Daily Stuff 12-21-20 Template

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1pm-5pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). Holiday hours – We’re going to open on Wednesday 12/23 and 12/24 for regular hours and then close on Christmas Day. The next week we’re going to close on 1/1 and we’ll probably stay closed until 2/1. We usually take a “vacation” in January and with the COVID #’s so high it might be a smart idea. Watch here for notifications about that! Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

Cloudy and everything is dripping with standing water everywhere. Lots of people hydroplaning yesterday, the internet and lights flickering, and trees down. Most of it is cleaned up already. People posted a lot of videos of trees and branches floating down the Alsea, plus one basketball. 51F, wind at 5-13mph and gusting, AQI 31-37, UV1. Chance of rain 98% today and 53% tonight. More rain ought to show up before sunrise. We’re under a GALE WARNING until 4pm. The rain and wind should peak mid-day and be done by midnight. Tuesday through Thursday should be good, but we’re looking at some possibly heavy rain on Friday, and showers from then on.

Yesterday was long. Both of us were tired from not quite enough sleep. I had cookery going all day long. Deliveries came in all day, too. We had one friend in doing stocking stuffer shopping and a couple of other people looking.

Tempus and I were doing Project Day stuff. I got a little embroidery time in, but more done on photos. I finished the cookery about 7pm and we ate, although I had been nibbling all along, then we closed up and hit the hay.

Today we’ll be open regular hours. I still have more stock to check in. Tempus is going to have to get to the PO, too, both to drop off packages and to pick some up and I need to finish the kids’ boxes.

Here’s a pic by Ken Gagne of the stormy ocean (12/21/15).

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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!

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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 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 anjasnihova@yahoo.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,
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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 12/21 at 3:41pm. 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 12/28 at 7:28am.

A winter’s sunset – The harsh reality of winter sets in with the arrival of the solstice December 21. The Sun’s peak altitude that day is its lowest of the year for observers in the Northern Hemisphere. – Pixabay/AlainAude

Today is a busy day, astronomically speaking! Shortest day of the year. First up, the winter solstice occurs at 2:02 A.M. PST. On this day, Earth’s North Pole is tilted maximally away from the Sun. It’s the shortest day of the year and typically marks the official beginning of winter.

The First Quarter Moon – A half-lit Moon dominates the evening sky at midweek. Normally, Luna looks like a study in black and white, but this image reveals slight color enhancements that reveal differences in lunar surface mineralogy. – Ross Sackett

First-quarter Moon. The Moon is exactly first quarter at 6:41 p.m. EST, while it’s in view across North America. The Moon shines under the Great Square of Pegasus. In early evening the Moon forms a big, narrow triangle with Beta Ceti to its lower left and brighter Fomalhaut about twice as far to their lower right.

The Ursid meteor shower – A surge of up to 30 meteors per hour could light up the sky when this often-overlooked shower peaks the night of December 22/23. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

If you’re really patient about watching for meteors, tonight should be the peak of December’s “other” meteor shower, the Ursids (after the richer Geminids last week). Under a good dark sky you might count a half dozen meteors per hour in the hours before tomorrow’s dawn. The shower’s radiant (perspective point of origin ) is close to Kochab in Ursa Minor, the Little Dipper, so the radiant is up all night and therefore the shower is somewhat active all night. But meteors will be fewer in the evening when the radiant is lower than it is later, and moonlight will interfere a bit until moonset around midnight.

Late each month now, the Moon has been passing under Mars. But each month, the Moon displays a younger (slimmer) phase when it does so. Can you figure out why? Answer at the bottom of this page!

Next, Jupiter passes 0.1° south of Saturn at 9 A.M. EST — that’s one-fifth the diameter of the Full Moon. However, the pair won’t be visible until twilight, when they’ll pop out of the growing darkness low in the southwestern sky. Jupiter is a bright magnitude –2 and Saturn is a dimmer magnitude 0.6. If your southwestern skies are clear at sunset, it’s more than worth getting bundled up to see the sight. But be quick — the planets are so low that they’ll set a little more than two hours after the Sun.

Now Saturn is pulling away to Jupiter’s lower right. This evening they’re back to 0.5° apart.

At last, the record-breaking Jupiter-Saturn conjunction is this evening! If you have a telescope, get it on the pair of planets as early in twilight as you can find them, while they’re still relatively high. See Jupiter and Saturn Embrace in Solstice Conjunction. (It’s just a coincidence that this is happening on the day of the solstice.) And for more background, The 400-Year Rhythm of Great Conjunctions.

