First Minus Tide of the cycle at 6:31 AM of -0.5 feet. The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Spring hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
It’s partly cloudy. 47F, wind at 1-5mph and gusting, AQI 3-34, UV8. Chance of rain 34% today and 23% tonight. Pollen High. There’s a small chance of a shower around lunchtime and then Friday is the next likely damp day. Through Tuesday there’s a small chance of showers, but next Wednesday looks like partly cloudy and next Thursday, full sun! The MEHL CREEK fire is at 110 acres, but 50% contained. The 2nd fire by the Dalles is out and the main one hasn’t changed. JOSEPH CANYON is at 7575 and only 20% contained, but the nearby DRY CREEK fire is at 1500 acres, but 50% containment.
Yesterday was a hard slog and I was exhausted by closing time. I worked on getting stuff ready for the marzipan marathon in the early part of the morning, but Tempus forgot to get me some more confectioner’s sugar and I had to wait until afternoon for that.
We were open on time and I know there were some shoppers, but not really how many. I was writing hard, as well as trying to get ready to get the marzipans done. I got the writing done by 3pm and the marzipans by 6pm, although there’s another batch to do, still. I’m going to wait for a couple of days for the new tin liners to show up on that. Three tins are ready to go out, but we only had a box for two of them. Tempus is going to have to run over to the PO, first thing.
We finally headed home around 7:30. I was querulous and almost weepy by then, and I fell into bed almost as soon as we walked in. I got a long nap, got up and ate supper and went back to bed, waking at midnight. I got the sink curtain up and the cuphooks for tools before we headed back to the shop.
The stars were out in 1/2 the sky, and driving into town I watched the light trails and reflections on the water. One of the stars… I think from Cassiopeia… left a light trail, too. Tempus headed out for the paper route at 2:15.
Today is a home day, but we have to get the finished marzipans in the mail before we head home. I know we’ll sleep late. That’s a given. I’m hoping to plant the over-the-railing planter boxes today and if I have enough energy in the morning to dig the potatoes out of that planter at the shop, they’ll go into the potato bucket at home, along with the two leek ends that are waiting.
We have more cuphooks to do and other small stuff and Tempus really needs to clean up around the sink. Maybe I’ll get enough time to make a cake, or maybe I can get one ready to bake up Wednesday morning. In any case, the late part of the evening I’ll be at the shop. I have one counseling session set up, already. It’s bulk route night, so Tempus will be heading for Newport earlier than usual.
Today ‘s feast is that of Bona Mens in the old Roman Empire. Mens is the personification of the “good mind” and had a temple on the Capitoline Hill. It’s long gone and there were apparently no records made of what it looked like. There’s a wiki article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mens
Today’s Plant is the local larkspurs, delphinium trollifolium, and delphinium pavonaceum (which the Wiki article says is confined to the Valley, but I’ve collected out here….) are pretty flowers in shades of white, blue and purple. They’re called delphiniums (dolphins) after the shape of the nectary. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_trolliifolium and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_pavonaceum Other names are Larksheal and Staggerweed – Feminine, Venus, Water – The flowers frighten away venomous creatures and ghosts. Sprinkle between your eyes and a Litha fire to keep your sight clear. Use in rituals to call upon Dolphin energy.
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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 6/10 at 3:53am. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 6/8 at 3:53pm. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Dark, psychopomps. – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris . Phase ends at the New on 6/10 at 3:53am.
Here it is just 12 days to summer. But as twilight fades, look very low in the north-northwest for wintry Capella very out of season. The farther north you are, the higher it will appear. You may need binoculars. If you’re as far north as Montreal or a Portland (either the one in Oregon or Maine), Capella is actually circumpolar.
Mars (magnitude +1.7, in upper Gemini) glows modestly low in the west-northwest right after dark, upper left of Venus and left of Pollux and Castor. Mars starts the week below the Pollux-Castor line. It crosses the line on June 7th. Mars is almost as far away as it gets on the far side of its orbit from us. So it’s no brighter than even Castor, the fainter of the Pollux-and-Castor “twins.” And in a telescope, Mars is just tiny blob 4 arcseconds wide.
