The bright sunshine is back. It’s 58, but I think the temp is going to climb faster than what they’re anticipating. I want to get the shop opened all the up and aired this morning, so it doesn’t get too hot this afternoon.
Yesterday was busy, busy, busy! We had a number of people through, shopping, a few buying, and several folks who stopped by to chat. Kim was working on her computer and I tried to get a little sewing in, off and on. I’m working on a few jumpers of lightweight materials that I can wear at the shop. The company that made the beautiful tie-dyes that I so love to wear has gone out of business and those dresses have been loved to death.
Tempus brought a package that had the mood rings that I ordered, so we’re stocked up on those again and I’m setting up some necklaces with the color-changing pendants that came, too. I got jump rings into them, but not the cords, nor did I get pictures. That’s for today.
When Tempus got back he was dozing off, talking, so I told him to go in back and sleep. The funny part was that Cliona came in with Ruby and Ruby just kept barking and barking at something that we couldn’t see and he never even twitched. I finally woke him a little after 7:30. Several more folks came in late in the day, but we closed up at that point and headed home.
<<<< I stayed outside to harvest salal berries. <<<< …and got a butt full of blackberry thorns, by slipping off my rolly and sitting on a bush…. and a foot full because a shoe came off and I stepped on a vine getting up. I sat in my study, cussing, wielding tweezers, instead of pitting cherries, which is what I should have been doing. Tempus was cooking supper. …and then I found a scrape down my side which started to sting, another thorn in my elbow, and yet another scratch running right over one of the three mosquito bites. I was not a happy lady for a bit….
….but then Tempus brought me supper: pork chops, brussel sprouts (fresh) and his wonderful mashed potatoes with ice cream for dessert. He headed for bed pretty quickly. I did manage to pit the cherries and make cherry fridge jam, a plum fridge jam and then I started getting the salal off of the stems. Oi, that takes awhile! I finally quit around 12:30 with about 1/3 of ’em done. I’ve been nibbling this morning and my fingertips are berry-stained. I’m going to have to use my gardeners’ cleanser on ’em.
Today I’ll be at the shop all day, but Tempus has to take a friend shopping.
Today’s Feast is the Horn Fair in Ebernoe in England. It’s a centuries-old fair, although it got revived about 150 years ago, so probably in a different form than in centuries past. It seems to be another fair that the English Revolution put on hiatus for awhile. It features a cricket match, and a roasted sheep whose horns are gifted to the winners. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebernoe_Horn_Fair
Today’s Plant is False Lily of the Valley, Maianthemum dilatatum. It was eaten as a poverty food, and the berries won’t hurt you, but they aren’t particularly tasty, either. It was more used as a medicinal by the indigenous peoples, although modern medicine doesn’t substantiate the native uses. The leaves were eaten in spring as a purgative, leaves were made into poultices for scrapes and cuts and the roots were pounded to make a medicine for sore eyes. I don’t know of any magickal uses except against sterility. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maianthemum_dilatatum and here:http://academic.evergreen.edu/projects/gardens/longhouse/monographs/false_lillyofthevalley.htm
The shop opens at 11am today! Spring hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, although closing time is drifting later with the longer days. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at firstname.lastname@example.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Dark. – 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 Tide Change on 7/26 at 3:42pm. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Dark, psychopomps. Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris . Phase ends on 7/26 at 3:42pm.
Mars and Spica still shine low in the southwest as night comes on. Mars keeps pulling farther away from Spica; they’re now 6° apart. Saturn glows to their upper left. Arcturus >>>>>>> sparkles high to their upper right.
Jupiter is hidden deep in the sunset.
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
Runic half-month of Uruz/ Ur, 7/14-28 According to Pennick Ur represents primal strength, a time of collective action. A good time for beginnings! Pennick, Nigel, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992 Runic half-month of Thurisaz/ Thorn/Thunor, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor. The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe.
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Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh), holly – The holly (Ilex aquifolium L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (35 feet) in open woodlands and along clearings in forests. Hollies are evergreen, and stand out in winter among the bare branches of the deciduous forest trees that surround them. Hollies form red berries before Samhain which last until the birds finish eating them, often after Imbolc. The typical “holly leaf” is found on smaller plants, but toward the tops of taller plants the leaves have fewer spiny teeth. Hollies are members of the Holly family (Aquifoliaceae). The common holly is often cultivated in North America, as are hybrids between it and Asiatic holly species.
Graves (1966) and others are of the opinion that the original tinne was not the holly, but rather the holm oak, or holly oak (Quercus ilex L.). This is an evergreen oak of southern Europe that grows as a shrub, or as a tree to 25 m (80 feet). Like the holly, the holm oak has spiny-edged leaves on young growth. It does not have red berries, but it does have red leaf “galls” caused by the kermes scale insect; these are the source of natural scarlet dye. Holm oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America.
