Daily Stuff 6-20-18 Ceridwen

Hi, folks!

Open Circle for the Litha Sabbat, Friday, June 22, 7pm at Ancient Light!

62F and solidly overcast at 1300 feet, wind at 6mph with gusts getting up into the teens. It feels damp, and there’s a 405 chance of rain tonight.

Yesterday started slowly. I spent a couple of hours on the computer before Tempus woke. After we had coffee and some breakfast I alternated between sewing, computer and reading. I took one long break in that to pick up my side of the room and get books put away and such, and then got my laundry put away, and the few more pieces that needed to be washed put with the bed linens.

Tempus did a lot of chores, including dishes & laundry, and then went over to talk to the property management company that manages the shop premises. I went outside while he was gone, got pictures, and did some weeding. Once he was back we went to the shop and I got to work on the Beachcomber’s pix and setting up newsletters. Tempus worked in back and got some more of the display stuff put away and sliced the rest of the pork roast.

He headed for Newport at about 8:30 and was bagging by 10 and on the road just past 11pm. …and then called at midnight with odd lights on the dash and the instrument panel not working…. and then before he was done Makai everything started working properly again.

I was writing and got a couple of blog posts up after getting the Beachcomber page done here. All of the Beachcomber’s photos have gone up on this page:   https://housecapuchin3.wordpress.com/  …which was great to have done. …and then I couldn’t find my scissors…. my sewing scissors that were on the coffee table…. So I had to go and dig out another pair.

I got a bunch of pouch linings cut out, so I have those to work on today. …and then I just folded everything up and waited for Tempus. I had planned on keeping cutting out, since I’ve still got those bibs to do, but my eyes were buggy…. I got that project into one tote, so I could find everything.

So instead, I cut up a ham that’s been sitting for a few days. The rind went into a crockpot for broth and the ham itself went into a box in the fridge for later meals. It really helps to get things in gear if stuff is pre-prepped!

He picked me up at 2:55 and we were home by 1/4 to 6. It was a very quiet run, cloudy, so no stars or anything, but a lot more people than usual had lights on even though we were running very early. ….and folks who are almost always up, weren’t. Go figure!

It was getting light as we did the run out to the spring to fill our bottles and by the time we were home it was still twilight, but plenty bright enough to see.

I got the first salmon berry last Thursday. I’ve been waiting for more, but the birds have gotten all of the ones that I knew about. 😦 The raspberries are nubs, strawberries are in bloom and most of the huckleberries have tiny green balls on them.

I seem to have gotten well ahead of the hawkweed. I didn’t have much time this last week to work on it, but finding ones here and there means that I’m up to 1852.

I have my sewing to do today, but Tempus wants to go to the shop, so I don’t know how much of what is going to happen.

399px-The_Cauldron_2012Today’s feast is that of Ceridwen who is the Mother form of the Triple Goddess worshiped in Wicca and modern paganism, probably derived from the writings of Robert Graves. Goddess of inspiration, she is also goddess of fertility and re-birth, because of her ever-flowing cauldron. She is not the ancient goddess-form known by this name although the old stories get used as part of her symbolism. This modern feast is celebrated by burning vervain in small cauldrons, tying green ribbons to trees and using green altar coverings and clothing on this day. Here is a Wiki article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerridwen and another on the Triple Goddess http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_Goddess_(Neopaganism)

oregon grape 6Today’s Plant is Cascade Oregon GrapeMahonia aquifolium, or Dull Oregon Grape, Mahonia nervosa, occasionally called Holly Grape. It’s a lovely, spiky-leaved large shrub or small tree with amazing clusters of bright, yellow flowers in the early spring. Dull Oregon Grape is a shorter plant with duller leaves with a nerve-like pattern of veins, but they both have the same magickal properties. The locals used it to help with rheumatism and it has been tested to replace Goldenseal in the pharmacopeia with some good results. The fruits can be made into jam or wine, although they’re too sour to eat on their own. Feminine, Earth, carry to draw money and prosperity, or popularity. More on aquifolium here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_grape and on nervosa here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahonia_nervosa

The shop opens at 11am. Summer hours are 11am-7pm Thursday through Monday. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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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 6/27 at 9:53pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 6/20 at 5:29am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 6/26 at 9:53am. 

You can find the First Quarter Moon well above the southwestern horizon as darkness falls. Our satellite officially reaches First Quarter phase at 6:51 a.m. EDT, so it appears slightly more than half-lit from North America this evening. It sinks toward the western horizon throughout the night before setting around 1:30 a.m. local daylight time. The Moon spends tonight among the background stars of Virgo the Maiden.
Spot <<< Vega high in the east and Arcturus >>> high in the southwest. Draw a line from Vega to Arcturus. A third of the way along this line is the dim Keystone of Hercules. Two thirds of the way is the semicircle of Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown, with its one modestly bright jewel, Gemma or Alphecca.
Vesta, the brightest asteroid, is also unusually bright and close. This week it’s at its very brightest, magnitude 5.3. Opposition is June 19th. It’s in the Ophiuchus Milky Way northwest of Saturn near the open star cluster M23. Article and finder charts: Vesta Gets Close and Bright.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for June – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-june-2018
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7 
 Runic half-month of Daguz/ 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. 

