43F and showers. I’ve heard a bit off and on, tapping on the skylight, but it’s supposed to pick up later today and tonight to get heavy. I’ll be glad of that.
I positively despise migraines! Yesterday was starting out awesome, a chance of rain for my poor garden, up at 7, newsletter out…and then I started feeling tired, so I crawled back into bed next to my sweetie and by 9:30 I was seeing interesting colors and I winced opening the door from the dark bedroom into the nice morning bathroom. …and my head hurt. <grr> I was even temperature sensitive, which happens only about once in 5 years. Yeah, not a good one at all…. Tempus went in to the shop without me and we had some shoppers in during the day. I alternated being in the dark bedroom with even the radio off, with trying to draw a bit.
I ended up talking to a couple of people about workshops and we’re going to have a drop-spindle spinning workshop at OCPPG. I’m also going to do a class on “Homely tasks and Meditation”. I’ve been thinking about this one for a long time. …and I’m hoping to make a whole track, so if you have something that you do, please offer! I’m remembering Angel’s “Meditations on Doing the Dishes” talk with *great* fondness.
My little light sensitive candle tried to flicker on around 3:40, but didn’t quite make it. It tried again about 5 minutes later, and finally got there, but was flickering for awhile, nearly until 4pm. It was cloudy/dark all day and by around then it was starting to rain. Rain! Finally.
Tempus says, “What’s another name for the elephant house at the zoo?” I ponder awhile, look it up on Wiktionary, and say, “I don’t think there is one?” He says, “It’s the pachy dorm….” <sigh> I love this man…..
It was getting dark well before sunset. I was still pretty miserable, but the headache was ebbing, finally. Tempus wasn’t done at the shop because he had to “run errands” on the phone for part of the afternoon. Still trying to sort out health insurance…. 😦 I set up a pizza, finally. Tempus comes home when he decides to….
It was kinda an odd pizza: tomato paste, water chestnuts, ham and mozzarella. Tasted good, although the smoke flavor, since the oven must either have not finished burning out the weird stuff, was not just what I was looking for.
I have a doctor appointment at 2pm this afternoon and then a bunch of us are dressing up in costume and going to McMenamin’s in Lincoln City. 🙂
Lupines are represented on the coast by the Large-Leaved Lupine, Lupinus polyphyllus, (which is often the common garden variety and all over out here) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_polyphyllus and Kincaid’s Lupine, Lupinus sulphureus subsp. Kincaidii (which used to be called Oregon Lupine). The latter is threatened as they’re disappearing and are needed for an also disappearing butterfly. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_sulphureus We also get the yellow varieties of this one on the coast. More on the main lupin species here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin These are tall showy flower spikes with a distinctive leaf pattern that bloom all summer into the fall. Some varieties of lupins (the “sweet lupins”) are eaten, but many require soaking in salt water for long periods of time to get the alkaloids out that could be poisonous. These were eaten by the indigenes, but no one has said how they were prepared. There’s a little here about the beans, which are being used as a vegan food, but have a high potential for allergic effects. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin_bean – Masculine, Fire, Moon – As far as magick goes, it’s not listed very many places, but its old name is “Blood from a head”. The word “lupine” derives from the word for wolf, as well. They are useful in magicks for any canine. In fact, I always include them in amulets for dogs or wolves. They can also be used to help with spirit communication with the canine/lupine totems. They have also been used in curse magicks for getting rid of things like cancers, or resistant viruses and bacteria or even for brain tumors.
The Festival of the Lênaia to Dionysus was held in ancient Greece beginning on approximately this date. The Lênaia, which was held at the coldest time of year, was for Dionysus Lênaios, celebrating his birth from Zeus’s thigh and his emergence from the Underworld. It was a festival with a dramatic competition but one of the lesser festivals of Athens and Ionia in ancient Greece. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenaia (picture is the present-day remains of the Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus, Athens)
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
The moon is in Hecate’s Brooch. – 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 New M0on on 1/30. 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 1/29 at 1:39am.
Tuesday, Jan. 28, sunrise – The moon close to Venus – The slender crescent moon will be just to the right of Venus. In Wednesday’s dawn, look for the eerily thin waning crescent Moon below Venus now. They’re low in the southeast.
Algol is at minimum brightness for a couple hours centered on 7:00 p.m. EST.
Mars (magnitude +0.4, in Virgo) rises around 11 p.m. It’s just 5° from Spica, not quite as bright, to its lower right. Compare their colors; Spica is icy blue-white. They’re highest in the south around 4 a.m., with Spica now under Mars. In a telescope Mars is about 8 arcseconds wide. It’ll appear nearly twice this diameter (15.1″) when passing closest to Earth in mid-April.
Supernova in M82! An 11th-magnitude supernova has gone off in the galaxy M82 in Ursa Major. It’s in the evening sky in reach of amateur telescopes, and it may not be done brightening yet. See our article Bright Supernova in M82, with ongoing updates. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/home/Bright-Supernova-in-M82-241477661.html
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, 1/13-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.
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Luis/Rowan – Jan 21-Feb 17 – Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to serviceberries. 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.
Luis – Rowan Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Grey and Red
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.
Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Meaning: A choice must be made
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – People do a much better job of everything in the presence of love than they do around criticism and insult.
~ Making rich people richer doesn’t make the rest of us richer. – Ha-Joon Chang, economist at Cambridge University
~ The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see. – Churchill
~ All of your characteristics are useful somehow, depending on the context in which you chose to use them. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Your actions should be the light that guides others. Your example should be their inspiration.. – Kerr Cuhulain
Everything the power of the world does, is done in a circle. The sky is round, the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls… the sun comes forth and goes down in a circle. The moon does the same… even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were before. The life of a man is a circle… and it is in everything where power moves. – (from Black Elk Speaks, by John G. Neibardt, Univ. of Nebraska Press)
Honey Cakes – Little fried cakes, dipped in honey and nutmeg. A delightful sweet Imbolc treat.
- 1/2 cup Riesling wine
- 1 egg
- 2/3 cup flour
- 1 cup honey
- 2 tbs sugar
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- Dash of salt
- Beat the egg together with the wine.
- In another mixing bowl, sift together the flour, cinnamon, sugar and salt.
- Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture. Stir until blended through. Let stand for 30 minutes.
- In another small bowl, mix the honey and nutmeg. In a skillet, heat up about a 1/2 inch of oil. Drop a tablespoon of batter into the oil and fry until golden brown. Drain off the oil, and dip into the honey mixture.
- 1 Orange (Juice and Rind)
- 3 Teaspoons Baking Powder
- 1 Lemon (Juice and Rind)
- 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/2 Teaspoon Ginger
- 1/2 Teaspoon Cloves
- 1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
- 1 Cup Black Coffee
- 1 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Soda
- 5 Cups Flour
- 1 Cup Honey
- 1/2 Cup Oil
- 4 Eggs
- Boil coffee, honey, brown sugar, and granulated sugar and then allow to cool.
- In a separate bowl, combine eggs, oil and lemon juice & rind.
- In a third container, combine dry ingredients.
- Add coffee mixture to egg mixture first and then dry ingredient mixture until all are well blended.
- Pour mixture into a greased/floured 9″ x 12″ pan and bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees F about an hour and 10 minutes.
Magical Cream Puffs
for the puffs:
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 4 eggs
Bring water and butter to a boil in a saucepan. Lower heat and add flour. Stir on low heat until batter forms a ball shape. Remove from the heat, onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown at 375° F.
for the filling:
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tbs. cornstarch (ruled by the Sun; brings health and wealth)
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2 cups milk
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 tbs. butter or margarine
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- confectioner’s sugar
In a saucepan, slowly bring sugar, cornstarch, and salt to a boil, stirring constantly until thick. Add milk and egg yolks and boil for 1 minute. Remove from head and add butter and vanilla. Let cool. Fill puffs with cream filling and sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar.
Nun’s Ribbons and Lies
In Italy, everyone eats strips of sweetened, deep-fried dough called nastri delle surore or nuns’ ribbons during Carnival. These treats have regional names including bugie (lies) in Piednmont, chiacchiere (gossips) in Lombardy, chiacchiere di suora (nun’s gossip) in Parma, lattughe (lettuces) in Emilia-Romagna and cenci (rags and tatters) in Tuscany. In the sixteenth century in Venice, an author referred to them as fritelle piene di vento (fried treats full of wind).
This recipe comes from Carol Field’s marvelous book, Celebrating Italy:
- 1-1/2 cups flour
- 1-1/2 T unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1-1/2 T sugar
- scant 1 T liqueur (rum, cognac, grappe or Grand Marnier)
- 1 large egg
- Pinch salt
- Grated zest of 1 orange
- 1-1/2 t vanilla extract
- 1 to 4 T milk
- 4 cups olive or sunflower oil
- confectioners sugar
By Hand: Set the flour in a mound in a large bowl or on a work surface and make a well in it. Set the butter, sugar, liqueur, egg, salt, orange zest and vanilla in the center and mix them together. Slowly incorporate them into the flour, a little at a time, adding whatever amount of milk is necessary to make a dough. Knead until the dough is smooth and firm, 10 to 12 minutes. Cover with a tea towel and leave 45 to 60 minutes.
By Mixer: In the mixer bowl with the paddle attachment, combine flour, butter, sugar, liqueur, egg, salt, orange zest and vanilla, adding enough milk to get a dough that is firm enough to roll out very fine. Cover with a tea towel for 45 to 60 minutes
With a rolling pin, roll the dough out very fine on a lightly floured surface until it is 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Cut the dough into ribbons about 4 to 5 inches long and 1 to 1-1/4 inches wide. In some places it is customary to tie a knot in the center or twist the ribbon twice and pinch it closed in the center. Elsewhere bakers cut the dough into rectangles and make two parallel short cuts in the center.
Heat oil in a heavy deep-sided frying pan to 350 and fry a few of the ribbons at a time—very, very quickly (20 seconds at the most). Drain on plates lined with paper towels and sprinkle with confectioners sugar.