Yesterday was a *very* long day, even if we went home at the normal time. The problems was that we started it very tired and that just didn’t get all the much better. As we were getting ready to roll in the morning, I hurried out to harvest the lavendar, ending tipping over and sitting on a blackberry vine. I got all the thorns out, finally. <sigh> This was all the long English lavendar. There’s more, but I have plenty for the moment.
I set up out front right away as we got there. The Lavendar workshop went well. There are some new tussie-mussies and a few wands, but we were having trouble with the stems snapping, since it’s been so dry. I have quite a lot sitting in water and I’ll try again today.
Patra got there just as I was finishing up and we had a good visit. I did a reading for an hour after that, by which time it was time to set up for the soap workshop. That’s going to continue today, since we ran out of rose water. Tempus is going to nab some in Newport when he drops Robyne off.
The rest of my day was spent doing pouches. We had washed up a bunch of fabrics over our weekend and they were all waiting for me to get out the iron and the cutter. I whomped through all the ironing while Robyne kept me company and we chatted, but he started dropping off, almost fell out of the chair, or at least I was worried he was going to, so I had Tempus take him home and have him go to bed.
I spent most of the time before he got back sewing. Business dropped off to nothing after 3 or so. After we got to the house, I harvested thimbleberries, which are starting to get ripe. Tempus put supper together while I worked on pictures. Supper was pork chops and some of the goodies from the celebration the night before. Robyne was awake in time to eat and then we all turned in.
Today Robyne is heading home to Portland. Tempus is going to drive him up to the bus station and run a couple of small errands. It’s the House Capuchin project day, too, so we’ll be working on those things. The shop will be open until 7pm.
Today’s feast is that of “Kiril-Metodii“ or Saints Cyril and Methodius. They were brothers in the 9th century from the Byzantine end of Christianity and did a lot to christianize (as far as it went….) the Slavs. It was during their time that the Glagolitic (grandfather to Cyrillic) alphabet was developed, the Slavs say by the two brothers, but others say by St. Jerome. The Czechs credit them with “civilizing the wild tribes”, not speaking of themselves of course. 🙂 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saints_Cyril_and_Methodius
Pacific Aster, Symphyotrichum chilense, is one form of aster that grows in the PNW. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphyotrichum_chilense China Asters are the ones grown in gardens and are the common garden aster that Cunningham references: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callistephus_chinensis in his Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. – Feminine, Venus, Water – The aster was sacred to the gods and used on altars in many religious paths. It is often used in love sachets or carry the bloom to win love. You can also grow them in your garden to draw love to you! …and here is an article on the whole family which includes sunflowers, chrysanthemums, yarrow and cone-flower!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteraceae
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Love & Light,
Special Herbs Workshops at Ancient Light!
Beads made from the petals of the rose have been a popular home craft since the Victorian era, and possibly Medieval times, though information is sparse for the latter. Delicate, and delicately scented, they make a wonderful addition to the historically-based ensemble. This workshop provides instructions for the entire process, as well as the hands-on creation of one’s own starter set of beads. Be aware, this is a messy undertaking, and we do use essential oils. There is a $5 fee per person for materials. (If you choose to do both workshops, please see Anja for a fee reduction!)
Kate McClure, sometimes known as Lady Vilda, has been working with rose bead paste for a number of years. She has also been known to work with fabric, write a bit, and commune with Nature on a regular basis. Owned by four cats, she somehow finds the time to occasionally wander western Washington, in search of adventure.
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 at the Tide Change on 7/15 at 6:24pm. 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 7/8 at 1:24pm.
Vega is the brightest star high in the east. Barely to its lower left after dark is one of the best-known multiple stars in the sky: 4th-magnitude Epsilon (ε) Lyrae, the Double-Double. It forms one corner of a roughly equilateral triangle with Vega and Zeta (ζ) Lyrae. The triangle is less than 2° on a side, hardly the width of your thumb at arm’s length. Binoculars easily resolve Epsilon, and a 4-inch telescope at 100× or more should resolve each of Epsilon’s wide components into a tight pair. Zeta Lyrae is also a double star for binoculars; much tougher, but easily split with any telescope. Delta (δ) Lyrae, a similar distance below Zeta, is much wider and easier to separate.
Mercury is low in the glow of dawn, brightening from magnitude –0.4 to –1.0 this week. Look for it 30 or 40 minutes before sunrise just above the east-northeast horizon, very far down to the lower right of Capella. Binoculars help, especially as dawn grows bright. (Don’t confuse Mercury with 1st-magnitude Aldebaran far to its upper right.)
