Featured photo by me. No Wicca 102 tonight.
61F and bright sunshine! Wind at 12mph, although when I was working in the garden there were some low, wispy bits coming from the NW…. Lots of white, huge puffy clouds to the east and the marine layer is fairly close in….maybe 1/2-way to the horizon. Still rolling back from last night? …and the 10 is showing a forecast of almost 2/3 of an inch of rain for Friday night through early Monday! That’ll be good, to water down the parched ground…
I prepped herbs and then candied some violets >>>>>> and eventually got to labeling things, first spices on that rack and other ingredients and eventually things in the fridge. I also made a cheese dumpling dough and did a little sewing.
<<<< For some reason Tempus was freezing. This was his remedy. 🙂
Tempus and I did some fridge cleaning. It’s needed to be done for awhile and we found some things that I was upset that I had forgotten. <sigh>
So I got up and stitched for a little, then got dressed and headed out to the garden. I dug hawkweed until Tempus got up and came out, then harvested some overgrown plants, then some scent roses from Jeanne’s bush (with permission and I pruned, as well), bracken that was growing in the wrong place and the flowering stems from my sage plant. Phew! I’m wiped out! Tempus dug some cow parsnip that was also growing in the wrong place. We need to go back to make sure that it’s truly gone, but these plants are huge! That pic on the left is the three plants lying on the 8 foot rug at the shop….
A couple of the roses “got” me, but good. Mostly it was scratches, but I’ve got one serious puncture near my left elbow, where it not only stabbed inward, but then tore sideways, taking out a tiny wedge of skin. It bled all over the place and it’s burning, now that I washed it. 😦
Once we were at the shop, Tempus laid them on the maroon foot wiper runner for scale and I got some photos (above), talking to a customer that the plants had trapped in the shop, the whole time. Dangerous places, witch shops…. 🙂
So, he’s in the back making coffee and I’m up front here writing. I’ll be processing plants today. There’s no class tonight, so we’re going to head home on time (I almost said, “early”, but that’s comparatively….) and get the hops done, finally….. I hope.
A pic that I got of the sunset on 6/3/15
Today is the birthday of Socrates, the Athenian philosopher who has set the tone of this field of study for well over two millennia, now. He is credited with inventing the Socratic method of questioning., a technique that gets the student to tell the teacher the answers rather than simply absorbing them. After a large political fight he was sentenced to death by the politicos in Athens and famously drank hemlock. I guess our politicians ought to be glad we don’t live back then! The fight was between pure democracy, which wasn’t working, at least in part because of the same inequality issues that we’re facing today, and oligarchy/tyranny (rule by class or by one strong leader). Socrates wasn’t on the side of democracy, which startles folks, today. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socrates
Today’s Plant is Pearly Everlasting, Anaphalis margaritacea, sometimes called Life-Everlasting. The “everlasting” part of the name comes from the fact that the flowers dry well and can be used as decorations during the winter months. There are a number of medicinal uses for this plant, particularly as poultices and often as a decoction added to a hot bag of some sort (iow, put it on a washcloth, warm and put a heating pad on top of that) for bruises, sprains and to the chest for bronchitis, among others – Feminine, Venus, Air – Add to spells that are long-term. Can be useful in a sachet/potpourri/amulet since the flowers will soak up essential oils and release the scent over time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaphalis_margaritacea
Jarila’s Day – Kresen (June) 4 – Today is dedicated to Jarila, the God of the Sun and fertility. Slavic people celebrate this holiday with festivities and dancing on a grand scale. “…As we approached, we saw about 4,000 men and women who had gathered together from all over Rus. It was some holiday, and we feared, when we saw how these manic people celebrated this day by erotic dancing, singing, and loud and high shrieks of delight.” (Gerborod, July 4, 1121).
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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 6/13 at 12:43pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 6/6 at 11:32am.
Spot the Big Dipper very high in the northwest after dark. The middle star of its bent handle is Mizar, with tiny little Alcor right next to it. On which side of Mizar should you look for Alcor? As always, on the side toward Vega! Which is now the brightest star in the east.
Saturn, as imaged by Cassini in 2013. The tiny dot to the lower left of the rings is actually the Earth-Moon system. – NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI Although Saturn won’t reach opposition and peak visibility until late June, observers will be hard-pressed to see it as inferior this week. The ringed planet rises near 10 p.m. local daylight time and appears highest in the south around 3 a.m. Saturn shines at magnitude 0.1 and stands out against the background stars of northern Sagittarius. If you target the planet through binoculars this week, you’ll find it 2.0° northwest of the 5th-magnitude globular star cluster M22 and 3.3° south of the similarly bright open cluster M25. But the beautiful world looks best through a telescope, which reveals its 18″-diameter disk and a stunning ring system that spans 41″ and tilts 26° to our line of sight.
