Daily Stuff 7-28-22 Ólavsøka

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 7:34 AM of -0.9 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Summer hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Geri Hoekzema.

 [posting at 4am] Light fog and it’s pretty warm for the middle of the night! 55F, wind at 0-4mph and gusting, AQI 10-44, UV8. Chance of rain 12% today and 19% tonight. DENSE FOG ADVISORY for the coastal waters and beaches until 11am. Forecast – Today & Tomorrow(62/54) AM clouds. Sat(62/54) partly cloudy. Sun-Tue(63/54) small chance of morning showers. Wed-Fri(64/52) partly cloudy. 1 firespot in the Coast Range east of Port Orford. We’re under the thicker part of the smoke plume from the CA fires, the western 2/3 of the state, that is.

It took all of our weekend to finish our chinese food! Actually, I just realized that there’s another serving of egg flower soup left. 🙂 Monday evening we left the shop, ate some and crashed, then I spent the night writing…. well, outlining…. writing that has yet to be finished.

Tuesday was more writing and chores. I had gotten a lot of stuff put away and clothing readied for laundry day, but ended up doing more writing than anything else. I’m finishing up for a Friday morning deadline for a requested article….

Wednesday I started a soup in the morning, using up leftover vegetables, and some from the freezer, then harvesting greens for it. Tempus got the watering done and I weeded, then harvested berries and one leaf of lemon grass for tea (that’s such a treat!) Tempus did dishes and we finished up some other chores before sitting with food in our laps, just vegging, until it was time to crawl back into bed.

I got the soup bottled up, after I woke at midnight, but there are still some greens and carrots and one more squash to cook. I might just do the squash with cheese and bacon and get the other stuff into the freezer.

…and just after I got done with the soup I started thinking about the week, and realized that I’d better come into town and write tonight, because goodness knows whether I’ll have time during the day! So, I’m here overnight, and then we’ll go home to sleep when Tempus is done the paper route.

Today we’ll be open at 1pm. It could be nutz over the next several days because of the heat in the Valley. We’ll see. I have watering to do inside and Tempus needs to do the outside plants. I’ve got a few more boxes of books to whomp through and another batch of crystals, yet, plus I *still* haven’t finished that batch of pendants that’s been in my workbasket for a couple of weeks.

Little free library box in Vancouver, WA – Photo by Geri Hoekzema – Used with permission

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Today’s Feast is Ólavsøka, a big midsummer festival in the Faroe Islands. Parliament opens on this day. The name is St. Olaf’s Wake, after the death of St. Olaf in 1030CE, but the parliament predates that. There’s a concert and boat races, football and a bunch of other stuff going on…and it actually starts the night of the 28th…  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%93lavs%C3%B8ka

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Today’s plant is Candy FlowerClaytonia siberica, (also called Siberian Spring Beauty, Siberian Miner’s Lettuce or Pink Purslane) is a flowering plant in the family Montiaceae, native to Siberia and western North America. A synonym is Montia sibirica. The plant was introduced into the United Kingdom by the 18th century where it has become very widespread. It is similar to Miner’s Lettuce in properties, but not as edible. – Feminine, Moon, Water, – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. This one is also a spirit-lifter.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia_sibirica

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Summer hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon., although we’re often here later as the days get longer. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook message or email at anjasnihova@yahoo.com If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

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 7/28 at 10:55am. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps. – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at the New on 7/28 at10:55am. 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 8/11 at 6:36pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 7/29 at 10:55pm.

The waning Moon steps down past Venus from Monday through Wednesday mornings. (The visibility of the much fainter stars in bright twilight is exaggerated here.)

WEDNESDAY, JULY 27

You probably know that the Big Dipper’s curved handle “arcs to Arcturus.” But the arc of the handle itself, extended to include the adjacent side of the Dipper’s bowl, guides the way to another landmark. Fairly near the focus of that longer arc (the center of the circle that the arc would be part of) is 3rd-magnitude Cor Caroli, Alpha Canum Venaticorum. This is a lovely double star for small telescopes: colors white and pale yellow-white, separation a generous 23 arcseconds.

