or lower left is little Delphinus, the Dolphin, leaping leftward.
The dwarf planet Ceres — the largest object in the main asteroid belt — is stationary at 10 P.M. EDT in Aquarius. It will now slowly track toward the southwest, toward a magnitude 3.7 star known as 88 Aquarii or c2 Aquarii in the Water Bearer.
Main-belt asteroid 2 Pallas is at opposition at 10 P.M. EDT. It’s faint — nearly 10th magnitude — but high up in the sky tonight in Vulpecula and about 18.5° south-southeast of bright magnitude 0.03 Vega in Lyra.
The Moon reaches apogee, the farthest point from Earth in its orbit, at 3:27 P.M. EDT. At that time, our satellite will lie 251,158 miles (404,200 kilometers) from our planet. Last Quarter Moon occurs a few hours later, at 7:29 P.M. EDT. Last-quarter Moon (exactly so at 4:29 p.m. PDT). The Moon clears the horizon due east around 1 a.m. tonight, with Mars now shining some 16° to its upper right.
Mercury, currently in Gemini the Twins, is stationary at 3 A.M. EDT. It will now begin tracking east relative to the background stars, moving toward Cancer the Crab, which it will enter early next month. The planet is only about 3° high in the east half an hour before sunrise this morning. It will continue rising earlier in the days to come, so if it’s too hard to catch now, just wait.
Venus passes 1° north of Aldebaran at 3 A.M. EDT. The pair are still below the horizon at this time, but should become visible within two hours, around 5 A.M. EDT, steadily rising higher. An hour before sunrise, the pair is 16° high. Venus reached greatest brilliancy a mere two days ago and continues to shine at magnitude –4.7. Its disk is now 29 percent illuminated and is 36″ wide.

Old Farmer’s Almanac July Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-july-summer-triangle
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh),
Runic New Year and half-month of Fehu/ Feoh, 6/29-7/13 Important in the runic year cycle, today marks beginning of the first rune, Feoh, sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992 Runic half-month of Uruz/ Ur, 7/14-28 According to Pennick Ur represents primal strength, a time of collective action. A good time for beginnings! Pennick, Nigel, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Aries
Waning Quarter 4:29pm
Mercury Direct at 1:26am.
Jupiter (9/12), Saturn (9/29), Pluto (10/4), Neptune (11/28), Chiron (12/12) Retrograde

Color: Yellow

Harvest 7/11-2

©2020 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh), holly – The holly (Ilex aquifolium L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (35 feet) in open woodlands and along clearings in forests. Hollies are evergreen, and stand out in winter among the bare branches of the deciduous forest trees that surround them. Hollies form red berries before Samhain which last until the birds finish eating them, often after Imbolc. The typical “holly leaf” is found on smaller plants, but toward the tops of taller plants the leaves have fewer spiny teeth. Hollies are members of the Holly family (Aquifoliaceae). The common holly is often cultivated in North America, as are hybrids between it and Asiatic holly species.

Holm Oak

Graves (1966) and others are of the opinion that the original tinne was not the holly, but rather the holm oak, or holly oak (Quercus ilex L.). This is an evergreen oak of southern Europe that grows as a shrub, or as a tree to 25 m (80 feet). Like the holly, the holm oak has spiny-edged leaves on young growth. It does not have red berries, but it does have red leaf “galls” caused by the kermes scale insect; these are the source of natural scarlet dye. Holm oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America.

Tinne – Holly Ogam letter correspondences
Month: June
Color: Dark Grey
Class: Peasant
Letter: T
Meaning: Energy and guidance for problems to come

to study this month – Ioho – Yew Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Dark Green
Class: Chieftain
Letter: I, J, Y
Meaning: Complete change in life-direction or attitude.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Su  12      Low  12:40 AM     2.2   5:44 AM    Rise 12:49 AM      61
~    12     High   6:06 AM     5.2   9:00 PM     Set  1:22 PM
~    12      Low  12:25 PM     1.2
~    12     High   7:05 PM     6.5

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Journal Prompt –Current Affairs – How do you feel about young people who use drugs?

