Daily Stuff 1-24-22 St Francis de Sales

Hi, folks!

We’re back open! Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

 [posting at 7pm] Rain gauge at noon on 1/24 – Dry, Most clear, 48F, wind at 1-4mph and gusting, AQI 12-39, UV1. Chance of rain 7% today and tonight. Dry into Friday. 55/40. Small chance of showers increasing over the weekend. 53/42. 2 firespots.

Saturday evening when we got home, I crawled into bed with the door shut, because we have to open the windows using the air fryer and it was *cold*! …well, I was too tired to just deal…. Tempus did his special home-fry potatoes and we had the last of the pork and veg from last Sunday.

Sunday was pretty busy. It was a beautiful noon-time! I spent a few minutes harvesting greens for later and taking some pictures. We got to the shop just on time and we had people in the door before I even had coffee. Over the course of the day it was a *lot*, but apparently the Valley was cold and foggy enough to drag people out here!

A couple of friends stopped by, one couple from the Valley that picked up a sewing project and another lady who’s finally gotten her vacation time, so she could drop in before she heads out to her brother’s in CA.

I spent most of the afternoon talking to House Capuchin folks, but I also checked in some books and started headers for some crystals and got the marbles set out for sale, along with processing the pictures from earlier in the day. Later, Tempus was working on dishes while I started getting this together.

This evening I’m supposed to do a wheat and cheese frumenty while he fries the bacon. I need to take pictures. …and later I need to get ribbon ends on some more bookmark blanks. Now, if I could just figure out where I put the ribbons…..

Today we’ll be open at 1pm. Tempus has to go out to do laundry, so I’ll be limited in what I can do. I’ll probably be working on printing headers for the set of crystals I was working on today and if he gets enough time to go to storage with the boxes, I’ll be checking in more books.

A Waldport Beach – Photo by Ken Gagne on 1/13/19 Used with permission.

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Feast day of St Francis de Sales – Francis, Count of Sales, left a life of riches for poverty and became a preacher. Francis died in 1622, aged 55. Francis of Sales was beatified in 1661 by Pope Alexander VII, who then canonized him in 1665.  More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_de_Sales With Jane Frances de Chantal, he founded the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary, called the Salesian Sisters. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_the_Visitation_of_Holy_Mary I went on a retreat at their convent in Georgetown. picture is Francis de Sales and Jane Frances de Chantal, medal 1867

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Flowering fern [Royal fern], Osmunda regalis, is today’s plant, dedicated to this saint. Osmunda regalis belongs to the oxymoronically named flowering fern family, so called because the densely-clustered sporangia resemble flowers. It is said by some to be one of the most handsome European ferns, hence the name. It is widely distributed in Europe, Asia and North America. The ‘Royal Fern’ is also known as the ‘Queen Flower’.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osmunda_regalis  (pictures are the American variety of this fern)
According to Slavic mythology, the sporangia – called ‘Perun’s flowers’ – have assorted magical powers, such as giving their holders the ability to defeat demons, fulfil wishes, unlock secrets, and understand the language of trees. However, collecting the sporangia is a difficult and frightening process. In earlier traditions, they had to be be collected on Kupala night; later, after the arrival of Christianity, the date is changed to Easter eve. Either way, the person wanting to collect Perun’s flowers must stand within a circle drawn around the plant and withstand the taunting or threats of demons.

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Love & Light,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Libra enters Scorpio at 7:57pm.

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 1/31 at 9:46pm. 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 1/25 at 5:41am.

Last Quarter Moon – NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio

The last-quarter Moon rises around midnight tonight. Once it’s up, look for Spica roughly a fist to its upper right, and brighter Arcturus three fists to their upper left. By early dawn Tuesday morning the Moon is high in the south, now with Spica to its right and Arcturus above it. The Moon is exactly last-quarter at 8:41 a.m. Tuesday morning EST (5:51 a.m. Pacific). At that time it’s in view throughout North America, whether in darkness or daylight.

As the sky grows dark after sunset this evening, look west to catch a glimpse of the large constellation Pegasus, slowly flying toward the horizon in the coming hours. The most recognizable portion of this constellation is the asterism called the Great Square of Pegasus, formed by Markab (Alpha [α] Pegasi), Scheat (Beta [β] Pegasi), Algenib (Gamma [γ] Pegasi), and Alpheratz (which actually sits just over the celestial border in Andromeda as its alpha star). Also easily recognizable is Enif (Epsilon [ϵ] Pegasi), which marks the Winged Horse’s nose in the southwestern region of the constellation. After darkness falls and before the Moon rises, let’s try to find one of Pegasus’ premier targets: Stephan’s Quintet. Discovered by French astronomer Édouard Stephan in 1877, these five galaxies form a compact group that, even with a mid-size (6-inch) scope, will likely appear as a lumpy, fuzzy glow some 3′ wide. You’ll really want to bump up the magnification and aperture here if you can. A 12-inch scope will resolve that glow into individual galaxies. If you’re up for the challenge find the Quintet by first going to the Great Square and locating Scheat in its northwestern corner. From there, skim 5° west-northwest to 3rd-magnitude Matar (Eta [η] Pegasi). Stephan’s Quintet is just 4° north-northwest of this star. Try to search it out early, as soon as it gets dark. This region of sky will set later in the evening but even before then, it will sink into the turbulent air near the ground, making these targets even more difficult to see.

