Yesterday was long. Both of us were tired and a little let down since our boy has headed out. We got to see several old friends during the day, folks who haven’t been in for months or years. I got a lot of pictures done and finished a pincushion, worked on inventory, got the shells checked in and things like that. I also did a couple of readings during the day.
Tempus made us a good supper and then promptly fell asleep on the sofa. 🙂 He didn’t snooze long, though, got up and did another round and then went back to sleep. I was working on filling in newsletter files, since we’ve started the Litha Magics.
Today there’s supposed to be a batch of people coming in for Herbs, so we’re going to be prepping resins, among the other herbs. Sewing will be BYOP. Otherwise we’ll just be keeping on keeping on. 🙂
Another Ken Gagne pic of an eagle in Yachats this one from 5/12/15
Flowering fern [Royal fern], Osmunda regalis, is today’s plant, dedicated to Saint Osmund. Osmunda regalis belongs to the oxymoronically named flowering fern family, so called because the densely-clustered sporangia resemble flowers. It is said by some to be one of the most handsome European ferns, hence the name. It is widely distributed in Europe, Asia and North America. The ‘Royal Fern’ is also known as the ‘Queen Flower’. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osmunda_regalis (pictures are the American variety of this fern)
According to Slavic mythology, the sporangia – called ‘Perun’s flowers’ – have assorted magical powers, such as giving their holders the ability to defeat demons, fulfil wishes, unlock secrets, and understand the language of trees. However, collecting the sporangia is a difficult and frightening process. In earlier traditions, they had to be be collected on Kupala night; later, after the arrival of Christianity, the date is changed to Easter eve. Either way, the person wanting to collect Perun’s flowers must stand within a circle drawn around the plant and withstand the taunting or threats of demons.
Today’s feast is for Mjölnir, the god Thor’s marvelous hammer. The Prose Edda says that with it Thor:
… would be able to strike as firmly as he wanted, whatever his aim, and the hammer would never fail, and if he threw it at something, it would never miss and never fly so far from his hand that it would not find its way back, and when he wanted, it would be so small that it could be carried inside his tunic.
That’s awesome as a tool, let alone a weapon! Today was the day when ritual contests were held in the old Norse traditions, trial by combat, or bardic competitions. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mj%C3%B6lnir There’s a marvelous article about the Viking Raids into Europe and what caused them, here: http://freya.theladyofthelabyrinth.com/?page_id=483
Grudie Rosnoe – Traven (May) 20-30 – During these ten days, Volhvs (Magicians, Soothsayers, Sorcerors) bring sacrifices to Rod for rain and for good, productive harvests. (Volhv: a priest of Slavic Paganism; analogous to the scandinavian “Godhi” )
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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 5/25 at 12:4pm. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 5/20 at 5:15pm. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 5/23 at 5:15pm.
The waning crescent Moon hangs low with Venus and Mercury at dawn. (The visibility of Mercury is exaggerated here; binoculars will help.)
With summer still a month away (astronomically speaking), the last star of the Summer Triangle rises above the eastern horizon around 10 or 11 p.m. That’s Altair, the Triangle’s lower right corner. The highest and brightest corner is Vega. The third star is Deneb, less far to Vega’s lower left.
Mercury is buried deep in the glow of sunrise, even though it’s at greatest western elongation from the Sun on May 17th. This is its poorest apparition of the year.
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.
©2017 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
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
Sa 20 Low 2:41 AM 2.4 5:43 AM Rise 3:03 AM 42
~ 20 High 8:13 AM 5.6 8:43 PM Set 2:39 PM
~ 20 Low 2:41 PM 0.9
~ 20 High 9:17 PM 6.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Do not lose Joy in your Spirit.
Journal Prompt – What do you think? – If you could live in another country for six months, what country would you choose? How do you think living there would be different from where you’re living now?
~ Beauty is the highest of all these occult influences, the quality of appearances that thru’ the sense wakeneth spiritual emotion in the mind of man. – Robert Bridges (1844-1930) English writer
~ Both poverty and riches are the offspring of thought. – Napolean Hill
Chop your own wood, and it will warm you twice. – Henry Ford
Discard the flamboyant and stick to basics. – Kerr Cuhulain
Believing that there
should be something more
Could not be wrong.
It is deep within
The nature of every being
To reach toward
The wondrous mysteries
Of the Universe.
It is inside us to want
The most fulfillment
In love and sex,
The warmth of family…
And we yearn
To create beautiful things
That no one else
Has thought of.
If we do not strive
For the unknown
And suffer the torments
We do not grow
We cannot improve
And we sink back
Into the mud, or to
Mediocrity. – © Copyright 2/6/06 Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Litha Magick – Recipes
Rose Cake – Look at roses in a whole new way
From, “Atlanta Cooknotes,” published in cooperation with your Daily Inbox Newsletter.
- 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
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
Cherry Soup – 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.
- 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.
Caramel Custards – www.weavings.co.uk
Any food that is yellow can be used to symbolize the Sun. Citrus fruits would be good. Peach halves with vanilla pudding (custard) or flan (caramel custards or crème Brule) are also appropriate.
For the Caramel:
- 3/4 cup (187.50ml) sugar
- 2 ounces (59.14ml) water
- For the Custard:
- 6 large eggs
- 1 cup (250ml) sugar
- 1 teaspoon (4.93ml) vanilla
- 1 quart (3.41litres) boiling milk
- Combine the sugar and water in a thick bottom medium saucepan. Boil over high heat until sugar starts to caramelize and turns golden brown.
- Add 1 tablespoon water or more to thin the caramel. Pour caramel in a ring mould or other appropriate oven-proof individual moulds or ramekin.
- Beat the eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl. Slowly pour in the boiling milk. Stir in the vanilla. Strain the custard mix through a fine strainer. Pour into the caramelized mould. Bake in a water bath at 350 F (180C/Gas mark 4) for 30 minutes for a ring mould, 20 minutes for individual moulds. Refrigerate caramel custard until cold.
- Wet a non-serrated knife and run it between the custards and the sides of the ramekins or mould.
- Put a plate upside down over each ramekin and invert it quickly. The flan should slide out easily.
by Garnet WindDancer