The pavement is damp, but it’s not raining at the moment. 45F, no wind, AQI10, UV2, 0.78 inches of rain since midnight. Whoa….. that’s over 3/4 of an inch after 1/4 inch yesterday. We have a spike in the chance of rain forecast overnight, but then the week looks like a lot less is going to be coming down this coming week, even a sunny day or so! Right now, though, we’re under a WINTER STORM WATCH for this spike of rain. Likely we won’t see much (if any) snow, but there will be slippery spots in the micro-climates at least. Watch out for the one north of Bayshore!
Today is the “different day” at the shop. We’ll be working on various of the crafts projects for House Capuchin, instead of the usual, although I’ve been sorting kyanite bits. The kyanite wands in the front case shed and a lot were too short for regular use, so we’re packaging them, leaving the longer and more usable ones in the case.
Today’s plant is the Pacific Blackberry, Rubus ursinus. There are several species of blackberries that grow in the PNW, the nasty invasive one being the Himalayan blackberry, Rubus armeniacus. Here are pictures so that you can compare the blossoms, ursinus on the left and armeniacus on the right. Ursinus (from the Latin for “bear”) also has narrower leaves and reddish canes. It is the ancestor of Marionberries, Boysenberries & parent of Loganberries, too. Feminine, Venus, Water, Brigit, Healing, Money, Protection – Carry leaves for money, use blackberry leaves in spring water as healing for burns, in incense for Lughnasadh.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_blackberry
Dragobete is a spring festival of Romania, rather like secular Easter customs and Valentine’s day in one package. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragobete “Dragobete is a traditional Romanian holiday originating from Dacian times and celebrated on February, the 24th. Specifically, Dragobete was the son of Baba Dochia, which stands for the main character in the pagan myth related to spring arrival and the end of the harsh winter.”
“The day is particularly known as “the day when the birds are betrothed”. It is around this time that the birds begin to build their nests and mate. On this day, considered locally the first day of spring, boys and girls gather vernal flowers and sing together. Maidens used to collect the snow that still lies on the ground in many villages and then melt it, using the water in magic potions throughout the rest of the year. Those who take part in Dragobete customs are supposed to be protected from illness, especially fevers, for the rest of the year. If the weather allows, girls and boys pick snowdrops or other early spring plants for the person they are courting. In Romania, Dragobete is known as a day for lovers, rather like Valentine’s Day.”
“It is a common belief in some parts of Romania that, during this celebration, if you step over your partner’s foot, you will have the dominant role in your relationship. Dragobete customs vary from region to region.
In neighbouring Bulgaria, the custom of stepping over one’s partner’s feet traditionally takes place during weddings, and with the same purpose, but it is not believed to be connected to Dragobete.”
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Love & Light,
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 3/6 at 8:04am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 2/26 at 3:28am.
Two of the finest deep-sky objects shine prominently on February evenings. The Pleiades and Hyades star clusters appear highest in the south as darkness falls but remain conspicuous until well past midnight. The Pleiades, also known at the Seven Sisters and M45, looks like a small dipper to naked eyes. The larger Hyades forms the V-shaped head of Taurus the Bull. Although both look nice with naked eyes, binoculars show them best.
Mars continues to shine brightly on February evenings. Look for the Red Planet halfway to the zenith in the west-southwest as darkness falls. The orange-colored world glows at magnitude 1.1 against the dimmer stars of Aries the Ram. A telescope shows the planet’s 5″-diameter disk, but you likely won’t see any surface details.
Have you ever seen Canopus, the second-brightest star after Sirius? It’s almost due south of Sirius: by 36°. That’s far enough south that it never appears above your horizon unless you’re below latitude 37° N (southern Virginia, southern Missouri, central California). And there, you’ll need a very flat south horizon. Canopus passes over the south point on your horizon just 21 minutes before Sirius does. When to look? Canopus is due south when Beta Canis Majoris — Murzim the Announcer, the star about three finger-widths to the right of Sirius — is at its highest due south over your landscape. That’s about 8 p.m. now, depending on how far east or west you are in your time zone. Look straight down from Murzim then. (Waldport is just below the 45th parallel.)
Mercury is having a nice evening apparition. Look for it low in the west as twilight fades. But Mercury dwindles in brightness by about half this week, from magnitude –0.8 to 0.0. Still, there’s nothing in that part of the sky that’s nearly as bright to confuse it with (except airplanes!)
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for February
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn)
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. Runic half-month of Teiwaz/Tyr, 2/27-3/13 This is a time of positive regulation, sacrifice and hard work in order to progress.
©2019 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn), ash – the common ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) is a major tree of lowland forests in much of Europe, along with oaks and beeches. It grows to 40 m (130 feet) in open sites, with a broad crown reminiscent of American elm trees. Ash was and still is an important timber tree, and is a traditional material for the handle of a besom. The common ash is occasionally cultivated in North America, and similar native ash species are widely grown as street trees. Ashes are members of the Olive family (Oleaceae).
