Sunday, March 21, 2010

It's The Bees Knees~~~My Love of Bees and My Little Visit and Our Planetary Friends

Bees, Sun and Saturn;
March is House Searching Months for Wild Bees.

So, I think this means that if you see them look like they are wandering, they are. I think Bees are amazing. I want to do a report and start journalizing more on these. Last year we bought Mason Bee Tubes. We Built a house for them. I don't think they used it. I will research and be adding my journal enteries as such.
Mason Bees, Bumble Bees are my main study. They are really interesting and vital to our lives, as are all plants, bugs, and animals where balance is concerned.

Bees can’t see red light, but unlike us they can make their way through the world guided by ultraviolet radiation.
This Article is from this link

The workaholic honey bee is certainly one of saturn’s capricornian minions. pay homage to the hardest working insect of the zodiac and enjoy this classic tipple. bees are like any other capricorn… without them… the world would grind to a halt. the goat, or bee, sees to it that things happen, deadlines get met, honey gets made, savings accounts are opened, combs of honey are stored for winter, ect. so thank your fellow capricorn next time you get the chance for keeping the spokes of our big world wheel turning.

Capricorn at Pluto ( 275° 11' 2")
Pluto is the planet of deep, impersonal energies and transforming forces. In a natal chart, the aspects and position of Pluto indicate areas of life in which the subject is capable of making fundamental changes, for better or for worse.
I believe, feeling, duality, spirituality, soul growth, suffering, artistic, overly emotional, feet. Do Bees feel? Aren't we all of the planet? Do they know?~~~

don’t forget to also thank the honey bee by:
***planting a garden (yes one plant on your city rooftop does count),
***buying organic produce (and avoiding GM foods like corn, white rice, papaya. unfortunately, the only way to be sure you are avoiding GM foods is to buy organic due to the absence of government required labeling)
***minimizing your use of pesticides (rethink your lawn care and try going au natural. or practice integrated pest management)
***limiting the use of your cell phone (and all other wireless devices. FYI, these are also bad for us.)
***for the very ambitious among us, raising a hive. it’s not as hard as it sounds, and can be quite meditative.)
***taking government action: read here on how germany just outlawed several pesticides. (god forbid the US could so something as intelligent and progressive as that.)

2 oz organic gin
3/4 oz organic honey syrup*
1/2 oz fresh organic lemon juice

*make honey syrup by mixing equal parts hot water and honey. stir until dissolved.

Now a little information on our planetary friends;
Thursday March 25, the Sun and Saturn will parallel - aligning at 2 degrees north of the celestial Equator.
The only time that the Sun and Saturn can make this kind of polarity at the beginning of spring is every 29+ years when Saturn is located in airy Libra.

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Banana This; Recycle Old Peels~ fertilizer or silver polish

There are things you can do with that old peel.

1. Do you have a green thumb? House hold plants and outside gardens require fertilization. A great way to give your plants nutrients is with a banana peel. The banana peel is very rich in potassium and phosphorus, which give that added boost to your plants soil, especially so with roses. Here is how to use a banana peel to fertilizer your soil for your plants. Remove the peel from the banana. Place the banana peel on a cookie sheet to let it air dry. Grab a paper bag or envelope. Crumble the dried banana peel and place it in the bag. Let the banana sit at room temperature for about two days. When your caring for your plant, give it a potassium treat of crumbled banana peel. Mix well in the soil to ensure the roots are fed evenly.
2. Have you been thinking about pulling out that old silver? Well there is no time like the present. Bananas peel can also be used to polish silver. Yes, polish silver. Take the old peels and place them in a blender. You want the peels to become smooth and creamy. Once they have, grab a cloth and small amounts of the creamed banana peel and begin polishing your silver. The shine will be breath taking.


Wild yeasts exist in the air around you and to some extent on the wheat berries. There are wild yeasts on grapes (unsulphured) and apples and other fruits. It is those wild yeasts which are 'captured' to make a sourdough starter. The process takes from 3 to 5 days. I wish I had specific amounts for you, but you could start with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of flour and mix in enough warm (not hot) water to make a thin paste. DO NOT make it too soupy. That, in fact, is the trick to a good starter, according to the French bread makers, and I think they should know. And after you've fooled around with the flour and water thing, you might wish to branch out into adding those unsulphured grapes, apples, sour milk, etc as a catalyst in order to capture other strains of yeast. Each of these strains has a slightly different taste. In fact if you move to another area, you might end up with a starter that produces an entirely different flavor. For instance, San Francisco sourdough bread is well known and has a distinct taste due to the wild strains in the air there. On day one you mix the flour and water (and add any catalysts to encourage fermentation) and place in a warm spot. After 3 days, the dough should be moist, inflated, and slightly sour. More flour and water is added (mixed in) and left to sit in a warm spot. After 2 days the process is repeated. Then the next day it is done again. Note the order: 3 days, 2 days, 1 day. At this point you should be able to make a loaf of bread using part of the starter and adding back what you took out in the form of more flour and water. Rule of thumb: Use about 10% starter to size of loaf. In the case of a 2 lb loaf this is a bit over 3 oz of starter (3.2 to be exact). For a 1 lb loaf 1.5 oz would be used. A book that describes this process in great detail is The Village Baker by Joe Ortiz, copyright 1993, published by Ten Speed Press, Berkley CA. If it's not still in print, try the used books stores, that's where I got mine. Or try your local library. If they don't have it, they might be able to get it for you. ©2008 by Ernestina Parziale

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