I’ts just a little over 49F and the sun keeps going in and out of clouds.
Yesterday I was just drooping in the morning and it took Tempus a long time to get moving, too. I had an asthma attack Tuesday evening and it kept me up rather late. He had his paper route…. doing a 5-day over the holiday weekend.
Almost the first thing I did in the morning after we got the shop open was to stop by the Chocolate Frog to get some yummies for the holiday (caramel corn and a cherry jam for a special breakfast!) and then went across the street for some thread that I haven’t gotten a chance to test, yet. I’ve broken the gathering threads repeatedly in the doll project that I’ve been doing, so I wanted some upholstery thread. They didn’t have any but suggested the heavy-weight hand-quilting thread. If this one breaks I’ll have to order some in.
After that I spent quite a while sewing. I was finishing up the machine sewing on the pouches I was working on Tuesday as well as cleaning some projects off the table as I went. I got eyes onto a few of the totes. I need to do a few each day, but I want to check to make sure this works. I also sorted some projects out that I wanted to finish up over the next few days while we’re closed…although we had someone contact us by e-mail and we may have to go to the shop to sell them some books this evening.
Arthur called just as we were getting ready to close, so we were at the shop later than we had planned, but took our lighted house trip anyway, despite the chunky rain falling out of the sky, rattling on the car roof, and shattering on the windshield. We added 147 houses looping through old town and then out Highway 34 to Taylor’s Landing and back. That’s a total of 403 for the year! We went to bed early, by 10:30, but when Tempus got up around 3 for his paper route, I woke and couldn’t get back to sleep for awhile.
Comet Lovejoy has showed up early! http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/12/141224-starstruck-comet-lovejoy-christmas-astronomy-science/
Someone got a picture last night! Don’t you love dash cams? 🙂
Today’s plant is Mistletoe. There are a number of different genii (plural of genus….) that this name is given to. The most common holiday mistletoe in the US comes from the Phoradendron genus. It is a parasitic plant that can kill trees with a bad infestation. The local folks in the PNW used to call it “basket plant”, because of the resemblance to large baskets hanging in naked winter trees. It is the plant of the Celtic Tree Month of the Secret of the Unhewn Stone. The seeds glue themselves to branches where they take root. This tenacity and the green, even in the times when most plants with leaves have lost them, appealed to the ancients and leads to some of the magicks. It was sacred to the ancient druids who would cut it from an oak with a golden sickle. – Masculine, Sun, Jupiter, Horned God – Mistletoe is a plant of masculine potency and used in many love/lust spells. Wear it for protection or hang it in the house to direct lightning away. Wear it also to attract love, or to help conceive. It is also associated with spells of liberation, used in the cutting away of toxic attachments and to help one find peace.
Today is the Roman festival of Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, or “Birthday of the Unconquered Sun” and may be the actual “Reason for the Season”. This is the first day that the sun (if you’re watching *very* closely) has a shorter shadow at noon. Today is actually less than ½ a minute longer than on the solstice, but accurate sundials & noon marks predate accurate clocks by a long shot! More on the god of this day http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol_Invictus More on noon marks http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noon_mark and sundials http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sundial
The shop is closed on 12/25 &6! Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. In case of rotten weather, check our Facebook Page as Ancient Light for announcements! 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 at the Full on 1/4 at 8:53pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 12/26 at 5:36am.
Now Mars is far below the Moon at dusk.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5, between Libra and Scorpius) glows fairly low in the southeast before and during dawn. Look for it far below Arcturus. Late in the week, use binoculars to start looking for Antares twinkling way under Saturn as dawn grows bright.
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
Runic 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
Runic half-month of Eihwaz/Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books,
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Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch – The silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) is the most common tree birch in much of Europe. It grows up to 30 m (100 feet) high, but is more often found in spreading clumps on sandy soils. It is one of the first trees to colonize an area after a mature forest is cut; this is probably a large part of its symbolic connection with new beginnings. It is cultivated in North America, often under the name of weeping birch. The three trees in my front yard form root sprouts that would take over the bed where they are planted if I didn’t cut them back. The common birch (B. pubescens Ehrh.) is almost as widespread as the silver birch, but grows primarily on acid or peaty soils. It can reach 20 m (65 feet) in height. Birches are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae). Curtis Clark
Beth – Birch – Ogam letter correspondences –
Meaning: New Beginnings; Changes; Purification.
