Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Great Garage Sale! No Herbs today. Sewing at 3pm.
Yesterday was slow and very quiet. Tempus took off mid-afternoon to run some errands and do the weekly shopping. Oceana has horseradish, which Freddie’s has quit carrying, so he stopped there and then at Cash and Carry for yeast. When he got back he had to run to the bank and just made it about 30 seconds before they locked the door!
I got the cheese done and made some biscuits and then wrote. We really were not busy. I don’t think we had one customer in all day.
Tempus got the food things put away and baked some more of the biscuits. I taught class. We’re mostly done with lesson 4. Tempus got supper while that was going on. He made chops and served them with pickled beets. Yum!
We fell into bed last night and dragged ourselves out this morning, but we’re here. We’re starting to set up, not going to have a lot, but we’ve some stuff. …and I hoping we can close on time tonight, so we can both collapse!
Ken Gagne’s photo of 5/11/16’s photo of the sunset in Yachats.
Maidenhair Fern is cultivated for use in gardens, but out here on the coast you can’t walk past a stand of trees without seeing it. Our variety is Adiantum Pedatum, (northern maidenhair, five-fingered fern) most often , but others of the adiantums get mixed in, too. – Feminine, Venus, Water – This represents the physical presence of the Divine Feminine, much as the Sword Fern represents the Divine Masculine. To get more in touch with this part of your Higher Self and to gain grace and physical beauty (always remembering that true beauty is from within) soak a sprig of this plant in water (…better by moonlight, and it’s a great ritual for a Full Moon) and hang it in your bedroom. This is also helpful for the transition times between life stages, and can even help with becoming pregnant if there are physical difficulties with a woman’s cycles. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adiantum_pedatum and on the family grouping here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maidenhair_fern
The International Council of Nurses has been celebrating this day since 1965 in honor of nurses everywhere, but particularly since this is the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, probably the most well-known of nurses and the founder of modern nursing practice. Each year the group picks a theme for the celebrations. Many of the celebrations also feature new nurses reciting the Nightingale pledge:
Before God and those assembled here, I solemnly pledge;
To adhere to the code of ethics of the nursing profession;
To co-operate faithfully with the other members of the nursing team and to carry out faithfully and to the best of my ability the instructions of the physician or the nurse who may be assigned to supervise my work;
I will not do anything evil or malicious and I will not knowingly give any harmful drug or assist in malpractice.
I will not reveal any confidential information that may come to my knowledge in the course of my work.
And I pledge myself to do all in my power to raise the standards and prestige of the practical nursing;
May my life be devoted to service and to the high ideals of the nursing profession. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Nurses_Day and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Nightingale
The shop is open 11-6pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. (Going to summer hours soon.) 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
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. 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 5/13 at 7:48pm.
Comet PANSTARRS (C/2011 L4) graces the sky over the Brisbane Ranges March 3, 2013. This week, a different comet of the same name (PANSTARRS [C/2016 R2]) will glow in the sky. – cafuego (flickr) Although Comet PANSTARRS (C/2016 R2) glows faintly at 11th magnitude, this is a good evening to try to spot it against the backdrop of Auriga through an 8-inch or larger telescope. The comet resides exactly halfway between magnitude 0.1 Capella and magnitude 1.9 Beta (β) Aurigae. The comet should appear as a small fuzzball without much structure. Use fairly high power to get the best view.
Three zero-magnitude stars shine after dark in May: <<< Arcturus very high in the southeast (high above Jupiter), Vega >>>> much lower in the northeast, and <<< Capella in the northwest (upper right of Venus). They appear so bright because each is at least 60 times as luminous as the Sun, and because they’re all relatively nearby: 37, 25, and 42 light-years from us, respectively.
Neptune is still very low before the beginning of dawn; wait a few more weeks.
Mercury (about magnitude –0.2) is having a very low, poor apparition deep in the glow of sunrise. Using binoculars, look for it 15 or 20 minutes before sunrise barely above the east horizon. Nothing else there is as bright, barring airplanes.
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.
