Daily Stuff 4-12-22 Yuri’s Night

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Jess Smith-Carlock.

 [posting at 6pm] Rain gauge at noon on 4/11 – 1-81.4in. It’s been blustery, but sunny in between showers, and *chilly*! 52F, wind at 1-8mph and gusting, AQI 5-44, UV3. Chance of rain 78% today and 83% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 11pm Tuesday. Forecast – Today(44°/38°F) Rain, up to 3/5 in. Tomorrow(47°/37°F) mostly just showers, 1/3 inch, Thu-Sat(48/37) showers, 1/4 inch over the 3 days, Sun(54/55) finally warming a bit, cloudys, Mon(55/44) good chance of showers, Tue(51/44) maybe showers, Wed(54/46) clouds. 1 firespot.

Sunday evening was a little frustrating. After 1/2 a leftover box landed on the floor I was pretty frustrated, but we got fed and went to bed. I had asked Tempus (I thought) to pull out the drill and cup-hooks for me, so I can do the next batch of those, but he misunderstood, so I didn’t get to work on that. Not only that, the camera battery was dead. <sigh> I finally just gave up and read for most of the evening. The rain poured down, loudly enough to drown out the music on the tablet, occasionally and I felt really bad for Tempus out in that. …and then I got awakened just at dawn by what sounded like poolballs bouncing off the roof! It wasn’t quite that bad, but those are some of the loudest and largest hailstones I’ve ever seen out here on the coast. Most were marble-sized and a few, while fragmented, must have been the size of bottle caps when they came down.

Tempus got in around 9 and I totally overslept, only waking when he prodded me and told me it was 12:30! We scrambled out the door, getting dripped on all the way into town. I had to hang my jacket up to dry, which hasn’t happened in awhile. Tempus got the new tire joint (what’s the right term?) on the car on Saturday, and it feels *so* much better to ride in, now! I managed to finish another string ball. One more and I’ll be caught up, and I have a few partial ones to add to.

I heard from a lot of friends about the snow in the valley and up and down the coast. Some friends in the Coos Bay area said they even had lightning and thunder! Other friends have trees disintegrating (a lovely hawthorn 😦 ) because they’re partly leafed out and the ice just dragged them down.

I worked on books. We had a couple of folks in, one looking for runes (and I haven’t re-stocked, yet…) and others for books, plus one lady, late in the day, for crystals. There were some folks that might have just stopped at the door. I still have the “masks requested” sign up, but I’m fairly sure that some folks read it as, “required”, judging by the expletive-filled nasty remarks I heard the other day.

I spent a long time writing and Tempus headed out to pick up a batch of plant pots around 3:45. I realized part-way through the afternoon that 1/2 of the stuff to make marzipan is at the house, so that’s happening in the evening.

Tempus stopped on the way back at Laura’s Studio. She’s one of our favorite people and we haven’t heard from her in far too long… for good reason. She’s on hospice. I’m weeping too hard to say more.

Today is our “sleep-in” day. Tempus really needs it. I have a class this evening on marzipan, so I hopefully got my samples made last night!

There’s not going to be an official Herbs in the Garden on Wednesday…. too high a chance of too wet and cold!

The unexpected April snow. Photo by Jess Smith-Carlock. Used with permission

Today’s plant is KinnikinnickArctostaphylos uva-ursi. It is used medicinally for urinary tract complaints, as a “poverty food”, and as a smoking herb, known for giving visions. Magickally it is used for ceremonies. Add to sachets designed to increase psychic power. Full article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctostaphylos_uva-ursi  More inhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bearberry

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Today’s Feast is Yuri’s Night, a modern festival created in honor of the first true space flight. It was on April 12th in 1961 at the height of the space race. It is supposed to raise awareness of space science. Yuri Gagarin was the man who flew the Vostok in a full orbit of our planet. Ironically, he was killed in a MIG accident in 1968, leading to all kinds of interesting conspiracy theories. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri%27s_Night . and more on Gagarin here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri_Gagarin

Spring hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon., although we’re often here later as the days get longer. 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 Leo enters Virgo at 7:07am.

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 4/16 at 11:55am. 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 4/14 at 11:55pm.