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.
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
Goddess Month of Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Mercury (6/22), Pluto (10/6), Saturn Retrograde (10/10)
Color – Red
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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.
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
to study this month – Eadha – White Poplar or Aspen Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Silver White
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 8 Low 6:31 AM -0.5 5:32 AM Rise 4:31 AM 6
~ 8 High 12:56 PM 5.8 8:59 PM Set 7:38 PM
~ 8 Low 6:08 PM 2.7
~ 8 High 11:59 PM 7.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Falling in love is the ultimate act of revolution…
Journal Prompt – Favorites – Write about the thoughts and feelings you have when you listen to your favorite song
~ Let the people think that they are governed, and they are governed. – William Penn
~ I never drink coffee at lunch. I find it keeps me awake for the afternoon. – Ronald Reagan
~ When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused. – Rainer Maria Rilke
~ I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them. – Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) Dutch philosopher
A Summer’s Day
Black bees on the clover-heads drowsily clinging,
Where tall, feathered grasses and buttercups sway;
And all through the fields a white sprinkle of daisies,
Open-eyes at the setting of day.
Oh the heaps of sweet roses, sweet cinnamon roses,
In great crimson thickets that cover the wall!
And flocks of bright butterflies giddy to see them,
And a sunny blue sky over all.
Trailing boughs of the elms drooping over the hedges,
Where spiders their glimmering laces have spun;
And breezes that bend the light tops of the willows
And down through the meadow-grass run.
Silver-brown little birds sitting close in the branches,
And yellow wings flashing from hillock to tree;
And wide-wheeling swallows that dip to the marshes
And bobolinks crazy with glee;–
So crazy, they soar through the glow of the sunset
And warble their merriest notes as they fly,
Nor heed how the moths hover low in the hollows
And the dew gathers soft in the sky.
Then a round beaming moon o’er the blossomed hill coming,
Making paler the fields and the shadows more deep;
And through the wide meadows a murmurous humming
Of insects too happy to sleep.
Enchanted I sit on the bank by the willow
And hum the last snatch of a rollicking tune;
And since all this loveliness cannot be Heaven,
I know in my heart it is June. –
Abba Goold Woolson (Mrs. Woolson lived from 1838 until 1921 and was a native of Maine. In 1915 she published the above poem as part of a collection of works in her book, With Garlands Green.)
Litha Magick – Recipes
Buttermilk Scones for Litha from Hearth & Home Witchery
3 cups Flour
1/3 cup Sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
3/4 teaspoon Salt
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 cup Buttermilk
3/4 cup Currants
1 teaspoon Grated Orange Rind
1 Tablespoon Heavy Cream
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Tablespoons Sugar
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Use an ungreased baking sheet. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl. Stir well with a fork to mix and fold air into batter. Add the butter and cut into the flour mixture, using a pastry blender or two knives, or work in, using your fingertips, until the mixture looks like fresh bread crumbs. Add the buttermilk, currants and orange rind. Mix only until the dry ingredients are moistened. Gather the
dough into a ball and press so it holds together. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead lightly 12 times. Pat the dough into a circle 1/2-inch thick.
Glaze: In a small bowl combine the cream, cinnamon and sugar; stir to blend. Brush the dough with the glaze. Cut the dough into 18 pie-shaped pieces. Place the scones 1 inch apart on the baking sheet. Bake for about 12 minutes or until the tops are browned. Serve hot with Orange Honey Butter (recipe follows).
Chicken Stuffing and golden egg mix
- 2lbs mixed ground beef and pork
- 6 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup snack chestnuts (crunched)
- ½ cup pine nuts
- 1 1/2 cup grated mozzarella
- 4 tsp. Salsa Fina
- few thread saffron
- · 2 cup chopped onion
- · 5 cups cooked barley or rice
- 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
- 2 tsp. salt (or to taste)
Mix all of these together, well. Take about ½ of the mix and set aside for the eggs.
