Yesterday was pretty quiet. We did have some customers in, but putting 4 blog posts (3 of ’em shop newsletters) together took most of my time. I did get some paperwork done and finished getting caught up on mail, but that’s about it. Tempus got caught up on stuff around the shop. We didn’t get home until very late and went right to bed.
Today we’re moving stuff. ‘Nuff said….
This is kinda neat….
Today’s plant is Shore Pine, Pinus contorta, var. contorta. It’s a tough tree well suited to stand up to the coastal winds. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinus_contorta More on the coastal ecology here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_Coast#Terrestrial_ecology Pine’s magick is: Male, Mars, Air – Healing, fertility, protection, money, burn to cleanse a house, changing negative energy to positive, or use boughs for purification baths/sweats.
Today’s Feast is that of Dea Dia, a fertility goddess of Rome, whose worship was so old, even then, that the Carmen Arvale, Her sacred chant, wasn’t understood! She was probably an aspect of Ceres, in some way. Her priests were the Fratres Arvales (Brothers of the Fields) who were from Patrician families (traditionally the emperor was one) who were responsible for the worship of the “closer in” guardian deities of flocks, fields, home and ancestors. More on the priests here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fratres_Arvales on the Lares here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lares and on the chant here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmen_Arvale
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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 Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 5/20 at 2:14am.
Look for Spica lower left of the waxing gibbous Moon this evening (for North America). To the Moon’s right or upper right is fainter Gamma Virginis (Porrima), a famous close double star for telescopes. Its nearly-equal components are currently 2.5 arcseconds apart.
Saturn (magnitude +0.1, in southern Ophiuchus over Scorpius) rises about 40 minutes after brighter Mars, following about 11° to Mars’s lower left. They cross the southern sky through the night, and by dawn they’re low in the southwest.
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
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 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
Tu 17 Low 4:53 AM 1.2 5:46 AM Set 4:00 AM 78
~ 17 High 10:47 AM 5.7 8:40 PM Rise 4:46 PM
~ 17 Low 4:40 PM 1.6
~ 17 High 10:52 PM 7.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Empower yourself – find your light and let it shine.
Journal Prompt – Schoolish Stuff – Create a never-before-discovered bird or animal. After you describe how it looks, tell more about it—such as what unusual things it can do, what it eats, and what kinds of sounds it makes.
~ Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get. – Dale Carnegie
~ To inspire quite literally means to breathe in the spirit of something. – Hans Oskar Porr
~ Happiness is good health and a bad memory. – Ingrid Bergman (1917-1982)
~ Magic becomes art when it has nothing to hide. – Ben Okri
Winter is when the snow falls in buckets and leaves the world looking like a fantasy land. There is nothing that gets the butterflies going in my stomach more than walking through the woods at night with snow hanging so thick off the branches it looks like white moss. The branches hang low from the weight of it and form magical tunnels that sparkle and shimmer. It makes me want to stand there and marvel forever. – Joyce Wiedemann
Cheesy Bacon and Caramelized Onion Rolls – Recipe by Bev Cooks
- Prep Time – 45 min
- Total Time – 60 min
- Servings – 8
- 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 small to medium white onions, evenly sliced
- 5 slices bacon, cut in half
- 1 (8 ounce) tube Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent rolls
- 1 cup shredded soft Havarti cheese
- 1 scallion, finely sliced
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium. Add the sliced onions and sauté until nice and caramelized, about 45 minutes. Season with a small pinch of salt. Transfer to a cutting board and chop.
- In the meantime, in another skillet, render your bacon until crispy. Set aside to drain; crumble.
- In the meantime, preheat oven to 375°F.
- Unroll the crescent rolls onto a baking sheet. Layer with shredded cheese, chopped onions and bacon crumbles. Roll up into the crescent shapes. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
- Garnish with more bacon crumbles and scallions. Serve immediately!
Recipe by Macheesmo
- Prep Time – 5min
- Total Time – 25min
- Servings – 8
- 8 all-beef, 1/4-pound hot dogs
- Chop sticks, for cutting
- 8 hot dog buns, toasted
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1 tablespoon sriracha chili sauce
Sweet Mustard Sauce:
- 1/4 cup whole grain mustard
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
Greek Yogurt Sauce:
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup minced cucumber
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Pinch of salt
- Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
- To make Hasselback hot dogs, place a single hot dog between two chopsticks. Use a small paring knife to cut slits down the hot dog every 1/4-inch. The chopsticks will stop you from cutting all the way through the hot dogs.
- Grill hot dogs normally for 4-5 minutes per side until they are crispy and curled. Toast hot dog buns on grill at the same time as the hot dogs.
- Serve hot dogs with any topping, such as Sriracha Ketchup, Sweet Mustard Sauce or Greek Yogurt Sauce. To make the sauces, just mix ingredients and top on your hot dog.
BACONWRAPPED CRESCENT DOGS– Bacon makes everything better–including the classic crescent dog.
- Prep Time15 min
- Total Time – 30 min
- Servings – 8
- 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated Crescent Dough Sheet or Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
- 8 hot dogs
- 8 slices packaged precooked bacon (from 2.1- or 2.52-oz package)
- Unroll dough; cut lengthwise into 8 even strips. (If using dinner rolls, separate dough into 8 triangles.)
- To make each crescent dog, twist 1 bacon slice around 1 strip of dough.
- Wrap twisted bacon and dough evenly around each hot dog. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake about 12 minutes or until puffed and light golden brown. Serve warm with ketchup, mustard and any of your favorite toppings or dips.
Silliness – Prison Mail
A prisioner in jail received a letter from his wife:
Dear Husband, “I have decided to plant some lettuce in the back garden. When is the best time to plant them?”
The prisioner, knowing that the prison guards read all the mail, replied in a letter:
Dear Wife, “Whatever you do, DO NOT touch the back garden! That is where I hid all the gold.”
A week or so later, he received another letter from his wife:
Dear Husband, “You wouldn’t believe what happened. Some men came with shovels to the house, and dug up the whole back garden.”
The prisoner wrote another letter: Dear wife, “NOW is the best time to plant the lettuce!”