The shop opens at 1pm. Spring hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Anja.
Overcast. 54F, wind at 1-4mph and gusting, AQI 32-33, UV7. Chance of rain 9% today and 76% tonight. That’s a pretty good chance of some rain tonight, but not much else in the forecast. It looks like the rest of the forecast is for partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain increasing near the end of the 10 day. Highs should be in the upper 50’s. 6 fire spots and several fires. Mehl Creek is at 110 acres and 10% Sycan hasn’t changed, and the one near the Dalles is being worked on pretty hard.
I am having the worst time trying to get going on writing this tonight. *No* motivation! I even got a way long nap and still can’t get myself going….. Not just on writing, on anything.
It was lovely going home in bright sunshine and crawling onto a good mattress and under warm blankets to sleep for awhile yesterday morning. We yawned mightily on the way back in to the shop, but coffee fixed that. A couple of orders came in, one for a good hard-wearing rug for home… the long aisle between the kitchen and the drawer unit. The other was a garden toy for Sioned. That box is going to be huge….
I also got a beautiful mini-bundt pan that I was thinking to mold marzipans in and I’m wondering if I could actually use it to make chocolate shells. I’m probably going to play with that this afternoon if I get bold enough.
My meat order showed up. It’s a local farm that does various meats that are hard to get, like ground lamb and bones. I also got some ground beef and pork and a lovely roast that’s making the shop smell wonderful as it cooks with mushrooms. That’s going to make awesome broth and gravy!
We didn’t have a lot of people through, a couple of people enthusiastically shopping as part of their vacation bought some trinkets, and one serious guy picked up a huge stack of books. He only took two home with him, but they were the expensive ones.
Around closing I curled up on the nap bed and I slept nearly straight through to midnight! Tempus woke me at one point to check what he was supposed to pick up at the grocery and to let me know that the crockpot was ready to use. Yeah, I’m roasting in the crockpot. It’s a cheaper, tougher cut of meat that what I had been planning so I’m playing it safe and sticking to what I know works.
I got that set up and started in trying to write…. it’s probably more that enough to say that I’m frustrated with myself. I have a *lot* to do, various projects that need to be kicked down the road and I just “doan-wanna”. <sigh>
Today we’ll be open on time. I’m probably going to spend a chunk of the day in back finishing up on the marzipan project and playing with the bundt pan. I want to try to head home right at closing time, so I can get those seeds and plants in some dirt. Yeah, Tempus picked up the potting soil!
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
Jarilo’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).
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
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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 5/10 at 3:53am. 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 6/5 at 3:53pm.
Whether you’ve been following along all year or are just getting started, it’s time for a new American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) featured variable of the month. June’s star is Y Canum Venaticorum, also called La Superba or The Magnificent, in Canes Venatici. By two hours after sunset, the deep red La Superba will be high in the southwest. Depending on local light pollution, this magnitude 5.4 star may be a naked-eye challenge. Binoculars or any small telescope, however, will reveal its ruby glow 4.5° northeast of 4th-magnitude Chara (Beta Canum Venaticorum) and below the long tail of Ursa Major, which also forms the handle of the Big Dipper. La Superba is a giant red carbon star rife with the element carbon in its atmosphere, which lends it that red glow. Over a period of about 157 days, the star varies between magnitude 4.8 and magnitude 6.3 — a difference of 75 percent. La Superba is also an example of a particularly rare breed of carbon stars called carbon-J stars. These stars contain a high amount of a particular isotope of carbon, called carbon-13, which has one more neutron in its nucleus than the exceedingly more common carbon-12. Astronomers still aren’t quite sure why!
For much of the spring at mid-northern latitudes, the Milky Way lies right down out of sight all around the horizon. But watch the east now. The rich Cepheus-Cygnus-Aquila stretch of the Milky Way rears up horizontally across the east late these nights, earlier and higher every week. A hint for the light-polluted: It runs horizontally under Vega, right through the bottom of the Summer Triangle.
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 MAP FOR JUNE 2021: SEE THE STARS MOVE – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-june-see-stars-move
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Mercury (6/22), Pluto (10/6), Saturn Retrograde (10/10)
Color – Pink
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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
Huathe – Hawthorne Ogam letter correspondences
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time
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.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 4 Low 3:35 AM 1.7 5:33 AM Rise 3:06 AM 35
~ 4 High 9:11 AM 5.2 8:56 PM Set 3:28 PM
~ 4 Low 3:15 PM 1.3
~ 4 High 9:44 PM 7.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t be busy, be productive.
