Lighted House Count – 141
We dodged the bullet as far as ice goes, but it’s stormy and grim-looking, with gusts of wind that were shoving the car around and making the trees roar and slashing rain that felt like it had teeth as it attacked my face. It’s only 35F, but it’s climbing rapidly as the weather system goes past us. I’m still shivering…. The wind in town is negligible, with gusts of under 10mph, but down by the water the wind is more like 20mph with gusts hitting into the 40’s depending on where you are.
Yesterday started way late, but we got a lot done. The new stuff from Alley Valkyrie is in. It’s patches ($2 and $4) and little plate/bowls ($10-$15) with cool designs in her style. I found some more books that I got priced and inventoried and Tempus ran around putting stuff away so we’d be ready to open this morning.
…and a lovely picture of terns over the surf from 12/6/15 by Ken Gagne
Today’s plant is Field or Scouring Rush Horsetail http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_horsetail,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EquisetumThe darned things are next to impossible to get rid of, although they’re fascinating in construction and growth habit. In Oregon they’re a noxious weed, since, while the plants have been used as a poverty food (early spring) they can be toxic to grazing animals and are dangerous to people who retain fluid, although the Romans used it both as a tea and a thickening powder. It can be used as a polish and a dye. Horsetail –Feminine, Saturn, Earth, This is best used in fertility mixtures, sachets, amulets, etc. Place in the bedroom for help in conception. Whistles made of horsetail stems are used in snake charming.
Today’s Feast is that of Neith, creation goddess and mother in Egypt. She also was goddess of warriors and weaving and all kinds of other things…. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neith
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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 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 12/12 at 4:06am.
The left side of the Great Square of Pegasus points down past the gibbous Moon early this evening. Below the Moon is Beta Ceti (Deneb Kaitos, tail of the sea monster), about as bright as the stars of the Great Square.
Saturn is lost in the sunset.
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 Runic half-month of Jera/ Jara 12/13-12/27 – Jara signifies the completion of natural cycles, such as fruition, and has a more transcendent meaning of mystic marriage of Earth and Cosmos. *Ø* Wilson’s Almanac free daily ezine | Book of Days | December 13
©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
Th 8 Low 12:25 AM 1.3 7:40 AM Set 12:58 AM 55
~ 8 High 7:08 AM 7.6 4:37 PM Rise 1:32 PM
~ 8 Low 1:42 PM 2.1
~ 8 High 7:22 PM 6.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I welcome success and fortune into my life.
~ A Lawyer will do anything to win a case, sometimes he will even tell the truth. – Patrick Murray
~ Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich. – Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) French actor
~ I have made more friends for American culture than the State Department. Certainly I have made fewer enemies, but that isn’t very difficult. – Arthur Miller (1915-2005) US playwright
~ This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure. – Winston Churchill
No one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside. We cannot open the gate of another, either by argument or by emotional appeal.” If you decide to open your “gate of change” to really understand and live the principles embodied in the Seven Habits, your growth will be evolutionary, but the net effect will be revolutionary. – Marilyn Ferguson, quoted in Overview of the Seven Habits
Irish Trifle – Makes about 8 servings (used Stuff 2006)
1 stale spongecake
4 tablespoons raspberry jam
1/2 to 2/3 cup sherry
1/3 cup Irish whiskey, optional (see note)
*custard (recipe follows)
1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar
**few drops vanilla
1/2 cup almonds, blanched and slivered, optional
**slices of kiwifruit and strawberries for garnish, optional
2 egg yolks
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 cups milk
To make trifle: Split the spongecake into three or four layers and spread each layer with raspberry jam.
- Put the pieces in a pretty glass bowl.
- Pour the sherry (mixed with the whiskey, if desired) over the spongecake and let it soak an hour
- To make the custard: Beat the egg and egg yolks together with the sugar.
- Heat the milk to just below boiling point and pour over the eggs, beating constantly.
- Cook the custard in the top of a double boiler over simmering hot, not boiling, water until it’s thick and creamy.
- Pour the custard over the cake and cool.
- Meanwhile, whip the cream with the sugar, fold in the vanilla.
- Pile the whipped cream over the top of the trifle.
- Decorate with the almonds, kiwi and strawberries if desired.
Note: The whiskey, when added to the sherry, gives the trifle a more pungent flavor. It’s not for all tastes. If in doubt, leave it out!
Hot Cinnamon Pudding Cake
- 1 c. sugar
- 2 T. butter
- 1 c. milk
- 2 c. flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 2 tsp. cinnamon (you can change this out for nutmeg, cardamom or vanilla)
- 1/4 tsp. salt
Mix all together and pour into a greased 13 x 9″ baking pan. Add topping.
- 2 c. brown sugar
- 2 T. butter
- 1 tsp cinnamon (you can change this out for nutmeg, cardamom or vanilla)
- 1-1/4 c. water
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Pour over cake batter and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
Serves 12. Good with ice cream or cool whip.
Submitted By Dana 2002 to GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
CRANBERRY DIVINE (6 Servings)
Preheated 375° oven.
- 1-9″ Pie Pan
- 1-1 Ib. can cranberry sauce (whole or jellied)
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 tsp grated lemon rind
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (or cadamom or nutmeg, as your prefer)
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
- 1/3 cup sifted flour
- 1/2 cup sliced blanched almonds
- 12/ cup instant nonfat dried milk
- Spread cranberry sauce in bottom of pie pan.
- Sprinkle with lemon juice and rind.
- Mix flour, instant nonfat dry milk, salt, cinnamon and sugar until well blended.
- Cut in butter with pastry blender until mixture is the consistency of commeal.
- Add almonds.
- Spread on top of cranberries. ‘
- Bake 35-40 minutes.
- Cut in wedges while warm.
- Serve with scoop of ice cream.
3 cups sweetened tart pie apples, fresh peaches, plums or rhubarb may be used instead of cranberries. Add 1/4 cup water to fresh fruits with lemon juice.
- 2 1/2 c. pecan halves
- 3 tbsp. butter
- 1/2 c. water
- 1 c. brown sugar
- 2-3 tsp. brandy
Preheat oven to 370 degrees. Spread pecans on a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan. Dot pan with butter. Place in oven for 10 minutes. Stir nuts. Turn oven off, leaving nuts in warm oven. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper and set aside. In a heavy 2-quart saucepan combine water and sugar. Place over high heat and stir with a wooden spoon until mixture comes to a boil. Cook syrup to soft-ball stage, about 238 degrees. Remove from heat. With a wooden spoon, beat 1 minute or until mixture is creamy. Add toasted nuts and brandy. Stir until well-coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool.