It’s partly cloudy, according to the computer, but it’s too cold for me to go out to check! A shower or three must have rolled through earlier, since the pavement is damp. 37F, wind at 1-3mph AQI36, UV2. 70% chance of rain today and 90% tonight. We could see 2 1/2 inches of rain during the rest of the week!
Yesterday we opened a little early because the horseradish guy was on his way. We have some beautiful roots!
Phil stopped by and we talked for quite awhile. He’s found some new NDE info.
We sold that nice old deck-chair that I’ve been using. There really wasn’t room anymore. 😦 Otherwise the shop was fairly quiet.
Today is going to be a little different. We have a major shopping trip for the feast this afternoon. We’re still not sure how much of a paper route Tempus is doing tonight. We’re waiting to hear back.
Today’s plant is the Snowberry, Symphoricarpos albus. My kids used to call this “popcorn plant”, which is a name I’ve heard from others, too. The white berries are used as a food, a soap and for hand lotion. It doesn’t have any magickal uses that I know of, although the folk magicks of a similar bush amongst the Slavs say that it is “proper” as an offering to statues of the gods. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphoricarpos_albus
Limbo Festival, Trinidad and Tobago – “Few of the Americans who take part in a favorite party tradition realize that it originally served as a sacred funeral ritual from the West Indies – it is called the Limbo. In Trinidad, the Limbo was a part of a funeral dance. Mourners at the funeral would walk towards a horizontal bamboo pole and would attempt to walk forward, while bending backwards at the waist in order to move under the pole without knocking it off of its supports. The act was meant to symbolize the passage that the soul of the departed would take between life and the afterlife.” (quoted from Pip Wilson’s Almanac) More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limbo_%28dance%29
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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 2/8 at 11:33pm. 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 2/7 at 1:33am.
After dark, look left of Orion for Gemini, headed up by Castor and Pollux at far left. The stick-figure Twins still lie on their sides.
Well below their legs is bright Procyon in little Canis Minor: the little dog whose top is barely visible in profile (in a dark sky; pardon the moonlight. Binoculars help.) The Little Dog is currently vertical, depending on your latitude. Procyon marks his rump.
Mars (magnitude +1.4, in the feet of Ophiuchus) glows in the southeast before and during early dawn. It’s left or lower left of twinklier, Mars-colored Antares, which is about magnitude +1.1. Don’t bother with a telescope; Mars is a very tiny 4.8 arcseconds in diameter.
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
Tu 4 Low 1:27 AM 3.7 7:31 AM Set 3:30 AM 66
~ 4 High 7:46 AM 7.6 5:29 PM Rise 12:58 PM
~ 4 Low 3:15 PM 0.9
~ 4 High 9:50 PM 5.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a day of acceptance of whatever comes to you. See it. Appreciate it. Understand it. Love it. Now, let it go…..
~ Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it. – Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love
~ A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar. – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) US writer
~ I am heartily rejoiced that my term is so near its close. I will soon cease to be a servant and will become a sovereign. – James K. Polk (1795-1849) US President (11)
~ It is always your next move. – Napoleon Hill
Come when the rains
Have glazed the snow and clothes the trees with ice,
While the slant sun of February pours
Into the bowers a flood of light. – William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878)
Orange Poppy Seed Scones – From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jamie Wernitznig)
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cups poppyseed
- 1 tsp cream of tartar
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- large egg
- 1 tsp orange peel
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Mix all dry ingredients together. Cut butter into flour mixture until it resembles cornmeal.
- Beat the egg slightly into the orange juice; add liquid mixture to dry mix and gently shape dough into a ball.
- Cut the ball in half, and pat each half out on a floured surface into a circle about 1/2 inch thick, and 8 inches around. Cut into wedges and place on a baking sheet.
- Bake 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown.
Navettes – In Marseilles, they eat navettes on Candlemas, dry boat-shaped cakes made from butter, flour and sugar syrup flavored with orange flower water. Some scholars believe they originated in Egypt and represent the boat that carried Isis whose feast day of opening the waters is celebrated in early March. But in Marseilles, they say they represent the boat in which Mary Magdalene sailed from Jerusalem to Provence.
In Albi, a similar Candlemas treat is made with candied fruit or almonds and shaped like a spindle, which was the secret emblem of the Cathars, a medieval heretical Christian sect.
This recipe makes the traditional navette which has been sold on Candlemas near the Abbey of St Victor for over a century. The recipe makes about 30 cookies.
- 6 cups flour
- 5 T butter, cut into pieces & softened
- 2 cups superfine sugar
- 2 t grated lemon peel
- 2 T orange-flower water
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup water
Mound flour on a work surface and make a well in the center. Into the well, put the butter, sugar, lemon peel, orange-flower water, eggs and water. Knead everything together thoroughly until it makes a smooth dough.
Flour the work surface and divide the dough into 10 pieces. Roll each piece into a cylinder about 1/2 inch thick. Cut each cylinder into three pieces and curve each into a boat shape, pointed at both ends. Place the boats on a buttered baking sheet and allow to rest for several hours.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and bake the cookies for 15 minutes. They will keep a long time in an airtight container.
Magical Cream Puffs
for the puffs:
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 4 eggs
Bring water and butter to a boil in a saucepan. Lower heat and add flour. Stir on low heat until batter forms a ball shape. Remove from the heat, onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown at 375° F.
for the filling:
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tbs. cornstarch (ruled by the Sun; brings health and wealth)
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2 cups milk
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 tbs. butter or margarine
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
In a saucepan, slowly bring sugar, cornstarch, and salt to a boil, stirring constantly until thick. Add milk and egg yolks and boil for 1 minute. Remove from head and add butter and vanilla. Let cool. Fill puffs with cream filling and sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar.