I hear rain on the sunroom room. It’s pretty steady, but must not be all that heavy. 49F with the wind at 13mph, about 1/8 of an inch of rain. There are even some places around here where the wind is up in the 20’s and it’s raining quite a bit harder. It’s a bit on the grey and gloomy side. Typical winter day!
Yesterday was another productive day. Tempus is finally getting to the boxes in the walkway to the candles and the pile is getting very small. I got a bunch of herbs headered and ready to hang and some writing done. I also got about an hour in on a piece of embroidery that I’m finally getting going on, now that I have a step for my embroidery stand and I can sit up while I’m stitching.
Class went well, although we stopped a tad early ‘coz Kristie’s ride was here. Tempus and I kept going, him sorting and putting away and me writing. I got a little distracted since a friend’s mom has suddenly needed to go to the hospital and Tempus and I lost an old friend on Saturday and we only just found out yesterday.
We got home around midnight and went to sleep almost right away. I was up for awhile in the middle of the night, reading, but only just woke again. I must have been awfully tired. Tempus has apparently been up for awhile, already.
Home chores are our big thing today. There’s quite a lot that needs to get done, not the last of which is finding out where my towels went. 🙂 We’re also going to bring some plant buckets into the sunroom and I’m hoping to clean out out and re-plant it. It really didn’t produce last summer at all. We’re thinking about bringing the tomatillo plants in to see if the fruits will get anywhere.
Eventually we’ll be heading for the shop where I’ll stay while Tempus runs half of the paper route, then I’ll go with him when he picks me up. I need to get newsletters set up and I’m hoping to do some cookery tonight, but I’m not sure what, yet.
A picture of Crater Lake by their Facebook page from 2016.
Today’s plant is Oregon Iris, Iris tenax. I grew up calling Iris flowers “ladies’ ball gowns”. Local peoples used the tough leaves for making string and rope mostly for snares. –Feminine, Venus, Water – sacred to Iris and Juno, their magicks are used for purification and magicks including 3’s. The three petals stand for faith, wisdom and valor and can be used in magicks to promote these qualities. More on Oregon Iris here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_tenax More on Iris in general here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_%28plant%29
Today is the anniversary of the 1965 “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” immortalized in the song “Alice’s Restaurant” that became almost an anthem in the late 60’s. The song by Arlo Guthrie hit #17 on the Billboard chart. We usually listen to it on KLCC after the noon news on Thanksgiving, and but had to catch it on Youtube this year! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice%27s_Restaurant …and the youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m57gzA2JCcM
The shop is open 11-7pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Holiday Hours. We will be closing early on 12/24 and 12/31 and closed 12/25 and 1/1. 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 12/2 at 1:21pm. 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 12/1 at 10:47pm.
Mars and Spica leveling out in the dawn. Can you get a last glimpse of Venus just above the pre-sunrise horizon?
Venus, Mars, and Jupiter (magnitudes –3.9, +1.7, and –1.7, respectively) rise before or during dawn in the east-southeast. First up is Mars, the dimmest, accompanied by Spica. Jupiter rises well to their lower left a little before dawn begins. Venus is getting extremely low and tough to spot as dawn grows bright! Look for it to rise far lower left of Jupiter. Their separation widens from 13° on the morning of November 25th to 20° on December 2nd. Jupiter is getting higher; Venus is sinking away.
After dark this evening, look below the waxing gibbous Moon for Beta Ceti and above it for the Great Square of Pegasus.
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic tree month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22
Runic half-month of Isa/ Is November 28-12 Literally, ‘ice’: a static period. The time of waiting before birth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
©2017 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic tree month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH), elder – Celtic tree month of Ruis (Elder) commences (Nov 25 – Dec 22) – Like other Iron Age Europeans, the Celts were a polytheistic people prior to their conversion to (Celtic) Christianity. The Celts divided the year into 13 lunar cycles (months or moons). These were linked to specific sacred trees which gave each moon its name. Today commences the Celtic tree month of Elder.
Elder or Elderberry (Sambucus) is a genus of fast-growing shrubs or small trees in the family Caprifoliaceae. They bear bunches of small white or cream coloured flowers in the Spring, that are followed by bunches of small red, bluish or black berries. The berries are a very valuable food resource for many birds.
Common North American species include American Elder, Sambucus canadensis, in the east, and Blueberry Elder, Sambucus glauca, in the west; both have blue-black berries.
