Yesterday started slowly and I kept getting distracted by everything and its uncle. I’d get partway through something and someone would come in and then I’d have to re-start, and then there’d be another thing that just *had* to be done right then. I finally got started one filling in files. By 7pm I had the newsletter stuff tucked in except for the feasts and plants and finally got that done just before 8:30. Phew!
Tempus was working on starting a fizzy cranberry apple wine that we want for this coming month. He also did other things in the kitchen, several loads of dishes, wiping down the counters finding things that have been put into the wrong drawers, the way I was doing last Friday. He also worked out in his shop. It’s spring. There are always lawnmowers to be worked on.
In the evening I talked with Rowan and Marius and some other friends online, sorting Circle stuff and projects, then spent awhile organizing some writing. We ate supper late. Hatch and Travis were off somewhere and we weren’t paying attention, but Tempus had made new bread and we had a lovely salad.
I’ll be at the shop today. Tempus is planning to head home after a repair job gets picked up, so he can do more.
House Capuchin’s Sewing Time runs from 3-6 pm today, since we’re not expecting anyone in the evening. If you want to come to that and can’t get there until after work, let us know by around 5pm, please?
A Pageant of Childhood, 1899, Thomas Cooper Gotch
Today’s Plant is Cow parsnip, Heracleum lanatum, or Indian Celery. Growing in every damp place along the roads out here, this is easily confused with seacoast angelica, and other plants, and even dangerously with water hemlock, if you don’t look carefully, or dig it up to check the root. It’s a huge plant (over 6 feet tall) with leaves large enough to make a hat from! Local peoples used it as a poultice plant for bruises and sores. The young stems and leaf stalks can be peeled and eaten in spring. The root makes a nice yellow dye. –Feminine, Water, Moon, Hathor – The flowers glow in the moonlight and I have used this as a plant of sacrifice to Bona Dea or the Great Mother in one of her many aspects as it is a symbol of the plenty of spring. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleum_lanatum
Today is the Roman Feast of Concordia, the day of “getting along”. Not so much peace as “Pax”, but being able to work together for the good of all, agreement, often translated as “Harmony” …. It’s amazing how many feasts dedicated to peace and peaceful pursuits the Romans had when we think of them as a warlike people. More info here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concordia_%28mythology%29
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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 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 at the beginning of Full Phase on 2/2 at 3:09am.
Thursday, January 29, dusk – Aldebaran and the Moon – The waxing gibbous Moon is east of the red giant star Aldebaran and the Hyades star cluster. The bright Pleiades star cluster is above and towards the west.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Pisces) is still in the southwest right after dusk.
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 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
Th 29 Low 1:26 AM 3.0 7:38 AM Set 3:16 AM 67
~ 29 High 7:45 AM 8.1 5:21 PM Rise 1:13 PM
~ 29 Low 3:00 PM 0.7
~ 29 High 9:25 PM 5.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – What you think about and focus on, you attract to you. When you focus on what you do want you attract it; when you focus on what you do not want, you attract it. It’s that simple.
~ Let us play music and share knowledge in the name of Grian. By the spear of Lugh Lamfhada! My law is to dream. Live of me Fully. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ He has committed the crime who profits by it. – Seneca
~ There are three central values in life – the experiential, that which happens to us; the creative, that which we bring into existence; and the attitudinal, our response in difficult circumstances. The highest of these is attitudinal. In other words, what matters most is how we respond to what we experience in life. – Be Proactive
~ Whatever the teaching may be, the teaching confronts each in accordance with the circumstances.” – Shunryu Suzuki
… the living reached out to them [i.e. the dead], and hoped by the pressure of their willing to break down for one night the frontier between the two kingdoms, and enable those on the far side to return. On All Souls Eve families sat up, and little cakes, known as Soul Cakes, were eaten by everyone. There were still a few children in 1938, going from door to door ‘souling’ for cakes or money, by singing a song. – Whistler, English Fest.; on the festivals of All Saints and All Souls
¾ cup cooked squash
2 cup milk
2 cups water
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
salt and pepper to taste
Strain the squash and add the milk and water together with it in a pot. Bring the mixture to the boiling point, add the flour and butter. Cook until the liquid becomes thick, stirring constantly. Add your salt and pepper to taste.
Hoppin’ John Soup – Inspired by The Seasonal Detox Diet, by Carrie L’Esperance (Inner Traditions, 2002).
Many of us eat the traditional Southern black-eyed pea dish Hoppin’ John for good luck on New Year‘s Day, but those great little peas are so rich in nutrients (including minerals, Vitamins A and B, folic acid, pantothenic acid, and niacin) that it makes sense to include them in our diets all through the month of January.
This soup has a hint of spiciness from cayenne and dried mustard, while garlic, rosemary, and thyme add healing and flavor to this perfect showcase for those fabulous little pea-beans. A lovely, lighter way to enjoy the health benefits of black-eyed peas: this soup is sure to bring us good luck!
6 cups vegetable stock
8 cups water
one 5-inch piece of fresh rosemary sprig
1 bay leaf
5 garlic cloves
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons yellow mustard powder
2 1/4 cups dried black-eyed peas
3/4 cup short-grain brown rice
2 cups diced celery
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
- In a large soup pot, add stock, water, rosemary, bay leaf, garlic, cayenne, dry mustard, and black-eyed peas. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer partially covered for 1 1/2 hours, then remove bay leaf and rosemary sprig.
- In a separate saucepan, heat 2 cups water to a boil, then add brown rice and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, until rice is tender, around 40 minutes. Add cooked rice, celery, thyme, and onion to the black-eyed pea mixture and cover tightly, simmering and allowing flavors to blend for 30 minutes.
Serves 8 to 10.
Three Flavours Soup
5 cups light, clear chicken broth
10 fresh medium shrimp or ¼ pound cooked baby shrimp
8 water chestnuts
2 green onions
1 teaspoon salt
Wash, shell and devein shrimp. Slice water chestnuts into thin circles. Mince entire green onions. Bring stock to boil with onions and water chestnuts. Add shrimp and salt. Return soup to a boil.
It was a dark, stormy, night. The Marine was on his first assignment, and it was guard duty.
A General stepped out taking his dog for a walk. The nervous young Private snapped to attention, made a perfect salute, and snapped out “Sir, Good Evening, Sir!”
The General, out for some relaxation, returned the salute and said “Good evening soldier, nice night, isn’t it?”
Well it wasn’t a nice night, but the Private wasn’t going to disagree with the General, so the he saluted again and replied “Sir, Yes Sir!”
The General continued, “You know there’s something about a stormy night that I find soothing, it’s really relaxing. Don’t you agree?”
The Private didn’t agree, but then the private was just a private, and responded, “Sir, Yes Sir!”
The General, pointing at the dog, “This is a Golden Retriever, the best type of dog to train.”
The Private glanced at the dog, saluted yet again and said, “Sir, Yes Sir!”
The General continued, “I got this dog for my wife.”
The Private simply said “Good trade Sir!”