It’a clouded up and already 58F and not going to get very much warmer, or so says the computer weather forecast.
Yesterday started a little hectic. We had to rush harvesting some things from the gardens and skedaddle to the shop, knowing that there were going to be folks there for workshops. Tempus was really busy with customers, but he also made a little frame so that folks stop damaging the bumper stickers by folding them over. He also got the indoor plants watered and then opened the tumblers and rinsed them.
In Crystals we talked about the how and why of the rock tumblers and sorted the stones that were in them. We also re-loaded the agate one, still on 1st grit, but the jaspers went to 2nd grit. I *still* don’t have enough to run the small tumbler!
I got a nap for a bit and then it was time for Sewing Workshop. Just two of us again, but I finished needlebook cover #8.
After that Tempus and I got the rest of the books, except for the ones that I have to make decisions on, put out on the shelves and then tried again to find the box of altar cloth blanks. This is really frustrating. I *have* about 30 of ’em cut, shrunk and ready to hem, but darned if we can find ’em…and I had them just before I messed up the sewing machine, too….Urk.
Around 7pm the clouds started to roll in and it dropped 10 degrees in an hour. It was almost dark by 8:30. We went home, got supper and crashed pretty early.
Today’s Feast is that of Damo, daughter of Pythagoras. The story goes that he willed her all his writings and knowing their worth, she taught from them instead of selling them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damo_(philosopher) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pythagoreanism
Today’s plant is Wild ginger, Asarum caudatum – This is a different plant from the one usually used in magick, but has only slightly different properties. This is related to black pepper, kava and birthwort. – Masculine, Mars, Fire – This is used for “heating up” spells. While standard ginger is used in money, love, success and power spells, Wild Ginger is mostly used to add power, rather than on its own. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asarum_caudatum
The shop opens, officially at 11am, but we’ll be there earlier because of class! 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 Full. 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 Tide Change on 7/22 at 11:16am. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 7/23 at 11:16pm.
Sunday, July 21, dusk – Regulus and Venus – Venus will pass just north of the bright star Regulus in Leo. As twilight fades away, spot Venus low in the west-northwest. Look 1¼° to its lower left for much fainter Regulus. Bring binoculars.
Saturn (magnitude +0.6, in Virgo) glows in the southwest after dusk, with Spica 12° to its lower right. Look about as far to Saturn’s left for fainter Alpha Librae. Just ½° above Saturn this week is dim Kappa Virginis, magnitude 4.3.
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree month of Tinne/Holly – Jul 8 – Aug 4 – Energy and guidance for problems to come.
Runic half-month of Uruz/ Ur, 7/14-28 According to Pennick Ur represents primal strength, a time of collective action. A good time for beginnings! Pennick, Nigel, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992
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Tinne Holly Jul 8 – Aug 4 – Tinne – (CHIN-yuh), holly – The holly (Ilex aquifolium L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (35 feet) in open woodlands and along clearings in forests. Hollies are evergreen, and stand out in winter among the bare branches of the deciduous forest trees that surround them. Hollies form red berries before Samhain which last until the birds finish eating them, often after Imbolc. The typical “holly leaf” is found on smaller plants, but toward the tops of taller plants the leaves have fewer spiny teeth. Hollies are members of the Holly family (Aquifoliaceae). The common holly is often cultivated in North America, as are hybrids between it and Asiatic holly species. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holly
Tinne – Holly Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Dark Grey
Meaning: Energy and guidance for problems to come
to study this month – Ioho – Yew – Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Dark Green
Letter: I, J, Y
Meaning: Complete change in life-direction or attitude. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taxus_brevifolia
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 21 Low 6:12 AM -1.7 5:52 AM Set 4:45 AM 94
~ 21 High 12:40 PM 6.5 8:53 PM Rise 7:54 PM
~ 21 Low 6:02 PM 2.0
~ 21 High 11:58 PM 8.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Sap from the maple tree flows faster before a rain shower.
