Daily Stuff 5-24-21 Hermes Trismegistus

Hi, folks!

First Minus Tide of the cycle at 5:44 AM of -0.7 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Spring hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Amy Smith.

Overcast with rain threatening. 51F, wind at 0-6mph and gusting, AQI 23-39, UV8. Chance of rain 76% today and 50% tonight. Pollen High. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 6am to 5pm. Rain today, showers tomorrow, dry on Tuesday, and then the pattern repeats for Thurs.-Sat. After that things look dry and a little warmer with some sun.

Yesterday was exhausting. I didn’t sleep well, very common before a heavy-duty class, and the papers ran so late (Tempus got in at 9:30) that we didn’t try to go home. I got up early… about 11:30, because I was itching over getting ready for class. I had to wear my medieval outfit when probably looked strange in my office space. I thought about putting up a couple of the banners or the tablecloth and then completely forgot!

Arlys’ class was in full swing when I got online. I got some stuff done with the mike muted, caught up on messages and then listened to the tail end of her class. At that point, everyone that chatted for a bit and we officially started at 5 past, reviewing where the handout was posted and some other business.

I think the class went well. I had a couple of brain farts during the class, (the brain-fog was *not* helping!) but a couple of students chimed in with some of the info and terms that I wasn’t remembering. I actually managed to catch some of the comments in chat, too. We were pretty well done, well within the time, and a couple of questions filled in a few spots where I side-tracked and missed something. I had mentioned that I just had gotten my shot so wasn’t possibly at my best, and everyone was very forgiving.

…but… when I was done I was soaked through from exertion and exhausted. Tempus chased me in back and got a bit of a wash and then went splat on the nap bed, only waking around 6pm! Jeffrey dropped off the rest of the beeswax and we collected up stuff and headed home, admiring a heron that was standing in Lint slough.

I curled up and read while Tempus made us a good supper of vegetable juice, pork chops and carrots, with a square of yellow cake with chocolate icing for dessert. I love having an oven! We slept right after, getting up at 1am and then coming right back watching the glowing clouds from the Moon’s Light behind them and the reflections from the sky on the glassy river. Tempus headed out just after 2am, so we’re hoping he’ll be done at the normal time today, instead of as late as the last two mornings. I’ve had my snack while I’ve been writing here, so I’m going to sack out on the nap bed and wait.

Today we’ll be open at 1. Tempus has some chores to get done today and I’m going to be working more on crystals. We won’t stay late tonight, since I’m intending to take a bunch of plants home to work on, the way I did the other night. I got the ferns out of the oregano and discovered a bunch of bittercress as well, that I planted in with some of the peas. I managed to get some light, dry soil sprinkled on all the seeded pots. I’ve got nasturtiums coming up, finally!

The storks are nesting again and have three chicks! – https://www.ipcamlive.com/5ca7589bb4c42?fbclid=IwAR0nDdfX5l41d_9skhz7DQ_WriJa9jSvPfiKQbsjjRku-U_39_NurfPPxdE

Alsea Bay picnic from Salty Dawg taken by Amy Smith on 5/17/20 Used with permission

evergreen violet viola sempervirens

Today’s Plant is the Evergreen VioletViola sempervirensThis is a pretty plant that looks like nothing much through 9 months of the year here on the coast, but is spectacular in March, when it covers the ground with beautiful golden flowers on a deep blue/green background and still lovely in April/May. It is indeed evergreen, not withering to the ground, although it sometimes is overshadowed by grass. It grows well in the park behind our old house. As any viola it is Feminine, ruled by Venus, but unlike the blue violets (corresponding to water) the Evergreen Violet corresponds to the element of Air and the Sun – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.

Specifically for today. Thank you for your service! “Angel Flight” is the call sign for a airplane with a full casket on board. >>>>

Taps (everyone knows the melody, but there are words….)

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, from the hills, from the sky;
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.

