The shop is closed on Tue/Wed. Spring hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Amy Smith.
[posting at 6pm] Sun’s been coming and going and it’s *warm* it was hitting 75 indoors, so we opened up and the breeze is awfully nice. 57F, wind at 1-10mph and gusting, AQI 18-,42 UV6. Chance of rain 8% today and 15% tonight. Forecast – It should stay dry into Thursday evening with the clouds gradually increasing. Today-Thu(59/49) mostly cloudy. Thur. eve-Sun(54/47) Chance of showers, total accum. around an inch. Mon-Wed(59/48) partly cloudy. 0 firespots.
Sunday evening we took a quick trip home to pick up some things and to get a few more garden pictures. We dropped off several plants that are going to live there, as well. After we got back we had cheese dogs for supper again and curled up on the nap bed. When we got up we had some “souper rice” that I made with extra chicken and vegetables from the freezer at home (which were partially thawed, so….). Souper Rice is a can of commercial soup, one can of Minute Rice and then anything you want to add.
Tempus headed out on the paper route and I sat down at the computer to write. I think I’ve mostly turned the notes that I’ve taken on the tablet into actual words. *Much* easier typing into a keyboard, although I’m looking at a case/keyboard for the tablet. I have it on a wishlist.
I didn’t sleep well. I kept hearing things and worse, smelling something. Those were phantom smells. Apparently the long-covid problem has gone from “poop” to “scorched”. <sigh> I guess that’s better, but why would it suddenly do that? There’s got to be some kind of psychological component!
Tempus got in relatively early and got a few more hours of sleep, but I didn’t wake with the alarm and Tempus let me sleep for another hour while he got the shop open. Once I was up, he made us coffee and cheese toast and I got back to writing, after I picked up mail and messages. I got the House report done, and worked on newsletter files for a bit, then started this.
Tempus spent quite awhile talking to a local repair place about the circuit-breaker board. So we’re looking at $600 for the repair after the fire. It’s over $500 just for the part! Hmm…
We haven’t been busy today. Other businesses are talking about the lack of tourists and locals are short on funds because of the gas prices, so I guess it’s inevitable. This weekend will be telling, I think. So I still need to make a casserole for supper, Tempus needs to pick up mail and some packages, and I want to work on plants and books, plus I have more writing to finish. I’m working on setting up a list of spice mixes, so I can find them when I need them. … and Tempus and I just spent 1/2 an hour riffing about Ukraina….. He got the packages and is making bread.
Today is usually a rest day. I’m guessing that Tempus is going to be running back and forth to home, although until we can afford the part, it’s going to be not much help. I hope I’m going to get him to get caught up on sleep. I usually would have a meeting in the evening, but it looks like it’s been cancelled because of the big event over the weekend.
Today’s Plant is the Evergreen Violet, Viola sempervirens. This 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.
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
Spring hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon., although we’re often here later as the days get longer. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook message or email at email@example.com If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.
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 5/30 at 4:30am. 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 5/25 at 4:30pm.
Look east in early dawn Wednesday morning, and there’s the waning crescent Moon with Jupiter and Mars above it. Binoculars help as dawn grows bright.
It’s a busy day for Earth’s satellite as it tracks across the predawn sky. First, the Moon passes 4° south of Neptune at 6 A.M. EDT — after sunrise on the East Coast, but before the Sun is up in time zones farther west. At that time, our delicate crescent Moon sits in far eastern Aquarius, just 33 percent illuminated as nighttime moves across the lunar face. If you want to catch Neptune, try an hour or two earlier, when the sky is darker. Be aware, however, that the Moon’s light may wash out the ice giant’s feeble glow, requiring you to use larger apertures than you otherwise would to catch the distant planet. Jupiter and Mars, barreling toward a conjunction on the 28th, are now just under 3° apart to the Moon’s upper right, both still visible in the growing twilight. The Moon is headed for a meetup with these two words as well, passing 3° south of Mars at 3 P.M. EDT, then 3° south of Jupiter at 8 P.M. EDT. By tomorrow morning, the Moon will sit southeast of the pair, and Mars and Jupiter will have inched about 0.5° closer. Keep watching these planets as they come closer each day, and make sure not to miss next week’s column for more details about the big event.
Arcturus, high in the southeast, forms the pointy end of the long, narrow Kite asterism: the central part of Bootes, the Cowherd. The kite currently extends upper left from Arcturus, with its head bent upward. The kite is 23° long: about two fists at arm’s length.
Saturn, magnitude +0.8, glows in eastern Capricornus a good 35° or 40° upper right of Jupiter before dawn. The little star 2° to its lower right is Delta Capricorni, magnitude 2.8.
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.
Mercury (6/3), Pluto Retrograde (10/8)
Goddess Month of Hera runs from 5/16 – 6/12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Color – Maroon
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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
Tu 24 Low 2:59 AM 2.1 5:40 AM Rise 3:19 AM 39
~ 24 High 8:31 AM 5.8 8:47 PM Set 2:58 PM
~ 24 Low 2:57 PM 0.6
~ 24 High 9:33 PM 7.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Difficult things take a long time, impossible things a little longer.
Journal Prompt – What if? – What would happen if everyone lived in space? What type of houses would they live in? What type of clothing would they wear? What type of food would they eat? How would they travel?
