The shop will re-open on Thursday!
Yesterday there’s not a lot to write about. I mostly did mail and “courtesy” info passing and things of that sort….and pictures. It’s making me mad that I didn’t get to do it piecemeal, that I didn’t have software even with a brand-new camera.
Today it looks like we’re going to still be kinda down. I was assuming that at least the car was going to get unloaded, but we’re still really low on energy. Well, that’s why I planned a couple of days to put ourselves back together, to recover from our vacation!
Wouldn’t this be a magical place to live?
Today’s Plant is the Large-Leaved Avens, Geum macrophyllum. They’re a beautiful plant in the woods and garden and a food for many butterflies.- Masculine, Jupiter Fire – These plants are used in exorcism mixes, whether incense, amulet or “sprinkle” and for purification, as the live plants can chase nasty influences. If you hate having traveling salesmen or evangelists at your door, plant these along with mint by the pathways. North American species are used in love blends, too. More:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum_macrophyllum More on the family athttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum
Tiugunde Day, Old England – Twenty days after Yule there was an Old English day, sacred to Tyr, Tiw or Tiu (after whom Tuesday is named), the ancient Teutonic chief god, ruler of the year. It was also called Midvintersblót, or Midwinter’s Offering. Tyr is the god who made it possible for Fenris the Wolf to be bound until Ragnarok, losing his hand in the process. Quite a bit on Tyr at this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%C3%BDr
The shop is closed for our Winter Vacation that runs through 1/14! Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday after we re-open. 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,
Waning 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 at the Tide Change on 1/20 at 5:14pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best 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 1/13 at 1:46am. Waning Crescent Moon – Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon & Modron, Arachne, Tyr. Phase ends on 1/15 at 4:59pm.
In early evening at this time of year, the Great Square of Pegasus balances on one corner high in the west. The vast Andromeda-Pegasus constellation complex runs all the way from near the zenith (Andromeda’s foot) down through the Great Square (Pegasus’s body) to low in the west (Pegasus’s nose, Enif).
Jupiter (magnitude –2.5, in western Leo) rises in the east-northeast around 7 p.m. About 50 minutes later, fainter Regulus (magnitude +1.4) rises below it. By dawn they’re way over in the west — with Regulus now to Jupiter’s upper left.
Comet Lovejoy is at its best this week and next, especially now that the Moon is gone from the evening sky. The comet is glowing at about 4th magnitude well to the west of Orion early in the week — nice in binoculars and possibly visible very dimly to the unaided eye, depending on your sky conditions. By week’s end it’s higher overhead, nearly west of the Pleiades. See our article and finder chart: How To See Comet Lovejoy Tonight.
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.
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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
Tu 13 High 5:53 AM 7.3 7:50 AM Rise 12:42 AM 55
~ 13 Low 12:43 PM 2.3 5:00 PM Set 11:51 AM
~ 13 High 6:24 PM 5.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you’ll ever regret”
~ A poet can survive everything but a misprint. – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish writer and wit
~ Don’t think: Look! – Ludwig Wittgenstein
~ Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too? – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~ Age is a very high price to pay for maturity. – Anonymous
Above the mountains
the geese turn into
the light again
on an open sky.
has to be
so you can find
the one line
Sometimes it takes
a great sky
to find that
wedge of freedom
in your own heart.
the bones of the black
sticks left when the fire
has gone out
someone has written
in the ashes of your life.
You are not leaving
you are arriving. – David Whyte (House of Belonging)
White Russian Casserole – VEGETARIAN
2 large onions, sliced
2 cups chopped cabbage
2 cups cauliflower
1 large can of white kidney beans
8 cloves garlic, crushed
¼ cup chopped fresh dill
2 tablespoons light cream cheese
4 tablespoons plain yogurt
¼ cup plain soymilk or more plain yogurt
4 slices “Fakin’ bakin” (soy based bacon sub)
2 teaspoon sesame seeds
paprika, salt and pepper
- Boil or microwave the potatoes until nearly done. When cool enough, remove their skins. Fry the sliced onions in a little oil until soft. Add the chopped cabbage, cauliflower and 6 cloves of the crushed garlic and fry until the cabbage and cauliflower are just tender.
- Melt the cream cheese and add it to the soymilk, yogurt and dill. Mix together and add to the vegetable mixture.
- Drain and rinse the white beans and add to the vegetable/yogurt mixture. Mix thoroughly and salt and pepper to taste.
- Slice the potatoes into rounds, and put half the slices on the bottom of an oiled casserole dish. Fill with the mixture. Fry or microwave the Fakin’ Bakin. Sprinkle over the vegetable mixture. Cover with the remaining potatoes.
- Mix the remaining 2 cloves of crushed garlic with a little bit of oil and spread over the potatoes. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 325° for about 20 minutes. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake a few minutes more and serve immediately.
Italian Baked Ziti – Main Dish – ground meat – Ethnic – Italian – Serves 8 – 10
- 1 pound box of Ziti or other large pasta (bow-tie, large shell, etc.)
- Water to cook
- Cool water to rinse
- 1 – 2 Tablespoons Olive oil – to brown meats, onion and garlic
- 1 lb. ground beef
- ½ lb. sweet Italian sausage, removed from casing
- 1 small onion, peeled and diced fine
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled and diced fine
- 16 ounces tomato sauce
- 16 ounce container of ricotta cheese
- 16 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 egg, well beaten
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
Large pot with lid, high-temp (metal) colander, heavy skillet (One with a lid or splatter screen cuts down on mess), non-damaging spatula (high-temp plastic), “sitting bowl” for pasta, large mixing bowl, spray oil, 9″x13″ baking dish, foil, stirring and measuring things
- Cook pasta al-dente according to package directions.
- Pour into colander.
- Rinse in cool water and drain well, then put into “sitting bowl” and set aside.
- Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat.
- Crumble Italian sausage into skillet.
- Brown, stirring often, then repeat with ground beef.
- Peel and dice onion and garlic.
- Add onion and garlic to meat and cook until onion is transparent.
- Drain off grease (using colander) and set aside.
- Pre-heat oven to 350°.
- In a mixing bowl, combine cooked Ziti, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese (reserve 1 cup for top), egg, sugar, Italian seasoning, tomato sauce, and cooked meat mixture.
- Blend together well.
- Spray baking dish with spray oil.
- Pour pasta/cheese mixture into baking dish and sprinkle evenly with remaining mozzarella cheese.
- Cover well with aluminum foil.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and carefully remove foil.
- Put back into oven and bake for 15 to 20 more minutes or until cheese is golden and bubbly.
Serve hot, after an antipasto plate, with a green salad with a light Italian dressing.
Horseradish Beef Pot Roast
2 cloves garlic, crushed
½ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon horseradish
1 teaspoon dried basil
3 to 3 ½ pound boneless beef chuck roast
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups water
2 cups baby carrots, peeled
12 small red potatoes, cut in half
1 medium onion, cut into 6 wedges
- In a small bowl combine garlic, salt, pepper, horseradish and basil. Even pressed garlic mixture into surface of pot roast.
- In Dutch oven, heat until hot over a medium-high heat and then add oil. Brown the pot roast evenly on all sides. Add water and bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Cover the pot roast tightly and simmer for 2 hours.
- Add the vegetables and cover again. Continue cooking for 40-45 more minutes or until veggies are tender. Serve.