Tinne – Holly Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Dark Grey
Meaning: Energy and guidance for problems to come
to study this month – Ioho – Yew Ogam letter correspondences Month: None
Color: Dark Green
Letter: I, J, Y
Meaning: Complete change in life-direction or attitude.
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Before you decide about your aim in life, check your ammunition.
~ Don’t play for safety-that’s the most dangerous thing in the world. – Horace Walpole
~ If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems. And that’s a big mistake. – F. Wikzek
~ The willingness to take risks is our grasp of faith. – George Woodberry
~ “Listen, three eyes,” he said, “don’t you try to outweird me, I get stranger things than you free with my breakfast cereal”. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
Gunpowder, Treason and Plot.
We know no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.
Holla boys! holla boys! huzza-a-a!
A stick and a stake, for King George’s sake,
A stick and a stump, for Guy Fawkes’s rump!
Holla boys! holla boys! huzza-a-a! – Traditional English rhyme on the Gunpowder Plot of 1605; alternatively, “Please to remember the Fifth of November”
Blaeberry Jam – Bilberries – http://www.chalicecentre.net/lughnasadh.htm
Bilberries, ( fraocháin, blaeberries, blueberries, whortleberries,) the first wild fruits, were a sign of the earth’s covenant with her children, so it was very important to gather and share them with the community. In early Ireland, bilberries were sent as tribute to the High King, according to the medieval Book of Rights:
On the calends of August to the king
Were brought from each respective district,
… the heath-fruit of Brigh-Leithe;
Quantities were eaten on the way up to the Lughnasadh hill of assembly, but the ones that managed to make it down might be made into jam or “fraughan cakes” or simply mashed with cream. A special treat was bilberry wine, which was most enjoyed by lovers, and had the reputation for hastening on the wedding! As was typical in a more neighborly society, some were set aside for those who could not make the climb. And some were also left behind on a special cairn or rock as an offering to an old, almost-forgotten god who first brought the harvest to Ireland.
Here’s a recipe for traditional blaeberry jam that comes from Scotland. Wild blaeberries (vaccinium myrtillus) are much smaller and tarter than the commercial blueberry, but the rhubarb in this recipe adds sharpness and texture.
2 lb blaeberries
2 lb preserving sugar
Wash, trim and roughly chop the rhubarb, put it into a pan and cook gently until it starts to soften. Stir in the sugar and when it has dissolved add the blaeberries and bring the jam to the boil. Boil it rapidly for up to 20 minutes to setting point. Cool slightly then pour into clean warm jars, cover, label and store.
(Test for setting point: test the jam by placing a spoonful on a plate, letting it cool and then pushing the surface with your finger: if it wrinkles the jam is ready)
From: Janet Warren, A feast of Scotland, Lomond Books,1990, ISBN 1-85051-112-8.
BERRIES WITH GERANIUM CREAM – Check your local farmers market or Chef’s Garden (800-289-4644) for the geranium leaves or experiment with other leaves such as fresh basil or mint.
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons finely chopped pesticide-free rose-scented geranium (pelargonium) leaves
1/4 cup sugar
4 oz cream cheese, softened
3 cups blackberries (13 oz)
1 1/2 cups blueberries (8 oz)
- Heat cream, geranium leaves, and sugar in a metal bowl set over a pot of simmering water
- Stir until sugar is dissolved and cream is hot but not boiling, about 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and cool slightly, then chill until cold, about 45 minutes.
- Pour cream through a sieve set into a bowl and discard solids.
- Beat together cream cheese and cream in a bowl with an electric mixer until thickened (cream should not hold peaks), about 2 minutes.
- Divide blackberries and blueberries among 6 bowls or parfait glasses and top with cream.
Cooks’ note: Cream can be beaten up to 4 hours ahead and chilled, covered. Makes 6 dessert servings.
Collect blackberries and make a fresh pie marked with the Solar Cross. Activities taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel)
Brigid’s Blackberry Pie – Recipe by Edain McCoy – (Makes one nine-inch pie)
4 cups fresh blackberries (thawed frozen is okay)
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
Unbaked pie crust
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a deep pie dish with the pie crust, or purchase a commercially-made one. Set aside. Mix all other ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. If it appears too “wet”, mix in a little more flour (about 2 tablespoons). Turn the fruit into the pie shell and dot with butter or margarine. You can bake the pie as is, or cover it with another pie crust. If you do this, pinch down the ends to hold it to the other crust. Then score the top several times with a sharp knife. Bake for 1 hour, or until the top crust is a golden brown.
(The above recipe for “Brigid’s Blackberry Pie” is quoted directly from Edain McCoy’s book “The Sabbats: A New Approach to Living the Old Ways”, page 179, Llewellyn Publications, 1994)
From Miss Daney’s Folklore, Magic and Superstitions