Featured photo by me. House Capuchin Project Day Noon to 6pm.
Half of the sky is a beautiful, clear blue and the other half is clouds. That’s weird. At home there’s brilliant sunshine, but here it’s a little thinned. 62F and climbing fast. The wind is light here, just drafts, but in Bayshore it’s gusting at 10mph. Rain Wednesday night, but dry until then….
Yesterday morning I was fighting being tired, so once the early day stuff was done I curled up for a nap. After that I did some sewing, (mostly filling pincushions, but stringing a couple of pouches) while Tempus was making some tiny paper boxes for some special coins that will go in our treasure box. I got some pictures and then processed those, next.
They were re-lining the parking for the salon, but that cut off access to our parking, too, so it wasn’t all that busy. Eventually we got the shallot bucket drilled, filled with potting soil and planted and ready to take home. By then I was working on some sewing supplies that we had gotten in.
Arthur was rolling home from his gig in New York and I caught the updates as he went from Wyoming, to Idaho, to Washington. The day before he had gone from Minnesota to South Dakota and the day before that started in New York. That’s a long haul! …and at 8pm last night he only had 150 miles to go.
In the early evening Tempus was trying to make space in my sewing area. I don’t know whether he was trying to get my machine out or make a space to sew back there, which would be good, most days. I had started a blackwork pattern from the ones I was looking up earlier in the week. It’s going for a gift exchange and has to be done by the end of the month. I was still trying to figure out what to do, even this morning, but I finally got it.
I sewed for a bit, did a little on the blackwork and made a pouch to keep my current scroll sampler in.
Today we have our usual Sunday things, plus I have some herbs to hang to dry and I’m trying to work out how to make a sword to go with the stick horses. 🙂
A pic that I got of the sunset on 6/3/15
Today is the birthday of Socrates, the Athenian philosopher who has set the tone of this field of study for well over two millennia, now. He is credited with inventing the Socratic method of questioning., a technique that gets the student to tell the teacher the answers rather than simply absorbing them. After a large political fight he was sentenced to death by the politicos in Athens and famously drank hemlock. I guess our politicians ought to be glad we don’t live back then! The fight was between pure democracy, which wasn’t working, at least in part because of the same inequality issues that we’re facing today, and oligarchy/tyranny (rule by class or by one strong leader). Socrates wasn’t on the side of democracy, which startles folks, today. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socrates
Today’s Plant is Pearly Everlasting, Anaphalis margaritacea, sometimes called Life-Everlasting. The “everlasting” part of the name comes from the fact that the flowers dry well and can be used as decorations during the winter months. There are a number of medicinal uses for this plant, particularly as poultices and often as a decoction added to a hot bag of some sort (iow, put it on a washcloth, warm and put a heating pad on top of that) for bruises, sprains and to the chest for bronchitis, among others – Feminine, Venus, Air – Add to spells that are long-term. Can be useful in a sachet/potpourri/amulet since the flowers will soak up essential oils and release the scent over time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaphalis_margaritacea
Jarila’s Day – Kresen (June) 4 – Today is dedicated to Jarila, the God of the Sun and fertility. Slavic people celebrate this holiday with festivities and dancing on a grand scale. “…As we approached, we saw about 4,000 men and women who had gathered together from all over Rus. It was some holiday, and we feared, when we saw how these manic people celebrated this day by erotic dancing, singing, and loud and high shrieks of delight.” (Gerborod, July 4, 1121).
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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. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 6/7 at 6:10pm.
When the Moon appears to pair with Jupiter on the evening of June 3rd, Jupiter will be a hefty 1,860 times farther away. (The blue 10° scale is about the width of your fist at arm’s length. The Moon in these scenes is always shown three times its actual apparent size, and it is positioned for an observer near the middle of North America.) Now the Moon stands closer to Spica than to Jupiter.
Arcturus shines 30° to the upper left of Jupiter after dark. The brightest star in the northeast, very far lower left from Arcturus, 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.
Mercury (about magnitude –0.6) is very deep in the glow of sunrise, sinking deeper each day. Early in the week, try to find it almost 30° lower left of Venus as shown here. Bring binoculars.
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
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 4 Low 4:14 AM 1.1 5:33 AM Set 3:21 AM 72
~ 4 High 10:05 AM 5.4 8:56 PM Rise 4:20 PM
~ 4 Low 3:54 PM 1.5
~ 4 High 10:13 PM 7.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – All of my friends understand my needs.
~ Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both. – Eleanor Roosevelt
~ Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present. – Roger Babson
~ Life is not a problem to be solved but a reality to be experienced. – Soren Kierkegaard
~ Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift. – Regina Brett
Sing a song of seasons,
Something bright in all,
Flowers in the summer,
Fires in the fall. –Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–94)
Litha Magick – Recipes
Fruit Salad with Love Spell – Adapted from Recipe by Morgana of Hawaii – http://www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/tigris/567/id20.htm – Make a salad of the below-listed ingredients, concentrating on the love you wish to share. Chant the Spell Incantation as you chop and slice.
Fruit Salad Ingredients:
- 1 cup Mango
- 1/2 cup Pine Nuts (optional)
- 1 cup Pineapple, to be cut into bite-size chunks
- 1 cup Apple, to be cut into bite-size chunks
- 1 cup Peaches, to be cut into bite-size chunks
- 2 or 3 Bananas, to be sliced (depending on personal preference)
- 1 small jar Red Cherries
- 1/2 cup Coconut (if desired)
“Fruit of mango, fruit of pine,
Let the one I love be mine.
Fruit of apple, fruit of peach,
Bring him (her) close within my reach.
Fruit of banana, fruit of cherry,
Let his (her) love for me not vary.
As I work my magick spell,
Warmly in his (her) heart I dwell.
I now invoke the Law of Three:
This is my will, so mote it be!”
Mingle the fruits and place your hands on either side of the bowl, while visualizing you and your loved one building a life together. Then serve the salad.
(The above recipe for “Fruit Salad with Love Spell” is adapted from Morgana of Hawaii’s recipe in Scott Cunningham’s book “The Magic in Food: Legends, Lore & Spells”, page 243, Llewellyn Publications, 1990.)
Peach Cobbler with Vanilla Ice Cream
In the 9″ x 13″ UNGREASED pan, layer the ingredients in this specific order:
- 20 ounce can of crushed pineapple, undrained
- 1 pound fruit of your choice
- 1 pound of peaches
- box of cake mix
- chopped pecans
- melted butter
- Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes, until golden brown.
- Let stand until lukewarm.
- Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
- You can reheat individual cobbler servings for 1 minute in microwave.
- To reheat the whole pan, bake for 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
Rose Petal Ice Cream –
14 oz. whole milk
1 1/2 oz. fresh rose petals (rugosa roses or deep red tea roses)
2 oz. crystallized ginger, minced
1 cup sugar
3 egg yolks
2 cups heavy whipping cream
- In a saucepan, slowly heat the milk to approximately 200 degrees F.
- Remove from heat, add flowers, and steep for 15 minutes.
- While it is still warm, strain the milk through a cheesecloth.
- Add the ginger and sugar to the milk.
- Place the egg yolks in a small bowl and pour in half of the milk mixture.
- Stir the mixture with a spoon, and then pour it back into the saucepan.
- Place the pan over low heat and cook until the mixture is approximately 200 degrees F.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the whipping cream.
- Refrigerate the mixture until it is well chilled, then process in any ice cream machine.
Quick method: – Soften high-quality vanilla ice cream, add the roses and re-freeze. Leave in the freezer for at least one day.