It’s very drippy out there. It’s only 43f! Brr…. There’s only a light breeze, but there’s a high wind watch tomorrow. We got 3 tenths of an inch of rain yesterday, even with all the sunshine in the afternoon!
Yesterday was long but productive. Tempus headed for the shop without me because I was dealing with some left-over issues from the gall bladder surgery. I worked on various projects, mostly developing pictures until I felt ready to head for the shop. He came up to get me and grabbed some of the stuff that I had packed to take to the shop. Once we were there, we did a little clean and sort and I went over to talk to a friend about help with the move.
After that we got going on inventory and finished the crystals wall. That’s another big chunk of the inventory. We headed home just before 7pm. Jupiter and Sirius were bright when we got home in the deep twilight. We had supper and Tempus headed out to our friend’s place to get another chunk of stuff done before her surgery (it’s knees, for those who were asking….)
Today I’m working on packing. Tempus is going back over to our friend’s for a bit, I think. He had to take some stuff to Sash in Newport this evening, do some shopping for the week, and then his paper route. Slightly crazy….
Today’s Plant is Nodding Onion, Allium cernuum. This is sometimes called Lady’s Leek. It’s an edible plant in the Allium family, but not particularly choice. (Yeah, personal experience…) It’s called “Nodding” because the inflorescences, the “flower”, tend to droop, unlike a lot of the alliums that end up with a ball on a stick. Most of the plants in this family are edible, but be careful! There are a few that are either disgusting or at least mildly poisonous and there are bulbs that *are* poisonous that are easy to mistake. Onions have been very important as a food/nutrition source for a long while and have even been worshiped at times. These are grown as ornamentals, mostly, but are found wild here on the coast. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allium_cernuum and on Alliums here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allium– Masculine, Mars, Fire, Isis – Cut and dry the flowers and add to a grapevine or rosemary wreath for a house protection spell. These are great for house blessings. Grown in pots indoors or in the garden they protect against evil and particularly against poisonous snakes. When you harvest in the fall, make a decorative braid of onions and hang over bedroom doors to prevent infections. Nodding onions are great for this purpose because, not being particularly great as food, you won’t mind replanting them in the spring as they start to sprout! Purify swords and athames after particularly heavy magicks, by rubbing the blade with a cut bulb, then wash with clear water and oil with rosemary-infused almond oil. Place the dried flowers in a vase at the head of the bed, or pack into a pillow sachet to help clarify prophetic dreams.
There is an epic poem that is 1003 years old today. The Shahnameh “The Book of Kings”) is a long epic poem written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi between c. 977 and 1010 CE and is the national epic of the Iranian cultural continent. Consisting of some 60,000 verses, the Shahnameh tells mainly the mythical and to some extent the historical past of (Greater) Iran from the creation of the world until the Islamic conquest of Persia in the 7th century. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shahnameh and on the poet here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferdowsi
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 3/8 at 5:54pm. 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 Tide Change on 2/8 at 5:54pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 3/9 at 5:54am. 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 3/23 at 5:01am.
Zodiacal Light, February 2016 – Wednesday, Feb. 24–Wednesday March 9, evening – The faint glow of the zodiacal light will be visible for the next two weeks in the western sky after the end of evening twilight. It is a faint cone of light following the ecliptic, the green line shown here, quite distinct from the faint glow of the Milky Way to the northwest.
Jupiter at opposition, March 2016 – Tuesday, March 8, 6:00 a.m. EST – Jupiter is exactly opposite the sun in the sky, and is visible all night.
Tuesday, March 8, 8:54 p.m. EST – New Moon, March 2016 – The moon is not visible on the date of New Moon because it is too close to the sun, but can be seen low in the east as a narrow crescent a morning or two before, just before sunrise. It is visible low in the west an evening or two after New Moon.
New Moon. A total eclipse of the Sun crosses parts of Indonesia and the Pacific from 7:17 to 11:37 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (from 0:17 to 3:37 March 9th Universal Time/GMT). Article. Maps and details. Webcasts are planned by Exploratorium (7 to 10:15 p.m. March 8th EST; 0:00 to 3:15 March 9 UT), by Slooh (6 to 9 p.m. EST), and on NASA TV (starting 8 p.m. EST; totality at the camera’s site will be from 8:38 to 8:42 p.m. EST). The eclipse is partial across much of East Asia, parts of Australia, and the Pacific including Hawai`i, where the partial eclipse happens during the hour before sunset.
