Minus Tide at 8:08 AM of -1.1 feet. No Herbs workshop this morning. Sewing at 3pm.
It’s quite overcast, but drying out rapidly. We might even see some sun this afternoon! Oh, dear….where’s my sunhat? 51F, wind at 7, gusting into the low teens, AQI8, UV5, grass pollen is at moderate levels. It looks like there some chance of rain on Tuesday and then from Friday on.
Yesterday started quietly, although we had some customers in, early on. Book customers are quiet. 🙂 I got back to sorting out various projects that were in the herbs stuff. After I had most of that separated and put away I worked on a tote of candle class stuff that’s been sitting since the last OCPPG. That meant that we found some of the measuring cups, and even my mug sweater that goes with my coffee cup.
Tempus headed for Newport to pick up the ceiling tiles around 4pm, but when he got there, discovered that someone had purchased all of them in the morning, despite what he’d been told over the phone. He went on to do the grocery shopping, at least, while I stayed at the shop and tended customers.
It started mizzling late in the afternoon and by 5:30 the pavement was damp. I was still working on pictures. Tempus didn’t get back until about 8pm and we had some supper. I was still fighting the computer programs, but around 2am I finally got them to the point where I’ll be able to finish today.
No Herbs workshop this morning, or rather, Herbs Workshop is a field trip to the Earth Day celebration at the Thyme Garden up in Alsea. Tempus will have the shop open while I’m gone. Sewing workshop is at 3pm.
Today’s Plant is Lovage, levisticum officinale. It seems to have originated somewhere near the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for a long while, being a very useful plant. It has a strong, long-lasting scent, that reminds a person of celery and parsley, but with the volume turned up. It’s great in salads, but chop it small and mix with other greens or it overpowers! Both leaf and seed are great in soups, especially seafood chowders and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable. I’ve drunk lovage cordial, which is tasty. It has a high flavonoid content, as well. Medicinally, a strong leaf tea, iced, is a good antiseptic, especially for extensive scrapes, where it takes down the sting and swelling very quickly and can be splashed on as often as needed. It can be used for mild cases of water retention, as well, and even with high blood pressure. –Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often used in love magicks, but works best as a self-confidence enhancer. Take a bath with a sachet of the leaves, or make a strong tea that you toss into the bathwater before going out to meet new people or to start a new job. It also helps to squeeze a small sachet of the leaves if you’re having trouble concentrating on a task. Wiki has more:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovage
Vadersolstavlan, (sun-dog painting, or weather-sun painting) created in 1535, is the oldest painting of the city of Stockholm and is believed to have been painted of a real (i.e. not imagined) event, shortly after this weather phenomenon happened. It’s also the oldest depiction of “sun dogs”. More on the painting here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C3%A4dersolstavlan and on Sun Dogs here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_dog which page includes a lot of links to other atmospheric phenomena of this type.
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 4/20 at 4:12pm. 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 5/4 at 3:45pm. 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 4/26 at 3:18pm.
Look west after the last vestiges of twilight fade away and you’ll witness the beginning of the winter sky’s decline. By 9:30 p.m. local daylight time, the lower tier of bright winter stars and constellations barely clears the horizon. From mid-northern latitudes, Sirius in Canis Major, Aldebaran in Taurus, and the three belt stars of Orion the Hunter all stand about 10° high. (Ten degrees is the approximate width of your closed fist when held at arm’s length.) Still, a higher tier of winter stars remains prominent. Look for Capella in Auriga, Castor and Pollux in Gemini, and Procyon in Canis Minor to keep the cold season on our minds — and in the sky — for several weeks to come.
