When it cleared during the night the temperature dropped to 46F! It’s 56F, now, a little high cloud with some bits of fog and only a bare chance of rain until this evening…and then it’s just a chance, not a certainty. …and there’s a par of goldfinches on the feeder. That’s a nice way to start the day.
Yesterday was long, but a lot happened. I got the classroom ready and then no one was in for the workshops or the demonstration, so I just kept working on things. I made a couple of herbal candles (that went away during the afternoon) cut some spoon blanks, did a little carving and finished a fork and by then Tempus was heading up to the house to work on a piece of yard equipment.
We had a lot of people in during the day and I eventually had to call him to come back down because I did a pair of readings. He starting carving on another bone needle and got so addicted to working on ’em that at 7:30 when I was more than ready to head home I had to pluck it out of his fingers and put it away!
I worked on my apron between customers and while I was talking with people later in the day. I’ve gotten one and a half seams stitched of the 2 long ones. There are two more short ones , but those come after the cartridge pleating and hemming. I’m doing the thing by hand….
Today we have Wicca 101 in the morning and then the afternoon is the Project Day activities, which are supposed to include block printing.
Today’s Plant is Cittim Bark (Cascara), Rhamnus purshiana. It is a potent laxative and has been used for that for centuries. – Masculine, Saturn, Earth – Sprinkle an infusion of this around the home before legal proceedings, to help you win your case. It is used in money spells and worn in a brown cloth amulet will protect again evil influences and hexes. It can be sewn into a poppet to attract those influences away from you, but place this outside at night, especially. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascara_Sagrada
Today is both Towel Day, in honor of Douglas Adams Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Geek Pride Day, which is in honor of the first of the Star Wars movies, premiering on May 25, 1977. My Daddy and I were in the long line outside of the theater for that…. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geek_Pride_Day and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Towel_Day
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is in Hecate’s Brooch. 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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends on 5/27 at 2:40am.
Sunday, May 25, sunset – Mercury at greatest eastern elongation – About half an hour after sunset, look for Mercury low in the western sky, framed by Procyon and Jupiter to the left and Capella to the right. At dusk this evening, Mercury appears the same distance lower right of Jupiter and lower left of Capella.
Mercury is having its highest evening apparition of 2014 for skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes, though it fades this week from magnitude 0 to +1. As twilight deepens, look for it in the west-northwest to the lower right of bright Jupiter and lower left of Capella.
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. Runic Half-month of Othala/ Odal/Odel 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”..
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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
Su 25 Low 5:02 AM -0.1 5:39 AM Rise 3:55 AM 16
~ 25 High 11:10 AM 6.0 8:48 PM Set 5:48 PM
~ 25 Low 4:48 PM 1.6
~ 25 High 10:57 PM 8.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Do we take for granted? I would say alot of people do. You have to love whats in front of you, and keep memories of the ones we have lost. Unfortunately we all grow older everyday, and life can be short, I know, I have lost friends, family, and I think, what was the last thing I said to them and I hope I made some kind of impact on their life, even if it was a smile. So to all my friends and family, to those that care and love us, I do thank you, for your love, a smile, a thank you, or even a good laugh. I have alot of special people in my life, and thank you for being a part of it.
~ The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. – Albert Einstein
~ A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done. – Dwight Eisenhower
~ You don’t have to go looking for love when it’s where you come from. – Werner Erhard
~ All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people. – James A. Garfield (1831-1881) 20th US President
More important, I think, than who sits in the White House is who sits outside it. Whenever social injustices have had to be rectified, they were rectified not at the initiative of the president or Congress or the Supreme Court but because of social movements. – Howard Zinn; interview, The Boston Globe, November 14, 2004 – Wikiquote: Howard Zinn
Cauldron Cookies – http://www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/tigris/567/id20.htm Recipe by Gerina Dunwich
- 3/4 cup softened butter
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup finely chopped pecans
Cream the butter in a large cast-iron cauldron (or mixing bowl). Gradually add the brown sugar, beating well. Add the eggs, lemon juice, and rind, and then beat by hand or with an electric mixer until the mixture is well blended. The next step is to stir in the flour and pecans.
Cover the cauldron with a lid, aluminum foil, or plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.
When ready, shape the dough into one-inch balls and place them about three inches apart on greased cookie sheets. Bake in a 375-degree preheated oven for approximately eight minutes. Remove from the oven and place on wire racks until completely cool.
This recipe yields about 36 cookies which can be served at any of the eight Sabbats, as well as at Esbats and all other Witchy get-togethers.
(The above recipe for “Cauldron Cookies” is quoted directly from Gerina Dunwich’s book “The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch’s Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes”, page 167, A Citadel Press Book, Carol Publishing Group, 1994/1995)
Make a batch of Shortbread or Sugar Cookies, and give them lots of glittery sprinkles! When you go into the garden, or woods, share them with the fairies and the little ones. Here’s a recipe for shortbread followed by the method for decorating.
Irish Shortbread Cookies – Mrs Pearl Kells of “The Arches”, Drumyouth, Arva, Co. Cavan, Ireland.
Yield: 30 cookies
1cup butter, softened
1cup granulated sugar
2 cups white flour
1 teaspoon salt.
- Mix butter and sugar until well blended.
- Work in the flour and salt.
- If the dough is too dry, add 1 to 2 tablespoons more butter.
- Roll 1-inch thick on a slightly floured board.
- Cut into rectangles approximately 1-inch by 2-inches.
- Prick each rectangle with the tines of a fork.
- Bake at 350 degrees F. for 18 – 20 minutes.
Faery Cookie Decorations –
- Summer coating or chocolate (Wilton’s Candy Melts™ are a good option here)
- Edible glitter, colored sugar or raw sugar grains
- Optional – flower-shaped sprinkles or candies
- After cookies are cooled enough to handle, fill a two cup microwave-safe measure ½-way with the chocolate or summer coating.
- Fill a saucer with the glitter, etc.
- Fill another saucer with the sprinkles or candies.
- Melt chocolate, etc. in the microwave, one minute at a time, stirring each time with a heat-proof spoon. It may take 3-5 minutes for the chocolate to be completely melted.
- Dip each cookie end on quickly into the melted chocolate, then immediately press one side into the glitter and the other into the sprinkles. If you have candies instead, pick one up and hold it to the cookie. If it doesn’t stick, dip it into the chocolate and quickly press into the cookie.
- Let cool thoroughly and store in fridge (or cooler) until serving.
Herbal Lemon Cookies – author unknown
· 1 cup Butter or margarine
· 2 cups Sugar, divided
· 2 large Eggs
· 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
· 2 1/2 cups Flour
· 2 teaspoons Baking powder
· 1/4 teaspoon Salt
· 1/3 cup Lemon Grass / Lemon Balm / Lemon Basil chopped
1) Cream the butter and 1-3/4 cups sugar.
2) Add the eggs and vanilla.
3) Beat well.
4) Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and herbs.
5) Add to the creamed mixture and mix.
6) Drop dough by teaspoonfuls, 3 inches apart, on a greased cookie sheet.
7) Flatten slightly with a fork or cup bottom.
8) Sprinkle lightly with the remaining sugar.
9) Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until barely browned.
10) Cool slightly, then remove to a rack.
deborah <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
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Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2006 17:21:06 -0000
Subject: [Hearth_Witch] Herbal Lemon Cookies