Daily Stuff 5-29-15 Ambarvalia

Hi, folks!

Plant motif snowball treeI’m having a lot of trouble getting motivated to write today, so this is way late. Some of it is that we *did* complete the Intensive yesterday. I managed to survive 4 hours of full-on class and then lost my voice right at the end and I’m tired. Some of it is Art, knowing that he’s gone….

I’m still coughing. It’s not nearly as bad as it was, but it whallops me unexpectedly.

Plant motif sorrel herbYesterday morning as I was waiting for Tempus to get his last things done before heading to the shop I grabbed my harvesting basket and went after the roses. They’re ramping up production and this morning they hardly looked touched, even through I filled my basket. Mostly I nabbed the confetti roses, although there were some of the brilliantly deep pink ones that smell luscious and couple of the large pink teas and a 1/2 dozen of the deep true reds. Today it’s mostly the confettis that need to be done, but I have to get up the oomph. I got most of ’em drying before class along with the pale pinks at the shop.

Plant motif StJohnsWort herbThe Intensive went well and Tempus had the shop open during the entire time. Debbie took me home when we were finished, and just a few minutes later I got a call from Tempus that Art had Crossed. By then Rowan was with the Intensive group working on the LBRP. They needed to cram a lot in since they’re heading home on Monday. Tempus closed the shop and left Rowan to lock up and headed up to Newport, not getting home until around 10pm.

Plant motif stoneberry berryWe’re really going to miss Art.

Today’s he’s down at the shop working on another bone needle (he did a fid, yesterday), but we were up so late last night and with him writing the Tempus’ Teapot article about Art (next one down on the blog once this is published) and me being wobbly, well….. the shop opened late and we’re probably not going to accomplish much today. I’m hoping that I can do a little cooking, since I’m home, and maybe get farther on the rag doll project.

Crater Lake Rainbow – Don’t we live in a beautiful place?

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Penstemon_serrulatus1Today’s Plant is Cascade penstemon, or coast penstemon, Penstemon serrulatus. A member of the plantain family, this was used by the 1st nations peoples as a medicinal remedy for toothache. It’s common name, “Beardtongue” is because the flower appears to be sticking out it’s hairy tongue! It has a lovely flower, and is a semi-deciduous shrub, which usually is very short, unlike many shrubs. The tender shoots that the flowers grow on often get frost-nipped so only survive for a year or so, with the rest of the plant surviving below the level of surrounding plants, acting as a perennial ground-cover. – Penstemon_serrulatus0Feminine, Venus, Earth – Use for headaches, particularly headaches coming from tooth pain or infection by binding the herb with red wool and/or putting it into a red cloth pouch and bind to the head, or even put into your pillowcase at bedtime. You can put a leaf in your shoes to help with the effects of standing on them too long. Roots protect from snakebite and a bunch of the flowers will chase negativity away, particularly that coming from outside. Iow, it won’t do much for a bad mood…. More on Penstemon here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penstemon

plant poppy wheatToday’s feast is the Ambarvalia. Here’s what Wikipedia says, “Ambarvalia was a Roman agricultural fertility rite held at the end of May in honor of Ceres. At these festivals they sacrificed a bull, a sow, and a sheep, which, before the sacrifice, were led in procession thrice around the fields; whence the feast is supposed to have taken its name, ambio, I go round, and arvum, field. This sacrifice was called a suovetaurilia in Latin. These feasts were of two kinds, public and private. The private were solemnized by the masters of families, accompanied by their children and servants, in the villages and farms out of Rome. The public were celebrated in the boundaries of the city, and in which twelve fratres arvales walked at the head of a procession of the citizens, who had lands and vineyards at Rome. During the procession, prayers would be made to the goddess. The ambervale carmen was a prayer preferred on this occasion. The name “Ambarvalia” appears to be predominantly an urban designation. Roman farmers’ almanacs (menologia rustica) describe this only as segetes lustrantur (“crops are purified”). Scaliger, in his notes on Festus, maintains the ambarvalia to be the same as amburbium. Numerous other communities of the Italian peninsula enacted similar rites with different names.”

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Love & Light,
Anja

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Waxing Gibbous MoonWaxing 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 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. 

Astro Constellation Virgo SpicaAs the stars come out, you’ll find Spica only a few degrees right of the Moon (at the time of dusk for North America). The Moon draws farther away from it through the night.
Astro uranusUranus (magnitude +5.9, in Pisces) is very low in the east as dawn begins to brighten.

Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Rune Runic Month 11 Odal Othila EthilaRunic 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”…

Sun in GeminiSun in Gemini
Moon in LibraMoon in Libra
Mercury (6/11/15), Pluto (9/25/15) and Saturn (8/2/15) Retrograde
Color: Pink

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©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.

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Celtic Tree Month huath Hawthorn St_Mars oldCeltic 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 Celtic Tree Month Huath Hawthorn_fruitcommon 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
Plant motif Hawthorn Huath Celtic Tree MonthHuathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
Celtic Tree Month Huath Hawthorn heatherto study this month – Mistletoe 12-23 Celtic Tree Month huath motif-plant-tree-xmasUr – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Waves tide

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                    Visible
F   29      Low   4:47 AM     1.0   5:37 AM     Set  3:33 AM      77
~   29     High  10:45 AM     5.4   8:51 PM    Rise  4:57 PM
~   29      Low   4:25 PM     2.0
~   29     High  10:35 PM     7.2

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – if u have a heart use for an one to love…emotions are the soul of the heart…without it u r like a tree without fruit…..live ur life….

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What? – What do we mean when we say, “You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar”?

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Quotes 

~  Great woman belong to history and to self sacrifice. – Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) English writer
~  Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love. The real miracle is the love that inspires them. In this sense everything that comes from love is miracle.” Marianne Williamson
~  It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide on what to do. – Elbert Hubbard
~  “You may not instantly see why I bring the subject up, but that is because my mind works so phenomenally fast, and I am at a rough estimate thirty billion times more intelligent than you. Let me give you an example. Think of a number, any number.” “Er, five,” said the mattress. “Wrong,” said Marvin. “You see?”. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived – this is to have succeeded! –Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Heron Bar Litha 2013Litha Magick – Recipes

Peach Cobbler with Vanilla Ice Cream

Ingredients:

In the 9″ x 13″ UNGREASED pan, layer the ingredients in this specific order:

  • 20 ounce can of crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 pound fruit of your choice
  • 1 pound of peaches
  • box of cake mix
  • chopped pecans
  • melted butter
  • sugar

Directions:

  1. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes, until golden brown.
  2. Let stand until lukewarm.
  3. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  4. You can reheat individual cobbler servings for 1 minute in microwave.
  5. To reheat the whole pan, bake for 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Strawberry-Carrot Tea Bread (3 views) From: herbalmuse. Delicious Living Magazine — Serves 16 / Instead of trans-fatty margarine or shortening, this treat uses canola oil, rich in monounsaturated fat, for tenderness and texture. Strawberries add natural sweetness; if you use frozen berries, drain all liquid before adding to batter.

Tea Bread
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup packed brown sugar or sucanat
2 eggs
1/2 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups finely shredded carrots
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 cup finely chopped strawberries, fresh or frozen and thawed
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Strawberry Glaze
1/3 cup puréed strawberries, fresh or frozen and thawed
1/2 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
3 tablespoons powdered sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, mix oil and brown sugar or sucanat with an electric mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, blending well. Add yogurt, water, and vanilla while continuing to beat. Add carrots and blend.
    2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Add dry ingredients to carrot mixture, blending for 2 minutes until batter is smooth. Gently fold in strawberries and walnuts.
    3. Pour batter into a lightly greased and floured 12-cup tube or bundt pan. Bake 50–55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool and invert onto a serving plate.
    4. For glaze, mix puréed strawberries, yogurt, and powdered sugar in a small bowl. Drizzle entirely over cooled cake, or reserve to drizzle over each serving.

My version Tea Bread
1/2 cup corn oil
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups finely shredded carrots
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 cup finely chopped strawberries, fresh or frozen and thawed
1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts

Strawberry Glaze
1/3 cup puréed strawberries, fresh or frozen and thawed
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
3 tablespoons powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, mix oil and brown sugar with an electric mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, blending well. Add yogurt, water, and vanilla while continuing to beat. Add carrots and blend.
2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Add dry ingredients to carrot mixture, blending for 2 minutes until batter is smooth. Gently fold in strawberries and walnuts.
3. Pour batter into a lightly greased and floured 12-cup tube or bundt pan. Bake 50–55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool and invert onto a serving plate.
4. For glaze, mix puréed strawberries, yogurt, and powdered sugar in a small bowl. Drizzle entirely over cooled cake, or reserve to drizzle over each serving.

 

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Late Night Funny – A woman was arrested after she admitted to purchasing gasoline, driving to her ex-boyfriend’s house, and using it to set his new girlfriend’s car on fire. She’s now facing five years in prison and up to three Country Music Awards. – Seth Meyers

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