56F and bright sunshine. It’s going to be a lovely day!
Yesterday I spent the first part of the day at the house, packing. Then Tempus spent the afternoon there, packing. When we closed the shop in the evening we went back up to the house and packed…. Got the idea, yet? 🙂 I can see the end of it coming, now, thankfully!
So, the actual important stuff at the shop was mostly sorting out and putting away. I *finally* remembered to print some business cards. Tempus does the cutting so much better than I do. His always look regular and tidy and mine…. don’t… but we have business cards. We had a number of customers in, a bunch of them “just looking”, but several who were serious about finding something.
Today we’ll have the shop open on time, but I’ll be up at the house working on getting the plants ready for transport. There will be a sort period somewhere between 12:30 and 2 when the shop will be shut long enough for Tempus to come get me and then I’ll be at the shop for the rest of the day. …and then we have to keep packing this evening… <sigh>
Go forth and conquer! Hey, if even a snail can do it?
Today’s plant is Nasturtium, Tropaeolum majus, (not watercress, which is true nasturtium). It’s certainly not native to the PNW, but grows well here. I love the brilliant oranges and yellows of the flowers. They’re yummy, too, with a slightly peppery taste, both leaf and flower and the seeds serve as a substitute for capers in pickles. The flowers stand for Victory in Battle; Patriotism and Affectation and are little used in magicks other than as symbols and foods for Ostara and Beltane celebrations because of their association with the Sun. They also can be used as a symbol for sacrifice to the larger good of soldiers, firemen and police, but are usually only seen at funerals in this context.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropaeolum_majus
Today is the date in 585 BC on which the Greek philosopher and scientist Thales predicted a solar eclipse would occur. This is one of the cardinal dates from which other dates can be calculated since eclipses can be calculated pretty exactly. The Battle of the Eclipse was fought on this date. It is called that because it ended abruptly as the eclipse was considered to be a sign from the gods, and therefore recorded. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Halys_(585_BC)
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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. 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 5/29 at 5:12am.
Constellations seem to twist around fast as they pass your zenith, if you’re comparing them with the direction “down.” Just a week ago the Big Dipper floated horizontally in late twilight an hour after sunset as seen from 40° N latitude. Now it’s tilted almost 45° at that time, bowl down. Another two weeks and it will be hanging straight down by its handle at that time.
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot transits Jupiter’s central meridian around 9:54 p.m. EDT.
Mars is in opposition to the sun on May 22, and closest to Earth on May 30. This is generally a good apparition, but Mars is low in the southern sky for northern observers. It is visible all night in Scorpius
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. Runic Half-month of Othala/ Odal/Odel 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”..
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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.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 28 High 5:07 AM 6.4 5:37 AM Rise 1:17 AM 68
~ 28 Low 12:05 PM 0.0 8:51 PM Set 12:09 PM
~ 28 High 6:54 PM 6.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care.
~ Wisdom outweighs any wealth. – Sophocles
~ Any poet, if he is to survive beyond his 25th year, must alter; he must seek new literary influences; he will have different emotions to express. – Thomas Stearnes Eliot (1888-1965) US writer
~ The private control of credit is the modern form of slavery. – Upton Sinclair (1878-1968) US writer
~ I do not wish to harm anybody, I am just following my own way but it appears to disturb others, most of the people do not like those who follow a different path. How could I go away from my way? It gives me such happiness, such contentment. Be yourself at any cost! – Dharma
Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die,
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly. – Langston Hughes
Fruit Salad with Love Spell – Adapted from Recipe by Morgana of Hawaii – http://www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/tigris/567/id20.htm
Make a salad of the below-listed ingredients, concentrating on the love you wish to share. Chant the Spell Incantation as you chop and slice.
Fruit Salad Ingredients:
- 1 cup Mango
- 1/2 cup Pine Nuts (optional)
- 1 cup Pineapple, to be cut into bite-size chunks
- 1 cup Apple, to be cut into bite-size chunks
- 1 cup Peaches, to be cut into bite-size chunks
- 2 or 3 Bananas, to be sliced (depending on personal preference)
- 1 small jar Red Cherries
- 1/2 cup Coconut (if desired)
“Fruit of mango, fruit of pine,
Let the one I love be mine.
