Green and drippy again. We haven’t had the predicted thunderstorms, but wow did we get the wind, yesterday! Folks over in the Valley got hail. One pic on facebook had a ball with spikes that were more than an inch long! It’s 47F and we’ve gotten over 3/4 of an inch of rain overnight.
Yesterday was a very sleepy day for me. I guess I was recovering from Saturday. I kept dozing off. Well, it meant that I wasn’t ready to go to the shop when Tempus was, so he left me home and I got some computer work done. He came back for me in the early afternoon and I had some grape hyacinths and oregano starts dug, that I potted up when I got to the shop.
Cindy had dropped off some more daffodils. Hers are the yellow ones. I had one left of our narcissus (the white and orange on the bottom) and one of the double-ruffled ones has bloomed (the one at the top).
It was already getting dark when we got home. Tempus made hamburgers for supper and I went to sleep not long afterward. Of course that meant I was up in the middle of the night!
Today we have some sorting around to do again and then back to inventory.
Maslenitsa – Suhii (March) 21 – Maslenitsa is a very ancient festival, the holiday of the Spring Equinox and the end of the winter frosts. People enjoy themselves, engaging in much feasting, dancing, wearing of masks, playing on traditional musical instruments, and contests of strength, all to enact spring unbridled, in action and fighting. Traditional pastries are also baked, called blini (a type of potato pancake), to symbolize the sun.
Today’s Plant is Cascade penstemon, or coast penstemon, Penstemon serrulatus. A member of the plantain family, this was used by the 1st nations peoples as a medicinal remedy for toothache. It’s common name, “Beardtongue” is because the flower appears to be sticking out it’s hairy tongue! It has a lovely flower, and is a semi-deciduous shrub, which usually is very short, unlike many shrubs. The tender shoots that the flowers grow on often get frost-nipped so onlysurvive for a year or so, with the rest of the plant surviving below the level of surrounding plants, acting as a perennial ground-cover. –Feminine, Venus, Earth – Use for headaches, particularly headaches coming from tooth pain or infection by binding the herb with red wool and/or putting it into a red cloth pouch and bind to the head, or even put into your pillowcase at bedtime. You can put a leaf in your shoes to help with the effects of standing on them too long. Roots protect from snakebite and a bunch of the flowers will chase negativity away, particularly that coming from outside. Iow, it won’t do much for a bad mood…. More on Penstemon here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penstemon
Maslenitsa is a Slavic Feast. It literally means “Butter Woman”. Nowadays it is observed as part of the pre-Lent festivities, but it may originally have been just an end of winter feast like Caillach or some of the other more Western festivals, which is how it is celebrated with Rodnoveri. It’s a week of dairy products and pancakes! One of the odder ones to Western taste is a “red & black cake” which is several large pancakes stacked in layers with red and black caviar in individual layers, a cottage-type cheese in other layers, slathered with butter, and sliced like a layer cake. This is a totally different kind of pancake from our sweet ones! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslenitsa and here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kostroma_%28deity%29
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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. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 3/24 at 5:01pm.
Jupiter 2 degrees north of moon, March 2016 – Monday/Tuesday, March 21/22, 12 midnight EDT – There is a close conjunction between the planet Jupiter and the moon right at midnight.
This evening the waxing gibbous Moon forms a smallish triangle with Jupiter and faint little Sigma Leonis, Leo’s hind foot (it’s 4th magnitude). Watch the triangle change shape from hour to hour as the Moon moves eastward along its orbit — and watch the triangle change orientation as it moves across your sky. Of course they really have nothing to do with each other. The Moon is 1.3 light-seconds from us, Jupiter tonight is 37 light-minutes distant, and Sigma Leonis is 210 light-years in the background.
Double shadow on Jupiter tonight. Both Io and Europa are casting their tiny black shadows onto Jupiter from 12:23 to 2:31 a.m. Tuesday morning EDT; 9:23 to 11:31 p.m. PDT. Leading the shadows across Jupiter are the satellites themselves, much harder to see against the planet’s sunlit disk. Meanwhile, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot should rotate across the planet’s central meridian around the middle of this period: around 1:34 a.m. EDT; 10:34 p.m. PDT.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.5, near the hind foot of Leo) shines in the east-southeast as twilight fades and is highest in the south by 11 or midnight. It sets in the west before sunrise. See our telescopic guide to Jupiter and the daily doings of its four big moons in the March Sky & Telescope, page 48.
