It’s marvelously foggy and the sky is quite white. It’s 51F, very still and everything outside is the most intriguing yellow-green color from the new growth. It almost tinges the fog.
Yesterday didn’t go too well for me. I did get a fair amount done on some bead research that I was pursuing, but then got sidetracked before I got the next set of pictures. We had a lot of customers in and I did a reading in the middle of the day that took a lot out of me. I had to call Tempus to come back to the shop, twice, once because of the reading and then late in the day I got really ill for some reason. We closed up a few minutes early and came home because I was so miserable, but whatever it was laid off by late in the evening.
Today there’s Herb Workshop at 11am and then Sewing at 3pm. I’m trying to go in early enough to do a little cleaning up in the back. Well, I have to do enough to have a table to work on and I need to do some harvesting before I go in.
Today’s Plant is the Blueberry, Vaccinium Cyanococcus (many species/varieties)! This is a fruiting bush that is related to cranberries, huckleberries and bilberries, has many species within the genus and many varieties within the species. Many fruits are called blueberries, when they’re notVaccinium. Widely cultivated across the world, the fruit is high in iron and lot of micronutrients and even has resveratrol like red grapes. It may have effects on brain health, reducing stroke damage in experimental animals and memory retention in the aged. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blueberry – Put blueberries under the doormat to keep people you don’t want out of the house or plant them along the property line or next to the front walk to keep them entirely off your property. Blossoms can be dried and carried in an amulet, or wear fresh ones in your hair for protection from negative psychic energy near you. Eat blueberries and/or make blueberry pie or tea or jam to get the protection from psychic attack inside you, especially if the effects are leading to headaches and fatigue.
Today’s festival is the Lemuria, the feast of the unquiet dead. The head of the household would walk around barefoot at midnight, throwing black beans over his shoulders as an offering to exorcize those who weren’t supposed to be hanging around. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemuria_%28festival%29 and on the lemures here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemures
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Love & Light,
Love & Light,
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 on 5/17 at 9:13pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 5/11 at 3:36am.
Three zero-magnitude stars shine after dark in May: Arcturus very high in the southeast, Vega much lower in the northeast, and Capella in the northwest. They appear so bright because each is at least 60 times as luminous as the Sun, and because they’re all relatively nearby: 37, 25, and 42 light-years from us, respectively.
Neptune (magnitude +7.9, in Aquarius) is low in the east-southeast just before the beginning of dawn.
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year. Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.
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Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12 – The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.
Saille – Willow Ogam letter correspondences
Color: listed only as bright
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life
to study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Yellow Gold
Meaning: Information that could change your life
Tides for Alsea Bay
Sa 9 High 4:09 AM 7.2 5:56 AM Rise 12:46 AM 77
~ 9 Low 11:14 AM -0.4 8:30 PM Set 10:53 AM
~ 9 High 5:58 PM 6.3
~ 9 Low 11:28 PM 2.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death…
~ What a wonderful recipe for peace of mind : tell the truth to everyone; reconcile any anger before you pillow your head; stand up to temptation; don’t take anything that isn’t yours; do an honest day’s work, and share what you have with those who are in need. – Albert Einstein.
~ Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung. – Voltaire (1694-1778) French Philosopher and Author
~ When I’m trusting and being myself, everything reflects this by falling into place easily, often miraculously. – S Gawain
~ One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him. – Booker T. Washington
There was no such thing as half-trying. Whether it was running a race or catching a football, competing in school — we were to try. And we were to try harder than anyone else. We might not be the best, and none of us were, but we were to make the effort to be the best. – Senator Robert F. Kennedy, in a tribute to his father, Joseph P. Kennedy
How to make Cinnamon Water –Take of bruised cinnamon, 1 lb.; water, 2 galls. Simmer in a still for 1/2 an hour, put what comes over into the still again; when cold strain through flannel.
How to make rosemary water – Take rosemary fresh gathered in its perfection, with the morning dew upon it and lay it lightly and unbruised upon the plate or bottom of the still; cover the plate with its conical head, and apply a glass receiver to the nose of it. Make a small fire of charcoal under the plate, continuing it as long as any liquor comes over into the receiver.
When nothing more comes over, take off the still head and remove the plant, putting fresh in its stead, and proceed as before; continue to repeat the operation successively, till a sufficient quantity of water is procured. Let this distilled water be kept at rest in clean bottles close stopped, for some days in a cold place; by this means it will become limpid, and powerfully impregnated with the taste and smell of the plant. – Hecate’s Haven )O( (from Facebook)
How To Make Rose Water (And Lavender Too)
Rose water (also spelled Rosewater) can be used in cooking as well as a rich beauty aid. Try some as a facial toner or astringent, in your bath or as a facial splash (refresher).
