It’s quiet outside, just a little breeze and what light there is is weak and watery-looking, somehow. It’s 56F. Even thought the rain was quiet and gentle yesterday we got 1.7 inches of it! …and there’s a pretty good chance today of some more.
Yesterday everything went out so late that it was early afternoon before I started anything. Tempus got on the computer within minutes, asking me questions and he got totally derailed by a supplier who came a week before we expected her and decided to do the inventory right then. I don’t know if I got the date wrong or what…. But it took all afternoon, because nothing had been re-organized and Tempus didn’t know where it all was or how to interpret the inventory file. At least I was home where I could look up old numbers and sort that kind of thing, but that sidetracked everything else.
I finally got to updates and did quite a bit on Spoonflower and the shop website, then started in on the Mab’s blog. I put a new post up about them here: http://mabscreations.wordpress.com/ Tempus got home just about then.
I spent hours after that hunting for a set of files that I knew that I had. I just didn’t know where. It turned out they were on T-Rex, our tera-byte backup drive. Search programs are wonderful things, but you need to use the right search terms! I got the sewing instructions written for those and some modifications made on the pictures and then turned in.
Today we’re both planning to be at the shop. I have to do some sewing and there are still things to check in. I’m also hoping to finally get going on the new candle display, too, and then we need to rearrange a bit, since we no longer have the feather display stuff.
Today’s Plant is Miner’s Lettuce, Claytonia perfoliata (aka winter purslane, or Indian lettuce). It’s a plant native to our area, growing and blooming in our soggy spring and drying out and dying back in the summer. I’ve seen it re-bloom in the fall. It’s a leaf vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked like spinach. It’s really choice in salads and very high in vitamin C. It got the name because the Gold Rush miners ate it to prevent scurvy, since they really weren’t eating right. Like any lettuce or most of the salad greens it’s Feminine and Water, but as any high Vitamin C food, its planet correspondence is the Sun. – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miner%27s_lettuce More on the genus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia
Mikulas Eve (MEE-coo-lahsh) is held the night before the Feast of St. Nicholas. In the Czech Republic, this is the equivalent of Halloween in the US. The Christmas Markets are up in every square, huge trees in front of hotels and municipal buildings and the shopping areas light up at night as bright as day. There are cookies and candies and candles in every shop window and greenery everywhere that it can be placed. On the night of December 5th, though, you will see small groups of children, about the same age as our trick-or-treat-ers, dressed up and going from door to door. Often “professionally” costumed groups show up in the hotels and markets for the tourists, but everywhere else, it’s whichever children decide to. One child is in a bishop’s robe, with a crook and miter and long white beard, usually of cotton wool. Another child is dressed all in white (called Andelicka, “Little Angel), sometimes with wings, but usually with a red sash and a wreath on her head, sometimes with lighted candles, who has a basket of dukati (candy coins). A third child is dressed all in black or brown (the Sasak (SAH- shahk, the imp), is liberally smudged with soot and carries a sack, chains and either a whip or a bundle of switches. There are some other characters that occasionally show up, such as Death, the Turk, the Lost Knight, the Old Soldier, a violinist, the Miser, the Dancer, the Smart Little Maid (all characters from Czech folklore) but usually just the first three. They give goodies to small children, if “they’ve been good” and if the parents report that they have not been good, the Sasak will growl at them and threaten to pop them in his sack loaded with chains to drag them off to the “cold places”. One thing that struck me was that they collect money and goodies, not for themselves, (although they are often invited in for hot chocolate or cider and kolachki (pastries) ) but to pass on to other children, or to the food bank instead of the personal greed that our celebration gets into. More on other celebrations of this day here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Nicholas#Belgium.2C_the_Netherlands_and_the_Lower_Rhineland_.28Germany.29 plus the articles that follow on “German speaking countries” and “Central Europe”.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full 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. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 12/7 at 7:27pm.