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
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 Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 21 High 12:20 AM 7.1 7:16 AM Set 6:29 AM 93
~ 21 Low 6:18 AM 1.6 7:31 PM Rise 6:04 PM
~ 21 High 12:11 PM 7.4
~ 21 Low 6:39 PM 0.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life is a garden of riches waiting for you to harvest its fruit
~ Chicago is the product of modern capitalism, and, like other great commercial centers, is unfit for human habitation. – Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926) US Socialist Leader
~ Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise. – Ephesians 5:15
~ You can’t make sound decisions if you can’t clearly see your situation. Knighthood requires the use of all of one’s senses, not just your vision. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Anyone who knows history, particularly the history of Europe, will, I think, recognize that the domination of education or of government by any one particular religious faith is never a happy arrangement for the people. – Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) US first lady (33)
And I saw that he was holding in his hand a bright red stick that was alive, and as I looked it sprouted at the top and sent forth branches, and on the branches many leaves came out and murmured and in the leaves the birds began to sing. And then for just a little while I thought I saw beneath it in the shade the circled villages of people and every living thing with roots or legs or wings, and all were happy. ‘It shall stand in the center of a nation’s circle,’ said the Grandfather, ‘a cane to walk with and a people’s heart; and by your powers you shall make it blossom. – Black Elk
Ostara Magick –
Carrot Pecan Wild Rice – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/
1 1/2 cups wild rice
2 carrots sliced into 1/2-inch rounds
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup pecans
The zest and juice from 1 orange
1/4 cup chopped parsley
4 tablespoons melted butter
Salt and pepper to taste
Add wild rice to a sauce pot with about 4 1/2 cups of water, and cover. Bring the rice to a boil and then simmer for about 40 minutes according to the package directions.
While the rice is cooking, slice carrots into 1/2-inch rounds and then simmer for about 5 to 7 minutes until they are tender. In a large bowl combine raisins, pecans, the zest and juice from an orange, chopped parsley, melted butter and salt and pepper, to taste. To the large bowl combine the wild rice and carrots. Mix.
Makes 8 servings.
1 cup sugar
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger (not powdered!)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons Myer’s Rum or 1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice (Jamaican preferred)
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 lbs peeled, grated carrots (4 cups)
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons melted butter
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Grease and flour or spray 2 8 inch round cake pans with Baker’s Joy. (If using butter and flour, tap out the excess).
- Mix together flour, sugar, and spices in a large bowl.
- Add lightly beaten eggs and oil, grated carrots and remaining ingredients. Stir to combine.
- Pour batter evenly into the two prepared cake pans.
- Bake in preheated oven until cake tester or toothpick inserted in center is nearly clean when removed, approximately 25 minutes.
- Allow cake to cool, then remove from pan and frost with cream cheese frosting
2 oz. Soft Cream Cheese
8 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together cream cheese, butter, and vanilla on high speed.
- Gradually beat in the sugar at reduced speed.
- Add more or less sugar to achieve desired consistency.
- Spread first cake round with 1/3 frosting for the bottom, add the second layer and use remaining frosting on top or sides.
- If desired, sprinkle with flaked coconut or chopped nuts before serving.
Almond Paste Dates
- 1/2 Pound Almond Paste
- 1 Pound Dates (Pitted)
- Slit dates lengthwise
- press almond paste into canoe opening
- Sprinkle with colored or powdered sugar (optional)
6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and cut lengthwise
¼ cup Mayonnaise (use the good stuff, tastes better!)
½ teaspoon dry ground mustard
½ teaspoon white vinegar
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
A dash of salt
Paprika for garnish
- Remove the egg yolks to a small bowl and mash with a fork.
- Add mayonnaise, mustard powder, vinegar, salt and pepper and mix thoroughly.
- Fill the empty egg whites with the mixture and sprinkle lightly with paprika. Adding a pinch of paprika into the mixture gives it a little extra something.
- Cover lightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to one day before serving.
Note – I like to add a bit of pickle relish and a dab of horseradish and leave out the pepper & paprika and sprinkle with chopped parsley or sprigs.