Newsletter for July, 1998 ce

GREETINGS

Summer has definitely made her presence known! It’s been quite warm the last few days. Being a child of the winter, I can’t say I’m thrilled with the season, but Alyria loves the heat and the chance to play in the water.

I still have no additional event listings to pass on to you, but I will continue to try to get as many as I can, especially now that the Mountain Oracle has ceased production.

As I mentioned before, I will not be present for this OFM. Have a good time without me!

—Alia

 

PASSAGE

Faye Colquhoun, High Priestess of Ladyseed Coven, High Priestess and President of Earth Temple, Secretary of Hearthstone, and head of Security for Dragonfest, passed over to the Summerland the morning of June 28, 1998. She was a very active member of the community, and she will be sorely missed. Fare Well, Faye.

 

THANKS AND A TIP OF THE HAT

Thanks to HawkShadow and Oak Haven coven for the June Open Full Moon. Along with the talented ladies from Loveland and the able assistance of Little Hawk, they proved the old maxim that the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Short and Simple) principle really works just fine for ritual! Participants were treated to a simple energy raising to remind themselves of commitments made at Yule and Imbolc, and to strenghten themselves in bringing those commitments to fruition. And the lovely colors of Trix for cakes and wine reminded us all of the beauty of June flowers. Beautifully presented ritual, all in all!

—Faye


JULY OPEN FULL MOON

The July Open Full Moon will be on Friday, July 3, 1998, at 7:30 PM, at the First Unitarian Church, 1400 Lafayette, Denver, CO.

We have no official statement for the upcoming ritual, but I hear it will be interesting.

KITCHEN WITCH CLAMS UP
by gypsy

So there we were, four transplanted Coloradans in a car crossing a mountain on our way to the coast. These mountains are called the Coastal Range for the obvious reason that they are between the Gorge and the Coast. And we came to some mountain summit and read the sign. It said we were at the amazing altitude of 700 feet!

Luckily, there were no native Oregonians in the car. Mind you, none of us was a native Coloradan, either, but at least we all knew why we were laughing. There are real mountains in Oregon, and even more real ones in Washington, not to mention the mountains in California. But when you've just left a state where nothing is at (or even close to) sea level, and where the "Mile High City" is actually one of the LOW altitude points, an elevation of under 1,000 feet just doesn't seem relevant.

As I've said, none of us was a native Coloradan. For the most part, however, we were natives of inland states. I was the only one native of an ocean-front state. The others hailed originally from (in no particular order) Tennessee, South Dakota, and Missouri. (Okay, in the interest of symmetry I'll tell; I'm from Massachusetts.) So it came as no surprise that I was the only one who'd had steamers before coming to Oregon. (I'll hand it to Sylvia, though: she didn't seem to have wasted any time adapting to them!) Steamers in this context are clams steamed in the shell. I've had them steamed in nothing but water with some herbs, but their true ambrosial side is not revealed until they are steamed in a garlic-wine broth.

We had the fun of watching Aaron discover steamers. It was a miserable, rainy day. (So what else is new?) We were in Lincoln City, on the coast, but the restaurant had no view of the ocean. We had driven three hours in the driving rain only to arrive at the outlet mall (only in Oregon would the outlet mall be on the seashore!) with about an hour to shop. We were in dreadful tempers! Sylvia and I decided to split a bowl of steamers for our appetizer, hoping it would cheer us up a little. Aaron agreed that he'd try them. After one taste, we had to defend our portions. He even ate the broth.

It is possible to get clams in Colorado, and I encourage everyone to try this taste delight before you have to fend them off with forks at a restaurant! On the West Coast, I've only seen steamers either as an appetizer or as part of a relatively elegant meal. (Oh, yeah, I forgot to remind you to have plenty of napkins on hand. Elegant, indeed!) On the East Coast, I've attended steamed clam events that involved a tent with sawdust on the floor, corn on the cob and coleslaw with beer, and country music on the boom box. That last part can stay in my misspent youth, but the corn and coleslaw make a great accompaniment.

GARLIC STEAMED CLAMS

Serves 4 as an appetizer or 2 as a main course.
Or 1 if it's Aaron…..

Melt butter in skillet over medium heat. Add oil. Sauté garlic and onion for 1 minute. Add parsley, carrots, and seasoning and sauté briefly.

Add wine, clam juice and water and cook 2 minutes. Now add clams and cook covered until clams open, about 10 to 12 minutes. Serve in bowl with a crusty bread to sop up the broth.


WISE WOMAN WAYS

by Deb Hoffman

Summer is in full swing; these last few weeks of heat have coaxed the garden into a wild frenzy of growth, especially the variety of mints that grow in the sunny bed next to the patio. The most beautiful and luxuriant of all is the Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis). The name Melissa is from the Greek for bee, and herbalists throughout the centuries have noted the great attraction Lemon Balm holds for bees.

The most traditional use for balm (as it is often referred to) is as a relaxant: a tonic for reducing anxiety, mild depression, restlessness and irritability. Herbalist John Evelyn (1620-1706) wrote that "Balm is sovereign for the brain, strengthening the memory and powerfully chasing away melancholy", and Nicolas Culpeper (mid 17th century) stated that lemon balm "…causeth the mind and heart to become merry…and driveth away all troublesome cares and thoughts of the mind, arising from melancholy.."

