It’s cloudy and still, but fairly bright. It was only 41F when I woke up. It’s 54F, now and we’re likely to get some rain. There’s a higher chance as we get into tomorrow and Friday, but it actually feels like it.
Today the days start changing in length by 3 minutes per day. I’m sure you’ve felt it. It’s not that dark time of the year anymore and folks are getting restless. Daylight Savings time <ugh> is coming up on the 9th of March.
Yesterday I spent the whole day doing research. I’m teaching a class on March 3rd and then in late April on Medieval toys and I’m trying to find pictures that are good enough that I can print large versions for the class.
I found a funny one. The toys that we call “whizzers” or “button whizzers” are called in German “hum buttons” or “hum hangovers” ! That’s what all today’s pictures are of. I’m also trying to figure out how to make some, particularly this last one. <<<<<
Today I need to get the newsletters together for the week. Tempus is doing chores and I have a new exercycle! I’m hoping that I can start riding and get a little better into shape.
Used under Creative Commons License found on finds.org.uk
Today’s plant is the tropical tree, the Rose Apple, Syzygium jambos – In ancient Sanskrit, the land now called India was referred to by the ancient Indians themselves as Jambudvipa, which means Rose-apple-land (jambud = rose apple; vipa = land). With its thick, leathery leaves and great span of branches, the Jambu Tree offers great shade and coolness against the sun. Stories tell that Lord Buddha sat in the shade of a Jambu Tree (the story is often told as a “Bodhi tree”), watching men plowing the land with oxen and meditating on the burdens we all must carry in this life. He was determined that he would either reach enlightenment or die where he sat. He finally saw his previous births and realized that people are born and reborn into different states according to their deeds. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syzygium_jambos Information on the Bodhi Tree, Ficus religiosa here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodhi_tree
The stone circles of Junapani are near Nagpur in the Indian state of Maharashtra and are dated from 1000 BCE to 300 CE. Megalithic burial monuments exist near the circles and unlike most in Europe contain human remains, and in one case, a horse. Some of the stones have “cup marks” and clusters of lines which seem to have astronomical significance More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_circles_of_Junapani
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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 on 3/5 at 10:05am. 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 2/25 at 9:14am. 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 Full on 3/3 at 10:05pm.
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
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. Runic half-month of Teiwaz/Tyr, 2/27-3/13 This is a time of positive regulation, sacrifice and hard work in order to progress.
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Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn), ash – the common ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) is a major tree of lowland forests in much of Europe, along with oaks and beeches. It grows to 40 m (130 feet) in open sites, with a broad crown reminiscent of American elm trees. Ash was and still is an important timber tree, and is a traditional material for the handle of a besom. The common ash is occasionally cultivated in North America, and similar native ash species are widely grown as street trees. Ashes are members of the Olive family (Oleaceae).
Nuin – Ash Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Glass Green
Meaning: Locked into a chain of events; Feeling bound.
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 25 High 5:08 AM 8.0 7:00 AM Set 1:08 AM 40
~ 25 Low 12:07 PM 0.9 5:59 PM Rise 11:11 AM
~ 25 High 6:24 PM 5.9
~ 25 Low 11:53 PM 2.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – All of my friends understand my needs.
~ Do what you can, for who you can, with what you have and where you are. – Unknown
~ To keep silent is to become still within and without. Clear your mind of distractions. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ If better is possible, good is not enough. – Anonymous
~ Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain. – Author Unknown
The United States of America have exhibited, perhaps, the first example of governments erected on the simple principles of nature; and if men are now sufficiently enlightened to disabuse themselves of artifice, imposture, hypocrisy, and superstition, they will consider this event as an era in their history. Although the detail of the formation of the American governments is at present little known or regarded either in Europe or in America, it may hereafter become an object of curiosity. It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the influence of Heaven, more than those at work upon ships or houses, or laboring in merchandise or agriculture; it will forever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses. – John Adams, “A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America” 1787-1788
Egg Nest cookies – Chocolate, coconut and jellybeans make for great Easter cookies and bird nests They look like bird nests and with jelly beans inside, the kids will get a kick out of these Easter treats. One recipe will make more than 30 nests so this could feed a whole flock of guests. This is a sweet tweet you will want to use over and over again.
- 4 cups sweetened flake coconut
- 3 to 4 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
- 4 ounces (about 1/2 cup) mini jelly beans
- 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup butter or margarine, at room temperature
- 1 package (3 oz) cream cheese, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar 1 egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon coconut extract
- Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in small bowl.
- Beat together butter, cream cheese and brown sugar in large bowl until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes.
- Beat in egg yolk and coconut extract.
- On low speed, gradually beat in flour mixture in 3 batches until well blended.
- Stir in 3 cups of the coconut.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap; chill 1 hour until firm enough to handle.
- Spread remaining coconut on waxed paper.
- Heat oven to 350 degrees
- Using level tablespoon, shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in remaining coconut.
- Place on ungreased baking sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart.
- Bake at 350 degrees in oven 10 to 15 minutes or until firm to touch.
- Cool on baking sheet or wire rack for 1 minute.
- Then press indentation into center of each cookie, using back of 1/2-teaspoon measuring spoon.
- Spoon about 1/4 teaspoon mini chocolate chips into each indentation.
- Top with 3 jellybeans to mimic eggs in the bird’s nest.
Dilly Egg Salad – adapted from http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/ (recipes can be doubled and make all 4 sauces)
- 8 eggs
- 2 TB mayo
- 2 TB Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp dill weed
- ½ tsp paprika (optional)
- 1/3 cup red onion, minced
- Salt and pepper to taste.
Place eggs in a large saucepan, cover in cold water and bring to a boil. Boil for 10-12 mins, remove from heat. Run eggs under cold water until cool. Peel and Chop.
Place eggs and remaining ingredients in a large bowl; mix well. Serve on on a bed of lettuce with sides of dipping sauce as below and pumpernickel bread ….
Makes 4 servings.
Dipping sauces – Make 2 of the ones below
- Mix 2 TB mayo and 2 TB Dijon mustard together. Sprinkle with fresh chopped chives.
- Take ¼ cup of frozen raspberries or strawberries and whirl in a blender with 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar and top with chopped fresh mint leaves or lemon balm
- In a food processor mix ¼ cup of unsweetened plain yogurt with 1 inch of peeled cucumber and ¼ tsp wasabi powder.
- Not exactly a sauce, but make honey butter by whipping 1 Tbsp honey with ¼ cup butter and top with dill, tarragon or cilantro.
Eggnog French Toast
2 c eggnog
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsps butter
In a shallow bowl, mix the eggnog, egg and cinnamon, stirring well. Slice the croissants lengthwise. Melt one tablespoon of butter in a skillet or on a griddle. Dip 1 croissant half in the batter and place in the griddle. Repeat with the remaining halves. Cook on each side for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, or until golden brown. Use remaining butter as needed. Remove to a serving platter. Serve at once with warm maple syrup. Yield: 6 servings.
Submitted By Dana