Getting yesterday’s newsletter out after 4pm really cut off a lot of what I could say, but I guess today’s the same and maybe tomorrow. We had people trying to come through the door, but there was *no* way to get through. Tempus was threading his way to his desk and to the sofa, but I couldn’t, at all. So I kinda croaked at ’em and said we weren’t open.
Tempus ended up crashed out on the couch. He was just wobbling all over. I worked on little stuff, as I could. A lot of it was sorting beads and packing materials…and paper. Ugh… end of the year paperwork.
By 8:30 I was done with all of that and tired, but Tempus was still crashed out. He got up just after that and offered to make mashed potatoes and ham. Darned if I know where he got the energy! I started writing and then later got into a discussion on Facebook about Arts and Sciences and how to promote them.
We finally headed home past 11:30 and I was ready to drop and then this morning…well, today… we just couldn’t get moving. First I woke, then went back to sleep, then Tempus, ditto…. Well, finally around 2:30 he went to get the trash dealt with and I did a few chores and then we came to the shop.
Just now he went to the phone company to pay our bill and then we’re going to tackle some of the heap, I hope. Didn’t get very far yesterday, but maybe today. He’s better enough to be cranky, at least. 😦 …and we have the paper run tonight.
Today’s Plant is the Douglas Fir, Pseudotsuga menziesii, sometimes called Oregon Pine, since it’s actually a pine, not a fir at all. Common as Christmas trees, since they hold their needles better than many other trees, and are one of the better timber trees, growing quickly with a straight grain. Their main use, magickally, is in incense, since the resin has a good sweet scent. – Mars, Air/Fire – Attracting prosperity, purifying ritual areas and new homes, helping “stay the course” during difficult times. A wand or cone kept on the altar wards off evil influences. Carry cones to increase fertility and have a vigorous old age. Floor washes with the oil cleanse a space of negativity and ward off illness. Throw needles into winter fires for protection, or burn as incense for purification and divination. Place branches over the bed to keep sickness away, or to aid the ill. Hang a branch over the main door of your house to ensure continuous joy within.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudotsuga_menziesii
Feast day of Hekate (Hecate), ancient Greece – “In Greece, this day was celebrated as the Feast of Hecate, known to the Romans as Diana Lucifera. Diana had three manifestations, Luna in the Heavens (the moon), Diana the Huntress on earth, and Diana Ludifera in Hades, the Underworld. Diana was the goddess of the moon and was called Diana Lucifera which means the Bringer of Light. The name Lucifera was also applied to the morningstar Venus. The Christians gave the name negative connotations in their systematic attempts to discredit the Roman gods. The Greeks knew Diana as Artemis, the twin sister of Apollo, and daughter of Zeus and Leto. She was born under Mount Cynthus in Delos and hence was also called Cynthia and Delia. She was the goddess of hunting, carried a bow and quiver like her brother, and was especially fond of music and dance. Diana was never conquered by love, and submitted to no man, hence she was the goddess of a ‘chaste’ moon and, except for her family, tolerated only female companions. Her priestesses were all chaste.” From the Roman Calendar (broken link) More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trivia_%28mythology%29 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hecate and here:http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/jan31.html
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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 2/10 at 4:33pm. 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 2/1 at 4:07am.
The waning Moon steps downward above Antares, Saturn, and Mercury in the dawn.
Right after dark this week, face east and look very high, almost overhead. The bright star there is Capella, the Goat Star. To the right of it, by a couple of finger-widths at arm’s length, is a small, narrow triangle of 3rd and 4th magnitude stars known as “the Kids.” Although they’re not exactly eye-grabbing, they form a never-forgotten asterism with Capella.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.1, in Virgo) rises around 11 or midnight and shines brightly high in the south before the first light of dawn.Spica >>> dangles 3½° below or lower right of it. Jupiter is creamy white; Spica is an icier shade of white with a trace of blue (once it’s fairly high up). In a telescope Jupiter is 38 arcseconds in diameter, on its way to 44 arcseconds for late March through April. (Opposition is April 7th.)
