Partly cloudy. Go out and look at the Moon! 58F, winds are calm, AQI32, UV8. 10% chance of rain today and 20% tonight. It’s likely to be foggy between 6 and 8am, but after that, just partly cloudy with winds up to 15mph and high temp around 63F. We still have a 60% chance of rain early Thursday morning, but the rest of the forecast is more sun than cloud and highs in the low 60’s with some wind in the afternoons, maybe.
Yesterday I managed a couple of hours at the computer in the morning and about an hour watering plants. We didn’t open on time, because Tempus was over at the car repair place asking about something that the car is doing. As soon as he was back, I went into the back and started working on sorting some more stuff from the sewing area, and then curled up with my hand-sewing.
He got biscuits made for lunch and pecked at cleaning up the table so I could work, finishing that around midnight, which is when I finally got to do photos. We didn’t have a lot of people in. We’re looking at late spring numbers, like April numbers, which is kinda scary. How are we going to get through the winter?
I got a nap in the early evening and then read for awhile. Arlys sent me a book on Anglo-Saxon cookery (500-100CE) which is quite a slog, but I’m working my way through it. I finally got my photos done while Tempus napped and then we packed up for the night.
Today I’m hoping to finally get somewhere on the sunsuit I’m making for Sioned. I have other things to cut out, mostly “adds” to purchased dresses that should have been large enough, but are cut way too small. You’d think, if you wear a 2x, as I do, that a 5 or 6x would be large enough, but they’re not. Tempus is going to go do laundry and then he has some groceries to get along with the bulk and Oregonian routes tonight.
Amanda…This is her story. https://www.opb.org/television/video/coos-woman-amanda-trail-oregon-coast/
Today’s Feast is in honor of St. Oswald, an Anglo-Saxon king of the 7th century. He ruled two kingdoms that were joined into Northumbria, and started the switch-over to xtianity in that area. For that he was revered as a saint during the Middle Ages. When he was killed in battle, he was dismembered in the tradition of sacred kingship. More on the history here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oswald_of_Northumbria
Today’s plant is Pacific Aster, Symphyotrichum chilense, one form of aster that grows in the PNW. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphyotrichum_chilense China Asters are the ones grown in gardens and are the common garden aster that Cunningham references: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callistephus_chinensis in his Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. – Feminine, Venus, Water – The aster was sacred to the gods and used on altars in many religious paths. It is often used in love sachets or carry the bloom to win love. You can also grow them in your garden to draw love to you! …and here is an article on the whole family which includes sunflowers, chrysanthemums, yarrow and cone-flower!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteraceae
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 8/4 at 8:59pm. 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 8/18 at 7:42pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best 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 8/11 at 9:45am.
We’ve now entered the tail end of the Alpha Capricornid and Delta Aquiariid meteor showers, both of which peaked overnight July 28/29. However, you might still spot sporadic shower meteors over the next few days, particularly in the early morning hours between moonset and sunrise.
The Big Dipper hangs diagonally in the northwest after dark. From its midpoint, look to the right by about three fists at arm’s length to find Polaris (not very bright at 2nd magnitude) glimmering due north in the same place it always does. Polaris is the handle-end of the Little Dipper. The only other parts of the Little Dipper that are even modestly bright are the two stars forming the outer end of its bowl: 2nd-magnitude Kochab and 3rd-magnitude Pherkad. On August evenings you’ll find them to Polaris’s upper left (by about a fist and a half). They’re called the Guardians of the Pole, since they ceaselessly circle around Polaris throughout the night and throughout the year.
Globular star clusters are our galaxy’s oldest objects; these gauzy balls of stars are frequent targets for amateur observers, but globulars aren’t the only star clusters our galaxy holds. High in the sky after sunset is NGC 6633, an open star cluster of about 30 young stars in Ophiuchus. Born roughly 660 million years ago, this nearby cluster covers about the same area as the Full Moon in the sky. Binoculars will bring out its many stars, and a telescope will offer even sharper detail. Just 3° east-southeast of NGC 6633 is another open cluster, IC 4756 in Serpens. Although the fainter of the two, IC 4756 is home to about 80 stars scattered across a region of sky twice as large. You may see them at first as a gauzy haze, but 4×70 or 16×70 binoculars should separate that haze into individual stars. With a large field of view, you’ll be able to get both clusters at the same time. If possible, you’ll want to seek these targets out between the end of twilight and moonrise, when thesky is darkest and the best contrast can be achieved.
Mars rises in the east around 11 p.m. daylight saving time, bright (magnitude –1.2) yellow-orange in Pisces like a far-off bonfire. Where will it come up? Watch the horizon below the Great Square of Pegasus. By dawn Mars shines grandly high and bright in the south, a high-blown firespark. In a telescope this week Mars grows from 14½ to 15½ arcseconds in apparent diameter, as big as it appears at some oppositions! But we’re still speeding toward it along Earth’s faster orbit around the Sun, and we have a long way to go. Around this year’s opposition in early October, Mars will be 22.6 arcseconds wide. Mars is still very gibbous, 87% sunlit. Look for its white South Polar cap and for subtler dark surface markings. To get a map of the side of Mars facing you at the date and time you’ll observe, use our Mars Profiler. The map there is rectangular; remember to mentally wrap it onto the side of a globe. (Features near the map’s edges become very foreshortened.)
