Lighted House Count – 84
House Capuchin Project Day from Noon to 6pm.
A lone heron was standing in an unbroken sheet of water right in the middle of the bay. The sand flats are covered at the moment, but it *looked* like he was walking on water. 🙂 There’s a steady rain coming down, flattening the waves and little wind even down by the water. It’s cold. 44F shouldn’t be, but with the rain, it feels like it. We’ve gotten well over 6/10’s of an inch since midnight and there’s no let-up in sight until this evening.
Yesterday started early and ended late. We didn’t head home until nearly 11pm. I’m still working my way through the web pages associated with my Pincushions pamphlet. We also got a big delivery of bay from a lady who had topped a tree and I spent quite some time cutting that up. Again, there’s more to do. I made a bean/lentil stew, too, which is going to be some dinners for a few days. Tempus made a loaf of bread and started working on some dishes.
From 11/21/15 up the North Fork of the Yachats River, by Ken Gagne
A couple of years ago, as a Yule Gift to all of you, I wrote up a description of how I make ornaments out of small books. These are a fun craft. If you start with a small book that suits the person you’re making it for (try bookstores, but the pharmacy across the street from us has ’em in the gift section!) or one with special nostalgic significance, you can have an inexpensive gift (or 6!) in an afternoon. Go to this page: http://wp.me/P2xgQ8-H8 Look for this picture and click on the link below the picture (clicking the title will do nothing, clicking the pic will take you only to the pic!) …and there are a lot more tutorials on the page! Or go straight to the PDF https://ancientlightshop.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/yule-gift-2012-book-ornaments2.pdf
The local larkspurs, delphinium trollifolium, and delphinium pavonaceum (which the Wiki article says is confined to the Valley, but I’ve collected out here….) are pretty flowers in shade of white, blue and purple. They’re called delphiniums after the shape of the nectary. More here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_trolliifolium and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_pavonaceum Other names are Larksheal and Staggerweed – Feminine, Venus, Water – The flowers frighten away venomous creatures and ghosts. Sprinkle between your eyes and a Litha fire to keep your sight clear. Use in rituals to call upon Dolphin energy.
Today is the feast of St. Barbara. This Virgin, & Martyr was Born in the mid third century somewhere in the Roman Empire and died in early fourth century to late third century, executed by her father for becoming a Christian. Her feast, on December 4 is no longer on Roman Catholic calendar, because they can’t prove she existed. Her symbols are a three-windowed tower, a palm branch, a chalice, or lightning. She is the Patron Saint of prisoners, architects, artillerymen and mathematicians. At various points in history her stories have probably been confused with pagan deities. In many of the Central European countries today, each family member will cut a twig from a tree that blooms and/or fruits. (My grandparents did this every year.) These are put in water in a warm place and the number of blossoms foretell the winter’s weather. The person whose twig blooms the most is said to be the favorite of the Goddess (usually listed as Mary….) More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Barbara
The shop opens at 11am! Winter 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
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 12/13 at 4:06pm. 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 12/7 at 1:03am.
The Moon shines about 5° or 6° to the right of little orange Mars in early evening, with Venus blazing far to their lower right. Farther to the Moon’s lower left, you’ll find twinkly Fomalhaut.
Venus (magnitude –4.2, crossing from Sagittarius into Capricornus) is the bright white “Evening Star” blazing 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
Su 4 High 3:51 AM 6.8 7:36 AM Rise 11:19 AM 16
~ 4 Low 9:14 AM 3.6 4:37 PM Set 9:40 PM
~ 4 High 2:45 PM 7.3
~ 4 Low 9:49 PM 0.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Say yes to Freedom!
~ I could never stay long enough on the shore; the tang of the untainted, fresh, and free sea air was like a cool, quieting thought. – Helen Keller
~ You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. – Mae West
~ Things are seldom what they seem, / Skim milk masquerades as cream. – Sir William Gilbert (1836-1911) English Playwright and Poet.
~ A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who cannot read. – Mark Twain
My Moon Song
I am an ocean in Your fullness
Full of life and Your creations.
I am a lake in Your waning
With gentle laps against the shore.
I am a stream in Your newness
Trickling over rocks and telling tales
I am a river in Your waxing
Charging back towards ocean’s roars. ~Written and Submitted by Wren~
Sun Up Egg Squares – Set this up the night before and just pop it into the oven!
1 pound pork sausage, cooked & drained
1 1/4 cups bisquick
4 ounces mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1 cup milk
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 teaspoon each; pepper, oregano
- Layer the sausage, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, and cheese in a well greased 13″x9″x2″ baking dish.
- Beat together the remaining ingredients in a non-metal bowl and pour over sausage mixture.
- Bake, covered, in a 350 degree oven until golden brown and set (about 30 minutes).
- Cut into 12 3-inch squares. Serves 12, can be halved.
½ pound pork sausage, cooked & drained
½ cup and 1 tablespoon bisquick
2 ounces mushrooms, sliced or one small can
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1/2 cup milk
1 medium tomatoes, chopped
¾ teaspoon salt
1 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 teaspoon each; pepper, oregano ( I would use Italian seasoning)
4 cups milk
A couple of almonds, finely chopped
1 rounded teaspoon of butter/margarine
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup washed white rice
A pinch of cinnamon powder
1/2 cup thick cream
- In a large saucepan, heat the milk until boiling.
- Add butter/margarine, then add the rice and turn down the heat.
- Cover with lid, and let rice simmer slowly for about one hour or until the milk is absorbed.
- Transfer to a non-metal bowl and fold in the cream and almonds.
- Serve in small bowls with sugar and cinnamon sprinkled on top.
The Bartlett Yule Bowl
For 4 people
- 1 cup of mandarin oranges, drained
- 1 cup of crunched hazelnuts (not looking for small pieces, just smaller….)
- ½ cup of semi-sweet or dark chocolate morsels
- ¼ of shredded coconut
- Freshly grated nutmeg
- Put oranges, hazelnuts, and chocolate morsels in a bowl and mix.
- Sprinkle with coconut.
- Grate nutmeg over the top
For breakfast serve over sweetened scalded milk cheese or cottage cheese.
For a dessert can be served by the bowl or over vanilla ice cream.