It’s overcast, but dry….well, the pavement is damp, but we haven’t seen any rain since well before midnight. 46F, wind at 10-12 mph and gusting, AQI41, UV1. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 4am Sunday. Chance of rain today 50%, tonight 20%. After that we should have sunshine on Sunday and Monday! Tuesday and Wednesday are likely to be dry, but then we’ll likely be back to showers.
I worked for awhile, got sleepy, got a nap, then went back to work, this time on feast stuff. Beets got worked on and food and such sorted out. Beets were left to cook overnight.
Today we have to start early to get the workroom ready. Herbs is going to be carrying on from where we stopped last weekend, which is getting overly dry herbs from the drying rack down and disposed of. We also have a few things to pot and some veg ends to go into the outside buckets. The shop will be open from at least 11-5, probably later.
…and more cooking. 🙂
Today’s plant is Western RedCedar, Thuja plicata,which is not a cedar at all, but an Arborvitae. Arborvitae comes from the Latin for “tree of life” and coincidentally, native Americans of the West coast also address the species as “long life maker”. “Western Redcedar has an extensive history of use by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast, from Oregon to southeast Alaska. Some northwest coast tribes refer to themselves as “people of the redcedar” because of their extensive dependence on the tree for basic materials. The wood has been used for constructing housing, totem poles, and crafted into many objects, including masks, utensils, boxes, boards, instruments, canoes, vessels, and ceremonial objects. Roots and bark were used for baskets, ropes, clothing, blankets and rings.” Wiki article –Masculine, Sun, Fire, – to enhance banishing of ill health and bad dreams. Burn for this purpose and purification and psychic power. Make a sachet for love or courage. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thuja_plicata
Eliaphas Levi was born on this day in 1810. He used a type of magic that wasn’t fanatical and rather eclectic, which made his writings pretty popular. He was a Rosicrucian and a huge influence on the Golden Dawn and OTO, therefore on Wicca. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliphas_Levi “Magic is the divinity of man achieved in union with faith…” I like that….
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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. 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 2/10 at 11:33am. 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 2/23 at 7:32am.
Full Supermoon (exactly so at 2:33 a.m. Sunday morning EST). It’s “super” because it’s near perigee and therefore appears just a trace larger than average. Full Moon occurs at 2:33 a.m. EST tomorrow morning (11:33 p.m. PST this evening), but our satellite looks completely illuminated all night. You can find it rising in the east around sunset and peaking high in the south just after midnight. The Moon spends the night near the border between the constellations Cancer the Crab and Leo the Lion. After dark, look for Castor and Pollux high above the Moon, Procyon and then brilliant Sirius way off to the Moon’s right, and Regulus below it.
Algol should be at minimum light for about two hours centered on 9:10 p.m. EST.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in eastern Aquarius) is still catchable just after dark, ever farther to the lower right of Venus. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune (without Venus).
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. Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness.
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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
Sa 8 High 12:10 AM 6.9 7:26 AM Set 7:22 AM 96
~ 8 Low 5:25 AM 3.0 5:35 PM Rise 5:02 PM
~ 8 High 11:16 AM 9.0
~ 8 Low 6:20 PM -1.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I believe that claiming to be a spiritual being/light worker, means direct engagement with the power structures that surround us and, altering their directives to suit the whole; from the circumference to the core. This takes tenacity, truly believing in one’s positive impact, and all of the faculties that make a “great soul”.
~ A room without books is like a body without a soul. – Marcus Tullius Cicero
~ Common Sense is that which judges the things given to it by other senses. – Da Vinci
~ The secret of success is constancy to purpose. – Disraeli
~ A hunch is a conclusion based on data that you didn’t know you had. – Robert A Heinlein.
Maru Mori brought me
which she knitted herself
with her sheepherder’s hands,
two socks as soft
as rabbits. – Pablo Neruda, Ode to My Socks(1904–73)
Valentine Brownies – Serves 16
1 1/4 cup unsifted flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup cold margarine or butter
14 oz can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
8 oz milk chocolate bar, broken into chunks
3/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 – Line 13 x 9 inch baking pan with foil – set aside.
2. In bowl, combine 1 cup flour and sugar – cut in butter until crumbly. Press on bottom of pan. Bake 15 minutes.
3. In another bowl, beat sweetened condensed milk , cocoa, egg, remaining 1/4 cup flour, vanilla and baking powder. Mix in chocolate pieces and nuts. Spread over prepared crust.
4. Bake 20 min. or until set. Let cool. Use foil to lift out pan. For hearts, cut with heart-shaped cookie cutter or, cut into bars.
5. Decorate with icing. Store covered.
MINI JAM-FILLED VALENTINE HEART PIES
These old-school mini-pies are so easy and thoughtful. We like them served warm and toasty.
- 1 batch single-crust pie dough
- 1/3 cup jam (regular jam, not a spread)
- milk or cream
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon mixed with 1 teaspoon sugar
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment.
- Roll out the dough and cut an even number of hearts using a cookie cutter. Re-roll scraps if necessary.
- Arrange half of the dough hearts onto the baking sheet, then place a tablespoon of jam into the center of each.
- Using your finger, lightly wet the edges of the heart with milk (or cream), then top with another dough heart, lightly pressing to seal.
- Curl up the edges of the sealed hearts, then press down with the tines of a fork to crimp closed. This will keep the filling from leaking out.
- Using a pastry brush, brush the tops of the crimped dough hearts with more milk, then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture.
- Poke a few holes in the heart with a toothpick to let the steam out while they are baking.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
- Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
YIELD: 5-6 mini pies
Valentines Heart Cookies – Decorating – Cookie – Holiday – Valentines
- Icing (fluffy buttercream or commercial work best)
- Batch of 3” sugar, shortbread, butter or lebkuchen cookies (see note)
- Red shoestring licorice
- Optional – Red hots, valentine nonpareils, silver ball decors, conversation hearts or red decorators sugar
Tools – icing spatula, scissors, small spoon, bowl to contain decors when they run away
- Ice face of cookie.
- Cut two pieces of licorice about 3 ½ inches long.
- Place them on the cookie in a heart shape.
- If you’re going to use the other decorations, conversation hearts can be pressed into the center of the heart, (3 make a good display) or you can use the spoon to pour sugar or other candies into one “lobe” of the heart, or even to fill the entire center.
Note – The important part of this is that the cookies be at least 3” across, else the licorice will tend to spring loose.