Daily Stuff 6-29-12

Hi, folks!

I finally got a reply from Kat Cunningham. She’s going to be at the shop this Saturday from noon to three to do readings and she’ll bring her flower essences to create inspired individual blends. She’ll also have the animal tarot and the mat for those who are interested.

It’s rather grey this morning. There’ve been a few sunbreaks, but mostly it’s just breezy and overcast. It’s already in the low 60’s, within a couple of degrees of the forecast high.

There’ve been a few sparrows this morning, but no other birds.

I’m hoping that it does actually rain today. I can’t manipulate the water faucet without hurting my hands and Tempus isn’t home, yet. Today was his first day solo on the paper route and it’s taking a while.

Yesterday was a very busy day. I did manage to get started on the feathers, but I have a long way to go. I’m hoping that Tempus will get a few minutes to put up some strings to hang things on today. I’m going to move the aprons and display robes and put up one set of large to small pictures in that spot.

Now, there’s a hummingbird on the syrup feeder. Make a liar out o’ me, why don’t cha! 🙂

I spent a long while processing flowers yesterday. I had harvested the big roses on the way to the shop and sorted those, the cinquefoil, buttercups and calendula. I finally managed to cut up the sweetgrass since that was almost dry. I bottled it, but I’m re-thinking that. What I’ll probably do, since it’s in a large-mouth bottle, is just leave it open in the dryer.

We did have the pizza for lunch and it was really good and then we had the mushroom chicken over rice for supper. That actually works pretty well. It’s chicken breasts baked with a little salt and a lot of dill weed, with a can of mushroom soup poured over them. We ate ½ the dish hot the first night with baked potatoes and last night, with the added sautéed mushrooms and garlic over rice. The mushroom soup makes a really good gravy, although it was a little bland until the extra ‘shrooms got added.

Today is just more of the same, getting ready for the psychic fair, although I hope I do better with getting more of the calendar together!

The shop opens at 10am. 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,

Anja

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NASA Science News for June 28, 2012 – Working in tandem, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and Swift satellite have caught a distant star blasting one of its own planets with a powerful stellar flare. The eruption stripped thousands of tons of material from the planet’s atmosphere. FULL STORY: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/28jun_alienflare/

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Today

The Moon is Waxing Gibbous. 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 Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Phase ends at 11:52pm on Sunday.

Now that June is about to turn into July, the Teapot of Sagittarius is up and sitting level low in the southeast after the sky becomes fully dark. The Moon shines in the head stars of Scorpius tomorrow evening, with Antares to its lower left. Mercury is at greatest elongation, 26° east of the Sun low in evening twilight. Mercury (about magnitude 0.0 and fading) is low in the west-northwest about 40 to 60 minutes after sundown. Well to its right are fainter Pollux and Castor.

Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is in the south-southeast before dawn.

Celtic Tree Month of Duir  Oak Jun 10Jul 7
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Runic New Year and half-month of 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

Sun in Cancer
Moon in Scorpio
Chiron, Neptune, Juno, Pluto Retrograde
Color: Crimson

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©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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www.wunderground.com

Jun. 29, 2012

Rise

Set

Actual Time 5:34 AM PDT 9:04 PM PDT
Civil Twilight 4:58 AM PDT 9:41 PM PDT
Nautical Twilight 4:10 AM PDT 10:29 PM PDT
Astronomical Twilight 3:07 AM PDT 11:31 PM PDT
Moon 4:53 PM PDT 1:55 AM PDT
Length Of Visible Light 16h 42m
Length of Day 15h 29mTomorrow will be 0m 40s shorter.
Waxing Gibbous, 75% of the Moon is Illuminated

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Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide    Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon

/Low      Time       Feet    Sunset                                Visible

F   29      Low   3:26 AM     0.0   5:35 AM     Set  1:55 AM      69

29     High   9:37 AM     5.0   9:05 PM    Rise  4:54 PM

29      Low   2:50 PM     2.2

29     High   9:10 PM     8.2

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Enthusiasm breeds enthusiasm. Act it and you’ll get it.

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Journal Prompt – Favorites – What is your favorite season of the year? Why?

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Quotes

But all lost things are in the angels’ keeping, Love; No past is dead for us, but only sleeping, Love; The years of Heaven with all earth’s little pain Make Good Together there we can begin again, In babyhood. – Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885) US writer

Creative genius is a divinely bestowed gift which is the coronation of the few. – Margaret Sangster, American author

Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State’s failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community. – H. G. Wells (1866-1946) English writer

Even a stopped clock is right twice a day. – Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916) Austrian writer

Be passionate for the friend’s tyranny, not his tenderness,
So the arrogant beauty in you can become a lover who weeps.
When the king of the feast, Shams-ud-Din, arrives from Tabriz,
God knows you’ll be ashamed then of the moon and stars. – – Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)

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Magick
Baklava
www.weavings.co.uk As the full moon in June is known as the Honey Moon, any foods made or eaten with honey would be an appropriate dish. The first thing that springs to mind is baklava, one of my favourite desserts! Buy some from the local Greek restaurant if you aren’t keen too work with filo (phyllo) dough, which can be a real pain. Or, if you’re adventurous, try the recipe below.
I’m trying to (slowly!) convert all of my American measurements into British. Every time I get out one of my cookbooks that I brought with me, I have to turn on the computer and look at the instant converter because all of Magi’s kitchen utensils are metric! The only thing I brought with me are my measuring spoons and I am so grateful for even that small favour!
\Makes 10 pieces

Ingredients
6 large sheets of filo pastry
75g/ 3oz/ 6tbsp. of butter, melted
225g/ 8oz/ 2 cups chopped, mixed nuts (like almonds, pistachios, walnuts, hazelnuts)
50g/ 2oz/ 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
5ml/ 1tsp ground cinnamon
5ml/ 1tsp mixed spice or allspice
2.5 ml/ half a tsp grated nutmeg
250ml/ 8 fl oz/ 1 cup honey
60ml/ 4tbs lemon juice

Directions
Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas mark 4. Butter an 18x28cm/7x11in pan. Unroll the pastry (very carefully, it rips easily), brush one sheet with melted butter and line the pan with it, carefully working it up the sides. Keep the rest of the dough covered with a damp towel as you work to keep it from drying out. Brush 2 more sheets with melted butter and lay on top of the base sheet, letting the edges hang over the sides of pain. Mix together the nuts (I prefer to give them a pounding in the mortar and pestle to give them a finer texture), breadcrumbs and spices in a bowl and then spoon this mixture into the lined tin. Cut the remaining three sheets of pastry in half (widthways) and brush each piece with melted butter. Layer the sheets on top of the filling and fold in the overhanging edges. Using a very sharp, skinny knife, cut the baklava diagonally, into diamonds. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes, until golden. They go very quickly from golden to burnt so keep an eye out the last 5 minutes or so. As the baklava bakes, heat the honey and lemon juice together in a saucepan. When the baklava is baked, pour the syrup over it while the baklava is still warm. Leave it to cool completely, re-cut it into diamonds and serve either cold or warmed up in the microwave (my favourite way to eat it!). I was told by a little Greek man named Alex, who owns the best restaurant in all of Cincinnati, Ohio, that since baklava has no egg or milk in it, it does not need to be refrigerated. My kids like to eat it cold, though, so I’ve never tried it. You could leave a piece out for the faeries, too! I’m sure they love Greek pastries!

SUMMER SQUASH – Gordon Ireland – Serves 6-8
1 summer squash
1/4 cup of butter
Black pepper
medium size sauce pan

Melt butter in sauce pan on medium heat.
Slice squash approximately 1/8-inch thick
:ayer into pan, sprinkling pepper to taste on each layer.
Stirring occasionally, cook to taste.
Takes 20-30 minutes.

A necessary note on Squash Blossoms
Use male flowers (those with the single tubular stamen) which don’t bear fruit and so can be harvested in large numbers. A good flower for stuffing with cheeses, bread crumbs or meat mixtures and then deep-fried
When stuffing, leave the stems on but otherwise remove the stamens and pistils. The blossoms may be sliced and added to a variety of dishes including soufflés, frittatas, scrambled eggs, and burritos.
Note: They wilt quickly so pick just before you are going to use them.

FRIED SQUASH BLOSSOMS
Wash carefully and drain:
12 large squash blossoms (pick when blossoms are just ready to open)

2 eggs, beaten
1 cup flour
1 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
½ teaspoon turmeric
heat in heavy saucepan
½ – 1 cup oil

Make batter:

Dip blossoms in batter until well coated
Fry in hot fat (375 degrees) until golden brown – takes less than a minute for each.
Drain on absorbent paper and serve warm.

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Silliness – GCF: Junk Science
A student won first prize at the local high school science fair. He was attempting to show how conditioned we have become to alarmists practicing junk science and spreading fear of everything in our environment. In his project he urged people to sign a petition demanding strict control or total elimination of the chemical “dihydrogen monoxide (DHMO).”

And for plenty of good reasons, since:
1. it can cause excessive sweating and vomiting
2. sometimes called hydric acid, it is a major component in acid rain
3. it can cause severe burns in its gaseous state
4. accidental inhalation can kill you
5. it contributes to erosion and to the “greenhouse effect”
6. it decreases effectiveness of automobile brakes
7. it is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and kills thousands every year.
8. prolonged exposure to its solid form causes severe tissue damage

Despite the danger, DHMO is often used:
1. as an industrial solvent and coolant
2. in nuclear power plants
3. in the production of styrofoam
4. as a fire retardant
5. in many forms of animal research
6. in the distribution of pesticides
7. as an additive in “junk-foods” and other food products

He asked 50 people if they supported a ban of the chemical.
Forty-three (43) said yes, six (6) were undecided, and only one (1)
knew that the chemical was water.
The title of his prize winning project was, “How Gullible Are We?”
He feels the conclusion is obvious.

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