Minus tide at 7:23 PM of -1.4 feet.
It’s only 37F! Brrr! ….two hours later it’s 10 degrees warmer, up to 47F. The sunshine is bright although there’s some high cloud and cirrus making it rather thin.
Yesterday I worked hard in the morning, first getting the newsletter out, then sorting a bunch of pictures that I want to go in various blogs. After that I did some more writing on medieval recipes, getting some translated to more modern language. Like this one:
Buttered Wortes – Source [Two Fifteenth-Century Cookery-Books, T. Austin (ed.)]:
Buttered Wortes. Take al maner of good herbes that thou may gete, and do bi ham as is forsaid; putte hem on the fire wit faire water; put there-to clarefied buttur a grete quantite. Whan thei ben boyled ynog, salt hem; late none otemele come there-in. Dise brede small in disshes, and powre on the wortes, and serue hem fort. [emphasis added]
That one tickled me. Why would you add oatmeal? Although if you were making a pottage of greens and needed to thicken it. It just sounds like that cook hated oatmeal. 🙂
Tempus and I went out to dinner with out elderly friend yesterday. He was having trouble with his breathing all day, but was a game sport about it. We went to the Harbor Lights Restaurant in Depoe Bay. It’s up and down and around behind the harbor and has the most lovely view of the harbor. It’s been awhile since I could just hang by a harbor and watch and I’ve missed it. Of course, it’s better from sittin’-on-the-pier level, but I’ll take what I can get!
Art and I had a lovely crab-stuffed ravioli in a cream sauce and green salads. Tempus got a barbecue plate of smoked chicken, baked beans and fries. It was delicious and then we had spumoni for dessert. Good spumoni, too! The sun went down while we were there, laughing and talking and eating and just hanging out and enjoying.
Eventually Venus was visible. Tempus saw Mercury, but I couldn’t. It’s dropping by the day. We took a little while on the way home and pulled out at Rocky Creek to look at the dark ocean and crab boats and the lovely stars above! I managed to see the comet with binoculars! I checked again when we got home and yup, gotta be it…. fuzzy green blob with a paler smear on the side away from the sun.
Tempus just handed me breakfast and I have one of my lovely duck eggs! I have to get some seeds into my bag garden today and do some cooking. Hatch and I were planning piroshki today, but I’m going to be lucky to get the soup going before I have to head to Rowan and Marius’ new house and then to esbat.
Today’s plant is Nasturtium, Tropaeolum majus, (not watercress, which is true nasturtium). It’s certainly not native to the PNW, but grows well here. I love the brilliant oranges and yellows of the flowers. They’re yummy, too, with a slightly peppery taste, both leaf and flower and the seeds serve as a substitute for capers in pickles. The flowers stand for Victory in Battle; Patriotism and Affectation and are little used in magicks other than as symbols and foods for Ostara and Beltane celebrations because of their association with the Sun. They also can be used as a symbol for sacrifice to the larger good of soldiers, firemen and police, but are usually only seen at funerals in this context. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropaeolum_majus
Today in 1189 the 3rd Crusade began, sometimes called the Kings’ Crusade since Richard Lionheart of England, Phillip II of France and Frederick Barbarossa put it together. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Crusade the Crusades were an odd phenomenon, part political, part religious and really caused more damage than they did any good. On the other hand, they set off the industrial revolution of the Middle Ages (wind and water power) and eventually the Renaissance. Also, there were a *lot* of crusades that didn’t include the holy land at all, hacking up heretics in Provence, anyone?. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crusades We’re still paying the price for the hubris that set the whole thing off.
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Love & Light,
New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 1/21 at 4:59pm. 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 2/3 at 3:09pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 1/26 at 8:48pm.
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.
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Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. 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
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 21 High 1:07 AM 7.8 7:45 AM Rise 8:15 AM 0
21 Low 6:42 AM 2.1 5:10 PM Set 7:11 PM
21 High 12:33 PM 9.3
21 Low 7:23 PM -1.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I will make promises sparingly and keep them faithfully.
~ Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do. – Ben Franklin
~ Technology does not run an enterprise, relationships do. – Patricia Fripp
~ Be present and in the now and you will master your fear.- Paul V Harris
~ Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about. – Woody Hayes
The inside-out approach holds that if you want to have a happy marriage, be the kind of person who generates positive energy and sidesteps negative energy rather than empowering it. If you want to have a more pleasant, cooperative teenager, be a more understanding, empathic, consistent, loving parent. If you want to have more freedom, more latitude in your job, be a more responsible, a more helpful, a more contributing employee. If you want the secondary greatness of recognized talent, focus first on the primary greatness of character. – Principles of Growth and Change
Imbolc Ritual Cake – Adapted by Akasha Ap Emrys
13/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tbs. poppy-seeds
1 tbs. grated lemon peel
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tbs. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. salt
This is all done in one pan, so clean up is a breeze! Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, sugar, poppy-seeds, baking soda, and salt with a fork in an ungreased 9″x 9″ x 2″ baking pan. Stir in the remaining ingredients, except the powdered sugar. Bake 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, and the top is golden brown. Remove from oven and cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Makes 8 servings.
Poppy Seed Bread
Seeds are often used in any Imbolc recipe. Here is a simple seed bread that is just delicious!
3 3/4 cup flour
2 cups half n half
1 cup vegetable oil
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/3 cup poppy seeds
7 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
Preheat your oven to 350F. With a hand mixer, blend together the poppy seeds, oils, eggs, sugar, vanilla and half n half. Add flour and baking powder. Mix together on high speed for 30 seconds. Pour into 2 greased loaf pans. Bake for one hour or until tops of loaves are brown.
Spiced Milk with Honey – Leda Merideth
1 quart milk
1 tablespoon honey
4 cardamom pods
4 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
4 whole allspice or spice bush berries
1/4 teaspoon shavings of fresh nutmeg
1 bay leaf
- Tie up all the spices in a cheesecloth square, or strain out before serving.
- Combine spices, milk and honey in a saucepan.
- Heat gently for 20 minutes (do not boil).