Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
The pale blue rather than the clear blue of the sky is back. It’s *way* to warm in the shop, still/again. 66F, wind at 4mph, AQI24, UV8. There some chance of fog tonight and early tomorrow, but all the chance of real rain has dropped out of the forecast again.
Yesterday was way warmer than I’m happy with. It hadn’t really cooled off properly in the shop Monday night and then with the temps at 70 already, by the time the sun was hitting the pavement out front, it got nasty for a bit, since we don’t usually open the doors on our “weekend”. Well…. we left the lights off and got to work, anyway, and fans near the concrete helped cool me down, at least. It hit 80 in the late afternoon.
It’s really nice having the water dispenser on the work table. It’s much easier than throwing gallon bottles around. Granted, it means that Tempus has to chuck a 5-gallon bottle on the table at least once a week, but I don’t have to ask him to fill my bottle nearly so often.
By around 5pm, since I was alternating working my way around the corner in the office space and doing newsletter frames, those got finished. I kept cramping muscles with the weird positions I was contorting into as I was cleaning. Not funny.
By 6:30 I was tired enough that I was dozing off where I sat, only to wake with yet another cramp, so I crawled onto the nap bed and slept for awhile, waking as Tempus got us some supper. We ate and he headed for Newport and I went back to work on the office space, that being the worst that I could see that I could handle most of.
I kept overheating, which was upsetting, to put it mildly. …and Tempus wasn’t answering his phone. …and not calling back…. finally, he did call, just as I went to call the hospital and jail and all…. The volume on his phone was turned down. …but I was a wreck for awhile….
After I had enough room to work I made a trial run of the beet and horseradish sauce. The beets took forever to cook. Supposedly they would cook in 30 minutes…. try an hour and they still weren’t soft! So, I left them in the pan with the heat off.
Tempus picked me up at a little after 3:30. It was quite foggy down in Bayshore. You could tell night was ending, although it was still quite dark. One noctilucent cloud was high overhead. Jupiter was amazingly bright in the SW, and Saturn more toward the south. Tempus said that while he was finishing Seal Rock the just-past-half-Moon was setting into the ocean, blood-red. When I got dropped off it was definitely getting light.
I mashed the beets and got them in with the horseradish. Now, we wait to see what it’s like. It smells *really* hot, but I don’t know what it’ll be like to taste. They say to wait overnight, at least.
Once Tempus was home we went to sleep and I only just back at my shop desk with some coffee. We worked pretty hard yesterday.
Today we have that wax to do and I’m hoping to move my plants. Tempus is actually making noises like it’s possible that the shelves will go up. We have a lot of cleaned yet to do.
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
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. 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 6/15 at 1:31pm.
Now Spica is lower right of the moon, and Arcturus shines high above them.
Once you use the Big Dipper to find Arcturus, you’re well on the way to locating the 9th-magnitude asteroid 2 Pallas. From Arcturus, move 6.4° west-northwest to 5th-magnitude 6 Boötis, then another 2.4° northwest to 6th-magnitude 2 Boo. Tonight, Pallas lies 3.0° west-northwest of 2 Boo and right next to a 9th-magnitude field star. If you watch these two for a couple of hours, you’ll notice Pallas shifting position, confirming its identity as a solar system member.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is in the east-southeast just before dawn begins, far lower right of the Great Square of Pegasus. Finder chart.
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
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
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”. 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. Runic New Year’s Eve, final day of the runic year June 28
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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
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Meaning: Security; Strength
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 12 Low 3:31 AM 1.0 5:31 AM Set 3:02 AM 67
~ 12 High 9:19 AM 5.6 9:01 PM Rise 4:03 PM
~ 12 Low 3:15 PM 1.1
~ 12 High 9:41 PM 7.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Have a picnic.
~ Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. – Helen Keller
~ Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day. – Sally Koch
~ It is wise to remember that you are one of those who can be fooled some of the time. – Laurence J. Peter
~ I am only an entertainer who has understood his time. – Pablo Picasso
Like trains of cars on tracks of plush
I hear the level bee:
A jar across the flowers goes,
Their velvet masonry
Withstands until the sweet assault
Their chivalry consumes,
While he, victorious, tilts away
To vanquish other blooms.
His feet are shod with gauze,
His helmet is of gold;
His breast, a single onyx
With chrysoprase, inlaid.
