Daily Stuff 5-28-22 Battle of the Eclipse

Hi, folks!

First Minus Tide of the cycle at 6:23 AM of -0.6 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Spring hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Pattie Huggins Deitrick. Sewing Workshop 3-5pm.

 [posting at 6pm] It was certainly wet, earlier, but the pavement is dry now and the sun keeps trying to break through. Hasn’t succeeded…. 57F, wind at 0-2mph and gusting, AQI 12-40, UV5. Chance of rain 99% today and 91% tonight. GALE WARNING from 5am to 11pm today. Forecast – In the late part of the night showers will start up, turning to real rain somewhere after sunrise. Today(54/47). By lunchtime the wind will have picked up as well, so we might see some (gentle) waterpic weather. The wind will start slacking off this evening, Tomorrow(52/46) but it and the rain won’t quit until late Monday(55/44) total accum about 1 inch. The rest of the week will be more or less cloudy with high temps from 57-62 and lows around 49.

Thursday evening was fairly quiet. I had asked Tempus to make a fry of corn, bacon and potatoes for supper. It took awhile, but it satisfied my craving. I turned in after I ate and slept until nearly midnight, but after that I couldn’t seem to do anything but doze! I managed another couple of hours after Tempus got home, which was around 9. He’d gone home first to make sure the skylights were closed, so was pretty late.

I had done a little cookery overnight. I wanted to sugar-preserve the not-quite-ripe strawberries out of the batch that Tempus got me during the week. They’re not so tasty to just eat, but as long as there’s one ripe one in the batch, it turns out to be a tasty treat. The sugar turns into mostly syrup as the strawberries shrivel and it’s lovely on pancakes! Tempus got me some peanut oil, so next up is a “pickled” cheese. Really, it ought to be called, “marinated”, but…. I’m thinking about rosemary, garlic and dill for flavor, maybe a little thyme. I also have a recipe for sesame chicken that calls for cooking the chicken in peanut oil.

I was having trouble even moving without whimpering (that’s why the “just dozing”) and he was having some trouble, too. Old joints and interesting weather don’t mix well, but we got up, got coffee and started the day, anyway. I spent quite awhile writing. I’m trying to track down the last of the recipes for the House Cookbook. It’s going to go up as a WiP (work in progress) and be edited after this next February’s feast. I also worked on the spice mixes list. Tempus was working in back, mostly. After he got a bread batch started, he began hunting down and cleaning some tools. He finally found my ratcheting screwdriver! We had some folks in, mostly thrift-shopping, and one couple ran out the door when they saw the incense and crystals. <sigh>

Got a phone call from Sash, needing a little mom sympathy. While he was closing at Taco Bell, they had some guy walk up and demand service. When Sash told him that they were closed, the guy went off into a rant and in a few minutes there was a crash from outside. Sash assumed that the guy had walloped a sign or something. Nope. He punched a rock through Sash’s car’s rear window! Of course insurance isn’t going to cover that, nor does Taco Bell for that kind of thing and his speakers are probably toast from being rained on. So his window is taped up and he needed some virtual boo-boo kisses.

So next up is soup, mushroom chicken for supper, and then maybe the sesame chicken, definitely the pickled cheese, once Tempus is done with the bread.

Today we’ll be open at 1pm. Sewing Workshop is at 3pm. Bring your mending basket! I might be doing buttons for one of my dresses, or I’ll be working on a doll. It’s ok to just come in and ask questions, btw.

…and because it’s Memorial Weekend.

From 5/25/19 This little fella appears to be enjoying the weather! photo by Pattie Huggins Deitrick Used with permission

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motif flower Nasturtium-Tropaeolum

Today’s plant is NasturtiumTropaeolum majus, (not watercress, which is true nasturtium). It’s certainly not native to the PNW, but grows well here. I love the brilliant oranges and yellows of the flowers. They’re yummy, too, with a slightly peppery taste, both leaf and flower and the seeds serve as a substitute for capers in pickles. The flowers stand for Victory in Battle; Patriotism and Affectation and are little used in magicks other than as symbols and foods for Ostara and Beltane celebrations because of their association with the Sun. They also can be used as a symbol for sacrifice to the larger good of soldiers, firemen and police, but are usually only seen at funerals in this context.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropaeolum_majus

weather Sun

Today is the date in 585 BC on which the Greek philosopher and scientist Thales predicted a solar eclipse would occur. This is one of the cardinal dates from which other dates can be calculated since eclipses can be calculated pretty exactly. The Battle of the Eclipse was fought on this date. It is called that because it ended abruptly as the eclipse was considered to be a sign from the gods, and therefore recorded.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Halys_(585_BC)

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 anjasnihova@yahoo.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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Taurus

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. 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 5/28 at 4:30pm. 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 Outer 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 5/30 at 4:30am.

