There’s a lot of cloud this morning. It’s not thick enough to obscure the sunlight. It’s mostly high stuff, not mackerel sky or mare’s tails, but bits and pieces of both. It’s 46F with very little wind, but that’s due to change this evening. A big swirl is starting ashore and the bottom end is dragging right over us, which is going to pull moisture in from the warmer parts of the Pacific. We’re under a Areal Flood Watch, High Wind Watch, Small Craft for Winds Advisory, Gale Warning, Storm Watch! All are for tonight through tomorrow.
We got to the shop early yesterday figuring on Job Corps. Nope. So, I started putting utensils away preparatory to making a cake. …and I dunno if it was the convection oven or an old cake mix, but it came out much more like a cookie than a cake. Well, it was edible….
Today I have a bunch of writing to do and there’s class tonight.
Ken Gagne from 1/15/15 – Mergansers on the Yachats River
Today’s Plant is Pearly Everlasting, Anaphalis margaritacea, sometimes called Life-Everlasting. The “everlasting” part of the name comes from the fact that the flowers dry well and can be used as decorations during the winter month. There are a number of medicinal uses for this plant, particularly as poultices and often as a decoction added to a hot bag of some sort (iow, put it on a washcloth, warm and put a heating pad on top of that) for bruises, sprains and to the chest for bronchitis, among others –Feminine, Venus, Air – Add to spells that are long-term. Can be useful in a sachet/potpourri/amulet since the flowers will soak up essential oils and release the scent over time.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaphalis_margaritacea
Feast day of Concordia, ancient Rome – In Roman mythology, Concordia was the goddess of agreement and understanding. Her oldest temple was on the Forum Romanum and was built in 367 BCE by Marcus Furius Camillus. The Roman Senate often met there. In art, Concordia was depicted sitting, wearing a long cloak and holding onto a sacrificial bowl and a cornucopia. Sometimes, she is shown standing between two members of the Royal House shaking hands. Concordia is shown in a lot of the iconography of government buildings in Washington, D.C. More here: http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/jan16.html and here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concordia_%28mythology%29
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 email@example.com 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 1/27 at 4:07pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 1/19 at 2:13pm.
Jupiter as imaged by NASA’s Juno orbiter on December 11, 2016, as Juno receded from the planet after its third close pass. Damian Peach processed and assembled raw images to produce this view. South is again up. In the 20 days between this image and the one above, notice how Oval BA (“Red Spot Junior”) shifted with respect to the white ovals poleward of it, and how all shifted slightly with respect to the Great Red Spot. Jupiter is always on the move.
Orion is the brightest of the 88 constellations, but his main pattern is surprisingly small compared to some of his dimmer neighbors. The biggest of these is Eridanus the River, enormous but hard to trace. Dimmer Fornax the Furnace, to Eridanus’s lower right, is almost as big as Orion! Even the main pattern of Lepus, the Hare cowering under Orion’s feet, isn’t much smaller than he is.
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.
©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 16 High 3:24 AM 7.7 7:48 AM Set 10:18 AM 86
~ 16 Low 9:15 AM 2.4 5:04 PM Rise 10:11 PM
~ 16 High 2:56 PM 7.6
~ 16 Low 9:34 PM 0.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If you know your own worth what need you care about the acceptance or rejection of others?
~ Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work. – Booker T. Washington
~ If God didn’t want us to eat meat, why did He make cows so slow? (ever eaten a Cheetah burger? Nope. And you never will.) – Dr. Denis Leary
~ Someday, someone will walk into your life and make you realize why it never worked out with anyone else. – Anonymous
~ I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law. – Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail
Our planet – Our home
Sea waters – Land loam
Crawl, Walk, Swim and Fly
Within the ancient vast wet
did slowly beget
motion of a different kind
Green some grew,
bringing air that blew
Shield and breath above
From floating to crawl,
onto dry earth did haul
beings that took a chance
Within dead grew life
Strength and Strife
To adapt meant to go on
Adapt we did
and now are amid
others that did the same
Our planet – Our home
Sea waters – Land loam
Crawl, Walk, Swim and Fly – by Rua Lupa
Cindy’s Denver Lasagna
8 ounces of tiny egg noodles
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup sour cream
4-5 green onions, sliced
1 pound ground beef
1 medium jar of spaghetti sauce
2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown ground beef in a large skillet; add spaghetti sauce and let simmer. Mix together cream cheese and sour cream until smooth and then add green onions.
Cook noodles, then drain and place in the bottom of an 8 X 8” pan. Spread cream cheese mixture over noodles. Pour meat mixture over cream cheese layer and then cover top with grated cheddar cheese. Bake for 30 – 45 minutes.
Imbolc Feast Lamb Stew
- 2- 1/2 lb. lamb neck chops-with fat left on
- 1 tbs. lamb fat
- 4 medium onions
- 1 tbs. butter/margarine
- 4 medium carrots
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 4 medium potatoes
- 1 tbs. parsley, chopped
- 1 tsp. each salt & pepper
- 1 tbs. chives, chopped
Shred some of the excess fat from the lamb chops and cook it down in a large pot or Dutch-oven. Peel the onions, carrots, and potatoes. Cut the onions and carrots into quarters, and put all the vegetables aside. Cut the meat into pieces, and trim away the rest of the excess fat. The bones need not be removed. Place the meat in the hot fat and brown. Repeat with the onions and carrots. Add water, salt, and pepper carefully. Put whole potatoes on top. Cover pot and simmer gently until meat is cooked, approx. 2 hours. Remove from heat. Pour off the cooking liquid into a separate sauce pan, allow to cool for a few minutes, skim off grease, and reheat. Add butter, chives, and parsley to the reheated liquid in the sauce pan. Pour heated liquid back over the stew. Serve hot. Makes 4-6 servings.
- 1 pound boneless lamb, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 3 to 4 teaspoons curry powder
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 medium apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon instant chicken bouillon granules
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 cups hot cooked rice
In a large saucepan brown half of the meat in hot oil. Remove meat. Brown remaining meat with onion, curry power, and garlic till onion is tender. Return all meat to pan. Stir in apples, bouillon granules, and 3/4 cup water. Cover; simmer for 30 to 40 minutes or till tender. Stir 1/4 cup cold water into flour; stir into saucepan. Cook and stir till thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 1 minute more. Season to taste. Serve over rice. If desired, pass chutney, sliced green onion, raisins, shredded coconut, or chopped peanuts. Serves 4.
Microwave directions: Omit cooking oil. In a 2-quart casserole micro-cook lamb, onion, curry powder, and garlic, covered, on 100% power (high) 5 minutes. Stir in apples, bouillon granules, and 3/4 cup water. Cook, covered, on 50% power (medium) 15 minutes or till tender, stirring every 5 minutes. Stir 1/4 cup cold water into flour; stir into casserole. cook on high 3 to 5 minutes or till thickened and bubbly, stirring every minute. Cook 30 seconds more. Continue as above.