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We have a rain shower going right now. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 4pm and BEACH HAZARD STATEMENT has been issued for now through Saturday morning. 47F, wind at 1-3 mph and gusting, AQI 13-32, UV1. Chance of rain 24% today and 6% tonight. We should dry out by sunrise and stay that way, even with a little sunshine until 6pm tomorrow. That rain should be done by sunrise on Sunday. We’re due for some really heavy rain on Tuesday, showers on Wednesday and Friday and partly cloudy between.
Yesterday I wrote frantically. I had a deadline to meet. I finished at about 4pm and then was a vegetable for the rest of the day.
Tempus used some of the Yule ham that’s been soaking in the pineapple juice to make grilled ham and cheese sandwiches for lunch. They were so good that I had another for supper.
We watched another SpaceX launch in the evening. This one was a satellite.
Today I have one appointment at 11am and another at 4pm. I have to be in shape for those. I want to do a little cooking, too. Sash is going to be here for his b-day on Sunday and I want some pasties and some berry or custard tarts to feed him.
Maidenhair Fern is cultivated for use in gardens, but out here on the coast you can’t walk past a stand of trees without seeing it. Our variety is Adiantum Pedatum, (northern maidenhair, five-fingered fern) most often , but others of the aidantums get mixed in, too. – Feminine, Venus, Water – This represents the physical presence of the Divine Feminine, much as the Sword Fern represents the Divine Masculine. To get more in touch with this part of your Higher Self and to gain grace and physical beauty (always remembering that true beauty is from within) soak a sprig of this plant in water (…better by moonlight, and it’s a great ritual for a Full Moon) and hang it in your bedroom. This is also helpful for the transition times between life stages, and can even help with becoming pregnant if there are physical difficulties with a woman’s cycles. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adiantum_pedatum and on the family grouping here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maidenhair_fern
Lesser (Rural) Dionysia, festival of Dionysus, ancient Greece – This wasn’t a set date, either festivals were held in different areas on different dates. A festival with a lot of comedy and horseplay in honor of Dionysus, where a large wooden phallus was carried in a procession. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dionysia and a description of the procession and revels here: http://web.eecs.utk.edu/~mclennan/BA/JO-RD.html plus another link on the Dionysian Mysteries: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dionysian_Mysteries
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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. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 1/8 at 9am. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 1/11 at 9am.
If your sky is even moderately dark, try to trace out the winter Milky Way arching across the sky. In early evening it extends up from the west-northwest horizon along the vertical Northern Cross of Cygnus, up and over to the right past dim Cepheus and through Cassiopeia high in the north, then to the right and lower right through Perseus and Auriga, down between the feet of Gemini and Orion’s Club, and on down toward the east-southeast horizon between Procyon and Sirius.
The tiny planet Mercury has reappeared in the skies, now an evening star quickly approaching Jupiter and Saturn in the southwest after sunset. It’s still a bit tricky to catch — 20 minutes after sunset, Mercury is just 4.5° high. You’ll find it a little more than 4° below Jupiter, which is a bright magnitude –2. Mercury glows at magnitude –0.9, while Saturn (which sits between them) is a dimmer 0.5.
All three planets are in the southwestern portion of Capricornus the Sea Goat — but take note of their relative positions, because they’re going to change. Tomorrow evening, Mercury will sit less than 2° south of Saturn, then keep moving and soon pass the gas giants in the sky. Ultimately, Mercury will meet up with a very young Moon on January 13 — stay tuned for how to see that stunning event.
Venus (magnitude –3.9) shines very low in the southeast during dawn.
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
Runic half-month of Eihwaz/Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.
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 – Green
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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
F 8 Low 1:10 AM 2.5 7:52 AM Rise 2:55 AM 34
~ 8 High 7:40 AM 8.5 4:55 PM Set 1:16 PM
~ 8 Low 2:51 PM 0.6
~ 8 High 9:05 PM 5.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.
