Featured photo by Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. No workshops today! Anja is out of town!
Yesterday started out pretty, but it got dark early and got very wet, ending up with 2/3 of an inch of rain. We had a good day despite it. I had a lot to do, making sure my class stuff was ready and wouldn’t you know, the printer started acting up! By the time I had gotten that far Tempus was in Newport running his errands, getting back just in time for Rayna to get her makeup class and when we were done with that it was time for the rest of it with everyone else, which went really well, I think.
We finished getting my stuff together after class, since we’re leaving from home. Tempus have gotten the printer fixed, so I finished my printing and then we had a couple more chores to do at home before bedtime.
So, today, Tempus is driving me to Eugene to teach my class. He’s going to try to be back at the shop by opening time, but if anything happens with traffic he might be a touch late. A friend is bringing me home after the feast, so I’m going to have a fun day!
This is the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. I spent a lot of time when I was growing up, going over and under this bridge. This is a pic from Moonrise on 103014 put up by the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. See the moondog and the partial halo?
Today’s Plant is Big-leaf Maple, Acer macrophyllum. This tree has the largest leaves of any maple. I remember being startled by that when I first moved to Oregon. Have you ever played with the seeds? A twin pair, before they separate, is a good charm for separated lovers. Maple syrup can be made from the sap, although it is subtly different from the taste of sugar maple and a bit thinner. Masculine, Jupiter, Air – Maple leaves are used in prosperity and love spells. When doing a baby blessing, walk the child down a row of people with maple wands to help the child to a long life. Maple has long been used for wands, being easy to work and directing energies very well. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acer_macrophyllum
St. Agnes eve is a traditional fire divination day. There are a bunch of marriage divinations, too. “You must lie in another county, and knit the left garter about the right legged stocking (let the other garter and stocking alone) and as you rehearse these following verses, at every comma, knit a knot.”
“This knot I knit,
To know the thing, I know not yet,
That I may see,
The man (woman) that shall my husband (wife) be,
How he goes, and what he wears,
And what he does, all days, and years.
What that all comes from is a martyr from the 4th century, but more probably has to do with leftovers from the worship of Yngona/Annis. More here: http://ketutar.wordpress.com/2007/01/22/saint-agnes-annis-the-black-hag-2/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Annis http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agnes_of_Rome,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Eve_of_Saint_Agnes and (text of poem) http://www.bartleby.com/126/39.html
The traditionally associated plant is Christmas Rose http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helleborus_niger
The shop is open 11-5pm 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 1/31 at 5:27am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 1/21 at 9:17am.
Sirius twinkles brightly below Orion in the southeast. Sometime around 8 p.m., depending on your location, Sirius shines precisely belowfiery Betelgeuse in Orion’s shoulder, as captured at right. How accurately can you time this event for your location, perhaps using a plumb bob or the vertical edge of a building? Of the two, Sirius leads early in the evening, and Betelgeuse leads later. Welcome to pre-telescopic astronomy.
Zero-magnitude <<< Capella high overhead, and equally bright Rigel >>> in Orion’s foot, are at almost the same right ascension. This means they cross your sky’s meridian at almost exactly the same time: around 9 p.m. now, depending on how far east or west you live in your time zone. (Capella goes exactly through your zenith if you’re at latitude 46° north: Portland, Oregon; Montreal; central France.) So whenever Capella passes its very highest, Rigel is always marking true south over your landscape, and vice versa.
Mercury (magnitude –0.3) and Saturn (half as bright at magnitude +0.5) are low in the morning twilight, as shown in the illustrations above.
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Goddess Month of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.
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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
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 20 High 2:49 AM 7.1 7:46 AM Rise 9:48 AM 6
~ 20 Low 8:23 AM 2.9 5:09 PM Set 8:58 PM
~ 20 High 2:01 PM 7.6
~ 20 Low 8:50 PM 0.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Rise & Shine!
~ It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor. – Max Eastman
~ Let go, surrender, if it is really supposed to be, you will become the magnet that attracts it. – SanDanYi
~ Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose. – Tennessee Williams
~ Love comes naturally. Hate is an acquired taste. – Walter E Jacobson, MD
A liquid moon
moves gently among
the long branches.
