Daily Stuff 6-1-13 International Children’s Day

Hi, folks!

Herbs at 11am. Crystals at Noon. Sewing Workshop at 3pm!

weather Part SunThe sky is full of shattered cloud. The sunlight comes and goes, gilding things and cause small puddles to flash rippling light all over the study. It’s 50F, due to go up to 60. It was really nice yesterday with that kind of forecast!

We were late again, but not as badly as on Thursday. I got nabbed just before I left the house by someone who needed to talk. I had two readings almost as soon as I walked in the door. …and the day kinda went like that. One of the phonebook ad people was in and two students from the Wicca 101 class who have just finished at Job Corps, along with a number of customers. Tempus finally went to the store around 6pm for some stuff for supper and a chocolate bar. 🙂

motif plant herb bambooI did manage to get some herb prep done, and got the header drawing finished and up for the Mab’s Creations blog. My computer was overheating as I was working on pictures of the new rings, so I stopped.

It looks like Tempus’ shop computer is down for the count. It keeps going into standby mode. He’s got some tests to run on it, yet.

motif plant herb houseplant venus-flytrapWe have our usual workshops today. Herbs is going to be on whatever I harvest as we’re leaving,  how to tie the herbs for bundles for proper drying.

Today is International Children’s Day. It’s not much celebrated in the US, but is intended to call attention to the abuse and exploitation of children around the world, whether as child soldiers, child workers or children living in the street or with the aftereffects of displacement by war. Our children are our future, not a commodity! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children%27s_Day 

plant motif flower Dogviolet6Today’s Plant is the Early Blue Violet, Viola adunca. – Violet leaves contain more vitamin A than spinach, and a half-cup of leaves has more vitamin C than four oranges, but rhizomes, fruits and seeds are poisonous. Other common names include the hooked-spur violet, Cascade violet, sand violet and the western dog violet. Found on Wiki here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_adunca or here: http://blogs.evergreen.edu/sustainableprisons/blog/2012/01/12/spp-plant-profile-early-blue-violet-viola-adunca/  Feminine, Venus, Water – 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.

Litha PentacleThe 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, 
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar –

Waning Crescent MoonThe Moon is at a Waning Crescent. 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 Crescent Moon – Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 6/3 at 8:56pm.

LyraVega, shining brightly in the east-northeast, it currently the top star of the huge Summer Triangle. Astro Constellation Cygnus DenebLook to Vega’s lower left, by two or three fists at arm’s length, for Deneb. Astro Constellation AquilaThe third star of the Summer Triangle is Altair, considerably farther to Vega’s lower right. Altair is barely rising in the east as dusk fades away this week. How early in the evening can you spot it?

Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic tree month Huath/Hawthorn from May 13 – Jun 9
Rune Runic Month 11 Odal Othila EthilaRunic 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”.

Sun in GeminiSun in Gemini
Moon in CapricornMoon in Aquarius
Pluto and Saturn Retrograde
Color: Brown

Planting 5/31-6/1

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©2013 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Plant motif Hawthorn Huath Celtic Tree MonthCeltic tree month Huath/Hawthorn May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers –
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
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

motif plant flower heatherto study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
MistletoeColor: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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WavesTides for Alsea Bay
Day        High       Tide    Height   Sunrise     Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low       Time      Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
Sa   1      Low   1:37 AM     1.7   5:35 AM    Rise  1:49 AM      49
~     1     High   7:15 AM     5.8   8:54 PM     Set  2:16 PM
~     1      Low   1:33 PM     0.7
~     1     High   8:09 PM     7.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A lie may take care of the present, but it has no future.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What is? – What is a secret about you?

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Quotes

~   The mind must be like a still pond, conscious of the slightest ripple, able to accurately reflect reality. – Kerr Cuhulain
~   The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education. – Albert Einstein
~   The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach–waiting for a gift from the sea. – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
~   This is an age in which one cannot find common sense without a search warrant. – George F. Will

BREAKFAST AT THE DINER
Polly fluffed up her permanent,
And put on the headband that matched
Her short waitress outfit with the frilly apron.
She knew she was lookin’ good today,
And that pink was her best color.

She looked around the diner;
It was all set up for the breakfast crowd.
They weren’t opening for half an hour,
So she had time to read her new tabloid
And see what was going on in Hollywood.

She crossed her long legs and made sure
That she showed off her new anklet,
It had tiny seahorses and mermaids on it.
She knew Art would be coming in soon,
And she wanted him to get an eyeful.

She wore her new false eyelashes
That really gave her a glamorous look,
And the new lipstick that was supposed
To make her lips get more puffy.
Art owned his own filling station,

And had gone to college two years, too.
He was more ambitious than other guys
That she met waitressing. And cuter.
She swung her leg and popped her gum
In pretty good rhythm, while she read.

