Daily Stuff 12-6-21 Old Nick and St. Nick

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 8:21 PM of -1.8 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Arthur Bartlett.

[posting at 8pm] It’s already down to 43 and it’s mostly clear. Wind at 0-12mph, AQI 7-34, UV0. Chance of rain 92% today and 54% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 8am-4pm. Wet today high/low around 50F. This whole week is going to be showery, with possible thunderstorms on Thursday and heavy rain on Saturday. 14 firespots, 3 contained fires.

Saturday evening was all sleep, first, then alternating embroidery and reading. Tempus got in fairly early yesterday morning, so he got about 4 hours before we had to be up and doing again. I woke up a bit after he got in (I was marginally conscious of him crawling in, but not really awake until awhile later) and we snuggled up and dozed right back off.

It was cold in the house when we got up, hard to change from nightclothes to daytime wear! No way I’m going to wear one of my nighties to the shop, though. 🙂 I got the heat on in front of my chair and opened the blinds for a bit. There was a colored halo around the sun! … but then the clouds thickened up and it vanished. We got the dishes packed up and headed in to town.

I managed to catch in daylight where that light-sculpture mermaid/fairy is. Meadowlark Lane on the river side. That one and the house with the sailboat (that until Saturday evening only registered as a “christmas tree”….both Tempus and I laughed ourselves nearly sick that we hadn’t realized.) are worth seeing at night. Yes, out 34, not very far beyond McKinley’s.

The day was quiet. I worked on writing and photos. Tempus worked on incense and a sundial. We had some folks in, including a little girl that was fascinated by my dolls. I showed her the ones in the case and she was thrilled. We were in the last throes of packing up for the day when I realized that this was yet to do! Ugh… so Tempus got me a snack and I got to work on this.

I’m hoping that tonight I’m going to be able to get a little sewing done. I have a rag doll to do for Sioned and I need to make a cover for my headrest/blanket along with some other small stuff, so I’m taking my beige linen home. I might even get a start on my tunic…. Well, maybe… since it’s pushing 8pm….

China Restaurant is back and open, btw!

By Arthur Bartlett on 12/4/17 Harbor Island, Seattle, WA.

food motif Rhubarb_Pie

Today’s Plant is RhubarbRheum rhabarbarum. Best known as “pie plant” or in strawberry and rhubarb jam this is a wonderful and nutritious stalk vegetable, that has been legally counted as a fruit, because of its uses. The roots have been used as a laxative for thousands of years, and the stalks, while strong-tasting when uncooked and with no sugar are delicious in sauces, pies, jellies, juice and so on, but the leaves are poisonous. It is very easy to grow since the roots will over-winter, even if the stalks die back and it’s one of the earliest vegetables to be harvestable. – Feminine, Venus Earth. – Wear a dried piece to help with stomach or gut pain and general protection. The pie served to a mate helps to maintain fidelity and is an aphrodisiac, especially when combined with strawberries.


If you ever wondered why Old Nick and St. Nick…. The bishop of Myra destroyed the temple of Artemis whose feast day was Dec. 6. He supposedly punched Arius in the face during the Council of Nicea**. Not the nicest guy… and quite a number of the Continental folklore of The Black Gentleman resembles the stories of this bishop. The Krampus, Cert or SwartPiet has taken on some of the punishment aspects of this guy. The orange in the toe of the stocking is the old Sun-symbol from the strenae, the green, gift-bearing branches of old Rome. Candy canes are the bishop’s crozier or shepherd’s crook.
**The “Arian Heresy” that Nicolas objected to is the contention that Jesus was created by God, not the same as God. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arian_heresy

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 Capricorn

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. Diana’s Bow – On 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 on 12/8 at 11:43am.

The Moon dangles like a bauble below Venus, then Saturn, then lower right of Jupiter, which is just outside the top left of this frame.

The waxing crescent Moon hangs with Venus low in the southwest early this evening, as shown above. Now moving away from the Sun, the Moon’s first stop is Venus: Our satellite sits less than 3.5° below the bright planet this evening. Just over 2.5 days old, the Moon is a delicate waxing crescent perfect for showing off earthshine. This phenomenon occurs when sunlight reflects off Earth, partly illuminating the portion of the Moon’s face still in shadow.

