It’d damp and green this morning and in the mid-50’s again…or is that still? I’ve been watching sparrows and grosbeaks on the feeder.
Yesterday morning I got a few photos, a couple of which went up here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1351004270868.38270.1704231146&type=3&l=f5fa8abfcc The ones from the garden will go up today. There were just a few, mostly of the flax blossoms, but there’s one of the south end of the garden that’s pretty cool. Those pictures will go up here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150726131854148.496132.714224147&type=3&l=b5973a333d I’m not certain how quickly, but they’re the first thing on my list after opening the shop.
The yarrow is starting to bloom. The buttercups have slowed down to a few blooms a day. The red-veined sorrel is not doing well, but the garden sorrel plant is looking a little puny as well. That always seems to happen when the seed heads are just about done. The lavendar is getting ready to bloom. The flower heads are beginning to change from green to purple. The cinquefoil is going nuts. I picked over 100 blossoms yesterday. The Lady’s Mantle seedling that I planted last fall is looking fantastic…and the slugs are doing great damage to the orris, iris and garlics….again….. The flax has 3 bloom stems and what looks like a 4th starting up. The crocosmia are about to bloom. I’m going to harvest some sweetgrass on the way to the shop.
Wicca 101 went pretty well, yesterday. The young folks spread out after getting some of the chicken and noodles lunch that Tempus made and Brea worked with a few of them and I answered some questions about initiation.
There’s a fluffy little chickadee hanging in the clematis right outside the window, chirping…..
A batch of the youngsters got into a Magic, The Gathering game on the class table which delayed Practical Craft, but we eventually got started on that after I got the beads out. I saw at least 6 completed Witch’s Ladders and I know two more asked for ziplocs to put their project in.
A hummingbird flew up and sampled all the ports on the feeder before settling in to one. I don’t’ think I remember seeing a white band near the end of their tails when they’re spread out, hovering.
Tempus got back just before 4pm and we had a perfumer and glass-blower stop by to show us some delicious scents. I want to pick up his line, but even with the best he could offer us we’re just a little too short to chance it. I’m hoping that things will pick up over the summer enough that we can get those in the late summer or fall.
After everyone went back to the Center, Tempus and I had a chance to sit and talk about which chores are essential, then we came home, ate and went to bed. We were both pretty tired.
Today (other than a doctor appointment) my main job is going to be to upload photos, finish processing some herbs, pack the small charcoal bags, pack herbs and make earrings.
It’s possible that the shop will be closed for an hour or so, if I can get a doctor appointment. It feels like the shingles or whatever-it-is is flaring up again and I’ve got to do something quickly.
The shop opens at 10 today. Summer hours, 10am-7pm, Wednesday through Monday. 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!
Love & Light,
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The Moon is a waxing crescent. 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.
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. Phase ends at 8:38pm on Tuesday.
The Moon shines below distant little Mars during and after dusk. Mars (magnitude +0.8, in Virgo) shines orange in the southwest at dusk and lower in the west later. It’s still about 25° from the Saturn-and-Spica pair to its left, but it’s heading their way! Mars will shoot the gap between them in mid-August. In a telescope Mars is gibbous and tiny (6.8 arcseconds wide), continuing to fade and shrink.
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Runic half-month of Dag, 6/14-6/28 – Beneficial rune of light, health, prosperity and openings, signifying the high point of the day and the high point of the year when in light and warmth all things are possible.
Sun in Cancer
Moon in Scorpio
Saturn goes Direct at 1am
Chiron, Neptune, Venus, Juno, Pluto Retrograde
©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Jun. 25, 2012, Rise, Set
Actual Time, 5:33 AM PDT, 9:04 PM PDT
Civil Twilight, 4:56 AM PDT, 9:41 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight, 4:07 AM PDT, 10:29 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight, 3:04 AM PDT, 11:32 PM PDT
Moon, 12:05 PM PDT, No Moon Set
Length Of Visible Light, 16h 45m
Length of Day, 15h 31m
Tomorrow will be 0m 22s shorter.
