The sky is overcast with the clouds at 300 feet. Tempus says there wasn’t any fog on his run this morning. It’s 52F with very little wind. The dew all over things makes it look like it rained. The lack of sunshine is making me sleepy.
Living indoors from a greenhouse is interesting. I wake up into green light instead of the view that I had from my study and a very dark room. It’s not dark down here because we have our heads to the window.
Yesterday was complicated. We had a lot to do, and a lot got done. More stuff moved again and I spent most of the evening putting all that away, but it meant that Tempus wasn’t at the shop much. I packed mugwort, so I need to do headers for that today.
Late in the day I worked on sewing, doing a little handwork and then setting up a project that I got the materials for last weekend. I got to Michael’s on Sunday, over in Eugene, and picked up a lot of materials, one of which were 15 tiny plant pots. During the summer before last I made a bunch of pincushions in some small plant pots. These are *tiny*, so they’re perfect for some of the same, but with less stitching time involved.
The evening was all trying to get files sorted around from this last week. I was going to try to make a cake, but didn’t get that far….ran out of oomph. Tempus took off after we had supper for his paper run. It went better last night. He got in right around 4am.
Today is going to be another day of being at the shop and moving things. I’m hoping for a cabinet or dresser today. I have some tending to do in the planters out front and to make a materials list to clean those up. I’m hoping to get Tempus to get some more of the herbs & crystals up on the board or put away. …and then I need to figure out what to do about tonight’s supper.
Today’s Plant is the Linden Tree, tilia species. It is also called lime tree (no relation to the fruit) and basswood. It is the national tree of many countries, particularly in Central Europe, (the Czech Republic!) where at one time it was sacred and councils met at the sacred linden, just as in the British Isles they met at an oak. The wood is widely used for carving and for guitars. The inner bark of the tree has been used in making fabric. The flowers, which smell delicious, are used in teas and perfumes and a valuable honey is derived from them. The flowers, leaves, wood, and charcoal (obtained from the wood) are used for medicinal purposes. – Feminine, Jupiter, Water, Taurus– Bark used for protection, leaves and flowers for immortality. Good Fortune, Sleep and Love. Hang branches over the door for protection or grow in the garden. Use in love spells/mixtures and protection spells & incenses. Mix equal parts Linden and Lavender flowers and place in a sachet under your pillowcase to relieve insomnia. Keep Linden on a table to release the energies needed to keep the spirit alive and healthy.
Hana-matsuri (flower festival) is the name in Japan for the celebration of the birthday of Siddharta Gautama Buddha. It’s not a national holiday, but celebrated within the temples. The tradition of bathing the altars is interesting. On the festival & practices http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddha%27s_Birthday on Japanese festivals http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matsuri on Buddha http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gautama_Buddha
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 4/8 at 4:24pm. 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 4/21 at 10:24pm. 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 4/11 at 4:24pm.
Looking west in twilight, use the thin crescent Moon as your guidepost to Mercury, as shown at right. Mercury is well placed all month in the evening sky, the best apparition of the year for observers in the Northern Hemisphere.
Jupiter this evening is just 0.1° north of 5th-magnitude Chi Leonis. Binoculars show the star looking like an out-of-place moon of Jupiter. A 6-inch telescope may show that, compared to this star, Jupiter’s moons are not quite pinpoints.
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55
©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
F 8 High 1:32 AM 8.8 6:43 AM Rise 7:46 AM 0
~ 8 Low 8:04 AM -1.0 7:53 PM Set 9:45 PM
~ 8 High 2:15 PM 7.9
~ 8 Low 8:12 PM 0.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an empowering day!
~ Avoiding problems you need to face is avoiding the life you need to live. – Paulo Coelho
~ About all I can say for the United States Senate is that it opens with a prayer and closes with an investigation. – Will Rogers (1879-1935) US actor, humorist
~ Sad but true: Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done. – Peter Drucker
~ First thing we’ll do, kill all the lawyers. – Shakespeare Henry VI
Glimpses of Spring
The new light of Spring
Shines on the rain wet road:
Sparkling sheets of brightness.
Trees lining its side
Wait patiently for leaves;
The sap rises slowly.
Spring beckons me
To trade my winter mind’s endurance
Not as patient as the trees,
I want to run, jump, sing
Fling my arms wide and embrace
The dancing light before me!
But it runs away down the road.
Breathless, I run to catch it,
Always it eludes me.
Yet in time, Spring will come to me
And like the trees
I will dress myself in new garments
To make her welcome. By Tasha Halpert www.heartwingsandfriends.com
Heartwings: Love Notes for a Joyous Life is now available for purchase at www.galdepress.com.
Beltane Barley Casserole – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups barley
- 2 chopped onions
- 1/2 cup peas
- 1/2 cup pine nuts
- Melt butter in a skillet and sauté the barley, stirring frequently until golden.
- Turn into a greased 3 quart casserole.
- Stir in the mushrooms, onions and peas.
- Add 3 cups of the chicken broth.
- Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 1 hour.
- Stir in the pine nuts and the remaining cup of broth.
- Cover and bake for another 1-1/2 hours.
