Lighted House Count – 27
First Minus Tide of the cycle of at 6:10 PM of -0.1 feet. High Surf Advisory!
Over the ocean there are lovely, white, puffy clouds with shredded lengths of cotton-wool above them. Over town and the Coast Range the clouds are dark, soggy, scrubbing cloths being wrung out when they hit the higher elevations. It’s 53F with the wind in the mid-teens and gusts hitting 20mph or better. We’ve gotten 1/10 of an inch of rain since midnight and we’re under a high surf advisory until tomorrow morning. The Siletz River is over flood stage, but the Alsea is not.
Yesterday was so nastily wet that even though I woke Tempus to go out and work during the only dry stretch we had, he made minimal progress on the car. We had to borrow Jeanne’s car this morning and Amy drove us home last night.
I did get a nap after I got the newsletter out yesterday, but not very long because we had a Job Corps youngster show up for the first time in months. We had a good class. After that I was awake so I worked on some more clipart and then finding and putting things away, including the sawdust that I sifted last week. That’s when Tempus was working on the car.
When the House Capuchin folks started showing up, so did the rain and it got nastier and blowier and messier until by the time we headed home it was blowing in sheets through the streetlights. I’m told that the most of that 10th of an inch came down around 3am in a thunderous roar that woke people up all over town!
We had a good day, finishing up some sewing kits that just need tags, now. I tore apart a pillow cover that was too shredded for use. I’ll make pouches of the fabric and use the form in my blue silk cover, once I find it. Tempus moved it somewhere. Amy got the sachet tops finished being lined out. Stella sorted pins for the sewing kits while I was winding thread and then I did a little more embroidery. Stella brought some lovely frybread for us all to share and Tempus was working on blanks for needles and fids from bone.
Today I just got my beautiful wreath for the season! The lady who delivered it is going to find me some cedar, too, hopefully delivering this afternoon. Tempus is going to work on the car, but he forgot his ramps, so he has to go home to get them. There’s no class this evening, so we’ll probably head home early. I’m still tired from the last couple of days even though I slept well last night.
A picture of Crater Lake by their Facebook page.
Today’s plant is Oregon Iris, Iris tenax. I grew up calling Iris flowers “ladies’ ball gowns”. Local peoples used the tough leaves for making string and rope mostly for snares. –Feminine, Venus, Water – sacred to Iris and Juno, their magicks are used for purification and magicks including 3’s. The three petals stand for faith, wisdom and valor and can be used in magicks to promote these qualities. More on Oregon Iris here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_tenax More on Iris in general here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_%28plant%29
Today is the anniversary of the 1965 “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” immortalized in the song “Alice’s Restaurant” that became almost an anthem in the late 60’s. The song by Arlo Guthrie hit #17 on the Billboard chart. We usually listen to it on KLCC after the noon news on Thanksgiving, and totally spaced it! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice%27s_Restaurant
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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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at on 11/29 at 4:18am.
Algol is at its minimum brightness, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.1, for a couple hours centered on 9:02 p.m. EST. Info and comparison-star chart.
Venus (magnitude –4.2, in Sagittarius) shines brightly as the “Evening Star” in the southwest during and after twilight.
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22
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
©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
M 28 Low 5:21 AM 2.8 7:30 AM Rise 6:28 AM 2
~ 28 High 11:14 AM 8.2 4:39 PM Set 4:42 PM
~ 28 Low 6:10 PM -0.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Poise is the ability to continue speaking fluently while the other fellow is picking up the check.
~ Dance along the knife edge and maintain the inner balance. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Better to be a man of character than a man of means. – Irish Proverb
~ One can pass on responsibility, but not the discretion that goes with it. – Benvenuto Cellini, Italian goldsmith and sculptor, in his autobiography
~ The good have no need of an advocate. – Phocion
Myth is the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into human cultural manifestation. Religions, philosophies, the arts, the social forms of primitive and historic man, prime discoveries in science and technology, the very dreams that blister sleep all boil up from the basic magic ring of myth. — Joseph Campbell
It’s the time of good cheer, parties and…hot spiced rum punch! Many years ago, when I read Dickens’ Pickwick Papers, I was captivated by the account of Mr Pickwick’s Christmas at Dingley Dell manor. Hot rum punch flowed and everyone was merry. There was no recipe, so I went looking for Victorian rum punch recipes. I found a few, and over the years, I have adapted my own, which is dead easy to make. It’s very alcoholic, very delicious, and will calm any tense family situation 😉
Here it is! Adapt quantities according to size. For 6 people:
2/3 75 cl bottle Amber rum – preferably from small craft rumeries if you can fin it.
