The Alsea is flooding a little near Tidewater, and there’s a lot of standing water in places. We got 3.8 inches of rain yesterday! We’ve already gotten 6/10’s of an inch today and more is due. It’s 50F again, but it feels much chillier than that. The thunder and lightning yesterday were really amazing. It went on and on as we were getting ready to head out and then when were were on the new section of 20 there was one flash/bang that went off right over our heads!
Yesterday was a fun day, but tiring. It seemed to take forever to get on the road and I had to stop to pick up some stock from a person in Newport, but we eventually got to where we were going. We had a quiet afternoon, talking with friends, doing handwork and watching football, with lots of nibbles and mulled cider and mulled wine to keep us going during the afternoon. There were a couple of dogs who were very friendly. One slept all over Tempus for awhile and Tempus dozed off, too. 🙂 One ended up sleeping all over me later.
Thanksgiving dinner was great. It was an “all the fixin’s” dinner, where everyone brought a dish or three. We brought mulled wine, garlic butter, honey butter and marzipan. Amy brought some snackish things. One person made corn pudding, another did stuffing in muffin cups, someone else did a hot spiced cider and another made a fresh cranberry salsa (similar to the one that I do) There was bread and butter and a squash soup, a lovely salad, a huge dish of mashed potatoes and of course, the turkey. There were a couple of pies to follow, but all of us were too full, so pieces got cut to go home with people and the pecan that I got was wonderful!
The drive home was rather hypnotic and I dozed off and slept for well over 1/2 of it, but as we were getting onto the new part of rt 20 we had a guy blast around us (Tempus was going 65!) and the swerve woke me. The amount of water coming down out of the sky was amazing. At one point Tempus squawked, “Did they repeal the *shore*?” We even hit a pool of water that was marked off with cones and a High Water sign, and then well past it, suddenly went into one that was deep enough to make the car suddenly slew a bit and threw water into the trees! We did make it home safely!
Today we have to get the stuff that piled up on Tuesday and Wednesday out of the way and go on from there! We’ve already had a couple of customers, so I need to get to it!
A mandala for the season.
Today’s Plant is Stinging Nettle, Urtica Dioica, otherwise known as, “Ouch!!!!” Grab a handful of this plant and you will know it. There are lots of hollow “hairs” on this plant that act like tiny hypodermics, injecting histamine, among other stinging chemicals. There’s even a name for a type of allergic reaction called, “nettlerash”, that picked up the word from the characteristic pattern of itchy bumps. This plant has been used for food, medicine, fabric and magic for millennia. It is used as a pot herb and is one of the vegetables with the highest protein content. If you soak it in water or cook it the stings go away. In medicine it has been used to treat arthritis, dandruff and lack of milk in a nursing mother. The fibers are suitable for making fabric and a related species has been used for over 6000 years to make a silky-looking textile called ramie, even though the processing takes a lot of effort. They are even used to make beer and cordials! – Masculine, Mars, Fire, Thor – Exorcism – for getting rid of nasty-minded Fae, plant nettles around your garden and barn. Protection – nettles in a pocket will keep a person safe from lightning and bestow courage. Nettles kept in a room will protect anyone inside. Lust – Nettles are reputed to enhance fertility in men and nettle tea is an aphrodisiac. Healing – fever can be dispelled by plucking a nettle up by its roots while reciting the names of the sick person and family. …and shirts made of fabric spun and woven from nettles feature as a girl’s quest tale in the Twelve Wild Swans.
Windmill Blessing Day, Holland – “Many millers would bless their windmills by throwing a handful of flour into the wind as an offering to the mischievous windmill spirits.” I’ve *never* run into this festival anywhere except for Wilson’s Almanac, and the link he gives as a source is long since dead, but it’s a cool idea!
The shop opens at 11am! Switching to Winter Hours! Hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. 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,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 11/29 at 4:18am. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 11/27 at 4:18pm.
As the Moon wanes further, it passes Gamma (γ) Virginis, Jupiter, and Spica in early dawn. Before and during dawn Saturday, the thinning crescent Moon in the south is at the bottom of an arc that it now forms with Spica and, on top, Jupiter.
The naked-eye eclipsing binary star Algol should be at its minimum brightness, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.1, for a couple hours tonight centered on 12:13 a.m. EST; 9:13 p.m. PST.
Mercury (magnitude –0.5) and Saturn (magnitude +0.5) are hiding very low in the glare of sunset. Try got them with binoculars or a low-power, wide-field scope about 15 minutes after sundown. Look about 35° to the lower right of Venus.
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22
Runic half month of Naudhiz/ Nyd /Nauthiz – November 13- 27 – “Need-fire” – Time to prepare for winter. Consciousness is the Necessity. “That which does not destroy me makes me stronger.” – Nietzsche Runic half-month of Isa/ Is November 28-12 Literally, ‘ice’: a static period. The time of waiting before birth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
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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).
Secret of the Unhewn Stone, Dec 23 – (This is the blank day in this calendar, the one day of the year that is not ruled by a tree and its corresponding Ogham alphabet character. Its name denotes the quality of potential in all things.)
Graves (1966) makes a case for an additional “blank” ogham, “the unhewn dolmen arch”, which he assigns to the mistletoe, a plant for which there is abundant evidence of its ritual importance to the Celts. There are two common mistletoes in Europe, both of which live as parasites on trees. The common mistletoe (Viscum album L.) parasitizes many tree species, including oaks in the western part of its range. It forms white berries between Samhain and Yule. The yellow-berried mistletoe (Loranthus europaeus L.) does not extend to western Europe. It is found primarily on oaks. It is most likely the “golden bough”, being more common in the eastern Mediterranean than the common mistletoe. The common mistletoe has been cultivated in North American for the Yule trade, and there are several native mistletoes in the genus Phoradendron. Mistletoes are in the Mistletoe family (Viscaceae).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 25 Low 3:19 AM 2.1 7:26 AM Rise 3:35 AM 18
~ 25 High 9:34 AM 7.9 4:41 PM Set 3:10 PM
~ 25 Low 4:21 PM 1.0
~ 25 High 10:25 PM 6.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.
~ Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you. – Hafiz
~ Everyone lives by selling something. – Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Scottish novelist, poet
~ Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
~ Praise is a powerful people-builder. Catch individuals doing something right. – Brian Tracy
If snow falls on the far field
spend the night,
I ask you, cranes,
to warm my child in your wings. – Anonymous, Japanese
Symbolism – Rebirth of the Sun, The longest night of the year, The Winter Solstice, Introspect, Planning for the Future.
Symbols – Yule log, or small Yule log with 3 candles, evergreen boughs or wreaths, holly, ivy, fir trees, mistletoe hung in doorways, gold pillar candles, baskets of clove studded fruit, a simmering pot of wassail, poinsettias, christmas cactus.
Deities – Goddesses-Brighid, Isis, Demeter, Gaea, Diana, The Great Mother. Gods-Apollo, Ra, Odin, Lugh, The Oak King, The Horned One, The Green Man, The Divine Child, Mabon, Hathor, Hecate, Neith, Athene, Minerva, Ixchel, Osiris, Norns, Fates
Foods – Cookies and caraway cakes soaked in cider, Yule Cake (rich fruit cake), fruits, nuts, pork dishes, turkey, eggnog, ginger tea, mulled wine, spiced cider. Include many that have solar symbolism. Cookies are round like the sun, eggnog is golden and fertile, gingerbread is hot and spicy, and fruitcake bears red and orange highlights. As a side, try a little flaming brandy to warm you up
Incense – Pine, cedar, bayberry, cinnamon
Scents – violet, patchouli, rose geranium, frankincense, myrrh, lilac
Colours – Red, green, white or gold, silver, yellow, orange or blood red, white and black
Herbs – Bayberry, thistle, evergreen, frankincense, holly, ivy, laurel, mistletoe, oak, pine, sage, yellow cedar, holly, English ivy, fir
Flowers – holly, poinsettia, Christmas cactus
Trees – pine, fir, holly
Nature Spirits – snow faeries, storm faeries, winter tree faeries
Animals – mouse, deer, horse, bear
Birds – rook, robin, snowy owl
Stones – Rubies, bloodstones, garnets, emeralds, diamonds, serpentine, jacinth, peridot
Activities – Caroling, wassailing the trees, burning the Yule log, decorating the Yule tree, exchanging of presents, kissing under the mistletoe, honoring Kris Kringle (more commonly known nowadays as Santa Claus) the Germanic Pagan God of Yule.
Suggested Altar Decorations – Use a Green Altar cloth, with green and red God and Goddess candles. Decorate the Altar with evergreens, holly and ivy, fir tree boughs, and possibly your Yule Log. Use Ale or Mulled wine and rich fruit cake for your Cakes and Ale feast.
Power Flow – to endure, die, be reborn; Earth tides turning. Darkness. Personal alchemy. Spiritual paths – Reach out to friends and family, the lonely and needy.
Spellworkings of Yule – Peace, harmony, love, and increased happiness.
Silliness – Caesar Salad Now Legal!
WASHINGTON, DC — California decriminalized the sale of Caesar salad this week — and it’s not a moment too soon, the Libertarian Party said today.
“When you outlaw Caesar salad, only outlaws will eat Caesar salad,” noted the party’s Director of Communications, Bill Winter. “That’s why, on the issue of Caesar salad, we Libertarians have always been pro-legalization.”
Selling Caesar salad became a crime last year when California legislators passed a new health law banning the sale of food that used raw eggs as an ingredient. Unexpectedly, the law included Caesar salad, which uses uncooked eggs in its unique dressing.
Restaurant owners and fans of the popular salad were outraged. The outcry convinced state legislators to file a new bill to cancel the criminal status of Caesar salad — and, presumably, end what might have become a flourishing black market in contraband romaine lettuce, raw eggs, and Parmesan cheese.
The bill, signed into law by Governor Pete Wilson on Monday, has Libertarians cheering — but a little surprised.
“We have to compliment California legislators for their rare display of good sense,” acknowledged Winter. “Although we’re a bit surprised that they were courageous enough to toss the Caesar salad law entirely.”
Libertarians had expected politicians to take a more timid, gradual approach, said Winter, perhaps…
* Implementing a five-day waiting period for Caesar salad, so the government could do a medical background check for raw-egg allergies.
* Legalizing only “medical Caesar salad” — whereby people with a vitamin deficiency could get a doctor’s permission to buy a small amount of Caesar salad for their own personal use.
* Launching an anti-Caesar salad TV advertising blitz, perhaps with a commercial showing a frying pan, and then showing a frying pan with a raw egg in it. The voice-over could be: “This is your brain. This is your brain on Caesar salad.”
* Allowing only adults, 21 and over, the right to buy Caesar salad, on the grounds that it may be an adolescent’s gateway-salad to stronger stuff, like macaroni salad or three-bean salad.
But Libertarians say they are delighted with the bold, unexpected victory over the “Just Say No to Caesar Salad” lobby — and argue that it’s a win for libertarianism and the American way of life.
“We support the Constitutional right of every American to keep and bear a Caesar salad — or, rather, to eat and buy a Caesar salad,” said Winter. “All joking aside, it’s a setback for those political eggheads who think they have the right to micromanage every aspect of our lives — down to the type of salad we buy in a restaurant. Hopefully, politicians will learn … TO JUST LETTUCE ALONE.”