Daily Stuff 8-31-21 Raymond Buckland

Hi, folks!

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ceu Alves.

Overcast, 47F, wind at 0-3mph and gusting, AQI 6-51, UV6. Chance of rain 4% today and 8% tonight. Most of this week is back to partly cloudy again. There’s a tiny chance (less than 25%) of rain Saturday night into Sunday, otherwise highs in the low-to-mid 60s. There’s no smoke plume west of the Coast Range, but it’s so thick along the south and east borders that they’re hard to find on the map! There are firespots all over, 8 of ’em, and most are *not* associated with fires. Little Applegate Fire has dropped off the map.

Larger Fires

  • Elbow Creek Fire – 96% – 22960 acres
  • Black Butte Fire – 95% – 22445 acres
  • Devils Knob Complex Fire – 25% – 34382.45 acres
  • Big Hamlin Fire – 15% – 14117 acres
  • Smith Fire – 10077 acres
  • Jack Fire – 53% – 23914 acres
  • Rough Patch Complex Fire – 15% –  32694.25 acres
  • Middle Fork Complex Fire – 12% – 20094.15 acres
  • Gales Fire – 13596 acres
  • Janus Fire – 10274 acres
  • Bull Complex Fire – 3% – 10370.2 acres

Smaller Fires

  • Patton Meadow Fire – 98% – 8930 acres
  • Fox Complex Fire – 98% – 9754 acres
  • Wild Cat Fire – 215 acres
  • Near Minky Fire – 1723 acres
  • Little Bend Creek Fire –  226.9 acres
  • Chaos Fire –  420 acres
  • Kwis Fire – 25% – 1485 acres
  • Ninemile Fire – 143 acres
  • Bruler Fire – 91% – 195 acres

Tomatoes

Yesterday was another day of too-much-to-do, so it went by pretty quickly. Tempus got back early enough to go home to sleep and honestly, I was so tired I don’t really remember it, but I do remember getting up and coming back in, since I had gotten up, only to fall asleep in my chair and Tempus startled me!

SOme very green raspberries

So we got the shop open on time. I settled down to writing and to sorting out the posted resources. It took me all day, but I finally got the House Capuchin newsletter out at about 5:30, plus the three new pages. We did have customers in, but not like the day before. Tempus worked with some of them. I’m not sure what all else he was doing, but he was busy right up until 8:30! He did help me get my new begonia starts into pots. They’re sitting. I want to give them a chance to settle before they get moved. I also did a little research on lemon grass. Tempus got fascinated by the stuff and urged me to get a plant, but he doesn’t remember why. We’ll probably make some tea tomorrow and I was looking into how to cook with it and propagate it.

Bean trellis with itty-bitty beans!

By the time he was done I was exhausted. I had gotten myself a sandwich so when we got in I just went to bed, having told Tempus what was in the fridge as leftovers. Dunno that he ate anything, but I was dead asleep when he got into bed, because he was there when I got up and I never noticed him crawling in! I was up at midnight, as usual, but I’m still yawning and thinking lovingly of blankets and pillows…. I did a little embroidery. I’m going to start doing those tiny projects again.

The Moon wasn’t visible at home, having risen but still behind the hill, but the stars and planets certainly were! Pegasus is directly overhead when we’re getting ready to come back into town, now. Cygnus is starting to fly off into the west and Arcturus is beyond the big tree and not visible. Jupiter and Saturn were incredibly bright at home and I was looking forward to taking a few minutes more to gaze, but as we were driving down-river there were more and more clouds in the sky. The Moon was visible over the very, very calm river, even reflecting in it, but She had a corona and there was part of a halo or moon-dog on Her western side. Once we were at the shop, it was all clouds. Nothing visible at all.

Today he’s planning on coming straight back from the paper run and we’ll go home and sleep as long as we can. I want to water plants, but that’s a matter of taking the filled water bottles home and doing that after I get up, since morning is a bad time by the time we’re home. The sun is already on the plants.

Juniper sap tear

The bulk route is this evening. I don’t know whether Tempus is going to do a little shopping before that or not. I may not get a newsletter out for tomorrow, because I’m thinking to stay home and get some sewing done. I have an awful lot of altar cloths to do and I’d *really* like to get at least one jumper finished. I’ve been looking longingly at the black and white check one for fall…

Juvenile Osprey – Photo by Ceu Alves on 8/29/19 used with permission

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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. He Crossed in 2017. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Buckland

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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

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. 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 Gemini enters Cancer at 10:26pm.