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
Sa 12 Low 5:18 AM 0.9 5:52 AM Rise 4:46 AM 16
~ 12 High 11:14 AM 6.2 8:34 PM Set 5:26 PM
~ 12 Low 5:13 PM 1.2
~ 12 High 11:22 PM 7.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If you are 6 Inches tall and think you can’t make a difference, Guess what? You just made a difference because you’re 6 Inches tall… ~SM
~ Myths change in the mind depending on the telling – there is no overall correct version. – A. S. Byatt
~ Nature uses as little as possible of anything. – Johannes Kepler
~ No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar. – Abraham Lincoln
~ No one is perfect that’s why pencils have erasers. – Author Unknown
The hawthorn’s later orgiastic use … corresponds with the cult of the Goddess Flora, and.. accounts for the English medieval habit of riding out on May Morning to pluck flowering hawthorn boughs and dance around the maypole. Hawthorn blossom has, for many men, a strong scent of female sexuality; which is why the Turks use a flowering branch as an erotic symbol. – Robert Graves (1895 – 1985), The White Goddess, p. 176
As it’s getting warmer…. These are actually pretty decent cold and they can be frozen to nuke on a hot day when you want something filling.
Rustic Chicken Pie, Individual Version
- Pie dough (either fridged or fresh-made)
- Mashed Potatoes
- Frozen small mixed vegetable
- Small onion
- Cream of Chicken Soup or (Cream of Mushroom and chopped cooked chicken)
- Fresh chives or onion
- Maxi Muffin pan (4” muffins)
- Pizza cutter
- Spray with olive oil or non-stick spray.
- Unwrap or roll out dough.
- Cut into 5-6 inch squares with a pizza cutter.
- Drape one piece over each muffin cup and push in lightly.
- Fill with ½ inch mashed potatoes, then ½ inch frozen veg, then top with cream of chicken soup.
- Sprinkle with chives or onion.
- Bake as usual.
How to Make a Quick Apple Tart
Apple Tart Ingredients:
2 tart apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
- 1 puff pastry sheet
- 1/2 a cup apricot jam
- 1/3 of a cup of brown sugar
- 1/2 a teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 a cup chopped of pistachios or walnuts
Cut and Prick Tart Pastry Dough
To begin, preheat your oven to 350. flour your work area and roll out the pastry. You’ll cut it into 3″ squares. Set these on a baking tray. I like to line mine with aluminum for easy clean up. Feel free try different shapes. Circles are fun, you can even use a water glass as a cookie cutter, simply flour the rim so the dough doesn’t stick. Also, try using a star or any simple cookie cutters you have around. Prick the pastry with a fork to prevent it from bubbling up.
Top Tart with Apples and Filling
Coat each with a spoonful of apricot jam. Now, fan the apple slices over the jam. In small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon ( and ) mix well. Sprinkle over apples. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, until the apple slices are tender and the pastry is golden brown. Sprinkle with the nuts. Serve while still warm.
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Make-Ahead Egg Bake – Recipe by Kraft – http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/make-ahead-egg-bake-120751.aspx – Discover the magic of combining spinach, cheese and bacon for this Make-Ahead Egg Bake. This recipe is great for the week or weekend brunch!
- Prep Time – 20min.
- Total Time – 13hr. 10min.
- Servings – 12 servings
What You Need
- 8 eggs
- 3 cups milk
- 8 cups French bread cubes (3/4 inch)
- 1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry
- 12 slices cooked Bacon, crumbled
- 1 pkg. (8 oz.) Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese, divided
- Whisk eggs and milk in large bowl until blended; stir in bread. Add spinach, bacon and 1-1/2 cups cheese; mix lightly.
- Pour into 13×9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray; top with remaining cheese. Refrigerate overnight.
- Heat oven to 350ºF. Bake casserole, uncovered, 48 to 50 min. or until top is puffed and golden brown, and knife inserted in center comes out clean.
Silliness – Good Advice – Military Style – Mankind has a perfect record in aviation; we never left one up there!