Daily Stuff 1-12-22 Charles Perrault

Hi, folks!

We’re taking our usual Winter Vacation and will be closed from 1/4 until 1/20 if the COVID numbers come down. If they stay high it might be longer than that. If you need something contact us here or on Facebook. We can make time to be at the shop. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

 [posting at 2am] Rain gauge at noon on 1/11 – 0.1 Cloudy, 53F, wind at 0-10mph and gusting into the 20’s, AQI 27-34, UV1. Chance of rain 6% today and 78% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 4pm Thurs. We might even see some sun around lunchtime today, but dry won’t last. The rain will start before midnight, but Fri. through Sun ought to be dry. After that we’re most likely back to showers. High temps from 50-54F. Lows mostly in the mid to lower 40’s, except for Friday and Saturday when it could go down into the 30’s because of the mostly-clear sky.

Lemon grass

Yesterday I didn’t go to sleep until we got home. Tempus got in around 8. I had been writing and developing photos. It was a pretty morning, but I was too sleepy to notice much. We got home, crawled into bed and that was it until dark!

Nasturtiums

Tempus was up before I was, working on more of the small chores. I didn’t do much, since we only had a couple of hours before I was supposed to get to an online meeting….which didn’t’ happen. Oh, well….. So, I spent several hours writing. I didn’t get as far as I had hoped. I had to keep looking things up and I went down a few too many rabbit holes. Tempus called around 10:30, to kinda check in before the worst of the bulk route needed to get done. By midnight I was taking a break, playing a game, but then I got back to work on this. …I still keep falling down rabbit holes. I have a kindle book up on one of the tabs and I keep getting pulled back to it.

Rain Gauge in the snow. Not an accurate reading. 🙂

Today I’m hoping that we’re going to get farther on projects. I think Tempus was prepping his grandfather’s rolling chest for the repair, before I got up. It’s got a split foot that’s going to have to be glued and clamped at the least. ..and there are always the regular household chores.

Tempus is feeling a little better, but we’re both still dragging, so I’m not going to plan more than all that. …Oh goodness, I left a whole chunk out of yesterday’s newsletter and only just realized! <sigh> I hope I do better today!

A photo facing south from Yachats State Park. Taken on 5/1/16 at 0900am by Ken Gagne

Plant motif Hawthorn Huath Celtic Tree Month

Today’s Plant is Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna, known as common hawthorn , may, mayblossom, maythorn, quickthorn, whitethorn, motherdie, and haw. It has edible buds, flowers and fruits, which are full of antioxidants . Particularly sacred to the month of May and to Beltane, it is used extensively as a hedge plant. May interfere with digitalis medications. – Masculine, Mars, Fire. – Fairy energy, increases fertility and/or celibacy. Carry on a fishing trip to ensure good catch. Brings happiness to the troubled or depressed. Protects house against lightning and storms, evil ghosts may not enter. In cradles to guard from evil spells. Most Witch’s gardens contained a hawt hedge. Sacred to the fairies, and is part of the tree triad of Britain. More on this species:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_hawthorn More on the genus Crataegus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crataegus

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Today is the anniversary of the day that Charles Perrault was born in 1628. He was the author of many of our best-loved fairy tales such as Sleeping Beauty and Puss in Boots, which he took from folklore and gave them characters and settings that reflected what he saw around him. He’s often credited with inventing the fairy tale as a literary genre. There is more information here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Perrault and  a marvelously annotated version of Sleeping Beauty and links to various books based on the story here:  http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/sleepingbeauty/index.html  and other tales similar to this one with more links here:   http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/sleepingbeauty/other.html

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Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Taurus enters Gemini at 7:08pm

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 3:48pm on 1/17. 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 1/16 at 3:48am.

Mercury has closed to within 3.4° of Saturn low in twilight. This is the closest they’ll get this apparition. Binoculars help when they’re this low in the sunset afterglow.

Low in the sunset, Mercury has now faded to be less than twice as bright as Saturn; they’re magnitudes +0.1 and +0.7, respectively. See below. Mercury will be further dimmed with respect to Saturn by the thicker atmospheric extinction at its lower altitude.

Dwarf planet Ceres – The largest object in the main asteroid belt is Ceres. This natural-color view of the dwarf planet comes courtesy of NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, which orbited the world from 2015 to 2018. NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

The Moon passes 1.2° north of dwarf planet 1 Ceres at 7 P.M. EST. You’ll find them in the eastern sky after dark, hanging out with the familiar figures of Gemini, Orion, and Taurus. Our satellite sits about 5° south of the Pleiades open cluster tonight, with Ceres just to its right on the sky. Because they are so close, it may be challenging to pick up Ceres’ 8th-magnitude glow amid the bright moonlight. If you have trouble, don’t worry — the dwarf planet will spend all month in nearly the same spot, while the Moon will quickly move on. In fact, Ceres is just days away from reaching its stationary point on the sky, after which it will make a tight turnaround and begin sliding northeast against the background stars.

