Daily Stuff 3-4-21 St. Casimir

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm.Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Mark Nessel.

It’s just cloudy, but the air smells like storm. Dunno how to describe it other than that. 42F, wind at 1-6 mph and gusting, AQI9-39, UV3. Chance of rain 97% today and 100% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 11 PM last night to NOON today. GALE WARNING from NOON today to MIDNIGHT tonight. The wind is already picking up a little and the rain should start mid-morning and should last until late Friday afternoon, with a few breaks here and there with another spike early Sunday morning. It looks like we should see a little sun on Saturday and Wednesday, otherwise it looks like showery weather.

Crocus

Yesterday was a nice break from our routine. I was up 10-ish and writing for awhile. Jhimali’s delivered a lovely carrot cake around noon. Unfortunately, I didn’t ask about walnuts until I had it, but they’ll make me one without when I ask. Sash was going to be down in the afternoon to get his horribly late birthday present. …which he loved enough to post pix of it on Facebook, later. 🙂

Crocus

We had a fun afternoon together, nibbling treats and talking and talking and talking. We watched the Starship test launch. It made it down in one piece this time! …and it bounced and settled… but there were flames all over the pad and 8 minutes after touchdown…. kaboom! Well… one step at a time, I guess.

Somewhere around 5pm Sash headed home with several servings of soup and half of the carrot cake. We had a bunch of paperwork to do and then went home and had supper around 7. I went to bed at that point. Tempus crawled in awhile later and I’m going to head back after this is published.

Iow, we didn’t do much today that was anything productive, just restful, but we’re already talking about starting a little earlier than usual tomorrow, so’s to get things out of the way and picked up. It’s amazing how on our “closed” days so much accumulates! We do need to put the class stuff back away. I’ll be working on my script for the more formal class which is going to be on 3/14. Tempus has paperwork and it’s a bulk route day. Gonna be busy! …and I’ve been watching the Starlink mission that lifted off just after midnight!

A Mark Nessel pic from 2/23/15, used with permission.

feast 03-04 Kazimieras

St. Casimir is a little odd for a saint, being royal but having no miraculous events connected with his life. He is the patron saint of Lithuania and Poland. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Casimir …and about the celebrations here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Casimir%27s_Day

evergreen violet viola sempervirens

Today’s plant is the Evergreen VioletViola sempervirens. This is a pretty plant that looks like nothing much through 9 months of the year here on the coast,but is spectacular in March, when it covers the ground with beautiful golden flowers on a deep blue/green background, and still lovely in April/May. It is indeed evergreen, not withering to the ground, although it sometimes is overshadowed by grass. It grows well in the park behind the house. As any viola it is Feminine, ruled by Venus, but unlike the blue violets (corresponding to water) the Evergreen Violet corresponds to the element of Air and the Sun – 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. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_sempervirens

The shop opens at 1pm.Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. 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

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 3/13 at 2:21am. 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 3/5 at 5:30pm.

Mars passing the Pleiades. It will cross the line from the Pleiades to Aldebaran on March 8th. (The 10° scale is about the size of your fist at arm’s length.)

Mars passing the Pleiades. It will cross the line from the Pleiades to Aldebaran on March 8th. (The 10° scale is about the size of your fist at arm’s length.)

Mars is about 3° left of the Pleiades this evening through Saturday evening. Its background stars slide down a little farther to the lower right each day, as seen above.

Algol shines at minimum light for about two hours centered on 8:10 p.m. EST Thursday night.

Also at dawn on the 5th: The last-quarter Moon shines in the south with Antares 5° below it.

Day by day, watch Jupiter close in on Mercury until they pass each other on March 5th.

Jupiter and Mercury are in conjunction very low in the dawn Friday morning, as shown in the second illustration of This Week’s Planet Roundup below. Look very low in the east-southeast about a half hour before sunrise. Bring binoculars to see better through the bright sky. They’ll be 0.6° apart for North America. Look carefully; Mercury is only an eighth as bright as Jupiter.

