It’s 55F, breezy and damp. I don’t think it’s raining at the moment, but it’s the kind of weather that just says, “Wait for it!”. 🙂
I did go back to bed yesterday and when Tempus came in about 10 minutes later we curled up and slept until past 10am. We’ve both been pretty tired. The sleep disruption effects haven’t worn off, yet, although we’re past the worst on that. We sorted some bills and then he took off to do cleaning at a friend’s place and I settled into newsletter set-up. I decided to set up the majority of each for the week, all at once. It makes it easier not to repeat things. I have *so* much to share with everyone!
The sun came out between 1 and 5pm and I thought about getting outside… didn’t happen before the clouds came back.
By mid-afternoon I had that done and some computer housekeeping as well, so I uploaded some pictures of my embroidery stuff for commentary and advertising purposes and then settled in to sorting OCPPG stuff. I have a mock-up for the handbook with some info filled in, but mostly I’m sorting things into the appropriate lists and getting the schedule filled in. It sounds like Carl Neal is going to do an incense workshop for us, but he’s also going to want to be doing some filming.
Well into the evening I worked on the Mab’s Creations blog, too, as well as website updates. I kept haring off onto tangents until I stopped myself and made out a to-do list. It helps a bit, anyway. …and wow did it get windy! Things were banging and clanking and thumping.
Today is the 2nd half of the Wicca 101 Intensive. I’m going to be busy at that all day. I’m thinking I’m going to keep the shop closed and have Tempus go home to do some cleaning there, since he was out all yesterday.
Got this in an e-mail: “The Eye of Horus, (another witch shop in Minneapolis) is looking for a little help from our friends, and we’ve added more perks, click here for details:http://igg.me/at/eye-of-horus Every little bit helps… Thanks!” If you can, please click on the link and take a look at their funding campaign. It sounds like a great line of Purpose Oils that they’re trying to get together.
Today’s feast is the Ambarvalia. Here’s what Wikipedia says, “Ambarvalia was a Roman agricultural fertility rite held at the end of May in honor of Ceres. At these festivals they sacrificed a bull, a sow, and a sheep, which, before the sacrifice, were led in procession thrice around the fields; whence the feast is supposed to have taken its name, ambio, I go round, and arvum, field. This sacrifice was called a suovetaurilia in Latin. These feasts were of two kinds, public and private. The private were solemnized by the masters of families, accompanied by their children and servants, in the villages and farms out of Rome. The public were celebrated in the boundaries of the city, and in which twelve fratres arvales walked at the head of a procession of the citizens, who had lands and vineyards at Rome. During the procession, prayers would be made to the goddess. The ambervale carmen was a prayer preferred on this occasion. The name “Ambarvalia” appears to be predominantly an urban designation. Roman farmers’ almanacs (menologia rustica) describe this only as segetes lustrantur (“crops are purified”). Scaliger, in his notes on Festus, maintains the ambarvalia to be the same as amburbium. Numerous other communities of the Italian peninsula enacted similar rites with different names.
Today’s Plant is farewell-to-spring, Clarkia amoena (godetia; syn. Godetia amoena) is a flowering plant native to western North America, found in coastal hills and mountains from British Columbia south to the San Francisco Bay Area. It is an annual plant growing to 1 m tall, with slender, linear leaves 2–7 cm long and 2–6 mm broad. The flowers are pink to pale purple, with four broad petals 1.5–6 cm long. The fruit is a dry capsule, which splits open when mature to release the numerous seeds.
– Masculine, Mercury, Fire – Two very specific magicks for this plant…. Use it in coming-of-age rituals (such as luck on a driver’s test, or graduation or in firstblood/firstseed rituals, and also for fertility/prosperity (the seed capsule).
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. Phase ends at the tide change of New Moon on 6/8 at 8:56am. 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 Quarter on 5/31 at 11:58am.
Here it is not even June yet, and the Big Dipper after dusk is already turning around to hang down by its handle. Look for it high in the northwest.
Uranus (magnitude 5.9, in Pisces) is low in the east at the beginning of dawn.
Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter are bunched together low in the afterglow of sunset, forming a new configuration each evening. They’re magnitudes –1, –4, and –2, respectively. From the 24th through 29th the three form a “trio,” fitting in a circle 5° in diameter. They’re bunched most tightly, fitting in a 2½° circle, on the evening of the 26th. Mercury and Venus appear closest together, just under 1½° apart, on the 23rd and 24th. Venus and Jupiter are closest, 1° apart, on the 28th. See our article The May-June Planet Dance. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/highlights/The-May-June-2013-Planet-Dance-192020551.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 Othala/ Odal/Odel 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”.
