44F (brrr….) It feels colder than that. The wind is at 5mph and not more than a mile or two higher on the beaches. We got 1/5 of an inch of rain this morning when the rain they were talking about rolled in early. Next bout ought to be on Wednesday…. The sun’s trying to come out and just the shine of it between clouds as we were coming over the bridge was eye-hurting.
Yesterday started off with me fighting to stay awake. If I’d been cooking already it wouldn’t have been a problem but sitting at the computer? 🙂 Tempus finally got my space clear and I worked on herbs for awhile, mostly on the properties of poppy-seeds and then ferns.
Once I’d gotten that cleaned that up, I started on mak, (poppy-seed filling). I finished the first batch right as Tempus left for the storage unit and sat up front while some customers shopped. After they left I took a short break and then made the 2nd batch of the mak. This time I remembered to put the butter and milk in, first….. and had to start and stop the cooking process a few times. That was 14 customers in during that process. I ought to cook mak more often!
…and then 4 more while I was starting the cherry! By then it was sewing workshop time, but it was just me, so I kept going, figuring that I’d sew in the evening once I was tired. The cherry filling is one that I needed to create, so I started with minimal sugar, etc, and figured I’d be adding as I went. I got the sugar right on the first try! By 6pm it was done and boxed up and still no Tempus.
He finally got back long after dark, and still no breadmakers, but we went home very soon after and I fell into bed and slept for several hours. When I finally woke, he fed me some supper and went to sleep himself.
I sat up and sewed awhile, matching linings that I cut to previously sewn pieces, taking apart a screwed up pouch, working out another pattern. Eventually I was sleepy enough to drop off again, but I was listening to rain on the solarium roof.
I’m going to be working on more cookery today. I have to finish some pickled things that will go into the pickle fridge at the apartment and then set up some things to bake. Tempus thinks that the breadmakers might possibly have landed at the shop in all the chaos, so he’s going to hunt there, first, then probably head back to storage.
Ken Gagne of the Alsea River, on 2/9/17. Just a little extra water, no problem….
Today’s Plant is the Blueberry, Vaccinium Cyanococcus (many species/varieties)! This is a fruiting bush that is related to cranberries, huckleberries and bilberries, has many species within the genus and many varieties within the species. Many fruits are called blueberries, when they’re not Vaccinium. Widely cultivated across the world, the fruit is high in iron and lot of micronutrients and even has resveratrol like red grapes. It may have effects on brain health, reducing stroke damage in experimental animals and memory retention in the aged. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blueberry – Put blueberries under the doormat to keep people you don’t want out of the house or plant them along the property line or next to the front walk to keep them entirely off your property. Blossoms can be dried and carried in an amulet, or wear fresh ones in your hair for protection from negative psychic energy near you. Eat blueberries and/or make blueberry pie or tea or jam to get the protection from psychic attack inside you, especially if the effects are leading to headaches and fatigue.
Today is the anniversary of the date in 1858 when Bernadette Soubirous first saw an apparition of the Goddess, appearing as the Virgin Mary, in the grotto of Lourdes, which has been a shire of Kore/Persephone for a long, long while. More here: http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/feb11.html and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_Lourdes I learned a new word researching this; “mantic”. It means related to divination or prophecy. The spring at Lourdes was described as “mantic” in the article. http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/mantic
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 2/15 at 6:42pm. Waning Crescent Moon – Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 2/11 at 1:05am. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 2.14 at 1:05am.
Catch the Moon waning past Saturn in early dawn. (Always in these scenes, the Moon is positioned for a viewer in the middle of North America and is drawn three times its actual apparent size.)
<<<< Orion now stands high in the south after dinnertime. Lower left of it blazes Sirius, and farther left of Orion shines Procyon >>>> . Extending up from Procyon is dim little Canis Minor: the doglet whose top is barely visible in profile in a dark sky. He’s currently vertical, standing on invisible hind legs. We only see stars marking the outline of his back, neck, and head, in profile. Procyon is his rump.
Venus is barely beginning to emerge into view low in the afterglow of sunset. It’s a challenge! If the air is very clear, look for it just above your west-southwest horizon 10 to 20 minutes after your local sunset time. Bring binoculars.
Goddess Month of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary. Runic half-month of Sowulo/ Sigel, 2/12-26 It represents the power of the force of good throughout the world and is the harbinger of victory and ascendancy over darkness.
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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.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 11 Low 3:14 AM 3.6 7:22 AM Rise 4:35 AM 21
~ 11 High 9:09 AM 7.5 5:40 PM Set 2:06 PM
~ 11 Low 4:23 PM 0.7
~ 11 High 10:57 PM 6.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Just when you get really good at something, you won’t need to do it anymore.
~ There is no such thing as a minor lapse of integrity. – Tom Peters
~ There is no such thing as failure. There are only results. – Tony Robbins
~ They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea. – Francis Bacon
~ Thoughts are like clouds on a perfect blue sky. – James Robinson
On a clear winter’s evening
The crescent moon
And the round squirrels’ nest
In the bare oak
Are equal planets. – Anne Porter (1911–2011)
In the early days of the American South, it was thought that if a woman wore a wasp’s nest in her clothing (hidden in her bustle), that her lover would love her more deeply. Don’t try this one at home, kids!
Feng Shui For Lovers!
A tall vase of pussy-willows placed in the southwest corner of the bedroom or the most southwestern corner of the house is thought to amplify warmth, compassion, tenderness and sweetness in a relationship. To attract a new relationship, put two roses in the same corner.
Love Potion #69
Two ounces Vanilla flavored vodka
One ounce Orange flavored vodka
Sprig of Mint
This is the adult version of a creamsicle. The vanilla flavor represents warmth, sweetness and smoothness of communication. The orange represents warmth, joy, tenderness and affection. The vodka is for hardiness and strength. Mix ingredients with lots of ice in a cocktail shaker. Pour into two martini glasses. Garnish with a sprig of mint – to encourage the whispering of sweet nothings in your ear.
Take two large sewing needles, one representing a man and the other a woman. Name each of the needles and ask God/dess to bless them. Insert the point of the “male” needle into the eye of the “female needle.” Bind the two needles together with orange thread (for passion), red thread (for lust) and pink thread (for joy.) Put in a place for safekeeping – like a jewelry box – and don’t let the needles become unraveled until your wish is obtained.
If wish is not obtained within a year, it is probably not a union that is meant to be.
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Silliness – Makes You Think – If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation?