Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Be sure to read to the end today and for the next few days. The Wiccan Chicken rides again!
The sunshine is bright if a little cloud-strained. They’re still talking about more rain today, although we’ve already gotten 4/5 of an inch. 50F, Wind at 5mph, AQI7, UV2. What’s left to come down is less than 1/ 10 of an inch. It should stop by mid-afternoon tomorrow and give us into Tuesday as dry.
Yesterday started late and flew past so fast! After I got the newsletter out I got some things sorted around the way I usually start my day, and then had a long reading come in and then, after I said something to Tempus about “breakfast”, the students were here for class!
After that I wrote for most of several hours and then gave up because Facebook went wonky. I got a nap, then read for a bit, and then Tempus said it was back to normal, so I got my messages cleared and went back to bed.
I didn’t sleep well, at all, up and down most of the night and then when I did sleep, I slept late. I’ve been fielding phone calls today. Tempus has made us coffee and he has to make a bank deposit and go do laundry before the paper route tonight. I have a *lot* of writing to catch up on and need to do the newsletter frames, as well as setting up the picture page that I’ve promised. At least most of those pictures are ready to go!
Today’s Plant is the Buttercup that flourishes in my area in two types, Ranunculus bulbosus (sometimes called. St Anthony’s Turnip) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_bulbosus and Ranunculus repens, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_repens (called creeping buttercup or crowfoot) which is the variety in my garden. These are non-native plants and invasive, but not usually worried about too much, since they usually grow in grasslands and very poor soil, not suited for agriculture. Although the fresh plant is poisonous, the sap being used as a blistering agent for gout and rheumatism, the dried plant is safe for consumption. Tinctures of this plant have been used on shingles and infusions for “soremouth”. – Masculine, Mercury (Uranus), Fire– These are used in spells for tenacity & stubbornness, both to create and cure, and as a plant of fertility, possibly being the plant that the Flora gave Juno to use to get pregnant with Mars. Carry in sachets (dried flowers only) for fertility or the dried leaves for tenacity. This is also used for harmony and for Sight (and called Frog’s Foot) Use buttercup flower petals in magickal potpourris for spells regarding: divination, energy, innocence, prosperity, youth. Use buttercup in solar spells involving energy and prosperity.
Today’s feast is the Martyrdom of Hypatia. She was a woman who would become a target of anger that grew out of a civil/religious feud in Alexandria in the Nile Delta. Daughter of Theon, and a teacher trained in the philosophical schools of Plato and Plotinus, she was admired by most men for her dignity and virtue. Of the anger she provoked among Christians, Scholasticus writes, Hypatia ultimately fell “victim to the political jealousy which at the time prevailed”. Of course, to many of the People of the Book, a woman in her position, doing the things that she did at that time, was really wrong…. A lot of things have been made up about her, the idea of a woman single-handedly trying to save the “Library of Alexandria” being quite romantic, but those tales are general untrue. There is a Wiki article with more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypatia and the movie “Agora” that came out a few years ago is reasonably accurate.
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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 3/20 at 6:43pm Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 3/14 at 3:27am.
This evening, the waxing Moon sits on the western edge of the Hyades star cluster in Taurus the Bull. The 35-percent-lit crescent appears to the lower right of 1st-magnitude Aldebaran, the orange sun that marks the upper left corner of the V-shaped Hyades. In reality, however, the bright star is a foreground object that only appears along the same line of sight as the cluster.
In a very dark sky, the full constellation stick figure of Canis Major is fairly plain to see in the south after dark. The Big Dog is seen in profile prancing on his hind legs, with Sirius as his shiny dog tag. But where many of us live, only his five brightest stars show through the light pollution — hardly doglike. However, these form the unmistakable Canis Major Meat Cleaver. Sirius and Murzim (to its right) are the wide front end of the cleaver, with Sirius sparkling on its top back corner. Down to Sirius’s lower left is the Cleaver’s other end, including its short handle, formed by the triangle of Adhara, Wezen, and Aludra. Its blade is chopping toward the lower right.
