Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Minus Tide at 5:47 PM of -1.1 feet. 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!
It’s only 38F and it’s quite clouded over. Wow… I got a couple of glimpses of Venus through the cloud cover, but none of the Moon. We got sprinkled on a couple of times, but nothing serious. Wind at 5mph, gusting to 10, AQI 20, no appreciable precipitation. Might have interesting weather rolling in tomorrow…
Where did yesterday *go*?!?!?!? I hurriedly gathered the last of my laundry before we opened. I forgot that I left some drying on the tables up front! Phil called before I even got coffee. He was hoping to pick up a book that we’ve been discussing. Tempus went to dig it out and then realized he wasn’t sure which one it was. When Phil stopped by later they discussed the pile and he left with two instead of one. 🙂
We’re talking about starting an NDE discussion group on Thursday’s. The first meeting, assuming that anyone is interested, should be on 1/17/19. We’ll figure out how often we’ll meet and what we’ll be discussing at that time.
I worked on writing up herbs and starting to print some more of them. I’m going to have to get more ink, though, we’re running low on blue. Tempus made us a good supper of one of the meatballs with cheese on toast and a bowl of lentil soup.
I got a nap and he headed out at around 9, having cleaned up so I could start the nuts. I tended those during the evening. The first batch was done around 4am and I debated whether to start another. They do need to be stirred. I decided better not and put things away, then changed my mind and the 2nd batch was going at 4:30.
He was rolling on the regular route at 1:30, having started bulk drops just before midnight. He took it easy on the Beaver Creek/Bayview Loop, but even so, called for me at 5:15 or so. We had a good run, made a touch longer, by stopping twice at the shop so I could stir the 2nd batch, which is almost done. I’ll finish that as soon as this is out.
The odd bit was that we noticed that our little potted tree that sits at the end of the building has been messed with. It’s canted at an angle in the pot, which was sitting down on the ground instead of up where it had been. I don’t think the wind did that…. Going to have to go out later to make sure it’s ok.
Today Tempus has to make a run into Newport for some errands. We’ll be open a little ahead of time, but close at 6 to get ready for tonight’s Sabbat.
Today’s plant is the trillium, specifically the varieties for our state, of the Giant Purple Wakerobin, the Idaho Trillium and Round Leaf Trillium. These are one of the characteristic flowers of the Oregon spring forests, the flowers of spring called Wakerobin since in many places robins and trilliums appear at the same time. It is also called Birthroot and has been used medicinally to control bleeding. Tripartite petals and flower make this an unusual plant and since they grow widely separated in the undergrowth of forests, they’re striking when you come across them. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Carry the root to attract money and luck or – Masculine, Venus & Saturn, Earth – the magicks of trillium are concerned with boundaries and lust. ….and they’re beautiful! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trillium Yes, it’s odd to have two sets of correspondences for one plant, but that’s the way this one works!
Yule/Winter Solstice is the Wicca celebration of the birth of the Sun, the return of the God to the physical world. Today the Holly King lays down his crown for the Oak King. We work with a lot of myths and folklore from around the world, too, but the return of hope, the spark of new life is what we’re working with here. Today is also the beginning of the new year and the end of the first year of the new Cycle in the Mayan Long Count among other things. There is always hope that things will get better, that the world will not end and that the Sun will always rise in the morning, bringing us Light and Joy and Love. Blessed Yule!
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. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on at 12/24 at 9:49am.
The Moon, nearly full this evening, forms an almost-isosceles triangle with Aldebaran to its upper right and Betelgeuse to its lower right. Aldebaran is an orange, K5 giant star 65 light-years away. Betelgeuse is an orange, slightly less hot M1 supergiant about 10 times more distant.
Mercury has started to dip lower in the predawn sky as its orbit carries it back toward the Sun. As it descends, Jupiter rises to meet it. This morning, the two stand less than 1° apart. At magnitude –1.8, Jupiter appears more conspicuous than magnitude –0.5 Mercury. Enjoy this pretty conjunction starting about 45 minutes before sunrise, when the pair lies 8° above the horizon. Those with binoculars might spot the 1st-magnitude star Antares 5° to Jupiter’s lower right.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for December
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22 – (RWEESH)
Celtic Tree Month of Secret of the Unhewn Stone, Dec 23
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.
Secret of the Unhewn Stone, Dec 23 – (This is the blank day in this calendar, the one day of the year that is not ruled by a tree and its corresponding Ogham alphabet character. Its name denotes the quality of potential in all things.)
Graves (1966) makes a case for an additional “blank” ogham, “the unhewn dolmen arch”, which he assigns to the mistletoe, a plant for which there is abundant evidence of its ritual importance to the Celts. There are two common mistletoes in Europe, both of which live as parasites on trees. The common mistletoe (Viscum album L.) parasitizes many tree species, including oaks in the western part of its range. It forms white berries between Samhain and Yule. The yellow-berried mistletoe (Loranthus europaeus L.) does not extend to western Europe. It is found primarily on oaks. It is most likely the “golden bough”, being more common in the eastern Mediterranean than the common mistletoe. The common mistletoe has been cultivated in North American for the Yule trade, and there are several native mistletoes in the genus Phoradendron. Mistletoes are in the Mistletoe family (Viscaceae).
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 21 Low 4:43 AM 2.9 7:49 AM Set 6:27 AM 94
~ 21 High 10:41 AM 9.1 4:40 PM Rise 4:09 PM
~ 21 Low 5:47 PM -1.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Too busy sometimes now to remember the core of what started at all? Live your dreams and don’t let those dreams make you forget who you were when you dreamed them.
