Daily Stuff 3-8-21 Shahnameh

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Love & Light,

Hi, folks!

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

Abstract Clear night sky

Yesterday’s weather turned gorgeous! It was warm enough in the shop, even with the doors open, although some cooking going on in back upped the indoor temp a tad. It’s clear enough that it’s turned very chilly. 39F, wind at 2-3mph and gusting, AQI 11-53, UV. Chance of rain 67% today and 73% tonight. BEACH HAZARDS for sneaker waves through this afternoon and a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 4pm on Tuesday. Rain is likely to roll ashore this afternoon and last through tomorrow, then it’ll be mostly dry until Sunday with showery weather after that.

Yesterday I got going by 9am and wrote for most of the morning. I got a nap and then we headed for the shop. Once we were there I was online with the House Capuchin stuff most of the day, taking breaks to do a little cookery and plant work.

Most of the cookery was trying the pickled cheese that got made last week. It’s a good flavor. We also tried the pickled beans and pickled asparagus and then I did an apple muse to use up some fruit that was going…and then thought again and added not just pears, but some grapes… For supper I made a chicken salad that we had with pickles.

I got some veg ends planted and Tempus got more dirt on them. We got the irises planted and watered and then Tempus used the string trimmer on the parking lot weeds and then spent most of an hour making sure that everything was thoroughly watered.

I got a nap after supper, then worked on coupons for awhile, then went back to writing. Tempus was working on bone needles. He’s gone to bed and I’m going to follow pretty soon.

Today we’ll be back to our usual. I’m hoping we’ll finally get to the laundry today and some boxes need to go out. Tempus has already started on the weekly trash and recycling and our application is going to the tiny home park today. Lots of stuff!

A Ken Gagne photo from 3/7/17’s wave action along the 804 trail in Yachats.


Today’s Plant is Nodding OnionAllium cernuum. This is sometimes called Lady’s Leek. It’s an edible plant in the Allium family, but not particularly choice. (Yeah, personal experience…) It’s called “Nodding” because the inflorescences, the “flower”, tend to droop, unlike a lot of the alliums that end up with a ball on a stick. Most of the plants in this family are edible, but be careful! There are a few that are either disgusting or at least mildly poisonous and there are bulbs that *are* poisonous that are easy to mistake. Onions have been very important as a food/nutrition source for a long while and have even been worshiped at times. These are grown as ornamentals, mostly, but are found wild here on the coast. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allium_cernuum and on Alliums here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allium – Masculine, Mars, Fire, Isis – Cut and dry the flowers and add to a grapevine or rosemary wreath for a house protection spell. These are great for house blessings. Grown in pots indoors or in the garden they protect against evil and particularly against poisonous snakes. When you harvest in the fall, make a decorative braid of onions and hang over bedroom doors to prevent infections. Nodding onions are great for this purpose because, not being particularly great as food, you won’t mind replanting them in the spring as they start to sprout! Purify swords and athames after particularly heavy magicks, by rubbing the blade with a cut bulb, then wash with clear water and oil with rosemary-infused almond oil. Place the dried flowers in a vase at the head of the bed, or pack into a pillow sachet to help clarify prophetic dreams.

There is an epic poem that is 1010 years old today. The Shahnameh “The Book of Kings”) is a long epic poem written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi between c. 977 and 1010 CE and is the national epic of the Iranian cultural continent. Consisting of some 60,000 verses, the Shahnameh tells mainly the mythical and to some extent the historical past of (Greater) Iran from the creation of the world until the Islamic conquest of Persia in the 7th century. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shahnameh and on the poet here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferdowsi

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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 3/13 at 2:21am. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 3/8 at 2:21pm. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 3/11 at 2:21pm.