The common European species is the Common or Black Elder, Sambucus nigra, with black berries. The common elder (Sambucus nigra L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (33 feet) in damp clearings, along the edge of woods, and especially near habitations. Elders are grown for their blackish berries, which are used for preserves and wine. The leaf scars have the shape of a crescent moon. Elder branches have a broad spongy pith in their centers, much like the marrow of long bones, and an elder branch stripped of its bark is very bone-like. The red elder (S. racemosa L.) is a similar plant at higher elevations; it grows to 5 m (15 feet). Red elder extends its native range to northern North America, and it is cultivated along with other native species, but common elders are seldom seen in cultivation. Elders are in the Honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Tu 28 Low 1:14 AM 1.6 7:29 AM Set 1:19 AM 61
~ 28 High 7:55 AM 7.3 4:39 PM Rise 2:11 PM
~ 28 Low 2:26 PM 2.3
~ 28 High 8:04 PM 5.9 ******
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Taking time to live life will only inspire your work.
~ Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play. – Kant
Fear becomes the adversary’s food. Starve the adversary. Be Fearless. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ He’s not the finest character that ever lived. But he’s a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid. – Arthur Miller (1915-2005) US playwright
~ I am not a victim of the world I see. It’s choice. – Anna Nagler
~ I do not believe in sex distinction in literature, law, politics, or trade – or that modesty and virtue are more becoming to women than to men, but wish we had more of it everywhere. – Classic Quotes by Belva Lockwood (1830-1917) US attorney
There comes the sound of childish feet
And childish laughter loud and sweet,
And little hands stretch eager palms
To beg the firelight’s golden alms. – James Berry Bensel (1856–86)
Creamy Mushroom Puff
A third of a cup/60g/2oz of vegan margarine
4 tablespoons of plain white flour
4 cloves of garlic, crushed or very finely chopped (this can be reduced or left out if desired)
3 cups of mushrooms, sliced
half a litre/500ml of soya milk
1 glass of white wine (or stock)
handful of chopped parsley
salt and pepper to taste
approx. 500g/18oz of frozen puff pastry (this even comes ready-rolled now for extra laziness!!!)
- Melt the margarine and cook the onion and garlic in it for a few minutes and then add the sliced mushrooms and cook for a couple of minutes more.
- Add the flour and stir well.
- Gradually add the soya milk stirring all the time and then the wine and keep stirring on a low heat until the sauce thickens.
- Once thick remove from the heat and add your seasoning and the parsley.
- Allow to cool slightly while you prepare the pastry.
- Roll out into 2 wide rectangular shapes reserving some pastry for decoration.
- Place one sheet of pastry on a greased baking tray.
- Heap the slightly cooled sauce onto it leaving a space round the edges.
- Place the top sheet on and seal up the edges with some soya milk or water (fold over if needed).
- Make some small slits on the top of the puff and let your artistic side shine with the reserved pastry!
- I usually make holly leaves to place on the top but do whatever you like. Glaze with soya milk and then bake in a medium hot oven for about half an hour or until the pastry seems cooked (no soggy bits and nicely puffed up!)
Nice served with gravy, roast potatoes, stuffing, vegan sausages, cranberry sauce and vegetables of your choice – a feast!
APRICOT BRANDIED BRIE
1 (1 lb.) round imported Brie cheese, rind removed
1 c. apricot preserves
3/4 c. Mandarin Napoleon Brandy
2 French bread baguette loaves, sliced in 1/2 inch slices
Red or green seedless grapes
- Let Brie come to room temperature for about 1 hour.
- Pierce with fork in several places.
- Arrange lemon leaves on serving platter and place Brie on top.
- In medium saucepan, mix preserves and brandy.
- Heat until hot, but not boiling.
- Pour hot mixture over Brie.
- Garnish with strawberries and/or grapes.
Serve with baguette slices.
Frosty the Cheese Ball – About 3 cups
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 container (3 ounces) real bacon bits
1-1/4 cups finely chopped walnuts
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 scallions, finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon prepared white horseradish
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients; mix well.
- Divide the mixture into three balls: one small, one medium, and one large.
- Arrange the balls on a serving platter in a line to form a snowman lying down.
- If desired, decorate “Frosty” (see Serving Tip).
- Serve, or cover and chill until ready to serve.
SERVING TIP: It’s fun to garnish this with sliced black olives for the eyes
and mouth, a baby carrot for the nose, red bell pepper triangles for buttons
and pretzel sticks for arms, but feel free to decorate with any of your
favorite edible delights.