Minus Tides start tomorrow! For some reason folks are starting to call the High Tides of this part of the cycle, “King Tides”. For the next week tides will be both higher and lower than usual. Higher matters in the winter with storms and rain. Lower matters because people go out too far and with the faster, steeper change in water levels, they get caught out on sandbars and such. It’s frightening. Not long after I first moved to the coast I was out on the sandbar beyond the wave crash area during one of these. I had splashed through water that was barely enough to splash….maybe an inch…. to get there. I realized that the tide had turned when one of the higher waves got me about knee-high on what had been dry sand and when I turned to go back, even though I ran, it went from knee-deep to chest-high on me as I half-swam, struggling back onto the main part of the beach! I had been out on the sandbar for less than 5 minutes! Don’t turn your back on Mama Ocean!
Rain and 46F with wind in the low teens, gusts in teh low 20’s. Ok, this is *much* more like what I’m used to! We’ve gotten most of 1/2 and inch of rain since midnight. It was heavy enough at one point that you could hear it over the sleep music that we play at night.
Yesterday started slowly. I went off into a dreadful asthma attack in the early afternoon and that makes life far too interesting for a bit. There are a lot of allergens floating around the shop with all the papers and such shoved into every spare cranny. Herbs got delayed until I could breathe, but then we made both plantain and calendula salve with coconut oil.
Tempus took off not long after that, while I kept working on herbal things and then on finding some clipart that’s gone missing. We had several sets of folks in from the Portland area during the afternoon. I heard from kids and various friends about how their pets were liking (or not) the show. I found the set of pix from one lady whose dog was very enthusiastic about the too-deep-for-him snow. He would launch himself from the porch and wallow around in it, barking, until she came and got him. 🙂
Once Tempus got back we working on sorting and putting away. He washed out my newest air purifier and got it running. I sorted another batch of beads that turned up, one that I was sure was there….somewhere…. and turned out to be tucked into the pocket of a coat in the closet. ???? There are times….
Supper was the lentil stew and we headed home around 9pm. The moon is just past the quarter and even with the sky completely clouded over it was bright enough that I didn’t need to use my flashlight on the path!
Today we might have Job Corps students and then the House Capuchin Project Day is in the afternoon. Tempus is planning to go after some more stuff, although where we’re going to put it, is a question.
Photo by Kenny Henson of Florence, Oregon in the recent storm of Heceta Head Light.
Maidenhair Fern is cultivated for use in gardens, but out here on the coast you can’t walk past a stand of trees without seeing it. Our variety is Adiantum Pedatum, (northern maidenhair, five-fingered fern) most often , but others of the aidantums get mixed in, too. –Feminine, Venus, Water – This represents the physical presence of the Divine Feminine, much as the Sword Fern represents the Divine Masculine. To get more in touch with this part of your Higher Self and to gain grace and physical beauty (always remembering that true beauty is from within) soak a sprig of this plant in water (…better by moonlight, and it’s a great ritual for a Full Moon) and hang it in your bedroom. This is also helpful for the transition times between life stages, and can even help with becoming pregnant if there are physical difficulties with a woman’s cycles. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adiantum_pedatum and on the family grouping here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maidenhair_fern
Lesser (Rural) Dionysia, festival of Dionysus, ancient Greece – This wasn’t a set date, either festivals were held in different areas on different dates. A festival with a lot of comedy and horseplay in honor of Dionysus, where a large wooden phallus was carried in a procession. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dionysia and a description of the procession and revels here: http://web.eecs.utk.edu/~mclennan/BA/JO-RD.html plus another link on the Dionysian Mysteries: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dionysian_Mysteries
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
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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 1/5 at 2:47pm. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 1/12.
The waxing gibbous Moon crosses Taurus.
The waxing gibbous Moon shines below the Pleiades and left of Aldebaran this evening. Late tonight the dark limb of the Moon occults 4th-magnitude Gamma Tauri for most of western and central North America; map and timetables.
Catch Saturn, Mercury, and Antares changing the shape of their lineup low in the dawn all week.
Mars (magnitude +1.0, in Aquarius) is the fainter orange “star” upper left of Venus. The separation between them shrinks from 10° to 8° this week. In a telescope Mars a disappointing orange fuzzblob only 5.5 arcseconds in diameter.
Calendar was supposed to arrive Friday. It’s apparently at the PO, but not in the box. <sigh>
©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
Su 8 Low 1:55 AM 2.5 7:52 AM Set 3:28 AM 72
~ 8 High 8:17 AM 8.6 4:55 PM Rise 1:57 PM
~ 8 Low 3:25 PM 0.2
~ 8 High 9:41 PM 6.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I Am Grateful, For I Feel Abundantly Blessed.
~ It’s not true that nice guys finish last. Nice guys are winners before the game even starts. – Addison Walker
~ If you haven’t got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. – Bob Hope
~ I think I began learning long ago that those who are happiest are those who do the most for others. – Booker T. Washington
~ All who think cannot but see there is a sanction like that of religion which binds us in partnership in the serious work of the world. – John Hay
Everything needs it: bone, muscles, and even,
while it calls the earth its home, the soul.
So the merciful, noisy machine
stands in our house working away in its
lung-like voice. I hear it as I kneel
before the fire, stirring with a
stick of iron, letting the logs
lie more loosely. You, in the upstairs room,
are in your usual position, leaning on your
right shoulder which aches
all day. You are breathing
patiently; it is a
beautiful sound. It is
your life, which is so close
to my own that I would not know
where to drop the knife of
separation. And what does this have to do
with love, except
everything? Now the fire rises
and offers a dozen, singing, deep-red
roses of flame. Then it settles
to quietude, or maybe gratitude, as it feeds
as we all do, as we must, upon the invisible gift:
our purest, sweet necessity: the air. ~ Mary Oliver ~ (New and Selected Poems, Volume Two)
Hoppin John Soup Inspired by The Seasonal Detox Diet, by Carrie L’Esperance (Inner Traditions, 2002).
Many of us eat the traditional Southern black-eyed pea dish Hoppin’ John for good luck on New Year‘s Day, but those great little peas are so rich in nutrients (including minerals, Vitamins A and B, folic acid, pantothenic acid, and niacin) that it makes sense to include them in our diets all through the month of January.
This soup has a hint of spiciness from cayenne and dried mustard, while garlic, rosemary, and thyme add healing and flavor to this perfect showcase for those fabulous little pea-beans. A lovely, lighter way to enjoy the health benefits of black-eyed peas: this soup is sure to bring us good luck!
6 cups vegetable stock
8 cups water
one 5-inch piece of fresh rosemary sprig
1 bay leaf
5 garlic cloves
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons yellow mustard powder
2 1/4 cups dried black-eyed peas
3/4 cup short-grain brown rice
2 cups diced celery
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
- In a large soup pot, add stock, water, rosemary, bay leaf, garlic, cayenne, dry mustard, and black-eyed peas. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer partially covered for 1 1/2 hours, then remove bay leaf and rosemary sprig.
- In a separate saucepan, heat 2 cups water to a boil, then add brown rice and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, until rice is tender, around 40 minutes. Add cooked rice, celery, thyme, and onion to the black-eyed pea mixture and cover tightly, simmering and allowing flavors to blend for 30 minutes.
Serves 8 to 10.
Golden Cream Soup – This is a deliciously creamy soup that uses traditional milk & honey, and the keeper winter squashes that are going to go bad if they don’t get used, soon. You can make it savory or slightly sweet as you prefer. …and it sounds like a difficult recipe, but it’s not. You just have to be careful with it.
Holiday – Imbolc
Soup (and leftovers for side dish) 4-6 servings
1 cup squash (acorn or other orange-fleshed squash…even pumpkin)
2 tablespoons butter
Water (amount varies and may not be needed)
OR (skip to 6)
1 cup of any leftover cooked squash, drained of liquid
OR (skip to 7)
1 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
3 1/2 cup milk
½ cup heavy cream
Washed rosemary sprigs (about 6) optional
grated nutmeg and 2 tablespoons of raw sugar, honey or maple syrup
salt and pepper to taste, (plus 2 optional saffron threads)
cutting board and knife, stirring/mixing/measuring things, baking dish, potato masher or stout fork, small frypan, medium heavy-bottomed pot
- Pre-heat oven to 350F.
- Peel and cut squash into 1-2 inch cubes.
- Put into covered baking dish
- Sprinkle with salt and place cut up butter
- Bake for about an hour, checking and stirring every 15 minutes. If it begins to scorch, add a bit of water, ¼ cup at a time.
- Mash well, adding water if needed. Measure 1 cup and set aside (anything more can be served immediately or saved for later as a good side dish).
- Put the 2nd amount of butter into a small frypan and melt over medium heat.
- Measure milk into something with a pour spout and set it nearby.
- Turn to low and sprinkle flour in carefully, mixing a bit at a time. Do not let this brown!
- Continue cooking, stirring constantly for about 10 minutes. If it begins to brown, carefully add milk by tablespoons from the pouring container to lower the temperature, but you’re cooking the flour, so don’t get it too low.
- Pour the cooked flour mixture, the cup of squash and the rest of the milk into the large pot and mix well.
- Turn the heat to medium and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly.
- Immediately lower the heat to medium low (2 on my stove) and simmer while stirring, until it begins to thicken.
- Remove from heat
- Add cream and stir well, then stir in savory or sweet spices as you prefer and serve.
- Maybe be reheated in the microwave by the serving.
- Serve in heavy mugs. Float a washed rosemary sprig on top of each serving for a great presentation!
Antioxidant Loaded Winter Veggie Soup From: herbalmuse – Inspired by Soup Makes the Meal, by Ken Haedrich (Harvard Common Press, 2001).
The author of this wonderful cookbook says he’s been making this light restorative soup for his kids when they’re sick for years–but that it’s so delicious, you don’t have to be sick to enjoy it! Either way, its luscious fragrance helps to clear the sinuses, with potatoes that are soothing to the digestive tract and a delightful broth filled with spinach, parsley, leeks, and garlic for minerals, vitamins, and healing antioxidants plus some winter root vegetables for sweetness.
A steaming bowlful on a cold winter day is so wonderfully soothing and comforting–and it is very quick to make.
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.
Silliness – Erik F. Conrad (from Facebook 1/7/17)
My coworker started it. He said we’d have ice pellets by the afternoon. I asked what was cra**ing the ice pellets, then answered myself and said, “Ah! Snow bunnies!”
Then I asked what they had to eat to do that.
Another coworker replied…
Or snow peas.