Mars (magnitude +1.3, in Aries) glows in the west after nightfall. It’s the little orange-red spark below the Pleiades. In a telescope Mars is just a tiny blob 5 arcseconds wide.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for March
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)
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fearn (FAIR-n)
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. Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a Sun in Pisces
©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
Tu 12 High 4:34 AM 7.5 7:34 AM Set 12:35 AM 23
~ 12 Low 11:25 AM 1.1 7:18 PM Rise 10:49 AM
~ 12 High 5:36 PM 5.8
~ 12 Low 11:03 PM 2.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Who loves will be loved!
~ Don’t dream it…BE it. – Rocky Horror Picture Show
~ The good have no need of an advocate. – Phocion
~ Everyone carries with them at least one piece to someone else’s puzzle. – Lawrence Kushner
~ One of the best ways to measure people is how they behave when something free is offered.- Ann Landers, Syndicated columnist
March is a boisterous fellow,
And undeterred by fear,
With many pranks proclaims himself
The tomboy of the year! – The 1931 Old Farmer’s Almanac
Ostara Magick – Recipes
Gingered Kiwi Fruit – adapted from http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/
- 3 oz sugar
- 3 oz water
- ¼ cup crystallized ginger, minced
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 8 kiwi fuit, peeled and sliced
- 4 oranges, peeled and sliced
In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine sugar, water and ginger. Bring to a boil. Stirring constantly, boil until mixture reaches a light syrup consistency, about 3 mins. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Cool slightly. In a dessert dish, gently stir fruit slices and ginger syrup until well mixed. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, about 2 hours.
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 egg whites
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 3 Red Delicious apples, peeled and cut into half-inch slices
- Oil for frying
Combine honey, water, cinnamon, and nutmeg in small saucepan. Heat over low flame until honey is dissolved; keep warm.
Mix egg whites, flour, and cornstarch in a small bowl to form batter. Cover apples with batter. Fry in oil over medium heat until golden brown.
Yield: 6 servings.
Source: Telesco, A Kitchen Witch’s Cookbook Use for: Ostara, Beltane, anytime
BlueberryGinger Crumble – http://greenhaventradition.weebly.com/ostara-recipes.html This was originally published in The Wordsmith’s Forge on 1/22/09, then revised for reprint 6/24/11.
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons ginger chips (minced crystallized ginger)
- 1/3 cup butter
- Preheat oven to 350º.
- Put the blueberries in a medium-sized glass bowl and rake the edge of a spoon through them to bruise the fruit slightly. Add 1/3 cup white sugar and 1 tablespoon lemon juice; stir, then set aside.
- In a second bowl, combine 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup rolled oats, and 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar. Then stir in 2 tablespoons of ginger chips. Slice the butter into squares and add to the dry ingredients. Use a butter cutter to mix the contents until loose and crumbly.
- Stir the blueberries and spread them in the bottom of a glass pie plate. Then sprinkle the crumble topping evenly over the blueberry filling. Bake at 350º for 20-30 minutes, until topping is golden-crisp and filling is bubbly.
- I used fresh blueberries this time. Frozen ones should also work.
- The Ginger People brand sells ginger chips by the can or in bulk. If you can’t find that, buy ordinary dried crystallized ginger and mince it finely.
- This crumble dessert was received with great enthusiasm.
This recipe was originally published in The Wordsmith’s Forge on 7/23/08, then revised for reprint 6/24/11.
2 1/2 Lbs. Small Curd Cottage Cheese
1 1/4 Cups Sugar
3/4 Cup Chopped Almonds or Pecans
3/4 Cup Chopped Peaches
1/2 Cup Maraschino Cherries or Dried Cherries
1 1/4 tsp. Vanilla
2 Sticks Butter, Melted
1/4 tsp. Salt
2 Cups Evaporated Milk or Cream
- Mix all ingredients except the cottage cheese in a large pan over low heat until it thickens to the consistency of pudding.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
- Mix in the cottage cheese and beat well for about 3 minutes.
- Place in a cake pan and chill over night.
- Decorate the cake with candied eggs, flowers, chocolates, or other spring delicacies.
Note – Keep refrigerated.
