It’s overcast, although the moon is lighting things up. 10% chance of rain today and tonight. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 4pm. 38F, wind at 0mph, AQI36, UV2. It should be dry during the next few days with a chance of rain Tuesday night. From Thursday on the chance of rain is a lot higher and there’s a chance of wind on Saturday.
I was stuck hiding from the fluorescent light in back all day yesterday. At least I’m there if Tempus has questions. I spent a lot of the day working on a footstool cover that’s taking forever. I want to get that footstool done, so I can use it. It’s intended for times when I’m working on embroidery, to hold my tools and project. I’m intending to put holders for thread and scissors on the inside of the lid along with a pincushion.
Tempus, when he wasn’t working with customers, (and there were a lot for a winter Saturday), was continuing to work in the corner where we’ve had to stash stuff. When he closed, he had put a lot in the car to take to storage. Since the lights were off I could come up front and write. …and he re-loaded to car to take more stuff up this morning.
We had meatballs and coleslaw for supper. Those are from the batches that we did and froze before Christmas. After that he worked on paperwork and I went back to my footstool cover, but my fingers were getting sore.
We have the 101 class tonight, hopefully finishing up the history section.
Alder, Alnus glutinosa – Mars, Masculine & Feminine, Pan, Bran the Blessed, Triple Goddess, All elements, Music & Ravens, Male potency & Female fertility, Shielding, both physical and spiritual, “protection of the heart’, balance & androgyny, unites all four Elements, worn from the neck for protection on spiritual journeys.
Scholastica Day Riot – Here’s a weirdie for you. 1355 CE A riot that broke out over the quality of drinks in a tavern between two students from Oxford University and the tavern-keeper. It turned into a full-scale mess that ended with 30 locals and 63 students dead and the Mayor and Councillors of the town were still paying the penance 470 years later by marching through town bareheaded on the anniversary of the riot! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Scholastica_Day_riot
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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 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. 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 2/15 at 2:17pm.
Sirius the Dog Star, brightest of Canis Major, blazes high in the southeast after dinnertime to the lower left of Orion. Sirius is not only the brightest star (after the Sun), it’s also the nearest that’s ever visible to the unaided eye from mid-northern latitudes. It’s just 8.6 light-years away. In a dark sky with lots of stars, Canis Major’s points can be connected to form a convincing dog profile. He’s currently standing on his hind legs; Sirius shines on his chest. But through the light pollution where most of us live, only his five brightest stars are easily visible. These form a short-handled meat cleaver. Sirius is the cleaver’s top back corner, its blade faces right, and its handle is down below pointing lower left.
Mercury is at greatest elongation, 18° east of the Sun. Mercury climbs to its maximum altitude in the evening sky tonight, when it lies some 11° high in the west-southwest 30 minutes after sunset. Mercury shines at magnitude –0.6, so it should be easy to spot in the deepening twilight. If you can’t see it with your naked eye, binoculars will show it easily. Target the planet through a telescope and you will see a 7″-diameter disk that appears half-lit.
Tonight may be your last best chance to track down Neptune during its current apparition. The outermost major planet glows at magnitude 8.0, so you’ll need to wait until darkness falls and then use binoculars or a telescope to find it. Neptune’s low altitude — it lies barely 8° above the western horizon as twilight ends — only adds to the challenge. What makes tonight so appealing for a planet quest is that the ice giant world skims just 2′ north of the 4th-magnitude star Phi (φ) Aquarii. That’s about the separation between Io and Jupiter when the innermost jovian moon reaches greatest elongation. To confirm a Neptune sighting, aim a telescope at your suspected target. Only the planet shows a 2.2″-diameter disk and subtle blue-gray color.
The Moon reaches perigee, the closest point in its orbit around Earth, at 3:28 p.m. EST. It then lies 223,980 miles (360,461 kilometers) away from us.
Venus (magnitude –4.2, in Pisces) is the bright point shining in the southwest during and after twilight. Off to its right or upper right is the Great Square of Pegasus. In a telescope Venus still appears fairly small (16 arcseconds) and gibbous (70% sunlit). But it will enlarge in size and wane in phase as it remains in the evening sky for the next four months.
