I’m at the shop and we’re open! It’s lovely outside. There are a lot of clouds, but the sunlight strikes silver when it breaks through. Everything is so green and clean! It’s only 54, but that’s warm enough for spring.
I watched the towhees on the feeder while I was waking up. We had our first goldfinch that was actually gold, yesterday.
I was supposed to be home, yesterday, partly so I could recover from the trip and partly to get the new computer up and running with all the programs and info that I need. <sigh> Best-laid plans… I had a couple of readings come in so I stopped around 2pm to get a shower and get my head into the right space. I didn’t get back to the programs until 9pm. One I loaded in and I can’t find it. How does a program disappear?
While I was at the shop, both before and after the readings, I sorted some of the rock and got started on pricing/marking them. I have to get it all into inventory today. Bonnie did a good job of getting me a receipt so it’s going to be pretty easy. I don’t have a scale at home so that part’s been waiting until I’m here. Both of the mortars are awfully nice. There’s a large one and a tiny one in the green/brown mexican onyx. We have a *good* supply of eggs, too! I’d intended to set Tempus to labeling those today, but he’s not at the shop. I told his to stay home and rest….
Anyway that’s why this is so late today. I’m having to finish this at the shop! I’ll be there all day. I’m not sure what Tempus is going to be doing, although I tried to chase him back to bed. He’s exhausted and I’m worried that he’s sick. I’m going to have to take all of the rock and get pictures.
Today’s Feast is that of Dea Dia, a fertility goddess of Rome, whose worship was so old, even then, that the Carmen Arvale, Her sacred chant, wasn’t understood! She was probably an aspect of Ceres, in some way. Her priests were the Fratres Arvales (Brothers of the Fields) who were from Patrician families (traditionally the emperor was one) who were responsible for the worship of the “closer in” guardian deities of flocks, fields, home and ancestors. More on the priests here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fratres_Arvales on the Lares here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lares and on the chant here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmen_Arvale
Today’s Plant is another repeat. The Evergreen Violet, Viola sempervirens. is a pretty plant that looks like nothing much through 9 months of the year here on the coast, but is spectacular in March, when it covers the ground with beautiful golden flowers on a deep blue/green background and still lovely in April/May. It is indeed evergreen, not withering to the ground, although it sometimes is overshadowed by grass. It grows well in the park behind the house. As any viola it is Feminine, ruled by Venus, but unlike the blue violets (corresponding to water) the Evergreen Violet corresponds to the element of Air and the Sun – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.
The shop opens at 11am! 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,
The Moon is at the Waxing Quarter at 9:35pm. Waxing Moon Magick –The waxing moon is for constructive magicks, 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 5/24 at 9:35pm. 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. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the waxing quarter on 5/17 at 9:35pm.
9:34pm EDT – First Quarter Moon – The first quarter moon rises around 1 p.m. and sets around 2 a.m. It dominates the evening sky.
Saturn (magnitude +0.2, in Libra) is two weeks past opposition and climbing higher in the evening sky. It glows low in the southeast after nightfall (lower left of Spica and farther lower right of Arcturus), and is highest in the south around midnight. Stay up late with your scope. Saturn’s rings are nicely tilted 18° from our line of sight. See our guide “Scrutinizing Saturn” in the May Sky & Telescope, page 50, or the shorter version online. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/home/See_Saturn_at_Its_Best_for_2013-204872681.html
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic tree month Huath/Hawthorn from May 13 – Jun 9
Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.
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Celtic tree month Huath/Hawthorn May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers –
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. – Curtis Clark
Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 17 Low 12:11 AM 3.1 5:46 AM Set 1:29 AM 36
~ 17 High 5:36 AM 5.8 8:39 PM Rise 12:32 PM
~ 17 Low 12:29 PM 0.8
~ 17 High 7:18 PM 6.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an amiable day!
Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Think about a time when you first felt like you were really growing up. Tell about that time, including both what happened and how you felt. Make the reader feel what you felt by using strong description and figurative language.
