It’s quite gloomy again, thoroughly overcast, although when I first got up there was some kind of a cloud break with a cloud overhead reflecting light straight down through the skylight. It’s 45F and we got almost 3/4 of an inch of rain yesterday and an 1/2 inch more today! More of the same is expected today, and there’s a high surf advisory and a high wind watch in effect.
We got back to the shop and got open by about 11:30. Tempus went out to get the mail and such, while I was working on crystals. Eventually, he was cutting tags and I was stuffing them into things. The Duckmeister came in late in the day and I finished another needlebook.
I was processing witch moss yesterday. That’s me under that branch!
I’m not feeling as well as I was. The doctor said that recovery from that kind of surgery has ups and downs… I was down, yesterday. I came home, had some soup and went to bed. Of course I was up during the night, but didn’t get much useful accomplished
Today both Tempus and I will be at the shop and he has to get the car worked on. …Good heavens! It’s *pouring*, pounding on the roof and rattling on the skylight. ….Didn’t last but a few minutes, but wow!
From 11/21/15 up the North Fork of the Yachats River, by Ken Gagne
A couple of years ago, as a Yule Gift to all of you, I wrote up a description of how I make ornaments out of small books. These are a fun craft. If you start with a small book that suits the person you’re making it for (try bookstores, but the pharmacy across the street from us has ’em in the gift section!) or one with special nostalgic significance, you can have an inexpensive gift (or 6!) in an afternoon. Go to this page: https://ancientlightshop.wordpress.com/our-gift-to-you-tutorials/ Look for this picture and click on the link below the picture (clicking the title will do nothing, clicking the pic will take you only to the pic!)
The local larkspurs, delphinium trollifolium,and delphinium pavonaceum (which the Wiki article says is confined to the Valley, but I’ve collected out here….) are pretty flowers in shade of white, blue and purple. They’re called delphiniums after the shape of the nectary. More here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_trolliifolium and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_pavonaceum Other names are Larksheal and Staggerweed – Feminine, Venus, Water – The flowers frighten away venomous creatures and ghosts. Sprinkle between your eyes and a Litha fire to keep your sight clear. Use in rituals to call upon Dolphin energy.
Today is the feast of St. Barbara. This Virgin, & Martyr was Born in the mid third century somewhere in the Roman Empire and died in early fourth century to late third century, executed by her father for becoming a Christian. Her feast, on December 4 is no longer on Roman Catholic calendar, because they can’t prove she existed. Her symbols are a three-windowed tower, a palm branch, a chalice, or lightning. She is the Patron Saint of prisoners, architects, artillerymen and mathematicians. At various points in history her stories have probably been confused with pagan deities. In many of the Central European countries today, each family member will cut a twig from a tree that blooms and/or fruits. (My grandparents did this every year.) These are put in water in a warm place and the number of blossoms foretell the winter’s weather. The person whose twig blooms the most is said to be the favorite of the Goddess (usually listed as Mary….) More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Barbara
The shop opens at 11am . Winter hours are 11am-5pm, Thursday through Monday. Please note that the shop will be closed on 12/25 for Christmas and 1/1 for New Years. We will be open on Wednesday 12/23 and Thursday, 12/24 for last-minute shoppers. 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 12/11 at 2:29am. 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, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 12/6 at 5:29pm.
Jupiter and the Moon – Friday, Dec. 4, dawn – Jupiter will be 2 degrees north of the moon.
The big Summer Triangle >> is still laid out the western sky after dark these cold evenings. Its brightest star is Vega, the brightest in the area. Look above Vega for Deneb. Farther to Vega’s left or lower left is Altair.
Before and during dawn on Saturday the 5th, bright Venus in the southeast anchors a diagonal line that stretches past Spica to connect Mars, the waning Moon, and then Jupiter.
Mars, in the morning sky, moves eastward in Virgo all month.
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
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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 4 Low 12:32 AM 1.7 7:36 AM Rise 12:51 AM 45
~ 4 High 7:14 AM 7.1 4:37 PM Set 1:22 PM
~ 4 Low 1:51 PM 2.6
~ 4 High 7:22 PM 5.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The only preparation for tomorrow is the right use of today.
~ Fame is something which must be won; honor, only something which must not be lost. – Schopenhauer
~ Each time dawn appears, the mystery is there in its entirety. – Rene Daumal
~ Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow. – Swedish Proverb
~ IF ONLY – If I knew how much fun being a Gramma was, I would have done it first! – Sent in by Cindy Crowell
You love to flit around the flowers
Just skimming my dog’s black nose
Your beauty and joy are catching,
I dance with you when I can.
You can only light for a little while
Before the next bright shiny thing,
Then you fly away to explore that.
I cannot change you, just accept
That you will come flying back
If there is something new to see,
And sprinkle fairie dust around.
I will just love you, and be glad
The next time I see fluttering wings
And my dog barks to announce you;
Because love isn’t always dependable
But it is worth it, my fairy friend! – © June 3, 2008, Beth Clare Johnson, (Mystic Raven)
Tandoori Tofu Brochettes
1 pound of extra firm tofu, drained
3 green onions
1 tablespoon ginger, minced
3 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 pinch of saffron, dissolved in ½ cup of boiling water
½ cup soy yogurt
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoons garam masala – optional
salt and pepper to taste
4 small red onions, unpeeled
¼ pound of button mushrooms
1 pint cherry tomatoes
1 green peppers, seeded and sliced
cilantro and lemon wedges for garnish
Gently press tofu to remove excess moisture. Slice into large pieces and
then cut each chunk crosswise. Set aside.
Place green onions and ginger in a food processor and process briefly. With
the machine running, drop in garlic cloves, one at a time. Process 30
seconds. Add remaining ingredients and process 1 minute.
To make brochettes: place onions, mushroom, tofu and marinade in a glass
dish and seal. Refrigerate overnight.
Prepare the grill next day. Quarter onions and remove papery skins. Skewer
vegetables and tofu alternately. Place on a hot grill and brush with
remaining marinade. Cover grill tightly and allow to smoke for 5 minutes
(DON’T PEEK). Turn once and cook for another 3-5 minutes. Garnish with
cilantro and lemon wedges, if desires.
Penne from Heaven
12 ounces Penne or ziti
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 ½ cup chopped onion
3 cloves of garlic, minced
3 cups chopped plum tomatoes
½ cup water
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon sugar
2 cups broccoli florets
2 cups chopped zucchini
1 cups sugar snap peas(remove string) or snow peas
½ cup julienne carrots
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
½ cup grated parmesan
Cook pasta according to directions and personal liking; drain. While the
pasta is cooking, heat the oil over a medium-high heat in a 3 quart saucepan
Add the onions and garlic, stirring until softened. Add the tomato sauce,
water, salt and sugar. Cook, stirring often, for 10 minutes. Add the
broccoli, zucchini, sugar snaps, carrots and parsley. Stir in Parmesan.
Serve over the pasta.
Mock Chopped Liver
1 cup dried lentils, cooked until soft and drained
1 pound of green beans, boiled or steamed until cooked but not mushy
¼ cup of peanuts (or more to taste)
½ cup chopped walnuts
2 cups diced onion, sautéed in oil, until very soft and turning brown
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
¼ cup unsweetened peanut butter, optional
salt and pepper to taste
Blend it all in the food processor until smooth. (Note from recipe author: I
do process everything separately and then mix it all together.) Serve as a
sandwich spread or on crackers. Serve with crackers or make sandwiches with