Yesterday started late and we weren’t even at the shop until past 4:30. Tempus got us some food and then started the eggs for the pickled eggs. I worked on my embroidery kit. We were also trying to figure out all the pieces for making shortbread to send to the event over the weekend. Eventually we were doing the hard-boileds for pickled eggs and I had the shortbread ready, but by then it was past 10pm. We had everything baked by 1:30am and fell into bed.
I’ve been out harvesting this morning. We need to finish the pickled eggs today. I still have to make the pickle and I’m starting with beets, this time. The shop might reek of vinegar, though. 🙂
Today’s Plant is Cittim Bark (Cascara), Rhamnus purshiana. It is a potent laxative and has been used for that for centuries. – Masculine, Saturn, Earth – Sprinkle an infusion of this around the home before legal proceedings, to help you win your case. It is used in money spells and worn in a brown cloth amulet will protect again evil influences and hexes. It can be sewn into a poppet to attract those influences away from you, but place this outside at night, especially. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascara_Sagrada
Today is both Towel Day, in honor of Douglas Adams Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Geek Pride Day, which is in honor of the first of the Star Wars movies, premiering on May 25, 1977. My Daddy and I were in the long line outside of the theater for that….
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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 12:44pm. 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. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 12:44am on 5/27.
The waxing crescent Moon returns to the evening sky, guiding the way to low Mars.
A double shadow transit on Jupiter is visible tonight from 10:47 p.m. to 12:19 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, when both Io and Europa are casting their slightly unequal little shadows onto the planet.
New Moon (exact at 3:44 p.m. EDT).
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is low in the east-southeast before the first light 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
Th 25 High 12:08 AM 8.8 5:39 AM Rise 5:59 AM 1
~ 25 Low 7:02 AM -1.7 8:48 PM Set 8:46 PM
~ 25 High 1:23 PM 7.0
~ 25 Low 6:56 PM 1.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t tell your god how big your storm but tell the storm how big your god.
Journal Prompt – Friends – If you need inspiration and put on your favorite CD, which one is it? What is your favorite song on this CD? Why do these lyrics “speak” to you? If you met the artist, what would you ask him? If you could be in the front row, where would you see him/her in concert?
~ Never back down from a fair fight. – Klingon Motto
~ Never reach around a door for the handle. – Grettir’s Saga, c.28
~ No man is free who is not master of himself. – Epictetus
~ Nobody makes a greater mistake than he who does nothing because he could only do a little. – Edmund Burke
The glittering leaves of the rhododendrons
Balance and vibrate in the cool air;
While in the sky above them
White clouds chase each other. –John Gould Fletcher (1886–1950)
Litha Magick – Lore – Rhubarb Reviving A Forgotten Crop by Jennifer Ludden
Morning Edition, June 26, 2009 – Years ago, Jim Crawford, a farmer in south central Pennsylvania, noticed that one of his summer loves — rhubarb — had fallen out of favor. Neighbors near his New Morning Farm were letting this tart perennial languish in their gardens, too lazy to dig it up, too uninterested to harvest it. Crawford offered to buy what they were growing and sell it at the farmers markets around Washington, D.C., where he’s been operating stands for 37 years.
“It sounds funny,” Crawford says, “but it was kind of common that people seemed to have that attitude about rhubarb. Dismissive. And then, of course, when they got $1.60 a pound for it they said, ‘Hey, you know, this stuff is worth something!'”
In recent years, Crawford has seen resurgence in demand for rhubarb, often fueled by nostalgia. Ed Kahl, a customer at one of Crawford’s fresh fruit stands, says he grew up eating rhubarb dishes.
“It reminds me of my grandmother and mother, and they made these luscious pies. I’ll probably just buy it and let it rot in my refrigerator! But I have aspirations to make a pie.”– rhubarb chunks in fruit-flavored gelatin. (He admits this sounds a bit gross, but he swears it makes a great buffet dish.)
Another customer, Janet Katz, says rhubarb makes her nervous.
“I’ve cooked everything but rhubarb. I’m afraid it’ll be too sour or chewy or something,” she says.
Crawford finds this attitude a lot, so he posts a “helpful hints” sign by the box of glistening red stalks.
“It’s the easiest thing in the world to cook,” he says. “You just chop it up and put some sweetener with it, and put it in a pan with a tight lid, and in about five minutes it just melts like butter.”
Crawford sweetens his with maple syrup, but sugar works, too. He likes rhubarb sauce over ice cream. He also puts rhubarb in jam, chutney and a whole array of pies, not just the classic strawberry-rhubarb combo.
“In fact, I really like it better with apples. It’s really good with raspberries. It’s really good with peaches,” he says.
Whatever’s in season, Crawford says, rhubarb gives it pizzazz.
I rarely ask for much. This year is no exception. I don’t need diamond earrings, handy slicer-dicers or comfy slippers. I only want one little thing, and I want it deeply.
I want to slap Martha Stewart. I get all cozy inside just thinking about it. Don’t grant this wish just for me, do it for the thousands of women across the country. Through sheer vicarious satisfaction, you’ll be giving a gift to us all.
Those of us leading average, garden variety lives aren’t concerned with gracious living. We feel pretty good about ourselves if our paper plates match when we stack them on the counter, buffet-style for dinner.
We’re tired of Martha’s showing us how to make centerpieces from holly hock dipped in 18 carat gold. We’re plumb out of liquid gold. Unless it’s of the furniture polish variety. We can’t whip up Martha’s creamy holiday sauce, spiced with turmeric. Most of us can’t even say turmeric, let alone figure out what to do with it.
Martha avoids take-out pizza (she’s only ordered it once), she refuses to eat it cold (No cold pizza? Is Martha Stewart living?) When it was pointed out that she could microwave it, she replied, “I don’t have a microwave.”
Martha has 40 sets of dishes adorning an entire wall in her home. Forty sets! Can you spell “overkill”? And neatly put away, no less. If my dishes make it to the dishwasher, that qualifies as “put away” in my house!
Martha tells us she’s already making homemade holiday gifts for friends. “Last year, I made amazing silk-lined scarves for everyone,” she boasts. Not just scarves, mind you, “Amazing scarves”. Martha’s obviously not shy about giving herself a little pat on the back. She goes on to tell us that ….”homemaking is glamour for the 90s”, and says her most glamorous friends are “interested in stain removal, how to iron a monogram, and how to fold a towel.” I have on piece of advice, “Martha, get new friends.”
There you have it, Santa. If there was ever someone who deserved a good smack, it’s Martha Stewart.
ho ho ho