Journal Prompt – Expository – Write about a tradition that was started by an ancestor of yours and is still followed by your family today.
~ A man’s as old as he’s feeling. A woman as old as she looks. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) English writer
~ I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it. – Harry Emerson Fosdick, US Clergyman
~ A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble. – Mohandas Gandhi
~ Nothing endures but change. – Heraclitus
Fair and green is the marsh in June;
Wide and warm in the sunny noon.
The flowering rushes fringe the pool
With slender shadows, dim and cool. – Antoinette Alcott Bassett
Litha Magick – Recipes
Midsummer Ritual Mead – Recipe by Gerina Dunwich (make for next year
- 2-1/2 gallons water (preferably fresh rainwater blessed by a Wiccan priestess or priest)
- 1 cup meadowsweet herb
- 1 cup woodruff sprigs
- 1 cup heather flowers
- 3 cloves
- 1 cup honey
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup barley malt
- 1 oz. brewer’s yeast
Pour the water into a large cauldron or kettle. Bring to a boil and add the meadowsweet herb, woodruff sprigs, heather flowers, and cloves. Boil for one hour and the add the honey, brown sugar, and barley malt. Stir thirteen times in a clockwise direction and then remove from heat.
Strain through a cheesecloth and allow the mead to cool to room temperature. Stir in the brewer’s yeast. Cover with a clean towel and let it stand for one day and one night. Strain again, bottle, and then store in a cool place until ready to serve.
Midsummer Ritual Mead is an ideal drink to serve at Summer Solstice Sabbats, as well as during all Cakes and Ale Ceremonies and Esbats.
(The above recipe for “Midsummer Ritual Mead” is quoted directly from Gerina Dunwich’s book “The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch’s Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes”, page 172, A Citadel Press Book, Carol Publishing Group, 1994/1995)
2 cups milk per serving
1 tsp. honey
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Warm milk, be careful not to boil it. In each mug add your honey and vanilla. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Ritual Mead – Takes at least 1 day
2 1/2 gallons water
1 C meadowsweet herb
1 Cup woodruff sprigs
1 Cup heather flowers
1 Cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Cup barley malt
1 oz brewers yeast
- Pour water into a large cauldron or kettle.
- Bring to a boil and add the meadowsweet herb, woodruff sprigs, heather flowers, and cloves.
- Boil for 1 hour and then add the honey, brown sugar, and barley malt.
- Stir 13 times in a clockwise direction, then remove from heat.
- Strain through a cheesecloth and allow the mead to cool to room temperature.
- Stir in the brewers yeast.
- Cover with a clean towel and let it stand for one day and one night.
- Strain again, bottle, and store in a cool dry place until ready to serve.
Silliness – Shaggy Dogs
Two Irishmen walk into a pet shop in Dingle. They head to the bird section; and Gerry says to Paddy, “Dat’s dem.” The owner comes over and asks if he can help them. “Yeah, we’ll take four of dem dere little budgies in dat cage up dere,” says Gerry, The owner puts the budgies in a paper bag. Paddy and Gerry pay for the birds, leave the shop and get into Gerry’s Hiace to drive to the top of the Conor Pass. At the Conor Pass, Gerry looks down at the 1000-foot drop and says; “Dis looks like a grand place.”
He takes two birds out of the bag, puts them on his shoulders and jumps off the cliff. Paddy watches as Gerry falls all the way to the Bottom, killing himself stone dead. Looking down at the remains of his best pal,Paddy shakes his head and says; “Feck dat. Dis budgie jumping is too feckin’ dangerous for me.”
Moments later Seamus arrives up at Conor Pass. He’s been to the pet shop too and walks up to the edge of the cliff carrying another paper bag in one hand and a shotgun in the other. “Hi, Paddy. Watch dis.” Seamus says. He takes a parrot from the bag and throws himself over the edge of the cliff. Paddy watches as half way down, Seamus takes the gun and shoots the parrot. Seamus continues to plummet down and down until he hits the bottom and breaks every bone in his body. Paddy shakes his head and says, “And I’m never trying dat parrotshooting either.”
Paddy is just getting over the shock of loosing two friends when Sean Og appears. He’s also been to the pet shop and is carrying a paper bag out of which he pulls a chicken. Sean Og then hurls himself off the cliff and disappears down and down until he hits a rock and breaks his spine. Once more Paddy shakes his head – “Feck that Lads. First der was Gerry with his budgie jumping, den Seamus parrotshooting and now Sean Og is feckin’ hengliding.”