~ L’histoire d’aujourd’hui nous force à dire que la révolte est l’une des dimensions essentielles de l’homme. – Albert Camus
~ In the Isle of Man … the first of November, Old Style, has been regarded as New Year’s Day down to recent times. Thus Manx mummers used to go round on Hallowe’en (Old Style) singing in the Manx language, a sort of Hogmanay song which began “To-night is New Year’s Night, Hogunnaa!”. – Sir James George Frazer (1854 – 1941), British folklorist; The Golden Bough, 1922
~ My father considered that anyone who went to chapel and didn’t drink alcohol was not to be tolerated. I grew up in that belief. – Richard Burton
~ There are deeds, crimes that may be forgiven, but this is not among them. – Walt Whitman, American poet, on seeing survivors of Major Henry Wirz’s prison camp at Andersonville; Wirz was hanged on November 10, 1865
Hark, how all the welkin rings,
‘Glory to the King of kings’;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled. – Charles Wesley (1707–88)
Cashew Nut Roast with Sage and onion stuffing
A sixth of a cup/30g/1oz of vegan margarine
2 sticks of celery, finely chopped
1 medium leek, finely chopped
1 and a half cups of hot water
1 teaspoon of yeast extract (marmite, vegemite etc.)
3 cups/550g/16oz of ground cashew nuts (or other nuts of your choice – almonds work well too)
2 Tablespoons of soya flour
2 teaspoons of fresh herbs – winter savoury is great (if using dried 1 teaspoon)
3 cups/160g/6oz of white bread crumbs
seasalt and pepper to taste
sage and onion stuffing Melt the margarine (in a large pan for mixing) and cook the celery and leek in it for a few minutes. Mix the yeast extract into the hot water (alternatively you could use any stock you like) and add this to the leek and celery. Stir in the soya flour, nuts, herbs, breadcrumbs and salt and pepper and mix well. Allow to cool slightly while you grease a loaf tin. Place half the nut roast mixture in the tin and press down well – then add the sage and onion stuffing (pressing down well again) and place the rest of the nut roast mixture on top. Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes at 180/360 then turn out of the tin and slice. Nice served with all the traditional trimmings.
Variations:- you can substitute wine (red or white) or soya milk for the water and yeast extract. The sage and onion stuffing is optional – it works just as well without it and might actually slice up easier! A layer of sliced mushrooms and garlic is an alternative to the stuffing.
Apple Juice Roast
4 pound boneless Beef Chuck Roast
2 tablespoons of butter of shortening
1 tablespoon catsup
¼ teaspoon pepper
¼ teaspoon prepared mustard
3 large sweet potatoes*
2 medium onions, sliced
1 cup apple juice
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon thyme leaves
1/8 teaspoon basil
Juice of one lemon (for sweet potatoes)*
Apple rings for garnish
Chopped parsley for garnish
NOTE: * Sweet potatoes should be pared and cut into pieces.
Cook onions in 1 tablespoon of butter or shortening in Dutch oven until
tender-crisp and set aside. Brown roast in remaining butter or shortening in
Dutch oven over medium heat for 15-20 minutes or until browned and seared on
all sides. Pierce entire surface of meat with fork.
Combine apple juice, catsup, salt, pepper, thyme, mustard and basil and add
to meat in Dutch oven. Top meat with reserved onions and cook slowly for 2 ½
hours or until almost tender. See cooking note below for cooking options.
Brush sweet potatoes with lemon juice for brighter colour and add to meat.
Continue cooking, covered 30-40 minutes or until meat and potatoes are
Place meat on a warm place. Sprinkle potatoes with shopped parsley or
garnish with apple rings and parsley is desired.
To make gravy: Skim excess fat from cooking liquid; add water if needed to
make 1 1/2 cups. Mix 1/2 cup water and 2 T Unbleached Flour; stir gradually
into cooking liquid.
Heat to boiling; cook, stirring 3 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper,
Gravy may be served in Large Apple that has been scooped out, if desired.
Serve gravy over sliced meat.
NOTE: After apple juice mixture is added to browned meat, it may be
marinated in the refrigerator until 3 to 4 hours before serving time; turn
meat several times.
If Dutch oven is cast iron, transfer to a glass dish.
Mushroom Stroganoff over Linguini
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon soy sauce
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 cup vegetable broth
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon minced parsley
Salt and pepper
1/2 pound linguini
In a non-stick skillet, combine onion, garlic, soy sauce, and 2 tablespoons water. Simmer until liquid evaporates and onions are translucent, about 3 minutes. Add mushrooms and vegetable broth. Simmer until mushrooms are tender, about 6 minutes. Mix together cornstarch and 1 tablespoon cold water until thick and smooth. Whisk it into sauce. Continue cooking until thickened, about 4 minutes. Beat in sour cream until thoroughly blended. Remove from heat and stir in parsley. Add salt and pepper to taste and keep warm until ready to serve. Cook linguini according to package directions. Drain, divide between the plates and top with mushroom Stroganoff.
2 whole chicken breasts, skinned and boned
1 tablespoon yogurt
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon tumeric
1/8 teaspoon dry mustard
½ teaspoon curry powder
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vinegar
8 thin onion slices
4 small tomatoes
- Cut each chicken into 16 squares.
- Combine with the yogurt, salt, turmeric, mustard, curry powder, cardamom, lemon juice and vinegar and let stand for 1/2 hour.
- Thread on skewers 2 chicken pieces, 1 slice of onion, 2 chicken
pieces, 1/2 tomato.
- Repeat till all ingredients are used.
- Cook slowly, turning occasionally and brushing with the marinade, over hot coals OR under the broiler till the chicken is tender, about 10 minutes.
Transfer to a hot platter, sprinkle with lemon juice and garnish with fresh tomatoes, green pepper rings and fresh mint or parsley.