It was another pretty day, but with clouds starting to show up. The Moon is a big ivory disc with scarves of clouds thrown across Her face hanging in the West, leaving a glitter trail on the water. 48F, winds are calm, AQI38, UV7. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. It looks like dry today and tomorrow. Saturday’s forecast has dropped to 75% chance of rain, but we’re going to get wet at some point since the rest of the 10-day is all rain and showers! The swirl in the Gulf of Alaska is about 1/2-way across and it’s pushing a low. There’s a high forming behind the front almost due west of us.
Yesterday was another sideways kinda of day. I was up and down, lots to do, but no energy. Once Tempus was up we got coffee and got started on shop stuff. He made us some grilled cheese for lunch, then baked the other two chicken packets. We ate one for supper, and I finally got the soup under way (under whey? 🙂 ) I peeled and chopped potato, turnip, carrot and celery and put them in a pot. It cooked for 4 hours, then I added the chicken, mushrooms, salt and spices (and justice and peace, of course….Full Waxing Moon!) and started it going again for another 4. It will be served with cream added (that helps the “peace” part of it).
Tempus worked in back a lot during the day and while he was sitting did the last sanding and wood-buttered the hedeby bag frames, so in the evening I started stitching that together. I’m also working out some patterns from a period pattern book, so I stitched on that for awhile. We also both watched/listened to an interview with an old friend for about an hour.
Today we have a couple of friends coming out from the valley and we’re planning a mini-potluck. I had to find them a soup from the freezer, since they’re dairy-free. I’ve been finding bits and pieces for yums and set up an apple mush and honey/ginger carrots for sides. Yes, the shop will by open by 1pm.
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 Jarilo, 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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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 6/5 at 12:12pm. 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 6/4 at 12:12am. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 6/7 at 12:12am.
Mercury is at greatest eastern elongation (24°) at 9 A.M. EDT, but the best time to view it is this evening. The planet won’t set until two hours after sunset, but it may be challenging to catch at only 7° above the horizon (for observers near 40° north) one hour after the Sun sets. Its magnitude is 0.4. You’ll find the planet about 15° below Castor and Pollux, again sinking in the west-northwest as twilight darkens the sky. Through a telescope, you’ll see Mercury’s 8″-wide disk is 36 percent lit. The small planet will continue to both wane and set earlier each day, fading in brightness even as its disk grows in apparent size over the next two weeks.
After dark, it’s the turn of 1st-magnitude Antares to hang the same distance below the Moon as Spica did on Monday. Spica was twinkling pale bluish. Antares is more strongly orange.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is in the east-southeast before dawn begins, in the vicinity of Mars.
Old Farmer’s Almanac June Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-june-2020-see-stars-move
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath, Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
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”…
Old Farmer’s Almanac June Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-june-2020-see-stars-move
Sun in Gemini
Moon in Scorpio enters Sagittarius at 10:17am
Venus(6/25), Jupiter (9/12), Saturn(9/29), Pluto(10/4) Retrograde
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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
Th 4 Low 6:21 AM -1.4 5:33 AM Set 4:54 AM 94
~ 4 High 12:41 PM 6.5 8:57 PM Rise 7:59 PM
~ 4 Low 6:06 PM 1.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Good things take time.
~ His resolve is not to seem, but to be, the best. – Aeschylus
~ Your power is proportional to your ability to relax. – David Allen
~ There is a fine line between genius and crazy… I like to use that line as a jump rope. – Tiffany Bennetts Facebook Wall on March 26 2:18 am
~ Happiness is good health and a bad memory. – Ingrid Bergman (1917-1982)
It is the month of June,
The month of leaves and roses,
When pleasant sights salute the eyes,
And pleasant scents the noses. – N.P. Willis (1807–67)
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
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
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup 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.
Baklava – Makes 10 pieces
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!
- 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!
Silliness – Silly Q&A – Question: How do trees access the internet? Answer: They Log In.