Light rain coming down, more mist than rain. 55F, wind at 0-4mph, AQI34, UV8. Pollen is still high. 60% chance of rain today and 50% tonight. The rain should quit around lunchtime and tomorrow is likely to be just spitty bits. Sunday is supposed to be dry, Monday/Tuesday showery, but the rest of the forecast is for dry, not showers, now.
Yesterday went totally sideways on me. For some reason after an initial several hours of snooze-time I had a heck of a time getting any more sleep. I got another 1 1/2 after Tempus got home but that was it. I finally got up and worked and spent a couple of hours at the shop, but eventually I started falling asleep at my desk and Tempus chased me into the back. I only woke around 7pm… Argh! So he was almost ready to head out for the bulk route, and we scrambled around so I had what I needed for the evening and he took off for Newport.
I started with those dumplings that I tried to make last week. Made the dough, then it sits for 30 minutes to absorb the liquids. After that I got them boiled and they turned out to be really, really good! I ate four! …and then went back for another… and another.
After that I started the potroast. I used the broth from the dumplings, and my “soup starters” from the fridge, then a leek and an onion and then the beef on top of those. Turnips, tomato and celery were next, then caraway and some mustard seed and a couple of bay leaves. …and got another dumpling…. and set up a cacik (cucumber salad that sits overnight) and all the while I was noshing bits. I love soup night! …and got another dumpling… and got the older soup boxed for the freezer. ..and then spent awhile embroidering before I quit for the night.
Today we’ll be open at 1pm and stay open into the early evening. I have a little more cookery to do, I *might* get to make rizky tonight. I’m hoping, anyway. I’m also hoping to get over to my beading table and start doing earrings again. We really have to finish the clean-up. Tempus not being in good shape on Wednesday slowed that way down.
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
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 6/20 at 11:02pm. 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 6/12 at 11:24pm. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 6/16 at 2:43pm.
Mercury remains under Pollux and Castor in twilight, as shown below, but it has now faded to magnitude 1.3. That’s less than half as bright as Procyon, mag 0.4.
Last-quarter Moon tonight (exactly last-quarter at 2:24 a.m. Saturday morning EDT). The Moon rises around 1 or 2 a.m. local daylight-saving time, with bright Mars (magnitude –0.2) shining dramatically orange above or upper right of it (by about 4°). As Saturday’s dawn brightens, they stand high in the southeast.
Rising about 1:30 A.M. local time and climbing higher until sunrise washes out the sky, magnitude –0.2 Mars glows less than 9° from the waning Moon this morning.
Less than 2° north of the Red Planet is Neptune, the solar system’s most distant major planet. At magnitude 7.9, you can pick it out with binoculars or catch a better glimpse of its 2.3″-wide bluish disk through a telescope. The ice giant currently lies about 30 times farther from Earth than Mars, which is a mere 0.9 astronomical unit — a little less than the average Earth-Sun distance — from us at this time. Neptune will continue to track east through Aquarius until June 23, when it will reach a stationary point. The Red Planet will pass 1.7° south of Neptune at 8 A.M. EDT, while the Moon will pass 4° south of Neptune at 7 P.M. EDT. Our satellite then passes 3° south of Mars at 8 P.M. EDT.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is well up in the east-southeast before dawn begins, just a few degrees from 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
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.
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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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 12 Low 12:21 AM 2.9 5:31 AM Rise 1:40 AM 64
~ 12 High 5:41 AM 5.8 9:01 PM Set 12:32 PM
~ 12 Low 12:34 PM 0.4
~ 12 High 7:24 PM 6.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If at first you DO succeed, try not to look astonished!
~ In the silence of the wild, we find the home we lost in the city. – John Muir
~ Calculation never made a hero. – John Henry Newman
~ In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative original thinker unless you can also sell what you create. Management cannot be expected to recognize a good idea unless it is presented to them by a good salesman. – David M. Ogilvy
~ At whatever stage you apologize to your wife, the answer is always the same — ‘it’s too late now’. – Denys Parsons
In June ’tis good to lie beneath a tree
While the blithe season comforts every sense,
Steeps all the brain in rest, and heals the heart,
Brimming it o’er with sweetness unawares. – J. R. Lowell (1819–91)
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.
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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Subject: [Hearth_Witch] Herbal Lemon Cookies
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)
Solstice Herb Bread – http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/7039/AshlinCB.html
- 3 C. flour
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 pkg. dry active yeast
- 2 tbsp. chopped fresh chives
- 2 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
- 1 tsp. fresh thyme
- 1 1/4 C. hot water
- 2 tbsp. Crisco
- Mix 2 cups of the flour, sugar, salt and yeast in a large bowl.
- Add herbs, water, and Crisco.
- Beat slowly, stirring in remaining cup of flour until smooth.
- Scrape batter from sides of bowl and let rise in a warm place for 35 minutes or until it doubles in bulk.
- Punch down and beat with a spoon for about 15 seconds.
- Place dough in a greased loaf pan, patting down and forming a loaf shape with your hands.
- Cover and let rise again for about 30 minutes or until it again doubles in bulk.
- Bake at 375 for 40-45 minutes.
- Brush top with butter or margarine and remove from pan to cool.
Silliness – Silly Q&A – Question: Why don’t eggs make good quarterbacks? Answer: When their defense cracks they are too quick to scramble.