Fading light, dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright.
From afar, drawing nigh, falls the night. – Major General Daniel Butterfield

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Today’s feast is that of Hermes Trismegistus. He seems to be a combination of Hermes and Thoth with a lot of other bits thrown in, but the corpus of works assigned to him are the basis of Hermeticism. He is a god of writing and magick, of astrology, alchemy and other learned arts. There are books like the Kybalion and the Emerald Tablets of Thoth that are attributed to him.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermes_Trismegistus

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Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Scorpio

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 on5/26 at 4:14am. 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 5/24 at 4:14pm. 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 5/27 at 4:14pm.

What is the oldest thing you have ever seen? Everyone in the world can see at least the Sun and other objects of the solar system, age 4.6 billion years. Everything on or near Earth’s surface is much younger. Next is Arcturus, which most people have surely seen whether they knew it or not, since it’s one of the brightest stars in the sky. It’s a Population II orange giant, age about 7 billion years. These evenings it looks down on you from very high toward the south, more or less overhead depending on your latitude. Amateur astronomers have globular clusters. Most are older still, at least in part. White dwarfs in the familiar M4 in Scorpius have been dated at 12.7 ±0.7 billion years. But individual stars that you can observe? For that you want Bob King’s article In Search of Ancient Suns, with finder charts. Assigning dates to individual stars from the first eras after the Big Bang is still iffy; astronomers have to work from the near-absence of heavy elements in their spectra. But a relatively nearby 6th-magnitude star in Bootes and a 7th-magnitude star in Libra, both in binocular range, await you these evenings. They probably date from, respectively, about 12½ billion and at least 13 billion years ago. These will probably be the oldest things you have ever seen, or will. The Big Bang itself is well dated at 13.8 billion years. One could pick nits. Pick a proton, any proton right in front of you, and it has very likely remained intact since the Big Bang’s first millionth of a second. What a variegated history it has seen since then!

Sagittarius above a Cape Cod beach house – The famous Teapot asterism in Sagittarius stands out to the upper right of this vacation home, while the central regions of the Milky Way arc through the top of the image. – John Chumack

The wee hours of the morning are the perfect time to peer toward the center of our Milky Way, located in the constellation Sagittarius. Look south to identify the Teapot asterism, which appears upright with its spout facing west around 1 A.M. local time. It’s made up of several stars: Zeta (ζ), Tau (τ), Sigma (σ), and Phi (ϕ) Sagittarii form the handle; Phi, Lambda (λ), and Delta (δ) Sagittarii form the top; Delta, Gamma (γ), and Epsilon (ϵ) Sagittarii form the spout; and Epsilon, Zeta, Phi, and Delta create the body.

The Sagittarius – Scorpius region contains a number of naked-eye double stars indluding Omega Scoprii in the head of the Scorpion, Lambda and Upsilon Scorpii in the stinger of the tail, Mu Scorpii and Zeta Scorpii in the Table of Scorpius. Nu Sagittarii lies next to the handle of the Teapot asterism in Sagittarius.
Copyright 2014 Jerry Lodriguss https://www.astropix.com/html/observing/doubles/doubles08.html

Farther west (to the Teapot’s right) is Scorpius the Scorpion, whose long tail curves toward the horizon. This region is home to numerous open and globular star clusters, although they’ll be a bit challenging to survey this morning, thanks to the low altitude and waxing Moon nearby in Virgo. But even with our satellite’s bright light saturating the sky, you should still easily spot the constellation’s brightest star, magnitude 1 Antares, glowing a deep orange-red.

Jupiter and Saturn (in dim Aquarius and Capricornus, respectively) catch the eye in the southeast before the first light of dawn. Jupiter grabs attention at magnitude –2.4. Saturn, 18° to Jupiter’s right, is more modest at magnitude +0.6.

Runic half-month of Inguz/Ing, 5/14-5/28 – Male consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother, Ing is god of the hearth. This time of year expresses potential for abundant growth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 70. 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”..

NIGHT SKY FOR May 2021 – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-may-asterisms

Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of
Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Pluto Retrograde (10/6)
Color – Grey
Planting 5/24&5
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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The very old hawthorn at St. Mars, England.

