Daily Stuff 5-6-14 Eyvind Kelve

weather Sunny brightIt’s 62F and bright sunshine. There’s some breeze, but I’m going to have to hunt out the sunblock, hats and all! The forecast is for partly cloudy, but I think they missed on that….. I was noticing this morning that the sun is falling in through the bath skylight right into the sink! The sun is so high in the sky, now, that instead of hitting the wall and mirror, or not even  shining directly through, it’s illuminating that whole vanity area during the late morning.motif plant flower rose redYesterday started all in a flurry. Tempus and I both curled up together not long after I got the newsletter out as he got back from his paper route. His phone rang within a couple of minutes and he had to run back to Newport, since one of the gated communities where they have a paper delivery had been locked up tight until 7am. When he was done with that I was sound asleep. I think I had only been conscious long enough to register what he was doing!

motif plant flower snowdropI got up and got dressed and started out the door, knowing that the 102 Intensive class was going to show up early (they always do…and did!) but I got stopped because he was making me an awesome breakfast. I got part of it hot, but only part…. <sigh> Homemade waffles with strawberries, dill scrambled eggs and sausage…. fit for the gods, not just a human, and actually even tasty cold….which was about 1/2 of it. 🙂 I finished it as we were getting class started.

motif plant flower tulip orange bulbWe started into class with 4 people. The Intensives are just that. We’re going to have about 16 hours to finish a 12 week course! The students are going to be doing a lot of reading and I’m going to be exhausted…. The day went very well, though. I’m *not* in the least surprised with this group. They’re attentive and thoughtful and have been doing some practicing on their own.

motif plant flower white trilliumThe 101 class in the evening went pretty well, too. We’re down to 3 students, the original number having whittled down over the weeks and we’re on lesson two, so now the rest wait for the next cycle.

When Tempus and I were coming home, the sun was long down and things were in deep twilight. The view from Crestline at the corner of Cedar was amazing. The Bay was a metallic blue, unruffled with the sea beyond Bayshore a deeper blue, getting deeper toward the horizon where it met a thick band of deeply grey/blue cloud with puffies all across the top. Bands of cloud with puffies alternated with clear sky right up over land, but all above was deep grey cloud with slightly lighter edges defining each. 53F.

motif plant flower yellow roseWe had the last of the parmesan chicken and turned in.

Today we have chores to do. Tempus is going to help our elderly friend run errands. I’m going to be working in the garden, at least some of the time, with Geurin, and then I have newsletters to set up.

Today’s Plant is Pearly Everlasting, Plant photo pearly everlasting Anapahlis_margaritaceamargaritacea, sometimes called Life-Everlasting. The “everlasting” part of the name comes from the fact that the flowers dry well and can be used as decorations during the winter month. There are a number of medicinal uses for this plant, particularly as poultices and often as a decoction added to a hot bag of some sort (iow, put it on a washcloth, warm and put a heating pad on top of that) for bruises, sprains and to the chest for bronchitis, among others – Feminine, Venus, Air – Add to spells that are long-term. Can be useful in a sachet/potpourri/amulet since the flowers will soak up essential oils and release the scent over time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaphalis_margaritacea
Feast 0506 Olav Tryggvason-svolderMay 6 is the day of Eyvind Kelve in Norse celebrations. Eyvind Kelve was a pagan martyr who was tortured and drowned on the orders of King Olaf Tryggvason for refusing to give up his pagan beliefs. Eyvind refused to convert. He was pricked with hot pins, had his fingers broken, his back scored and fruit and salt scrubbed into the wounds, and still refused to consent to baptism. He was deprived of food and sleep, and when he still refused, Olaf declared that if he would feast 0506 Sejdmennot take the waters of baptism, the waters would take him, and had him drowned. I guess pagans have our tortured martyrs, too…. …and the Law of Return at work, Olaf eventually drowned after a losing battle at sea.  According to Heimskringla’s account, king Olaf had practitioners of seiðr tied and left on a skerry at ebb. More on Olav here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olav_Tryggvason#Forcible_conversions That guy was a real piece of work!bA week later, Norwegians celebrate the Festival of the Midnight Sun, which pays tribute to the Norse sun goddess. This festival marks the beginning of ten straight weeks without darkness. In part from  http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/beltanemayday/p/Beltane_History.htm A tiny bit more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eyvind_Kelve

Beltane Pentacle

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Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waxing Quarter MoonThe Moon is at the Waxing Quarter at 8:15pm. 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 5/14 at 12:15pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 5/6 at 8:15pm. 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. Phase ends on 5/13 at 3:16am. 

Sidney_Hall_-_Urania's_Mirror_-_CancerTuesday, May 6, 11:15 p.m. EDT – First Quarter Moon – The First Quarter Moon rises around 12:15 p.m. and sets around 2:15 a.m (exactly so at 11:15 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time).. It dominates the evening sky shining in Cancer above the dim head of Hydra. Well to the Moon’s upper left is Regulus, forming the bottom of the Sickle of Leo.
Astro mercuryMercury (about magnitude –1.2) is emerging into view very low in the sunset. Look for it above the west-northwest horizon about 30 minutes after sundown. Binoculars help. Mercury will become a little higher and easier to spot each day.

Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Rune Runic Month 09 Lagu LaguzRunic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year. 