Thus having prepared their buds
against a sure winter
the wise trees
stand sleeping in the cold. – William Carlos Williams (1883–1963)
Winter’s Light Creamed Cabbage – Adapted by Akasha Ap Emrys
- 1 lb. pre-cooked ham, 1″ cubed or shredded
- 1 heaping tsp. flour
- 1 firm white cabbage
- 1/2 tsp. each salt & pepper
- 1 cup cream
- grated nutmeg
Cut cabbage in half, then into four (small head) or six (large head) pieces. Plunge into a pot of boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Drain and run under cold tap water. Drain again. Slice across the grain in 1/4 inch strips. Melt a little butter/margarine in a sauce pan and add shredded cabbage. Toss well, and keep stirring all the time. Add salt, pepper, and a dash of grated nutmeg. Next add the heaping teaspoon of flour, mix well. Add cream, still stirring, and let it come to a boil. Add the cubed or shredded ham, and lower the heat. Cover the sauce pan and let the mixture simmer for about 30 minutes. Serve hot. Makes 6-8 servings.
White Russian Casserole – VEGETARIAN
2 large onions, sliced
2 cups chopped cabbage
2 cups cauliflower
1 large can of white kidney beans
8 cloves garlic, crushed
¼ cup chopped fresh dill
2 tablespoons light cream cheese
4 tablespoons plain yogurt
¼ cup plain soymilk or more plain yogurt
4 slices “Fakin’ bakin” (soy based bacon sub)
2 teaspoon sesame seeds
paprika, salt and pepper
- Boil or microwave the potatoes until nearly done. When cool enough, remove their skins. Fry the sliced onions in a little oil until soft. Add the chopped cabbage, cauliflower and 6 cloves of the crushed garlic and fry until the cabbage and cauliflower are just tender.
- Melt the cream cheese and add it to the soymilk, yogurt and dill. Mix together and add to the vegetable mixture.
- Drain and rinse the white beans and add to the vegetable/yogurt mixture. Mix thoroughly and salt and pepper to taste.
- Slice the potatoes into rounds, and put half the slices on the bottom of an oiled casserole dish. Fill with the mixture. Fry or microwave the Fakin’ Bakin. Sprinkle over the vegetable mixture. Cover with the remaining potatoes.
- Mix the remaining 2 cloves of crushed garlic with a little bit of oil and spread over the potatoes. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 325° for about 20 minutes. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake a few minutes more and serve immediately.
Volcano Chicken Chili
6 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 sweet red peppers, seeded, cored and chopped
5 jalapeno peppers, finely chopped – leave seeds in for extra heat
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 ½ teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
pinch of cinnamon
6 boneless chicken breasts
28 ounces diced tomatoes with juice
8 ounces kalamata olives, sliced
1 cup beer
¼ cup grated unsweetened chocolate
salt to taste
grated cheddar and scallions for topping
- Heat half of the oil in a soup pot over high heat. Add onions and garlic and sauté over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add peppers and sauté for 10 minutes. Stir in chili powder, cumin, coriander and cinnamon and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Cut chicken into 1” cubes and brown in batches in the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil in the skillet. Add chicken, diced tomatoes with juice, olives, and beer to the soup pot and stir in. Simmer 15 minutes. Stir in chocolate and then season with salt. Serve with cheddar and scallions.
Wisconsin Cheese Soup
5 tablespoons butter
2 medium carrots, finely chopped
2 celery ribs, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
½ green pepper, seeded and finely chopped
5 mushrooms, chopped
½ cup cooked ham, finely chopped
½ cup flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 quart of chicken broth
1 quart of milk
½ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon cayenne
½ teaspoon dry mustard
1 pound sharp cheddar cheese, grated
salt and pepper to taste
In a large heavy kettle, melt butter; add carrots, celery, onion, green pepper, mushrooms and ham. Cook over medium heat until vegetables are crisp tender, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Do not brown. Add flour and cornstarch, cook, stirring constantly for about 3 minutes.
Add broth to pot and cooking, stirring until slightly thickened. Add milk, paprika, cayenne and mustard. Stir in cheese gradually, stirring until cheese is melted. To avoid curdling, do not allow soup to boil after cheese is added. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Silliness – Sports Car Dreams
A man went into his shrink’s office and says, “Doc, you have got to help me! Every night I keep dreaming that I’m a sports car. The other night, I dreamed I was a Trans Am. Another night, I dreamed I was an Alpha Romeo. Last night I dreamed I was a Porsche. What does this mean?”
“Relax,” says the shrink, “You’re just having an auto-body experience.”