The sky is nearly covered with a lot of cirrus, mares’tails and mackerel sky, both! The marine layer is all one continuous white puffy bit. It’s 66F and quite warm in the shop, since it’s been closed up all day. The wind is at 9mph, though, so I asked Tempus to open up all the way through. There’s a 65% chance of rain, in the late night/early morning, so it’s going to be another double bag night. Beachcombers’ weekend looks to be nice and sunny and then there’s another possible bit of rain a little later next week.
Yesterday started in quite a flurry. Almost before I was done eating we had 4 customers through, one who needed smudge info and then Stella and Lisa both stopped by. Stella was waiting for flyers, and Lisa needed some info about what we were doing with the display. Tempus was over at the bank. We got stiffed on a couple of odd checks that he took in and he was trying to see if anything could be done. Nope, it’s a bank. <sigh> So those got reported to the cops.
When he got back he went over the bulletin board, pulling down old stuff and posting some of the new. I got going again on bagging herbs. Eventually I got the prints properly inventoried, so *that’s* done, at least, and in the early evening I ended up with a short reading, after talking to a family from Montana.
Tempus was still working on that purse frame, trying to get it sanded properly so that he could put the holes in. He also managed to find a couple of the things that we’re going to need on Saturday. We got some food put together for at home and then headed out.
We slept in a little and then Tempus went to help Jeanne unload a bunch of stuff from her car. I spent several hours embroidering, going outside and sitting on the bench up by the Grandfather tree, enjoying the lovely weather, then digging some hawkweed (52 more) then going back to embroider some more.
I got a chance to talk plants with Jeanne just as Tempus and I were getting ready to head for the shop here. The main bunch of irises spoiled in the rain, but the ones by the porch are really going. I have to remember my camera tomorrow. She’s got a couple of new fig trees and when she prunes the old one I have dibs on the branches to try to use that for cheese.
The sun had a halo as we were coming over the bridge. I’m going to have to keep popping out to look. I have a lot of writing to do tonight and I’m going to do those two chicken dishes tonight, as well. They’ve gotta be cooked.
….and all kinds of Beachcombers’ planning going! It’s going to be a fun event!
Useful Link! How to build a green bean teepee! https://www.almanac.com/video/how-build-green-bean-teepee
A picture from 5/23/15 by Ken Gagne of a Great Blue Heron in Yachats. Is he laughing?
Today’s feast is that of Zeus, father of gods and men. Light gold candles and wear oak leaves to attract his favor and call upon the Oracle of Dodona.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeus “On his head is a sculpted wreath of olive sprays. In his right hand he holds a figure of Victory made from ivory and gold… In his left hand, he holds a sceptre inlaid with every kind of metal, with an eagle perched on the sceptre. His sandals are made of gold, as is his robe. His garments are carved with animals and with lilies. The throne is decorated with gold, precious stones, ebony, and ivory”. – Pausanias, 2nd-century Greek geographical writer, on the Statue of Zeus at Olympia
Today’s Plant is Pacific Aster, Symphyotrichum chilense, is one form of aster that grows in the PNW. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphyotrichum_chilense China Asters are the ones grown in gardens and are the common garden aster that Cunningham references: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callistephus_chinensis in his Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. – Feminine, Venus, Water– The aster was sacred to the gods and used on altars in many religious paths. It is often used in love sachets or carry the bloom to win love. You can also grow them in your garden to draw love to you! …and here is an article on the whole family which includes sunflowers, chrysanthemums, yarrow and cone-flower!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteraceae
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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. 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 6/12 at 12:43am. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 12:43pm on 6/13.
The Big Dipper hangs high in the northwest as the stars come out. The Dipper’s Pointers, currently its bottom two stars, point lower right toward Polaris. Above Polaris, and looking very similar to it, is Kochab, the lip of the dim Little Dipper’s bowl. Kochab stands precisely above Polaris around the end of twilight or a little after. How precisely can you time this event for your location? How fast can you see a change, perhaps using a hanging plumb bob or the vertical edge of a building?
Explore ten fine double and multiple stars of early summer, in a wide variety, using Sue French’s Deep-Sky Wonders article and finder charts in the June Sky & Telescope page 54.
