Daily Stuff 7-12-21 Naadam

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 9:09 AM of -1.2 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

Overcast & 55F, wind at 0-13mph and gusting, AQI 21-26, UV8. Chance of rain 9% today and 13% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through midnight. It’s finally starting to look a little sunnier over the long-range, mostly sunny with high’s in the low 60’s for the next 10 days. The smoke plumes are pretty bad across the whole state from the level of Eugene south, and then it bends northward to cover about 1/4 of the state on the east. Two new firespots. One new fire that you can see in the list and two that are growing and really nasty.

Bad

  • JACK FIRE – 10937 Acres –  8%
  • BOOTLEG – 150812 Acres No Containment

New

  • GRANDVIEW 0558 OD – 200 Acres

Older

  • WRENTHAM MARKET – 7222 Acres – 100%
  • JOSEPH CANYON – 7610 Acres – 95%
  • S-503 FIRE – 6680 Acres – 97%
  • RATTLESNAKE – 5479 Acres – 65%
  • LEWIS ROCK – 368 Acres – 95%

Yesterday was long and we were still tired. Well, it’s coming up on the end of our work-week, so I guess it makes sense. It was pretty busy in the shop, especially after the dead Saturday, it was busy even for a summer Sunday! Sales were good and I had some good chats about crystals with a couple of people. We did have spots of time to sit and rest, but both my coffee and my lunch were finished in several installments and quite cold. My late afternoon snack was cherries, so that wasn’t a problem, but one at a time? We even had someone walk in right at the end of the day who stayed until 6:45. No, we don’t begrudge people shopping time. We’ll almost always stay open for that. 🙂

I spent time at my desk during the day for the House Capuchin Project Day, working on the little slavic-style doll and finding funny and appropriate cartoons for that newsletter and a few for this. I’m not sure what Tempus was working on, but we took turns helping customers. He also managed to clear out the clutter that’s been building up around my trash can. I spent a little time just as we were leaving to get the seeds off the sorrel and into the plant pot. I have to cut those heads tomorrow. Harvest is starting!

The rose plant pot, which includes thyme, fairy fishing poles, potatoes and celery, at the moment.

When we headed home, did a few “putter” chores, ate and then turned in. Tempus also watered the porch plants. I got back up around midnight, had a snack, read for a bit, set up a starter for cacik (cucumbers and onions in a dill/sour cream sauce, has to sit with some salt, first….) and woke Tempus in time to come back here and have a couple of minutes before he had to head out.

Fern (got heat damaged)

It’s very still again. It’s amazing how quiet it can get with no traffic and no ocean noise…. He’s headed out, now. I’m going to get this together, get the pork roast going, and then do the House Capuchin one if I have enough oomph. I keep getting distracted….

Coneflower/Echinacea

Today we should be open at the regular time. I really want to get to the north window, not just to water, but to take some plants home to work on over our weekend, and I really need to remember to bring one of the bags of potting soil here, so I can get the potatoes out of the rose planter and put some dirt in.

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

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Today’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

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Lupines 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  These 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.

The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, anjasnihova@yahoo.com, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door!

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Leo

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 7/23 at 7″37pm. Diana’s BowOn the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 7/12 at 6:17pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 7/17 at 3:11am.

The new crescent Moon steps up low in twilight just as Venus and Mars go through conjunction. (The Moon is drawn about three times its actual apparent size.)

Big, macho Venus, Goddess of Love, and wimpy little Mars, God of War, are at their closest together now, about ½° apart, low in the west-northwest in twilight. This evening the crescent Moon shines upper left of them, as shown above. Look for Regulus a little less far to the Moon’s left or lower left. Tomorrow morning brings us a close conjunction of Venus and Mars. But first, the Moon mingles with our neighboring planets, as our satellite passes 3° north of Venus at 5 A.M. EDT and 4° north of Mars at 6 A.M. EDT. The trio isn’t visible then, but you can catch them in the west shortly after sunset. The planetary pair is now 7.3° west of the thin crescent Moon. Venus is magnitude –3.9 and lies due north (to the upper right) of Mars, which glows at magnitude 1.8 — 190x fainter than Venus. All three lie in Leo the Lion, northwest of the big cat’s brightest star, Regulus. Mars and Venus are about 33′ apart. The moment the pair comes closest — 30′ or 0.5° — occurs early tomorrow morning at 3 A.M. EDT, when the planets are again invisible for U.S. observers. Tomorrow night, they’ll once more sit about 33′ apart, so if you aren’t able to catch them this evening, try again tomorrow for a similar view.

An extraordinarily high-res image of Mars, taken July 17th by Enrico Enzmann and Damian Peach when Mars was 12.9 arcseconds in diameter. South is up. Peach says, “Mars this morning is looking very hazy with airborne dust.” They used a 76cm (30-inch) Ritchey-Chrétien telescope with a Canon ME20 camera to acquire video frames for stacking. The darkest horizontal streak near center is Sinus Sabaeus, ending on its right (“following”) end with two-pronged Sinus Meridiani. Upper right of that is Margaritifer Sinus.

Mars reaches aphelion — the farthest point from the Sun in its orbit — tonight at 8 P.M. EDT. At that time, the Red Planet will sit 154.9 million miles (249.3 million kilometers) from the Sun.

Saturn (magnitude +0.3, in Capricornus) and brighter Jupiter (magnitude –2.7, in Aquarius) rise in the east-southeast a little later: Saturn around the end of twilight, brighter Jupiter an hour later to Saturn’s lower left. They’re highest in the south, at their telescopic best, around 3 a.m. daylight saving time. See “Action at Jupiter” in the July Sky & Telescope, page 50, and “Saturnian Challenges,” page 52. Both will reach opposition in August. Before dawn, look 20° lower left of Jupiter for Fomalhaut. It now forms an almost perfect isosceles right triangle with Jupiter and Saturn. Jupiter is at the right angle.

