It’s 60F, the wind is at 15 and blowing steadily, instead of gusting and even more so on the beaches. The sun is shining in the blue sky with white puffies over the Coast Range and the marine layer pulled well out to sea. 72% humidity. It just feels wonderful outside!
Yesterday started a bit late and we were busy in the afternoon because we needed to open the doors to cool the place down. Some things that got left behind during class Monday evening got picked up and I got a nap, since we were going to be up late. Tempus got the bean soup put away so we have lunches for the week.
After all that I got going on newsletters for the week. Tempus had done the shopping and was bagging papers by 10pm. By 11, most of the stuff was in for the week, but I wanted to get them set up so that I could do them from home the way I used to, especially for today when I really want to bake. So that was done by 11:30 and I started the cheese.
By 2am it was hanging to cool and I was working on kits. Tempus picked me up at 3:20 and we headed out. By the time we finished Bayshore, at around 4am I was wondering whether it was getting light and by 4:20 I was certain, since we were rolling out along 34 by the river and the growing light was plain with the dark hills in front. Venus looked like a UFO, really bright and I watched it all the way out to the spring and when I could see it on the way back.
The river was all primrose colors by then and by the time we were done Waldport, the sun was actually up, all golden. A huge bird flew over as we were up in our old neighborhood and I got a good solid look at it before it vanished into the trees. It was an eagle.
Today I foxed myself. 1/2 my ingredients and all the room to set up the baking is here, but the over is at home, so we’re here to get coffee and set things up, then we’ll head home and bake!
I want to do shortbreads today and set up the pickled eggs. I’ll save out some for us, some for the Jeanne and the Duckmeister, and then send the rest with the cheese and the shortbread. It’s going to be a long evening, even with starting my day at 4pm!
Today’s Plant is the Evergreen Violet, Viola sempervirens. This is a pretty plant that looks like nothing much through 9 months of the year here on the coast, but is spectacular in March, when it covers the ground with beautiful golden flowers on a deep blue/green background and still lovely in April/May. It is indeed evergreen, not withering to the ground, although it sometimes is overshadowed by grass. It grows well in the park behind our old house. As any viola it is Feminine, ruled by Venus, but unlike the blue violets (corresponding to water) the Evergreen Violet corresponds to the element of Air and the Sun – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.
Today’s feast is that of Hermes Trismegistus. He seems to be acombination of Hermes and Thoth with a lot of other bits thrown in, but the corpus of works assigned to him are the basis of Hermeticism. He is a god of writing and magick, of astrology, alchemy and other learned arts. There are books like the Kybalion and the Emerald Tablets of Thoth that are attributed to him. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermes_Trismegistus
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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 12:44pm. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 12:44pm on 5/25.
The waning crescent Moon hangs low with Venus and Mercury at dawn. (The visibility of Mercury is exaggerated here; binoculars will help.)
Summer Milky Way preview: For much of every spring at mid-northern latitudes, the Milky Way lies right down all around the horizon after dark, completely out of sight. But as evening grows late, watch low in the east to northeast. There the rich Cygnus stretch of the Milky Way now starts rising into view by around 10 or 11 p.m. It will rise earlier and higher every week.
Uranus (magnitude 5.9, in Pisces) is still hidden in the glow of dawn.
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
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
W 24 Low 6:15 AM -1.1 5:40 AM Rise 5:17 AM 6
~ 24 High 12:29 PM 6.8 8:47 PM Set 7:31 PM
~ 24 Low 6:07 PM 1.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t ya just hate it when you see one of those road signs that says “Draw Bridge Ahead” and you don’t have a pencil.
~ It often happens that things go by turns. – Færeyinga Saga, c.31
~ It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving. – Mother Teresa
~ Making space for questions allows us to risk what we think we know and enter the fecund world of not knowing. – T. Thorn Coyle
~ Mental toughness is to physical as four is to one. – Bobby Knight
Hebe’s here, May is here!
The air is fresh and sunny;
And the miser-bees are busy
Hoarding golden honey! –Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836–1907)
Litha Magick – Recipes
- 1 3/4 cup sugar
- 4 cups of diced rhubarb
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/4 cup flour
Mix ingredients, dot with butter and bake in a pie shell in a hot oven, 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 40 minutes or until bubbly and brown.
Notes -Recipe by Jim Crawford of New Morning Farm. It has not been tested by NPR.
Rhubarb Custard Pie
- 3 eggs
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup flour
- 3/4 teaspoons nutmeg
- 4 cups rhubarb cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 tablespoon butter
Beat eggs slightly, add milk. Stir in sugar, flour and nutmeg. Pour over rhubarb and mix. Pour into pastry-lined pie pan. Dot with butter. Optional: Cover with lattice pastry. Bake 400 Fahrenheit degrees for 50 to 60 minutes.
Recipe by Marion Otte, who was Jennifer Ludden’s grandma. She let her grandchildren help harvest the rhubarb in her garden in West Point, Iowa. The recipe has not been tested by NPR.
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) water
- 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.