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
M 10 High 1:27 AM 7.7 7:24 AM Set 8:37 AM 99
~ 10 Low 7:03 AM 2.0 5:38 PM Rise 7:40 PM
~ 10 High 12:54 PM 9.1
~ 10 Low 7:42 PM -1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death…
~ Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change. – Katherine Mansfield
~ Communism is like one big phone company. – Lenny Bruce (1925-1966) US comic
~ The lecturer should give the audience full reason to believe that all his powers have been exerted for their pleasure and instruction. – Michael Faraday (1791-1867) English scientist
~ A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows. – St. Francis of Assisi
Ye noble few! who here unbending stand
Beneath life’s pressure, yet bear up awhile,
And what your bounded view, which only saw
A little part, deem’d evil is no more:
The storms of Wintry time will quickly pass,
And one unbounded Spring encircle all. – –James Thomson (1700–48)
Homemade Conversation Hearts – January 4, 2012 – Why buy run-of-the-mill conversation hearts when you can make personalized candies at home? With a few supplies, you’ll have unique treats that can be tailored to fit any occasion or season. Try the recipe, then use our thought starters to begin your candy conversation gifting.
1 packet or 2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
2 pounds powdered sugar, plus additional for dusting
Food coloring, assorted colors
Flavoring extracts (mint, lemon, vanilla, orange)
Plastic, disposable gloves
Heart-shaped cookie cutters*
Food coloring markers**
*Tip: Make these classic candies any time of year! Try other seasonal versions with cookie cutters shaped like eggs, bunnies, trees, bells, wreaths or snowmen.
**Tip: Don’t have food-coloring markers on hand? Dip the end of a toothpick in food coloring to write messages on your candies.
- Place gelatin, corn syrup and water in a small microwaveable bowl and stir until incorporated. Microwave for 30 seconds, then stir to dissolve the gelatin.
- Pour mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or a large mixing bowl if using a hand mixer. Add 1 cup of powdered sugar and mix on low until the sugar is incorporated.
- Continue adding powdered sugar to the bowl in 1-cup increments, allowing it to mix in between each. Stop and scrape the sides of the bowl periodically during the process, continuing until a soft dough is formed.
- Dust your work surface and the dough with powdered sugar, then knead with the heels of your hand. Dust with powdered sugar as often as necessary to prevent stickiness. The dough will become silky and pliable.
- Divide dough into the amount of different colors you would like to create, then form them into balls.
- Wearing gloves, take a ball, flatten it into a small pancake and add a few drops of food coloring and flavoring extract in the center.
- Fold the pancake in half and knead until the color is evenly distributed. Repeat the process with remaining balls until all the candy is colored and flavored.
- Dust your work surface and rolling pin with powdered sugar. Roll a candy ball to desired thickness. Small store-bought conversation hearts are approximately 1/4” thick.
- Use cookie cutters to cut shapes out of the rolled candy, then transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Continue rolling and cutting until the ball is gone and repeat with the remaining colors.
- Allow the shapes to air-dry for 24 hours before writing on them, otherwise the ink will run. After drying, use the markers to write messages or draw pictures.
- Store the candies in an airtight container at room temperature.
Sweet Gift Ideas
- Bundle them up in a decorative paper cone and present them with another simple homemade holiday craft.
- Sprinkle them on the table for a dinner gathering with friends or at a romantic place setting, party of two.
- Make bell-shaped candies and package them up in a decorative jar for a unique and thoughtful wedding present.
- For a non-edible approach, use our salt dough recipe and make ornaments or package adornments.
- Write guests’ names on them and use them as place cards.
Silliness – Bill Paying
A wholesale dealer who had a lot of trouble in getting a certain retailer to pay his bills finally lost patience and wrote the merchant a threatening letter.
He received the following reply: “Dear Sir: What do you mean by writing me a letter like that? Every month I place all my bills in a hat and then figure out how much money I have to pay on my accounts. Then I have my bookkeeper draw as many bills out of the hat as I have money to pay. If you don’t like my way of doing business, I won’t even put your bills in the hat.”