48F, hazy and with a lot of scattered stuff high up. There’s almost no wind up here, but down by the water it’s trotting along at 10 or so with an occasional small gust. It looks like the rain is going to be starting back up in the afternoon.
Yesterday went really well! There was a marvelous fairy rain and then rainbow as the sun came over the mountains. It started red and then colored up. We got to the shop a bit early so I could set up and for once I found all the materials right off! We made almost 100 rose and orange washing balls and processed the whole bale of mint that I had.
After that I sat down for a rest and Tempus went to sleep. He’s got a cold or something and it’s knocking him flat. I worked with customers during the early part of the afternoon, then cleaned up from the first workshop and set up for the 2nd. That was a lot of fun, too! Everyone went home with one ornament and I have a bunch of cut out ones left to make up.
When we got home Tempus and I both crawled into bed and slept for awhile. When I woke, he was already up and working in the kitchen. Eventually things were done enough that I could get my cooking done for today. I made potted cheese and an Alton Brown Christmas Soup that went into the crockpot to finish overnight.
Today I have some carrots to set up and also Cornish Game Hens. Today is the House Capuchin Potluck and I’m doing the game hens in the roaster to see how long they take as a trial run for the February Feast. It’s also the House Capuchin project day so sanding and carving and embroidering will be going on. We’ve been hard at work for an hour already with the cooking!
…and the fallout from the “interesting” weather continues. Waldport’s water from Eckman Creek ins’t coming through. They think something’s happened right here at Eckman Lake Road, about a mile in from the highway. They broke through the pavement to drain the other side and are waiting for the water levels to drop some more to find out what’s happened.
Fascinating article on Corvid (crow) intelligence. Whaddya know? Our best bet for studying alien intelligence is right here on earth! http://io9.com/crows-could-be-the-key-to-understanding-alien-intellige-1480720559
Today’s Plant is Gillyflower, Clove Pink, Carnation, all names that are used for, Dianthus caryophyllus.This plant has been hybridized to the point where the basic flower and the florist’s varieties (which are all that show up in the article….) don’t look a bit alike, although they keep the scent. These also make a yummy tea. Even a single flower in a cup of green tea is enough! There is a lot of symbolism to the flower, depending on which culture you’re in, although they generally are thought to mean love, fascination, and distinction. They were used particularly in crowns of victory in ancient Europe. – Masculine, Sun, Fire, Jupiter – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy (so perfect for hospital bouquets!) and for healing of broken hearts, add red, rather than pink blossoms. White are occasionally used for the protection of children or those who travel. Dried petals make a great addition to sachets, potpourris or incense since they strengthen the properties of other plants and herbs.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianthus_caryophyllus
Mōdraniht, Modresnacht, Mother’s Night is a very old festival that apparently celebrated several goddesses, the Matres or Matrones. This is one of those did-they-didn’t-they feasts that you find in a lot of the modern pagan calendar books, but we aren’t really sure *what* was done, only that something was. What’s in the books is interpretation. It’s possible that this connects to Berchta/Frau Holde/La Befana who are all gifting goddesses. It’s equally possible that this was simply an event where women did the sacrifices or even some other kind of topsy-turvy bit. No one is really sure. Here’s some info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C5%8Ddraniht A similar event is talked about here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%ADsabl%C3%B3t
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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 Tide Change on 12/25 at 3:12am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends with Full on 12/23 at 3:12pm.
This is the time of year when Orion shines in the east-southeast after dinnertime. He’s well up now, but his three-star Belt is still nearly vertical. The Belt points up toward Aldebaran and, even higher, the Pleiades. In the other direction, it points down to where bright Sirius is about to rise and twinkle furiously.
Saturn, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter form a long diagonal line in early dawn, running upward from southeast to south in that order. Brilliant Venus and high Jupiter are now separated by almost 60°. Fainter Mars is between them, closer to Venus. Spot Spica a little below or lower left of Mars. Most difficult is Saturn, far lower left of Venus: 23° from it on the morning of the 19th, 15° from it by the morning of the 26th. Brightnesses: Saturn shines at magnitude +0.5, Venus –4.1. Jupiter –2.1, Mars +1.3, and Spica +1.0.
Comet Catalina (C/2013 US10) remains at about magnitude 6.3 as it climbs higher in the east before dawn. It’s unlikely to brighten much further, but it will move much higher before dawn in the next few weeks. See the December Sky & Telescope, page 45, or our article Get a Predawn Peek of Comet Catalina. Both provide finder charts.
• You are remembered, Carl Sagan (November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996).