Why did the Chicken Cross the Road? Part 1
Alexandrian/Gardnerian: To reveal this would be to break my oath of secrecy. I can say, though, that it really is an ancient rite, dating far back in time, back even before 1951, and I have learned it from an unbroken lineage. As Gerald said, it takes a chicken to make an egg.
Asatru: First, we don’t believe in a “One Chicken” or a “Hen and Rooster.” We believe in many chickens. Second, “crossing the road” is part of the three levels, or worlds, and the chicken simply crossed from one level to another. Hail to the Chickens!
British Traditional: The word “chicken” comes from a very specific Old English word (“gechekken”), and it only properly applies to certain fowl of East Anglia or those descended therefrom. As for the rest, I suppose they are doing something remotely similar to crossing the road, but you must remember that traditional roads are not to be confused with the modern roads….
Celtic: In County Feedbeygohn on Midsummer’s day, there is still practiced St. Henny’s Dance, which is a survival of the old pagan Chicken Crossing fertility rite. Today, modern pagans are reviving the practice, dedicated to the Hen and the Green Rooster.
Ceremonial: “Crossing the road” is a phrase that summarizes many magical structures erected and timed by the chicken to produce the energy necessary for the intention of the travel across the road. For example, the astrological correspondences had to be correct, the moon had to be waxing (if the chicken intended to come to the other side of the road) or waning (if the chicken intended to flee to the other side of the road), and the chicken had to prepare herself through fasting and proper incantations. Note: certain forms of invocation (summoning an egg *inside* your chicken self) can produce abnormal or even dangerous eggs and should only be conducted inside a properly erected barnyard….
Chaos: Thinking in terms of “roads” and “crossings” is simply looking at the formal, typically perceived structure of chicken crossing space-time. We, instead, focus on the possibility of chicken crossing itself; what appears to be a random act is thus actually the norm—it is the road which is the freak of chance. Indeed, quantum mechanics now demonstrates what we knew all along: two roads can simultaneously exist in the same place at the same time. Thus, by attuning ourselves to the dynamic energy (called “crossing”), we can manifest the road. Of course, to the knowledgeable, this appears as a chicken crossing the road.
Church of All Worlds: The Chicken arose from dinosaurian ancestry at the dawn of avian emergence. In the fullness of Time, the Chicken crossed the K-T Boundary in order ultimately to reach the compost heap, where it’s Sacred Mission is to incubate a network of information, mythology and experience to awaken the Chicken within and to provide omelets and buffalo wings, along with a context and stimulus for reawakening The Great Hen and reuniting Her chicks through barnyard community dedicated to responsible brooding and the continuing evolution of galliformity. Even though we are all but Eggs, the Chicken knows that the Rooster came first, which is why the True Chicken will always be a bit cocky! Thou Art Fowl!
Church of the Subgenius: Huh? Chicken, what chicken? *burp* Praise Bob!!!!
Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS): The chicken went to cross the road. Upon arriving at the crossing he met some fellow members. All felt he should send the idea out to committee first and debate the idea of crossing. After rigorous theological debate on every aspect of crossing the road, the committee set up a three-year plan for fulfilling the promise of crossing the road. The plan was then presented to chapters continentally and debated. Representatives brought reports back to the committee, who took their recommendations to the board of trustees who brought the whole thing to the annual meeting for discussion and a vote if a quorum was present. Debate continued. Given the structure of the regulations it was determined a mail ballot was in order. A committee to create the ballot was created. The ballot was sent to all members. Votes were tallied. Twenty percent send in their ballots deeming it okay to create a structure on crossing. Another committee was formed to implement the voters’ requests. Then they all adjourned for coffee.
Dianic: The chykyn (“chicken” is term of patriarchal oppression) sought to reclaim for herself the right to be on the other side of the road, after it had been denied to her for centuries. By doing so, she reawakened the power of the Hen within herself.
Druid: To get to the sacred grove, of course! Keep in mind that 99% of everything written about chickens-crossing-the-road is pure hogwash, based on biased sources. Yes, there were a few unfortunate chicken sacrifices in the past, but that is over now…