Open Circle for the Ostara Sabbat tonight at 7pm!
Bright sunshine and 36! Everything is soaked with dew, but drying quickly, and there’s a light breeze.
Yesterday, although it was cold, the sun was shining. Tempus was supposed to be heading back up to the house, but *both* computers were working on updates and lagging badly. It took almost two hours to get them up and running and then he still had to do the watering outside and pick up some things….By then we were trying to get the counter space cleaned up, and I was working on cleaning off the work table.
…and then, a complication. A deal that I had been working on for a couple of bows (archery) came through and I had to take off for Newport. I also ran a couple of errands, picking up small bags, buckets for our pirate’s treasure sets, that kind of thing.
I walked back in to deal with medical stuff. …and how to get at the sewing machines…. and the Duckmeister was in and Sash showed up with a friend, so Tempus never got home….
When we were heading home up the hill, I got a glimpse of the sun and we headed for the part to watch the sunset. We were about 3 seconds too late, but it was still gorgeous.
Today we gave no idea what we’re going to be working on. Tempus still has things to do at home, and I still have a batch of things at the shop. ….well, we’ll just wait and see!
Kit posted, “‘Why try to pharmaceutical your way out of something that you groceried yourself into?’ – fav quote I’ve heard all day…” It’s apparently from www.knowthecause.com
Today’s Plant is Cascade penstemon, or coast penstemon, Penstemon serrulatus. A member of the plantain family, this was used by the 1st nations peoples as a medicinal remedy for toothache. It’s common name, “Beardtongue” is because the flower appears to be sticking out it’s hairy tongue! It has a lovely flower, and is a semi-deciduous shrub, which usually is very short, unlike many shrubs. The tender shoots that the flowers grow on often get frost-nipped so only survive for a year or so, with the rest of the plant surviving below the level of surrounding plants, acting as a perennial ground-cover. – Feminine, Venus, Earth – Use for headaches, particularly headaches coming from tooth pain or infection by binding the herb with red wool and/or putting it into a red cloth pouch and bind to the head, or even put into your pillowcase at bedtime. You can put a leaf in your shoes to help with the effects of standing on them too long. Roots protect from snakebite and a bunch of the flowers will chase negativity away, particularly that coming from outside. Iow, it won’t do much for a bad mood…. More on Penstemon here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penstemon
Maslenitsa is a Slavic Feast. It literally means “Butter Woman”. Nowadays it is observed as part of the pre-Lent festivities, but it may originally have been just an end of winter feast like Caillach or some of the other more Western festivals, which is how it is celebrated with Rodnoveri. It’s a week of dairy products and pancakes! One of the odder ones to Western taste is a “red & black cake” which is several large pancakes stacked in layers with red and black caviar in individual layers, a cottage-type cheese in other layers, slathered with butter, and sliced like a layer cake. This is a totally different kind of pancake from our sweet ones! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslenitsa and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kostroma_%28deity%29
The shop opens at 11am! Spring hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, although closing time is drifting later with the longer days. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at email@example.com 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.
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Waning Gibbous. 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 Tide Change on 3/30 at 11:45am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. , Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Waning Quarter on 3/23 at 6:46pm.
This year’s huge “Winter Diamond” — bright Jupiter on top, bright Sirius on the bottom, and Procyon and Betelgeuse forming the left and right corners — persists well into spring. It stands straight up in the south around dusk, then tips westward as the evening advances.
Jupiter, magnitude –2.3 in Gemini, dominates sky overhead at dusk (for mid-northern skywatchers), then sinks westward through the late evening and early morning hours. See our articles on observing Jupiter in the January Sky & Telescope http://www.shopatsky.com/product/sky-and-telescope-january-2014-digital-issue/magazine-issues or the briefer online introduction Jupiter: Big, Bright, and Beautiful. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/home/238809441.html
Tuesday, March 18 – Tuesday, Apr. 1, after evening twilight – Zodiacal Light– The faint glow of the zodiacal light, reflected from millions of tiny interplanetary particles, will be visible from northern latitudes in the western sky right after evening twilight ends. Fainter than the Milky Way, this is only visible in really dark skies. The Milky Way arches from southwest to northwest, while the zodiacal light rises straight up from the western horizon underneath Jupiter.
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder
Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings.
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Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Fearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month– Ailim – Silver Fir
Color: Light Blue
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 21 High 3:50 AM 7.9 7:17 AM Rise 12:05 AM 82
21 Low 10:41 AM 0.3 7:30 PM Set 10:03 AM
21 High 4:58 PM 6.3
21 Low 10:29 PM 2.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When people are laughing, they’re generally not killing each other.
~ Joy has nothing to do with material things, or with a man’s outward circumstance…A man living in the lap of luxury and be wretched, and a man in the depths of poverty can overflow with joy. – William Barclay (1907 – 1978), Clergyman and writer
~ The surest test of discipline is its absence. – Clara Barton, American Red Cross founder
~ Reach for the stars and you will find your horizon.~ Lori J. Batcheller
~ Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich. – Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) French actor
The Last of the Light Brigade ~Rudyard Kipling
There were thirty million English who talked of England’s might,
There were twenty broken troopers who lacked a bed for the night.
They had neither food nor money, they had neither service nor trade;
They were only shiftless soldiers, the last of the Light Brigade.
They felt that life was fleeting; they knew not that art was long,
That though they were dying of famine, they lived in deathless song.
They asked for a little money to keep the wolf from the door;
And the thirty million English sent twenty pounds and four!
They laid their heads together that were scarred and lined and grey;
Keen were the Russian sabres, but want was keener than they;
And an old Troop-Sergeant muttered, “Let us go to the man who writes
The things on Balaclava the kiddies at school recites.”
