It’s been really nice to get some rain. We got three tenths of an inch yesterday and a tenth today so far. I know that my plants are a lot happier than they were. The sun is shining brightly now and it’s clear. The wind gusts are going up over 10 mph and it’s just under 70F, although the rest of the weather stations are reporting closer to 60. Lovely day!
Yesterday, we took our time getting going in the morning, resting and trying to figure out where we’re going to put things. Eventually we were at the shop where I worked on blogs and such while Tempus got the mail and paid some bills. After that I was at the house, packing, and after he helped me dig my salad burnet he took a load of stuff to the now-clean and running freezer. It’s going to be nice to have that again.
Eventually I was back at the shop for the evening and into his paper route time. He picked me up at about 1:30 and I finished the route with him. We got home around 3:30, which is why I’m just now writing this past 11:30.
Today we have to get the packed stuff to storage and I have roses to harvest!
Solstice is coming!
Today’s plant, Lungwort (Pulmonaria) is one of the first perennials to bloom, with bright flowers and spotted leaves. Zones 4-8 More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lungwort …and there are lots of pix in Wikimedia Commons here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Pulmonaria – Feminine, Air, the Sylphs– It is a plant of helpful magick for breathing problems from COPD to asthma to TB to lung cancer….
Today is the anniversary in 1667 of the first successful blood transfusion, animal to human, although the allergic reactions would have killed the patients if the quantities had been larger. It wasn’t until 1902 and the discovery of human blood types that transfusions actually became worthwhile. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_transfusion#History …and more here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Baptiste_Denys
The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Summer hours are 11am-7pm Thursday through Monday. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at firstname.lastname@example.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.
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 6/20 at 4:02am. 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 a the Full on 6/18 at 4:02pm.
As it waxes toward full, the Moon joints the Mars-Saturn-Antares show. (The Moon’s positions in these scenes is always exact for the middle of North America.)
Io reappears from eclipse out of Jupiter’s shadow around 10:46 p.m. EDT, good timing for the Eastern time zone. A small telescope will show it gradually swelling into view, just east of the planet.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.0, in southern Leo) stands in the southwest during twilight. It moves lower left as the evening progresses. See our telescopic guide to Jupiter in the March Sky & Telescope, page 48.
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Runic half-month of Dagaz/ Dag, 6/14-6/28. – Beneficial rune of light, health, prosperity and openings, signifying the high point of the day and the high point of the year when in light and warmth all things are possible.
©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 15 Low 4:20 AM 1.0 5:31 AM Set 2:59 AM 72
~ 15 High 10:17 AM 5.0 9:03 PM Rise 4:33 PM
~ 15 Low 3:50 PM 2.1
~ 15 High 10:04 PM 7.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Never miss the opportunity to compliment or say something encouraging to someone.
~ Future generations are not going to ask us what political party were you in. They are going to ask what did you do about it, when you knew the glaciers were melting. – Martin Sheen
~ A gentleman can live through anything. – William Faulkner (1897-1962) US writer
~ The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls. – Elizabeth Stanton (1815-1902) US reformer
I give thanks for the breath that opens out my lungs.
I give thanks for the sun, bringing light and warmth to Earth.
I give thanks for the birds, who remind me it is morning.
I give thanks for life. I give thanks for life.
I am thankful for this day.
May I be of service. T. Thorn Coyle: Know Thyself
Solstice Herb Bread – http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/7039/AshlinCB.html
- 3 C. flour
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 pkg. dry active yeast
- 2 tbsp. chopped fresh chives
- 2 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
- 1 tsp. fresh thyme
- 1 1/4 C. hot water
- 2 tbsp. Crisco
- Mix 2 cups of the flour, sugar, salt and yeast in a large bowl.
- Add herbs, water, and Crisco.
- Beat slowly, stirring in remaining cup of flour until smooth.
- Scrape batter from sides of bowl and let rise in a warm place for 35 minutes or until it doubles in bulk.
- Punch down and beat with a spoon for about 15 seconds.
- Place dough in a greased loaf pan, patting down and forming a loaf shape with your hands.
- Cover and let rise again for about 30 minutes or until it again doubles in bulk.
- Bake at 375 for 40-45 minutes.
- Brush top with butter or margarine and remove from pan to cool.
Fruit Salad – <email@example.com>
1 Granny Smith apple, cored and chopped
1 red apple, cored and chopped
8 oz nonfat lemon yogurt
1 nectarine, pitted and sliced
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- Combine all the fruit and nuts together in a large bowl.
- Mix in yogurt.
- Chill and serve
BAKED TOMATOES – Gordon Ireland – Serves 6-8
- 3 whole fresh tomatoes
- 12-oz bag cheddar cheese (or blue cheese crumbles)
- Fresh parsley
- Flat tray or cookie sheet
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.
- Shred cheddar cheese
Slice the tomato 1/2-inch thick, place on tin foil on tray
- Liberally spread cheddar cheese on the tomatoes.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven and sprinkle parsley over tomatoes.
Herbed Vegetables – <firstname.lastname@example.org>
2 medium sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 carrots, cut into chunks
1 parsnip, chunked
1 red onion, quartered
1 tbs olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp dried herbs (marjoram, thyme, basil, rosemary and oregano)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
- Fill a 13x9x2 baking dish with the chopped vegetables.
- Combine the oil, garlic, herbs, salt and pepper and drizzle over top.
- Cover pan with foil and bake at 425F for 30 minutes.
- Remove foil and stir.
Bake uncovered for another 5-10 minutes
Silliness – Late Night Funny – New research shows that monkeys enjoy movies, and can even follow plot lines. So if you’re keeping score — that’s monkeys: one, my mom: zero. “Who’s he? Is that the bad guy?” “It’s a commercial, mom.” – Jimmy Fallon