The shop is closed on Tue/Wed. Spring hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Mark Nessel.
[posting at 10:30pm] Do you know I have no idea what the weather was like today. I was so nose-to-the-grindstone…. I know it got warm in my corner by the windows! 56F, wind at 2-7mph and gusting, AQI 8-32, UV8. Chance of rain 15% today and 10% tonight. Forecast – Today(60/48) Dry. Tomorrow(64/47) Cloudy until the very late afternoon. Evening is a good chance of showers up to 1/2 an inch! Fri/Sat(60/53) will start with showers, another 1/2 inch, but the chance will drop to almost nothing by Saturday afternoon, Sun-Wed(58/49) dry, partly cloudy, and back to showers on Thurs(57/49). 1 firespot in the hills south of Coos Bay.
Monday evening was pretty quiet. We had leftovers for supper and then just slept. When I got up I worked on my class stuff until I started to yawn, then took my tablet to bed. Tempus got in rather late for a Tuesday. I haven’t asked him why. We just went back to sleep.
I rolled over at one point and looked at the clock that said, “12:15” and went “drat, I have to get up, so I can finish my stuff before Tempus heads out!” I got up, got my glasses and waterbottle and it wasn’t until I was on the way back from the bathroom before I realized it was not only daylight, but Tuesday…. I went back to bed. <grin>
I was finally really up at 3:30 and I started arguing with my computer that was logy and slow. I finally told Tempus that it was what needed the coffee….. After re-starting twice, I finally got it going again.
…and pretty much that was it until I was done with the class at about 9:30. Tempus was still at the shop, dunno why, although I think he may have gone to sleep. Class went well, but I was starvingly hungry by the time it was over and very, very tired. Tempus had made some egg salad and got me a sandwich of that and some of the carrot soup. That was a nice supper. He headed out at about 9:30, since Freddie’s is staying open later, now.
Wow, I’m tired! More so than I thought I would be…. Today we’ re going to go to the farmer’s market and then out to the Thyme Garden to pick up some plants, and we’ll stop at home on the way back. Other than that, I’m hoping Tempus will sleep.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 on 6/14 at 4:52am. 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 6/12 at 4:52pm
The constellation Hercules is perfectly placed on June evenings to target some of its myriad wonders. Rife with deep-sky objects, the Strongman is home to one of the sky’s most famous globular clusters: M13, also called the Hercules Globular Cluster. This magnitude 5.8 ball of stars sits 2.5° due south of Eta (η) Herculis, about one-third of the way along a line drawn between this star and Zeta (ζ) Her. Covering roughly 24′ on the sky, you may even spot M13 without any optical aid on a good night. (Tonight it may be a challenge, though, thanks to the brightening Moon in Virgo.)
From M13, it’s a short hop to a second target: spiral galaxy NGC 6207. Located 0.5° northeast of M13, you can catch both objects in the same field of view at low powers. (Again, tonight that may be difficult, and you might instead prefer to pump up the power to enjoy the galaxy on its own.) NGC 6207 is magnitude 11.6 and fairly compact compared to M13, covering only 3′. It will appear oval-shaped through your scope, some two to three times as long as it is wide. Researchers believe it sits roughly 30 million light-years away.The Big Dipper has swung around to hang down by its handle high in the northwest. The middle star of its handle is Mizar, with tiny little Alcor right next to it. On which side of Mizar should you look for Alcor? As always, on the side toward Vega! Which is now the brightest star in the east.
Soon after dark, the W of Cassiopeia finally rests perfectly level — you don’t often see it like that! — low in the north-northeast. If you don’t live too far south, that is. Farther south than Atlanta or Los Angeles, at least part of Cassiopeia skims below the horizon.
