It’s 58F, overcast and quiet. There’s hardly any sounds from outside and the breeze is too light to make the bamboo chime sound. No birds, even! I’m awake because the radio is going and Tempus alarm got quite annoying, but he is still soundly asleep.
Yesterday started in a rush. I got to the shop in plenty of time, but had customers in the door just after 11am and it took Tempus most of an hour to follow me. He had errands to run (bills and such) and I had to run down to the bank to get my new card working. The sun was out by then and he went over to a friend’s to do some yardwork.
The sun faded in and out all day. Cliona and Sabrina and the Duckmeister all stopped by to chat and I had a lot of people in shopping. A new tutorial page went up about wood butter here: https://ancientlightshop.wordpress.com/our-gift-to-you-tutorials/wood-butter/
After that point I went in the back and did the heat-setting on the new block prints. I got pretty overheated because the back door was shut. Tempus never opens it and I’m having trouble actually getting back there. I worked a little on my wax tablet, too, but that’s a few whacks and I have to stop, so I went and got some hand-sewing and worked on that in between ironing pieces.
When Tempus got back he picked Geurin up and we talked a little until Cliona got there, then settled into class, which went well. Tempus was working in back, trying to get some more of the boxes out of the way.
Today I have some cooking/baking that I hope to do. I have eggs for quiche and want to make shortbread. Of course, it’s also a chore day. We’re planning to go to Eugene tonight to learn about making faux stained glass panels.
Today is the anniversary of the day in 1908 that a massive explosion occurred near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in what is now Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, knocking over 80 million trees over 2,150 square kilometres (830 sq mi). This is also known as the “Tunguska event“. This event, while beloved by UFOlogists and Conspiracy Theorists, most likely was some kind of meteoric airburst event, whatever the source of the material, comet or asteroid, but there are other possibilities… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event
Today’s Plant is Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa, sometimes called “sloe”, wish-thorn or faery tree. The blossoms, the fruits and the crimson sap display the three colors of the Great Goddess: white, black, and red. The dangerous long spikes and the red “blood” that flows in the veins of this tree enhance the dramatic effect of Her symbolism. Blackthorns are sacred to the Luantishees, which are Blackthorn Fairies who guard the trees. It makes great walking sticks, such as shillelaghs. The fruit and leaves contain Vitamin C, organic acids, tannins, and sugars. Otzi, the “Iceman” had fruits in his stomach, even though they’re pretty bitter for food. Good wines and liqueurs are made from the fruits. Steep the flowers for a diuretic, tonic, and laxative. Dried fruits can treat bladder, kidney and stomach ailments. Boil the leaves for a mouthwash or to sooth the throat from tonsillitis or laryngitis. – Feminine, Saturn, Earth – Blackthorn symbolizes the inevitability of Death, Good in magicks of protection and revenge, strife and negativity, the balance between light and darkness. The staves cane help in exorcism, to make wishes, in divination and general protection magicks. Being a plant that’s bad to tangle with it also symbolizes not only death and the conquering of death, but the wisdom gained in life and beyond life and can be used in magicks for the gaining of such wisdom. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_spinosa
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is a Waxing Crescent. 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. 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 6/5 at 1:39pm.
The waxing Moon now walks eastward under the Sickle of Leo from night to night. Look above the Moon early this evening for Regulus and Gamma (γ) Leonis, slightly fainter. They’re the two brightest stars of the Sickle of Leo.
Saturn (magnitude +0.2, in Libra) shines in the southeast during evening and stands highest in the south around 11 or midnight. The wide binocular double star Alpha Librae glimmers to its lower right early in the evening, and directly right later; they’re about 4° apart, fitting within a typical binocular’s field of view.
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
Tu 3 High 4:14 AM 6.3 5:34 AM Set 12:19 AM 22
3 Low 11:09 AM 0.2 8:55 PM Rise 11:11 AM
3 High 5:53 PM 6.2
3 Low 11:42 PM 2.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Listen to the morning sounds: bird’s songs; wind in the tree; the roar of traffic; children’s voices. What do these sounds convey to you?
~ A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man. – John Adams (1735-1826) US President (2)
~ His resolve is not to seem, but to be, the best. – Aeschylus
~ Your power is proportional to your ability to relax. – David Allen
The written word can be erased – not so with the spoken word. – Unknown
My wife to France, from whence set forth in pomp,
She came adorned hither like sweet May,
Sent back like Hallowmass or short’st of day. – Shakespeare, Richard II, V, i
MIDSUMMER CAKE – Makes 1 cake, approx 10 pieces – <email@example.com>
This keeps well, even if you transport it on a rocking boat to its destination. It tastes of both orange and chocolate and is excellent with strawberries.
3 dl all-purpose white flour
1/2 dl cocoa powder
4 tbs sugar
150 g butter or margarine
1 – 2 tbs water
grated peel from 1 orange
1 dl freshly squeezed orange juice
1 dl sugar
2 dl creme fraiche or sour cream
1/2 – 1 liter split strawberries
lightly whipped cream
1) Heat the oven to 200C/400F.
2) Mix flour, cocoa powder, and sugar, preferably in a food processor.
3) Finely part the butter in there. (whip?)
4) Add water and quickly work to a dough.
5) Press it out in a dish with removable edge, approx 26 cm / good 10″ in diameter.
6) Put the dish in the fridge.
Mix orange peel, juice, sugar, creme fraiche or sour cream, and eggs.
Pre-bake the pie crust for 12 – 15 minutes in the middle of the oven.
7) Pour in the filling and continue baking in the lower part of the oven for about 30 minutes, until the filling has set.
8) Let cool.
Decorate with split strawberries. Serve with whipped cream and lots of strawberries, even if there are already strawberries on the cake. One can never get enough of them, right?
Ginger Snap Mead – author unknown
18 lbs light clover honey
1 cup lemon juice
zest of 2 lemons
2 gallons water
4 oz fresh ginger slices (each about the size of a quarter)
2 packets of sherry yeast
1) Bring ginger, juice and zest and 2 gallons water to a full boil.
2) Turn off the heat and pour into a fermenter (7-10 gallon carboy).
3) Add honey and stir well, then add cold water to 5 gallons.
4) Add rehydrated yeast when temperature is 70º – 80º.
5) Allow to remain in primary fermenter for 2-3 MONTHS before transferring liquids only to a secondary fermenter. (rack)
After 3-4 months in the secondary fermenter it will be time to bottle.
Note – It is best after it has been in the bottle for a few months. The longer the better.
Brightest Blessings )O( Aradian
deborah <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
From: “deborah” <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2006 17:18:30 -0000
Subject: [Hearth_Witch] Ginger Snap Mead
Fruit Salad – <firstname.lastname@example.org>
1 Granny Smith apple, cored and chopped
1 red apple, cored and chopped
8 oz nonfat lemon yogurt
1 nectarine, pitted and sliced
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1) Combine all the fruit and nuts together in a large bowl.
2) Mix in yogurt.
Chill and serve
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- Can I buy you a drink, or do you just want the money
- I may not be Fred Flintstone, but I bet I can make your bed rock
- I may not be the best looking guy here, but I’m the only one talking to you.
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- You might not be the best looking girl here, but beauty is only a light switch away.