From last November (11/20/21) – Traveling companions – In late November, Jupiter experiences a double shadow transit as dark blots from Ganymede and Callisto cross the planet’s face together.

But the sky has more in store for us tonight than just this close encounter: earlier in the evening, you’ll want to look west to catch a rare double transit as Jupiter’s moons Callisto and Ganymede slide in front of the giant planet. The event begins at 5:22 P.M. EST, when Callisto slips onto the disk from the east. Ganymede follows at 6:50 P.M. EST. As you watch — and while the planet slowly sinks — you’ll see Ganymede start to catch up to Callisto. This is because Ganymede’s orbit is smaller and closer to the planet, so it moves faster across the sky. Those in the western U.S. will be able to catch a third moon, Io, closing in from the west and slipping behind Jupiter’s disk at 8:36 P.M. EST. West Coast observers will also be able to watch Callisto’s transit end at 6:45 P.M. PST; Ganymede slides off the disk at 7:24 P.M. PST.

Venus is out of sight. It goes through solar conjunction, passing 5° north of the Sun, on January 8th. Next week it will begin emerging low in the dawn.

Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.

Sun in Capricorn

Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20,
Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – Topaz
Planting 1/10-12
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch – The silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) is the most common tree birch in much of Europe. It grows up to 30 m (100 feet) high, but is more often found in spreading clumps on sandy soils. It is one of the first trees to colonize an area after a mature forest is cut; this is probably a large part of its symbolic connection with new beginnings. It is cultivated in North America, often under the name of weeping birch. The three trees in my front yard form root sprouts that would take over the bed where they are planted if I didn’t cut them back. The common birch (B. pubescens Ehrh.) is almost as widespread as the silver birch, but grows primarily on acid or peaty soils. It can reach 20 m (65 feet) in height. Birches are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae). Curtis Clark

Beth – Birch – Ogam letter correspondences –
Month: November
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: B
Meaning: New Beginnings; Changes; Purification.

Phagos – Beech Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Orange-brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: PH, IO
Meaning: New experiences and information coming

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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
W   12      Low   1:44 AM     3.4   7:50 AM     Set  3:21 AM      69
~    12     High   8:05 AM     7.8   4:59 PM    Rise  1:07 PM
~    12      Low   3:28 PM     1.0
~    12     High   9:56 PM     5.5

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Actually, you can.

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Journal Prompt – Personal taste – What would you do if you were president of the United States?

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Quotes

~   Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor. – Queen Elizabeth I; in Apophthegms, by Francis Bacon, 1625
~   As lame as St Giles Cripple-gate. – English saying
~   Hello, Americans, it’s Paul Harvey. Standby for news. – Paul Harvey; his method of signing on the air
~   I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I don’t know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will NOT ask, How many good things have you done in your life?, rather he will ask, How much LOVE did you put into what you did?  – Mother Teresa

Chill airs and wintry winds! my ear
   Has grown familiar with your song;
I hear it in the opening year,
   I listen, and it cheers me long. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–32)

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Imbolc Magick – Recipes

Hamantaschen

Traditionally served on Purim, the Jewish full moon holiday of early spring, these little triangular shaped pastries, bursting with poppy seeds, were originally called mohntaschen, poppyseed pockets. The name was changed to Haman’s pockets and are said to refer to Haman’s three-cornered hat. Other explanations say they represent his purse or his donkey ears. But one wonders. Helen Farias points out that the triangle has long been a sign of the vulva, and when bursting with seeds, these treats are oozing with the seedy fertility of life.

1 package active dry yeast 1/4 cup warm water 1 cup milk 3/.4 cup sugar1/2 cup pareve margarine 1 t salt 5 to 5-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 eggs
  Soften the yeast in the warm water. In a saucepan, heat the milk, sugar, margarine and salt until the sugar dissolves. Cool to lukewarm. Stir in two cups of flour and beat well. Add the yeast and two eggs and mix thoroughly. Stir in enough of the remaining dough to make a moderately stiff dough. Knead on a floured surface until smooth, about 8 to 10 minutes. Shape into a ball. Place in a greased bowl, turn once and cover. Let rise until doubled (about 1-1/2 hours). Divide in half. Roll each half to a 17×12 inch rectangle. Cut into 4 inch circles  
1 T oil 2 cups poppyseeds 1 cup water 1 egg well beaten 1/2 lb raisins 2 or 3 T jam 1/2 cup sugar1 lemon juice and rind 1/2 cup honey 2 T bread crumbs 1/2 lb walnuts 1/4 t cinnamon 1/8 t each of nutmeg, ginger & cloves dash of salt
  Pour boiling water over the poppyseeds. Let stand until cool. Drain the water off the seeds, put them into a pot and add one cup of boiling water. Cook until dry. Watch carefully and stir; you may have to drain off a little of the water. Grind seeds, nuts and raisins. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Taste. Add lemon or spices to taste. Fill the dough circles with about 1/2 T of the filling. Bring two sides to the center forming a point and turn the top down to meet with the sides, forming a triangle. Pinch the seams closed and glaze with beaten egg mixed with 1 T of water. Bake at 350 until golden brown.