This must be 10-12 servings as a side dish.
BRIGHTON Beach Couscous – serves 6 to 8 – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
- 1 tsp Sesame oil
- 2 medium sized onions
- 3 cloves garlic
- 20 g Brighton Beach Sewered Seaweed (aka Dried Arame)
- 3/4 lb Mushrooms
- 2 medium sized carrots
- 3 tsp Vecon or similar vegetable stock
- 2 tsp Mirin
- 1 tsp Black Pepper
- 2 tsp Sea Salt
- 750 g Couscous
- Lots of Water
- Chop the onions and mince the garlic and fry in the sesame oil.
- Soak the arame for about 15 minutes in boiling hot water and then add to the onion and garlic *without* the water used for soaking.
- Add the finely chopped mushrooms and the grated carrots.
- Mix the stock in some boiling hot water and add to the dish.
- At the same time add the leftover water from soaking the arame.
- Add the mirin and salt and pepper to taste.
- It is probably best to have it slightly on the salty side as the saltiness will disappear when the couscous is added.
- Simmer the mixture covered for about 20 minutes.
- In a large mixing bowl add the couscous and the mixture together and any extra water required to cover.
- Leave for five minutes.
- Grease a large baking tray and line with baking parchment.
- Add the mixture to the baking tray and place in the oven covered with foil.
- Bake for about twenty minutes.
- Remove the foil and if the bake is still too wet continue for another five to ten minutes.
- The top should be slightly browned, grill if necessary.
We were originally going to add sesame seeds to this but forgot to as we were making it. Sesame seeds might be a good idea and would be especially useful if you wanted a dish without any added salt. You can also use a dried seaweed blend instead of salt.
Beltane Chicken – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html Makes 4 servings. If you and your beloved can’t eat that much, just freeze the leftovers for later.
©2001 by Lorna Tedder and Aislinn Bailey, From Gifts for the Goddess on a Warm Spring Morn – www.SpilledCandy.com
In ancient times, Beltane was celebrated as a time of love, fertility, and passion. The ingredients in this special dish all have magickal meanings related to lust, love, and prosperity/fertility. Treat yourself as part of the ancient celebration or any time you and your soulmate want to celebrate your life together.
- 1 minced clove of garlic
- 2 cups of fresh spinach
- 1 cup of cooked rice,
- 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- 2 tablespoons rinsed, chopped sun-dried tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary fresh from your herb garden.
- 2 pieces of wax paper and a metal mallet
- 2 boneless chicken breasts
- 1 cup chicken broth
- best china
- red candles
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- 2 tablespoons water
- Cook 1 minced clove of garlic in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat for about 1 minute at you repeat the name of your beloved.
- Next, add 2 cups of fresh spinach and cook for 3 minutes while you name as many as possible of the traits you admire in your beloved.
- Strain any water from the spinach, just as you would want any ill thoughts about your relationship removed from your celebration meal.
- In a wooden bowl, combine the spinach and garlic with 1 cup of cooked rice, 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, 2 tablespoons rinsed, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, and 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary fresh from your herb garden.
- Using 2 pieces of wax paper and a metal mallet, flatten 2 boneless chicken breasts, pounding out any negative feelings you might otherwise bring to the table.
- Spread the spinach mixture on each chicken breast, then roll up each carefully, using toothpicks to make sure the filling is secure in each roll.
- Then place the chicken rolls in a large skillet and cook on medium-high.
- As the chicken cooks, add 1 cup chicken broth and simmer for 15 minutes while you set your table with your best china and light red candles.
- Back at your kitchen workings, mix 1 tablespoon corn starch and 2 tablespoons water and stir as you wish your secret wish for the evening — whether a commitment, a kiss, or a baby!
- Next add the cornstarch and water to the skillet and cook as the sauce thickens and the seeds of your wishes are planted.
- Last, when you are ready to serve this dish, take a sharp, clean knife and douse the blade under cool running water.
- Then slice the chicken rolls into 1-inch thick slices and spoon sauce on top.
- Look closely at the chicken slices and note the spiral patterns, a symbol of rebirth.
- Now hurry before your candles burn low!
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Bran Muffins – Yield: 24 servings – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html – Recipe courtesy of Kaltenbach’s B&B, Wellsboro, Pennsylvania
- 3/4 cup raisins
- 2 1/2 cup All-bran cereal
- 2 cup skim milk
- 1/2 cup oil
- 5 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup honey
- 2 tsp. Vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2 tbsp. sugar
- 1 tbsp. baking powder
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 2 cup shredded carrots
- 1 cup drained, crushed pineapple
- 2 apples, coarsely chopped
- 3/4 cup chopped dates
- 12 prunes, chopped
- Soak raisins and cereal in milk in large bowl for 15 minutes.
- Stir in mixture of oil, eggs, honey and vanilla.
- Mix flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, pecans, carrots, pineapple, apples, dates and prunes in bowl.
- Add to bran mixture; stir just until moistened.
- Fill greased muffin cups.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.
Note – May use equivalent amount of egg substitute in place of eggs to reduce cholesterol.