It’s 47F and drizzling. It looks so dark out there still, but it’s well past 7am. Drips are coming off the porch roof, but it seems to be deal calm.
I was groaning and stretching and yawning for hours yesterday. Tempus made a lovely set of sausage patties, grilled cheese and fruit for a brunch…or should I call it “lupper” because it was around 3pm! I was doing some research into soap balls online for awhile and then I got going on newsletter stuff. …actually, I started to and realized that I still was having trouble getting Word to install in the new computer. I had to dink with that for awhile and then realized I had typed several letter number combinations wrong. <sigh> Then after that I had to get some files transferred, so I could actually write the blog on the new computer and keyboard. That gets frustrating after awhile, since I’ve had crash after crash and there are a lot of duplicates on T-Rex (our “Terror-byte” drive).
It seemed to pour rain all day yesterday. What is this? We’re getting all the rain we’ve missed for a few weeks? It brightened up for awhile between 4 & 5, but then the rain started pouring down again. Later it hailed several times as storm cells went over.
Loryea showed up not long after that and we chatted until nearly 7:30 when she and Tempus set out to make a fun dinner. I worked on newsletter stuff, because I suddenly realized that all of today we going to be spent on the Wicca 101 Intensive, and then the evening on a land blessing, so I figured that I’d better get the newsletter for tomorrow morning put together, too! We ended up talking way later than I should have, but we’re friends, as well as supplier and customer.
Speaking of supplies… I won’t get pix until tomorrow, but we got some really wonderful pendants, some evil-eye-turning-bead bracelets, rings, silver chains (at some really good prices) and some of the Czech glass bottles. This is almost the tail-end of the supply, since they’re not being manufactured anymore. The most awesome part is that we got three matched sets of athame and boline that are PNW products, antler from Idaho, blades from the Seattle area and finished in Roseburg! …and they’re beautiful.
So today I have to get myself pulled together, so that I can teach for the Intensive and then help with the land blessing. I’m going to go splat tonight, I can tell. Tempus looks a bit like the walking dead at the moment, but he offered to make coffee and he can snooze during the day.
Today’s feast is in honor of the Gay Rights Activist, Harvey Milk, who was assassinated in 1978. He was the first openly gay politician in California. More on his life and work here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Milk and on the bill that passed to make this day official, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Milk_Day
Today’s Plant is Rhubarb, Rheum rhabarbarum. Best known as “pie plant” or in strawberry and rhubarb jam this is a wonderful and nutritious stalk vegetable, that has been legally counted as a fruit, because of its uses. The roots have been used as a laxative for thousands of years, and the stalks, while strong-tasting when uncooked with no sugar, are delicious in sauces, pies, jellies, juice and so on, but the leaves are poisonous. It is very easy to grow since the roots will over-winter, even if the stalks die back and it’s one of the earliest vegetables to be harvestable. – Feminine, Venus Earth. – Wear a dried piece to help with stomach or gut pain and for general protection. The pie served to a mate helps to maintain fidelity and is an aphrodisiac, especially when combined with strawberries. More here:
The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday, ‘coz we need a weekend, too! We’re doing the Intensive at the shop, but we’ll lock the door again once we start until Tempus manages to wake back up. IOW we’ll be open at some point this afternoon for a while. 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 Waxing Gibbous. 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 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. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends on 5/23 at 9:35am.
Wed., May 22, before sunrise – Spica near the moon – The moon will move closer to the bright star Spica all night long, getting closest just around the time the moon sets. As seen from southeast Asia, the Philippines, Indonesia, northeastern Australia, and Polynesia, the moon will actually pass in front of Spica.
Regulus and the Sickle of Leo shine above the first-quarter Moon this evening. The Moon is 1.3 light-seconds from Earth. Regulus is almost precisely 1 billion times farther at 42 light-years.
Scale model: If the Moon were a BB at reading distance 15 inches from your face, Regulus would be a house-size, blue-white-hot fireball at the Moon’s actual distance.