Other popular fillings include apricot, cream cheese and prunes.

Braided Brigid Bread
Ingredients:
2 tblsp. yeast
1/2 cup warm water
pinch of sugar
1 cup milk
1 egg
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup vegatable oil
1 tsp. salt
1 clove garlic, passed throuh garlic press
1/2 tsp. each dried oregano, thyme, and basil
4 tblsp. tomato paste
water
5-6 cups unbleached flour
1 egg yolk, beaten

Dissolve the yeast in warm water sprinkled with the pinch of sugar. Combine the milk, egg, sugar, oil, salt, garlic, and herbs in a large bowl. In a measuring cup, place the tomato paste and add water until it reaches the 1/2 cup point. Pour into the milk mixture and stir well. Add the yeast mixture. Begin adding flour, 1 cup at a time, until the dough can no longer be stirred. Turn out onto a floured boardand knead, continuing to add flour the keep the dough barely dry. This is a loose and soft dough, so be careful how much flour you add. Don’t let it get stiff! Place the dough in an oiled bowl and turn it over to coat both sides. Let it rise until doubled, about 45 minutes to an hour. Then, punch it down. cut the dough in half, divide each half into thirds, then roll into thick coils. Braid three coils into a loaf and pinch the ends together. Set on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Repeat with the other three coils. When the loaves have doubled in size, paint all surfaces with   the egg yolk and bake for 35 minutes in a preheated 375 degrees oven, or until the internal temperature of bread measures 200 degrees. GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives

Navettes – In Marseilles, they eat navettes on Candlemas, dry boat-shaped cakes made from butter, flour and sugar syrup flavored with orange flower water. Some scholars believe they originated in Egypt and represent the boat that carried Isis whose feast day of opening the waters is celebrated in early March. But in Marseilles, they say they represent the boat in which Mary Magdalene sailed from Jerusalem to Provence.

In Albi, a similar Candlemas treat is made with candied fruit or almonds and shaped like a spindle, which was the secret emblem of the Cathars, a medieval heretical Christian sect.

This recipe makes the traditional navette which has been sold on Candlemas near the Abbey of St Victor for over a century. The recipe makes about 30 cookies.

  • 6 cups flour
  • 5 T butter, cut into pieces & softened
  • 2 cups superfine sugar
  • 2 t grated lemon peel
  • 2 T orange-flower water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup water

Mound flour on a work surface and make a well in the center. Into the well, put the butter, sugar, lemon peel, orange-flower water, eggs and water. Knead everything together thoroughly until it makes a smooth dough.

Flour the work surface and divide the dough into 10 pieces. Roll each piece into a cylinder about 1/2 inch thick. Cut each cylinder into three pieces and curve each into a boat shape, pointed at both ends.  Place the boats on a buttered baking sheet and allow to rest for several hours.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and bake the cookies for 15 minutes. They will keep a long time in an airtight container.

Imbolc Ritual Cake – Adapted by Akasha Ap Emrys

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbs. poppy-seeds
  • 1 tbs. grated lemon peel
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tbs. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • powdered sugar

This is all done in one pan, so clean up is a breeze! Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, sugar, poppy-seeds, baking soda, and salt with a fork in an ungreased 9″x 9″ x 2″ baking pan. Stir in the remaining ingredients, except the powdered sugar. Bake 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, and the top is golden brown. Remove from oven and cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Makes 8 servings.

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Silliness – Bear Bells

In Alaska’s National Forests, a tour guide was giving a talk to a group of tourists about hiking in grizzly bear territory: “Most bear encounters occur when hikers, being extra quiet along the trails in hopes of viewing wildlife, accidentally stumble into bears. The resulting surprise can be catastrophic.”

To avoid this, he suggested that each hiker wear tiny bells on their clothing to warn the bears of their presence. “Also,” he said further, “be especially cautious when you see signs of bears in the area, especially when you see bear droppings.”

One tourist asked, “How do you identify bear droppings?”

“Oh that’s easy,” the guide explained, “it’s the ones with all the tiny bells in them!”

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