It’s 59F and overcast. It looks like it ought to be drippy, but there’s little chance of rain and it ought to clear up a bit later.
We got started at a decent time in the morning. I had the newsletter out by the time Tempus got up and it cleared up during the afternoon until it was a beautiful day. I ended up with a dratted migraine, though, so I couldn’t bear the light.
I got a little done on the computer and then did some needlepoint on plastic canvas for awhile. I’ve been making coasters for several years, more as something to keep my hands busy when I can’t think and when it’s too dim to do my usual embroidery than for use….although they do get used. …and then a nap and then a hot bath and I started to feel a bit more human.
Tempus worked in the kitchen for a large chunk of the day and we did a bread loaf for esbat….which then didn’t happen between work and such, so Tempus and I did one with just us, a garden sacrifice of bread and wine for the Fae who keep an eye on things, and water as a pure offering to Perun, an ancestral deity of my family.
Today the shop opens at 11. I’ll be by myself most of the day because Tempus is going to taking our elderly friend to a doctor’s appointment. I’ve got a lot to do with the baskets that came in on Monday and various photos that need to be done.
Today’s Plant is Cascade penstemon, or coast penstemon, Penstemon serrulatus. A member of the plantain family, this was used by the 1st nations peoples as a medicinal remedy for toothache. It’s common name, “Beardtongue” is because the flower appears to be sticking out it’s hairy tongue! It has a lovely flower, and is a semi-deciduous shrub, which usually is very short, unlike many shrubs. The tender shoots that the flowers grow on often get frost-nipped so only survive for a year or so, with the rest of the plant surviving below the level of surrounding plants, acting as a perennial ground-cover. – Feminine, Venus, Earth – Use for headaches, particularly headaches coming from tooth pain or infection by binding the herb with red wool and/or putting it into a red cloth pouch and bind to the head, or even put into your pillowcase at bedtime. You can put a leaf in your shoes to help with the effects of standing on them too long. Roots protect from snakebite and a bunch of the flowers will chase negativity away, particularly that coming from outside. Iow, it won’t do much for a bad mood…. More on Penstemon here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penstemon
Today’s feast is the Ambarvalia. Here’s what Wikipedia says, “Ambarvalia was a Roman agricultural fertility rite held at the end of May in honor of Ceres. At these festivals they sacrificed a bull, a sow, and a sheep, which, before the sacrifice, were led in procession thrice around the fields; whence the feast is supposed to have taken its name, ambio, I go round, and arvum, field. This sacrifice was called a suovetaurilia in Latin. These feasts were of two kinds, public and private. The private were solemnized by the masters of families, accompanied by their children and servants, in the villages and farms out of Rome. The public were celebrated in the boundaries of the city, and in which twelve fratres arvales walked at the head of a procession of the citizens, who had lands and vineyards at Rome. During the procession, prayers would be made to the goddess. The ambervale carmen was a prayer preferred on this occasion. The name “Ambarvalia” appears to be predominantly an urban designation. Roman farmers’ almanacs (menologia rustica) describe this only as segetes lustrantur (“crops are purified”). Scaliger, in his notes on Festus, maintains the ambarvalia to be the same as amburbium. Numerous other communities of the Italian peninsula enacted similar rites with different names.”
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is New. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 5/30 at 2:40am. 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 Full on 6/12 at 9:11pm.
Jupiter (magnitude –1.9, in Gemini) shines brightly in the west in twilight, lower left of Pollux and Castor. It sinks during the evening and sets around 11 or midnight. Jupiter is on the far side of the Sun from us; in a telescope it has shrunk to 33″ across its equator, nearly its minimum apparent size.
As twilight turns to darkness, Mars shines brightly fire-colored in the south. Look below it for the four-star pattern of Corvus, the Crow.
Saturn (magnitude +0.1, in Libra) is two weeks past it’s May 10th opposition. It shines in the southeast during evening and stands highest in the south around 11 or midnight. Look for Antares and the head of Scorpius well to its lower left. It a telescope Saturn’s globe is 19″ wide, and its rings are tilted a nice 22° from our line of sight. Use our SaturnMoons app to find and identify Saturn’s various satellites at any time and date.