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 Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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 31 High 2:49 AM 7.6 7:35 AM Rise 9:39 AM 8
~ 31 Low 8:41 AM 2.1 5:25 PM Set 9:48 PM
~ 31 High 2:25 PM 7.7
~ 31 Low 9:00 PM 0.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Easy live!
~ Overcompensating to be liked and wanting to “save” people who were hurting. I had learned how to give but not how to receive. The most courageous thing I ever had to do, hands down, is learning to receive. I’m doing that gracefully and letting other people feel good. ~ Kathy Buckley
~ You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind. Hanns – Oskar Porr
~ After all, every murderer when he kills runs the risk of the most dreadful of deaths, whereas those who kill him risk nothing except promotion. – Albert Camus (1913-1960) French writer, born in Algiers
~ If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one. – Mother Teresa
Peace is found in little things
In special smiles, in loving ways
Peace flies in on gentle wings
On ordinary days.
The simple tasks that fill the hours
Bring contentment to the soul
And alternating sun and showers
Make a perfect whole. – Written and Submitted By Tasha Halpert www.heartwingsandfriends.com
Boiled Custard – Adapted by Akasha Ap Emrys
- 1 quart milk
- 4 large eggs
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
Scald milk in heavy pan do not boil. Thoroughly beat eggs, adding salt and sugar. Beat a little of the hot milk into the egg mixture, stirring constantly. Pour egg mixture into hot milk, stirring well. Slowly bring just to a boil until mixture coats a wooden spoon. Remove from heat and beat until cool. Add vanilla and chill well.
Blessed Bride’s Cake – Adapted by Akasha Ap Emrys
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup nut meats, chopped (walnuts, pecans, filberts)
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup golden raisins
- 1 cup flour
- 4 eggs
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- Mix all the ingredients together until they are wet. Do not over mix.
- Pour into a greased and floured 9″x9″x2″ square baking pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes, or until knife inserted in middle of cake comes out clean.
- Allow to cool before serving.
Fasching krapfen or Jelly Doughnuts
Little pancakes (known as Krebbel, Krapfen and Ballen) are served all over Germany on New Year’s Eve and on Mardi Gras. In Berlin, the pancakes go by the special name of Pfannkuchen. They have a spherical shape like that of a cannonball and were supposedly invented by one of Frederick the Great’s veterans who found work as a baker after being wounded in action.
Pam Mandel in her online journal about a winter spent living in Austria, writes humorously about the ubiquities of faschingkrapfen. They started showing up during the Christmas holidays but by Carnival week they had taken over. Every time, she and her husband returned home they found a new batch hanging from their doorknob, wrapped in paper towels. After a week of eating fresh jelly donuts every day, Mandel was looking forward to the austerity of Lent. The Krapfen had done their job, making her appreciate six weeks of vegetables, fish and pretzels.
This recipe comes from The Cuisines of Germany
- 3 cups flour
- 1/2 cup lukewarm milk
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 t yeast
- 4-1/2 T butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- pinch of salt
- grated peel of 1 lemon
- 1 cup marmalade or other filling
- fat (or oil) for deep frying
- confectioners sugar
All the ingredients should be at room temperature, except the lukewarm milk.
Sift flour into a large bowl and make a well in the center. Into the well, pour one half of the milk. Add in the sugar and sprinkle the yeast over the top. Sprinkle some of the flour over the yeast. After the yeast begins to foam (15 to 20 minutes) add the butter, eggs, salt and lemon peel. Slowly work in the remaining milk to make an elastic dough.
Knead the dough thoroughly, then roll out in a sheet about 1/2″ thick. Cut out round pancakes about 3 inches in diameter and place a little dab of filling in the center of half of the pancakes. Brush the edges with water and set one of the other pancakes down on top of the filling. Press the edges together. Put a damp cloth over them and allow the dough to rise for 30 minutes.
Heat the fat to about 350 and fry the Krebbel, turning just once, until golden brown on both sides. It’s best to cook only 2 or 3 at a time so the temperature of the cooking fat remains high. Remove from the pan, drain on paper towels and sprinkle with confectioners sugar. The tops of Berliner Pfannkuchen are sometimes glazed with sugar water. The original Krebbel were made without the marmalade filling so the dough was rolled out thicker.