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

Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time

to study this month – Ur – Heather and Mistletoe Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                  Visible
M   24       Low   5:44 AM    -0.7   5:40 AM     Set  4:40 AM      89
~    24     High  11:54 AM     6.5   8:47 PM    Rise  6:53 PM
~    24       Low   5:32 PM     1.4
~    24     High  11:36 PM     8.7

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Every moment matters.

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Journal Prompt – What is your ? – What is your definition of a hero? Tell the story of someone whom you think is a hero and tell why you think as you do.

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Quotes

~   The object of oratory alone is not truth but persuasion. – Lord Macaulay, English statesman, born on October 25, 1800, ‘ Essay on Athenian Orators’
~   Your head’s like mine, like all our heads; big enough to contain every god and… devil there ever was. Big enough to hold the weight of oceans and the turning stars. Whole universes fit in there! But what do we choose to keep in this miraculous cabinet? Little broken things, sad trinkets that we play with over and over. The world turns our key and we play the same little tune again and again and we think that tune’s all we are. – Grant Morrison
~   The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.  When we obtain too cheaply, we esteem too lightly. – Thomas Paine
~   Conditions are never just right. People who delay action until all factors are favorable do nothing. – Phil Reinhardt

May changes moods just like a baby:
Someone should have named it “Maybe.” –The Old Farmer’s Almanac, 1996 

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Magick – Litha Recipes

Solstice Herb Bread

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.

[Anja’s note: another option is to use your usual bread recipe and add: 2 tbsp. chopped fresh chives, 2 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary, 1 tsp. fresh thyme …and you can double those amounts for more flavor. I usually add some crushed garlic, as well.]

Green Garden Goddess Dip Recipe from Hearth and Home Witchery 

1/2 cup green onion, thinly sliced
1 T. garlic, minced
1 T. olive oil
8 oz. spinach, triple washed, patted dry, and de-stemmed
1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced
1 cup loose parsley, washed well
1/4 cup chives, sliced
1 T. freshly chopped dill
1 T. lime juice
1/4 t. salt
1/4 t. hot sauce, of choice
1 – 8 oz. container plain vegan soy yogurt […or just regular yogurt]

In a non-stick skillet, saute the green onion and garlic in the olive oil for 2 minutes to soften. Add the spinach and continue to saute until the spinach just wilts. Remove the skillet from the heat and set aside to cool completely. Transfer the spinach mixture to a food processor. Add the remaining ingredients, except the vegan yogurt, and process for 2-3 minutes or until smooth. Add the vegan yogurt and process well to combine. Taste and add additional salt, hot sauce, or lime juice, to taste. Transfer the mixture to a glass bowl, cover, and chill for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend. Serve as an appetizer with raw vegetables, bread slices, crackers, or chips, or use as a condiment on sandwiches, cooked vegetables, or grains. Yield: 2 Cups

Asparagus Stuffed Chicken – Serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • 6 small boneless chicken breast halves
  • 6 stalks asparagus
  • 3 ounces Colby or Colby Jack cheese
  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup pignoli nuts — finely chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • salt and pepper — to taste
  • 6 ounces pesto sauce
  • 1 Cup heavy cream

Directions:

Pound chicken breasts to a  1/4 inch thickness and set aside. Snap off tough bottoms of asparagus. Place in boiling water and cover for 1 minute. Drain, rinse with cold water; then pat dry. Cut asparagus from tip down stalk into 3 inch lengths. Cut cheese into sticks 1/2 inch high x 1/2 inch wide by 3 inches long. Set aside. Combine bread crumbs, parmsean and pine nuts in a bowl. In another bowl beat eggs.

Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Place a stick of cheese and an asparagus spear next to one long edge of each breast.

Roll breast around ingredients tucking in ends to form a neat package. Secure with a toothpick. Dip each piece in egg and then in breadcrumb mixture. Make a double coating by dipping again into egg then crumbs. Place packages in a baking dish and bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 400F degrees. While the chicken is baking combine pesto and cream in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce 2 minutes until lightly thickened. Serve pesto cream sauce over chicken.

If you want you can make these ahead of time and freeze. These freeze very well.

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Silliness – Silly Q&A – Q: What should you do before criticizing Pac-Man? WAKA WAKA WAKA mile in his shoes.

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