It’s been a wet night and it’s due to get more interesting as the day goes on. We’re already under a HIGH SURF WARNING, HIGH WIND WATCH and GALE WARNING and now they’ve posted a SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT. (click for more info) Gonna be a bumpy ride for a couple of days here…. There’s a possibility of 40 foot waves? Wow… granted they often “worst case”, but still. 56F… that’s warm… Wind at 12mph, gusting up to 30. We’ve gotten about 1/5 of an inch since midnight. AQI 34. The worst of this is supposed to be over Monday night.
Yesterday after Herbs I spent awhile cleaning up and sorting and then starting doing more headers. Eventually it was time for Sewing, but I was the only one again, so I spent the time working on that same blackworked cuff.
In the evening our Birthday Boy called from CA. He’s still on leave. We got a bit to chat and then Tempus and I worked on the Herbs inventory until 11pm. <groan> The wall looks immensely better. Now if we can just remember to keep at it…. and then I did another set of herbs.
Today is House Capuchin’s monthly potluck. I’m planning on making one of the test dishes for the feast, assuming that the chicken has thawed. I’m also going to keep at the embroidery, make a few more bookmarks and start on some Yule book ornaments. …and maybe more herbs… 🙂 Tempus is making bread and he has some to hang.
Today’s plant is the cobra lily, Darlingtonia
Californica, a carnivorous bog plant, native to California and Oregon. These plants are trippy…. they eat bugs, because they thrive in such awful soil that they need a different way to get the nutrients that most plants get out of the ground! No, they don’t have any magickal uses that I know of.
A good article about Darlingtonia: http://coastexplorermagazine.com/features/carnivorous-rare-and-wild-cobra-lilies The wiki article is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_(plant) and one about the
wayside in Florence is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_Botanical_Wayside The wayside is worth a drive. There are good walkways just above the ground level so that you don’t hurt the plants. We used to roll Grandma’s wheelchair through there every summer at least once, because she was fascinated, too.
Las Posadas, Mexico – This custom apparently derives from Spain, but is celebrated mostly in Central America and the Southwestern US. It includes Nativity parades, and plays resembling those of the mummers along with breaking of piñatas and lots of parties. There’s even a celebration in Portland that ends up with Santa collecting gifts for needy children. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Posadas
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. 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 12/21 at 9:49am.
A just past First Quarter Moon passes 4° south of Mars this evening. The two bright objects dominate the southern sky after darkness falls and remain conspicuous until they set after 11 p.m. local time.
Have you ever watched a Sirius-rise? Find an open view right down to the east-southeast horizon, and watch for Sirius to come up about two fists at arm’s length below Orion’s vertical belt. Sirius rises sometime around 8 p.m. this week, depending on the date and your location. When a star is very low, it tends to twinkle quite slowly and often in vivid colors. Sirius is bright enough to show these effects well, especially with binoculars.
Comet 46P/Wirtanen puts on a superb show in mid-December. This periodic visitor currently glows between 4th and 5th magnitude — bright enough to glimpse with the naked eye from a dark site and an easy target through binoculars. Wirtanen made its closest approach to the Sun December 12 and will come closest to Earth on the 16th, when it swoops within 7.2 million miles of our planet. The comet currently resides among the background stars of Taurus the Bull, between the magnificent Pleaides star cluster (M45) and the 1st-magnitude star Aldebaran. This area remains visible nearly all night, but climbs highest in late evening.
Venus (magnitude –4.8, in Virgo) rises as an eerie “UFO” above the east-southeast horizon a good two hours before the first light of dawn. As dawn arrives, Venus is the brilliant “Morning Star” dominating the southeast. In a telescope Venus is a shrinking and thickening crescent, waxing from 35% to 41% sunlit this week. For the sharpest telescopic views, follow it up higher all the way past sunrise and into the blue sky of day.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for December
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 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
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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
Su 16 Low 12:24 AM 1.8 7:46 AM Set 12:48 AM 53
~ 16 High 7:12 AM 7.1 4:38 PM Rise 1:23 PM
~ 16 Low 1:48 PM 2.7
~ 16 High 7:15 PM 5.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Dear Creator, allow me to see freedom in a way that I can understand.
~ It is not your aptitude, but your attitude, that determines your altitude. – Zig Ziglar
~ It’s a great advantage to be able to hurdle with both legs – David Coleman
~ Many admire, few know. – Democritus
~ I cannot conceive otherwise than that He, the Infinite Father, expects or requires no worship or praise from us, but that He is even infinitely above it. – Benjamin Franklin; from ‘Articles of Belief and Acts of Religion’, November 20, 1728
Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat,
Please to put a penny in the old man’s hat;
If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will do,
If you haven’t got a ha’penny, God bless you! –Beggar’s rhyme
Orange-Cranberry chicken with sweet potatoes
1 4lb.Roasting Chicken
1/2 teaspoon Pepper
1 pound Sweet Potatoes
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 cup Chicken Broth
1 cup Whole berry Cranberry Sauce
2 Tablespoons White Wine
- Preheat oven to 375%.Grate rind from orange (don’t include the bitter white part).Rinse chicken & pat dry.
