Daily Stuff 12-16-20 Las Posadas

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 8:03 PM of -1.5 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.

Dry, but damp and cloudy. The wind is being lazy tonight, too. While I was waiting by the car I was *way* chilled! 46F, wind at 1-4 mph and gusting, AQI 9-44, UV1. Chance of rain 100% today and 74% tonight. Rain starting around 8am. We’re under a GALE WARNING from 8am to 7pm today and a HIGH SURF ADVISORY through 9am on Wednesday. Today is likely to be pretty wet and likewise early Thursday but tapering off in the afternoon and evening, only to pick up steam and Friday, 2pm through Monday we’re looking at a *lot* of water coming down, well over an inch on a couple of those. Next Tuesday will be only a few showers early and Wednesday could even be dry, but then the chance and amounts start picking up again. Not likely a white Christmas, but more likely a very wet one.

Yesterday started well. The onion soup got finished after Tempus got home and then boxed and fridged, because we went to sleep at that point. We got up at 2 and Tempus was trying to get an answer from the RV guy. We finally gave up on that when I got a shopping list finished and just headed over there. I got to look in the door window. The front looks like a regular RV and the kitchen area was quite clean. Tempus looked in the back and at the roof. He thinks there might have been a leak problem from the look of the sealant all over…

So we went to Arctic Circle and got some supper: fish and chips for me and a double cheeseburger for Tempus. We ate in the parking lot and I ended up telling him one of the Czech fairy tales.

After that we headed out to look at Christmas lights. There a *lot* in Newport and north! We spent a couple of hours at that, seeing a lot of trees in windows and decorated trees in yards. Tempus made sure I got to see the 12 foot Grinch, Santa and Snowman. 🙂 …and there were a couple almost in the league of the scram-the-reactor lights in Christmas Vacation! There were some truly beautiful decorations. One that sticks in my mind was a red door, with a white sheaf of greens (artificial snow, I think) with a couple of white bells hanging below. Elegant! Another was a 2 story house with every window surrounded by white lights and a low, spreading bush (juniper?) in front done in twined green and blue lights. There was another house all done in turquoise lights with a tree in the window with white lights and huge peacocks and peacock feathers. One, very sweet, was a simple lighted nativity scene with several groups of figures heading toward it. One group was a shepherd and a small boy and about 15 sheep. Another group was the Kings with camels, but there were some other figures, carrying bundles and baskets, with a donkey, and a bird in a cage. The nativity was bright, the other figures only glimpsed. I had a smile on my face the whole time.

We drove back to Freddie’s and Tempus dropped me off to go check on the timing of the papers. It took me about an hour to do the shopping and I was wiped at the end. My goodness! They’re *out* of light strings! I was also rather torqued by the fact that 3/4 of the coupons were unusable, either because they were out of all the things, or that there wasn’t anything with a matching description on the shelf. I ended up with fishsticks instead of fish patties because of that, and had to pass on getting beans for bean pickle, and the shrimp that I’ve been craving. I got some stuff for the marzipan for the kids, giftie things (really cute coffee mugs!) and some other cookies, etc. …and filled in some of the blanks on the pantry shelves. That’s all going to have to get put away today. I also got some things for dishes for the virtual potluck, and some chicken that’s already going in the crockpot.

…and then I sat on the bench by the middle door, talking to John Lusk between when he was needed elsewhere, since that’s where Tempus knows to find me. He was intending to pick me up when he was doing the Fred Meyer’s papers in the middle of the route. …but it was 8:30 and then 9:30 and then 10pm…. He finally ran in, frazzled, to say that he blew a tire pulling into the Freddie’s lot! We got the stuff paid for, along with a can of flat fix, got the latter run into the tire and the groceries stowed and then crossed our fingers and headed for the nearest tire pump.

The flat fix held all through the rest of the bulk route and then we rolled home. Most of the groceries are just parked in the aisle at the shop because I needed to go home, get this done, and go to bed. Tempus is waiting for his phone call to start the Oregonian route. I certainly hope that tire holds!

Today I have the chicken dish to finish, and canned goods to put away and some other chores. Tempus will take the tire over to be mended or replaced. Not the rest day that we need….. oh, well. ….There’s the phone call, so he’s heading out….

A pic from 2016’s ice storm in the Valley, courtesy of Barret Spangler and published under a Creative Commons “Attribution 4.0 International” license – https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Used with permission.

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Today’s plant is the cobra lilyDarlingtonia
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 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,
Anja

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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 12/29 at 7:28pm. Diana’s BowOn the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends at 8:17am on 12/18.

How soon after sunset can you see the big Summer Triangle? Face southeast and look high. There’s Altair, currently the triangle’s bottom point. Vega, the Triangle’s brightest star, is nearly at the zenith (as seen from mid-northern latitudes). Deneb is a bit farther to Altair’s upper left.

