Lighted House Count – 311 + 5 = 316
Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
It’s barely dawn, but I have an early doctor appointment, so I’m up. It’s clear and 42F with very little wind, although the offshore buoy is reporting 13mph. It’s supposed to be clear and dry again today.
As soon as the newsletter was out yesterday and Tempus was back from paying the rent I got the mushrooms that I had dried during Sunday night into a jar. I finally got back into my Spoonflower account, so the new designs ought to start going up tomorrow night. Tempus toasted some more of the Pacific Sourdough foccacia with cheese and little smokies and it was delicious!
I was fighting my mouse still, and Tempus climbed under the desk and fixed it. It seems to wiggle out of the socket over time. While he was doing that I re-set the table in the sofa area and put down the winter cloth.
After that I spent awhile catching up on some writing and setting up newsletters for a couple of days and later put together a pork roast to eat over the next couple of days. It’s a test run for the February feast.
Dennis (Amber Connection) kept getting later and later with one thing and another. He was having tire trouble, too. He finally showed up at around 5pm, so we could look over his new stuff. We’ve got some new amber hearts, that aren’t too expensive, and a re-fill on the “power bracelets”, some new shungite pendants, and a few pairs of amber earrings….which are going up in price again. <sigh> There’re even some aragonite clusters! He didn’t leave until well into class-time, but that was cool, anyway, since he got to tell me about his trips to Spain and Ireland and walking the Camino!
Today I have the doctor appointment and then I hope we’re going to come home and get some more sleep, since we have the paper run tonight and I need some laundry done before we start. I have to get some of those new designs sorted out for Spoonflower and then see if I can get into my Cafe Press account, as well. I’ve got a lot to work on!
Photo by Ken Gagne 12/10/15 with the ocean visiting someone’s yard in Yachats. This is near the 804 trail and a lot of the houses are built right on the rocks!
The Western Hemlock, Tsuga heterophylla (also called the western hemlock-spruce) is a species of hemlock native to the west coast of North America, along with the mountain hemlock Tsuga mertensiana. It can grow to nearly 300 feet tall and up to 9 feet in diameter. It is a native of the temperate rain forests, mostly less than 60 miles from the Pacific Ocean. It is used as a timber tree, for tanning leather, to reduce erosion along rivers, and the essential oil is used in perfume. Like many of the evergreens, new growth at the branch tips can be chewed or made into tea for the vitamin C, which is used medicinally in late winter for the nutrient value. If the bark is pulled off the cambium layer can be scraped loose and eaten and pressed into cakes and dried for later use. The Tlingit people used the boughs to collect herring eggs during the spring spawning. More here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsuga_heterophylla – Feminine, Saturn, earth, Morena/Anja – This tree is not often recommended for use in magicks because of the baneful association of the name with water hemlock, which is a deadly poison. It is helpful for magicks of releasing, for divorce or death, not to create such, but to ease the passage to new life and for the cleansing rituals of late winter. For the western Slavs, another of this genus was burned in funeral pyres and in rituals to Morena and Anja.
…and we think we’ve got it tough with Santa Claus and having to wait and be good and all! How would you like to be from Iceland where the jólasveinarnir, the Yuletide lads, start showing up on the 12th of December and do things like skimming the cream off the milk, swiping meat out of a pan and they’re all the kids of a pair of trolls!!!! They used to (pretend to) beat kids and sometimes kidnap them, but now they’re a little nicer and look a lot more like Santa’s Elves than gruesome Fae. Here are some pictures: http://jol.ismennt.is/myndasafn3.htm and a little lore: http://jol.ismennt.is/english/christmas-lads-museum.htm (most of the links on that page are broken) Wikipedia has more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule_Lads and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_worldwide#Iceland
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
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 12/17 at 10:30pm. 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 12/9 at 11:51pm. Waning Crescent Moon – Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 12/13 at 10:30am.
Watch the waning Moon march down past Mars and Jupiter these mornings. Alpha (α) Librae is a nice, very wide double star for binoculars. In the dawn of Wednesday the 13th, the thin waning crescent Moon hangs above little Mars in the southeast, as shown. Spica, a bit brighter, shines farther to the Moon’s left (out of the frame). Farther lower left of the Moon, you’ll find much brighter Jupiter.
