It’s 61F and bright sunshine and a warm breeze. This is the third time I’ve tried to get up and I’m not sure I’m going to manage. We’re all still wiped out from the weekend. Tempus, Hatch and Amor are all still flaked out. …No, Hatch is online, so he’s awake, at least. 🙂
Yesterday was clean-up-and-put-away from the event. I was at the shop, tending to customers and also giving my student from Medford an embroidery lesson. The shop was middling buWicca 101 was part of Lesson 5 and well into Lesson 6.
When we actually all got back to the house, the food got put away, but I think the rest was left for today, so that’s a big one on the agenda and then we’re all heading for Eugene for an Arts & Sciences night tonight.
A frozen spiderweb!
Today’s Plant is Vanilla Leaf or Sweet-After-Death, Achlys triphylla, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achlys_%28plant%29 . It grows all up and down the West Coast of North America and there’s another species in Japan. It was used as an insect repellent by the local peoples and has a strong vanilla scent if dried properly. It is used in Crossing the Bridge rituals along with rosemary and often placed in the hands of those who are Crossing or have just Crossed or in spells to ease their way.
Fornicalia is a feast from ancient Rome of bread and ovens and the goddess Fornax, the personification of the oven. It is the day that the spelt (wheat) for the mola salsa (sacred cakes) was toasted. We know that this day was the last of the festival which ran over several days, although either the beginning date danced around the calendar or kept changing. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fornax_%28mythology%29 (follow the links and other references) Today is another day sacred to the crocus, crocus susianus. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocus_angustifolius
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Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 2/18 at 3:47pm. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 2/17 at 3:47am. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps. Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends on 2/18 at 3:47pm.
Mars is now just 2° above Venus in the west-southwest at dusk. They’ll remain at least this close for the next nine days.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.6, at the Leo-Cancer border) was at opposition last week. Watch for it coming into view in the east as twilight fades. As night falls, look to its left and lower left for the Sickle of Leo. By 7 or 8 p.m. Jupiter is high enough in the east for good telescopic viewing. By 10 p.m. it’s essentially as high as it will get. In a telescope, Jupiter is a big 45 arcseconds across at its equator.
The shadow of Jupiter’s moon Io crosses Jupiter’s face from 6:13 to 8:31 p.m. EST. It’s following along sixteen minutes behind Io itself, which is less visible. Around 9:10 p.m. EST, Callisto disappears into occultation behind Jupiter’s western limb. Then from 10:35 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. EST Europa’s shadow crosses Jupiter, following thirty-five minutes behind Europa itself.
And, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot comes into view around the planet’s celestial eastern edge by midnight EST, to reach the planet’s central meridian around 1:47 a.m. EST.
Comet Lovejoy is still 5th magnitude, high in the evening sky for binoculars and telescopes. See Comet Lovejoy Shines On.
Friday, Feb. 6–Friday, Feb. 20, after evening twilight. Look to the south of west, just above Venus and Mars, for the faint zodiacal light, reflected from interplanetary matter along the ecliptic (marked by green line). Don’t confuse it with the brighter Milky Way to the northwest. Credit: Starry Night software
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness.
©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
Tu 17 Low 4:47 AM 2.3 7:13 AM Rise 6:04 AM 6
~ 17 High 10:42 AM 8.9 5:48 PM Set 4:43 PM
~ 17 Low 5:34 PM -1.0
~ 17 High 11:56 PM 7.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t hesitate to make changes in your life. Don’t sit and say, “I don’t have anything”. Learn to step out and do something about. Life is what you make it to be…. Good or Bad your choice.
~ A woman may not hit a ball stronger than a man, but it is different. I prize that difference. – Louise Nevelson (1889-1988) Russian artist
~ Money doesn’t make you happy, but it quiets the nerves. – Sean O’Casey (1880 – 1964), Playwright
~ I will continue to freak out my children by knitting in public. It’s good for them. –Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
~ The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all. – Brian Perez
The only undefeated fighters never fought. Victory comes from loss. While voices may chide you for the supposed hubris of your dreams, the gratification of a life lived with triumphs favors those bold enough to get knocked down and out. None of us gets out of here alive, so accept that it’ll be messy and painful, get back up and go kick ass anyway. Quitting or never trying are the only real defeats. – Scott Sonnon
BLACK PANSY SYRUP – From David Feys, co-chef, Sookie Harbour House, Sookie, British Columbia
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup black (or dark purple) pansy petals, loosely packed
- Put pansy petals into a food processor fitted with the steel blade.
- Add 1/3 cup sugar.
- Grind pansies into sugar by pulsing 4 times, then process for about 30 seconds.
- Combine sugar, pansy/sugar mixture and water in a small, no aluminum saucepan.
- Over medium heat bring the mixture to a boil. Stir once and reduce the heat to low.
- Allow to simmer and cook to a syrup stage. (If you have a candy thermometer, do not allow the mixture to go over 220F.)
- When mixture reaches a syrup stage, remove it from the heat and pour into heatproof container.
- Allow to cool.
Note – The rich dark color is a wonderful contrast when poured over vanilla ice cream. Makes about 1 cup syrup.
Almond Paste Dates
- 1/2 Pound Almond Paste
- 1 Pound Dates (Pitted)
- Slit dates lengthwise
- press almond paste into canoe opening
- Sprinkle with colored or powdered sugar (optional)Carrot Cake
1 cup sugar
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger (not powdered!)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons Myer’s Rum or 1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice (Jamaican preferred)
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 lbs peeled, grated carrots (4 cups)
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons melted butter
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Grease and flour or spray 2 8 inch round cake pans with Baker’s Joy. (If using butter and flour, tap out the excess).
- Mix together flour, sugar, and spices in a large bowl.
- Add lightly beaten eggs and oil, grated carrots and remaining ingredients. Stir to combine.
- Pour batter evenly into the two prepared cake pans.
- Bake in preheated oven until cake tester or toothpick inserted in center is nearly clean when removed, approximately 25 minutes.
- Allow cake to cool, then remove from pan and frost with cream cheese frosting
2 oz. Soft Cream Cheese
8 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together cream cheese, butter, and vanilla on high speed.
- Gradually beat in the sugar at reduced speed.
- Add more or less sugar to achieve desired consistency.
- Spread first cake round with 1/3 frosting for the bottom, add the second layer and use remaining frosting on top or sides.
- If desired, sprinkle with flaked coconut or chopped nuts before serving.