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It’s not raining yet, but it certainly smells like it’s about to and there’s a big green blodge almost on top of us. 41F, wind at 1-2 mph and gusting, AQI 22-37, UV1. Chance of rain 98% today and 75% tonight. We’re under a GALE WARNING from 10am-4pm. Yups…. looks like a messy day, a good day to stay in and watch the weather from a nice, warm, dry room. Thunderstorms are possible tomorrow, and more rain on Tuesday… and then rain and rain and showers and showers…. Winter weather. Right through Friday the nighttime temps are likely to be in the mid-30’s… which means watch for ice…..
Yesterday I had a heck of a time getting going. With my back fried the way it is, I can’t sleep for too long at a stretch, or I can move, so I’ve been short on sleep. Since it’s acting better, that caught up to me, yesterday. I didn’t sleep through. I was up and down, but starting to get caught up. It was 5pm before I was actually getting much done. I was writing, working on a page on my embroidery blog, and looking up photos, which is really tiresome.
We used up the last of our gift cards from the holidays to pick up supper at Subway. I got a nap after supper and set up kulajda, a pork roast and shredded some onions for onionskin dye. Or rather I did part. Tempus had to do the fetching and carrying, but I got the most of it. While I was waiting for him to wake from a nap, I tried to nap, but eventually got up and started working on this.
He snoozed long enough that he spent the last hour before heading out on the paper route on getting dishes done and helping me clean up. I’m not quite certain that my hands will hold, so he deals with the breakables. He headed out at 2:15 and it’s Sunday, so big papers and they take longer, plus there are more deliveries on Sunday.
Today is our different day. I’ll probably be working on embroidery and I’m hoping to get Tempus going either on bone needles or the little wooden animals. We’ll have the foods, as well. …and I think I’m going to set up another soup, a vegetable soup this time. Or maybe I’ll just prep vegetables and get them into the freezer? Yeah, that’s probably the better bet.
Flowering fern [Royal fern], Osmunda regalis, is today’s plant, dedicated to this saint. Osmunda regalis belongs to the oxymoronically named flowering fern family, so called because the densely-clustered sporangia resemble flowers. It is said by some to be one of the most handsome European ferns, hence the name. It is widely distributed in Europe, Asia and North America. The ‘Royal Fern’ is also known as the ‘Queen Flower’. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osmunda_regalis (pictures are the American variety of this fern)
According to Slavic mythology, the sporangia – called ‘Perun’s flowers’ – have assorted magical powers, such as giving their holders the ability to defeat demons, fulfil wishes, unlock secrets, and understand the language of trees. However, collecting the sporangia is a difficult and frightening process. In earlier traditions, they had to be be collected on Kupala night; later, after the arrival of Christianity, the date is changed to Easter eve. Either way, the person wanting to collect Perun’s flowers must stand within a circle drawn around the plant and withstand the taunting or threats of demons.
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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 1/28 at 11:16am. 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 1/26 at 1:16pm.
The waxing gibbous Moon now shines at the horntips of Taurus: look for Beta Tauri to the Moon’s upper left and fainter Zeta Tauri to the Moon’s lower left. Farther right of the Moon is orange Aldebaran.
Asteroid 14 Irene reaches opposition at 12 P.M. EST. It’s rising in Cancer the Crab as the Sun sets, so any time after darkness falls is perfect to seek out the small world. You’ll find it glowing at magnitude 9.4 (a perfect binocular object) less that 2° due west of Iota (ι) Cancri, a fourth-magnitude star in the northern part of the constellation.
Once you’ve viewed Irene, glance southeast and you can’t miss your next target: brightly glowing Procyon in Canis Minor. Although not as bright as its counterpart in Canis Major, Procyon is still easy to find at magnitude 0.4. This class F star weighs as much as one and a half Suns, but shines seven times more powerfully than our star. Like the Dog Star in the bigger of Orion’s two hunting dogs, Procyon also hosts a white dwarf companion — the tiny, dim remnant of a Sun-like star. This stellar ember, dubbed Procyon B, glows a feeble magnitude 10.8 and sits within 5′ of Procyon A (the brighter star), making it a real challenge to observe — perhaps the reason it wasn’t visually confirmed until 1896.
Mercury is having an excellent apparition in evening twilight. Mercury is often called “elusive,” but this week it’s easy. Look for it low in the west-southwest about 40 or 50 minutes after sunset. In addition to being nearly as high as it ever gets in twilight (for skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes), Mercury is also brighter than usual, about magnitude –0.5 all week.
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. Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
Goddess Month of Bridhe runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Color – Gold
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Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.
Luis – Rowan Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Grey and Red
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.
Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Meaning: A choice must be made
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 24 Low 2:41 AM 3.8 7:42 AM Set 4:26 AM 76
~ 24 High 8:44 AM 7.7 5:15 PM Rise 1:33 PM
~ 24 Low 4:11 PM 0.6
~ 24 High 10:51 PM 5.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – By attending to my heart’s needs, I live a fulfilled life
Journal Prompt – Friends – What do you think makes a good friend?
