The sun is shining! Once it cleared up yesterday it stayed that way. It’s was really humid when we first got moving, but now it’s down to 58%, which means that even if it does get to the predicted high in the low 70’s, it ought to be quite comfortable.
Yesterday was another long day. Not quite so busy, not quite so tired to start it, but long. Tempus was wiped, of course. He dozed a little over coffee, then we started putting together shopping lists and such, but before he got out the door we ended up with a flood of customers, which included two readings, which meant he had to sit tight.
He did finally get out the door, but was rushed in Newport, so only got 1/2 the things I was asking for. I’m getting ready to put up this year’s batch of pickled mushrooms and none of that came home with him because he wasn’t sure what I was wanting compared to what he was seeing.
We have some more tumbled stones! While Tempus was out one of my suppliers who comes around every so often had malachite and snowflake obsidian and I got those, aventurine and some natural fluorite shapes!
When Tempus got back he had to rush over to the bank again, too, and I just now realized that I spaced handing him the coupon stack. <sigh> He got the food taken care of and then waited on customers while I was working on the stones. …and finally, after sitting down and resting for a while, got us some supper, rather late. We actually had two customers in after 9pm, one of whom bought something, so it was worth being here.
Today we came in early to try to get things ready. I may have someone for Herbs this morning, so I need the table. I harvested a lot of the small herbs this morning, so’s to have
stuff for samples if she does show. I’m also thinking to try making pea flour…. oughta be interesting.
There will be Sewing at 3pm. I’m probably going to be working on pincushions, but if I still have a few spoons, I might start working on my ruff. …maybe… or maybe I’ll have Tempus pull out the sewing machine and whomp through some of that. We’ll see. Kinda depends on how busy we are and with what.
That looks like a fun idea!
Today’s feast is that of St. Sunniva, who mostly likely is a distorted version of the Norse/Teutonic solar maiden goddess, Sol/Sunne. Supposedly she and a bunch of companions fled an invasion of heathen into a cave, which sealed itself up when she prayed to not have to marry their king. Yup, they died there, but miracles started happening on that island soon after. Was there a young woman named after the goddess about whom the didn’t-want-to-marry-a-pagan story was told? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunniva or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%B3l_(sun)
Today’s plant is Field or Scouring Rush Horsetail. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_horsetail . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equisetum The darned things are next to impossible to get rid of, although they’re fascinating in construction and growth habit. In Oregon they’re a noxious weed, since, while the plants have been used as a poverty food (early spring) they can be toxic to grazing animals and are dangerous to people who retain fluid, although the Romans used it both as a tea and a thickening powder. It can be used as a polish and a dye. – Feminine, Saturn, Earth, This is best used in fertility mixtures, sachets, amulets, etc. Place in the bedroom for help in conception. Whistles made of horsetail stems are used in snake charming.
The shop is open Thursday through Monday, 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 firstname.lastname@example.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,
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 7/8 at 9:07pm. 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 7/10 at 9:07am.
Venus starts the week above Aldebaran and ends the week closer to Aldebaran’s upper left.
The full Moon is low in the southeast as the stars come out. Look far to the Moon’s upper left for Altair, and far to the Moon’s upper right forSaturn.
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
Half-month of Fehu/ Feoh, 6/29-7/13 Important in the runic year cycle, today marks beginning of the first rune, Feoh, sacred to Frey and Freya (Freyja), the lord and lady often worshipped in modern Wicca. It is the half-month of wealth and success. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
©2017 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh), holly – The holly (Ilex aquifolium L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (35 feet) in open woodlands and along clearings in forests. Hollies are evergreen, and stand out in winter among the bare branches of the deciduous forest trees that surround them. Hollies form red berries before Samhain which last until the birds finish eating them, often after Imbolc. The typical “holly leaf” is found on smaller plants, but toward the tops of taller plants the leaves have fewer spiny teeth. Hollies are members of the Holly family (Aquifoliaceae). The common holly is often cultivated in North America, as are hybrids between it and Asiatic holly species.
Graves (1966) and others are of the opinion that the original tinne was not the holly, but rather the holm oak, or holly oak (Quercus ilex L.). This is an evergreen oak of southern Europe that grows as a shrub, or as a tree to 25 m (80 feet). Like the holly, the holm oak has spiny-edged leaves on young growth. It does not have red berries, but it does have red leaf “galls” caused by the kermes scale insect; these are the source of natural scarlet dye. Holm oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 8 High 12:09 AM 7.6 5:41 AM Set 5:27 AM 98
~ 8 Low 7:14 AM -0.8 9:02 PM Rise 8:39 PM
~ 8 High 1:44 PM 6.0
~ 8 Low 7:01 PM 2.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Be thankful for each and every morning. Enjoy life and worry not about things that wouldn’t matter in 10 years anyway.
