It’s cloudy, but fairly dry. We got sprinkled on a couple of times, but that was all. 20% chance of rain today. 100% tonight. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 4 PM and then a GALE WARNING from 4 PM to 7 AM Saturday. 55F, wind at 8-13 mph and gusting, AQI37, UV1. It should rain tomorrow and Sunday and then be dry on Monday, but the thunderstorms have dropped out of the forecast.
Yesterday almost as soon as we were open we got what seemed at the time like devastating news, that we were going to be evicted from the shop premises! Don’t stop breathing. As far as we know at the moment that’s not the case, but we need to get the place sorted out… <sigh> Not that we didn’t know that… but a grumpy day and some panic caused real conniptions.
We closed early in the afternoon so we could go see what we could do about it and after a long talk with the management company we’ve got an action plan. What it’s going to do to the various other things that are going on will be awful, though.
We spent awhile checking out storage places and such and while doing that got to stop for a deer who was quite blase about the car, just stood there looking at us. The view of the ocean coming down Wakonda to 101 was spectacular, too. Angry sea…..
We saw Cat and she had her granddaughter with her, who is *huge*. She was about a year old the last time I saw her and this time she had sparkling shoes that she just had to show off…. is she 4? 5? Something in that range. It was good to see Cat for about two minutes and to get a hug. Long time….
We opened back up as soon as we could, but it stayed quiet. By evening things were sorting out a bit. I was doing newsletter frames and making lists. Tempus was working in back. I finally got started on some of my sewing equipment, doing what I could up front.
I got a nap, then baked some garlic for garlic butter. …and then I couldn’t find the containers that I just bought. I called Tempus. He didn’t know where they were. I kept digging and finally found them in the smartest place….right on the bottom of the rest of those containers! So, I got going on the honey butter, at that point, since the garlics needed to cool. …then I got that picked out of the paper. They scorched on the outside, so I only made a cup….
After that I got the breadcrumbs toasted. I had to do about 1/6 at a time, and I burned a batch when I got tangled up in newsletter stuff. …and then my frankenhand went off and I tossed a whole trayful into the air. I bopped myself in the face with it. It took awhile getting the crumbs out of my hair, too… <sigh> …but I have a quart of good crumbs. Once that was all done, I picked things up and then finished setting up newsletters.
Tempus picked me up just after 3:30. It was very dark, and very quiet out there, except for the wind. The sylphs were having fun with the papers and Tempus had to keep getting out to fish them out of strange places. I got dropped back off at 4:30 so I could get some sleep. He got done at just before 6.
Today we have to keep working on the clean-up. I’ve got to get my sewing stuff under control, but I couldn’t do anything yesterday without a table to sort on. We have class at 1pm and Tempus needs to do errands in Newport. We’re likely to close on time this evening, rather than staying open later.
Today’s Plant is the Douglas Fir, Pseudotsuga menziesii, sometimes called Oregon Pine, since it’s actually a pine, not a fir at all. Common as Christmas trees, since they hold their needles better than many other trees, and are one of the better timber trees, growing quickly with a straight grain. Their main use, magickally, is in incense, since the resin has a good sweet scent. – Mars, Air/Fire – Attracting prosperity, purifying ritual areas and new homes, helping “stay the course” during difficult times. A wand or cone kept on the altar wards off evil influences. Carry cones to increase fertility and have a vigorous old age. Floor washes with the oil cleanse a space of negativity and ward off illness. Throw needles into winter fires for protection, or burn as incense for purification and divination. Place branches over the bed to keep sickness away, or to aid the ill. Hang a branch over the main door of your house to ensure continuous joy within.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudotsuga_menziesii
Feast day of Hekate (Hecate), ancient Greece – “In Greece, this day was celebrated as the Feast of Hecate, known to the Romans as Diana Lucifera. Diana had three manifestations, Luna in the Heavens (the moon), Diana the Huntress on earth, and Diana Ludifera in Hades, the Underworld. Diana was the goddess of the moon and was called Diana Lucifera which means the Bringer of Light. The name Lucifera was also applied to the morningstar Venus. The Christians gave the name negative connotations in their systematic attempts to discredit the Roman gods. The Greeks knew Diana as Artemis, the twin sister of Apollo, and daughter of Zeus and Leto. She was born under Mount Cynthus in Delos and hence was also called Cynthia and Delia. She was the goddess of hunting, carried a bow and quiver like her brother, and was especially fond of music and dance. Diana was never conquered by love, and submitted to no man, hence she was the goddess of a ‘chaste’ moon and, except for her family, tolerated only female companions. Her priestesses were all chaste.” From the Roman Calendar (broken link) More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trivia_%28mythology%29 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hecate and here:http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/jan31.html
The shop opens at 11am. Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at firstname.lastname@example.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.