Fruit of apple, fruit of peach,
Bring him (her) close within my reach.
Fruit of banana, fruit of cherry,
Let his (her) love for me not vary.
As I work my magick spell,
Warmly in his (her) heart I dwell.
I now invoke the Law of Three:
This is my will, so mote it be!”
Mingle the fruits and place your hands on either side of the bowl, while visualizing you and your loved one building a life together. Then serve the salad.
(The above recipe for “Fruit Salad with Love Spell” is adapted from Morgana of Hawaii’s recipe in Scott Cunningham’s book “The Magic in Food: Legends, Lore & Spells”, page 243, Llewellyn Publications, 1990.)
Sopapillas – www.weavings.co.uk
Another favourite and very simple dessert to make is the Mexican pastry, sopapillas. Dipped in honey, the light and airy texture defies explanation. Just try them!
2 cups (500ml) all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons (9.86ml) baking powder
1 (4.93ml)teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons (30ml) shortening
3/4 cup (187.50ml)
2 cups (500ml) vegetable oil for frying
- In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Using hands, mix in water to make a smooth dough. Knead lightly on a floured surface. Cut dough into 12 pieces, and shape into round balls. Cover, and set aside.
- Heat oil in deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
- On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into thin circles. Cut each circle into triangles. Fry in hot oil, until golden brown, turning when dough puffs. Remove, and drain well on paper towels. Some people like to dust them with powdered sugar (called icing sugar in England). Delicious served with gently warmed honey but can also be eaten by dipping into chocolate or fruit sauce.
Make a batch of Shortbread or Sugar Cookies, and give them lots of glittery sprinkles! When you go into the garden, or woods, share them with the fairies and the little ones. Here’s a recipe for shortbread followed by the method for decorating.
Irish Shortbread Cookies – Mrs Pearl Kells of “The Arches”, Drumyouth, Arva, Co. Cavan, Ireland.
Yield: 30 cookies
1cup butter, softened
1cup granulated sugar
2 cups white flour
1 teaspoon salt.
- Mix butter and sugar until well blended.
- Work in the flour and salt.
- If the dough is too dry, add 1 to 2 tablespoons more butter.
- Roll 1-inch thick on a slightly floured board.
- Cut into rectangles approximately 1-inch by 2-inches.
- Prick each rectangle with the tines of a fork.
- Bake at 350 degrees F. for 18 – 20 minutes.
Faery Cookie Decorations –
Summer coating or chocolate (Wilton’s Candy Melts™ are a good option here)
Edible glitter, colored sugar or raw sugar grains
Optional – flower-shaped sprinkles or candies
- After cookies are cooled enough to handle, fill a two cup microwave-safe measure ½-way with the chocolate or summer coating.
- Fill a saucer with the glitter, etc.
- Fill another saucer with the sprinkles or candies.
- Melt chocolate, etc. in the microwave, one minute at a time, stirring each time with a heat-proof spoon. It may take 3-5 minutes for the chocolate to be completely melted.
- Dip each cookie end on quickly into the melted chocolate, then immediately press one side into the glitter and the other into the sprinkles. If you have candies instead, pick one up and hold it to the cookie. If it doesn’t stick, dip it into the chocolate and quickly press into the cookie.
- Let cool thoroughly and store in fridge (or cooler) until serving.
Silliness – Useful Work Phrases
– I’m already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.
– I will always cherish the initial misconceptions I had about you.
– It’s a thankless job, but I’ve got a lot of karma to burn off.
– Yes, I am an agent of Satan, but my duties are largely ceremonial.
– No, my powers can only be used for good.
– How about never? Is never good for you?
– I’m really easy to get along with once you people learn to worship me.
– You sound reasonable…Time to up my medication.
– I’ll try being nicer if you’ll try being smarter.
– I’m out of my mind, but feel free to leave a message…
– I don’t work here. I’m a consultant.
– Who me? I just wander from room to room.
– My toys! My toys! I can’t do this job without my toys!
– It might look like I’m doing nothing, but at the cellular level I’m really quite busy.
– At least I have a positive attitude about my destructive habits.
– You are validating my inherent mistrust of strangers.
– I see you’ve set aside this special time to humiliate yourself in public.
– Someday, we’ll look back on this, laugh nervously and change the subject.