Asteroids are numbered in order of their discovery, so it makes sense that those with the lowest numbers must be brightest and easiest to see. This month, though, is your chance to hit one of the high numbers: 387 Aquitania is now 10th magnitude, thanks to its relatively elliptical orbit, which has brought it close to Earth while our planet is near its farthest point from the Sun. This endeavor is best with a 3- to 6-inch scope (depending on your level of local light pollution). Like Comet PanSTARRS, Aquitania is also in Ophiuchus, so it’s already high by sunset and you need only wait for the sky to darken. The nearest bright star is 3rd-magnitude Sinistra (Nu [ν] Ophiuchi); Aquitania sits 1.7° southwest of this star tonight. Not far from where the Aquitania floats you’ll find several bonus deep-sky objects: open clusters NGC 6604, NGC 6605, and M16, all lie about 7° southeast of the main-belt asteroid’s position.

Jupiter, a bright magnitude –2.6 (at the Pisces-Cetus border), rises due east around 11 p.m. It’s at its highest in the south as dawn begins. It’s now 43 arcseconds wide.

THURSDAY, JULY 28

New Moon occurs this afternoon at 1:55 P.M. EDT.

Can you spot the Northern Coal Sack? It’s named for the more famous Coal Sack, the naked-eye dark nebula next to the Southern Cross. The northern version is a subtler dark nebula in Cygnus. You’ll need a moonless night, like the evenings this week, and a fine dark sky in which the Milky Way stands out in detail. Face east after dark and look very high, almost overhead. The brightest star there is Vega. Look about two fists at arm’s length lower left of Vega, and there’s Deneb, the brightest star of Cygnus. To Deneb’s right, along the outstretched neck of Cygnus the stick-figure Swan, is the Cygnus Star Cloud, one of the brightest stretches of the Milky Way. But there’s a gap between the star cloud and Deneb. The darkest part of that gap is the Northern Coal Sack. Deneb shines right on its edge. In a dark enough sky, or in photos, the Milky Way background outlines it well enough to make it pretty distinct. It’s part of the Great Rift complex of dark nebulae that runs the entire length of the summer Milky Way. Actual coal sacks were part of everyday life a few generations ago. The name turned out to be truer than its unknown inventor may have thought. Interstellar dust consists not just of silicates (rock dust) but carbon dust too  not from fossilized plant matter, but from the smoky carbonaceous exhalations of red-giant stars in the late stages of their lives.

Sky shapes – The Circlet of Pisces sits south of a line drawn between Algenib and Markab, which marks one side of the Great Square of Pegasus. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

Let’s try for one of those bright asteroids today: 3 Juno is stationary against the background stars at 6 A.M. EDT, and it’s a great early-morning target. You’ll find it highest in the hours before dawn, where it floats near the Circlet of Pisces. This asterism contains seven stars: Gamma (γ), 7, Theta, Iota (ι), 19, Lambda (λ), and Kappa (κ) Piscium. Gamma is the brightest at magnitude 3.7; this morning, Juno is just 1.8° southeast of Gamma. Juno, which spans about 145 miles (230 km), is currently magnitude 8.8. After today, it will begin moving southwest against the background stars, heading for Aquarius. While you’re here, though, take a closer look at 19 Piscium, also known as TX Piscium. It sits 7.3° east of Gamma. This is a variable star known as a carbon star, which are some of the reddest luminaries in the heavens. Does it look rose-colored to you?

Saturn, magnitude +0.4 in western Capricornus, rises in twilight and glows low in the east-southeast after dark. The little star 1½° below it is Delta Capricorni, magnitude 2.8. Saturn is highest in the south for best telescopic viewing around 2 a.m. Saturn’s rings appear roughly as wide, end to end, as Jupiter’s disk.

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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 Runic half-month of Thurisaz/ Thorn/Thunor, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor. The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe.

Sun in Leo

Jupiter Retrograde at 1:37pm. (11/23)
Pluto (10/8), Saturn (10/23), Neptune 12/3, Chiron (12/23) Retrograde
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/
Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
Color – White
©2022 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.

