Minus Tide at 8:59 AM of -2.5 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Spring hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Greg Anderson.
[posting at 9pm] For a reading of “mostly cloudy”, there’s been a *lot* of bright sunshine! 56F, wind at 1-10mph and gusting, AQI 38, UV8. Chance of rain 43% today and 60% tonight. That disorganized swirl has put itself back together and is dragging a lot of warmer air up and over us. The rain is mostly missing the coast, but inland has gotten hammered. Forecast – Today and through the weekend (58/50) AM showers are going to be around, some more, some less, but bring your rain gear! It ought to be warm, though. Mon-Fri(61/51) should be just partly cloudy and warm. I just hope that Beachcombers’ Parade and the other festivities will catch a break!
Tuesday evening Tempus was working on the table in back. Once it was done, I made a pasta casserole for supper and then starting on my salsa. In between bouts of chopping and stirring I also watched a lift-off from last week and a couple of Harry Potter theory videos. Tempus was supposed to have gotten me a parsnip from Ray’s, but he put it off too long.
I caught a nap and Tempus headed out. Once I was back up I did a little writing, but I was more than a little brain-free, so after too many mistakes I settled for sorting pictures for awhile. Tempus got back about 8:30 and I reminded him that I needed to get up for the UPS delivery, so he set his alarm. I had trouble waking, but managed it, got my parcel and crawled back in. It took me a long while to drop off, though, and I stayed sleepy all day, even tried to go back to bed after supper and *still* didn’t drop off.
Tempus worked on getting the classroom area cleaned up. He’s had a week, but only just started, really. He also got some of the stuff onto the work table that I was going to need for cooking. I did some plant watering and dinked online and only just realize that it’s almost 8pm! That’s what I get for not paying attention!
I still have a bunch of cooking to do. Hopefully I have all the equipmment. Tempus headed home to get my pill drawer, to do a couple of chores and to pick up the gas cans. We’ll nap after some supper and then I’ll get going on cooking. I have some things that I’m planning to let go overnight in crockpots.
Today the shop opens at 1pm, but I’m going to be pretty busy with visitors from over in the Valley. If you walk in, you might get fed and have your ears bored off with history stuff! 🙂 …but Tempus will be minding the front, so c’mon by!
Today’s Plant is farewell-to-spring, Clarkia amoena (godetia; syn. Godetia amoena) is a flowering plant native to western North America, found in coastal hills and mountains fromBritish Columbia south to the San Francisco Bay Area. It is an annual plant growing to 1 m tall, with slender, linear leaves2–7 cm long and 2–6 mm broad. The flowers are pink to pale purple, with four broad petals 1.5–6 cm long. The fruit is a dry capsule, which splits open when mature to release the numerous seeds. – Masculine, Mercury, Fire – Two very specific magicks for this plant…. Use it in coming-of-age rituals (such as luck on a driver’s test, or graduation or in firstblood/firstseed rituals, and also for fertility/prosperity (the seed capsule)
A rather geeky feast, Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce during which the events of his novel Ulysses (which is set on 16 June 1904) are relived. It is observed annually on 16 June in Dublin and elsewhere. Joyce chose the date as it was the date of his first outing with his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle; they walked to the Dublin suburb of Ringsend. The name is derived from Leopold Bloom, the Ulyssean protagonist. It has been held at least since 1924 in Dublin and around the world. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloomsday
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
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 6/28 at 4:53am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 6/20 at 8:11pm .
Mercury reaches greatest western elongation at 11 A.M. EDT, sitting 23° from the Sun. You can catch it within about an hour of sunrise, though you may want to wait until about 40 minutes before the Sun clears the horizon for the best views. By then, magnitude 0.5 Mercury has climbed nearly 5° above the eastern horizon. The solar system’s smallest planet now forms a nice equilateral triangle with Venus — magnitude –3.9, 10° west of Mercury — and the Pleiades — 8.3° northwest of the planet. It’s a dramatic photo opportunity for wide-field imagers. Zoom in with a telescope to see that Mercury’s 8″-wide disk is just 36 percent lit.
Farther west, Mars (also magnitude 0.5) and Jupiter (magnitude –2.3) lie in Pisces. Saturn, nearly 41° west of Jupiter, sits in Capricornus, while the Moon lies even farther along the ecliptic in Sagittarius. In just over a week, the Moon and naked-eye planets will line up perfectly in order of distance from the Sun — an early-morning sight you absolutely won’t want to miss. Plus, binocular-magnitude Uranus and Neptune are nestled along the lineup as well, putting all seven planets in our morning sky: a relatively rare sight.
