Daily Stuff 2-12-21 Artemis

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 7:23 PM of -0.7 feet. The shop is open only by appointment until we re-open sometime next week, probably by the 18th, assuming that the COVID #’s are still coming down. 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.

It rained pretty much all day, but the temp keeps rising. At midnight it’s up to 50F. …and at 1:30am, it’s down to 41 because it’s cleared a bit. Wind at 3-10 mph and gusting, AQI 22-36, UV1. Chance of rain 96% today and 100% tonight. The SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY lasts until 1pm today. The whole 10-day forecast is wet! Rain should be heaviest today and Sunday, but it’s all rain and showers.

Yesterday I spent the day furiously writing. I don’t know what I’m going to do about set 4, but set 3, at least, ought to be ok.

The soup turned out to be pretty good for a toss-together thing. I had some for breakfast and then for supper with a sandwich in between.

Tempus and I sat down and went over what we’re cooking for Saturday. I have to get him going on a batch of bread, too. He was going to get to the store, at least for a bit during the evening. Hopefully, he got the stuff that needs to be cooked ahead. I still have a couple of things to do tonight: hard-boiling some eggs and cooking a couple of chicken breasts. …and we have some fun recipes below, one from this weekend’s feast and the others for Valentine’s.

Today I have a bunch of cooking to do. Tempus has to run into Newport and also do a batch of laundry. We still didn’t get the plants yesterday, so the watering is going to have to happen, as well. I need to get between the rain showers and forage in the planting buckets for things to add to the soup for Saturday.

plant flower Dogviolet viola adunca

Today’s Plant is the Early Blue VioletViola adunca. – Violet leaves contain more vitamin A than spinach, and a half-cup of leaves has more vitamin C than four oranges, but rhizomes, fruits and seeds are poisonous. Other common names include the hooked-spur violet, Cascade violet, sand violet and the western dog violet. Found on Wiki here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_adunca or here:http://blogs.evergreen.edu/sustainableprisons/blog/2012/01/12/spp-plant-profile-early-blue-violet-viola-adunca/  Feminine, Venus, Water – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.

220px-Artemis_Bendis_Louvre_CA159Today was one of the feasts of Artemis in the Ancient World, although she is usually venerated on the 6th day of each month. Now, we usually think of her as the lady of the crescent moon, the Daughter face of the Goddess, but she is still the goddess of the hunt and of deer and the protector, both of girls and of women in childbirth. She had a chariot drawn by golden deer and several hunting dogs given her by Pan. She carries, not just a bow, but also a spear and net or a lyre. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artemis

The shop is open only by appointment until we re-open sometime next week, probably by the 18th, assuming that the COVID #’s are still coming down. 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 2/27 at 12:17am. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 11:06pm on 2/12. 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 2/15 at 11:06pm.


Orion stands his highest in the south by about 8 p.m., looking smaller than you probably remember him appearing early in the winter when he was low. You’re seeing the “Moon illusion” effect. Constellations, not just the Moon, look bigger when they’re low.

Under Orion’s feet, and to the right of Sirius now, hides Lepus the Hare. Like Canis Major, this is a constellation with a connect-the-dots that really looks like what it’s supposed to be. He’s a crouching bunny, with his nose pointing lower right, his faint ears extending up toward Rigel (Orion’s brighter foot), and his body bunched to the left. His brightest two stars, 3rd-magnitude Alpha and Beta Leporis, form the back and front of his neck. Covering just 0.7 percent of the sky, Lepus has only two named stars: Arneb (magnitude 2.6) and Nihal (magnitude 2.9).

M79 with Orion and Lepus

Within the Hare’s domain is the globular cluster M79. At magnitude 8 and spanning 7′, it requires binoculars or a small telescope to spot. Larger apertures or higher magnifications will discern individual stars within its densely packed boundary. You may note its somewhat unusual location — most globular clusters appear in the direction of Sagittarius, the Milky Way’s center. This one, however, sits in the opposite direction on the sky. Astronomers think M79 may have once belonged to another galaxy — the Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy — which the Milky Way is in the process of tearing apart and absorbing.Neptune (magnitude 8.0) is sinking out of sight in evening twilight.

Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter are gone from sight in the glare of the Sun. .unless you want to try a super-hard challenge using a wide-field telescope maybe 10 minutes before sunrise late in the week. Jupiter and Venus may be the least hopeless. You can forget Saturn and especially Mercury.

Old Farmer’s Almanac NIGHT SKY MAP FOR FEBRUARY 2021: Orion – https://www.almanac.com/sky-map-february

Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness. 

Moon in Pisces

Sun in Aquarius

Goddess Month of Bridhe runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Color – Rose
Mercury (2/20) Retrograde
Planting 2/12-13
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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
Month: December
Color: Grey and Red
Class: Peasant
Letter: L
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.

Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: Q
Meaning: A choice must be made

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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
F   12     High   1:14 AM     7.3   7:20 AM    Rise  8:17 AM      0
~    12      Low   6:48 AM     2.4   5:42 PM     Set  6:49 PM
~    12     High  12:35 PM     8.5
~    12      Low   7:23 PM    -0.7

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Every time you get the urge to move, get up and move!

