Minus Tide at 9:27 AM of -2.1 feet. Watch out for our tourists!
House Capuchin’s Project Day today from noon to 6pm.
It never did clear off yesterday, but I have more hopes for today. There was some sunshine at home, although the clouds over town are more ominous. They *look* full of water, although there’s almost no chance of rain in the forecast until Tuesday. It was marginally foggy and definitely spitty last night.
Yesterday started slowly. We were moving slowly, too. We had a number of customers in during the day. No one was in for Herbs, so I worked on prep and just kept going. …and then I went down a Pinterest black hole….. …and didn’t come up for air until nearly time for supper!
I came out of it with some new embroidery patterns, a book to track down and a new game for Tempus. He made us some supper, but I was having trouble with my eyes, so I settled to typing up some lists. I got my slice off the bread loaf, we closed up and headed home.
Today we have some cookery to finish and the project day. Pool noodle stick horses… 🙂
Go forth and conquer! Hey, if even a snail can do it?
Today’s plant is Nasturtium, Tropaeolum majus, (not watercress, which is true nasturtium). It’s certainly not native to the PNW, but grows well here. I love the brilliant oranges and yellows of the flowers. They’re yummy, too, with a slightly peppery taste, both leaf and flower and the seeds serve as a substitute for capers in pickles. The flowers stand for Victory in Battle; Patriotism and Affectation and are little used in magicks other than as symbols and foods for Ostara and Beltane celebrations because of their association with the Sun. They also can be used as a symbol for sacrifice to the larger good of soldiers, firemen and police, but are usually only seen at funerals in this context.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropaeolum_majus
Today is the date in 585 BC on which the Greek philosopher and scientist Thales predicted a solar eclipse would occur. This is one of the cardinal dates from which other dates can be calculated since eclipses can be calculated pretty exactly. The Battle of the Eclipse was fought on this date. It is called that because it ended abruptly as the eclipse was considered to be a sign from the gods, and therefore recorded. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Halys_(585_BC)
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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 6/9 at 6:10am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 5/30 at 12:44am.
The waxing crescent Moon returns to the evening sky, guiding the way to low Mars.
Arcturus shines 30° to the upper left of Jupiter after dusk. The brightest star very far to the lower left in the northeast is Vega. Look a third of the way from Arcturus to Vega for the delicate semicircle of Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown, with its brighter gem star Alphecca. Two thirds of the way from Arcturus to Vega is the dim Keystone of Hercules.
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
Su 28 High 2:27 AM 8.8 5:37 AM Rise 8:47 AM 5
~ 28 Low 9:27 AM -2.1 8:51 PM Set 11:56 PM
~ 28 High 4:02 PM 7.1
~ 28 Low 9:30 PM 2.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Your life can only be measured by the amount of imagination you have, when you imagine beauty, you manifest it, when you imagine love ,you give it, when you imagine all that is great , you become it, your life is only what you make of it, so make it happen….imagine first.
~ When two men in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary. – William Wrigely Jr
~ When you have the opportunity, you strike. – Rod Laver
~ Wrong begets wrong. – Fljotsdale Saga, c.16
~ The greater the effort, the greater the glory! – Pierre Cornielle
You are the endless sea In whom all the worlds like waves Naturally rise and fall. You have nothing to win, Nothing to lose. Child, You are pure awareness, Nothing less. You and the world are one. So who are you to think You can hold on to it, Or let it go? How could you! – Ashtavakra Gita 15: 11-12, From “The Heart of Awareness: A Translation of the Ashtavakra Gita,” by Thomas Byrom, 1990. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Inc., Boston. http://www.shambhala.com.
Litha Magick –
Pork Tenderloin Medallions with Port-Cherry Sauce
- One pork tenderloin
- a handful of Rainier cherries, pitted and stemmed
- 1 shallot, minced
- 1/2 cup Tawny Port
- pinch sugar
- salt and pepper
- canola oil
- Knob of butter
- Cut the tenderloin into 3/4-inch thick medallions, and season them well with the salt and pepper.
- In a heavy-bottomed fry pan, heat the oil until shimmering and sear the medallions until caramelized on both sides. Keep warm under some aluminium foil.
- In the same pan, deglaze fond (the crusty bits left in the pan) with a dash of the port. Lower the heat, add the shallots and the cherries, and sweat until the shallots are translucent. Add the sugar and remaining port, and reduce by half. Season to taste and swirl in butter.
- Arrange medallions however you’d like and top with cherry sauce, coarse sea salt and herbs.
Quinoa and Black Bean Salad – Rain Redknife – Makes 6 to 8 entrée servings or 16 side-dish servings.
1 1/2 cups quinoa, well rinsed
1 1/2 cups canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 1/2 cups cooked corn (fresh, canned or frozen)
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
4 scallions, chopped
1 tsp. garlic, minced fine
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/3 cup olive oil
Rinse quinoa in a fine sieve under cold running water until water runs clear. This step is important–don’t omit!
- Put quinoa in a pot with 2 1/4 cups water.
- Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer 20 minutes or until water is absorbed and quinoa is tender.
- Fluff with a fork, transfer to a large bowl and allow to cool.
While quinoa cooks, toss beans in a small bowl with vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.
- When quinoa is done, add beans, corn, bell pepper, scallions, garlic, cayenne and parsley to the quinoa.
- Toss well.
In a small bowl whisk together lime juice, salt and cumin.
- Add oil in a stream while whisking.
- Drizzle over salad and toss well with salt and pepper.
Note – Salad may be made a day ahead and refrigerated, covered. Bring to room temperature before serving.
Source: www.aicr.org , by permission.
Herbed Vegetables – <email@example.com>
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