Daily Stuff 2-3-22 Day of Remembrance for Oleg the Prophet

Hi, folks!

2/2 – Minus Tide at 7:46 PM of -1.2 feet. 2/3 – Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 8:25 P of -0.7 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. No Herbs tonight.

It’s been showering all day. [posting at 7pm] Rain gauge at noon on 2/2 = 0.4, cloudy. 45F, wind at 0-5mph and gusting, AQI 5-38, UV2. Chance of rain 19% today and 8% tonight. Showers in the early morning, then mostly cloudy all day (50F/40). Showers Friday evening (49F/42). The rest of the forecast is for mostly to partly cloudy, warming and clearing as the week goes on. 54-60F highs, Lows 40-42. 2 firespots.

New growth – Lemon Balm

Monday evening was mostly catching up. I finished another set of bottles before supper and one after and then we turned in. Tempus headed out at the usual hour, with a lot of grumbling about the wet.

Strawberries in bloom!

Cardoons for cheese-making

Tuesday was mostly small chores, and putting things away. Bulk route night, so Tempus headed out around 8, and I went to get a nap. After that I started a stew in the crockpot. I alternated working on that with finishing up the crystal bottles (finished!), embroidery and a book until about 4am when everything but the last veg was in the pot. Tempus got in a bit after 8:30.

Dandelion that I harvest for soup greens has a bloom!

When I got up at noon (I’m trying to keep my schedule consistent!) I pulled out the bag of frozen veg, pulled out the peppers that I can’t eat (those went into the compost) and got the rest stirred into the soup, chopped up the chicken and put in some spices. That’s still cooking at home and will be supper.

New growth – Catmint

We headed in to the shop after I got some more weeding done in the garden. We stopped to pick up mail on the way in and while I settled in to messages, Tempus decided to make his special poached egg sandwiches. Mine was delicious!

Saffron and thyme with potatoes shoving up behind.

After I get this out we’re heading back home to supper, putting away the leftovers, a couple of small chores and then bed. I’ll probably do more embroidery tonight and I have another stack of books, including a cookbook that I’m a contributor to. 🙂

Today we’re planning to open at 1pm. I’m nearly done with getting the crystal bottles inventoried. I have to set up the re-order list and then I’ll be done with that. If it’s dry I’ll get that other planter box done and if I get up early enough I might be able to get the horseradish dumped so I can harvest and re-plant.

A photo of Mallards on the Yachats River – Taken by Ken Gagne on 2/1/15

Today’s plant is New Zealand FlaxPhormium Tenax. This is a very different plant from common flax or linseed, Linum usitatissimum. It is used mostly as an ornamental in the northern hemisphere, but at one time sustained a lively trade as a fiber. While the two plants are very different, they have similar magickal properties. These days the fiber is mostly used by paper artisans. – Masculine, Mercury, Fire, Hulda – Money spells, add to coins and carry, flax in the shoe,

averts poverty. >>>> A basket made in our Herbs Workshop of the leaves >>>>> For protection while asleep, add to mustard seed, put both opposite cold water. Protection from evil entering, scatter with red pepper by door. Health and healing rituals, sprinkle altar with flaxseed. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PhormiumFor the traditional uses of the plant fiberhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_flax

0203 Oleg the Seer

A Day of Remembrance for Oleg the Prophet (Visionary) – Sjechen (February) 3
The Varangian’s (Viking’s) king was a good example of the Rus-Viking. His history is very instructive, yet at the same time mysterious. Volhv of Kiev (a pagan wizard) prophesied to Oleg that his horse would die in battle but afterward he would also be killed. He triumphed under the Byzantines, and after his final battle, his shield was hung on the Gate of Tsargrad in Constantinople. (Volhv: a priest of Slavic Paganism; analogous to the scandinavian “Godhi”) (Tsargrad: The Old Russian name for Constantinople) Wikipedia has an article here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oleg_of_Novgorod

Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. 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 Pisces

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 at 2:16 at 8:56am. 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 at 9:46am on 2/5.

