Oh, it’s *pretty* outside! Spring is sprung and it’s warm with bright sunshine and lots of white strips and puffs! 57F, wind at 2mph, AQI16, UV2. Grass pollen is starting up. It’s been tree pollen for quite awhile. There’s no chance of rain forecast for the next 10 days that’s over 75% and that’s for showers….
Yesterday flew past again. *So* much to get done! Herbs was first up and then I spent a couple of hours clearing mail and catching up. Sewing Workshop was just two of us and I have the first letter of Sioned’s birth announcement embroidery almost finished. I might get a picture of that today.
Dandelions, Taraxacum are today’s plant. The new leaves are a yummy addition to spring salads. The dried and ground roots make a coffee substitute and the flowers make an excellent wine. In our area don’t mistake hawkweed or cat’s paw for them, both are very not-good-for-the-tummy. True dandelions have no fur on the leaves which are deeply “toothed”, hence the name dant-de-lion, tooth of the lion. – Masculine, Jupiter Air, Hecate– Blow the seed head and the seeds left are the years left in your life.Blow the seed head 3 times and the number of seeds left are the hour. To send a message blow the seed head in the direction of the person and visualize your message. Bury a dried root by the corner of your house to bring favorable winds. Dried flower/leaves are used for energy, calling spirits and health. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dandelion
Komoeditsi – Suhii (March) 24 – This day is a very ancient Pagan holiday. This day we honor the great Bear God (Meveshii Bog) and make sacrifices to the Great God of Honey. (Komoed: “Bear” in Old Russian )
Today’s Feast is in honor of Brittania, the personification of the British Isles. She wasn’t worshiped as a goddess as far as anyone can prove, but she has become one over time, much as Marianne of France, or our personification of Liberty. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brittania
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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 4/6 at 1:58am. 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 3/27 at 9:10pm.
One of the sky’s largest asterisms — a recognizable pattern of stars separate from a constellation’s form — occupies center stage after darkness falls on March evenings. To trace the so-called Winter Hexagon, start with southern Orion’s luminary, Rigel. From there, the hexagon makes a clockwise loop. The second stop is brilliant Sirius in Canis Major. Next, pick up Procyon in the faint constellation Canis Minor, then the twins Castor and Pollux in Gemini, followed by Capella in Auriga, Aldebaran in Taurus, and finally back to Rigel.
Immediately after dark, Sirius shines brilliantly in the south-southwest before the rise of the waning gibbous Moon (for most of North America). Lower left of Sirius, by about a fist at arm’s length, is the triangle of Adhara, Wezen, and slightly fainter Aludra, counting from right to left. They form Canis Major’s hind foot, rear end, and tail tip, respectively. Just upper left of Aludra, forming a 3rd- and 4th-magnitude arc 7° long, are the three uppermost stars of the constellation Puppis. No, it’s not a puppy, despite following right behind the Big Dog. It’s the Poop Deck (stern) of the giant ancient constellation Argo Navis, the ship of Jason and the Argonauts. These three stars are the only stars of Argo readily visible naked-eye from mid-northern latitudes. And just 1.4° upper right of the middle one, a small scope or good binoculars will show the 6th-magnitude open cluster M93. Look for before the Moon rises and lights the sky! See the story of M93 in the March Sky & Telescope, page 48.
This is the time of year when Orion declines in the southwest after dark, with his Belt roughly horizontal. When does Orion’s Belt appear exactly horizontal? That depends on where you’re located east-west in your time zone, and also on your latitude. Can you time this event? If you’re near your time zone’s standard longitude, expect it around 9 this evening (daylight-saving time). . . more or less.\
Mercury is hidden in the glow of sunrise.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for March
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fearn (FAIR-n)
Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings. Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55
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Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Color: Light Blue
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 24 High 3:25 AM 8.5 7:12 AM Set 9:35 AM 89
~ 24 Low 10:01 AM -0.3 7:33 PM
~ 24 High 4:12 PM 7.1
~ 24 Low 10:02 PM 1.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I cut negative bonds of attachment to powerlessness and slavery.
