Daily Stuff 8-25-13 Opiconsivia

Hi, folks!

NaSoD frame tile thumbIt’s only 52F, and quite foggy as it’s getting light. It doesn’t seem to have been raining.

Tempus doesn’t think either of us are over whatever “ick” we came down with. I had a lot of trouble waking up yesterday and after an hour or so had to go take a nap…a long nap…and right at the tail end of the day I conked out again! He was having trouble keeping going, too. Mid-day we were busy with customers, and we both had paperwork-type tasks, and we got a lot done, but the day seemed to pass in a haze. …not counting the fog that rolled in and out several times. 🙂

Nature Abhors a Vacuum thumbnailI got another needlebook cover finished. It’s the new bee design.

Tempus and I also re-set the cauldrons and horns up front. He worked on getting the small lights going again, too. We’re going to have to replace all of the twinkle lights, but the small candles in the two candle lanterns (still for sale, btw) and the light in the salt lamp (the orangey glow in the window) were still fine, just unplugged…. now who would have unplugged them and why?

Nature abhors ss tee thumbI got a lot of stuff entered into the inventory file and lots of the small things, oneses and twoses, sorted out and put where they go, but never got to the stained glass. That’s going to have to be this afternoon.

As we were closing up, the sky was getting very pink, and we stopped several times to look. By the time we were home, Venus was glimmering in the West, just above the cloud line.

purp pent cap thumbWe ate supper and then Tempus crashed. I was sleepy, but I wanted to get a bit of blog time in. I went out after a bit to see if I could spot the nova in the Dolphin, but it had already clouded up. <sigh>

I made a batch of cherry/nutmeg shortbread, just about last thing before heading for bed, with a book, a mug of hot chocolate and some of the shortbread. Lovely way to end the day…. Yes, I know, too much sugar… 🙂

Cafe Coffe cap thumbToday the young folks will be there for the Wicca 101 class. I’m pretty sure that Brea will be in this week. Later, Tempus and I need to work on the stained glass and then he needs to pull boxes so we can sort things. 

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opiconsivia feastToday’s feast is the Opiconsivia, Roman Empire, a harvest festival of the goddess Ops Consiva, ‘Lady Bountiful the Planter’, whose shrine was in the Regia at Rome. This is one of the series of Roman harvest feasts in this month. Originally a Sabine goddess, Ops (‘plenty’, from which we get the word ‘opulent’) was a fertility deity and earth-goddess in Roman mythology, associated with Bona Dea (the ‘Good Goddess’). Her husband was Saturn, or Consus, perhaps in an aspect of Saturn. Ops was worshipped under the name of Consivia today by the Vestal Virgins, who opened a special room filled with sacred objects to perform their rites to ensure the fertility of the earth. Today only the Vestals and one of the pontifices could be present. Because her abode was in the earth, she was invoked by worshippers while they were seated and touching the ground. Both Ops and Consus were deemed chthonian (infernal) deities which made the vegetation grow. On August 10, a festival took place in her honour, and the Opalia was held on December 19. For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opiconsivia

150px-Husband_and_wife_trees_-_BlackthornToday’s Plant is Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa, sometimes called “sloe”, wish-thorn or faery tree. The blossoms, the fruits and the crimson sap display the three colors of the Great Goddess: white, black, and red. The dangerous long spikes and the red “blood” that flows in the veins of this tree enhance the dramatic effect of Her symbolism. Blackthorns are sacred to the Luantishees, which are Blackthorn Fairies who guard the trees. It makes great walking sticks, such as shillelaghs. The fruit and leaves contain Vitamin C, organic acids, tannins, and sugars. Otzi, the “Iceman” had fruits in his stomach, even though they’re pretty bitter for food. Good wines and liqueurs are made from the fruits. Steep the flowers for a diuretic, tonic, and laxative. Dried fruits can treat bladder, kidney and stomach ailments. Boil the leaves for a mouthwash or to sooth the throat from tonsillitis or laryngitis. – Feminine, Saturn, Earth – Blackthorn symbolizes the inevitability of Death, Good in magicks of protection and revenge, strife and negativity, the balance between light and darkness. The staves cane help in exorcism, to make wishes, in divination and general protection magicks. Being a plant that’s bad to tangle with it also symbolizes not only death and the conquering of death, but the wisdom gained in life and beyond life and can be used in magicks for the gaining of such wisdom. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_spinosa

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Love & Light, 


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Gibbous moonThe 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 New Moon on 9/5 4:36am. 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 8/28 at 2:35 AM.

Astro Constellation SagittariusWhenever bright Vega shines highest overhead, as it’s doing after dark this week, you know that Sagittarius, rich in deep-sky objects, is at its highest and best in the south. Do your observing here early before the Moon rises around 10.

Astro mercuryMercury is hidden in the glare of the Sun. Jupiter is the brightest object in the morning sky all month. As the month begins, three planets, Jupiter, Mars and Mercury, are all gathered together in Gemini. Jupiter stays in Gemini all month, while the others move off into Cancer.

Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1 – Coll – (CULL), hazel
Rune Runic Month 16 Ansuz Os AsRunic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the worldRunic half-month of Raidho/Rad 8/29-9/12 – Denotes the channeling of energies in the correct manner to produce the desired results. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 102

Sun in LeoSun in Virgo
Moon in AquariusMoon in Aries enters Taurus at 6:13am
Uranus, Chiron, Juno, Neptune and Pluto Retrograde
Color:  GAmber

Planting 8/25-27


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Coll/Hazel – Aug 5 – Sep 1 –  – Coll – (CULL) – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Hazel celtic tree month CollColl – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Month: July
Color: Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.


WavesTides for Alsea Bay
Day        High       Tide    Height   Sunrise     Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low       Time      Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
Su  25     High   4:04 AM     6.7   6:31 AM     Set 11:53 AM      82
~    25      Low  10:04 AM     1.0   8:04 PM    Rise 10:24 PM
~    25     High   4:16 PM     7.7
~    25      Low  10:54 PM     0.4


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Wiki – If I could change one thing about my spouse/lover, what would I change?



~   The faith that moves mountains always carries a pick. – Anonymous
~   Nature does nothing in vain. – Aristotle
~   Lastly, this: we teach what we believe to be true, and we teach around what we refuse to see. What do we hide from ourselves, and how are we teaching it to our students?” – Asher Bey (from Guru’s Handbook blog)
~   You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true. – Richard Bach

Such a large hand,
That hand across my face
Hiding me, blocking my sight…
From what things I refuse to see?

I can’t always wear a hood
But can draw my disguise around me
Like a cloak of fat or plain-ness;
While my true self scouts out

Who is safe to be with
Who is not,
Who could physically harm me
Who would not, and
When it’s safe to come out of hiding.

I disappeared in a class
In a group, while meditating…
I could hear them calling for me
Some couldn’t see me, and
Some could see through me to the wall.

Sometimes I would like to float around
On the astral plane, just observing;
Not having to bother with
The corporeal world
Or put up with the usual crap.

© Copyright 1/22/08 ,Beth Clare Johnson, (Mystic Raven)


mabon dividerMagick – Mabon

1 cup sugar
2tbsp butter
1 cup milk
2 cup flour
2 tsp  Baking powder
2 tsp  Cinnamon
1/4tsp         salt

2 cup Brown sugar
2tbsp butter
1 TSP          CINNAMON

1.       Mix cake ingredients together and pour into a greased 13 x 9″ baking pan.
2.       Combine topping ingredients in a saucepan.
3.       Bring to a boil.
4.       Pour over cake batter.
5.       Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Serves 12. Good with ice cream or cool whip.
Adapted from Dana 2002
Tip: You can use nutmeg instead of cinnamon or 1 tsp ground ginger instead. Grate nutmeg on top or use candied ginger, too.

Double Baked Caramel Pears – Just as tasty as they sound – From, “California Sizzles…Easy and Distinctive for a Vibrant Lifestyle,” published in cooperation with your Daily Inbox Newsletter.

3 large ripe firm Bartlett pears, peeled, cored and split lengthwise
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 Tablespoons dark rum
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
13 square caramels
1 teaspoon dark rum
Cooking juices from pears
Vanilla ice cream

3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
1 to 2 teaspoons rose water

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In an 8-inch square baking pan, arrange pears, cut side down with tops pointing toward center.  Set aside.
2.  Combine brown sugar, 2 Tablespoons rum, lemon juice and butter in microwaveable dish.  Heat on high in microwave until butter is melted, about 30 seconds.  Brush mixture over pears.
3.  Bake, uncovered, until pears are just tender, 20-25 minutes, brushing with pan juices 2 times during baking.  Reserve pan juices.  (Pears can be baked 1 day ahead, covered and refrigerated; let come to room temperature before reheating.)
4.  Melt caramels with 1 teaspoon rum and pan juices in deep microwaveable dish on medium (50 percent power) in microwave for 1 – 1-1/2 minutes, stirring twice.  Watch carefully to avoid scorching.  Stir until smooth.
5.  Cut pear halves lengthwise into quarters.  Pour sauce evenly over pears. Bake uncovered at 300 degrees until heated through, about 12 minutes. Spoon caramel sauce over pears once during reheating.
6.  To serve, arrange 3 pear quarters in individual dessert dishes.  Top with scoops of vanilla ice cream.  Spoon caramel sauce over ice cream.

Copyright 1999 by The Junior League of Pasadena, Inc.  All rights reserved.  Visit The Junior League of Pasadena website (http://www.jrleaguepasadena.org/pasadena/index.jsp) to purchase copies of California Sizzles and other fine cookbooks, or call their cookbook hotline at (626) 796-0162.

Mabon Wine Moon Cider
4 cups apple cider
4 cups grape juice
2 cinnamon sticks, 4 inches long
1 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. whole cloves
additional cinnamon sticks for cups, 6 inches long

In a 4 quart sauce pan, heat cider and grape juice. Add cinnamon,
allspice, and cloves. Bring it to a light boil, then lower heat, and
simmer for 5 minutes. serve with a ladle from a cauldron. makes 8 cups.
MOONCRAFTS online newsletter vol. 36


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – What’s another name for Irish sunblock…? – A pub.

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