Minus Tide at 6:52 PM of -0.5 feet.
Chilly this morning! It’s only 46F, but very still. A couple of leaves stir and then everything goes quiet again. It’s bright, but no real shadows, the overcast is still there. It looks like it might burn off.
Yesterday we got up so late that it was past 2pm when we finished eating breakfast! I realized that Tempus was going to have to work on his car. The brakes are shot. That meant that I couldn’t get down to the shop when I had intended! Then Rowan called and she had an issue with getting the ritual printed, and then… and then… <sigh> That kind of a day.
We got there on time, or close enough, since Hatch went down with the keys and then headed out when it was time for pick up the Job Corps bunch, leaving Marius in charge. I had intended to be down there sewing and getting things ready for the weekend, but it just didn’t happen.
Today Tempus and I are both heading for the shop. I want to get some serious sewing done. I’ve gotten a lot cut out, that are just folded up, or lacking elastic or some such.
Today’s plant, the Pacific Aster, Symphyotrichum chilense, is one form of aster that grows in the PNW. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphyotrichum_chilense China Asters are the ones grown in gardens and are the common garden aster that Cunningham references: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callistephus_chinensis in his Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. Feminine, Venus, Water – The aster was sacred to the gods and used on altars in many religious paths. It is often used in love sachets or carry the bloom to win love. You can also grow them in your garden to draw love to you! …and here is an article on the whole family which includes sunflowers, chrysanthemums, yarrow and cone-flower!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteraceae
Today is listed as a feast day of Athena by many of the pagan sources that I use, but I can’t find that historically. It *is* a feast of Minerva, who was equated with Athena by the Romans. The feast was called Quinquatria and was a solemn procession and sacrifice. This was a day for women to consult with fortune-tellers and diviners. The gladiatorial games were added later, since they don’t show up as part of the festival in the oldest calendars. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinquatria
The shop opens at 11am! Spring hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, although they’re drifting longer into the evening as sunset does. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at firstname.lastname@example.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.
Love & Light,
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. 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 at the New on 3/20 at 2:36am.
Jupiter this season forms a big, temporary quadrilateral with Procyon well to its right at dusk, Regulus a little less far to Jupiter’s lower left, and fainter Alphard >>> , the orange heart of Hydra, far below Jupiter.
Saturn (magnitude +0.4, at the head of Scorpius >>> ) rises around midnight or 1 a.m. daylight-saving time. It’s highest in the south just as dawn begins. Below or lower left of Saturn by 8°, look for orange Antares, the Scorpion’s heart. Look just ½° below Saturn before dawn for Nu Scorpii, a showpiece double star for telescopes. And less than 2° to their right is Beta Scorpii, an even finer telescopic double.
Sunday, March 8–Sunday, March 22, after evening twilight – Zodiacal Light – 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.
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings.
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Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Fearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Color: Light Blue
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 19 High 12:22 AM 7.9 7:21 AM Rise 6:52 AM 3
19 Low 6:26 AM 0.8 7:27 PM Set 7:02 PM
19 High 12:26 PM 8.5
19 Low 6:52 PM -0.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Standing in the middle of the road is dangerous. You will get knocked down by the traffic from both ways.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – In the story “The Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams Bianco, the Skin Horse says to the Velveteen Rabbit, “When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.” Write about the one toy you have had at any time in your life that you have loved the most.