Waxing Crescent, 34% of the Moon is Illuminated
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 25 High 4:34 AM 6.2 5:33 AM Rise 12:05 PM 26
25 Low 11:09 AM 0.1 9:05 PM
25 High 5:49 PM 6.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Believe in Magic!
Journal Prompt – What would you? – What would you like to learn about the people who live in Australia?
What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with…no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade. – Gertrude Jekyll
Who discovered we could get milk from cows, and what did he think he was doing at the time? – Billy Connolly
You are carrying a masterpiece within you. Just move aside, then the masterpiece will be revealed. – Osho
You are full of hidden possibilities: Set aside your notions about who you are and start again. – Kerr Cuhulain
What spider’s web is this
That has me so deeply bound?
I had thought to escape love’s net
And sticky entanglements.
But here I am, not a very
Complicated witch, but caught;
And the strands hold me tightly
So I can’t escape you.
I cannot fly away and leave you,
My broom is not close to hand;
And if I could, would I?
You are such a sexy spider… (c) Copyright 1/21/06, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Fruit Salad – <email@example.com>
1 Granny Smith apple, cored and chopped
1 red apple, cored and chopped
8 oz nonfat lemon yogurt
1 nectarine, pitted and sliced
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1) Combine all the fruit and nuts together in a large bowl.
2) Mix in yogurt.
Chill and serve
Lemon or Lime Ice Box Pie (Cracker Barrel copycat) – Rain Redknife – source: recipezaar.com — adapted by Rain
1 graham cracker crust
one 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup fresh lemon or lime juice
Zest of one lemon or lime
2 drops yellow or green food coloring
8 ounces Cool Whip or similar whipped topping
1) Mix sweetened condensed milk, half the zest, food color and juice, and beat on medium high speed until well blended.
Fold in 1/3 cup whipped topping.
2) Pour filling into crust
3) Carefully smooth remainder of whipped topping on top of lemon filling.
4) Garnish with a sprinkle of zest.
Place vanilla wafers around the edge of the pie; you can lay them flat or insert them edgewise..
5) Cover pie (the wafers keep the covering up off the topping) and freeze.
6) Pie may be kept in freezer for several days until ready to serve.
7) Take from freezer 10 minutes before serving.
MIDSUMMER CAKE – Makes 1 cake, approx 10 pieces – <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This keeps well, even if you transport it on a rocking boat to its destination. It tastes of both orange and chocolate and is excellent with strawberries.
3 dl all-purpose white flour
1/2 dl cocoa powder
4 tbs sugar
150 g butter or margarine
1 – 2 tbs water
grated peel from 1 orange
1 dl freshly squeezed orange juice
1 dl sugar
2 dl creme fraiche or sour cream
1/2 – 1 liter split strawberries
lightly whipped cream
1) Heat the oven to 200C/400F.
2) Mix flour, cocoa powder, and sugar, preferably in a food processor.
3) Finely part the butter in there. (whip?)
4) Add water and quickly work to a dough.
5) Press it out in a dish with removable edge, approx 26 cm / good 10″ in diameter.
6) Put the dish in the fridge.
Mix orange peel, juice, sugar, creme fraiche or sour cream, and eggs.
Pre-bake the pie crust for 12 – 15 minutes in the middle of the oven.
7) Pour in the filling and continue baking in the lower part of the oven for about 30 minutes, until the filling has set.
8) Let cool.
Decorate with split strawberries. Serve with whipped cream and lots of strawberries, even if there are already strawberries on the cake. One can never get enough of them, right?
Energy list – going over to WordPress, as well, at https://ancientlightshop.wordpress.com/energy-list/
Silliness – Daddy, how was I born?” ‘Well son, Your Mom and I first got together in a chat room on Yahoo. Then I set up a date via e-mail with your Mom and we met at a cyber-cafe. We sneaked into a secluded room and googled each other. There your mother agreed to a download from my hard drive. As soon as I was ready to upload, we discovered that neither one of us had used a firewall and since it was too late to hit the delete button… nine months later a little Pop-Up appeared that said: “You got Male!