It’s 63F, partly sunny and breezy and the pollen levels and humidity are *finally* dropping! No rain anywhere in the forecast, but the barometer is low enough to give me a headache and Tempus left the bedroom window closed last night and the air purifier filter needs a cleaning so I woke up stuffed up and headachy and grumpy. That’s gotten fixed by a glass of juice and now some good coffee. The headache is dying away and the stuffiness got baked out a little when I took my coffee out onto the porch steps and turned my face up to the sun for a couple of minutes. Of course my nose is scorched, now…. but my sinuses are starting to behave, so I’ll live. 🙂
…and after all the freak-outs last week over the earthquakes along the far edge of the Juan de Fuca plate, as soon as the moon began to wane, the earthquakes dropped off. Gee, what a surprise! 🙂
I had a busy, productive day, yesterday. I had some sorting of pendants and things that had gotten shoved aside to be dealt with later…well, yesterday was later…. so they got sorted out and in the process uncovered the rest of the pendulums that I needed to get stocked onto the display. That took hours since I was also working with customers and trying to reply to some things online that needed tending. I did a lot of back and forth and back and forth, but by mid-afternoon that pendulum rack was full and I had sorted out that section of the inventory file. We have several lapis ones for those of you that inquired, and a couple of the point-and-quartz ones that others have asked for.
I still have 3 pendulums that need bobs on the end, but that’s not a difficult thing. I’m waiting to find my round-nosed pliers before I do any more of that kind of work, though. The earring-making was too frustrating.
After that I spent quite a while finding pendants, stringing and tagging them and getting them into the inventory as well. Late in the day after Tempus got back from errands and helping with the clean-out of Art’s house… sad to have to do that for a friend who’s gone… Tempus worked on a needle and I was back and forthing with small chores and clean-up from Sunday.
Today was have a lot of house chores to do and Tempus is heading for Marius’ house in the evening to work on some projects they have going. He’s going to do the weekly shopping before that, so I need to get him a list, since I’m going to take a day later in the week to do some cooking. ….I’m going take a day even if it takes the *hair* off! I’m craving some of those home-made fridge pickles, and I want to play with the rabbit and the lamb and…. 🙂 I also have some plant harvesting to do today, assuming I can get out there. Tempus and I are both dealing with sore muscles, him from trotting up and down attic stairs and me from a lot of chasing customers!
From yesterday, 6/8/15, a Ken Gagne picture of a hawk in Yachats.
Today ‘s feast is that of Saint Columba (Irish: Colm Cille, ‘church dove’; 7 December 521 – 9 June 597) was an Irish abbot and missionary credited with spreading Christianity in present-day Scotland. He founded the important abbey on Iona, which became a dominant religious and political institution in the region for centuries. He was highly regarded by both the Gaels of Dál Riata and the Picts, and is remembered today as a Christian saint and one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland. Columba reportedly studied under some of Ireland’s most prominent church figures and founded several monasteries in the country. Around 563 he and his twelve companions sailed to Iona in Scotland, then part of the Irish kingdom of Dál Riata, where they founded a new abbey as a base for spreading Christianity among the pagan Picts. He remained active in Irish politics, though he spent most of the remainder of his life in Scotland. Three surviving early medieval Latin hymns may be attributed to him. Of course, from our angle he dealt the death-blow to Druidry…. to be fair, the native faiths had gotten pretty corrupt by that time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columba
Today’s Plant is Sword fern, Polystichum munitum. It grows all winter on the coast, getting greener and lovelier every year as the new fiddles come up out of the center of the plant and develop into fronds. I’ve been enjoying those, watching them for months, now. They can get to be 6 feet tall and some of the ones down in the park where the stream crosses through are that size! The indigenes used the rhizome as a poverty food (baked and peeled), and the fronds are one of the best remedies for relieving the pain from the sting of a Stinging Nettle. It is also commonly used by florists as an ornamental plant. – Masculine, Air, The God, the Puck. This is an herb of masculine power, protection and luck. Use in spells to guide to treasure. Burn to drive away pests.…and as any fern, burn for rain…. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sword_fern
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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 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. Waning Crescent Moon – Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 6/11 at 10:05pm.
Last-quarter Moon (exact at 11:42 a.m. EDT). The Moon doesn’t rise tonight until 1 or 2 a.m., when its misshapen form emerges due east to the lower right of the Great Square of Pegasus. The Last Quarter Moon rises around 1:15 a.m. and sets around 1:15 p.m. It is most easily seen just after sunrise in the southern sky.
Uranus (magnitude +5.9, in Pisces) is low in the east before dawn begins to brighten.
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.
