It’s lovely out, all bright sunshine and golden green leaves, a nice breeze, tiny birds all over the feeder and even with the window wide open I’m not sneezing. Maybe the broom is most of the way through blooming! It’s also 61F. I keep getting distracted by little flashes of yellow zipping around on the porch. The grosbeaks stopped by earlier, but these little ones are goldfinches. The ocean temperature is up to 60 and that means I want to go swim…..
Mondays are always long because of the class at the end of the day. I didn’t manage any actual sewing, but sorted fabrics for small pouches and did some cutting out, but we had a lot of people in, yesterday. I was pretty busy! Later in the afternoon I sorted out some boxes of stuff, cleaned up a few pieces of wooden utensils and wood buttered them. At least I could do that last and still talk to folks out front. I also started roughing out another pair of spoons, but got stopped because it was time for class!
The Wicca 101 group has finished Lesson 4 and we’ll be starting next week with creation stories. We closed up a little early because my voice was going and I was having trouble sitting. I was on my feet too much on Sunday. I ended up working on blog stuff for the rest of the evening.
Today Tempus has already run some errands in Newport and he’s going to be helping another friend with chores. We need to finish some things in the kitchen and I am hoping for help with scrubbing some stuff that we’ve gotten in for stock, that had been stored badly. We’re trying to put an “SCA corner” together. Of course there’s newsletter prep and house chores and I want to get out to the garden… I guess I’d better get started!
Flowering fern [Royal fern], Osmunda regalis, is today’s plant, dedicated to Saint Osmund. Osmunda regalis belongs to the oxymoronically named flowering fern family, so called because the densely-clustered sporangia resemble flowers. It is said by some to be one of the most handsome European ferns, hence the name. It is widely distributed in Europe, Asia and North America. The ‘Royal Fern’ is also known as the ‘Queen Flower’. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osmunda_regalis (pictures are the American variety of this fern)
According to Slavic mythology, the sporangia – called ‘Perun’s flowers’ – have assorted magical powers, such as giving their holders the ability to defeat demons, fulfil wishes, unlock secrets, and understand the language of trees. However, collecting the sporangia is a difficult and frightening process. In earlier traditions, they had to be be collected on Kupala night; later, after the arrival of Christianity, the date is changed to Easter eve. Either way, the person wanting to collect Perun’s flowers must stand within a circle drawn around the plant and withstand the taunting or threats of demons.
Today’s feast is for Mjölnir, the god Thor’s marvelous hammer. The Prose Edda says that with it Thor:
… would be able to strike as firmly as he wanted, whatever his aim, and the hammer would never fail, and if he threw it at something, it would never miss and never fly so far from his hand that it would not find its way back, and when he wanted, it would be so small that it could be carried inside his tunic.
That’s awesome as a tool, let alone a weapon! Today was the day when ritual contests were held in the old Norse traditions, trial by combat, or bardic competitions. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mj%C3%B6lnir There’s a marvelous article about the Viking Raids into Europe and what caused them, here: http://freya.theladyofthelabyrinth.com/?page_id=483
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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.
As the stars come out, Saturn in the southeast, Vega in the northeast, Capella in the northwest, and Procyon in the west-southwest are all at about the same altitude (as seen from about 40° north latitude).
Wednesday, May 21, 8:59 a.m. EDT – Last Quarter Moon – The Last Quarter Moon rises around 1:30 a.m. and sets around 1:15 p.m. It is most easily seen just after sunrise in the southern sky.
Jupiter (magnitude –1.9, in Gemini) shines brightly in the west in twilight, under Pollux. It sinks during the evening and sets around midnight. In a telescope Jupiter has shrunk to 34″ across its equator.
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
Tu 20 High 5:01 AM 7.0 5:44 AM Rise 1:11 AM 69
~ 20 Low 11:55 AM -0.5 8:42 PM Set 12:04 PM
~ 20 High 6:39 PM 6.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Gardening Rule: When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.
~ I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
~ My personal philosophy is not to undertake a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible. – Edwin Land
~ There are no answers, only cross-references. – Weiner’s Law of Libraries
~ Even when freshly washed and relieved of all obvious confections, children tend to be sticky. – Fran Lebowitz
Man is ignorant and blind, and he wants to remain ignorant and blind, because to come inwards looks like entering a chaos. And it is so; inside you have created a chaos. You have to encounter it and go through it. Courage is needed – courage to be oneself, and courage to move inwards. I have not come across a greater courage than that – the courage to be meditative. – Osho
Solstice Herb Bread – http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/7039/AshlinCB.html
3 C. flour
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 pkg. dry active yeast
2 tbsp. chopped fresh chives
2 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
1 tsp. fresh thyme
1 1/4 C. hot water
2 tbsp. Crisco
- Mix 2 cups of the flour, sugar, salt and yeast in a large bowl.
- Add herbs, water, and Crisco.
- Beat slowly, stirring in remaining cup of flour until smooth.
- Scrape batter from sides of bowl and let rise in a warm place for 35 minutes or until it doubles in bulk.
- Punch down and beat with a spoon for about 15 seconds.
- Place dough in a greased loaf pan, patting down and forming a loaf shape with your hands.
- Cover and let rise again for about 30 minutes or until it again doubles in bulk.
- Bake at 375 for 40-45 minutes.
- Brush top with butter or margarine and remove from pan to cool.
BUTTERMILK SCONES – <firstname.lastname@example.org>
3 cups Flour
1/3 cup Sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
3/4 teaspoon Salt
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 cup Buttermilk
3/4 cup Currants
1 teaspoon Grated Orange Rind
1 Tablespoon Heavy Cream
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Tablespoons Sugar
1) Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2) Use an ungreased baking sheet. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl.
3) Stir well with a fork to mix and fold air into batter.
4) Add the butter and cut into the flour mixture, using a pastry blender or two knives, or work in, using your fingertips, until the mixture looks like fresh bread crumbs.
5) Add the buttermilk, currants and orange rind.
6) Mix only until the dry ingredients are moistened.
7) Gather the dough into a ball and press so it holds together.
8) Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface.
9) Knead lightly 12 times.
10) Pat the dough into a circle 1/2-inch thick.
11) In a small bowl combine the cream, cinnamon and sugar; stir to blend.
12) Brush the dough with the glaze.
13) Cut the dough into 18 pie-shaped pieces.
14) Place the scones 1 inch apart on the baking sheet.
15) Bake for about 12 minutes or until the tops are browned.
16) Serve hot with Orange Honey Butter.
MORNING SUNSHINE MUFFINS – Makes 12 muffins.
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. double-acting baking powder
½ tsp. salt
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp. melted butter
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup chopped dates
2 tbsp. marigold petals, chopped
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
- In a separate bowl beat eggs.
- Mix in butter, milk, dates and marigold petals.
- Add wet ingredients to dry, mixing just enough to evenly moisten.
- Spoon mixture into greased muffin tins, filling halfway.
- Bake for 15 to 20 min., or until tops are lightly browned.
- Delicious served with marigold butter.