Featured photo by Sam Standeven. First Minus Tide of the cycle at 4:49 PM of -0.2 feet. Still in daylight! This cycle is a weirdie. It starts in daylight in the evening and then after a couple of days in twilight the minus tides switch to morning! We’re not getting out as much these days, making us less used to the tides, so watch, and be careful! The shop is closed for the duration.
It’s mostly cloudy with the occasional drippiness. There’s a lot of rain south of us (think Brookings) on the map and ice in the Coast Range along there. There some light stuff way north (Seattle) 35F, wind at 0-6mph and gusting, AQI38, UV5. 80% chance of rain today, 70% tonight. It’s likely to be chilly today, not getting above 45F, but after today and Sunday night, we ought to dry out for awhile.
Tempus got in around 8am, but took the check over to pay our rent before coming home and going to bed. I was still reading and finished my book around 1:30pm. I tried to go back to sleep, but it didn’t work. …and then working on the computer for about an 1/2 hour I faded. Tempus was up by then, so he said to go make use of the nap bed. I woke at midnight…. what? Midnight? …and then was groggy and trying to wake up enough to get the newsletter together for hours.
He spent most of the day moving plants, from the look of it. We’re not done, since I need to sort the succulents that need less water to the hard-to-get-at shelf. He also wants to hang up some more of the spider plants. Well, I certainly won’t complain, but I’m going to have to do some re-potting, if we do. He also did several loads of dishes and I need to get those put away. That’ll make it easier for me to wash some things that he doesn’t really know how to do. (Fabric)
He didn’t get the “call” to head out for the newspapers until 1/4 to 3, which is really late. I got the newsletter together and then , in answering messages on Facebook, remembered this clip. It’s one of my faves, from the movie, “Mr. Roberts”. Every time this movie was going to be on TV we would gather ’round and when this clip came on my Daddy would lose it. 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALSUu2CSBOg
…and I had a “crafts” request for toting fresh breads/muffins around. That’s at the bottom of the Magick section.
Today’s plant is Blue Elderberry, Sambucus cerulea. It’s a rather wild shrub that can be trained into a small tree, with icky-smelling white flowers that then produce dark fruits that appear blue because of a whitish coating on them. In Oregon it grows mostly from the valley out to the coast with some isolated pockets in the Eastern part of the state. There’s a lot of folklore surrounding the tree. “In some areas, the “elder tree” was supposed to ward off evil influence and give protection from witches, while other beliefs say that witches often congregate under the plant, especially when it is full of fruit. In some regions, superstition, religious belief, or tradition prohibits the cutting of certain trees for bonfires, most notably in witchcraft customs the elderberry tree; “Elder be ye Lady’s tree, burn it not or cursed ye’ll be” – A rhyme from the Wiccan rede [poem]. If an elder tree was cut down, a spirit known as the Elder Mother would be released and take her revenge. The tree could only safely be cut while chanting a rhyme to the Elder Mother.” From Wikipedia – Feminine, Venus, Water – The flowers are used for Crossing the Bridge rituals. Carry for protection and to prevent rheumatism and toothache. Dried berries are helpful in sleep pillows. All parts are good for protection. Grow near the home for prosperity. Magic wands and flutes are often made from this wood. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus_ceruleaorhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus
Today’s Feast is the first mention of Moskva (Moscow, short for Grad Moskva, “big city on the Moscow River”) in history The first reference to Moscow dates from 1147 when Yuri Dolgorukiy called upon the prince of the Novgorod-Severski to “come to me, brother, to Moscow”. It’s the largest city in Russia, about the 6th largest in the world. It’s been burned to the ground several times (once by its own populace in the Napoleonic Wars). The kreml (Kremlin) was built as a wooden stockade about 7 years after the first mention and has grown to a huge complex of palaces and government buildings. Almost 20% of the population of Moskva, calls itself, “Spiritual, but not religious” and about 1% are Rodnoveri, the pagan faith “ancestral faith”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moscow
The shop is closed for the duration. Need something? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at firstname.lastname@example.org We should be able to accommodate requests and even allow a little shopping, one person at a time.
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 4/7 at 7:35pm. 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 4/6 at 7:35am.
This evening look right or lower right of the Moon for Regulus, the leading star of Leo. They’re about 5° apart for North America. Above the Moon by a similar distance or a bit more is Algieba, the second-brightest star after Regulus in the Sickle of Leo The Sickle, a backward question mark, forms the Lion’s stick-figure’s head, neck, chest, and front foot.
At this time of year, the two Dog Stars stand vertically aligned around the end of twilight. Look southwest. Sirius in Canis Major is the brightest point in the sky after Venus. Procyon in Canis Minor is above Sirius, by about two fists at arm’s length.
Venus (magnitude –4.5, in western Taurus under the Pleiades) is the big, bright white “Evening Star” blazing high in the west during and after dusk. Venus doesn’t set (in the west-northwest) until a good 2½ hours after complete dark. Above Venus are the Pleiades, drawing closer to Venus by about 1° per day. On Friday evening April 3rd, Venus is right in the Pleiades’ left edge! In a telescope, Venus is a trace less than half lit and 25 arcseconds in diameter. It will continue to enlarge in size and wane in phase and will become a dramatically thin crescent in late May.
