Minus Tide at 5:46 AM of -1.1 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Spring hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. House Capuchin Project Day 1-4pm.
[posting at 6pm] It’s been bright all day, although the clouds have come and gone. It’s been bright enough that I saw two “lobsters” walking down the street. When there are clouds people don’t feel hot and ignore the sun. Bad idea…. It was really humid for awhile, too. The swirl has scooched over close to Juneau, now, but another is starting up just south of the Aleutians. All the green has moved off to our east, but there’s more coming. 60F, wind at 0-11mph and gusting, AQI 4-33, UV8. Chance of rain 94% today and 54% tonight. Forecast – Today(55/49) could be drippish at times, certainly in the morning and then there’s a chance of showers overnight. Tomorrow(56/49) Chance of showers all day and into the night. Tue(57/47) It will clear a little and stay dry into Wed(60/49) evening. Thu-Sat(58/50) chance of AM showers each day, little accum. Sun&Mon(59/59)back to partly cloudy. 1 firespot, about 12 miles east of Cave Junction (near the southern border)
Friday evening Tempus set the bread to rise, and then we closed up and headed home. We picked up some things, like TP and clean clothes. I planted my veg ends, got plates under a few of the pots, and harvested a few ripe strawberries. Our neighbor stopped by and handed us a couple of servings of an egg salad that she made, so we brought that home for supper. On the way there and back I was winding string, as usual, and finished another ball.
Once we were back at the shop, Tempus started working on bread and I caught up on mail, then I took my tablet in back and eventually we both went to sleep. I’m not sure what time he got in this morning, but he apparently sat down out front to send a text, then dropped off. I woke him around 9 and he crawled into the nap bed.
Once we were open I spent awhile tracking down links and depositing them in appropriate places. We opened the doors up to let air through and I felt *so* sticky…. no wonder! It was 98% humidity! I was really sleepy. Dunno why. I slept perfectly well… So, I got up and started working on potting my new geraniums and watering plants. I had to keep pecking at it all afternoon, because my back was acting up, so I could do only a few minutes at a time. No one was in for Sewing, so I sat and talked to Tempus while I worked on a small project. He kept dozing off.
He finally got up to get the laundry done and the car needed to be jumped again. He finally saw the problem under the hood, a broken clamp on the battery, so he wired it together until we can get the part and headed off to start laundry well after 5pm. I hope it’s actually dry when he gets back!
Today is our “different day”. I’m planning on cooking, since we have people coming on Thursday for the “potluck”. I might end up doing a little carving, if my hands will behave.
Today’s feast is that of Zeus, father of gods and men. Light gold candles and wear oak leaves to attract his favor and call upon the Oracle of Dodona.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeus “On his head is a sculpted wreath of olive sprays. In his right hand he holds a figure of Victory made from ivory and gold… In his left hand, he holds a sceptre inlaid with every kind of metal, with an eagle perched on the sceptre. His sandals are made of gold, as is his robe. His garments are carved with animals and with lilies. The throne is decorated with gold, precious stones, ebony, and ivory”. – Pausanias, 2nd-century Greek geographical writer, on the Statue of Zeus at Olympia
Today’s Plant is Pacific Aster, Symphyotrichum chilense, is one form of aster that grows in the PNW. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphyotrichum_chilense China Asters are the ones grown in gardens and are the common garden aster that Cunningham references: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callistephus_chinensis in his Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. – Feminine, Venus, Water– The aster was sacred to the gods and used on altars in many religious paths. It is often used in love sachets or carry the bloom to win love. You can also grow them in your garden to draw love to you! …and here is an article on the whole family which includes sunflowers, chrysanthemums, yarrow and cone-flower!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteraceae
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. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 6/15 at 4:52pm.
The Moon, just a day and a half short of full, shines in the head of Scorpius this evening. Spot Antares less than a fist to its lower left, as shown above. The Moon will occult Delta Scorpii late this evening for observers in the northeastern US and eastern Canada: north of a line from Cape Hatteras through Lake Michigan to Lake Winnipeg. Delta Sco currently remains bright at about magnitude 1.9 (it’s a very long-term variable star), but the moonlight will be intense. The star will snap out of view behind the Moon’s dark limb very close to the terminator. So you’ll need a telescope. This would be quite the naked-eye occultation if the Moon were, say, a waxing crescent. Here are a map and timetables. The text has two long timetables: first for the star’s disappearance, then for its reappearance from behind the Moon’s bright limb. Scroll to the header to be sure you’re using the right table. The first two letters in each entry are the country abbreviation (“CA” is Canada, not California.) UT is 4 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time.