Grand meeting of giants – On December 21, Jupiter and Saturn reach a great conjunction 0.1° apart. Pull out your telescope to see several of the gas giants’ moons on display, all within one field of view. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

The last time Jupiter and Saturn sat this close together in a dark sky (meaning relatively far from the Sun) was 1226 A.D., although many other, farther-apart conjunctions have occurred. Of course, they aren’t truly close together — Jupiter is 551 million miles from Earth, while Saturn sits nearly twice as far away, at 1 billion miles from Earth. At those distances, Jupiter appears 33″ across; Saturn’s disk spans 15″, but its rings stretch 35″ from one end to the other. The pair make a great naked-eye sight and will show up in a single field of view in binoculars or a telescope. As with last night, several moons are sprinkled around them: four of Saturn’s moons — Enceladus, Tethys, Dione and Titan — appear west of the planet, while Rhea and Mimas are to its east. At Jupiter, Europa sits alone to the planet’s west, while Ganymede, Io, and Callisto are to the east. And Eastern U.S. observers get an extra treat — they’ll watch Ganymede begin to transit, or cross in front of, Jupiter starting at 7:04 P.M. EST. Its passage will take 3.5 hours in total, meaning that while western observers won’t see it start, they’ll get to see the second half of its journey. Those farther west will also get to watch the dark blot of Ganymede’s shadow slide onto Jupiter’s disk at 9:40 P.M. EST.

And if your skies aren’t clear or you don’t have a good viewing location, Lowell Observatory has got you covered. They’re livestreaming the event, starting at 7 P.M. EST on the 21st. – https://youtu.be/XrRcfaWutLQ

Mars (about magnitude –0.5, in Pisces) shines bright yellow-orange very high in the south during early evening. Mars is fading and shrinking into the distance, but it’s still 12 or 11 arcseconds wide in a telescope, still big enough to show some surface detail during steady seeing. It’s gibbous: 90% sunlit from Earth’s point of view. Its recent dust storms seem to be over. To get a map of the side of Mars facing you at the date and time you observe, you can use our Mars Profiler. The map there is square; remember to mentally wrap it onto the side of a globe. (Features near the map’s edges become very foreshortened.)

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 Pisces enters Aries at 2:32pm

Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder  Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH)
Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde
Color – Yellow
Planting 12/19-21
©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
M   21     High   6:00 AM     7.1   7:50 AM    Rise 12:39 PM      38
~    21      Low  12:07 PM     3.2   4:40 PM
~    21     High   5:26 PM     6.0

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The second best time is now.

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Journal Prompt – What is? – What is a principle or ideal that you would like to pass on to the next generation?

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Quotes

~   I have made more friends for American culture than the State Department. Certainly I have made fewer enemies, but that isn’t very difficult. – Arthur Miller (1915-2005) US playwright
~   Well done is better than well said. – Benjamin Franklin
~   A great fortune depends on luck, a small one on diligence. – Chinese Proverbs
~   All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling. – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish writer and wit

Come bring with a noise,
My merry, merry boys,
The Christmas log to the firing.
While my good Dame she
Bids ye all be free,
And drink to your heart’s desiring. – Robert Herrick (1591–1674)

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Yule Magick – Lore – 

Winter Solstice tidbit – Yule, the Winter Solstice[credits] by Gordon Ireland ABOUT YULE | RITUAL | FOODS | REFERENCES

ABOUT YULE

Yule, pronounced “you all”, or jol is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Yule, in Old Norse means, Wheel. As the Wheel of the Year is significant in pagan culture, it is important to note that Yule means wheel. Which, if having read the previous article, Samhain, in the 99, October issue of The Seeker, it was noted that Samhain, may not have been the Celtic New Year, but rather Yule. Yule, starting with the birth of God, and a celebration of beginning of longer days, makes sense as the beginning of the New Year.

Yule, of all the Sabbats, is the one that causes the most confusion among those who follow the pagan path. Specifically those who are new to the path and are breaking away from their Christian faith and way of life. Yule, is, has, and always will be a pagan holiday. With that said, I guess I need to further elaborate. Yule has many pagan elements and more pagan history in its foundation and pagan rites than Christian ones. Yule has been celebrated since the beginning of time in the Northern Hemisphere. Many of the cultures located in the Northern Hemisphere celebrate Yule, all with a common theme, the birth of a God. Most of these Gods are associated with the Sun or with death and re-birth. Yule, like Christmas, celebrates the birth of God. Several pagan Gods, have Yule as their birth date: Ra, Cronos, Lugh, Mirthra, and Odin. This list is my no means complete, but does give you a general idea, that more than one God has celebrated his birthday during Yule. However, the Roman God Mirthra plays a most important role in the preservation of Yule, and it’s other name, Christmas.

