Photo by Ken Gagne 12-13-16
Lighted House Count – 593
It’s 43F and the sun was trying to shine through lumpy cloud as we were on our way to the shop. There’s almost no wind, at the moment, but a Small Craft Advisory and Gale Warning is up for tonight and rain is supposed to move in this afternoon.
Yesterday started with cooking. I had planned a not-too-difficult dinner, figuring that I was going to want to visit with folks, rather than fuss, so we had turkey, stuffing, a rice & veg dish and turkey gravy, preceded by crackers and dip, olives and other picklish things and cookies and finishing up with fruitcake….which not everyone got because we were too stuffed with turkey for quite a while!
Sash came to visit for the day, which was lovely. As close as we are in terms of geography, we don’t see each other nearly often enough. In the evening Tempus and I cleaned up, broke down the turkey carcass, fridged the leftovers, went home and just vegged. The stars were bright when we got home, but it was *cold*!
So now we have to finish up clearing out the house, then set up to go to Hogmanay over this coming weekend. We’re going to be closed Friday/Saturday/Sunday over New Year’s because we’re driving to and from Grant’s Pass!
A Ken Gagne photo of the Yachats Covered Bridge on 12/13/16.
Today’s Plant is Lovage, levisticum officinale. It’s a perennial, so it’ll be back in the spring. It seems to have originated somewhere near the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for a long while, being a very useful plant. It has a strong, long-lasting scent, that reminds a person of celery and parsley, but with the volume turned up. It’s great in salads, but chop it small and mix with other greens or it overpowers! Both leaf and seed are great in soups, especially seafood chowders and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable. I’ve drunk lovage cordial, which is tasty. It has a high flavonoid content, as well. Medicinally, a strong leaf tea, iced, is a good antiseptic, especially for extensive scrapes, where it takes down the sting and swelling very quickly and can be splashed on as often as needed. It can be used for mild cases of water retention, as well, and even with high blood pressure. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often used in love magicks, but works best as a self-confidence enhancer. Take a bath with a sachet of the leaves, or make a strong tea that you toss into the bathwater before going out to meet new people or to start a new job. It also helps to squeeze a small sachet of the leaves if you’re having trouble concentrating on a task. Wiki has more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovage
Boxing Day is mostly a British tradition where gifts are given to tradesmen and people in the “service jobs”. It’s also a huge shopping day, like our Black Friday. When I was a kid, this was the day that we sent cards and tips to folks like the milkman and Grandma’s hairdresser. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxing_Day
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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Dark, psychopomps. – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris . Phase ends at the Tide Change on 12/28 at 10:53pm.
The waning Moon points the way to Saturn and Antares very low in the dawn.
Saturn already? Antares already? Before 2017 even begins, you can catch the very beginning of their apparition that will culminate in the warm evening sky next summer. In early dawn tomorrow the 27th, if the air is very clear, go out and look very low in the southeast. Saturn is below the thin waning crescent Moon, and twinkly Antares is off to their right, as shown above. Binoculars will help. The best viewing will probably be about 45 to 35 minutes before your local sunrise time. (Though in a telescope, Saturn so low will look awfully blurred through the thick air.)
Venus (magnitude –4.4, in Capricornus) is the bright white “Evening Star” blazing in the southwest during and after twilight. In a telescope, it’s a brilliant gibbous disc (about 60% sunlit) 20 arcseconds in diameter.
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,
©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
M 26 Low 4:11 AM 3.2 7:52 AM Rise 5:17 AM 10
~ 26 High 10:08 AM 8.1 4:43 PM Set 3:19 PM
~ 26 Low 5:14 PM 0.2
~ 26 High 11:38 PM 6.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Rest is good, but not when it feeds inertia. Let rest be true rest, then rise again to the practices that feed your soul.
~ Logic is a system whereby one may go wrong with confidence. – Charles K. Kettering
~ The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural SciencesEugene Wigner (1902-1995) Hungarian-born US physicist
~ Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful. – Mark Victor Hansen
~ Work helps to prevent us from three great evils- weariness, vice and want. – Voltaire
O night, faithful friend of mysteries; and you, golden stars and moon, who follow the fiery star of day; and you, Hecate, goddess with threefold head, you know my designs and come to strengthen my spells and magic arts; and you, earth, who offer your potent herbs to magic; and airs, winds, mountains, streams, and lakes, and all you woodland gods, and all you gods of the night: Be present now… – Ovid, The Metamorphoses
Four Treasure Soup
8 ounces can of sliced water chestnuts, drained
¼ pound of boned, skinned chicken breast, ground
½ cup chopped green onions
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon flour
1 teaspoon Chinese hot mustard
½ cup julienned carrot strips
14 ounces of chicken broth
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
¼ cup dry sherry
1 package frozen Chinese pea pods
Mince half of the water chestnuts and combine with chicken, 2 teaspoons of
onions, soy sauce, mustard and flour. Reserve remaining water chestnuts and
onions. In a large saucepan, mix broth, sherry and garlic powder and bring
to a boil. Drop chicken mixture by teaspoonfuls into broth. Add carrots and
simmer 3-4 minutes until meatballs are cooked. Add remaining water chestnuts
green onions and pea pods. Heat through and serve immediately.
Fire Soup (Betty)
2 1/2 pounds Sugar-cured ham
6 ounces Schnitzel’s hot sauce
4 ounces Scotch Bonnet pepper sauce
1 pound Lentils
1 pound Kidney Beans
4 ounces Tabasco Sauce
Put the ham, lentils and beans in enough water to cover. Cook until beans
are done. Put in all hot sauces. Cook several more hours, until the flavor
is all through the ham, which is thoroughly broken apart. Serve with
something cold to drink. It’s great for your sinuses. (Notes from recipe
creator: I just threw this together because I was feeling reckless, but the
taste was wonderful, and the stuff freezes well, too. Both Dr. Schnitzel’s
and the Scotch Bonnet pepper sauce are habañero sauces, which I think
accounts for the wonderful flavor (as well as the heat.) Tabasco alone would
work, if you used a *lot*, but the flavor wouldn’t be as good, I think.)
Bacon, Cabbage and Pasta Soup
4 Slices bacon, cut up
2 c Coarsely shredded cabbage
2 (14-1/2 oz.) cans beef broth
1 (16 oz.) pkg. Green Giant Frozen Pasta & Vegetables
Accent Garden Herb Seasoning
Cook bacon in large saucepan until crisp; remove bacon and drain on paper
towels. Crumble bacon. Cook cabbage in broth until crisp tender. Stir bacon,
broth, frozen vegetables and pasta, and water into cabbage. Bring to a boil;
stir. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 6 to 8 minutes or until vegetables are
(You can also use 2 cups cooked pasta and 2 cups of frozen vegetables. Follow the directions as above, but only throw the past in for the last minute of cooking.)
- Nuker Ham and Corn Chowder
2 17 ounce cans of creamed corn
1 ½ cup chopped ham, cooked
1 ½ cup milk
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
1 tablespoon minced onion
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
Parsley, choppedIn a microwave-safe large casserole combine corn, ham, milk, cheese, onions and seasons.
- Zap 3 minutes, stir.
- Zap 1 minute, stir and repeat until heated through.
- Let stand for 10 minutes to let flavors blend and stir thoroughly.
- Zap again for 1 minute to bring back to temp.
- Garnish with the parsley and serve.