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Quotes

~   When smiling lawns and tasteful cottages begin to embellish a country, we know that order and culture are established. -Andrew Jackson Downing
~   Resolved, never to do anything which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life. – Jonathan Edwards
~   Quoth the server, “404” – Not Edgar Allan Poe
~   I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear. – Rosa Parks

In the dewy fields the cattle lie
Chewing the cud ‘neath a fading sky;
Dobbin at manger pulls his hay:
Gone is another summer’s day. – –Walter de la Mare (1873–1956)

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Lughnasadh Magick – Recipes

Microwave Lemon Curd – The color of the Sun, the zest for life of the God.

  • 2 XL eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • pinch of lemon zest (if desired)
  • 1/2 gallon microwave bowl or pyrex cup (It will boil over with anything smaller!)
  • whisk
  • thermometer
  • 3 1 cup, widemouth canning jars and lids
  • Spatula

Method

  1. Break eggs into bowl and whisk.
  2. Add sugar and whisk until combined.
  3. Melt butter, add to bowl and whisk until combined.
  4. Add lemon juice and zest and whisk until combined.
  5. Scrape down the sides and makes sure everything is combined.
  6. Cook in microwave on full power for one minute. Pull out, whisk and repeat.
  7. At the 4th repetition use the thermometer after whisking. You’re aiming for 185F.
  8. Repeat until it reaches that temp.
  9. Set on heatproof surface and whisk again. Let it sit while you line up the canning jars.
  10. Pour into canning jars, leaving 1/2-1/4 inch headspace. If you scrape out your bowl they should be filled, exactly.
  11. Put seals on, then rings, loosely.
  12. When cool, tighten down and refrigerate.

Amagansett Corn Salad – Anja’s version
Originally By Peter http://food52.com/recipes/224-amagansett-corn-salad

Serves 4

  • 8 ears of white corn
  • 2 quarts cherry tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons high-quality balsamic vinegar (If you add ginger to this you’ve got a sauce!)
  • 1medium red onion
  • 1quart sugar snap peas (green beans if the peas aren’t available)
  • 1handful rough-chopped basil or flat-leaf parsley, cilantro or even finely chopped celery or spinach
  • salt, preferably a large, coarse sea salt.
  • Wasbi powder or horseradish, even ginger)
  1. Strip raw corn from ears. You can use a fancy corn stripper or just run your chef’s knife down the side of each ear about 8 times.
  2. Slice all cherry tomatoes in half or quarters depending on your preference.
  3. Chop the red onion into a large dice.
  4. If using the sugar-snap peas cut in half or thirds to make more bite-sized.
  5. Add some rough chopped basil or flat-leaf parsley for greens, even finely chopped celery.
  6. Toss all vegetables in a bowl, along with the vinegar, salt and pepper.
  7. That’s it. Enjoy!

Cheddar Cheese Bread (goes with Harvest Bread Basket)

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 cup lukewarm milk (about 100ºF)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Just under 4 cups of flour–use until desired consistency
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 1/2 ounces mature cheddar cheese, grated

Instructions:

Combine the yeast and the milk and then stir, leaving for 15 minutes to dissolve. Meanwhile, melt the butter and let it cool. When it’s cool and the yeast is dissolved, add the butter to the yeast mix. Take out another bowl and combine the flour and the salt. Make a well in the middle of the dry mix and pour in the wet mix. (I suggest using three cups of flour and mix the salt into that, and then make the well, pour the wet in, and add more flour as needed. Add the flour until it’s a rough dough of a consistency that is easily kneaded.) Knead the bread dough on a floured surface until it’s smooth and elastic. Return the dough to the bowl, cover it with a towel, and let it rise in a warm spot until doubled, which will take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours.

Grease a 9 x 5 inch bread tin. Punch the dough down and knead in the last ingredient: The cheese. Knead it for a while to make sure that the cheese is distributed evenly throughout. Pick up the dough and twist it in the middle, curling the ends in also so that it will fit in the bread tin. Leave it in the warm spot again until the dough rises above the rim of the tin (45 minutes to an hour). Preheat the oven to 400º F, then bake the bread for 15 minutes. Lower the heat to 375º F and bake 15 to 30 minutes longer, until the bread can be turned out of the tin onto a rack and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. Wait until cool before cutting.

NOTE – The original recipe was in a British book, so the measurements have been translated to American measurements for my easier use.
Note 2 – If you love bacon you can add 3 slices, cooked and crumbled
Yield: 1 loaf
Source: Martha Day, Complete Baking Use for: Lughnasadh, Mabon

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Silliness – Deluxe Broom

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