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

NIGHT SKY MAP FOR JULY 2021: THE SUMMER TRIANGLE – 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
Pluto (10/6), Saturn (10/10), Jupiter (10/18), Neptune (12/1) Retrograde
Color – Ivory
©2021 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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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
M   12     High   2:01 AM     7.6   5:44 AM    Rise  8:13 AM      3
~    12      Low   9:09 AM    -1.2   9:00 PM     Set 11:09 PM
~    12     High   3:48 PM     6.2
~    12      Low   9:05 PM     2.7

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I know everyday you can think of someone to thank.

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Journal Prompt – Favorites – What makes your favorite song so special? How do you personally relate to it?

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Quotes

~   The only possible death is to lose belief in this truth simply because the great end comes slowly, because time is long. – WEB DuBois, American-born author and sociologist, who died on August 27, 1963
~   The worst mistake of first contact, made throughout history by individuals on both sides of every new encounter, has been the unfortunate habit of making assumptions. It often proved fatal. – David Brin, science fiction author, born on October 6, 1950; ‘A Contrarian Perspective on Altruism: The Dangers of First Contact’, September 2002
~   There is no terror in a bang, only in the anticipation of it. – Alfred Hitchcock
~   This little globe of ours is not a toy of yesterday. – Mohandas Gandhi, who arrived in London as the representative of the Indian National Congress on August 29, 1931

Come ye into the summer woods;
There entereth no annoy;
All greenly wave the chestnut leaves,
And the earth is full of joy. – Mary Howitt (1799–1888)

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Lughnasadh Magick – Recipes

SAUTEED BABY ZUCCHINI WITH SQUASH BLOSSOMS AND LEMON BASIL – Remember squash blossoms are extremely perishable; it’s best to use them the day you buy them. – Makes 6 servings.

  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 pound baby zucchini, halved lengthwise, each half cut lengthwise into
  • 3 wedges
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh lemon basil or regular basil Fleur de sel (fine French sea salt)
  • 18 zucchini squash blossoms, (Available at farmers’ markets and some specialty foods stores.)

Method

  1. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in heavy large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add zucchini; sauté until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Stir in basil. Season with fleur de sel. Transfer to plate.
  3. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in skillet. Add squash blossoms and cook until barely wilted and still bright orange, about 2 seconds per side. Arrange atop zucchini and serve.

Market tip: Buy a small pot of lemon basil at a nursery if it’s not available at farmers’ markets.

Banana Bread (goes with Harvest Bread Basket)

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine or butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 cup mashed ripe bananas (4-5 medium bananas)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease 2 loaf pans. In large bowl, cream the sugar and butter. Add in the eggs. Add bananas, milk, lemon juice, and vanilla, beat until smooth. In small bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and salt. Keep adding flour mix to banana mix. Pour into pans. Bake for 1 hour. Cool for 5 minutes.

Yield: 2 loaves
Source: Wood & Seefeldt, The Wicca Cookbook Use for: Mabon

BERRIES WITH GERANIUM CREAM – Check your local farmers market or Chef’s Garden (800-289-4644) for the geranium leaves or experiment with other leaves such as fresh basil or mint.

Cooks’ note: Cream can be beaten up to 4 hours ahead and chilled, covered. Makes 6 dessert servings.

Colcannon (cally, poundy)
http://www.chalicecentre.net/lughnasadh.htm

In some parts of Ireland, the Feast of Lughnasadh came to be called Colcannon Sunday, after a dish made from the first digging of potatoes. The cook put on a special white apron kept for the occasion, boiled a huge pot of potatoes over the fire, and mashed them with a wooden mallet. Often, they were seasoned with onions, garlic or cabbage. The cooked vegetables were then turned out onto a platter, and a well hollowed out in the middle for plenty of butter and hot milk. The family sat round and ate, while the cook ate hers from the pot itself—a special privilege. In more well-to-do households, the meal would be accompanied by meat: a flitch of bacon, newly-slaughtered sheep or roast chicken, and followed by seasonal fruits such as gooseberries and blackcurrants.

It was thought to be unlucky not to eat Colcannon on this day, so people often made sure to share theirs with less fortunate neighbors.

Here’s a more modern recipe for you to try.

Colcannon – 6 servings:

  • 1 medium cabbage, quartered and core removed
  • 2 lb potatoes, scrubbed and sliced with skins left on
  • 2 medium leeks, thoroughly washed and sliced
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoons each mace, salt, pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter

Method

  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and boil the cabbage until tender, about 12-15 minutes. Drain off the water and chop the cabbage. Set aside.
  2. Bring another pot of water to a boil and boil the potatoes until tender. Drain off the water and set aside.
  3. Put the leeks in a saucepan, cover with the milk, bring close to boiling and then turn down to a simmer until tender. Set aside.
  4. Add the mace, salt and pepper, and garlic to the pot with the potatoes and mash well with a hand masher. Now add the leeks and their milk and mix in with the potatoes, taking care not to break down the leeks too much. Add a little more milk if necessary to make it smooth. Now mash in the cabbage and lastly the butter. The texture that you want to achieve is smooth-buttery-potato with interesting pieces of leek and cabbage well distributed in it.
  5. Transfer the whole mixture to an ovenproof dish, make a pattern on the surface and place under the broiler to brown.
  6. After the first mouthful, Irish families might call out, “Destruction to the Red-haired Hag!”  The red-haired hag is a personification of hunger. From: Janet Warren, A feast of Scotland, Lomond Books,1990, ISBN 1-85051-112-8.

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Silliness – Bee pun (so bad!)

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