We were just a little late getting to the shop yesterday and ti took awhile getting moving. Sash called to get his “parent fix” and then the Duckmeister came in with eggs and rabbits. 🙂 …and Sabrina came in later. Made by the Beach has moved to Newport!
Tempus kept having to sit down and rest. He didn’t get a lot done. That meant that *I* didn’t, either because he needed to shift things so that I could get more sorting done. We had to hunt for some of my tools for making herbal stuff, which was annoying. They shouldn’t have vanished. …and they stayed vanished, which is really confusing. Eventually he got into the back, cleaning in the workroom and doing some dishes.
Since I was stymied by not being able to get to things, I got to work on tracking down a missing set of text for some of my Mab’s Creations Kits. I finally determined that the computer file was too corrupted to use and pulled one out to re-type.
I decided to go home and not go with Tempus on his paper route and then changed my mind later, so he picked me up at the apartment at about 3:45 and we went on from there. They had some special stuff in the paper this time, so he didn’t get to start bagging until 11:30, so we were running way late. The wind wasn’t as bad as we had thought it might be, so things went pretty smoothly. The stars were out for a couple of hours, but then it clouded back up. It was starting to get light….only just starting as we got home.
…and then this morning, he couldn’t move for pain. He’s been having trouble with a muscle cramp from the coughing that pulled something and then last night he was sitting kinda funny on the paper run, so this morning, he stiffened up and it took several hours for him to be able to get up and dress… That’s *really* unusual for him to have that kind of problem.
So, the Sabbat is cancelled. That’s the first time in 14 years… We’re still not going to be able to open tomorrow, either, and maybe even Sunday. <sigh> That’s why the “closed for remodeling” sign on the door. That’s the pretty name for what we’re doing! 🙂
Awesome picture that Ken Gagne took on 2/2/15 of mallards on the Yachats River.
Today’s plant is New Zealand Flax, Phormium Tenax. This is a very different plant from common flax or linseed, Linum usitatissimum. It is used mostly as an ornamental in the northern hemisphere, but at one time sustained a lively trade as a fiber. While the two plants are very different, they have similar magickal properties. These days the fiber is mostly used by paper artisans. – Masculine, Mercury, Fire, Hulda – Money spells, add to coins and carry, flax in the shoe averts poverty. For protection while asleep, add to mustard seed, put both opposite cold water. Protection from evil entering, scatter with red pepper by door. Health and healing rituals, sprinkle altar with flaxseed. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PhormiumFor the traditional uses of the plant fiberhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_flax
A Day of Remembrance for Oleg the Prophet (Visionary) – Sjechen (February) 3
The Varangian’s (Viking’s) king was a good example of the Rus-Viking. His history is very instructive, yet at the same time mysterious. Volhv of Kiev (a pagan wizard) prophesied to Oleg that his horse would die in battle but afterward he would also be killed. He triumphed under the Byzantines, and after his final battle, his shield was hung on the Gate of Tsargrad in Constantinople. (Volhv: a priest of Slavic Paganism; analogous to the scandinavian “Godhi”) (Tsargrad: The Old Russian name for Constantinople) Wikipedia has an article here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oleg_of_Novgorod
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 2/10 at 4:33pm. 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 2/3 at 8:19am. 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 2/9 at 4:33am.
All week, Saturn and Antares await you in the south-southeast in early dawn.
First-quarter Moon (exact at 11:19 p.m. EST). At sunset the half-lit Moon is high in the south, and after dark it balances on the dim head of Cetus. Spot the stars of Aries to its upper right, and the Pleiades a little farther to its upper left.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5, in southern Ophiuchus) is in the southeast before and during dawn. Redder Antares, magnitude +1.0, twinkles 15° to Saturn’s right.
Goddess Month of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)
Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
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Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 3 High 4:55 AM 8.0 7:32 AM Set 12:06 AM 34
~ 3 Low 11:35 AM 1.5 5:29 PM Rise 11:17 AM
~ 3 High 5:28 PM 6.0
~ 3 Low 11:18 PM 2.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make Friends with Freedom
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition. — Indira Gandhi
~ If you are not too large for the place you occupy, you are too small for it. – James A. Garfield (1831-1881) 20th US President
~ One of the things about equality is not just that you be treated equally to a man, but that you treat yourself equally to the way you treat a man. – Marlo Thomas
~ It is a wise man that does know the contented man is never poor, whilst the discontented man is never rich. – Frank Herbert (1920-1986) US writer
~ The only undefeated fighters never fought. Victory comes from loss. While voices may chide you for the supposed hubris of your dreams, the gratification of a life lived with triumphs favors those bold enough to get knocked down and out. None of us gets out of here alive, so accept that it’ll be messy and painful, get back up and go kick ass anyway. Quitting or never trying are the only real defeats. – Scott Sonnon
Softly, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me;
Taking me back down the vista of years, till I see
A child sitting under the piano, in the boom of the tingling strings
And pressing the small, poised feet of a mother who smiles as she sings.
In spite of myself, the insidious mastery of song
Betrays me back, till the heart of me weeps to belong
To the old Sunday evenings at home, with winter outside
And hymns in the cozy parlor, the tinkling piano our guide.
So now it is vain for the singer to burst into clamor
With the great black piano appassionato. The glamour
Of childish days is upon me, my manhood is cast
Down in the flood of remembrance, I weep like a child for the past. – D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930), English novelist, poet, and literary critic
Imbolc Magick – Recipes
Chicken Hash Casserole
2 pounds skinless chicken breasts, halved
4 cups water
3 medium potatoes, peeled and halved
½ cup chopped onion
½ cup chopped red pepper
2 teaspoon chicken bouillon powder
2 tablespoons flour
1/8 teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup reserved broth
¼ cup evaporated milk
2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
Cook chicken in 4 cups of water for about 30 minutes until tender. Drain and reserve ¾ cup of the broth. Remove bones, chop the meat and place in a bowl.
Boil potatoes until barely tender. Drain and cool. Grate coarsely and then add to the meat.
Spray frying pan with non-stick spray. Add onion and red pepper and sauté until soft. Add meat and potatoes.
In a saucepan, stir the bouillon powder, flour, salt and pepper with enough broth to mix smooth. Add the rest of the measured broth, milk and horseradish. Heat and stir until gravy mixture boils and thickens. Add to meat.
Stir lightly. Turn into a 2 quart casserole. Bake uncovered at 350° for 35-45 minutes or until hot through.
Cheese and Vegetable Soup
6 cups diced tomatoes
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrots
½ cup chopped onion
2 teaspoon chicken bouillon
4 ½ cups water
4 tablespoons flour
3 cups milk
1 pound Velveeta cheese
2 teaspoons chopped parsley flakes
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
Combine tomatoes, celery, carrots, onion, chicken bouillon and 4 ½ cups
water, simmering until vegetables are done and liquid is reduced.
Shake together flour with a small portion of milk and add to vegetables with the rest of the milk. Cut the Velveeta into cubes and add to the soup along with the parsley, salt and pepper. Simmer at low temperature until hot.
- 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.
You can check out all of the other variations on batter pudding recipes as well as many other ancient recipes in my new Smashwords e book: Ancient Recipes for Modern Kitchens.
- A cup flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/4 cups milk
- Bacon bits
- Cheese cubes
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