Daily Stuff 12-12-20 Jólasveinarnir

Hi, folks!

First Minus Tide of the cycle at 4:56 PM of -0.9 feet. This cycle is going to have some King Tides associated with it, and given windy weather and a lot of rain, could get *very* interesting! The Highest King will be on Monday, not long before noon. 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 only partly cloudy, so it’s chilly! Clouds thicken up as the day goes on. 38F, wind at 1-9mph and gusting, AQI0-34, UV0. Chance of rain 5% today and 98% tonight. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 4pm today to 6am Sunday. The rain is due to roll back in the early evening, getting really heavy at times. We could get as much as an inch and a quarter by late Sunday. We should have a break like today’s on Monday, but then it’s right back into rain and showers. Plenty of wet!

cartoon flower happy when raining.

Wow, did it rain, yesterday! It brought in business. I think we sold more in the first two hours of shopping than we have total since Thanksgiving! That helps a *bunch*! By evening the rain had quit, and we shouldn’t see anything but showers through tomorrow evening.

Tempus spent some time working in back, while I worked on sorting out the packing materials drawers and restocking. He made us a tasty supper of eggs and bacon and pancakes. I spent some time embroidering and he made us a new logo. 🙂

Today we’ll be open normal hours. I need to make a batch of Lucia buns for tomorrow. Tempus promised to do up the dough for me. We haven’t had these in awhile, but I ran across the recipe again. I’m hoping to do a little sewing, late in the day, so I can get the box out to the grandbaby. …and then find a large enough box. Uh-oh….

…and I need to get the jars of dried stuff labeled…. I don’t want to mix up squash and cantaloupe. 🙂

Photo by Ken Gagne 12/10/15 with the ocean visiting someone’s yard in Yachats. This is near the 804 trail and a lot of the houses are built right on the rocks!

The Western Hemlock, Tsuga heterophylla (also called the western hemlock-spruce) is a species of hemlock native to the west coast of North America, along with the mountain hemlock Tsuga mertensiana. It can grow to nearly 300 feet tall and up to 9 feet in diameter. It is a native of the temperate rain forests, mostly less than 60 miles from the Pacific Ocean. It is used as a timber tree, for tanning leather, to reduce erosion along rivers, and the essential oil is used in perfume. Like many of the evergreens, new growth at the branch tips can be chewed or made into tea for the vitamin C, which is used medicinally in late winter for the nutrient value. If the bark is pulled off the cambium layer can be scraped loose and eaten and pressed into cakes and dried for later use. The Tlingit people used the boughs to collect herring eggs during the spring spawning. More here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsuga_heterophylla – Feminine, Saturn, earth, Morena/Anja – This tree is not often recommended for use in magicks because of the baneful association of the name with water hemlock, which is a deadly poison. It is helpful for magicks of releasing, for divorce or death, not to create such, but to ease the passage to new life and for the cleansing rituals of late winter. For the western Slavs, another of this genus was burned in funeral pyres and in rituals to Morena and Anja.


…and we think we’ve got it tough with Santa Claus and having to wait and be good and all! How would you like to be from Iceland where the jólasveinarnir, the Yuletide lads, start showing up on the 12th of December and do things like skimming the cream off the milk, swiping meat out of a pan and they’re all the kids of a pair of trolls!!!! They used to (pretend to) beat kids and sometimes kidnap them, but now they’re a little nicer and look a lot more like Santa’s Elves than gruesome Fae. Here are some pictures: http://jol.ismennt.is/myndasafn3.htm and a little lore: http://jol.ismennt.is/english/christmas-lads-museum.htm (most of the links on that page are broken) Wikipedia has more here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule_Lads and here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_worldwide#Iceland

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 ancientlight@peak.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

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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 12/12 at 8:17pm. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 8:17am on 12/14.

The waning Moon in the dawn passes Venus on Saturday the 12th.

A Geminid meteor in 2004 by Alan Dyer

Orion comes into view low in the east after dinnertime now, down below the Pleiades and Aldebaran. That means Gemini is also coming up off 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. If you’ve been out skywatching lately, you’ve probably seen a few Geminid meteors by now! The later you watch the better. The shower is due to reach its peak late Sunday night. For much more on the Geminids see the December Sky & Telescope, page 14.

