It’s wet and gloomy. It rained hard in the hours before dawn, but there’s only been a little, since. 52F, wind at 9 gusting well up into the teens, AQI 14. We didn’t get all that much rain, yesterday, but it looks like there’s a storm rolling in overnight since we’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR WINDS and a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR HAZARDOUS SEAS through tomorrow, 10am. After that the chance of rain is low through the weekend.
Yesterday started late for me, because we were trying to sort out the leak problem right off the bat. We had a decent number of folks in, shopping, for January. Tempus went out to pay our rent (he tried on Friday, but when he was at the bank, was in line right next to the guy we pay it *to*, who told him that they had closed early….) and when he got back it was already time to think about class, both cleaning up and supper before.
After I got a nap I got to sewing again. The kirtle is done, all but the back lacing part. The smock is washed and drying. Tempus found more of the blue fabric for the gown and then started cleaning more of the table because I need to whole thing for cutting out. I made some eggshell fertilizer to get rid of a couple of space wasters, and then settled in to fitting pieces to what I have.
Today we slept in. Both of us have been pushing hard and we have the paper route tonight. I have a lot of sewing to do and we both have some chores, plus we need to start packing stock. There’s mail to get and Tempus needs to do a store run before starting on the papers.
Maidenhair Fern is cultivated for use in gardens, but out here on the coast you can’t walk past a stand of trees without seeing it. Our variety is Adiantum Pedatum, (northern maidenhair, five-fingered fern) most often , but others of the aidantums get mixed in, too. – Feminine, Venus, Water – This represents the physical presence of the Divine Feminine, much as the Sword Fern represents the Divine Masculine. To get more in touch with this part of your Higher Self and to gain grace and physical beauty (always remembering that true beauty is from within) soak a sprig of this plant in water (…better by moonlight, and it’s a great ritual for a Full Moon) and hang it in your bedroom. This is also helpful for the transition times between life stages, and can even help with becoming pregnant if there are physical difficulties with a woman’s cycles. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adiantum_pedatum and on the family grouping here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maidenhair_fern
Lesser (Rural) Dionysia, festival of Dionysus, ancient Greece – This wasn’t a set date, either festivals were held in different areas on different dates. A festival with a lot of comedy and horseplay in honor of Dionysus, where a large wooden phallus was carried in a procession. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dionysia and a description of the procession and revels here: http://web.eecs.utk.edu/~mclennan/BA/JO-RD.html plus another link on the Dionysian Mysteries: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dionysian_Mysteries
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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 1/20 at 9:16pm. 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 1/10 at 5:28am.
After dinnertime now, the enormous Andromeda-Pegasus complex runs from near the zenith far down to the west. Near the zenith, spot Andromeda’s high foot: 2nd-magnitude Gamma Andromedae (Almach), slightly orange. Andromeda is standing on her head, on the Great Square of Pegasus. The Great Square is about halfway down from the zenith to the west horizon, balancing on one corner. Mars shines left of the bottom corner. Down from the Square’s bottom corner run the stars outlining Pegasus’s neck and head, ending at his nose: 2nd-magnitude Enif, due west and also slightly orange.
Mars (magnitude +0.5 or +0.6, in Pisces) still shines high in the south-southwest at nightfall and sets around 11 or so. In a telescope it’s gibbous and disappointingly small, 7 arcseconds from pole to pole.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for January
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
Runic half-month of Eihwaz/Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books 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 Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch – The silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) is the most common tree birch in much of Europe. It grows up to 30 m (100 feet) high, but is more often found in spreading clumps on sandy soils. It is one of the first trees to colonize an area after a mature forest is cut; this is probably a large part of its symbolic connection with new beginnings. It is cultivated in North America, often under the name of weeping birch. The three trees in my front yard form root sprouts that would take over the bed where they are planted if I didn’t cut them back. The common birch (B. pubescens Ehrh.) is almost as widespread as the silver birch, but grows primarily on acid or peaty soils. It can reach 20 m (65 feet) in height. Birches are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae). Curtis Clark
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 8 High 2:20 AM 6.9 7:52 AM Rise 9:37 AM 2
8 Low 7:41 AM 3.4 4:54 PM Set 7:36 PM
8 High 1:18 PM 8.0
8 Low 8:19 PM -0.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day –The warmth of the covers; the knowledge that today no demands await you. Give thanks to the Goddess for this respite.
~ If you’re angry at a loved one, hug that person. And mean it. You may not want to hug – which is all the more reason to do so. It’s hard to stay angry when someone shows they love you, and that’s precisely what happens when we hug each other. ~Walter Anderson, The Confidence Course, 1997
~ The things we are afraid of seem to be like high mountains to climb. When we have gone through them they were in fact very small hills. Tricky mind. – Shanti
~ Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. – St. Francis of Assisi
~ Physics is becoming so unbelievably complex that it is taking longer and longer to train a physicist. It takes so long to train a physicist to the place where he understands the nature of physical problems that he is already too old to solve them. – Eugene Wigner (1902-1995) Hungarian-born US physicist
When all were all asleep the snow came flying,
In large white flakes falling on the city brown,
Stealthily and perpetually settling and loosely lying. – –Robert Bridges (1844–1930)
Cheddar Dill Scones – From: email@example.com (Sandra)
- 2 1/2 Cup all-purpose flour
- 1 Cup (4 oz.) shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1/4 Cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 2 tsp dill weed
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 Cup butter or margarine
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1/2 Cup half-and-half
Heat oven to 400 degrees. In medium bowl combine all ingredients EXCEPT butter, eggs and half-and-half. Cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in eggs and half-and-half just until moistened. Turn dough onto lightlyfloured surface; knead until smooth (1 min.). Divide dough in half; roll each half into 8″ circle. Cut each circle into 8 pie-shapedwedges. Place 1″ apart on cookie sheets. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
Apple Scones – From: kati@glnserv.UUCP (Lady Dragon) – Servings: 18
- 2 c Flour
- 3 t Baking Powder
- 2 T Sugar
- 1/2 t Cinnamon
- 1/2 t Salt
- 6 T Shortening
- 1/2 c Apples, peeled, chopped fine
- 1/2 c Raisins
- 4 T Cold Apple juice or water
- Preheat oven to 400 deg F.
- Mix together dry ingredients.
- Cut in shortening as you would for a pie crust.
- Stir in apples and raisins.
- Add enough juice to make a stiff dough.
- On floured surface, roll dough about 1/2″ thick.
- Cut into triangles
- Bake on cookie sheet for 10 minutes, or until light brown.
Fruited Oat Scones – From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Chris Behrens) – Source: Quaker Oat pamphlet received in mail
- 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cups Quaker Oats (Quick or Old Fashioned, uncooked)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tblsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt (optional)
- 1/3 cup margarine
- 6 oz. pkg (1 1/3 cups) diced dried mixed fruit
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon (a dash, I’ll use more next time)
Heat oven to 375 deg F. Combine flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in margarine until mixture resembles course crumbs; stir in fruit. Add combined milk and eggs, mixing just until moistened. Shape dough to form a ball. Turn out onto lightly floured surface; knead gently 6 times. On lightly greased cookie sheet, pat out dough to form 8-inch circle. With sharp knife, score round into 12 wedges.; sprinkle with combined sugar and cinnamon. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Break apart; serve warm. Makes 1 scone with as many wedges as you scored.
Irish Herb Scones – Source: Vera Gewanter, “A Passion for Vegetables” from http://www.unc.edu/~reddeer/recipe/rec_mabon.html#herbscone
- 1/2 pound Mealy potatoes
- 4 Tablespoons Flour
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt
- 4 Tablespoons Oil
- 2 Tablespoons Chopped parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon Dried dill
- 1/4 teaspoon Savory
- 1/4 teaspoon Marjoram
- 1/4 teaspoon Powdered sage
- Oil for frying
Boil or bake the potatoes, then pass through a foodmill. Mix the flour, salt, oil & herbs with the potatoes. On a floured board, roll this dough to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Cut into triangles 3 or 4 inches wide.
Fry in very hot oil on both sides until light golden.