Today is one of the earliest days you might catch a glimpse of Mercury as it pulls away from the Sun. The solar system’s smallest planet rises in the east this morning shortly before 5 A.M. It’s currently a faint magnitude 1.5, so it may behoove you to pull out binoculars or a telescope for help spotting it. To find Mercury, look about 15.3° due east of Venus, which should still easily stand out, even in the growing twilight. Take extreme care to stop hunting for your target several minutes before sunrise in your location, which may differ slightly from the time listed below. Never use binoculars or a telescope when the Sun is nearing or above the horizon, as chances are high that you could accidentally catch our star in your lenses and cause irreparable, serious damage to your eyes. Don’t worry if you’re having trouble finding it — Mercury’s appearance will improve throughout the month as it brightens and rises slightly earlier, so just be patient.
Venus (magnitude –4.0) rises soon after the beginning of dawn. Look for it just left of due east. It’s at least three fists at arm’s length lower left of Jupiter. Venus will continue to rise around the beginning of dawn all the way through August.
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.
Pluto Retrograde (10/8), Saturn (10/23)
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
Color – Topaz
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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
W 8 Low 2:08 AM 2.5 5:32 AM Set 2:23 AM 51
~ 8 High 7:28 AM 5.2 8:59 PM Rise 2:16 PM
~ 8 Low 1:54 PM 1.1
~ 8 High 8:37 PM 6.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – To love is to live and to love will bring lots to you in life
Journal Prompt – Wiki – What caused me to wince today?
~ The melancholy days have come, the saddest of the year, Of wailing winds, and naked woods, and meadows brown and sear. – William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) US poet and newspaper editor
~ I do not want to so firmly identify with anything that I close myself off to change. – T. Thorn Coyle
~ Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field. – Dwight D. Eisenhower
~ I don’t think that we necessarily lie. I mean, we make our living by pretending that we’re someone else. I don’t tell tall tales. I always tell the truth. – Albert Finney
Fragment: Rome and Nature by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Rome has fallen, ye see it lying
Heaped in undistinguished ruin:
Nature is alone undying.
Litha Magick – Recipes
Cold Tomato Soup – http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/7039/AshlinCB.html
- 2 large tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped
- 1 sweet pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped
- 3/4 C. Herb blend, basil, chives, tarragon, parsley, dill, chervil, thyme
- 1/2 C. olive oil
- 3 tbsp. lemon juice
- 3 C. cold water
- 1 sweet Spanish onion, peeled and sliced
- 1 C. cucumber, peeled, seeded, and sliced
- 1/2 tsp. paprika
- Put chopped tomatoes, pepper, garlic and herbs in a bowl.
- Stir in olive oil, lemon juice, and cold water.
- Add onion, cucumber, and paprika.
- Chill in refrigerator for about 5 hours.
- Serve over ice cubes in bowls and garnish with fresh parsley or watercress.
Herbed Vegetables – <email@example.com>
2 medium sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 carrots, cut into chunks
1 parsnip, chunked
1 red onion, quartered
1 tbs olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp dried herbs (marjoram, thyme, basil, rosemary and oregano)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
- Fill a 13x9x2 baking dish with the chopped vegetables.
- Combine the oil, garlic, herbs, salt and pepper and drizzle over top.
- Cover pan with foil and bake at 425F for 30 minutes.
- Remove foil and stir.
Bake uncovered for another 5-10 minutes
A necessary note on Squash Blossoms
Use male flowers (those with the single tubular stamen) which don’t bear fruit and so can be harvested in large numbers. A good flower for stuffing with cheeses, bread crumbs or meat mixtures and then deep-fried.
When stuffing, leave the stems on but otherwise remove the stamens and pistils. The blossoms may be sliced and added to a variety of dishes including soufflés, frittatas, scrambled eggs, and burritos.
Note: They wilt quickly so pick just before you are going to use them.
FRIED SQUASH BLOSSOMS
Wash carefully and drain:
12 large squash blossoms (pick when blossoms are just ready to open)
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
heat in heavy saucepan
½ – 1 cup oil
Dip blossoms in batter until well coated, then fry in hot fat (375
degrees) until golden brown – takes less than a minute for each. Drain on absorbent paper and serve warm.
Silliness – Shorties – Where do you find a turtle with no legs? Right where you left it.