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 – The oak of myth and legend is the common oak (Quercus robur L.). It is sometimes called the great oak, which is a translation of its Latin name (robur is the root of the English word “robust”). It grows with ash and beech in the lowland forests, and can reach a height of 150 feet and age of 800 years. Along with ashes, oaks were heavily logged throughout recent millennia, so that the remaining giant oaks in many parts of Europe are but a remnant of forests past. Like most other central and northern European trees, common oaks are deciduous, losing their leaves before Samhain and growing new leaves in the spring so that the trees are fully clothed by Bealltaine. Common oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America, as are the similar native white oak, valley oak, and Oregon oak. Oaks are members of the Beech family (Fagaceae). Curtis Clark
Duir – Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Meaning: Security; Strength
to study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Silver White
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 9 Low 12:32 AM 2.0 5:32 AM Rise 1:23 AM 59
~ 9 High 6:07 AM 6.1 8:59 PM Set 1:21 PM
~ 9 Low 12:40 PM 0.1
~ 9 High 7:22 PM 7.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – World peace will come unnoticed.
~ Our lives are not in the lap of the gods, but in the lap of our cooks. – Lin Yutang (1895-1976) Chinese writer
~ If you’ve never seen an elephant ski, then you’ve never been on acid. – Eddie Izzard (Definite Article)
~ The Constitution shall never be construed… to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms. – Samuel Adams (1722-1803) US patriot
~ Awareness has no frontier; it is a giving of your whole being, without exclusion. – Bruce Lee
WE HAVE NOT COME TO TAKE PRISONERS
We have not come here to take prisoners,
But to surrender ever more deeply
To freedom and joy.
We have not come into this exquisite world
To hold ourselves hostage from love.
Run my dear,
That may not strengthen
Your precious budding wings.
Run like hell my dear,
From anyone likely
To put a sharp knife
Into the sacred, tender vision
Of your beautiful heart.
We have a duty to befriend
Those aspects of obedience
That stand outside of our house
And shout to our reason
“O please, O please,
Come out and play.”
For we have not come here to take prisoners
Or to confine our wondrous spirits,
But to experience ever and ever more deeply
Our divine courage, freedom and
Light! ~ Hafiz ~
GOOSEBERRY FOOL – <email@example.com>
4 cups Gooseberries
1/4 cup Water
2 cups Sugar
- Cook gooseberries in water until done (or you may use the equivalent of canned gooseberries).
- Mash gooseberries in blender or food processor.
- Beat sugar into hot gooseberries.
- Cool mixture in fridge or freezer
When cold, mix with stiffly whipped cream and pour into sherbet glasses for serving.
Rose Petal Ice Cream –
14 oz. whole milk
1 1/2 oz. fresh rose petals (rugosa roses or deep red tea roses)
2 oz. crystallized ginger, minced
1 cup sugar
3 egg yolks
2 cups heavy whipping cream
- In a saucepan, slowly heat the milk to approximately 200 degrees F.
- Remove from heat, add flowers, and steep for 15 minutes.
- While it is still warm, strain the milk through a cheesecloth.
- Add the ginger and sugar to the milk.
- Place the egg yolks in a small bowl and pour in half of the milk mixture.
- Stir the mixture with a spoon, and then pour it back into the saucepan.
- Place the pan over low heat and cook until the mixture is approximately 200 degrees F.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the whipping cream.
- Refrigerate the mixture until it is well chilled, then process in any ice cream machine.
Quick method: – Soften high-quality vanilla ice cream, add the roses and re-freeze. Leave in the freezer for at least one day.
Sopapillas – www.weavings.co.uk
Another favourite and very simple dessert to make is the Mexican pastry, sopapillas. Dipped in honey, the light and airy texture defies explanation. Just try them!
2 cups (500ml) all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons (9.86ml) baking powder
1 (4.93ml)teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons (30ml) shortening
3/4 cup (187.50ml)
2 cups (500ml) vegetable oil for frying
- In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Using hands, mix in water to make a smooth dough. Knead lightly on a floured surface. Cut dough into 12 pieces, and shape into round balls. Cover, and set aside.
- Heat oil in deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
- On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into thin circles. Cut each circle into triangles. Fry in hot oil, until golden brown, turning when dough puffs. Remove, and drain well on paper towels. Some people like to dust them with powdered sugar (called icing sugar in England). Delicious served with gently warmed honey but can also be eaten by dipping into chocolate or fruit sauce.
Tired of having to balance his wife Cindy’s checkbook, Mike made a deal with her; he would look at it, but only after she had spent a few hours trying to wrestle it into shape.
The following night, after spending hours poring over stubs and figures, Cindy said proudly, “I’ve done it! I made it balance!”
Impressed, Mike came over to take a look. “Let’s see… mortgage 550.00, electricity 70.50, phone 35.00.” His brow wrinkled as he read the last entry. “It says here ESP, $615. What the heck is that?”
“Oh,” she said, “That means, Error Some Place!”