Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
Yesterday was just a frantic day. There were so many details to get ironed out! So many little things to finish. …and then people weren’t answering messages. <grr> Even the pharmacy and doctor were slow. …and that after I put in the refill notice 2 weeks ago for my pills. Go figure.
After some panic we finally just settled in to slog through. I got my ointments done and packaged. I packed my embroidery. I printed some more things. I fixed the schedule as best I could. I packed some more things. I found something that’s going to a travel auction and printed a label and packed that. Eventually Tempus ran back to the apartment after the forgotten macaroni and then we got the salad made, some of which was supper and some for the weekend. …and then I packed clothes, and then I packed food, and then I packed feast gear…..
We ran the route inside-out. A guy out near the usual end of the route seems to take offense at the papers being dropped off. He’s been rude, to put it mildly, so we were out there a couple of hours early to avoid him. We were done and back at the shop by 5:30 and Tempus curled up for a nap while I got to packing again.
Right at the tail end of the route it was starting to look like it was going to get light…and then it started to snow. By the time Tempus curled up it was coming down steadily. …and within an 1/2 hour it was back to rain. I collected up a few more things, determined that there wasn’t anything more I could pack and tried to curl up, myself, but I’m dealing with a funky knee for some reason and it wouldn’t let me drop off until I got my turn lying down.
So today we’re going to finish packing and head out once Tempus is awake and we’ve had coffee and breakfast. I will try to get the newsletters out for Saturday and Sunday, but as always, things can go sideways on me. If so, I’ll try to catch up Sunday night.
Posted on 2/23/16 by Ken Gagne on Facebook of a Yachats beach with a bald eagle and seagulls. Tempus said, “Houston, the eagle has landed!” 🙂
Today’s plant is the Pacific Blackberry, Rubus ursinus.There are several species of blackberries that grow in the PNW, the nasty invasive one being the Himalayan blackberry, Rubus armeniacus. Here are pictures so that you can compare the blossoms, ursinus on the left and armeniacus on the right. Ursinus (from the Latin for “bear”) also has narrower leaves and reddish canes. It is the ancestor of Marionberries, Boysenberries & parent of Loganberries, too. Feminine, Venus, Water, Brigit, Healing, Money, Protection – Carry leaves for money, use blackberry leaves in spring water as healing for burns, in incense for Lughnasadh.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_blackberry
Dragobete is a spring festival of Romania, rather like secular Easter customs and Valentine’s day in one package. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragobete “Dragobete is a traditional Romanian holiday originating from Dacian times and celebrated on February, the 24th. Specifically, Dragobete was the son of Baba Dochia, which stands for the main character in the pagan myth related to spring arrival and the end of the harsh winter.”
“The day is particularly known as “the day when the birds are betrothed”. It is around this time that the birds begin to build their nests and mate. On this day, considered locally the first day of spring, boys and girls gather vernal flowers and sing together. Maidens used to collect the snow that still lies on the ground in many villages and then melt it, using the water in magic potions throughout the rest of the year. Those who take part in Dragobete customs are supposed to be protected from illness, especially fevers, for the rest of the year. If the weather allows, girls and boys pick snowdrops or other early spring plants for the person they are courting. In Romania, Dragobete is known as a day for lovers, rather like Valentine’s Day.”
“It is a common belief in some parts of Romania that, during this celebration, if you step over your partner’s foot, you will have the dominant role in your relationship. Dragobete customs vary from region to region.
In neighbouring Bulgaria, the custom of stepping over one’s partner’s feet traditionally takes place during weddings, and with the same purpose, but it is not believed to be connected to Dragobete.”
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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 2/26 at 6:58am. 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 2/24 at 6:58pm. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Dark, psychopomps. – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris . Phase ends at the Tide Change on 2/26 a6 6:58am.
As dawn begins to brighten this week, Jupiter and Spica shine over the four-star pattern of Corvus, the Crow.
Sirius blazes high in the south on the meridian by about 8 or 9 p.m. now. Using binoculars, examine the spot 4° south of Sirius (directly below it when on the meridian). Four degrees is somewhat less than the width of a typical binocular’s field of view. Can you see a dim little patch of speckly gray haze? That’s the open star cluster M41, about 2,200 light-years away. Sirius, by comparison, is only 8.6 light-years away.