Uh, oh. Time to open the doors.
Here are Clyde and Tina…where’s Art?
Oh, there he is, looks like he was
Just out of the shower. Mmmmhmmmm.
Hi, folks. What will you be having today?

Eggs and pancakes? Good choice.
Here, let me fill up your coffee cups.
I’m reading a new book that’s
On the Times best seller list…
I forget the name of it, but it’ll come back
To me.

Oh, Art! You’re such a flirt.
I’m not an intellectual, you’re teasing me.
Here, have a look at my new seahorse
Pendant. Oops! Oh, gosh…
My new eyelashes fell into your syrup!

How embarrassing. I’ll get you fresh syrup.
I was just trying to look more like
Some of the models in my new magazine.
You think I do? Oh, what a sweetie!
Of course, I have time to sit down with you

For just a few minutes, till the place fills up.
No, I haven’t seen the new movie,
But I would love to.
Okay, Saturday night would be fine.
Yes, that’s a new fingernail polish,

Black Cherry, and I put little symbols
In the middle of the nails, and lacquer.
You really notice details, Art.
Would you like me to lean over closer,
So you can get a better look at my
Pendant? – ©Copyright 2/27/06, Beth Clare Johnson (Mystic Amazon)

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Heron Bar Litha 2013

Magick – Litha Recipes

Cherry Soup

Ingredients:
• 1/2 pound bing cherries, pitted and stemmed
•  1/2 cup dry white wine
•  juice of 1/2 lemon
•  1 tablespoon creme fraiche or sour cream
•  dash of salt
•  honey to taste

Directions: Blend and serve in chilled soup bowls. Top each with quenelle of lime sorbet and mint sprig.

Notes: Recipe courtesy of Chef Garrett Brown, Verve Wine Bar in Seattle. It has not been tested by NPR.

This soup can be served either as a cool first course on a hot day or as a final dessert by adjusting the ingredients, garnish and honey content. Try it with minced shallot, less honey and topping each soup with a pinch of pulled pork for a delicious appetizer. Double the honey and the sour cream contents, and top with coconut ice cream for a dessert soup.

Tomato & Leek Soup w Basil Cream Hearts (11 views) From: herbalmuse , Delicious Living Magazine

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
1 medium leek
1 32-ounce can of organic, peeled Roma tomatoes
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter, optional
2 ounces heavy cream or evaporated skim milk
1 ounce sweet basil, washed and dried
Salt

1. Slice leek in half lengthwise and chop into 1/2-inch pieces. Soak in water to clean.

2. Transfer wet leek to a stainless steel pot. Heat on low until leek “sweats” and becomes tender. Add tomatoes and simmer 10 minutes. Place vegetables in a blender and puree until smooth. Stir in butter. Add sugar and salt to taste. Be careful when blending the hot soup use a kitchen towel to hold the lid down.

3. Heat cream, pour into blender and add basil. Puree until smooth and season to taste with salt.

4. To serve, ladle soup into bowls. Spoon one tablespoon of basil cream onto the center of each bowl of soup. Run a straw or a chopstick through the center of the dollop to create a heart shape. Be creative make hearts in as many sizes as you’d like. Serve immediately.

Note: Using evaporated skim milk and no butter reduces fat grams to 1.3 only 5 percent of calories from fat.

Caramel Custards – www.weavings.co.uk

Any food that is yellow can be used to symbolize the Sun. Citrus fruits would be good. Peach halves with vanilla pudding (custard) or flan (caramel custards or crème Brule) are also appropriate.

Ingredients:
For the Caramel:
3/4 cup (187.50ml) sugar
2 ounces (59.14ml) water

For the Custard:
6 large eggs
1 cup (250ml) sugar
1 teaspoon (4.93ml) vanilla
1 quart (3.41litres) boiling milk

Directions:

CARAMEL:

1. Combine the sugar and water in a thick bottom medium saucepan. Boil over high heat until sugar starts to caramelize and turns golden brown.

2. Add 1 tablespoon water or more to thin the caramel. Pour caramel in a ring mould or other appropriate oven-proof individual moulds or ramekin.

CUSTARD:

1. Beat the eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl. Slowly pour in the boiling milk. Stir in the vanilla. Strain the custard mix through a fine strainer. Pour into the caramelized mould. Bake in a water bath at 350 F (180C/Gas mark 4) for 30 minutes for a ring mould, 20 minutes for individual moulds. Refrigerate caramel custard until cold.

2. Wet a non-serrated knife and run it between the custards and the sides of the ramekins or mould.

3. Put a plate upside down over each ramekin and invert it quickly. The flan should slide out easily.

by Garnet WindDancer

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