Orion, Lepus

Many skygazers, regardless of experience, can find the constellation Orion by his bright belt of three stars. But can you find the hare at the hunter’s feet? The constellation Lepus sits directly below (south) of Orion. It is also due west of bright Sirius, which blazes in Canis Major. Lepus’ two brightest stars are Arneb (Alpha Leporis) at magnitude 2.6 and Nihal (Beta Leporis) at magnitude 2.9. Arneb sits 3° north of Nihal, and both are located south of the midway point on a line drawn between Orion’s bright knees, Rigel and Saiph. As the sky gets darker still, you’ll find one Messier object in Lepus: M79, a magnitude 7.7 globular cluster. This compact group of stars covers a little less than 10′ and actually sits in a region of the sky where such clusters are rare — opposite the galactic center. Anyone looking toward the edge of the galaxy from within or near the center of the Milky Way would measure M79 as 60,000 light-years away. From our vantage point farther out, we measure M79 at 40,000 light-years from Earth.

The Pleiades labeled – The Pleiades (M45) contains at least six bright naked-eye stars. How many of the luminaries labeled in this image can you see? – John Chumack

Let’s focus tonight on a fascinating object that’s easy to view: the Pleaides (M45). This large open cluster spans 110′ on the sky and is already 66° high an hour after sunset. Look south to find this young cluster of stars about 14° northwest of Aldebaran in Taurus the Bull. Many people think the Pleiades looks like a spoon or ladle, and some even confuse it with the Little Dipper (which is much larger, fainter, and in the north). At least six bright stars are visible to the naked eye, including 5th-magnitude Pleione, a known variable. Pleione is a rapidly spinning star whose motion causes changes in its brightness and even the type of spectrum astronomers observe from it. By carefully comparing Pleione’s brightness to its neighboring stars over the course of a few observations, you, too, may be able to tell that it’s changing with time! The American Association of Variable Star Observers has more on this star and how to observe it as part of their Monthly Featured Variables webpage.

Saturn and Jupiter are sinking fast in the evening sky, but netting the planet Neptune is a slightly less-harried affair. The distant planet is still 30° high an hour after sunset, floating above bright Jupiter and just at the border between Capricornus and Pisces. First, while it’s still up, find Jupiter — that’s easy, since the giant planet is a bright magnitude –2.1. Enjoy a telescopic view of its alternating light and dark belts while you can, as the planet will continue sinking lower at sunset each day for the rest of the month, blurring out its detail.

Once it’s dark enough, two 4th-magnitude stars will appear to Jupiter’s upper left (northeast): Hydor 6.2° northeast of Jupiter and Phi (ϕ) Aquarii another 5.5° northeast of Hydor. (Hydor is brighter than Phi.) Another 3.7° northeast of Phi is Neptune, whose magnitude 7.8 glow you’ll pick up with binoculars or any small scope. You’ll notice it lies close (18′) to a 6th-magnitude field star — Neptune is the fainter, “flatter” star and might appear gray or blue to your eyes. Its disk currently spans just 2″ — but that’s because the massive planet is some 2.9 billion miles (4.7 billion kilometers) from Earth.

Mercury reaches inferior conjunction at 5 A.M. EST. It’s now hidden from our view by the Sun’s bright glare but will just begin to peek out of the dawn as a morning object by the end of the month.

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

Sun in Aquarius

Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)
Venus (1/29), Mercury (2/3) Retrograde
Color – Lavender
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.

Luis – Rowan Ogam letter correspondences
Month: December
Color: Grey and Red
Class: Peasant
Letter: L
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.

Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: Q
Meaning: A choice must be made

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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
M   24     High   4:45 AM     7.6   7:42 AM     Set 11:08 AM      69
~    24      Low  11:14 AM     2.1   5:15 PM
~    24      High   4:53 PM     6.0
~    24      Low  10:51 PM     1.9

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Never make permanent decisions based on temporary feelings.

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – The Pledge of Allegiance says, “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” What do these words mean to you?

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Quotes

~   A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education. – Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) US President (26)
~   All sympathy not consistent with acknowledged virtue is but disguised selfishness. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) English writer
~   ~   Love and you shall be loved. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Night’s deepest gloom is but a calm; that soothes the weary mind: The labored days restoring balm; the comfort of mankind. – Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) English writer

When men were all asleep the snow came flying,
In large white flakes falling on the city brown,
Stealthily and perpetually settling and loosely lying,
Hushing the latest traffic of the drowsy town. – Robert Bridges (1844–1930)

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Imbolc Magick – Recipes

Irish Cream Truffles: Everyone loves chocolate, and having a nice rich truffle after dinner is a great way to wrap up your Sabbat meal. This recipe is fairly easy, and although the original uses egg yolks, I’ve modified it a bit to use egg substitute. Make these in advance and chill them, and break them out once your Imbolc feast is over. – Ravens magic broom

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 C. Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 24-oz bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 C. heavy cream
  • 2/3 C. egg substitute (or four egg yolks)
  • 2 Tbs butter (use real butter, not margarine)
  • Cocoa powder

Preparation:

  1. In a heavy saucepan over low heat, combine the Bailey’s and chocolate chips. Maintain over very low heat so your chocolate doesn’t scorch, and stir until the chips have melted. Add heavy cream and egg substitute. Blend until smooth. Stir in butter, whisking until thick.
  2. Remove from heat, and chill overnight until firm. Once the mixture has firmed up, use a spoon to scoop it out and roll into 1″ balls. Roll each ball in the cocoa powder until coated. Depending on the size of the balls — and how much of the dough you eat during prep — you can get a few dozen truffles out of this.