~ Life flows so beautifully when you accept the situation and don’t resist ‘what is! – Sharon Tucker Caldararo
~ Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do. – Thomas Carlyle
~ To conquer without risk is to triumph without glory. – El Cid
~ Beauty is the greatest seducer of man. – Paulo Coelho
Each of us inevitable,
Each of us limitless —
Each of us with his or her
right upon the earth,
Each of us allow’d
the eternal purports
of the earth,
Each of us here
as divinely as any is here. – Walt Whitman (Leaves of Grass) Web version: www.panhala.net/Archive/Each_of_Us.html
Bake Corn Bread Sticks. You can find a cast-iron mold shaped like little ears of corn in kitchen supply shops. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. recipe taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel)
1 cup flour
1/2 cup corn meal
1/4 cup of sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup milk
1/4 cup shortening
Sift dry ingredients together, add eggs, milk, and shortening, and beat until smooth. Pour into molds and bake for 20-25 minutes.
Corn Bread Ear Sticks – Recipe by StormWing
Purchase an iron mold shaped like little ears of corn in flea markets or kitchen supply shops, or look in grandma’s kitchen wherever she keeps her bakeware – there just might be one there already! Grease lightly and preheat in a 425 degree oven. You will need:
3/4 cup Flour
3/4 cup Yellow Corn Meal
1/4 cup Sugar
3/4 teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 cup Milk (or Buttermilk if you prefer)
1/4 cup Shortening
Sift dry ingredients together. Add milk, eggs, shortening, and beat until smooth. Pour into preheated and greased molds and bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
From Miss Daney’s Folklore, Magic and Superstitions
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
3/4 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sifted powdered sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
Dash of salt
Optional powdered sugar
Instructions: Grease a 9-inch fluted tart pan or a shortbread mold. Stir together the flour and cornmeal. In another bowl, beat butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt on medium high until combined. Add the flour mix and beat. Put the dough into the pan and score into 12 wedges. Prick each piece with a fork three times, all the way through. (If you’re using a shortbread mold, don’t do this step.) Bake at 325º F for 25-30 minutes. Cool in the pan on a rack for 5 minutes.
Yield: 12 wedges
Source: Better Homes and Gardens, Christmas Cookies
Use for: Yule, Lughnasadh, Mabon
Spinach Pie Quesadilla – Provided by: Taste Editors – 35 mins total
I have my superhuman early-morning powers to thank for the simplicity and deliciousness of this Spinach Pie Quesadilla. I also have to give credit to eggs, though. Eggs allow me to feed myself even when there’s not much else in the fridge, and I always keep them handy—then, in the East Village apartment, and now, in the dream-to-reality Brooklyn one. In the two egg recipes that follow this one, I add eggs to pasta and to a mix of vegetables, and as with the quesadilla, they transform these simple staples into a satisfying meal. Of course eggs this good can and should feed more than one, if it’s an hour removed enough from breakfast that friends might actually want to join in.
Recipe from In the Small Kitchen by Cara Eisenpress and Phoebe Lapine/William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, 2011.
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/4 small onion, finely diced
- 2 scallions, sliced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- Pinch each of thyme, oregano, and cayenne
- 1 1/2 cups fresh spinach
- 1 small wrap or flour tortilla, 8-inch in diameter
- 1 large egg white
- 1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese, divided
- In a small nonstick pan, heat the oil. Add the onion and scallions and cook until soft, 3-4 minutes. Stir in the garlic, cooking a minute or two more until soft. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and the spices.
- Mix in the spinach and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove to a bowl and cool slightly. Use a wooden spoon to press out some of the liquid from the cooked spinach and drain.
- In another small bowl, whisk together the egg white, yogurt, and 1 tablespoon of feta. Add to the cooled spinach and mix until combined.
- Wipe out the pan, then brush it with about ¼ – ½ teaspoon olive oil or cooking spray.
- Over low heat, put the wrap or tortilla in the pan and sprinkle the remaining feta over one side of the wrap and get it to soften slightly. Turn the heat to medium and pour the egg-spinach mixture over the same half of the wrap, fold the other half over and cook on one side until the egg begins to firm up, 3-4 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side for 2-3 minutes, then cut into wedges and serve immediately.