- Sprinkle with salt, pepper & 1/2 the grated orange rind.
- Place, breast side up, on a rack in large roasting pan.
- Roast for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile pare & cut the sweet potatoes into 1 inch slices, then toss with Olive oil.
- Place in single layer in the bottom of roasting pan.
- Continue roasting 1 hour & 45 minutes, turning potatoes occasionally & basting chicken & potatoes frequently, until the chicken juices run clear when the thickest part of the thigh is pierced with fork & leg moves freely.
- During the last 1/2 hour of roasting, combine Chicken broth, cranberry sauce & vinegar in a small saucepan.
- Bring to boiling over med. heat.
- Boil 20 min. or until reduced to 1 1/2 cups.
- Peel white pith from orange, seed flesh & chop.
- Stir remaining rind & chopped orange into saucepan;
- simmer 5 min. Let Chicken rest for 20 minutes before carving. Cut chicken in half lengthwise down the middle.
- Spoon Cranberry Sauce mixture over chicken & serve with Sweet Potatoes.
Pasty Recipe Spell – December 6th, 2006
Color of the day: White – Incense of the day: Sandalwood
Ancient people gathered as much food as possible so it would last them throughout the long winter months. Hearty food was often served in Celtic countries in the winter. This included oatmeal with butter and milk, soft cheeses, root vegetables, nuts and berries, bread, and dried or salted fish and meat. In later times, pasties or pastry pies were served. These consisted of baked dough toasted around a meat, fish, or vegetable filling. These were so popular that it was said the devil would not come to Cornwall for fear of being put into a pie! Here is a recipe for traditional pies to share at your winter rites and ceremonies. Combine one pound of flour with a half pound of butter, three eggs, and hot water. Roll out the dough on a board three times. Then cut it into six-inch circles, place the filling in the center of the circles, and fold them over to make a half moon shapes. Cook at 350 degrees until they are golden.
By: Sharynne NicMhacha
[Anja’s note – I’ve made these as a take-home lunch for those who have long drives. A cheese-ham filling or barley & sausage travel well and are yummy hot or cold. Cheese & broccoli with waterchestnuts works for those who don’t want meat. It sounds strange, but ham and left-over sweet potatoes is delicious, even if you baked ‘em with marshmallows! Cook any meats and drain well first, because any grease in the filling will make a strange texture.]
Shortest Day Ham Loaf – http://www.wicca.com/celtic/akasha/yuletnrecip.htm
1 pound ground pork
1/2 cup fine bread crumbs
1 pound ground ham
1 medium tomato, chopped
1/4 cup milk
Mix all ingredients above and shape into 2 individual loaves. In a saucepan combine:
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup vinegar
1 teaspoon dried mustard
1/2 cup water
Bring sauce to a boil, pour over the loaves, place loaves in a 350 degree oven and bake for 1 hour, basting regularly.
Makes 10-12 servings.
Chicken Pot Pie
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite sized cubes
4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into bite size pieces
1 cup baby carrots, halved
1 small onion, peeled and chopped fine
2 ounces butter (1/2 stick)
2 cloves minced garlic
1 cup frozen baby peas (optional)
½ cup milk or cream
2 Tablespoons flour
Double recipe of pastry/pie crust or 2 packages of pre-made crust dough
9″x13″ casserole dish
Blanch potatoes and carrots 5-10 minutes and drain well.
In a heavy skillet, melt 1 Tablespoon butter and brown chicken pieces.
Remove chicken and set aside. In skillet sauté onion until translucent. Add drained potatoes, garlic, and carrots and cook until golden, adding more butter if needed. Add the chicken back into the skillet. Blend milk and flour well and stir into skillet with chicken/vegetable mixture. Remove from heat and cool.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Line casserole dish with ½ the pastry dough to form bottom crust. Pour in cooled chicken/vegetable mixture and dot with remaining butter. Top with remaining pastry crust and seal and crimp edges.
Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
Serves 6 – 8
Planning a Christmas weekend of entertaining guests, I made a list of things I needed to do, including taking food out of the freezer and going grocery shopping.
As it happened, a friend whom I had been promising to take to lunch, asked if we could make it that Friday. So, hopping into the car, I taped my “to do” list to the dashboard and went and picked her up.
As she settled into the car, her face dropped.
“Geesh! Thanks a lot!” she sulked.
What!?Then I glanced at my list and saw the first item:
“Take out the Turkey.”