It’s 54F and quite humid. Everything is still, except for the little birds that have been off and on chewing on seed on the feeder. Every time I look up I see a different variety. It’s solidly overcast. I hope this will burn off and we’ll have sunshine this afternoon.
Long, long day, yesterday! Or rather it felt that way with me looking longingly at the sunshine outside, but needing to get things done, instead. The sun came out as I was rolling down the hill towards town and the bay was already blue. I got things open and started in with inventorying some of the new stuff for a display that we’ll have up, starting later this week. There are already some new candleholders and *where* was my head that I wasn’t taking pictures?
Well, I guess I was making jewelry. I got going on some of the new supplies. We now have some nicely caged small stone necklaces like garnet, sodalite, bloodstone and hematite. I also did some “empty” cage necklaces, so you can cage your own. These are *small*, I should stress, less than 1/2 inch diameter!
I also did some cleaning, mending a small table (you know the one we put the fans on? A couple of kids were horsing around and it lost a leg) and putting some things away, sorting in my jewelry supplies and so on. There were a lot of folks in and out, mostly just browsing.
Tempus was in and out, running errands, shopping and he took our elderly friend shopping, too. When he got back, I had just finished up a set of readings, (I closed on-time to do so) and he finished closing up and got the stuff into the car that needs to be washed.
11am – Herbs – Preparing and drying rosemary and uses
12am – Crystals – Jasper and Agate
3pm – Sewing – Cutting out without a pattern
This is kinda neat….
Today’s plant is Shore Pine, Pinus contorta, var. contorta. It’s a tough tree well suited to stand up to the coastal winds. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinus_contorta More on the coastal ecology here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_Coast#Terrestrial_ecology Pine’s magick is: Male, Mars, Air – Healing, fertility, protection, money, burn to cleanse a house, changing negative energy to positive, or use boughs for purification baths/sweats.
Today’s Feast is that of Dea Dia, a fertility goddess of Rome, whose worship was so old, even then, that the Carmen Arvale, Her sacred chant, wasn’t understood! She was probably an aspect of Ceres, in some way. Her priests were the Fratres Arvales (Brothers of the Fields) who were from Patrician families (traditionally the emperor was one) who were responsible for the worship of the “closer in” guardian deities of flocks, fields, home and ancestors. More on the priests here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fratres_Arvales on the Lares here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lares and on the chant here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmen_Arvale
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The 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 5/28 at 11:40am. 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 5/21 at 5:59am.
<< Arcturus shines high in the southeast these nights. Vega shines much lower in the northeast. Look a third of the way from Arcturus to Vega for dim little Corona Borealis >>, the Northern Crown, with its one modestly bright star, Alphecca or Gemma. Two thirds of the way from Arcturus to Vega glimmers the dim Keystone of Hercules. Continue on down past Vega, and you hit Cygnus.
Mercury (about magnitude 0) is having its highest evening apparition of 2014 for skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes. As twilight fades, look for it in the west-northwest far to the lower right of bright Jupiter and lower left of Capella. Mercury loses some of its brightness this week.
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.
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Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers – Color: Purple – Class: Peasant – Letter: H – Meaning: Being held back for a period of time – Hawthorn – Like willows, hawthorns have many species in Europe, and they are not always easy to tell apart. All are thorny shrubs in the Rose family (Rosaceae), and most have whitish or pinkish flowers. The common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna Jacq.) and midland hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata (Poiret) DC.) are both widespread. They are common in abandoned fields and along the edges of forests. Both are cultivated in North America, as are several native and Asiatic hawthorns. Curtis Clark
Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 17 High 2:20 AM 8.4 5:47 AM Set 8:36 AM 94
~ 17 Low 9:21 AM -1.6 8:39 PM Rise 11:43 PM
~ 17 High 3:55 PM 6.8
~ 17 Low 9:20 PM 2.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There are two classes of people–those who have ulcers and those who give them. Which would you rather be?
