Minus Tide at 8:02 PM of -0.7 feet.
What a day! The weather was glorious and I was stuck inside. <sigh> I woke at 7am and then didn’t go back to sleep. I got the newsletter out while Tempus started on chores and then kept going on set-up for the week. He planted the raspberries and worked on the kitchen between running out for the mail and such.
I finally got going on cookery at about the time he left to go do chores for a friend and then go on to do shopping and his paper run. I started a chicken broth (for an Apicius chicken recipe) and then a set of marrow bones for the bone broth start for a soup. While that was going I peeled a lot of garlic and made an Italian spice butter, then actual garlic butter. By then the chicken was cooling and ditto the marrow bones and I peeled some more garlics and I was getting ready to start some pickle broths. …and peeled some more garlics ….and more garlics …and then I ran out of oomph…. So I went to bed and fell asleep early.
Today (after peeling yet more garlics) I’m heading for the Duckmeister’s. We’re going to make a couple of cheeses and Shrewsbury cakes and maybe even marzipan today. Tempus is supposed to be sorting out the living room and starting the process of moving the sofa.
Today’s Plant is the Primrose, Primula vulgaris. This plant, because easily grown, but easily killed, is very popular at garden centers. Even our local grocery and Fred Meyer’s have racks of them outside at this time of year. They’re often given as inexpensive gifts for Valentine’s, Easter, and Mothers’ Day. Both flowers and leaves are edible, the flavor ranging between mild lettuce and more bitter salad greens. The leaves can also be used for tea, and the young flowers can be made into primrose wine. – Feminine, Venus, Earth, Freya – grow blue and red ones to protect against reverses of fortune, yellow and pink to attract the small Fae. When worn, they attract the love of men, and can cure madness. If you dry them and sew them into a child’s pillow you will gain his undying respect and loyalty, but be sure that you deserve it, first! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primula_vulgaris
Scholastica Day Riot – Here’s a weirdie for you. 1355 CE A riot that broke out over the quality of drinks in a tavern between two students from Oxford University and the tavern-keeper. It turned into a full-scale mess that ended with 30 locals and 63 students dead and the Mayor and Councillors of the town were still paying the penance 470 years later by marching through town bareheaded on the anniversary of the riot! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Scholastica_Day_riot
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Love & Light,
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 at the Tide Change on 2/22 at 10:20am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 2/12 at 6:39pm.
By 9 or 9:30 the Big Dipper stands on its handle in the northeast. In the northwest Cassiopeia also stands on end, at about the same height.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.4, between Leo and Virgo) rises in the east around 8 p.m. and shines highest in the south around 2 a.m. By dawn it’s getting low in the west-southwest.
How much red can the Red Spot get when the Red Spot does get red? We may be finding out. Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is at least as strongly colored this season as it has been in living memory. It’s pretty easy in a 3-inch scope when its side of Jupiter faces Earth. Christopher Go in the Philippines took this stacked-video image with a 14-inch scope on January 12th.
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn)
Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary. 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.
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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
W 10 High 1:43 AM 8.0 7:24 AM Rise 8:33 AM 2
~ 10 Low 7:35 AM 1.4 5:38 PM Set 8:35 PM
~ 10 High 1:27 PM 8.6
~ 10 Low 8:02 PM -0.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am ready right now to live in mastery. I gratefully receive the opportunity.
Journal Prompt – Current Affairs – What issue is going on the news today do you feel strongly about? Write a letter to the editor of your school or local newspaper. Share your opinion. Try to persuade others to agree with you.
~ Speak your truth and seek your truth. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Don’t be afraid to give up the good for the great. – Kenny Rogers
~ Deep well must be dug if you want clear water. Deep wells don’t run still. – Rammstein
~ Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom associated with true virtue. – Confucius
Ever let the fancy roam,
Pleasure never is at home. – John Keats; ‘Fancy’, 1
For the Love of Waterlily: a Bath Fizzy Tutorial (from SoapQueen) http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/bath-fizzies/for-the-love-of-waterlily-a-bath-fizzy-tutorial/
Love is in the air and we couldn’t be happier. February is one of my favorite times of the year because Valentine’s Day lands in the middle of it and there are always so many fun projects that you can do for it. Still on the lookout for more Valentine’s projects? Check out this V-Day mashup for more inspiration. http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/valentines-day-mashup/
1 cup Citric Acid
2 cups Baking Soda
4 Tablespoons Kaolin Clay
1/4 cup Epsom Salt
2 Tablespoons Deodorized Cocoa Butter, melted
9 mL Waterlily Orange Fragrance Oil
Cantaloupe LaBomb Colorant
Gurlie Pink LaBomb Colorant
Simple Heart Mold
ONE: Measure out the Citric Acid, Baking Soda and Kaolin Clay into a large bowl.NOTE: Citric Acid and even Baking Soda can tickle your nose, so if you’re sensitive you might want to wear a mask for this project.
TWO: Place a mesh colander over a second large bowl. Sift the clumpy ingredients through the mesh colander. Set the empty bowl aside (but keep it handy, we’ll be using it again soon!).
THREE: Add the Epsom Salt to the powders and mix well.
FOUR: Melt and add the Deodorized Cocoa Butter. Mix in well, making sure there are no clumps. TIP: Using the fine edge of a cheese grater to shave off enough Cocoa Butter for this project will make melting a snap!
FIVE: Add 9 mL Waterlily Orange Fragrance Oil and mix until there are no more clumps.
SIX: Grab the empty bowl from earlier and split the mixture into two about-equal parts (you can totally eyeball it!). Color one half with 5-10 drops of Cantaloupe LaBomb Colorant, and the other half with 5-10 drops of Gurlie Pink LaBomb Colorant. Mix the colorants in until there are no more clumps. NOTE: What you see is what you get with Bath Bomb colorants, so if you’d like a brighter color, add more LaBomb colorant until you’re happy. Keep in mind, though, that the more colorant you use, the more likely the colorant will color the bathwater when the fizzy is used. My son happens to love it when that happens! Click here to read more about LaBomb colorant usage rates to get that perfect color.
SEVEN: Spray each of the bowls of fizzy mix with Witch Hazel and mix until the moisture is just enough to allow the fizzy mix to clump when you squeeze a fistful of it.
EIGHT: Get your Simple Heart Mold and two bowls of fizzy mix arranged in an easily accessible way. Grab a handful of each color, one in each hand, and drop the mix into the heart mold a little bit at a time, alternating colors. After each hand is empty, press the mix until the mold. Repeat until each cavity is full.
NINE: Once each cavity is full, this mix will allow you to unmold them very quickly! Grab a plate or other flat object, and place face-down on top of the mold. Flip the plate and the mold together, and slowly lift the mold from the plate. Reuse the mold until all of your fizzy mix is used up. Try not to move the bath bombs for a while – the reason they are able to unmold so quickly is because they are quite soft. I was able to make 9 bath bombs with this recipe!
TEN: Allow the bath bombs to sit overnight and harden. Use right away as an indulgent treat, or wrap ‘em up for your favorite Valentine!
Silliness – The Redneck and the Chainsaw
A red neck walks into a hardware store and asks for a chain saw that will cut 6 trees in one hour. The salesman recommends the top of the line model. The red neck is suitably impressed, and buys it.
The next day he brings it back and says, “This chainsaw is defective. It would only cut down one tree and it took all the gosh-darned day!”
The salesman takes the chain saw, starts it up to see what’s wrong, and the red neck asks, “What’s that noise?