The shop is open only by appointment until the COVID #s come down, and we’re planning to stay closed until 2/11. Watch here for notifications about that! For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, email@example.com, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door! Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
Everything is still wet. I know if rained off and on, but I wasn’t paying much attention. More rain is coming in around 8am. 44F, wind at 1-8 mph and gusting, AQI 16-39, UV1. Chance of rain 94% today and 100% tonight. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 5am on Wednesday. I always feel sorry for the crabbers this time of year….. Rain today, easing off on Wednesday with another possible spate early Friday, but the rest of the forecast is just for partly cloudy.
Yesterday was pretty awful. The computer was fighting me. WordPress was fighting me. Facebook was fighting me and they won around 5pm. Ate 1/2 of a file that I’ve been working on all week… that I have to go and find the pieces of and put it back together…and I don’t have some of it, either. Maybe I can look it up. …maybe…
Next up we found out that the place we were going to put our tiny home isn’t going to be available after all…. 3 weeks ago they could have told us! So, now we’re back to square 1. Without the space, we don’t have a place to put it, and can’t move into it. Gah! …and by the time something else comes along I’m going to be running the shop by myself and not able to work on making it a home…..
So we spent the next 6 hours making a batch of bread and trying to fix what we could and to look at more options… that we could have been doing 3 weeks ago… Can you tell I’m torqued?
C’mon Universe! We need a break!
So, finally got to the Imbolc Ritual. It was just me, and mostly what I was doing was making sure I Turned the Wheel. The self-work lead-up to the ritual was more confusing than usual. Apparently my sub-conscious is not interested in sweetgrass…. or something, but I have a few clues.
…and I’m trying to patch up the files that went awol and get this out, at least.
Today…. well, more of the same and tyring to keep up with some of my counseling clients. That’s hard to do when I’m feeling like this. …but I gotta try.
Today’s plant is the Columbine, genus Aquilegia. Found in garden and native species in Oregon, these plants stick their flowers up into the air where they can be admired. They’re related to aconite and share those qualities of a deadly poisonous plant. The flowers aren’t the problem. It’s the seeds and root. Columbina means “dove” and Aquila is “eagle” supposedly from the resemblance of the flower either to clustered doves or the spur at the back of the flower to an eagle’s claw. There is such a thing as too much imagination…. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Crush between the hands or wear in a pouch that can be squashed to induce courage and daring. Carry a posy of the flowers to attract love and the seeds can be used as a love perfume when crushed, however the seeds are *very* poisonous, so don’t ingest any! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquilegia
Today is Groundhog’s Day, which is a descendant of the old Imbolc Celebrations where weather divinations for the year were a big chunk of the festivities. From the look of our weather here we’re done with winter, which is a little worrisome. We haven’t had nearly enough rainy this year… More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundhog_Day and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punxsutawney_Phil
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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 2/10 at 11:06pm. 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 2/4 at 9:37am.
After it’s good and dark, look due east, not too high, for twinkly Regulus. Extending upper left from it is the Sickle of Leo, a backward question mark. “Leo announces spring,” goes an old saying. Actually, Leo showing up in the evening announces the cold, clammy, messy back half of winter. Come spring, Leo will already be high.
Asteroid 18 Melpomene is at opposition at 2 A.M. EST. At that time, however, a bright Moon is relatively nearby, making the best time to spot this small magnitude 9.5 world after sunset but before moonrise this evening. Melpomene lies in the southern region of Cancer the Crab. You’ll find it a mere 30′ northwest of Acubens, Cancer’s alpha star. But tonight, there’s a two-for-one deal on asteroids: 60 Echo is also nearby, glowing a fainter magnitude 10 about 1° south-southwest of Melpomene. And just 1° to the asteroids’ west is M67, a beautiful open star cluster that glows a brighter magnitude 6. It’s sometimes called the King Cobra Cluster. Melpomene and Echo will continue to travel parallel paths this month, so make sure to return throughout February to track their progress through the realm of the Crab.
Mars (magnitude +0.5, in Aries) shines pale yellow-orange high in the southwest after dark. It sets in the west-northwest around 1 a.m. Mars is only 8 arcseconds wide now and is still as gibbous as it gets, 89% sunlit.
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
Old Farmer’s Almanac NIGHT SKY MAP FOR FEBRUARY 2021: Orion – https://www.almanac.com/sky-map-february
Goddess Month of Bridhe runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Color – Red
Mercury (2/20) Retrograde
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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
Tu 2 High 3:45 AM 7.9 7:33 AM Set 10:25 AM 81
~ 2 Low 9:55 AM 1.8 5:27 PM Rise 11:29 PM
~ 2 High 3:39 PM 7.0
~ 2 Low 9:57 PM 0.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – It’s all right to sit on your pity pot every now and again. Just be sure to flush when you are done.
