The fog rolled back in for a bit just after sunrise yesterday, but before the sun managed to get past the mountains and the trees. As soon as He touched the dew-wet grass there were momentary poofs of vapor and the fog disappeared. What was interesting to see was that the fog would vanish in the sunshine and stay intact for a few seconds in the shade of the tree trunks as the Sun’s light came though the stands of trees to the northeast of me and slanted across the garden and yard. There was just enough breeze to push that shaded fog into the light and then it was gone. I dreamed about that when I went back to bed.
Tempus stopped to run errands in Newport after his paper route, did some shopping and took his (yes, it’s dead, Jim) computer to the tech, who is trying to strip the data. When he got home I was back working on newsletter stuff for the week and trying to figure out where the rest of the program files are that need to load into the new computer.
I got going on shortbread around noon, but so many other things needed to be done, and then I melted the butter so I had to wait for it to cool, that I got the soup started and an almond extract set to filter, long before I got to put it into the oven. I smelled awesome because I exploded the first filter all over myself. Brandy and almond is a nice combination, even if it may be a permanent stain! A third load of laundry was going by that time, mostly my work dresses, but I had some fabrics in there, too.
After that I put together two peach pies. I wanted to set up a slow-cooker of split pea, but didn’t get that far, so that and the parmesan chicken are going to happen today. Everything took way too long. I set up the last load of laundry, a bleach load and then we packed up and headed out.
The shortbread was a big hit. (standard recipe with 1 1/2 cups skor chips). The pies were soupy, but yum. Some of the other desserts were a lemon coconut rice pudding and brownies with cocoa sprinkled on top.
All the way home we were watching stars and planets. The Planet Dance left Jupiter below the line of clouds. Scorpio was very, very obvious and when Tempus and I got out of the car, the line of the Milky Way was amazing. We got home at 11pm and fell into bed.
I was up just before dawn again and got to see the Hecate’s Brooch Moon hanging in the top of one of the cedars. It was cold outside, but I have to go look. I tried to get a pic, but it didn’t take. My poor computer has been dropped too many times….
Ring pix today again. All of these are $5 and under, mostly just one of each…. glass, metal, adjustables and bling….
Now, it’s *way* later, nearly noon. I’ve been getting distracted since many of the folks who’ve just finished up class information for OCPPG are online and we’re chatting back and forth about details. In the last few days we’ve picked up classes on Asatru and a ritual, and have finally confirmed that there will be a Sundance group sweat and some classes! Herbs Outdoors will be happening today! …and I could use some garden help….
There is an Irish saint, Gobnait, who is worshipped as the patroness of bees who, according to Nigel Pennick, is a version of the goddess Domna, who is the goddess of perambulation to sacred stones and cairns. Gobnait’s feast day is 2/11 and I’m not finding info on Domna at all! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gobnait
Today’s plant is Nasturtium, Tropaeolum majus, (not watercress,
which is true nasturtium) since that’s what I was talking about. It’s certainly not native to the PNW, but grows well here. I love the brilliant oranges and yellows of the flowers. They’re yummy, too, with a slightly peppery taste, both leaf and flower and the seeds serve as a substitute for capers in pickles. The flowers stand for Victory in Battle; Patriotism and Affectation and are little used
in magicks other than as symbols and foods for Ostara and Beltane celebrations because of their association with the Sun. They also can be used as a symbol for sacrifice to the larger good of soldiers, firemen and police, but are usually only seen at funerals in this context. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropaeolum_majus
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 at the Waning Quarter. 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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends on 6/6 at 8:56pm.
Vega is the brightest star in the east these evenings. The main part of its little constellation, Lyra, dangles from it to its lower right.
Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter are still visible in the afterglow of sunset, forming a straight line pointing downward just above the west-northwest horizon . Venus is the brightest. Jupiter, the bottom one, becomes harder to see each day and is gone by the end of the week. Mercury on top is having its best evening appearance of 2013. By June 5th the line is 13° long with Jupiter falling far away. See our article The May-June Planet Dance, with a video running all the way to June 20th. 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”.
