Daily Stuff 12-4-21 St. Barbara

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 7:11 PM of -1.1 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Holiday hours 12/24 until 8pm. Closing on 12/31 at 4pm. Closed 12/25 and 1/1. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Sewing Workshop at 3pm.

[posting at 7pm] Clear and it’s likely to get quite cold tonight. 41F, wind at 0-3mph , AQI 30-31, UV1. Chance of rain 69% today and 24% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 6 AM TO 10 AM on Saturday. GALE WARNING from 10AM TO 4PM on Sat. Some wind in the late morning and then showers until suppertime. Rain/showers today, Mon and Wed and showers after that. Dry on Sun and Tues. High temps through Wed around 50, but dropping into the mid40’s after that. Lows on clear nights upper 30’s, cloudy night mid-40’s. 23 firespots, but no fires on the map!

Yesterday went pretty well. We stayed at the shop in the morning, because we were both too tired to pack up and go home, and it was nearly 10am when Tempus got in. We got the shop open on time, but dawdled getting messages and coffee and food until Tempus had to abruptly run out the door and fly through his errands in Newport. He barely made it to the bank before they closed.

I spent the day catching up, writing, trying to track down supplies online (someone *has* to make 1×5 inch bags…..) and helping customers. We only had 3 in all day, but they were serious shoppers. I had planned on working on plants, but things ran too long and we headed home as soon after closing as we could pack, since we had brats to make for supper. I figured on spending at least part of the evening on pumpkin bread

Today we’ll be open at 1pm. We have our wreath for indoors (oh, it smells good!), so Tempus needs to find the outside wreath, and I’m hoping he can track down my santa hat. Sewing is at 3pm. I’ll be working on my sampler again and we have plants to work on.

Yaquina Bay Fishing boats and bridge, Newport, OR – taken on 11/28/18 by Ken Gagne

book orn 113

A  few years ago, as a Yule Gift to all of you, I wrote up a description of how I make ornaments out of small books. These are a fun craft. If you start with a small book that suits the person you’re making it for (try bookstores, but the pharmacy across the street from us has ’em in the gift section!) or one with special nostalgic significance, you can have an inexpensive gift (or 6!)  in an afternoon. Go to this page: http://wp.me/P2xgQ8-H8 Look for this picture and click on the link below the picture (clicking the title will do nothing, clicking the pic will take you only to the pic!) …and there are a lot more tutorials on the page! Or go straight to the PDF https://ancientlightshop.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/yule-gift-2012-book-ornaments2.pdf


The local larkspursdelphinium trollifolium, and delphinium pavonaceum (which the Wiki article says is confined to the Valley, but I’ve collected out here….) are pretty flowers in shade of white, blue and purple. They’re called delphiniums after the shape of the nectary. More here  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_trolliifolium and here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_pavonaceum Other names are Larksheal and Staggerweed – Feminine, Venus, Water – The flowers frighten away venomous creatures and ghosts. Sprinkle between your eyes and a Litha fire to keep your sight clear. Use in rituals to call upon Dolphin energy.


Today is the feast of St. Barbara. This Virgin, & Martyr was Born in the mid third century somewhere in the Roman Empire and died in early fourth century to late third century, executed by her father for becoming a Christian. Her feast, on December 4 is no longer on Roman Catholic calendar, because they can’t prove she existed. Her symbols are  a three-windowed tower, a palm branch,  a chalice, or lightning. She is the Patron Saint of prisoners, architects, artillerymen and mathematicians. At various points in history her stories have probably been confused with pagan deities. In many of the Central European countries today, each family member will cut a twig from a tree that blooms and/or fruits. (My grandparents did this every year.) These are put in water in a warm place and the number of blossoms foretell the winter’s weather. The person whose twig blooms the most is said to be the favorite of the Goddess (usually listed as Mary….) More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Barbara

The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Holiday hours 12/24 until 8pm. Closing on 12/31 at 4pm. Closed 12/25 and 1/1. For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, anjasnihova@yahoo.com, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door!

Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Sagittarius

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 12/18 at 8:36pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 11:43am on 12/5.

Far behind Jupiter and Saturn — from hundreds of thousands to millions of times farther than the two planets— how many faint stars of the Capricornus pattern can you make out once it’s dark?


Saturn is now exactly halfway between Jupiter and Venus; look during late twilight or shortly after. Although Saturn is a very respectable magnitude +0.7, the other two quite overpower it.

For West Coasters, Algol in Perseus should be in eclipse at minimum brightness, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.1, for a couple hours centered on 11:49 p.m. PST. Algol takes several additional hours to fade and to rebrighten.

Total solar eclipse – This stunning image of the July 11, 2010, total solar eclipse was taken from Easter Island. December 4’s total solar eclipse will touch only the continent of Antarctica. – Jeff Houpt

New Moon occurs at 2:43 A.M. EST, right in the middle of a total solar eclipse that first begins when the Moon’s penumbra touches Earth at 12:29 A.M. EST and ends when it leaves at 4:37 A.M. EST. The total phase, which begins at 2:00 A.M. EST, lasts just 1 minute 54 seconds. The added catch is that this eclipse is only visible over land in Antarctica. For those on voyages to see this spectacle from one of the last frontiers on Earth, good luck! Partial eclipse covers all of Antarctica, much of the Southern Ocean, and nicks South Africa. See the December Sky & Telescope, page 50.

Shortly after the eclipse ends this morning, the Moon also reaches perigee, the closest point to Earth in its orbit around our planet. At 5:04 A.M. EST, it will sit 221,702 miles (356,795 kilometers) away.

