I got up cranky this morning. I’m not sure why, but “I’m ouchy and it’s raining”, is probably sufficient explanation. When I came out here this morning a junco peered suspiciously at me around the feeder tube, but then decided he hadn’t seen anything after all and went back to eating. I’m watching little birds up in the clematis under the porch roof hopping in and out and a sparrow was looking at me from the feeder just now.
Oh, that breakfast yesterday was so delicious! Tempus made his special waffles with maple syrup and we had those with bacon, a hardboiled egg and fresh strawberries. Yes, not particularly local-vore, with all my harping on that subject, but the berries were a) on sale, b) fruit, and c) just past my birthday and we didn’t have any until last night….
After that I settled into updating my “browsing list” of the blog clipart. I made myself a list of the stuff that I haven’t used, so you’ll start seeing more of that.
…first fruits…. the Aragonite crystals that I had forgotten about. I still need to get them bagged and tagged, but here’s the info on the crystal.
Chakra: 3 & 7(white only)
Magickal Uses: Energy, Grounding, Patience, Earth-Healer, Transforms Geopathic Stress, Warms The Body, enhances Joy of Life, removes anger/stress
I woke up just in time to get dressed and head out for a meeting that wasn’t where I thought it was. <sigh> That’ll larn me to not check the directions *before* leaving the house, but it wasn’t a disaster, we just got to the shop a little earlier than what I had figured. That was a *very* good thing because I got stuff cleaned up and then managed to sort a bunch of sewing that needs to be done.
We actually had a few customers in….
…and I got a lot of small pieces of sewing done during the meeting at the shop. BTW, if you don’t know what I’m talking about, House Capuchin is an SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) totally not official group out here on the coast. This area is part of the Barony of Terra Pomaria, Principality of the Summits, Kingdom of An Tir. So… a bunch of folks who dress up in Renaissance costumes (and earlier) and know *far* too much about history…. So that’s what was going on.
After most of those folks left we had another discussion about CoG, the Covenant of the Goddess, one of the umbrella organization churches in paganism. The Circle’s been talking about non-profit status and the best ways to go about working toward that, so CoG is on the list. That will probably go on the agenda for Elders’ Council…and I’ve invited a few Valley people to participate
The shop is open today. It looks like we’ll have the Readings sign out, and I’m hoping to get some of the sewing done that I’ve got laid out. I also have stock pix to do, since I need to finish the earrings, at the very least.
….and drattit, the computer locked up on me, so I’m running very late. Tempus is heading for the shop without me and will come back up to get me, when I’m finally ready. I still have my shower to get and then lunch stuff and I have laundry in the washer, since I’m almost out of clothes.
Feast of Ishtar/Astarte – A love/death/rebirth/battle goddess with a *really* bad press! There’s all kinds of nasties in the article here along with the good parts. http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/feb21.html More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishtar
Today’s plant is White crocus, cloth-of-silver crocus, Crocus versicolor info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocus
The shop opens at 11am. Winter hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday. 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 at 541-563-7154.
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Waxing Gibbous. 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 2/25 at 12:26pm. 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. Phase ends on 2/24 at 12:@6am.
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion, Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Runic half-month of Sigel/Sowelo, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness.
©2013 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion, Ash begins today. The common ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) is a major tree of lowland forests in much of Europe, along with oaks and beeches. It grows to 40 m (130 feet) in open sites, with a broad crown reminiscent of American elm trees. Ash was and still is an important timber tree, and is a traditional material for the handle of a besom. The common ash is occasionally cultivated in North America, and similar native ash species are widely grown as street trees. Ashes are members of the Olive family (Oleaceae).
Nuin – Ash Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Glass Green
Meaning: Locked into a chain of events; Feeling bound.
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 21 Low 3:07 AM 3.5 7:06 AM Set 4:21 AM 76
21 High 8:59 AM 7.3 5:54 PM Rise 2:08 PM
21 Low 4:10 PM 0.8
21 High 10:38 PM 6.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Each new day offers us possibilities. Don’t waste it! Accept the challenge that comes with the sunrise. Marvel at the opportunities before you. Step confidently into the day and relax with the setting of the sun, knowing you made the most of your day!