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 2/8 at 11:33pm. 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 2/1 at 5:42pm.
Orion is high in the southeast right after dark as January turns to February, and he stands highest due south around 9 p.m. Orion is the brightest of the 88 constellations, but his showy main pattern is surprisingly small compared to some of his dimmer neighbors. The biggest of these is Eridanus the River to his right, enormous but hard to trace. Dimmer Fornax the Furnace, to Eridanus’s lower right, is almost as big as Orion! Even the main pattern of Lepus, the Hare cowering under Orion’s feet, isn’t much smaller than he is.
Although Jupiter passed on the far side of the Sun from Earth just a month ago, it has returned to view in morning twilight. The giant planet rises about 90 minutes before the Sun and climbs 7° above the southeastern horizon 45 minutes before sunup. Shining at magnitude –1.9, Jupiter stands out nicely against the twilight glow.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in southern Aries) awaits your binoculars or scope high in the southwest right after dark.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for January – https://www.almanac.com/sky-map-january
Old Farmer’s Almanac February Sky Map! https://www.almanac.com/sky-map-february
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan
Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
©2020 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 31 High 4:39 AM 7.1 7:36 AM Rise 11:00 AM 28
~ 31 Low 11:04 AM 2.5 5:24 PM
~ 31 High 4:39 PM 5.8
~ 31 Low 10:42 PM 2.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am grateful for the small things in my life!
~ To accept ourselves as we are means to value our imperfections as much as our perfections. – Sandra Bierig
~ Behavioral psychology is the science of pulling habits out of rats. – Douglas Busch
~ Give wind and tide a chance to change. – Richard Byrd
~ Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely. – Karen Kaiser Clark
A cheer for the snow—the drifting snow!
Smoother and purer than beauty’s brow!
The creature of thought scarce likes to tread
On the delicate carpet so richly spread. – –Eliza Cook (1818–89)
Boiled Custard Adapted by Akasha Ap Emrys
- 1 quart milk
- 4 large eggs
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
Scald milk in heavy pan do not boil. Thoroughly beat eggs, adding salt and sugar. Beat a little of the hot milk into the egg mixture, stirring constantly. Pour egg mixture into hot milk, stirring well. Slowly bring just to a boil until mixture coats a wooden spoon. Remove from heat and beat until cool. Add vanilla and chill well.
Italian Baked Ziti – Main Dish – ground meat, Ethnic – Italian, Serves 8 – 10
- 1 pound box of Ziti or other large pasta (bow-tie, large shell, etc.)
- Water to cook
- Cool water to rinse
- 1 – 2 Tablespoons Olive oil – to brown meats, onion and garlic
- 1 lb. ground beef
- ½ lb. sweet Italian sausage, removed from casing
- 1 small onion, peeled and diced fine
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled and diced fine
- 16 ounces tomato sauce
- 16 ounce container of ricotta cheese
- 16 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 egg, well beaten
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
Large pot with lid, high-temp (metal) colander, heavy skillet (One with a lid or splatter screen cuts down on mess), non-damaging spatula (high-temp plastic), “sitting bowl” for pasta, large mixing bowl, spray oil, 9″x13″ baking dish, foil, stirring and measuring things
- Cook pasta al-dente according to package directions.
- Pour into colander.
- Rinse in cool water and drain well, then put into “sitting bowl” and set aside.
- Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat.
- Crumble Italian sausage into skillet.
- Brown, stirring often, then repeat with ground beef.
- Peel and dice onion and garlic.
- Add onion and garlic to meat and cook until onion is transparent.
- Drain off grease (using colander) and set aside.
- Pre-heat oven to 350°.
- In a mixing bowl, combine cooked Ziti, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese (reserve 1 cup for top), egg, sugar, Italian seasoning, tomato sauce, and cooked meat mixture.
- Blend together well.
- Spray baking dish with spray oil.
- Pour pasta/cheese mixture into baking dish and sprinkle evenly with remaining mozzarella cheese.
- Cover well with aluminum foil.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and carefully remove foil.
- Put back into oven and bake for 15 to 20 more minutes or until cheese is golden and bubbly.
Serve hot, after an antipasto plate, with a green salad with a light Italian dressing.
- 1 Package Frozen Chopped Broccoli
- 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese (Shredded)
- Dough for 6 Crepes (Uncooked)
- 1/2 Teaspoon White Pepper
- 3 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
- 1/2 Cup Milk
- 6 Eggs
- Separate and place crepe dough in extra large muffin tins and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix milk, eggs and mayonnaise.
- Add broccoli, pepper, and cheese to the mixture and pour into crepes.
- Bake in an oven preheated to* 350 degrees F for 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven and cover the crepes with foil.
- Bake another 10 to 15.