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)
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
Runic half-month of Thurisaz/ Thorn/Thunor, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor. The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe.
Harvest 8/3 to 8/4
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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.
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.
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).
Tu 4 High 1:05 AM 8.0 6:07 AM Set 6:57 AM 99
~ 4 Low 8:03 AM -1.2 8:37 PM Rise 9:43 PM
~ 4 High 2:33 PM 6.6
~ 4 Low 8:02 PM 2.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The day is bright and full of activity. Stop in the midst of it and take stock.
Journal Prompt – Expository – Write a journal entry about the last important test you took. Describe the preparation you did for the test; your emotions before, during, and after the test; and your actual performance on the test.
~ Overcompensating to be liked and wanting to “save” people who were hurting. I had learned how to give but not how to receive. The most courageous thing I ever had to do, hands down, is learning to receive. I’m doing that gracefully and letting other people feel good. ~ Kathy Buckley
~ You have no idea what a long-legged gal can do without doing anything. – Claudette Colbert; in the film, The Palm Beach Story, 1942
~ The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home. – Confucius
~ I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. – Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977) US activist
Look! the round-cheeked moon floats high,
In the glowing August sky,
Quenching all her neighbor stars,
Save the steady flame of Mars.
White as silver shines the sea,
Far-off sails like phantoms be,
Gliding o’er that lake of light,
Vanishing in nether night.
Heavy hangs the tasseled corn,
Sighing for the cordial morn;
But the marshy-meadows bare,
Love this spectral-lighted air,
Drink the dews and lift their song,
Chirp of crickets all night long;
Earth and sea enchanted lie
‘Neath that moon-usurped sky. – Emma Lazarus (1849–87)
Magick – Recipes
Classic English Egg Custard Tart Recipe adapted – Written by Elaine Lemm – Adapted by Anja on 7/19/20
- Yield: Makes 16 mini pies
- 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
- Roll and cut mini-crusts.
- In a large bowl beat the eggs and egg yolks lightly with the sugar.
- 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.
- Heat the mixture, 1 minute at a time in the nuker for another 3 minutes.
- Add the vanilla extract if you are using it and mix well.
- Heat up pie maker.
- Put in crusts.
- Pour the egg and cream mixture into each crust, 1/3 cup per. Sprinkle with the grated nutmeg making a generous, even layer.
- 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 up to 190F.
- Serve slightly warm or leave to go cold but not fridge cold—store in an airtight tin but never the fridge.
Easy Traditional Jam Tarts Written by Elaine Lemm – Updated 05/14/20 – These tiny tarts are a delicious tea time treat and look lovely as part of a daytime party spread. Fill every few with a different kind of jam for lots of color and plenty of flavor options. They’re a fun treat to stick in a lunchbox, too.
- Total:35 mins
- Prep:20 mins
- Cook:15 mins
- Rest Time:30 mins
- Yield:12 to 18 mini tarts
- Purchased pie crust
- 1/2 cup strawberry jam(or any fruit jam, or lemon curd)
- Unwrap the pastry onto a lightly floured work surface and roll to a 1/4-inch thickness.
- Using a tart cutter or cup, cut circles from the pastry just slightly bigger than the holes in the prepared tart mold. Gently press the discs of dough into each mold.
- Place a heaped teaspoon of jam or lemon curd into the pastry-lined tins. Be careful not to overfill as the jam will spill out when hot and burn.
- Repeat until all the pastry is used up—you can squish the pastry trimmings back together and re-roll as needed.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 15 mins or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely.
- Once cooled, serve and enjoy!
- The dough can also be made in a food processor by mixing the flour, butter, and salt in the bowl of the processor on a pulse setting. Add water and wrap as above.
- If you need to make these in a flash, use a store-bought shortcrust pastry dough.
- We know it’s tempting to take a bite right away, but do NOT eat these while hot or you may burn your mouth (the jam stays hot for a long time).
For full recipe and pictures – https://www.thespruceeats.com/easy-recipe-for-traditional-jam-tarts-435295
6 Ingredient Fish Cakes Recipe – These quick and easy fish cakes are fun appetizer or main course made with cod, or you favorite white fish. Pair them with homemade tartar sauce to really take this recipe to a new level.
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Servings: 16 fishcakes
- 1 pound cooked cod
- 3/4 cup panko
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 tablespoon Old Bay
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Cooking oil
How to prepare your cod – Start by cooking your cod. You can prepare it anyway you want, as long as it’s cooked through. If you have enough leftovers from another meal, that’s even better. I usually chose to bake mine because I think it’s the easiest option. To bake your cod, put it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Season it liberally with salt & pepper, and bake for 20 – 25 minutes at 350˚F.
- Place ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir the ingredients together with a fork, breaking apart the fish, until evenly combined.
- Portion mixture into patties (about 2 tablespoons each).
- Coat the bottom of a large skillet with cooking oil and heat to medium-high. Fry fish cakes in batches until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.
Silliness – Preacher’s Wish from God
A preacher went into his church and he was praying to God.
While he was praying, he asked God, “How long is 10 million years to you?”
God replied, “One second.”
The next day the preacher asked God, “God, how much is 10 million dollars to you?”
And God replied, “A penny.”
Then finally the next day the preacher asked God, “God, can I have one of your pennies?”
And God replied, “Just wait a sec.”