Daily Stuff 1-16-22 Concordia

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 6:11 PM of -0.3 feet. 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 6pm] Rain gauge at noon on 1/15 – Dry, Mostly clear, 48F, wind at 0-4mph and gusting, AQI 33-49, UV1. Chance of rain 6% today and 9% tonight. Tsunami beach hazard is over. Today should be dry and more clear than not. Monday will be a repeat, but the clouds will thicken in the evening and we could see showers before midnight. Tues. has a small chance of showers, but from then to the end of the 10-day it’s all partly cloudy. high’s low-mid 50’s. Lows (after tonight’s 39!) should be in the low 40’s.

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We stopped at Ray’s on the way home, Friday evening, and by the time we were done with supper it was well past 10. When I crawled into bed, Tempus was still up, and I didn’t wake until past 3am! He said he crawled in and slept for several hours, but I never stirred, either when he came in or when he left for the paper run! Wow…. Of course, after that I had trouble sleeping and he got home around 11 in the morning. He had to stop at the shop…social security stuff and then he had heard about the tsunami on the radio and went to sit in the parking lot at Patterson to watch. Nothing unusual in the wave action, so he came on home. I was already up, coughing, and I couldn’t get back to sleep.

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I spent a little while in the garden, mostly adding dirt to plants. I’m not quite done because after I had already used up what I had, I noticed that the nasturtium seeds are swelling up, preparing to start growing and they should be under dirt before they pop.

Stinky bob is *still* in this pot despite my pulling and pulling…..

I woke Tempus right around 1pm and we were at the shop around 1:30. It was beautifully sunny, with stripes and streaks and sheets of high, thin cloud. There were geese up in one of the yards near home, some white birds that looked to be too large for gulls out in the river and a few ducks in the outlet from Eckman lake. The telephone company sign said, “65F”, but I don’t believe it, since the other computer thermometers were registering in the low 50’s.

…and in the pot next to it. There wasn’t any there from mid-summer to now!

He had bills to get paid, and dishes to do and I had a bunch of messages, first, then to put up the frumenty recipe (link here: https://wp.me/P8ngGY-5sZ, then to get going on this, got sidetracked, went back to this, sidetracked to doing some photos…. you get the idea. 🙂 Tempus started on the rollies, late in the afternoon.

Today I have the House Capuchin stuff to do for our “different day” and this week is potluck, so we’ll be doing more of cooking than shop stuff. I have a pork roast to make, a cabbage dish and to set up some nibbly things. Tempus is planning to make bread. I’m hoping to get my boxes pulled before we head home, too.

“Like a watercolor painting an Egret flies across Eckman Lake 01/22.” Photo by Ronald Breeze. Used with permission

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Today’s Plant is Pearly EverlastingAnaphalis margaritacea, sometimes called Life-Everlasting. The “everlasting” part of the name comes from the fact that the flowers dry well and can be used as decorations during the winter month. There are a number of medicinal uses for this plant, particularly as poultices and often as a decoction added to a hot bag of some sort (iow, put it on a washcloth, warm, and put a heating pad on top of that) for bruises, sprains and to the chest for bronchitis, among others –Feminine, Venus, Air – Add to spells that are long-term. Can be useful in a sachet/potpourri/amulet since the flowers will soak up essential oils and release the scent over time.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaphalis_margaritacea

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Feast day of Concordia, ancient Rome – In Roman mythology, Concordia was the goddess of agreement and understanding. Her oldest temple was on the Forum Romanum and was built in 367 BCE by Marcus Furius Camillus. The Roman Senate often met there. In art, Concordia was depicted sitting, wearing a long cloak and holding onto a sacrificial bowl and a cornucopia. Sometimes, she is shown standing between two members of the Royal House shaking hands. Concordia is shown in a lot of the iconography of government buildings in Washington, D.C. More here: http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/jan16.html and here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concordia_%28mythology%29

The shop is closed until 1/20 for our winter vacation. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook message or email at anjasnihova@yahoo.com If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.

Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Cancer

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. 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 1/19 at 3:48am.

Two days later, Mercury and Saturn have become virtually identical in brightness

Castor and Pollux shine left of the almost-full Moon this evening. As the Moon moves along its orbit, the triangle they make changes shape through the night.

2-for-1 in Taurus – 1 Ceres makes a tight turnaround beneath the Pleiades (M45) this month, while 44 Nysa crosses NGC 1647 to its east in late January. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

Dwarf planet 1 Ceres is stationary at 5 P.M. EST. You can find it after dark in Taurus, less than 6° south of the Pleiades (M45) open star cluster. This 600-mile-wide (966 km) main-belt world glows around magnitude 8, easy for even the smallest scope to pick up, although binocular users may find it a bit of a challenge. One easy way to spot it is to put the Pleiades at the northern edge of your field of view, then drop down to find the stars 13 and 14 Tauri, both about 6th magnitude. Ceres is the next-brightest dot in your field of view, slightly south of this pair.The dwarf planet will stay in this region of sky all month, now making a tight turnaround and traveling very slowly northeastward, approaching 13 and 14 but passing just southwest of them on its path through the Bull.

Pluto is in conjunction with the Sun at 10 A.M. EST. After today, it will slowly separate from our star, moving toward opposition later this year.

Saturn, magnitude +0.7 in Capricornus, is to Jupiter’s lower right.