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Tinne – Holly Ogam letter correspondences
Month: June
Color: Dark Grey
Class: Peasant
Letter: T
Meaning: Energy and guidance for problems to come

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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
Th   28     High  12:25 AM      7.5   5:59 AM    Rise  5:34 AM      0
~     28       Low   7:34 AM    -0.9   8:46 PM     Set  9:23 PM
~     28      High   2:09 PM     6.0
~     28       Low   7:21 PM     2.8

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Abundance and success await me!

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Journal Prompt – What is your ? – What is your ideal pet?

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Quotes

~   A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. – Lou Holtz
~   There is not one big cosmic meaning for all, there is only the meaning we each give to our life. – Anais Nin
~   Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness. – Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish artist
~   If the twenty-fourth of August be fair and clear, Then hope for a prosperous Autumn that year. – English traditional proverb

Oh, don’t the days seem lank and long,
When all goes right and nothing goes wrong,
And isn’t your life extremely flat,
When you’ve nothing whatever to grumble at? – Sir William Gilbert (1836-1911) English Playwright and Poet.

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Lughnasadh Magick – Recipes

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.

Squash Salsa

Ingredients:

  • 1 yellow squash (peeled)
  • 1 zucchini (peeled)
  • 1 Carrot (peeled)
  • 3 Serrano chiles
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 Clove garlic
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 tablespoon marjoram
  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • 2 Tomatillos
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 tomato
  • 1Salt

Directions:

  1. Finely dice all
  2. Mix in large bowl
  3. Let sit for an hour before serving

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.)
  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter in heavy large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  • Add zucchini; sauté until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Stir in basil. Season with fleur de sel. Transfer to plate.
  • 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.

Spinach Pie Quesadilla – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/spinach-pie-quesadilla_n_1061290.html Provided by: Taste Editors – 35 mins total 

I have my superhuman early-morning powers to thank for the simplicity and deliciousness of this Spinach Pie Quesadilla. I also have to give credit to eggs, though. Eggs allow me to feed myself even when there’s not much else in the fridge, and I always keep them handy—then, in the East Village apartment, and now, in the dream-to-reality Brooklyn one. In the two egg recipes that follow this one, I add eggs to pasta and to a mix of vegetables, and as with the quesadilla, they transform these simple staples into a satisfying meal. Of course eggs this good can and should feed more than one, if it’s an hour removed enough from breakfast that friends might actually want to join in. 
Recipe from In the Small Kitchen by Cara Eisenpress and Phoebe Lapine/William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, 2011.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 small onion, finely diced
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Pinch each of thyme, oregano, and cayenne
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 small wrap or flour tortilla, 8-inch in diameter
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese, divided

Directions

  • In a small nonstick pan, heat the oil. Add the onion and scallions and cook until soft, 3-4 minutes. Stir in the garlic, cooking a minute or two more until soft. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and the spices.
  • Mix in the spinach and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove to a bowl and cool slightly. Use a wooden spoon to press out some of the liquid from the cooked spinach and drain.
  • In another small bowl, whisk together the egg white, yogurt, and 1 tablespoon of feta. Add to the cooled spinach and mix until combined.
  • Wipe out the pan, then brush it with about ¼ – ½ teaspoon olive oil or cooking spray.
  • Over low heat, put the wrap or tortilla in the pan and sprinkle the remaining feta over one side of the wrap and get it to soften slightly. Turn the heat to medium and pour the egg-spinach mixture over the same half of the wrap, fold the other half over and cook on one side until the egg begins to firm up, 3-4 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side for 2-3 minutes, then cut into wedges and serve immediately.

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Silliness – The Presbyope

Doug went to the eye doctor for an examination because he was having trouble reading the newspaper. “Now that you’re over 40,” the doctor told him, “you’ve developed a condition called ‘presbyopia,’ in which the lens of your eye can no longer focus as well as it used to.”

Seeing his worried look, the doctor tried to be upbeat. “Congratulations!” he said. “You’re now officially a presbyope!”

Doug leaned over and asked seriously, “If that means I’m no longer a Roman Catholic, do I still have to go to Confession?”

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