Did we actually get any rain yesterday? With 100% chance? So much for forecasts like the one that says, 100% chance of rain today and tonight…. GALE WARNING 9am-10pm. 44F, wind at 0-3mph, AQI32, UV2. They’re predicting rain and wind today, rain for two more days and then showers with a possible break on Monday and Tuesday.
Yesterday felt very long. We had a few shoppers in and a couple of sales, but it was pretty quiet. I did a lot, mostly in the way of cleaning/organizing and working on the cookbook. I also spent an hour talking to Amor. I managed a little embroidery and marked the pieces for my puppet so Tempus could cut them out for me.
Tempus made bread and picked up an organizer in South Beach during the day. Once he was back with it, I managed to pick up and sort out a major obstacle in my computer area. I still have some things that need to go elsewhere, but it’s sorted. In the later part of the day he worked on sanding and finishing a couple of boxes.
Today’s Plant is Oregon White Oak, Quercus garryana, also called Garry oak, or just Oregon oak. It doesn’t grow well out here on the coast, although supposedly there are some specimens. I’ve never seen one out here, but they’re *all* over the Willamette Valley, many of them hosting our local mistletoe, Phoradendron flavescens. This is the same relation of tree and herb that gave rise to the legends of the Golden Bough in Europe, although these are *far* different species. – Masculine, Sun ,Fire, Dagda, (Jupiter, Thor, Pan) – Use in magicks for protection, money, potency, fertility – Burn the bark to draw off illness, carry and piece of the for luck and protection, acorns are used to tip male power wands and worn as necklaces by some priests and can be carried to increase fertility and male potency to preserve health and long life. Place in windows to ward off lightning. Plant an acorn at the new moon if you need money. Fires of oak wood draw off illness. – Wiccaning or Seining – Wiccaning or Seining is the ceremony where we welcome a new child to the world. Holly water is used for girls and Oak for boys. Make by a tablespoon of powdered leaf brew in 1 cup of very hot water for about 10 minutes, then adding that to 2 cups of cold water. Sprinkle or wash baby with it. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_white_oak Mistletoe lore here :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistletoe#Culture.2C_folklore.2C_and_mythologyand more about our variety here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoradendron
Today is the birthday of the English mathematician and author, Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson; d. January 14, 1898), in 1832. He wrote lots of wonderful nonsense verses, including the “Hunting of the Snark” and Jabberwocky, but is best known for his books “Alice in Wonderland” and the sequel “Through the Looking Glass”. This despite him being a mathematician and logician and teacher! These latter things were his life’s work, but he has been immortalized in his hobbies. There is a wonderful article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_Carroll
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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 2/8 at 11:33pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 1/29 at 1:42am.
Now the Moon hangs higher under Venus in twilight, as shown here.
Neptune proves even easier to find tonight, when it passes just 5′ north of Venus — the closest approach between these two planets since January 1984. The conjunction occurs at 2 p.m. EST, which places western Europe in the best viewing position. By the time night falls across North America a few hours later, Neptune lies 12′ west of Venus while Phi Aquarii stands a nearly equal distance to Venus’ east-northeast. Although 10×50 binoculars will separate the three objects, Neptune may be a challenge to see in Venus’ glare. A telescope shows the trio much more clearly. As if to draw attention to this extraordinary conjunction, a slender crescent Moon appears 7° below the two planets.
Brilliant Venus and dim Neptune are in conjunction this evening. Venus is magnitude –4.1 while Neptune is +7.9, meaning Neptune is 60,000 times fainter! You’ll want a telescope for this. At nightfall in North America, Neptune is located 1/4° below Venus and a bit to the right. Once you think you’ve got it, switch to very high power to check whether your find looks not quite stellar — if the seeing is good enough! Neptune is a mere 2.2 arcseconds in apparent diameter, while stars, of course, are mere points.
Much easier with optical aid is Phi Aquarii, a 4.2-magnitude orange star that’s a roughly similar distance on the opposite side of Venus (depending on your location).
Mars (magnitude +1.4, in the feet of Ophiuchus) glows in the southeast before and during early dawn. It’s left of twinklier, Mars-colored Antares, which is about magnitude +1.1. Don’t bother with a telescope; Mars is a very tiny 4.7 arcseconds in diameter.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for January – https://www.almanac.com/sky-map-january
Old Farmer’s Almanac February Sky Map! https://www.almanac.com/sky-map-february
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan
Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar. Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
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Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 27 High 2:25 AM 7.1 7:40 AM Rise 9:30 AM 3
~ 27 Low 7:58 AM 2.9 5:18 PM Set 8:16 PM
~ 27 High 1:38 PM 7.8
~ 27 Low 8:28 PM 0.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I listen to my body.
~ Pasteur’s theory of germs is ridiculous fiction. – Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872
~ Action is the foundational key to all success. – Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish artist
~ Who does not thank for little will not thank for much. – Estonian proverb
~ A person should exhibit frith whatever may come. Though many wish for good, ill is oft the more mighty. – Atlamol en Gronlenzku 34
Chill airs and wintry winds! my ear
Has grown familiar with your song;
I hear it in the opening year,
I listen, and it cheers me long. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–32)
Poppy Seed Bread
Seeds are often used in any Imbolc recipe. Here is a simple seed bread that is just delicious!
- 5 eggs
- 3 3/4 cup flour
- 2 cups half n half
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 2 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 1/3 cup poppy seeds
- 7 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
Preheat your oven to 350F. With a hand mixer, blend together the poppy seeds, oils, eggs, sugar, vanilla and half n half. Add flour and baking powder. Mix together on high speed for 30 seconds. Pour into 2 greased loaf pans. Bake for one hour or until tops of loaves are brown.
Maiden Wakes Muffins – Adapted by Akasha Ap Emrys
- 2 cups flour
- 2 Carrots, grated
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1 green apple, peeled, cored, grated
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup almonds, sliced
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 3 eggs
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 2/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 tsp. salt
Soak raisins in hot water, in a covered bowl, for 30 minutes. Drain thoroughly. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large non-metal bowl, mix flour, soda, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in carrots, raisins, apple, and almonds. In a separate bowl, beat eggs, oil, and vanilla until well blended. Stir egg mixture in to the flour mixture until just wet. Grease muffin pan with a little butter or use cupcake/muffin cups. Divide the batter into the cups and bake for 20-22 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan. Makes 8 servings.