2 75 cl German or Alsace white wine, very fruity – semi-sweet.
(You need one part of rum for 3 parts of wine.)
Raw sugar cane, or sugar cane syrup, to taste.
1 orange, 1 lemon.
zest of 1 orange, zest of 1/2 lemon – make sure the zest is in fairly long curls
1 star anise (whole)
cinnamon (2-3 sticks)
vanilla pod, whole but sliced down the middle
a few cloves
a few cardamon
3-4 allspice berries – whole berries, slightly crushed
mace (in blades, whole) – small amount
Add everything to a large pan and warm slowly until it is smoking and piping hot, but don’t allow to boil. Warm the glasses and be careful when filling them (I put a teaspoon in), and serve. Feel free to adapt according to taste, inspiration and preferred ingredients. Enjoy and toast Mr Pickwick and the Squire of Dingley Dell Manor!
Ancient Light There’s an adaptation of this that I use for making mulled wine or cider, as well, and makes a great gift if it can be refrigerated fairly soon (i.e. it can stand for hours, but I wouldn’t leave it under the tree for a week….) Take your sugar, zests and other spices and cook them slowly on the stove with an equal amount of water, tightly covered, stirring frequently. Let it cool a bit and mix in the juices of the citrus and add about a tablespoon of rosewater (if you have it) Store in the fridge. You can strain it, if you want, but it’s prettier if you don’t. Add to the alcohols after they begin to warm.
Anja’s Mulled Wine, Yule 1979
Beverage – Alcohol
About 1 gallon
- 2 cups of water
- 1 star anise
- 10 3 or 4 inch cinnamon sticks
- Small handful of whole cloves
- 1 crushed whole nutmeg
- 1 vanilla bean (opt.)
- (any other sweet spice you like can be added!)
- 2 cups of sugar
- ½ gallon of Cranapple® juice
- ½ gallon of Burgundy wine
Heavy-bottomed pot, stirring spoons, measuring things, party urn (30 cup!) or large soup pot with lid
- Bring water to a boil in heavy bottomed pot.
- Add spices and simmer 5 minutes.
- Add sugar and turn to low heat.
- Cook down slowly, stirring constantly until back to two cups of liquid.
- Strain out ground spices, but save the big pieces.
- Take a party urn (or soup pot) and pour wine and cranapple juice into it.
- Plug in (soup pot on low heat).
- When it has finished heating, pour the syrup in slowly, stirring constantly (if you do this fast, it will sink to the bottom and scorch, not an enticing flavor!)
- Take the large whole spices (cinnamon, vanilla & anise) and put into urn.
- If you like a lot of nutmeg flavor, cut another whole nutmeg into 4 pieces and add.
Serve hot, with cinnamon stick swizzles, pfeffernusse (or lebkuchen, gingerbread or gingersnaps) and Kiss Thumbprint cookies (brownies or other chocolate thingies work, too).
Pickled Red Grapes Recipe – Found on the internet – MARISA MCCLELLAN
- YIELD:makes 1 scant quart
- ACTIVE TIME:20 minutes
- TOTAL TIME:24 hours
- 1 pound red grapes
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup granulated white sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 vanilla bean
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon black peppercorns
- 1/8 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
- Wash grapes and remove from stem.
- Slice stem end off of the grapes and set aside.
- In a small saucepan, combine vinegar, water and sugar. Place over high heat and bring to a boil.
- Place spices into the bottom of a quart jar.
- Funnel trimmed grapes into the jar on top of the spices.
- Pour hot vinegar into jar over grapes.
- Let grapes sit until cool. Place a lid on the jar and refrigerate. Let pickled grapes rest in the fridge for at least 24 hours before serving.
Silliness – Knock Knock! Who’s There?
The lid a you trash can just blew off!