Look low in the southwest for the Moon pairing up with Jupiter, the “false Evening Star” (it tries to match Venus when it’s in this part of the sky, but it always falls short). At dusk in the North American time zones, the Moon and Jupiter are 4° or 5° apart. That’s about the width of two or three fingers at arm’s length. How early after sunset can you begin to see them? This evening and tomorrow evening in twilight, the curved outer edge of the crescent Moon aims nearly at Jupiter like a bow shooting an arrow at it. The Moon passes 4° south of Jupiter at 4 P.M. EST, signaling one of the last, best views of this giant planet before it becomes hard to spot by next week. Turn west as soon as the Sun sets and the sky starts growing dark to find the pair in Aquarius. You’ll want to be quick — an hour after the Sun sets, they’re less than 10° high. Jupiter blazes a bright magnitude –2, hard to miss in the twilight. The Moon, which appears to Jupiter’s lower left in the sky, is a mere 4 percent lit, with just its eastern limb on display. Zoom in on the planet with a telescope and you’ll see that all four of its Galilean moons are on display. Ganymede sits alone to Jupiter’s east, while (from closest to farthest) Io, Europa, and Callisto stretch out to the west. If your seeing (atmospheric steadiness) is good enough, you may also be able to make out the alternating light and dark bands of Jupiter’s cloud belts on the planet’s 34″-wide disk. Your chances will be better earlier in the evening, before this target sinks too low into the thicker atmosphere near the horizon.

Cold, lonely Neptune – This slightly unusual view of Neptune shows the distant planet in red and near-infrared light from the Hubble Space Telescope. – Judy Schmidt (Flickr)

The delicately waxing Moon passes 4° south of Neptune at 4 P.M. EST. Look west as soon as the sky is dark to spot our solar system’s farthest planet, where it’s still in roughly the same configuration with our satellite. Neptune glows a dim magnitude 7.9, so you’ll want binoculars or a telescope to spot it in eastern Aquarius. You can use the 6th-magnitude star Phi (ϕ) Aquarii to guide you once you’re close — tonight, this star sits 1.5° due south of the planet. When you do find Neptune, expect to see a “flat,” dim star. Look closely and you may be able to determine that it isn’t a star at all, which would appear as a pointlike source. Instead, the planet shows off a tiny disk just 2″ wide.

The MESSENGER spacecraft first flew by Mercury in January 2008, before going into orbit around the solar system’s innermost planet between 2011 and 2015. These images created with MESSENGER data provide some of the strongest evidence to date for the existence of water ice and frozen volatiles trapped in Mercury’s shadowed polar craters. – NASA/JHUAPL/Carnegie Institution of Washington/NAIC, Arecibo Observatory/Science Source

Mercury is stationary at 5 P.M. EST in Sagittarius. After today, it will begin quickly tracking east against the background stars.

Mars, vastly fainter at magnitude +1.4, glimmers to the right or lower right of Venus in early dawn. They’re about 10° apart on the morning of January 29th, closing a little to 8° by a week later. Mars, Venus, and Mercury are all in Sagittarius. Brighter Antares in Scorpius shines some 25° upper right of Mars. Below Mars are fainter stars of the Sagittarius Teapot. Mars is on the far side of its orbit from us, so in a telescope it’s just a tiny blob 4.3 arcseconds wide. Be patient; Mars is on its long, slow way to opposition next December, when it will reach an apparent diameter of 17 arcseconds.

Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.

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)
Mercury Directs at 8:13pm.
Color – Crimson.
Planting 2/2&3
©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
W    2     High   1:34 AM     7.6   7:33 AM    Rise  8:55 AM      0
~     2      Low   7:05 AM     2.3   5:27 PM     Set  7:25 PM
~     2     High  12:53 PM     9.0
~     2      Low   7:46 PM    -1.2

Th   3     High   2:13 AM     7.8   7:32 AM    Rise  9:21 AM      3
~     3      Low   7:55 AM     2.0   5:29 PM     Set  8:39 PM
~     3     High   1:42 PM     8.5
~     3      Low   8:25 PM    -0.7

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Be thankful for each and every morning. Enjoy life and worry not about things that wouldn’t matter in 10 years anyway.