~ The torment of human frustration, whatever its immediate cause, is the knowledge that the self is in prison, its vital force and ‘mangled mind’ leaking away in lonely, wasteful self-conflict. – Elizabeth Drew (1935- ) US journalist
~ If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor. – Albert Einstein
~ Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. – William Faulkner (1897-1962) US writer
~ An unattended mind is the breeding ground of self-defeat. – Guy Finley
Poem: “Map” by Gary Snyder, from Left Out in the Rain. © Shoemaker & Hoard. Reprinted with permission.
A hill, a farm,
A forest, and a valley.
Half a hill plowed, half woods.
A forest valley and a valley field.
Sun passes over;
Two solstices a year
Cow in the pasture
A farmhouse built of wood.
A forest built on bones.
The high field, hawks
The low field, crows
Wren in the brambles
Frogs in the creek
Hot in summer
Cold in snow
The woods fade and pass.
The farm goes on.
The farm quits and fails
The woods creep down
Stocks fall you can’t sell corn
Big frost and tree-mice starve
Who wins who cares?
The woods have time.
The farmer has heirs.
Baked Spinach Dip Loaf – A crusty round sourdough loaf provides dippers and the serving bowl for this popular snack. From Frieda Meding: Trochu, Alberta. Recipe published in Taste of Home February/March 2002. Yield: 18 servings
Community Recipe from psfreeman
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes
- 2 8-ounce package(s) cream cheese (softened or cubed), softened $
- 1 cup(s) mayonnaise
- 1 10-ounce package(s) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- 1 cup(s) (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 8-ounce can(s) water chestnuts, drained and chopped
- 5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
- 1 green onion, chopped
- 2 teaspoon(s) dill weed
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon(s) seasoned salt
- 1/8 teaspoon(s) pepper
- 1 unsliced round loaf (1 pound) sourdough bread
- Raw vegetables
- • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and mayonnaise. Stir in the spinach, cheese, water chestnuts, bacon, onion and seasonings.
- • Cut a 1-1/2-in. slice off top of the bread; set aside. Carefully hollow out bottom, leaving a 1/2-in. shell. Cube removed bread and set aside. Fill the shell with spinach dip; replace top. Wrap in heavy-duty foil; place on a baking sheet.
- • Bake at 375° for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until dip is heated through. Open foil carefully. Serve warm with bread cubes and vegetables. Yield: 4-1/2 cups.
prep: 15 min
total: 50 min
Servings total: 4-1/2 cups or 36 servings, 2 Tbsp. each
What You Need
- 1-1/2 cups KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese, divided
- 1 can (1 lb. 3 oz.) asparagus spears, drained, chopped
- 1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained
- 1 can (8-1/2 oz.) artichoke hearts, drained, chopped
- 1 tub (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Chive & Onion Cream Cheese Spread
- ½ cup KRAFT Real Mayo Mayonnaise
- HEAT oven to 375ºF.
- MIX 1-1/4 cups Parmesan with all remaining ingredients.
- SPOON into 2-qt. baking dish; top with remaining Parmesan.
- BAKE 35 min. or until dip is heated through and top is lightly browned.
Serving Suggestion – Serve with WHEAT THINS Original Snacks or assorted cut-up fresh vegetables.
This basic sauce is very versatile. It can be served on top of steamed vegetables (like cauliflower or broccoli) or as a topping for many other foods such as pork chops or french fries.
Try adding other flavorings, such as salsa for a Mexican flair to pour over nachos or bacon bits to top baked potatoes. Can also be served as a hot dip.
You can adjust to your taste by adding mild or extra sharp cheddar cheeses. Other good cheeses to experiment with include smoked cheddar and pepper jack.
This sauce makes a good replacement for melted Velveeta.
- 1 cup cold milk
- 1 tablespoon Corn Starch
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Step 1 – Mix cold milk and corn starch in a small sauce pan.
Step 2 – Heat until it boils, then reduce to a slow simmer, then add the butter.
Step 3 – Stir in the cheddar cheese and keep stirring until fully integrated and smooth.