It rained steadily all day yesterday. I *really* want a functional rain gauge! It’s mostly cloud out there, but not raining at the moment. 49F, wind at 3 mph and gusting to 10, AQI40, UV1. Showers this morning, which ought to turn to steady, light rain around lunchtime and then pick up overnight again and on Sunday…and Monday, and Tuesday…. Winter… maybe we’ll make up some of the low precip numbers from Oct-Dec?
Our whole schedule went sideways yesterday. The doctor’s office told me to go to Urgent Care, and with the drive there and back and having to talk, by the time we were home I felt utterly awful. Why do *teeth*, of all things, cause such misery? Yes, I have meds. Hopefully, they’ll work.
I knew I wasn’t up to working with customers, so I stayed in back, doing some embroidery and sorting craft supplies. I managed to get rid of a bunch of bags and cardboard in the process and cleared what would be 1/2 a shelf…. if I could get to the shelf.
Today I’ve had call off the workshops. There’s no way I can talk, still. If someone wants to stop by to sort and wash bay leaves, that’d be awesome, but I’m probably going to be hiding in back, still.
Margot Adler was a fixture in my life from the time I was starting to explore other religions besides fundamentalist Christianity. I’m not sure when I connected the person I heard on NPR with the author of Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today. 1979 – ISBN 0-14-019536-X but I’m fairly certain it wasn’t until a good deal after that “bible” came out. Back when I was doing my studies in Wicca, DDtM was all that we had for meeting up with like-minded people, reading other folks’ work (mimeographs in round-robin letters!) and finding supplies.
I know that by the time Heretic’s Heart: A Journey Through Spirit and Revolution (Beacon Press) ISBN 0-8070-7098-X came out in ’97, I had made the connection, and I’m awfully glad that I got to take a class with her when I made it to PanTheaCon in 2008. Here’s some info on her, basic bio/biblio https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margot_Adler
Today’s plant is the Weeping Cherry, Grandma’s favorite from her front yard, which was destroyed along with the beautiful, prolific plum tree when the house was sold. It seems to be this one http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_subhirtella, the Higan Cherry. There are listings for cherries and weeping trees both, but the weeping cherries do not produce fruit, only lovely flowers. Cherries: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry Cherry Blossom: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry_blossom Weeping Trees: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weeping_tree – Divination, Creativity; Healing. Objects made of Cherry wood are used to attract Love. Cherry juice is used as a substitute for blood in old recipes. Cherry gum is burned as a resin for sore throats.
The festival of Fufluns is a Roman event that happened somewhere near this day. There’s nothing much written about Fufluns, except that he’s a vegetation god, equivalent to Bacchus, that originally was Etruscan, but here are some references. http://www.pantheon.org/articles/f/fufluns.html and here: http://www.godchecker.com/pantheon/roman-mythology.php?deity=FUFLUNS …and on the Etruscans http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etruscan_mythology
The Days of Volos – Procines (January) 1-6 – These moonlit and frosty nights have a name: The Holiday of the Wolves. These days are set aside for the worship of the God of pets and of cattle, whose name is Volos. We give our thanks for the animals on these days, which bring food and sustenance to our homes from ancient times. We also defend them from the ravenous wolves which attack. (Slavic Pagan Calendar)
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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 1/10 at 11:21am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 1/8 at 11:21pm.
Look above the Moon after dark for the two, or possibly three, brightest stars of Aries.
Earth is at perihelion, its closest to the Sun for the year, at 2:48 a.m. on the morning of January 5th EST. This week we’re 3.3 percent closer to the Sun than at aphelion in July.
Purely by coincidence, January 5th also has the latest sunrise of the year if you’re near 40° north latitude.
The Quadrantid meteor shower reaches its peak this morning. The slightly gibbous Moon sets around 1 a.m. local time, leaving nearly five hours of darkness for watching. The Quadrantid shower typically produces up to 120 meteors per hour, an average of two per minute, so observers should be in for a great show if the weather cooperates. The meteors appear to radiate from a spot in the northern part of the constellation Boötes — an area once occupied by the now-defunct constellation Quadrans Muralis — a region that climbs highest just before dawn.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in southern Aries) and Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in eastern Aquarius) stand high in the south and lower in the southwest, respectively, right after dark. Use our finder charts for Uranus and Neptune.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for January – https://www.almanac.com/sky-map-january
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth Birch Dec 24 – Jan 20
Runic half-month of Eihwaz/Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.