Although the cheery lemon scent could be of benefit, scientific study showed that balm had a sedative effect on the central nervous systems of lab mice.

Lemon balm contains several key constituents; volatile oils (citral and citronella) and polyphenols. Citral and citronella have been shown in German research to calm the central nervous system and be antispasmodic. Polyphenols are antiviral and can combat the herpes simplex virus, which produces cold sores. One research study showed that the average healing time of cold sores was halved to about 5 days with the use of balm, and the times between outbreaks doubled. Balm has also been shown to inhibit thyroid function.

Balm is easy to grow….mine has taken over a large area and is now moving into the lawn! Like all mints, it spreads with runners and is extremely invasive if not kept in tow. Harvest the herb in early summer just before the flowers open, when the concentration of volatile oils is at its highest. The herb can be hung to dry or spread on drying racks. It can be used dry for tea, or made into tinctures or infusions. A cup of lemon balm tea at night will relax you and relieve the anxiety and tension of the day. It will also act as an aid to digestion. I often make a quart of infusion at night, put it in the fridge, and drink it cold during the day. You may drink up to five cups a day as a tonic aid.

To aid in the treatment of shingles, add 5 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp of olive oil and massage into the area (DO NOT TAKE ESSENTIAL OIL INTERNALLY!!). To treat cold sores, infuse 11/2 Tbsp of fresh or 3 tsp of dried leaves in 1 cup of water for 10 minutes, strain and dab onto spots 3-5 times a day. The oil mixture can also be used on cold sores. This is also a safe and soothing treatment for children with chicken pox.

Balm is considered a feminine herb of moon and water. It has the powers of love, success and healing. The Arabs considered it an herb to influence love, and it was also used in magical healing. It can be used in spells to ensure success. Beekeepers used lemon balm to attract new bees and keep the old ones happy!

It's also nice to gently bruise a few leaves of balm and drop them in a glass of cold water for a fresh., lemony drink on a hot day.

In these days of seemingly constant stress and daily irritations, it's nice to know that the Great Mother in her wisdom has provided a solution that grows right outside my door.

THE FIVE R’S

Reduce,

Reuse,

Recycle,

Replant,

Remember

by Ken Cannon

Summer vacation season being upon us, I wanted to continue with some more tips related to our beloved vehicles. First, though, Remember to keep your tires properly inflated (or, if you're like me, over-inflated).

Some routine maintenance items can Reduce gas consumption:

  1. Make sure the air filter is clean. It allows the engine to breathe adequately.
  2. Have the brakes checked for drag. Not only do dragging brakes increase fuel consumption; they also throw excessive particulates into the air.
  3. Have the wheel alignment checked. Wheels out of alignment cause the same problems as dragging brakes. If they are seriously whacked, they are also ugly, and vanity does have its place here.

There are other things which you can do to Reduce gas consumption, like using the air conditioner less and turning the engine off instead letting it idle while you make that quick stop for coffee and half an hour of conversation with the friend you happen to bump into. Keep the payload as light as possible. Every hundred pounds decreases fuel economy by one percent or more, so pack light, don't eat for a week before leaving, and leave the kids at home. What the heck, leave yourselves at home, too. I'm certain that most of our cars would be happy to get away for a couple of weeks without us.

Another way to be ecological on vacation is to take a vacation that has an ecological theme, or that will get you in touch with nature. You might enjoy backpacking into the Grand Canyon, or simply drive to an area you enjoy, set up a base camp (whether in a tent or hotel room), and then either walk, skate, or ride bicycles around the area. Or what about visiting a solar powered school? A good book for ideas along these lines is Going Off the Beaten Path: An Untraditional Travel Guide to the U.S. by Mary Diamond Davis. Is it too late to change this year's plans? Start thinking about next year. After all, what else, other than vacations, do most of us live for?

A reminder: This stuff can overwhelm anyone, especially when first starting out. So pick one thing only and work it into your routine. When it has truly become part of your routine, add another. Take your time and choose things that make sense to you.

REMEMBER to give one minute at one o'clock to prayer for the earth.

REMEMBER to REDUCE fuel consumption in some way this summer.

REMEMBER to enjoy your vacation, or else.

Send questions or suggestions for tips to: kwikbeam@earthlink.net or give them to me (Blaze) at OFM.

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CELEBRATION and EVENT DATES

 

1998 OPEN FULL MOON DATES

EARTH TEMPLE DATES

Earth Temple is a non-profit organization offering open celebrations of the Olde Gods. We meet at Wings Metaphysical Book Store located on the NorthEast corner of 44th and Lowell. We gather at 7:00 PM, unless otherwise indicated, with ritual to begin at 7:15 PM. The following is the remainder of the schedule for the 9998 year and is subject to change. For up to the minute information contact Faye Colquhoun at (303) 455-8566. May the Olde Gods bless and keep you.

Esbat

July 24

Lughnasad

July 31

Esbat

August 28

Mabon

September 23

Esbat

October 30

Samhain

October 30

Esbat

November 2

Yule/Esbat

December 18


If you have a public event that you would like to have listed here, please contact Alia. E-mail is simplest, because I can cut and paste. The information can be in the body of the E-mail or attached. I can handle just about any PC format and some of the Mac formats – I have Word ‘97, which can translate a lot of different files.   I’d like to be able to keep some kind of community calendar going – but I need to count on all of you to keep me up to date.


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