Crescent Moon occults crescent Venus – Earlier this year, the crescent Moon passed in front of a similarly crescent Venus during daylight hours. Another occultation will occur December 12, but this time with Venus just over 90 percent lit. – H. Raab (Flickr)

There’s a beautiful sight on display for early risers: A delicate 5-percent-lit Moon hangs about 4° above the planet Venus in the predawn sky. Both sit squarely in the constellation Libra, rising in the east. The Moon rises first, around 4:40 A.M.; Venus becomes visible about 30 minutes later. As sunrise comes and goes, our satellite will draw ever closer to the bright planet, which currently spans 11″ and is 91 percent lit. Later today, from locations in the western U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii, the Moon will occult, or pass in front of, Venus in the daytime sky. By tomorrow morning, the Moon will appear to hang below the planet in the morning sky.

The Moon reaches perigee, the closest point to Earth in its orbit, at 12:42 P.M. PST today. At that time, it will sit 224,795 miles (361,772 kilometers) from our planet.

Mercury is out of sight in conjunction with the Sun.

Old Farmer’s Almanac NIGHT SKY MAP FOR DECEMBER 2020https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-december-2020-rotation-stars

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

Moon in Scorpio enters Sagittarius at 6:39pm.

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 – Indigo
Planting 12/10-12

©2020 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


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
Color: Red
Class: Shrub
Letter: R
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.

to study this month Straif – Blackthorn Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Chieftain
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
Sa  12      Low   3:45 AM     2.3   7:44 AM    Rise  5:14 AM      11
~    12     High   9:53 AM     9.3   4:37 PM     Set  3:18 PM
~    12      Low   4:56 PM    -0.9
~    12     High  11:16 PM     7.0


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Nobody is perfect until you fall in love with them.


Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Wherever you are, it is your own friends who make your world. – William James



~   Once he drew With one long kiss my whole soul thro’ My lips, as sunlight drinketh dew. – Alfred Lord Tennyson
~   A New York broker says Oscar Wilde is “straddling the market” – short on trousers and long on brains.
~   The brain is not, and cannot be, the sole or complete organ of thought and feeling. – Alice Stone Blackwell (1857-1950) US suffragist
~   The melancholy days have come, the saddest of the year, Of wailing winds, and naked woods, and meadows brown and sear. – William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) US poet and newspaper editor

In drear nighted December,
Too happy, happy tree,
Thy branches ne’er remember
Their green felicity—
The north cannot undo them
With a sleety whistle through them
Nor frozen thawings glue them
From budding at the prime. – John Keats (1795–1821)


Yule Magick – Recipes

Orange-Cranberry chicken with sweet potatoes

1 Orange
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

  1. Preheat oven to 375%.Grate rind from orange (don’t include the bitter white part).Rinse chicken & pat dry.
  2. Sprinkle with salt, pepper & 1/2 the grated orange rind.
  3. Place, breast side up, on a rack in large roasting pan. 
  4. Roast for 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile pare & cut the sweet potatoes into 1 inch slices, then toss with Olive oil.
  6. Place in single layer in the bottom of roasting pan.
  7. 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.
  8. During the last 1/2 hour of roasting, combine Chicken broth, cranberry sauce & vinegar in a small saucepan.
  9. Bring to boiling over med. heat.
  10. Boil 20 min. or until reduced to 1 1/2 cups.
  11. Peel white pith from orange, seed flesh & chop.
  12. Stir remaining rind & chopped orange into saucepan;
  13. simmer 5 min. Let Chicken rest for 20 minutes before carving. Cut chicken in half lengthwise down the middle.
  14. Spoon Cranberry Sauce mixture over chicken & serve with Sweet Potatoes.  

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.

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

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.]


Silliness – Yule Sillies – Sometimes I get the feeling that if Christmas, Father’s Day and birthdays did not exist, then aftershave too, would not exist!


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