The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Jaroslav Gen.
It’s just cloudy, but everything is wet. It was really coming down! 46F, wind at 4-12 mph and gusting, AQI 35-39, UV3. Chance of rain 99% today and 24% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY again, until 4pm on Tuesday. It’s likely to rain hard again today, although by suppertime it ought to ease up. We might even see some sun on Tuesday and Wednesday. There’s a spike in the chance of rain Thursday morning, but then things should ease off to showers, with maybe a little sun on Sat., Sun. and Tues.
Yesterday was lots of fun for me, although by the time I was able to toddle off to bed, I was a touch weepy, because I was so tired. I spent most of the day cooking, although from 1-3 I was busy with customers. I guess rain kept people away after that. I made a couple of kinds of pudding, both of which were tasty, a chicken dish, and served up several kinds of cheeses, which were part of my birthday stuff.
I think I had mentioned the Roquefort before, but we also had a “winnemere” cheese, which is intended to be scooped out of the rind with a spoon. It’s salty and strong, and yummy on Tempus’ good bread, of which he made a batch during the afternoon. The giggle is the description which says, “Notes of meat, mushroom and spruce.” Spruce? Tasty, whatever they think it’s like! We also had some soup and bacon and leeks on rye rolls. Leftovers.
…and we cleaned up, went home and went splat.
Today is back to usual. Watering plants tops the list. Getting a few more photos is right behind and then I have to write. Planning to be open at 1pm, and I have some cleanup to do in the classroom area.
Today’s plant is Nasturtium, Tropaeolum majus, (not watercress, which is true nasturtium). It’s certainly not native to the PNW, but grows well here. I love the brilliant oranges and yellows of the flowers. They’re yummy, too, with a slightly peppery taste, both leaf and flower and the seeds serve as a substitute for capers in pickles. The flowers stand for Victory in Battle, Patriotism and Affectation and are little used in magicks other than as symbols and foods for Ostara and Beltane celebrations because of their association with the Sun. They also can be used as a symbol for “sacrifice to the larger good” of soldiers, firemen and police, but are usually only seen at funerals in this context. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropaeolum_majus
The Feast of the Perpendicular Sun happens twice a year in Egypt at the Tempus of Abu Simbel, built for Ramses II in the 13th century BCE. The aisle of the temple lights up with the sunrise until all the way at the back of the temple the Pharaoh’s particular gods are illuminated. This happens on Ramses birthday and the anniversary date of his ascent to the throne, iow 2/22 and 10/22. Because of the Aswan Dam, the temple was disassembled and moved to higher ground in the 60′s, but the dates are still good, because they worked really hard to make that happen. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Simbel
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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 2/27 at 12:17am. 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 2/25 at 12:17pm.
By the time darkness falls this evening, Orion the Hunter is well above the horizon in the south. Beneath him is Lepus the Hare, a lesser-known constellation with several night-sky treasures to explore. One is the star R Leporis, also called Hind’s Crimson Star for its discoverer, J. R. Hind. It’s located 3.5° west-northwest of magnitude 3.3 Mu (μ) Leporis. This carbon star is one of the sky’s reddest stars, colored such a vibrant ruby by a combination of its low temperature and the absorption of blue light by carbon in the star’s atmosphere. R Leporis is also a variable star, whose brightness swings over the course of a little more than a year from magnitude 5.5 at its brightest to magnitude 11.7 at its dimmest. You’ll need at least binoculars to spot it, but you’ll certainly notice once you have.
Have you ever seen Canopus, the second-brightest star after Sirius? In one of the interesting coincidences known to devoted skywatchers, Canopus lies almost due south of Sirius: by 36°. That’s far enough south that it never appears above your horizon unless you’re below latitude 37° N (southern Virginia, southern Missouri, central California). And there, you’ll need a very flat south horizon. Canopus crosses the south point on the horizon just 21 minutes before Sirius does. When to look? Canopus is due south when Beta Canis Majoris — Murzim the Announcer, the star about three finger-widths to the right of Sirius — is at its highest due south over your landscape. That’s probably sometime between 8 and 9 p.m. now, depending on how far east or west you live in your time zone. Look straight down from Murzim then.
Neptune is lost in the western evening twilight.
Old Farmer’s Almanac NIGHT SKY MAP FOR FEBRUARY 2021: Orion – https://www.almanac.com/sky-map-february
of victory and ascendancy over darkness.
Goddess Month of Bridhe runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Color – White
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Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17, Nion (NEE-uhn), ash – the common ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) is a major tree of lowland forests in much of Europe, along with oaks and beeches. It grows to 40 m (130 feet) in open sites, with a broad crown reminiscent of American elm trees. Ash was and still is an important timber tree, and is a traditional material for the handle of a besom. The common ash is occasionally cultivated in North America, and similar native ash species are widely grown as street trees. Ashes are members of the Olive family (Oleaceae).
Nuin – Ash Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Glass Green
Meaning: Locked into a chain of events; Feeling bound.
Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 22 Low 2:04 AM 4.1 7:04 AM Set 4:12 AM 68
~ 22 High 8:02 AM 7.2 5:55 PM Rise 12:55 PM
~ 22 Low 3:35 PM 0.8
~ 22 High 10:22 PM 5.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an extraordinary day!
Journal Prompt – Wiki – If I could change one thing about my spouse/lover, what would I change?
~ All should be told to a friend. – Egil’s Saga, c.56
~ Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love. The real miracle is the love that inspires them. In this sense everything that comes from love is miracle.” Marianne Williamson
~ Argue for your limitations and sure enough they’re yours. Are you holding yourself back? – Dominique Brown
~ There is Brendan Foster, by himself, with 20,000 people. – David Coleman
When February sun shines cold,
There comes a day when in the air
The wings of winter
And show the golden summer there. – Philip Savage (1868–99)
Ostara Magick – Crafts – Coloring Springtime Eggs With Natural Dyes
http://www.dld123.com/about/about.php?id=A11 Debra Lynn Dadd
Spring is the time for the celebration of eggs, for, even though we are able buy eggs year-round in the supermarket, in Nature eggs are seasonal. The eggs that we eat today are mostly from domesticated birds, but for thousands of years people collected eggs from the wild for food. Before 1900, wild bird eggs were on the menu in restaurants. In the wild, birds and other animals lay eggs only during the time of year when the weather is such that the hatched babies can survive. So there are no eggs in winter, and eggs are then again plentiful with the coming of Spring.
I first became aware of the seasonality of eggs when I visited a neighbor who raises chickens. She told me that her chickens require 14 hours of sunlight to lay eggs and that commercial eggs in the wintertime come from chickens raised under electric lights. Hens naturally have an ongoing urge to lay eggs from spring to fall, when they lose their feathers. Then they wait through the winter until 14 hours of sunlight return in the spring. Of course, depending on where in the world these chickens are, the actual date the 14 hours or more of sunlight begins and ends is different from place to place. Even though eggs are available in the supermarket all year long, in the scheme of Nature, our bodies really are not designed to eat them every day.
She also told me that hens start laying eggs at about six months of age, which in hen-years is equivalent to our human adolescence. And they lay at a rate that is considered “productive” by the egg industry for about a year. As the hen gets older, she produces fewer and fewer eggs, but they are larger.
Celebrating spring with eggs
Though Easter, as a holiday, is the Christian celebration of Christ’s new life after crucifixion, its origin and customs are much older. Since the beginning of our species, humankind has celebrated the new life of Spring, particularly in parts of the world where winters are cold and food is scarce.
Indeed, the very word for the season — Spring — describes the action of Nature at this time. The origin of “spring” goes back to the Old High German springan, which means to jump and perhaps to the Greek sperchesthai, which means to hasten. Spring certainly is the time when plant seedlings and baby animals hasten to jump out into existence. A spring is a source of water issuing from the ground, a coiled wire that jumps back into it’s original size after being depressed, an act or an instance of leaping up or forward, a quality of resilience. To spring is to come into being, to leap or jump up suddenly.
And so Spring is about newness, and in particular, about new life leaping forth once again, making the egg–which is the embodiment of new life itself–the perfect symbol of Spring.
Though we may today celebrate the egg as a symbol of rebirth in forms ranging from the most popular–chocolate–to the most expensive–encrusted with diamonds–using the actual egg itself for our spring celebrations restores this symbol to it’s original form in Nature.
The tradition of coloring eggs
The tradition of coloring eggs for springtime celebrations has deep roots in ancient times. It might have begun with the gathering of wild eggs of different natural colors in the spring. Although many eggs are naturally white, eggs of almost every color of the rainbow are known. As animals were domesticated and more white chicken eggs were eaten, it may have then become the custom to dye the white chicken eggs to look like the colored eggs of wild birds.
Colored eggs were given as gifts by the ancient Greeks, Persians, and Chinese at their spring festivals, and used by early Christians as a symbol of Jesus’ Resurrection. As early as the Middle Ages, eggs were colored and given as gifts at the Christian celebration. After being forbidden during the solemn fast of Lent, eggs were reintroduced on Easter Sunday, both as part of the feasting and as gifts for family, friends, and servants.
Though nowadays most people color their eggs with egg kits that contain dyes made from petrochemicals, for millennia eggs were colored with plant materials found in Nature. Barks, roots, and leaves from many plants produce beautiful natural dyes.
Coloring eggs provides an opportunity to experiment with plant materials that grow in your region — perhaps even in your own backyard. If coloring eggs is an activity you enjoy, consider keeping a scrapbook from year to year that documents the dyestuff used and the colors it produced. Books on natural dyes for fabrics can give you clues for dyes for eggs.
In addition to coloring eggs with natural colors, you can decorate your eggs to look like bird eggs. Eggshells are often intricately marked with blotches, scrawls, streaks or speckles, generally concentrated in a ring around the large end of the egg. You can make eggs with your own “bird” speckles, or make eggs that celebrate the eggs of actual birds that live in your area.
