The computer says it’s overcast, but the sunshine is bright despite that….bright for winter, that is. The sun is low and it makes the light pinkish. 51F, wind at 8 and gusting into the teens, AQI 60. It stopped raining near sunrise and is supposed to stay dry today, but tomorrow and Tuesday are likely to be very wet. They’re talking about nearly an inch tomorrow!
I spent quite awhile on going through and discarding mail. The spam attack on the Ancient Light account seems to be finally over, so I’m trying to clear enough that I can make use of it again. …and that took hours.
Around 6pm I went in back and slept for quite awhile. Tempus snoozed on the sofa, but he wakes faster than I do if someone comes in and we did have some folks who stopped by. It had started to rain by that point. We got less the 1/10 of an inch, but it seemed like more.
Tempus just chucked some leftover pizza into the parking lot and there’s feather pile all over it.
Today We have Herbs at 11am and then Sewing Workshop at 3pm. We hoping to make wood butter in this morning’s workshop, but may end up just packing herbs.
Today’s plant is Field or Scouring Rush Horsetail http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_horsetail,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EquisetumThe darned things are next to impossible to get rid of, although they’re fascinating in construction and growth habit. In Oregon they’re a noxious weed, since, while the plants have been used as a poverty food (early spring) they can be toxic to grazing animals and are dangerous to people who retain fluid, although the Romans used it both as a tea and a thickening powder. It can be used as a polish and a dye. Horsetail –Feminine, Saturn, Earth, This is best used in fertility mixtures, sachets, amulets, etc. Place in the bedroom for help in conception. Whistles made of horsetail stems are used in snake charming.
Today’s Feast is that of Neith, creation goddess and mother in Egypt. She also was goddess of warriors and weaving and all kinds of other things…. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neith
The shop opens at 11am. Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. Open Circle for Yule 12/21, 7pm. Holiday Hours – Open Late on 12/22 & 24 (Christmas Eve), Closed Christmas Day 12/25, Closed Saturday 12/29, Closing Early for New Year’s on 12/31 (probably by 4pm), And then we’ll be closed again on New Year’s Day! Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at email@example.com 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 12/22 at 9:49pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 11:20am on 12/8. 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 12/11 at 11:20am.
The days of viewing Saturn in the evening sky are just about over. In fact, tonight might be your last, best chance to see it this year. Although the magnitude 0.5 ringed world stands only 7° high in the southwest 45 minutes after sunset, a slender, two-day-old Moon serves as a guide. The two objects lie 3° apart and look beautiful through binoculars.
Orion >>> is coming into good view low in the east after dinnertime now. And that means <<< Gemini is also coming up to its left (for the world’s mid-northern latitudes). The head stars of the Gemini twins, Castor and Pollux, are at the left end of the Gemini constellation — one over the other, with Castor on top.
High above Orion is Aldebaran, at one tip of the V-shaped asterism made of the brightest stars of the Hyades cluster. And high above Aldebaran and the Hyades are the Pleiades, smaller but brighter. The Pleiades are about as big as your fingertip at arm’s length. Pleiades are about 440 light-years distant; the Hyades are 150.
Far to their left shines bright Capella.
Neptune, magnitude 7.9 in Aquarius, is very near Mars this week! See December 6 and 7 above. Finder chart (without Mars).
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for December (click to go there)
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22 – (RWEESH)
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 Runic half month of Naudhiz/ Nyd – November 13- 27 – Need-fire – Time to prepare for winter. Consciousness is the Necessity. “That which does not destroy me makes me stronger.” – Nietzsche
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Celtic tree month of Ruis/Elder, Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH) – 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).
Ruis – Elder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: Makeup days of the thirteenth Moon
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 8 High 1:22 AM 7.0 7:40 AM Rise 8:48 AM 0
~ 8 Low 6:41 AM 3.1 4:37 PM Set 6:04 PM
~ 8 High 12:26 PM 8.5
~ 8 Low 7:28 PM -0.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am ready to live in empowered transformation.
~ Vocabulary enables us to interpret and to express. If you have a limited vocabulary, you will also have a limited vision and a limited future. – Jim Rohn
~ A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who cannot read. – Mark Twain
~ Everything must be made as simple as possible but not one bit simpler. – Albert Einstein
~ “Forty-two,” said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Old Christmastide – Sir Walter Scott
Heap on more wood! the wind is chill;
But let it whistle as it will,
We’ll keep our Christmas merry still.
Each age has deem’d the new-born year
The fittest time for festal cheer:
Even, heathen yet, the savage Dane
At Iol more deep the mead did drain;
High on the beach his galleys drew,
And feasted all his pirate crew;
Then in his low and pine-built hall
Where shields and axes deck’d the wall
They gorged upon the half-dress’d steer;
Caroused in seas of sable beer;
While round, in brutal jest, were thrown
The half-gnaw’d rib, and marrow-bone:
Or listen?d all, in grim delight,
While Scalds yell’d out the joys of fight.
Then forth, in frenzy, would they hie,
While wildly loose their red locks fly,
And dancing round the blazing pile,
They make such barbarous mirth the while,
As best might to the mind recall
The boisterous joys of Odin’s hall.
And well our Christian sires of old
Loved when the year its course had roll’d,
And brought blithe Christmas back again,
With all his hospitable train.
Domestic and religious rite
Gave honour to the holy night;
On Christmas Eve the bells were rung;
On Christmas Eve the mass was sung:
That only night in all the year,
Saw the stoled priest the chalice rear.
The damsel donn’d her kirtle sheen;
The hall was dress’d with holly green;
Forth to the wood did merry-men go,
To gather in the mistletoe.