~ I ain’t got no quarrel with the Vietcong. – Muhammad Ali, American boxer and conscientious objector, born Cassius Clay on January 17, 1942
~ When you follow your bliss, doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors. – Joseph Campbell
~ Plunge boldly into the thick of life. – Goethe
~ If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual. – Frank Herbert (1920-1986) US writer
What plant we in this apple tree?
Sweets for a hundred flowery springs
To load the May-wind’s restless wings,
When, from the orchard-row, he pours
Its fragrance through our open doors;
A world of blossoms for the bee,
Flowers for the sick girl’s silent room,
For the glad infant sprigs of bloom,
We plant with the apple tree. – William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) US poet and newspaper editor
Litha Magick – Recipes
Chilled Strawberry-Mint Soup – Makes 2 servings, may be doubled, for more servings, use the doubled recipe and save in a large mason jar in the fridge.
- 1 1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves
- Fresh strawberry slices, kiwi fruit slices, or fresh mint sprigs
- In a food processor or blender, place the strawberries, sour cream, heavy cream, orange juice, and honey; whirl until smooth.
- Stir in mint.
- Taste for sweetness; if necessary, add more honey.
- Refrigerate until well chilled.
- To serve, put into cold soup bowls and top with strawberry slices, kiwi fruit slices, or mint sprigs..
Recipe courtesy of Monica Resinger, editor of Creative Home and Gardening. For more recipes and information, visit Monica at http://www.geocities.com/plantldy.geo © 2001, Monica Resinger, adapted by Anja 2009
Broiled Tomatoes a la Cora Anderson (recipe by Anja from memory and with my own options)
- 1 small tomato per person (on the vine tomatoes are good for this)
- Mini muffin tin (only Method 1)
- Cutting board
- Blue cheese crumbles (other options are shredded cheddar or spiced cheeses)
- Spray oil
- Cookie sheet
- Sheet of aluminum foil
- Rosemary sprigs
- Mozzarella cheese
- Salt and pepper or salt and prepared horseradish (not sauce)
- Baguette (Only Method 2)
- Pull off vine and wash tomatoes
- Carefully cut the stem end out of the tomato, the slice crossways into two pieces.
- Either spray muffin tin with oil or lay the sheet of foil on top, making a dimple above each “pocket” and spray that with the oil (makes cleanup easier). Put muffin tin on cookie sheet.
- Set ½ tomato in each dimple.
- Optional, cut a square of mozzarella that is no larger than the ½ tomato and place on top.
- Optional, put a dab of horseradish on each tomato and then salt (or salt and pepper, if you’d rather)
- Sprinkle generously with cheese.
- Optional, top with small rosemary sprig.
- Preheat oven to 350, then set broiler to 450 or whatever makes your oven work best.
- Put your tray of prepared tomatoes under the broiler until the cheese begins to melt, then turn off broiler, leaving the oven at 350 and let sit for 5 minutes. The underpart of the tomato will remain rather raw.
- Serve warm.
Takes the same ingredients, minus the muffin tin and can use optional slices of baguette. This makes a more cooked tomato.
- Take your cookie sheet and either oil or foil and oil, as you prefer (foil makes cleanup easier)
- Optional, slice baguette and lay slices out on cookie sheet, not quite touching.
- Slice your tomatoes, crosswise.
- Lay tomato slices on baguette slices or direction on cookie sheet/foil.
- Follow previous directions from 5 on.
These make an awesome hot appetizer and can be set up and baked in a very short amount of time and are quite tasty cold.
SUMMER SQUASH – Gordon Ireland – Serves 6-8
- 1 summer squash
- 1/4 cup of butter
- Black pepper
- medium size sauce pan
- Melt butter in sauce pan on medium heat.
- Slice squash approximately 1/8-inch thick
- Layer into pan, sprinkling pepper to taste on each layer.
- Stirring occasionally, cook to taste.
Takes 20-30 minutes.
Spiced/Pickled Cheese – This is more of a general method than an actual recipe.
- Cheese (see note)
- Oil – Peanut or olive, a little less than 1 quart.
- Quart canning jar with airtight lid. Storage jars are sometimes not airtight!
- Spices/Herbs – Multiple possibilities, but garlic and rosemary are a good start. (see note)
- Slice your cheese to no more than 1/2 inch thick. You can just use slices or make fingers or cubes, whatever will fit your jar.
- Pour the jar 1/4 full of the oil.
- Add cheese.
- Add spices.
- Cap tightly and refrigerate.
- Shake the jar at least once a day for about a week.
- Use a long skewer to get pieces of cheese out. No fingers! Don’t pour it out and pour it back, either, unless you’re going to eat it all up, right away.
- Keeps for up to a month, unless contaminated.
Note – You need a cheese that won’t dissolve in oil. Mozzarella is very good for this, but other cheeses are possible.
Note2 – Any spices/herbs that you like work for this: garlic, rosemary, thyme, lovage, sage, oregano, marjoram, horseradish, mustard peppers, ginger, wasabi, italian seasoning. Cut your pieces small (minced garlic size…..) and don’t use combinations that overwhelm each other. My rule of thumb is only 3 herbs at a time, or use a seasoning mix where they’re already balanced. Salt, only if necessary.
Silliness – A friend just posted this.
Cynthia Ley – I think I just figured out this whole falling to damage ratio thing. It’s not that we are getting older–it’s the ROCKS that are. I joined the SCA in A.S. When Rocks Were Soft. Well, piffle.
I told her that meant no head-banging, because soft rock came before hard rock. 🙂