Prelude to a conjunction – The eastern sky on the morning of May 28 shows Mars sitting southeast (to the lower right) of Jupiter. Tomorrow morning, Mars will sit directly south of the gas giant, the move to the planet’s southwest (lower left) by the morning of the 30th. – Alison Klesman (via TheSkyX)

Bright Jupiter and fainter Mars are in conjunction, 0.6° apart, in early dawn Sunday morning May 29th. Look east-southeast, not very high. Binoculars help as dawn brightens.

Have you ever seen Alpha Centauri?! At declination –61° our brilliant, magnitude-zero neighbor star is permanently out of sight if you live north of latitude 29°. But if you’re at the latitude of San Antonio, Orlando, or points south, Alpha Cen skims just above your true southern horizon for a little while late these evenings. When to look for it? Just about when Alpha Librae, the lower-right of the two brightest stars of Libra, is due south over your landscape. At that time, drop your gaze down from there!

This map shows the visibility of a potential meteor outburst and is based on the assumption that peak activity will occur close to 5h UT on May 31. The apparent altitude of the radiant is presented as green concentric circles at 10° intervals. Your clenched fist held at arm’s length is equal to roughly 10°. Also plotted are zones for civil twilight (Sun 0° to 6° below the horizon), nautical twilight (6° to 12° below the horizon), and astronomical twilight (12° to 18° below the horizon). From the Baja Peninsula, Mexico, the radiant is directly overhead at the appointed time. (Image credit: Jérémie Vaubaillon)

Lastly: Make plans for the possible Tau Herculid meteor shower, which may put on a strong outburst on the night of May 30-31. Meteor researcher Joe Rao predicts that any meteor activity should peak around 5:00 UT May 31st (1 a.m. May 31st EDT; 10 p.m. May 30th PDT). This event will be either “all or nothing,” says Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office. Article by Don Machholz. Rao’s research paper: Will Comet 73P/Schwassman-Wachmann 3 produce a meteor outburst in 2022?

Venus (magnitude –4.0) rises soon after the beginning of dawn. Look for it just left of due east. It’s roughly two fists at arm’s length lower left of Jupiter. Venus will continue to rise near the beginning of dawn from now all the way through August.

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”.

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 – Grey
Planting 5/27-9
©2022 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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The very old hawthorn at Saint-Mars-sur-la-Futaie, France, planted in the 3rd century!

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
Sa  28      Low   6:23 AM    -0.6   5:37 AM    Rise  4:40 AM      6
~    28     High  12:43 PM     6.0   8:50 PM     Set  7:26 PM
~    28      Low   6:03 PM     2.3
~    28     High  11:59 PM     7.9

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Let your smile change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile.

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Journal Prompt –

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Quotes

~   A man can’t be too careful in the choice of his enemies. – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish writer and wit
~   Why in a country of free speech, are there phone bills? – Steven Wright
~   I don’t think we had better go into the minute secrets of the campaign, so far as I know them, because I see the reporters are present, who are taking it all down. – Chester Allen Arthur (1830-1886) US President (21st), VP (20th)
~   Why, sir, there is every possibility that you will soon be able to tax it! (to PM William Gladstone, on the usefulness of electricity) – Michael Faraday (1791-1867) English scientist

May changes moods just like a baby:
Someone should have named it “Maybe.”

–The Old Farmer’s Almanac, 1996 

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Litha Magick – Recipes

Strawberry rhubarb punch – From Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2006

  • Rhubarb – enough to make 3 cups chopped
  • 3 cups water
  • 6 oz can frozen lemonade
  • 2 cans water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • quart of lemon/lime soda
  • Garnish – strawberries and lemon verbena
  1. Chop rhubarb
  2. Simmer rhubarb in water until tender
  3. Add a lemonade, water and sugar.
  4. Strain and chill.
    Just before serving, add soda.
  5. Garnish with strawberries and lemon verbena.

