Tempus put up a new seed ball and I got to watch the birds all over it. It’s especially funny when they land at an angle and busily peck away while the ball spins! It was all chickadees at first, then some juncos and one that I think might have been a house finch, reddish head?
We had a marvelous pancake breakfast with blackberries cooked right in and scrambled eggs and bacon. I put a shopping list together and did some blog updates in between packing things in the study, while Tempus worked in the living room.
It rained in spates, off and on. Things would thrash and the water would come in at an angle and the porch roof would run streams, then subside to steady drops, then the occasional drop, and it would brighten up and calm down again.
Tempus headed out to run errands in Newport around 5pm and a bunch of the boxes still hadn’t gotten moved. That made my life difficult, but I managed. I really didn’t get as far on the living room stuff as I wanted to, but my dollhouse stuff got properly packed with still a little room for stuff that hasn’t surfaced, plus several more boxes. I started trying to get my matroshki done and couldn’t find some of the smaller pieces. I’m not sure what’s happened to them.
Today I have pies to bake. I hope we’re going to be able to get going at a reasonable time. Tempus should be moving shelves today.
Today’s plant is Shore Pine, Pinus contorta, var. contorta.It’s a tough tree well suited to stand up to the coastal winds. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinus_contorta More on the coastal ecology here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_Coast#Terrestrial_ecology Pine’s magick is: Male, Mars, Air – Healing, fertility, protection, money, burn to cleanse a house, changing negative energy to positive, or use boughs for purification baths/sweats.
Today is the anniversary of the day in 1203 when the Siege of Montsegur was ended with the burning of over 200 Cathars at the stake. This is the siege where the infamous phrase, “Kill them all, God will know his own!” was uttered, during the Albigensian Crusade. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Monts%C3%A9gur Remember these martyrs to conscience! More on the Cathari here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathar and on the Albigensian Crusade here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albigensian_crusade
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at Full Phase which begins on 3/21 at 5:01pm.
Mid-March is when Sirius blazes mid-south (on the meridian) in mid-twilight. As more stars come out, piece together more of its constellation, Canis Major. A real challenge for a 10-inch or larger telescope is Sirius B, the famous white-dwarf companion of Sirius. It’s only 1/10,000 as bright! But it’s less difficult now than in the last couple of decades, having widened to 10.6 arcseconds east-northeast of Sirius A. (Their maximum separation will be 11.3 arcseconds in 2022.) Practice on Rigel, which outshines a companion star of its own by a mere 1,000 times. Rigel’s companion is 9.5 arcseconds to its south-southwest.
Mars and Saturn glow over Scorpius in early dawn all week. On Wednesday morning, Mars is just 0.2° from Beta Scorpii.
Saturn (magnitude +0.4, in the legs of Ophiuchus) rises around midnight or 1 a.m. lower left of Mars. By early dawn it glows in the south to Mars’s left. This week the two planets are 12° or 13° apart. They form a triangle with Mars-colored Antares below them at dawn.
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 Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn)
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.
©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
W 16 Low 1:02 AM 3.0 7:25 AM Set 3:15 AM 51
~ 16 High 7:08 AM 7.5 7:24 PM Rise 1:08 PM
~ 16 Low 2:18 PM 0.6
~ 16 High 8:54 PM 6.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I donate a portion of my time to helping others. It is good for my own health.
~ Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. – Albert Einstein
~ There are three central values in life – the experiential, that which happens to us; the creative, that which we bring into existence; and the attitudinal, our response in difficult circumstances. The highest of these is attitudinal. In other words, what matters most is how we respond to what we experience in life. – Be Proactive
~ The Warrior is a realist, allowing her to seek out things that work and discard those that do not. This is the Warrior’s way. – Kerr Cuhulain
The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all. – Brian Perez
For thirty years people have been asking me how I reconcile X with Y! The truthful answer is that I don’t. Everything about me is a contradiction and so is everything about everybody else. We are made out of oppositions; we live between two poles. There is a philistine and an aesthete in all of us, and a murderer and a saint. You don’t reconcile the poles. You just recognize them. – Orson Welles; to Kenneth Tynan, 1967
Ostara Magick – Recipes
Fried Bread and Eggs from http://recipes.swankivy.com/fridbrid.html
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 7 egg yolks, beaten
- 1/4 cup minced anchovies (OPTIONAL!)
- 6 pieces of fried or toasted bread
Melt butter in medium saucepan over low heat. Beat in cream, egg yolks, anchovies. Stir until mix thickens and is creamy. Pour over toast. Serve hot.
Yield: 2 helpings
Source: Telesco, A Kitchen Witch’s Cookbook
Use for: Ostara
Egg Nest cookies – Chocolate, coconut and jellybeans make for great Easter cookies and bird nests They look like bird nests and with jelly beans inside, the kids will get a kick out of these Easter treats. One recipe will make more than 30 nests so this could feed a whole flock of guests. This is a sweet tweet you will want to use over and over again.
