Photo by Ken Gagne
Minus Tide at 6:24 PM of -0.3 feet.
The sky is lovely and blue and the sun is shining, although I’m so sleepy that I’m having trouble holding my eyes open to see it all! It went down to 33F last night, but it’s 47, now, with almost no wind. There’s still a hazardous seas advisory until 9pm.
Yesterday I wrote steadily, first the newsletter, then a few blog posts, then worked somewhat on a new pamphlet, but back to newsletters and then on the website. Tempus was running in and out and then at the house and storage pretty much all day. …and then the toilet at the shop started acting up and he had to work on it for a bit. Mr. Fix-it can! He’s pretty darned amazing….
…and the whole front of the shop is full of big pieces of furniture! That was his last load of stuff that didn’t fit into storage. We’re supposed to be open this morning, but it’s only fair to warn you all…. I had *no* idea how he was going to get the signs out this morning, but he said he could and he did… the two big shelf unit are still in the way, though….
He was bagging a little early, but we didn’t get moving sooner than usual. I spent that part of the night on sorting mail. I’m still trying to dig out from under that spam deluge that we got last fall.
I got picked up at 4 and we got home just before 7am, then got down here by 11am? I’m not doing well.
Today is going to be all sorting out the various things that came in here last night, then starting to sort and put away the rest. I think I’m going to ask Tempus to do a bunch of dishes, first, and I’ll get the newsletters for the weekend done. I don’t know whether we’re going to have Wi-Fi or not, so the newsletters for Saturday and Sunday may come out late.
A pic from 12/28/15 of our glorious Ocean! Ken Gagne, of course.
I saw this picture and went, “Oh, *yes*!” It’s a much better version of one of the common things that we talk about, perspective, better than the tired old cliche of moss on a tree.
Today’s plant is Blue Elderberry, Sambucus cerulea. It’s a rather wild shrub that can be trained into a small tree, with icky-smelling white flowers that then produce dark fruits that appear blue because of a whitish coating on them. In Oregon it grows mostly from the valley out to the coast with some isolated pockets in the Eastern part of the state. There’s a lot of folklore surrounding the tree. “In some areas, the “elder tree” was supposed to ward off evil influence and give protection from witches, while other beliefs say that witches often congregate under the plant, especially when it is full of fruit. In some regions, superstition, religious belief, or tradition prohibits the cutting of certain trees for bonfires, most notably in witchcraft customs the elderberry tree; “Elder be ye Lady’s tree, burn it not or cursed ye’ll be” – A rhyme from the Wiccan rede-poem. If an elder tree was cut down, a spirit known as the Elder Mother would be released and take her revenge. The tree could only safely be cut while chanting a rhyme to the Elder Mother.”From Wikipedia – Feminine, Venus, Water – The flowers are used for Crossing the Bridge rituals. Carry for protection and to prevent rheumatism and toothache. Dried berries are helpful in sleep pillows. All parts are good for protection. Grow near the home for prosperity. Magic wands and flutes are often made from this wood.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus_ceruleaorhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus
Kwanzaa, African-American holiday (Dec 26 – Jan 1); Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) This is the 3rd day of this modern festival for those of African heritage. There’s a really good article explaining the traditions and where they come from here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwanzaa
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. 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. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 12/30 at 10:53am. 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 1/12, at 3:35 AM.
The waning Moon points the way to Saturn and Antares very low in the dawn.
After dinnertime at this time of year, the Great Square of Pegasus balances on one corner high in the west. The vast Andromeda-Pegasus constellation complex runs all the way from near the zenith (Andromeda’s foot) down through the Great Square (Pegasus’s body) to fairly low in the west (Pegasus’s nose).
Mars (magnitude +0.8, in Aquarius) stillglows in the south-southwest at dusk, about 15° upper left of Venus. In a telescope it’s a tiny orange blob only 6 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 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
W 28 High 12:17 AM 6.6 7:52 AM Rise 7:04 AM 2
~ 28 Low 5:34 AM 3.3 4:44 PM Set 4:45 PM
~ 28 High 11:22 AM 8.4
~ 28 Low 6:24 PM -0.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Do not lose hope in your wishes.
~ Big pay and little responsibility are circumstances seldom found together. – Napoleon Hill
~ No great deed is done by falterers who ask for certainty. – T.S. Eliot
~ You need to make a commitment, and once you make it, then life will give you some answers. – Les Brown
~ Challenges make life interesting, however, overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. – Mark Twain
Old Glory – Howard Schnauber
I Am The Flag of The Republic of The United States of America.
My name is Old Glory.
I used to fly atop the world’s tallest buildings but for today.
Today, I fly at half-mast in honor of those Americans who
were taken today.
I will continue to stand watch in America’s halls of justice.
I will continue to fly majestically over institutions of learning.
I will continue to stand guard with the power of united strength.
Look up and you will still see me.
Those who attack our shores
Cannot make me fall.
I stand for peace, honor, truth and justice.
I stand for freedom.
I am confident.
I am proud.