Journal Prompt – Personal taste – In 20 years, I will be…
~ You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. – Indira Gandhi, Indian prime Minister noted for her clenched fist; born on November 19, 1917; press conference, New Delhi, October 19, 1971
~ You lawyers are so nice and precise in shifting and scanning every word and letter that many times you stand more upon form than matter, upon syllables than the sense of the law. – Queen Elizabeth I; to lawyers urging her to execute Mary, Queen of Scots
~ You reckon your chickens before they are hatched. – Erasmus (attrib.)
~ Ability is of little account without opportunity. – Napoleon Bonaparte, who died on the island of Saint Helena, which was named for the saint commemorated on August 18
All day the gusty north-wind bore
The loosening drift its breath before;
Low circling ’round its southern zone,
The sun through dazzling snow-mist shone. – John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–92)
Imbolc Magick – Recipes
- 1 Orange (Juice and Rind)
- 3 Teaspoons Baking Powder
- 1 Lemon (Juice and Rind)
- 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/2 Teaspoon Ginger
- 1/2 Teaspoon Cloves
- 1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
- 1 Cup Black Coffee
- 1 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Soda
- 5 Cups Flour
- 1 Cup Honey
- 1/2 Cup Oil
- 4 Eggs
- Boil coffee, honey, brown sugar, and granulated sugar and then allow to cool.
- In a separate bowl, combine eggs, oil and lemon juice & rind.
- In a third container, combine dry ingredients.
- Add coffee mixture to egg mixture first and then dry ingredient mixture until all are well blended.
- Pour mixture into a greased/floured 9″ x 12″ pan and bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees F about an hour and 10 minutes.
San Juan Pueblo Steak
- ½ cup flour
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 pounds round steak, cut 1” thick
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 onion, minced
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 2 cups water
In a small mixing bowl, combine the flour, chili powder and salt. Using the edge of a plate, kitchen hammer or rolling pin, pound steak and flour mixture.
In a heavy skillet, heat oil and sauté garlic and onions for 3 minutes. Remove and set aside. Add the steak to the skillet and brown on both sides. Add the tomato sauce, water and garlic and onions. Cover and cook over low heat for 1 ½ hours.
Make your own Butter: Imbolc is a Sabbat that often focuses on dairy — after all, the very word Imbolc is derived from Oimelc, or “ewe’s milk.” This is a great time of year to make foods that come from a dairy source, and few are more representative of dairy than butter. Homemade butter is great because it’s got a fuller flavor – mostly because you make with pure cream instead of diluting it with oils and water like commercially produced butter. Although back in the old days, people used to spend hours at a churn, you can put together your own batch of fresh butter with just a little bit of effort. – Ravens magic broom
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Heavy whipping cream
- Glass jar with a lid that seals tightly
- Allow the whipping cream to sit at room temperature overnight to let it ripen. Don’t leave it out more than 24 hours, or it will spoil.
- Pour the whipping cream into the jar. Tighten the lid so it’s sealed – I like to use a Mason jar for this, but you can use any kind you like. Shake the jar for about twenty to thirty minutes. If you have more than one kid, let them take turns so no one gets bored.
- Check the jar periodically — if the contents are getting too thick for you to shake easily, open the jar and use a fork to stir things up a little. Eventually, the cream will start to form yellow clumps. These clumps are your butter, which means you’re done.
- If you’re not going to eat all your butter immediately, keep it in the jar, refrigerated. It will last about a week before it begins to spoil.
- You can add flavor (and help prevent early spoilage) by adding a bit of salt to your butter. If you like, add herbs or honey. Experiment a little, to see what sorts of flavors you enjoy best. Also, if you allow your butter to chill after mixing it, you can shape it into blocks for easy cutting and spreading.
Silliness – Housekeeping Husband
My friend’s husband is always telling her that housekeeping would be a snap if only she would organize her time better. Recently he had a chance to put his theory into practice while his wife was away.
When I popped in one evening to see how he was managing, he crowed, “I made a cake, frosted it, washed the kitchen windows, cleaned all the cupboards, scrubbed the kitchen floor, walls and ceiling and even had a bath.”
I was about to concede that perhaps he was a better manager than his wife, when he added sheepishly, “When I was making the chocolate frosting, I forgot to turn off the mixer before taking the beaters out of the bowl, so I had to do all the rest.”