We’re moving into minus tides around the Full Moon. They’re after dark, but be careful walking on the beach. Minus tides turn fast and you can get caught. The local coast guard zodiac does a dozen or more of rescues like this every year when people get stuck out on the sand bars in Alsea Bay!
I’ve been seeing silhouettes of birds, but it’s till too dark, well after sunrise, to see more than that.
Yesterday ran long. I got a bunch more products up with the OCPPG2013 logo on them before we even headed to the shop. Take a look here: http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight/9754834 …and here are pictures of some of the fun stuff you can get that helps the event! If you missed what I said before $1-$3 of item purchased (which is my profit) goes directly to the expenses of the event.
After we got the the shop, Tempus had to run errands, so I got some more things up after I managed to work out how to get the words all facing upright. I’m pretty sure that I used to know how, but had forgotten. I feel like a sieve-head sometimes….
When he got back I got a nap and then we worked on inventory, getting the last of the cards done and some more stuff that had gotten “wandered”. We also had a big order to get together, so that it can be mailed this morning.
During the day we managed to unload and reload the big tumblers. One has a load of mostly agates and the other mostly jaspers, although both are “etc.” since I’ve got a lot of mixed rock that’s gradually getting run through. There are some pieces that were ready to go to the next grit, but enough of both drums weren’t that I managed to add in a few pieces (aventurine in one and mixed agates in the other) enough to get ’em going again on the first grit. …so those will be coming out out the 7th…..
I also got a call from Cathy Amick who does the Waldport Today show on KCUP. I’m scheduled to do a show on Wednesday, January 30th, at 9am. Just like the last one, I’ll put the link up as soon as the show goes online….which is usually around noon, that day.
Tempus made an awesome supper last night. He handed me a salad first. (oh, we got home well after 9pm and I had to get the newsletter put together….) After tormenting me with delicious scents coming in from the kitchen for about an 1/2 hour, I got handed a tray of buttered beets, fries and a hamburger-mixed-with-some-pork-sausage patty, hand-mixed and formed by Tempus. It was delicious! ….and I was *really* hungry before the salad, but only hungry enough to really enjoy my dinner by the time I started on that part.
Today is pretty much the same as yesterday, except that I’ve got Tempus word that we’re going to get those holiday boxes done, so I can start on the next set of projects in the back. He’s also promised to get the snowflake lights down. Once all that’s done, we might be able to wring out enough time to work on more inventory. We still have some big categories to wade through!
Today is the eve of Disting, or Disablot, a festival in honor of the Disir, the female helper spirits. Here’s one version of a ritual. http://www.adf.org/rituals/norse/disting/disting.html and a link about the Disir here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disir …and here’s another link with related information. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%ADsabl%C3%B3t
The shop opens at 11am. Winter hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday. 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 at 541-563-7154.
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Waxing Gibbous Moon moves to Full phase at 8:38am. 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 1/26 at 8:38pm. 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. Phase ends at the Full on 1/25 at 8:38am. Full Moon Magick: From fourteen to seventeen-and-a-half days after the new moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity.
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis, Rowan, Jan 21 – Feb 17
Runic half-month of Peorth, 1/13-1/27. Feast of Brewing, Druidic Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.
Runic half-month of Elhaz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
©2013 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Luis Rowan Jan 21 – Feb 17 – Luis – (LWEESH), rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to serviceberries. 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
Color: Grey and Red
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible F 25 Low 5:07 AM 3.2 7:41 AM Set 6:25 AM 94 25 High 10:55 AM 8.1 5:16 PM Rise 4:19 PM 25 Low 5:57 PM -0.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make the world a better place, one thought at a time…
Journal Prompt – Expository – Write a journal entry about the last important test you took. Describe the preparation you did for the test; your emotions before, during, and after the test; and your actual performance on the test.
~ This is a work of fiction. All the characters in it, human and otherwise, are imaginary, excepting only certain of the fairy folk, whom it might be unwise to offend by casting doubts on their existence. Or lack thereof. – Neil Gaiman
~ We must ask where we are and whither we are tending. – Abraham Lincoln
~ Weep not that the world changes–did it keep A stable, changeless state, it were cause indeed to weep. – William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) US poet and newspaper editor
~ What counts is a way to get along with people that will bring us personal satisfaction and, at the same time, not trample upon the egos of those we deal with. – Les Giblin
Poem: “10. Seaman’s Ditty” by Gary Snyder, from Left Out in the Rain. © Shoemaker & Hoard. Reprinted with permission.
I’m wondering where you are now
Married, or mad, or free:
Wherever you are you’re likely glad,
But memory troubles me.
We could’ve had us children,
We could’ve had a home—
But you thought not, and I thought not,
And these nine years we roam.
Today I worked in the deep dark tanks,
And climbed out to watch the sea:
Gulls and salty waves pass by,
And mountains of Araby.
I’ve traveled the lonely oceans
And wandered the lonely towns.
I’ve learned a lot and lost a lot,
And proved the world was round.
Now if we’d stayed together,
There’s much we’d never’ve —
But dreary books and weary lands
Weigh on me like a stone.
Magick – Imbolc Recipes
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
pinch of salt
grated peel of 1 lemon
1 cup marmalade or other filling
fat (or oil) for deep frying
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.
Navettes – In Marseilles, they eat navettes on Candlemas, dry boat-shaped cakes made from butter, flour and sugar syrup flavored with orange flower water. Some scholars believe they originated in Egypt and represent the boat that carried Isis whose feast day of opening the waters is celebrated in early March. But in Marseilles, they say they represent the boat in which Mary Magdalene sailed from Jerusalem to Provence.
In Albi, a similar Candlemas treat is made with candied fruit or almonds and shaped like a spindle, which was the secret emblem of the Cathars, a medieval heretical Christian sect.
This recipe makes the traditional navette which has been sold on Candlemas near the Abbey of St Victor for over a century. The recipe makes about 30 cookies.
6 cups flour
5 T butter, cut into pieces & softened
2 cups superfine sugar
2 t grated lemon peel
2 T orange-flower water
1 cup water
Mound flour on a work surface and make a well in the center. Into the well, put the butter, sugar, lemon peel, orange-flower water, eggs and water. Knead everything together thoroughly until it makes a smooth dough.
Flour the work surface and divide the dough into 10 pieces. Roll each piece into a cylinder about 1/2 inch thick. Cut each cylinder into three pieces and curve each into a boat shape, pointed at both ends. Place the boats on a buttered baking sheet and allow to rest for several hours.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and bake the cookies for 15 minutes. They will keep a long time in an airtight container.
Blessed Bride’s Cake – Adapted by Akasha Ap Emrys
1 cup sugar
1 cup nut meats, chopped (walnuts, pecans, filberts)
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
- Mix all the ingredients together until they are wet. Do not over mix.
- Pour into a greased and floured 9″x9″x2″ square baking pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes, or until knife inserted in middle of cake comes out clean.
- Allow to cool before serving.