It’s damp and 54, not actually raining at the moment, but everything has a weight of water on it. I’m figuring to get soaked on the way to the car. It’s actually rather dark, at least compared to what we’ve seen for weeks, dark green & quiet, from the layers of overcast. It looks like this is the back end of the weather that’s coming ashore and we should get a break from later today until Sunday afternoon.
Yesterday just sped by. We’re working on the back corner where the historical re-creation display is going to go, and the boxes we had to go through were some of Mom’s old papers from her time as a teacher, yearbooks (both hers and mine) and a lot of books. I pulled one whole box worth to go into my study. Tempus spent a while re-stacking in the back. We have to go on with that today.
I went home a touch early and got a bread and some chops in the oven. For some darned reason the oven decided to fight me. We’ve been having some trouble with it trying to have “function errors”. Usually Tempus cleans the contacts and we’re good to go. So, it took most of 1 1/2 to cook chops that normally take 45 minutes. <sigh> Supper was good though, with the chops, bread and a big bunch of stri-fry vegetables.
This morning I’ve been watching little birds on the feeder, mostly chickadees and siskins, so far. The bigger birds haven’t found the feeder, yet. I’ve also been listening to Pentatonix, a kind of “greatest hits” compilation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vEb_Oq_mY8&list=RD6vEb_Oq_mY8#t=532 ..and I’m *throughly* enjoying myself!
Today we have to keep going on that back corner and I’m taking Geurin and Anthony up to Lincoln City. We were supposed to go yesterday, but it got complicated and we’ll go today. I have to stop at JoAnn’s to look at current fabrics and I want to find more stuff for block prints, plus some floss, ribbon and maybe lace for my coif. Yeah, this trip’s been waiting awhile.
Today’s feast is in honor of Gerald Gardner whose birthday is today. Wicca is his fault. 🙂 He was a British eccentric from an entirely unremarkable family, who went into the foreign service and came back with an attitude that allowed him to take disparate bits and create a religious path that the time was ripe for. Many of the pagan paths these days owe a lot to him. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_Gardner_(Wiccan) I ran across a YouTube last year about Gerald Gardner, by Ronald Hutton. It’s pretty good. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQbdXCoxC14
Today’s Plant is Bleeding Heart, lamprocapnos spectabilis (which Cunningham has as dicentra spectabilis, an older designation). Other names are: old-fashioned bleeding-heart, Venus’s car, Lady in a bath, Dutchman’s trousers, or Lyre-flower, which all have various folklore attached. They’re native to Asia, but are common garden ornamentals and so suited to our climate that I assumed that they were native here! You see them allthrough the woods in the middle spring. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Used in magick mostly as a divination. Crush the flower. If it “bleeds red” there is love. If it “bleeds white”, either love has died, or there is no hope of it. Be careful if you bring the live plant indoors because it can produce irritation and anger between people in the household. To forestall this push a silver bead or a dime (standing in for silver) into the soil, and say, “Lady of the Moon, give us peace, in your honor, and we honor you!” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamprocapnos_spectabilis
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Full. 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. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon.“And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 6/14 at 9:11am. 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 on 6/27 at 1:08am.
Vega is the brightest star shining in the east after dusk. It’s currently the top star of the big Summer Triangle. The brightest star to Vega’s lower left is Deneb. Look farther to Vega’s lower right for Altair. The Summer Triangle will climb higher in early evening all through the summer, to pose highest overhead at dusk when fall begins.
Saturn (magnitude +0.2, in Libra) glows in the southeast to south during evening. The wide binocular double star Alpha Librae glimmers 3° or 4° to Saturn’s lower right. They fit well within a typical binocular’s field of view. Look for Antares and the head of Scorpius well to Saturn’s lower left. It a telescope Saturn’s globe is 18 arcseconds wide, and its rings are tilted 22° from our line of sight. Use our SaturnMoons app to find and identify Saturn’s various satellites at any time and date. A 6-inch scope will show four or five of them: Titan, Rhea, Dione, Tethys, and Iapetus.
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
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”…
Runic half-month of Dagaz/ Dag, 6/14-6/28. – Beneficial rune of light, health, prosperity and openings, signifying the high point of the day and the high point of the year when in light and warmth all things are possible.
