Daily Stuff 12-13-14 Santa Lucia

Hi, folks!

SunriseIt’s only 43F, but clear, clear blue sky is what I see with a glow over the mountains to the south-east, heralding the sun.

We didn’t do a whole lot yesterday other than finishing the projects for the guys to take today. We had customers in, everyone exclaiming over the lovely weather. Tempus was in and 121114 Necklaceout, running errands, one of those being taking the finished lawn mower repair back.

…and I’ve been trying to find more to write about yesterday and not getting there! 🙂

This necklace is intended to help folks study. Yellow and green jade, jasper, aventurine and unakite. $20 >>>>>

I didn’t sleep well last night. Tempus was puttering, trying to find things to work with for today and then when I finally got to sleep, asthma got me up for about an hour at 2am. Tempus coming in after his paper route at 7 woke me again, and then he was trotting in and out and I just didn’t fall back asleep. The doors all banged around 7:20-7:30, so they’re off on their trek to the wilds of Roseburg.

motif plant herb Ivy sprig gort celtic tree monthToday I have the Herbs Workshop at 11am (we’re making potpourri) and then Sewing at 3pm. I need to clean up the mess up front from all the project stuff and then set up for class, so I’m heading down there at 10, and will be there at least until 6am.

Sometimes when mushrooms freeze, they do this! Collected from facebook 11/14

frost flower

Today’s Plant is Yarrow, Achillea millefolium. This plant is often called woundwort or nosebleed because of its clotting properties and is used for fevers and infections because it has salicylates (aspirin) in it. 220px-Achillea_millefolium_vallee-de-grace-amiens_80_22062007_1The young leaves can be eaten and it becomes and aid to vision-work. It’s easy to grow and makes a great companion plant. We have mostly the pacifica and californica varieties out here. Leaf –Feminine, Venus, Water. Exorcism – Wear to protect – hold in hand to stop fear – hang over bed for lasting love – carry for love and bring friends and contact with relatives. Flower – Feminine, Venus, Water – flowers made into tea for psychic power, Exorcism, protection, stop fear, lasting love. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarrow

220px-LuciaCrowningToday’s feast is Santa Lucia, Saint Lucy, whose name means “Light”. One of the nicer customs around the world is that in Scandinavia the daughters of the family serve everyone coffee and sweet rolls this morning as a “thank you” for the year. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Lucy%27s_Day

Mine - Yule PentacleThe 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 ancientlight@peak.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,


Waning Gibbous moonWaning 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 on 12/20 at 5:36pm. Waning Gibbous MoonBest time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. , Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 12/14 at 4:51am.

astro meteorThe Geminid meteor shower should be at its strongest late tonight and tomorrow night. Bundle up even more warmly than you think you’ll need, find a dark, shadowed site with an open view overhead, lie back in a reclining lawn chair, and watch the stars. Be patient. Under a fairly dark sky you may see a meteor every minute or two. See article, Warm Up with December’s Geminid Meteors.
Astro venusVenus reappears as an “evening star” in the southwestern sky just after sunset at the beginning of the month.

Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder, Nov 25 – Dec 22
Rune Runic Month 24 JaraRunic half-month of Jera/ Jara 12/13-12/27 – Jara signifies the completion of natural cycles, such as fruition, and has a more transcendent meaning of mystic marriage of Earth and Cosmos. *Ø* Wilson’s Almanac free daily ezine | Book of Days | December 13

Sun in Sagittarius

Sun in Sagittarius
Moon in VirgoMoon in Virgo
Uranus (12/21) and Jupiter (4/8/15) Retrograde
Color: Grey


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elderberry flower RuisRuis/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.
plant red elderberry RuisThe 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).
plant motif Elderberry RuisRuis – Elder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: Makeup days of the thirteenth Moon
Color: Red
Class: Shrub
Letter: R
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.
elder month Husband_and_wife_trees - Blackthorn Ruisto study this month Straif – Blackthorn Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Chieftain
Letter: SS, Z, ST
Meaning: Resentment; Confusion; Refusing to see the truth


Waves tide Tides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                    Visible
Sa  13     High   5:19 AM     6.9   7:44 AM     Set 11:58 AM      65
~    13      Low  11:26 AM     3.2   4:37 PM    Rise 11:58 PM
~    13     High   4:46 PM     5.9
~    13      Low  11:17 PM     1.6


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I took a train today to see if I could get away from me, no matter how far or fast I sped I found myself one step ahead.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Tell about your first kiss.



