Photo by Ken Gagne
Sewing Workshop at 6pm.
There were frost flowers on the windshield of the car this morning, but just me getting in and sitting there started them melting. It’s 38F with just a little wind. The usual bits of cloud are perched on the peaks of the Coast Range. The bay is quite rough, lots of sea foam and the waves breaking over the shoal water right at the Throat were pretty impressive.
Yesterday was short at the shop. Tempus ran some errands. I worked on feast and competition and cleaning up various areas….that have a lot more work to be done… Once he made supper we cleaned that up and he took me home so I could get some stuff done there, then went back to the shop. …and didn’t get home until 4, but the shop is still a wreck. I spent the evening working at the apartment, sorting books and altar stuff, mostly, but also going through things on the shelves, making sure that our stuff isn’t getting mixed with what was already in the library.
The Moon was bright all night, shining down as we headed home, bright enough that I didn’t need a flashlight, glinting off of the shiny leaves of the rhodys, that we normally don’t notice or even see, but now that the foliage is gone…. shining through the solarium roof when I opened my eyes in the dark. I spent awhile just gazing after I did my hair as She was peeking through the clouds and coloring them.
Today we have to sort the shop out. It’s walkable once the table and all go outside, but only just….well, this is January. We usually close when it’s this bad! So, Sewing is from 6-8pm tonight and then Tempus has his paper route.
More snow pix
Today’s Plant is Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna, known as common hawthorn , may, mayblossom, maythorn, quickthorn, whitethorn, motherdie, and haw. It has edible buds, flowers and fruits, which are full of antioxidants . Particularly sacred to the month of May and to Beltane, it is used extensively as a hedge plant. May interfere with digitalis medications. – Masculine, Mars, Fire. – Fairy energy, increases fertility and/or celibacy. Carry on a fishing trip to ensure good catch. Brings happiness to the troubled or depressed. Protects house against lightning and storms, evil ghosts may not enter. In cradles to guard from evil spells. Most Witch’s gardens contained a hawt hedge. Sacred to the fairies, and is part of the tree triad of Britain. More on this species:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_hawthorn More on the genus Crataegus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crataegus
Today is the anniversary of the day that Charles Perrault was born in 1628. He was the author of many of our best-loved fairy tales such as Sleeping Beauty and Puss in Boots, which he took from folklore and gave them characters and settings that reflected what he saw around him. He’s often credited with inventing the fairy tales as a literary genre. There is more information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Perrault and a marvelously annotated version of Sleeping Beauty and links to various books based on the story here: http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/sleepingbeauty/index.html and other tales similar to this one with more links here: http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/sleepingbeauty/other.html
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. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 1/14 at 3:34pm. 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 1/27 at 4:07pm.
The Venus-Mars-Fomalhaut triangle continues to narrow. Neptune is passing Venus. For North American observers they’ll appear closest this evening, about 0.4° apart, with Neptune to Venus’s lower left. Use high power to try to discern the nonstellar nature of its tiny disk, only 2.2 arcseconds wide. Venus is magnitude –4.5. Neptune, at magnitude 7.9, is about 100,000 times fainter!
Jupiter is at western quadrature, 90° west of the Sun. So all this month, Jupiter’s western limb looks distinctly more shadowed in a telescope than its slightly more Sun-facing eastern limb.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Pisces) is high in the south after dark.
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 Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.
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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
Th 12 High 12:29 AM 7.5 7:50 AM Set 7:45 AM 99
~ 12 Low 5:52 AM 2.6 5:00 PM Rise 5:45 PM
~ 12 High 11:45 AM 9.5
~ 12 Low 6:45 PM -1.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A soul becomes great through acting on its dreams.
~ I live on good soup, not on fine words. – Jean Baptiste Moliere (1622-1673)
~ Everything is worship if your mind is focused on the present moment. – Paulo Coehlo
~ Whatever you create in your life you must first create in your imagination. – Tycho Photio
~ True power comes from working with nature, not against it. – Kerr Cuhulain
Out of the Mouths of a Thousand Birds
Listen more carefully to what is around you
In my world
There are the bells from the clanks
Of the morning milk drums,
And a wagon wheel outside my window
Just hit a bump
Which turned into an ecstatic chorus
Of the Beloved’s Name.
