Daily Stuff 9-4-21 Great London Fire

Hi, folks!

First Minus Tide of the cycle at 5:47 AM of -0.2 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Beth Kattleman. Sewing Workshop at 3pm.

The computer says, “partly cloudy”. Dunno where said clouds are! 47F, wind at 0-2mph and gusting, AQI 7-63, UV6. Chance of rain 9% today and 13% tonight. Most of the week is the same partly-cloudy-low-60’s forecast that we’ve had for weeks, but there’s definitely more of a chance of rain, to the point where there’s a chance of showers late Tuesday night! We’re getting hit with smoke from the fires in CA, now. The east side of the state is mostly clear, but the Valley and Cascades have some chewy air. 4 firespots.

Large fires

  • Devils Knob Complex Fire – 29% – 41219.45 acres
  • Big Hamlin Fire – 42% – 15179 acres
  • Smith Fire – 10077 acres
  • Jack Fire  – 55% – 23987 acres
  • Rough Patch Complex Fire – 26% – 37505 acres
  • Middle Fork Complex Fire – 21% – 22179.15 acres
  • Gales Fire – 13596 acres
  • Janus Fire – 7% – 13098 acres
  • Bull Complex Fire – 7% – 13194.2 acres

Smaller

  • Mule Creek Fire – 400 acres
  • Near Minky Fire – 1723 acres
  • Little Bend Creek Fire – 226.9 acres
  • Chaos Fire –  420 acres

Close to containment or contained

  • Bruler Fire – 91% – 195 acres
  • Black Butte Fire – 95% – 22445 acres
  • Fox Complex Fire – 100% – 9754 acres

Yesterday went by in a rush, again. The car parts still weren’t in, but Tempus got back late enough that we stayed at the shop. We got open on time and he worked in back for awhile, got the pork roast out to thaw and then fought with his phone for quite some time before dozing off. I caught up on mail and messages, first, then did some more paperwork, and watered the indoor plants before finally packing the Sioned box.

We were working with customers all through that. Mostly folks were just browsing, but we had a few sales. There were more groups today, rather than singletons.

By 6pm I was ready to go, so I read in my kindle program for awhile while Tempus was finishing up. We took water home, so I could do the garden and he watered the plants out front. While he was watering the marine layer rolled ashore and it turned *cold*, then temp dropping 7 degrees in as many minutes! The fog rolled out within the hour, by the time we were heading home.

We headed home around 7 and it was already getting darker while I was watering. I didn’t quite finish because I ran out of back, but I can get the ones that are left in the morning. When I went in I sat down to get the vegetables ready while Tempus got the chicken/cheese dish set up. I had a couple of squashes that were starting to wrinkle, a nice onion, corn and peas for the veg and we cooked enough for another meal or three. While we were waiting to things to cook the sky turned royal blue and then faded. Definitely shorter days!

We had our supper, with some ice cream for dessert and turned in. I slept hard, only waking a few minutes before it was time to go. We got things together and headed out.

Holy Moly! The sky was so clear that the stars looked like they were burning holes in it! Pegasus is right at the zenith. Cassiopeia has cleared the trees to the north and the Pleiades were 1/2-way up the sky. Cygnus was mostly behind the big tree, but Jupiter and Saturn blazed in the south.

One the way in Tempus got a message that the truck is running at least an hour late. <sigh> He’s still here and it’s well past three. Maybe we *aren’t* going to get home this morning. <sigh twice> …and it was pushing 4am before the call came in that the papers were finally headed to Newport. Tempus was smart enough to nap for awhile. I’m getting horribly sleepy, now.

Today we’ll be open at 1pm. Sewing Workshop is at 3pm. I have a couple of small things to work on during that time and I’m hoping to do the potted cheese almost first thing. I might bring the veg dish back for Sunday… assuming the kids are still coming. We’ll be open a bit later, I think, figuring that it’s Labor Day weekend. Depends on how busy we get!

Goodnight, Waldport! – Photo by Beth Kattleman looking across the lower Alsea Bay to Bayshore.

Today’s Feast is in remembrance of the Great London Fire. The city of London, England suffered an horrible fire in 1666. Two-thirds of the city was destroyed and on the 3rd day of the fire St. Paul’s Cathedral burned to the ground. Six acres of lead roof poured down into the streets like water. One of the interesting things is that there are only 6 recorded deaths. Guesses are that the actual deaths, of the folks who couldn’t escape the fire and of those who died of disease and exposure in the temporary camps that were set up before people could be moved out of the city, are in the 100,000 range. There’s more in here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_London_Fire

