First Minus Tide of the cycle at 5:05 PM of -0.2 feet. The shop is closed today. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
It’s been cloudy, off and on. The sun would go away and then shine brightly all afternoon. Every time it clears a little the temp drops! 39F and dropping, wind at 2-8mph and gusting, AQI 33-45, UV3. Chance of rain 4% today and 86% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 4pm. It should be nice today, but by the next sunrise there’s a huge spike in the rain graph, although it tapers off to showers through Sunday. After that Monday and Thursday should be showery, partly cloudy, otherwise.
Yesterday was a busy day. I was up pretty early and read for a bit, but I dropped off again, before Tempus got home. Once I was up he got me some coffee, and a cup of the cherry pudding then turned in. He’d been paying bills.
I cleared messages and mail and then worked on clearing spam from the shop e-mail. It’s a never-ending battle and despite clearing over 5000 pieces by the end of the day, there are still 24K messages to go. By then it was lunchtime and I made a couple of sandwiches.
After that I wrote for awhile, then bagged crystals and tried to print a bunch of tags and business cards. The printer is misbehaving. It doesn’t want to pull the cardstock through, so there’s ink all over the rollers. I’m going to have to run some paper to clean it.
Amor called, but he and Tempus were the ones talking. I fell asleep at my desk, twice, so I crawled into the nap bed.
We had supper, later, the last of the chicken stuff from Sunday. I’m going back to bed as soon as this is out. Tempus finished the bulk route and is napping by now.
Today I’m hoping to get outside with my rollie and a bucket to do some cleaning up of the planters and plants out front. I need to get farther on that card set, too. …and maybe get Tempus back on cleaning up the crystals and herb displays.
Today’s plant is the Pacific Blackberry, Rubus ursinus. There are several species of blackberries that grow in the PNW, the nasty invasive one being the Himalayan blackberry, Rubus armeniacus. Here are pictures so that you can compare the blossoms, ursinus on the left and armeniacus on the right. Ursinus (from the Latin for “bear”) also has narrower leaves and reddish canes. It is the ancestor of Marionberries, Boysenberries & parent of Loganberries, too. Feminine, Venus, Water, Brigit, Healing, Money, Protection – Carry leaves for money, use blackberry leaves in spring water as healing for burns, in incense for Lughnasadh.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_blackberry
Dragobete is a spring festival of Romania, rather like secular Easter customs and Valentine’s day in one package. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragobete “Dragobete is a traditional Romanian holiday originating from Dacian times and celebrated on February, the 24th. Specifically, Dragobete was the son of Baba Dochia, which stands for the main character in the pagan myth related to spring arrival and the end of the harsh winter.”
“The day is particularly known as “the day when the birds are betrothed”. It is around this time that the birds begin to build their nests and mate. On this day, considered locally the first day of spring, boys and girls gather vernal flowers and sing together. Maidens used to collect the snow that still lies on the ground in many villages and then melt it, using the water in magic potions throughout the rest of the year. Those who take part in Dragobete customs are supposed to be protected from illness, especially fevers, for the rest of the year. If the weather allows, girls and boys pick snowdrops or other early spring plants for the person they are courting. In Romania, Dragobete is known as a day for lovers, rather like Valentine’s Day.”
“It is a common belief in some parts of Romania that, during this celebration, if you step over your partner’s foot, you will have the dominant role in your relationship. Dragobete customs vary from region to region.
In neighbouring Bulgaria, the custom of stepping over one’s partner’s feet traditionally takes place during weddings, and with the same purpose, but it is not believed to be connected to Dragobete.”
The shop is closed today. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, firstname.lastname@example.org, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door!
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.
Let’s visit the brightest star in the Northern Hemisphere sky tonight: Sirius, also known as Alpha (α) Canis Majoris or the Dog Star. Often depicted as the nose of Canis Major the Big Dog, Sirius’ magnitude –1.4 glow is easy to spot shortly after sunset. The star’s name itself is derived from the Greek word for “searing,” which makes sense for such a searingly bright star! Sirius is intrinsically bright (shining 26 times brighter than the Sun), but it’s so stunning in large part because it is so close to Earth — just over 8 light-years away. In fact, if you were to snag nearby magnitude 0.2 Rigel, Orion’s left knee, and pull it as close to Earth as Sirius sits, it would appear much brighter.