Regulus. the “little King” in the constellation of Leo

Asteroid 4 Vesta is at opposition today at 1 P.M. EST. You can find it in the constellation Leo tonight — the main-belt asteroid is now one of the top 10 brightest lights in the Lion’s hindquarters. Look east and find the right triangle formed by Chertan, Zosma, and Denebola. Tonight, Vesta (around magnitude 6) sits just 1.2° northeast of magnitude 3 Chertan — within one binocular field of view. If you plot the three bright stars on a piece of paper and come back from night to night, you’ll definitely notice Vesta inching along, heading northwest against the background stars. Vesta, as its number indicates, was the fourth body discovered in the asteroid belt. At roughly 300 miles (480 km) across, it’s half the size of dwarf planet 1 Ceres. The Dawn mission visited both worlds about a decade ago, sending back detailed images and information about them — including evidence that some meteorites we find today on Earth are pieces blasted off the surface of Vesta by past collisions.

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

Runic half-month of Teiwaz/Tyr, 2/27-3/13 This is a time of positive regulation, sacrifice and hard work in order to progress. 

Sun in Pisces

Moon in Scorpio enters Sagittarius at 2:$3pm

Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Color – Crimson
Planting 3/3-4
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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
Month: March
Color: Glass Green
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: N
Meaning: Locked into a chain of events; Feeling bound.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month Oir – Spindle Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.

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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
Th   4      High   3:45 AM   8.4   6:47 AM     Set  9:51 AM      75
~     4      Low  10:35 AM   0.4   6:09 PM
~     4      High   4:45 PM   6.2
~     4      Low  10:17 PM   2.4

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – It isn’t difficult to make a mountain out of a molehill – just add a little dirt.

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Journal Prompt – Favorites – Describe your favorite memory about an amusement park or county fair you visited.

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Quotes

A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man. – John Adams (1735-1826) US President (2)
A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done. – Dwight Eisenhower
All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people. – James A. Garfield (1831-1881) 20th US President
~   Love is something you do – the giving of self, the sacrifices you make – even for people who offend or do not love in return. Love is a value that is actualized through loving actions. – Be Proactive

Among the pitfalls in our way,
The best of us walk blindly;
So, man, be wary, watch and pray,
And judge your brother kindly. – The 1872 Old Farmer’s Almanac

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Ostara Magick – Recipes

Honey Sunflower Bread – http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/

*Makes 2 loaves

  •  2 cups water
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 TB butter
  • 2 tsps salt
  • 1 cup roasted sunflower kernels
  • 1 (1/4oz) package active dry yeast
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 2 ½ cups whole-wheat flour
  • 2 cups white flour

Method

  1. Bring the water to a boil and and stir in the oats.  Set aside for 1 hour.  Spray two 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pans with vegetable oil spray. 
  2. Add the honey, butter, salt and sunflower seeds to oat mixture and stir well.
  3. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water and allow to stand for 5 minutes.  Stir the yeast mixture into the oat mixture.  Blend in both flours, stirring until the dough pulls cleanly away from the sides of the bowl.  Form the dough into a ball and place in a greased bowl, turning to coat.  Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.  Punch down the dough.  Knead until smooth and elastic.  Divide into two loaves and place in the prepared pans.  Cover and let rise again until doubled in size. 
  4. Preheat the oven to 350*.  Bake until golden brown, about 45-50 mins.  It if appears that breat is browning too quickly, cover with foil the last 10-15 mins of baking time.  Remove bread from pans and cool on a wire rack. 

*I think this would make delicious french toast too!

Elkloaf http://greenhaventradition.weebly.com/ostara-recipes.html This was originally published in The Wordsmith’s Forge on 1/22/09, then revised for reprint 6/24/11.

Ingredients:

olive oil
1 handful of Rosemary & Olive Oil Triscuits, crushed (1/2 cup crumbs)
1/4 cup half-and-half
1 egg
1/8 of a sweet onion, diced (about 1/4 cup)
several sun-dried tomatoes, diced (1/2 cup)
1 pound ground elk
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
1/2 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon rosemary

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350º.  Grease a loaf pan with olive oil.