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.******
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 24 High 3:49 AM 8.3 7:02 AM Set 10:07 AM 77
~ 24 Low 10:22 AM 0.8 5:57 PM
~ 24 High 4:22 PM 6.6
~ 24 Low 10:17 PM 1.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Shin: A device for finding furniture in the dark.
~ The secret of how to live without resentment or embarrassment in a world in which I was different from everyone else. was to be indifferent to that difference. – Al Capp (1909-1979) US cartoonist
~ A national political campaign is better than the best circus ever heard of, with a mass baptism and a couple of hangings thrown in. – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) US writer
~ The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation. – Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1919-2000) Canadian Prime Minister
~ A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish writer and wit
TAX TIME FANTASY
Putting myself in a tax crunch
I do it every year, put it off and panick
When what I need is right here somewhere
If I’d stop panicking enough to look
Maybe I will step into a portal
And then step right back out
With a cute, hunky, helpful accountant
That will find everything for me
Then we can unwind in the bedroom
And I will show him my new lightswitch
That has a goddess and a wolf on it
And he won’t call me a dingbat like my ex
And he won’t mind doing my housework
Or carrying boxes to the storage room
Or that my house is decorated in goddess
With a god thrown in here and there
And he is also great in bed
I know it sounds too good to be true
But it’s my freaking fantasy,
And it can be whatever I want! – © Copyright 4/13/08, Beth Clare Johnson, (Mystic Raven)
Ostara Magick – Recipes
Almond Paste Dates
- 1/2 Pound Almond Paste
- 1 Pound Dates (Pitted)
- Slit dates lengthwise
- press almond paste into canoe opening
- Sprinkle with colored or powdered sugar (optional)
Rosemary Sherbet from http://recipes.swankivy.com/rosesher.html
- 2 tablespoons dried rosemary
- 2 cups hot water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 cup orange juice
Soak rosemary in hot water for 10 minutes. Strain; discard rosemary. Bring sugar and cold water to a boil over medium heat. Stir sugar water, lemon juice, and orange juice into rosemary water. Spoon into individual dishes and freeze.
NOTE: This pretty much freezes solid, not so much like a sherbet as like a popsicle. However, as long as you’ve put them in a microwave-safe container, you’re fine–microwave slightly for 15 to 20 seconds, then stir. You may have to crush it up a little with a spoon before it is edible. Do not put in the fridge. It will simply melt.
Yield: 6 half-cup servings
Source: Telesco, A Kitchen Witch’s Cookbook
Use for: Anytime, Ostara, Beltane
Egg Nest cookies – Chocolate, coconut and jellybeans make for great Easter cookies and bird nests They look like bird nests and with jelly beans inside, the kids will get a kick out of these Easter treats. One recipe will make more than 30 nests so this could feed a whole flock of guests. This is a sweet tweet you will want to use over and over again.
- 4 cups sweetened flake coconut
- 3 to 4 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
- 4 ounces (about 1/2 cup) mini jelly beans
- 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup butter or margarine, at room temperature
- 1 package (3 oz) cream cheese, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar 1 egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon coconut extract
- Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in small bowl.
- Beat together butter, cream cheese and brown sugar in large bowl until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes.
- Beat in egg yolk and coconut extract.
- On low speed, gradually beat in flour mixture in 3 batches until well blended.
- Stir in 3 cups of the coconut.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap; chill 1 hour until firm enough to handle.
- Spread remaining coconut on waxed paper.
- Heat oven to 350 degrees
- Using level tablespoon, shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in remaining coconut.
- Place on ungreased baking sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart.
- Bake at 350 degrees in oven 10 to 15 minutes or until firm to touch.
- Cool on baking sheet or wire rack for 1 minute.
- Then press indentation into center of each cookie, using back of 1/2-teaspoon measuring spoon.
- Spoon about 1/4 teaspoon mini chocolate chips into each indentation.
- Top with 3 jellybeans to mimic eggs in the bird’s nest.
BLACK PANSY SYRUP – From David Feys, co-chef, Sookie Harbour House, Sookie, British Columbia
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup water
1 cup black (or dark purple) pansy petals, loosely packed
- Put pansy petals into a food processor fitted with the steel blade.
- Add 1/3 cup sugar.
- Grind pansies into sugar by pulsing 4 times, then process for about 30 seconds.
- Combine sugar, pansy/sugar mixture and water in a small, no aluminum saucepan.
- Over medium heat bring the mixture to a boil. Stir once and reduce the heat to low.
- Allow to simmer and cook to a syrup stage. (If you have a candy thermometer, do not allow the mixture to go over 220F.)
- When mixture reaches a syrup stage, remove it from the heat and pour into heatproof container.
- Allow to cool.
Note – The rich dark color is a wonderful contrast when poured over vanilla ice cream. Makes about 1 cup syrup.