Venus (magnitude –4.0, in Gemini) shines brightly in the west-northwest during twilight and just after. This is as high as it’s going to get in evening twilight for mid-northern skywatchers this year. In a telescope (look early, as soon after sunset as you can pick it up) Venus is a gibbous disk 13 arcseconds wide and 80% sunlit.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for May 2018 https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-may-2018
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Runic Half-month of / Odal/Odel 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”..
©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9 – I am fair among flowers
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.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 4 High 4:13 AM 6.3 5:33 AM Rise 12:51 AM 77
~ 4 Low 11:20 AM 0.1 8:56 PM Set 10:57 AM
~ 4 High 6:11 PM 6.0
~ 4 Low 11:45 PM 3.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life is a mystery to be lived… Not a problem to be solved.
~ We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both. – Louis D. Brandeis, Supreme Court Justice
~ We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world. – Helen Keller
~ We stand in our own shadow then wonder why it’s dark. – Zen Proverb
~ When we have done our best, we should wait the result in peace. – J. Lubbock
What joy have I in June’s return?
My feet are parched—my eyeballs burn,
I scent no flowery gust;
But faint the flagging Zephyr springs,
With dry Macadam on its wings,
And turns me “dust to dust.” – Thomas Hood, Town and Country, Ode Imitated from Horace.
Quinoa and Black Bean Salad – Rain Redknife – Makes 6 to 8 entrée servings or 16 side-dish servings.
1 1/2 cups quinoa, well rinsed
1 1/2 cups canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 1/2 cups cooked corn (fresh, canned or frozen)
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
4 scallions, chopped
1 tsp. garlic, minced fine
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/3 cup olive oil
Rinse quinoa in a fine sieve under cold running water until water runs clear. This step is important–don’t omit!
- Put quinoa in a pot with 2 1/4 cups water.
- Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer 20 minutes or until water is absorbed and quinoa is tender.
- Fluff with a fork, transfer to a large bowl and allow to cool.
While quinoa cooks, toss beans in a small bowl with vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.
- When quinoa is done, add beans, corn, bell pepper, scallions, garlic, cayenne and parsley to the quinoa.
- Toss well.
In a small bowl whisk together lime juice, salt and cumin.
- Add oil in a stream while whisking.
- Drizzle over salad and toss well with salt and pepper.
Note – Salad may be made a day ahead and refrigerated, covered. Bring to room temperature before serving.
Source: www.aicr.org , by permission.
Herbed Vegetables – <email@example.com>
2 medium sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 carrots, cut into chunks
1 parsnip, chunked
1 red onion, quartered
1 tbs olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp dried herbs (marjoram, thyme, basil, rosemary and oregano)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
- Fill a 13x9x2 baking dish with the chopped vegetables.
- Combine the oil, garlic, herbs, salt and pepper and drizzle over top.
- Cover pan with foil and bake at 425F for 30 minutes.
- Remove foil and stir.
Bake uncovered for another 5-10 minutes
A necessary note on Squash Blossoms
Use male flowers (those with the single tubular stamen) which don’t bear fruit and so can be harvested in large numbers. A good flower for stuffing with cheeses, bread crumbs or meat mixtures and then deep-fried.
When stuffing, leave the stems on but otherwise remove the stamens and pistils. The blossoms may be sliced and added to a variety of dishes including soufflés, frittatas, scrambled eggs, and burritos.
Note: They wilt quickly so pick just before you are going to use them.
FRIED SQUASH BLOSSOMS
Wash carefully and drain: 12 large squash blossoms (pick when blossoms are just ready to open)
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- heat in heavy saucepan
- ½ – 1 cup oil
- Dip blossoms in batter until well coated, then fry in hot fat (375 degrees) until golden brown – takes less than a minute for each.
- Drain on absorbent paper and serve warm.
SUMMER SQUASH – Gordon Ireland – Serves 6-8
- 1 summer squash
- 1/4 cup of butter
- Black pepper
- medium size sauce pan
- Melt butter in sauce pan on medium heat.
- Slice squash approximately 1/8-inch thick
- Layer into pan, sprinkling pepper to taste on each layer.
- Stirring occasionally, cook to taste.
Takes 20-30 minutes.
Silliness – Lost an Ear
There where two men in a building site. One of them said, “Can you help me find my ear?”
The other man said, “Is this it?”
The first man replied, “No, mine has got a pencil behind it.”