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Ancient Light’s Holiday Hours!
Regular hours on 12/22 (plus Sewing from 6-8pm)
Open Circle for Yule Sabbat – 7pm Friday, 12/23 We’ll be open until 7pm.
Open Christmas Eve from 10am to 7pm, Saturday 12/24
Closed Christmas Day, Sunday 12/25
Open Monday 12/26, Wednesday 12/28 and Thursday 12/29 from 11-5pm (Regular Hours)
Closed Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12/30-1/1
Back to regular hours on 1/2/17!
Definitely winter…. Small Craft Advisory for wind and heavy seas, flood watch, etc…. The sun is only dimly seen through clouds that are dull grey. We got 7/10’s of an inch of rain yesterday and 8/10’s today, but we should have a break until early Thursday. At least the wind has calmed down. 50F
Yesterday I didn’t feel well all day. I did some cooking, using up stuff that was getting old and prepping some things so’s to not have to cook much over the next several days. I made a sausage spaghetti sauce and a split pea soup and a sandwich spread and cleaned up from the mess on Sunday, but other than that I wrote, mostly.
Today I have to set up newsletters and then I think I’d better start on updating web pages. Tempus has work to do in storage.
A photo by Ken Gagne from 11/20 of Yaquina Bay with a similar sky to today’s showing all the crab pots from the commercial fishing fleet.
Today’s Plant is Gillyflower, Clove Pink, Carnation, all names that are used for, Dianthus caryophyllus. This plant has been hybridized to the point where the basic flower and the florist’s varieties (which are all that show up in the article….) don’t look a bit alike, although they keep the scent. These also make a yummy tea. Even a single flower in a cup of green tea is enough! There is a lot of symbolism to the flower, depending on which culture you’re in, although they generally are thought to mean love, fascination, and distinction. They were used particularly in crowns of victory in ancient Europe. – Masculine, Sun, Fire, Jupiter – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy (so perfect for hospital bouquets!) and for healing of broken hearts, add red, rather than pink blossoms. White are occasionally used for the protection of children or those who travel. Dried petals make a great addition to sachets, potpourris or incense since they strengthen the properties of other plants and herbs.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianthus_caryophyllus
Mōdraniht, Modresnacht, Mother’s Night is a very old festival that apparently celebrated several goddesses, the Matres or Matrones. This is one of those did-they-didn’t-they feasts that you find in a lot of the modern pagan calendar books, but we aren’t really sure *what* was done, only that something was. What’s in the books is interpretation. It’s possible that this connects to Berchta/Frau Holde/La Befana who are all gifting goddesses. It’s equally possible that this was simply an event where women did the sacrifices or even some other kind of topsy-turvy bit. No one is really sure. Here’s some info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C5%8Ddraniht A similar event is talked about here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%ADsabl%C3%B3t
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
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 12/28 at 10:53pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 12/20 at 5:56pm. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 12/25 at 10:53pm.
The waning Moon passes Jupiter and Spica high in the south these cold dawns. (The Moon is positioned for the time of dawn near the middle of North America.)
Last-quarter Moon (exact at 8:56 p.m. EST). The Moon rises around midnight. Once it’s well up you’ll see that it’s in Virgo under the tail of Leo. Jupiter rises below the Moon about an hour and a half later. By dawn Wednesday morning, they’re high in the south.
You are remembered, Carl Sagan (November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996). >>>>
Mars (magnitude +0.8, in Aquarius) stillglows in the south-southwest at dusk, about 16° upper left of Venus. In a telescope it’s a tiny orange blob only 6 arcseconds in diameter.
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22
Celtic Tree Month of the Secret of the Unhewn Stone, Dec 23
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch
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 Runic half-month of Eihwaz/Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books,
©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
Tu 20 High 5:37 AM 7.5 7:49 AM Set 12:19 PM 62
~ 20 Low 11:50 AM 2.7 4:39 PM
~ 20 High 5:20 PM 6.2
~ 20 Low 11:46 PM 1.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The real measure of your wealth is how much you would be worth if you lost all your money.
~ Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be. – John Wooden
~ All men are fools, but all fools are not men. – American Proverb
~ I shall adopt new views as fast as they shall appear to be true views. – Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President
~ All women’s dresses are merely variations on the eternal struggle between admitted desire to dress and the unadmitted desire to undress. – Lin Yutang (1895-1976) Chinese writer
Oh, don’t the days seem lank and long,
When all goes right and nothing goes wrong,
And isn’t your life extremely flat,
When you’ve nothing whatever to grumble at? – Sir William Gilbert (1836-1911) English Playwright and Poet.
1 medium eggplant
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons oil
2 green peppers, sliced
2 medium carrots
1 dash of black pepper
1 dash cinnamon
¼ cup parsley, finely chopped
¼ cup fresh dill, finely chopped
1 tomato, cut into wedges
Cut eggplant lengthwise into ¼” thick slices. Sprinkle slices with salt and
let sit for ½ hour. Rinse, squeeze and pat dry. Heat oil over medium heat
and sauté eggplant for a few minutes until soft. Remove to a serving dish.
Saute sliced green peppers until just tender. Remove to serving dish,
placing next to the eggplant. Saute carrot until just tender and place next
to green peppers and eggplant. Season with pepper and cinnamon. Spring
parsley over eggplant and dill over the carrots. Garnish with tomato and
salt and pepper to taste
1 head of cabbage, finely cut
2 tablespoons butter
Butter a large cooking kettle well and fill with alternate layers of cabbage
and sliced onions. Cover kettle and place over low flame and steam until
veggies are tender. Season with salt, pepper and butter.
- 4 cups red cabbage, shredded
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, coarse ground
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1/4 cup salad oil
- 2 tablespoons parsley
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
Combine and toss the vegetables together. Mix salt, pepper, salad oil, lemon juice, sugar and parsley and pour over the vegetable mixture. Refrigerate for 1 hour, Toss briskly before serving. Makes 8 servings.
Pomegranate and Poppy Seed Salad
Crisp, green romaine is the perfect base for this salad of red onion, pomegranate seeds and a creamy dressing.
- Prep Time:10 min
- Start to Finish:10 min
- Makes:12 servings
- 2 heads romaine, torn into bite-size pieces
- 1 medium red onion, sliced
- 2 cups pomegranate seeds
Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing
- 1 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons poppy seed
- In large bowl, mix all salad ingredients.
- In small bowl, mix all dressing ingredients until well blended. Pour over salad; toss to coat. Serve immediately.
1 Serving: Calories 210 (Calories from Fat 135 ); Total Fat 15 g (Saturated Fat 2 g); Cholesterol 10 mg; Sodium 115 mg; Total Carbohydrate 18 g (Dietary Fiber 1 g); Protein 2 g Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 26 %; Vitamin C 28 %; Calcium 4 %; Iron 4 % Exchanges: 1 Fruit; 1 Vegetable; 3 Fat
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Did You Know? – Pomegranates add more than just great taste and brilliant color to recipes. They’re also rich in potassium and contain a good amount of vitamin C.
Substitution – If you can’t find pomegranates, you can use 1 cup dried cranberries or sour cherries.
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