Aquarius after sunset – On January evenings after the Sun sets, Aquarius offers a host of targets, including Neptune, M2, and M72. – Alison Klesman (via TheSkyX)

The pair is located in Sagittarius, which lies in the direction of the Milky Way’s rich central bulge. There are plenty of deep-sky targets here, although the fading twilight and low altitude will make them a challenge. But nearby Aquarius hosts three Messier catalog entries to hunt down: globular clusters M2 and M72, as well as the strange object M73. Consisting of only four stars that astronomers don’t believe are physically related, this asterism lies about 1.5° east of M72.

NGC 1647 by K Schneider

What’s the next most attractive star cluster in Taurus after the Pleiades and Hyades? Maybe it’s NGC 1647, between the horns of Taurus just a few degrees from Aldebaran and the Hyades. Matt Wedel calls it “a wonderful object for binoculars” in a really dark sky. The cluster’s location is easy: It forms a roughly equilateral triangle with Aldebaran and the other tip of the Hyades V. (The cluster is actually centered 1° southeast of, i.e. currently below, the point that makes the equilateral triangle perfect.) Just off the cluster’s south edge you’ll find “a fine optical double star,” Matt writes, very wide and unequal, both orange, magnitudes 6.0 and 7.5. Have a careful look using the chart with his Binocular Highlight column in the December Sky & Telescope, page 43. Some, however, would instead bestow the rank of third-place Taurus cluster on NGC 1746, also between the Taurus horns. It’s larger and a little more photogenic and eye-catching, located 3/5 of the way from Aldebaran to Beta Tauri. (NGC 1647 is 1/5 of the way along that same line.) The two clusters often get confused — not least because their NGC numbers are the same digits rearranged.

Jupiter on November 22nd, imaged by Christopher Go in the Philippines. South is up. Because Jupiter is far past opposition, its following (eastern) edge is slightly shaded. Jupiter has shrunk to 38 arcseconds wide now but is still worth watching! The seeing often steadies in twilight, when Jupiter and Saturn are currently at their highest. The South Equatorial Belt, with the Great Red Spot in its southern edge, is mostly pale. The North Equatorial Belt is relatively dark red along its south edge and sports two dark red barges. (Color and brightness contrasts are exaggerated here, compared to Jupiter’s visual appearance, as they are in virtually every photo.)

Jupiter on November 22nd, imaged by Christopher Go in the Philippines. South is up. Because Jupiter is far past opposition, its following (eastern) edge is slightly shaded. Jupiter has shrunk to 37 arcseconds wide now but is still worth watching! Get your scope on Jupiter and Saturn in twilight before they move lower. Moreover, the seeing often steadies in twilight. The South Equatorial Belt, with the Great Red Spot in its southern edge, is mostly pale. The North Equatorial Belt is relatively dark red along its south edge and sports two dark red barges in the image above. Color and brightness contrasts are exaggerated here, compared to Jupiter’s whiter, flatter visual appearance, as they are in virtually every photo of the planet in order to bring out details.

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)
Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – Grey
©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
M    6     High   2:09 AM     7.4   7:38 AM    Rise 10:34 AM      3
~     6      Low   7:20 AM     3.2   4:37 PM     Set  7:09 PM
~     6     High   1:09 PM     9.5
~     6      Low   8:21 PM    -1.8


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life is too short to be unhappy.


Journal Prompt – Memories – Recall the last time you were bored. Describe the situation and explain what you did about it.



~   ~   Just think, nobody thought this would last. – Michael Jackson (b. 1958), US popular singer; New York Times, September 10, 1994; after four months of marriage to Lisa Marie Presley
~   Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. – Mother Teresa
~   L’exactitude est la politesse des rois. (Punctuality is the politeness of kings). – King Louis XVIII of France, born November 17, 1755
~   Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty. – Mother Teresa

Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone.
Kindness in another’s trouble,
Courage in your own. – Adam Lindsay Gordon (1833–70)


Yule Magick – Crafts

Making Luminarias – School for the Seasons

Every year I host a Winter Solstice party and every year I like to send my guests home with some small hand-made gift. Last year, I found the perfect gift item in an issue of Martha Stewart’s Living: luminarias made from tin cans. Although Martha featured this craft project in summer, I thought it was the perfect gift for Winter Solstice, with its symbolism of the returning light. It also resonated with the personal image I had been working with all year: of letting my light shine, instead of hiding it.

The great secret to making these little lanterns is simple. Fill empty tin cans with water and put them in the freezer until the water is frozen. Then you can use a hammer and nail to make designs in the sides. After making enough lanterns for all 40 guests at my party, I learned some handy tips.

The best cans to use are condensed milk cans. [anja note, or canned mushroom cans] They are the only cans I found in a year of collecting that don’t have corrugated sides. Although the corrugated sides aren’t noticeable when the lantern is in use, they aren’t as attractive when the lights are on since the corrugations obscure the design.