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 9/6 at 5:52pm. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 9/2 at 5:52am.

The Double Cluster in Perseus – These two bright open star clusters lie less than 1° apart in the northern part of the constellation Perseus the Hero.  – Behyar Bakhshandeh

A sign of the advancing season: Cassiopeia is high in the northeast, its W pattern tilting up. And below it, starry Perseus is reaching up. The highest part of Perseus includes the wintry Double Cluster. To find it, look below the lowest two stars of the Cassiopeia W (they’re the faintest two), by somewhat more that the distance between them. You’re looking for what seems like a small spot of enhanced Milky Way glow. Binoculars or a finderscope will help you detect the Double Cluster even through a fair amount of light pollution. The pair is a glory in a telescope.

Mars, Mercury, and Venus stand in a line behind the setting Sun this evening. Faint Mars will likely sink out of sight too quickly to easily find, but brighter Mercury (magnitude 0) is 3.5° high in the west 30 minutes after sunset. Far easier to spot is magnitude –4 Venus, 16° east-southeast of Mercury and less than 6° from Spica, Virgo the Maiden’s brightest star. See how long it takes for this luminary to appear against the darkening twilight, sitting to the upper left of Venus. Over the next week, Venus will approach and then pass by this star, moving farther east along the ecliptic. For those with a clear view of the horizon, turn a telescope on Mercury once the Sun has completely disappeared. The planet’s face is 74 percent illuminated and spans just 6″. Venus is nearly three times this size, showing a 73-percent-lit face.

Jupiter and Saturn shine in the southeast in late twilight and after dark. They’re magnitudes –2.9 and +0.3, respectively, in Capricornus. Jupiter starts the evening lowest. Saturn glows 18° (about two fists) to Jupiter’s upper right. The pair levels out around 10 p.m. daylight-saving time. By then they’re nearing their highest in the south, at their telescopic best. Saturn reached opposition on August 1st, Jupiter on August 19th. So they’re still nearly at their closest, biggest, and brightest of the year. See “Saturnian Challenges” starting on page 52 of the July Sky & Telescope, also “Dog Days with the Gas Giants” on page 40 of August.

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

NIGHT SKY MAP FOR AUGUST 2021: THE MILKY WAY – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-august-perseid-meteors-milky-way

Sun in Virgo

Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel,
Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL),
Celtic Tree Month of Muin/Vine  Sep 2 – 29
Pluto (10/6), Saturn (10/10), Jupiter (10/18), Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – Scarlet
Harvest 8/30&31

©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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).

Coll – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Month: July
Color: Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.

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).

Muin – Vine Ogam letter correspondences
Month: August
Color: Variegated
Class: Chieftain
Letter: M
Meaning: Inner development occurring, but take time for relaxation

to study this month – Koad – Grove Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Many Shades of Green
Class: None
Letter: CH, KH, EA
Meaning: Wisdom gained by seeing past illusions.

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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
Tu  31      Low   2:12 AM     1.2   6:38 AM    Rise 12:06 AM      45
~    31     High   8:54 AM     4.8   7:54 PM     Set  4:10 PM
~    31      Low    1:40 PM     3.6
~    31     High   7:44 PM     6.4

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Let go.

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Journal Prompt – Wiki – Make a list of what you would like to do before you die.

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Quotes

~   When in doubt, ask yourself, ‘How would I behave here at my best?’ – Tony Schwartz
~   The turn in the road is not the end of the road unless you fail to make the turn. – Charmine Shing
~   Work helps to prevent us from three great evils- weariness, vice and want. – Voltaire
~   It’s not true that nice guys finish last. Nice guys are winners before the game even starts. – Addison Walker

When August days are hot an’ dry,
When burning copper is the sky,
I’d rather fish than feast or fly
In airy realms serene and high. – Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872–1906)

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Mabon Magick – Recipes

Celtic Mabon Soda Bread

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Plain (Unbleached Flour)
  • 1 Cup Coarse Wholemeal Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Bread Soda
  • 2 Cups Buttermilk

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine ingredients until well blended non-sticky dough forms (being careful not to over knead).
  2. Place ball of dough (slightly flattened) on a lightly greased/floured cookie sheet
  3. Carefully cut a five pointed star on the top of the bread.
  4. Bake in an oven preheated to 430 degrees F, for about 30 to 45 minutes.
  5. Check to see if bread is done by “knocking” on the bottom of the loaf.
  6. If the sound is somewhat hollow, then the bread is finished baking.