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Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch – The silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) is the most common tree birch in much of Europe. It grows up to 30 m (100 feet) high, but is more often found in spreading clumps on sandy soils. It is one of the first trees to colonize an area after a mature forest is cut; this is probably a large part of its symbolic connection with new beginnings. It is cultivated in North America, often under the name of weeping birch. The three trees in my front yard form root sprouts that would take over the bed where they are planted if I didn’t cut them back. The common birch (B. pubescens Ehrh.) is almost as widespread as the silver birch, but grows primarily on acid or peaty soils. It can reach 20 m (65 feet) in height. Birches are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae). Curtis Clark
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 4 Low 12:31 AM 2.5 7:53 AM Set 1:30 AM 55
~ 4 High 7:11 AM 7.3 4:50 PM Rise 12:58 PM
~ 4 Low 2:11 PM 2.2
~ 4 High 7:55 PM 5.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – With persistence, my possibilities are limitless.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Quotations- “The Story of Babar” by Jean De Brunhoff ends with these words: “And now King Babar and Queen Celeste, both eager for further adventures, set out on their honeymoon in a gorgeous yellow balloon.” If you could set out on an adventure tomorrow, where would you go and how would you get there? Explain your answers.
~ I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend” ~J.R.R. Tolkien
~ Canada will be a strong country when Canadians of all provinces feel at home in all parts of the country, and when they feel that all Canada belongs to them. – Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1919-2000) Canadian Prime Minister
~ Don’t lower your expectations of life. Raise your ability to receive what you want. – Bali Spirit Retreat
~ Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. – Lucille Ball
The fresh New Year, the bright New Year
That telleth of hope and joy, my dear! – Bryan Waller Procter (1787–1874)
White Russian Casserole – VEGETARIAN
2 large onions, sliced
2 cups chopped cabbage
2 cups cauliflower
1 large can of white kidney beans
8 cloves garlic, crushed
¼ cup chopped fresh dill
2 tablespoons light cream cheese
4 tablespoons plain yogurt
¼ cup plain soymilk or more plain yogurt
4 slices “Fakin’ bakin” (soy based bacon sub) (Anja says, “Use real bacon”)
2 teaspoon sesame seeds
paprika, salt and pepper
Boil or microwave the potatoes until nearly done. When cool enough, remove their skins. Fry the sliced onions in a little oil until soft. Add the chopped cabbage, cauliflower and 6 cloves of the crushed garlic and fry until the cabbage and cauliflower are just tender.
Melt the cream cheese and add it to the soymilk, yogurt and dill. Mix together and add to the vegetable mixture.
Drain and rinse the white beans and add to the vegetable/yogurt mixture. Mix thoroughly and salt and pepper to taste.
Slice the potatoes into rounds, and put half the slices on the bottom of an oiled casserole dish. Fill with the mixture. Fry or microwave the Fakin’ Bakin. Sprinkle over the vegetable mixture. Cover with the remaining potatoes.
Mix the remaining 2 cloves of crushed garlic with a little bit of oil and spread over the potatoes. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 325° for about 20 minutes. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake a few minutes more and serve immediately.
Winter’s Light Creamed Cabbage – Adapted by Akasha Ap Emrys
- 1 lb. pre-cooked ham, 1″ cubed or shredded
- 1 heaping tsp. flour
- 1 firm white cabbage
- 1/2 tsp. each salt & pepper
- 1 cup cream
- grated nutmeg
Cut cabbage in half, then into four (small head) or six (large head) pieces. Plunge into a pot of boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Drain and run under cold tap water. Drain again. Slice across the grain in 1/4 inch strips. Melt a little butter/margarine in a sauce pan and add shredded cabbage. Toss well, and keep stirring all the time. Add salt, pepper, and a dash of grated nutmeg. Next add the heaping teaspoon of flour, mix well. Add cream, still stirring, and let it come to a boil. Add the cubed or shredded ham, and lower the heat. Cover the sauce pan and let the mixture simmer for about 30 minutes. Serve hot. Makes 6-8 servings.
Veggie Kedgeree – VEGETARIAN
1 ½ cup dried lentils
1 cup rice
5 cups water
2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter
¾ teaspoon cloves or 3 whole cloves
½ teaspoon cumin
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cardamom
1/8 teaspoon coriander
1/8 teaspoon turmeric
In a large pan, bring the water and salt to a boil. In the meantime, rinse and drain the lentils. Throw out any stones or impurities. Do the same for the rice.
Toss the lentils and rice into the pan, mix well and simmer for 20 minutes. Leave the heat a little higher than you would for rice alone. It should be dry but not too dry. If still wet, let sit for a few minutes with the cover off. If too dry, add a little hot water.
Heat the butter in a small skillet. You can leave it on a very low heat for 20 minutes while the rest cooks. When the rice and lentils are done, stir the spices into the butter and blend. Then stir this mixture into the rice and lentils and mix well.
Silliness – So Dumb – We know a guy who was so dumb his teacher gave him two sticks and he became a drummer, but lost one and became a conductor.