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Ancient Light’s Holiday Hours!
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!
Clouds are low and grey, but with white edges. The bay is deep grey, the ocean light with white lace edges. It’s 36 <brrrr> with almost no wind and the showers they talked about during the night dampened the pavement with a little over 1/8 of an inch. We got almost 1/5 of an inch of rain yesterday evening.
Yesterday it was good thing that we opened early. We had several people in the shop before 11am. Herbs was working on the comfrey which is already starting to get dry and after that I collapsed. There’s no other word for it. I couldn’t work, I couldn’t think, so I lay down and work over 2 hours later! Sewing was good. We worked on scissor bobs, and then I had a counseling session that went on for quite some time.
I had the Santa Tracker on all day. Yes, it’s silly, but I just love it! I watched from Australia, through the Orient, Africa and Europe and as he started into the Americas, then contacted each of my boys as the sleigh went over. They’re certain I’m nuts, so I don’t have to pretend. 🙂
Tempus got back to the shop from storage around 8pm and we ate some supper. I did a little hand-sewing and then worked on organizing supplies. We had a few chores before bedtime. I crawled in and went to sleep right away, but was up for about an hour, later, then went back to bed.
Yes, those are cookies! Hope you have a good holiday!
Today’s plant is Mistletoe. There are a number of different genii (plural of genus….) that this name is given to. The most common holiday mistletoe in the US comes from the Phoradendron genus. It is a parasitic plant that can kill trees with a bad infestation. The local folks in the PNW used to call it “basket plant”, because of the resemblance to large baskets hanging in naked winter trees. It is the plant of the Celtic Tree Month of the Secret of the Unhewn Stone. The seeds glue themselves to branches where they take root. This tenacity and the green, even in the times when most plants with leaves have lost them, appealed to the ancients and leads to some of the magicks. It was sacred to the ancient druids who would cut it from an oak with a golden sickle. – Masculine, Sun, Jupiter, Horned God – Mistletoe is a plant of masculine potency and used in many love/lust spells. Wear it for protection or hang it in the house to direct lightning away. Wear it also to attract love, or to help conceive. It is also associated with spells of liberation, used in the cutting away of toxic attachments and to help one find peace.
Today is the Roman festival of Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, or “Birthday of the Unconquered Sun” and may be the actual “Reason for the Season”. This is the first day that the sun (if you’re watching *very* closely) has a shorter shadow at noon. Today is actually less than ½ a minute longer than on the solstice, but accurate sundials & noon marks predate accurate clocks by a long shot! More on the god of this day http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol_Invictus More on noon marks http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noon_mark and sundials http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sundial
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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 12/26 at 10:53am.
The waning Moon points the way to Saturn and Antares very low in the dawn.
Right after dark you’ll find the <<<<< Pleiades high in the east, with Aldebaran and the Hyades below them. Far below these, Orion >>>>> is beginning to clear the horizon. By about 9 p.m. Orion is much higher and Sirius is sparkling below it, completing this famous tall stack of December stars.
Merry Sol Invictus! In late Roman times when the solstice fell on December 25th, the date was celebrated as Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, the Birthday of the Unconquered Sun — when the Sun began to reverse its long decline with the hopeful promise, in the cold and the dark, of a new spring and summer to come. When Christianity took over the Roman Empire, it took over the symbolism and the date.
Got a new scope for Christmas?Not quite sure what to do with it? Read What to See with Your New Telescope.
Mercury has faded from view in the glow of sunset.
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
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,
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Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch – The silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) is the most common tree birch in much of Europe. It grows up to 30 m (100 feet) high, but is more often found in spreading clumps on sandy soils. It is one of the first trees to colonize an area after a mature forest is cut; this is probably a large part of its symbolic connection with new beginnings. It is cultivated in North America, often under the name of weeping birch. The three trees in my front yard form root sprouts that would take over the bed where they are planted if I didn’t cut them back. The common birch (B. pubescens Ehrh.) is almost as widespread as the silver birch, but grows primarily on acid or peaty soils. It can reach 20 m (65 feet) in height. Birches are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae). Curtis Clark
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 25 Low 3:24 AM 3.1 7:51 AM Rise 4:20 AM 17
~ 25 High 9:30 AM 8.0 4:42 PM Set 2:43 PM
~ 25 Low 4:35 PM 0.7
~ 25 High 10:55 PM 6.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t be so quick to judge or discount something or someone, there just might be a diamond in all that coal.
~ There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart. – Celia Thaxter
~ This is a work of fiction. All the characters in it, human and otherwise, are imaginary, excepting only certain of the fairy folk, whom it might be unwise to offend by casting doubts on their existence. Or lack thereof. – Neil Gaiman
~ Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. – Voltaire (1694-1778) French Philosopher and Author
~ Don’t give up the ship! – The dying words of American naval hero Capt. James Lawrence became an honored naval motto.
