It’s 43F and overcast and looks like it’s been raining. That’s going to make things really bitter when I get out the door, although I’m comfortable enough at the moment in my warmsie with the heater blowing on my toes. Now, I just need to get my eyes all the way open…
Yesterday was another long day. Once the heat got turned on at the shop it took awhile for it to warm up, but then we were fine for the rest of the day. Leaving the shop for home meant that I shivered until I got into my study and into my warmsie.
Class went well in the morning. We only had two because of the holiday, but the other two are supposed to be with us next week. Their ride was late, unlike the standard. Tempus and Robyne and I had some lunch at that point and Marius and Rowan stopped by on their way home from their holiday weekend, just for awhile though, they were pretty tired.
Tempus went home, mid-afternoon, to work on things at the house, and I took care of the few customers and chatted with Robyne until he dozed off and then pulled out a few more projects. Tempus got back right around closing time and we shut down and headed home in the chill.
We had some more of the awesome soup that Hatch made for supper. He had added tomatoes to it, which made it even better. After that Tempus started fishing out some of the things that I had to tell him how to clean, mostly my cake decorating stuff, and some of the wonderful pieces from the chafing dish set I inherited from my folks. We lost a few pieces to an horrid packing job, but it’s mostly intact and going to be *very* useful. I got pictures developed and talked a little with some friends, one of whom is entering several pieces in a competition is is quite nervous.
Today Tempus is sorting paperwork stuff. He’s already on the phone and he’s going to see what he can do about my problem with the insurance. I have a bunch of stuff to print before I head to the shop, and then to take those the next step once I’m there. I need to keep going on sorting the older stuff out of the herbs, to whittle down the pile. Robyne is heading out on the afternoon bus, but he’ll be back for Yule.
Sage, Salvia Officinalis, sometimes called true sage, or culinary sage, is a plant that has been used in cookery, magick and medicine for many thousands of years. It is one of the ingredients in Four Thieves Vinegar. The blossoms make a delicious tea. –Masculine, Jupiter, Air – In purple cloth, brings wisdom. Worn in an amulet sewn into a horn shape protects against the evil eye. Used as a wash, or sniffed, enhances youthful mindset and appearance. Eat sage in May for long life. Carry to promote wisdom. Write a wish on a sage leaf and sleep on it. If you dream of it, it will happen, else bury the leaf in the ground. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_officinalis
Today is the Feast of Poseidon, the god of the Ocean, Horses and Earthquakes. I often call the white spray that flies in sheets off the surf in the rain, “the Manes of Poseidon’s Horses”. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poseidon
The shop opens at 11am! Fall hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, although the time that we’re there is drifting earlier with the shorter days. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at email@example.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,
Waxing Quarter at 2:06am. 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 on 12/6 at 4:27am. 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 on 12/4 at 7:27pm.
Monday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m. EST – Uranus and the Moon – The waxing gibbous moon will pass just north of the planet Uranus. Observers in northwestern Canada and eastern Alaska will see the moon occult Uranus.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) are high in the southeast and south, respectively, right after dark. They move westward as the evening progresses. You’ll need binoculars or a small telescope and our finder charts for Uranus and Neptune.
Just as twilight fades away and night begins, look southwest for Mars. Above it by 10° — about a fist-width at arm’s length — are Alpha and Beta Capricorni, >>> both 3rd magnitude. Alpha, pale yellow-orange, is the one on the upper right. With sharp or well-corrected vision you can just make out that it’s double. Binoculars split it very plainly and show other stars making an interesting asterism with it. Binoculars also resolve more difficult Beta, whose secondary star is both fainter and closer in (to the bright component’s lower right).
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder, Nov 25 – Dec 22
Runic half-month of Isa/ Is November 28-12 Literally, ‘ice’: a static period. The time of waiting before birth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
©2014 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Ruis/Elder – Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH), elder – Celtic tree month of Ruis (Elder) commences (Nov 25 – Dec 22) – Like other Iron Age Europeans, the Celts were a polytheistic people prior to their conversion to (Celtic) Christianity. The Celts divided the year into 13 lunar cycles (months or moons). These were linked to specific sacred trees which gave each moon its name. Today commences the Celtic tree month of Elder.
Elder or Elderberry (Sambucus) is a genus of fast-growing shrubs or small trees in the family Caprifoliaceae. They bear bunches of small white or cream coloured flowers in the Spring, that are followed by bunches of small red, bluish or black berries. The berries are a very valuable food resource for many birds.
Common North American species include American Elder, Sambucus canadensis, in the east, and Blueberry Elder, Sambucus glauca, in the west; both have blue-black berries.