Mercury is buried in the glow of sunrise.
Old Farmer’s Almanac April Sky Map! – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-april-minor-constellations
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn (FAIR-n) /Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55
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Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 4 Low 4:09 AM 2.8 6:50 AM Set 5:25 AM 74
~ 4 High 9:54 AM 7.3 7:48 PM Rise 3:40 PM
~ 4 Low 4:49 PM -0.2
~ 4 High 11:18 PM 6.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Peace energizes my actions. I move on my path in peace.
~ Man is rated the highest animal, at least among all animals who returned the questionnaire. – Robert Brault
~ It really doesn’t cost anything to be nice, and the rewards can be unimaginable. – Bear Bryant
~ To win without risk is to triumph without glory. – Pierre Corneille, French playwright
~ I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure — that is all that agnosticism means. – Clarence Darrow, on the existence of God
Again the blackbirds sing; the streams
Wake, laughing, from their winter dreams,
And tremble in the April showers
The tassels of the maple flowers. –John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–92)
Barley Bread Cakes
- 6 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
- 2 Tablespoons Water
- 1 Cup Barley Flour
- Mix sesame oil, water and salt with barley flour until dough is pliable though still somewhat oily.
- Roll out dough and cut circular disc shapes with a glass and place on a greased cookie sheet.
- Bake in an oven preheated to 400 degrees F until browned lightly.
IRISH SODA BREAD http://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.html
1 1/2 cups All-purpose flour — unbleached, enriched
1 1/2 cups Whole wheat flour — stone-ground
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
1 1/4 cups Buttermilk
Set the baking rack in the center of the oven and place a baking stone (if available) on the rack. Preheat the oven to 375.
In a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Mix to incorporate. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the buttermilk. Mix quickly to incorporate the milk evenly. It may be easier to mix with the hands than with a spoon. Form the dough into a loaf shape and place in a nonstick 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2″ loaf pan. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 50-55 minutes, until well browned and a skewer inserted in the center comes out dry. Remove from the oven and the baking pan. Place on a wire rack to cool.
Cottage Cheese and Wild Rice Casserole – Serves 6 – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html – small onion, chopped
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3 cups cooked wild rice, about 2/3 cup uncooked
- 1 carton (12 oz.) cottage cheese
- 1 carton (8oz.) sour cream
- 1/4 cup 2% milk
- dash or two of Tabasco® sauce or prepared horseradish
- 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Fresh tomato and chives.
- Sauté the onion in margarine in a skillet and toss the cooked rice with this.
- In a mixing bowl, blend the cottage cheese with the sour cream, milk, Tabasco® sauce and seasoned salt.
- Stir this into the rice and turn into a lightly vegetable spray-coated 1-1/2 qt. casserole.
- Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.
- Bake at 350°F degrees about 25 minutes.
- Top with chopped fresh tomato and chives.
Not exactly a recipe, but sewing project for toting fresh breads, muffins or rolls. 5 minute bread bag tutorial – Please follow this link to see all the pictures. It’s a wonderful tutorial! http://www.saltwater-kids.com/2010/04/5-minute-bread-bag-tutorial_9456.html
While baking bread a few weeks ago, I decided to wrap up a loaf and bring it to a friend who had just returned home from an emergency room visit. But wouldn’t you know, I couldn’t find a bag to put it in. On my next visit to Target, I grabbed a 3-pack of dishtowels that caught my eye. At first, I considered adding a casing and a drawstring, but when it came down to it, I needed something faster and easier (with two busy boys running around, fast and easy is all that I have time for these days). Instead, I found a spool of grosgrain ribbon in my stash (from the dollar store) and after five minutes of cutting and sewing I was finished!
Many of you probably don’t need a tutorial to figure this one out, but I remember when I was just starting out on my sewing adventure, I loved having a step-by-step guide so I could visualize the whole process.
Oh, and for the bread, I LOVE this book: Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. Baking bread theses days is a snap! And it makes for great gifts too. With this tutorial, you can make six bags in about 30 minutes (five minutes each – just like the bread). I like to get my bread going and then hop on the sewing machine and whip out a few bags while I am waiting (and enjoying the wonderful aroma).
- Finished bag measurements: 8″X13″
- skill level: beginner
- Dish towel (27″X18.5″) – each towel makes 2 bags
- 28″ ribbon for each bag
- Bias tape for edging (optional)
- Fold the towel in half cross wise and cut…creating two equal rectangles measuring 18.5″ X 14″ (two bags)
- To reduce some bulk, cut off the folded hem along the side…
- Cut your ribbon to 28″ long and fold in half. Measure 2″ from the top of the bag and…pin the folded side of the ribbon into place between the sides of the bag – I like to leave a little of the ribbon sticking out just to make sure it doesn’t slip out while I am sewing.
- Sew down the side and across the bottom of the bag…
- (This step is optional) I like to finish the edges so the bread doesn’t get little strings all over it. I used my serger along the unfinished edges, but if you don’t have one, just use a zig-zag stitch instead…
- Then just clip the strings, and turn it right side out…
- Place your cooled bread inside and secure with a bow!
[Anja’s note – This keeps things warm even better if it’s lined! To the directions above, cut two pieces of diaper flannel to the towel measurements. Tack to the towel pieces and then sew as above. Please do serge or zigzag the edges. ]