Daily Stuff 6-20-17 Blessed Litha

Hi, folks!

Minus tides start tomorrow.

It’s overcast again, but the sun shone for awhile. 66F with a light breeze, enough to flap my petunias in the fairy garden around, although on the beaches it’s actually hitting 10mph today. Yesterday the fog tangled in the trees. Today it’s a little higher.

Yesterday started slowly. We had a lot of putting-away chores to do. Things get chaotic over the weekends, seems like every time! Eventually I got going on setting up newsletters and Tempus headed in back to handle some of the cookware cleanup.

I had that done by around 3pm and not long after a lady came in who has been working on some of the community projects, very discouraged, and we had a general gripe session. I’m worried about the eclipse planning.

Late in the afternoon I managed to get some licks in on pincushions. I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel as far as the biscornu that I’ve been fighting with is concerned. Not long after that a family came in and we talked blackwork and myrtlewood for awhile. Tempus was sitting and sanding in between refills of hot water, by then.

Class went very well, but folks got tired early and headed out. We’re almost done with Lesson 6, though.

I really, really overslept this morning and I’m not sure why! I woke at the normal time, but Tempus was on the computer and there was no hurry, so I lay back down and woke at nearly 2pm! On top of that we had the usual Tuesday chores to get done, so it was quite late when we finally got to the shop.

I worked on the hawkweed while Tempus was finishing up with the weekly garbage and pulled 120. That’s the bulk of those plants. Now I have to go over things again and get the ones I missed before and that last dozen or so of big ones that are lurking in odd places. Doing the job thoroughly at the old place meant only once or twice in a year did I have to get out the weeding stick. I’m hoping that’s so, where we are now.

So tonight is the paper run. We’re paying bills at the moment and then I’m going to do some cookery if it takes the hide off. 🙂 I want to do another cheese and there’s this recipe for bacon jam…. I’m also going to work on filling in newsletter files and working on embroidery jumble pages, might even get in a little sewing before Tempus gets back for me, 3-ish. He’s got a little shopping to do before he starts the run. At least it ought to be dry!

399px-The_Cauldron_2012Today’s feast is that of Ceridwen who is the Mother form of the Triple Goddess worshiped in Wicca and modern paganism, probably derived from the writings of Robert Graves. Goddess of inspiration, she is also goddess of fertility and re-birth, because of her ever-flowing cauldron. She is not the ancient goddess-form known by this name although the old stories get used as part of her symbolism. This modern feast is celebrated by burning vervain in small cauldrons, tying green ribbons to trees and using green altar coverings and clothing on this day. Here is a Wiki article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerridwen and another on the Triple Goddess http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_Goddess_(Neopaganism)

oregon grape 6Today’s Plant is Cascade Oregon GrapeMahonia aquifolium, or Dull Oregon Grape, Mahonia nervosa, occasionally called Holly Grape. It’s a lovely, spiky-leaved large shrub or small tree with amazing clusters of bright, yellow flowers in the early spring. Dull Oregon Grape is a shorter plant with duller leaves with a nerve-like pattern of veins, but they both have the same magickal properties. The locals used it to help with rheumatism and it has been tested to replace Goldenseal in the pharmacopeia with some good results. The fruits can be made into jam or wine, although they’re too sour to eat on their own. Feminine, Earth, carry to draw money and prosperity, or popularity. More on aquifolium here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_grape and on nervosa here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahonia_nervosa

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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 6/23 at 7:11pm.  Hecate’s Brooch 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 6/22 at 7:31am. 


Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 –
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 enters Cancer at 9:24pm
Moon in Taurus
Saturn (8/25), Juno (8/26), Pluto (9/28), Neptune (11/22) Retrograde
Color: Maroon

Planting 6/20-21


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Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 – The oak of myth and legend is the common oak (Quercus robur L.). It is sometimes called the great oak, which is a translation of its Latin name (robur is the root of the English word “robust”). It grows with ash and beech in the lowland forests, and can reach a height of 150 feet and age of 800 years. Along with ashes, oaks were heavily logged throughout recent millennia, so that the remaining giant oaks in many parts of Europe are but a remnant of forests past. Like most other central and northern European trees, common oaks are deciduous, losing their leaves before Samhain and growing new leaves in the spring so that the trees are fully clothed by Bealltaine. Common oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America, as are the similar native white oak, valley oak, and Oregon oak. Oaks are members of the Beech family (Fagaceae). Curtis Clark

Duir – Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Month: May
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: D
Meaning: Security; Strength

to study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Silver White
Class: Shrub
Letter: E
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.


Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                     Visible
Tu  20      Low   4:12 AM     0.2   5:32 AM    Rise  3:11 AM      25
~    20     High  10:15 AM     5.6   9:04 PM     Set  5:05 PM
~    20      Low   3:50 PM     1.6
~    20     High  10:05 PM     8.1


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Given the chance to give your child only one quality as a person, which would you choose? How about if that choice were unavailable, what would be your second and maybe third choices? Why are these so important to you?



~  Magic is believing in yourself. If you can do that, you can make anything happen. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
~  My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it. – Mark Twain
~  My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there. – Rumi
~  My success is based on persistence, not luck. – Estee Lauder

Fair and green is the marsh in June;
Wide and warm in the sunny noon.
The flowering rushes fringe the pool
With slender shadows, dim and cool. – Antoinette Alcott Bassett


Litha Magick –Recipes

Solstice Herb Bread – http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/7039/AshlinCB.html

  • 3 C. flour
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 pkg. dry active yeast
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme
  • 1 1/4 C. hot water
  • 2 tbsp. Crisco
  1. Mix 2 cups of the flour, sugar, salt and yeast in a large bowl.
  2. Add herbs, water, and Crisco.
  3. Beat slowly, stirring in remaining cup of flour until smooth.
  4. Scrape batter from sides of bowl and let rise in a warm place for 35 minutes or until it doubles in bulk.
  5. Punch down and beat with a spoon for about 15 seconds.
  6. Place dough in a greased loaf pan, patting down and forming a loaf shape with your hands.
  7. Cover and let rise again for about 30 minutes or until it again doubles in bulk.
  8. Bake at 375 for 40-45 minutes.
  9. Brush top with butter or margarine and remove from pan to cool.

Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes

  • Small bag Angel Hair Pasta
  • 4 Teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 8 Teaspoons Minced Garlic
  • 2 cup finely diced onion
  • 4 Teaspoon Oregano
  • 12 tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 Teaspoon Basil
  • 4 teaspoon salt
  1. Cook pasta.
  2. Drain.
  3. Chill.
  4. While pasta is cooking and chilling, chop up all other ingredients.
  5. Place in a large container.
  6. Add pasta and stir well.
  7. Chill for one hour in the refrigerator before serving.

ZUCCHINI CASSEROLE – Gordon Ireland – (Serves 6-8)
5 zucchini
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup sour cream
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
2 cups mozzarella cheese
1 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon ground oregano
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground rosemary
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup fresh mushrooms
1 small chopped tomato
1/2-cup bacon bits
2 cups prepared croutons
1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese

  • Grate cheeses
  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
  • Place the mixture in a lightly greased 9 X 13 baking pan

Bake for 30 minutes.


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