No Herbs Workshop this morning! If anyone comes in for Sewing, I’ll be there.
We’re having a really awesome thunderstorm at the moment. There were some large rumbles and booms and then when the storm was right over us a couple of large flashes and one rumble that went on and on, echoing from the mountains to the ocean and back again. Rain is sheeting down, almost blotting out the cedars. It’s blowing and gloomy. 48F, wind at 15 and we’ve gotten nearly 1/4 in ch of rain since midnight.
Yesterday was another long day. We started the day by continuing to pick things up and sort them out and re-setting displays. The shop is gradually looking better and most of the stuff is off the floor.
Tempus was running on 2 1/2 hours sleep, so I sent him home mid-day. Not that he slept! He worked on getting the kitchen usable again. I kept going and re-set the Book of Shadows display area and then started sewing.
I cut a lot of recycled denim for blanks for making small balls, then some other recycled fabrics for pouches and then sat down at the machine. I have a bunch of pouches to the point of stitching the drawstring channels.
Tempus finally came back for me around 7pm and we had salad and brats for supper. After supper I started making the marrow bone broth for one of the dishes that we’re having on Sunday. I have to get it cooked and skimmed and it takes 12-24 hours to cook and then several more to cool enough to skim! I also cooked pork jowl for another dish and set up more pieces for cooking tonight and Sunday morning. The house smells delicious!
Ken Gagne from 1/15/15 – Mergansers on the Yachats River
Today’s Plant is Pearly Everlasting, Anaphalis margaritacea, sometimes called Life-Everlasting. The “everlasting” part of the name comes from the fact that the flowers dry well and can be used as decorations during the winter month. There are a number of medicinal uses for this plant, particularly as poultices and often as a decoction added to a hot bag of some sort (iow, put it on a washcloth, warm and put a heating pad on top of that) for bruises, sprains and to the chest for bronchitis, among others –Feminine, Venus, Air – Add to spells that are long-term. Can be useful in a sachet/potpourri/amulet since the flowers will soak up essential oils and release the scent over time.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaphalis_margaritacea
Feast day of Concordia, ancient Rome – In Roman mythology, Concordia was the goddess of agreement and understanding. Her oldest temple was on the Forum Romanum and was built in 367 BCE by Marcus Furius Camillus. The Roman Senate often met there. In art, Concordia was depicted sitting, wearing a long cloak and holding onto a sacrificial bowl and a cornucopia. Sometimes, she is shown standing between two members of the Royal House shaking hands. Concordia is shown in a lot of the iconography of government buildings in Washington, D.C. More here: http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/jan16.html and here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concordia_%28mythology%29
The shop opens today at 11am! 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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 1/16 3:26pm. 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 at the Full on 1/22 at 5:46am.
Saturday, January 16, 6:26 p.m. EST – First Quarter Moon – The First Quarter Moon rises around 11:30 a.m. and sets around 1 a.m. It dominates the evening sky.
The waxing Moon stepping through Pisces. The Moon shines in dim Pisces upper left of the Great Square of Pegasus, as shown here. Does the half-lit Moon look just a trace bigger than usual? It’s about at perigee.
Neptune (magnitude +7.9, in Aquarius) is getting low in the southwest after dark.
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan
Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.
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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
Sa 16 High 5:14 AM 8.1 7:49 AM Set 12:00 AM 37
~ 16 Low 11:45 AM 1.7 5:03 PM Rise 11:40 AM
~ 16 High 5:30 PM 6.3
~ 16 Low 11:32 PM 1.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Think positive. If you fall in the creek, check your pockets for fish.
~ I am always busy, which is perhaps the chief reason why I am always well. – Elizabeth Stanton (1815-1902) US reformer
~ The world is not run by thought, nor by imagination, but by opinion. – Elizabeth Drew (1935- ) US journalist
~ The historic ascent of humanity, taken as a whole, may be summarized as a succession of victories of consciousness over blind forces – in nature, in society, in man himself. – Leon Trotsky (1879-1940) Russian revolutionary
~ The limit of your present understanding is not the limit of your possibilities. – Guy Finley
Doctors and scientists said that breaking the four-minute mile was impossible, that one would die in the attempt. Thus, when I got up from the track after collapsing at the finish line, I figured I was dead. – Roger Bannister, after becoming the first person to break the four minute mile, 1952.
White Russian Casserole – VEGETARIAN
2 large onions, sliced
2 cups chopped cabbage
2 cups cauliflower
1 large can of white kidney beans
8 cloves garlic, crushed
¼ cup chopped fresh dill
2 tablespoons light cream cheese
4 tablespoons plain yogurt
¼ cup plain soymilk or more plain yogurt
4 slices “Fakin’ bakin” (soy based bacon sub)
2 teaspoon sesame seeds
paprika, salt and pepper
Boil or microwave the potatoes until nearly done. When cool enough, remove their skins. Fry the sliced onions in a little oil until soft. Add the chopped cabbage, cauliflower and 6 cloves of the crushed garlic and fry until the cabbage and cauliflower are just tender.
Melt the cream cheese and add it to the soymilk, yogurt and dill. Mix together and add to the vegetable mixture.
Drain and rinse the white beans and add to the vegetable/yogurt mixture. Mix thoroughly and salt and pepper to taste.
Slice the potatoes into rounds, and put half the slices on the bottom of an oiled casserole dish. Fill with the mixture. Fry or microwave the Fakin’ Bakin. Sprinkle over the vegetable mixture. Cover with the remaining potatoes.
Mix the remaining 2 cloves of crushed garlic with a little bit of oil and spread over the potatoes. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 325° for about 20 minutes. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake a few minutes more and serve immediately.
Volcano Chicken Chili
6 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 sweet red peppers, seeded, cored and chopped
5 jalapeno peppers, finely chopped – leave seeds in for extra heat
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 ½ teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
pinch of cinnamon
6 boneless chicken breasts
28 ounces diced tomatoes with juice
8 ounces kalamata olives, sliced
1 cup beer
¼ cup grated unsweetened chocolate
salt to taste
grated cheddar and scallions for topping
Heat half of the oil in a soup pot over high heat. Add onions and garlic and sauté over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add peppers and sauté for 10 minutes. Stir in chili powder, cumin, coriander and cinnamon and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
Cut chicken into 1” cubes and brown in batches in the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil in the skillet. Add chicken, diced tomatoes with juice, olives, and beer to the soup pot and stir in. Simmer 15 minutes. Stir in chocolate and then season with salt. Serve with cheddar and scallions.
Scottish Barley and Mushroom Casserole – VEGETARIAN
2 medium cooking onions, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 pound mushroom, thinly sliced
1 cup pearl barley
1 tablespoon dried basil
3 cups vegetable stock
salt and pepper to taste
chopped fresh parsley
Preheat oven to 375º. In a stovetop to oven-safe casserole dish with a lid, sauté onions and garlic until translucent and browned. Add mushrooms and cook until tender. Add barley, basil, salt, pepper and stock. Bring to a boil.
Cover and put in oven. Cook until barley is tender, about 45 – 50 minutes. Toss with parsley and serve.
Silliness – Smart Joke # 11. A logician’s wife is having a baby. The doctor hands the baby to the dad. His wife asks if it’s a boy or girl. The logician replies “Yes.” – http://higherperspectives.com/jokes-for-intellectuals/?c=cleo&ts_pid=2&ts_pid=2