Venus (magnitude –3.9) rises soon after the beginning of dawn. Look for it just left of due east. It’s very far lower left of bright Jupiter, by four or five fists at arm’s length.
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 Rosea runs from 6/13 – 7/10
Celtic Tree Month of Duir/Oak, Jun 10 – Jul 7
Color – Gold
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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
Su 12 Low 5:46 AM -1.1 5:31 AM Set 3:57 AM 89
~ 12 High 12:09 PM 6.0 9:01 PM Rise 7:24 PM
~ 12 Low 5:21 PM 2.4
~ 12 High 11:21 PM 8.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a loving day!
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Life is like a trumpet. If you don’t put anything into it, you don’t get anything out of it. — W.C. Handy
~ Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses. – Confucius
~ I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes. – e. e. cummings (1894-1962) u. s. poet
~ All people are born alike – except Republicans and Democrats. – Julius “Groucho” Marx (1890-1977) US comic, actor
~ To make laws that man cannot, and will not obey, serves to bring all law into contempt. – Elizabeth Stanton (1815-1902) US reformer
Inscription for a Grotto by George Croly
Rise, eveninge moone! thy holie raye
To telle of heavenlie houres is given,
Whenne earthe shall on our eye decaye,
And alle our pathe, like thine, be heavenne.
Litha Magick – Recipes
Tomato & Leek Soup wBasil Cream Hearts (11 views) From: herbalmuse , Delicious Living Magazine —
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
1 medium leek
1 32-ounce can of organic, peeled Roma tomatoes
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter, optional
2 ounces heavy cream or evaporated skim milk
1 ounce sweet basil, washed and dried
1. Slice leek in half lengthwise and chop into 1/2-inch pieces. Soak in water to clean.
2. Transfer wet leek to a stainless steel pot. Heat on low until leek “sweats” and becomes tender. Add tomatoes and simmer 10 minutes. Place vegetables in a blender and puree until smooth. Stir in butter. Add sugar and salt to taste. Be careful when blending the hot soup use a kitchen towel to hold the lid down.
3. Heat cream, pour into blender and add basil. Puree until smooth and season to taste with salt.
4. To serve, ladle soup into bowls. Spoon one tablespoon of basil cream onto the center of each bowl of soup. Run a straw or a chopstick through the center of the dollop to create a heart shape. Be creative make hearts in as many sizes as you’d like. Serve immediately.
Note: Using evaporated skim milk and no butter reduces fat grams to 1.3 only 5 percent of calories from fat.
Quinoa and Black Bean Salad – Rain Redknife – Makes 6 to 8 entrée servings or 16 side-dish servings.
1 1/2 cups quinoa, well rinsed
1 1/2 cups canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 1/2 cups cooked corn (fresh, canned or frozen)
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
4 scallions, chopped
1 tsp. garlic, minced fine
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/3 cup olive oil
Rinse quinoa in a fine sieve under cold running water until water runs clear. This step is important–don’t omit!
- Put quinoa in a pot with 2 1/4 cups water.
- Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer 20 minutes or until water is absorbed and quinoa is tender.
- Fluff with a fork, transfer to a large bowl and allow to cool.
While quinoa cooks, toss beans in a small bowl with vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.
- When quinoa is done, add beans, corn, bell pepper, scallions, garlic, cayenne and parsley to the quinoa.
- Toss well.
In a small bowl whisk together lime juice, salt and cumin.
- Add oil in a stream while whisking.
- Drizzle over salad and toss well with salt and pepper.
Note – Salad may be made a day ahead and refrigerated, covered. Bring to room temperature before serving.
Source: www.aicr.org , by permission.
ZUCCHINI CASSEROLE – Gordon Ireland – (Serves 6-8)
- 5 zucchini
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese
- 1 teaspoon basil
- 1/2 teaspoon ground oregano
- 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground rosemary
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup fresh mushrooms
- 1 small chopped tomato
- 1/2-cup bacon bits
- 2 cups prepared croutons
- 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese
- Grate cheeses
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
- Place the mixture in a lightly greased 9 X 13 baking pan
- Bake for 30 minutes.
Anja’s note – You can use cottage cheese instead of the sour cream, and it give it more of a texture.
Silliness – Shorties – The first dirty joke that my parents told me: A white horse fell in the mud.