Tonight the Moon shines with Saturn. Although they look close together, the Moon is only 1.3 light-seconds from Earth while Saturn is 74 light-minutes in the background.
Jupiter (magnitude –1.9) is sinking lower in twilight every day as it approaches Venus.
Uranus (magnitude 5.9, in Pisces) is low in the dawn.
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
W 22 Low 5:11 AM -0.2 5:42 AM Set 3:56 AM 85
~ 22 High 11:22 AM 6.0 8:45 PM Rise 6:09 PM
~ 22 Low 4:56 PM 1.8
~ 22 High 11:01 PM 8.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The best way to predict the future . . . .
. . . . is to create it.
~ All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible. – William Faulkner (1897-1962) US writer
~ All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem. – Martin Luther King Jr
~ Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do. – Ben Franklin
~ Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father. – Lydia M. Child
Modest and shy as a nun is she;
One weak chirp is her only note;
Braggarts and prince of braggarts is he,
Pouring boasts from his little throat. – William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) US poet and newspaper editor
Morning Edition, June 26, 2009 – Years ago, Jim Crawford, a farmer in south central Pennsylvania, noticed that one of his summer loves — rhubarb — had fallen out of favor. Neighbors near his New Morning Farm were letting this tart perennial languish in their gardens, too lazy to dig it up, too uninterested to harvest it. Crawford offered to buy what they were growing and sell it at the farmers markets around Washington, D.C., where he’s been operating stands for 37 years.
“It sounds funny,” Crawford says, “but it was kind of common that people seemed to have that attitude about rhubarb. Theyey got $1.60 a pound for it they said, ‘Hey, you know, this stuff is worth something!'” Dismissive. And then, of course, when they got $1.60 a pound for it they said, ‘Hey, you know, this stuff is worth something!'”
In recent years, Crawford has seen resurgence in demand for rhubarb, often fueled by nostalgia. Ed Kahl, a customer at one of Crawford’s fresh fruit stands, says he grew up eating rhubarb dishes.
“It reminds me of my grandmother and mother, and they made these luscious pies. I’ll probably just buy it and let it rot in my refrigerator! But I have aspirations to make a pie.”– rhubarb chunks in fruit-flavored gelatin. (He admits this sounds a bit gross, but he swears it makes a great buffet dish.)
Another customer, Janet Katz, says rhubarb makes her nervous.
“I’ve cooked everything but rhubarb. I’m afraid it’ll be too sour or chewy or something,” she says.
Crawford finds this attitude a lot, so he posts a “helpful hints” sign by the box of glistening red stalks.
“It’s the easiest thing in the world to cook,” he says. “You just chop it up and put some sweetener with it, and put it in a pan with a tight lid, and in about five minutes it just melts like butter.”
Crawford sweetens his with maple syrup, but sugar works, too. He likes rhubarb sauce over ice cream. He also puts rhubarb in jam, chutney and a whole array of pies, not just the classic strawberry-rhubarb combo.
“In fact, I really like it better with apples. It’s really good with raspberries. It’s really good with peaches,” he says.
Whatever’s in season, Crawford says, rhubarb gives it pizzazz.
* MM = Merry Meet
* Round shape for wheel of the year, cycle of seasons
* Skins are different colors, but the inside is the same chocolate, because we are all related.
* Associations with the colors:
Red = South
Green = West
Dark Brown = North
Yellow = East
Orange = For the Solar God
Light Brown = For the Earth Mother (Copper Woman)
* Rotate the M & M:
M = 13th letter of alphabet, and there are 13 witches in a coven
3 = Triple Goddess, three phases of moon
W = Witchcraft, Wiccan
E = Enlightenment, Enchantment of chocolate
* “Melt in your mouth, not in your hand”–God/dess’s love must be experienced directly to appreciate. Also, God/dess will take care of you.
* Sweetness to remind us of how sweet the love of the God and Goddess is!