It’s 55F and it’s been raining. It’s a gentle, sweet rain, soaking into the ground, washing the world clean and greening things up. We’ve gotten 3/10 of an inch since midnight and it’s nicely breezy, too.
Yesterday was busy. I got up and got the newsletter out and then scurried into my clothes and headed for the shop.
One of the fellows who is helping set up the new computer place next door came in way early and pressure-washed the building before any of us got there. He did ours because he was using our water to get ’em both cleaned up. It looks a lot nicer out front, now.
We only had two student from Job Corps yesterday, one of them new, so we backed up and did a “short form” of the first couple of lessons. Tempus got the shop open and the signs out and then curled up in back and slept until
nearly 2pm. He doesn’t usually crash quite that hard.
When he woke up I had him come up to the house for the camera and he got some pictures of the wine which is perking along at a great rate. <<<<<
I had been working on some sewing projects and also finishing up the rosemary, or I tried to. When my finger blistered I quit, but the guys got it finished during the project time. I was doing sewing and some embroidery while the guys finished that and then Marius got out some sewing and Hatch was doing research as we all talked. We had a productive day and ended it pretty tired.
When Tempus and I got home we had supper and he dozed in the chair until my eyes started going buggy on me. I was sending Imbolc greetings to various folks and catching up on mail.
Today we’re heading for the shop. I’m not certain what’s on Tempus’ mind for today, although we’ve been paying bills already. I’m thinking we’re going to go on working in back and then I’ll do some sewing until it’s time for class. We’re heading into Lesson 5 tonight.
Today’s plant is the Columbine, genus Aquilegia. Found in garden and native species in Oregon, these plants stick their flowers up into the air where they can be admired. They’re related to aconite and share those qualities of a deadly poisonous plant. The flowers aren’t the problem. It’s the seeds and root. Columbina means “dove” and Aquila is “eagle” supposedly from the resemblance of the flower either to clustered doves or the spur at the back of the flower to an eagle’s claw. There is such a thing as too much imagination…. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Crush between the hands or wear in a pouch that can be squashed to induce courage and daring. Carry a posy of the flowers to attract love and the seeds can be used as a love perfume when crushed, however the seeds are *very* poisonous, so don’t ingest any! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquilegia
Today is Groundhog’s Day, which is a descendant of the old Imbolc Celebrations where weather divinations for the year were a big chunk of the festivities. From the look of our weather here we’re done with winter, which is a little worrisome. We haven’t had nearly enough rainy this year… More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundhog_Day and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punxsutawney_Phil
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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. 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 2/5 at 3:09am.
The bright Moon is just a day short of full this evening. Look to its right for Procyon, and to its lower left for brighter Jupiter. High above the Moon are Pollux and Castor.
Mars (magnitude +1.2, in Aquarius) glimmers weakly above Venus and a bit left. Look carefully; Mars is less than a hundredth as bright! The gap between Venus and Mars diminishes from 10° to 7° this week. They’re heading for a close conjunction in late February.
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.
©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
M 2 Low 5:21 AM 2.9 7:34 AM Set 6:28 AM 95
~ 2 High 11:10 AM 8.2 5:27 PM Rise 4:44 PM
~ 2 Low 6:05 PM -0.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Swing as high as you can on a swingset … by moonlight…
~ Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow. – Swedish Proverb
~ The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life. – Muhammad Ali
~ Only those who see the invisible can do the impossible. – Unknown
~ Though no-one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new end. – Author Unknown
The Last Year – (after being diagnosed with terminal cancer)
This is the last year.
There will be no other,
but heartless nature
Never has a winter sun
spilled so much light,
never have so many flowers
dared such early bloom.
The air is brilliant, sharp.
Never have I taken
such long, long breaths. – Robert Friend (Dancing With A Tiger)
Rose Water & Angelica Wafers from A Victorian Grimoire by Trish Telesco
1 pound of flour
½ t. salt
2 Tbsp. Rosewater
2 T. Butter
1/8 t. angelica
Mix all ingredients except the milk. Blend well and then add milk until a stiff dough forms. Roll the dough out very thin and cut into rounds. Roll again. The rounds should be thin as paper and will swell when they bake. Dredge in flour and put in a well-greased baking pan. Bake at 425 degrees until lightly browned. Serve with cream that has been beaten stiff and sweetened.
Spinach-Filled Won Tons – VEGETARIAN
10 ounces fresh spinach
1 tablespoon peanut oil
1 garlic clove, minced
10 water chestnuts, rinsed, drained and minced
1 pound of won-ton wrappers (about 60)
salt and pepper to taste
Wash the spinach thoroughly and trim any tough stems. Drain, then dry with paper towels or a salad spinner. Coarsely chop and set aside.
Place a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. When it begins to smoke, add the peanut oil, then the garlic and onion. Stir-fry 30 seconds. Add the spinach and water chestnuts and stir fry until the spinach is dry, about 3 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to a bowl and season with salt and pepper.
When the filling has cooled slightly, form the won tons. Dip you fingers in warm water and moisten the entire surface of a wrapper. Place 1 teaspoon of filling in the center of the wrapper and fold it in half. Press the edges to seal. Bring the ends together and moisten with water; press to seal. Cover and set aside the finished won tons while shaping the remainder.
Cook the won tons following the directions in the recipe – either in boiling water or soup stock until they are just tender, or deep-fry them in 3 to 4 cups of peanut oil until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side.
NOTES : Makes 60 won tons. Won tons may be frozen after being shaped. Place on cookie sheet with sides not touching in the freezer. When completely frozen place in plastic air tight bag.
Roasted Garlic with Fresh Thyme & Goat Cheese – Serving Size 4 servings
4 Plump heads of garlic
3/4 c Defatted reduced-sodium Chicken stock
8 to 10 sprigs fresh thyme
Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
4 oz Log creamy goat cheese, cut into 4 portions
4 slices lightly toasted sourdough or Peasant bread
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- With a sharp knife, cut off and discard the upper third of each garlic head, exposing the cloves. (Leave the skin intact below the cut.)
- Set the garlic heads, cut-side up, in a small baking dish or grating dish just large enough to hold them.
- Pour chicken stock over the garlic, add thyme sprigs and season lightly with salt and pepper.
- Cover the dish tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour, or until each clove is soft to the touch and the skin resembles lightly browned parchment.
- Serve the garlic with the cooking juices spooned over and pass goat cheese and bread separately.
- To eat, break off a piece of bread and spread with a small amount of cheese, then scoop out the garlic puree from one of the cloves with the tip of a knife and spread on top.
A police officer in a small town stopped a motorist who was speeding down Main Street. “But officer,” the man began “I can explain.”
“Just be quiet,” snapped the officer. “I’m going to let you cool your heels in jail until the chief gets back.”
“But officer, I just wanted to say…”
“I said to keep quiet! You’re going to jail!”
A few hours later the officer looked n on his prisoner and said, “Lucky for you that the chief’s at his daughter’s wedding. He’ll be in a good mood when he gets back.”
“Don’t count on it,” answered the fellow in the cell. “I’m the groom.”