Herbs at 11am, Sewing at 3pm!
The sky is a patchwork quilt today. Parts are fluffy white. Other parts are dark and drippy. There are blue patches striped with white cirrus and even small patches of bright blue! It’s 47F, and things are drying out, although we got 8/10’s of an inch of rain yesterday. Little wind in town, but down on the beaches they’re hitting the low teens. The waves are still growly.
There’s this from the weather service, “Special Statement – Issued: 10:55 AM PDT Apr. 8, 2017 – National Weather Service – … Accumulating hail may make roads occasionally slick today along the coast… Coast Range… and lower Columbia… At 1050 am PDT… National Weather Service Doppler radar showed numerous showers moving onshore into southwest Washington and northwest Oregon. There have been reports from trained weather spotters and County emergency managers that some of the heavier showers have been producing accumulating hail… with the hail making some roads slick along the coast and in the Coast Range. Similar showers have been moving across the Willapa Hills and lower Columbia.
Those planning travel along the coast, through the Coast Range, lower Columbia, or Interstate 5 corridor in southwest Washington, should be aware that heavy showers may produce a quick burst of hail which could make roads suddenly very slippery.
Showers should decrease in coverage and intensity late this afternoon, ending the hail threat by early evening. – Weagle”
Oi! Getting started yesterday was a real challenge. I finally managed to get the newsletter out, but it was 1:30 before I actually started eating my breakfast! Tempus slept until about 2:30, then got up to work in back, getting the table cleared again for tomorrow. I got going on some writing that I’ve been working on for the last week, finally getting everything posted late in the afternoon.
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
The shop opens 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at firstname.lastname@example.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.
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 4/10 at 11:08pm. 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 the Full on 4/9 at 11:08pm.
and C/2015 ER61 PanSTARRS are all glowing at about 6th or 7th magnitude, lovely green in deep images. See Bob King’s article Comet PanSTARRS in Outburst and Binocular Bright. (For Comet 41P use the chart here; the one in the May Sky & Telescope is somewhat off.)
Catch Mercury under Mars this evening while you still can. By the end of the week Mercury has greatly faded. . .. . .while the waxing Moon has moved on to shine on the other side of the sky.
, the bright “Summer Star,” rises in the northeast not long after dark now. Exactly where should you watch for it to come up? Spot the Big Dipper almost overhead in the northeast. Look at Mizar at the bend of its handle. If you can see Mizar’s tiny, close companion Alcor (binoculars make it easy), follow a line from Mizar through Alcor all the way down to the horizon. That’s where Vega makes its appearance.
Mars (a mere magnitude +1.5, in Aries) is the orange “star” moderately low due west in late twilight, below the Pleiades. Watch the Pleiades sink down toward it day by day. Don’t confuse Mars with brighter Aldebaran to the Pleiades’ left.
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
©2017 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).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 8 Low 5:40 AM 1.4 6:44 AM Set 5:48 AM 88
~ 8 High 11:34 AM 7.2 7:53 PM Rise 5:30 PM
~ 8 Low 5:56 PM 0.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Peace energizes my actions. I move on my path in peace.
~ Patience and fortitude conquer all things. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
~ Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge. – Kahlil Gibran
~ Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines. – Robert Schuller
~ Read the directions and directly you will be directed in the right direction – Alice in Wonderland, the Doorknob
April is here!
Blithest season of all the year,
The little brook laughs as it leaps away;
The lambs are out on the hills at play. – Eben E. Rexford (1848–1916)
Vegetarian Barley and Bean Soup Recipe – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html Ten 1-cup servings
- 1 c Chopped onion
- 2 Garlic cloves; minced
- 1 tbsp Vegetable oil
- 6 c Water
- 28 oz Canned tomatoes, chopped — undrained
- 1 can VAN CAMP’s Kidney Beans, 15oz — drained
- 9 oz Frozen green beans or peas
- 1 c Sliced carrots
- 1 c Sliced mushrooms
- 1/2 c Medium Barley
- 1 ts Basil
- 1/2 ts Oregano
- 1/2 ts Salt (optional)
- 1/4 ts Black pepper
- In 4-quart saucepan or Dutch oven, cook onion and garlic in until onion is tender.
- Add remaining ingredients.
- Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to low; cover.
- Simmer 45 to 50 minutes or until barley is tender, stirring occasionally.
- Add additional water if soup becomes too thick upon standing.
NOTE: To use Quick Barley, substitute 2/3 cup quick barley for medium barley and decrease water to 5 cups. Prepare recipe as directed above except simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until barley is tender, stirring occasionally.
Creamy Cornmeal and Pumpkin Porridge – Serves 4 – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html – This rich porridge is silky smooth, almost like a custard. You can use any kind of milk–rice, almond, oat–here. However, almond milk has a nutty flavor that works well with the pumpkin and cornmeal. When buying canned pumpkin puree, make sure to avoid brands with sweeteners. The label should have just one ingredient–pumpkin.
- 2 cups almond, rice, or soymilk
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Maple syrup
- Whisk milk and pumpkin together in medium nonstick saucepan. Bring to boil, stirring occasionally, over medium heat.
- Meanwhile, stir cornmeal, ginger, and salt together in small bowl.
- Whisk in 1/2 cup cold water until smooth.
- Whisk cornmeal mixture into simmering pumpkin mixture.
- Cover pan, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until thickened and hot, about 5 minutes.
- Divide porridge among bowls and drizzle with maple syrup to taste.
- Serve immediately
CHICKEN BARLEY STEW WITH HERBS http://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.html
2-3 LB chicken breasts on the bone
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 LB leeks (3-4 large ones, 4-5 little ones) thickly cut. May substitute onions
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
6 oz barley
3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
3 3/4 cups water
2 bay leaves
1 Tablespoon dried sage
Comment: This is originally an Anglo-Saxon recipe. The original calls for rabbit, but chicken is just as good.
In a large Dutch Oven, melt the butter, then fry the leeks and garlic in the butter. Add the chicken and brown. Add remaining ingredients, reserving the sage. Bring to a boil, then reduce and simmer for 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Remove chicken from pot and let cool. Remove meat from bones and add back to the pot. Add sage. Stir well and serve. Leftovers freeze well. Serves 8
Cottage Cheese and Wild Rice Casserole – Serves 6 – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html – Marilyn Helton, who writes our regular Diabetic Dining on Fabulous Foods column, adapted this recipe from the Wild Rice For All Seasons Cookbook
- small onion, chopped
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3 cups cooked wild rice, about 2/3 cup uncooked
- 1 carton (12 oz.) cottage cheese
- 1 carton (8oz.) sour cream
- 1/4 cup milk
- dash or two of Tabasco® sauce
- 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Sauté the onion in margarine in a skillet and toss the cooked rice with this.
- In a mixing bowl, blend the cottage cheese with the sour cream, milk, Tabasco® sauce and seasoned salt.
- Stir this into the rice and turn into a lightly vegetable spray-coated 1-1/2 qt. casserole.
- Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.
- Bake at 350°F degrees about 25 minutes.