Mars rises shortly before midnight local daylight time and climbs nearly 30° high in the south by the time morning twilight commences. Although it is still a month and a half away from its late July opposition, the Red Planet appears noticeably brighter than it did just a week ago. Shining at magnitude –1.6, it is the third-brightest point of light in the night sky after Venus and Jupiter. If you point a telescope toward Mars this morning, you’ll see a 17″-diameter disk that sports several subtle surface features.
Vesta, the brightest asteroid, is having an unusually close and bright apparition in the Ophiuchus Milky Way a little north of Saturn and near the open star cluster M23. It’s now magnitude 5.4 and will be 5.3 around its June 19th opposition. Article and finder charts: Vesta Gets Close and Bright.
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
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
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”..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.
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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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 12 Low 6:20 AM -1.2 5:31 AM Rise 4:55 AM 5
~ 12 High 12:42 PM 6.3 9:01 PM Set 7:50 PM
~ 12 Low 6:05 PM 2.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Living on earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun every year.
~ He who is not busy being born is busy dying. – Bob Dylan
~ Life at any time can become difficult: life at any time can become easy. Your experience depends on how you adjust to life. – Morarji Desai
~ Life’s problems wouldn’t be called ‘hurdles’ if there wasn’t a way to get over them. – Unknown
~ Love is the quiet understanding and mature acceptance of imperfection. – Ann Landers
And what is so rare as a day in June?
Then, if ever, come perfect days:
Then Heaven tries earth if it be in tune,
And over it softly her warm ear lays. – James Russell Lowell
Fruit Salad with Love Spell – Adapted from Recipe by Morgana of Hawaii – http://www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/tigris/567/id20.htm
Make a salad of the below-listed ingredients, concentrating on the love you wish to share. Chant the Spell Incantation as you chop and slice.
Fruit Salad Ingredients:
- 1 cup Mango
- 1/2 cup Pine Nuts (optional)
- 1 cup Pineapple, to be cut into bite-size chunks
- 1 cup Apple, to be cut into bite-size chunks
- 1 cup Peaches, to be cut into bite-size chunks
- 2 or 3 Bananas, to be sliced (depending on personal preference)
- 1 small jar Red Cherries
- 1/2 cup Coconut (if desired)
“Fruit of mango, fruit of pine,
Let the one I love be mine.
Fruit of apple, fruit of peach,
Bring him (her) close within my reach.
Fruit of banana, fruit of cherry,
Let his (her) love for me not vary.
As I work my magick spell,
Warmly in his (her) heart I dwell.
I now invoke the Law of Three:
This is my will, so mote it be!”
Mingle the fruits and place your hands on either side of the bowl, while visualizing you and your loved one building a life together. Then serve the salad.
(The above recipe for “Fruit Salad with Love Spell” is adapted from Morgana of Hawaii’s recipe in Scott Cunningham’s book “The Magic in Food: Legends, Lore & Spells”, page 243, Llewellyn Publications, 1990.)
[Anja’s note – Be careful with this one. Only do the spell to *preserve* a relationship!]
Lemony Summer Squash – Rain Redknife – Source: _Light & Easy Diabetic Cuisine_ by Betty Marks (by permission)
- 1 lb Summer squash,
- 1 Tbsp walnut oil, or other oil of your choice
- 1 clove Garlic
- 1 tsp Dried rosemary, crumbled
- 2 Tbsp Fresh lemon [or lime!] juice
- Slice squash into 1/4″ rounds
- Mince garlic.
- Crumble rosemary.
- Heat oil in a non-stick skillet on medium.
- Cook garlic 1 minute.
- Add squash and cook, stirring gently, until tender, about 4 minutes.
- Stir in remaining ingredients and heat through.
Note – Also delicious cold
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.
Silliness – The Priest and the Bum
A drunk that smelled like a brewery got on a subway one day. He sat down next to a priest. The drunk’s shirt was stained, his face was full of bright red lipstick, and he had a half empty bottle of wine sticking out of his pocket.
He opened he opened his newspaper and started reading. A couple of minutes later he asked the priest, “Father what causes arthritis”?
“Mister, it’s caused by loose living, being with cheap wicked women, too much alcohol and contempt for your fellow man.”
“Geez, I’ll be darned,” uttered the drunk and returned to reading his paper.
The priest, thinking about what he said turned to the man and apologized.
“I’m sorry son, I didn’t mean to come on so strong. How long have you had arthritis?”
“I don’t, father. I was just reading in the paper that the Pope has arthritis.. “