I 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.
We 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.
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.
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, margaritacea, 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
May 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 not 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
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
The 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.
Tuesday, 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.
Mercury (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
Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year.
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Celtic 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.
Saille – Willow Ogam letter correspondences
Color: listed only as bright
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life
to study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Yellow Gold
Meaning: Information that could change your life
Tides 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
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I do my best to help create a loving, harmonious world.
~ 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)
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!]
Famous 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
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
Cherry 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
- 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
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350, liberally butter a ceramic or glass baking dish (preferably round or oval)
- In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk and cream. Add salt, pepper, and flour, whisk until just combined.
- Place tomatoes into buttered baking dish, spread evenly. Pour custard mixture over top.
- Dot with goat cheese. Bake in oven until puffed and lightly browned, about 30-35 minutes.
- 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.
Serves 4| Hands-On Time: 15m| Total Time: 40m
- 1 9-inch store-bought refrigerated rolled piecrust
- 2 15-ounce jars whole onions, drained, patted dry, and chopped
- 1/4 cup pitted black olives, such as niçoise, sliced
- 1 2-ounce can flat anchovies, drained (optional)
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan (2 ounces)
- 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.
- Spread the onions and olives over the dough. Top with the anchovies, if desired, and sprinkle with the Parmesan.
- Bake until the crust is golden brown and crisp, 25 to 28 minutes.