It’s nice and sunny although the computer says overcast. The sky was milky white from lifting fog clouds until it all burned off. It’s 57F and the humidity is dropping. It was foggy earlier, but not now. Every so often a gust comes and the bamboo chime starts clonking but at other time things just wave around.
Yesterday was a whole day of concentrating on getting the blogs in better order. House Capuchin was the one I concentrated on because I knew there were pages missing pictures. I ended up fixing a page over on Mab’s Creations because I discovered, in the course of editing the House Capuchin blog, that one page had been left unfinished…and that led to others…. so that’s what I did all day…
The fog rolled in early. By 6pm the light was gone. It must have been hot in the Valley.
We have a lot of chores today. It’s mostly the usual ones: laundry, kitchen, picking up, but I’m hoping to get Tempus to shovel the compost from under the brush pile into a bucket for me and to clip out some blackberries that are where they ain’t s’posed ta be. I also need to get some licks in on filing papers and computer housekeeping.
Today’s Feast is Ólavsøka, a big midsummer festival in the Faroe Islands. Parliament opens on this day. The name is St. Olaf’s Wake, after the death of St. Olaf in 1030CE, but the parliament predates that. There’s a concert and boat races, football and a bunch of other stuff going on…and it actually starts the night of the 28th… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%93lavs%C3%B8ka
Today’s plant is Candy Flower, Claytonia siberica, (also called Siberian Spring Beauty, Siberian Miner’s Lettuce or Pink Purslane) is a flowering plant in the family Montiaceae, native to Siberia and western North America. A synonym is Montia sibirica. The plant was introduced into the United Kingdom by the 18th century where it has become very widespread. It is similar to Miner’s Lettuce in properties, but not as edible. – Feminine, Moon, Water, – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. This one is also a spirit-lifter.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia_sibirica
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 7/28 at 3:42am. 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 Tide Change at the Full on 8/10 at 11:09am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 7:31 at 3:42am.
<<< Vega is the brightest star very high in the east. Far down to its lower right shines Altair, >>> almost as bright. Altair is flagged by little Tarazed (3rd magnitude) a finger-width above it, an orange giant far in Altair’s background.
Mars (magnitude +0.4, in Virgo) is in the southwest at dusk. Spica twinkles to its lower right. In a telescope Mars’s tiny gibbous disk is only 8 arcseconds tall.
Jupiter is very deep in the glare of sunrise.
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
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 – Pamper Your Self.
~ You can’t walk backwards into the future. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ You don’t have time to be timid in this life. You should not waste any part of this gift that the Gods have given you. You aren’t here to repeat the mistakes that you made in past lives. You are here to improve your lot in life. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it. – Mahatma Ghandi
~ Everyone who got to where they are had to begin where they were. – Richard Paul Evans
Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time. – John Lubbock
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1/4 cup plain sugar
- 1 Tbsp salt (approx or less)
- 2 1/2 tspn yeast
- 1 Tbsp bacon fat (or less to taste)
- 4 Cups Unbleached cheap white flour
Mix it all together until it resembles bread dough, let it rise a couple times, somewhere warm, like in an oven at 125, until it looks like something that should be cooked, then scorch it at 350 degrees for about half an hour until it appears edible. Modify these directions as needed to make it work.
[Anja’s translation: He uses a bread maker on dough cycle, so dump stuff into the bucket and turn the thing on. Check it after about 10 minutes (this depends on your breadmaker, during the 2nd mixing…..) to make sure the flour is all “in”. When the cycle ends, shape it and let rise in a 125 oven for 15-30 minutes. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. ]
Seed bread – Add ½ cup of “seeds”, usually a mixture of millet, flax and sunflower for us, but your milage may vary.
Italian Seasoning Bread – Add one packet of 4 seasons Italian Salad Dressing mix, plus 1 TBSP minced garlic.
Olive/Caper – Add 1 can of olives, drained, ½ that of capers – bread comes out flat and damp.
Sesame – Add ½ cup of sesame seeds. Brush with butter and sprinkle with seeds
Rye/Caraway – Replace 2 cups of the white flour with rye and add 1 1/2TBSP caraway seed. This dough usually takes additional water. Check after the first “rumpus” of the bread maker (on mine, after 10 minutes)
Recipe by Dan & Pauline Campanelli
In a large mixing bowl combine:
2 cups milk (warm to the touch)
2 packages of dry baking yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
Cover this mixture and set aside in a warm place until it has doubled (about half an hour).
Add to this mixture:
3 tablespoons softened butter
1 cup of unbleached white flour
Stir until bubbly. Now mix in:
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup of rolled oats
2 cups stone ground wheat flour
2 tablespoons sesame seed
With floured hands, turn this dough out onto a floured board and gradually knead in more unbleached white flour until the dough is smooth and elastic and no longer sticks to your fingers. Place this dough in a greased bowl, turning it so that the dough is greased. Then cover it with a clean cloth and keep it in a warm place to rise until it is doubled (about an hour).Then punch it down and divide it into two or more elongated loaves, roughly sculpted into mummiform shapes, and placed on greased cookie sheets. Cover these and return them to a warm place until they double again. Bake the loaves in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for about an hour, or until they are done and sound hollow when tapped.
(The above recipe for “Whole Grain Bread” is quoted directly from Pauline & Dan Campanelli’s book “Ancient Ways: Reclaiming Pagan Traditions”, page 132-133, Llewellyn Publications, 1991/1992) From Miss Daney’s Folklore, Magic and Superstitions
2 cups wholemeal flour
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
7/8 pint buttermilk
Mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Beat egg and buttermilk into the dry mix. Turn onto a lightly floured board and knead until smooth. Shape the dough into two round shapes and place in lightly oiled loaf tins. Draw a cross in the bread (for symbolism and baking purposes). Bake at 375ºF for 40-45 minutes. For a softer crust wrap loaf in a clean towel after cooling.
Yield: 2 loaves
Source: Franklin & Mason, Lammas, Use for: Lughnasadh