~ The secret of Happiness is Freedom, and the secret of Freedom, Courage. – Thucydides
~ The sign of the amateur is over glorification of and preoccupation with the mystery. – Steven Pressfield
~ The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus. – Bruce Lee
~ The Warrior looks at the world without expectations. – Kerr Cuhulain
Objective reality exists. Facts are often determinable. Science and reason are no political conspiracy; they are how we discover objective reality. Civilization’s survival depends on our ability, and willingness, to do this. – Alan MacRobert
Apple Bread (goes with Harvest Basket)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 cups sliced apples
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 cups flour
- 1 cup oil
- 4 eggs
- Combine all ingredients and mix well with an electric mixer or blender.
- Put into 2 greased floured pans.
- Bake at 300 degrees for 1-1/2 hours.
- Good for freezing.
Blaeberry Jam – Bilberries – http://www.chalicecentre.net/lughnasadh.htm
Bilberries, ( fraocháin, blaeberries, blueberries, whortleberries,) the first wild fruits, were a sign of the earth’s covenant with her children, so it was very important to gather and share them with the community. In early Ireland, bilberries were sent as tribute to the High King, according to the medieval Book of Rights:
On the calends of August to the king
Were brought from each respective district,
… the heath-fruit of Brigh-Leithe;
Quantities were eaten on the way up to the Lughnasadh hill of assembly, but the ones that managed to make it down might be made into jam or “fraughan cakes” or simply mashed with cream. A special treat was bilberry wine, which was most enjoyed by lovers, and had the reputation for hastening on the wedding! As was typical in a more neighborly society, some were set aside for those who could not make the climb. And some were also left behind on a special cairn or rock as an offering to an old, almost-forgotten god who first brought the harvest to Ireland.
Here’s a recipe for traditional blaeberry jam that comes from Scotland. Wild blaeberries (vaccinium myrtillus) are much smaller and tarter than the commercial blueberry, but the rhubarb in this recipe adds sharpness and texture.
2 lb blaeberries
2 lb preserving sugar
Wash, trim and roughly chop the rhubarb, put it into a pan and cook gently until it starts to soften. Stir in the sugar and when it has dissolved add the blaeberries and bring the jam to the boil. Boil it rapidly for up to 20 minutes to setting point. Cool slightly then pour into clean warm jars, cover, label and store.
(Test for setting point: test the jam by placing a spoonful on a plate, letting it cool and then pushing the surface with your finger: if it wrinkles the jam is ready)
From: Janet Warren, A feast of Scotland, Lomond Books,1990, ISBN 1-85051-112-8.
Cherry Tomato Clafoutis – http://food52.com/recipes/344-cherry-tomato-clafoutis
Serves 4 for lunch
- 1/3cup whole milk
- 1/3cup cream
- 1/2cup flour
- 1/2teaspoon salt
- 1/4teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 12-14cherry tomatoes
- 2ounces goat cheese
- Preheat oven to 350, liberally butter a ceramic or glass baking dish (preferably round or oval)
- In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk and cream. Add salt, pepper, and flour, whisk until just combined.
- Place tomatoes into buttered baking dish, spread evenly. Pour custard mixture over top.
- Dot with goat cheese. Bake in oven until puffed and lightly browned, about 30-35 minutes.
- Serve warm with chopped fresh herbs/salad on top
About 2 years ago my wife and I were on a cruise through the western Mediterranean aboard a Princess ship. At dinner we noticed an elderly lady sitting alone along the rail of the grand stairway in the main dining room. I also noticed that all the staff, ships officers, waiters, busboys, etc., all seemed very familiar with this lady. I asked our waiter who the lady was, expecting to be told she owned the line, but he said he only knew that she had been on board for the last four cruises, back to back.
As we left the dining room one evening I caught her eye and stopped to say hello. We chatted and I said, “I understand you’ve been on this ship for the last four cruises.” She replied, “Yes, that’s true.” I stated, “I don’t understand” and she replied, without a pause, “It’s cheaper than a nursing home.”
So, there will be no nursing home in my future. When I get old and feeble, I am going to get on a Princess Cruise Ship. The average cost for a nursing home is $200 per day. I have checked on reservations at Princess and I can get a long term discount and senior discount price of $135 per day. That leaves $65 a day for:
1. Gratuities which will only be $10 per day.
2. I will have as many as 10 meals a day if I can waddle to the restaurant, or I can have room service (which means I can have breakfast in bed every day of the week).
3. Princess has as many as three swimming pools, a workout room, free washers and dryers, and shows every night.
4. They have free toothpaste and razors, and free soap and shampoo.
5. They will even treat you like a customer, not a patient. An extra $5 worth of tips will have the entire staff scrambling to help you.
6. I will get to meet new people every 7 or 14 days.
7. T.V. broken? Light bulb need changing? Need to have the mattress replaced? No Problem! They will fix everything and apologize for your inconvenience.
8. Clean sheets and towels every day, and you don’t even have to ask for them.
9. If you fall in the nursing home and break a hip you are on Medicare; if you fall and break a hip on the Princess ship they will upgrade you to a suite for the rest of your life.
Now hold on for the best! Do you want to see South America, the Panama Canal, Tahiti, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, or name where you want to go? Princess will have a ship ready to go. So don’t look for me in a nursing home, just call shore to ship.
P.S. And don’t forget, when you die, they just dump you over the side at no charge.