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
Runic New Year and half-month of Fehu/ Feoh, 6/29-7/13 Important in the runic year cycle, today marks beginning of the first rune, Feoh, sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
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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
Su 5 High 2:58 AM 7.8 5:38 AM Set 9:59 AM 90
~ 5 Low 9:48 AM -1.4 9:03 PM Rise 11:26 PM
~ 5 High 4:21 PM 7.2
~ 5 Low 10:09 PM 1.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Conscience is what hurts… …when everything else feels so good.!
Journal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – Imagine that you had to go to a deserted island for a week. In addition to food, shelter, and other necessities that will be provided, you are allowed to take three personal items. What would they be? Explain the reasons for your choices.
~ Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. – Les Brown
~ Daring is about going beyond what we can perceive. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ He knows all who knows when to stop. – Guðmundur Jónsson
~ Protect me from knowing what I don’t need to know. Protect me from even knowing that there are things to know that I don’t know. Protect me from knowing that I decided not to know about the things that I decided not to know about. Amen. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
We Meet Again by Melodie Bolt
I slip through the shadows
where mortals can’t see
that I come running,
come running to thee.
Oh, how I’ve missed you,
your smell in my nose.
Arching my back
and stretching my toes,
I enter your circle –
strong, healthy, not frail.
And purr for you, purr for you,
when you part the veil.
Bake corn bread sticks. You can find a cast-iron mold shaped like little ears of corn in kitchen supply shops. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Activities taken from “Green Witchcraft” by Anne Moura (Aoumiel)
1 cup flour
1/2 cup corn meal
1/4 cup of sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup milk
1/4 cup shortening
Sift dry ingredients together, add eggs, milk, and shortening, and beat until smooth. Pour into molds and bake for 20-25 minutes.
Blaeberry Jam – Bilberries – http://www.chalicecentre.net/lughnasadh.htm
Bilberries, ( fraocháin, blaeberries, blueberries, whortleberries,) the first wild fruits, were a sign of the earth’s covenant with her children, so it was very important to gather and share them with the community. In early Ireland, bilberries were sent as tribute to the High King, according to the medieval Book of Rights:
On the calends of August to the king
Were brought from each respective district,
… the heath-fruit of Brigh-Leithe;
Quantities were eaten on the way up to the Lughnasadh hill of assembly, but the ones that managed to make it down might be made into jam or “fraughan cakes” or simply mashed with cream. A special treat was bilberry wine, which was most enjoyed by lovers, and had the reputation for hastening on the wedding! As was typical in a more neighborly society, some were set aside for those who could not make the climb. And some were also left behind on a special cairn or rock as an offering to an old, almost-forgotten god who first brought the harvest to Ireland.
Here’s a recipe for traditional blaeberry jam that comes from Scotland. Wild blaeberries (vaccinium myrtillus) are much smaller and tarter than the commercial blueberry, but the rhubarb in this recipe adds sharpness and texture.
2 lb blaeberries
2 lb preserving sugar
Wash, trim and roughly chop the rhubarb, put it into a pan and cook gently until it starts to soften. Stir in the sugar and when it has dissolved add the blaeberries and bring the jam to the boil. Boil it rapidly for up to 20 minutes to setting point. Cool slightly then pour into clean warm jars, cover, label and store.
(Test for setting point: test the jam by placing a spoonful on a plate, letting it cool and then pushing the surface with your finger: if it wrinkles the jam is ready)
From: Janet Warren, A feast of Scotland, Lomond Books,1990, ISBN 1-85051-112-8.
BERRIES WITH GERANIUM CREAM – Check your local farmers market or Chef’s Garden (800-289-4644) for the geranium leaves or experiment with other leaves such as fresh basil or mint.
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped pesticide-free rose-scented geranium (pelargonium) leaves
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 3 cups blackberries (13 oz)
- 1 1/2 cups blueberries (8 oz)
- Heat cream, geranium leaves, and sugar in a metal bowl set over a pot of simmering water
- Stir until sugar is dissolved and cream is hot but not boiling, about 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and cool slightly, then chill until cold, about 45 minutes.
- Pour cream through a sieve set into a bowl and discard solids.
- Beat together cream cheese and cream in a bowl with an electric mixer until thickened (cream should not hold peaks), about 2 minutes.
- Divide blackberries and blueberries among 6 bowls or parfait glasses and top with cream.
Cooks’ note: Cream can be beaten up to 4 hours ahead and chilled, covered. Makes 6 dessert servings.