Yesterday it took forever to get moving. I had hoped to be on our way by noon and it was past 2!! I did get the two batches of cookies done, plus two loads of dishes that needed it and some laundry. Plus we got to spend time with Sasha!
It was so late when we were done that Sash was off to work and we stopped at Arctic Circle to grab some food in the drive-through! Tempus fast-offloaded, so after he left and I got a nap, I started working my way through the stuff that needed to be put away.
By midnight he was hard at work on papers and I started a batch of spiced nuts. I put a couple of the recipes that I’ve mentioned below in the Magick section. …and then I put away some more stuff. It takes awhile! I’m trying to sort so I can find what I need on the day of the feast. In between bouts of sorting and putting away I was working on feast planning.
Tempus picked me up at 4:20 and we were done with Bayshore by 5, then finished the rt 34 drops just before 6. Venus was high and bright enough by then to throw light tracks across the river. It had been cloudy as we were doing Bayshore, but those started to break up and as we were coming back across the bridge, Jupiter was visible. For awhile, Jupiter and Venus were equally bright as Venus was still caught in the lower clouds, but as they climbed they put on quite a show!
Today we’re going to sleep for awhile and then when we get up, we’re going to have to clean up the work table so I can make cheese.
Today is the Aphrodisia, the festival sacred to Aphrodite in ancient Greece. She wasn’t a nice goddess, being fickle and unfaithful and a trouble-maker. She seems to have mellowed a bit with age, though. <<<< This Botticelli painting is probably the most famous image of her and is often called “Venus on the Half-Shell”. 🙂 She’s often called “foam-born” since she arose from the ocean and “Cyprian Aphrodite” because she apparently came ashore on the island of <<<<<<<<< Cyprus on this rock. There are a lot of middle-eastern goddesses who are related in forms of worship, Ishtar being the most obvious. Her symbols are: the sea, dolphins, doves, swans, pomegranates, sceptres, apples, myrtle, rose trees, lime trees, clams, scallop shells, and pearls. I’ll be putting some more in, soon, before Valentine’s/Lupercalia and there’s more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aphrodisia
Today’s plant, sacred to both St. Dorothea (patron saint of florists http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothea_of_Caesare ,which is the attribution that you usually see) and to Aphrodite, is the Jacinth
or Blue Hyacinth, Hyacinthus orientalis. It is highly poisonous, but has a use or two in the herbalist’s pharmacopeia. It is a lovely plant with a sweet scent that is a garden favorite. It hybridizes easily and will propagate itself in the right environment. – Male, Venus, Water – Promotes happiness, peace of mind and peaceful sleep. Attracts love, luck, and good fortune. Named for Hiakinthos, Greek God of homosexual love, this is the patron herb for gay men. Guards against nightmares when used as an oil, burned as incense, or included in dream pillows. Carry in amulet or sachet to ease grief or the pain of childbirth. More on this plant here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyacinthus_orientalis or here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyacinth_%28plant%29
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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 2/19 at 6:47am. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 1:04am on 2/6. 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 2/9 at 1:04am.
By 9 p.m. or so, the Big Dipper stands on its handle well up in the northeast.
In the northwest, W-shaped Cassiopeia also stands on end (the W’s brighter end) at about the same height.
And while you’re checking that out: Algol is at minimum brightness for a couple hours centered on 8:45 p.m. EST.
Although the Moon reached its New phase just two days ago, its rapid orbital motion carries it into view after the Sun goes down this evening. Look low in the west-southwest about an hour after sunset and you’ll see its 4-percent-lit crescent hanging in the twilight like the smile of the Cheshire Cat.
Saturn is beginning to emerge low in the glow of dawn. About 30 or 40 minutes before sunrise, use binoculars to look for it far to the lower left of Venus.
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. Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness.
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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 6 High 1:47 AM 7.0 7:29 AM Rise 8:40 AM 0
~ 6 Low 7:22 AM 2.7 5:32 PM Set 7:28 PM
~ 6 High 1:05 PM 7.9
~ 6 Low 7:52 PM 0.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the Name of the Maiden: I will remember harm none by thought, word, or deed. . – Galen Gillotte
~ This steady effort towards the simplifying of your tangled character, its gradual emancipation from the fetters of the unreal, is not to dispense you from that other special training of the attention which the diligent practice of meditation and recollection effects. – Evelyn Underhill
~ I may be president of the United States, but my private life is nobody’s damned business. – Chester Allen Arthur (1830-1886) US President (21st), VP (20th)
~ A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. – David Brinkley
All my humor is based upon destruction and despair. If the whole world were tranquil, without disease and violence, I’d be standing on the breadline right in back of J. Edgar Hoover. – Lenny Bruce (1925-1966) US comic
And in the nights of winter,
When the cold north winds blow,
And the long howling of the wolves
Is heard amidst the snow;
When round the lonely cottage
Roars loud the tempest’s din,
And the good logs of Algidus
Roar louder yet within;
When the oldest cask is opened,
And the largest lamp is lit;
When the chestnuts glow in the embers,
And the kid turns on the spit;
When young and old in circle
Around the firebrands close;
When the girls are weaving baskets,
And the lads are shaping bows;
When the goodman mends his armor,
And trims his helmet’s plume;
When the goodwife’s shuttle merrily
Goes flashing through the loom;
With weeping and with laughter
Still is the story told,
How well Horatius kept the bridge
In the brave days of old. – From Lays of Ancient Rome, by Thomas Babington Macaulay
SLOW COOKER Spiced Sugared Nuts
- cooking spray
- 1 1⁄2cups granulated sugar
- 3tablespoons ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground mace
- 1⁄8teaspoon salt
- 1egg white
- 1 1⁄2teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3cups mixed nuts
- ½ cup maple syrup (optional)
- Spray slow cooker liberally with cooking spray.
- Combine sugar, nutmeg, mace and salt; whisk well and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk egg white and vanilla until frothy.
- Add nuts and toss to coat thoroughly.
- Pour in sugar mixture and again toss thoroughly to coat.
- Pour coated nuts into slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on low 2 hours.
- Turn to high and stir every 20 minutes to prevent burning.
- Add syrup at 3 hours.
- Lay out a piece of baking parchment.
- Pour nuts onto parchment, spread out and let cool to room temperature.
- Store in an airtight container.
Persian boob cookies – Stephanie Booth (Anja’s changes) Perfect for 2/5, since that’s St. Agatha’s feast day.
- 2 1/4 cup plain flour
- 3/4 cup butter
- 7/8 cup powdered sugar
- 1/8 cup red colored sugar
- Whole cloves for nipples
- Mix all ingredients, divide into roughly 24 boob shaped biscuits (don’t forget the nipples!)
- Bake for 20min at 325F
- 1 recipe basic marzipan aged at least 1 month (2 cups) (recipe follows)
- Cookie sheet
- Baking parchment
- Preheat oven to 325F
- Cut your marzipan into ¾ or 1 inch cubes and place 3 inches apart on baking parchment on a cookie sheet.
- Bake at 325 for 10 minutes until edges begin to brown.
- Sprinkle with a flavored or colored sugar.
- Let cool on parchment, then slide into an airtight container.
- 1 pound confectioner’s sugar
- 1 pound almond meal
- ¼ to ½ cup of vanilla extract (recipe follows) or rosewater
- Food processor with blade
- 2 to 2 ½ cup air-tight container
- Hard spatula
- Put almond meal in one side of food processor and sugar into the other side.
- Pulse until mixed well, shaking or stirring as needed.
- Dribble the vanilla down the “snoot” of the food processor, slowly, with it running on medium speed. It will first resemble crumbs, then begin to clump and the food processor will slow, audibly.
- When it suddenly starts rolling a ball of stuff around, stop dribbling and turn off the food processor.
- Scrape the dough into a 2 to 2 ½ cup airtight container, getting even the dry stuff the sometimes remains on the bottom. Dribble a few drops of your vanilla onto this last, then seal up and let stand at least overnight before using.
Note – If you don’t have a container this size, press the dough into itself, tightly and dribble a few drops of vanilla on top.
- 3 good vanilla beans
- Fifth of rum
- Sharp knife
- Open your rum bottle
- Using the sharp knife, split two beans lengthwise and drop into the bottle.
- Chop the other into ½ inch pieces and drop into the bottle.
- Put in a cool place and agitate daily for at least a month before using. Keep the beans in the bottle.
- Beans may be used a 2nd time, then dump the chopped bean (use it in coffee!), chop the split beans and split another.
Silliness – For The Medieval Kids…
Q – How did the Vikings send secret messages? A – By norse code!
Q – Why did the knight run about shouting for a can opener? A – He had a bee in his suit of armour!
Q – Teacher: Who can tell me where Hadrians Wall is? A – Pupil: I expect it’s around Hadrian’s garden miss!
Q – Why were the early days of history called the dark ages? A – Because there were so many knights!