- 4 cups sweetened flake coconut
- 3 to 4 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
- 4 ounces (about 1/2 cup) mini jelly beans
- 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup butter or margarine, at room temperature
- 1 package (3 oz) cream cheese, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar 1 egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon coconut extract
- Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in small bowl.
- Beat together butter, cream cheese and brown sugar in large bowl until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes.
- Beat in egg yolk and coconut extract.
- On low speed, gradually beat in flour mixture in 3 batches until well blended.
- Stir in 3 cups of the coconut.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap; chill 1 hour until firm enough to handle.
- Spread remaining coconut on waxed paper.
- Heat oven to 350 degrees
- Using level tablespoon, shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in remaining coconut.
- Place on ungreased baking sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart.
- Bake at 350 degrees in oven 10 to 15 minutes or until firm to touch.
- Cool on baking sheet or wire rack for 1 minute.
- Then press indentation into center of each cookie, using back of 1/2-teaspoon measuring spoon.
- Spoon about 1/4 teaspoon mini chocolate chips into each indentation.
- Top with 3 jellybeans to mimic eggs in the bird’s nest.
Fresh Asparagus Omelet – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/
- TB butter
- 1 TB olive oil
- 8 stalks asparagus, cut into ½ inch pieces
- ¼ onion, chopped
- 6 eggs, beaten
- ¼ cup milk
- Salt and pepper to taste
- ½ cup shredded swiss cheese
In a non-stick skillet, heat butter and oil over medium heat. Add asparagus and onion; cook for 5 mins, or until tender. In a bowl, combine eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Beat egg mixture with a fork just until bubbles begin to appear; pour over asparagus mixture. Cook until eggs set on top; lift edges with a spatula to allow uncooked eggs to run under cooked eggs. When eggs are set, top with cheese. Cut into wedges. Serves 2 – 4.
*Why not go a step further and just set up an omelet bar. Just have lots of fixings and make them to order! What a fun thing to do! However, I love Spring asparagus and think this recipe sounds fantastic!
Gingered Kiwi Fruit – adapted from http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/
- oz sugar
- oz water
- ¼ cup crystallized ginger, minced
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 8 kiwi fuit, peeled and sliced
- oranges, peeled and sliced
In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine sugar, water and ginger. Bring to a boil. Stirring constantly, boil until mixture reaches a light syrup consistency, about 3 mins. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Cool slightly. In a dessert dish, gently stir fruit slices and ginger syrup until well mixed. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, about 2 hours.
Silliness – Santa is a Woman
I hate to be the one to defy sacred myth, but I believe he’s a she.
Think about it. Christmas is a big, organized, warm, fuzzy, nurturing social deal, and I have a tough time believing a guy could possibly pull it all off!
For starters, the vast majority of men don’t even think about selecting gifts until Christmas Eve. It’s as if they are all frozen in some kind of Ebenezerian Time Warp until 3 p.m. on Dec. 24th, when they – with amazing calm – call other errant men and plan for a last-minute shopping spree.
Once at the mall, they always seem surprised to find only Ronco products, socket wrench sets and mood rings left on the shelves. (You might think this would send them into a fit of panic and guilt, but my husband tells me it’s an enormous relief because it lessens the 11th-hour decision-making burden.) On this count alone, I’m convinced Santa is a woman.
Surely, if he were a man, everyone in the universe would wake up Christmas morning to find a rotating musical Chia Pet under the tree, still in the bag.
Another problem for a he-Santa would be getting there. First of all, there would be no reindeer because they would all be dead, gutted, and strapped on to the rear bumper of the sleigh, amid wide-eyed, desperate claims that buck season had been extended. Blitzen’s rack would already be on the way to the taxidermist.
Even if the male Santa did have reindeer, he’d still have transportation problems because he would inevitably get lost in the snow and clouds, and then refuse to stop and ask for directions.
Add to this the fact that there would be unavoidable delays in the chimney, where the Bob Vila-like Santa would stop to inspect and repoint bricks in the flue. He would also need to check for carbon monoxide fumes in every gas fireplace, and get under every Christmas tree that is crooked to straighten it to a perfectly upright 90-degree angle.
Other reasons why Santa can’t possibly be a man:
– Men can’t pack a bag.
– Men would rather be dead than caught wearing red velvet.
– Men would feel their masculinity is threatened, having to be seen with all those elves.
– Men don’t answer their mail.
– Men would refuse to allow their physique to be described, even in jest, as anything remotely resembling a “bowlful of jelly.”
– Finally, being responsible for Christmas would require a commitment.
I can buy the fact that other mythical holiday characters are men. Father Time shows up once a year unshaven and looking ominous. Definite guy. Cupid flies around carrying weapons. Uncle Sam is a politician who likes to point fingers. Any one of these individuals could pass the testosterone screening test. But not St. Nick. Not a chance.