~ A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. – WINSTON CHURCHILL
~ Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other. – Francis Bacon; Of Death
~ Peace comes from within, do not seek it without. – Buddha
~ What a strange thing is the propagation of life! – A bubble of Seed which may be spilt in a whore’s lap – or in the Orgasm of a voluptuous dream – might (for aught we know) have formed a Caesar or a Buonaparte – there is nothing remarkable recorded of their Sires – that I know of. – Lord Byron
And time remembered is grief forgotten,
And frosts are slain and flowers begotten,
And in green underwood and cover
Blossom by blossom the spring begins. – Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837–1909)
Laurie Janak Braun – I learned something new about my husband today….he likes KOCH KAESE.
I was on the way to the grocery store and he wanted me to buy this caraway cheese. I knew I had my mom’s recipe for making it and that I had caraway seed in my pantry, so I decided to make it instead. It’s so easy and turned out great. It’ll be his surprise this evening when he gets home from work.
Here’s the recipe…
8 slices Swiss cheese
1 stick butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup sweet milk
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/2 to 1 teaspoon caraway seed
Mix all ingredients together in a Pyrex bowl, except for caraway seed. Microwave on high for two minutes. Remove from microwave and stir with whisk. Microwave an additional minute and stir again. Add caraway seed. Microwave for last 1.5 minutes and stir to mix well. Cooked cheese will be very creamy. Pour into a cold bowl and allow to cool and set. This Koch Kaese will remain spreadable to put on rye bread or crackers. Dobrou chut!!!!
Cereal and Legume Girdle Breads – These are a really unusual flavor! Pea flour can be made in the food processor. Use hearing protectors! The breads can be reheated in the toaster. They get tough in the microwave.
- 1 cup. wheat, barley or oat flour
- 1 cup pea flour
- 1 1/2 tsp. salt
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/8 cups water
- A little oil, butter or lard (for frying the breads)
- Mix the flours together, then mix in the salt.
- Lightly beat the eggs, then add to the flour along with the water.
- Bring the mixture together, then turn out onto a floured surface.
- Using floured hands, take a portion of the mixture and roll it between your hands, then flatten out into a flat patty.
- Repeat, until all the blend has been used.
- Heat the oil or lard in a non-stick frying pan over a moderate heat.
- Brush off any excess flour before sliding the girdle breads into the pan.
- Cook for approximately 5 minutes, then turn over and repeat.
Anjas Hand Warmers Handpies –These are a good lunch, two making a serving, or serve one with a salad. Make the filling ahead and keep in the fridge. It seems to stay good for several days. ….assuming that it lasts that long!
- 4 spring onions
- 8oz cream cheese
- ¼ cup milk
- 4 cooked chicken breasts (great way to use up leftovers….)
- Dried dill weed
- Get the roots and dried tips off of the spring onions then chop fine.
- Put the cream cheese & milk in a food processor and pulse until the cheese is beginning to break up, then put it on low until it starts to look smooth.
- Add the spring onions & pulse.
- Add the chicken and pulse.
- Open the food processor and “green” the top of the mix with the dill weed then close it up, pulse until things are evenly distributed, then run on low for about 1 minute.
To Make the pasties
- 1 tube of Grands™ Biscuits or pie dough or seamless dough sheets or puff pastry…. What’s on hand?
- Open the tube and separate the biscuits. Or use a tart cutter/filler.
- Flour a cutting or bread board and put one biscuit on at a time.
- Flour the top of the biscuit and roll with a rolling pin to double the size.
- Put one heaping soup spoon of filling into the middle of the biscuit.
- Fold over to make an ½ moon shape.
- Crimp shut with fingers. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. (Grease sheets or put on Baker’s Parchment for the other crust options)
- Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes….golden brown.
- Serve hot.
Note – If you find them a little bland add ¼ cup green olives to the mix or ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese or even a packet of Italian Salad dressing mix!
Silliness – Signs and Notices – A sign advertising a Companywide skiing race: Let’s see who can go downhill the fastest.