Minus Tide at 8:22 AM of -1.7 feet. The shop is closed today. Spring hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
There’s a fire spot just south of Calamity Butte, and north of Burns. There’s another on the east side of Medford…. It’s beautifully clear at the moment, although the Moon is washing out the stars. 42F, winds are calm, AQI 8-36, UV7. Chance of rain 4% today and 12% tonight. Today should be partly cloudy again, high near 60! Thursday should be mostly cloudy, but dry, but Friday afternoon has a good chance of showers, now. After that the rest of the 10-day looks like partly cloudy with a small chance of showers.
Yesterday as we headed home after the paper route, it was a lovely morning, but both of us were yawning and rubbing our eyes. We pretty much fell into bed and didn’t get up until around 4pm, although I had some trouble with the various loud trucks that also live in the park. Tempus left to run errands and do the weekly shopping. I got to work on plants, starting my potato bucket, getting dirt into the porch planters and nasturtium seeds. I even got a bunch of veg ends planted, although I need to remember to take the wire covers today. Not sure they’ll survive the birds, otherwise.
After that I worked on getting the new dish towels ready to get washed and then put to use, finished the embroidery on one small piece and then got up and put more things away. At that point I looked at the clock and realized that Tempus ought to get home any minute, so I got ready to come to the shop and sat down with a book. He didn’t actually show up until almost 8pm! …but he had a take and bake pizza, which is something we haven’t done for quite a while! We got that into the oven (very happily!) got the groceries and other shopping put away and when the pizza was done, scooted for the shop. I got it cut and he took his share and headed for the paper route.
The ride downriver had a breathtaking sunset in front of us; oranges and pinks and rose and robin’s egg blue, all reflecting in the river and the mudflats. We hardly spoke except to exclaim.
I had a Zoom meeting that I was very late for, but everyone was welcoming, anyway, and we happily chatted recipes and reminiscences and projects for most of an hour, by which time I was yawning. I got a long nap, then got up to get this written.
One of the things that Tempus did today was nab me a batch of candied ginger, so I’m going to be wrapping marzipan around those, tonight.
Today we’ll follow the same pattern, but we need to scrub drawers and cupboards. I went to get a glass for my juice and it came out with the rim covered with dust and dead mosquitos! I also need to get the windows measured for the valance rods. …and I’m hoping to bake something, maybe a cake, maybe cookies. 🙂 Or maybe shortbread. Haven’t had that in ages!
Today’s Plant is Bleeding Heart, lamprocapnos spectabilis (which Cunningham has as dicentra spectabilis, an older designation). Other names are: old-fashioned bleeding-heart, Venus’s car, Lady in a bath, Dutchman’s trousers, or Lyre-flower, which all have various folklore attached. They’re native to Asia, but are common garden ornamentals and so suited to our climate that I assumed that they were native here! You see them all through the woods at this time of year. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Used in magick mostly as a divination. Crush the flower. If it “bleeds red” there is love. If it “bleeds white”, either love has died, or there is no hope of it. Be careful if you bring the live plant indoors because it can produce irritation and anger between people in the household. To forestall this push a silver bead or a dime (standing in for silver) into the soil, and say, “Lady of the Moon, give us peace, in your honor, and we honor you!” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamprocapnos_spectabilis
[Edited from Wikipedia] Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served.” Originally 25 April every year was to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli during World War I. Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first campaign that led to major casualties for Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. After the First World War, returned soldiers sought the comradeship they felt in those quiet, peaceful moments before dawn. With symbolic links to the dawn landing at Gallipoli, a dawn stand-to or dawn ceremony became a common form of Anzac Day remembrance during the 1920s. With the coming of the Second World War, Anzac Day became a day on which to commemorate the lives of Australians and New Zealanders lost in that war as well and in subsequent years. The meaning of the day has been further broadened to include those killed in all the military operations in which the countries have been involved. One of the traditions of Anzac Day is the ‘gunfire breakfast’ (coffee with rum added) which occurs shortly after many dawn ceremonies, and recalls the ‘breakfast’ taken by many soldiers before facing battle. Later in the day, ex-servicemen and ex-servicewomen meet and join in marches through the major cities and many smaller centers.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anzac_Day
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 4/28 at 8:32am. 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 5/11 at noon. 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 5/3 at 12:50pm.
Now you’ve got a dark-sky window of about a half hour between the end of twilight and moonrise (depending on your latitude) to see M35 free of moonlight in all its glory. It’s now 1.1° below Mars.
By midnight tonight the waning gibbous Moon is up in the southeast. Orange Antares is about 4° to its lower right. How much else of upper Scorpius can you see to the right of the Moon?
The tiny dwarf planet Pluto is stationary against the background stars at 3 P.M. EDT. Observers with larger telescopes can try to spot the distant world early in the morning, a few hours before sunrise. A challenging magnitude 15.1, Pluto sits about 1.5′ due west of a magnitude 10 field star in Sagittarius.
A brighter signpost is the magnitude 8.5 globular cluster M75, which sits 2.5° due east of Pluto. If Pluto is too challenging, especially with the light of the gibbous Moon bumping up the background brightness, M75 itself is an excellent binocular and small scope target. This compact cluster spans nearly 7′. At a distance of some 67,500 light-years, it’s one of the more distant objects in Messier’s catalog.