When I am flown with my fellow banners, my head is a little higher,
my colors a little truer.
I bow to no one!
I am recognized all over the world.
I am saluted.
I am loved — I am revered.
I am respected — and I am feared.
I have fought in every battle of every war for more then 200 years.
I was flown at Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Shiloh and Appomattox.
I was there at San Juan Hill, the trenches of France, in the Argonne
Forest, Anzio, Rome and the beaches of Normandy, Guam.
Okinawa, Korea and KheSan, Saigon, Vietnam know me,
I was there.
I led my troops,
I was dirty, battle worn and tired, but my soldiers cheered me
And I was proud.
I have been burned, torn and trampled on the streets of countries I
have helped set free. … It does not hurt, for I am invincible.
I have been soiled upon, burned, torn and trampled on the streets of
my country by those who would tear me asunder.
But I shall overcome — for I am strong.
I have slipped the bonds of Earth and stood watch over the uncharted
frontiers of space from my vantage point on the moon.
I have borne silent witness to all of America’s finest hours.
But my finest hours are yet to come.
When I am torn into strips and used as bandages for my wounded
comrades on the battlefield,
Or when I lie in the trembling arms of a grieving parent at the grave
of their fallen son or daughter,
I am proud.
My name is OLD GLORY, but my strength is in the American heart.
Long may I wave.
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 6 eggs
- 2 1/2 cups milk
- 1/4 cup beef drippings or vegetable oil
Beat the eggs into the milk. Make a well in the flour in a large bowl and stir in the egg mixture until just combined. Refrigerate the batter for at least an hour. Heat oven to 425 F (220 C). Put drippings of roast and/or some vegetable oil in an oven proof 13 X 10 inch pan in the oven. When the oil or drippings begin to smoke (about 5 minutes), put the cold batter in the pan and bake 25 to 30 minutes.
- A cup flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/4 cups milk
- Bacon bits
- Cheese cubes
Follow directions above or pour into custard cups or a muffin tin.
Blessed Bride’s Cake – Adapted by Akasha Ap Emrys
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup nut meats, chopped (walnuts, pecans, filberts)
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup golden raisins
- 1 cup flour
- 4 eggs
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- Mix all the ingredients together until they are wet. Do not over mix.
- Pour into a greased and floured 9″x9″x2″ square baking pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes, or until knife inserted in middle of cake comes out clean.
- Allow to cool before serving.
Antioxidant Loaded Winter Veggie Soup (4 views) From: herbalmuse
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large leek, well-washed, white parts only, chopped
1 large carrot, peeled and diced
1 large potato, diced
1 parsnip, peeled and diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
5 cups vegetable stock
Salt to taste
Handful fresh parsley leaves, chopped
Large handful fresh spinach leaves (around 4 ounces), rinsed and coarsely chopped
Freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
- In a soup pot, heat the olive oil and add the leeks, carrot, potato, parsnip, and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, over medium heat about 5 minutes. Add stock and salt to taste, then bring to a simmer.
- Simmer soup, partially covered, for about 5 minutes, then stir in parsley and spinach. Simmer, partially covered, about 5 more minutes. Add pepper to taste and serve piping hot.
Serves 4 to 5.
Braided Brigid Bread
2 tblsp. yeast
1/2 cup warm water
pinch of sugar
1 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup vegatable oil
1 tsp. salt
1 clove garlic, passed throuh garlic press
1/2 tsp. each dried oregano, thyme, and basil
4 tblsp. tomato paste
5-6 cups unbleached flour
1 egg yolk, beaten
Dissolve the yeast in warm water sprinkled with the pinch of sugar. Combine the milk, egg, sugar, oil, salt, garlic, and herbs in a large bowl. In a measuring cup, place the tomato paste and add water until it reaches the 1/2 cup point. Pour into the milk mixture and stir well. Add the yeast mixture. Begin adding flour, 1 cup at a time, until the dough can no longer be stirred. Turn out onto a floured boardand knead, continuing to add flour the keep the dough barely dry. This is a loose and soft dough, so be careful how much flour you add. Don’t let it get stiff! Place the dough in an oiled bowl and turn it over to coat both sides. Let it rise until doubled, about 45 minutes to an hour. Then, punch it down. cut the dough in half, divide each half into thirds, then roll into thick coils. Braid three coils into a loaf and pinch the ends together. Set on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Repeat with the other three coils. When the loaves have doubled in size, paint all surfaces with the egg yolk and bake for 35 minutes in a preheated 375 degrees oven, or until the internal temperature of bread measures 200 degrees. GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
Silliness – Useful Work Phrases
– Thank you. We’re all refreshed and challenged by your unique point of view.
– The fact that no one understands you doesn’t mean you’re an artist.
– I don’t know what your problem is, but I’ll bet it’s hard to pronounce.
– Any connection between your reality and mine is purely coincidental.
– I have plenty of talent and vision. I just don’t care.
– I like you. You remind me of when I was young and stupid.
– What am I? Flypaper for freaks!?
– I’m not being rude. You’re just insignificant.