Then open’d wide the Baron’s hall
To vassal, tenant, serf and all;
Power laid his rod of rule aside
And Ceremony doff’d his pride.
The heir, with roses in his shoes,
That night might village partner choose;
The Lord, underogating, share
The vulgar game of ‘post and pair’.
All hail’d, with uncontroll’d delight,
And general voice, the happy night,
That to the cottage, as the crown,
Brought tidings of salvation down.
The fire, with well-dried logs supplied,
Went roaring up the chimney wide;
The huge hall-table’s oaken face,
Scrubb’d till it shone, the day to grace,
Bore then upon its massive board
No mark to part the squire and lord.
Then was brought in the lusty brawn,
By old blue-coated serving-man;
Then the grim boar’s head frown’d on high,
Crested with bays and rosemary.
Well can the green-garb’d ranger tell,
How, when, and where, the monster fell;
What dogs before his death to tore,
And all the baiting of the boar.
The wassel round, in good brown bowls,
Garnish’d with ribbons, blithely trowls.
There the huge sirloin reek’d; hard by
Plum-porridge stood, and Christmas pie;
Nor fail’d old Scotland to produce,
At such high tide, her savoury goose.
Then came the merry makers in,
And carols roar’d with blithesome din;
If unmelodious was the song,
It was a hearty note, and strong.
Who lists may in their mumming see
Traces of ancient mystery;
White shirts supplied the masquerade,
And smutted cheeks the visors made;
But, O! what maskers, richly dight,
Can boast of bosoms half so light!
England was merry England, when
Old Christmas brought his sports again.
‘Twas Christmas broach’d the mightiest ale;
‘Twas Christmas told the merriest tale;
A Christmas gambol oft could cheer
The poor man’s heart through half the year. – Sir Walter Scott, from Marmion: A Tale of Flodden Field
Yule Magick – Recipes for Yule potlucksCold Tea Noodles
1 tablespoon Japanese Genmaicha green tea
½ pound Chinese water noodles or Japanese udon noodles
1 packages firm tofu, well drained
1 package enoki mushrooms
1 package radish sprouts, washed and drained
1 bunch of scallions, sliced into thin rounds
1 small bunch of cilantro leaves
light soy sauce, to taste
Japanese sesame oil, to taste
Shichimi togarashi (Japanese spice mixture, available at Asian markets) or
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Bring two quarts water to 180°F (85°C) and add tea. Steep for 3 minutes and pour through a sieve. Reserve liquid for cooking the noodles.
- Bring the reserved tea to a boil and add noodles. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until noodles are al dente. Remove from heat and allow the noodles to remain in the liquid until it has cooled. Remove noodles from liquid and place in a bowl, covered, overnight in the refrigerator.
- The next day, put tofu on a plate and cover it with several layers of paper towels. Press any excess moisture from it by placing a two-pound weight on top of the paper towels.
- Remove weight and paper toweling after 15 minutes. Carefully slice the tofu into 1-inch (2.5cm) cubes and set aside.
- Place noodles on four plates. Scatter tofu and remaining ingredients over all. Serve with soy sauce, sesame oil and seasoning.
Panzanella (Italian Bread Salad)
4 cups fresh tomatoes, diced into 1/2 in pieces
3/4 cup slivered onion (red, white or yellow)
1/2 cup water
1//3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup wine vinegar
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
6 cup stale, dense, crusty bread cut or torn into 1 inch cubes
3 or 4 cloves garlic
Combine all ingredients except bread in large bowl and let stand for flavors
to develop, about ten or fifteen minutes. Add bread; Toss well to coat. If
bread seems dry, sprinkle with a tablespoon or two of water. Salad will hold
several hours at room temperature before serving. Do not make ‘ahead’ or
bread will get super soggy.
Oriental Chicken Slaw
½ cup salad oil
½ cup rice vinegar
¼ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 3-ounce packages chicken-flavoured ramen noodles
4 cups finely chopped chicken
4 cups packaged shredded cabbage with carrot (coleslaw mix)
¾ cup almonds, sliced and toasted
½ cup sliced green onions
- For dressing, in a small bowl whisk together oil, vinegar, sugar, red pepper and contents of seasoning packets from ramen noodles. Set dressing aside.
- In a large saucepan cook ramen noodles in boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes or until just tender; drain.
- Transfer noodles to a large bowl. Pour 1/4 cup of the dressing over the cooked noodles; toss to coat.
- Add chicken, cabbage, almonds, and green onions to noodle mixture; mix well.
- Pour the remaining dressing over the salad; toss to combine. Cover and chill for 2 to 24 hours.
Makes 8 servings
To Tote: Transport in an insulated cooler with ice packs.
When four of Santa’s elves got sick, the trainee elves did not produce toys as fast as the regular ones, and Santa began to feel the Pre-Christmas pressure.
Then Mrs. Claus told Santa her Mother was coming to visit, which stressed Santa even more.
When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two others had jumped the fence and were out, Heaven knows where.
Then when he began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboards cracked, the toy bag fell to the ground and all the toys were scattered.
Frustrated, Santa went in the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum. When he went to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drunk all the cider and hidden the liquor.. In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the cider jug, and it broke into hundreds of little glass pieces all over the kitchen floor. He went to get the broom and found the mice had eaten all the straw off the end of the broom.
Just then the doorbell rang, and an irritated Santa marched to the door, yanked it open, and there stood a little angel with a great big Christmas tree.
The angel said very cheerfully, ‘Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn’t this a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to stick it?’
And so began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.
Not a lot of people know this!…….- Jonathan M Richards