Daily Stuff 7-20-20 Perun’s Day

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Minus Tide at 7:23 AM of -1.5 feet. The shop is open, limited hours, 1-5pm, Thursday through Monday.

It’s foggy right now. Apparently *really* thick from LC to Depoe Bay, which means the papers are going to run a bit late. Hopefully it won’t mess Tempus up too much. It should clear off by mid-morning, leaving us with partly sunny in th  afternoon. 56F, wind at 1-2mph and gusting, AQI26, UV8. 10% chance of rain today and 20% tonight. Tomorrow looks to be the same and the rest of the 10 day is for partly cloudy and low 60’s.

RIP Ken Gagne 7-19-20

Yesterday morning, just about first thing, we found out that Ken Gagne, who has supplied so many beautiful photos of Waldport and the surrounding area to this newsletter for so many years, died in his sleep during the night. Thank you for the photos, Ken, and may you have a Good Journey to your next home! We’re going to miss you.

We were late opening…. well, I was crying and of no use for a bit. …and we weren’t busy for the first hour which was good and then *quite* busy for the next two which was even better. Tempus was trying to get me space to work to get the photos that I needed, but also to do a batch of egg custard tarts which I finally got done between 5 and 6.

Honestly, I wasn’t looking at the clock except to time the baking in the pie maker. He *loved* the tarts! Well, so do I! They’re not super-sweet, but have a nice nutmeg & vanilla flavor to the custard. I had one crust left over that I tossed some lemon curd into. That one was overpowering, but I think if it had 1/2 the curd and were topped with meringue? 🙂 Yes, I dropped the recipe into the Magick section. 🙂 Meals were strange all day. Different bits and pieces of the dishes got served all out of order, but we got fed. 🙂

By 6 we didn’t really have anyone coming in  (2 people after that?) and Tempus got time to sit, although I had to keep called him in back to help. We had supper quite backwards, having started with dessert, but then going to a main meal of pork roast, rainbow carrots in butter sauce and Cacik (cucumber salad). After that we had some of the soup that I got finished last night: pork broth, ham, cabbage, celery, carrots and tomatoes with a bit of the olive bread. Eventually, I got around to getting photos of the “nibbles” for the day, and we pecked at those for a bit and we closed around dark.

Both of us got naps. When I got up I worked on photo development and writing. Tempus headed out  at 2 and by then I had my last set but one of the pictures done. I’ll have to get the other in the morning when we have the shop open.

Today we’re back to our usual. I have some smudges to check in and a set of awesome goddess beads from Gaean Allusions to get photoed, priced and set out ($16 each) I need to get the House Capuchin report on the potluck done and published and I probably ought to do a little on the other two blogs. We’ll be open from 1-5, but it’s possible we’ll both be tired enough to close on time. You can always call to make sure we’ll stay open for you!

A heron at Sandy Point Park on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

motif plant red huckleberry Vaccinium_parvifolium_0325Today’s plant is Red Huckleberry, Vaccinium parvifolium, which grows mostly at low to middle elevations in soil enriched by decaying wood and on rotten logs, all over the coast range. It is a deciduous shrub growing to 13 ft tall with a small, edible red to blue-black berry. The local peoples ate, dried, stewed and made sauces from this berry which was one of their staple foods. The bark is a cold remedy. The leaves make a good tea. I make jam of the berries, which also make a tasty tea. Both berries and leaves are good for sore throats, aching teeth and inflamed gums. It’s sometimes used as an ornamental, but it doesn’t take well to getting the roots disturbed. –Feminine, Venus, Water – Carry for luck, health (especially teeth/throat),  to keep away evil and break hexes, Burn to make dreams come true. Dried berries can be used for prosperity magicks. More info and links here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccinium_parvifolium

201px-Apollo_11_insigniaIn 1969 on this day the first moon landing was made. “”Contact light!” Three seconds later, Eagle landed and Armstrong said “Shutdown.” Aldrin immediately said “Okay, engine stop. ACA – out of detent.” Armstrong acknowledged “Out of detent. Auto” and Aldrin continued “Mode control – both auto. Descent engine command override off. Engine arm – off. 413 is in.” Charles Duke, acting as CAPCOM during the landing phase, acknowledged their landing by saying “We copy you down, Eagle.” Armstrong acknowledged Aldrin’s completion of the post landing checklist with “Engine arm is off.” before responding to Duke with the words, “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.” Armstrong’s change of call sign from “Eagle” to “Tranquility Base” confirmed that landing was complete and successful, and Duke mispronounced his reply as he expressed the relief at Mission Control: “Roger, Twan– Tranquility, we copy you on the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We’re breathing again. Thanks a lot.”   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_11
Where were you during that mission? I was glued to the TV set. My grandparents even let me sleep there on a pile of quilts, although it was more like naps in between the exciting parts. I had my model (that came apart!) of the mission and kept track, putting the appropriate piece on top of the TV cabinet as the mission went on.

