Even though it was supposed to be cloudy today the sun is bright and there’s a good breeze. The sky is a pretty pastel blue with clouds hanging over the ocean, maybe over the beach. That *does* look low enough for beach fog…. There are some showers out at sea, according to radar, but off Newport, not us. 59F, wind at 5mph, AQI11, UV8, pollen high. There’s a 40% chance of rain tomorrow, a tiny amount and a 60% or so over Thursday night into Friday, of some actual accumulation.
Yesterday started slowly. We had a couple people in, both of whom said that they’d never been in before. I was working on newsletter files. I got a bit of a nap when he said he needed a rest and came back up front to see him sanding on one of the little wooden animals.
I got some lunch and he took off to run some errands. I went back to work on newsletter files. I usually fill in the poems for the month somewhere around the first. I’m running late this month, but I got that done, even if I don’t have the frames set up past the weekend.
We had a couple of folks who were camping on the beach stop by the shop, after visiting the Chocolate Frog. They’ve been hoping to come visit for awhile, and they prowled around for quite some time. We weren’t very busy, but had enough people shopping to make it worthwhile keeping the doors open.
Class went well. We’re almost through the Charge section of the class.
I was up and down all night, so I way overslept today. Tempus got some small chores done while I was sleeping and then took off for storage after I had the shop doors open… to cool us off, not because we’re actually open today. I’m heading out to the plants as soon as I have this done and I’m hoping to do two things tonight while he’s out the paper route. One is to start a crockpot soup so’s to use up some of the veg in the fridge and the other is to do some sewing, if I’m lucky, he’ll pull out the altar cloth box and I can get going on that.
Yes, it’s paper night and the weather looks wonderful for it! I can smell the roses in the fairy garden, now that I have the front door open. Even though it was supposed to be cloudy today the sun is bright and there’s a good breeze. Heading out to the plants, now, hoping to harvest some cress for cress and ham or cress and cucumber sandwiches!
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
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 6/17 at 1:31am. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 3:02pm on 6/4. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 6/7 at 3:02pm.
[photo as of 5/19]You can use Mars as a guide to finding Mercury this week. With binoculars in hand, scan to Mars’ lower right starting about 30 minutes after sunset. Mercury shows up as a bright dot some 9° high in the west-northwest. It shines at magnitude –0.8 and appears obvious to the naked eye once you know where to look. And this evening, a two-day-old crescent Moon hangs 6° to Mercury’s left. If you keep watching as the sky grows darker, the unlit side of the Moon will grow more prominent. This is earthshine — sunlight that reflects off Earth, strikes the Moon, and then bounces back to our eyes. If you return to the scene tomorrow evening, a slighter fatter crescent Moon will lie 6° to Mars’ upper left.
About 30 or 40 minutes after sunset, scan very low in the west-northwest for the hair-thin Moon. About 6° to the right of it is Mercury.
Ceres, the largest asteroid, is just past opposition and magnitude 7.1 this week. It’s high in the south by 11 or midnight, in Ophiuchus 9° north of Antares. See the article and finder chart in the May Sky & Telescope, page 48.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.6, at the eastern leg of Ophiuchus) is low in the southeast by late twilight. Antares, much fainter at magnitude +1.0, twinkles 11° to its right. Jupiter is highest in the south around 1 or 2 a.m., with orange Antares now to its lower right. In a telescope Jupiter is 46 arcseconds wide as it nears its June 10th opposition. Big changes have been happening in and around Jupiter’s Great Red Spot.The South Equatorial Belt has appeared to pull material away from it; see Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Unfurls.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for June – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-june-2019
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 Othala/ Odal/Odel 5/29-6/13- The rune Odel signifies ancestral property, the homestead, and all those things that are “one’s own”.
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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.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 4 High 1:08 AM 8.3 5:33 AM Rise 6:48 AM 0
~ 4 Low 8:14 AM -1.6 8:56 PM Set 10:30 PM
~ 4 High 2:47 PM 6.5
~ 4 Low 8:01 PM 2.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Learn to listen. Opportunity could be knocking at your door very softly. – Frank Tyger
~ A lie is a lie even if everyone believes it. The truth is the truth even if nobody believes it. – David Stevens
~ People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. When you figure out which it is, you’ll know exactly what to do. – Michelle Ventor
~ Each of us bears his own Hell. – Virgil
~ And where does magic come from? I think that magic’s in the learning. – Dar Williams
Sing a song of seasons,
Something bright in all,
Flowers in the summer,
Fires in the fall. –Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–94)
Baklava – www.weavings.co.uk As the full moon in June is known as the Honey Moon, any foods made or eaten with honey would be an appropriate dish. The first thing that springs to mind is baklava, one of my favourite desserts! Buy some from the local Greek restaurant if you aren’t keen too work with filo (phyllo) dough, which can be a real pain. Or, if you’re adventurous, try the recipe below.
