Lighted House Count 639+2 – I already have my Santa Tracker going, do you? 🙂 https://santatracker.google.com/#tracker
It’s 38F. Tempus was getting snowed on during his paper run this morning, but it wasn’t sticking. . We’re getting an occasional wind gust but it’s rather still. ….and very, very dark, even past 9am. It’s snowing in Tidewater and sticking now, and farther up 34 it’s getting messy. We got 3 tenths of an inch yesterday, but we’re already pushing an 1/2 inch today.
Yesterday was a fun day! We had time in the morning to put ourselves together and get to the shop, even if the addition of an extra person meant 3 times the distractions! 🙂 Tempus was going to come home and do some chores, but it didn’t happen. We had a lot of people in, shopping, and then I got so darned sleepy that I had to get a nap, so he started on making space for the Sabbat and only went home for a few minutes to get some forgotten things.
At about 3:20am I got waked up by a lot of thunder, which went on for awhile. Tempus was back asleep since the presses were down, supposedly. He finally got on the road around 4 and back around 8:30.
From yesterday, Ken Gagne says, “Went to Newport this afternoon and I’ve been waiting for dark grey rain clouds on the east side of the bridge and the sun shining though on the west side, Oh! wait that’s the FedX truck going across to deliver my Xmas presents to Yachats, I’d better get going.”
Today’s plant is the Snowberry, Symphoricarpos albus. My kids used to call this “popcorn plant”, which is a name I’ve heard from others, too. The white berries are used as a food, a soap and for hand lotion. It doesn’t have any magickal uses that I know of, although the folk magicks for this bush amongst the Slavs say that it is “proper” as an offering to statues of the gods. Also it should have the properties of purification and healing, just going by the medicinal uses and the fact that it will re-grow from the root and is planted as riparian erosion control and around abandoned mines and other such places. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphoricarpos_albus
Today is a celebration of the Yule Log and the customs of this time of the year! Traditionally the Yule Log burns for the 12 days of Christmas, lighted tonight. Here’s more on the Yule Log. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule_log …and here is a page about the Yule Log TV program http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule_Log_%28TV_program%29 There are even links at the end to get you to the webcast!
The shop opens at 11am today! Special Holiday Hours!. We’ll be open Wednesday and Thursday! 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,
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. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 12/26 at 3:12pm.
Full Moon tonight (exact at 6:11 a.m. Christmas morning EST). The full Moon nearest the winter solstice rides higher across the night sky than any other full Moon of the year. It’s highest of all around midnight, “giving luster of midday to objects below.” (Moreover, tonight’s full Moon is closer to perigee than average.) The Moon will be shining north of Orion’s main pattern, near the top of Orion’s dim club.
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.
Saturn is too close to the sun to be observed all month.
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, 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 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 24 Low 4:59 AM 2.7 7:51 AM Set 6:43 AM 96
~ 24 High 10:56 AM 9.4 4:41 PM Rise 4:36 PM
~ 24 Low 5:58 PM -1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Give more hugs.
~ When smiling lawns and tasteful cottages begin to embellish a country, we know that order and culture are established. -Andrew Jackson Downing
~ For I am the first and the last. I am the honored one and the scorned one. I am the whore and the holy one. I am the wife and the virgin. For I am knowledge and ignorance. I am shame and boldness. I am shameless; I am ashamed. I am strength and I am fear. I am war and I am peace. Give heed to me. I am the one who is …disgraced and the great one.” Nag Hamadi/”The Thunder and Perfect Mind”/Gnostic Gospels
~ Saying no can be the ultimate self-care. – Claudia Black
~ There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
You have noticed that everything as Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be round….. The Sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours…. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves. – Black Elk, Oglala Sioux Holy Man
APRICOT BRANDIED BRIE
1 (1 lb.) round imported Brie cheese, rind removed
1 c. apricot preserves
3/4 c. Mandarin Napoleon Brandy
2 French bread baguette loaves, sliced in 1/2 inch slices
Red or green seedless grapes
- Let Brie come to room temperature for about 1 hour.
- Pierce with fork in several places.
- Arrange lemon leaves on serving platter and place Brie on top.
- In medium saucepan, mix preserves and brandy.
- Heat until hot, but not boiling.
- Pour hot mixture over Brie.
- Garnish with strawberries and/or grapes.
Serve with baguette slices.
Frosty the Cheese Ball – About 3 cups
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 container (3 ounces) real bacon bits
1-1/4 cups finely chopped walnuts
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 scallions, finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon prepared white horseradish
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients; mix well.
- Divide the mixture into three balls: one small, one medium, and one large.
- Arrange the balls on a serving platter in a line to form a snowman lying down.
- If desired, decorate “Frosty” (see Serving Tip).
- Serve, or cover and chill until ready to serve.
SERVING TIP: It’s fun to garnish this with sliced black olives for the eyes
and mouth, a baby carrot for the nose, red bell pepper triangles for buttons
and pretzel sticks for arms, but feel free to decorate with any of your
favorite edible delights.
Cold Tea Noodles
1 tablespoon Japanese Genmaicha green tea
½ pound Chinese water noodles or Japanese udon noodles
1 packages firm tofu, well drained
1 package enoki mushrooms
1 package radish sprouts, washed and drained
1 bunch of scallions, sliced into thin rounds
1 small bunch of cilantro leaves
light soy sauce, to taste
Japanese sesame oil, to taste
Shichimi togarashi (Japanese spice mixture, available at Asian markets) or freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Bring two quarts water to 180°F (85°C) and add tea. Steep for 3 minutes and pour through a sieve. Reserve liquid for cooking the noodles.
- Bring the reserved tea to a boil and add noodles. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until noodles are al dente. Remove from heat and allow the noodles to remain in the liquid until it has cooled. Remove noodles from liquid and place in a bowl, covered, overnight in the refrigerator.
- The next day, put tofu on a plate and cover it with several layers of paper towels. Press any excess moisture from it by placing a two-pound weight on top of the paper towels.
- Remove weight and paper toweling after 15 minutes. Carefully slice the tofu into 1-inch (2.5cm) cubes and set aside.
- Place noodles on four plates. Scatter tofu and remaining ingredients over all. Serve with soy sauce, sesame oil and seasoning.
Oriental Chicken Slaw
½ cup salad oil
½ cup rice vinegar
¼ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 3-ounce packages chicken-flavoured ramen noodles
4 cups finely chopped chicken
4 cups packaged shredded cabbage with carrot (coleslaw mix)
¾ cup almonds, sliced and toasted
½ cup sliced green onions
For dressing, in a small bowl whisk together oil, vinegar, sugar, red pepper and contents of seasoning packets from ramen noodles. Set dressing aside.
In a large saucepan cook ramen noodles in boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes or until just tender; drain. Transfer noodles to a large bowl. Pour 1/4 cup of the dressing over the cooked noodles; toss to coat. Add chicken, cabbage, almonds, and green onions to noodle mixture; mix well. Pour the remaining dressing over the salad; toss to combine. Cover and chill for 2 to 24 hours.
Makes 8 servings
To Tote: Transport in an insulated cooler with ice packs.