Herbs Outdoors at 3pm.
That’s *frost* out there! It’s only 34F. Tempus was out doing his paper route and came in really chilled. It’s a little tough to wash your face in Beltane dew when it’s frozen! The roof of the house next door is white and much of the ground is while. I won’t know if we lost any plants until later in the day.
Yesterday was an intense day. After I got the newsletter out I started working on the Mab’s Creations blog and in the process doing website updates. …and kept on and on…. Tempus made us a french toast and bacon brunch and then I went back to it, getting into some of the kit updates and sorting pictures and doing some re-drawing (right & below). He went out to cut the grass and do some yardwork. I finally took a nap and then got up and worked on some of the pattern card sets. Part of the problem is that a large chunk of this stuff was done by paste-up, so I have to re-type quite a bit. Beyond that the stuff that *wasn’t* paste-up is on older text files, so they have to be re-formatted, saved and then formatted to the form I’m using, now, and some of the stuff has no text anywhere that Tempus and I have been able to find! Finally, around sunset I stopped and got to work on newsletter bits. I wasn’t thinking beyond the Beltane stuff, so I need to get a bit of that together for this coming weekend. It doesn’t sound like much work when I write it out, but it took a lot of concentration.
Today I’m on the radio after the 9am news feed on KCUP. I’ll post the link in an update later today. Once I’m home I need to put our Beltane picnic together and Mary Cedarwolf is going to come hang out and help with Herbs Outdoors, then we’ll go down to the beach for our picnic.
Today’s Plant is Cittim Bark (Cascara), Rhamnus purshiana. It is a potent laxative and has been used for that for centuries. – Masculine, Saturn, Earth – Sprinkle an infusion of this around the home before legal proceedings, to help you win your case. It is used in money spells and worn in a brown cloth amulet will protect again evil influences and hexes. It can be sewn into a poppet to attract those influences away from you, but place this outside at night, especially. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascara_Sagrada
The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday, ‘coz we need a weekend, too. Spring hours are 11am-7pm Thursday 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! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light or call the shop at 541-563-7154.
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Waning Gibbous. 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. Ends at Tide Change on 5/9 at 5:28pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. , Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Waning Quarter on 5/2 at 4:14am.
Have you ever really explored the richest 1° field of the Virgo Galaxy Cluster? How deeply into it can your scope go? Use the charts and guide in Alan Whitman’s “Going Deep” column in the May Sky & Telescope, page 61. http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newtrack/st_201305/
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow Apr 15 – May 12
Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year.
©2013 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow Apr 15 – May 12 – The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.
Saille – Willow Ogam letter correspondences
Color: listed only as bright
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 1 High 5:05 AM 7.4 6:06 AM Rise 1:35 AM 68
~ 1 Low 12:05 PM -0.5 8:21 PM Set 11:52 AM
~ 1 High 6:48 PM 6.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If you want your spouse to listen and pay strict attention to every word you say, talk in your sleep.
~ We have all known the long loneliness, and the answer is love, and that love is found in community. – Dorothy Day
~ We must know a force greater than our weaknesses. – Jean Toomer
~ What’s important is finding out what works for you. – Henry Moore
~ Winners make goals; others make excuses. – Anonymous
I walked on the beach in the dark
The waves calmly lapping at my feet,
The oceans sounds charged with energy.
I felt you walking with me, companionably,
Your ghostly hand holding mine.
Walking in the dark, cold sand on my feet
I felt salty breezes sweep us upward
And our souls flew together, over the ocean…
Watching the moon glimmering on the water.
I see you in dreams and trances;
And tonight in the dark, walking…
You said you’d always be there for me,
Although I didn’t know you would die so soon.
Sometimes at home I feel you with me
Sitting across from me, telling silly jokes.
I remember our passionate kisses,
How we laughed so hard our stomachs hurt.
Talking at your favorite chinese restaurant
(We went there on your birthday),
Dancing at your family’s Low Country Boil
With seafood…your mother dancing, too
The men didn’t dance, just us women.
Now in the moment with the foamy water;
Then again fluctuating in time with you.
Here, lets walk together some more!
I may not be able to see you, but I know
That you are there looking out for me,
Caring, and wanting me to be happy…
And when I find a corporeal love to be with,
You will wave goodbye with a smile. – © Copyright 6/11/08 Beth Clare Johnson
Magick – Beltane Recipes
Marigold Custard For Beltane
Granny’s Note: The marsh marigold is considered of great use in divination, and is called “the shrub of Beltane.” Garlands are made of it for the cattle and the door-posts to keep off the fairy power. Milk also is poured on the threshold, though none would be given away; nor fire, nor salt–these three things being sacred.