His labor is a chant,
His idleness a tune;
Oh, for a bee’s experience
Of clovers and of noon! – Emily Dickinson
- 1 scoop coconut ice cream
- 50 grams castor sugar
- 100 grams of cherries
- 2 tbsp Grand Marnier
- 1 sprig mint leaves
- 2tbsp orange juice
- Stem and pit the cherries.
- Dissolve sugar in the orange juice and bring to a boil.
- Cook cherries in boiling orange juice for 3-4 minutes.
- Heat the Grand Marnier.
- Add to the cherries.
- Light and serve the flaming cherries with coconut ice cream.
- Garnish with mint leaves.
Cauldron Cookies – http://www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/tigris/567/id20.htm – Recipe by Gerina Dunwich
- 3/4 cup softened butter
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup finely chopped pecans
Cream the butter in a large cast-iron cauldron (or mixing bowl). Gradually add the brown sugar, beating well. Add the eggs, lemon juice, and rind, and then beat by hand or with an electric mixer until the mixture is well blended. The next step is to stir in the flour and pecans.
Cover the cauldron with a lid, aluminum foil, or plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.
When ready, shape the dough into one-inch balls and place them about three inches apart on greased cookie sheets. Bake in a 375-degree preheated oven for approximately eight minutes. Remove from the oven and place on wire racks until completely cool.
This recipe yields about 36 cookies which can be served at any of the eight Sabbats, as well as at Esbats and all other Witchy get-togethers.
(The above recipe for “Cauldron Cookies” is quoted directly from Gerina Dunwich’s book “The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch’s Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes”, page 167, A Citadel Press Book, Carol Publishing Group, 1994/1995)
Herbal Lemon Cookies – author unknown
· 1 cup Butter or margarine
· 2 cups Sugar, divided
· 2 large Eggs
· 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
· 2 1/2 cups Flour
· 2 teaspoons Baking powder
· 1/4 teaspoon Salt
· 1/3 cup Lemon Grass / Lemon Balm / Lemon Basil chopped
- Cream the butter and 1-3/4 cups sugar.
- Add the eggs and vanilla.
- Beat well.
- Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and herbs.
- Add to the creamed mixture and mix.
- Drop dough by teaspoonfuls, 3 inches apart, on a greased cookie sheet.
- Flatten slightly with a fork or cup bottom.
- Sprinkle lightly with the remaining sugar.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until barely browned.
- Cool slightly, then remove to a rack.
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From: “deborah” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2006 17:21:06 -0000
Subject: [Hearth_Witch] Herbal Lemon Cookies
Make a batch of Shortbread or Sugar Cookies, and give them lots of glittery sprinkles! When you go into the garden, or woods, share them with the fairies and the little ones. Here’s a recipe for shortbread followed by the method for decorating.
Irish Shortbread Cookies – Mrs Pearl Kells of “The Arches”, Drumyouth, Arva, Co. Cavan, Ireland.
Yield: 30 cookies
1cup butter, softened
1cup granulated sugar
2 cups white flour
1 teaspoon salt.
- Mix butter and sugar until well blended.
- Work in the flour and salt.
- If the dough is too dry, add 1 to 2 tablespoons more butter.
- Roll 1-inch thick on a slightly floured board.
- Cut into rectangles approximately 1-inch by 2-inches.
- Prick each rectangle with the tines of a fork.
- Bake at 350 degrees F. for 18 – 20 minutes.
Faery Cookie Decorations –
- Summer coating or chocolate (Wilton’s Candy Melts™ are a good option here)
- Edible glitter, colored sugar or raw sugar grains
- Optional – flower-shaped sprinkles or candies
- After cookies are cooled enough to handle, fill a two cup microwave-safe measure ½-way with the chocolate or summer coating.
- Fill a saucer with the glitter, etc.
- Fill another saucer with the sprinkles or candies.
- Melt chocolate, etc. in the microwave, one minute at a time, stirring each time with a heat-proof spoon. It may take 3-5 minutes for the chocolate to be completely melted.
- Dip each cookie end on quickly into the melted chocolate, then immediately press one side into the glitter and the other into the sprinkles. If you have candies instead, pick one up and hold it to the cookie. If it doesn’t stick, dip it into the chocolate and quickly press into the cookie.
- Let cool thoroughly and store in fridge (or cooler) until serving.
Silliness – Deer
Q: What do you call a deer with no eye? A: No eye deer.
Q: What do you call a deer with no eye and no leg A: Still no eye deer….