Daily Stuff 3-16-21 Montsegur

Hi, folks!

The shop is closed today. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Lawrence Biemiller.

It’s absolutely clear, without even the beach fog that showed up in twilight, and *cold*! 32F, wind at 1-4mph and gusting, AQI 3-42, UV3. Chance of rain 3% today and 6% tonight. Today will be dry and sunny. Tomorrow and next Tuesday dry with some sun. On Thursday and Sunday we’re looking at 1/2 an inch of rain, each! The rest of the forecast is for mostly showery, high temps around 50, low temps around 40, except for tonight.

Last night’s Diana’s Bow, taken from the door of the shop. 

Yesterday flew past again. I was bagging and headering and making tags while I was waiting on customers and writing in between. We had a *long* chat with a customer about Wicca, what’s in about and what’s involved.

Celestite

We have refilled our “pebbles” baskets with fluorite, moonstone, unakite and bloodstone. These are some *nice* tumbles! There’s a small flat of specimens and another flat of druzy geode pieces. Really pretty! …and one gorgeous specimen of Celestite! I thought I was getting 10 small ones, but this is just *so* amazing that I’m glad of the mistake, whoever made it. We have a selenite offering bowl, too, plus two of the agate slice windchimes. Iow, a crystals order came in! During the evening I was working on photos, and then for awhile on the crystals bottles. I need to order some empty bottles, now, since I got my chips order awhile back and I’ve used up most.

Semi-precious gemstone specimens.

By then I was getting really tired. Tempus got the trash and then we went home to sleep some. Of course, he’s up at 2, but he’ll get at least a little. I had gotten a nap before I started on the crystal bottles, so I’m doing better than he is.

Druzy Geode halves or slices

Amber Connection is supposed to stop by today. I’m hoping he has more bracelet, marbles and shungite, plus some pyramids. He always has nice stuff!

2/16/19 Locomotive (restored) in the snow – Lawrence Biemiller – Used with permission

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Today’s plant is Shore PinePinus contorta, var. contorta. It’s a tough tree well suited to stand up to the coastal winds. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinus_contorta  More on the coastal ecology here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_Coast#Terrestrial_ecology  Pine’s magick is: Male, Mars, Air – Healing, fertility, protection, money, burn to cleanse a house, changing negative energy to positive, or use boughs for purification baths/sweats.

This day is in honor of a philanthropist, a guy who started poor and worked his way up and then gave away a lot of what he earned. It’s even a Google Doodle. I’m a beneficiary of that, having graduated from the Peabody Institute. George Peabody https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Peabody  & the Peabody Institute https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peabody_Institute

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Today is the anniversary of the day in 1203 when the Siege of Montsegur was ended with the burning of over 200 Cathars at the stake. This is the siege where the infamous phrase, “Kill them all, God will know his own!” was uttered, during the Albigensian Crusade. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Monts%C3%A9gur  Remember these martyrs to conscience! More on the Cathari here:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathar and on the Albigensian Crusade here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albigensian_crusade

The shop is closed today. 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

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 3/28 at 11:48am. 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 3/17 at 2:21pm.  

e crescent Moon – A 12-percent-lit Moon hangs in the sky the evening of March 16, showing off Mare Crisium on its eastern side. – NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio

The Moon passes 3° south of Uranus at 10 P.M. EDT. Our satellite, less than four days old and only 12 percent lit an hour after sunset, currently straddles the border between Cetus and Aries. Just visible along the lit lunar edge is Mare Crisium, the Sea of Crises. This dark, round feature is roughly 3.9 billion years old and spans about 460 miles (740 kilometers). On its western side are two small craters: Pierce to the south and Swift to the north. And north of the mare’s rim is the large crater Cleomedes, which stands out in stark relief now but will begin to disappear as the Moon grows closer to Full, losing contrast along the way.

Red Winter Triangle, Blue Winter Hexagon

Bright Sirius, in the south these evenings, is the bottom star of the equilateral Winter Triangle. Its other two stars are orange Betelgeuse to Sirius’s upper right (Orion’s shoulder) and Procyon to Sirius’s upper left. This is the time of year when the Winter Triangle balances on Sirius shortly after dark.

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

Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings.

NIGHT SKY MAP FOR MARCH 2021: THE BIG DIPPER https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-march-big-dipper

Sun in Pisces


Moon in Aries enters Taurus at 3:56am.

Goddess Month of Moura, runs from 2/20-3/19
Celtic Tree Month
of Nuin/Nion/Ash, Feb 18 – Mar 17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn Alder Mar 18Apr 14
Color – Maroon
Planting – 3/16-18
©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: Chieftain
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
Tu  16     High   3:01 AM     7.6   7:26 AM    Rise  9:08 AM      5
~    16      Low   9:25 AM     0.9   7:24 PM     Set 10:55 PM
~    16     High   3:24 PM     6.8
~    16      Low   9:24 PM     1.6

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.

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Journal Prompt – Friends – What would you do if two of your best friends went to the movies without inviting you?