Brilliant Venus rules the twilight sky – Although the Milky Way glows with the combined light of billions of stars, it is hardly noticeable in this image. Instead, our gaze focuses on a much closer and brighter object, Venus, which shines like a diamond to the left of center. – Jeff Dai 2/14/20

For those who aren’t able to travel, there’s still a magnificent sight to see today: Venus reaches greatest brilliancy at 9 A.M. EST, blazing at magnitude –4.9. Although you can’t see it then, you’ll easily find it in the southern sky at sunset, still 20° high and slowly setting over the next three hours or so. It’s joined to the southwest by bright Saturn and Jupiter, forming a straight line along the ecliptic. Saturn’s magnitude 0.6 glow lies 16.7° east of Venus, while Jupiter, shining at magnitude –2.3, is 16.6° east of Saturn. If you’re out around 9:35 P.M. EST with a telescope, you can catch Jupiter’s moon Io disappearing behind its large disk at that time. It won’t reappear — far to the planet’s east, once it slides out of Jupiter’s long, dark shadow — until after midnight, when the planet has set for most observers.

Mercury is out of sight in the glare of the Sun.

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

NIGHT SKY MAP FOR DECEMBER 2021https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-december-rotation-stars

Sun in Sagittarius

Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic tree month of Ruis (Elder) (Nov 25 – Dec 22)
Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – Black
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Celtic Tree Month of 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
Th   4     High  12:35 AM     7.4   7:58 AM    Rise  7:37 AM      1
~     4      Low   6:23 AM     1.4   6:01 PM     Set  6:09 PM
~     4     High  12:25 PM     9.0
~     4      Low   7:11 PM    -1.1


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Work hard. Stay humble.


Journal Prompt – Who is? – Who is a hero of yours? Explain why that person means so much to you.



~   The memory of my own suffering has prevented me from ever shadowing one young soul with the superstitions of the Christian religion. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton
~   The more thou dost advance, the more thy feet pitfalls will meet. – Helene Blavatsky; in Wisdom of the Ages at Your Fingertips, MCR software, 1995
~   The poorest man has as true a title, as just a right, to land as a rich man. – Gerrard Winstanley
~   This world is a morning poem, and we have but to see it to be shaken by its beauty, over and over. – Leo Babauta

Late lies the wintry sun a-bed,
A frosty, fiery sleepy-head;
Blinks but an hour or two; and then,
A blood-red orange, sets again. – Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–94


Yule Magick – Recipes

Pumpkin Muffins (good for leftover pumpkin from the pies)

  • 1 c Unbleached Flour, Sifted
  • 2 t Baking Powder
  • 1/4 t Salt
  • 1/4 t Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 c Vegetable Shortening
  • 2/3 c Sugar
  • 1 ea Large Egg
  • 1/2 c Canned, Mashed Pumpkin
  • 2 T Milk
  1. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; set aside.
  2. Cream together shortening and sugar in mixing bowl until light and fluffy, using electric mixer at medium speed.
  3. Beat in egg.
  4. Combine pumpkin and milk in small bowl.
  5. Add dry ingredients alternately with pumpkin mixture to creamed mixture, stirring well after each addition.
  6. Spoon batter into paper-lined 2 1/2-inch muffin-pan cups, filling 2/3rds full.
  7. Bake in 350 degree F. oven 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Serve hot with butter and homemade jam.

Note 1 – Leftover pumpkin from the pie can be drained, mashed and used instead

Note 2 – Can be made as pumpkin loaf or 4 mini-loaves.

Note 3 – Freezes well! (put some by for unexpected company or a blah day in February!)

Finnish Bread
1 1/8 cup butter
½ cup sugar
3 ½ cup flour
egg wash
chopped nuts

Mix well and let stand in a cold place for 1 hour. Roll into strips about
2/3” diameter and cut into small pieces. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle
with sugar and chopped nuts. Bake in 350* oven until golden brown.

Beer Biscuits – Makes 12-15 biscuits.

2 cups unbleached flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup shortening
¾ cup beer

  1. Preheat oven to 450*.
  2. Sift dry ingredients together.
  3. Cut in shortening until it has a cornmeal consistency.
  4. Stir in beer, knead lightly and roll out to ½” thickness and cut biscuits out.
  5. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown (watch carefully).

Yogurt Rye Bread
1 ½ cup warm water
2 packages dry yeast
1 cup plain yogurt
¼ cup 9-gran cereal
1 cup bran flakes
1 ½ teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup rye flour
2 ½ cups white flour
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
2 tablespoons cornmeal
1 egg yolk mixed with 1 tablespoon water

In a large mixing bowl, stir the warm water and yeast together and let stand for a minute or so to dissolve. Stir in the yogurt, cereals, salt, butter, rye flour and 1 ½ cups of the white flour. Beat vigorously until well blended. Add enough all purpose flour to make a manageable dough, then turn out on a lightly floured surface. Knead for a few minutes and then let rest for 10 minutes. Resume kneed for a good ten minutes until the dough is elastic, sprinkling a little more white flour as necessary to keep it from being too sticky.

Knead in the fennel seeds and place in a large greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap or clean, damp cloth and let rise until double in bulk. Punch down the dough and divide in 3 equal parts.

Roll each piece into a long round strand about ¾” thick, making them all the same length, braid and pinch the end strands together at each end and then turn the ends under a little, giving the loaf a finished look.

Transfer to a baking sheet that has been sprinkled with cornmeal, cover loosely and let rise again until double in bulk. Brush with the egg yolk mixture and bake in a preheated 350* oven for 45 minutes. Remove from sheet and cool on a rack.


Silliness – Even More Signs Technology Took Over Your Life – You would rather get more dots per inch than miles per gallon.

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