magick motif slav Kolovrat RodnoverPerun’s Day – Cherven (July) 20 – This is the holiday on which the Great God of Thunder, Perun, is celebrated. On this day human sacrifices (the slaying of a man or woman for God), were made on 12th of Cherven (July). At that time, a bull was also sacrificed and people feasted on the animal. The King and the Volvhs organized a spectacular fete with plays and much merry-making. “In the year 6491, the old men would make the decision; ‘Cast lots on a boy and a girl. Destiny will decide who will be sacrificed.’ There was a Varagian Christian who had a son. The lot [for sacrifice] fell on his son.” (From Povest Vremeniih Let [The Tale of Years Past])

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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 7/20 at 10:33am. 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 10:33am on 7/20. 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 8/3 at 8:59am. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 10:33pm on 7/21. 

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

Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) has now established itself as a fine early-evening object. At sunset tonight, it is nearly 25° above the northwestern horizon for observers at northern latitudes. It’s still about 16.5° high an hour later. Currently observed to be magnitude 1.6, its fuzzy, 2.3′-wide coma and perhaps a bit of its fainter tail may be visible to the naked eye from a dark location. To really bring out the comet’s beauty, you’ll want binoculars or a small scope. Look for it about 23° west (below) Merak, the star that marks the lower righthand corner of the Big Dipper’s cup. The comet will continue to appear higher each night relative to the day before, traveling upward to slide beneath the cup of the Big Dipper. Its closest approach to Earth is still upcoming on July 23, when it passes within 64.1 million miles (103.2 million kilometers) of our planet.
Two supernovae for amateur telescopes continue in the western evening sky, both still magnitude 12 or 12½. Both are in the Virgo Galaxy Cluster, in the edges of M85 and NGC 4457, which are getting a little lower in the west every day. Hunt them out right after the end of twilight with a 6-inch or larger scope, using the finder charts and photos in Bob King’s Two Bright Supernovae Light Up Nearby Galaxies.
Fourth star of the Summer Triangle. The big Summer Triangle of Vega, Deneb and Altair is high in the east these evenings. Vega, the brightest, is its top star. Deneb is to Vega’s lower left, and Altair is farther to Vega’s lower right. The next-brightest star near the Summer Triangle, if you want to turn it into a quadrilateral, is Rasalhague, the head of Ophiuchus >>. 

Face Altair soon after dark. You’ll find Rasalhague about equally far to the lower right of Vega and upper right of Altair.
New Moon (exact at 10:33 a.m. PDT).

Saturn on July 9th as imaged by Christopher Go. South is up. The ring tilt has lessened enough that a bit of the globe now peeks up from behind the rings’ south edge. On the globe, a small white storm at latitude 63° north has been brought out by boosting the image’s contrast and color contrast, and by edge enhancement. This processing has added artifacts around sharp edges in the rings.

Saturn reaches at opposition at 6 P.M. EDT, when it will lie 836 million miles (1.35 billion kilometers) from Earth. As soon as the Sun sets, the ringed planet is rising in the southeast, with Jupiter about 7° to its west. Saturn glows at an easy magnitude 0.1 for observers without optical aid, but binoculars or a telescope will bring into view its stunning rings. They stretch nearly 42″ across, more than twice the diameter of the planet’s 19″-wide disk. As full darkness falls, see if you can spot the rings’ dark Cassini Division or the planet’s bright moon Titan, nearly 3′ east of Saturn’s center. Saturn lies in the constellation Sagittarius, and the region around it is rich with additional observing targets tonight. These include Jupiter, Pluto, and the globular clusters M55 and M75. With no Moon to create glare, these and other faint objects should be easier to spot and appear grander against the dark-sky backdrop.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Aries) is high in the east before dawn, far to the celestial east of Mars.

