Today we need to offload the car. We were hoping for a little better weather, but it doesn’t look like it, so we’ll just have to back up to the shop door. Tempus will be going to the Metal Night meeting in Toledo tonight. They’re going to be making green sand for metal casting and then he has his paper route. I have blogs to update, pictures to process, and some website updates to start, plus as we unload I have to do inventory.
Ken Gagne photo of the waves in Yachats on 1/11/16. A lot of people commented that the seagull on the right and the texture of the wave makes it look like a photoshopped pic with a skier!
Today’s Plant is Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna, known as common hawthorn , may, mayblossom, maythorn, quickthorn, whitethorn, motherdie, and haw. It has edible buds, flowers and fruits, which are full of antioxidants . Particularly sacred to the month of May and to Beltane, it is used extensively as a hedge plant. May interfere with digitalis medications. – Masculine, Mars, Fire. – Fairy energy, increases fertility and/or celibacy. Carry on a fishing trip to ensure good catch. Brings happiness to the troubled or depressed. Protects house against lightning and storms, evil ghosts may not enter. In cradles to guard from evil spells. Most Witch’s gardens contained a hawt hedge. Sacred to the fairies, and is part of the tree triad of Britain. More on this species:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_hawthorn More on the genus Crataegus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crataegus
Today is the anniversary of the day that Charles Perrault was born in 1628. He was the author of many of our best-loved fairy tales such as Sleeping Beauty and Puss in Boots, which he took from folklore and gave them characters and settings that reflected what he saw around him. . He’s often credited with inventing the fairy tales as a literary genre. There is more information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Perrault and a marvelously annotated version of Sleeping Beauty and links to various books based on the story here: http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/sleepingbeauty/index.html and other tales similar to this one with more links here: http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/sleepingbeauty/other.html
The shop will be closed for our annual vacation from 1/5-1/13. 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 1/23 at 5:46pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 1/14 at 5:31am.
In late twilight, look lower left of the crescent Moon, by about two fists at arm’s length, for twinkly Fomalhaut getting low. Three fists upper left from Fomalhaut you’ll run into Diphda, Beta Ceti. Can you see its orange color?
Saturn and brilliant Venus are low in the southeast in early dawn. They start the week in a close conjunction, less than ½° apart, on the morning of January 9th. Thereafter Saturn moves higher and Venus lower. By the 16th the gap between them widens to 8°, with Saturn upper right of Venus. Venus is magnitude –4.0; Saturn is sixty times fainter, at magnitude +0.5.
Comet Catalina (C/2013 US10) is fading; it’s down to 7th magnitude. For finder charts see the December Sky & Telescope, page 45, or Bob King’s article online. –
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 Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.
©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
Tu 12 High 2:14 AM 7.6 7:51 AM Rise 9:23 AM 3
~ 12 Low 7:48 AM 2.5 4:59 PM Set 8:28 PM
~ 12 High 1:33 PM 8.6
~ 12 Low 8:24 PM -0.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day –
~ When you win, nothing hurts. – Joe Namath
~ Part of self empowerment is discovering the divine within. Thou art God/dess. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Like all dreamers, I mistook disenchantment for truth. – Sartre
~ Daring is about pulling up your anchor to allow you to set sail on the flow of your spirit. – Kerr Cuhulain
Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Strive to be happy. – Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952
Candlemas Crescent Cakes
- 1 1/4cups flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup finely ground almonds
- 3 drops almond extract
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 egg yolk
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the first four ingredients.
- Add the butter, honey, egg yolk and mix together well.
- Cover with aluminum foil or plastic wrap, and then chill for 1½ to 2 hours in the refrigerator.
- When ready, pinch off pieces of the dough (about the size of plums) and shape them into crescents.
- Place the crescents on a well-greased cookie sheet
- Bake in a 350-degree preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes.
The recipe yields about one dozen crescent cakes
I think this recipe for Haman’s Ears would go nicely with Agatha’s breasts at a whimsical spring full moon feast.
Beat up 2 eggs and stir in 3 tablespoons oil. Then mix in sufficient flour to make a soft dough. Knead very thoroughly, break off small pieces and roll out on a floured board as thin as possible, to about the size of a meat patty to dry for an hour longer. Fry in hot oil until a very light brown. Drain and, if liked, sprinkle with castor sugar. Handle very carefully as they break easily.
Herb Scones – from Kate’s (Vegan) Cookery Site – This is one I made up, based on a standard scone recipe. The nutritional yeast helps to make them cheesy-tasting without adding fat, and the combination of herbs is nicely-balanced to add a good, savoury flavour without being too dominating. Finely-chopped spring onion (green onion) might be a good addition to these, but I haven’t tested that yet; it might be good with the nutritional yeast doubled to make the scones even cheesier. I use my own celery salt in these – grind together equal volumes of celery seed and table salt. These are good hot with soya margarine, or cold with soup or stew. Eat them soon after they come out of the oven, or freeze them, as they go stale fast.
- 250g (9oz) self-raising flour
- 2 tsp dried chives
- 1/2 tsp dried dill
- 1/4 tsp dried thyme
- 6 Tbsp (3/8 cup) nutritional yeast flakes
- a pinch of celery salt (or ordinary salt)
- 40g (1 1/2 oz) soya margarine
- about 125ml (4 1/2 fl oz) soya milk
- Sift the flour into a bowl (this incorporates air). Add the herbs, salt and nutritional yeast, and mix well. Add the margarine in small blobs and mix again.
- Rubbing-in: pick up the flour-coated blobs of margarine in your fingertips, hold your hands above the bowl, and rub the margarine into the flour with your fingertips, dropping the results into the bowl as you do so. Keep doing this until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs.
- Add most of the milk and mix, first with a wooden spoon and then your hands. Add more milk if needed to form a soft non-sticky dough (be careful as it’s a lot easier to add more milk than take some away…). Don’t handle the dough too roughly, but don’t be scared of it, either.
- Roll out the dough to about 2cm (3/4 inch) thick. Either cut into circles with a cutter, reroll the scraps and repeat, or slice into square or triangles. Either way, place on a baking try and cook in a pre-heated oven at Gas 8 (230C, 450F) for about 10 minutes until risen and golden.
Silliness – Home Cooked Meal
A young man called his mother and announced excitedly that he had just met the woman of his dreams. Now what should he do?
His mother had an idea: “Why don’t you send her flowers, and on the card invite her to your apartment for a home- cooked meal?”
He thought this was a great strategy, and arranged a date for a week later. His mother called the day after the big date to see how things had gone.
“The evening was a disaster,” he moaned.
“Why, didn’t she come over?” asked his mother.
“Oh, she came over, but she refused to cook….”