They went without bands or colours, a regiment ten-file strong,
To look for the Master-singer who had crowned them all in his song;
And, waiting his servant’s order, by the garden gate they stayed,
A desolate little cluster, the last of the Light Brigade.
They strove to stand to attention, to straighten the toil-bowed back;
They drilled on an empty stomach, the loose-knit files fell slack;
With stooping of weary shoulders, in garments tattered and frayed,
They shambled into his presence, the last of the Light Brigade.
The old Troop-Sergeant was spokesman, and “Beggin’ your pardon,” he said,
“You wrote o’ the Light Brigade, sir. Here’s all that isn’t dead.
An’ it’s all come true what you wrote, sir, regardin’ the mouth of hell;
For we’re all of us nigh to the workhouse, an’ we thought we’d call an’ tell.
“No, thank you, we don’t want food, sir; but couldn’t you take an’ write
A sort of ‘to be continued’ and ‘see next page’ o’ the fight?
We think that someone has blundered, an’ couldn’t you tell ’em how?
You wrote we were heroes once, sir. Please, write we are starving now.”
The poor little army departed, limping and lean and forlorn.
And the heart of the Master-singer grew hot with “the scorn of scorn.”
And he wrote for them wonderful verses that swept the land like flame,
Till the fatted souls of the English were scourged with the thing called Shame.
They sent a cheque to the felon that sprang from an Irish bog;
They healed the spavined cab-horse; they housed the homeless dog;
And they sent (you may call me a liar), when felon and beast were paid,
A cheque, for enough to live on, to the last of the Light Brigade.
O thirty million English that babble of England’s might,
Behold there are twenty heroes who lack their food to-night;
Our children’s children are lisping to “honour the charge they made – ”
And we leave to the streets and the workhouse the charge of the Light Brigade!
Ostara Magick – Recipes
Baked egg in potato
Step 2 – Cut a slice lengthwise off each potato. Scoop out insides. Mash scooped out potatoes in a bowl with remaining butter and seasoning beat cheese into potato mixture. Press mixture back into shells, leaving a hollow in center large enough for an egg. Season and spoon the cream over. Return to the oven. Bake 8 to 10 minutes until eggs are lightly set. Sprinkle the chives and serve.
Stuffed Eggs [Stuffed Hardboiled Eggs] (interpreted by Mistress Rafaella d’Allemtejo): Friday Valentine – In honor of the holiday, my fave “stuffed egg” recipe: – On Facebook 7-4-13
The Original (Time: Italian, 14th century, Source: Redon (et al.) “The Medieval Kitchen” #118)
Eggs to prepare for stuffing. To make stuffed eggs, cut each one in half when it has been well cooked and is thus hard. Then remove the yolk and take marjoram, saffron, and cloves and mix with the yolks of those eggs; and mash it thoroughly, adding a little cheese. For each eight eggs, add one raw egg. This done, fill the egg whites with this mixture. And fry in good pork fat, and eat with verjuice.
Note: I do not add raw egg for binder as per the recipe due to safety/salmonella issues; water is a fine substitution. If you can’t find verjuice at your local halal market, white wine vinegar will do. The recipe doesn’t call for salt but you might add
a little to the yolk mixture. Many medieval cookbooks assume cooks know when to add salt and so don’t list it.
18 eggs (hardboiled)
marjoram (fresh if possible, dry will do)
cloves (crushed, about a tsp)
4 oz shredded parmesan cheese
4 oz ricotta cheese
bacon grease/olive oil
Hard boil 18 eggs. Peel, rinse if necessary Cut in half. Set whites aside.
Finely chop the marjoram (or rehydrate dry herb in a little warm water).
Bloom goodly pinch of saffron in warm water (just a 1/4 cup).
Crush cloves (about a teaspoon).
Shred (or buy shredded) parmesan cheese. Put yolks in a bowl. Add to yolks: marjoram, saffron w/water, crushed cloves, 4oz shredded parmesan cheese, 4oz ricotta cheese. Mush all this together. Add more water if the paste is too dry. Fill egg whites generously. Fry filled egg halves lightly in pan with bacon grease or olive oil.
Sprinkle with verjuice (or white wine vinegar) and serve. Also good cold without the final frying step.
Cadbury Creme Egg Stuffed Muffins
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
12 mini Cadbury creme eggs (not full size) (or full-size, cut in half…. Messy….)
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
In a small mixing bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, melted butter and vanilla until smooth. Whisk in milk.
Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Evenly distribute muffin batter into prepared pan. Place 1 mini Cadbury creme egg in the center of each muffin. Use a small knife to pull a bit of batter over the top of the muffin. (Or cut a full size egg in 1/2, longways.)
Bake for 14-16 minutes, until the top of the muffin springs back when lightly pressed and the edges are a light gold.
Cool on a wire rack before slicing.
CADBURY CREME EGG STUFFED COOKIES
These cookies are a fun treat for Spring and only take minutes to make if you use premade cookie dough!
1 recipe chocolate chip cookie dough or a tub of refrigerated dough
Mini Cadbury Creme Eggs
Preheat oven according to the cookie dough directions. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
Take two tablespoonfuls of dough and smash it flat in your hand to form a disc. Place an unwrapped mini egg in the center of the dough and fold the dough up around the egg to completely enclose it. If you leave any gaps, the egg will ooze out. If it’s completely covered by dough, you won’t have a problem.
Repeat for as many cookies as you’d like to make.
Bake according to cookie dough directions.
Anja’s note – Another “instant diabetic coma” treat is to use a standard chocolate chip cookie dough recipe and replace the chips with Cadbury mini-eggs. I would bake on a silicone mat, because they will stick badly if the eggs crack….which some do, every time….