Vesta, the brightest asteroid, is visible in binoculars at magnitude 6.8 as it moves through Gemini near Pollux and Castor. Article and finder chart.
Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness. Runic half-month of Teiwaz/Tyr, 2/27-3/13 This is a time of positive regulation, sacrifice and hard work in order to progress.
Sun in Pisces
Moon in Aquarius
Jupiter (6/9), Vesta (3/7) Retrograde
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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).
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.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 24 Low 4:51 AM 2.8 7:01 AM Rise 5:54 AM 8
~ 24 High 10:40 AM 8.0 5:58 PM Set 4:12 PM
~ 24 Low 5:33 PM -0.1
~ 24 High 11:55 PM 6.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Your intellect follows your sight. Your mind runs behind.
~ My early and invincible love of reading I would not exchange for all the riches of India.- E.Gibbon
~ Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment. –The Seven Habits of Successful People
~ If I had to select one quality, one personal characteristic that I regard as being most highly correlated with success, whatever the field, I would pick the trait of persistence. Determination. The will to endure to the end, to get knocked down 70 times and get up off the floor saying, “Here comes number 71! – Richard M. Devos, businessman
~ The two great words of antiquity are behold and beware. Behold the possibilities and beware the temptations. – Jim Rohn
Poor robin redbreast,
Look where he comes;
Let him in to feel your fire,
And toss him of your crumbs. –Christina G. Rossetti (1830–94)
Tarragon Scented Asparagus Vichyssoise (2 views) From: herbalmuse
Tarragon-Scented Asparagus Vichyssoise Delicious Living Magazine — The sweet aroma of tarragon complements the taste of fresh spring asparagus exceptionally well in this light, refreshing soup.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
1 1/2 pounds asparagus
1 large leek, chopped
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1/2 pound red potatoes, peeled and diced
6 cups light vegetable stock or water
3 tablespoons fresh tarragon, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- Rinse the asparagus. Gently bend each spear just above the woody bottom section to break off. Discard bottom. Chop the asparagus into 1-inch pieces. Set aside 18 tips to use as a garnish.
- In a large saucepan, combine asparagus and remaining ingredients except 2 tablespoons of the tarragon. Cover and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat slightly and continue to cook until the potatoes and asparagus are very tender, about 18 minutes. Remove the soup from the heat and remove the lid so that the asparagus doesn’t discolor during cooling.
- When cool, strain the soup, reserving the liquid. Purée the vegetable mixture in a food processor or blender until very smooth. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, then whisk in the reserved cooking liquid. Stir the remaining tarragon into the soup. Chill thoroughly, then taste and adjust the seasonings. Serve chilled and garnished with the remaining asparagus spears.
Rosemary Sherbet from http://recipes.swankivy.com/rosesher.html
- 2 tablespoons dried rosemary
- 2 cups hot water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 cup orange juice
Soak rosemary in hot water for 10 minutes. Strain; discard rosemary. Bring sugar and cold water to a boil over medium heat. Stir sugar water, lemon juice, and orange juice into rosemary water. Spoon into individual dishes and freeze.
NOTE: This pretty much freezes solid, not so much like a sherbet as like a popsicle. However, as long as you’ve put them in a microwave-safe container, you’re fine–microwave slightly for 15 to 20 seconds, then stir. You may have to crush it up a little with a spoon before it is edible. Do not put in the fridge. It will simply melt.
Yield: 6 half-cup servings
Source: Telesco, A Kitchen Witch’s Cookbook
Use for: Anytime, Ostara, Beltane
Welsh Bake Stones
- 1 Pound Self-Rising Flour
- 2 Large Eggs (Beaten)
- 8 Ounces Sultanas
- 8 Ounces Butter
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- Combine the flour, butter or margarine, sultanas, eggs, and sugar.
- In a separate container mix water with milk and add just enough to the flour mixture to make a pliable dough.
- Roll onto floured surface to 1/2″ thickness.
- Cut out circles with a small glass (2″) a pastry cutter.
- Cook in an oiled pan until lightly browned on both sides.
Silliness – A lady wanted to board her horse. The first farmer she asked said he would keep it at $25 a day, plus he would keep the manure. She thought that was too high and went to another farmer. His price was $20 per day plus he would get to keep the manure. Then she went to a third farmer who asked just $5 a day. The lady asked, “Don’t you want to keep the manure?” The farmer said, “At $5 a day, there won’t be any!”