Yesterday’s fairy rain didn’t produce any rainbows, but it was lovely all the same. Things dried out and cleared up in the afternoon and tonight is very cold, 36F at midnight. 35F, wind at 0-5mph, AQI37, UV4. Today’s chance of rain is 0% and tonight is only 10%. It should stay dry through Thursday and then we’re due for a few days of showers.
Herbs got cancelled at the last minute and I was kinda glad of it. I needed a bit more sleep. Tempus got us open almost on time. He’s starting the regular route this morning. I’m hoping it won’t take him as long as he’s afraid of, but it will get faster as he gets used to it.
Phil came in and we talked for a bit. It’s nice to start interacting with people again. …although noses through the door are down. That’s a bit scary for business…. Bad enough that folks are out of TP and sanitizer, but I don’t blame anyone for being weirded out by this stupid virus.
Tempus went out to do the laundry, since the laundromat is open again. I wanted him to do the archway curtains, but he said there wasn’t enough time. Maybe on Monday. I spent a good while going through scraps and cutting out for pouches. I need some more small ones for pendulums again.
After we got the laundry put away, Tempus made supper and I did a bit more embroidery. It’s hard to hold the fabric without my pointer finger, so it’s slowing me down. So I did a bit more on the pouch cutting out.
Today the Herb Bunch is heading for Eugene for a garden tour. This is the same place with the awesome bamboo. I need to remember to take some small cardboard trays and maybe a box or bucket… and spade. Oh, I’ll take my gardening basket and the trays, that’ll be enough.
Tempus is out on the new paper route at the moment. He’s going to have the shop open today. Project Day will happen, but I dunno how much he’ll get done, since he didn’t get a lot of sleep.
Today’s Plant is Nodding Onion, Allium cernuum. This is sometimes called Lady’s Leek. It’s an edible plant in the Allium family, but not particularly choice. (Yeah, personal experience…) It’s called “Nodding” because the inflorescences, the “flower”, tend to droop, unlike a lot of the alliums that end up with a ball on a stick. Most of the plants in this family are edible, but be careful! There are a few that are either disgusting or at least mildly poisonous and there are bulbs that *are* poisonous that are easy to mistake. Onions have been very important as a food/nutrition source for a long while and have even been worshiped at times. These are grown as ornamentals, mostly, but are found wild here on the coast. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allium_cernuum and on Alliums here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allium– Masculine, Mars, Fire, Isis – Cut and dry the flowers and add to a grapevine or rosemary wreath for a house protection spell. These are great for house blessings. Grown in pots indoors or in the garden they protect against evil and particularly against poisonous snakes. When you harvest in the fall, make a decorative braid of onions and hang over bedroom doors to prevent infections. Nodding onions are great for this purpose because, not being particularly great as food, you won’t mind replanting them in the spring as they start to sprout! Purify swords and athames after particularly heavy magicks, by rubbing the blade with a cut bulb, then wash with clear water and oil with rosemary-infused almond oil. Place the dried flowers in a vase at the head of the bed, or pack into a pillow sachet to help clarify prophetic dreams.
There is an epic poem that is 1010 years old today. The Shahnameh “The Book of Kings”) is a long epic poem written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi between c. 977 and 1010 CE and is the national epic of the Iranian cultural continent. Consisting of some 60,000 verses, the Shahnameh tells mainly the mythical and to some extent the historical past of (Greater) Iran from the creation of the world until the Islamic conquest of Persia in the 7th century. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shahnameh and on the poet here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferdowsi
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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 3/9 at 10:48am. 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 3/10 at 10:48pm.
Venus and Uranus appear equally as close this evening as they did yesterday, though their relative positions have changed. Venus and Uranus lie just over 2° apart in the evening sky. You can use Venus to easily find the ice giant by using binoculars or a telescope to locate a pair of 7th-magnitude stars about 1.2° to the lower left of Venus. Travel twice that distance in the same direction to reach brighter Uranus, glowing at magnitude 5.9. By the way, the actual conjunction between these two planets occurs at 11 a.m. EDT tomorrow, but the two will stand 2.6° apart by the time darkness falls. Venus continues to shine high in the west at nightfall for many weeks on end. But as the season advances, the starry background slides toward the lower right behind it. Not long ago the brightest stars of Aries were high over Venus. Now you’ll find them closer to Venus’s right or upper right.
And look high above the bright planet for the Pleiades cluster. Tonight they’re 25° apart. But the Pleiades are heading toward Venus by 1° per day, and they will engulf it on the evening of April 3rd.
For most of the United States and Canada, daylight saving time begins at 2 A.M. local time this morning. Set your clocks ahead one hour.
Saturn (magnitude +0.7, also in Sagittarius) is low in early dawn, 8° lower left of Jupiter, as shown above. Binoculars will help as the sky brightens..
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in southwestern Aries) hides in the vicinity of Venus right after dark.
