Yesterday seemed to be run, run, run all day…. Not that we got that much of anywhere, but that’s what it seemed like. We did get to the shop by about 10:30, not as early as I would like for a Saturday, but in enough time to get set up for the Herbs Workshop. That was all on starting seeds and each participant left with a set of little pots of started seeds, and I have a tray that will go in the front window of the shop.
The Duckmeister was in for a chat and several other friends. I took 15 minutes and went to chat with Leslie and Ken about the signage regulation changes that Waldport is talking about. Marius and Hatch showed up right at our usual closing time to pick up tables and such. Tempus and I got the workroom set up so we can use it today.
We didn’t get home until nearly 8 and the house was full of smoke from burnt peanut oil. Somebody was frying something. It kept getting later and later and I finally gave up trying to do piroshki. I didn’t have enough energy.
Today we have the 101 class. Marius is going to take the 2nd half so that I can come home and get the piroshki done and then I’ll head back to the shop for our Project Day. Tempus is going to catch a nap in the morning and then tend the shop until I get back.
Some wicking links that I promised to put in again. For paraffin candles http://www.brambleberry.com/Wicks-C22.aspx For beeswax candles http://www.toadilyhandmadebeeswaxcandles.com/square-braid-cotton-wick/
Greg Anderson from 1/22/15 the Yachats Wayside Spouting Horn
Today’s Plant is the Western Azalea, Rhododendron Occidentale. Azaleas are a subset of the rhodys. This is the main one that grows around here. It’s hard to tell from the shape and size of the plant that it’s an azalea, or even from the flowers, although the branches are thinner and the leaves shorter and rounder than those of rhododendrons. It least it’s hard for those of us who are familiar with the showy garden hybrids, which tend to be small and compact. The other West Coast azalea is Rhododendron Albiflorum, and there’s not a whacking lot of info floating around about that one. The wiki is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_occidentale The Chinese call azaleas “thinking of home bush”. Magickal uses for azalea are to encourage light spirits, happiness and gaiety.
Today is the eve of Disting, or Disablot, a festival in honor of the Disir, the female helper spirits. Here’s one version of a ritual. http://www.adf.org/rituals/norse/disting/disting.html and a link about the Disir here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disir …and here’s another link with related information. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%ADsabl%C3%B3t
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Love & Light,
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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 1/26 at 8:48pm.
Orion shines high in the southeast in early evening now. Orion is the showiest constellation, but his main pattern is surprisingly small compared to some of his dimmer neighbors. The biggest of these is Eridanus the River, enormous but hard to trace. Dimmer Fornax the Furnace, to Eridanus’s lower right, is almost as big as Orion. Even the main pattern of Lepus, the Hare cowering under Orion’s feet, isn’t much smaller than Orion’s main pattern.
Venus (magnitude –3.9) shines in the west-southwest during evening twilight. It’s getting a little higher each week, on its way into a grand apparition as the high “Evening Star” this spring.
