We rolled out of bed and got moving yesterday, running around like crazy people and then I headed to the shop, while Tempus was harvesting violets. We got things open and then caught up on mail and such.
For some reason I was so exhausted that I went into the back to curl up in the recliner for a bit and woke back up at 4pm! Tempus had continued with the pick up and put away and apparently no one was here for sewing. Not sure why I was that tired.
I worked on small stuff, beading and pouches, mostly, while he was catching up on paperwork, and then I headed home and set up an experiment dough. This is the “other” breadmaker kolache dough that I found and I want to see whether it works. I set up a supper dish of egg, rice and seasonings and waited for Tempus. …and then I thought about it and set up some pickled eggs. …and then thought some more and set up another winter pickle broth, or rather I tried to, but didn’t have a good pot, so gave it up. The supper dish turned into chicken flavored riceroni pudding. Odd, but edible.
Today is going to be interesting. Tempus is going to do the weekly shopping before heading home and I need to go straight to the shop to let Brea in for classes. As soon as Tempus gets there, I need to head to Laura’s Studio and set stuff up for the day, then come back to teach my class and then head back over for the Culinary Arts Day. We’re doing bread bunnies, a couple of decorated breads, talking about hard gingerbread and symbolism and then going on into other recipes, the salmon “seethed in wine”, which hopefully will get as far as a salmon pie during the day, and pickles, plus anything else that folks brought.
I’m going to be crazy all day. Tempus will be at the shop and the shop will be open as usual. He mostly wants to eat the results of my “experiments”. rather than participate. I do the fancy breads. He does the good bread! Anyone who isn’t interested in the culinary stuff who wants to bring a project to the shop to work on it, he’s up for that, too. He’s either working on sundials or on hanging my windchime.
Today’s plant is Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. It is naturalized in the PNW, being native to Europe, not the Americas. Digitalis was one of the first heart medications and was extracted from the plant and then synthesized. The plant is poisonous, not just because of this (too much causes irregular heartbeat), but some other chemicals. Also known as Lady’s Glove, Witches’ Gloves, Fairy Fingers, or Dead Men’s Bells. – Feminine, Venus, Water – A Druid sacred herb associated with the “little people”. Lust, protection, decision, grow in a garden for protection of house and yard, reveals insincerity. Flower meaning – a wish, “I am not ambitious for myself but for you”.
Today’s feast is Songkran (Thailand) and is celebrated under different names across southeast Asia and the traditional New Year’s festival. It’s hot there and so the festival includes a lot of water being poured over statues, offered to elders and monks and general turning into a major waterfight with super-soakers and all! Sometimes the water includes fragrances, tempera paint or talc for special blessings. There are links to the other festivals and a lot more information on this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songkran_%28Thailand%29
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Waxing Gibbous moving to Full at 12:42am. 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 on 4/15 at 12:42am. 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. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends on 4/13 at 12:42pm. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon.“And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 4/16 at 12:42pm.
Sunday, April 13, 8 a.m. EDT – Vesta at opposition – The brightest asteroid Vesta will be opposite the Sun this morning. At magnitude 5.8 it should be just visible with the naked eye under dark skies; an easy target in binoculars. Ceres, the biggest asteroid, is just 2½° from Vesta and only 2 days from opposition. They’re in Virgo, easy in binoculars at magnitudes 5.8 and 7.0, respectively. Use our finder chart for Ceres and Vesta (click the link in the text for printable finder chart for “Ceres and Vesta in 2014”). http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/this-weeks-sky-atnbspanbspglance-2/astronomy-news/observing-news/ceres-and-vesta-in-2014/
Mercury is hidden deep in the glow of sunrise.
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55 Runic half-month of Mannaz/ Man, April 14-28 – A time when the archetypal reality of the human condition should be meditated upon. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
©2014 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Su 13 Low 6:19 AM 0.8 6:35 AM Set 5:41 AM 93
~ 13 High 12:20 PM 6.8 7:58 PM Rise 6:40 PM
~ 13 Low 6:23 PM 1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Contemplate the nature of Goddess, the nature of the Infinite, for a few minutes.
~ I never feel age…If you have creative work, you don’t have age or time. – Louise Nevelson
~ We need to become conscious of ourselves, not as individuals, but as mankind. – Nietzsche
~ A great attitude is not the result of success; success is the result of a great attitude. – Earl Nightingale
~ Dreams are essential to life. – Anais Nin
Leaning Together in a Storm by Larry Smith, from A River Remains. © WordTech Editions. Reprinted with permission.
Leaning Together in a Storm
Twelve older men in shirt sleeves
sit around the Cancer Center
sipping ice water and making jokes
waiting for the meeting to begin.
“Ever notice how no one parks
in the Cancer Center zone?”
I am one of them tonight
meant to acknowledge
our story within
our private brotherhood.
The counselor rises to welcome us
asks each to state his cancer story:
give his name and dates
the procedure we chose
tell how long he’s survived.
And I take real joy
in hearing them speak
sensing their eyes, their bodies
seated beside me here.
Then a door opens
and our leader rises
to introduce the night’s speaker
a young surgeon, his slide-tray at his side.
“Greetings, Gentlemen,” he grins
snapping on his slides, projecting
our organs onto the wall,
touching them with his pointer
in blunt precision,
warning us again of lymph nodes
cells outside the prostate
that can end our life.
We swallow a hundred nightmares
with smiles and nods.
I interrupt his gay delivery,
“What about orgasm …?”
“Forget orgasm,” he grins,
“You don’t have a prostate.”
Another asks about second opinions,
“Go ahead … what can it hurt?” then adds,
“Unfortunately it won’t help much either.”
I want to escape this torture by words,
but ask instead, “And what about the
radiation seed implants they’re doing in Seattle?”
He turns on me like a cop. “We’re doing those now.
So it’s a question, how big is your ego?”
Some smile at this, other know
how cold the knife is, how his words
cut across our lives, our wish to live
each breath, see morning spread
across our lawn, our grandchildren’s faces.
We all have this unspoken need
to pace our life
like a heart beat.
In the end we let it go
trade our feelings for facts
we already know,
“It’s a game of numbers,”
he says again, and I wonder
if these others want to drive
this witch doctor from the room
and gather warmth from the fire
we sit around, share our stories
together of going on.
Beltaine Oatcakes – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html – author unknown
Oatcakes are part of the Beltaine ceremony. Their roundness is symbolic of the life-giving sun whose return is marked by this festive sabbat. During Beltaine a huge bonfire is kept going all night long. Pieces of the cake are thrown into the fire as an offering to the protective deities.
Participate in this ancient custom by casting the oatcakes into an outside bonfire or even your fireplace. Begin by blessing these cakes. Say a prayer of gratitude, giving thanks to the Goddess and God for their abundance. Pass around the cake in a clockwise direction. Invite each of your guests to take a piece of the cake.
We are each a part of the joyous circle of love.
As we cast the bread into the fire,
we fuse together into the One Being,
That always was and always will be.
Recommend to your guests that they remember the joy in their hearts as they experience the gaiety of the season.
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable shortening
- 1/3 cup (80 Milliliters) boiling water
- 3 cups (680 grams) Medium rolled Oats
- 1 Teaspoon Minced fresh sage
- 1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt.
- Preheat the oven to 350*F (175*C).
- In a small pan, heat the shortening and water, until the shortening has melted.
- Remove from heat and let cool.
- Mix the oats, sage, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl.
- Mix the cooled liquid and the oat mixture, adding water, if necessary, to maintain a dough-like consistency.
- Pat the dough into a circle, about 8 inches (20 Centimeters) in diameter.
- Place on an un-greased baking sheet.
- Bake for about 40 minutes.
- Cut into 8 wedges, then leave to cool on a wire rack.
Barley Bread Cakes
- 6 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
- 2 Tablespoons Water
- 1 Cup Barley Flour
- Mix sesame oil, water and salt with barley flour until dough is pliable though still somewhat oily.
- Roll out dough and cut circular disc shapes with a glass and place on a greased cookie sheet.
- Bake in an oven preheated to 400 degrees F until browned lightly.
Beltane Barley Casserole – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups barley
- 2 chopped onions
- 1/2 cup peas
- 1/2 cup pine nuts
- Melt butter in a skillet and sauté the barley, stirring frequently until golden.
- Turn into a greased 3 quart casserole.
- Stir in the mushrooms, onions and peas.
- Add 3 cups of the chicken broth.
- Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 1 hour.
- Stir in the pine nuts and the remaining cup of broth.
- Cover and bake for another 1-1/2 hours.
This must be 10-12 servings as a side dish.