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Today’s plant is Blue ElderberrySambucus cerulea. It’s a rather wild shrub that can be trained into a small tree, with icky-smelling white flowers that then produce dark fruits that appear blue because of a whitish coating on them. In Oregon it grows mostly from the valley out to the coast with some isolated pockets in the Eastern part of the state. There’s a lot of folklore surrounding the tree. “In some areas, the “elder tree” was supposed to ward off evil influence and give protection from witches, while other beliefs say that witches often congregate under the plant, especially when it is full of fruit. In some regions, superstition, religious belief, or tradition prohibits the cutting of certain trees for bonfires, most notably in witchcraft customs the elderberry tree; “Elder be ye Lady’s tree, burn it not or cursed ye’ll be” – A rhyme from the Wiccan rede [poem]. If an elder tree was cut down, a spirit known as the Elder Mother would be released and take her revenge. The tree could only safely be cut while chanting a rhyme to the Elder Mother.” From Wikipedia – Feminine, Venus, Water – The flowers are used for Crossing the Bridge rituals. Carry for protection and to prevent rheumatism and toothache. Dried berries are helpful in sleep pillows. All parts are good for protection. Grow near the home for prosperity. Magic wands and flutes are often made from this wood.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus_cerulea

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Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Leo

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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 9/5 at 5:52am.

The famous Orion Nebula – Located in the sword of Orion, the stunning Orion Nebula (M42) appears at right, with the Running Man to its left. This image was taken from Batavia, Illinois, in January 2021. – Astrophoto Andy (Flickr)

With the skies mostly dark and moonless, September 3 to 10 is a great time for fainter targets such as comets, asteroids, and nebulae. Getting up early on the weekend isn’t always fun, but it can be worth it: This month, the hours before sunrise are when Orion the Hunter is climbing above the horizon, with one of the northern sky’s best sights tucked into his belt. Hanging below the three familiar stars of Orion’s Belt is the soft glow of his sword, formed by the famous Orion Nebula (M42). Although its light can be seen with the naked eye, the nebula itself was not truly discovered until the early 1600s, when several people independently turned telescopes its way. The nebula spans more than a full degree and is roughly magnitude 4. Binoculars and telescopes both will draw out some of its features, with larger apertures providing ever-more-intricate detail. Nestled within the nebula’s glowing gas are numerous forming stars, some of the oldest of which are the blazingly bright stars of the Trapezium cluster, whose energetic photons are still shaping the nebula today. At least four of these stars are visible under good conditions, but a 6-inch or larger scope should bring out six stellar younglings.

The Tulip and Cygnus X-1 – Image Credit & Copyright: Ivan Eder – Explanation: Framing a bright emission region, this telescopic view looks out along the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy toward the nebula rich constellation Cygnus the Swan. Popularly called the Tulip Nebula, the reddish glowing cloud of interstellar gas and dust is also found in the 1959 catalog by astronomer Stewart Sharpless as Sh2-101. About 8,000 light-years distant and 70 light-years across the complex and beautiful nebula blossoms at the center of this composite image. Ultraviolet radiation from young energetic stars at the edge of the Cygnus OB3 association, including O star HDE 227018, ionizes the atoms and powers the emission from the Tulip Nebula. HDE 227018 is the bright star near the center of the nebula. Also framed in the field of view is microquasar Cygnus X-1, one of the strongest X-ray sources in planet Earth’s sky. Driven by powerful jets from a black hole accretion disk, its fainter visible curved shock front lies above and right, just beyond the cosmic Tulip’s petals

Before moonlight returns to the evening sky next week, trace out the Milky Way arching from horizon to zenith to horizon after nightfall is complete. Even through a fair amount of light pollution you can see subtle traces of it. The Milky Way runs from the low south-southwest (between Sagittarius and the tail of Scorpius) up through Aquila and then Cygnus high overhead, on down through Cepheus and Cassiopeia to Perseus low in the north-northeast. Cygnus sports the Cygnus Star Cloud, one of the Milky Way’s richest areas. Explore here in depth with binoculars or a small scope using Matt Wedel’s “Touring Cygnus with Binoculars” in the September Sky & Telescope starting on page 34.

The waning crescent Moon steps down in the east-northeast in the dawns of Saturday and Sunday September 4th and 5th. On the 6th, shortly before sunrise, the Moon will almost certainly be too low and slim to detect even with binoculars or a telescope, even if the air is very clear; the Moon will then be only about 16 hours from new for East-Coast crescent hunters, and a mere 13 hours from new in the Pacific time zone. Want to give this really major challenge a try? And maybe set your thin-Moon lifetime record sighting? Read how in “Seeking Very Old Lunar Crescents” in the September Sky & Telescope starting on page 49.

In the dawns of Saturday and Sunday, spot the thin morning Moon waning away as shown above.

Mercury (magnitude 0.0) is very deep down in the sunset, 15° lower right of Venus this week. You might have a chance at it with binoculars or a wide-field scope. About 15 or 20 minutes after sunset, scan for it just above your horizon due west. Good luck.

