Minus tides start tomorrow! Wicca 101 at 7pm. Lesson 5.
Blue sky all over! The marine layer is even pulled back almost to the horizon! We’ve got a preview of summer, at least, although it’s still a bit chilly. 57F and the wind is at 6. Double that on the beach. Enjoy the sunshine. Rain should be back on Thursday.
Yesterday was fun! We started with doughnuts which is always a fun thing, then started cleaned up in back so I could make the ricotta (which we never got to) and I sorted stuff up front so I could get going on more projects. Tempus fished out my blue velveteen and we lined a sewing box that’s getting made for a prize for an event at the end of the month. After that I worked on getting the contents ready, cotton in the bottom of the needlecases, covers for the snips and awl, winding thread onto small spools. Tempus got a bamboo needlecase made for the longest needle, too.
I fried cheese for lunch and we had that with bread and olives. Very tasty! I did another round of prep on the beeswax that I’m washing, then cut fabrics for pincushions and did some embroidery.
I did a reading late in the afternoon and then Stella dropped by for a long chat. Tempus and I had supper right after and then headed home tired, but with a lot done.
We have some more of the crystals to get put away today and I have some more books to inventory and price. Tempus has a couple of errands to run and then a friend’s lawnmower to work on. Of course, we have class tonight.
I’m hoping that during the afternoon I can manage to get more of the stuff cluttering the office space out of the way and start clearing the work table up front so I can start headering some more herbs. That wall looks mighty empty!
Maybe I’ll get to do some sewing or embroidery in during the late afternoon. Oh, and I need to make the ricotta….
Today’s Plant is the Large-Leaved Avens, Geum macrophyllum. They’re a beautiful plant in the woods and garden and a food for many butterflies.-Masculine, Jupiter Fire – These plants are used in exorcism mixes, whether incense, amulet or “sprinkle” and for purification, as the live plants can chase nasty influences. If you hate having traveling salesmen or evangelists at your door, plant these along with mint by the pathways. North American species are used in love blends, too. More:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum_macrophyllum More on the family athttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum
Helston Furry Day is an event in Cornwall, similar to other customs around the British Isles. It consists of a carnival with several specific dances during the day resembling, to my mind, some of the Carnivale parades. I don’t know that they’re related, except by common human impulse. “Furry” comes from “feria” which means festival. There are several dance processions during the day. The kids have one in the morning, which the schools from the area take turns leading. There’s another mid-day, the Hal-en-Tow, which features characters from folklore. Here’s the song of that name: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qs9PMky7Fj0 and the mid-day dance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JWd6mpR-fY and a longer one with bits from all the festivity parts, the famous “Furry Dance” starting at about 4 minutes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yyO-VP-0nY Bonfires and hobby horses and Morris Dancers and Maying all get mixed in. Sounds like a fun party! More on Wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furry_Dance and a whole page of interesting May customs here: http://piereligion.org/mayday2.html#furry
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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 5/10 at 2:42pm. 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 5/9 at 5:42am.
The waxing gibbous Moon is now stepping eastward across Virgo, past Jupiter and Spica. (The blue 10° scale is about the width of your fist at arm’s length.)
These spring evenings, the long, dim sea serpent Hydra snakes level far across the southern sky. Find Hydra’s head, a rather dim asterism about the width of your thumb at arm’s length, in the southwest. (It’s lower right of Regulus by about two fists at arm’s length. Also, a line from Castor through Pollux points to it 2½ fists away.) Hydra’s tail stretches all the way to Libra, rising in the southeast. Hydra’s star pattern, from forehead to tail-tip, is 95° long.
Mercury is hidden deep in the glow of sunrise.
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Celtic Tree Month of Huath/Hawthorn, May 13 – Jun 9
Runic half-month of Laguz/ Lagu, 4/29-5/13 Representing the flowing and mutable forces of water, Lagu symbolizes life, growth and waxing power of this time of year.
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Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12 – The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 8 Low 6:08 AM 0.3 5:57 AM Set 5:16 AM 91
~ 8 High 12:12 PM 6.4 8:29 PM Rise 6:27 PM
~ 8 Low 6:02 PM 1.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Failures are divided into two classes. Those who thought and never did and those who did and never thought.
~ It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question. – Eugene Ionesco
~ Kisses are like salt water, The more you drink, the more you thirst. – udagi
~ Many men have been capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing. – Alexander Pope
~ Meditation keeps me grounded. It doesn’t mean I am perfect. It means I have the guts to look at my life and enjoy it more. – Batul
Some very worthy persons, who have not had great advantages for information, have objected against that clause in the constitution which provides, that no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States. They have been afraid that this clause is unfavorable to religion. But my countrymen, the sole purpose and effect of it is to exclude persecution, and to secure to you the important right of religious liberty. We are almost the only people in the world, who have a full enjoyment of this important right of human nature. In our country every man has a right to worship God in that way which is most agreeable to his conscience. If he be a good and peaceable person he is liable to no penalties or incapacities on account of his religious sentiments; or in other words, he is not subject to persecution. But in other parts of the world, it has been, and still is, far different. Systems of religious error have been adopted, in times of ignorance. It has been the interest of tyrannical kings, popes, and prelates, to maintain these errors. When the clouds of ignorance began to vanish, and the people grew more enlightened, there was no other way to keep them in error, but to prohibit their altering their religious opinions by severe persecuting laws. In this way persecution became general throughout Europe. – Founding Father Oliver Ellsworth, Philip B Kurland and Ralph Lerner (eds.), The Founder’s Constitution, University of Chicago Press, 1987, Vol. 4, p. 638
Hasenpfeffer – By Mysterygirl – Anyone else remember Elmer Fudd planning this dish out of Bugs Bunny? 🙂
- TOTAL TIME 49 hrs
- PREP 48 HRS
- COOK 1 HR
Not sure if this is the traditional Hasenpfeffer but it is definitely delicious. I got this about 20 years ago from a small cookbook with recipes from inns around the US. No idea which inn this came from. Takes a long time but it is soooo worth it. – SERVINGS 8
- 5 -6lbs rabbits, cut up or 5 -6 lbs may substitutechicken
- 1 1⁄2cups diced onions
- 1cup white mushrooms, quartered or 1 cupmushroom
- 4slices bacon, cut up
- 3tablespoons butter
- 2teaspoons salt
- 1⁄2cup flour
- 1⁄2cup sour cream
- 2cups red wine
- 1cup water
- 1⁄2cup white vinegar
- 1tablespoon lemon juice
- 4cloves garlic
- 1⁄2teaspoon thyme
- 1⁄2teaspoon rosemary
- 1⁄2teaspoon marjoram leaves
- 1cup celery leaves
- Mix marinade ingredients together.
- Add rabbit pieces and store in refrigerator for 2 days.
- After rabbit has marinated, in a large pot, cook onions, mushrooms and bacon until onions are soft.
- Remove vegetables and bacon.
- Add butter to pan.
- Remove rabbit from marinade and pat dry.
- Strain the marinade and save.
- Sprinkle salt over rabbit, dip in flour and brown in the butter.
- When all of the rabbit pieces are browned, return veggies and bacon to pan, pour strained marinade over rabbit and veggies.
- Cover and simmer until tender, about 1 hour.
- Remove rabbit from pan and place on a heated platter. Stir salt and flour into sour cream, add to sauce in pan and stir well.
- Pour sauce over rabbit.
GRILLED LAMB MEATBALLS – BY VICTORIA GRANOF – Okay, so maybe they’re more like footballs. You can serve this Mediterranean-influenced dish with a dipping sauce made with Greek yogurt (about a cup), 1 diced cucumber, and a pinch each of parsley, cumin, and salt.
- YIELD: Makes 5 servings
- ACTIVE TIME: 30 minutes
- TOTAL TIME: 1 hour
- 1 pound ground lamb
- 2 heaping tablespoons dry bulgur, soaked in 1 cup water until soft (about 30 minutes), then drained
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 small onion, grated and drained
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground paprika (optional)
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (optional)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Mix together everything but the oil with your hands. Form the mixture into ovals about the size and thickness of small hamburger patties.
- Put the meat on skewers (as shown) and brush it with the oil. Grill or broil the patties for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side.
- Serve with the dipping sauce (see above), if desired.
Herbed eggs in Pastry
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 15 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 5 tablespoons ice water
In a bowl, stir together the flour and salt. Add the butter pieces and, using a pastry blender or a fork, cut in the butter until the mixture looks crumbly and the butter is inpea-sized pieces. Add the ice water and, using a wooden spoon, work in very briefly to form a rough dough. Do not make the dough a smooth ball. Work unincorporated flour into the dough when rolling out. Wrap the dough and loose flour particles in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or for up to 1 week before use.
- 1/4 cup shredded provolone, Muenster or similar cheese
- 2 teaspoons mixed chopped fresh herbs (such as tarragon, chives, thyme and/or Italian parsley, in any combination)
- 8 large eggs,
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into bits,
- 4 tablespoons heavy cream
Prepare the pastry dough as directed and refrigerate for 1 hour. Preheat an oven to 400. Butter and flour four 4 inch tart pans or ramekins. Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and dust with flour as well. Roll out 1/8 inch thick and cut out 4 rounds each about 6 inches in diameter. Carefully transfer them to the prepared pans, pressing gently against the bottom and sides. Trim off the overhang and, using your thumb and forefinger, crimp the edges attractively. Score the bottoms and sides several times with the tines of a fork. Line with waxed paper and fill with pie weights or beans. Bake until very light brown, 8-10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool, then remove the weights or beans and the waxed paper. Reduce the oven temperature to 350. Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon of the cheese into the bottom of each cooled pastry shell. In a small dish, stir together the remaining cheese and the herbs. Break 2 eggs into each pastry shell, positioning them side by side, and dot the tops with the butter, dividing it equally. Sprinkle the cheese-herb mixture evenly over the tops, then spoon 1 tablespoon of cream atop each pair of eggs. Bake until the eggs have set, about 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 1 minute. Using a narrow spatula, carefully transfer to warmed individual plates and serve immediately.
Silliness – Signs and Notices – “Children left unattended will be towed at parents expense.”