Mars (magnitude +1.5, in Taurus) glows in the west after dusk. Start with Orion in the west-southwest, and look to the right from there for the orange pair of Aldebaran and Mars. Mars, slightly dimmer, is the one on the right or, later in the week, upper right. They remain about 7° apart. Compare the colors of these two similar-looking, but utterly different objects. To me Mars looks very slightly redder. And remember — nowhere in human experience but astronomy are things so different than they appear.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for April https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-april-2019
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Runic half-month of Mannaz/ Man, April 14-28 A time when the archetypal reality of the human condition should be meditated upon. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
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Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12 – The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 20 High 1:31 AM 8.6 6:24 AM Set 7:30 AM 99
~ 20 Low 8:08 AM -1.1 8:07 PM Rise 9:50 PM
~ 20 High 2:21 PM 7.4
~ 20 Low 8:10 PM 1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – As the sun shines upon you and the day draws to and end remember to reflect on what the day has meant, and remember to smile upon another to make their day feel bright, remember to laugh with a person so they know its meant from the heart.
~ The most pathetic person in the world is the person who has sight, but no vision. – Helen Keller
~ It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test. – Elbert Hubbard
~ The minute you start fiddling around outside the idea of monogamy, nothing satisfies anymore. – Richard Burton; on adultery, 1963
‘A civilization is not conquered from without until it is destroyed from within. – William James Durant; attributed
Whan that April with his showres soote (that is, sweet)
The droughte of March hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veine in swich licour,
Of which vertu engendred is the flowr; – Chaucer; Canterbury Tales (ll. 1-4), modernized for The Norton Anthology of English Literature
Macaroni and Cheese – Makes 4 servings – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
For classic comfort food, macaroni and cheese has to come out on top.
2 cups elbow macaroni
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
3/4 cup milk
1 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 cups Cheddar cheese
- Cook pasta and drain.
- In a medium saucepan, melt the butter.
- Stir in the flour, then gradually stir in the milk.
- Heat and stir until thick.
- Remove from heat and stir in the sour cream, onion, celery, 1 1/2 cups of the cheese, and the pasta.
- Put the mixture in a 2 quart casserole dish.
- Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup cheese over top.
- Bake at 350 degrees F. for 45 minutes..
This recipe is from Now….you’re cooking! http://www.donogh.com/cooking/
Beltane Barley Casserole – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups barley
- 2 chopped onions
- 1/2 cup peas
- 1/2 cup pine nuts
- Melt butter in a skillet and sauté the barley, stirring frequently until golden.
- Turn into a greased 3 quart casserole.
- Stir in the mushrooms, onions and peas.
- Add 3 cups of the chicken broth.
- Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 1 hour.
- Stir in the pine nuts and the remaining cup of broth.
- Cover and bake for another 1-1/2 hours.
This must be 10-12 servings as a side dish.
Pork Chops With Cabernet/Thyme Glaze – serves 2 – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
A simple dish to prepare, thyme brings out the woodsy, savory flavor of the meat, with the cabernet jelly making it ideal for a special occasion.
1 pound pork chops
2 large cloves garlic, pressed
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 1/4 teaspoons fresh chopped thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup chicken stock
2 tablespoons Cabernet Sauvignon jelly*
1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon Herbes de Provence*
- In a bowl, combine the pressed garlic, olive oil, thyme, salt and pepper.
- Mix well.
- Rub the mixture onto the pork chops, making sure each chop has a good coating.
- Let the chops marinate for 15 minutes to an hour: the more time, the more intense the flavor.
- Put the chops in a pan and turn the heat to medium, moving the chops to insure that they don’t stick, then turn the heat to high and sear the chops quickly on each side.
- Remove them from the pan, and keep warm on a plate.
- Turn the heat to low.
- Pour the stock into the hot pan, stirring to release the baked on particles.
- Add the jelly, mustard and Herbes de Provence, stirring to blend all ingredients.
- Cook for one minute.
- Put the chops back in the pan to heat, about two minutes, along with any juices that may have collected on the plate.
- Be sure to turn the chops over so that both sides get glazed.
- Serve with rice or polenta, and spoon the glaze over the top of the chops.
*available in most gourmet food stores.
Silliness – Smart Joke # 9. A Roman walks into a bar and asks for a martinus. “You mean a martini?” asks the bartender. The Roman replies, “If I wanted a double, I would have asked for it.” – http://higherperspectives.com/jokes-for-intellectuals/?c=cleo&ts_pid=2&ts_pid=2