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Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 – The oak of myth and legend is the common oak (Quercus robur L.). It is sometimes called the great oak, which is a translation of its Latin name (robur is the root of the English word “robust”). It grows with ash and beech in the lowland forests, and can reach a height of 150 feet and age of 800 years. Along with ashes, oaks were heavily logged throughout recent millennia, so that the remaining giant oaks in many parts of Europe are but a remnant of forests past. Like most other central and northern European trees, common oaks are deciduous, losing their leaves before Samhain and growing new leaves in the spring so that the trees are fully clothed by Bealltaine. Common oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America, as are the similar native white oak, valley oak, and Oregon oak. Oaks are members of the Beech family (Fagaceae). Curtis Clark
Duir – Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Meaning: Security; Strength
to study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Silver White
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 13 High 12:31 AM 8.6 5:31 AM Set 6:20 AM 99
13 Low 7:35 AM -1.9 9:02 PM Rise 9:34 PM
13 High 2:05 PM 6.7
13 Low 7:27 PM 2.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – What do you do when the only person who can make you stop crying is the person who made you cry?
~ A man’s reach should exceed his grasp. – Robert Browning.
~ Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a future. – Warren Buffet
~ We tell our triumphs to the crowds, but our own hearts are the sole confidants of our sorrows. – Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
~ At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.- Barbara Bush, Former U.S. First Lady
Because these are not the nights of empty hands,
because these are not the nights of dreams galloping
like gasoline fire over blue tar,
I wish you could see what I see
when I look at you,
I wish I could give you
the landscape in my soul, invisible
as the wishes I follow to your mouth —
an ocean mounting within me, the drowsy foam
and drone of velvet waters washing us closer
and farther apart, always both at once,
murmur of umber, bloodwings beating in bone.
You cannot see the waves breaking against welted shoals,
but in the rocking of our chair, maybe you hear
the whispering of the sea, biting acetylene,
or cries of tern and gull, brine-stung; maybe you hear
the uncaged waters gasping against hasp and hull,
salt fumes hissing, scalps flensed from bile-dark brine.
In your shirt’s rustling, I hear sailcloth in wind,
ropes lashed and pulling against the mast.
In our chair’s rasp against pine boards, I hear
the creak of oarlocks, a broken scull scraping against keel.
I hear spume soaking a bowsprit crisped with salt,
as I rock into your torso, your human shore.
Come nearer, nearer,
for I want to see what you see —
Dress me in burlap and bone,
wrap me in musk and dulse, in human moss,
shine me a lighthouse’s scalding gold;
comfort me with wine and sole, come to me
with a severed branch of coral, a fistful of wet wings;
sing me the gauze of dusk and salt, nights full of sulfurous foam,
lead me through the narcotic dark to a bed
of coats, your stubbled face grazing my throat,
for I want to feel your eyelids touching my lips when I sleep,
I want to feel the bones of your silence pressing against my own. – Suji Kwock Kim – (Notes From The Divided Country)
SUMMER SQUASH – Gordon Ireland – Serves 6-8
1 summer squash
1/4 cup of butter
medium size sauce pan
1) Melt butter in sauce pan on medium heat.
2) Slice squash approximately 1/8-inch thick
3) Layer into pan, sprinkling pepper to taste on each layer.
4) Stirring occasionally, cook to taste.
Takes 20-30 minutes.
Herbed Vegetables – <firstname.lastname@example.org>
2 medium sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 carrots, cut into chunks
1 parsnip, chunked
1 red onion, quartered
1 tbs olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp dried herbs (marjoram, thyme, basil, rosemary and oregano)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1) Fill a 13x9x2 baking dish with the chopped vegetables.
2) Combine the oil, garlic, herbs, salt and pepper and drizzle over top.
3) Cover pan with foil and bake at 425F for 30 minutes.
4) Remove foil and stir.
5) Bake uncovered for another 5-10 minutes
Chilled Avocado Cucumber Soup – Rain Redknife
2 small or one x-large ripe avocado
2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded
1 cup vegetable broth–I use Swanson’s canned
1 cup half-and-half, Silk or evaporated skim milk
2 Tbsp lime or lemon juice
1 small sprig fresh basil or tarragon
Salt to taste
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1) Peel and cut up avocado and cucumbers.
2) In a food processor or blender, place the avocado, cucumbers, broth, half-and-half, herb and lime juice.
3) Blend until mixture is smooth.
4) Season to taste.
5) Refrigerate, covered, until chilled.
6) If soup gets too thick, add more milk or broth.
7) Sprinkle each cup with green onions and tomatoes before serving, and/or garnish with mint sprigs. – Recipe by Rain