Sun in TaurusSun in Taurus
Moon in LeoMoon in Leo
Saturn, Mars, Pluto, Vesta,  and Ceres Retrograde
Color: Scarlet

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©2014 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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plant tree willow Celtic Tree Month Saille Salix_alba_MortonCeltic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12  The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions. Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.
plant coast willow celtic tree month saille Salix_hookeriana_USFWSSaille – Willow Ogam letter correspondences
Month: February
Color: listed only as bright
Class: Peasant
Letter: S
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life
celtic tree month saille furze ohnto study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Yellow Gold
Class: Chieftain
Letter: O
Meaning: Information that could change your life

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WavesTides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                    Visible
Tu   6      Low  12:16 AM     3.2   6:00 AM     Set  1:47 AM      37
~     6      High   5:45 AM     5.9   8:27 PM    Rise 12:24 PM
~     6      Low  12:43 PM     0.9
~     6      High   7:30 PM     5.9

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I do my best to help create a loving, harmonious world.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What if? – If you were principal of a school, what would you do?

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Quotes

~  You got to have is faith in yourself during those times when you’re not a winner. – Vince Lombardi
~  All people are born alike – except Republicans and Democrats. – Julius “Groucho” Marx (1890-1977) US comic, actor
~  The whole idea of motivation is a trap. Forget motivation. Just do it. – John C Maxwell
~  The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching  your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. – Benjamin E. Mayes

Left Washington, September 6, on a tour through Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Virginia … Absent nineteen days. Received every where heartily. The country is again one and united! I am very happy to be able to feel that the course taken has turned out so well. – Rutherford B Hayes (1822 – 1893), US president; Charles Richard Williams, ed., Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. III, p. 443, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922 – 1926), Diary (September, 1877)

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Pentacle of Elements
Magick – Recipes

I keep talking about pickled eggs. This is the recipe that I started with. Dziuginte Stickbait’s pickled eggs

My recipe is simple. I boil and peel some eggs and drop them in a jar with some beet juice (beets, too, sometimes). I add sliced onions, (sometimes, I add garlic, too), and then I cover the eggs with balsamic vinegar, adding sugar or honey, and salt until the mix tastes like I want my eggs to taste in the end. Sometimes, I cut the mix with water if the whole thing is seeming too vinegary to me. Then, I put the jar in the fridge and forget about it. The eggs are tasty after a couple of days and they get better with age. I’ll store the pickled eggs without refrigeration, and eat them, too, but I’m not sure this is really safe. [Anja’s note: probably not!]

shrimpFamous Red Lobster Shrimp Scampi
1 lb medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tablespoon pure olive oil
… 2 tablespoons garlic, finely chopped, more…it’s the law!
1 1/2 cups white wine that you like to drink, not the cheap swill
1/2 fresh lemon, Juice only
1 teaspoon italian seasoning, more you can take it
1/2 cup softened butter (careful…..you CAN use less)
1 tablespoon parsley
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
Directions:

1 Heat cast iron skillet and add olive oil.
2 Add shrimp and cook until tender and no longer translucent, reduce heat. Remove Shrimp and set aside.
3 Add garlic and cook 2-3 minutes. Do not allow garlic to brown – it will make it bitter.
4 Add white wine, and lemon juice.
5 Cook until wine is reduced by half. After it is reduced, add Italian seasoning.
6 Reduce heat to low, and add butter. If pan is too hot, the butter will separate.
7 Add shrimp back into sauce, add parsley, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
8 Sprinkle with grated Parmesan Cheese

Magick food ClafoutisCherry Tomato Clafoutis – Author Notes: I was inspired by some really gorgeous, dark red cherry tomatoes in the Greenmarkets the other day. They reminded me of, well, cherries, which led me t (…more)- Meredith Shanley

Serves 4 for lunch

  • 3eggs
  • 1/3cup whole milk
  • 1/3cup cream
  • 1/2cup flour
  • 1/2teaspoon salt
  • 1/4teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 12-14cherry tomatoes
  • 2ounces goat cheese

Herb “Salad”

  • 2handfuls fresh basil, chiffonade
  • 2handfuls fresh parsley, rough chop
  • 3tablespoons fresh tarragon, rough chop
  • 3tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
  • 2(drizzles around bowl) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1pinch salt
  • 3turns fresh cracked black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350, liberally butter a ceramic or glass baking dish (preferably round or oval)
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk and cream. Add salt, pepper, and flour, whisk until just combined.
  3. Place tomatoes into buttered baking dish, spread evenly. Pour custard mixture over top.
  4. Dot with goat cheese. Bake in oven until puffed and lightly browned, about 30-35 minutes.
  5. Once clafoutis is out of oven, toss together herb salad (make sure to do this at the last minute so the herbs are not wilted). Serve each slice of clafoutis topped with herb salad.

news french onion tartFrench Onion Tart

Serves 4| Hands-On Time: 15m| Total Time: 40m

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425° F. Line a 9-inch pie plate or a 9-inch fluted tart tin with a removable bottom with the piecrust.
  2. Spread the onions and olives over the dough. Top with the anchovies, if desired, and sprinkle with the Parmesan.
  3. Bake until the crust is golden brown and crisp, 25 to 28 minutes.

By Pilar Guzman , August, 2003 http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/french-onion-tart-00000000045802/index.html?xid=dailyrecnews-03-10-2014

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – funny black sheep

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