~ Stay close to any sounds that make you glad you are alive. – Hafiz
~ The greatest people will be those who possess the best capacities, cultivated with the best habits. – James Harris
~ There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure. – General Colin Powell
~ There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age 11. – Dave Barry
Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita
mi ritrovai per una selva oscura
ché la via diritta era smarrita.
(In the middle of our life’s walk
I found myself in a dark wood
for the straight road was lost) – Dante Alighieri, La Divina Commedia, the famous lines at the beginning of the 1st book of the three that make up this classic poem
Dilly Egg Salad – adapted from http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/
(recipes can be doubled and make all 4 sauces)
2 TB mayo
2 TB Dijon mustard
1 tsp dill weed
½ tsp paprika (optional)
1/3 cup red onion, minced
Salt and pepper to taste.
Place eggs in a large saucepan, cover in cold water and bring to a boil. Boil for 10-12 mins, remove from heat. Run eggs under cold water until cool. Peel and Chop.
Place eggs and remaining ingredients in a large bowl; mix well. Serve on on a bed of lettuce with sides of dipping sauce as below and pumpernickel bread ….
Makes 4 servings.
Dipping sauces – Make 2 of the ones below
- Mix 2 TB mayo and 2 TB Dijon mustard together. Sprinkle with fresh chopped chives.
- Take ¼ cup of frozen raspberries or strawberries and whirl in a blender with 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar and top with chopped fresh mint leaves or lemon balm
- In a food processor mix ¼ cup of unsweetened plain yogurt with 1 inch of peeled cucumber and ¼ tsp wasabi powder.
- Not exactly a sauce, but make honey butter by whipping 1 Tbsp honey with ¼ cup butter and top with dill, tarragon or cilantro.
6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and cut lengthwise
¼ cup Mayonnaise (use the good stuff, tastes better!)
½ teaspoon dry ground mustard
½ teaspoon white vinegar
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
A dash of salt
Paprika for garnish
- Remove the egg yolks to a small bowl and mash with a fork.
- Add mayonnaise, mustard powder, vinegar, salt and pepper and mix thoroughly.
- Fill the empty egg whites with the mixture and sprinkle lightly with paprika. Adding a pinch of paprika into the mixture gives it a little extra something.
- Cover lightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to one day before serving.
Note – I like to add a bit of pickle relish and a dab of horseradish and leave out the pepper & paprika and sprinkle with chopped parsley or sprigs.
Fresh Asparagus Omelet – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/
1 TB butter
1 TB olive oil
8 stalks asparagus, cut into ½ inch pieces
¼ onion, chopped
6 eggs, beaten
¼ cup milk
Salt and pepper to taste
½ cup shredded swiss cheese
In a non-stick skillet, heat butter and oil over medium heat. Add asparagus and onion; cook for 5 mins, or until tender. In a bowl, combine eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Beat egg mixture with a fork just until bubbles begin to appear; pour over asparagus mixture. Cook until eggs set on top; lift edges with a spatula to allow uncooked eggs to run under cooked eggs. When eggs are set, top with cheese. Cut into wedges. Serves 2 – 4.
*Why not go a step further and just set up an omelet bar. Just have lots of fixings and make them to order! What a fun thing to do! However, I love Spring asparagus and think this recipe sounds fantastic!
Eggnog French Toast
2 c eggnog
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsps butter
In a shallow bowl, mix the eggnog, egg and cinnamon, stirring well. Slice the croissants lengthwise. Melt one tablespoon of butter in a skillet or on a griddle. Dip 1 croissant half in the batter and place in the griddle. Repeat with the remaining halves. Cook on each side for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, or until golden brown. Use remaining butter as needed. Remove to a serving platter. Serve at once with warm maple syrup. Yield: 6 servings.
Submitted By Dana