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch
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
©2015 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
Su 20 Low 1:01 AM 1.8 7:49 AM Set 2:09 AM 63
~ 20 High 7:34 AM 8.4 4:39 PM Rise 1:37 PM
~ 20 Low 2:29 PM 1.1
~ 20 High 8:28 PM 6.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I like it………
~ To handle yourself, use your head. To handle others, use your heart. – Eleanor Roosevelt
~ We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey. – Stephen R. Covey
~ No sight that human eyes can look upon is more provocative of awe than is the night sky scattered thick with stars. – Llewelyn Powys
~ Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all. – W. Churchill
Dance Into The Quiet
Come to the Quiet, She whispers
But you cannot mean me. I am just……
Hush, Love, Come to the Quiet. Open!
But I am just….I am not…….
Come to the Quiet, She whispers.
I am afraid….I weep.
Be still my darling child. Come to the quiet
But I am afraid
Come to the music, Her flute calls
I will listen…….I tremble.
Come to the music Her flute trills.
I am afraid…..and my body sways.
Come to the Dance, my Beloved.
I am afraid…….. And I rise to the Dance.
She enfolds me, the flute enfolds us,
And we dance, dance,
Dance into the quiet.
And I am not afraid. ~Joani McBride
Shortest Day Ham Loaf
1 pound ground pork
1/2 cup fine bread crumbs
1 pound ground ham
1 medium tomato, chopped
1/4 cup milk
Mix all ingredients above and shape into 2 individual loaves. In a saucepan combine:
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup vinegar
1 teaspoon dried mustard
1/2 cup water
Bring sauce to a boil, pour over the loaves, place loaves in a 350 degree oven and bake for 1 hour, basting regularly. Makes 10-12 servings.
Festive Ham Balls
3 cups bisquick
2 teaspoons parsley flakes
10 1/2 cups smoked ham
2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard
4 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
2/3 teaspoon milk
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- Lightly grease a 15 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ baking pan.
- Mix all above ingredients in a non-metal bowl.
- Shape mixture into 1″ balls.
- Place the balls about 2″ apart in the pan.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees, or until brown.
- Remove from pan and serve immediately.
Makes 16 servings.
Creamy Mushroom Puff
A third of a cup/60g/2oz of vegan margarine
4 tablespoons of plain white flour
4 cloves of garlic, crushed or very finely chopped (this can be reduced or left out if desired)
3 cups of mushrooms, sliced
half a litre/500ml of soya milk
1 glass of white wine (or stock)
handful of chopped parsley
salt and pepper to taste
approx. 500g/18oz of frozen puff pastry (this even comes ready-rolled now for extra laziness!!!)
- Melt the margarine and cook the onion and garlic in it for a few minutes and then add the sliced mushrooms and cook for a couple of minutes more.
- Add the flour and stir well.
- Gradually add the soya milk stirring all the time and then the wine and keep stirring on a low heat until the sauce thickens.
- Once thick remove from the heat and add your seasoning and the parsley.
- Allow to cool slightly while you prepare the pastry.
- Roll out into 2 wide rectangular shapes reserving some pastry for decoration.
- Place one sheet of pastry on a greased baking tray.
- Heap the slightly cooled sauce onto it leaving a space round the edges.
- Place the top sheet on and seal up the edges with some soya milk or water (fold over if needed).
- Make some small slits on the top of the puff and let your artistic side shine with the reserved pastry!
- I usually make holly leaves to place on the top but do whatever you like. Glaze with soya milk and then bake in a medium hot oven for about half an hour or until the pastry seems cooked (no soggy bits and nicely puffed up!)
Nice served with gravy, roast potatoes, stuffing, vegan sausages, cranberry sauce and vegetables of your choice – a feast!
Brighter Day Cheese Ball
3 tablespoons finely chopped pecans
1/4 teaspoon red hot pepper sauce
1 pkg. (8-oz) Neufchatel cream cheese
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
3 green onions w/tops, finely chopped
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup minced parsley
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Spread out chopped pecans on a cookie sheet.
- Bake for 8 minutes or until toasted, tossing once.
- In a small non-metal bowl, mix the cream cheese, onions, mustard, red pepper sauce, and garlic with mixer at a medium speed for 3 minutes.
- Stir in the cheddar cheese.
- Wrap in plastic wrap and shape into approx. 4″ ball, refrigerate for 15 minutes.
- After, on a sheet of waxed paper, toss the pecans and parsley.
- Unwrap the cheese ball and carefully roll it around in the mixture, covering it completely.
- Rewrap the cheese ball and place in refrigerator until time to serve.
Serve with crackers or fresh vegetables. Makes 24 servings.