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 SEPTEMBER 2021: PEGASUS & MEASURING THE SKY – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-september-pegasus-measuring-sky

Sun in Virgo

Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Goddess Month of Mala runs from 9/6 – 10/2
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 – Grey
Harvest 9/4-6

©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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
Sa    4      Low   5:47 AM    -0.2   6:43 AM    Rise  3:43 AM      11
~     4     High  12:18 PM     6.1   7:47 PM     Set  7:11 PM
~     4       Low   5:43 PM     2.6
~     4     High  11:29 PM     7.5

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Silence is the best reply to a fool.

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Journal Prompt – What would you? – What would you do if you were homeless?

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Quotes

~   O envious one, you injure yourself more than he whom you would injure, and the sword with which you wound will recoil and wound yourself. – St John Chrysostom
~   A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself; his aim is so exalted that riches, office, fortune and favour cannot satisfy him. – Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English writer, lexicographer
~   Behind every successful man is a woman, behind her is his wife. – Julius “Groucho” Marx (1890-1977) US comic, actor
~   A friend should bear his friend’s infirmities. – William Shakespeare

The beech is dipped in wine; the shower
Is burnished; on the swinging flower
The latest bee doth sit.
The low sun stares through dust of gold,
And o’er the darkening heath and wold
The large ghost-moth doth flit.
In every orchard Autumn stands, With apples in his golden hands. – (From the poem Glasgow, in the book City Poems)Alexander Smith (1830–67) 

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Mabon Magick – Recipes

Lora Gaddis recipe, edited by Anja

I had a few fresh rosemary trimmings leftover from my door wreath. Scratched my head and then remembered that a recent cleaning of the pantry had revealed several bottles of my Lover’s favorite beer. So, tomorrow I’ll be baking Rosemary Beer batter bread to go with a creamy, navy bean soup! In the Kitchen section of my old Herb Shop, the Quick Beer Bread mixes were a best seller. But they’re so easy to make from scratch!

  • 2 cups of self-rising flour
  • 3 Tablespoons to 1/4 cup (depending on how sweet you want it) of sugar
  • 8 oz bottle or can of your favorite beer
  • Butter

Method

  1. Butter a bread pan.
  2. Mix flour and sugar, then add beer and combine.
  3. Pour into bread pan
  4. Bake it for 50 to 60 minutes and then brush with a generous bit of melted butter. Let it sit a few minutes for the butter to soak in and then serve.

You can leave it at that or add other stuff like fresh chopped rosemary! You can add garlic powder and a handful of your favorite cheese. How about some sundried tomatoes chopped into bits and fresh basil? Use your imagination. .. It’s hard to go wrong! It’s quick, super-easy and perfect for those Autumn nights when you’re having soup for dinner.

HARVEST BRITTLE
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
3/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
2 Tbsps. raw sesame seeds
1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1/2 tsp. baking soda

  1. Lightly butter heavy baking sheet or line with silicone mat or parchment paper.
  2. In heavy 2- to 3-quart saucepan, gently stir together sugar, water and corn syrup.
  3. Using wet pastry brush, wash down sides of pan.
  4. Add salt.
  5. Bring to boil over medium-high heat and cook, undisturbed, occasionally washing down sides of pan, until sugar starts to color around edges.
  6. Gently swirl pan to even out color and stir frequently to prevent scorching.
  7. At first hint of amber color, remove pan from heat.
  8. Stir in seeds and butter.
  9. Wait a few seconds for most of butter to melt, then stir in baking soda; it will foam up.
  10. Stir again and quickly pour mixture onto prepared baking sheet.
  11. Using wooden spatula, spread and flatten mixture as much as possible.
  12. Let cool until edges can be handled, but mixture is still warm enough to be pliable.
  13.  Stretch or pull it out so that nuts are no more than 1 layer deep and you can see through candy in spots.
  14. Let cool completely, then break into large shards.
  15. May store in airtight container, layered with waxed paper, up to 2 weeks.

Makes 1 1/2 pounds.

Variations: Instead of seeds, use 2 cups (about 7 ounces) unsalted roasted cashews, toasted and skinned hazelnuts, fresh pecan pieces or halves, lightly toasted walnuts or unsalted dry-roasted peanuts.

Ashtoreth’s Saffron Crescent Cakes
INGREDIENTS
1 egg
3/4cup milk
1/4cup Honey
2 cups Flour
3 T Baking powder
1/3cup Vegetable oil
1/2tsp Salt
1/2tsp saffron

DIRECTIONS

  1. Mix egg, milk, oil, and honey in a large bowl.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and stir until just mixed.
  3. Turn out onto a floured board and press into a circle
  4. Cut into wedges with a pizza cutter
  5. Roll up, starting at the rounded edge.
  6. Place on greased cookie sheet with points down and shape into crescents.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes at 400F.

Adapted from Celebrating The Autumn Equinox by Kristin Madden

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Silliness – Differences – Q: What’s the difference between an elephant and a flea? A: An elephant can have fleas but fleas can’t have elephants.

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