~ Ah, to know all is to forgive all,” said Rhoda. “I confess I have not found it so, my lady. To forgive, it is best to know as little as possible.” – Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett; from A Heritage and Its History
~ Character building begins in our infancy, and continues until death. – Eleanor Roosevelt, US writer and civil rights campaigner, born on October 11, 1884
~ Dachshund – A half-a-dog high and a dog-and-a-half long. – HL Mencken
~ George Washington was so taken with the character of Cato the younger in Joseph Addison’s 1713 play Cato that he made the Roman republican his role model. He went to see Cato numerous times from early manhood into maturity and even had it performed for his troops at Valley Forge despite a congressional resolution that plays were inimical to republican virtue. Washington included lines from the play in his private correspondence and even in his farewell address. – Jim Stockdale; Thoughts of a Philosophical Fighter Pilot, Hoover Press, 1995, p. 75
Winter is there, outside, is here in me:
Drapes the planets with snow, deepens the ice on the moon,
Darkens the darkness that was already darkness.
The mind too has its snows, its slippery paths. – –Conrad Aiken (1889–1973)
Imbolc Magick – Recipes
Imbolc Feast Lamb Stew
- 2- 1/2 lb. lamb neck chops-with fat left on
- 1 tbs. lamb fat
- 4 medium onions
- 1 tbs. butter/margarine
- 4 medium carrots
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 4 medium potatoes
- 1 tbs. parsley, chopped
- 1 tsp. each salt & pepper
- 1 tbs. chives, chopped
Shred some of the excess fat from the lamb chops and cook it down in a large pot or Dutch-oven. Peel the onions, carrots, and potatoes. Cut the onions and carrots into quarters, and put all the vegetables aside. Cut the meat into pieces, and trim away the rest of the excess fat. The bones need not be removed. Place the meat in the hot fat and brown. Repeat with the onions and carrots. Add water, salt, and pepper carefully. Put whole potatoes on top. Cover pot and simmer gently until meat is cooked, approx. 2 hours. Remove from heat. Pour off the cooking liquid into a separate sauce pan, allow to cool for a few minutes, skim off grease, and reheat. Add butter, chives, and parsley to the reheated liquid in the sauce pan. Pour heated liquid back over the stew. Serve hot. Makes 4-6 servings.
Cindy’s Denver Lasagna
- 8 ounces of tiny egg noodles
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup sour cream
- 4-5 green onions, sliced
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 medium jar of spaghetti sauce
- 2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown ground beef in a large skillet; add spaghetti sauce and let simmer. Mix together cream cheese and sour cream until smooth and then add green onions.
Cook noodles, then drain and place in the bottom of an 8 X 8” pan. Spread cream cheese mixture over noodles. Pour meat mixture over cream cheese layer and then cover top with grated cheddar cheese. Bake for 30 – 45 minutes.
Imbolc Macaroni and Cheese – author unknown
- 1 7-ounce package cooked elbow macaroni
- 1/4 cup butter
- 3 tbsp flour
- 2 cups milk
- 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
- 2 cups cubed Cheddar cheese (8 ounces)
- 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
- 2 tbsp butter, melted
- 2 tsp chopped fresh parsley
- Preheat the oven to 400 F.
- In a saucepan, melt 1/4 cup butter and stir in flour to make a roux over medium heat.
- Stir occasionally till smooth a bubbly.
- Then add the milk, cream cheese and mustard and salt and pepper to taste.
- Cook and stir till cream cheese is melted and you have a lovely smooth white sauce.
- Stir in the macaroni and cheese cubes.
- Add the cubed ham and/or chopped broccoli if desired.
- Pour into a casserole dish.
- In another bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and sprinkle over the top.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes to melt the cheese and heat through.
Curried Lamb with Barley: At Imbolc, the lamb is a true symbol of the season. In the British Isles, there were years when the spring lambing presented the first meat people had eaten in months. Barley was a staple crop in many areas of Scotland and Ireland, and could be used to stretch even the thinnest of winter meals to feed an entire family. Although curry was not native to the UK, it lends itself well to the theme of this Sabbat because of its fiery nature. The golden raisins add a bit of sunny sweetness. This simple dish is delicious, and reminds us that spring is truly on its way. – Ravens magic broom
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 60 minutes
- 2 Tbs. butter or oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 1/2 lbs. lean lamb, sliced into thin strips
- 1 C. beef or vegetable broth
- 1/2 C. barley
- 2 Tbs. curry powder
- 1/2 C. golden raisins
- In a large skillet, heat the butter or oil. Sautee the onion until soft, and then add the strips of lamb. Brown the lamb, but not so long that it gets tough — you want to keep it nice and tender. Slowly pour in the broth.
- Add the barley, and cover the pan. Allow to simmer about 20 minutes, or until barley has cooked. Uncover, and add curry and raisins. Simmer for a few more minutes, and remove from heat. Serve as part of your Imbolc dinner.
** Note: for those of you who don’t eat meat, this is actually excellent with some chopped zucchini or other squash in place of the lamb.
Silliness – Things to Say When Caught Sleeping at Work
– “They told me at the blood bank this might happen.”
– “This is just a 15 minute power nap like they raved about in that time management course you sent me to.”
– “Whew! Guess I left the top off the Wite-Out. You probably got here just in time!”
– “I wasn’t sleeping! I was meditating on the mission statement and envisioning a new paradigm.”
– “I was testing my keyboard for drool resistance.”
– “I was doing a highly specific Yoga exercise to relieve work-related stress. Are you discriminatory toward people who practice Yoga?”
– “Darn! Why did you interrupt me? I had almost figured out a solution to our biggest problem.”
– “The coffee machine is broken.”
– “Someone must’ve put decaf in the wrong pot.”
– “… in Jesus’ name. Amen.”