Then came the merry maskers in,
And carols roar’d with blithesome din.
–Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)
Hot Crab (found at one point in an Italian cookbook from the 1500’s, but now I can’t find it, to source…. Same as my mother’s recipe for crab imperial….) 1 recipe for 12
- 1 Tablespoon Bread Crumbs
- 1 raw egg
- 1 hardboiled egg
- 1 Pound crabmeat or small shrimp
- 1 cup cream
- TBSP sour cream
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- Salt/Pepper (Old Bay Seasoning) (subbed horseradish)
- Clove garlic
- ¼ Onion
- 2 TBSP flour
- 5TBSP clarified butter
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Chop onion, mince garlic
- Melt butter and add flour, onion, garlic, salt, pepper and mustard over medium heat.
- Heat and stir until smooth and bubbly.
- Slowly add half and half and bring to boil.
- To mash the egg: smush, chop, pound, stomp, whatever works. I usually take an egg slicer and cut it one way, turn it and cut it the other.
- Mix crabmeat, mashed egg and raw egg together.
- Fold sauce into crabmeat and pour into 8″ x 8″ baking dish.
- Scatter breadcrumbs over.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Serve with a small spoon and chunks of heavy bread (rye/pumpernickel is great with this). Can be served in a bread bowl hot in the oven.
Cranberry Coleslaw – Blogger, Rebecca Lindamood
Prep Time 1min. – Total Time 1min. – Servings
Grab your serving early! Tangy Greek yogurt, tart dried cranberries and crunchy sunflower seeds could make this coleslaw the first empty dish on the table.
What You Need
- 1 lb. bagged cabbage and carrot coleslaw mix (or 6 cups mixed shredded cabbage and carrots)
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 Tbsp. KRAFT Real Mayo Mayonnaise
- 1 Tbsp. honey
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice or white wine vinegar
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. celery seed
- 1/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp. dried cranberries
- 2 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. shelled sunflower seeds or slivered almonds
- WHISK to combine yogurt, honey, lemon juice (or vinegar), salt, pepper, and celery seed to make the dressing. Set aside.
- ADD coleslaw vegetables to a mixing bowl. Toss in 1/4 cup of the cranberries and 2 Tablespoons of the sunflower seeds. Pour the dressing over the slaw and toss to coat completely. Transfer to a serving dish and scatter reserved cranberries and sunflower seeds over the top. Store leftovers, tightly lidded, in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Fried Mozzarella Cheese Balls – Breaded and fried cheese cubes with a zesty pizza dipping sauce. (https://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/fried-mozzarella-cheese-balls/080b083f-3752-4084-a030-06d04eecdfba)
- 8 ounces mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup Gold Medal™ unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 cups Progresso™ Italian-style bread crumbs
- Vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup Muir Glen™ organic pizza sauce, to serve
- Cut mozzarella cheese into 1-inch cubes and set aside.
- Place three shallow bowls beside each other, filling the first with flour, the second with the eggs and milk and the third with the breadcrumbs.
- Roll each cheese cube in the flour, tapping off excess flour, then dip in egg mixture, then roll in breadcrumbs and place on a plate. Repeat with remaining cheese cubes until all are coated.
- In a large skillet or saucepan, heat 2 inches of oil to 350°F (use a candy or deep-fry thermometer to gauge temperature). Set a large plate topped with a few paper towels off to the side.
- Using a slotted spoon, lower a few cheese cubes at a time into the oil, making sure they stay separated while frying. Remove from oil using spoon after 1 minute or when the cubes are a golden brown and place on paper towels to drain. Let oil return to 350°F before making the next batch. Repeat until all cheese cubes are fried.
- Heat pizza sauce in the microwave or on the stove top until warm; serve with warm, fried cheese balls.
STOVE TOP Spinach Balls – Recipe by Kraft
- Prep Time – 15min.
- Total Time – 35min.
- Servings – 12 servings
Forget mini meatballs—your guests won’t be able to stop talking about these spinach ball appetizers. You’ll want to make them for every event!
- 1 pkg. (6 oz.) STOVE TOP Stuffing Mix for Chicken
- 1-2/3 cups hot water
- 1/4 cup butter or margarine, cut up
- 2 pkg. (10 oz. each) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, well drained and patted dry
- 1 cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 4 eggs
- Heat oven to 400ºF.
- Mix stuffing mix, hot water and butter in large bowl until blended.
- Add remaining ingredients; mix lightly. Shape into 60 (1-inch) balls.
- Place in single layer on 2 rimmed baking sheets sprayed with cooking spray.
- Bake 15 to 20 min. or until heated through and lightly browned.