Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
It’s drippish and chill. and overcast, but not gloomy. There was one sun-break a little bit ago, which is hopeful, but they’re saying rain again in the late afternoon. 43F, wind at 1mph, AQI16, UV4, 0.13 inches of rain since midnight, most of that in the last two hours and about 1/10 yesterday. Saturday and Sunday ought to be dry and then again in the tail end of the week. There’s supposed to be about 2/3 of an inch that comes down from Monday evening into Tuesday.
Yesterday as soon as the newsletter finally went out…. at 5:30pm…. the sun came out, getting more golden as it poured into the shop over the roof of the China Restaurant. They’re still doing just takeout. Owner is down with a broken foot. 😦
So I started clearing out old mail… …and that took awhile. Tempus went out to run some errands and then spent some time getting the computer that I was working on while I was gone to spit out my photos.
Tempus made us a nice supper of meatballs, tater crowns, fry sauce and green peas. He took off at 9pm to start the paper run. I got a nap until about 11:30. The machines were having problems. He was still bagging papers and didn’t have his bulk drops, yet. He didn’t get started on those until midnight and the actual route at 1:45….
I set about unpacking and putting away projects. I had gotten the clothes sorted, earlier, but a lot of the sewing projects needed to go to the right spots. Tempus undid the computer bag early in the afternoon and my carry-on tote got done first thing in the morning, so I was completely unpacked by 1am.
I didn’t have a lot of ambition at that point, so I caught up on mail. …. I checked the weather while Tempus was doing the Beaver Creek/Bayview loop and there was a snow/ice shower moving over the Bayview side of it! I called him to let him know.
Today he’s got to get some more sleep. I’m trying to pry my eyes open. He’s eventually going to go over to Rays for some eggs and such and I’m hoping he’ll be able to take a look at the printer, to see if he can figure out what it’s doing. I have to get newsletters set up for the week.
We’ve already had some customers in, too!
Today’s Plant is Nodding Onion, Allium cernuum. This is sometimes called Lady’s Leek. It’s an edible plant in the Allium family, but not particularly choice. (Yeah, personal experience…) It’s called “Nodding” because the inflorescences, the “flower”, tend to droop, unlike a lot of the alliums that end up with a ball on a stick. Most of the plants in this family are edible, but be careful! There are a few that are either disgusting or at least mildly poisonous and there are bulbs that *are* poisonous that are easy to mistake. Onions have been very important as a food/nutrition source for a long while and have even been worshiped at times. These are grown as ornamentals, mostly, but are found wild here on the coast. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allium_cernuum and on Alliums here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allium– Masculine, Mars, Fire, Isis – Cut and dry the flowers and add to a grapevine or rosemary wreath for a house protection spell. These are great for house blessings. Grown in pots indoors or in the garden they protect against evil and particularly against poisonous snakes. When you harvest in the fall, make a decorative braid of onions and hang over bedroom doors to prevent infections. Nodding onions are great for this purpose because, not being particularly great as food, you won’t mind replanting them in the spring as they start to sprout! Purify swords and athames after particularly heavy magicks, by rubbing the blade with a cut bulb, then wash with clear water and oil with rosemary-infused almond oil. Place the dried flowers in a vase at the head of the bed, or pack into a pillow sachet to help clarify prophetic dreams.
There is an epic poem that is 1003 years old today. The Shahnameh “The Book of Kings”) is a long epic poem written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi between c. 977 and 1010 CE and is the national epic of the Iranian cultural continent. Consisting of some 60,000 verses, the Shahnameh tells mainly the mythical and to some extent the historical past of (Greater) Iran from the creation of the world until the Islamic conquest of Persia in the 7th century. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shahnameh and on the poet here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferdowsi
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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 3/20 at 6:43pm 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 3/10 at 8:04pm.
If you couldn’t find the Moon yesterday evening, try again tonight. It lies 10° higher and shows a noticeably fatter — but still stunning — crescent phase. The Moon gains altitude quickly from night to night because the ecliptic — the apparent path of the Sun across the sky that the Moon and planets follow closely — makes a steep angle to the western horizon after sunset in March. It causes the Moon to gain 10° of altitude each evening despite moving only 11° eastward relative to the Sun.
Mars continues to put on a nice show these March evenings. It appears nearly 40° high in the west once twilight fades to darkness and doesn’t set until after 10:30 p.m. local time. The magnitude 1.3 Red Planet lies among the background stars of Aries the Ram. Unfortunately, Mars shows little if any detail on its 5″-diameter disk when viewed through a telescope.
It’s not spring for another couple weeks, but the Spring Star Arcturus seems eager to thrust itself into view. It rises above the east-northeast horizon soon after dusk now depending on your latitude. To see where to watch for this, find the Big Dipper as soon as the stars come out; it’s high in the northeast. Follow the curve of its handle down and around to the lower right by a little more than a Dipper-length. That’s the spot on the horizon to watch.
Venus (magnitude –4.1) rises above the east-southeast horizon shortly before the first light of dawn. By 30 minutes to sunrise it’s up about 13° depending on your latitude.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.0, in the feet of Ophiuchus) rises in the southeast in the early-morning hours and shines low in the south-southeast by very early dawn — the best time to examine it with a telescope. Antares and the head of Scorpius sparkle to Jupiter’s at that time. Have a look in on Beta Scorpii, a fine telescopic double star. It’s the top star of the upright row of three marking Scorpius’s head, right of Antares.
Saturn (magnitude +0.6, in Sagittarius) glows between the more overpowering Jupiter and Venus in early dawn.
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.
©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
F 8 High 1:34 AM 7.3 6:41 AM Rise 7:59 AM 1
~ 8 Low 7:36 AM 1.5 6:13 PM Set 8:24 PM
~ 8 High 1:29 PM 7.4
~ 8 Low 7:50 PM 0.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Easy live!
~ All in all, art represents the need of one human being to communicate with another. – Edvard Munch
~ All you have to do is know where you’re going. The answers will come to you of their own accord. – Earl Nightingale
~ Failures are like skinned knees, painful but superficial. – H. Ross Perot
~ The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. – Eden Phillpotts
The snow has left the cottage top;
The thatch-moss grows in brighter green;
And eaves in quick succession drop,
Where grinning icicles have been. – –John Clare (1793–1864)
Ostara Magick – Recipes
Honey and Orange Tea Loaf (Scottish) http://everythingunderthemoon.net/forum/ostara-feast-recipes-t22403.html
6 oz. self rising flour
6 oz. honey
1 oz. margarine
1 large egg
1 tsp. baking powder
6 Tbsp. milk
1 large orange, with rind grated off
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and line a 2 lb. loaf tin. Cream the margarine and honey together in a bowl, mixing thoroughly. Add the egg and beat vigorously. Sieve the flour, salt and baking powder and add alternately with the milk, to the creamed mixture. Sprinkle in orange rind and mix well. Spoon the mixture into the tin. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven, glaze with honey and return to the oven for a further 10 minutes. Remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack. Serve sliced and buttered.
Coconut Carrot Cake – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/ *I adore carrot cake….and this is a spicy moist one..delish!!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups white sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
- 2 cups grated carrots
- 1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
- 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup raisins
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat a 10x15x2 inch baking dish or 10 inch Bundt pan with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
- In a separate larger bowl, mix together the eggs, sugar and vanilla by hand. Stir in the oil; the mixture should resemble pudding. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients, then fold in the carrots, pineapple coconut, walnuts and raisins. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and spread evenly.
- Bake for 55 to 60 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a small knife inserted into the cake comes out clean.
Ostara Lemon Cake – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/
- 1 box lemon cake mix
- 1 (3.4oz) package instant lemon pudding mix
- 4 eggs
- ¾ cup oil
- ¾ cup water
- 1 TB water
- 2 TBs melted butter
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350*. Grease a 9 x13 baking pan. Prepare the cake mix using the pudding mix, eggs, oil and water. Bake in the prepared pan for 35-45 mins, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- While the cake is baking, prepare the glaze, mixing together all the ingredients until smooth. Pour the glaze over the warm cake and serve. Makes 10-12 servings
Honey Sunflower Bread – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/
*Makes 2 loaves
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ½ cup honey
- 1 TB butter
- 2 tsps salt
- 1 cup roasted sunflower kernels
- 1 (1/4oz) package active dry yeast
- ½ cup warm water
- 2 ½ cups whole-wheat flour
- 2 cups white flour
- Bring the water to a boil and and stir in the oats. Set aside for 1 hour. Spray two 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pans with vegetable oil spray.
- Add the honey, butter, salt and sunflower seeds to oat mixture and stir well.
- Dissolve the yeast in the warm water and allow to stand for 5 minutes. Stir the yeast mixture into the oat mixture. Blend in both flours, stirring until the dough pulls cleanly away from the sides of the bowl. Form the dough into a ball and place in a greased bowl, turning to coat. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size. Punch down the dough. Knead until smooth and elastic. Divide into two loaves and place in the prepared pans. Cover and let rise again until doubled in size.
- Preheat the oven to 350*. Bake until golden brown, about 45-50 mins. It if appears that breat is browning too quickly, cover with foil the last 10-15 mins of baking time. Remove bread from pans and cool on a wire rack.
- *I think this would make delicious french toast too!
Silliness – No Bills Larger Than $20
A friend and I were standing in line at a fast-food restaurant, waiting to place our order.
There was a big sign posted. “No bills larger than $20 will be accepted.”
The woman in front of us, pointing to the sign, remarked, “Believe me, if I HAD a bill larger than $20, I wouldn’t be eating here.”