Cloudy and looking to rain….. 46F, Wind at 13mph, gusting to the upper teens, AQI 36. We’ve already gotten. 0.01 inches of rain. We’re now under at GALE WARNING from 4pm today through 10pm tomorrow.
It took awhile to get things going yesterday. The computer was ok during the early afternoon, so I got newsletters set up, but I also started working on the inventory from the event. Tempus was trying to sort out some of the serving dishes that we took and we both had costumes to put away.
Tempus headed for Newport just after 9. He was running late. I sat down to some mending that’s been hanging fire for months. After a couple of hours I hit a snag, so I played a game for a bit, then went back to it.
I spent awhile hanging up the mended things and then some dresses and caftans that showed up, then putting away some more pj’s that had been stuffed in a box. After that I started making some pouches.
At 1:40 Tempus was heading out on the regular route. By 2:40 – I had done the next step on the 70 little pouches that I’m making. He picked me up around 5:30 and I did Bayshore and the rt 34 drops with him, then came back here to get this newsletter out. We got to see Venus for just a couple of minutes before we got a sharp shower, but it’s been mostly dry.
Today, once we’re up, we’re going to be trying to finish cleaning up the front of the shop. I hope we get enough time to finish by tomorrow when we’re supposed to re-open!
Today’s Plant is Pearly Everlasting, Anaphalis margaritacea, sometimes called Life-Everlasting. The “everlasting” part of the name comes from the fact that the flowers dry well and can be used as decorations during the winter month. There are a number of medicinal uses for this plant, particularly as poultices and often as a decoction added to a hot bag of some sort (iow, put it on a washcloth, warm and put a heating pad on top of that) for bruises, sprains and to the chest for bronchitis, among others –Feminine, Venus, Air – Add to spells that are long-term. Can be useful in a sachet/potpourri/amulet since the flowers will soak up essential oils and release the scent over time.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaphalis_margaritacea
Feast day of Concordia, ancient Rome – In Roman mythology, Concordia was the goddess of agreement and understanding. Her oldest temple was on the Forum Romanum and was built in 367 BCE by Marcus Furius Camillus. The Roman Senate often met there. In art, Concordia was depicted sitting, wearing a long cloak and holding onto a sacrificial bowl and a cornucopia. Sometimes, she is shown standing between two members of the Royal House shaking hands. Concordia is shown in a lot of the iconography of government buildings in Washington, D.C. More here: http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/jan16.html and here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concordia_%28mythology%29
The shop opens at 11am. Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. We’ll be closed for our annual vacation from 7-17 January. 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 1/20 at 9:16pm. 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 1/19 at 9:16am.
After nightfall, look through the moonlight for the Pleiades above the Moon, and for Aldebaran and the dim Hyades to the Moon’s left, as shown here.
Near-Earth asteroid 433 Eros makes its closest approach to Earth since 2012 today, when it comes within 19.4 million miles (31.2 million kilometers) of our planet. It glows at 9th magnitude all week and will be bright enough to see through small telescopes. The asteroid resides about 10° southwest of brilliant Capella this evening, a region that lies high in the east after darkness falls. Be sure to catch Eros sometime this month — it won’t be as close or as bright again until 2056.
Venus appears brilliant in the southeast before dawn. It reached greatest western elongation in early January and continues to dominate the predawn sky. The inner world shines at magnitude –4.5, more than 10 times brighter than the second-brightest planet, Jupiter. Venus rises 3.5 hours before the Sun and stands nearly 20° high when morning twilight begins. The planet lies among the background stars of western Ophiuchus, having crossed into the Serpent-bearer from Scorpius earlier this week. If you point a telescope at Venus, you’ll see a disk that spans 22″ and appears slightly more than half-lit.
Mars (magnitude +0.6, in Pisces) shines high in the southwest at nightfall and sets around 11 p.m. In a telescope it’s gibbous and disappointingly small, barely 7 arcseconds from pole to pole.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for January
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
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.