- ½ the stuffing mix
- 2 roaster chickens
- Olive oil
- Glaze (recipe below)
- Edible gold glitter (we used American Gold from www.ohsweetart.com ) It does not have any sugar in it!
Note – If doing this the morning of your feast, skip steps two and three.
- Cook the stuffing mix in the microwave, first for about 3 minutes and then 2 minutes at a time until no pink shows, breaking up lumps as you go.
- Drain (reserving juice for thigh sauce) and freeze in ziplock, shaking to keep it from clumping.
- About 30 minutes before you start assembling the chickens to bake, zap the stuffing 1 minute at a time until it’s slightly warm.
- Trim off extra skin and fat around the opening, leaving the tail stub.
- Stuff your chickens with the mix. Really pack it in. Any that is left over should be put back into the mix for the Dragon eggs and mixed in, well. Make sure the “tail” is still free.
- Rub the chickens all over with olive oil, then salt, lightly, and sprinkle with Salsa Fina.
- Lay belly down on foil on baking sheet or in a roaster.
- Using a bamboo skewer cut to size, prop the tail up so that it is sticking straight out. Cover the delicate areas of the legs, tail, and wings with foil to prevent overcooking.
- Place the bird in a 350° F oven and bake just until the skin begins to turn golden brown. Try not to overcook as the bird will fall apart if it becomes too tender.
Glaze for Dragon and Golden Eggs
- 3 egg yolks
- Edible gold glitter
Golden Dragon Eggs – Are made of the remainder of the raw stuffing for the chicken, molded into eggs (meatball sized), placed in a foil pan and baked at 350F. You may add bread crumbs to the mix, if it is too moist to mold well. When the eggs are up to temperature (about an ½ hour, depending on size) brush with the glaze, sprinkle with glitter and return to the oven just long enough to set the glaze.
Red Dragon Eggs – Swimming Sausages
- 1 pound ground pork
- Tsp whole cloves and mace, mixed
- 2 Tbsp chopped fennel fronds
- 1 fifth Burgundy
- Bundle of fresh herbs (fennel and rosemary)
Silliness – Little Otter
Vilda Leusch – on Facebook 7-4-17
Little Otter was thrilled to be going to his first international Pagan event, but he was also worried. He’d checked his paperwork time and again, but knew that if all were not in order, he could be turned away at the gate. All through the long flight, and the long drive down dusty Irish roads, past rocky fences and fluffy sheep, he worried. Finally, he arrived at the destination.
Before him spread the wonders of the Pagan world. Tents, pavilions, and throngs of people of every imaginable stripe dazzled his perceptions. Hardly able to contain his excitement, he joined the long line of attendees, jostling to get in.
Though the line moved swiftly, and most people were waved in, Little Otter was becoming increasingly anxious as he saw a number of them being turned away. At last, it was his turn, and he handed his documents to the magnificent Crone at the table before him.
She cast a gimlet eye over the sheets, checking this and that, sometimes murmuring to herself, sometimes shooting a quick glance at the now pale lad in front of her. At last, she stamped the papers, and then, did something Little Otter thought odd. Measuring the stack against a gnarled old stick, she creased them once, twice, and thrice, before handing them back with a smile.
‘Now, me boy, ye be goin’ to enjoy yerself, ye ken?’ Her lilting old voice made Little Otter smile. He took the now neat stack, and was about to go in, when he turned back, a puzzled look on his face.
‘Pardon, Grandmother, but I was wondering. You didn’t have to make the stack all neat for me, and to do it next to that interesting old stick, well, I just have to ask, why?’
The old dame sat back, and pinned the young man with a steely look.
‘Why, don’t ye know, lad, about the law of three-fold return?’
I’ll see myself out….