Yesterday I started and ended the day harvesting. I got rosebuds, honeysuckle and oregano in the morning and set those up as soon as I got to the shop. At the end of the day it was all roses, setting up for the rose sugar that we’re working on today! In between, at the shop, we were busy early on with customers, but did a lot of tag printing, cutting tags and adding tags to the various projects. Later Tempus was busy in the back, hunting for my stitchable vinyl and finding other things that I needed to go through, put into the inventory or put away.
When we got home, we ate and turned in after I had been talking to one of our boys for quite some time, the one who’s overseas.
>>> That’s our boy! He’s got a needle and thread hanging out of his mouth! He was stitching up a hacky-sack. >>>>
Today is the Beachcomber’s Parade at Noon! Plus stuff…. Our schedule:
9am – Shop opens
10am – I’ll be starting on the Herbs Workshop stuff at this time, even though it’s officially at 11am.
11am – Herbs Workshop. We’ll stop in the middle to go watch the parade! We’ll be doing wood butter, rose sugar and possibly plantain-infused oil for hard lotion bars.
2pm – Gnomes! Come make a gnome ($5 to take one home) or just learn how!
4pm – Old-style Balls! Ever wonder what people used for balls before the invention of rubber and plastics?
>>>>>>>>> Amor’s hacky-sack >>>>>>>>
You might take a look at this link on Tarot Card history: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/the-surprising-origins-of-tarot-most-misunderstood-cards/
Today’s feast is that of Ceridwen who is the Mother form of the Triple Goddess worshiped in Wicca and modern paganism, probably derived from the writings of Robert Graves. Goddess of inspiration, she is also goddess of fertility and re-birth, because of her ever-flowing cauldron. She is not the ancient goddess-form known by this name although the old stories get used as part of her symbolism. This modern feast is celebrated by burning vervain in small cauldrons, tying green ribbons to trees and using green altar coverings and clothing on this day. Here is a Wiki article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerridwen and another on the Triple Goddess http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_Goddess_(Neopaganism)
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 on their own. 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
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Love & Light,
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 7/1 at 7:20pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 6/20 at 7:05pm. 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 6/24 at 4:03am.
Tomorrow, the 21st, is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere; the shortest in the Southern Hemisphere. The solstice is at 12:38 p.m. on the 21st EDT (16:38 UT), marking the start of northern summer. Because the time of the solstice so closely splits the nights before and after in the Eastern time zone, you might end up going to two Midsummer Night parties!
The Moon, Jupiter, and Venus form a striking triangle in the west during and after dusk, as shown here. <<<<<<< Regulus and the Sickle of Leo look on from the upper left. Think photo opportunity! The whole array is less than 20° tall or wide.
Venus and Jupiter are the two bright “stars” in the west during and after twilight. They shine at an impressive magnitude –4.5 and –1.8, respectively. They continue closing in on each other: from 7° apart on June 19th to 2° on the 26th. They’ll have a spectacularly close appulse (closest approach) on June 30th: only 1/3° apart at dusk for the time zones of the Americas. (Their actual conjunction in right ascension comes on July 1st, when they’re slightly farther apart.)
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Runic half-month of Dagaz/ Dag, 6/14-6/28. – Beneficial rune of light, health, prosperity and openings, signifying the high point of the day and the high point of the year when in light and warmth all things are possible.
©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.
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
Sa 20 High 3:09 AM 7.2 5:32 AM Rise 9:51 AM 11
~ 20 Low 10:02 AM -0.7 9:04 PM Set 11:44 PM
~ 20 High 4:39 PM 6.5
~ 20 Low 10:20 PM 2.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Blessed is she who has learned to laugh at herself, for she shall never cease to be entertained.
~ If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts. – Albert Einstein
~ Every word has a mental highway. – Clotaire Rapaille
~ A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened. – Albert Camus (1913-1960) French writer, born in Algiers
~ If you choose not to decide, you still have made a Choice. – Neil Peart
Therapy can be done to the self. Understanding is therapy. Love is the ultimate therapy. Therapists, teachers, and gurus can help, but only for a limited time. The direction is inward, and sooner or later the inward path must be trod alone. Although in reality you are never alone. Measure time, if you must, in lessons learned, not in minutes or hours or years. You can cure yourself in five minutes if you come to the proper understanding. Or in fifty years. It is all the same thing. – by Brian Weiss MD.
Lemony Summer Squash – Rain Redknife – Source: _Light & Easy Diabetic Cuisine_ by Betty Marks (by permission)
1 lb Summer squash,
1 Tbsp walnut oil, or other oil of your choice
1 clove Garlic
1 tsp Dried rosemary, crumbled
2 Tbsp Fresh lemon [or lime!] juice
- Slice squash into 1/4″ rounds
- Mince garlic.
- Crumble rosemary.
- Heat oil in a non-stick skillet on medium.
- Cook garlic 1 minute.
- Add squash and cook, stirring gently, until tender, about 4 minutes.
- Stir in remaining ingredients and heat through.
Note – Also delicious cold
A necessary note on Squash Blossoms
Use male flowers (those with the single tubular stamen) which don’t bear fruit and so can be harvested in large numbers. A good flower for stuffing with cheeses, bread crumbs or meat mixtures and then deep-fried.
When stuffing, leave the stems on but otherwise remove the stamens and pistils. The blossoms may be sliced and added to a variety of dishes including soufflés, frittatas, scrambled eggs, and burritos.
Note: They wilt quickly so pick just before you are going to use them.
FRIED SQUASH BLOSSOMS
Wash carefully and drain
12 large squash blossoms (pick when blossoms are just ready to open)
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup flour
1 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
½ teaspoon turmeric
heat in heavy saucepan
½ – 1 cup oil
Dip blossoms in batter until well coated, then fry in hot fat (375 degrees) until golden brown – takes less than a minute for each. Drain on absorbent paper and serve warm.
SUMMER SQUASH – Gordon Ireland – Serves 6-8
1 summer squash
1/4 cup of butter
medium size sauce pan
- Melt butter in sauce pan on medium heat.
- Slice squash approximately 1/8-inch thick
- Layer into pan, sprinkling pepper to taste on each layer.
- Stirring occasionally, cook to taste.
Takes 20-30 minutes.
Enclosed is my Tax Return & payment. Please take note of the attached article from the USA Today newspaper. In the article, you will see that the Pentagon is paying $171.50 for hammers and NASA has paid $600.00 for a toilet seat.
Please find enclosed four toilet seats (value $2,400) and six hammers (value $1,029). This brings my total payment to $3,429.00. Please note the overpayment of $22.00 and apply it to the “Presidential Election Fund,” as noted on my return.
Might I suggest that you send the above mentioned fund a “1.5 inch screw.” (See attached article…HUD paid $22.00 for a 1.5 inch Phillips Head Screw.)
It has been a pleasure to pay my tax bill this year, and I look forward to paying it again next year. I just saw an article about the Pentagon and “screwdrivers.”