Yesterday seemed very long and that I didn’t get much done….but that wasn’t the case. We just about flew out the door, because I had dozed off and when Tempus woke me it was past 9. Brea was already at the shop and we talked a little and then she took the young folks in for class while I did some handfasting counseling with one couple.
Partway through, Carl Neal showed up and he wandered around checking how to work the interview stuff and then sat in on what I was doing (with the couple’s permission, of course.)
…and then I looked up and shrieked, flew out of my chair and threw myself at Fawkes! I hadn’t seen him since December. Life’s just been too insane for either of us to visit and with offset schedules, it’s just been too hard. He didn’t get to stay all that long, a couple of hours, but it was good to see each other.
…and I have to re-take several stock pictures. The ones for today are the turquoise nugget pendants and the selenite sphere, hearts & handstone.
We did the interview. That was interesting. I’ll have to put the link in here tomorrow for Carl’s program because I forgot the promo material. It’s for public access TV, but they also go up on youtube.
Eventually, I got around to making the stuff for the rose beads. I didn’t form them, yet. I decided to let them sit overnight to let the gum arabic soak up more of the liquid. They’re an experiment. So we’ll see what they look like today.
Today we both need to catch up on some things. There’s mail and phone calls and orders and filing. The shop needs a bit of tidying after the weekend and a couple of projects need to be finished up and a couple of others taken the rest of the way, like the two pouches that need drawstrings and making more rattail packets.
Today’s feast is the Ludi Piscatorii, the day of the fishermen, in honor of Father Tiber, the Tiber River in Italy. (although Wikipedia has it as 6/7…) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludi_Piscatorii It is also the day of St. Botolph, according to Nigel Pennick, who is an English saint, patron of travelers and fishermen. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Botolph Fishing has been a main source of food since the neolithic and the first permanent settlements, such as those at Lepensky Vir (7000BCE or so) were based on fishing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lepenski_Vir
Today’s Plant is the Primrose, Primula vulgaris. This plant, because it ia easily grown, but easily killed, is very popular at garden centers. Even our local grocery and Fred Meyer’s have racks of them outside in February and March. They’re often given as inexpensive gifts for Valentine’s, Easter, and Mothers’ Day. Both flowers and leaves are edible, the flavor ranging between mild lettuce and more bitter salad greens. The leaves can also be used for tea, and the young flowers can be made into primrose wine. – Feminine, Venus, Earth, Freya – grow blue and red ones to protect against reverses of fortune, yellow and pink to attract the small Fae. When worn, they attract the love of men, and can cure madness. If you dry them and sew them into a child’s pillow you will gain his undying respect and loyalty, but be sure that you deserve it, first! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primula_vulgaris
The shop opens at 11am today! 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 magick, 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 Full Moon on 6/22 at 4:32am. 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
The Moon this evening forms the end of a curving line with Spica and Saturn, counting to the Moon’s left. Look below the Moon for the four-star figure of Corvus.
Saturn (magnitude +0.4, in Libra) glows in the south to southwest during evening, with slightly dimmer Spica 12° to its right or lower right. Look almost as far to Saturn’s left or lower left for Alpha Librae. See our telescopic guide “Scrutinizing Saturn” in the May Sky & Telescope, page 50, or the shorter version on our website http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/home/See_Saturn_at_Its_Best_for_2013-204872681.html
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree month of Duir/ Oak – Jun 10 – Jul 7 – The oak of myth and legend is the common oak (Quercus robur L.).
Runic half-month of Dagaz/ Dag, 6/14-6/28. – Beneficial rune of light, health, prosperity and openings, signifying the high point of the day and the high point of the year when in light and warmth all things are possible.
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Duir Oak – Jun 10 – Jul 7 – The oak of myth and legend is the common oak (Quercus robur L.). It is sometimes called the great oak, which is a translation of its Latin name (robur is the root of the English word “robust”). It grows with ash and beech in the lowland forests, and can reach a height of 150 feet and age of 800 years. Along with ashes, oaks were heavily logged throughout recent millennia, so that the remaining giant oaks in many parts of Europe are but a remnant of forests past. Like most other central and northern European trees, common oaks are deciduous, losing their leaves before Samhain and growing new leaves in the spring so that the trees are fully clothed by Bealltaine. Common oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America, as are the similar native white oak, valley oak, and Oregon oak. Oaks are members of the Beech family (Fagaceae). Curtis Clark
Duir – Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Meaning: Security; Strength
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 17 Low 1:48 AM 1.7 5:31 AM Set 1:23 AM 51
17 High 7:24 AM 4.9 9:03 PM Rise 2:37 PM
17 Low 1:20 PM 1.4
17 High 7:58 PM 7.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – As the sun shines upon you and the day draws to and end remember to reflect on what the day has meant, and remember to smile upon another to make their day feel bright, remember to laugh with a person so they know its meant from the heart.
Journal Prompt – Favorites – The following lines are from the poem “The Walrus and the Carpenter” by Lewis Carroll: ‘”The time has come.’ The Walrus said, To talk of many things: Of shoes—and ships—and sealing wax—Of cabbages—and kings—”‘ List all of your favorite things to talk about.
~ The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all. – Brian Perez
~ The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life. – Muhammad Ali
~ The test of any man lies in action. – Pindar
~ The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare. – Bobby Knight
Catechism for a Witch’s Child by J.L. Stanley
When they ask to see your gods
your book of prayers
show them lines
drawn delicately with veins
on the underside of a bird’s wing
tell them you believe
in giant sycamores mottled
and stark against a winter sky
and in nights so frozen
stars crack open spilling streams of molten ice to earth
and tell them how you drank
the holy wine of honeysuckle
on a warm spring day
and of the softness
of your mother
who never taught you
death was life’s reward
but who believed in the earth
and the sun
and a million, million light years
Magick – Litha Recipes
Peach Cobbler with Vanilla Ice Cream
In the 9″ x 13″ UNGREASED pan, layer the ingredients in this specific order:
20 ounce can of crushed pineapple, undrained
1 pound fruit of your choice
1 pound of peaches
box of cake mix
- Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes, until golden brown.
- Let stand until lukewarm.
- Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
- You can reheat individual cobbler servings for 1 minute in microwave.
- To reheat the whole pan, bake for 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
Lemon or Lime Ice Box Pie (Cracker Barrel copycat) – Rain Redknife – source: recipezaar.com — adapted by Rain
1 graham cracker crust
one 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup fresh lemon or lime juice
Zest of one lemon or lime
2 drops yellow or green food coloring
8 ounces Cool Whip or similar whipped topping
Mix sweetened condensed milk, half the zest, food color and juice, and beat on medium high speed until well blended.
Fold in 1/3 cup whipped topping.
1) Pour filling into crust
2) Carefully smooth remainder of whipped topping on top of lemon filling.
3) Garnish with a sprinkle of zest.
Place vanilla wafers around the edge of the pie; you can lay them flat or insert them edgewise..
4) Cover pie (the wafers keep the covering up off the topping) and freeze.
5) Pie may be kept in freezer for several days until ready to serve.
Take from freezer 10 minutes before serving.
GOOSEBERRY FOOL – <firstname.lastname@example.org>
4 cups Gooseberries
1/4 cup Water
2 cups Sugar
1) Cook gooseberries in water until done (or you may use the equivalent of canned gooseberries).
2) Mash gooseberries in blender or food processor.
3) Beat sugar into hot gooseberries.
4) Cool mixture in fridge or freezer
When cold, mix with stiffly whipped cream and pour into sherbet glasses for serving.
That’s W-I-M-M-I-N, and that’s not funny!