It’s been marvelously foggy through the dawn and sunrise. The light is turning from silvery to golden and the fog is thinning. The computer is saying “overcast at 100 feet”, but we’re above that, here. It’s 50F and not a breath of air, stirring.
Yesterday was busy all day, although I couldn’t really tell you with what! I guess it was mostly little stuff that didn’t stick in the mind. I know that I did a little sewing and worked on some of the herbs that I harvested in the morning. Late in the afternoon I had a reading come in and then a counseling session, and then it was time for sewing.
Today I’m intending to get more of the herbs processed, although I think I need Tempus to go do some shopping in Newport.
Take a look at this awesome set of pictures: http://www.whitewolfpack.com/2012/10/king-of-richmond-park-deer-emerges-from.html
Today’s Plant is Cascade Oregon Grape, Mahonia aquifolium, or Dull Oregon Grape, Mahonia nervosa, occasionally called Holly Grape. It’s a lovely, spiky-leaved large shrub or small tree with amazing clusters of bright, yellow flowers in the early spring. Dull Oregon Grape is a shorter plant with duller leaves with a nerve-like pattern of veins, but they both have the same magickal properties. The locals used it to help with rheumatism and it has been tested to replace Goldenseal in the pharmacopeia with some good results. The fruits can be made into jam or wine, although they’re too sour to eat. – Feminine, Earth – carry to draw money and prosperity, or popularity. More on aquifolium here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_grape and on nervosa here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahonia_nervosa
There is an Irish saint, Gobnait, who is worshiped as the patroness of bees who, according to Nigel Pennick, is a version of the goddess Domna, who is the goddess of perambulation to sacred stones and cairns. Gobnait’s feast day is 2/11 and I’m not finding info on Domna at all! Gobnait still has a number of centers of worship in Ireland and even a couple of sacred wells. Melissa is the name that I’m used to seeing in conjunction with bees, as the priestesses of Demeter. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gobnait http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melissa#Ancient_Greek_Mythology
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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 6/16 at 7:05am. 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 6/9 at 8:42zm.
With June under way, the Big Dipper swings around to hang down by its handle high in the northwest during evening. The middle star of its handle is Mizar, with tiny little Alcor right next to it. On which side of Mizar should you look for Alcor? As always, on the side toward Vega! Which is now shining in the east-northeast.
Venus (magnitude –4.4, in Cancer) is the brightest point in the west during and after twilight. It doesn’t set in the west-northwest until an hour after dark. In a telescope, Venus now is barely on the crescent side of dichotomy (“half-moon” phase).
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 –
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
F 5 High 2:21 AM 7.9 5:33 AM Set 8:45 AM 94
~ 5 Low 9:23 AM -1.4 8:57 PM Rise 11:30 PM
~ 5 High 3:59 PM 6.6
~ 5 Low 9:25 PM 2.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The Good Life” is not defined by possessions, but by pure and utter enjoyment of simplicity.
~ I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done. – Lucille Ball
~ When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering, like the flame of a lamp in a windless place. – Krishna
~ Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. – Unknown
~ Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day. – Sally Koch
VIKING PRAYER TO THE GODDESS RAN
My warrior left yesterday with
The other Vikings for adventures
And battle. As they set sail,
My salty tears were part of my offering
To the sea goddess, Ran.
My friends and I put many garlands
Of flowers upon the waves,
Hoping that our lovers and husbands
Will come back safely to us, and with
Enough riches to make them happy.
Ran can be a kind goddess, and
Her waves can bring the long boats
To their destination, silently
Before their enemies know that they
But she can also
Be cruel, snatching their lives,
Overturning their boats and dragging them
Down to her lair under the sea
To be with her and her husband, Aegir.
Ran’s daughters with Aegir are lovely,
With long arms to capture men…
So we try to please and pacify the goddess
With our offerings and prayers,
As our seeress looks for auguries in
We hope our warriors will be victorious;
Will be left alone to burn and sack
Our enemies, bringing us slaves to serve
And jewels to wear in your honor.
Keep them safe, goddess of the Sea!
Send your storms and sea beasts
To confound our enemies, and keep
Your loyal worshippers safe upon
The waters. – © Copyright 1/28/06 Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Pork Tenderloin Medallions with Port-Cherry Sauce
• One pork tenderloin
• a handful of Rainier cherries, pitted and stemmed
• 1 shallot, minced
• 1/2 cup Tawny Port
• pinch sugar
• salt and pepper
• canola oil
• Knob of butter
Cut the tenderloin into 3/4-inch thick medallions, and season them well with the salt and pepper.
In a heavy-bottomed fry pan, heat the oil until shimmering and sear the medallions until caramelized on both sides. Keep warm under some aluminium foil.
In the same pan, deglaze fond (the crusty bits left in the pan) with a dash of the port. Lower the heat, add the shallots and the cherries, and sweat until the shallots are translucent. Add the sugar and remaining port, and reduce by half. Season to taste and swirl in butter.
Arrange medallions however you’d like and top with cherry sauce, coarse sea salt and herbs.
Quinoa and Black Bean Salad – Rain Redknife – Makes 6 to 8 entrée servings or 16 side-dish servings.
1 1/2 cups quinoa, well rinsed
1 1/2 cups canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 1/2 cups cooked corn (fresh, canned or frozen)
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
4 scallions, chopped
1 tsp. garlic, minced fine
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/3 cup olive oil
- Rinse quinoa in a fine sieve under cold running water until water runs clear. This step is important–don’t omit!
- Put quinoa in a pot with 2 1/4 cups water.
- Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer 20 minutes or until water is absorbed and quinoa is tender.
- Fluff with a fork, transfer to a large bowl and allow to cool.
While quinoa cooks, toss beans in a small bowl with vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.
- When quinoa is done, add beans, corn, bell pepper, scallions, garlic, cayenne and parsley to the quinoa.
- Toss well.
In a small bowl whisk together lime juice, salt and cumin.
- Add oil in a stream while whisking.
- Drizzle over salad and toss well with salt and pepper.
Note – Salad may be made a day ahead and refrigerated, covered. Bring to room temperature before serving.
Source: www.aicr.org , by permission.
Herbed Vegetables – <email@example.com>
2 medium sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 carrots, cut into chunks
1 parsnip, chunked
1 red onion, quartered
1 tbs olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp dried herbs (marjoram, thyme, basil, rosemary and oregano)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
- Fill a 13x9x2 baking dish with the chopped vegetables.
- Combine the oil, garlic, herbs, salt and pepper and drizzle over top.
- Cover pan with foil and bake at 425F for 30 minutes.
- Remove foil and stir.
Bake uncovered for another 5-10 minutes
One evening an avid bird watcher stood in his backyard and heard an owl hoot. So he thought he’d give a hoot back. To his surprise and delight the bird hooted again. The next night the same scenario occurred.
All Summer, the man and his feathered friend hooted back and forth. He even kept a log of the “conversations.”
Just as he thought he was on the verge of a breakthrough in inter species communication, his wife, had a chat with her next door neighbor.
“My husband spends his nights calling to owls,” the wife commented.
“That’s odd,” the neighbor replied. “So does my husband.”
Then it dawned on them…