Located about 600 light-years away, the Beehive star cluster (M44) is one of the closest open clusters to Earth. theilr on Flickr

On the traditional divide between the winter and spring sky is the dim constellation Cancer. It’s between Gemini to its west and Leo to its east. Cancer holds something unique: the Beehive Star Cluster, M44, in its middle. The Beehive shows dimly to the naked eye if you have little or no light pollution. With binoculars it’s easy, even under worse conditions. Look for it a little less than halfway from Pollux in Gemini to Regulus in Leo. “Ken’s Cancer Cascade” may sound like a terrible event at a hospital, but it’s actually a long asterism of a star line, Kemble’s Cascade style, 2° long at the Cancer-Gemini border. See Ken Hewitt-White’s “All Around the Beehive” article, photos, and chart in the March Sky & Telescope, page 54.

upiter and Mercury are coming off their March 5th conjunction, while Saturn looks on. The two widen from 1° apart on the morning of Saturday the 6th to 6½° apart on Friday the 12th.

As dawn brightens on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, the waning crescent Moon poses with Saturn, Jupiter, and Mercury very low in the southeast. See the second panel in “This Week’s Planet Roundup” below.

Shortly after nightfall, the gigantic Winter Hexagon extends from Sirius in the south-southeast to Capella almost straight overhead.

Although winter in the Northern Hemisphere finally seems like it’s on its way out the door, its seasonal asterisms are still easily visible. The Winter Hexagon is one such asterism, made up of seven stars that trace out one of the largest such shapes in the sky. (If you’re wondering why a hexagon has seven stars, it’s because two of those stars, Castor and Pollux, are close together and loosely form a single “point.”) To find the Winter Hexagon, look south after sunset. The first star you’ll likely spot is Sirius, Canis Major’s alpha star. From Sirius, travel clockwise to Procyon in Canis Minor, then continue in the same direction to find first Pollux and then Castor in Gemini the Twins. From there, travel to Capella in Auriga and Aldebaran in Taurus. Rigel, the bright knee of Orion the Hunter, completes the shape once connected back to Sirius.

Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in western Aries) is far below Mars in early evening. Look for it right after dark before it sinks lower. Finder chart.

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 Capricorn enters Aquarius at 11:41pm.

Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Color – WHite
Planting 3/7-8
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


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.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
M    8      Low   1:59 AM     3.7   6:40 AM    Rise  4:24 AM      31
~     8      High   7:55 AM     7.7   6:14 PM     Set  1:09 PM
~     8       Low   3:20 PM     0.0
~     8     High  10:07 PM     6.2


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Days are like the Sun and Moon they come and go. We are like the Wind. We can go at any time, never held back except by our inner thoughts.


Journal Prompt – Which? – Which quality do you dislike most about yourself—laziness, selfishness, childishness—and why?



~   May your sorrows be patched and your joys quilted. – unknown
This is the sort of little-boy, stamp your foot stuff which comes from a financial yuppie when you shoe him into parliament.  – Paul Keating on Liberal Party leader John Hewson
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. – Unknown
~   The mind must be like a still pond, conscious of the slightest ripple, able to accurately reflect reality. – Kerr Cuhulain

March is a boisterous fellow,
And undeterred by fear,
With many pranks proclaims himself
The tomboy of the year! – The 1931 Old Farmer’s Almanac


Ostara Magick – Recipes

BaconSwiss Quiche 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. ( This is Anja’s fave quiche!)


  • 1 (9-inch) deep-dish pie crust in tin
  • 12 slices bacon
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper [ for Anja… horseradish!]


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. Place bacon in a large skillet, and fry over medium-high heat until crisp.
  3. Drain on paper towels, then chop coarsely. Sprinkle bacon and cheese into pastry shell.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, cream, salt, sugar and cayenne pepper. Pour mixture into pastry shell.
  5. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce heat to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C), and bake an additional 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted 1 inch from edge comes out clean. Allow quiche to sit 10 minutes before cutting into wedges.

Carrot Cake

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger (not powdered!)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons Myer’s Rum or 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice (Jamaican preferred)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 lbs peeled, grated carrots (4 cups)
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grease and flour or spray 2 8 inch round cake pans with Baker’s Joy. (If using butter and flour, tap out the excess).
  3. Mix together flour, sugar, and spices in a large bowl.
  4. Add lightly beaten eggs and oil, grated carrots and remaining ingredients. Stir to combine.
  5. Pour batter evenly into the two prepared cake pans.
  6. Bake in preheated oven until cake tester or toothpick inserted in center is nearly clean when removed, approximately 25 minutes.
  7. Allow cake to cool, then remove from pan and frost with cream cheese frosting


  • 2 oz. Soft Cream Cheese
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together cream cheese, butter, and vanilla on high speed.
  2. Gradually beat in the sugar at reduced speed.
  3. Add more or less sugar to achieve desired consistency.
  4. Spread first cake round with 1/3 frosting for the bottom, add the second layer and use remaining frosting on top or sides.
  5. If desired, sprinkle with flaked coconut or chopped nuts before serving.

Dilly Egg Salad – adapted from http://autumnearthsong.com/2012/03/03/ostara-recipes-2012/

(recipes can be doubled and make all 4 sauces)

  • 8 eggs
  • 2 TB mayo
  • 2 TB Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp dill weed
  • ½ tsp paprika (optional)
  • 1/3 cup red onion, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

 Place eggs in a large saucepan, cover in cold water and bring to a boil.  Boil for 10-12 mins, remove from heat.  Run eggs under cold water until cool.  Peel and Chop.

Place eggs and remaining ingredients in a large bowl; mix well.  Serve on on a bed of lettuce with sides of dipping sauce as below and pumpernickel bread ….

Makes 4 servings. 

Dipping sauces – Make 2 of the ones below

  1. Mix 2 TB mayo and 2 TB Dijon mustard together. Sprinkle with fresh chopped chives.
  2. Take ¼ cup of frozen raspberries or strawberries and whirl in a blender with 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar and top with chopped fresh mint leaves or lemon balm
  3. In a food processor mix ¼ cup of unsweetened plain yogurt with 1 inch of peeled cucumber and ¼ tsp wasabi powder.
  4. Not exactly a sauce, but make honey butter by whipping 1 Tbsp honey with ¼ cup butter and top with dill, tarragon or cilantro.

(One of my historicals) Köstlich New Kochbuch – Anna Wecker (translation Volker Bach)

p. 156 Knoedlein von dem Kaeß – Dumplings of cheese

Anja’s version

  • 1 quart beef broth
  • ¼ cup red wine
  • 2 cup Bread crumbs
  • 1 cup Grated gruyere or parmesan
  • 1 TBSP dried shallots (optional, can use garlic)
  • 1 tsp Ginger (instead of pepper)
  • 1/ tsp Cinnamon (instead of mace)
  • Saffron (didn’t have)
  • salt
  • 4 egg
  • ½ cup milk


  1. Set broth to boil, gently.
  2. Add wine
  3. In a small bowl mix bread crumbs and spices.
  4. Add milk and then eggs on by one and stir until you have a thick , rather crumbly dough.
  5. Let stand for ½ an hour. If it’s not sticky enough, add a little milk, but not much.
  6. Take dough by the spoonful, roll into balls and set gently into the middle of the boiling broth.
  7. Put the lid on (I did 9-10 in a batch), and let come back to a boil.
  8. When all rise to the surface, give them another 3-5 minutes at a boil, then using a straining spoon lift out into a bowl and sprinkle with salt.
  9.   Eat hot, or if you’re not going to eat them right away store dumplings tossed with a little melted butter, separately from the broth. Reheat in the microwave, re-boil the broth, or fry on butter.

Grate bread and cheese, two parts bread, but the third cheese, and make it properly with eggs, not too thin so that it does not run. Pepper it well and also add mace and saffron. Put them into boiling meat broth, always into the center of the boil (? alle mal fornen in den wall) and let it boil very slowly. Beforehand quickly fry it brown in fat. This gives a very good broth that you may well give to a sick person who eats cheese.

And if you have a very weak soup, grate a little cheese and throw it into the boiling water (in den wall). It boils together. Press it out with a spoon, it immediately produces a good flavour as though it were spiced.

But this should not be a common peasant cheese, but of the good Swiss or Italian cheeses, also Dutch and their like. When they turn hard, they are useful for such things.


Silliness – For The Kids – Wizards – What’s the first thing that a wizard does in the morning? He wakes up!


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