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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!
Yesterday once the newsletter was out, there wasn’t much left of the day! I wasn’t even done going through mail when the light vanished. Tempus ran back and forth from the house with things for awhile while I worked on finished up my tasks from yesterday. After that I got thoroughly tangled in e-mail and sorting that. Once Tempus got back we had some supper and went home to do chores.
We’re starting to talk about how to rearrange displays, which is part of what we do in January and February. We have to take down Tempus’ “playpen” which is creating a major traffic jam and did all summer.
Today the shop is open. Tempus is going to be running around after he gets the comfrey cleaned the rest of the way. I’ll probably spend a chunk of the day working on that. Sewing is this evening from 6-8pm.
A Google Maps Santa Tracker!!!! …and it’s fun to play with. I got totally distracted from drawing for awhile…. http://www.google.com/santatracker/ There are a bunch of games and silly things to dink with.
Today’s Plant is the Strawberry. We have two wild varieties out here, Wood’s Strawberry, Fragaria vesca, the Coastal Strawberry, Fragaria chiloensis, and of course the Garden Strawberry, Fragaria ×ananassa, which is a hybrid. It is a favorite flavor of many people and easy to reproduce in the lab. The leaves of vesca have been used to make a tea to help
with diarrhea and the whole plant is used as an anti-depressant, from flowers to leaves to fruit. – Feminine, Venus, Water, Freya (and many other deities) – Carry the leaves for luck, use them in love spells and sachets, sleep on them to dream of your love. Pregnant women should carry a sachet of the leaves during the last few months of pregnancy to ease labor. The berries themselves are simply an aphrodisiac, often combined with chocolate for this purpose. Yum! Wood’s Strawberry here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_vesca and Coastal Strawberry here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria_chiloensis Garden Strawberry here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_strawberry
Scrooge, Marley, the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas yet to come, Tiny Tim, “Bah, humbug!” and “God bless us, every one!” are all from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, first published on December 19, 1843. It was part of the revival of older Christmas customs in Britain and has never gone out of print. Incidentally, it finally got Dickens out of debt, when he was desperate and was written in the course of just a few days. It has been adapted to dramatic readings, stage versions and silent,
“talkie” and more modern cinema releases, one of which I love because it has Patrick Stewart as Scrooge! It’s the only one that I know of that gets the wind-up of Scrooge’s rusty laughter right. He really *does* sound like he’s dying for a moment or 3! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Christmas_Carol
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 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.)
This is the time of year when Orion shines in the east-southeast after dinnertime. He’s well up now, but his three-star Belt is still nearly vertical. The Belt points up toward Aldebaran and, even higher, the Pleiades. In the other direction, it points down to where bright Sirius is about to rise and twinkle furiously.
On December 11th, NASA’s Juno spacecraft made its third close swing over Jupiter’s North Polar Region. Astro-imager Damian Peach assembled this color composite from raw images returned by Juno. Full-resolution view.
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
Th 22 Low 12:41 AM 2.0 7:50 AM Rise 1:26 AM 42
~ 22 High 7:18 AM 7.5 4:40 PM Set 1:13 PM
~ 22 Low 2:08 PM 2.1
~ 22 High 7:52 PM 5.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence, sometimes you just have to stay home and mow your own lawn.
~ The will to do, the soul to dare. – Sir Walter Scott
~ Evening News is where they begin with ‘Good Evening’ and then tell you why it isn’t. – Georg Grey
~ Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know. – William Saroyan.
~ How often it is that the angry man rages denial of what his inner self is telling him. – Frank Herbert (1920-1986) US writer
Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.
–Alfred, Lord Tennyson
How to Make a Bird Seed Wreath
Ingredients for Bird Seed Wreath
For a bundt-pan sized bird seed wreath, you’ll need:
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 1 package unflavored gelatin
- 4 cups bird food (such as seeds, peanuts, berries, dried fruits)
- Bundt pan or other mold
- Nonstick cooking spray
- If you don’t have a mold, shape the mixture by hand onto a piece of waxed paper or a cookie sheet.
How to Make the Bird Seed Wreath
Step 1: Mix Up Edible Glue
Stir the gelatin into the warm water until dissolved. Whisk in the corn syrup and flour. Stir well, until there are no more lumps. It will make a thick gooey paste.
Step 2: Stir in Bird Seed
Mix the seeds with the paste in a large bowl, using a spatula to stir and fold until all of the seeds are coated and the edible glue is distributed. The mixture will start getting very sticky. Make sure it’s well mixed to keep the wreath from falling apart.
Step 3: Mold Wreath
Spray the bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray. Using the spatula, press the seed mixture into the bundt pan. Be sure to press the mixture down firmly until it’s well packed and even. Set the pan aside overnight. The mixture will harden and turn white, and the surface will be firm and dry when it’s ready. Test by pressing gently on the surface, and allow more setting time if it’s at all soft.
Step 4: Add Finishing Touches
Once the wreath is hard, gently remove it from the mold by turning it upside down onto a plate. Tie ribbons, garnish with sprigs of greenery or berries, and hang it for the birds to enjoy!
Once you get the hang of making the edible glue, there’s no end to possibilities:
Create “edible ornaments” using muffin pans, cookie cutters, or free-form shapes.
Line the bottom of the mold with berries or fruits in a pretty pattern. Carefully spread the seed mixture onto it to press the fruits into your wreath.
Make up some pretty seed combinations. For example, dried red cranberries with white safflower seed, or black sunflower seeds dotted with fresh blueberries.
Use a flower pot to mold bird seed bells. Tie a knot in a piece of ribbon, and thread it through the drainage hole in the pot. Add the seed mixture to the pot, making sure the knot is firmly imbedded in the glue mixture.