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), Venus (1/29), Mercury (2/3) Retrograde
Color – Amber
Planting 1/15-17
©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                                    VisibleSu  16     High  12:16 AM     6.4   7:48 AM     Set  7:18 AM      95
~    16       Low   5:12 AM     3.8   5:04 PM    Rise  3:47 PM
~    16     High  10:56 AM     8.2
~    16       Low   6:11 PM    -0.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am ready right now to live in mastery. I gratefully receive the opportunity.

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Journal Prompt – What would you? – What would you say to your loved ones if you could tell them absolutely anything?

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Quotes

~   All very successful commanders are prima donnas and must be so treated. – George S. Patton, Jr. (1885-1945) US general
~   My work is being destroyed almost as soon as it is printed. One day it is being read; the next day someone’s wrapping fish in it. – Al Capp (1909-1979) US cartoonist
~   A writer must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid. – William Faulkner (1897-1962) US writer
~   Not joy but joylessness is the mother of debauchery. – Nietzsche

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening BY ROBERT FROST

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

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Imbolc Magick – Recipes

Wisconsin Cheese Soup
5 tablespoons butter
2 medium carrots, finely chopped
2 celery ribs, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
½ green pepper, seeded and finely chopped
5 mushrooms, chopped
½ cup cooked ham, finely chopped
½ cup flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 quart of chicken broth
1 quart of milk
½ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon cayenne
½ teaspoon dry mustard
1 pound sharp cheddar cheese, grated
salt and pepper to taste

In a large heavy kettle, melt butter; add carrots, celery, onion, green pepper, mushrooms and ham. Cook over medium heat until vegetables are crisp tender, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Do not brown. Add flour and cornstarch, cook, stirring constantly for about 3 minutes.

Add broth to pot and cooking, stirring until slightly thickened. Add milk, paprika, cayenne and mustard. Stir in cheese gradually, stirring until cheese is melted. To avoid curdling, do not allow soup to boil after cheese is added. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Savory Cheese Scones

  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups Grated cheddar cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup Butter
  • 1/3 cup Milk
  • 2 Eggs

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine all dry ingredients, stir in cheeses and toss well. Cut in butter. Combine eggs and milk, add to flour mixture and gently knead to form a stiff dough. Cut dough ball into halves and pat each half into an 8″ diameter, 1/2″ thick circle. Cut into wedges, place wedges on a baking sheet and bake 15 to 17 minutes, until lightly browned.

Spring Vegetable Quiche

Crust

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tbsp cold water

Heat oven to 400 degrees F. In medium bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in the butter until crumbly. Stir in chives and then water. The mixture will be crumbly. Shape it into a ball and roll on a lightly floured surface to a 12 inch circle. Ease into a 10 inch quiche pan, pressing firmly against the bottom and sides.

Filling

  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (1 8-ounce package)
  • 6 slices crisp cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup fresh asparagus tips chopped well
  • 1/4 c shredded carrot
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Spread your first 4 fillings over the bottom of the crust in layers. In a separate bowl, beat together the remaining filling ingredients and pour over all items in the bottom of the crust.

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden and set. A fork will come out clean when stuck in the center. Let stand 10 minutes before serving with a mixed green salad.

 [Anja’s Note – Having made quiche of different varieties for years, I would probably use a “quickie” version of the crust with a prepared pie shell sprinkled heavily with fresh chives before adding the fillings. I’ve made this both from this recipe and the “quickie” and the major difference is whether the bottom crust is flaky (original) or a little damp.]

Beer Battered Fish and Chips: The Celtic peoples often relied on fish as part of their diet — after all, fish were plentiful, and could be caught any time of year. Beer too was popular, because it didn’t spoil, and helped add flavor to some otherwise bland meals. Use beer, your favorite white fish, and some good plump potatoes for this recipe, and dig in at Imbolc. – Ravens magic broom

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs your favorite white fish: tilapia, haddock, flounder
  • 4 large russett potatoes
  • Kosher salt
  • Rosemary
  • 2 C flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
  • A dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1 bottle of dark beer, cold
  • Oil for frying
  • Cornstarch for dredging

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Heat the oil in a large pot until it reaches about 375.
  2. Wedge the potatoes, leaving the skin on, and drop then in a large bowl with cold water.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, Old Bay seasoning, and cayenne pepper. Finally, pour in the beer and whisk until the batter is smooth. To help batter adhere to the fish, try chilling the batter in the fridge for about half an hour.
  4. Drain the potatoes, and submerge them in the oil. Work in small batches so the oil doesn’t cool off too much, and cook them until they’re crisp and golden brown. Remove from oil, drain on a rack, and season with rosemary and kosher salt. Place them in the oven to stay warm while you cook the fish.
  5. Reduce the heat of the oil to about 350. Lightly dredge your fish fillets in cornstarch, and then dip in the batter. Place in the hot oil, and allow to cook until the batter sets. Turn fish over, and cook until they’re a golden brown color. Remove from oil, drain on rack, and serve with potato fries.
  6. For maximum flavor, sprinkle with malt vinegar and salt, accompanied by a pint of Guinness.

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Silliness – Duck Hunting

Three doctors are in the duck blind and a bird flies overhead. The general practitioner looks at it and says, “Looks like a duck, flies like a duck… it’s probably a duck,” shoots at it but misses and the bird flies away.

The next bird flies overhead, and the pathologist looks at it, then looks through the pages of a bird manual, and says, “Hmmmm…green wings, yellow bill, quacking sound…might be a duck.” He raises his gun to shoot it, but the bird is long gone. A third bird flies over. The surgeon raises his gun and shoots almost without looking, brings the bird down, and turns to the pathologist and says, “Go see if that was a duck.”

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