Still closed for remodeling.
The wind is in the 20’s down by the water. We’re getting gusts in town that are that high, but mostly the wind is around 10mph. Crossing over the Bridge was interesting. Downbay was all whitecaps and ruffles and dark. The Backbay was sunny, although there were showers between us and that side. The sky is mottled grey and white and the clouds are moving fast. It’s 52F. We got 8/10’s of an inch of rain yesterday and over 1/2 and inch today already.
Yesterday got grey and very gloomy after I got the newsletter out. Tempus decided to drive up to Newport to run a couple of errands. I couldn’t stop him, but at least he was sitting in the car and not lifting anything. We got a little done, mostly lifting lids of boxes and putting some of the contents away, which makes them a little lighter for lifting.
Today’s plant is the Snowberry, Symphoricarpos albus. My kids used to call this “popcorn plant”, which is a name I’ve heard from others, too. The white berries are used as a food, a soap and for hand lotion. It doesn’t have any magickal uses that I know of, although the folk magicks of a similar bush amongst the Slavs say that it is “proper” as an offering to statues of the gods.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphoricarpos_albus
Limbo Festival, Trinidad and Tobago – “Few of the Americans who take part in a favorite party tradition realize that it originally served as a sacred funeral ritual from the West Indies – it is called the Limbo. In Trinidad, the Limbo was a part of a funeral dance. Mourners at the funeral would walk towards a horizontal bamboo pole and would attempt to walk forward, while bending backwards at the waist in order to move under the pole without knocking it off of its supports. The act was meant to symbolize the passage that the soul of the departed would take between life and the afterlife.” (quoted from Pip Wilson’s Almanac) More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limbo_%28dance%29
The shop is closed for remodeling! 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 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.
The waxing crescent Moon joins Venus and Mars at January’s end. The 10° scale bar is about a fist-width at arm’s length. (These maps are always plotted exact for an observer near the middle of North America, at latitude 40° N, longitude 90° W. The Moon is always shown three times its actual apparent size.) In early evening the Pleiades stand above the Moon, and Aldebaran shines left of the Moon.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Pisces) is still high in the southwest right after dark. Finder chart. Neptune (magnitude 8.0, in Aquarius) sets shortly after the end of twilight.
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.
©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Sa 4 High 5:48 AM 8.1 7:30 AM Set 1:16 AM 46
4 Low 12:47 PM 1.2 5:30 PM Rise 11:55 AM
4 High 6:52 PM 5.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life is too short to be unhappy.
~ The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world. – William Ross Wallace
~ Fears are nothing more than a state of mind. – Napoleon Hill
~ What counts is a way to get along with people that will bring us personal satisfaction and, at the same time, not trample upon the egos of those we deal with. – Les Giblin
~ To become a butterfly, do you think that it feels fear as it breaks out of the cocoon? Though its fear may be unfounded, once it’s wings are spread, it soars to new heights it could not imagine as a caterpillar. So, when feeling the pangs of anxiety and fear, find yourself a moment and imagine yourself as an emerging butterfly. ~ Wravyn
When death comes
like the hungry bear in autumn;
when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse
to buy me, and snaps the purse shut;
when death comes
like the measle-pox;
when death comes
like an iceberg between the shoulder blades,
I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering:
what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness?
And therefore I look upon everything
as a brotherhood and a sisterhood,
and I look upon time as no more than an idea,
and I consider eternity as another possibility,
and I think of each life as a flower, as common
as a field daisy, and as singular,
and each name a comfortable music in the mouth,
tending, as all music does, toward silence,
and each body a lion of courage, and something
precious to the earth.
When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom; taking the world into my arms.
When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.
I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world. ~Mary Oliver
- Yield: Serves 8-10.
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- 24 ounces port wine cheese
- 1 12 ounce stout beer
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh nutmeg, grated
- Crusty bread for dipping
- Helpful Equipment: Microplane
Port Wine What?
Port wine cheese is not the most popular of cheeses and this is a huge travesty in my mind. Granted, it’s a bit on the processed side, but the ingredients aren’t all that bad.
It has things like cheddar cheese, cream, and yes… even port wine in it.
Normally, you just eat it at room temperature because it’s spreadable, but I figured it would be just as good melted in a big pot.
I made a bunch of this, but you could easily half the recipe.
Just for cost comparison, 8 ounces of port wine cheese will run you about $4 while 8 ounces of Gruyere will run you about A MORTGAGE PAYMENT.
Doing the Fondue
- This can barely be called a recipe. Basically you just toss all the ingredients in a pot and whisk them until they are smooth and melted. Done.
- I used a whole bottle of good stout. You’re saving some money on the cheese. Don’t use Miller Lite to make this.
- Put this over medium heat and just start adding the port wine cheese in chunks until it’s melted.
- A whisk helps to stir everything well.
- As your port wine cheese melts, it will go through this phase where it looks like maybe it’s separating. Don’t fret. Just keep whisking and eventually it will combine with the stout and be smooth and delicious.
Hot Spiced Wine
- orange, chopped
- lemon, chopped
- 12 whl allspice
- 12 whl cloves
- 5 cinnamon sticks, (5 to 6)
- cup water
- 1 ½ cups sugar, or to taste
- ½ gal burgundy
- Bring above to a boil, then simmer 20 minutes.
- Add about 1/2 gallon burgundy;
- Bring to a good boil and simmer a few minutes.
- Serve Great for the holidays!
Hot Wine Cranberry Punch
- pint Cranberry juice cocktail
- cup Water
- ¾ cup Sugar
- Cinnamon sticks
- 6 whl cloves
- Lemon — thin slices
- Burgundy wine – 4/5-qt.
Step 1 Combine ingredients in slow-cooking pot. Heat on low for 1 to 2 hours.