It’s only 37F and quite still. This is the coldest it’s been in awhile, but today should be the lowest temps and then they’ll start climbing. Outside, the light is silvery, glinting off of the very wet next door roof and porch railing. I think I may be looking out from under the cloud layer to the east. It’ll be nice to see the sunrise.
I spent awhile puttering in the garden before we left for the shop yesterday, getting pictures, weeding boxes, etc. When we got to the shop it was dry, but before an hour was up there had been a shower that we didn’t even notice until after it was over!
We had some people in hunting the right sorts of crystals while Tempus and I were setting up for the day, putting herbs away, cleaning the work table, etc. We had fun during the afternoon, especially once Marius showed up, doing some block-printing and Tempus working on a bone needle. I carved a print block, and did some sanding and finishing, getting a couple more pieces done for the dish shelves. Of course we talked steadily the whole afternoon.
By late in the afternoon it was raining and it got steady well before dark. We closed up around 7pm and came home. I worked on pictures that you’ll see over the next several days while Tempus got supper together and then we turned in, reading and sharing funny things and talking a little before he dozed off. It took me a little longer because my lungs were acting up, but I fell asleep earlier than usual, being pretty tired.
I’ve been watching the growing light this morning going from dim and silvery to a beautiful gold as the sun came over the horizon, but still wasn’t visible behind the mountains. It shone on the underside of the clouds to the east and changed the whole character of the light. Now, it’s past the mountains and shining on the trees and the bookcase by the altar. Everything is dripping wet, so little sparkles are flickering all around the study, mostly from raincrops, but my stained glass pentacles is getting in on the act.
Today we have some bills to pay and phone calls to make and then more inventory. I started on the buck-a-book shelf yesterday, but I need to drag my stool over there and get it all sorted out and then dig into the boxes for more of the books that we’ve had under the counter.
Today’s Plant is Lovage, levisticum officinale. It seems to have originated somewhere near the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for a long while, being a very useful plant. It has a strong, long-lasting scent, that reminds a person of celery and parsley, but with the volume turned up. It’s great in salads, but chop it small and mix with other greens or it overpowers! Both leaf and seed are great in soups, especially seafood chowders, and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable. I’ve drunk lovage cordial, which is tasty. It has a high flavonoid content, as well. Medicinally, a strong leaf tea, iced, is a good antiseptic, especially for extensive scrapes, where it takes down the sting and swelling very quickly and can be splashed on as often as needed. It can be used for mild cases of water retention, as well, and even with high blood pressure. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often used in love magicks, but works best as a self-confidence enhancer. Take a bath with a sachet of the leaves, or make a strong tea that you toss into the bathwater before going out to meet new people or to start a new job. It also helps to squeeze a small sachet of the leaves if you’re having trouble concentrating on a task. Wiki has more:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovage
Imbolc is the Greater Sabbat and Cross-Quarter Day for this time of year. Although some people place in on 2/2 (Groundhog Day) or 2/4 (when the Sun is at 15 degrees Aquarius) it is the feast of St. Bridget, who is a thinly disguised Christian version of the older goddess of fire, inspiration, crops and wells. More here: http://wicca.com/celtic/akasha/imbolclore.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imbolc , and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheel_of_the_Year#Imbolc and some more crafts, etc. here: http://voices.yahoo.com/free-printable-pagan-imbolc-activities-wiccan-sabbat-11972375.html
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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 2/8 at 6:39am. Waning Crescent Moon – Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 2/3 at 6:39pm.
A panoramic view in early dawn this week. The waning Moon marches through the scene; it’s plotted here only every other morning to reduce crowding. (The planet positions are exact for February 1st.) 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 — and Mercury is easier this week than last. See our article Get Up Early, See Five Planets at Once! Media and bloggers: Use the info and graphics in our press release.
The waning Moon steps eastward from Mars to Saturn from Monday to Wednesday morning. In early dawn of Tuesday the 2nd, the Moon shines over the head of Scorpius about midway between Mars and Saturn.
Mars (magnitude +0.8, in Libra), glows yellow-orange farther to the upper right: due south in early dawn. In a telescope it’s still a small 7 arcseconds in diameter. Notice its gibbous shape; Mars is nearly at western quadrature (90° west of the Sun). Mars will be more than twice as wide, 18.6 arcseconds, when closest to Earth in late May and early June.
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.
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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
M 1 High 6:00 AM 7.2 7:35 AM Rise 1:15 AM 53
~ 1 Low 1:04 PM 2.1 5:25 PM Set 11:49 AM
~ 1 High 7:01 PM 5.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – It’s not what’s outside of a woman that makes her a woman, her face is just a mask.
~ Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is. – German Proverb
To become a Knight is to stop being a victim, say “Never Again!”, and take charge of your life. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life; music and cats. – Albert Schweitzer
~ You need not only to see the visible, but also the potential in things. – Kerr Cuhulain
DRAWING FROM THE PAST
Only Mama and I were at home.
We ate tomato sandwiches
with sweeps of mayonnaise
on indifferent white bread.
Surely it was September,
my older brother at school.
The tomatoes were fragrant
and richly red, perhaps the last before frost.
I was alert to the joy of eating
sandwiches alone with Mama, bare
feet braced on the underpinnings
of the abraded kitchen table.
Once, I’d made a mark in the wood
by pressing too hard as I traced
the outline of a horse.
I was no good at drawing — from life,
or from imagination. My brother
was good at it, and I was alert
to that, too. – Jane Kenyon (1947-1995), American poet
Spiced Milk with Honey – Leda Merideth
- 1 quart milk
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 4 cardamom pods
- 4 whole cloves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 4 whole allspice or spice bush berries
- 1/4 teaspoon shavings of fresh nutmeg
- 1 bay leaf
- Tie up all the spices in a cheesecloth square, or strain out before serving.
- Combine spices, milk and honey in a saucepan.
- Heat gently for 20 minutes (do not boil).
Boiled Custard – Adapted by Akasha Ap Emrys
- 1 quart milk
- 4 large eggs
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
Scald milk in heavy pan do not boil. Thoroughly beat eggs, adding salt and sugar. Beat a little of the hot milk into the egg mixture, stirring constantly. Pour egg mixture into hot milk, stirring well. Slowly bring just to a boil until mixture coats a wooden spoon. Remove from heat and beat until cool. Add vanilla and chill well.
Spring Vegetable Quiche
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh chives
- 2 tbsp cold water
Heat oven to 400 degrees F. In medium bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in the butter until crumbly. Stir in chives and then water. The mixture will be crumbly. Shape it into a ball and roll on a lightly floured surface to a 12 inch circle. Ease into a 10 inch quiche pan, pressing firmly against the bottom and sides.
- 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (1 8-ounce package)
- 6 slices crisp cooked bacon, crumbled
- 1/2 cup fresh asparagus tips chopped well
- 1/4 c shredded carrot
- 1 1/4 cup milk
- 4 eggs, lightly beaten
- Salt and pepper to taste
Spread your first 4 fillings over the bottom of the crust in layers. In a separate bowl, beat together the remaining filling ingredients and pour over all items in the bottom of the crust.
Bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden and set. A fork will come out clean when stuck in the center. Let stand 10 minutes before serving with a mixed green salad.
[Anja’s Note – Having made quiche of different varieties for years, I would probably use a “quickie” version of the crust with a prepared pie shell sprinkled heavily with fresh chives before adding the fillings. I’ve made this both from this recipe and the “quickie” and the major difference is whether the bottom crust is flaky (original) or a little damp.]