It got up to 71 yesterday, but today is clouded over and 62F, with no wind. There’s a band of rain headed our way, which is pretty heavy north and west of us. I’m not sure which way it’s heading, but I think we’re gonna get damp. There’s rain and showers in the forecast through Thursday, but then another dry patch. Hopefully Great Garage Sale will be dry.
Yesterday was fairly quiet. I was working on newsletters all day and we had only a few customers. Tempus needed to get a few pictures for me. He’s almost done with that tinkle loom. Class went well last night. We did the post-ritual evaluation and talked about what to do for Litha.
Today is chore day, then Tempus is going to do some shopping tonight and we have the paper route.
Today’s Plant is the Large-Leaved Avens, Geum macrophyllum. They’re a beautiful plant in the woods and garden and a food for many butterflies.-Masculine, Jupiter Fire – These plants are used in exorcism mixes, whether incense, amulet or “sprinkle” and for purification, as the live plants can chase nasty influences. If you hate having traveling salesmen or evangelists at your door, plant these along with mint by the pathways. North American species are used in love blends, too. More:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum_macrophyllum More on the family athttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum
Helston Furry Day is an event in Cornwall, similar to other customs around the British Isles. It consists of a carnival with several specific dances during the day resembling, to my mind, some of the Carnivale parades. I don’t know that they’re related, except by common human impulse. “Furry” comes from “feria” which means festival. There are several dance processions during the day. The kids have one in the morning, which the schools from the area take turns leading. There’s another mid-day, the Hal-en-Tow, which features characters from folklore. Here’s the song of that name: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qs9PMky7Fj0 and the mid-day dance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JWd6mpR-fY and a longer one with bits from all the festivity parts, the famous “Furry Dance” starting at about 4 minutes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yyO-VP-0nY Bonfires and hobby horses and Morris Dancers and Maying all get mixed in. Sounds like a fun party! More on Wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furry_Dance and a whole page of interesting May customs here: http://piereligion.org/mayday2.html#furry
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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 5/15 at 4:48am. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 5/10 at 7:48pm.
This picture of Jupiter was created from images captured as the Cassini spacecraft passed the giant planet. – PlanetUser (Wikipedia) Brilliant Jupiter reaches opposition and peak visibility tonight, — opposite the Sun as seen from Earth — and about at its closest and brightest for the year.. It rises in the eastern sky at sunset and climbs highest in the south around 1 a.m. local daylight time. Shining at magnitude –2.5, the giant planet is
the night’s brightest celestial object with the exception of the waning crescent Moon (which doesn’t rise until 3 a.m.) and Venus (which sets by 10:30 p.m.). Jupiter resides among the background stars of Libra >>>> , some 3° due east of 3rd-magnitude Zubenelgenubi (Alpha [α] Librae). When viewed through a telescope, the gas giant’s disk spans 45″ and shows incredible detail in its cloud tops. You’ll also see the planet’s four bright moons. Io, Europa, and Callisto line up in that order east of Jupiter while Ganymede is the lone moon west of the planet. See the telescopic guide to Jupiter in the May Sky & Telescope, page 48.
Mars and Saturn rise late at night, around 1:30 a.m. and midnight, respectively (daylight-saving time). They’re on opposite sides of Sagittarius, shining at magnitudes –0.5 and +0.3, respectively, with Mars on the lower left. Saturn is above the Teapot. By early dawn they’re higher in the south. Their separation widens from 17° on the morning of May 5th (when the Moon shines between them) to 20° on May 12th.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for May 2018 https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-may-2018
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year. 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.
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Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12 – The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 8 Low 1:33 AM 3.4 5:57 AM Rise 2:50 AM 52
~ 8 High 6:53 AM 5.7 8:29 PM Set 1:09 PM
~ 8 Low 1:54 PM 1.0
~ 8 High 8:45 PM 6.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There’s no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream!