©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 16 Low 1:16 AM 3.0 7:49 AM Set 2:52 AM 65
~ 16 High 7:44 AM 7.9 5:04 PM Rise 1:17 PM
~ 16 Low 2:59 PM 1.0
~ 16 High 9:15 PM 5.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Swing as high as you can on a swingset..by moonlight…
~ Credentials may be helpful in evaluating someone but they rarely provide you with a window to their soul. – Walter E Jacobson, MD
~ For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead. – Thomas Jefferson
~ Any food that starts out hard will soften when stale. Any food that starts out soft will harden when stale. – Isaac’s Strange Rule of Staleness
~ The glory of each generation is to make its own precedents. – Belva Lockwood (1830-1917) US attorney
Winter for a moment takes the mind; the snow
Falls past the arc-light; icicles guard a wall;
The wind moans through a crack in the window;
A keen sparkle of frost is on the sill. – Conrad Aiken (1889–1973)
Cindy’s Denver Lasagna
8 ounces of tiny egg noodles
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup sour cream
4-5 green onions, sliced
1 pound ground beef
1 medium jar of spaghetti sauce
2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown ground beef in a large skillet; add spaghetti sauce and let simmer. Mix together cream cheese and sour cream until smooth and then add green onions.
Cook noodles, then drain and place in the bottom of an 8 X 8” pan. Spread cream cheese mixture over noodles. Pour meat mixture over cream cheese layer and then cover top with grated cheddar cheese. Bake for 30 – 45 minutes.
Chicken Hash Casserole
2 pounds skinless chicken breasts, halved
4 cups water
3 medium potatoes, peeled and halved
½ cup chopped onion
½ cup chopped red pepper
2 teaspoon chicken bouillon powder
2 tablespoons flour
1/8 teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup reserved broth
¼ cup evaporated milk
2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
Cook chicken in 4 cups of water for about 30 minutes until tender. Drain and reserve ¾ cup of the broth. Remove bones, chop the meat and place in a bowl.
Boil potatoes until barely tender. Drain and cool. Grate coarsely and then add to the meat.
Spray frying pan with non-stick spray. Add onion and red pepper and sauté until soft. Add meat and potatoes.
In a saucepan, stir the bouillon powder, flour, salt and pepper with enough broth to mix smooth. Add the rest of the measured broth, milk and horseradish. Heat and stir until gravy mixture boils and thickens. Add to meat.
Stir lightly. Turn into a 2 quart casserole. Bake uncovered at 350° for 35-45 minutes or until hot through.
Imbolc Macaroni and Cheese – author unknown
- 1 7-ounce package cooked elbow macaroni
- 1/4 cup butter
- 3 tbsp flour
- 2 cups milk
- 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
- 2 cups cubed Cheddar cheese (8 ounces)
- 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
- 2 tbsp butter, melted
- 2 tsp chopped fresh parsley
- Preheat the oven to 400 F.
- In a saucepan, melt 1/4 cup butter and stir in flour to make a roux over medium heat.
- Stir occasionally till smooth a bubbly.
- Then add the milk, cream cheese and mustard and salt and pepper to taste.
- Cook and stir till cream cheese is melted and you have a lovely smooth white sauce.
- Stir in the macaroni and cheese cubes.
- Add the cubed ham and/or chopped broccoli if desired.
- Pour into a casserole dish.
- In another bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and sprinkle over the top.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes to melt the cheese and heat through.
Horseradish Beef Pot Roast
2 cloves garlic, crushed
½ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon horseradish
1 teaspoon dried basil
3 to 3 ½ pound boneless beef chuck roast
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups water
2 cups baby carrots, peeled
12 small red potatoes, cut in half
1 medium onion, cut into 6 wedges
In a small bowl combine garlic, salt, pepper, horseradish and basil. Evenly press garlic mixture into surface of pot roast.
In Dutch oven, heat until hot over a medium-high heat and then add oil. Brown the pot roast evenly on all sides. Add water and bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Cover the pot roast tightly and simmer for 2 hours.
Add the vegetables and cover again. Continue cooking for 40-45 more minutes or until veggies are tender. Serve.
Silliness – Ten Dollar Gift
Elizabeth was surprised to receive ten dollars from her Aunt for her birthday. The Aunt asked how she was going to spend it.
“I’m taking it to Sunday School and giving it to God.” the little girl replied. “He’ll be just as surprised as I was at not getting a dollar like usual.”