Phagos – Beech Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Letter: PH, IO
Meaning: New experiences and information coming
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 25 High 2:58 AM 7.8 7:51 AM Rise 10:19 AM 10
~ 25 Low 8:38 AM 2.4 4:42 PM Set 9:32 PM
~ 25 High 2:21 PM 8.4
~ 25 Low 9:10 PM -0.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Rain and snow always seem to have such a good time. They descend to earth giving their nourishment and beauty to all living things – never stopping to point out “weed” from “flower”.
~ There’s only one endeavor in which you can start at the top and that’s digging a hole. – Bits & Pieces
~ Beauty is the highest of all these occult influences, the quality of appearances that thru’ the sense wakeneth spiritual emotion in the mind of man. – Robert Bridges (1844-1930) English writer
~ He is able who thinks he is able. – Buddha
~ After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books. – Albert Camus (1913-1960) French writer, born in Algiers
A middle-aged woman, quite plain, to be polite about it, and
somewhat stout, to be more courteous still,
but when she and the rather good-looking, much younger man
she’s with get up to dance,
her forearm descends with such delicate lightness, such restrained
but confident ardor athwart his shoulder,
drawing him to her with such a firm, compelling warmth, and
moving him with effortless grace
into the union she’s instantly established with the not at all
rhythmically solid music in this second-rate cafe,
that something in the rest of us, some doubt about ourselves, some
sad conjecture, seems to be allayed,
nothing that we’d ever thought of as a real lack, nothing not to be
admired or be repentant for,
but something to which we’ve never adequately given credence,
which might have consoling implications about how we
misbelieve ourselves, and so the world,
that world beyond us which so often disappoints, but which
sometimes shows us, lovely, what we are.
~ C. K. Williams ~ (Repair)
Orange Baked Pears
6 fresh pears
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons cornstarch
¼ cup sugar
6 ounces of frozen orange juice
- Halve and core pears.
- Place, cut-side up, in baking dish.
- Sprinkle with lemon juice.
- In small saucepan, mix together cornstarch, juice and 1 juice can of water.
- Heat to boiling, reduce heat and simmer, stirring constantly until thickened and clear.
- Pour over pears.
- Bake in a 350* oven for 30 minutes or until pears are tender, basting occasionally with sauce.
Chocolate Passion Bowl
Prep: 20 minutes Ready In: 1 hour 20 minutes
- 3 cups cold milk
- 2 pkg. (4-serving size each) Jell-O Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie Filling
- 1 tub (8 oz.) Cool Whip French Vanilla Whipped Topping, thawed, divided
- 1 baked 9-inch square brownie layer, cooled, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 5-1/2 cups)
- 2 cups raspberries
- POUR milk into large bowl.
- Add dry pudding mixes.
- Beat with wire whisk 2 min. or until well blended.
- Gently stir in 1 cup of the whipped topping.
- PLACE half of the brownie cubes in 2-qt. serving bowl
- Top with layers of half each of the pudding mixture, raspberries and the remaining whipped topping.
- Repeat all layers.
- REFRIGERATE at least 1 hour before serving.
Store leftover dessert in refrigerator.
Irish Trifle – Makes about 8 servings
1 stale spongecake
4 tablespoons raspberry jam
1/2 to 2/3 cup sherry
1/3 cup Irish whiskey, optional (see note)
*custard (recipe follows)
1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar
**few drops vanilla
1/2 cup almonds, blanched and slivered, optional
**slices of kiwifruit and strawberries for garnish, optional
2 egg yolks
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 cups milk
- To make trifle: Split the spongecake into three or four layers and spread each layer with raspberry jam.
- Put the pieces in a pretty glass bowl.
- Pour the sherry (mixed with the whiskey, if desired) over the spongecake and let it soak an hour
- To make the custard: Beat the egg and egg yolks together with the sugar.
- Heat the milk to just below boiling point and pour over the eggs, beating constantly.
- Cook the custard in the top of a double boiler over simmering hot, not boiling, water until it’s thick and creamy.
- Pour the custard over the cake and cool.
- Meanwhile, whip the cream with the sugar, fold in the vanilla.
- Pile the whipped cream over the top of the trifle.
- Decorate with the almonds, kiwi and strawberries if desired.
Note: The whiskey, when added to the sherry, gives the trifle a more pungent flavor. It’s not for all tastes. If in doubt, leave it out!