Daily Stuff 6-20-16 Blessed Litha

Hi, folks!

sun icon motifBlessed Litha!

Waves tide Minus Tide at 7:36 AM of -1.1 feet.

Partly Sunny Weather Motif64F and partly cloudy. It’s 6 degrees cooler in town, which is making me wonder about where the thermometer in our area is located. There are patches of blue and it’s very bright, despite the clouds. There might be some drizzle during the night, but there’s no real chance of rain.

060916 Flower08Yesterday was lots of fun, but long and exhausting. I had overslept, so the meat pies that I was working on didn’t actually get finished until past 1pm. Tempus and I got the back sorted around so that we could have the feast back there, which was a good thing because there were 7 people, not the 3 that have been common over the last while. I had to get the table clear so that I could set up the pies and we were working with customers all through, but Tempus and I 060916 Flower09took turns and we got it done. I also finally got that errant shelf unit that’s been in the walkway shifted into the back and got a bunch of the boxes of stuff that we use for these feasts into it.

060916 Flower10He finally took the pies home to bake at 2:15. <groan> That put the potluck start off until after 5pm, but we got stuff done while we were waiting, getting some of the new people the information about the group that’s needed.

060916 Flower11We had a really good potluck. There were a number of dishes beyond the meat pies, like a peach patina and a roman cheese bread, lemon grass cookies and honey ginger carrots beyond the meat pies.

060916 Flower12We ate so late that several people had to head for home immediately and I finally sent the last ones out around 8pm because I needed to go home to collapse. It still took us until well past nine to leave the shop and I didn’t get anything done after we were home.

060916 Flower13Today we have to clean up from yesterday, and get the work table back into place. Tempus has some errands to run and I want to get some of the pictures for stuff that’s for sale done right, this time. This will be the third try on the pictures, but the background have been bad….messy.

You might take a look at this link on Tarot Card history: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/the-surprising-origins-of-tarot-most-misunderstood-cards/

…and bragging on our oldest boy, Arthur, done up as Coyote for a party.

Arthur Coyote 061116399px-The_Cauldron_2012Today’s feast is that of Ceridwen who is the Mother form of the Triple Goddess worshiped in Wicca and modern paganism, probably derived from the writings of Robert Graves. Goddess of inspiration, she is also goddess of fertility and re-birth, because of her ever-flowing cauldron. She is not the ancient goddess-form known by this name although the old stories get used as part of her symbolism. This modern feast is celebrated by burning vervain in small cauldrons, tying green ribbons to trees and using green altar coverings and clothing on this day. Here is a Wiki article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerridwen and another on the Triple Goddess http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_Goddess_(Neopaganism)

oregon grape 6Today’s Plant is Cascade Oregon GrapeMahonia aquifolium, or Dull Oregon Grape, Mahonia nervosa, occasionally called Holly Grape. It’s a lovely, spiky-leaved large shrub or small tree with amazing clusters of bright, yellow flowers in the early spring. Dull Oregon Grape is a shorter plant with duller leaves with a nerve-like pattern of veins, but they both have the same magickal properties. The locals used it to help with rheumatism and it has been tested to replace Goldenseal in the pharmacopeia with some good results. The fruits can be made into jam or wine, although they’re too sour to eat on their own. Feminine, Earth, carry to draw money and prosperity, or popularity. More on aquifolium here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_grape and on nervosa here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahonia_nervosa

Litha PentacleThe shop opens at 11am! 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 ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Full MoonWaxing Moon MagickThe 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. 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 4/21 at 4:02pm. 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 7/4 at 4:01am. 