Finally — you may have heard of the Summer Triangle, but have you heard of the Winter Triangle? Sirius is part of this large asterism, together with Betelgeuse in Orion and Procyon in Canis Major’s fellow hunting dog, Canis Minor. You should be able to easily spot all three of these bright stars despite the waxing Moon nearby in Cancer the Crab.
The Moon this evening is in the middle of dim Cancer. Shortly after dark, you’ll find Pollux and Castor above it, Regulus below it, and Procyon to its right. As the night advances, this panorama appears to rotates clockwise around the Moon.
Venus is out of sight in the glare of the Sun.
Old Farmer’s Almanac NIGHT SKY MAP FOR FEBRUARY 2021: Orion – https://www.almanac.com/sky-map-february
Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Color – Brown
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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
W 24 Low 4:08 AM 3.6 7:01 AM Set 5:53 AM 85
~ 24 High 9:54 AM 7.9 5:58 PM Rise 2:59 PM
~ 24 Low 5:05 PM -0.2
~ 24 High 11:38 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life is trying things to see if they work.
Journal Prompt – What do you think? – How do you think sudden loss of millions would affect your familial relationships and friendships?
~ The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world. – William Ross Wallace
~ The winner asks, “May I help?” The loser asks, “Do you expect me to do that? – William Arthur Ward, Journalist
~ Ninety percent of the world’s woe comes from people not knowing themselves, their abilities, their frailties, and even their real virtues. Most of us go almost all the way through life as complete strangers to ourselves. – Sydney J. Harris, 1917-1986), Syndicated columnist
~ Great women belong to history and to self sacrifice. – Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) English writer
Beneath the crisp and wintry carpet hid
A million buds but stay their blossoming
And trustful birds have built their nests amid
The shuddering boughs, and only wait to sing
Till one soft shower from the south shall bid
And hither tempt the pilgrim steps of Spring. – Robert Bridges (1844-1930) English writer
Ostara Magick – Recipes
Flowery Canapes with Cream Cheese and Watercress
- 24 diagonally sliced baguette slices (1/2-inch)
- 1 (8 ounce) carton light cream cheese spread
- 1 1/2 tablespoons snipped fresh watercress
- 1 1/2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives
- 1 1/2 tablespoons snipped fresh basil
- Pansies or Nasturtiums
- Watercress sprigs
- Combine cream cheese, basil, chives and watercress.
- Refrigerate, covered, several hours.
- Spread each baguette slice with about 2 teaspoons herbed cheese mixture.
- Top with an edible flower or watercress sprig.
6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and cut lengthwise
¼ cup Mayonnaise (use the good stuff, tastes better!)
½ teaspoon dry ground mustard
½ teaspoon white vinegar
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper (or horseradish, if I’m eating them)
A dash of salt
Paprika for garnish
- Remove the egg yolks to a small bowl and mash with a fork.
- Add mayonnaise, mustard powder, vinegar, salt and pepper and mix thoroughly.
- Fill the empty egg whites with the mixture and sprinkle lightly with paprika. Adding a pinch of paprika into the mixture gives it a little extra something.
- Cover lightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to one day before serving.
Note – I like to add a bit of pickle relish and a dab of horseradish and leave out the pepper & paprika and sprinkle with chopped parsley or sprigs.
Welsh Bake Stones
- 1 Pound Self-Rising Flour
- 2 Large Eggs (Beaten)
- 8 Ounces Sultanas
- 8 Ounces Butter
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- Combine the flour, butter or margarine, sultanas, eggs, and sugar.
- In a separate container mix water with milk and add just enough to the flour mixture to make a pliable dough.
- Roll onto floured surface to 1/2″ thickness.
- Cut out circles with a small glass (2″) a pastry cutter.
- Cook in an oiled pan until lightly browned on both sides.
Queens Biscuits (Biscotti Di Regina) – http://everythingunderthemoon.net/forum/ostara-feast-recipes-t22403.html
4 cups flour, sifted
1 cup sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup shortening
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup milk
1/4 lb. sesame seeds
Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets. Sift together in a bowl the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in with pastry blender or two knives until pieces are size of small peas. Add shortening and stir in eggs and milk. Make a soft dough. Mix thoroughly together. Break dough into small pieces and roll each piece between palms of hands to form rolls about 1 1/2″ in length. Flatten rolls slightly, and roll in sesame seeds. Place on cookie sheets about 3″ apart. Bake at 375° for 12-15 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Makes 6 dozen cookies.
Silliness – Silly Q&A – Question: Why was the lightbulb invented? Answer: Somebody had an idea.