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 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 Cancer enters Leo at 1:16pm.
Jupiter (9/12), Saturn (9/29), Pluto (10/4), Neptune (11/28), Chiron (12/12) Retrograde
Color: White

©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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M   20     High  12:12 AM     8.1   5:51 AM    Rise  5:35 AM      1
~    20      Low   7:23 AM    -1.5   8:54 PM     Set  9:23 PM
~    20     High   1:58 PM     6.2
~    20      Low   7:09 PM     2.6

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make love _not war

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Journal Prompt – Personal taste – If I were the teacher, I would…

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Quotes

~   Your life is something opaque, not transparent, as long as you look at it in an …ordinary human way. But if you hold it up against the light of God’s goodness, it shines and turns transparent, radiant and bright. And then you ask yourself in amazement: Is this really my own life I see before me? – Albert Schweitzer
~   Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment. –The Seven Habits of Successful People
~   Striving to better, oft we mar what’s well. – William Shakespeare
With tossing and raking, and setting on cocks;
The finest for sheep and thy gelding allow.
Cut off, good wife, ripe bean with a knife.
Get grist to the mill to have plenty in store,
Let miller lack water as many do more. – Tusser, Thomas (1524 – ‘80), Five hundreth pointes of good husbandrie: as well for the champion or open countrie, as also for the woodland or severall ; mixed in everie month with huswiferie, over and besides the booke of huswiferie, London: ‘Printed in the now dwelling house of Henrie Denham in Aldersgate Street at the signe of the starre’, 1586

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Lughnasadh Recipes

Classic English Egg Custard Tart Recipe adapted – Written by Elaine Lemm – Adapted by Anja on 7/19/20 – Yield: Makes 16 mini pies

Platter of tarts framed by grapes 7/19/20

Ingredients

 

  • 3 commercial pie crusts
  • 4 eggs (muddled)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 ¾ cups heavy cream
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon whole nutmeg, freshly grated

Steps to Make It

  1. Roll and cut mini-crusts.
  2. In a large bowl beat the eggs and egg yolks lightly with the sugar.
  3. Warm the cream 1 minute at a time in the nuker for 3 minutes, then pour the beaten eggs into the cream, stirring constantly. Be careful not to overheat the cream, or it will curdle the eggs.
  4. Heat the mixture, 1 minute at a time in the nuker for another 3 minutes. Take its temp each time. You don’t want to exceed 155F.
  5. Add the vanilla extract if you are using it and mix well.
  6. Heat up pie maker.
  7. Put in crusts.
  8. Pour the egg and cream mixture into each crust, 1/3 cup per. Sprinkle with the grated nutmeg making a generous, even layer.
  9. Close lid and bake for 15-20 minutes. Check at 15. When the crust is done, it’s done, but you can also use a thermometer to measure the centers, up to 190F.
  10. Serve slightly warm or leave to go cold but not fridge cold—store in an airtight tin but never the fridge.

Blackberries – School for the Seasons 8/13/05
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Although I’m the Queen of Holidays, my good intentions always outrun my abilities. I’m sorry to report I did not go blackberry-picking on Lammas, as I intended, except in the most casual way during a walk along the lake, but that’s OK because my daughter took over the holiday tradition and showed up on Lughnasad Eve with three containers full of freshly-picked, still warm blackberries, which we’ve enjoyed in the past weeks in a variety of ways including in pancakes, topping yogurt, and (my favorite) with Hagen Daaz Light Vanilla Bean ice cream.

Last night my daughter took the last of the remaining blackberries (which were beginning to ferment even though kept in the refrigerator) and distilled them down into a delicious syrup, with a faint flavor of wine, spiced with black pepper and cloves.

May you allow yourself the spontaneity of lazy days of summer,
Waverly Fitzgerald

Brigid’s Blackberry Pie – Recipe by Edain McCoy – (Makes one nine-inch pie)

  • 4 cups fresh blackberries (thawed from frozen is okay)
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Unbaked pie crust

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a deep pie dish with the pie crust, or purchase a commercially-made one. Set aside. Mix all other ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. If it appears too “wet”, mix in a little more flour (about 2 tablespoons). Turn the fruit into the pie shell and dot with butter or margarine. You can bake the pie as is, or cover it with another pie crust. If you do this, pinch down the ends to hold it to the other crust. Then score the top several times with a sharp knife. Bake for 1 hour, or until the top crust is a golden brown. (Note: A sugar-free version can be made by substituting appropriate amounts of artificial sweetener.)

 (The above recipe for “Brigid’s Blackberry Pie” is quoted directly from Edain McCoy’s book “The Sabbats: A New Approach to Living the Old Ways”, page 179, Llewellyn Publications, 1994)

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Silliness – Crossing the Road

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