The wind is done, so the clouds are back. Overcast. 54F, wind at 0-2mph, AQI38, UV6. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. The cloud should burn through, but probably not completely, mid-day. High is likely to be around 62. The temps will be climbing. Thursday and then from next Sunday will likely be in the 70’s and Thursday could actually hit the high 70’s.
Yesterday Tempus wasn’t feeling well. I’d write it off to lack of sleep, but he just was acting the way I’ve been feeling, and that is *not* like him at all. We were open on time, barely. I got him to go curl up in back for several hours and that seemed to help. The highway was quiet and we had no one in until about 3, about 8 people total, and they were all gone by the time the launch started up before 4pm. I got to watch and then listened while the satellites were being deployed.
I got so sleepy. I was nodding off at my desk even watching the launch. I had a couple of people in right before 5pm and that woke me a little. I took my turn asleep and when I got up Tempus had bread made and we had some of that soup from the other day, with cheese on top and one of the bread rolls. Tasty! He closed up around dark. I was sorting fabric squares. I want to get started on that jumper that I’ve been talking about.
We got a couple of hours of snooze time before he headed out on the paper route. He was sniffling and running a temp, it felt like, but he still hasn’t gotten a battery for my thermometer. He headed out just at 2 and I got back to work on this newsletter.
Today we should be open on time. Tempus has to do the research on getting that tranny work done. He also needs to fill my watering bottles again. I did the south window plants, but they’re going to need more again. …. I’m going to have pots of chives for sale again, probably in early October, just a few, but I need to get them properly potted up so they have some rest time. There are also a ton of other plants that are ready to be planted in sale pots and get them out of the windows. Now that it’s not quite as sunny, too, I need to start thinking about shifting plant locations as I do in the fall and late in the spring. …and I have a few plants that I think I’m going to keep as “mothers”. One fern is starting to set babies, already.
Today is the birthday of Raymond Buckland, one of the first witches in the US who came out of the “broom closet”. He’s been influential in writing books about the Craft and in a video, done for public access TV in the 90’s that portrayed several rituals and brought the basics of Wicca to people who didn’t even know that it existed. His earlier works are a little dated, and are from the ceremonial end of Wicca, but were invaluable in earlier decades with followable (if wordy) ritual scripts. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Buckland
Today’s Plant is Sword fern, Polystichum munitum. It grows all winter on the coast, getting greener and lovelier every year as the new fiddles come up out of the center of the plant and develop into fronds. I’ve been enjoying those, watching them for months, now. they can get to be 6 feet tall and some of the ones down in the park where the stream crosses through are that size! The indigenes used the rhizome as a poverty food (baked and peeled), and the fronds are one of the best remedies for relieving the pain from the sting of a Stinging Nettle. It is also commonly used by florists as an ornamental plant. – Masculine, Air, The God, the Puck. This is an herb of masculine power, protection and luck. Use in spells to guide to treasure. Burn to drive away pests.…and as any fern, burn for rain…. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sword_fern
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. 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 8/3 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.
Action at Jupiter: Io, Jupiter’s fast-moving inner moon, should emerge out of eclipse from Jupiter’s shadow around 9:53 p.m. EDT. Watch for it to glimmer into view a little east of the planet, between Jupiter itself and Europa farther out. First there will be one moon there, then, gradually, two. About an hour later, Io and Europa will pass each other in conjunction at 10:56 p.m. EDT. And a few minutes later, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot should transit the planet’s central meridian around 11:10 p.m. EDT.
Mars is nearly 60° above the horizon by 4 A.M. local time. It stands high in the south, just over 5° northwest of Alrescha, Pisces’ magnitude 3.8 alpha star. The Red Planet is magnitude –1.8 and brightening by the day. It’s also growing larger (currently 19″) as it approaches its October opposition. Nearby in Aries lies <<< Uranus, a much dimmer magnitude 5.7 that you’ll need at least binoculars to pick up. Follow the line from Mars to Uranus further northeast, and you’ll run right into the Pleiades >>> . This bright open star cluster is easily visible even in a relatively bright sky, so it’s a perfect target as the Moon continues to grow. It will reach Full in just two days.
If you prefer evening observing, our solar system’s other ice giant will be on display: Neptune is above the horizon when darkness falls and visible with binoculars at magnitude 7.8. Tonight, it lies just 2.5° from 4th magnitude Phi (φ) Aquarii in the east.
Venus (magnitude –4.3, in Gemini) rises in deep darkness two hours before dawn begins, a weird UFO of a thing in the east-northeast. By the time dawn gets under way, Venus blazes brightly high in the east as shown above. Venus stands just a little lower each morning, while the background stars move rapidly to the upper right as the days progress. Venus will cross the line from Pollux to Procyon on September 1st. In a telescope Venus continues to shrink (it’s now 20 arcseconds in diameter) while becoming slightly gibbous (59% sunlit).