~ With every rising of the sun, think of your life as just begun. – Anon
~ Don’t let someone become a priority in your life when you are just an option in theirs. – Unknown
~ From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life. – Arthur Ashe
~ Do it big, do it right and do it with style – Fred Astaire
Let the new heroes of the future not be the conquering, warlike, oppressors, but the farmers and growers who labor to provide food for everyone… who dare to lay down their swords to embrace forest food generation as an art, a gift and an intensely pleasurable occupation. ~ Pierre Soleil
Ostara Magick – Crafts – http://www.homemadesimple.com/en-us/crafts/pages/not-your-average-eggs.aspx
Egg Dyeing Article Au naturel: Color your eggs the old-fashioned way
Tea and Your Health
By Lee Svitak Dean, Star Tribune Taste Editor, Pictures by Tom Wallace/Star Tribune
Piles of yellow onion skins, chunks of bright red beets, bunches of deep-green spinach leaves, even bags of fragrant Red Zinger tea, redolent with hibiscus flowers, filled the kitchen counter. Bottles of paprika, dill seed and turmeric stood at the ready, as did a pot of coffee. So did dozens of eggs and a jug of white vinegar.
We were dyeing eggs. And there wasn’t a PAAS coloring kit in sight.
Egg dyeing, by its very nature, makes a mess and, frankly, it’s even messier when the colors are made from from edible food. The homemade version also takes a bit longer to prepare than dye from a package.
But don’t let these cautions deter you. The homemade variety offers more of a challenge—and it’s fun, too. As many cooks know, that sense of curiosity and discovery is half the reason so many of us hang out in the kitchen. Making your own dye lets you experiment with the vagaries of color, from the leftovers in the refrigerator to the stock of spices in the pantry.
Many of the colors from homemade dye are a softer hue, and there’s more possibilities of shades in the color palette. But there is nothing precise about natural food dyes: You might get the colors you anticipate when using them; then again, you might not. The variations depend on what you’re using for dye—and how long you soak the egg. It also depends on the egg shells, which are as variable as snowflakes.
Though not readily apparent, shell texture differs from egg to egg—from smooth to rippled—as does the thickness of the shell. All of this affects how the egg picks up dye. So if you expect the unexpected when you’re using homemade dye, you won’t be disappointed.
Cold vs. hot
There are two ways to color eggs with natural dyes: cold and hot dye.
Most directions recommend starting with hard-cooked eggs. The dye is then prepared separately, and in the last step the egg is soaked in the coloring (which usually is recommended to be hot). This method works fine with commercial food dyes, such as PAAS or Dudley, where eggs are dipped into color for only a few moments.
But with natural dyes—which take longer to imprint their shade—the eggs are soaked in the color for at least 15 minutes, which is the same amount of time it takes to hard-cook eggs. So eggs can be dyed at the same time they are being hard-cooked (they also will get a more uniform and saturated color as they roll around in the simmering dye).
The hot method of natural food dye means placing the eggs in a single layer in a non-aluminum pan. The eggs are covered with 1 inch of water and vinegar is added to the water to help the color adhere to the eggs. The dye materials—which include spices, fruits, vegetables and more (see chart at below)—are also added, and the whole mixture is brought to a boil, then reduced to a simmer for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the desired color.
Whatever food is used to dye eggs, vinegar should be added to help the color adhere (but if you forget to add vinegar, don’t fret; the eggs will still be colored, but it likely will be lighter).
Which leads the cook to a familiar question: Can these dyed eggs be eaten? Well, it depends. Eggs should sit out no longer than two hours if they are to remain safe to eat. And hard-cooking them for more than 15 minutes will definitely toughen them up (though they will look beautiful). Also, some colors might seep into the egg white, which makes them less appetizing. So, you might want to use these colorful eggs for decoration only, or else refrigerate them until mealtime.
Cold method of dyeing
If you want to eat your colored eggs—or if you want to dye them a second time for added interest—try the cold method of coloring. In this case, to prepare the dye separately, add the edible materials to water, along with vinegar (see chart for quantities). Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until the dye is the preferred color, 15 minutes or more. Remove from heat and cool; strain. Dip cooked eggs in the dye for at least 15 minutes. The longer the eggs sit in the dye, the richer the hue will be.
Adapt the dye
If the dye isn’t dark enough, add more ingredients to deepen the hue—or let the eggs soak in the color for hours or overnight (in the refrigerator, of course).
You don’t necessarily have to stop after dyeing the eggs once. Dip them in a darker color for a second coating. (In this case, do not boil the eggs a second time; simply dip the egg in the second dye for 5 to 10 minutes). Some color combinations recommended by the Alberta (Canada) Egg Producers Board: coffee dye, then blueberry; turmeric and onion skins, followed by cranberries.
Once the dyed eggs are dry, they can be rubbed with vegetable oil for a sheen (if being used for decoration).
Dress up the eggs
Martha Stewart wouldn’t stop at homemade dye—that would be just the beginning. Try one of these steps to make even more beautiful eggs:
- Onion wraps (for a tie-dye effect): Rub clean, uncooked eggs with vinegar, then wrap in onion skins and bind with kitchen string or rubber bands. Simmer eggs in plain water for 20 minutes. Then remove onion skins.
- Rubber bands: Use to create contrasts. On a white egg, the rubber band will prevent color where it is located. On a colored (dry) egg, a band will give a stripe of the original color if the egg is redipped in another.
- Patterns: Rub the cooked, dyed egg to remove some of the color after it is dry, or drip additional color onto the dry egg to make a pattern. Or wrap in onion skins or tiny leaves after the egg has been colored, but before it has dried (this will add a texture to the dye pattern). You also can use a clean sponge and dab at the wet colored egg to add a stippled effect. If making dye from powdered spices, some residue may linger on the egg.
- Marbleized: Stir a tablespoon of vegetable oil into some natural food dye (or other dye). Dip the egg into it for a marbleized look. Once dry, it can be dipped into another color for additional decoration.
- Mosiac: It’s not dyeing, of course, but since you’re in the kitchen anyway you can decorate hard-cooked eggs by glueing on spices from the kitchen: star anise, peppercorns, powdered spices or even tiny pasta or rice (the latter two could be dyed first).
Hints for the cook
- Wash uncooked eggs in mild soapy water before they are hard-cooked to remove any oily coating that might prevent the dye from adhering.
- To avoid staining your fingers, wear rubber gloves when working with reds, yellows and purples. And cover the table or counter with newspaper or a protective coating for the same reason.
NATURAL DYES FOR EGGS
- Pink/red: Fresh beets, pickled beet juice, pickled red cabbage juice, cranberries, frozen raspberries
- Orange: Yellow onion skins, paprika
- Deep yellow: Ground turmeric
- Pale yellow to light green: Spinach leaves, Golden Delicious apple peels
- Soft yellows: Orange or lemon peels, carrots tops or shredded carrots, celery seed, ground cumin
- Purple: Red Zinger® tea (by Celestial Seasonings)
- Blue: Canned blueberries, blackberries, red cabbage leaves, purple or red grape juice
- Beige to brown: Strongly brewed coffee, tea, walnuts, dill seeds
- Brown to orange: Chili powdered, ground cumin
Natural Food Dye – Makes 4 cups.
Add more of the coloring agent for a deeper hue.
- 1 Tbsp. spice or 4 c. chopped fruit or vegetable, or more
- 4 c. water, or more
- 2 Tbsp. white vinegar (per 4 c. water)
Combine spice or foodstuff with water and vinegar. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 to 30 minutes. Eggs can be colored (and cooked) in the dye while it is being prepared. Or they can be hard-cooked in advance, then dipped into the prepared dye (which can be either cold or hot).
— Lee Svitak Dean is at email@example.com.
Reprinted with permission from the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, Minn. (Thursday, March 28, 2002, pp. T1, T8) Interactive Tea Guide >>
Additional Tea and Your Health Information
Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs http://www.icangarden.com/document.cfm%3Ftask%3Dviewdetail%26itemid%3D846%26categoryid%3D4
Tips for special effects and natural dyestuffs from your garden.
Silliness – Late Night Jokes – McDonald’s released a new video showing how it makes their Chicken McNuggets. Apparently it turns out that McNuggets aren’t made out of chicken. They’re made out of people who ask too many questions. – Conan O’Brien