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It’s raining steadily at the moment, due to stop a bit after 9am by which time the gale warning and high surf advisory will also be over. 52F, wind at 1-11 mph and gusting, AQI 7-36, UV1. Chance of rain 100% today and 24% tonight. There’s another batch of rain due starting around 3pm and then we should have a break until lunchtime on Tuesday. That will peter out Wednesday evening and we should have another break until late Thursday evening. From that point out it’s rain tapering off to showers and staying that way… at least as it looks right now.
Yesterday was so busy that it flew past. I worked on my embroidery and we got the boxes packed and ready to go out when Tempus gets in this morning. Tempus worked on some bones for carving and did some more work in back.
I did get a little cookery done and I’m hoping to do a little more before I turn in tonight, and I’ll certainly pull out my embroidery again, at that point, maybe do a little hand-sewing.
Today I need to work on plants. Now that it’s not going to be quite so nasty outside I can get Tempus to help me with some of the buckets. I might even be able to do some trimming and weeding. I’d like that.
Today’s plant is the Weeping Cherry, Grandma’s favorite from her front yard, which was destroyed along with the beautiful, prolific plum tree when the house was sold. It seems to be this one http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_subhirtella, the Higan Cherry. There are listings for cherries and weeping trees both, but the weeping cherries do not produce fruit, only lovely flowers. Cherries: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry Cherry Blossom: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry_blossom Weeping Trees: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weeping_tree – Divination, Creativity; Healing. Objects made of Cherry wood are used to attract Love. Cherry juice is used as a substitute for blood in old recipes. Cherry gum is burned as a resin for sore throats.
The festival of Fufluns is a Roman event that happened somewhere near this day. There’s nothing much written about Fufluns, except that he’s a vegetation god, equivalent to Bacchus, that originally was Etruscan, but here are some references. http://www.pantheon.org/articles/f/fufluns.html and here: http://www.godchecker.com/pantheon/roman-mythology.php?deity=FUFLUNS …and on the Etruscans http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etruscan_mythology
The Days of Volos – Procines (January) 1-6 – These moonlit and frosty nights have a name: The Holiday of the Wolves. These days are set aside for the worship of the God of pets and of cattle, whose name is Volos. We give our thanks for the animals on these days, which bring food and sustenance to our homes from ancient times. We also defend them from the ravenous wolves which attack. (Slavic Pagan Calendar)
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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 1/12 at 9pm. 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 1/6 at 1:37am.
After dinnertime now, the enormous Andromeda-Pegasus complex runs from near the zenith far down to the west. Near the zenith, spot Andromeda’s high foot: 2nd-magnitude Gamma Andromedae (Almach), slightly orange. Andromeda is standing on her head. Her head-star (2nd-magnitude Alpheratz) is the top corner of the Great Square of Pegasus. Down from the Square’s bottom corner run the stars outlining Pegasus’s neck and head, ending at his nose: 2nd-magnitude Enif, also slightly orange.
The Orion Nebula (M42) is the Hunter’s most famous nebula, but it’s certainly not the only one within his borders. Tonight, try for M78, located just 2.5° northeast of Alnitak, the leftmost star in his belt when facing the sky. This beautiful reflection nebula will show up in large binoculars and small scopes, but real detail will only emerge for those using larger apertures. Still, it’s a great target for any observer when the skies are dark, so make sure to get your observing in before moonrise — this little gem can easily be overtaken by light pollution. If you want an even bigger challenge, look for two 10th-magnitude stars north of the nebula’s smoky border: According to binocular observer Steve Tonkin, one of these has the tiniest wisp of nebulosity visible under the right conditions. As long as you’re in the area, take some time to swing down to M42 for a visit. This always-stunning nebula holds several young, bright stars nestled in its center. They should really pop out even under low power. The Orion Nebula is also bright enough that you should be able to observe it past moonrise, but its detail may begin to diminish under the brightening sky.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Aries) is high in the south in early evening, about 8° east (left) of Mars. Uranus is only 3.7 arcseconds wide, but that’s enough to appear as a tiny fuzzy ball, not a point, at high power in even a smallish telescope with sharp optics — during spells of good seeing. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune.