Mercury and Venus begin emerging together from deep in the sunset. Reader Tony on northerly Vancouver Island (latitude about 48° N) called Venus “easy” in 16×50 binoculars on the 17th. On Sunday the 25th look for Mercury 1.2° to Venus’s upper right, as shown at the top of this page. Venus is magnitude –3.9, and Mercury is unusually bright at –1.6. Start looking as early as 15 minutes after sunset to catch their brief window of visibility between when the sky is too bright and the planets get too low and disappear into the atmospheric extinction. The exact best time after sunset will depend on your latitude (the farther north the better) and the clarity of the air. Both planets are a little higher and easier each evening, Mercury especially. By Friday the 30th, Mercury stands 4.5° above Venus. Venus will maintain its brightness, but Mercury by then will be down to magnitude –1.1.
Runic half-month of Mannaz/ Man, April 14-28 A time when the archetypal reality of the human condition should be meditated upon. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
NIGHT SKY FOR APRIL 2021 – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-april
Goddess Month of Maia runs from 4/18 – 5/15
Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12
Pluto Retrograde at 1:04pm (10/6)
Color – Brown
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Celtic Tree Month of Saille/Willow, Apr 15 – May 12 – The Willow in the Tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and ages appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected equally for their gifts of see-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
Magical Associations: Romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women.
Saille – Willow Ogam letter correspondences
Color: listed only as bright
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life
to study this month – Ohn – Furze Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Yellow Gold
Meaning: Information that could change your life
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 28 High 1:31 AM 9.0 6:10 AM Set 7:18 AM 99
~ 28 Low 8:22 AM -1.7 8:17 PM Rise 10:48 PM
~ 28 High 2:44 PM 7.3
~ 28 Low 8:17 PM 1.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I’m wise because I’ve been foolish.
Journal Prompt – Personal taste – If you could design one room in a house to suit only your needs, what would it look like? (Be as fanciful as you like. For example, would someone have a desk made of chocolate?)
~ Mahomet made the people believe that he would call a hill to him, and from the top of it offer up his prayers for the observers of his law. The people assembled. Mahomet called the hill to come to him, again and again; and when the hill stood still he was never a whit abashed, but said, “If the hill will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet will go to the hill.” – Francis Bacon; Of Boldness
~ Be yourself. An original is always worth more than a copy. – Author Unknown
~ It is a well known fact that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~ I was nearly chloroformed by the performance of the Honourable Member for Mackellar. It nearly put me right out for the afternoon. – Paul Keating on former Shadow Treasurer, Jim Carlton
O moon of to-night
Let me rest my head on you
And hear my life sing. – –Lewis Grandison Alexander (1900–45)
Beltane Magick – Recipes
CHICKEN BARLEY STEW WITH HERBS http://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.html
2-3 LB chicken breasts on the bone
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 LB leeks (3-4 large ones, 4-5 little ones) thickly cut. May substitute onions
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
6 oz barley
3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
3 3/4 cups water
2 bay leaves
1 Tablespoon dried sage
Comment: This is originally an Anglo-Saxon recipe. The original calls for rabbit, but chicken is just as good.
In a large Dutch Oven, melt the butter, then fry the leeks and garlic in the butter. Add the chicken and brown. Add remaining ingredients, reserving the sage. Bring to a boil, then reduce and simmer for 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Remove chicken from pot and let cool. Remove meat from bones and add back to the pot. Add sage. Stir well and serve. Leftovers freeze well. Serves 8
Cottage Cheese and Wild Rice Casserole – Serves 6 – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html – Marilyn Helton, who writes our regular Diabetic Dining on Fabulous Foods column, adapted this recipe from the Wild Rice For All Seasons Cookbook
small onion, chopped
2 tablespoons 30% calorie-reduced margarine
3 cups cooked wild rice, about 2/3 cup uncooked
1 carton (12 oz.) lowfat cottage cheese
1 carton (8oz.) light sour cream
1/4 cup 2% milk
dash or two of Tabasco® sauce
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Sauté the onion in margarine in a skillet and toss the cooked rice with this.
- In a mixing bowl, blend the cottage cheese with the sour cream, milk, Tabasco® sauce and seasoned salt.
- Stir this into the rice and turn into a lightly vegetable spray-coated 1-1/2 qt. casserole.
- Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.
- Bake at 350°F degrees about 25 minutes.
BRIGHTON Beach Couscous – serves 6 to 8 – http://crystalforest3.homestead.com/beltane.html
- 1 tsp Sesame oil
- 2 medium sized onions
- 3 cloves garlic
- 20 g Brighton Beach Sewered Seaweed (aka Dried Arame)
- 3/4 lb Mushrooms
- 2 medium sized carrots
- 3 tsp Vecon or similar vegetable stock
- 2 tsp Mirin
- 1 tsp Black Pepper
- 2 tsp Sea Salt
- 750 g Couscous
- Lots of Water
- Chop the onions and mince the garlic and fry in the sesame oil.
- Soak the arame for about 15 minutes in boiling hot water and then add to the onion and garlic *without* the water used for soaking.
- Add the finely chopped mushrooms and the grated carrots.
- Mix the stock in some boiling hot water and add to the dish.
- At the same time add the leftover water from soaking the arame.
- Add the mirin and salt and pepper to taste.
- It is probably best to have it slightly on the salty side as the saltiness will disappear when the couscous is added.
- Simmer the mixture covered for about 20 minutes.
- In a large mixing bowl add the couscous and the mixture together and any extra water required to cover.
- Leave for five minutes.
- Grease a large baking tray and line with baking parchment.
- Add the mixture to the baking tray and place in the oven covered with foil.
- Bake for about twenty minutes.
- Remove the foil and if the bake is still too wet continue for another five to ten minutes.
- The top should be slightly browned, grill if necessary.
We were originally going to add sesame seeds to this but forgot to as we were making it. Sesame seeds might be a good idea and would be especially useful if you wanted a dish without any added salt. You can also use a dried seaweed blend instead of salt.
Silliness – Talk Like Shakespeare