The big Summer Triangle is sinking lower in the west, and Altair is the first of its stars to go (for mid-northern skywatchers). Start by spotting bright Vega, magnitude zero, in the northwest right after dark. The brightest star above Vega is Deneb. Altair, the Triangle’s third star, is farther to Vega’s left.

Jupiter and Saturn are inching closer together. Spot them near the crescent Moon Wednesday through Friday.

Look southwest after sunset for a triple treat tonight: The thin crescent Moon lies less than 6° southwest of bright Jupiter and Saturn. Our satellite shares the constellation Sagittarius with the solar system’s largest planet, while Saturn stands just over the invisible border in Capricornus. Look first at the Moon to see if you can spot the earthshine effect — sunlight reflecting off Earth and illuminating the portion of the Moon still in shadow. The Moon also provides a perfect tool for comparison. Tonight, the ringed planet (magnitude 0.6) is just 0.5° from Jupiter (magnitude –2) — that’s the width of the Full Moon in the sky. But they’re going to get even closer. On the night of the winter solstice next week, the pair will form a nearly indistinguishable “star” in the sky as they come within 0.1° of each other. In a low-power binocular or telescope field, you’ll be able to see both in a single view. This is a sight you won’t want to miss, so begin planning your observations now. Later tonight, the Moon will pass 3° south of Jupiter at 11 P.M. EST. Our satellite will then pass 3° south of Saturn at midnight EST.

Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Aries) is high in the southeast after dark, about 16° east (left) of Mars. Uranus is only 3.7 arcseconds wide, but that’s enough to appear as a tiny fuzzy ball, not a point, at high power in even a smallish telescope with sharp optics — during spells of good seeing. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune.

Old Farmer’s Almanac NIGHT SKY MAP FOR DECEMBER 2020 – https://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 Sagittarius enters Capricorn at 7:35pm. 

Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder  Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH)
Chiron Directs at 2:17pm.
Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde
Color – White
Harvest 12/13
©2020 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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
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

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
W   16     High   1:53 AM     7.4   7:47 AM    Rise 10:00 AM      1
~    16      Low   7:08 AM     3.1   4:38 PM     Set  6:50 PM
~    16     High  12:55 PM     9.3
~    16      Low   8:03 PM    -1.5

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I listen to my Inner Voice. 

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Journal Prompt – What do you think? – What do you think of 3D movies?

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Quotes

~   A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think. – Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) US first lady (33)
~   Peace in my heart, peace in this place, peace in our land and throughout the world peace. – UK Peace Foundation Mantra
~   Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious. – Peter Ustinov
~   Looking at yourself in a mirror isn’t exactly a study of life. – Lauren Bacall; in the Daily Mail (London), November 1, 1990

The hills look gaunt in russet garb:
Against the sky the leafless woods
Are dark, and in their solitudes
The chill wind pierces like a barb. – Clinton Scollard (1860–1932)

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Yule Magick – Recipes

Sloppy Josephines
1 pound ground turkey
¾ cup onion, chopped
1 cup tomato sauce
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
whole grain hotdog or hamburger buns

Sauté onion and turkey gently until turkey is cooked through, breaking up large clumps. Add a small amount of oil if necessary to prevent sticking. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes. Serve on buns.

Chicken Crescent Rolls
2 cups cooked cubed chicken
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons milk
8 ounce can of crescent rolls

  1. Mix cream cheese and milk.
  2. Add chicken.
  3. Separate crescent rolls into 4 rectangles and seal perforations.
  4. Put ½ of the chicken mixture in the center of each rectangle.
  5. Bring 4 corners of dough to center and seal.

Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet 20-25 minutes until brown.

Easy Caramel Popcorn
3 quarts of popped popcorn
3 cups nuts, mixed and unsalted
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup corn syrup
½ cup margarine
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon baking soda

  1. Spray a large roasting pan with Pam and add popcorn and nuts.
  2. Place in a 250* oven while preparing glaze.
  3. In a heavy 2 quart saucepan, combine brown sugar, corn syrup, margarine and salt.
  4. Stirring constantly, bring to a boil over medium heat.
  5. Without stirring, boil for 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and baking soda.
    Pour syrup mixture over warm popcorn and nuts, stirring to coat.
  7. Bake in 250* oven, stirring occasionally for one hour.
  8. Cool, stirring to break apart
  9. Store in a tightly covered container.

Crunchy Bananas
2 bananas
½ cup orange juice
½ cup wheat germ, coconut, crushed cereal or granola

  1. Cut bananas into 1” thick slices.
  2. Push a fork or popsicle stick into a banana slice.
  3. Dip it in orange juice and then rolls in the crunchy foods.
  4. These may be frozen if desired to make a banana pop.

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Silliness – Yule Sillies – Santa Claus is a jolly fellow! Imagine all that driving and still being able to say, “Ho! Ho! Ho!”

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