Ancient Light’s Holiday Hours!
Open Thursday 12/28 through Sunday 12/31 from 11-5pm (Regular Hours)
Closed New Year’s Day, Monday 1/1, Tuesday 1/2, Wednesday 1/3
Back to regular hours on Thursday 1/4/18!
48F and the occasional spitty rain is happening. The clouds are pretty high. 11,00 feet, according to the computer, but coming over the bridge I saw a lower cloud layer tangled in the hills of the Coast Range. There’s not much wind, anywhere, although out at sea it’s running around 15mph, but that’s supposed to pick up as the day goes on and the rain to get heavier.
...and then I did wake early…well, I did, but around 5am and it didn’t make sense to put the newsletter out right then, and then I slept right through the alarm and had to scrabble into my clothes and run up to the car and I’m sitting here, really groggy.
A pic from 12/28/15 of our glorious Ocean! Ken Gagne, of course.🙂
I saw this picture and went, “Oh, *yes*!” It’s a much better version of one of the common things that we talk about, perspective, better than the tired old cliche of moss on a tree.
Today’s plant is Blue Elderberry, Sambucus cerulea. It’s a rather wild shrub that can be trained into a small tree, with icky-smelling white flowers that then produce dark fruits that appear blue because of a whitish coating on them. In Oregon it grows mostly from the valley out to the coast with some isolated pockets in the Eastern part of the state. There’s a lot of folklore surrounding the tree. “In some areas, the “elder tree” was supposed to ward off evil influence and give protection from witches, while other beliefs say that witches often congregate under the plant, especially when it is full of fruit. In some regions, superstition, religious belief, or tradition prohibits the cutting of certain trees for bonfires, most notably in witchcraft customs the elderberry tree; “Elder be ye Lady’s tree, burn it not or cursed ye’ll be” – A rhyme from the Wiccan rede-poem. If an elder tree was cut down, a spirit known as the Elder Mother would be released and take her revenge. The tree could only safely be cut while chanting a rhyme to the Elder Mother.”From Wikipedia– Feminine, Venus, Water – The flowers are used for Crossing the Bridge rituals. Carry for protection and to prevent rheumatism and toothache. Dried berries are helpful in sleep pillows. All parts are good for protection. Grow near the home for prosperity. Magic wands and flutes are often made from this wood.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus_ceruleaorhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus
Kwanzaa, African-American holiday (Dec 26 – Jan 1); Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) This is the 3rd day of this modern festival for those of African heritage. There’s a really good article explaining the traditions and where they come from here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwanzaa
The shop is open 11-7pm 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 1/1/18 at 6:24pm. 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 12/31 at 6:24am.
Will the Moon on the 30th occult Aldebaran for your location? And when?
Orion is already up in the east-southeast at nightfall. Above it glitters orange Aldebaran, 65 light-years away. Above Aldebaran are the Pleiades, about 435 light-years away. Far left of Aldebaran and the Pleiades, brilliant Capella shines from a distance of 42 light-years.
Mercury (magnitude 0) is having a good morning apparition. Look for it low in the southeast in early dawn, very far lower left of bright Jupiter. Don’t confuse Mercury with fainter, twinklier Antares about 9° to its right.
Mercury – Innermost planet Mercury cannot be observed for the first three weeks of December because it will lie too close to the Sun. But after it passes between the Earth and the Sun on the 13th, an event known as inferior conjunction, it will move into the morning sky. From about the 21st, it will get far enough from the Sun to be seen with the unaided eye, shining at around zero magnitude, as long as you have a clear horizon to the south-east. Mercury’s orbital path will be tilted quite sharply to the horizon from northern latitudes, lifting it higher than it might be at other morning apparitions, and making it easier to find.
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
Runic half-month of Eihwaz/Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books
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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
Beth – Birch – Ogam letter correspondences –
Meaning: New Beginnings; Changes; Purification.
Phagos – Beech Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Letter: PH, IO
Meaning: New experiences and information coming
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 28 Low 1:17 AM 2.2 7:52 AM Set 2:25 AM 65
28 High 7:49 AM 8.1 4:44 PM Rise 1:41 PM
28 Low 2:49 PM 1.2
28 High 8:50 PM 5.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Abundance and joy enhance all my thoughts and feelings.
~ The Knight is a chaos conductor, sensing the currents and finding the path through the maelstrom. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ We unnecessarily create problems. Understand that there are no problems in life except those we create. – Dharma
~ The belief that there is only one truth, and that oneself is in possession of it, is the root of all evil in the world. – Max Born, Physicist, 1882-1970
~ What you people call your natural resources, we call our relatives. – Oren Lyons Faith keeper of the Onondaga
My glass is filled, my pipe is lit,
My den is all a cosy glow;
And snug before the fire I sit,
And wait to feel the old year go. – Robert W. Service (1874–1958)
Chinese Soup – This one was seriously easy…. – 2 generous servings.
- 1 small bulb garlic
- 1” ginger root
- 32 oz box chicken broth
- 2 eggs (duck eggs are great!)
- 1 bundle of udon
- 2 stalks of bok choy
- Slice garlic and ginger root.
- Put those and broth into a pot and bring to a boil.
- Crack two eggs in (carefully, do not stir!), re-boil for 6 minutes (for soft, 8 for hard)
- Add bundle udon
- 2 stalks bok choy, rolled and sliced crossways
- Cover and cook for 6 minutes more.
Berengaria’s Mustard Soup A method, not a recipe. Servings to suit your needs.
- Start with chicken broth (1 cup broth and 1 Tbsp honey-mustard per serving)
- Let simmer on medium for quite a while to blend the flavour. (15 minutes to ½ an hour).
- Add frozen peas (1/4 cup per serving) very close to when you want to serve, close enough for the ice to just melt.
- Immediately turn the heat for low then stir in heavy whipping cream, enough to change the color, but not turn it white. (Maybe one Tbsp per serving?)
Gingery ramen with eggs
- PREP- 15 MIN
- TOTAL – 30 MIN
- SERVES – 4
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp grated ginger
- 4 eggs
- 4 baby bok choy, cut in half lengthwise
- 3 85-g pkgs ramen noodles
- 1 green onion, thinly sliced
- 1 black sesame seeds
- sriracha, optional
- COMBINE broth with garlic, soy and ginger in a large saucepan. Boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, covered, 10 min. Discard garlic.
- COVER eggs with water in a medium saucepan and boil over medium-high for 4 min. Transfer eggs into a bowl of cold water. Add bok choy to boiling water and cook until bright green, about 1 min. Transfer bok choy to a plate. Add noodles to water (discard seasoning packets). Stir until noodles are soft, 2 to 4 min. Drain and rinse well with cold water.
- PEEL eggs and cut in half. Divide noodles among 4 bowls. Pour in chicken broth. Top with eggs, bok choy, green onion and sesame seeds. Drizzle with sriracha.
Silliness – Late Night Funny – Trump also took a shot at Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake. Flake was caught on camera dissing his own party, saying, “If we become the party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump, we are toast.” Sen. Flake, that’s a little too hard on toast. – Stephen Colbert