~ What you seek is seeking you. – Mevlana Rumi
~ Wisdom tends to get put to one side sometimes especially when drink is around. – David Cameron
~ With many who come to power and honor, pride keeps pace with promotion. – The Saga of Magnus the Good, c.8
~ Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit. – Baltasar Gracian
THE GARDEN YEAR
January brings the snow,
Makes our feet and fingers glow.
February brings the rain,
Thaws the frozen lake again.
March brings breezes, loud and shrill,
To stir the dancing daffodil.
April brings the primrose sweet,
Scatters daisies at our feet.
May brings flocks of pretty lambs
Skipping by their fleecy dams.
June brings tulips, lilies, roses,
Fills the children’s hands with posies.
Hot July brings cooling showers,|
Apricots, and gillyflowers.
August brings the sheaves of corn,
Then the harvest home is borne.
Warm September brings the fruit;
Sportsmen then begin to shoot.
Fresh October brings the pheasant;
Then to gather nuts is pleasant.
Dull November brings the blast;
Then the leaves are whirling fast.
Chill December brings the sleet,
Blazing fire, and Christmas treat. – Sara Coleridge [1802-1852]
Chinese style soup – This one was seriously easy….2 generous servings.
- 1 small bulb garlic, sliced
- 1” ginger root, sliced
- 32 oz box chicken broth
- Bring to a boil
- Crack two duck eggs in, re-boil for 6 minutes
- Add bundle udon and 2 stalks bok choy, rolled and sliced crossways
- Cook for 6 minutes more.
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Bundles – Recipe courtesy Rachael Ray [picture] These bundles can be easily prepared on an outdoor grill or in a hot oven.
- 1 1/2 pounds asparagus spears, trimmed 4 to 5 inches long tips
- Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
- A few grinds black pepper
- 4 slices center cut bacon or pancetta
- Chopped chives or scallions, optional garnish
- Preheat oven, if using, to 400 degrees F.
- Lightly coat asparagus spears in extra-virgin olive oil. Season the asparagus with black pepper. Take a quick count of the spear tips. Divide the total number by four. Gather that number of spears and use a slice of bacon to wrap the bundle and secure the spears together. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
- To grill, place bundles on hot grill and cover. Cook 10 to 12 minutes until bacon is crisp and asparagus bundles are tender.
- For oven preparation, place bundles on slotted broiler pan. Bake 12 minutes.
By Lorraine of AZ – Added May 22, 2006 | Recipe #169164
Categories: Vegetable Czech European More http://www.food.com/recipe/bohemian-sweet-and-sour-cabbage-169164
- Total Time: 50 mins
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 35 mins
- Servings: 4-6
Lorraine of AZ’s Note: This recipe is so old it could be considered “antique.” It was my Grandmother’s recipe. When I prepared it, I was an adult but it definitely rang childhood memory bells. I did remember the delicious taste. My Grandmother wrote out this recipe as I am reproducing it and on the recipe she noted that this dish is good with roast pork or pork chops, dumplings and applesauce. An excellent meal from Central Europe! (Bread dumplings are now available in the freezer section of the supermarket.)
- 1 onion, larger than a walnut, chopped
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 1/2 lbs cabbage, thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon caraway seed (or to taste) (optional)
- 2 teaspoons flour
- Brown the onion in the butter, only to a golden color. Do not brown.
- Add the water, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Bring the liquid to a boil. (This liquid is just enough for this size cabbage.).
- Put cabbage in; sprinkle with caraway seed if you wish.
- Boil for 1/2 hour.
- Sprinkle with flour. Stir it up and boil just a few seconds for the flour to dissolve.
- Grandmother notes that you shouldn’t “put cooked cabbage in the freezer — just in box.” (Box is the old-time short way of saying “icebox” — we would say refrigerator!).
Silliness – Good Advice – Military Style – The three most common expressions (or famous last words) in aviation are: “Why is it doing that?”, “Where are we?” and “Oh ****!”