Morning lineup – Use Jupiter to find fainter Neptune, which sits just 0.1° away, just before dawn on Tuesday. – Alison Klesman (via TheSkyX)

It’s another early morning but if you’re willing to wake up a bit before the Sun, you can catch Jupiter and Neptune just 0.1° apart in the predawn sky. Bright Jupiter — shining at magnitude –2.1 — rises about an hour before the Sun, so you’ll need to hit the sweet spot when the planet has had time to climb above the horizon but the sky isn’t too light to see its dimmer partner (Neptune is currently magnitude 7.8). Wait about 40 to 30 minutes before sunrise and start scanning the eastern sky for Jupiter. You’ll likely see brighter Venus (magnitude –4.3) first, sitting 16.6° west of Jupiter. Once you’ve found the gas giant, zoom in on it with binoculars or a telescope. Not far from Jupiter’s giant 34″-wide disk is tiny, bluish Neptune, which spans a mere 2″ and will look more like a faint, “flat” star southeast of the larger planet. With a telescope, you may even just catch Jupiter’s four Galilean moons: Io sits alone east of the planet, while Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto (from nearest to farthest) sit to the west. Neptune is currently southeast of Jupiter; the distant ice giant will pass directly south of Jupiter later today at 4 P.M. EDT.

The Sickle – The Sickle asterism in Leo looks like a backwards question mark, starting with Regulus and ending with Algenubi. – Alison Klesman via TheSkyX

Now the gibbous Moon forms an equilateral triangle with Regulus and Algieba (for North America), 8° on a side. Twice as far to the Moon’s lower left is Denebola, Leo’s tail-tip.

It’s impossible to miss the star in this ESO Picture of the Week — beaming proudly from the centre of the frame is the massive multiple star system Tau Canis Majoris, the brightest member of the Tau Canis Majoris Cluster (NGC 2362) in the eponymous constellation of Canis Major (The Great Dog). Tau Canis Majoris aside, the cluster is populated by many young and less attention-seeking stars that are only four or five million years old, all just beginning their cosmic lifetimes. The Tau Canis Majoris Cluster is an open cluster — a group of stars born from the same molecular cloud. This means that all of the cluster’s inhabitants share a common chemical composition and are loosely bound together by gravity. Having been born together, they make an ideal stellar laboratory to test theories of stellar evolution, the chain of events that leads from a star’s birth in a cool, dense cloud of gas through to its eventual death. Though the stars in this image were all created at the same time, their various different masses mean they will lead very different lives. As Tau Canis Majoris is one of the most massive and short-lived types of star, it will burn through its nuclear fuel long before its smaller companions, which will keep on shining for billions of years. This image was created as part of the ESO Cosmic Gems programme, an outreach initiative to produce images of interesting, intriguing or visually attractive objects using ESO telescopes, for the purposes of education and public outreach. The programme makes use of telescope time that cannot be used for science observations. All data collected may also be suitable for scientific purposes, and are made available to astronomers through ESO’s science archive.

At this time of year, the two Dog Stars stand vertically aligned around the end of twilight. Look southwest. Brilliant Sirius in Canis Major is below, and Procyon in Canis Minor is high above it.

Uranus is lost in the sunset.

Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55  

Sun in Aries

Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of
Fearn  Alder  Mar 18Apr 14
Color – grey
©2022 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Fearn – Alder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.

Ogam letter correspondences to study this month – Ailim – Silver Fir
Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.

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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
Tu  12      Low   4:23 AM     3.0   6:37 AM     Set  5:13 AM      73
~    12     High   9:58 AM     6.4   7:57 PM    Rise  3:26 PM
~    12      Low   4:47 PM     0.7
~    12     High  11:15 PM     6.5

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the Name of the Maiden: I will remember harm none by thought, word, or deed. – Galen Gillotte

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – My opinion is that you never find happiness until you stop looking for it. — Chuang-tzu

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Quotes

~   Life is too short to learn German. Oscar Wilde
~   You were heard in silence, so some of you scumbags on the front bench should wait a minute until you hear the responses from me. – Paul Keating
~   I am only an entertainer who has understood his time. – Pablo Picasso
~   It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare. – Mark Twain

Aprul’s come back; the swellin’ buds of oak
Dim the fur hillsides with a purplish smoke;
The brooks are loose an’, singing to be seen,
(Like gals,) make all the hollers soft an’ green – –James Russell Lowell (1819–91)

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Beltane Magick – Recipes

Beltane Cake I – http://www.chroniclesofavalon.com/beltane2003print.html

1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup oats
1/2 cup butter
1/2 tsp. sea salt
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/3 cup unbleached white flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. cloves

  1. In a saucepan, heat milk with oats, butter and 1/2 tsp. sea salt.
  2. Cook until thickened.
  3. Let stand until room temperature.
  4. Mix in 2 cups brown sugar, 2 eggs and 1 tsp. vanilla.
  5. Add the unbleached white flour, baking soda, tsp. cinnamon, ginger and cloves.
  6. Bake in a well-greased 9X13 pan at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes up clean.
  7. After cooling to room temperature cover tightly until serving.
  8. Top of cake may be decorated with powdered sugar.