Mother of all Geminids makes a near-Earth pass. The asteroid 3200 Phaethon, source of the Geminid meteoroid stream, should reach about 11th magnitude from December 12th through 17th as it passes several million miles from Earth. That’s bright enough for medium-size telescopes. It’ll be perfectly placed high in the evening sky. See our article and finder charts.
Geminid meteor shower – December sees activity from two meteor showers. The Geminids, which is usually the strongest and most reliable shower of the year, with a quoted peak rate of 120 an hour on the night of maximum, the 13th/14th, for a single observer enjoying ideal conditions. Main activity can be seen from December 7th to the 16th. Conditions are good for this shower around maximum this year because the meteors will not be drowned out by moonlight.
Mercury, Venus, and Saturn are hidden in the glare of the Sun.
Saturn – The ringed planet disappeared from evening skies in November and now lies on the far side of the Sun. It will therefore not be visible this month and you will have to wait until 2018 to see it again.
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 Runic half-month of Jera/ Jara 12/13-12/27 – Jara signifies the completion of natural cycles, such as fruition, and has a more transcendent meaning of mystic marriage of Earth and Cosmos. *Ø* Wilson’s Almanac free daily ezine | Book of Days | December 13
©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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 12 Low 1:31 AM 1.6 7:44 AM Rise 2:03 AM 34
~ 12 High 8:04 AM 7.9 4:37 PM Set 1:59 PM
~ 12 Low 2:50 PM 1.5
~ 12 High 8:41 PM 6.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Falling down is part of LIFE…Getting back up is LIVING!
~ To forge a new you, you need to push out of the zone in which you’ve been comfortable up to now. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ We do not quit playing because we grow old, we grow old because we quit playing. – O W Holmes
~ We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be. – May Sarton
~ When faring on journeys, ward yourself well. Take not harbor near the highway for thereby dwell many ill wights for men’s bewilderment. – Volsunga Saga, c.21
Then came the merry maskers in,
And carols roar’d with blithesome din. – Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)
The Bartlett Yule Bowl – For 4 people
- 1 cup of mandarin oranges, drained
- 1 cup of crunched hazelnuts (not looking for small pieces, just smaller….)
- ½ cup of semi-sweet or dark chocolate morsels
- ¼ of shredded coconut
- Freshly grated nutmeg
- Put oranges, hazelnuts, and chocolate morsels in a bowl and mix.
- Sprinkle with coconut.
- Grate nutmeg over the top.
- For breakfast serve over sweetened scalded milk cheese,tvarog or cottage cheese.
- For a dessert can be served by the bowl or over vanilla ice cream.
Morning Julegroed – A rice pudding. You can add up to 3 eggs and this can also be done in a crock-pot.
4 cups milk
A couple of almonds, finely chopped
1 rounded teaspoon of butter/margarine
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup washed white rice
A pinch of cinnamon powder
1/2 cup thick cream
- In a large saucepan, heat the milk until boiling.
- Add butter/margarine, then add the rice and turn down the heat.
- Cover with lid, and let rice simmer slowly for about one hour or until the milk is absorbed.
- Transfer to a non-metal bowl and fold in the cream and almonds.
- Serve in small bowls with sugar and cinnamon sprinkled on top.
Sun Up Egg Squares – Set this up the night before and just pop it into the oven!
1 pound pork sausage, cooked & drained
1 1/4 cups bisquick
4 ounces mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1 cup milk
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 teaspoon each; pepper, oregano
- Layer the sausage, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, and cheese in a well greased 13″x9″x2″ baking dish.
- Beat together the remaining ingredients in a non-metal bowl and pour over sausage mixture.
- Bake, covered, in a 350 degree oven until golden brown and set (about 30 minutes).
- Cut into 12 3-inch squares. Serves 12, can be halved.
½ pound pork sausage, cooked & drained
½ cup and 1 tablespoon bisquick
2 ounces mushrooms, sliced or one small can
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1/2 cup milk
1 medium tomatoes, chopped
¾ teaspoon salt
1 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 teaspoon each; pepper, oregano ( I would use Italian seasoning)
Silliness – Knock Knock! Who’s There?
Dwayne the bathtub — I’m dwowning!