Friday, Dec. 5, midnight EST – Aldebaran and the Moon – The nearly full moon passes just north of the red giant star <<< Aldebaran and the Hyades star cluster. The bright Pleiades >>> star cluster is above and towards the West.
The Moon is essentially full both this evening and Saturday evening (exactly full at 7:27 a.m. Saturday morning EST.) On Friday evening in the Americas, the Moon shines less than about 2° from <<< Aldebaran.
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
F 5 Low 4:59 AM 2.6 7:37 AM Set 6:32 AM 96
~ 5 High 10:57 AM 9.1 4:37 PM Rise 4:32 PM
~ 5 Low 5:57 PM -1.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Laugh, smile, hug, and always be kind!
~ We have all known the long loneliness, and the answer is love, and that love is found in community. – Dorothy Day
~ I am not a… leader. I don’t want you to follow me or anything else. If you are looking for a Moses to lead you out of the… wilderness, you will stay right where you are. I would not lead you into this promised land if I could, because if I could lead you in, someone else could lead you out. – Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926) US Socialist Leader
~ You can’t test courage cautiously. – Annie Dillard
~ Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes. – Peter Drucker
LULLABY OF THE IROQUOIS
Little brown baby-bird, lapped in your nest,
Wrapped in your nest,
Strapped in your nest,
Your straight little cradle-board rocks you to rest;
Its hands are your nest;
Its bands are your nest;
It swings from the down-bending branch of the oak;
You watch the camp flame, and the curling gray smoke;
But, oh, for your pretty black eyes sleep is best, –
Little brown baby of mine, go to rest.
Little brown baby-bird swinging to sleep,
Winging to sleep,
Singing to sleep,
Your wonder-black eyes that so wide open keep,
Shielding their sleep,
Unyielding to sleep,
The heron is homing, the plover is still,
The night-owl calls from his haunt on the hill,
Afar the fox barks, afar the stars peep, –
Little brown baby of mine, go to sleep. – Pauline Johnson (1861-1914) was a popular Canadian poet, writer, and entertainer.
1 cup milk
2 tablespoon butter, melted
1 cup flour
¼ teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 400*. Generously grease 6 6-ounce custard cups. Beat all ingredients until smooth and pour into cups. Place filled cups on a jelly-roll pan and baked for 40-50 minutes or until brown and center is moist but not gummy.
2 cups unbleached flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup shortening
¾ cup beer
- Preheat oven to 450*.
- Sift dry ingredients together.
- Cut in shortening until it has a cornmeal consistency.
- Stir in beer, knead lightly and roll out to ½” thickness and cut biscuits out.
- Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown (watch carefully).
Makes 12-15 biscuits.
Leftover Rice Muffins
1 ¼ cup whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
¾ cup skim milk
¼ cup oil
¼ teaspoon almond extract
1 cup cooked brown rice
- Stir the first three ingredients together.
- Beat remaining ingredients, stirring rice in last.
- Combine the two mixtures until just moistened.
- Spoon into 12 muffin cups.
- Bake at 400* for 20 minutes.
Fruit Quick Bread – By newspapergal – Added October 24, 2005 | Recipe #142548
Total Time: – 55 mins
Prep Time: – 15 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Yield: 2 loaves
This is a lovely light fruit bread that is perfect with a cup of tea, and would be nice at a bridal or baby shower or brunch. Can use a …
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup sour cream
3 cups flour
1 cup strawberry preserves
1/2 teaspoon red food coloring (optional)
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I like pecans)
1 – Preheat oven to 350*.
2 – Blend butter, sugar, vanilla, salt and lemon juice. Beat in eggs one at a time.
3 – Dissolve baking soda in sour cream, and add to butter mixture.
4 – Fold in flour, preserves, nuts and food coloring.
5 – Pour batter into two greased and floured loaf pans.
6 – Bake 35-40 minutes.
Read more: http://www.food.com/recipe/fruit-quick-bread-142548?oc=linkback