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Journal Prompt – Multicultural Connections – Explain what you think the following Chinese proverb means: “With time and patience, the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.”

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Quotes

~   When doctors and undertakers meet, they always wink at each other. – W. C. Fields
~   To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. -Thich Nhat Hanh
~   Enemies make you stronger, allies make you weaker. – Frank Herbert (1920-1986) US writer
~   Don’t forget to love yourself. – Soren Kierkegaard

Maru Mori brought me
a pair
of socks
which she knitted herself
with her sheepherder’s hands,
two socks as soft
as rabbits. – Pablo Neruda, Ode to My Socks(1904–73)

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Magick – Recipes

Mortar Chickens, try 2 – Meister Hans 1460 cookbook

  • Chicken breast, cooked and cooled
  • 1 egg
  • medium pinch Saffron
  • 1 tsp Horseradish or pepper
  • 1 tsp Aniseed
  • Fat or oil (used bacon fat)

 Method

  1. Muddle the egg.
  2. Sprinkle ground saffron onto egg and let sit for a few (best overnight!) for the saffron to “color”.
  3. Mix egg and spices.
  4. Using a food processor (or a small knife and then a mortar) chop the chicken to mush.
  5. Add egg mix and process until well mixed.
  6. Chill mix if you’re going to try to roll this out.
  7. Divide into 6 sections for patties or 12-15 for “nuggets”.
  8. Roll into balls and smash flat, about 1/2 inch at most.
  9. Heat oil/grease. You need at thin layer and will have to add fat between patties.
  10. Drop patties/nuggets onto oil. Not at a high temp, or they’ll burn to the pan very fast. I used “3” on my dial of 3-8.
  11. Loosen from pan within a minute. At about 3 minutes it will be browning on the bottom and can be carefully flipped to the other side. These are *very* tender and will tend to fall apart if you handle them like a burger!
  12. Fry until done (check inside temp with thermometer…. 165F-180)
  13. Serve each on ½ a roll and garnish with spring onion rings.

Recipe #62 Von mörser hüner die mach also – Of mortar chickens, make them thus

Take a roasted chicken, dismember it small and take the sheer meat of it. And take a thin batter of eggs and of pepper, anise, pepper and saffron and pound it all together in a mortar. Fry it in a little fat, those are mortar chickens.

Pure Maple Candy – Recipe by:Islandgirlchef – “Pure, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth maple candy using only pure maple syrup! It’s a treat almost like fudge. Add anything you want like chopped nuts. Use small maple leaf molds or other pretty shapes.” – https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/142723/pure-maple-candy/

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions

  • Prep – 1 m
  • Cook – 10 m
  • Ready In – 51 m
  • In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan, bring the maple syrup to a boil over medium-high heat stirring occasionally. Boil until syrup reaches 235 degrees F (110 degrees C) on a candy thermometer.
  • Remove from heat and cool to 175 degrees F (80 degrees C) without stirring, about 10 minutes.
  • Stir mixture rapidly with a wooden spoon for about 5 minutes until the color turns lighter and mixture becomes thick and creamy. Stir in chopped nuts, if desired.
  • Pour into molds. Set aside to cool. Once cool, unmold candy. Store in airtight containers up to 1 month.

Tip – baking parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Valentine Brownies – Serves 16
1 1/4 cup unsifted flour
1/4  cup sugar
1/2 cup cold margarine or butter
14 oz can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
8 oz milk chocolate bar, broken into chunks
3/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 – Line 13 x 9 inch baking pan with foil – set aside.
2. In bowl, combine 1 cup flour and sugar – cut in butter until crumbly. Press on bottom of pan. Bake 15 minutes.
3. In another bowl, beat sweetened condensed milk , cocoa, egg, remaining 1/4 cup flour, vanilla and baking powder. Mix in chocolate pieces and nuts. Spread over prepared crust.
4. Bake 20 min. or until set. Let cool. Use foil to lift out of pan. For hearts, cut with heart-shaped cookie cutter or, cut into bars.
5. Decorate with icing. Store covered.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 batch single-crust pie dough
  • 1/3 cup jam (regular jam, not a spread)
  • milk or cream
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon mixed with 1 teaspoon sugar

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. Roll out the dough and cut an even number of hearts using a cookie cutter. Re-roll scraps if necessary.
  3. Arrange half of the dough hearts onto the baking sheet, then place a tablespoon of jam into the center of each.
  4. Using your finger, lightly wet the edges of the heart with milk (or cream), then top with another dough heart, lightly pressing to seal.
  5. Curl up the edges of the sealed hearts, then press down with the tines of a fork to crimp closed. This will keep the filling from leaking out.
  6. Using a pastry brush, brush the tops of the crimped dough hearts with more milk, then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture.
  7. Poke a few holes in the heart with a toothpick to let the steam out while they are baking.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

YIELD: 

5-6 mini pies

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Silliness – Silly Q&A – Question: Why doesn’t Pacman use Twitter? Answer: He doesn’t like being followed.

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