There is the Prayer Call
Rising up like the sun
Out of the mouths of a thousand birds.
There is an astonishing vastness
Of movement and Life
Emanating sound and light
From my folded hands
And my even quieter simple being and heart.
Is it true that your mind
Is sometimes like a battering
Running all through the city,
Shouting so madly inside and out
About the ten thousand things
That do not matter?
For many years beat his head in youth
And thought himself at a great distance,
Far from an armistice
But that is why this scarred old pilgrim
Has now become such a sweet rare vintage
Who weeps and sings for you.
O listen –
Listen more carefully
To what is inside of you right now.
In my world
All that remains is the wondrous call to
Dance and prayer
Rising up like a thousand suns
Out of the mouth of a
Single bird. ~ Hafiz ~ (The Subject Tonight is Love — versions of Hafiz by Daniel Ladinsky)
Herb Scones from Kate’s (Vegan) Cookery Site – This is one I made up, based on a standard scone recipe. The nutritional yeast helps to make them cheesy-tasting without adding fat, and the combination of herbs is nicely-balanced to add a good, savoury flavour without being too dominating. Finely-chopped spring onion (green onion) might be a good addition to these, but I haven’t tested that yet; it might be good with the nutritional yeast doubled to make the scones even cheesier. I use my own celery salt in these – grind together equal volumes of celery seed and table salt. These are good hot with soya margarine, or cold with soup or stew. Eat them soon after they come out of the oven, or freeze them, as they go stale fast.
- 250g (9oz) self-raising flour
- 2 tsp dried chives
- 1/2 tsp dried dill
- 1/4 tsp dried thyme
- 6 Tbsp (3/8 cup) nutritional yeast flakes
- a pinch of celery salt (or ordinary salt)
- 40g (1 1/2 oz) soya margarine
- about 125ml (4 1/2 fl oz) soya milk
- Sift the flour into a bowl (this incorporates air). Add the herbs, salt and nutritional yeast, and mix well. Add the margarine in small blobs and mix again.
- Rubbing-in: pick up the flour-coated blobs of margarine in your fingertips, hold your hands above the bowl, and rub the margarine into the flour with your fingertips, dropping the results into the bowl as you do so. Keep doing this until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs.
- Add most of the milk and mix, first with a wooden spoon and then your hands. Add more milk if needed to form a soft non-sticky dough (be careful as it’s a lot easier to add more milk than take some away…). Don’t handle the dough too roughly, but don’t be scared of it, either.
- Roll out the dough to about 2cm (3/4 inch) thick. Either cut into circles with a cutter, reroll the scraps and repeat, or slice into square or triangles. Either way, place on a baking tray and cook in a pre-heated oven at Gas 8 (230C, 450F) for about 10 minutes until risen and golden.
Fruited Oat Scones – From: email@example.com (Chris Behrens) – Source: Quaker Oat pamphlet received in mail
- 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cups Quaker Oats (Quick or Old Fashioned, uncooked)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tblsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt (optional)
- 1/3 cup margarine
- 6 oz. pkg (1 1/3 cups) diced dried mixed fruit
- 1/2 cup milk
- egg, lightly beaten
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon (a dash, I’ll use more next time)
Heat oven to 375 deg F. Combine flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in margarine until mixture resembles course crumbs; stir in fruit. Add combined milk and eggs, mixing just until moistened. Shape dough to form a ball. Turn out onto lightly floured surface; knead gently 6 times. On lightly greased cookie sheet, pat out dough to form 8-inch circle. With sharp knife, score round into 12 wedges.; sprinkle with combined sugar and cinnamon. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Break apart; serve warm. Makes 1 scone with as many wedges as you scored.
Cheddar Dill Scones – From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Sandra)
- 2 1/2 Cup all-purpose flour
- 1 Cup (4 oz.) shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1/4 Cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 2 tsp dill weed
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 Cup butter or margarine
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1/2 Cup half-and-half
Heat oven to 400 degrees. In medium bowl combine all ingredients EXCEPT butter, eggs and half-and-half. Cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in eggs and half-and-half just until moistened. Turn dough onto lightlyfloured surface; knead until smooth (1 min.). Divide dough in half; roll each half into 8″ circle. Cut each circle into 8 pie-shapedwedges. Place 1″ apart on cookie sheets. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned.