51F with a light breeze and the sun’s out for the moment! …and now the sunshine is gone and the wind is picking up. Dang…. we got 1.2 inches of rain yesterday and have gotten 1/3 of an inch today, so far.
By the time we left for the shop yesterday it was warm and sunny, enough so that I spent awhile prowling the garden to see what needed to be harvested. The biggest thing was that I discovered a crocus right in the middle of the path where we’ve been walking, so I got it dug and potted up. I’m not sure where to put it, but it’ll do ok there until I decide.
When we got to the shop he spent quite awhile putting away boxes and bits and pieces of things while I caught up on paperwork. We got busy with customers at that point, folks needing help choosing crystals and books and some that needed information about incense and such. Tempus had to run out and pay some bills, one of which required him going all the way into Newport, so he didn’t get back until closing. No one was in for Sewing, which was just as well as I was run off my feet until he got back.
When we got home I crawled right into bed and when I woke not long before Tempus took off for his paper route he had a big salad waiting for me. His papers ran late so he wasn’t done until past 3am. I didn’t even wake when he came in, but did wake right around 6am when the blinds started banging and the wind was gusting up to 30mph. That was done with in an 1/2 hour, so I fell back asleep.
Today I’m hoping we’ll actually get some of the large inventory stuff done. …hoping….
Today’s Plant is Cow parsnip, Heracleum lanatum, or Indian Celery. Growing in every damp place along the roads out here, this is easily confused with seacoast angelica, and other plants, and even dangerously with water hemlock, if you don’t look carefully, or dig it up to check the root. It’s a huge plant (over 6 feet tall) with leaves large enough to make a hat from! Local peoples used it as a poultice plant for bruises and sores. The young stems and leaf stalks can be peeled and eaten in spring. The root makes a nice yellow dye. –Feminine, Water, Moon, Hathor – The flowers glow in the moonlight and I have used this as a plant of sacrifice to Bona Dea or the Great Mother in one of her many aspects as it is a symbol of the plenty of spring. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleum_lanatum
Today is the Roman Feast of Concordia, the day of “getting along”. Not so much peace as “Pax”, but being able to work together for the good of all, agreement, often translated as “Harmony” …. It’s amazing how many feasts dedicated to peace and peaceful pursuits the Romans had when we think of them as a warlike people. More info here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concordia_%28mythology%29
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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 2/8 at 6:39am. 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 1/30 at 7:28pm.
A panoramic view 45 minutes before sunrise, plotted exact for January 25th. Each day Mercury will appear brighter and a little higher. Late this week the Moon enters this scene from the right; it will be near Jupiter on the mornings of January 27th and 28th and Spica on the 30th. The blue 10° scale is about the size of your fist held at arm’s length. All five naked-eye planets are visible in early dawn — especially by late in the week, when Mercury comes into its own. See our article Get Up Early, See Five Planets at Once!.
If you go out Saturday morning for the dawn planet panorama, you’ll find the waning Moon upper left of Spica. Off to their left, Mars will be 1½° from fainter Alpha Librae, a wide binocular double star.
Sirius blazes high in the south on the meridian by about 10 p.m. now. Using binoculars, examine the spot 4° south of Sirius (directly below it when on the meridian). Four degrees is somewhat less than the width of a typical binocular’s field of view. Can you see a little patch of gray haze there? That’s the open star cluster M41, about 2,200 light-years away. Sirius, by comparison, is only 8.6 light-years away.
The eclipsing variable star Algol will be at minimum light, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.1, for a couple hours centered on 9:05 p.m. EST.
Uranus (magnitude +5.8, in Pisces) is still in the southwest just after dark. Finder chart.
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan
Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
©2016 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
F 29 High 3:54 AM 7.3 7:38 AM Set 10:20 AM 79
~ 29 Low 10:06 AM 2.4 5:21 PM Rise 11:19 PM
~ 29 High 3:44 PM 6.4
~ 29 Low 10:02 PM 1.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A person’s true character is revealed by what he does when no one is watching.
Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Can you swim? Who taught you? How old were you when you learned? Tell the story of learning to swim, or if you cannot swim, what it is like not being able to.
~ 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
~ Opinions are like assholes, everybody has one and they all stink. – Bob
~ Socialism proposes no adequate substitute for the motive of enlightened selfishness that to-day is at the basis of all human labor and effort, enterprise and new activity. – William Howard Taft (1857-1930) US President (27)
~ You do not need an intermediary between you and the divine. Kerr Cuhulain
Shake out your qualms.
Shake up your dreams.
Deepen your roots.
Extend your branches.
Trust deep water
and head for the open,
even if your vision
Quit your addiction
to sneer and complain.
Open a lookout.
Dance on a brink.
Run with your wildfire.
You are closer to glory
leaping an abyss
than upholstering a rut.
Intrepid all the way
Walk toward clarity.
At every crossroad
to bump into wonder.
Only love prevails.
En route to disaster
insist on canticles.
Lift your ineffable
out of the mundane.
Honeymoon with Big Joy! ~ James Broughton ~ (Sermons of the Big Joy)
Magical Cream Puffs
for the puffs:
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 4 eggs
Bring water and butter to a boil in a saucepan. Lower heat and add flour. Stir on low heat until batter forms a ball shape. Remove from the heat, onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown at 375° F.
for the filling:
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tbs. cornstarch (ruled by the Sun; brings health and wealth)
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2 cups milk
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 tbs. butter or margarine
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- confectioner’s sugar
In a saucepan, slowly bring sugar, cornstarch, and salt to a boil, stirring constantly until thick. Add milk and egg yolks and boil for 1 minute. Remove from head and add butter and vanilla. Let cool. Fill puffs with cream filling and sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar.
Navettes – In Marseilles, they eat navettes on Candlemas, dry boat-shaped cakes made from butter, flour and sugar syrup flavored with orange flower water. Some scholars believe they originated in Egypt and represent the boat that carried Isis whose feast day of opening the waters is celebrated in early March. But in Marseilles, they say they represent the boat in which Mary Magdalene sailed from Jerusalem to Provence.
In Albi, a similar Candlemas treat is made with candied fruit or almonds and shaped like a spindle, which was the secret emblem of the Cathars, a medieval heretical Christian sect.
This recipe makes the traditional navette which has been sold on Candlemas near the Abbey of St Victor for over a century. The recipe makes about 30 cookies.
- 6 cups flour
- 5 T butter, cut into pieces & softened
- 2 cups superfine sugar
- 2 t grated lemon peel
- 2 T orange-flower water
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup water
- Mound flour on a work surface and make a well in the center. Into the well, put the butter, sugar, lemon peel, orange-flower water, eggs and water. Knead everything together thoroughly until it makes a smooth dough.
- Flour the work surface and divide the dough into 10 pieces. Roll each piece into a cylinder about 1/2 inch thick. Cut each cylinder into three pieces and curve each into a boat shape, pointed at both ends. Place the boats on a buttered baking sheet and allow to rest for several hours.
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and bake the cookies for 15 minutes. They will keep a long time in an airtight container.
- 1 Package Frozen Chopped Broccoli
- 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese (Shredded)
Dough for 6 Crepes (Uncooked)
- 1/2 Teaspoon White Pepper
- 3 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
- 1/2 Cup Milk
- 6 Eggs
- Separate and place crepe dough in extra large muffin tins and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix milk, eggs and mayonnaise.
- Add broccoli, pepper, and cheese to the mixture and pour into crepes.
- Bake in an oven preheated to* 350 degrees F for 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven and cover the crepes with foil.
- Bake another 10 to 15.
Silliness – Be My Valentine
A guy walks into a post office one day to see a middle-aged, balding man standing at the counter methodically placing “Love” stamps on bright pink envelopes with hearts all over them. He then takes out a perfume bottle and starts spraying scent all over them.
His curiosity getting the better of him, he goes up to the balding man and asks him what he is doing. The man says, “I’m sending out 1,000 Valentine cards signed, ‘Guess who?'”
“But why?” asks the man.
“I’m a divorce lawyer,” the man replies.