It’s mostly overcast and we’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from noon today until 6pm on Sunday! 52F, wind at 1-11mph and gusting, AQI31, UV7. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. We should see a bit of fog this morning, then it will gradually clear off in the afternoon and the wind will pick up and then the whole thing will reverse into the evening. Highs in the low 60’s. That’s due to change early next week where the highs are likely to be in the upper 60’s from Monday on….
Yesterday I fought being tired. I’ve been short on sleep, even with sleeping in. Iow having trouble sleeping, so I didn’t get a lot done. Tempus headed out mid-afternoon to get the laundry done. I got a few things sorted on the computer and I did a bunch of paperwork stuff, filing, mostly. I went to water and my jugs were empty and I went to sew and there was stuff piled in the way. <sigh> So I sat down and watched a video on the history of fish and chips in England, among the other changes that the railroads brought.
Tempus got back at about the time I was going to start watching a video on milk production in Renaissance England. We closed up, got the laundry partly put away and he headed out for the paper route. I was so tired that I slept until nearly 1am!
When I got up I was working on Pan-Pagan stuff. I’m pretty sure that the only way to do the event is going to be online, the problem is that I don’t really know how. I keep hoping someone will help me out on this one, but there’s some kind of learning curve to this that I don’t even have a clue how to surmount. I worked with a friend who has done some of this for awhile, but realized I’d better get the newsletter done and then get back to it. …and I kept chatting off and on with the person, but I’m planning to go back to book and embroidery once this is out….
Today is more plant watering, to get the rest of the laundry sorted out (and I have a couple of fabrics that were washed to iron and re-hang, maybe even to cut and start to sew? I have a lovely black and white check jumper that was two sizes too small and couldn’t be returned. That’s why I bought the fabric that just got washed. I’m going to add triangles to sides and back to make it big enough. Well, in any case the shop ought to be open on time and with any luck we can get the big photo frames finished being photoed and stashed.
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
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 9/1 at 10:22pm. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 8/31 at 10:22am.
August is prime Milky Way time! After dark, the Milky Way extends up from low in the the south (where it runs between the tail of Scorpius and the spout of the Sagittarius Teapot), up and left across Aquila and through the big Summer Triangle very high in the east, and on down through Cassiopeia to Perseus now rising low in the north-northeast.
Jupiter shines just a couple degrees above the gibbous Moon this evening for North America; see the twilight view below. To their left, Saturn waits its turn.
The Moon passes 1.4° south of Jupiter at 10 P.M. EDT. The pair, along with Saturn just 8.3° east of Jupiter, is in Sagittarius. The constellation is southwest of where you’ll find Ceres, Massalia, and Neptune in Aquarius.
Dwarf planet 1 Ceres reaches opposition at 8 A.M. EDT. It’s glowing at magnitude 7.7 — within reach of binoculars or a small scope — and visible in Aquarius both early this morning and late this evening. The tiny world is currently 186 million miles (299 million km) from Earth. You’ll find it this morning about halfway on a line drawn between the bright stars Fomalhaut in Piscis Austrinus and Skat in Aquarius. It’s moving slowly west but is still roughly between the same stars by evening.
While you’re in the area, look about 13° northeast of Skat to find Neptune. For a closer signpost, the planet is less than 3° east of 4th-magnitude Phi (φ) Aquarii. At magnitude 7.8, our solar system’s outermost planet is roughly the same brightness as Ceres.
Asteroid 20 Massalia >>> reaches opposition at 5 P.M. EDT, when it is nearly 147 million miles (236 million km) from Earth. It, too, is in Aquarius, about 14° due west of Neptune but glowing a much fainter magnitude 9.4.
Mars rises in the east less than an hour after the end of twilight. It emerges bright (magnitude –1.6) and strongly orange like a far-off bonfire. Where will it come up? Watch the horizon far below the Great Square of Pegasus. Mars climbs higher all through the night. By the beginning of dawn Mars shines grandly high and bright in the south, now a high-blown firespark. It’s near the dim Knot of Pisces. In a telescope this week Mars grows from 17½ to 18½ arcseconds in apparent diameter. That’s already bigger than it appears at many oppositions, but we’re still approaching Mars as Earth speeds along our faster orbit around the Sun. When we catch up to and pass Mars at opposition in early October, it will appear 22.6 arcseconds wide and will shine at a Jupiter-bright magnitude –2.6. Mars is still gibbous, 90% sunlit. Look for its white South Polar cap, possible clouds especially near the limb, and subtler dark surface markings. To get a map of the side facing us at the date and time you’ll observe, use our Mars Profiler.
Old Farmer’s Almanac August Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-august-perseid-meteors-milky-way
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29
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. Runic half-month of Raidho/Rad 8/29-9/12 – Denotes the channeling of energies in the correct manner to produce the desired results. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102/
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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
F 28 Low 3:49 AM -0.2 6:35 AM Set 1:39 AM 71
~ 28 High 10:32 AM 5.7 7:59 PM Rise 5:46 PM
~ 28 Low 3:37 PM 3.2
~ 28 High 9:32 PM 7.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I give myself permission to say “no”!
~ I am not interested in the past, except as the road to the future. – Gianni Versace
~ I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite…only a sense of existence. My breath is sweet to me. O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment. – H. D. Thoreau
~ Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. – John D. Rockefeller
~ A hero is someone who voluntarily walks into the unknown. – Tom Hanks
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)
Blackberries – School for the Seasons 8/13/05
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,
Ashtoreth’s Saffron Crescent Cakes – expensive recipe!
These are traditionally baked in honor of Ashtoreth, but they are appropriate for any Goddess associated with the Moon. To honor those harvest deities not associated with the Moon, simply cut into round or other shapes, and bake as directed. Saffron expensive, so you may prefer to substitute yellow food coloring, an additional 1/4 cup honey, or 1/3 cup chopped nuts instead.Ingredients
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/4 honey
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 3 T.. baking powder
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4-1/2 tsp. saffron
- Mix egg, milk, oil, and honey in a large bowl.
- Add remaining ingredients and stir until just mixed.
- Turn out onto a floured board and press into a circle
- Cut into wedges with a pizza cutter
- Roll up, starting at the rounded edge.
- Place on greased cookie sheet with points down and shape into crescents.
- Bake for 20 minutes at 400F.
Adapted from Celebrating The Autumn Equinox by Kristin Madden
Mabon Moon Cider
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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[Anja’s note – This is also very tasty if you sub a very dry red wine for the grape juice. I do it in a crockpot.]
Silliness – Notes To The Rural Milkman
“Dear Milkman, I’ve just had a baby, please leave another one.”
“Please leave an extra pint of paralysed milk.”
“Please don’t leave any more milk. All they do is drink it”
“Milkman please close the gate behind you because the birds keep pecking the tops off the milk.”
“Sorry not to have paid your bill before, but my wife had a baby and I’ve been carrying it around in my pocket for weeks.”
“Sorry about yesterdays note. I didn’t mean one egg and a dozen pints, but the other way round.”
“When you leave my milk knock on my bedroom window and wake me because I want you to give me a hand to turn the mattress.”
“Please knock. My television’s broken down and I missed last nights ‘Sopranos.’ If you saw it, will you tell me what happened.”