Neptune is in conjunction with the Sun at 8 a.m. EDT. The distant planet is hopelessly lost in the solar glare but will return to view before dawn in late April
Old Farmer’s Almanac March Sky Map!
Goddess Month of of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn)
Runic half-month of Teiwaz/Tyr, 2/27-3/13 This is a time of positive regulation, sacrifice and hard work in order to progress.
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Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn), ash – the common ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) is a major tree of lowland forests in much of Europe, along with oaks and beeches. It grows to 40 m (130 feet) in open sites, with a broad crown reminiscent of American elm trees. Ash was and still is an important timber tree, and is a traditional material for the handle of a besom. The common ash is occasionally cultivated in North America, and similar native ash species are widely grown as street trees. Ashes are members of the Olive family (Oleaceae).
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 8 Low 6:13 AM 2.1 7:40 AM Set 7:31 AM 94
8 High 12:05 PM 8.7 7:14 PM Rise 6:10 PM
8 Low 6:53 PM -1.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t forget who was with you from the start.
~ You can’t make sound decisions if you can’t clearly see your situation. Knighthood requires the use of all of one’s senses, not just your vision. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ If one takes pride in one’s craft, you won’t let a good thing die. Risking it through not pushing hard enough is not a humility. – Paul Keating
~ In the end, it was the Sunday afternoons he couldn’t cope with, and that terrible listlessness that starts to set in about 2:55, when you know you’ve taken all the baths that you can usefully take that day, that however hard you stare at any given paragraph in the newspaper you will never actually read it, or use the revolutionary new pruning technique it describes, and that as you stare at the clock the hands will move relentlessly on to four o’clock, and you will enter the long dark teatime of the soul. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~ Ignore those who talk behind your back, it simply means that you are two steps ahead. – Unknown
Tossing his mane of snows in wildest eddies and tangles, Lion-like, March cometh in. – –William Dean Howells (1837–1920)
Egg Nest cookies – Chocolate, coconut and jellybeans make for great Easter cookies and bird nests They look like bird nests and with jelly beans inside, the kids will get a kick out of these Easter treats. One recipe will make more than 30 nests so this could feed a whole flock of guests. This is a sweet tweet you will want to use over and over again.
- 4 cups sweetened flake coconut
- 3 to 4 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
- 4 ounces (about 1/2 cup) mini jelly beans
- 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup butter or margarine, at room temperature
- 1 package (3 oz) cream cheese, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon coconut extract
- Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in small bowl.
- Beat together butter, cream cheese and brown sugar in large bowl until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes.
- Beat in egg yolk and coconut extract.
- On low speed, gradually beat in flour mixture in 3 batches until well blended.
- Stir in 3 cups of the coconut.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap; chill 1 hour until firm enough to handle.
- Spread remaining coconut on waxed paper.
- Heat oven to 350 degrees
- Using level tablespoon, shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in remaining coconut.
- Place on ungreased baking sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart.
- Bake at 350 degrees in oven 10 to 15 minutes or until firm to touch.
- Cool on baking sheet or wire rack for 1 minute.
- Then press indentation into center of each cookie, using back of 1/2-teaspoon measuring spoon.
- Spoon about 1/4 teaspoon mini chocolate chips into each indentation.
- Top with 3 jellybeans to mimic eggs in the bird’s nest.
Pashka – Russian “cheese cake”
2 1/2 Lbs. Small Curd Cottage Cheese
1 1/4 Cups Sugar
3/4 Cup Chopped Almonds or Pecans
3/4 Cup Chopped Peaches
1/2 Cup Maraschino Cherries or Dried Cherries
1 1/4 tsp. Vanilla
2 Sticks Butter, Melted
1/4 tsp. Salt
2 Cups Evaporated Milk or Cream
- Mix all ingredients except the cottage cheese in a large pan over low heat until it thickens to the consistency of pudding.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
- Mix in the cottage cheese and beat well for about 3 minutes.
- Place in a cake pan and chill over night.
- Decorate the cake with candied eggs, flowers, chocolates, or other spring delicacies.
Note – Keep refrigerated.
OSTARA HOT CROSS BUNS – These cakes are traditional treats at the Vernal Equinox. The equilateral solar cross on top predates Christianity and represents the minor Sabbats; the solstices and the equinoxes.
4 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 pkg. yeast
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/3 tsp. allspice
2 cups warm milk
1/4 cup melted butter
1 cup currants
1/2 cup candied peel
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 tbs. milk
- Proof yeast in sweetened milk.
- Preheat oven to 375o
- Mix dry ingredients, cut in butter, then eggs, then milk.
- Stir in currants and candied peel.
- Cover and let stand for 10 minutes.
- Spray 24 medium/large muffin cups, fill 2/3 full.
- Spray tops with butter spray, cover and let rise until almost double, about 20-30 minutes.
- Bake for about 20 minutes, until browned.
- Cool on rack until warm.
- Combine sugar and milk until smooth, spoon into piping bag.
- Pipe Celtic crosses on top.
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