062016 SOlsticeMonday, June 20, 6:34 p.m. EDT. The Sun marks midsummer in the Northern Hemisphere, and midwinter in the Southern, reaching its farthest declination north. Credit: Starry Night Software

Full MoonMonday, June 20, 7:02 a.m. EDT  – Full Moon – The June Full Moon is known as the Mead Moon, Strawberry Moon, Rose Moon, or Thunder 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 bright Moon shines in the southeast at the end of twilight. It forms the bottom point of a very long, flat triangle with Saturn about 30° to its upper right and Altair about 30° to its upper left.
weather SunSolstice – Monday, June 20, 6:34 p.m. EDT – The Sun reaches its farthest declination north, marking midsummer in the Northern Hemisphere and midwinter in the South. Happy solstice! The Sun reaches its northernmost declination in Earth’s sky at 6:34 p.m. EDT, then begins its six-month return southward. This moment is when summer begins in the Northern Hemisphere, winter in the Southern Hemisphere. See Bob King’s Solstice Brings Late Nights, Bright Sights.
Astro venusVenus is hidden behind the glare of the Sun.

Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 

Rune Runic Month 12 DaguzRunic 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. 

Sun in GeminiSun in Gemini enters Cancer at 3:34pm. Litha/Midsummer/Summer Solstice
Moon in SagittariusFull Strong Sun Moon/Sheep Moon at 4:02am
Moon in Sagittarius enters Capricorn at 4:55am
Juno (6/22), Mars (6/29), Saturn (8/13) Pluto (9/26), and Neptune (11/19) Retrograde
Color: Ivory

Planting 6/20-22

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©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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motif,tree celtic duir oregon white oak garryCeltic 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

duir oak Quercus_roburDuir – Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Month: May
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: D
Meaning: Security; Strength

duir celtic tree month Snowbowlaspensto study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Silver White
Class: Shrub
Letter: E
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.

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Waves tide Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide    Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time       Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
M   20     High  12:33 AM     7.7   5:32 AM     Set  6:04 AM      99
~    20      Low   7:36 AM    -1.1   9:04 PM    Rise  9:10 PM
~    20     High   2:06 PM     6.2
~    20      Low   7:23 PM     2.6

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Spend each day, thinking of someone to thank, I know everyone at one point in their life has someone to thank, a friend, a love one, maybe a doctor that saved your life, this helps with negativity, wake up with gratitude, not thinking of whats wrong today, or what you can find wrong. If someone opens a door for you, say thank you, say good morning to the first person you see. quit finding fault with everything and everyone. Instead, love your love ones, thank your family and friends for what they have done for you. I know everyday you can think of someone to thank.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked. — Bernard Meltzer

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Quotes 

~  Enthusiasm will benefit my future more than spring rain nourishes the wheat. – Og Mandino
~  The melancholy days have come, the saddest of the year, Of wailing winds, and naked woods, and meadows brown and sear. – William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) US poet and newspaper editor
~  Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations. – Earl Nightingale
~  A room without books is like a body without a soul. – Marcus Tullius Cicero

I dream of a world where deer can walk without fear
No trace of man’s, selfish desires
Decisions of life are left to Her
Is this desire so far or near

The air itself so pure and clean
Butterflies dancing, colors bright
A blue heron lands, steady and calm
Do we really have to be so mean?

Where the fish can avoid the hook
Sacred love across the land
Serenity the song, we all hear
You know who, no need to look

A squirrel jumps from tree to tree
A time of joy, one of bliss
No fights or jealousy
A life so truly free

A snake slithers across the ground
A people so blind they cannot see
Politicians selling their lies
Folks its time to turn around

A tiny hummingbird flaps it wing
Look for God he is about
Open our eyes and hear the words
Of their praises do we sing?

Greed and spite our midnight light
Warriors gathered across the land
Bombs and guns we have them all
Does this really make it right?

Goddess voice deep within my heart
A message given, a message heard
Choose the sword, choose the dove
Will we ever give peace a start?

Do we choose such a sad fate?
Destruction and loss of life
Pain and misery is the norm
Is that the choice, is it too late?

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Heron Bar Litha 2013Magick – Litha/Midsummer

Cherry Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound bing cherries, pitted and stemmed
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon creme fraiche or sour cream
  • dash of salt
  • honey to taste

Directions: Blend and serve in chilled soup bowls. Top each with quenelle of lime sorbet and mint sprig.

