Yesterday I was home and feeling the way I did, not a lot got done. I was foggy-brained enough to realize that even sorting things that were critical wasn’t a good idea, so I worked on pictures that just needed to go to the right file and things of that sort.
Hatch made a run into Hillsboro to pick up the stuff from Tuesday.
Today Tempus is at the shop, going to start trying the candle-dipping equipment. I’m still home. I hope I have enough of a brain today to get some things done. I have have notes to set in order and pictures to get into a set for that toy class that I’m doing in April.
This is lovely….
Today’s Plant is Cittim Bark (Cascara), Rhamnus purshiana. It is a potent laxative and has been used for that for centuries. –Masculine, Saturn, Earth – Sprinkle an infusion of this around the home before legal proceedings, to help you win your case. It is used in money spells and worn in a brown cloth amulet will protect again evil influences and hexes. It can be sewn into a poppet to attract those influences away from you, but place this outside at night, especially. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascara_Sagrada
Today is the anniversary of the 1836 defeat at the Alamo. Despite all the mythology surrounding it and the romanticization of the event, it’s a rather sordid tale of people disobeying orders, not enough money to properly support an isolated band of men and their equipment, government disorganization and mis-understanding on both sides as to what each other were after. The main thing that it did was to upset that Texian side enough to give them a morale boost. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alamo_Mission_in_San_Antonio and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Alamo
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Love & Light,
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 3/6 at 10:05pm. 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 3/20 at 2:36am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. , Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 3/13 at 10:48am.
As the stars come out at this time of year, look due south for Orion standing upright at his highest, with dim Lepus, the Hare, under his feet. Below Lepus is Columba, the Dove.
Jupiter is in opposition to the sun on Feb. 6, shining brightly all night long. It moved from Leo into Cancer on Feb. 4, where it will remain until June.
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 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
F 6 High 12:52 AM 7.4 6:45 AM Set 7:02 AM 99
~ 6 Low 6:56 AM 1.4 6:10 PM Rise 7:27 PM
~ 6 High 12:49 PM 7.5
~ 6 Low 7:11 PM 0.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do.
~ Knights stand on the side of justice. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Abundance of knowledge does not teach men to be wise. – Heraclitus
~ Anger is a momentary madness, so control your passion or it will control you. – Horace
~ Most people never run far enough on their first wind, to find out if they’ve got a second. Give your dreams all you’ve got and you’ll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you. – William James
Heart of heaven, heart of earth,
let our children and grandchildren
live on this earth as long as the sun
moves across the blue sky above.
Let the sun come! let dawn come!
Let all people have peace,
let all people have happiness.
Let us all have peace and happiness.
Goddess, mother of the sun,
Goddess, mother of the light,
let dawn bring peace and happiness,
let your light shine in our hearts forever. ~Mayan Prayer
Persephone Rising Spring Equinox Popovers
- 3 eggs, well beaten
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup flour
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees (F).
- Mix together all the ingredients except the flour.
- Then add the flour, using a whisk to avoid lumps.
- Butter a muffin tin or a popover pan generously (these tend to stick). Individual custard cups work well, too; you’ll need 8 for this recipe.
- Fill the tins or cups 1/3 full.
- Bake for 15 minutes, then turn down the oven to 350 degrees and bake 10-15 minutes for a standard muffin pan. (15-20 minutes at 350 degrees for popover pan or custard cups.) The popovers should be golden brown and firm.
- As soon as you take them from the oven, pierce the tops with a sharp knife to release the steam.
- Run a knife around the edges, pull out, and serve.
- Best served straight from the oven with butter and fruit on the side.
Recipe source : Circle Round : Raising Children in Goddess Traditions by Starhawk, Diane Baker, and Anne Hill
OSTARA HOT CROSS BUNS – These cakes are traditional treats at the Vernal Equinox. The equilateral solar cross on top predates Christianity and represents the minor Sabbats; the solstices and the equinoxes.
4 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 pkg. yeast
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/3 tsp. allspice
2 cups warm milk
1/4 cup melted butter
1 cup currants
1/2 cup candied peel
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 tbs. milk
- Proof yeast in sweetened milk.
- Preheat oven to 375o
- Mix dry ingredients, cut in butter, then eggs, then milk.
- Stir in currants and candied peel.
- Cover and let stand for 10 minutes.
- Spray 24 medium/large muffin cups, fill 2/3 full.
- Spray tops with butter spray, cover and let rise until almost double, about 20-30 minutes.
- Bake for about 20 minutes, until browned.
- Cool on rack until warm.
- Combine sugar and milk until smooth, spoon into piping bag.
- Pipe Celtic crosses on top.
Welsh Bake Stones
- 1 Pound Self-Rising Flour
- 2 Large Eggs (Beaten)
- 8 Ounces Sultanas
- 8 Ounces Butter
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- Combine the flour, butter or margarine, sultanas, eggs, and sugar.
- In a separate container mix water with milk and add just enough to the flour mixture to make a pliable dough.
- Roll onto floured surface to 1/2″ thickness.
- Cut out circles with a small glass (2″) a pastry cutter.
- Cook in an oiled pan until lightly browned on both sides.
An older couple is lying in bed one morning, having just awakened from a good night’s sleep. He takes her hand and she responds, “Don’t touch me.”
“Why not?” he asks.
She answers back, “Because I’m dead.”
The husband says, “What are you talking about? We’re both lying here in bed together and talking to one another.”
She says, “No, I’m definitely dead.”
He insists, “You’re not dead. What in the world makes you think you’re dead?”
“Because I woke up this morning and nothing hurts.”