Bright sunshine outside! There are still a lot of clouds, and they’re likely to get thicker as the band of rain off the coast comes ashore. They’re saying rain again at 10:30. 36F, 2mph, AQI16, UV2. It shouldn’t last past the early afternoon, and after about the same time tomorrow it ought to be dry until Tuesday.
I got caught up on paperwork and printed some of the things that I want with me for the next week, then worked on getting the cookbook done. Tempus was mostly working in back. I got a list put together for him of stuff that he needs to do over the next week, as well.
Today he’s about to head to the bank already, after we get some coffee, and I’m putting together some more things like headers and such for herbs and crystals. I don’t know whether he’ll actually get that far but at least it’ll be ready when I get back!
We have to leave at about 12:30, so we’re not actually planning to open the shop. We have to drive to Albany where I get on the train, and then he’ll come back and run the paper route again tonight. I hope he gets a nap!
Today’s plant is the snowdrop, Galanthus. It was called that in Gerard’s Great Herbal in 1633. The derivation of the name is uncertain, although it may have come from the German word Schneetropfen, which was a type of earring popular around that time. Other British traditional common names include “February fairmaids”, “dingle-dangle”, “Candlemas bells”, “Mary’s tapers” and, in parts of Yorkshire,” snow piercers” (like the French name perce-neige). It is used in spells for making you think and for sorting out problems, also to chase the negative effects of sorrow and grief. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowdrop
On 2/28/53 the final link in how DNA works was found by Francis Crick and Jim Watson. The two men finally figured out how the base pairs linked up. A letter by Crick to his son Michael was found recently and was auctioned by Christie’s, http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/26/science/a-dna-lesson-from-the-pen-of-francis-crick.html?ref=science&_r=1& More on DNA itself here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DNA
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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 3/6 at 8:04am. 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 3/1 at 11:04pm.
The crescent Moon in Friday’s early dawn offers you Saturn a few degrees to its left, as shown.
As February turns to March, Sirius shines highest in the south in early evening. Its faint white-dwarf companion star, the first super-dense object ever discovered, is a notoriously difficult telescopic sighting for amateurs. But for nearly a decade to come, Sirius B appears about as far from Sirius A as it ever does. And the time to try is when Sirius is highest! For tips on detecting it (11 arcseconds east-northeast of Sirius A), see Bob King’s Sirius B — a New Pup in My Life. above (for North America).And for more about this and other telescopic targets in Canis Major, turn to Sue French’s Deep- Sky Wonders column in the February Sky & Telescope, page 54.
With the glare of the Moon now out of the way, Jupiter stands out even better against the background stars of Ophiuchus. If you target the planet through a telescope, you’ll easily see two dark cloud belts that run parallel to each other across the gas giant’s 36″-diameter disk. Small instruments also reveal Jupiter’s four bright Galilean moons. This morning, viewers across western North America get a bonus because the giant world appears to have a “black eye.” It is actually the dark shadow of the moon Europa, which crosses Jupiter’s northern hemisphere from 3:11 to 5:32 a.m. PST.
Neptune is lost in the sunset.
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 Teiwaz/Tyr, 2/27-3/13 This is a time of positive regulation, sacrifice and hard work in order to progress.
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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
Th 28 Low 1:25 AM 3.6 6:55 AM Rise 3:25 AM 37
~ 28 High 7:28 AM 7.3 6:03 PM Set 12:41 PM
~ 28 Low 2:51 PM 0.9
~ 28 High 9:35 PM 5.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings.
~ Keep it simple. Make a blank face and the music and the story will fill it in. – Ingrid Bergman; to her daughter Isabella Rossellini, on acting
~ Men are my hobby, if I ever got married I’d have to give it up. – Mae West
~ That is the kind of ad I like. Facts, facts, facts. – Samuel Goldwyn, American film producer, born on August 17, 1882 (attrib.)
~ It is incredible how as soon as a people become subject, it promptly falls into such complete forgetfulness of its freedom that it can hardly be roused to the point of regaining it, obeying so easily and willingly that one is led to say that this people has not so much lost its liberty as won its enslavement. – Etienne de la Boetie
Ye noble few! who here unbending stand
Beneath life’s pressure, yet bear up awhile,
And what your bounded view, which only saw
A little part, deem’d evil is no more:
The storms of Wintry time will quickly pass,
And one unbounded Spring encircle all. – James Thomson (1700–48)
Ostara Magick – Recipes
6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and cut lengthwise
¼ cup Mayonnaise (use the good stuff, tastes better!)
½ teaspoon dry ground mustard
½ teaspoon white vinegar
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
A dash of salt
Paprika for garnish
- Remove the egg yolks to a small bowl and mash with a fork.
- Add mayonnaise, mustard powder, vinegar, salt and pepper and mix thoroughly.
- Fill the empty egg whites with the mixture and sprinkle lightly with paprika. Adding a pinch of paprika into the mixture gives it a little extra something.
- Cover lightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to one day before serving.
Note – I like to add a bit of pickle relish and a dab of horseradish and leave out the pepper & paprika and sprinkle with chopped parsley or sprigs.
Eggnog French Toast
2 c eggnog
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsps butter
In a shallow bowl, mix the eggnog, egg and cinnamon, stirring well. Slice the croissants lengthwise. Melt one tablespoon of butter in a skillet or on a griddle. Dip 1 croissant half in the batter and place in the griddle. Repeat with the remaining halves. Cook on each side for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, or until golden brown. Use remaining butter as needed. Remove to a serving platter. Serve at once with warm maple syrup. Yield: 6 servings.
Submitted By Dana
Fried Bread and Eggs from http://recipes.swankivy.com/fridbrid.html
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 7 egg yolks, beaten
- 1/4 cup minced anchovies (OPTIONAL!)
- 6 pieces of fried or toasted bread
Melt butter in medium saucepan over low heat. Beat in cream, egg yolks, anchovies. Stir until mix thickens and is creamy. Pour over toast. Serve hot.
Yield: 2 helpings
Source: Telesco, A Kitchen Witch’s Cookbook
Use for: Ostara
Fresh Asparagus Omelet – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/
- 1 TB butter
- 1 TB olive oil
- 8 stalks asparagus, cut into ½ inch pieces
- ¼ onion, chopped
- 6 eggs, beaten
- ¼ cup milk
- Salt and pepper to taste
- ½ cup shredded swiss cheese
In a non-stick skillet, heat butter and oil over medium heat. Add asparagus and onion; cook for 5 mins, or until tender. In a bowl, combine eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Beat egg mixture with a fork just until bubbles begin to appear; pour over asparagus mixture. Cook until eggs set on top; lift edges with a spatula to allow uncooked eggs to run under cooked eggs. When eggs are set, top with cheese. Cut into wedges. Serves 2 – 4.
*Why not go a step further and just set up an omelet bar. Just have lots of fixings and make them to order! What a fun thing to do! However, I love Spring asparagus and think this recipe sounds fantastic!