The common European species is the Common or Black Elder, Sambucus nigra, with black berries.
The common elder (Sambucus nigra L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (33 feet) in damp clearings, along the edge of woods, and especially near habitations. Elders are grown for their blackish berries, which are used for preserves and wine. The leaf scars have the shape of a crescent moon. Elder branches have a broad spongy pith in their centers, much like the marrow of long bones, and an elder branch stripped of its bark is very bone-like. The red elder (S. racemosa L.) is a similar plant at higher elevations; it grows to 5 m (15 feet). Red elder extends its native range to northern North America, and it is cultivated along with other native species, but common elders are seldom seen in cultivation. Elders are in the Honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae).
Ruis – Elder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: Makeup days of the thirteenth Moon
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.
to study this month Straif – Blackthorn Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: SS, Z, ST
Meaning: Resentment; Confusion; Refusing to see the truth
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 1 Low 1:18 AM 1.4 7:33 AM Set 2:04 AM 65
~ 1 High 7:51 AM 8.2 4:38 PM Rise 1:57 PM
~ 1 Low 2:36 PM 1.2
~ 1 High 8:31 PM 6.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Love is looking to one another.
~ It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~ Every life is a profession of faith and exercises an inevitable and silent influence. – Amiel
~ It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. – Maya Angelou
~ At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun. – Anonymous
When the voices of children are heard on the green,
And laughing is heard on the hill,
My heart is at rest within my breast,
And everything else is still.
“Then come home, my children, the sun is gone down,
And the dews of night arise;
Come, come leave off play, and let us away
Till the morning appears in the skies.”
“No, no, let us play, for it is yet day,
And we cannot go to sleep;
Besides, in the sky the little birds fly,
And the hills are all cover’d with sheep.”
“Well, well, go and play till the light fades away,
And then go home to bed.”
The little ones leaped, and shouted, and laughed
And all the hills echoed. – ~ William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet, painter, engraver, and mystic visionary
Creamy Mushroom Puff
A third of a cup/60g/2oz of vegan margarine
4 tablespoons of plain white flour
4 cloves of garlic, crushed or very finely chopped (this can be reduced or left out if desired)
3 cups of mushrooms, sliced
half a litre/500ml of soya milk
1 glass of white wine (or stock)
handful of chopped parsley
salt and pepper to taste
approx. 500g/18oz of frozen puff pastry (this even comes ready-rolled now for extra laziness!!!)
- Melt the margarine and cook the onion and garlic in it for a few minutes and then add the sliced mushrooms and cook for a couple of minutes more.
- Add the flour and stir well.
- Gradually add the soya milk stirring all the time and then the wine and keep stirring on a low heat until the sauce thickens.
- Once thick remove from the heat and add your seasoning and the parsley.
- Allow to cool slightly while you prepare the pastry.
- Roll out into 2 wide rectangular shapes reserving some pastry for decoration.
- Place one sheet of pastry on a greased baking tray.
- Heap the slightly cooled sauce onto it leaving a space round the edges.
- Place the top sheet on and seal up the edges with some soya milk or water (fold over if needed).
- Make some small slits on the top of the puff and let your artistic side shine with the reserved pastry!
- I usually make holly leaves to place on the top but do whatever you like. Glaze with soya milk and then bake in a medium hot oven for about half an hour or until the pastry seems cooked (no soggy bits and nicely puffed up!)
Nice served with gravy, roast potatoes, stuffing, vegan sausages, cranberry sauce and vegetables of your choice – a feast!
Festive Ham Balls
3 cups bisquick
2 teaspoons parsley flakes
10 1/2 cups smoked ham
2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard
4 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
2/3 teaspoon milk
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- Lightly grease a 15 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ baking pan.
- Mix all above ingredients in a non-metal bowl.
- Shape mixture into 1″ balls.
- Place the balls about 2″ apart in the pan.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees, or until brown.
- Remove from pan and serve immediately.
Makes 16 servings.
APRICOT BRANDIED BRIE
1 (1 lb.) round imported Brie cheese, rind removed
1 c. apricot preserves
3/4 c. Mandarin Napoleon Brandy
2 French bread baguette loaves, sliced in 1/2 inch slices
Red or green seedless grapes
- Let Brie come to room temperature for about 1 hour.
- Pierce with fork in several places.
- Arrange lemon leaves on serving platter and place Brie on top.
- In medium saucepan, mix preserves and brandy.
- Heat until hot, but not boiling.
- Pour hot mixture over Brie.
- Garnish with strawberries and/or grapes.
Serve with baguette slices.