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
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29
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).
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine Sep 2 – 29 – Muin – (MUHN, like “foot”), vine – The grape (Vitis vinifera L.) is a vine growing as long as 35 m (115 feet), in open woodlands and along the edges of forests, but most commonly seen today in cultivation, as the source of wine, grape juice, and the grape juice concentrate that is so widely used as a sweetener. European grapes are extensively cultivated in North America, especially in the southwest, and an industry and an agricultural discipline are devoted to their care and the production of wine. Grapes are in the Grape family (Vitaceae).
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 31 Low 6:23 AM -0.7 6:39 AM Set 4:45 AM 94
~ 31 High 12:51 PM 6.6 7:53 PM Rise 7:44 PM
~ 31 Low 6:25 PM 2.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Kindness is not an act, it’s a lifestyle.
Journal Prompt – Favorites – One of Winnie-the-Pooh’s songs by A. A. Milne goes like this: “Isn’t it funny How a bear likes honey? Buzz! Buzz! Buzz! I wonder why he does?” List all of the foods you like to eat. Can you write a poem or song about your favorite food, they way Winnie-the-Pooh does?
~ The formula for success is simple—practice and concentration then more practice and more concentration. – Babe Didrikson Zaharias
~ History is a vast early warning system. – Norman Cousins, editor and author (1915-1990)
~ An alternative to the classic Birkenstock. – A shoe manager on how flip-flops are winning during quarantine. No sock tans here.
~ Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity. – Herbert Hoover
The Queen of Hearts
She made some tarts,
All on a summer’s day;
The Knave of Hearts
He stole those tarts,
And took them clean away.
The King of Hearts
Called for the tarts,
And beat the knave full sore;
The Knave of Hearts
Brought back the tarts,
And vowed he’d steal no more. – Mother Goose Rhyme often attributed to Charles Lamb (1775–1834)
A much expanded version here – 1805 poem known as King and Queen of Hearts: with the Rogueries of the Knave who stole the Queen’s Pies by Charles Lamb – https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/collections/the-king-and-queen-of-hearts-with-the-rogueries-of-the-knave-who-stole#/?tab=about
Italian Mushroom Soup
- 1 stick butter
- 5 c. beef stock
- 1 lb. fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 1 lg. minced onion
- 3 tbsp. tomato paste
- 1/2 c. vermouth or red cooking wine
- Melt butter on medium low heat.
- Add mushrooms and onions and cook about 10 minutes.
- Stir in tomato paste.
- Add stock and vermouth and simmer 10 minutes to blend flavors.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve with grated Parmesan cheese.
French Mushroom Soup – Serves 4.
- 2 1/2 c. onions, sliced
- 3 tbsp. butter or margarine
- 3/4 lb. mushrooms, sliced 1/4 inch thick
- 2 (14 1/2 oz.) cans beef broth
- 2 tbsp. dry sherry
- 4 slices French bread, 1/2 inch thick
- 1 c. Swiss cheese, shredded
- 1/4 c. Parmesan cheese, grated
In 3 quart saucepan, saute onions in butter over medium heat for five minutes. Add mushrooms; cook and stir three minutes. Remove and reserve four mushroom slices for garnish. Stir in broth and sherry; bring to boil. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place bread on baking sheet; toast in oven until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Remove toast; heat broiler. Puree half of soup in blender, then return to saucepan; stir. Divide soup equally into four 1 1/2 cup, oven-proof bowls (see note below). Top each serving with 1 slice toast, 1/4 cup Swiss cheese, one reserved mushroom slice and 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese. Broil three to five minutes until golden brown. Note: Soup can be baked in larger serving dish rather than individual bowls, if desired.
Vegetable Herb Stew
2 diced carrots
2 chopped leeks
2 chopped onions
2 diced kohlrabi
1 diced celery stick
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 medium potatoes, cubed
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh chervil
1 cup fresh mushrooms, any variety
3 cups vegetable or chicken broth
salt and pepper
Drizzle olive oil in a large soup pan or Dutch oven. Add all the vegetables except the potatoes and sauté them over a low
heat while stirring. Do not brown the vegetables. Add the broth, salt and pepper. Meanwhile, boil the potatoes, just until they are tender but still firm. Add the potatoes to the vegetables. Wash or wipe dry the mushrooms, chop and add them to the pot. Cook the mixture for 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste, and add the fresh herbs. Serve with a good bread or rolls. (Add other fresh herbs or substitute).
GrannyMoon’s Herbal Course – http://goddessschool.com/courses/Herbs/herbology.html
Silliness – Silly Q&A – Question: Why was the Jedi a terrible comedian? Too *forced*- his punchlines were!