It’s beautifully clear and Moonlit! …but it’s only 3am. 36F, wind at 0-5mph, AQI42, UV4. 0% chance of rain today and tonight. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 1pm to midnight today. WE might still be looking at rain Friday and Saturday, but not as much (maybe an 1/2 inch) or as high a chance. After that it ought to be dry until next weekend.
Yesterday started slowly. Tempus didn’t wake until 1pm…. He’s got to get more sleep. We had coffee and I sorted out the chicken, and then we got started on moving things.
I cleared the clothing area…. well, the clothing out of it. I had no idea that so much stuff had been stashed back there. …and then went to move my sewing stuff…
and the doll cabinet… and the clock… and…and I couldn’t move anything, not because it was too heavy for me, but because of stuff stashing on or in front of things, all too heavy for me to move. So I shifted the card racks and a bunch of little things, and then got stopped again. So I fished Tempus out of what he was doing and he started shifting stuff.
…and then we stopped because we both needed lunch. It was actually warm enough that we had the doors open. We had to put some stuff outside to have room to work, anyway.
…and more boxes shifted and “stuff”. We’ve got some of the darnedest things tucked into corners…. …and two print hammocks? ….and Tempus got rid of one of the stereos
to a friend. I got the canned goods shifted and discovered one of the “dumping grounds”, where things that need to go in the back got parked. It made it really difficult to get things put away, properly, but I got those shifted and sorted out.
By then Tempus was moving his “baby dresser” that he’s been stashing tools in. I was getting the doll cabinet ready to move.
Then I worked on bay leaves. …and I worked on the computer for awhile while he was working on moving things and then got some supper together.
We ate after the doll case, baby dresser and clock were all in the spot where the clothes used to be. …and stopped there for the night.
Meetings are cancelling left and right and notices all over the place. Now the Governor has banned anything more than 250 people. We’ve been talking about closing if things get worse, but
then, how do we pay the rent?
Tempus headed off to do the paper route at quarter to 2. I was up and on the computer because my lungs were arguing. I did a little embroidery and a little reading and dozed while he was out.
Today we’re still going to be moving things. Obviously we didn’t get the playpen and sofa moved, yet, but pretty much everything that’s in the way is now shifted. We’ll be open, but we’ll have to walk people through or fetch things for you.
Today’s Plant is the Buttercup that flourishes in my area in two types, Ranunculus bulbosus (sometimes called. St Anthony’s Turnip) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_bulbosus and Ranunculus repens, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_repens (called creeping buttercup or crowfoot) which is the variety in my garden. These are non-native plants and invasive, but not usually worried about too much, since they usually grow in grasslands and very poor soil, not suited for agriculture. Although the fresh plant is poisonous, the sap being used as a blistering agent for gout and rheumatism, the dried plant is safe for consumption. Tinctures of this plant have been used on shingles and infusions for “soremouth”. – Masculine, Mercury (Uranus), Fire– These are used in spells for tenacity & stubbornness, both to create and cure, and as a plant of fertility, possibly being the plant that the Flora gave Juno to use to get pregnant with Mars. Carry in sachets (dried flowers only) for fertility or the dried leaves for tenacity. This is also used for harmony and for Sight (and called Frog’s Foot) Use buttercup flower petals in magickal potpourris for spells regarding: divination, energy, innocence, prosperity, youth. Use buttercup in solar spells involving energy and prosperity.
Today’s feast is the Martyrdom of Hypatia. She was a woman who would become a target of anger that grew out of a civil/religious feud in Alexandria in the Nile Delta. Daughter of Theon, and a teacher trained in the philosophical schools of Plato and Plotinus, she was admired by most men for her dignity and virtue. Of the anger she provoked among Christians, Scholasticus writes, Hypatia ultimately fell “victim to the political jealousy which at the time prevailed”. Of course, to many of the People of the Book, a woman in her position, doing the things that she did at that time, was really wrong…. A lot of things have been made up about her, the idea of a woman single-handedly trying to save the “Library of Alexandria” being quite romantic, but those tales are general untrue. There is a Wiki article with more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypatia and the movie “Agora” that came out a few years ago is reasonably accurate.
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 3/24 at 2:38am. 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 3/16 at 2:34pm.
On the traditional divide between the winter and spring sky is the dim constellation Cancer. It’s between Gemini to its west and Leo to its east. Cancer holds something unique: the Beehive Star Cluster, M44, in its middle. Look for it a little less than halfway from Pollux in Gemini to Regulus in Leo. The Beehive shows dimly to the naked eye if you have little or no light pollution. With binoculars it’s easy, even under worse conditions.
Mercury remains low and close to the horizon this month, but it is steadily growing easier to find in the morning sky. Rising an hour before sunrise, the tiny planet stands about 10° high and shines at magnitude 0.81 southeast of the Sun as our star peeks over the horizon. Its 9″-wide disc is nearly 31 percent illuminated.
Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn (magnitudes, +1.0, – 2.0, and +0.7, respectively) are lined up diagonally low in the southeast as dawn begins. in that order from upper right to lower left. Mars is moving eastward closer and closer to the two giants. On the morning of March 7th it’s 7° from bright Jupiter. By the 14th they’re only 3° apart, as shown above.
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. Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings.
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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
Th 12 High 3:07 AM 8.6 7:33 AM Set 9:31 AM 93
~ 12 Low 9:30 AM -0.1 7:19 PM Rise 11:26 PM
~ 12 High 3:33 PM 7.8
~ 12 Low 9:37 PM 0.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Count Your Blessings. Once You realize how valuable You are and how much You have going for You, the Smiles will return, the Sun will break out, the Music will play, and You will finally be able to move forward with Grace, Strength, Courage, and Confidence. So, Count Your Blessings, dear Friend. Make a Gratitude list. You have thousands of Reasons to be Thankful…
~ Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day. – Jim Rohn
~ Be yourself. An original is always worth more than a copy. – Author Unknown
~ Make it totally clear that this gun has a right end and a wrong end. Make it totally clear to anyone standing at the wrong end that things are going badly for them. If that means sticking all sort of spikes and prongs and blackened bits all over it then so be it. This is not a gun for hanging over the fireplace or sticking in the umbrella stand, it is a gun for going out and making people miserable with. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~ I was implying that the Honourable Member for Wentworth was like a lizard on a rock – alive, but looking dead. – Paul Keating on John Hewson
The brown buds thicken on the trees,
Unbound, the free streams sing,
As March leads forth across the leas
The wild and windy spring. – –Elizabeth Akers Allen (1832–1911)
Almond Paste Dates
- 1/2 Pound Almond Paste
- 1 Pound Dates (Pitted)
- Slit dates lengthwise
- press almond paste into canoe opening
- Sprinkle with colored or powdered sugar (optional)
BlueberryGinger Crumble – http://greenhaventradition.weebly.com/ostara-recipes.html This was originally published in The Wordsmith’s Forge on 1/22/09, then revised for reprint 6/24/11.
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons ginger chips (minced crystallized ginger)
- 1/3 cup butter
- Preheat oven to 350º.
- Put the blueberries in a medium-sized glass bowl and rake the edge of a spoon through them to bruise the fruit slightly. Add 1/3 cup white sugar and 1 tablespoon lemon juice; stir, then set aside.
- In a second bowl, combine 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup rolled oats, and 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar. Then stir in 2 tablespoons of ginger chips. Slice the butter into squares and add to the dry ingredients. Use a butter cutter to mix the contents until loose and crumbly.
- Stir the blueberries and spread them in the bottom of a glass pie plate. Then sprinkle the crumble topping evenly over the blueberry filling. Bake at 350º for 20-30 minutes, until topping is golden-crisp and filling is bubbly.
- I used fresh blueberries this time. Frozen ones should also work.
- The Ginger People brand sells ginger chips by the can or in bulk. If you can’t find that, buy ordinary dried crystallized ginger and mince it finely.
- This crumble dessert was received with great enthusiasm.
This recipe was originally published in The Wordsmith’s Forge on 7/23/08, then revised for reprint 6/24/11.
Coconut Carrot Cake – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/
*I adore carrot cake….and this is a spicy moist one..delish!!
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
2 cups grated carrots
1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup raisins
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat a 10x15x2 inch baking dish or 10 inch Bundt pan with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
In a separate larger bowl, mix together the eggs, sugar and vanilla by hand. Stir in the oil; the mixture should resemble pudding. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients, then fold in the carrots, pineapple coconut, walnuts and raisins. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and spread evenly.
Bake for 55 to 60 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a small knife inserted into the cake comes out clean.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger (not powdered!)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons Myer’s Rum or 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice (Jamaican preferred)
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1 1/2 lbs peeled, grated carrots (4 cups)
- 2/3 cup vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Grease and flour or spray 2 8 inch round cake pans with Baker’s Joy. (If using butter and flour, tap out the excess).
- Mix together flour, sugar, and spices in a large bowl.
- Add lightly beaten eggs and oil, grated carrots and remaining ingredients. Stir to combine.
- Pour batter evenly into the two prepared cake pans.
- Bake in preheated oven until cake tester or toothpick inserted in center is nearly clean when removed, approximately 25 minutes.
- Allow cake to cool, then remove from pan and frost with cream cheese frosting
- 2 oz. Soft Cream Cheese
- 8 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together cream cheese, butter, and vanilla on high speed.
- Gradually beat in the sugar at reduced speed.
- Add more or less sugar to achieve desired consistency.
- Spread first cake round with 1/3 frosting for the bottom, add the second layer and use remaining frosting on top or sides.
- If desired, sprinkle with flaked coconut or chopped nuts before serving.
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