** Note: if you like, instead of rolling in cocoa, use powdered sugar, colored sprinkles, flavored coffee powder or chopped nuts.

** To make a great gift, roll up a cone of heavy parchment paper, drop some truffles inside, and tie with a ribbon.

Fasching krapfen or Jelly Doughnuts

Little pancakes (known as Krebbel, Krapfen and Ballen) are served all over Germany on New Year’s Eve and on Mardi Gras. In Berlin, the pancakes go by the special name of Pfannkuchen. They have a spherical shape like that of a cannonball and were supposedly invented by one of Frederick the Great’s veterans who found work as a baker after being wounded in action.

Pam Mandel in her online journal about a winter spent living in Austria, writes humorously about the ubiquities of faschingkrapfen. They started showing up during the Christmas holidays but by Carnival week they had taken over. Every time, she and her husband returned home they found a new batch hanging from their doorknob, wrapped in paper towels. After a week of eating fresh jelly donuts every day, Mandel was looking forward to the austerity of Lent. The Krapfen had done their job, making her appreciate six weeks of vegetables, fish and pretzels.

This recipe comes from The Cuisines of Germany

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 t yeast
  • 4-1/2 T butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • pinch of salt
  • grated peel of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup marmalade or other filling
  • fat (or oil) for deep frying
  • confectioners sugar

All the ingredients should be at room temperature, except the lukewarm milk.

Sift flour into a large bowl and make a well in the center. Into the well, pour one half of the milk. Add in the sugar and sprinkle the yeast over the top. Sprinkle some of the flour over the yeast. After the yeast begins to foam (15 to 20 minutes) add the butter, eggs, salt and lemon peel. Slowly work in the remaining milk to make an elastic dough.

Knead the dough thoroughly, then roll out in a sheet about 1/2″ thick. Cut out round pancakes about 3 inches in diameter and place a little dab of filling in the center of half of the pancakes. Brush the edges with water and set one of the other pancakes down on top of the filling. Press the edges together. Put a damp cloth over them and allow the dough to rise for 30 minutes.

Heat the fat to about 350 and fry the Krebbel, turning just once, until golden brown on both sides. It’s best to cook only 2 or 3 at a time so the temperature of the cooking fat remains high. Remove from the pan, drain on paper towels and sprinkle with confectioners sugar. The tops of Berliner Pfannkuchen are sometimes glazed with sugar water. The original Krebbel were made without the marmalade filling so the dough was rolled out thicker.

Candlemas Crescent Cakes

  • 1 1/4cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup finely ground almonds
  • 3 drops almond extract
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 egg yolk
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the first four ingredients.
  2. Add the butter, honey, egg yolk and mix together well.
  3. Cover with aluminum foil or plastic wrap, and then chill for 1½ to 2 hours in the refrigerator.
  4. When ready, pinch off pieces of the dough (about the size of plums) and shape them into crescents.
  5. Place the crescents on a well-greased cookie sheet
  6. Bake in a 350-degree preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes.

The recipe yields about one dozen crescent cakes

Magical Cream Puffs

for the puffs:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 4 eggs

Bring water and butter to a boil in a saucepan. Lower heat and add flour. Stir on low heat until batter forms a ball shape. Remove from the heat, onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown at 375° F.

for the filling:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbs. cornstarch (ruled by the Sun; brings health and wealth)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tbs. butter or margarine
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • confectioner’s sugar

In a saucepan, slowly bring sugar, cornstarch, and salt to a boil, stirring constantly until thick. Add milk and egg yolks and boil for 1 minute. Remove from head and add butter and vanilla. Let cool. Fill puffs with cream filling and sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar.

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Silliness – Never Talk to the Parrot

Mrs. Peterson phoned the repairman because her dishwasher quit working. He couldn’t accommodate her with an “after-hours” appointment and since she had to go to work, she told him, “I’ll leave the key under the mat. Fix the dish washer, leave the bill on the counter, and I’ll mail you a check.

“By the way, I have a large rotweiler inside named Killer; he won’t bother you. I also have a parrot, and whatever you do, do not talk to the bird!”

Well, sure enough the dog, Killer, totally ignored the repairman, but the whole time he was there, the parrot cursed, yelled, screamed, and about drove him nuts.

As he was ready to leave, he couldn’t resist saying, “You stupid bird, why don’t you shut up!”

To which the bird replied, “Killer, get him!”

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