Yesterday flew past. The morning started with a bit of panic over ice all over the place. We didn’t have any trouble, but traffic was very sparse, although it picked up as the day went on. It snowed and iced in the Valley and there was ice all over Yachats and Newport, at the least.
I did some harvesting since the rain had let up and planted some more garlics.
We had a lot to do, from finding materials for projects to sewing to starting to pack for the coming weekend. We also got very, very busy late in the day.
Today there’s more of the same. We’re going to be in and out over the next few days, officially closed, and some of the displays and such may be unavailable because of packing, but if we’re there and lights are on, try the door!
Today’s plant is the Weeping Cherry, Grandma’s favorite in our front yard, which seems to be this one http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_subhirtella, the Higan Cherry. There are listings for cherries and weeping trees both, but the weeping cherries do not produce fruit, only lovely flowers. Cherries: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry Cherry Blossom: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry_blossom Weeping Trees: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weeping_tree – Divination, Creativity; Healing. Objects made of Cherry wood are used to attract Love. Cherry juice is used as a substitute for blood in old recipes. Cherry gum is burned as a resin for sore throats.
The festival of Fufluns is a Roman event that happened somewhere near this day. There’s nothing much written about Fufluns, except that he’s a vegetation god, equivalent to Bacchus, that originally was Etruscan, but here are some references. http://www.pantheon.org/articles/f/fufluns.html and here: http://www.godchecker.com/pantheon/roman-mythology.php?deity=FUFLUNS …and on the Etruscans http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etruscan_mythology
The Days of Volos – Procines (January) 1-6 – These moonlit and frosty nights have a name: The Holiday of the Wolves. These days are set aside for the worship of the God of pets and of cattle, whose name is Volos. We give our thanks for the animals on these days, which bring food and sustenance to our homes from ancient times. We also defend them from the ravenous wolves which attack. (Slavic Pagan Calendar)
The shop opens at 11am today! Winter hours are 11am-5pm, Thursday through Monday. Please note that the shop will be closed for our annual vacation from 1/5-1/14. 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 1/8. 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 Waning Quarter on 1/1 at 9:30pm. 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 1/5 at 5:31am.
Vega is still moderately high in the northwest when the stars come out. Once the night is fully dark, the little constellation figure of Lyra, so high on warm summer nights, extends leftward from Vega low in the cold.
Monday, January 4, midnight to dawn. The Quadrantid meteor shower, one of the most reliable in the year, peaks 3 a.m. on January 4, so the best times to observe will be between midnight and dawn on the morning of the 4th. Look for Comet Catalina in close to Arcturus in Boötes. Credit: Starry Night Software
Saturn, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter are lined up along the ecliptic in early dawn, in that order from low in the southeast to high in the south-southwest. Brilliant Venus starts the week forming a triangle with Saturn to its lower left and Antares more directly below it. Watch Saturn move toward Venus for their close conjunction, less than ½° apart, on the morning of January 9th. Mars is halfway between Venus and Jupiter: about 40° from each. Spica shines about 10° to Mars’s right — similar in brightness, different in color. Brightnesses: Saturn is magnitude +0.5, Venus –4.0, Jupiter –2.2, Mars +1.2, and Spica +1.0.
The waning Moon poses between Spica and Mars early in the dawn of Sunday the 3rd.
Venus and Saturn draw closer together in the eastern dawn as the waning crescent Moon passes them by , and then on the morning of the 9th, Venus and Saturn have their conjunction.
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 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
©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.
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
M 4 Low 1:22 AM 2.9 7:53 AM Rise 2:30 AM 35
~ 4 High 7:51 AM 7.5 4:50 PM Set 1:18 PM
~ 4 Low 2:59 PM 1.6
~ 4 High 9:02 PM 5.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts; not amid joy.
~ We worry about what a child will be tomorrow, yet forget that he is someone today. – Author Unknown
~ Any food that starts out hard will soften when stale. Any food that starts out soft will harden when stale. – Isaac’s Strange Rule of Staleness
~ Wise men say nothing in dangerous times – Francis Bacon
~ I can’t control the winds, I know this. But I can set my sails, and I can set my own course. – Lacey Lin McKay
Come to thy house, come to thy house, O god On, come to thy house, thou who hast no foes. O fair youth, come to thy house, that thou mayest see me. I am thy sister, whom thou lovest; thou shalt not part from me. O fair boy, come to thy house … yet doth my heart yearn after thee and mine eyes desire thee. Come to her who loves thee, who loves thee, Unnefer, blessed one! Come to thy sister, come to thy wife, to thy wife … Come to thy housewife. I am thy sister by the same mother, thou shalt not be far from me. Gods and men have buried their faces towards thee and weep for thee together … I call after thee and weep – yet am I thy sister, whom thou didst love on earth … my brother, my brother.” – Isis to Osiris; Sir James George Frazer (1854 – 1941), British folklorist; The Golden Bough, 1922
Apple Scones – From: kati@glnserv.UUCP (Lady Dragon) – Servings: 18
- 2 c Flour
- 3 t Baking Powder
- 2 T Sugar
- 1/2 t Cinnamon
- 1/2 t Salt
- 6 T Shortening
- 1/2 c Apples, peeled, chopped fine
- 1/2 c Raisins
- 4 T Cold Apple juice or water
- Preheat oven to 400 deg F.