Here it is five days to summer. But as twilight fades, look very low in the north-northwest for wintry Capella very out of season. Bring binoculars. The farther south you are the lower it will be, and if you’re in the southern US, forget it; Capella season is over. But if you’re as far north as Montreal or either of the Portlands (Oregon or Maine), Capella is actually circumpolar.
Uranus, magnitude 5.8, is washed out in the eastern dawn far in the background of Venus. Interesting podcast on Uranus & Neptune. https://airandspace.si.edu/editorial/airspaces6ep2
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 – Turquoise
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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
Th 16 High 1:44 AM 8.9 5:31 AM Set 7:38 AM 97
~ 16 Low 8:59 AM -2.5 9:03 PM Rise 11:54 PM
~ 16 High 3:40 PM 6.7
~ 16 Low 8:51 PM 2.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Stop pressing rewind on things that should be deleted in your life.
Journal Prompt – Expository – What three words would describe you right now?
~ We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty. – Mother Teresa
~ It isn’t my karma if some perpetrator starts a fight with me: It is his. I become his “karma accelerator” by intervening to control him. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me. – C.S. Lewis
~ Babies are fun. And they’re not much trouble. Feed ’em occasionally, help them when they need it, and love them a lot. That’s all there is to it. – Chapter 7, “Burn him down at once-“, p. 75 Robert Heinlein
In the great gardens, after bright spring rain,
We find sweet innocence come once again,
White periwinkles, little pensionnaires
With muslin gowns and shy and candid airs. – Dame Edith Sitwell (1887–1964)
Litha Magick – Recipes
ROSE PETAL PUNCH – A handful of strongly scented rose petals will delicately flavor a punch for a summer evening.
- A large bottle or container with a seal that holds at least an ½ gallon
- 3 handfuls fresh red rose petals
- 2 tablespoons raw sugar
- 1 quart chilled water
- Zest of 1 lemon
- Juice of two lemons
- 1 bottle white wine (the lighter flavored ones are best, sparkling is great)
- Two or three hours before you want to serve the punch rinse rose petals.
- Put them into the bottle.
- Add sugar to the roses
- Add water, zest and lemon juice
- When ready to serve, pour liquid through a mesh strainer into a punch bowl.
- Add wine and stir well.
Note – This goes very well with a rosebud/borage/mint ice ring
REMEMBER: DO NOT use flowers that have been sprayed with any type of pesticides……….
- 1 scoop coconut ice cream
- 50 grams castor sugar
- 100 grams of cherries
- 2 tbsp Grand Marnier
- 1 sprig mint leaves
- 2tbsp orange juice
- Stem and pit the cherries.
- Dissolve sugar in the orange juice and bring to a boil.
- Cook cherries in boiling orange juice for 3-4 minutes.
- Heat the Grand Marnier.
- Add to the cherries.
- Light and serve the flaming cherries with coconut ice cream.
- Garnish with mint leaves.
Rose Cake – Look at roses in a whole new way – From, “Atlanta Cooknotes,” published in cooperation with your Daily Inbox Newsletter.
- Petals from 6 red roses
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 1 cup superfine white sugar
- 4 eggs, separated
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
- 2 to 3 Tablespoons grated orange rind
- 1 teaspoon rose water
- 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup sour milk or yogurt
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup chopped pistachio nuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gently wash and dry rose petals; snip only the red part into small pieces and set aside. Cream butter and add sugar, beating until light and smooth. Add egg yolks, lemon and orange rinds, and rose water, mixing well. Sift flour, baking powder, and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour milk or yogurt. Fold in rose petals. Beat egg whites until stiff, and gently fold into mixture.
Sprinkle one-half pistachio nuts on bottom of a greased and floured two-quart tube pan. Pour batter over nuts and sprinkle with remaining nuts. Bake 40 minutes or until cake springs back when touched. Remove from pan and glaze while hot. To make glaze, combine all ingredients and boil five minutes. Brush half of hot glaze over hot cake; repeat after both have cooled, using remaining glaze. Garnish cake with edible flowers such as roses, carnations, or candied violets.
NOTE: Roses become dark green after baking.
SERVINGS: 6 – 8
Silliness – Shorties – Why do cows wear bells? Their horns don’t work.