Notes: Recipe courtesy of Chef Garrett Brown, Verve Wine Bar in Seattle. It has not been tested by NPR.

This soup can be served either as a cool first course on a hot day or as a final dessert by adjusting the ingredients, garnish and honey content. Try it with minced shallot, less honey and topping each soup with a pinch of pulled pork for a delicious appetizer. Double the honey and the sour cream contents, and top with coconut ice cream for a dessert soup.

Rose Cake – Look at roses in a whole new way
From, “Atlanta Cooknotes,” published in cooperation with your Daily Inbox Newsletter.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Petals from 6 red roses
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup superfine white sugar
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons grated orange rind
  • 1 teaspoon rose water
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sour milk or yogurt
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup chopped pistachio nuts


TO PREPARE:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Gently wash and dry rose petals; snip only the red part into small pieces and set aside.  Cream butter and add sugar, beating until light and smooth.  Add egg yolks, lemon and orange rinds, and rose water, mixing well.  Sift flour, baking powder, and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour milk or yogurt.  Fold in rose petals.  Beat egg whites until stiff, and gently fold into mixture.

Sprinkle one-half pistachio nuts on bottom of a greased and floured two-quart tube pan.  Pour batter over nuts and sprinkle with remaining nuts.  Bake 40 minutes or until cake springs back when touched.  Remove from pan and glaze while hot.  To make glaze, combine all ingredients and boil five minutes.  Brush half of hot glaze over hot cake; repeat after both have cooled, using remaining glaze.  Garnish cake with edible flowers such as roses, carnations, or candied violets.

NOTE:  Roses become dark green after baking.
SERVINGS:  
6 – 8

Read more: http://www.beliefnet.com/Love-Family/Recipes/2011/08/Rose-Cake.aspx#ixzz1cdvIwenD

Strawberry-Carrot Tea Bread (3 views) From: herbalmuse. Delicious Living Magazine — Serves 16 / Instead of trans-fatty margarine or shortening, this treat uses canola oil, rich in monounsaturated fat, for tenderness and texture. Strawberries add natural sweetness; if you use frozen berries, drain all liquid before adding to batter.

Tea Bread
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup packed brown sugar or sucanat
2 eggs
1/2 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups finely shredded carrots
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 cup finely chopped strawberries, fresh or frozen and thawed
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Strawberry Glaze
1/3 cup puréed strawberries, fresh or frozen and thawed
1/2 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
3 tablespoons powdered sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, mix oil and brown sugar or sucanat with an electric mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, blending well. Add yogurt, water, and vanilla while continuing to beat. Add carrots and blend.
    2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Add dry ingredients to carrot mixture, blending for 2 minutes until batter is smooth. Gently fold in strawberries and walnuts.
    3. Pour batter into a lightly greased and floured 12-cup tube or bundt pan. Bake 50–55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool and invert onto a serving plate.
    4. For glaze, mix puréed strawberries, yogurt, and powdered sugar in a small bowl. Drizzle entirely over cooled cake, or reserve to drizzle over each serving.

My version Tea Bread
1/2 cup corn oil
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups finely shredded carrots
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 cup finely chopped strawberries, fresh or frozen and thawed
1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts

Strawberry Glaze
1/3 cup puréed strawberries, fresh or frozen and thawed
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
3 tablespoons powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, mix oil and brown sugar with an electric mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, blending well. Add yogurt, water, and vanilla while continuing to beat. Add carrots and blend.
2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Add dry ingredients to carrot mixture, blending for 2 minutes until batter is smooth. Gently fold in strawberries and walnuts.
3. Pour batter into a lightly greased and floured 12-cup tube or bundt pan. Bake 50–55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool and invert onto a serving plate.
4. For glaze, mix puréed strawberries, yogurt, and powdered sugar in a small bowl. Drizzle entirely over cooled cake, or reserve to drizzle over each serving.

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Classic Quips From Late Night“The House of Representatives passed the $70 billion tax cut capital gains and it’s all part of President Bush’s ‘No Millionaire Left Behind’ program.” –David Letterman

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