It’s been raining since I got home last night and we’re almost at 1/3 of an inch, at this point. 49F and the wind at 11mph, although it’s less in town. The bay was matte with the wind, but no whitecaps. The barometer is bottoming out (and wow, are my joints complaining about it!) and we should have at least as much rain again over the next 24 hours.
Yesterday was a fun day for me. I got to teach a class that I love. I got to do a little embroidery. I got to see some friends that I haven’t seen in nearly a years and others that I could still use more time with. Tempus and I had a good drive to Eugene and Isabeau brought me back. Tempus apparently had a good day at the shop, too, mostly working on bone needles and tending the front.
Today’s plant is Nasturtium, Tropaeolum majus, (not watercress, which is true nasturtium). It’s certainly not native to the PNW, but grows well here. I love the brilliant oranges and yellows of the flowers. They’re yummy, too, with a slightly peppery taste, both leaf and flower and the seeds serve as a substitute for capers in pickles. The flowers stand for Victory in Battle; Patriotism and Affectation and are little used in magicks other than as symbols and foods for Ostara and Beltane celebrations because of their association with the Sun. They also can be used as a symbol for sacrifice to the larger good of soldiers, firemen and police, but are usually only seen at funerals in this context. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropaeolum_majus
Today in 1189 the 3rd Crusade began, sometimes called the Kings’ Crusade since Richard Lionheart of England, Phillip II of France and Frederick Barbarossa put it together. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Crusade The Crusades were an odd phenomenon, part political, part religious and really caused more damage than they did any good. On the other hand, they set off the industrial revolution of the Middle Ages (wind and water power) and eventually the Renaissance. Also, there were a *lot* of crusades that didn’t include the holy land at all, hacking up heretics in Provence, anyone?. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crusades We’re still paying the price for the hubris that set the whole thing off.
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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 1/31 at 5:27am. 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 1/21 at 9:17am. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 1/24 at 2:20pm.
Betelgeuse in Orion’s shoulder stands straight over Sirius at some particular time these evenings — but when does it happen for your particular site? (To make the brightest stars show especially large in this image, legendary sky photographer Akira Fujii stretched a women’s nylon stocking over his camera lens as a diffuser.)
The waxing crescent Moon remains up in the west-southwest after dark now. Right after dusk, look to the Moon’s shines precisely below fiery Betelgeuse in Orion’s shoulder, as captured at right. How accurately can you time this event for your location, perhaps using a plumb bob or the vertical edge of a building? Of the two, Sirius leads early in the evening, and Betelgeuse leads later. Welcome to pre-telescopic astronomy.
left (by about two fists at arm’s length) for orange Beta Ceti, 2nd magnitude. That’s about as bright as the stars of the Great Square of Pegasus — which you’ll find balancing on one corner a little farther to the Moon’s upper right.
Mars and Jupiter (magnitudes +1.3, and –1.9, respectively) rise in the east-southeast around 2 or 3 a.m. and are high in the south-southeast by early dawn. Jupiter, the first up, is the brightest point in the sky. Mars glows to Jupiter’s lower left. They’re 7° apart on the morning of January 20th, widening to 10° apart by the 27th. Lower left of Mars, look for Antares and the rest of upper Scorpius.
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Goddess Month of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.
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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
Su 21 High 3:23 AM 7.1 7:45 AM Rise 10:16 AM 12
~ 21 Low 9:07 AM 2.8 5:11 PM Set 10:00 PM
~ 21 High 2:42 PM 7.2
~ 21 Low 9:24 PM 0.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Believe in Magic!
~ Love, by its very nature, is unworldly, and it is for this reason rather than its rarity that it is not only apolitical but anti-political, perhaps the most powerful of all anti-political human forces. – Hanna Arendt
~ May you be consoled in the secret symmetry of your soul. – John O’Donohue
~ More important than being loved, therefore, is to love. – Dalai Lama
~ Most of us spend too much time on the last 24 hours and too little on the last 6000 years. – Will Durant
A cheer for the snow—the drifting snow!
Smoother and purer than beauty’s brow!
The creature of thought scarce likes to tread
On the delicate carpet so richly spread. – –Eliza Cook (1818–89)
Scottish Barley and Mushroom Casserole – VEGETARIAN
2 medium cooking onions, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 pound mushroom, thinly sliced
1 cup pearl barley
1 tablespoon dried basil
3 cups vegetable stock
salt and pepper to taste
chopped fresh parsley
Preheat oven to 375º. In a stovetop to oven-safe casserole dish with a lid, sauté onions and garlic until translucent and browned. Add mushrooms and cook until tender. Add barley, basil, salt, pepper and stock. Bring to a boil.
Cover and put in oven. Cook until barley is tender, about 45 – 50 minutes. Toss with parsley and serve.
Imbolc Feast Lamb Stew
- 2- 1/2 lb. lamb neck chops-with fat left on
- 1 tbs. lamb fat
- 4 medium onions
- 1 tbs. butter/margarine
- 4 medium carrots
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 4 medium potatoes
- 1 tbs. parsley, chopped
- 1 tsp. each salt & pepper
- 1 tbs. chives, chopped
Shred some of the excess fat from the lamb chops and cook it down in a large pot or Dutch-oven. Peel the onions, carrots, and potatoes. Cut the onions and carrots into quarters, and put all the vegetables aside. Cut the meat into pieces, and trim away the rest of the excess fat. The bones need not be removed. Place the meat in the hot fat and brown. Repeat with the onions and carrots. Add water, salt, and pepper carefully. Put whole potatoes on top. Cover pot and simmer gently until meat is cooked, approx. 2 hours. Remove from heat. Pour off the cooking liquid into a separate sauce pan, allow to cool for a few minutes, skim off grease, and reheat. Add butter, chives, and parsley to the reheated liquid in the sauce pan. Pour heated liquid back over the stew. Serve hot. Makes 4-6 servings.
Spring Vegetable Quiche
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh chives
- 2 tbsp cold water
Heat oven to 400 degrees F. In medium bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in the butter until crumbly. Stir in chives and then water. The mixture will be crumbly. Shape it into a ball and roll on a lightly floured surface to a 12 inch circle. Ease into a 10 inch quiche pan, pressing firmly against the bottom and sides.
- 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (1 8-ounce package)
- 6 slices crisp cooked bacon, crumbled
- 1/2 cup fresh asparagus tips chopped well
- 1/4 c shredded carrot
- 1 1/4 cup milk
- 4 eggs, lightly beaten
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Spread your first 4 fillings over the bottom of the crust in layers. In a separate bowl, beat together the remaining filling ingredients and pour over all items in the bottom of the crust.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden and set. A fork will come out clean when stuck in the center. Let stand 10 minutes before serving with a mixed green salad.
[Anja’s Note – Having made quiche of different varieties for years, I would probably use a “quickie” version of the crust with a prepared pie shell sprinkled heavily with fresh chives before adding the fillings. I’ve made this both from this recipe and the “quickie” and the major difference is whether the bottom crust is flaky (original) or a little damp.]