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Journal Prompt – Wiki – This morning, when I got out of bed, I ….. Before bed tonight, I will….

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Quotes

~   Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely essential. – Jessamyn West
~   The element of fire is about transformation. Be the fire that changes everything that it touches. – Kerr Cuhulain
~   The only way to deal with an unfree world is to make yourself so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. – Albert Camus
~   The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the Prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this. – Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955); USA: the 18th Amendment (Prohibition) was passed on January 16, 1919

February brings the rain,
Thaws the frozen lake again. – –Sara Coleridge (1802–52)

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Imbolc Magick – Recipes

Scottish Barley and Mushroom Casserole – VEGETARIAN

2 medium cooking onions, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
cooking oil
1 pound mushroom, thinly sliced
1 cup pearl barley
1 tablespoon dried basil
3 cups vegetable stock
salt and pepper to taste
chopped fresh parsley

Preheat oven to 375º. In a stovetop to oven-safe casserole dish with a lid, sauté onions and garlic until translucent and browned. Add mushrooms and cook until tender. Add barley, basil, salt, pepper and stock. Bring to a boil.

Cover and put in oven. Cook until barley is tender, about 45 – 50 minutes. Toss with parsley and serve.

Roasted Garlic with Fresh Thyme & Goat Cheese – Serving Size  4 servings

  • 4 Plump heads of garlic 
  • 3/4 c Chicken stock
  • 8 to 10 sprigs fresh thyme
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 oz Log creamy goat cheese, cut into 4 portions
  • 4 slices lightly toasted sourdough or Peasant bread
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. With a sharp knife, cut off and discard the upper third of each garlic head, exposing the cloves. (Leave the skin intact below the cut.)
  3. Set the garlic heads, cut-side up, in a small baking dish or grating dish just large enough to hold them.
  4. Pour chicken stock over the garlic, add thyme sprigs and season lightly with salt and pepper.
  5. Cover the dish tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour, or until each clove is soft to the touch and the skin resembles lightly browned parchment.
  6. Serve the garlic with the cooking juices spooned over and pass goat cheese and bread separately.
  7. To eat, break off a piece of bread and spread with a small amount of cheese, then scoop out the garlic puree from one of the cloves with the tip of a knife and spread on top.

White Russian Casserole – VEGETARIAN10 potatoes
2 large onions, sliced
2 cups chopped cabbage
2 cups cauliflower
1 large can of white kidney beans
8 cloves garlic, crushed
¼ cup chopped fresh dill
2 tablespoons light cream cheese
4 tablespoons plain yogurt
¼ cup plain soymilk or more plain yogurt
4 slices “Fakin’ bakin” (soy based bacon sub) (Anja says, “Use real bacon”)
2 teaspoon sesame seeds
canola oil
paprika, salt and pepper

  1. Boil or microwave the potatoes until nearly done. When cool enough, remove their skins. Fry the sliced onions in a little oil until soft. Add the chopped cabbage, cauliflower and 6 cloves of the crushed garlic and fry until the cabbage and cauliflower are just tender.
  2. Melt the cream cheese and add it to the soymilk, yogurt and dill. Mix together and add to the vegetable mixture.
  3. Drain and rinse the white beans and add to the vegetable/yogurt mixture. Mix thoroughly and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Slice the potatoes into rounds, and put half the slices on the bottom of an oiled casserole dish. Fill with the mixture. Fry or microwave the Fakin’ Bakin. Sprinkle over the vegetable mixture. Cover with the remaining potatoes.
  5. Mix the remaining 2 cloves of crushed garlic with a little bit of oil and spread over the potatoes. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 325° for about 20 minutes. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake a few minutes more and serve immediately.

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Silliness – Pizza Pie

While working at a pizza parlor I observed a man ordering a small pizza to go.
He appeared to be alone and the cook asked him if he would like it cut into 4 pieces or 6.
He thought about it for some time before responding.
“Just cut it into 4 pieces; I don’t think I’m hungry enough to eat 6 pieces.”

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