Note – This cake is even better if baked the day before it is eaten.

IRISH SODA BREAD http://www.unc.edu/%7Ereddeer/recipe/rec_beltain.html

1 1/2 cups All-purpose flour — unbleached, enriched
1 1/2 cups Whole wheat flour — stone-ground
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
1 1/4 cups Buttermilk

Set the baking rack in the center of the oven and place a baking stone (if available) on the rack. Preheat the oven to 375.
In a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Mix to incorporate. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the buttermilk. Mix quickly to incorporate the milk evenly. It may be easier to mix with the hands than with a spoon. Form the dough into a loaf shape and place in a nonstick 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2″ loaf pan. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 50-55 minutes, until well browned and a skewer inserted in the center comes out dry. Remove from the oven and the baking pan. Place on a wire rack to cool.

Garden Goddess Cake – Categories: Ritual Foods – [Note: source unknown]

Note: This is a three layer cake, made with three batters. The bottom layer, carrot, represents the garden’s growth underground. The second layer is zucchini, which representing the earth’s surface. The top level is apple, honoring the trees which connect earth with the (whipped cream) sky.

  • Cake layer ingredients:
  • 8 ounces Butter, melted 2 cups
  • all-purpose flour (may substitute spelt or wheat flour) 3/4 cup
  • unrefined organic sugar
  • 1/2 cup Nonfat Dry Milk Powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 Grade A Extra Large Eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Mix one of the following into batter for each layer:

  • 1 cup carrot, grated
  • 1 cup zucchini, grated
  • 1 cup apple, grated

Filling between the layers:

  • 1/2 cup honey (local wildflower if available)
  • 4 oz European Style Cultured Butter, softened
  • 12 ounces Neufchatel Cheese, softened

Whipped Topping:

  • 16 ounces Heavy Whipping Cream, chilled
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons (or to taste) Maple Syrup

Method

To prepare: Preheat oven to 325F. Lightly grease three 9-inch cake pans (with 1-1/2″ sides). Line bottom of the pans with waxed paper and lightly grease the paper. Please don’t skip this step, if the cakes stick, it throws the whole experience off a bit.

Sift together the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, Nonfat Dry Milk Powder, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg, into a large mixing bowl.You’ll do this step for each of the cake’s three layers:

In a medium sized mixing bowl whisk together the wet ingredients: 1 ExtraLarge Egg, 1/3 cup wildflower honey, 1/3 cup melted European Style Cultured Butter, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 cup of grated carrot, apple or zucchini. Optional ingredients (raisins, pecans, almonds, chocolate chips, etc.) may be added if desired. (Raisins and pecans make an excellent addition to the carrot layer!) For best results, do not add more than a total of 2/3 cup of optional ingredients, total, per layer.

Mix together 1-1/3 cup dry ingredients with 1 batch of the wet ingredients. Mix until well combined and pour into the prepared cake pan. Repeat the process with each combination of wet ingredients (carrot, zucchini, apple) until cake pans are ready for the oven. Set timer for 45 minutes and arrange pans on the middle rack. Be conscious of where each layer is placed, as once fully baked, they look similar. About midway through the baking time, re-position pans to promote uniform browning.

While the cakes are baking, in a medium mixing bowl, blend together softened Neufchatel Cheese, European-style Cultured Butter, and wildflower honey with an electric mixer,until smooth. Set aside, as this will be used in between the cooled cake layers.

To make the topping: Pour 1 pint Heavy Whipping Cream into a pre-chilled mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer set on the highest speed, whip to perfection while slowly adding 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and maple syrup to taste.

Check on the cakes: Rotate positions after 20-25 minutes to ensure even cooking. Bake until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and cakes pull away from the sides of pans, about 45-50 minutes. Cool in the pans, placed on racks for 15 minutes. Turn out cakes onto cooling racks and allow them to cool completely. Please note: Cakes can be made a day in advance. Wrap tightly in plastic and store at room temperature.

To assemble: Place the carrot layer on a beautiful platter. Spread with 1/2 of the cream cheese frosting, and place the zucchini layer on top. Spread the rest of the frosting atop the zucchini layer. Top with the apple cake layer. For immediate service: Apply the maple whipped cream to entire cake in decorative swirls. If planning on reserving cake for later: Apply whipped topping immediately prior to service, as whipped cream tastes best fresh! If you prefer you can skip the whip, and triple the recipe of cream cheese filling for frosting.

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Silliness – Sniglet – Any word which should be in the dictionary but isn’t. – furnidents (FER nih dents) – n. The indentations that appear in carpets after a piece of furniture has been removed.

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