Daily Stuff 6-8-17 Bona Mens

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 7:00 AM of -0.7 feet. Featured photo by Mark Nessel, Sewing, 6-8pm.

It’s raining, although it’s coming down more lightly than it was about 8am. It’s supposed to calm down until after midnight and then start up again. It’s only 53F, so it feels quite chilly.

Yesterday life went sideways again. We didn’t manage to do the cheese in the evening, as had been planned, because there are too many things that have been hanging fire too long about getting other things done. …and it just kept getting later and things kept taking longer until it was 9pm and stuff really wasn’t done that needed to be. I guess that’s nothing new, but it’s still frustrating.

…and then this morning we had a legal thing in Newport that should have taken maybe 15 minutes and we just got back at 12:30! Urf…. So, we’re going to be open in about 10 minutes, probably before I get the pointers up and we’ll be here through 8pm, which is when Sewing ends tonight.

This picture of a wave crash was taken by Mark Nessel on 5/25/15 ‎and posted on the Yachats Community Facebook group. Used with permission (C)2015 Mark Nessel

150px-Bas_relief_from_Arch_of_Marcus_Aurelius_showing_sacrificeToday ‘s feast is that of Bona Mens in the old Roman Empire. Mens is the personification of the “good mind” and had a temple on the Capitoline Hill. It’s long gone and there were apparently no records made of what it looked like. There’s a wiki article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mens

Today’s Plant is the local larkspursdelphinium trollifolium, 240px-Delphinium_trolliifolium_3633and delphinium pavonaceum (which the Wiki article says is confined to the  Valley, but I’ve collected out here….) are pretty flowers in shades of white, blue and purple. They’re called delphiniums (dolphins) after the shape of the nectary. 220px-Delphinium_pavonaceumMore here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_trolliifolium and here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_pavonaceum   Other names are Larksheal and Staggerweed – Feminine, Venus, Water – The flowers frighten away venomous creatures and ghosts. Sprinkle between your eyes and a Litha fire to keep your sight clear. Use in rituals to call upon Dolphin energy.

The shop is open Thursday through Monday (closed today), although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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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. Full Moon The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 6/10 at 6:10pm. 

On the evening of June 9th the Moon, about a half day after full, shines close to Saturn, which is five days before its own opposition. The Moon after dark forms a neat triangle with Antares to its lower right and Saturn to its lower left. Watch the triangle rotate clockwise as it crosses the sky through the night.
Saturn (magnitude +0.1, at the Ophiuchus-Sagittarius border) glows low in the southeast at nightfall. It’s 16° left or lower left of twinklier Antares. Not until after midnight is Saturn highest in the south. It will reach opposition on the night of June 14th.

Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 – 
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”… Runic half-month of Dagaz/ Dag, 6/14-6/28. – Beneficial rune of light, health, prosperity and openings, signifying the high point of the day and the high point of the year when in light and warmth all things are possible. 

Sun in Gemini
Moon in Sagittarius
Jupiter (6/9), Saturn (8/25), Juno (8/26), Pluto (9/28) Retrograde
Color: White

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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

Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time

to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                     Visible
Th   8     High  12:02 AM     7.6   5:32 AM     Set  5:22 AM      97
8      Low   7:00 AM    -0.7   8:59 PM    Rise  8:12 PM
8     High   1:25 PM     6.1
8      Low   6:46 PM     2.5

 

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Feel good about yourself. today.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Expository – Write about a club or organization you belong to. Explain what you do in the club or organization and why it’s important to you.

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Quotes  

~  Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in. – Andrew Jackson
~  The best things in life aren’t things. – Art Buchwald
~  The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it. – Brendan Francis Behan
~  The first duty of love is to listen. – Paul Tillich

When April winds
Grew soft, the maple burst into a flush
Of scarlet flowers.
The tulip tree, high up,
Opened in airs of June her multiple
Of golden chalices to humming birds
And silken-wing’d insects of the sky. – William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) US poet and newspaper editor

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Litha Magick – Recipes

Strawberry rhubarb punch – From Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2006

Rhubarb – enough to make 3 cups chopped

  • 3 cups water
  • 6 oz can frozen lemonade
  • 2 cans water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • quart of lemon/lime soda
  • Garnish – strawberries and lemon verbena
  1. Chop rhubarb
  2. Simmer rhubarb in water until tender
  3. Add a lemonade, water and sugar.
  4. Strain and chill.
  5. Just before serving, add soda.
  6. Garnish with strawberries and lemon verbena.

Note – Goes well with Solstice cookies

Strawberry-Carrot Tea Bread (3 views) From:   herbalmuse – Delicious Living Magazine — Serves 16 / Instead of trans-fatty margarine or shortening, this treat uses canola oil, rich in monounsaturated fat, for tenderness and texture. Strawberries add natural sweetness; if you use frozen berries, drain all liquid before adding to batter.

Tea Bread
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup packed brown sugar or sucanat
2 eggs
1/2 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups finely shredded carrots
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 cup finely chopped strawberries, fresh or frozen and thawed
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Strawberry Glaze
1/3 cup puréed strawberries, fresh or frozen and thawed
1/2 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
3 tablespoons powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, mix oil and brown sugar or sucanat with an electric mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, blending well. Add yogurt, water, and vanilla while continuing to beat. Add carrots and blend.
2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Add dry ingredients to carrot mixture, blending for 2 minutes until batter is smooth. Gently fold in strawberries and walnuts.
3. Pour batter into a lightly greased and floured 12-cup tube or bundt pan. Bake 50–55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool and invert onto a serving plate.
4. For glaze, mix puréed strawberries, yogurt, and powdered sugar in a small bowl. Drizzle entirely over cooled cake, or reserve to drizzle over each serving.

My version Tea Bread
1/2 cup corn oil
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups finely shredded carrots
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 cup finely chopped strawberries, fresh or frozen and thawed
1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts

Strawberry Glaze
1/3 cup puréed strawberries, fresh or frozen and thawed
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
3 tablespoons powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, mix oil and brown sugar with an electric mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, blending well. Add yogurt, water, and vanilla while continuing to beat. Add carrots and blend.
2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Add dry ingredients to carrot mixture, blending for 2 minutes until batter is smooth. Gently fold in strawberries and walnuts.
3. Pour batter into a lightly greased and floured 12-cup tube or bundt pan. Bake 50–55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool and invert onto a serving plate.
4. For glaze, mix puréed strawberries, yogurt, and powdered sugar in a small bowl. Drizzle entirely over cooled cake, or reserve to drizzle over each serving.

Lemon or Lime Ice Box Pie (Cracker Barrel copycat) – Rain Redknife – source: recipezaar.com — adapted by Rain

1 graham cracker crust
one 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup fresh lemon or lime juice
Zest of one lemon or lime
2 drops yellow or green food coloring
8 ounces Cool Whip or similar whipped topping
Vanilla wafers

  • Mix sweetened condensed milk, half the zest, food color and juice, and beat on medium high speed until well blended.
    Fold in 1/3 cup whipped topping.
  • Pour filling into crust
  • Carefully smooth remainder of whipped topping on top of lemon filling.
  • Garnish with a sprinkle of zest.
    Place vanilla wafers around the edge of the pie; you can lay them flat or insert them edgewise..
  • Cover pie (the wafers keep the covering up off the topping) and freeze.
  • Pie may be kept in freezer for several days until ready to serve.

Take from freezer 10 minutes before serving.

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