Approximately in the year 312, Constantine, Emperor of Rome, declared Rome Christian. This, however, was not done because Constantine was Christian, he was not baptized until 337, it was more do to the fact that Rome was declining, and Constantine saw in Christian religion what Rome lacked: moral fortitude and the ability to self organize. To attempt to persuade his fellow pagan Romans, he choose Mirthra’s birthday (Yule) to be the same as Jesus’, and from there just let human nature take its course. It didn’t hurt that after many hard fought battles, of which he won, had all armor and shields painted with Christian symbols, and that he told the populace that the Christian God granted Rome these Victories. In Rome, whoever controlled the Army controlled Rome.

This raises the question of confusion again. Did the Christians steal Yule, or did they preserve it? It is important to understand that while historical facts and data are important, they are not necessary to enjoy the Sabbat. If one believes that Yule is a celebration of the coming of light, warmth, and the birth of (insert god of your choice) that whether we call it Christmas, Yule or the Winter Solstice is unimportant. Yule is the one Sabbat that allows us to celebrate with other faiths without compromising our own.

There are many pagan/pre-Christian customs that are still part of the Christmas celebration. The giving of gifts was first founded in Rome to celebrate Saturn’s Festival. The use of jingle balls is an Old Norse custom to drive away the evil spirits, in a time and place where night was longer than day. Mistole is an old Celtic custom and is commonly part of every household during Yule. The wreath, a complete circle representing the Wheel of the year, is also still a custom.

This brings us to the Yule tree. The tree of choice is the Fir, Evergreen or Pine. The reason these particular trees where probably use is because they where the only trees considered to be still alive, eternal. According to McCoy, these trees where sacred among the Druids, as they were the trees that didn’t die. The Druids would decorate the trees with images that represented their wants and desires for the coming year.

It should be noted that while Yule is considered a primarily Christian Holiday, it does not do anyone any good declaring its theft. Rather we should be thankful that they have done such a great job of preserving it for us, and relish the fact that you know, and understand, why they decorate the tree, give gifts, and use bells. It might make Yule at the homestead easier on those families of mixed religion philosophies. So when someone wishes you a “Merry Christmas”, don’t tell them I am not a Christian but rather say, “Merry Yule to you also”, and know that Jesus wasn’t a bad guy, but rather in a very elite group of Gods, who all celebrate their Birthday on Yule.

Ritual

A Yule ritual of course would involve a Yule log. As stated earlier, Yule logs are best made of Pine, Fir or Evergreen. The custom of lighting a Yule log is the classic representation of the birth of a God from the fire of the Mother.

Tools Needed: Boline, Chalk, Myrrh oil, Sea Salt, Wine, One candle-green, and Wood matches.

First, one needs to say a prayer of thanks to the spirit of the tree before cutting it down. (It is always best if you can cut down your own tree if possible.) After you cut down the tree, cut approximately 1-2 feet for the log. From the bottom, leave the rest intact to decorate.

Depending upon which ritual tools you have, you can either take a piece of chalk, and draw the symbol of the sun on the log. Or take you Boline and carve a representation of the sun.

Place the log in your fire place or burning pit. Open a circle around it, calling the four corners:

South (fire) rub the oil onto the carved sun figure, saying: “The Wheel has turned full circle, we call you back to warm us.”

West, (water) pour the wine on the log, saying: “You, who have died, are now reborn.”

North (earth) sprinkling salt over the log, saying: “Since time began we celebrated the birth of God. The darkest of nights gives birth to the new sun.”

East (air) taking the wood match, light the fire, saying: “I light this fire in honor of all. Thank you God for the light you will bring us. Thank you mother for the warmth of you son. Live within us.”

“So mote it be!”

Close circle. This ceremony can be conducted using candles, either by themselves of by placing the candles on top of the Yule log. Though the latter can be a fire hazard and the usual precautions should be taken.

FOODS

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)

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 mile, and rum flavoring: beat at medium speed of an electric mixer until well blended. Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled. Pour chilled not into serving cups and sprinkle with orange rind, if desired. Yield: 2 quarts

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.

WORK CITED


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Silliness – Yule Riddles – Q: What do you call it when your Christmas tree explodes? A: A tannen-bomb. (tannenbaum)

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