My doctor’s appointment was fast and thorough and all good news…except for the blood-tests that I really needed to get. Panic…. …and we had to sit for most of an hour, waiting…. more panic… it’s not that I can’t keep it down, but it builds and I already hadn’t slept much because I was worried that I was going to have to do just that. So, that was very unfunny and I had to sit for a few after, and drink some apple juice because I was already staggery from the vertigo and I must have turned utterly green…..
So when we got home, Tempus fed me and then tucked me back into bed and I slept until 3 or so, while he worked on the car. I got back to work on that border, but the program is much slower than it used to be. I have to stop and wait for it often enough that I pulled out my needle-hitching and got back to work on it during the waits. …and got very frustrated. I can see how it’s supposed to go, but with the shorter strings there were too many knots! So, I thought about it and decided to do one with square knot lace, instead.
I made a “Mom glop” for supper and then he took off for Newport after tending birds for some friends and I got a nap. Once I was up I started back in on that border. Sheesh! I alternated with working on mustard, though. It kept me from starting a cheese. <sigh> I wanted to get one done, but I had to finish that border! …and the mustard is done.
We saw the Moon almost immediately. Tempus said he saw it crossing over the bridge toward the shop, but there were a lot of lumpy cirrus clouds that obscured it. I started seeing Venus (I thought), but as we were finishing Bayshore I realized that I was seeing Jupiter and Venus was farther down! It’s sunk a lot in the last 5 days. We had some really good views of the two planets and Moon and Aldebaran (this is all happening in Taurus).
It was cold out there! 37F! …but the sun is rising, so it’ll warm up, soon. We’re going to sleep pretty soon, and then when I’m up and at the shop, I have a cheese to do, and then to try a biscuit recipe that sounds really good and can be wrapped around olives to make an appetizer. Tempus says he’s going to work in back to see if he can get another batch of cleaning done.
Today plant is Common Maidenhair, the Spleenwort, Asplenium family, Pictured is Asplenium trichomanes ssp. quadrivalens.) This is not the Maidenhair fern which is Adiantum family (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adiantum )! The Doctrine of signatures associates this plant with the treatment of diseases of the spleen because of the shape of the sori (the reproductive spots on the leaves). Asplenium nidus and Asplenium bulbiferum are often sold as decorative potted plants. It is used by herbalists as a Demulcent; Expectorant; & Laxative. (although it may have some cancer-causing chemicals in it and as an Emmenagogue (which helps to fix problems with the female reproductive cycle. At one point it was used in cures for syphis. It even makes a good hair rinse. – Masculine, Saturn, Earth, – It is used in magics to cure an enlarged spleen or in any of the associated blood disorders. We made amulets at one point for a kiddo who had exploded his spleen in an fall and he’s all healed up. “Gravel” or stones in the spleen and liver can also be helped this way. It should not be used by women, except as a contraceptive. More on the associated plant for today’s martyr here: Asplenium trichomanes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asplenium
Today is the feast day of St Martina of Rome, virgin and martyr, died 228c.e. – An emperor wanted to marry her. When he took her to Apollo’s temple there was an earthquake that knocked down the statue, which then talked to her. She’s one of the ones that they did everything to, poured hot oil on her, tried to yank her apart with hooks, a lion wouldn’t eat her, etc. They finally cut off her head and instead of blood, milk flowed out. Ew…. Makes you wonder what the fascination with taking people apart is…. More on her here: http://saints.sqpn.com/saint-martina/
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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 2/4 at 1:04pm. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 1/31 at 1:04am.
As dawn begins to brighten on Thursday morning, Antares, Jupiter, Venus, and the waning crescent Moon form a graceful arc, 35° long, in the southeastern sky. But the stars of this show are the Moon and Venus. They form a strikingly close bright pair, about 2° apart at the times of dawn in the Americas. Think photo opportunity! With each passing day, the waning crescent Moon rises about an hour later and appears lower in the southeastern sky before dawn. That’s a good thing for fans of conjunctions, because it sets up a string of pretty encounters with the bright morning planets. Today, the 24-percent-lit Moon hangs 6° to Jupiter’s upper right, and the two will barely squeeze into a single field of view through binoculars. Of course, magnitude –1.9 Jupiter is a treat all week. It currently rises shortly before 4 a.m. local time and climbs 20° high an hour before the Sun comes up. If you point a telescope at the giant world, you’ll see a 34″-diameter disk that features at least two conspicuous cloud belts.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, at the Aries-Pisces border) is still well up in the southwest right after dark. It’s visible in binoculars if you have a good finder chart (and know the constellations well enough to see where to start with the chart).
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for January
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
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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.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 30 Low 1:49 AM 3.2 7:37 AM Rise 3:35 AM 30
~ 30 High 8:05 AM 8.0 5:23 PM Set 1:17 PM
~ 30 Low 3:23 PM 0.7
~ 30 High 9:55 PM 5.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am willing to do all that the Mother lets me know needs to be done. Attachment to other aims leads to frustration.
~ Wise sayings often fall on barren ground; but a kind word is never thrown away. – Arthur Helps
~ Fairies are invisible and inaudible like angels. But their magic sparkles in nature. ~ Lynn Holland
~ Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly. – Langston Hughes.
~ Within our dreams and aspirations we find our opportunities. – Sugar Ray Leonard
When men were all asleep the snow came flying,
In large white flakes falling on the city brown,
Stealthily and perpetually settling and loosely lying,
Hushing the latest traffic of the drowsy town. – Robert Bridges (1844–1930)
- 5 generous pinches of saffron (or to taste, with experimentation) dissolved in 3/4 cup boiling water.
In a separate bowl Cream:
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
Mix & Add:
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 cups flour
Add: Saffron water mixture to the above.
Bake at 350 degrees for approximately one hour.
Pasty Recipe Spell
Incense of the day: Sandalwood
Ancient people gathered as much food as possible so it would last them throughout the long winter months. Hearty food was often served in Celtic countries in the winter. This included oatmeal with butter and milk, soft cheeses, root vegetables, nuts and berries, bread, and dried or salted fish and meat. In later times, pasties or pastry pies were served. These consisted of baked dough toasted around a meat, fish, or vegetable filling. These were so popular that it was said the devil would not come to Cornwall for fear of being put into a pie! Here is a recipe for traditional pies to share at your winter rites and ceremonies. Combine one pound of flour with a half pound of butter, three eggs, and hot water. Roll out the dough on a board three times. Then cut it into six-inch circles, place the filling in the center of the circles, and fold them over to make a half moon shapes. Cook at 350 degrees until they are golden. By: Sharynne NicMhacha
Honey Cakes – Little fried cakes, dipped in honey and nutmeg. A delightful sweet Imbolc treat.
- 1/2 cup Riesling wine
- 1 egg
- 2/3 cup flour
- 1 cup honey
- 2 tbs sugar
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- Dash of salt
- Beat the egg together with the wine.
- In another mixing bowl, sift together the flour, cinnamon, sugar and salt.
- Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture. Stir until blended through. Let stand for 30 minutes.
- In another small bowl, mix the honey and nutmeg. In a skillet, heat up about a 1/2 inch of oil. Drop a tablespoon of batter into the oil and fry until golden brown. Drain off the oil, and dip into the honey mixture.
Finnish Shrove Tuesday Buns
Flamboyantly filled with rich and expensive ingredients—whipped cream and almond paste—these Shrove Tuesday buns are an indulgent contrast to the upcoming fast of Lent. They are served for morning coffee or for breakfast on top of a bowl of hot milk, or for dessert in a bowl of hot chocolate milk.
Shrove Tuesday or Laskiainen in Finland is a time for outdoor parties. Everybody lends a hand to build a toboggan slide, and children as well as adults take part in the fun. Lanterns and candles are hung in surrounding trees and afterwards everybody comes back into the house for pea soup and almond-filled Lenten buns for dessert.
- 1 package yeast
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 1 cup scalded milk (cooled)
- 1 cup sugar 1 t salt
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup soft butter
- 5-1/2 to 6 cups flour
Dissolve the yeast in a large bowl of warm water and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Add the milk, sugar, salt and eggs. Add the butter and 2 cups of flour, beating until satiny smooth. Slowly stir in the rest of the flour until stiff. Let it rest for 15 minutes covered. Knead for ten minutes. Place in a greased bowl, cover and let double (this should take about 1 hour). Turn out onto an oiled surface. Cut into 36 pieces. Shape each piece into a ball. Grease a baking sheet and set the balls on it, flattening them slightly. Let rise until puffy. Brush with egg yolk. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes at 400 degrees until golden.
- 1/2 lb blanched whole almonds
- 1 cup powdered sugar 1 cup whipped cream
- powdered sugar for garnish
Grind almonds until fine. Add the sugar and 1/2 cup of cream and blend into a paste. When the rolls are slightly cooled, cut a lid off the top, about 1/2 inch down. Hollow out slightly. Whip the remaining cream (add a little sweetening if you like). Put in a spoonful of filling, then whipped cream. Replace the lid. Sift the powdered sugar over the rolls and serve. Makes 3 dozen.
Silliness – Good Advice – Military Style – Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it.