Old Farmer’s Almanac NIGHT SKY MAP FOR JANUARY 2021: THE BRIGHTEST SKY OF THE YEAR – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-january-brightest-sky
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde
Color – White
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Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch – The silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) is the most common tree birch in much of Europe. It grows up to 30 m (100 feet) high, but is more often found in spreading clumps on sandy soils. It is one of the first trees to colonize an area after a mature forest is cut; this is probably a large part of its symbolic connection with new beginnings. It is cultivated in North America, often under the name of weeping birch. The three trees in my front yard form root sprouts that would take over the bed where they are planted if I didn’t cut them back. The common birch (B. pubescens Ehrh.) is almost as widespread as the silver birch, but grows primarily on acid or peaty soils. It can reach 20 m (65 feet) in height. Birches are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae). Curtis Clark
Beth – Birch – Ogam letter correspondences –
Meaning: New Beginnings; Changes; Purification.
Phagos – Beech Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Letter: PH, IO
Meaning: New experiences and information coming
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 4 High 4:28 AM 7.2 7:52 AM Set 11:31 AM 77
~ 4 Low 10:12 AM 3.1 4:51 PM Rise 11:10 PM
~ 4 High 3:41 PM 7.1
~ 4 Low 10:29 PM 0.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Do not lose the love in your life.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – You have to be true to yourself, but you have to be true to your best self, not to the self that secretly thinks you are better than other people. — Stephen Gaskin
~ Advertising is legalized lying. – H. G. Wells (1866-1946) English writer
~ If you can’t win, make the fellow ahead of you break the record. – Anonymous
~ Shake the tree, and the fruit will fall. – Sandy Diva
~ A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education. – Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) US President (26)
A liquid moon
moves gently among
the long branches.
Thus having prepared their buds
against a sure winter
the wise trees
stand sleeping in the cold. – William Carlos Williams (1883–1963)
Small Mead: Honey Drink
1 Tablespoon Peeled, Sliced Fresh Ginger
1/2 Tablespoon Orange Zest (Yellow Only)
1/2 Teaspoon Yeast
11 Pints Water
1 Pint Honey
- Dissolve the honey in the water in a large pot and bring to a boil.
- Let it boil for about 21/2 hours and then add ginger, and orange zest.
- Allow mixture to boil with the new ingredients for about 2 minutes and remove from heat.
- Allow to cool to just above room temperature and add yeast.
- Cover and let sit 24-36 hours.
- Use 2 Liter Plastic Soda Bottles to bottle mead.
- Do not use glass in case bottle bursts. Injury could result.
- Refrigerate after 4 days.
- Do not drink until mead has fermented at least a week. A month is best.
Vegetarian Loaf – VEGETARIAN3 cups cooked lentils
3 cups cooked millet
3 cups steamed brown rice
1 cup whole wheat bread, crumbled (3 slices)
½ cup dry oatmeal or cornmeal
½ cup almond or cashews, ground fine
¼ cup sunflower seeds, ground fine (optional)
¾ cup tomato juice
1 tablespoon oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped tomato
1 heaping tablespoon of sage
½ teaspoon celery seed, ground
salt to taste
garlic powder (optional)
Lightly sauté onions in a mixture of water and oil. Add celery and tomatoes, but only sauté very little to soften and stop.
Combine all the ingredients and ix well. Add bread crumbs and tomato juice to make stiff. Add water if the mixture seems too dry. Place in lightly oiled loaf pans and bake at 350° for one hour.
Volcano Chicken Chili
6 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 sweet red peppers, seeded, cored and chopped
5 jalapeno peppers, finely chopped – leave seeds in for extra heat
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 ½ teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
pinch of cinnamon
6 boneless chicken breasts
28 ounces diced tomatoes with juice
8 ounces kalamata olives, sliced
1 cup beer
¼ cup grated unsweetened chocolate
salt to taste
grated cheddar and scallions for topping
Heat half of the oil in a soup pot over high heat. Add onions and garlic and sauté over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add peppers and sauté for 10 minutes. Stir in chili powder, cumin, coriander and cinnamon and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
Cut chicken into 1” cubes and brown in batches in the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil in the skillet. Add chicken, diced tomatoes with juice, olives, and beer to the soup pot and stir in. Simmer 15 minutes. Stir in chocolate and then season with salt. Serve with cheddar and scallions.
Silliness – At Ninety-Nine
When a grandmother was in her late eighties, she decided to move to Israel. As part of the preparations, she went to see her doctor and get all her charts. The doctor asked her how she was doing, so she gave him the litany of complaints – this hurts, that’s stiff, I’m tired and slower, etc.
He responded with, “Mrs. Siegel, you have to expect things to start deteriorating. After all, who wants to live to 100?”
The grandmother looked him straight in the eye and replied, “Anyone who’s 99.”