It’s *gorgeous* out there, although the phone company thermometer says 78F. The sun room was way hot and humid as I went through coming out this morning. ….well, afternoon…. Dang, it’s 1:20, already, and I haven’t started putting the newsletter together? Well, it’s Wednesday.
Down by the water all the computer sites are around 60F, but more inland, past Lint Slough and up on Alsea Heights are running in the mid-to-upper 70’s. No chance of rain until Friday night. The event this weekend might be unpleasant. Gonna look that up. …In Medford it’s only a 50% chance over Saturday and it might be cool enough to stand. Ok.
Yesterday was all packing…. more packing… and unpacking for that matter! Loads went to storage. Loads for the shop went into the back bedroom. Stuff for the apartment came down here and got unpacked once Tempus was off on his newspaper run. Oof…. that was the day!
He got back in at 3:30am. The route’s taking less time, now, and the papers were out on time. While he was gone I did some planning and figuring where more things were going. We still have some stuff to move out, so we have room to move things in. I put away dishes and foodstuffs and sorted some keepsakes that I’m giving the kids and then went to sort a couple of the drawers in the dresser. Tempus has taken them over, I guess, so I’m going to have to wait for the other dresser. We need to get on that today. I’m going to have him take a load of the boxes that are in the way to storage and then some more furniture and then the last load will be stuff for the shop, which can live in the car overnight.
Tempus is back at the apartment doing some cleanup while I’m getting this out.
I’m hoping I get a little cooking time in, though, while we’re packing. I want to get a pickle broth made and divided into containers and then that will be ready as I get the vegetables prepped for pickles. I’m also hoping to make a marzipan tonight, which I’ll have to do upstairs since I don’t quite trust the electric in the galley.
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
Today’s Feast is that of the Ice Saints, the Eisheilige, who supposedly brought bad weather on their three consecutive feast days, May 11-13 in Central Europe. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_Saints and some odd weather lore. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weather_saints#Special_weather-forecasting_days
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 5/21 at 2:14pm. 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 5/13 at 10:02am.
Jupiter‘s strongly red Great Red Spot will be facing telescope users at nightfall in the Eastern and Central time zones. It transits Jupiter’s central meridian around 10:48 p.m. EDT; 9:48 CDT.
Uranus is hidden low in the glow of dawn.
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Runic half-month of Laguz, April 29-May 13 – Stands for: Water (or Lake) Color: Black & White (Green) Casting meaning: Laguz represents the power of water and its easy flowing nature. We must learn to “go with the flow” when this rune shows up in a reading so that we can take full advantage of our powers.
Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70.
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Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12 – The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 11 High 4:10 AM 7.7 5:53 AM Set 12:42 AM 21
~ 11 Low 11:08 AM -0.9 8:33 PM Rise 10:46 AM
~ 11 High 5:49 PM 6.6
~ 11 Low 11:26 PM 2.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Have a picnic.
~ A ship is safe in harbour, but that’s not what ships are for. – William Shedd
~ Nothing is too wonderful to be true if it be consistent with the laws of nature. – Michael Faraday (1791-1867) English scientist
~ The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion. – Albert Einstein
~ If you realized how powerful your thoughts are… you would never think a negative thought. – Charmine Shing
I have learned from speaking to many cancer survivor groups that the watch on your hand no longer says, “tick, tick, tick.” It now says “precious, precious, precious.” When you understand that, every chapter in your life that you write becomes fascinating. – Steve Sobel, Speaker
Magick – As the roses are starting up I thought this might be timely. BTW, I did *not* have good luck with this! I’ve had better luck with just chucking the rose petals into warm water and then straining! If you have good results let me know what you did!
What you’ll need: implements
- a dutch oven with a domed lid that is topped with a knob
- a small heat-resistant dish or cup for the rose water to collect in
- a shallow can to raise the collection dish up above the water level; holes should be poked in the bottom with a nail to allow the water to circulate
What you’ll need: ingredients
- 2 to 3 quarts (8 to12 cups) of freshly plucked rose petals that have not been sprayed with pesticides or other chemicals
- The scent and color of the rose water will depend upon the kind of roses used. These are red china roses and have a slightly musky undertone.
- lots and lots of ice prepared beforehand, about 12 trays full. Better yet, just buy a big bag of ice.
- Center the shallow can and collection cup within the dutch oven so that the collection dish is raised up, but isn’t taller than the walls of the kettle.
- Arrange approximately 4 cups of rose petals around the collection cup. Cover with purified water until the water line is about 1/2 inch from the collection dish’s rim.
- Invert the lid to the dutch oven and place on top of the kettle. When the steam hits the lid, it should drip downwards and into the collection cup.
- Turn the stove burner to medium or just under and allow dutch oven to reach a low boil. Place several ice cubes in the bowl of the inverted lid. The temperature shock will cause rose-scented steam to condense and drip down into the collection cup. Continue to add ice as the cubes melt until the lid is full, approximately 20 min. (I recommend having a turkey baster on hand to drain the full lid before using a butter knife to lift it up. A pair of tongs is also useful in removing the collection cup without spilling it)
- The cup in the center should have enough rose water in it that it will need to be emptied at this point. Carefully remove it with a pair of tongs and pour it into a larger container. Replace the cup and gently stir the rose petals to make sure that they’re submerged.
- If the petals are fully transparent or slightly brown, scoop them out. New petals or more water can be added as needed. Return the inverted lid to the kettle.
- Repeat steps 7 and 8 until all the petals are used, the water in the collection cup starts to become clear, or you run out of ice.
- Store the finished rose water in an airtight bottle (preferably one that is colored glass, not clear like this one). After it has cooled enough, keep refrigerated.
2 quarts of rose petals has yielded almost 3 cups of rose water.
If there appears to be an excess of sediment or maybe a few stray antheres from the rose, you can pour the rose water though a coffee filter.
Rose water has a number of uses, both cosmetic and culinary.
The toughest thing about making your own is convincing yourself to boil water for several hours during a hot and humid summer day.