This is a good opportunity to learn about your local birds and what their eggs look like. For some pictures of bird eggs, visit the The Provincial Museum of Alberta, which has an on-line field guide with over 300 egg images and the birds they become. In addition, they have a fascinating explanation about how and why eggs have different shapes, colors, and speckle patterns.
How to color eggs with natural dyestuffs
Here’s how to color eggs with some plant-based dyes you probably already have in your kitchen. I have been delighted with the results of the colors I have tried and my friends have been thrilled to receive them as springtime gifts. The colors are very unusual — gentle, earthy, soft, and very vibrant, without being harsh like the artificial dyes — and when I tell people the colors come from plant dyes, they always want to know the origin of each color.
NOTE: When coloring eggs with natural dyestuffs, the eggs are cooked and colored at the same time, in contrast to coloring with using an artificial dye kit, which requires cooking the eggs prior to coloring.
If the color is as desired, pour off the hot dye liquid and rinse them immediately in cold water to stop the eggs from cooking. Continue to change the water until it stays cool in the pot because the eggs are no longer releasing heat. Drain and allow eggs to cool in the refrigerator.
If you wish a deeper color, strain the hot dye liquid into a container, then rinse the eggs immediately in cold water to stop them from cooking. Continue to change the water until it stays cool in the pot because the eggs are no longer releasing heat. Drain the last of the cold water, then cover the eggs with the strained dye liquid. Add more water if necessary so that the eggs are completely covered. Put into the refrigerator immediately and keep eggs in the refrigerator until the desired shade is achieved. Overnight is good. Longer than about twelve hours some of the colors just get muddier instead of deeper, and the lighter shades are more vibrant.
Red – Pink — Recommended but I haven’t yet tried: lots of red onion skins, cranberry juice, or frozen raspberries.
Orange — Yellow onion skins will dye to a deep orange right in the dye pot. Use the skins of two medium onions for four eggs.
Brown — Red beet skins make a beautiful mahogany brown. Roast fresh beets at 350 degrees until soft (about one to two hours, depending on size). Peel off the skin and about 1/8″ of the beet. Reserve beets for eating (they are delicious roasted!) and add the skins to the dye pot. Use about one egg-size beet per egg. Allow to soak overnight. Grape juice produces a beautiful sparkling tan (I think the sparkles are from the high sugar content of the grape juice–this is one of my favorites!) Also recommended but I haven’t yet tried: coffee.
Yellow — Saffron makes a bright yellow when eggs are soaked overnight. Use about 1/4 teaspoon saffron threads for four eggs. Recommended but I haven’t yet tried: tumeric or cumin, orange or lemon peels, or celery seed.
Green — Recommended but I haven’t yet tried: spinach. Carrot tops and peels from Yellow Delicious apples produced a yellow-green.
Blue — Red cabbage leaves make the most incredible robin’s-egg blue. Use about a quarter of a medium head of cabbage, chopped, for four eggs. After the 15 minutes of boiling, the eggs are still almost white, but after soaking the eggs in the dye liquid for about six hours, they turn very blue. Frozen blueberries produce a kind of steel-grey-blue right in the cooking pot. Use 1 cup blueberries for four eggs.
Deep Purple — Red wine makes a beautiful burgundy color right in the cooking pot. Cover the eggs completely with undiluted red wine, and add the vinegar right to the wine. Recommended but I haven’t yet tried: hibiscus tea.
Tips for successful results:
Cold-dipped Egg Dyes
A few years ago, Martha Stewart recommended some recipes for natural easter egg dyes that are no longer on her website. Since I can’t link to them, here they are.
Martha suggests making dyes separately, then soaking boiled eggs for various periods of time to achieve the desired colors. Eggs can be soaked in more than one dye to acheive desired colors.
Select your dyestuff and place it in a pot, using the amounts given below.
- 4 cups chopped
- 3 tablespoons
- 4 cups (skins of about 12 onions)
- 4 cups chopped
- 1 quart strong black
Add 1 quart of water and 2 tablespoons white vinegar to the pot. If more water is needed to cover ingredients, add more vinegar proportionally. Bring to a boil and lower then lower heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain the dye into a bowl and allow to cool to room temperature.
- Soak eggs in turmeric dye for 30 minutes.
- Soak eggs in onion-skin dye for 30 minutes.
- Soak eggs in black coffee dye for 30 minutes.
- Soak eggs in beet dye for 30 minutes.
- Soak eggs in cabbage dye for 30 minutes.
- Soak eggs in cabbage dye overnight.
- Soak eggs in turmeric dye for 30 minutes, then cabbage dye for 30 minutes.
- Soak eggs in turmeric dye for 30 minutes, then beet dye for 5 seconds.
- Soak eggs in turmeric dye for 30 minutes, then beet dye for 30 minutes.
For more natural egg dye ideas, see
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