©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
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 5 Low 5:33 AM -0.3 5:33 AM Rise 3:46 AM 13
~ 5 High 11:53 AM 5.7 8:57 PM Set 6:24 PM
~ 5 Low 5:10 PM 2.4
~ 5 High 11:11 PM 7.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The best way to get even is to forget…
~ …beneath every accusation lies a confession both of desire and powerlessness, and beneath every confession lies an interest that can be framed as a simple request. – Kenneth Cloke
~ …most people have been brainwashed into believing that their job is to copyedit the world, not to design it. – Seth Grodin
~ A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction. – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish writer and wit
~ A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues. – Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) US President (26)
THE WHITE BIRDS by: W.B. Yeats
Would that we were, my beloved, white birds on the foam of the sea!
We tire of the flame of the meteor, before it can fade and flee;
And the flame of the blue star of twilight, hung low on the rim of the sky,
Has awakened in our hearts, my beloved, a sadness that may not die.
A weariness comes from those dreamers, dew-dabbled, the lily and rose;
Ah, dream not of them, my beloved, the flame of the meteor that goes,
Or the flame of the blue star that lingers hung low in the fall of the dew:
For I would we were changed to white birds on the wandering foam: I and you!
I am haunted by numberless islands, and many a Danaan shore,
Where Time would surely forget us, and Sorrow come near us no more;
Soon far from the rose and the lily, and fret of the flames would we be,
Were we only white birds, my beloved, buoyed out on the foam of the sea!
Magick – Litha Recipes
Cold Tomato Soup – http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/7039/AshlinCB.html
2 large tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 sweet pepper, seeded and chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped
3/4 C. Herb blend, basil, chives, tarragon, parsley, dill, chervil, thyme
1/2 C. olive oil
3 tbsp. lemon juice
3 C. cold water
1 sweet Spanish onion, peeled and sliced
1 C. cucumber, peeled, seeded, and sliced
1/2 tsp. paprika
- Put chopped tomatoes, pepper, garlic and herbs in a bowl.
- Stir in olive oil, lemon juice, and cold water.
- Add onion, cucumber, and paprika.
- Chill in refrigerator for about 5 hours.
- Serve over ice cubes in bowls and garnish with fresh parsley or watercress.
Chilled Avocado Cucumber Soup – Rain Redknife
2 small or one x-large ripe avocado
2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded
1 cup vegetable broth–I use Swanson’s canned
1 cup half-and-half, Silk or evaporated skim milk
2 Tbsp lime or lemon juice
1 small sprig fresh basil or tarragon
Salt to taste
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1) Peel and cut up avocado and cucumbers.
2) In a food processor or blender, place the avocado, cucumbers, broth, half-and-half, herb and lime juice.
3) Blend until mixture is smooth.
4) Season to taste. Refrigerate, covered, until chilled.
5) If soup gets too thick, add more milk or broth.
6) Sprinkle each cup with green onions and tomatoes before serving, and/or garnish with mint sprigs. Recipe by Rain
Chilled Strawberry-Mint Soup – Makes 2 servings
1 1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
3/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves
Fresh strawberry slices, kiwi fruit slices, or fresh mint sprigs
- In a food processor or blender, place the strawberries, sour cream, heavy cream, orange juice, and honey; whirl until smooth.
- Stir in mint.
- Taste for sweetness; if necessary, add more honey.
- Refrigerate until well chilled.
- To serve, put into cold soup bowls and top with strawberry slices, kiwi fruit slices, or mint sprigs..
Recipe courtesy of Monica Resinger, editor of Creative Home and Gardening. For more recipes and information, visit Monica at http://www.geocities.com/plantldy.geo © 2001, Monica Resinger, adapted by Anja 2009