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn)
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. 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.
©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 8 Low 5:45 AM 1.2 6:40 AM Rise 6:27 AM 2
~ 8 High 11:42 AM 8.6 6:14 PM Set 6:11 PM
~ 8 Low 6:15 PM -0.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you’ll ever regret.
~ A friend is one who comes to you when all others leave. – Unknown
~ The whole idea of motivation is a trap. Forget motivation. Just do it. – John C Maxwell
~ I won’t say ours was a tough school, but we had our own coroner. We used to write essays like: What I’m going to be if I grow up. – Lenny Bruce (1925-1966) US comic
~ Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand. – Mother Teresa
FOR MY LADY by Mystimoon, 2006
I reverently stand between the worlds
and softly call to thee.
You know your child’s mind and heart
and are here, inside of me.
You embrace my being with loving power,
fill my eye with visions.
Your presence lights my mind on fire,
freed from inhibitions.
When you whisper with me, magic flows
by candle, cup and potion.
With purpose, focus and intent
my will puts change in motion.
By flickering flame and scented smoke,
by salt and water pure,
In rhythmic dance and chanting spell
time becomes a blur.
At ritual’s close I offer thanks
and bid farewell to thee…
Though here, My Lady, in your child’s heart
is where you will always be.
Ostara Magick – Recipes
Honey and Orange Tea Loaf (Scottish) http://everythingunderthemoon.net/forum/ostara-feast-recipes-t22403.html
6 oz. self rising flour
6 oz. honey
1 oz. margarine
1 large egg
1 tsp. baking powder
6 Tbsp. milk
1 large orange, with rind grated off
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and line a 2 lb. loaf tin. Cream the margarine and honey together in a bowl, mixing thoroughly. Add the egg and beat vigorously. Sieve the flour, salt and baking powder and add alternately with the milk, to the creamed mixture. Sprinkle in orange rind and mix well. Spoon the mixture into the tin. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven, glaze with honey and return to the oven for a further 10 minutes. Remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack. Serve sliced and buttered.
Honegar – (30 servings)
6 Cups each, raw honey and apple cider Vinegar
Heat equal parts (no more than 2 cups of each at a time) of the honey and vinegar in a large non-metal saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally with a wooden spoon. The honey will melt into the vinegar in a few minutes, making the mixture easier to stir. Keep stirring until you no longer feel heaviness or see any areas of thickness on the spoon (about 15 minutes). Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes. Pour into canning jars and cap tightly. Store in the refrigerator.
Glazed Apple Bites from http://recipes.swankivy.com/aplebite.html
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 egg whites
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 3 Red Delicious apples, peeled and cut into half-inch slices
- Oil for frying
Combine honey, water, cinnamon, and nutmeg in small saucepan. Heat over low flame until honey is dissolved; keep warm.
Mix egg whites, flour, and cornstarch in a small bowl to form batter. Cover apples with batter. Fry in oil over medium heat until golden brown.
Yield: 6 servings.
Source: Telesco, A Kitchen Witch’s Cookbook Use for: Ostara, Beltane, anytime
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 cup honey
2 cups vegetable oil, for frying
Mix the flours, salt, sugar and baking powder together. Add about 1/2 cup water and mix well, adding a bit more water if needed to make a stiff dough. Turn out on a lightly floured surface and knead until dough becomes elastic and smooth. Let rest for 10 minutes. Roll out 1/2 inch thick. Cut into squares, strips or circles. Deep fry in very hot oil until golden brown. Drain on brown paper bags or paper towels. Drizzle honey in a very thin stream over bread and serve immediately. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon if desired.
Silliness – Scale Convention
At the scale manufacturers’ convention, people often wanted to weigh themselves on different scales to see if they agreed. However, some visitors abstained, not wishing to advertise their weight.
A smooth-talking representative coaxed a woman onto his scale by promising her that he would not look and that she could even cover the digital display so only she could see her weight.
She finally stood on the scale, whereupon a loud, mechanical voice from within the machine announced: “One hundred and sixty-three.”