Notes on Preparation:
Petals must be freshly picked and have no pesticides or chemicals used on them.
Pick the flowers just after the morning dew has evaporated, about 2 to 3 hours after sunrise.
Use only the petals, not the stems or leaves.
Wash quickly to remove any bugs or specks of dirt and immediately process with one of the methods below.
If you don’t grow your own, ask at the local florist or Farmers Market for organic ones.
Distilled: (Rose Hydrosol)
Fresh petals (3 to 4 quarts)
Enamel canning or stock pot with lid
Deep, heavy heat proof bowl
- Fill the bottom of the pot with the petals and pour water over them until they are just covered. Place the bowl in the middle of the pot. The rim should be at least a couple inches higher than the water. If you have a canning rack, you can set the bowl on top of that so the bowl doesn’t sit directly over the heat. A pyrex loaf dish underneath the bowl would do the trick too. Set these in place first before adding the petals and water.
- Cover the pot with its lid, but position the lid upside down so that you have a dipped “container” to hold the ice on top (to be added later). Now turn on the heat and bring the water to a boil.
Once it starts boiling, fill the top of the inverted pot lid with ice cubes. Turn the heat down and keep at a bare simmer for about two hours.
- Top up the ice as needed and quickly peek occasionally to see that the petals don’t boil dry.
- This process will enable condensation to form on the top inside of the pot lid. The condensation will drip down into the bowl inside the pot, the liquid inside the bowl is your rose water.
Old Fashioned Recipe:
Enamel Pot (any size)
- Fill the bottom of an enamel pot with the petals a few inches deep. Pour distilled water over them until they are just covered.
- Turn on heat for the water to be steaming hot, but do not boil. Let steam until the petals have lost their color, the water has taken on the color of the petals and you see oil skimming the surface. This will take approximately 60 minutes.
- Strain the water and squeeze out the liquid from the petals, this is your rosewater.
Quick & Easy Version:
For every 1 firmly packed cup of petals, pour 2 cups boiling water over top. Cover and steep until the liquid is cool. Strain, squeeze out the liquid from the petals, and refrigerate the liquid in a sterilized jar.
- Preheat oven to 450°. Line an enamelware roaster a few inches deep with petals. Fill with distilled water until the petals are just covered. Place the roaster uncovered into the oven and bring to a boil.
- As soon as it starts boiling, turn off the heat and cover the roaster. Leave in the oven until the water is cool (several hours). Once cool, strain and squeeze all the petals to remove the liquid. Store the liquid in the refrigerator.
After preparing your recipe of choice, refrigerate in a sealed, sterilized glass jar.
You can use for cooking and baking, but make sure to use fresh batches. Although it’s kept refrigerated, my notes have vast discrepancies in shelf life. Some state several days, some say a year.
Beauty Aid Additive Use – Add 1 part rubbing alcohol or vodka or witch hazel to 10 parts rose water to use as a facial astringent or toner.
Lavender – Lavender water can be used in a variety of ways around the house. Some ideas:
- When washing bedding and linens, add some to the rinse cycle. Your bedding will have a light lavender scent (it helps those with sleep problems).
- Use when ironing, spritz a bit on the items being pressed. Will add a nice scent to the garment.
- It can also be used as a beauty aid, try it as a skin freshener on hot summer days, a hair rinse, splash in the bath or dab around temples for headache relief.
- Insect repellent, try it for mosquito repellent use as well as a mosquito bite itch helper. Lavender deters flies and other insects too.
- Fill the glass jar with lavender and cover completely with vodka. Seal jar.
- Place the jar in a sunny location for about 18 days, rotate and shake the jar each day–morning and night.
- After 18 days, strain the buds from the vodka and seal the liquid in a clean glass jar.
- Use as needed.
2 cups water (distilled)
3 TBS vodka
15 drops Lavender essential oil
Directions – Mix the essential oil and vodka together then add water. Seal in a jar or bottle, keep in a dark place for 2 weeks before using.
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Silliness – Late Night Funny – Pot growers in the state of Washington have a problem. Supply there has outstripped demand and they have a lot more marijuana than they can sell. I find it surprising that the marijuana industry did not crunch the numbers properly. That’s not like them at all. – Jimmy Kimmel