Moon in Aquarius
Pluto and Saturn Retrograde
©2013 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
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.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 29 High 3:52 AM 7.8 5:36 AM Rise 12:12 AM 81
~ 29 Low 10:47 AM -1.3 8:51 PM Set 10:49 AM
~ 29 High 5:26 PM 7.0
~ 29 Low 11:11 PM 2.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am willing to do all that the Mother lets me know needs to be done. Attachment to other aims leads to frustration.
~ Middle age is when you’ve met so many people that every new person you meet reminds you of someone else. – Ogden Nash
~ One of the greatest joys known to man is to take a flight into ignorance in search of knowledge. – Robert Lynd
~ Prithee don’t screw your wit beyond the compass of good manners. – Colley Cibber (1671-1757) English actor, playwright
~ Religion is about creation, and for that reason religion should be about the earth. – Laurie Cabot
by Bobby Seals
I’ve watched your silhouette dance in
Autumn moonlight’s grace
I heard you purr Bast’s incantations
by Sekmhet’s roaring fire
As you dispatched phantom armies
with paws in dreams embrace
And walked one last time in the path of feline empire
Aghast I was,
that stars poured forth in eye shine
when you looked across space
Meowing my feeble life is through,
but I’m not done
I’ve won …
And you pounced,
you pounced on Azrael’s Mat
Raising one claw you waved in his face dire
I am the God of Cats
And my journey has just begun..
Peace to you my brother and Peace to your fur-brother Caspian
Pork Tenderloin Medallions with Port-Cherry Sauce
• One pork tenderloin
• a handful of Rainier cherries, pitted and stemmed
• 1 shallot, minced
• 1/2 cup Tawny Port
• pinch sugar
• salt and pepper
• canola oil
• Knob of butter
Directions: Cut the tenderloin into 3/4-inch thick medallions, and season them well with the salt and pepper.
In a heavy-bottomed fry pan, heat the oil until shimmering and sear the medallions until caramelized on both sides.
Keep warm under some aluminium foil.
In the same pan, deglaze fond (the crusty bits left in the pan) with a dash of the port.
Lower the heat, add the shallots and the cherries, and sweat until the shallots are translucent.
Add the sugar and remaining port, and reduce by half.
Season to taste and swirl in butter.
Arrange medallions however you’d like and top with cherry sauce, coarse sea salt and herbs.
– Rain Redknife – Makes 6 to 8 entrée servings or 16 side-dish servings.
Quinoa and Black Bean Salad
1 1/2 cups quinoa, well rinsed
1 1/2 cups canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 1/2 cups cooked corn (fresh, canned or frozen)
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
4 scallions, chopped
1 tsp. garlic, minced fine
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/3 cup olive oil
1) Rinse quinoa in a fine sieve under cold running water until water runs clear. This step is important–don’t omit!
2) Put quinoa in a pot with 2 1/4 cups water.
3) Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer 20 minutes or until water is absorbed and quinoa is tender.
4) Fluff with a fork, transfer to a large bowl and allow to cool. While quinoa cooks, toss beans in a small bowl with vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.
5) When quinoa is done, add beans, corn, bell pepper, scallions, garlic, cayenne and parsley to the quinoa.
6) Toss well. In a small bowl whisk together lime juice, salt and cumin.
7) Add oil in a stream while whisking.
8) Drizzle over salad and toss well with salt and pepper.
Note – Salad may be made a day ahead and refrigerated, covered. Bring to room temperature before serving. Source: www.aicr.org , by permission.
Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes
Small bag Angel Hair Pasta
4 Teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro
8 Teaspoons Minced Garlic
2 cup finely diced onion
4 Teaspoon Oregano
12 tomatoes, chopped
4 Teaspoon Basil
4 teaspoon salt
- Cook pasta.
- While pasta is cooking and chilling, chop up all other ingredients.
- Place in a large container.
- Add pasta and stir well.
- Chill for one hour in the refrigerator before serving.
****** Silliness – ***ERROR #666 HARD DRIVE POSESSED! Load EXOR.SYS (Y/N)***
When that happens, and EXOR.SYS doesn’t work, do you ‘ASCII’ a priest?
And with spirits, you can get slimed. With a possessed HD, do you get ‘gui’ed??