I’m trying to (slowly!) convert all of my American measurements into British. Every time I get out one of my cookbooks that I brought with me, I have to turn on the computer and look at the instant converter because all of Magi’s kitchen utensils are metric! The only thing I brought with me are my measuring spoons and I am so grateful for even that small favour! — Makes 10 pieces
- 6 large sheets of filo pastry
- 75g/ 3oz/ 6tbsp. of butter, melted
- 225g/ 8oz/ 2 cups chopped, mixed nuts (like almonds, pistachios, walnuts, hazelnuts)
- 50g/ 2oz/ 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
- 5ml/ 1tsp ground cinnamon
- 5ml/ 1tsp mixed spice or allspice
- 2.5 ml/ half a tsp grated nutmeg
- 250ml/ 8 fl oz/ 1 cup honey
- 60ml/ 4tbs lemon juice
Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas mark 4. Butter an 18x28cm/7x11in pan. Unroll the pastry (very carefully, it rips easily), brush one sheet with melted butter and line the pan with it, carefully working it up the sides. Keep the rest of the dough covered with a damp towel as you work to keep it from drying out. Brush 2 more sheets with melted butter and lay on top of the base sheet, letting the edges hang over the sides of pain. Mix together the nuts (I prefer to give them a pounding in the mortar and pestle to give them a finer texture), breadcrumbs and spices in a bowl and then spoon this mixture into the lined tin. Cut the remaining three sheets of pastry in half (widthways) and brush each piece with melted butter. Layer the sheets on top of the filling and fold in the overhanging edges. Using a very sharp, skinny knife, cut the baklava diagonally, into diamonds. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes, until golden. They go very quickly from golden to burnt so keep an eye out the last 5 minutes or so. As the baklava bakes, heat the honey and lemon juice together in a saucepan. When the baklava is baked, pour the syrup over it while the baklava is still warm. Leave it to cool completely, re-cut it into diamonds and serve either cold or warmed up in the microwave (my favourite way to eat it!). I was told by a little Greek man named Alex, who owns the best restaurant in all of Cincinnati, Ohio, that since baklava has no egg or milk in it, it does not need to be refrigerated. My kids like to eat it cold, though, so I’ve never tried it. You could leave a piece out for the faeries, too! I’m sure they love Greek pastries!
Baklava From Cookie Recipe.com – Makes 2 dozen. http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/7039/AshlinCB.html – This Near Eastern pastry is made of many layers of paper-thin dough with a filling usually of honey and ground nuts. If you like honey, you’ll probably like Baklava.
- 2 cups unsalted butter
- 1/2 pound of phyllo dough
- 2 cups chopped pecans
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cloves, whole
- 3 cups water
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 cup honey
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
- Melt the butter over low heat.
- Pour 2 tablespoons of the butter into the bottom of a 13 x 9 inch baking pan.
- Layer 3 sheets of the phyllo dough in the pan. Trim dough to fit.
- Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of pecans over the phyllo dough.
- Layer 3 more sheets of dough and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of pecans.
- Continue dough – pecan layers until pan is 3/4 full.
- With a sharp knife, score phyllo dough to form diamonds.
- Press a clove at each end of the diamonds.
- Pour remaining butter over the dough.
- Bake 45 to 50 minutes, until dough is golden brown.
- While dough is baking, combine the sugar, water and cinnamon stick in medium saucepan.
- Bring to boil, stirring constantly.
- Simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add the honey and simmer for 2 minutes longer.
- Remove from heat and discard cinnamon stick.
- Pour honey mixture over hot baklava.
- Let cool on wire racks.
- Cut into diamonds.
BUTTERMILK SCONES – <firstname.lastname@example.org>
3 cups Flour
1/3 cup Sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
3/4 teaspoon Salt
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 cup Buttermilk
3/4 cup Currants
1 teaspoon Grated Orange Rind
1 Tablespoon Heavy Cream
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Tablespoons Sugar
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Use an ungreased baking sheet. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl.
- Stir well with a fork to mix and fold air into batter.
- Add the butter and cut into the flour mixture, using a pastry blender or two knives, or work in, using your fingertips, until the mixture looks like fresh bread crumbs.
- Add the buttermilk, currants and orange rind.
- Mix only until the dry ingredients are moistened.
- Gather the dough into a ball and press so it holds together.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface.
- Knead lightly 12 times.
- Pat the dough into a circle 1/2-inch thick.
- In a small bowl combine the cream, cinnamon and sugar; stir to blend.
- Brush the dough with the glaze.
- Cut the dough into 18 pie-shaped pieces.
- Place the scones 1 inch apart on the baking sheet.
- Bake for about 12 minutes or until the tops are browned.
- Serve hot with Orange Honey Butter.
Silliness – Smart Joke # 20. There’s a band called 1023MB. They haven’t had any gigs yet though. – http://higherperspectives.com/jokes-for-intellectuals/?c=cleo&ts_pid=2&ts_pid=2