We were pretty busy yesterday at the shop. We had a lot of folks in, people from Lincoln City and from Brookings, Corvallis and Portland, but also one set from Utah, one from Kansas and another from Ohio.
I spent the early part of the day up at the house packing. I got the hutch emptied, more book boxes done, the small clocks packed and then Tempus came up to get me. I had also harvested roses, so I set up a rose sugar in between helping customers and developing pictures. Tempus got another couple of loads to storage during the afternoon.
We worked out the re-do on the calendar, set up Litha and some other business at esbat, then headed back up to the house with Marius. They got the hutch moved. More stuff needs to get boxed up today and the dresser, dining table, vanity and big computer desk cleared so they can go in Marius’ truck tomorrow.
Tempus crashed almost right after we ate (some of the lentil/veg stew that I made on Friday), leaving me with a computer in my lap. I finally couldn’t keep my eyes open, so I woke him and got him to put it over on his side. We haven’t worked out yet a good way to work it so that we’re sharing it.
Today we’re sitting over coffee talking about what is getting shifted and packed today and still keeping the shop open and going. I’ll be at the shop for Herbs (at 11am), but maybe not for sewing. It depends. Call the shop if you’re planning on coming to Sewing.
A photo by Ken Gagne from yesterday morning, “Some of our Canadian friends flew into Yachats International Airport this morning to enjoy this beautiful day on the Yachats Bay.”
Today’s Plant is Sweet William, Dianthus barbatus. It is often called Carnation, just like others of the dianthus species and I’ve seen it misnamed “phlox” on plant tags at Fred Meyer’s. The difference is the scent. It still has a sweet scent, but not of clove, like gillyflower, or no scent, like phlox. The flowers are edible and attract butterflies and bees, and the seeds will draw birds, who sometimes will also go after the flowers. They’re good as cut flowers, lasting a decent while, being tall, and a cluster, rather than multiple stems and make a nice tea or add to green tea. Cate Middleton had them in her bouquet as a nice touch when she married her “Sweet William”. They have the meaning of “Gallantry”. – Masculine, Sun, Air, Venus – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy. Magickally it is very similar to Gillyflowers.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_william
Vejovis? Who he? Even the later Romans weren’t completely sure! They showed him as a young man, holding a bunch of arrows and lightning bolts and accompanied by a goat. Supposedly one of the first gods to be born, he was associated with healing and Asclepius and goats were sacrificed to him to keep plagues away. Apparently his aspects changed early on and there are a lot of controversies about which is “right” and where his name came from. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vejovis
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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. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 5/23 at 2:14am. 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 6/4 at 8pm.
Saturday, May 21, 5:14 p.m. EDT – Full Moon, May 2016 – The May Full Moon is known as the Milk Moon, Flower Moon, or Corn Planting Moon. It rises around sunset and sets around sunrise; this is the only night in the month when the moon is in the sky all night long. The rest of the month, the moon spends at least some time in the daytime sky.
The full Moon this evening forms a rough rectangle with Mars to its right or lower right, Antares farther below it, and Saturn to its lower left, as shown here (seen from North America). Think photo opportunity.
Mars at opposition, May 2016 – Sunday, May 22, 7 a.m. EDT – Mars is directly opposite the sun in the sky, and is visible all night long. It’s almost at its very closest to Earth, though not exactly so until the 30th.
Uranus is low in the eastern sky in Pisces, rising just before the sun.
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.
©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 21 High 12:30 AM 7.6 5:42 AM Set 6:00 AM 98
~ 21 Low 7:22 AM -0.5 8:44 PM Rise 8:36 PM
~ 21 High 1:43 PM 6.3
~ 21 Low 7:12 PM 2.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Goddess… allow me to see clarity in a way that I can receive.
~ I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. – Eleanor Roosevelt
~ The Wiccan Rede is not a rule. It is a statement counseling us to think, and taking responsibility implies thinking about your actions and their consequences. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out. – Grace Pulpit
~ Other people’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality. – Les Brown
When all hope is gone
I have to go deep inside,
to a place where I can reach
the Goddess that dwells
within my heart and soul;
it is like the painting
of God’s finger touching Adam’s
on the Sistine Chapel ceiling,
reactivating the energies
that were always there.
If all hope is gone,
then I have forgotten
that I am never really alone.
if the Spirit is not with me,
I am the one that moved away. © 2005 Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Peach Cobbler with Vanilla Ice Cream
- In the 9″ x 13″ UNGREASED pan, layer the ingredients in this specific order:
- 20 ounce can of crushed pineapple, undrained
- 1 pound fruit of your choice
- 1 pound of peaches
- box of cake mix
- chopped pecans
- melted butter
- Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes, until golden brown.
- Let stand until lukewarm.
- Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
- You can reheat individual cobbler servings for 1 minute in microwave.
- To reheat the whole pan, bake for 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
Chilled Strawberry-Mint Soup – Makes 2 servings
1 1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
3/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves
Fresh strawberry slices, kiwi fruit slices, or fresh mint sprigs
- In a food processor or blender, place the strawberries, sour cream, heavy cream, orange juice, and honey; whirl until smooth.
- Stir in mint.
- Taste for sweetness; if necessary, add more honey.
- Refrigerate until well chilled.
- To serve, put into cold soup bowls and top with strawberry slices, kiwi fruit slices, or mint sprigs..
Recipe courtesy of Monica Resinger, editor of Creative Home and Gardening. For more recipes and information, visit Monica at http://www.geocities.com/plantldy.geo
© 2001, Monica Resinger, adapted by Anja 2009
Summer Solstice Ritual Potpourri Recipe by Gerina Dunwich http://www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/tigris/567/id20.htm
- 45 drops lemon or lavender oil
- 1 cup oak moss
- 2 cups dried lavender
- 2 cups dried wisteria
- 2 cups dried verbena
Mix the lemon or lavender oil with the oak moss, and then add the remaining ingredients. Stir the potpourri well and store in a tightly covered ceramic or glass container.
(The above recipe for “Summer Solstice Ritual Potpourri” is quoted directly from Gerina Dunwich’s book “The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch’s Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes”, page 162, A Citadel Press Book, Carol Publishing Group, 1994/1995)
Silliness – Inmates Running the Asylum
A guy is walking past a big wooden fence at the insane asylum and he hears all the residents inside chanting, “Thirteen! Thirteen! Thirteen!
Quite curious about this, he finds a hole in the fence, and looks in. Someone inside pokes him in the eye. Then everyone inside the asylum starts chanting, “Fourteen! Fourteen! Fourteen!”