Put a handful of Rosemary & Olive Oil Triscuits in a plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin, until you have 1/2 cup of small crumbs.  Pour the crumbs into a large mixing bowl.  Add 1/4 cup half-and-half and one egg.  Allow the mixture to sit for a few minutes so the crumbs will soften.

Meanwhile peel the onion, cut it into sections, and dice until you have about 1/4 cup of onion bits.  Put the bits in a small bowl and set aside.  Dice the sun-dried tomatoes.  Add them to the bowl with the onion bits. 

To the large mixing bowl, add 1 teaspoon oregano, 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, and 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper.  Put the ground elk into the large mixing bowl, tearing it into small pieces with your hands.  Add the diced onion and sun-dried tomatoes.  Mash and knead the mixture until thoroughly blended; it should be fairly smooth and stick together well.  (If it’s too dry, add a little more half-and-half; if it’s too wet, add more Triscuit crumbs.)  Pat the mixture into an oblong shape and lift it into the loaf pan.

Pour 1/2 cup ketchup into a small bowl.  Add 1 teaspoon oregano and 1 teaspoon rosemary.  Mix with pastry brush.  Use half the sauce to cover the top of the meatloaf, spreading it evenly with the pastry brush.

Cook the meatloaf for 55 minutes.  Remove it from the oven and brush the remaining sauce over the top.  Return the meatloaf to the oven and cook for another 5 minutes.  Serves 5 people.

Notes:

If you can’t find Rosemary & Olive Oil Triscuits, try substituting plain Triscuits plus 1 teaspoon rosemary and 1 teaspoon olive oil.

I had 1/4 of a sweet onion left over from a previous recipe, and didn’t need to use all of it.  You can add more onion if you wish.  This time the onion bits didn’t cook completely, although the meat did; they were still a little crispy.  Next time I’ll try sautéing them first.  Some meatloaves seem to soften onions more than others, even if the onion bits are of similar size.

I used kitchen scissors to cut the sun-dried tomatoes into strips, then held them together and cut crosswise to dice.  This is the first time I’ve tried cooking with sun-dried tomatoes, and I’m thrilled with the flavor and texture.  I like them much better than fresh tomatoes.

The flavors in this recipe are designed to complement the robust flavor of elk meat.  Other game meat such as moose or venison would probably work.  It’s not optimized for beef, though you could try that if you don’t have access to game.

Use a good tomato ketchup for the base of the sauce.  Avoid ones that already have a lot of spices, or that list high fructose corn syrup as the first or second ingredient; you don’t want it too complex or too sweet.  I used organic ketchup, which is nice and tangy, and made a perfect carrier for the oregano and rosemary.  The sauce dries to a bright sticky coating with intense flavor.

The five of us devoured the whole meatloaf, with just enough room left for dessert.  


This recipe was originally published in The Wordsmith’s Forge on 3/22/09, then revised for reprint 6/24/11.

Persephone Rising Spring Equinox Popovers

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees (F).
  2. Mix together all the ingredients except the flour.
  3. Then add the flour, using a whisk to avoid lumps.
  4. Butter a muffin tin or a popover pan generously (these tend to stick). Individual custard cups work well, too; you’ll need 8 for this recipe.
  5. Fill the tins or cups 1/3 full.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, then turn down the oven to 350 degrees and bake 10-15 minutes for a standard muffin pan. (15-20 minutes at 350 degrees for popover pan or custard cups.) The popovers should be golden brown and firm.
  7. As soon as you take them from the oven, pierce the tops with a sharp knife to release the steam.
  8. Run a knife around the edges, pull out, and serve.
  9. Best served straight from the oven with butter and fruit on the side.

Recipe source : Circle Round : Raising Children in Goddess Traditions by Starhawk, Diane Baker, and Anne Hill

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Silliness – Sausages

Patient: Doctor, my wife thinks I’m crazy because I like sausages.
Psychiatrist: Nonsense! I like sausages too.
Patient: Good, you should come and see my collection. I’ve got hundreds of them.

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