Journal Prompt – Friends – How did you meet your first boyfriend or girlfriend?
~ A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing. – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish writer and wit
~ I’m not afraid to look like an idiot. – Anthony Bourdain
~ The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost. – G. K. Chesterton
~ Everything you buy, think, say and do is a statement of what you believe you are worth. – Alan Cohen
All the complicated details
of the attiring and
the disattiring are completed!
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)
Imbolc Magick – Recipes
Rose Water & Angelica Wafers from A Victorian Grimoire by Trish Telesco
- 1 pound of flour
- ½ t. salt
- 2 Tbsp. Rosewater
- 2 T. Butter
- 1/8 t. angelica
Mix all ingredients except the milk. Blend well and then add milk until a stiff dough forms. Roll the dough out very thin and cut into rounds. Roll again. The rounds should be thin as paper and will swell when they bake. Dredge in flour and put in a well-greased baking pan. Bake at 425 degrees until lightly browned. Serve with cream that has been beaten stiff and sweetened.
Nun’s Ribbons and Lies
In Italy, everyone eats strips of sweetened, deep-fried dough called nastri delle surore or nuns’ ribbons during Carnival. These treats have regional names including bugie (lies) in Piednmont, chiacchiere (gossips) in Lombardy, chiacchiere di suora (nun’s gossip) in Parma, lattughe (lettuces) in Emilia-Romagna and cenci (rags and tatters) in Tuscany. In the sixteenth century in Venice, an author referred to them as fritelle piene di vento (fried treats full of wind).
This recipe comes from Carol Field’s marvelous book, Celebrating Italy:
- 1-1/2 cups flour
- 1-1/2 T unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1-1/2 T sugar
- scant 1 T liqueur (rum, cognac, grappe or Grand Marnier)
- 1 large egg
- Pinch salt
- Grated zest of 1 orange
- 1-1/2 t vanilla extract
- 1 to 4 T milk
- 4 cups olive or sunflower oil
- confectioners sugar
By Hand: Set the flour in a mound in a large bowl or on a work surface and make a well in it. Set the butter, sugar, liqueur, egg, salt, orange zest and vanilla in the center and mix them together. Slowly incorporate them into the flour, a little at a time, adding whatever amount of milk is necessary to make a dough. Knead until the dough is smooth and firm, 10 to 12 minutes. Cover with a tea towel and leave 45 to 60 minutes.
By Mixer: In the mixer bowl with the paddle attachment, combine flour, butter, sugar, liqueur, egg, salt, orange zest and vanilla, adding enough milk to get a dough that is firm enough to roll out very fine. Cover with a tea towel for 45 to 60 minutes
With a rolling pin, roll the dough out very fine on a lightly floured surface until it is 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Cut the dough into ribbons about 4 to 5 inches long and 1 to 1-1/4 inches wide. In some places it is customary to tie a knot in the center or twist the ribbon twice and pinch it closed in the center. Elsewhere bakers cut the dough into rectangles and make two parallel short cuts in the center.
Heat oil in a heavy deep-sided frying pan to 350 and fry a few of the ribbons at a time—very, very quickly (20 seconds at the most). Drain on plates lined with paper towels and sprinkle with confectioners sugar.
Baked Custard: The word “Imbolc” comes in part from the phrase “ewe’s milk,” so dairy products become a big part of February celebrations. For our ancestors, this time of year was hard – the winter stores were running low and there were no fresh crops. The livestock was typically preparing for birth, and the lambing season would begin soon. At that time, the ewes came into milk, and once milk arrived, you knew your family would have a source of food again. Sheep’s milk is highly nutritious, and sheep were considered a dairy animal long before cattle. If you have eggs, then you’ve got the makings of custard, a perfect dairy dessert. – Ravens magic broom
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 hour
- Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
- 4 eggs
- 3 C. milk
- 1/2 C. sugar
- 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- A pinch of salt
Preheat your oven to 350. Combine all the ingredients into the bowl of a food processor, and blend for about 15 seconds, or until well mixed. Pour custard mix into ramekins or custard cups. Place the ramekins into a baking dish, and fill the dish with hot water up to a depth of about ¾”. Bake the custards for one hour.
**Note: If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a hand mixer, it just takes a little bit longer to get everything mixed up.
- 5 generous pinches of saffron (or to taste, with experimentation) dissolved in 3/4 cup boiling water.
In a separate bowl
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
Mix & Add:
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 cups flour
Add: Saffron water mixture to the above.
Bake at 350 degrees for approximately one hour.
Silliness – Science and Math are funny – 5 out of 4 people don’t find my math jokes very funny at all….