~  Failure is simply feedback. – Kerr Cuhulain
~  For those who fight for it, life has a flavor that the protected will never know. – African Proverb
~  Silence is the fence around the haggard where wisdom is stacked. – Irish Proverb
~  Better the trouble that follows death than the trouble that follows shame. – Irish Proverb

That nine-month traveler into time, attached by the umbilicus to its mother and her life-support system. – René Graziani’s wonderful collection of poems on birth and birthdays is entitled The Naked Astronaut.


Yule Log 122413Yule Magick – Recipes

Mincemeat Pie Season – December 16th, 2007

Color of the day: Yellow – Incense of the day: Coriander

The origins of mincemeat pie go back to the Egyptians, who baked this pastry in the shape of a little coffin to honor Osiris on the winter solstice. The Crusaders brought mincemeat back with them to Europe in the eleventh century, and it became the traditional Yuletide treat. In the seventeenth century, the Puritans tried their best to outlaw the pies, calling them “idolatry in crust.” It is said that for every slice of mincemeat pie that you eat, you will have a lucky month in the coming year. The only condition is that each pie you partake of must be baked by a different cook. The magical properties of mincemeat are: apples for love and health, raisins and nuts for prosperity, fruit peel and sugar for love, ginger for money, cinnamon and nutmeg for psychic awareness, and rum for protection. By: Lily Gardner

Honey Almond Puffs

  • ½ of a 17 ounce pack of frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 large cooking apple, cut into six wedges
  • ground nutmeg
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds

Heat oven to 425*. Unfold pastry and cut it into 9 squares. Cut apple wedges crosswise in half (only 9 apple pieces are needed).

Place 1 apple piece on each pastry square and sprinkle with nutmeg. Moisten corners of pastry square with water. Gather corners over apple and pinch to seal well.

Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 15 – 20 minutes until deep golden brown and puffed. Heat honey until thin. Brush warmed honey over warmed puffs and sprinkle with chopped almonds. Serve warm.

Winter Fruit Pandowdy
2 cups of granny smith apples, peeled and sliced
2 cups ripe pears, peeled and sliced
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup dried cranberries
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup pear nectar
¾ cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 ½ tablespoons vegetable shortening
2 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons ice water
¼ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 ½ teaspoons skim milk
1 tablespoon sugar
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  1. Combine apples, pears and lemon juice in a bowl and toss well.
  2. Combine cranberries, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, stir well.
  3. Add to apple mixture and toss.
  4. Place fruit mixture in an 8” square baking dish coated with vegetable spray.
  5. Pour pear nectar over the fruit mixture.
    Combine flour and salt in a bowl.
  6. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal.
  7. Combine ice water and ¼ teaspoon fresh lemon juice.
  8. Sprinkle ice water mixture 1 tablespoon at a time, over the surface of the flour and toss with a fork until dry ingredients are moistened.
  9. Gently press dough into 4” square heavy duty plastic wrap and cover with additional plastic wrap.
  10. Roll the dough, still covered into an 8 ¼” square.
  11. Place dough in the freezer for 5 minutes or until the plastic can be easily removed.
  12. Remove plastic wrap, place dough on top of fruit mixture.
  13. Cut slits in top to allow steam to escape.
  14. Brush dough with milk.
  15. Combine 1 tablespoon of sugar and ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon and sprinkle over
  16. Bake at 400* for 30 minutes and remove from oven.
  17. Score pastry into 1” squares, using a sharp knife.
  18. Gently press pastry into fruit mixture with spatula, allowing juices to moisten top of pastry.
  19. Bake an additional 20 minutes until lightly browned and bubbly.

Serve warm.


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Yule Riddles – Q – Why are Christmas trees like bad knitters? A – They both drop their needles

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