Comet Lovejoy is now fading somewhat, and the Moon increasingly brightens the night sky this week for comet viewers. Even so, the comet is still a nice sight in binoculars at magnitude 4½ or so. And it’s high overhead. See our article and finder chart: Where To See Comet Lovejoy Tonight. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/observing-news/spot-comet-lovejoy-tonight-122920141/
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. Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
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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
Su 25 High 4:03 AM 8.4 7:42 AM Rise 10:37 AM 24
~ 25 Low 10:22 AM 1.3 5:16 PM
~ 25 High 4:11 PM 7.0
~ 25 Low 10:23 PM 1.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Cultivate your sense of humor; laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
~ When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure. – Peter Marshall
~ Definition of your “native language”-the language you swear in when you hit your thumb with a hammer 🙂 – Nate Merrill-Spiritfire
~ He wants to live on through something-and in his case, his masterpiece is his son. all of us want that, and it gets more poignant as we get more anonymous in this world. – Arthur Miller (1915-2005) US playwright
~ Betrayal is the only truth that sticks. – Arthur Miller
The maternal instinct . . . is a Gift-love, but one that needs to give; therefore needs to be needed. But the proper aim of giving is to put the recipient in a state where he no longer needs our gift. We feed children in order that they may soon be able to feed themselves; we teach them in order that they may soon not need our teaching. Thus a heavy task is laid upon this Gift-love. It must work towards its own abdication. We must aim at making ourselves superfluous. The hour when we can say ‘They need me no longer’ should be our reward. But the instinct, simply in its own nature, has no power to fulfill this law. The instinct desires the good of its object, but not simply; only the good it can itself give. A much higher love – a love which desires the good of the object as such, from whatever source that good comes – must step in and help or tame the instinct before it can make the abdication. – C. S. Lewis, from his book The Four Loves
Spring Vegetable Quiche
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh chives
- 2 tbsp cold water
Heat oven to 400 degrees F. In medium bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in the butter until crumbly. Stir in chives and then water. The mixture will be crumbly. Shape it into a ball and roll on a lightly floured surface to a 12 inch circle. Ease into a 10 inch quiche pan, pressing firmly against the bottom and sides.
- 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (1 8-ounce package)
- 6 slices crisp cooked bacon, crumbled
- 1/2 cup fresh asparagus tips chopped well
- 1/4 c shredded carrot
- 1 1/4 cup milk
- 4 eggs, lightly beaten
- Salt and pepper to taste
Spread your first 4 fillings over the bottom of the crust in layers. In a separate bowl, beat together the remaining filling ingredients and pour over all items in the bottom of the crust. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden and set. A fork will come out clean when stuck in the center. Let stand 10 minutes before serving with a mixed green salad.
[Anja’s Note – Having made quiche of different varieties for years, I would probably use a “quickie” version of the crust with a prepared pie shell sprinkled heavily with fresh chives before adding the fillings. I’ve made this both from this recipe and the “quickie” and the major difference is whether the bottom crust is flaky (original) or a little damp.]
Imbolc Macaroni and Cheese – author unknown
- 1 7-ounce package cooked elbow macaroni
- 1/4 cup butter
- 3 tbsp flour
- 2 cups milk
- 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
- 2 cups cubed Cheddar cheese (8 ounces)
- 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
- 2 tbsp butter, melted
- 2 tsp chopped fresh parsley
- Preheat the oven to 400 F.
- In a saucepan, melt 1/4 cup butter and stir in flour to make a roux over medium heat.
- Stir occasionally till smooth a bubbly.
- Then add the milk, cream cheese and mustard and salt and pepper to taste.
- Cook and stir till cream cheese is melted and you have a lovely smooth white sauce.
- Stir in the macaroni and cheese cubes.
- Add the cubed ham and/or chopped broccoli if desired.
- Pour into a casserole dish.
- In another bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and sprinkle over the top.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes to melt the cheese and heat through.
Imbolc Feast Lamb Stew
- 2- 1/2 lb. lamb neck chops-with fat left on
- 1 tbs. lamb fat
- 4 medium onions
- 1 tbs. butter/margarine
- 4 medium carrots
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 4 medium potatoes
- 1 tbs. parsley, chopped
- 1 tsp. each salt & pepper
- 1 tbs. chives, chopped
Shred some of the excess fat from the lamb chops and cook it down in a large pot or Dutch-oven. Peel the onions, carrots, and potatoes. Cut the onions and carrots into quarters, and put all the vegetables aside. Cut the meat into pieces, and trim away the rest of the excess fat. The bones need not be removed. Place the meat in the hot fat and brown. Repeat with the onions and carrots. Add water, salt, and pepper carefully. Put whole potatoes on top. Cover pot and simmer gently until meat is cooked, approx. 2 hours. Remove from heat. Pour off the cooking liquid into a separate sauce pan, allow to cool for a few minutes, skim off grease, and reheat. Add butter, chives, and parsley to the reheated liquid in the sauce pan. Pour heated liquid back over the stew. Serve hot. Makes 4-6 servings.