Minus Tide at 6:49 PM of -0.4 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1pm-5pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
It’s spitting at the moment, although it’s been wetter. Rain should end by sunrise, though. 51F, wind at 2-14 mph and gusting, AQI 30-37, UV1. Chance of rain 40% today and 10% tonight. After the rain today it could be dry through next Tuesday. Not the 1st but the 8th!
Yesterday Tempus got in a bit before 10 and got a few hours of sleep before time to open. I was up at noon and got a few chores done before getting things together for the day. I got the shop open on time and Tempus showed up not long after and got us coffee.
I was way sleepy. Drattit, you’d think I could sleep at night and be awake when the shop’s open, but things keep conspiring… I managed, but dang. I spent a lot of time on embroidery and catching up on writing. …and I never did see anyone come in.
Tempus was working in back and I traded places with him around closing time. …and went home and fell into bed. I’m up for now, but I think I’m going right back after I get this out. He’s rumpusing around, getting ready for the paper run.
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
Today is the anniversary of the oldest record of an eclipse. From Wikipedia: “Records of solar eclipses have been kept since ancient times. Eclipse dates can be used for chronological dating of historical records. A Syrian clay tablet records a solar eclipse which occurred on March 5, 1223 B.C., while Paul Griffin argues that a stone in Ireland records an eclipse on November 30, 3340 B.C. Positing classical-era astronomers’ use of Babylonian eclipse records mostly from the 13th century BC provides a feasible and mathematically consistent explanation for the Greek finding all three lunar mean motions (synodic, anomalistic, draconitic) to a precision of about one part in a million or better. Chinese historical records of solar eclipses date back over 4,000 years and have been used to measure changes in the Earth’s rate of spin.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eclipse#Historical_record
The shop opens at 1pm . Winter hours are 1pm-5pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). 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 11/30 at 1:30am. 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 12/1 at 1:30pm. Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 12/14 at 8:17am.
This evening the Moon shines about midway between Aldebaran (Alpha Tauri) to its right and El Nath (Beta Tauri) to its left (for North America). The Full Moon occurs at 1:30 A.M. PST this morning. November’s Full Moon is traditionally called a Beaver Moon, and this one is particularly special. Today, much of the world will be treated to a penumbral lunar eclipse, when the Moon passes through the penumbra, or outer portion of Earth’s shadow. At greatest eclipse, about 82 percent of the Moon will be in shadow, although casual observers may have a somewhat difficult time spotting the subtle difference between the eclipsed and non-eclipsed Moon. Because the penumbra is only the outer region of Earth’s shadow, the Moon’s brightness is only slightly dimmed during such an eclipse. The eclipse begins at 2:32 A.M. EST and ends at 6:53 A.M. EST, with maximum eclipse occurring at 4:42 A.M. EST. For observers in the Southern Hemisphere, this eclipse foreshadows a much bigger event — a total solar eclipse on December 14, visible from Chile and Argentina.
Venus (magnitude –3.9, in Libra) continues to shine in the eastern dawn as the bright “Morning Star,” but it’s getting ga little lower every week. Far to Venus’s upper left shines Arcturus, pale yellow-orange. Look for fainter Spica about half as far to Venus’s upper right.
Old Farmer’s Almanac October Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-october
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, 1992
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH),
Chiron (12/12) Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde
Color – Ivory
Harvest 11/30 – 12/1
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Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH), elder – Celtic tree month of Ruis (Elder) commences (Nov 25 – Dec 22) – 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.
to study this month Straif – Blackthorn Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: SS, Z, ST
Meaning: Resentment; Confusion; Refusing to see the truth
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 30 High 12:40 AM 6.7 7:32 AM Set 7:48 AM 99
~ 30 Low 5:58 AM 3.2 4:38 PM Rise 5:01 PM
~ 30 High 11:45 AM 8.3
~ 30 Low 6:49 PM -0.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, and faith looks up…
Journal Prompt – Expository – You have the freedom to travel to any city or country in the world. Where would you go and why?
~ Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true. – Leon J.Suenes
~ ‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. – Alfred Lord Tennyson
~ I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend” ~J.R.R. Tolkien
~ Canada will be a strong country when Canadians of all provinces feel at home in all parts of the country, and when they feel that all Canada belongs to them. – Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1919-2000) Canadian Prime Minister
Now the autumn days are gone
Frost is sparkling on the lawn,
Windows winking cheerful lights
Warm the cold November nights. – Anon.
SPICED FRUIT NOG
- 12 eggs, separated
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 2 cups apricot nectar
- 2 cups half-and half
- 1 (12-ounce) can evaporate
- 2 teaspoon rum flavoring
- Grated orange rind (optional)
Combine egg yolks, sugar, and spices in top of a double broiler. Place over simmering water and cook, stirring constantly with a wire whisk, until mixture reaches 165. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
Combine yolk mixture, egg whites, apricot nectar, half-and half, evaporated milk, and rum flavoring: beat at medium speed of an electric mixer until well blended. Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled. Pour chilled nog into serving cups and sprinkle with orange rind, if desired. Yield: 2 quarts
EASY YULE LOG
- 1 Package commercial cake mix, preferably chocolate
- 2 cans (24 oz.) pre-made frosting in a dark brown color
- Several tubes of cake decoration frosting in green, red and white
- Several toothpicks
Preheat over to 300 F. Grease and line a jellyroll pan with waxed paper. Mix the cake according to package instructions and pour a thin layer-no more than 1/4 inch thick-into the prepared jelly roll pan. Bake the cake until just underdone. If you can’t tell by looking then use the knife test. When the knife emerges not quite clean from the center or the cake, and when a light touch does not bounce back easily, it need to come out. Check the cake a 7 minutes and then every 2 minutes after that. Do NOT over-bake or the dough will be dry and hard to work with. Remove the cake from the over and let it cool slightly. The remove the cake from the pan by lifting out the wax paper. With the dark frosting, coat the top of the cake with toothpicks and let it cook for about 5 more minutes. Cool the cake for 30 minutes, and then frost it with the dark brown icing. Next, take the tubes of colored cake decorating frosting and make holly and mistletoe over the top. You can also use artificial greenery until it is time to eat the cake. To finish, take a toothpick and etch lines into the frosting to resemble tree back. (McCoy, page 70)
LEG OF LAMB
- 1 Leg of Lamb
- Salt, pepper
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2-3 tablespoons flour
Put the leg of lamb on a grid in a roasting pan and pour (2 pints) of water into the pan. You can also put the Leg of Lamb in a roasting bag without a liquid. Place into oven. Heat over to 150-175 de. C (280-325 de. F) And roast for one hour for each kilo (2 lb.) of weight. Baste occasionally with the stock from the roasting pan. For the last half-hour of cooking switch on the grill, (US broiler) and grill the Leg of Lamb on both sides. If you use a roasting bag, remove it from the bag for the last half-hour and grill in the same way.
Strain the stock into a casserole and skim off the fat. Thicken the sauce with flour, or your favorite thickening, season and color with gravy browning. Add the cream and remove from the heat. Serve with your choice of vegetables and caramel potatoes.
The wife is shopping for Christmas gifts,
With purchases little and large;
She doesn’t believe in Santa Claus…
But she believes in Master Charge!