Note – Goes well with Solstice cookies

Fruit Salad with Love Spell – Adapted from Recipe by Morgana of Hawaii – http://www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/tigris/567/id20.htm – Make a salad of the below-listed ingredients, concentrating on the love you wish to share. Chant the Spell Incantation as you chop and slice. As always, be careful with love spells. Make sure that the person shares your desire (don’t depend on wishful thinking!) Best of all is to do the spell together and share the salad, feeding each other, and respecting the god/dess within.

Fruit Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Mango
  • 1/2 cup Pine Nuts (optional)
  • 1 cup Pineapple, to be cut into bite-size chunks
  • 1 cup Apple, to be cut into bite-size chunks
  • 1 cup Peaches, to be cut into bite-size chunks
  • 2 or 3 Bananas, to be sliced (depending on personal preference)
  • 1 small jar Red Cherries
  • 1/2 cup Coconut (if desired)

Spell Incantation:

“Fruit of mango, fruit of pine,
Let the one I love be mine.
Fruit of apple, fruit of peach,
Bring him (her) close within my reach.
Fruit of banana, fruit of cherry,
Let his (her) love for me not vary.
As I work my magick spell,
Warmly in his (her) heart I dwell.
I now invoke the Law of Three:
This is my will, so mote it be!”

Mingle the fruits and place your hands on either side of the bowl, while visualizing you and your loved one building a life together. Then serve the salad.

(The above recipe for “Fruit Salad with Love Spell” is adapted from Morgana of Hawaii’s recipe in Scott Cunningham’s book “The Magic in Food: Legends, Lore & Spells”, page 243, Llewellyn Publications, 1990.)

Strawberry-Carrot Tea Bread (3 views) From: herbalmuse – Strawberry-Carrot Tea Bread – Delicious Living Magazine – Serves 16 / Instead of trans-fatty margarine or shortening, this treat uses canola oil, rich in monounsaturated fat, for tenderness and texture. Strawberries add natural sweetness; if you use frozen berries, drain all liquid before adding to batter.

Tea Bread

  • 1/2 cup canola oil (Ajja’s note – with all the weirdness surrounding canola, I’d use butter!)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar or sucanat
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups finely shredded carrots
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped strawberries, fresh or frozen and thawed
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Strawberry Glaze

  • 1/3 cup puréed strawberries, fresh or frozen and thawed
  • 1/2 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, mix oil and brown sugar or sucanat with an electric mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, blending well. Add yogurt, water, and vanilla while continuing to beat. Add carrots and blend.
2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Add dry ingredients to carrot mixture, blending for 2 minutes until batter is smooth. Gently fold in strawberries and walnuts.
3. Pour batter into a lightly greased and floured 12-cup tube or bundt pan. Bake 50–55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool and invert onto a serving plate.
4. For glaze, mix puréed strawberries, yogurt, and powdered sugar in a small bowl. Drizzle entirely over cooled cake, or reserve to drizzle over each serving.

My version Tea Bread

  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups finely shredded carrots
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped strawberries, fresh or frozen and thawed
  • 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts

Strawberry Glaze

  • 1/3 cup puréed strawberries, fresh or frozen and thawed
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, mix oil and brown sugar with an electric mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, blending well. Add yogurt, water, and vanilla while continuing to beat. Add carrots and blend.
2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Add dry ingredients to carrot mixture, blending for 2 minutes until batter is smooth. Gently fold in strawberries and walnuts.
3. Pour batter into a lightly greased and floured 12-cup tube or bundt pan. Bake 50–55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool and invert onto a serving plate.
4. For glaze, mix puréed strawberries, yogurt, and powdered sugar in a small bowl. Drizzle entirely over cooled cake, or reserve to drizzle over each serving.

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Silliness – Elementary Particle

High school science teacher asks a question: Students! What is an “elementary Particle?”
The smartest kid in class answers “fundamental subatomic particles!”
Immediately the Jock in the back corner of the class room laughs hysterically.
The teacher asks “What’s so funny?”
The Jock replies, “elementary particles are so stupid, they haven’t made it to junior high yet!”

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