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Quotes

~   What’s worse than being blind? Is to have sight but no vision. – Helen Keller
~   It is more difficult to maintain honour than to become prosperous. – Irish Proverb~   The chances of finding out what’s really going on in the universe are so remote, the only thing to do is hang the sense of it and keep yourself occupied. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~  He was wrong to think he could now forget that the big, hard, oily, dirty, rainbow-hung Earth on which he lived was a microscopic dot on a microscopic dot lost in the unimaginable infinity of the Universe. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

For glad Spring has begun,
And to the ardent sun
The earth, long time so bleak,
Turns a frost-bitten cheek. – Celia Thaxter (1835–94)

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Ostara Magick – Recipes

Flowery Canapes with Cream Cheese and Watercress

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  1. Combine cream cheese, basil, chives and watercress.
  2. Refrigerate, covered, several hours.
  3. Spread each baguette slice with about 2 teaspoons herbed cheese mixture.
  4. Top with an edible flower or watercress sprig.

Eggnog French Toast
2      c  eggnog
1      egg, slightly beaten
1/2   tsp  cinnamon
6      Croissants
3      tbsps  butter
In a shallow bowl, mix the eggnog, egg and cinnamon, stirring well. Slice the croissants lengthwise. Melt one tablespoon of butter in a skillet or on a griddle.  Dip 1 croissant half in the batter and place in the griddle.  Repeat with the remaining halves.  Cook on each side for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, or until golden brown.  Use remaining butter as needed.  Remove to a serving platter. Serve at once with warm maple syrup.  Yield: 6 servings.

Submitted By Dana

Personal Omelettehttp://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 more of an algorithm than a specific recipe.  It’s ideal for Ostara celebrations in a solitary or small-group context, especially if people have different dietary needs or tastes.

Tools:  Use a small nonstick skillet with sloped sides, and a plastic spatula with a fine edge.  These make it easier to fold the omelette.

Heat:  Turn the heat on so the skillet will be hot before you add the eggs.  It should be hot enough that the egg mixture sizzles and starts to cook immediately, but not so hot that the egg layer promptly forms a huge bubble in the middle.  On my stove, pointing the dial marker at “Low” is ideal.

Lubricant:  Use about a tablespoon of ghee, also known as clarified butter, available in ethnic or international stores.  It is better for you, and MUCH more heat-tolerant than ordinary butter or margarine, so it won’t burn.  Ghee is a crucial ingredient in a perfect omelette – nothing else performs as well.

Eggs:  In a small bowl, scramble together 1-3 eggs.  Most people like a 2-egg omelette; vary according to appetite.  Farm-fresh or organic eggs tend to have better color, texture, flavor, and nutrients than ordinary commercial eggs.

Milk:  Add 1-3 teaspoons of milk.  It makes the eggs blend better and improves flavor.  Skim or other lite milk will save calories; whole milk, half-and-half, or cream make for a heavier and richer omelette.  I typically use half-and-half, sparingly.  Once the eggs are scrambled, mix in the milk.  Pour the egg mixture into the skillet.  If it doesn’t spread evenly, tilt the skillet gently to fill out the circle.

Spices:  Salt and pepper to taste.  White pepper doesn’t make dark flecks in the eggs, if you care about that.  Sage, oregano, sweet marjoram, thyme, cilantro, or parsley are also good.  Add just a pinch or a spinkle of spices to the top of the egg circle.

Cheese:  Any kind of cheese that melts easily will work in an omelette.  Swiss, cheddar, and mozzarella are excellent.  Flavored herbal cheeses are also nice.  Use 1-2 singles or about 1/8 cup of shredded cheese.  If you’re carving cheese off a block, make thin slices or shavings so they’ll melt.  If you want chunks of cheese, cut thicker slices from a block and dice them before starting the eggs.  Add the cheese when the egg layer is mostly cooked but still wet on top.

Filling:  Many types of vegetables (cooked or raw) and meat work in an omelette.  Peppers, onions, mushrooms, and tomatoes are good vegetables.  Chicken, turkey, sausage bits, bacon bits, beef chips, diced ham, etc. are good meats. (This is a great way to use leftovers.)  Slice, dice, or chop them – and heat them if they were cold — before starting the eggs.  Store filling ingredients in small bowls within reach of the skillet.  Add about 1/8 to 1/4 cup of filling when the egg layer is cooked and the cheese is melting.  Spread filling from the middle of the egg circle towards one edge.

Folding:  With the spatula, carefully lift the empty edge of the egg circle.  The underside should be light brown.  Fold over the filling, press gently, and hold for a few seconds to allow the filling and cheese to meld.  Turn the heat OFF.  Let the omelette sit for about a minute.  Check the underside; it should be a slightly deeper brown.  Hold a plate close to the skillet, slide the spatula all the way under the omelette, and quickly transfer the omelette to the plate.

This was originally published in The Wordsmith’s Forge on 1/22/09, then revised for reprint 6/24/11.

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Silliness – For The Kids – Wizards – Why do witches wear pointy black hats? To keep their heads warm!

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