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
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
Th 29 High 12:58 AM 8.1 5:36 AM Rise 6:37 AM 0
~ 29 Low 7:56 AM -1.2 8:51 PM Set 9:44 PM
~ 29 High 2:26 PM 6.5
~ 29 Low 7:49 PM 2.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a Good day!
~ A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book. – Irish Proverb
~ I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk. – Tony Robbins
~ Life is not a spectator sport…If you’re going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you’re wasting your life.- Jackie Robinson (1919 – 1972), Baseball player
~ Character building begins in infancy and ends in death. – Eleanor Roosevelt
Mrs Annie Besant, now in Melbourne, has come to Australia for the purpose of lecturing on Theosophy … Mrs Besant’s daughter, Mrs Besant-Scott, is married to a Melbourne pressman and is a clever young lady who has succeeded equally well as a cyclist and as spokeswoman of an adult-suffrage deputation to the Victorian Premier. … Mrs Besant makes her clearest and brightest point in charging the church with having led man to believe that he is naturally a base animal – with having persistently cursed his fleshly lusts, and exhorted him to feel sorry for his disgraceful conduct, instead of teaching him to glory in his noble impulses. What has the brimstone shepherd to say to this? – The ‘Society’ column, The Bulletin of Sydney, Australia, September 15, 1894. Beginning on September 29, Mrs Besant continued her lecture tour in Sydney.
LAVENDER ICE CREAM –
- 14 oz. whole milk
- 1 1/2 oz. fresh lavender flowers and leaves
- 2 oz. crystallized ginger, minced
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 egg yolks
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- In a saucepan, slowly heat the milk to approximately 200 degrees F.
- Remove from heat, add the lavender flowers, and steep for 15 minutes.
- While it is still warm, strain the milk through a cheesecloth.
- Add the ginger and sugar to the milk.
- Place the egg yolks in a small bowl and pour in half of the milk mixture.
- Stir the mixture with a spoon, and then pour it back into the saucepan.
- Place the pan over low heat and cook until the mixture is approximately 200 degrees F.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the whipping cream.
- Refrigerate the mixture until it is well chilled, then process in any ice cream machine.
Quick method: – Soften high-quality vanilla ice cream, add the lavender and re-freeze. Leave in the freezer for at least one day.
Mom McCoy’s Lemon Chess Pie – Gordon Ireland – (Makes one nine inch pie)
1 unbaked pie shell
2 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon corn meal
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup real lemon juice
1/4 cup grated lemon peel
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- Place unbaked pie shell in a deep-dish pie pan.
- Mix the sugar, flour, cornstarch and cornmeal, throughly
- Then add eggs, milk, butter, lemon juice, and lemon peel.
- Beat until smooth.
Pour mixture into the pie shell and bake for about 40 minutes or until top is golden brown.
Baklava From Cookie Recipe.com – Makes 2 dozen. http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/7039/AshlinCB.html
This Near Eastern pastry is made of many layers of paper-thin dough with a filling usually of honey and ground nuts. If you like honey, you’ll probably like Baklava.
- 2 cups unsalted butter
- 1/2 pound of phyllo dough
- 2 cups chopped pecans
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cloves, whole
- 3 cups water
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 cup honey
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
- Melt the butter over low heat.
- Pour 2 tablespoons of the butter into the bottom of a 13 x 9 inch baking pan.
- Layer 3 sheets of the phyllo dough in the pan. Trim dough to fit.
- Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of pecans over the phyllo dough.
- Layer 3 more sheets of dough and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of pecans.
- Continue dough – pecan layers until pan is 3/4 full.
- With a sharp knife, score phyllo dough to form diamonds.
- Press a clove at each end of the diamonds.
- Pour remaining butter over the dough.
- Bake 45 to 50 minutes, until dough is golden brown.
- While dough is baking, combine the sugar, water and cinnamon stick in medium saucepan.
- Bring to boil, stirring constantly.
- Simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add the honey and simmer for 2 minutes longer.
- Remove from heat and discard cinnamon stick.
- Pour honey mixture over hot baklava.
- Let cool on wire racks.
- Cut into diamonds.