Yesterday was a long day for me. I did get a little done, finishing the bone broth and taking the bones that we’re sterilizing to the next stage. I did a little clipart, too, but beyond that, not really much.
Today I’m not coughing nearly as hard as I’ve been. I hope that means I’m past the worst. I still won’t be in and Tempus will be holding the fort.
Today’s Plant is Cittim Bark (Cascara), Rhamnus purshiana. It is a potent laxative and has been used for that for centuries. – Masculine, Saturn, Earth – Sprinkle an infusion of this around the home before legal proceedings, to help you win your case. It is used in money spells and worn in a brown cloth amulet will protect again evil influences and hexes. It can be sewn into a poppet to attract those influences away from you, but place this outside at night, especially. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascara_Sagrada
Today is both Towel Day, in honor of Douglas Adams Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Geek Pride Day, which is in honor of the first of the Star Wars movies, premiering on May 25, 1977. My Daddy and I were in the long line outside of the theater for that….
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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 on 6/2 at 9:19am. 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 5/25 at 1:52am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 5/31 at 9:19pm.
Monday, May 25, 1:19 p.m. EDT – First Quarter Moon – The First Quarter Moon rises around 1 p.m. and sets around 2:15 a.m. It dominates the evening sky. The Moon forms a long line with Jupiter to its lower right and Venus farther lower right. They’re the three brightest celestial objects after the Sun. As the stars come out, you’ll find Regulus not quite between the Moon and Jupiter.
Saturn (magnitude 0.0, just above the head of Scorpius) comes to opposition on May 22nd. It shines low in the southeast in twilight, higher after dark, and it’s essentially at its highest in the south by midnight. Some 10° below Saturn during evening is twinklier orange Antares, less bright. In a telescope, Saturn’s rings are tilted a broad 24° from edgewise. For the clutch of double stars just south of Saturn, see the entry for May 26th tomorrow.
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
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. 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
M 25 Low 12:53 AM 2.8 5:39 AM Set 1:42 AM 41
~ 25 High 6:17 AM 5.6 8:47 PM Rise 1:03 PM
~ 25 Low 12:59 PM 0.9
~ 25 High 7:44 PM 6.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I pay attention to my gut feelings.
~ Bad behavior, poor practice and anti-social tendencies do not mean your chosen path is not Feri. It simply means you suck at practicing Feri. – Anaar
~ The secret is this: Strength lies solely in tenacity. – Louis Pasteur
~ Prometheus’ mythical ability to see the future isn’t the continuous ability of infallible prophecy, but the lightning quick insight of epiphany to know what is possible. – Adam Blodgett
~ The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine. – Mike Murdock
Under One Small Star
My apologies to chance for calling it necessity.
My apologies to necessity if I’m mistaken, after all.
Please, don’t be angry, happiness, that I take you as my due.
May my head be patient with the way my memories fade.
My apologies to time for all the world I overlook each second.
My apologies to past loves for thinking that the latest is the first.
Forgive me, distant wars, for bringing flowers home.
Forgive me, open wounds, for pricking my finger.
I apologize for my record of minuets to those who cry from the depths.
I apologize to those who wait in railway stations for being asleep today at five a.m.
Pardon me, hounded hope, for laughing from time to time.
Pardon me, deserts, that I don’t rush to you bearing a spoonful of water.
And you, falcon, unchanging year after year, always in the same cage,
your gaze always fixed on the same point in space,
forgive me, even if it turns out you were stuffed.
My apologies to the felled tree for the table’s four legs.
My apologies to great questions for small answers.
Truth, please don’t pay me much attention.
Dignity, please be magnanimous.
Bear with me, O mystery of existence, as I pluck the occasional thread from your train.
Litha Magick – Recipes
Chilled Strawberry-Mint Soup – Makes 2 servings
1 1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
3/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves
Fresh strawberry slices, kiwi fruit slices, or fresh mint sprigs
- In a food processor or blender, place the strawberries, sour cream, heavy cream, orange juice, and honey; whirl until smooth.
- Stir in mint.
- Taste for sweetness; if necessary, add more honey.
- Refrigerate until well chilled.
- To serve, put into cold soup bowls and top with strawberry slices, kiwi fruit slices, or mint sprigs..
Recipe courtesy of Monica Resinger, editor of Creative Home and Gardening. For more recipes and information, visit Monica at http://www.geocities.com/plantldy.geo
© 2001, Monica Resinger, adapted by Anja 2009
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
- Peel and cut up avocado and cucumbers.
- In a food processor or blender, place the avocado, cucumbers, broth, half-and-half, herb and lime juice.
- Blend until mixture is smooth.
- Season to taste.
Refrigerate, covered, until chilled.
- If soup gets too thick, add more milk or broth.
- Sprinkle each cup with green onions and tomatoes before serving, and/or garnish with mint sprigs.
Recipe by Rain
Tomato & Leek Soup wBasil Cream Hearts (11 views) From: herbalmuse , Delicious Living Magazine —
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
1 medium leek
1 32-ounce can of organic, peeled Roma tomatoes
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter, optional
2 ounces heavy cream or evaporated skim milk
1 ounce sweet basil, washed and dried
- Slice leek in half lengthwise and chop into 1/2-inch pieces. Soak in water to clean.
- Transfer wet leek to a stainless steel pot. Heat on low until leek “sweats” and becomes tender. Add tomatoes and simmer 10 minutes. Place vegetables in a blender and puree until smooth. Stir in butter. Add sugar and salt to taste. Be careful when blending the hot soup use a kitchen towel to hold the lid down.
- Heat cream, pour into blender and add basil. Puree until smooth and season to taste with salt.
- To serve, ladle soup into bowls. Spoon one tablespoon of basil cream onto the center of each bowl of soup. Run a straw or a chopstick through the center of the dollop to create a heart shape. Be creative make hearts in as many sizes as you’d like. Serve immediately.
Note: Using evaporated skim milk and no butter reduces fat grams to 1.3 only 5 percent of calories from fat.
Silliness – Late Night Funny – Good luck finding a place to park in New York City. And when you do, good luck figuring out the parking signs, restrictions, and prohibitions. It is so complicated. It has gotten so bad, I never park my car without a lawyer. – David Letterman