~ The smallest feline is a masterpiece. – Da Vinci
~ The time for action is now. Your life is your responsibility. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ The Wiccan Rede is not a rule. It is a statement counseling us to think. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ There are no absolute rules of conduct, either in peace or war. Everything depends on circumstances. – Leon Trotsky (1879-1940) Russian revolutionary
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. – Helen Keller, American Blind/Deaf Author & Lecturer
Hot Buttered Soft Pretzels – Pretzels are available crisp and hard from your grocery or, if you’re lucky and in the right place, soft and chewy from street vendors. Our recipe is for the soft, chewy kind. The melted butter brushed over the crust is a bonus street vendors don’t offer! – King Arthur Flour co.
Hands-on time: 20 mins. to 30 mins.
Baking time: 8 mins. to 9 mins.
Total time: 1 hrs 10 mins. to 1 hrs 21 mins.
Yield: 8 large pretzels
- 2 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
- 7/8 to 1 cup warm water*
- *Use the greater amount in the winter, the lesser amount in the summer, and somewhere in between in the spring and fall. Your goal is a soft dough.
- 1 cup boiling water
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- coarse, kosher or pretzel salt, optional
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1) To make dough by hand, or with a mixer: Place all of the dough ingredients into a bowl, and beat until well-combined. Knead the dough, by hand or machine, for about 5 minutes, until it’s soft, smooth, and quite slack. Flour the dough and place it in a bag, and allow it to rest for 30 minutes.
2) To make dough with a bread machine: Place all of the dough ingredients into the pan of your bread machine, program the machine for dough or manual, and press Start. Allow the dough to proceed through its kneading cycle (no need to let it rise), then cancel the machine, flour the dough, and give it a rest in a plastic bag, as instructed above.
3) To make dough with a food processor: Place the flour, salt, sugar and yeast in the work bowl of a food processor equipped with the steel blade. Process for 5 seconds. Add the water, and process for 7 to 10 seconds, until the dough starts to clear the sides of the bowl. Process a further 45 seconds. Place a handful of flour in a bowl, scoop the slack dough into the bowl, and shape the dough into a ball, coating it with the flour. Transfer the dough to a plastic bag, close the bag loosely, leaving room for the dough to expand, and let it rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
4) While the dough is resting, prepare the topping: Combine the boiling water and baking soda, stirring until the soda is totally (or almost totally) dissolved. Set the mixture aside to cool to lukewarm (or cooler).
5) Preheat your oven to 475°F. Prepare a baking sheet by spraying it with vegetable oil spray, or lining it with parchment paper.
6) Transfer the dough to a lightly greased work surface, and divide it into eight equal pieces (about 70g, or 2 1/2 ounces, each).
7) Allow the pieces to rest, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Pour the baking soda/water into a 9″ square pan.
8) Roll each piece of dough into a long, thin rope (about 28″ to 30″ long), and twist each rope into a pretzel. Working with 4 pretzels at a time, place them in the pan with the baking soda/water, spooning the water over their tops; leave them in the water for 2 minutes before placing them on the baking sheet. This baking soda “bath” will give the pretzels a nice, golden-brown color.
9) Transfer the pretzels to the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle them lightly with coarse, kosher, or pretzel salt, if desired. Allow them to rest, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
10) Bake the pretzels for 8 to 9 minutes, or until they’re golden brown.
11) Remove the pretzels from the oven, and brush them thoroughly with the melted butter. Keep brushing the butter on until you’ve used it all up; it may seem like a lot, but that’s what gives these pretzels their ethereal taste. Eat the pretzels warm, or reheat them in an oven or microwave.
Yield: 8 large pretzels.
Serving Size: Servings Per Batch: 8
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 171 Calories from Fat: Total Fat: 4.7g Saturated Fat: Trans Fat: . Cholesterol: 12mg Sodium: 888mg Total Carbohydrate: 27g Dietary Fiber: 1g Sugars: 1g Protein: 4g.
2-3 cups of your favorite shredded cheddar cheese blend. I use Sargento Chef’s Blend 4 State Cheddar blend.
1 large round loaf of soft bread (like a French or Italian round)
8 oz. diced sliced bacon, cooked crisp
1/2 cup melted butter
1 Tablespoon dry Ranch dressing mix from packet
Cut bread in 3/4-inch intervals, being careful to not cut all the way through. Cut again, crosswise, not cutting all the way through. Place cheese in between all cuts: sprinkle with bacon. Blend melted butter and Ranch mix and drizzle over top of bread evenly. Wrap in foil and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes; uncover and bake 10 minutes more. Serve hot and pull apart pieces from loaf to eat!