Daily Stuff 1-16-21 Concordia

Hi, folks!

Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 2:14 PM of -0.2 feet.

The shop is open only by appointment until the COVID #s come down, and we’ll probably stay closed until 2/1.Watch here for notifications about that! For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, anjasnihova@yahoo.com, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door! Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

The fog was spectacular! It lasted pretty much all day. 46F, wind at 1-5mph and gusting, AQI 7-32, UV1. Chance of rain 7% today and 81% tonight. There’s still a BEACH HAZARD STATEMENT and also a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY, both through this afternoon. Clouds today, rain tonight, after that, dry into Thursday. Get your outside chores and cleanup done! From Thursday on, there’s a chance of showers and then more rain.

Yesterday did not go as we had planned. Tempus’ check was early, so we didn’t have a reason to go into Newport. That was a good thing. Paul called just as we were getting moving and it was one of those very long conversations. Part of it was catching up, part was discussion, part was giving each other advice. I got off the phone somewhere around 5pm….

Tempus had run some errands and did some work in back. I managed a little sorting out of things that are going to the new place when we move (not the shop, where we live) and then ran out of oomph. The problem was that I didn’t sleep in the evening the way I usually do. I read and embroidered and wheezed. <sigh> I’m going to be really tired today if I can’t get more sleep!

Today we’re talking about a grocery run to Newport. I don’t know whether that will happen, but I have work to get done on plants outside while we have some decent weather and watering to do inside, as well.

Ken Gagne from 1/15/15 – Mergansers on the Yachats River

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Today’s Plant is Pearly EverlastingAnaphalis margaritacea, sometimes called Life-Everlasting. The “everlasting” part of the name comes from the fact that the flowers dry well and can be used as decorations during the winter month. There are a number of medicinal uses for this plant, particularly as poultices and often as a decoction added to a hot bag of some sort (iow, put it on a washcloth, warm, and put a heating pad on top of that) for bruises, sprains and to the chest for bronchitis, among others –Feminine, Venus, Air – Add to spells that are long-term. Can be useful in a sachet/potpourri/amulet since the flowers will soak up essential oils and release the scent over time.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaphalis_margaritacea

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Feast day of Concordia, ancient Rome – In Roman mythology, Concordia was the goddess of agreement and understanding. Her oldest temple was on the Forum Romanum and was built in 367 BCE by Marcus Furius Camillus. The Roman Senate often met there. In art, Concordia was depicted sitting, wearing a long cloak and holding onto a sacrificial bowl and a cornucopia. Sometimes, she is shown standing between two members of the Royal House shaking hands. Concordia is shown in a lot of the iconography of government buildings in Washington, D.C. More here: http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/jan16.html and here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concordia_%28mythology%29

The shop is open only by appointment until the COVID #s come down, and we’ll probably stay closed until 2/1.Watch here for notifications about that! For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, anjasnihova@yahoo.com, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door!

Love & Light,
Anja

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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 1/28 at 11:16am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 1/17 at 9am.

A skygazer views Venus from the Giant’s Causeway near Bushmills, on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland. Giant’s Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption some 60 million years ago. – Miguel Claro

A brilliantly shining planet Venus (magnitude –3.9) rises about an hour before the Sun. Thirty to 40 minutes before sunrise, look southeast with binoculars or a small scope to locate the planet, then scan 1.5° south-southwest to see if you can spot the globular cluster M22 nearby. The pair is rising quickly, but so is the Sun, brightening the background sky.

However, a few bright stars may also remain as the sky grows lighter. Glance east to see if you can still spot Altair, the brightest star in Aquila the Eagle, famous as one of the points in the Summer Triangle. In the south is bright orange Antares, the heart of Scorpio the Scorpion. Farther south is Menket, part of Centaurus the Centaur. And higher in the sky is Spica, the brightest star in Virgo the Maiden.

Capella

Zero-magnitude Capella high overhead, and equally bright Rigel in Orion’s foot, have almost the same right ascension. This means they cross your sky’s meridian at almost exactly the same time: around 9 or 10 p.m. now, depending on how far east or west you live in your time zone. (Capella goes exactly through your zenith if you’re at latitude 46° north: Portland, Oregon; Montreal; central France.) So, whenever Capella passes its very highest, Rigel always marks true south over your landscape, and vice versa.