To make the designs, brace the tin can against a towel, set the point of the nail where you want the hole to appear, and hammer away. The ice tends to chip away from the rim so begin at the top and work your way down. But don’t go too far. The biggest design flaw of my lanterns is that the wax leaks out of the bottom holes as the candle burns down. I invited friends over to help me make the lanterns and I enjoyed watching them come up with creative designs. I started out with fairly repetitive patterns, like crosses, stars, flowers (one dot in the center surrounded by 5 other dots) and borders of staggered dots. But you can also make sun symbols (a circle around a dot), wave patterns, diagonal lines, vertical lines of varying lengths, or simply scatter random dots across the surface, like stars in space. I suppose you could write your name or the name of a friend. You can use a screwdriver and other wood-working tools to make more complicated patterns than simple nail holes, especially if you are using large cans. But be careful. The heavier force of the screwdriver crumpled the sides of the flimsy tin cans I was using.

Also be careful when inserting candles into the lanterns. The inside edges are very sharp. For the same reason, I would be cautious about giving these to small children. I own a beautiful decorative tin lantern made in Mexico. It is made from a sheet of tin which was pierced, while lying flat, then bent into a circle and fitted onto a base. In this version, the sharp edges are all on the outside, making it easier to insert and light a candle.

My house was beautiful last Winter Solstice, glowing with these little tin lanterns. There were many left, after the guests departed with the lanterns they chose, and they’ve been put to good use all year long. I light one on my desk when I’m doing my writing, to indicate my recognition of the sacred nature of my work. A few found a place on the bathroom counter and are lit for candlelight baths. A few more garnish the piano, and ornament my altar. I know there are more packed away in the Christmas box. I look forward to setting them out and seeing how the house is transformed by the flickering light, like the sparkle of hundreds of stars, of my Winter Solstice luminarias.           

[Another Anja note – You can use tea lights in these and avoid the wax leak problem and you can also use glass votive holders]                                                                                                                  

Laminated Window Hangings for Yule

you will need:
–  lined paper
–  laminating paper
–  crayons
–  Yule cookie cutters(the big ones)
–  scissors & a single hole punch
–  a pencil
what to do:

  1. Lightly trace the shapes of trees, stars or other Yule figures with your pencil.
  2. Cut out those shapes with scissors.
  3. Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
  4. Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
  5. Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.                                                 

Reindeer chow – Makes 4 – can be doubled or more

You need to start this during Thanksgiving weekend to leave plenty of time! We used to give this as gifts on Mikulas day or just before school let out, so that our friends had something to attract the reindeer on Christmas! Teachers always liked this, too.

  • aluminum foil
  • tray or cookie sheet
  • 2 cups dry quick oat oatmeal
  • ¼ cup water (may take more if you use old or stale oatmeal)
  • 2 tbsp each red and green colored sugar or edible glitter (or any color you like).
  • 5 sandwich size baggies or 5 squares of plastic wrap or cellophane about 12”x12”
  • curling ribbon
  • tags (printed from master)
  • bowl and mixing spoon
  1. Put foil on tray or cookie sheet.
  2. Put oatmeal in bowl.
  3. Sprinkle with water and mix. All the “dust” should mix in or sprinkle on a teaspoon of water at a time until it does.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Spread out on foil, and sprinkle with sugar or glitter, squashing it in.
  6. Put in a warm out-of-the-way place and let dry for about 3 days.
  7. While it’s drying, take your master to the copy shop and make two copies on cardstock.
  8. Cut sheet in ½ and write your message on the inside.
  9. Punch a hole in the corner, where indicated and thread onto a piece of curling ribbon.
  10. When your reindeer chow is dry, break it up, but leave “chunky” like cat or dog food.
  11. Bag up (about 1/2 cup per) and tie with curling ribbon or set into plastic wrap and tie.
  12. Use ribbon to tie on the tag.
  13. Give away for your friends to enjoy, but save a bag for yourself!


O Little one, on Christmas Eve
Take this Magical Reindeer feed.

Wit Faery Magic, it will Light
Santa’s way through dark of night.

So place it in an outdoor spot
for when Santa makes his annual stop.

This faery charmed feed will give a lift
to make the Reindeer sure and swift. (poem 1998 copyright, Selyndria)


Silliness – Bumper Snickers – C program run. C program crash. C programmer quit.

This entry was posted in Daily Stuff, Newsletter, Pagan, Update and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.