From the dark clouds before sunrise and rain to a bright rim peeking over the coast range into a mostly clear sky took about 15 minutes! Now, it’s all blue and white with a lovely cool breeze. 61F, wind at 2mph, AQI8, UV8, pollen moderate. 0.04 inches of rain. The chance of rain over the next several nights is the same… “who knows” is what they ought to put on the forecast!, but then, starting on Tuesday, there are several days where we might see some accumulation. That would be really, really nice.
It was hot in the shop when we started setting up for the ritual, so we got the doors open. I dinked around for a bit, killing a little time, because I was kinda tired. I did a tiny bit more writing at that point, too.
The ritual itself went well, and we all sat around kinda tired and content listening to the beehive sounds that Tempus found for the computer music for a lot longer than is usual after a ritual. We had some tasty cookies and the pumpernickel bread was awfully good with honey, although we all got quite sticky. 🙂
It rained just before sunrise. Not very much, but the pavement was wet and the little shells that Tempus set out to dry outside were each a tiny bowl of rainwater, reflecting the blue and white of the sky.
Today Tempus has been fiddling with the computer music for the shop. The computer was going through the massive updates that the others have needed since the weekend.
I have a bunch of totes to sort out. I’ve started the process, but there’s a *lot* more, and then we have the paper run tonight.
Today’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)
Today’s Plant is Cascade Oregon Grape, Mahonia 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
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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 7/2 at 12:16pm. 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 6/25 at 2:46am.
After dark Vega is the brightest star shining very high in the east. Barely lower left of it is 4th-magnitude Epsilon Lyrae, the Double-Double. Epsilon forms one corner of a roughly equilateral triangle with Vega and Zeta Lyrae. The triangle is less than 2° on a side, hardly the width of your thumb at arm’s length. Binoculars easily resolve Epsilon. And a 4-inch telescope at 100× or more should resolve each of Epsilon’s wide components into a tight pair. Zeta Lyrae is also a double star for binoculars; much tougher, but plainly resolved in any telescope. Delta Lyrae, a little below Zeta, is a much wider and easier pair, tinted reddish orange and blue.
Observers of the outer solar system get their first good views of Uranus before dawn in late June. The best time to look for it is shortly before twilight begins around 3:30 a.m. local daylight time. Uranus then lies 10° above the eastern horizon among the background stars of southern Aries the Ram. This morning, use binoculars to find the magnitude 5.9 planet 2.4° south of the similarly bright star 19 Arietis. A telescope will help you tell the two apart — only the planet shows a blue-green disk that spans 3.5″.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.6, in southern Ophiuchus) is just past its June 10th opposition. It glares in the southeast by late twilight. Antares, much fainter at magnitude +1.0, twinkles 10° to its right. Jupiter is highest in the south by midnight or 1 a.m. daylight saving time, with orange Antares now to its lower right. In a telescope Jupiter is 46 arcseconds wide. See Bob King’s Jupiter Is Outstanding at Opposition. And, changes continue in and around Jupiter’s Great Red Spot.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for June – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-june-2019
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
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
Th 20 High 2:28 AM 7.5 5:32 AM Set 8:36 AM 94
~ 20 Low 9:34 AM -1.0 9:04 PM Rise 11:49 PM
~ 20 High 4:15 PM 6.2
~ 20 Low 9:35 PM 2.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – What do you do when the only person who can make you stop crying is the person who made you cry?
~ I used often to go to America during Prohibition, and there was far more drunkenness there then than before; the prohibition of pornography has much the same effect. – Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970)
~ Joy is a return to the deep harmony of body, mind and spirit that was yours at birth and that can be yours again. That openness to love, that capacity for wholeness with the world around you, is still within you. – Deepak Chopra
~ As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot. – John Lennon (1940-1980) English singer, songwriter
~ He that respects himself is safe from others. He wears a coat of mail that none can pierce. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
It is a sultry day; the sun has drunk
The dew that lay upon the morning grass;
There is no rustling in the lofty elm
That canopies my dwelling, and its shade
Scarce cools me. All is silent, save the faint
And interrupted murmur of the bee,
Settling on the sick flowers, and then again
Instantly on the wing. – William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878
Rose Cake – Look at roses in a whole new way
From, “Atlanta Cooknotes,” published in cooperation with your Daily Inbox Newsletter.
- Petals from 6 red roses
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 1 cup superfine white sugar
- 4 eggs, separated
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
- 2 to 3 Tablespoons grated orange rind
- 1 teaspoon rose water
- 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup sour milk or yogurt
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup chopped pistachio nuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gently wash and dry rose petals; snip only the red part into small pieces and set aside. Cream butter and add sugar, beating until light and smooth. Add egg yolks, lemon and orange rinds, and rose water, mixing well. Sift flour, baking powder, and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour milk or yogurt. Fold in rose petals. Beat egg whites until stiff, and gently fold into mixture.
Sprinkle one-half pistachio nuts on bottom of a greased and floured two-quart tube pan. Pour batter over nuts and sprinkle with remaining nuts. Bake 40 minutes or until cake springs back when touched. Remove from pan and glaze while hot. To make glaze, combine all ingredients and boil five minutes. Brush half of hot glaze over hot cake; repeat after both have cooled, using remaining glaze. Garnish cake with edible flowers such as roses, carnations, or candied violets.
NOTE: Roses become dark green after baking.
SERVINGS: 6 – 8
- 1 3/4 cup sugar
- 4 cups of diced rhubarb
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/4 cup flour
Mix ingredients, dot with butter and bake in a pie shell in a hot oven, 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 40 minutes or until bubbly and brown.
Notes: Recipe by Jim Crawford of New Morning Farm. It has not been tested by NPR.
Rhubarb Custard Pie
- 3 eggs
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup flour
- 3/4 teaspoons nutmeg
- 4 cups rhubarb cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 tablespoon butter
Beat eggs slightly, add milk. Stir in sugar, flour and nutmeg. Pour over rhubarb and mix. Pour into pastry-lined pie pan. Dot with butter. Optional: Cover with lattice pastry. Bake 400 Fahrenheit degrees for 50 to 60 minutes.
Recipe by Marion Otte, who was Jennifer Ludden’s grandma. She let her grandchildren help harvest the rhubarb in her garden in West Point, Iowa. The recipe has not been tested by NPR.
Solstice cookies – From Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2006 – Makes about 3 dozen.
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup chopped apricots, dates, or raisins
1/2 cup toasted sunflower seed
1 to 4 tbs water as needed
- Preheat oven to 375*F.
- Cream butter and sugar; add egg, vanilla, and salt, mixing well.
- Stir dry ingredients together.
- Mix wet and dry.
Add water a tablespoon at a time until dough holds together.
- Drop on greased cookie sheet, flatten slightly.
- Bake 10 to 12 minutes.
Note – Serve with strawberry rhubarb punch.
Silliness – Confucius Says – Man who stand on toilet high on pot.