- Mix together dry ingredients.
- Cut in shortening as you would for a pie crust.
- Stir in apples and raisins.
- Add enough juice to make a stiff dough.
- On floured surface, roll dough about 1/2″ thick.
- Cut into triangles
- Bake on cookie sheet for 10 minutes, or until light brown.
Antioxidant Loaded Winter Veggie Soup (4 views) by herbalmuse – Inspired by Soup Makes the Meal, by Ken Haedrich (Harvard Common Press, 2001).
The author of this wonderful cookbook says he’s been making this light restorative soup for his kids when they’re sick for years–but that it’s so delicious, you don’t have to be sick to enjoy it! Either way, its luscious fragrance helps to clear the sinuses, with potatoes that are soothing to the digestive tract and a delightful broth filled with spinach, parsley, leeks, and garlic for minerals, vitamins, and healing antioxidants plus some winter root vegetables for sweetness.
A steaming bowlful on a cold winter day is so wonderfully soothing and comforting–and it is very quick to make.
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large leek, well-washed, white parts only, chopped
1 large carrot, peeled and diced
1 large potato, diced
1 parsnip, peeled and diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
5 cups vegetable stock
Salt to taste
Handful fresh parsley leaves, chopped
Large handful fresh spinach leaves (around 4 ounces), rinsed and coarsely chopped
Freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
- In a soup pot, heat the olive oil and add the leeks, carrot, potato, parsnip, and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, over medium heat about 5 minutes. Add stock and salt to taste, then bring to a simmer.
- Simmer soup, partially covered, for about 5 minutes, then stir in parsley and spinach. Simmer, partially covered, about 5 more minutes. Add pepper to taste and serve piping hot.
Serves 4 to 5.
Yorkshire Pudding, Anja’s version
1 cup flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups milk
Bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
Cheese cubes (1/2 inch) (any strong-flavored cheese)
Grated cheese (one that melts, like mozzarella)
Mix the flour, salt, eggs and milk together, thoroughly.
Put a pat of butter in the bottom of your baking dish/es (see note) and melt while oven is preheating to 400F.
Handle the hot dish/es with hot mitts! Pour ½ full with the egg mixture.
Add 1 cheese cube per square inch to each baking dish and poke down into the egg mixture.
Sprinkle with crumbled bacon, then with grated cheese.
Bake until pudding is cooked through. Test with a toothpick.
Note – This can be done in an 8 inch square pan, a 9 inch pie pan, or individual dishes, which all take different cooking times. Glass baking dishes work best. Idividual dishes take a pat of butter each. The larger ones take 1/3 to ½ stick of butter.
A woman had died in January, but her bank had billed her for their annual service charges for February and March on her credit card, and then added late fees and interest on the monthly charge. The balance had been $0.00 but was now around $60.00. A family member placed a call to the bank
Family Member: “I am calling to tell you that she died in January.”
Bank: “The account was never closed and the late fees and charges still apply.”
Family Member: “Maybe, you should turn it over to collections.”
Bank: “Since it is two months past due, it already has been.”
Family Member: So, what will they do when they find out she’s dead?”
Bank: “Either report her account to the frauds division or report her to the credit bureau, maybe both!”
Family Member: “Do you think God will be mad at her?”
Bank: “Excuse me?”
Family Member: “Did you just get what I was telling you, the part about her being dead?”
Bank: “Sir, you’ll have to speak to my supervisor.”
Supervisor gets on the phone:
Family Member: “I’m calling to tell you, she died in January.”
Bank: “The account was never closed and the late fees and charges still apply.”
Family Member: “You mean you want to collect from her estate?”
Bank: (Stammer) “Are you her lawyer?”
Family Member: “No, I’m her great nephew.” (Lawyer info given)
Bank: “Could you fax us a certificate of death?”
Family Member: “Sure.” (fax number is given)
After they get the fax:
Bank: “Our system just isn’t set-up for death. I don’t know what more I can do to help.”
Family Member: “Well, if you figure it out, great! If not, you could just keep billing her. I don’t think she will care.”
Bank: “Well, the late fees and charges do still apply.”
Family Member: “Would you like her new billing address?”
Bank: “That might help.”
Family Member: “Odessa Memorial Cemetery, Highway 129, Plot Number 69.”
Bank: “Sir, that’s a cemetery!”
Family Member: “What do you do with dead people on your planet?”