Mabon Fresh Apple Pound Cake)0(

2 cups sugar                                        
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil                              
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 large eggs                                          
3 cups firm apples, diced
3 cups plain flour                                    
1 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped
1 teaspoon baking soda
Mix together sugar and oil.
Add eggs and beat well.
Combine flour, baking soda, and salt.
Add to oil mixture.
Stir in vanilla, apples, nuts, and mix well.
Pour batter into a greased 9 inch tube pan
Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until cake is done.

Icing:
1 stick margarine                                          
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 cup light brown sugar                                  
1 teaspoon vanilla
Heat margarine and sugar together over low heat. Add milk and let
come to a full boil. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Drizzle over the cake.
From MOONCRAFTS online newsletter vol. 36

Double Baked Caramel Pears – Just as tasty as they sound – From, “California Sizzles…Easy and Distinctive Recipes for a Vibrant Lifestyle,” published in cooperation with your Daily Inbox Newsletter.

INGREDIENTS:
3 large ripe firm Bartlett pears, peeled, cored and split lengthwise
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 Tablespoons dark rum
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
13 square caramels
1 teaspoon dark rum
Cooking juices from pears
Vanilla ice cream

INGREDIENTS for Glaze:
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
1 to 2 teaspoons rose water

TO PREPARE:
1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In an 8-inch square baking pan, arrange pears, cut side down with tops pointing toward center.  Set aside.
2.  Combine brown sugar, 2 Tablespoons rum, lemon juice and butter in microwaveable dish.  Heat on high in microwave until butter is melted, about 30 seconds.  Brush mixture over pears.
3.  Bake, uncovered, until pears are just tender, 20-25 minutes, brushing with pan juices 2 times during baking.  Reserve pan juices.  (Pears can be baked 1 day ahead, covered and refrigerated; let come to room temperature before reheating.)
4.  Melt caramels with 1 teaspoon rum and pan juices in deep microwaveable dish on medium (50 percent power) in microwave for 1 – 1-1/2 minutes, stirring twice.  Watch carefully to avoid scorching.  Stir until smooth.
5.  Cut pear halves lengthwise into quarters.  Pour sauce evenly over pears. Bake uncovered at 300 degrees until heated through, about 12 minutes. Spoon caramel sauce over pears once during reheating.
6.  To serve, arrange 3 pear quarters in individual dessert dishes.  Top with scoops of vanilla ice cream.  Spoon caramel sauce over ice cream.
SERVES:  4

Copyright 1999 by The Junior League of Pasadena, Inc.  All rights reserved.  Visit The Junior League of Pasadena website (http://www.jrleaguepasadena.org/pasadena/index.jsp) to purchase copies of California Sizzles and other fine cookbooks, or call their cookbook hotline at (626) 796-0162.

Pumpkin Pasties – Heather Dee – Posted on Facebook – September 11 at 8:20am

  • 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup non hydrogenated shortening
  • ½ – ¾ cup cold water
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar

Combine flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl. Add the shortening in small chunks and mix on low-med speed until the dough is crumbly and resembles pebbles. Add the vinegar to ½ a cup of the water and add slowly while the mixer is going or in batches if not using an electric mixer. The dough should form a ball. If it’s still crumbly add a little more water until it holds together. Form dough into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour. Prepare the pumpkin filling while dough is chilling

Pumpkin filling – You’ll probably have leftovers so go ahead and halve this if you want, or make a little pie with the leftovers.

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • Water to blend cashews
  • 1 16 oz can pumpkin
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger

Place cashews in a food processor, add ¼ cup water and mix on high speed until a paste has formed. Add more water 1 Tablespoon at a time if necessary. (You could also try soaking and draining the cashews before hand so not as much water will need to be added.)

Add pumpkin and cornstarch and blend again until smooth and no cashew chunks are visible. Add a little extra water if necessary. The key is to make sure the filling is thick enough so that it doesn’t ooze out of the little pies. Add in the sugar and spices and blend to combine.

Assemble

Preheat oven to 400 F

Roll out dough to a little less than ¼ inch thick and cut into 3 ½ to 4 inch circles using a biscuit cutter or a drinking glass. Take one round and stretch it out a bit and then place about 2 tsps of filling in the center. Fold circle over into a half moon shape and press down the edges with a fork to close. Make a little slit in the top and sprinkle with a little sugar if you want. Transfer to greased or parchment covered baking sheet and bake for about 25 minutes until pasties are golden brown.

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