2 cups milk
1 cup unsprayed marigold petals
1/4 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. sugar
1 to 2 inch piece of vanilla bean
3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1/8 tsp. allspice
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. rose water
Using a clean mortar and pestle reserved for cooking purposes, pound marigold petals. Or, crush with a spoon. Mix the salt, sugar and spices together. Scald milk with the marigolds and the vanilla bean. Remove the vanilla bean and add the slightly beaten yolks and dry ingredients. Cook on low heat. When the mixture coats a spoon, add rose water and cool.
Top with whipped cream, garnish with fresh marigold petals.- Source ~ Wicca: A Guide For The Solitary Practioner, by Scott Cunningham
DONNEGAL OATMEAL CREAM http://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.html
15 fluid ounces Milk
1/2 cup Medium oatmeal – cracked, not rolled
1 Large egg (beaten)
rind & juice of 1 orange
2 teaspoons Sugar (to taste)
1/2 ounce Gelatin
2 Tablespoons Water
8 ounces Heavy cream, whipped
Fruit sauce of choice
Soak the oatmeal in the milk for 30 minutes, turn all into a pan and stir until it boils. Then simmer 3-4 minutes. Pour mixture into a bowl and add the beaten egg, grated lemon rind, and sugar to taste. Dissolve gelatin in the orange juice and water, add to the mixture when it’s cooled, and then fold in the cream. Pour the whole mixture into a glass bowl and leave to set. Serve with 3-4 T of chosen fruit sauce on top
Sauce: Take your favorite jam and thin with 3-4 Tablespoons of water.
Green Man Cake
The Green Man is an archetype often represented at Beltane. He is the spirit of the forest, the lusty fertility god of the woodlands. He is Puck, Jack in the Green, Robin of the Woods. For your Beltane celebrations, why not put together a cake honoring him? This spice cake is easy to bake, and uses a delicious cream cheese frosting and rolled fondant to create the image of the Green Man himself. This recipe makes either one 9 x 13″ sheet cake, or 2 8-inch rounds.
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 90 minutes
2 1/2 C all-purpose flour
1/4 C cornstarch
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cloves
1 C milk
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp rum-flavored extract
1 C butter, softened (don’t use margarine)
2 C firmly packed brown sugar
2 packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 C butter, softened
2 C confectioner’s sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 package white fondant
Green food coloring
Preheat oven to 350, and lightly grease and flour your cake pan. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl and blend well. In another bowl, combine milk, eggs, vanilla and rum extracts together.
Add the softened butter to the flour mixture, and beat until it forms a clumpy sort of dough. Gradually add the liquid mixture in, blending it a little at a time until all the milk mixture has been combined with the flour mixture. Beat until completely smooth, and then add the brown sugar. Mix for another thirty seconds or so. Scoop batter into the pan and spread evenly.
Bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before removing from pan. Once you have it out of the pan, you can begin frosting the cake.
To make the cream cheese frosting, combine the cream cheese and the butter in a bowl, mixing well. Add the vanilla extract. Finally, stir in the confectioner’s sugar and blend it in. Spread this evenly over the cake, and allow it to sit for an hour or so to firm up.
To make the Green Man himself, you’ll need green fondant. If you’ve never worked with fondant before, it can be a little tricky, but with some practice you’ll be able to use it easily. Roll out the fondant and knead it into a ball. Add the green food coloring in very small amounts and blend it in, until you’ve got the shade of green you want.
Roll the fondant out until it’s about 1/8″ thick. Use the leaf-shaped cookie cutters to cut out different sized leaves. Score lines on them, to look live leafy veins. Place them on top of the frosted cake and press in place, layering them to form a Green Man. Roll two small pieces into balls, flatten them down, and put them in to create eyeballs in amongst the leaves. Reminder – fondant tends to dry quickly once it’s rolled out, so only cut off small pieces. The cake in the photo was made using a block of fondant about the size of a package of cream cheese.
Tip: if you’re in a hurry, or you’re not much of a baker, you can use any boxed spice cake mix. Also, if you have dietary restrictions, you can use other spice cake recipes, such as this great Gluten-free version. http://vegetarian.about.com/od/desertrecipes/r/glutenfreespice.htm
Make this cake to celebrate Beltane and the spirit of the forest. Image © Patti Wigington 2009