Sun in Gemini
2nd Quarter exact at 3:51am.
Moon in Virgo enters Libra at 5:29am.
Jupiter (7/10), Vesta (8/1), Saturn (9/6), Pluto (9/30). Neptune (11/24) Retrograde

Color – White

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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

Duir – Oak Ogam letter correspondences
Month: May
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: D
Meaning: Security; Strength

to study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Silver White
Class: Shrub
Letter: E
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.

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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
W   20      Low  12:53 AM     1.9   5:32 AM     Set  1:38 AM      43
~    20     High   6:27 AM     6.1   9:04 PM    Rise  1:36 PM
~    20      Low  12:59 PM     0.1
~    20     High   7:40 PM     7.2

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Listen to your dreams and let them guide you.

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Journal Prompt – What if? – What would you do if you ordered an ice cream cone and you forgot to bring money?

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Quotes

~  When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. – Confucius
~  When you look at the dark side, careful you must be. For the dark side looks back. – Yoda
~  You are where you are right now because of your best thinking. If you want something different, change your thinking. – Tony Rush
~  Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. – William James

‘Tis June, and all the lowland swamps
Are rich with tufted reeds and ferns,
And filmy with the vaporous damps
That rise when twilight’s crimson burns. – George Arnold (1834–65)

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Litha Magick – Recipes

BAKED TOMATOES – Gordon Ireland – Serves 6-8

  • 3 whole fresh tomatoes
  • 12-oz bag cheddar cheese
  • Fresh parsley
  • Foil
  • Flat tray or cookie sheet
  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.
  • Shred cheddar cheese
    Slice the tomato 1/2-inch thick, place on tin foil on tray
  • Liberally spread cheddar cheese on the tomatoes.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle parsley over tomatoes.

Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes

  • Small bag Angel Hair Pasta
  • 4 Teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 8 Teaspoons Minced Garlic
  • 2 cup finely diced onion
  • 4 Teaspoon Oregano
  • 12 tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 Teaspoon Basil
  • 4 teaspoon salt
  1. Cook pasta.
  2. Drain.
  3. Chill.
  4. While pasta is cooking and chilling, chop up all other ingredients.
  5. Place in a large container.
  6. Add pasta and stir well.
  7. Chill for one hour in the refrigerator before serving.

Broiled Tomatoes a la Cora Anderson (recipe by Anja from memory and with my own options)

  • 1 small tomato per person (on the vine tomatoes are good for this)
  • Mini muffin tin (only Method 1)
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Blue cheese crumbles (other options are shredded cheddar or spiced cheeses)
  • Spray oil
  • Cookie sheet

Optional:

  • Sheet of aluminum foil
  • Rosemary sprigs
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Salt and pepper or salt and prepared horseradish (not sauce)
  • Baguette (Only Method 2)

Method 1

  1. Pull off vine and wash tomatoes
  2. Carefully cut the stem end out of the tomato, the slice crossways into two pieces.
  3. Either spray muffin tin with oil or lay the sheet of foil on top, making a dimple above each “pocket” and spray that with the oil (makes cleanup easier). Put muffin tin on cookie sheet.
  4. Set ½ tomato in each dimple.
  5. Optional, cut a square of mozzarella that is no larger than the ½ tomato and place on top.
  6. Optional, put a dab of horseradish on each tomato and then salt (or salt and pepper, if you’d rather)
  7. Sprinkle generously with cheese.
  8. Optional, top with small rosemary sprig.
  9. Preheat oven to 350, then set broiler to 450 or whatever makes your oven work best.
  10. Put your tray of prepared tomatoes under the broiler until the cheese begins to melt, then turn off broiler, leaving the oven at 350 and let sit for 5 minutes. The underpart of the tomato will remain rather raw.
  11. Serve warm.

Method 2

Takes the same ingredients, minus the muffin tin and can use optional slices of baguette. This makes a more cooked tomato.

  1. Take your cookie sheet and either oil or foil and oil, as you prefer (foil makes cleanup easier)
  2. Optional, slice baguette and lay slices out on cookie sheet, not quite touching.
  3. Slice your tomatoes, crosswise.
  4. Lay tomato slices on baguette slices or directly on cookie sheet/foil.
  5. Follow previous directions from 5 on.

These make an awesome hot appetizer and can be set up and baked in a very short amount of time and are quite tasty cold.

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Silliness – Library Complaint

Judi stormed up to the front desk of the library and said, “I have a complaint!”
“Yes, ma’am?”
“I borrowed a book last week and it was horrible!”
“What was wrong with it?”
“It had way too many characters and there was no plot whatsoever!”
The librarian nodded and said, “Ah. So you must be the person who took our phone book.”

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