The nesting materials box is up. Tempus did that over our weekend. It’s waving a little too energetically in the breeze and scaring some of the small birds. I’m going to have to fasten it down. The first robins of this spring are in the alder tree, a pair of them!
After I got laundry in I got the potroast partly boxed and left to cool. After that I sorted my own laundry and clothing and tried to clean up the mess that I had left when I tipped over a stack of “keepsies”. Next was “bolting” fabric… which just sounds wrong…. Did it run away? 🙂 What we were doing was rolling up a purple gauze, that unfortunately has a number of sunfade spots and stains. Then another round of potroast put-away and then the 2nd piece of the gauze. Once that was done, there was a whole load of curtains, slate blue (from the house we moved out of in 1999 & turquoise blue (1988) from years back. I have the set from the house in between (navy blue, 1990-93) at the shop, already.
I *finally* got the yule cloth off of the table and put an old green linen on. …a very old and tired and patched green linen that I don’t particularly care if it gets messed up and doesn’t quite fit the table. In the process I put away the winter candles and candleholders and got out some green and blue ones. By that time we were cooking, after having had some of the potroast for lunch.
Tempus did two loaves of bread and I did cupcakes and quiche. The cupcakes were regular yellow cake with toffee bits and then I made a cocoa buttercream icing that freezes well. The quiche was chicken, corn, onion, and a variety of cheeses with a couple of chopped Little Smokies and sprinkled with blue cheese. That’s what we had for supper with a salad. It was nice to have supper by candlelight again.
We finally settled down to the crystals at about 8:15, sitting in my study with the “unders” crate on a chair, both of us with rum and cokes. That makes quite an attitude difference. 🙂 We finished at about 10:15 and then I had more to do on the file…but we’re *done*! Now, I gotta do the consignment reckoning….
Oh, there’s about 30 lines of stuff that needs more info (finding prices, etc.) and about 20 that we can’t find or have more questions about the count…. but we have more than that in a couple of weeks, often. I was starting to get pretty confuzzled, being pretty tired, and Tempus went to sleep in the chair, so I played for a bit and then we went to bed.
…and then woke at around 5:15. Hecate’s Brooch was hanging in the morning sky, that was just barely into twilight. For some reason it had completely cleared off and had gone down to 36F. ….Heading back to bed an hour later after having been looking up herbs, the sky was a lovely blue with a yellow rim to the east. The roof next door was frosted. I thought they were predicting rain today?
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It’s turned into gorgeous weather and Tempus is at the shop. i’m pretty sure that he’s doing paperwork. I’m going to work on that here, as well, and finish some more of the laundry.
Well, this one floored me. I had never heard about a Roman god whose name was Vejovis! No one knows a lot about him, but there was a temple in Rome. He may have come from an older Etruscan god, but was said to have been the first god born and was sacrificed to to avoid plagues. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vejovis
Today’s plant is Red Elderberry, Sambucus racemosa. It’s a large shrub that has white flower clusters in the spring and red berry clusters late in the summer. Planet: Venus Element: Water Deity: Hel, Holda, The White Lady Magickal properties: Exorcism, Prosperity, Banishment and Healing The leaves and berries are used for protection and in breaking spells that were cast against you or to undo spells of evil intent. Growing an elder in your garden will protect your property from misfortune and harm. In Europe they planted elder in cemeteries to keep away the evil spirits. Elder wands can be used to drive out evil spirits or thought forms, and music on panpipes or flutes of elder have the same power as the wand. Elder should not be cut without first making a prayer, and don’t burn Elder in fear of bringing about ill-luck. “Elder is the Lady’s Tree, burn it not or cursed ye be.” More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus_racemosa and here: http://www.thegoddesstree.com/trees/Elder.htm
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is a Waning Crescent moving to Hecate’s Brooch at 12:51am. 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.
Waning Crescent Moon – Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends on 3/10 at 12:51am.
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 Tyr, 2/27-3/13 This is a time of positive regulation, sacrifice and hard work in order to progress.
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Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion, Ash. 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 7 Low 2:14 AM 3.1 6:42 AM Rise 3:55 AM 28
~ 7 High 8:13 AM 7.8 6:12 PM Set 1:59 PM
~ 7 Low 3:19 PM 0.1
~ 7 High 9:50 PM 6.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Those who are full of their own opinions will be deaf to words of wisdom from others.
~ Straighten up your room first, then the world. – Jeff Jordan
~ The cacao nut…makes men awake all night long and is therefore good for soldiers, that are upon the guard. – Henry Stubbe 1662
~ The greatest weakness of most humans is their hesitancy to tell others how much they love them while they’re alive. – O.A. Battista
~ The key to success isn’t much good until one discovers the right lock to insert it in. – Tehyi Hsieh, Chinese educator, writer and diplomat
‘Tis time this heart should be unmoved,
Since others it hath ceased to move:
Yes, though I cannot be beloved,
Still let me love! – Lord Byron; ‘On This Day I Complete My Thirty-Sixth Year’ (1824)
Magick – Ostara Crafts
Don’t buy that fake grass for your basket! Ick! Make this instead – it’s easy and fun!