A busy visit – Comet Howell visited a number of star clusters in October: Globulars M19, NGC 6293, and NGC 6355, as well as open cluster NGC 6520. It’s now far to the left in Aquarius- Astronomy: Roen Kelly

Comet 88P/Howell is slowly fading, but its 11th- to 12th-magnitude glow is within reach of a 6-inch scope under dark skies. Early this evening, you’ll find it among the stars of Aquarius, less than 7° northwest of globular cluster NGC 7492. The two should be similar in brightness and likely even appearance, although long-exposure images of Howell might still reveal a hint of its green-hued glow. Once you’ve found the comet, look also 8.5° to its east-northeast, where you’ll see the slightly brighter magnitude 10.6 spiral galaxy NGC 7727.  Nearby is also planet Neptune, just 1.5° northeast of 4th-magnitude Phi (φ) Aquarii. We’ll come back to study the ice giant in more detail later this week. In the meantime, Howell will continue approaching Neptune’s position, although its closest approach will be washed out by moonlight.

Mercury (brighter than usual at about magnitude –0.7) is emerging into a nice evening apparition low in the fading twilight. Look for it low in the west-southwest about 45 minutes after sunset.

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 Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.

Moon in Pisces

Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
Color – Grey
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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 –
Month: November
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: B
Meaning: New Beginnings; Changes; Purification.

Phagos – Beech Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Orange-brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: PH, IO
Meaning: New experiences and information coming

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Sa  16     High   3:01 AM     7.4   7:48 AM    Rise 10:17 AM      7
~    16      Low   8:35 AM     2.9   5:04 PM     Set  9:07 PM
~    16     High   2:14 PM     7.9
~    16      Low   9:06 PM    -0.2

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I deepen my awareness of the consciousness of freedom, from which my empowering actions spring.

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Journal Prompt – What? – What do you do for exercise?

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Quotes

~   Saint Bartholomew Brings the cold dew. – Traditional English saying: chilly evenings start this time of year in the UK
~   That’s the trouble with directors. Always biting the hand that lays the golden egg. – Samuel Goldwyn (attrib.)
~   The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows. – Sydney J. Harris
~   We are asked to love or to hate such and such a country and such and such a people. But some of us feel too strongly our common humanity to make such a choice. – Albert Camus; ‘Neither Victims nor Executioners’

A cheer for the snow—the drifting snow!
Smoother and purer than beauty’s brow!
The creature of thought scarce likes to tread
On the delicate carpet so richly spread. – –Eliza Cook (1818–89)

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Imbolc Magick – Recipes

Yorkshire Pudding:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup beef drippings or vegetable oil

Beat the eggs into the milk. Make a well in the flour in a large bowl and stir in the egg mixture until just combined. Refrigerate the batter for at least an hour. Heat oven to 425 F (220 C). Put drippings of roast and/or some vegetable oil in an oven proof 13 X 10 inch pan in the oven. When the oil or drippings begin to smoke (about 5 minutes), put the cold batter in the pan and bake 25 to 30 minutes.

You can check out all of the other variations on batter pudding recipes as well as many other ancient recipes in my new Smashwords e book: Ancient Recipes for Modern Kitchens.

Anja’s version

  • A cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • Butter
  • Bacon bits
  • Cheese cubes

Horseradish Beef Pot Roast
2 cloves garlic, crushed
½ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon horseradish
1 teaspoon dried basil
3 to 3 ½ pound boneless beef chuck roast
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups water

Vegetables:
2 cups baby carrots, peeled
12 small red potatoes, cut in half
1 medium onion, cut into 6 wedges

In a small bowl combine garlic, salt, pepper, horseradish and basil. Even pressed garlic mixture into surface of pot roast.

In Dutch oven, heat until hot over a medium-high heat and then add oil. Brown the pot roast evenly on all sides. Add water and bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Cover the pot roast tightly and simmer for 2 hours.

Add the vegetables and cover again. Continue cooking for 40-45 more minutes or until veggies are tender. Serve.

Chicken Hash Casserole
2 pounds skinless chicken breasts, halved
4 cups water
3 medium potatoes, peeled and halved
½ cup chopped onion
½ cup chopped red pepper
2 teaspoon chicken bouillon powder
2 tablespoons flour
1/8 teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup reserved broth
¼ cup evaporated milk
2 teaspoons prepared horseradish

Cook chicken in 4 cups of water for about 30 minutes until tender. Drain and reserve ¾ cup of the broth. Remove bones, chop the meat and place in a bowl.

Boil potatoes until barely tender. Drain and cool. Grate coarsely and then add to the meat.

Spray frying pan with non-stick spray. Add onion and red pepper and sauté until soft. Add meat and potatoes.

In a saucepan, stir the bouillon powder, flour, salt and pepper with enough broth to mix smooth. Add the rest of the measured broth, milk and horseradish. Heat and stir until gravy mixture boils and thickens. Add to meat.

Stir lightly. Turn into a 2 quart casserole. Bake uncovered at 350° for 35-45 minutes or until hot through.

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Silliness – Silly Q&A – Question: Why do batteries feel lonely? Because they are never included in anything.

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