Yesterday just went. Tempus ran in and out. I worked on various tasks during the day, nothing got finished. We had customers in, kinda busy that way, and the Wicca class went well. This is an awesome group! Other than that, not much to talk about.
Today we took it easy, then got some chores done. I still haven’t had coffee and it’s nearly 2pm! I have more writing to do while Tempus tries to get the water barrels moved to where they need to go. I am going to see if there’s enough broth left from the chicken and dumplings to make another batch of dumplings for supper and then we have the paper run tonight. At least it’ll be dry!
A new explanation for bright-eyed-and-bushy-tailed!
Feast day of St Francis de Sales – Francis, Count of Sales, left a life of riches for poverty and became a preacher. Francis died in 1622, aged 55. Francis of Sales was beatified in 1661 by Pope Alexander VII, who then canonized him in 1665. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_de_Sales With Jane Frances de Chantal, he founded the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary, called the Salesian Sisters. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_the_Visitation_of_Holy_Mary I went on a retreat at their convent in Georgetown. picture is Francis de Sales and Jane Frances de Chantal, medal 1867
Flowering fern [Royal fern], Osmunda regalis, is today’s plant, dedicated to this saint. Osmunda regalis belongs to the oxymoronically named flowering fern family, so called because the densely-clustered sporangia resemble flowers. It is said by some to be one of the most handsome European ferns, hence the name. It is widely distributed in Europe, Asia and North America. The ‘Royal Fern’ is also known as the ‘Queen Flower’. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osmunda_regalis (pictures are the American variety of this fern)
According to Slavic mythology, the sporangia – called ‘Perun’s flowers’ – have assorted magical powers, such as giving their holders the ability to defeat demons, fulfil wishes, unlock secrets, and understand the language of trees. However, collecting the sporangia is a difficult and frightening process. In earlier traditions, they had to be be collected on Kupala night; later, after the arrival of Christianity, the date is changed to Easter eve. Either way, the person wanting to collect Perun’s flowers must stand within a circle drawn around the plant and withstand the taunting or threats of demons.
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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 1/27 at 4:07pm. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 1/26 at 4:07am.
The waning Moon steps downward above Antares, Saturn, and Mercury in the dawn. As dawn brightens on Wednesday morning the 25th, look very low in the southeast for the thin waning crescent Moon, as shown here. Saturn is about 14° to the upper right of it (for North America). Little Mercury is about 6° below the Moon. Binoculars will help, especially as dawn grows brighter.
Mars (magnitude +1.1) is the fainter “star” upper left of Venus. The separation between them shrinks from 7° to 6° this week. In a telescope Mars is just a tiny fuzzblob 5 arcseconds wide.
Goddess Month of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)
Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar. Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
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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.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 24 Low 3:40 AM 3.5 7:42 AM Rise 4:56 AM 16
~ 24 High 9:37 AM 7.9 5:15 PM Set 2:40 PM
~ 24 Low 4:48 PM 0.4
~ 24 High 11:17 PM 6.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love.
~ I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make as they go by. – Douglas Adams
~ You can discover what your enemy fears the most by observing the means he uses to frighten you. – Eric Hoffer
~ I went to a restaurant that serves ‘Breakfast At Any Time’. So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance. – Stephen Wright
~ Accepting that which happens, with grace and understanding, is the greatest gift we can give ourselves. – Carol Armistead Hough
Poison enters the bloodstream,
Suddenly very determined
To destroy a life.
Bitterness and envy are poisons
and they corrode everything
In their path.
It would take more than chemotherapy
To destroy those poisons.
Sweet homilies do nothing.
Be careful, too.
Bitterness is catching.
You need to be quarantined for it.
Humility is overrated, and
Groveling can be so boring to watch.
It doesn’t counteract the poison, either.
If you can’t count your blessings,
Then at least try counting your fingers
and toes. At least it will keep you occupied! © August 2005 Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Braided Brigid Bread
2 tblsp. yeast
1/2 cup warm water
pinch of sugar
1 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup vegatable oil
1 tsp. salt
1 clove garlic, passed throuh garlic press
1/2 tsp. each dried oregano, thyme, and basil
4 tblsp. tomato paste
5-6 cups unbleached flour
1 egg yolk, beaten
Dissolve the yeast in warm water sprinkled with the pinch of sugar. Combine the milk, egg, sugar, oil, salt, garlic, and herbs in a large bowl. In a measuring cup, place the tomato paste and add water until it reaches the 1/2 cup point. Pour into the milk mixture and stir well. Add the yeast mixture. Begin adding flour, 1 cup at a time, until the dough can no longer be stirred. Turn out onto a floured boardand knead, continuing to add flour the keep the dough barely dry. This is a loose and soft dough, so be careful how much flour you add. Don’t let it get stiff! Place the dough in an oiled bowl and turn it over to coat both sides. Let it rise until doubled, about 45 minutes to an hour. Then, punch it down. cut the dough in half, divide each half into thirds, then roll into thick coils. Braid three coils into a loaf and pinch the ends together. Set on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Repeat with the other three coils. When the loaves have doubled in size, paint all surfaces with the egg yolk and bake for 35 minutes in a preheated 375 degrees oven, or until the internal temperature of bread measures 200 degrees. GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
- 1 Orange (Juice and Rind)
- 3 Teaspoons Baking Powder
- 1 Lemon (Juice and Rind)
- 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/2 Teaspoon Ginger
- 1/2 Teaspoon Cloves
- 1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
- 1 Cup Black Coffee
- 1 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Soda
- 5 Cups Flour
- 1 Cup Honey
- 1/2 Cup Oil
- 4 Eggs
- Boil coffee, honey, brown sugar, and granulated sugar and then allow to cool.
- In a separate bowl, combine eggs, oil and lemon juice & rind.
- In a third container, combine dry ingredients.
- Add coffee mixture to egg mixture first and then dry ingredient mixture until all are well blended.
- Pour mixture into a greased/floured 9″ x 12″ pan and bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees F about an hour and 10 minutes.
Candlemas Crescent Cakes
- 1 1/4cups flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup finely ground almonds
- 3 drops almond extract
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 egg yolk
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the first four ingredients.
- Add the butter, honey, egg yolk and mix together well.
- Cover with aluminum foil or plastic wrap, and then chill for 1½ to 2 hours in the refrigerator.
- When ready, pinch off pieces of the dough (about the size of plums) and shape them into crescents.
- Place the crescents on a well-greased cookie sheet
- Bake in a 350-degree preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes.
The recipe yields about one dozen crescent cakes