- a basket
- winter rye seed
- aluminum foil
- plastic wrap
- potting soil
- dried flowers (optional)
1. Two weeks before you need the basket, line the basket with the aluminum foil
2. Fill with potting soil
3. Sprinkle the top with the rye seed, cover with 1/4 inch of soil, and moisten.
4. Cover the basket with the plastic wrap to help keep it moist; place in a warm area (on top of the refrigerator is good, if you don’t forget to check it!
5. After the rye grass has sprouted, remove the plastic wrap and keep a close eye on it. Water if begins to dry.
6. After a few weeks, you’ll have a basket full of grass! Weave dried flowers around the edge if you like, and place your eggs inside.
Eostre Basket – (For Ostara) http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/basket.html
Small altar-sized basket
Plastic easter eggs
Decorated plastic or wooden eggs, if desired
Seasonal candies, if desired
Directions – Simply place all symbolic items in basket in an aesthetically pleasing way. If desired, decorate eggs for Ostara fun and add to decorations.
Ritual use – The plastic eggs can be a part of the Ostara ritual: Write things that you are thankful for on pieces of paper and then seal each in an egg. Keep the pieces of paper in the eggs as reminders during the season what a bounty you have to be thankful for. You can keep the eggs year round and use them as reminders every time you feel downtrodden by circumstances of your life.
Place Card Eggs – On your decorated eggs, write the name of each guest with a permanent marker or paint pen. Next, gently nest each egg in a teacup of shredded paper. Shredded bills are just fine!
Conversation Eggs – A staple for Valentine’s Day, conversation hearts can be reinvented as eggs! Follow our directions to make your edible goodies, then decorate them with the names of loved ones or sweet messages.
Homemade Conversation Hearts – January 4, 2012
Why buy run-of-the-mill conversation hearts when you can make personalized candies at home? With a few supplies, you’ll have unique treats that can be tailored to fit any occasion or season. Try the recipe, then use our thought starters to begin your candy conversation gifting.
Homemade Conversation Hearts
Prep time: 20 minutes
Dry time: 24 hours
1 packet or 2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
2 pounds powdered sugar, plus additional for dusting
Food coloring, assorted colors
Flavoring extracts (mint, lemon, vanilla, orange)
Plastic, disposable gloves
Heart-shaped cookie cutters*
Food coloring markers**
*Tip: Make these classic candies any time of year! Try other seasonal versions with cookie cutters shaped like eggs, bunnies, trees, bells, wreaths or snowmen.
**Tip: Don’t have food-coloring markers on hand? Dip the end of a toothpick in food coloring to write messages on your candies.
- Place gelatin, corn syrup and water in a small microwaveable bowl and stir until incorporated. Microwave for 30 seconds, then stir to dissolve the gelatin.
- Pour mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or a large mixing bowl if using a hand mixer. Add 1 cup of powdered sugar and mix on low until the sugar is incorporated.
- Continue adding powdered sugar to the bowl in 1-cup increments, allowing it to mix in between each. Stop and scrape the sides of the bowl periodically during the process, continuing until a soft dough is formed.
- Dust your work surface and the dough with powdered sugar, then knead with the heels of your hand. Dust with powdered sugar as often as necessary to prevent stickiness. The dough will become silky and pliable.
- Divide dough into the amount of different colors you would like to create, then form them into balls.
- Wearing gloves, take a ball, flatten it into a small pancake and add a few drops of food coloring and flavoring extract in the center.
- Fold the pancake in half and knead until the color is evenly distributed. Repeat the process with remaining balls until all the candy is colored and flavored.
- Dust your work surface and rolling pin with powdered sugar. Roll a candy ball to desired thickness. Small store-bought conversation hearts are approximately 1/4” thick.
- Use cookie cutters to cut shapes out of the rolled candy, then transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Continue rolling and cutting until the ball is gone and repeat with the remaining colors.
- Allow the shapes to air-dry for 24 hours before writing on them, otherwise the ink will run. After drying, use the markers to write messages or draw pictures.
- Store the candies in an airtight container at room temperature.
Sweet Gift Ideas
- Bundle them up in a decorative paper cone and present them with another simple homemade holiday craft.
- Sprinkle them on the table for a dinner gathering with friends or at a romantic place setting, party of two.
- Make bell-shaped candies and package them up in a decorative jar for a unique and thoughtful wedding present.
- For a non-edible approach, use our salt dough recipe and make ornaments or package adornments.
- Write guests’ names on them and use them as place cards.