The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
[posting at 6:30pm] [rain gauge at noon on 12/11 – 1.25 inches] Supposedly it’s just cloudy, now, but it’s been raining most of the day with more to come. 49F, wind at 0-5mph and gusting, AQI 8-49, UV1. Chance of rain 89% today and 91% tonight. BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT for sneaker waves through Monday afternoon. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 3am Mon. Rain and showers right through Wed. at this point. We’ll have a couple of days off and then the showers will be back next weekend. Highs mid-to-upper 40’s and lows down into the upper 30’s. There shouldn’t be as much wind, at least.
1 firespot and 2 mostly-contained fires on the map.
Friday evening’s supper took way longer than it should. I finally chased Tempus off to bed after he had a snack. 1 1/2 hours to do chicken… Hmmm… I discovered that the mini-loaf pan had stayed at the shop so I did 2 dozen pumpkin muffins instead. …and I *like* them as muffins! After those were done I put together today’s supper to bake. I woke him at 12:30 so that he’d have time to eat and he headed out.
The rain was bucketing down and the wind was rocking the house, hard enough to sound as though things were actually hitting us! I finished up, put supper into a jar and the dirty dishes into the basket and went to bed around 3. The wind woke me around 5 and at 9 and at least once in between. When Tempus got in he was shivering, so I snuggled up and we dozed off.
We both had trouble waking, but eventually got the dish basket and all into the car and headed back into town. The rain was amazing! It was blowing in sheets and I was pretty wet just getting into the car. Made my tukas cold…. You could barely see across the river and the bay was blanked out. The river was was wrinkled to a matte finish. The were a few ducks to be seen, unconcernedly swimming along with wings tucked in and heads pulled down. Apparently just after we went past the Ace Hardware a tree went over onto 34 right there, and 101 is cut on our side of the Sea Lion Caves. Big landslide! Interesting weather day!
So I started in on messages and mail. Tempus fed and coffeed me while I was doing that. It was just us for Sewing, so we worked on the bookmarks. He set split rings while I got jump rings onto tassels and those on the markers. We had a couple in near 4pm who were just browsing, but bought the last of KC athames, the one with the deer antler handle. …and then he fell asleep and I started writing. He didn’t nap long and went back to doing split rings, then went on to dishes and such.
[writing at 5:30pm on Saturday] Since supper just needs to be heated, lettuce harvested, and the carrots cleaned and cooked, I figure on doing another batch or 2 of pumpkin stuffs once I get a nap. That’s assuming that there aren’t any more trees down on 34.
Today we should be open at 1pm. I need to come in an hour early for a class/vacation go-over on Minoan culture…. After that our “different day” kicks in. It’s probably going to be mostly bookmarks, but I might get to some cookery.
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
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Love & Light,
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 12/18 at 8:36pm. 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 12/17 at 8:36am.
This week is Comet C/2021 A1 (Leonard)’s time to shine! Today marks its closest approach to Earth, and also the day when observers should switch from looking for the comet in the predawn sky to searching it out in the evening sky, instead. If you’re trying to catch one last glimpse of Leonard in the morning, you’ll find it in Ophiuchus, floating within 5° of both M10 and M12. An hour before sunrise, Leonard is just 5° high and will continue rising in the brightening dawn. Leonard is around 6th magnitude — just bright enough to count as a naked-eye object, but only in a dark sky. You’re better off observing it through binoculars or a telescope, but take care to call off the search several minutes before sunrise to avoid any danger of damaging your eyes. This evening, Leonard sits 12° above the western horizon at sunset. Half an hour later, it’s just 7° high but the sky is darker and our icy target will be easier to find. A full hour after sunset, Leonard is a mere 1° high, about 5.5° northwest of magnitude 4.6 Mu (μ) Ophiuchi. The best comet viewing for the rest of the month will be in the evening sky, as Leonard pulls away from Earth but approaches the Sun and slowly fades to around magnitude 8. Keep watching this stunning comet throughout the week; we’ll check back in on Friday, when it will appear close to Venus in the sky. If you aren’t able to catch the comet for yourself, consider clicking over to astronomy livestreamer David Brewer’s YouTube channel, where he’s been streaming the comet daily (weather permitting) from Denver, Colorado.
Orion strides up clear of the east-northeast horizon by 7 p.m. now. By 9 or 10 he displays himself high in the southeast in full wintry glory.
The Big Dipper lies shyly down at its lowest just after dark, due north. It’s entirely below the north horizon if you’re as far south as Miami. But by 11 or midnight the Dipper stands straight up on its handle in fine view in the northeast. By that time Cassiopeia has wheeled over to the high northwest and stands nearly upright on the bright end of its W shape.
Mars, far and faint at magnitude +1.6, is low in the dawn in Libra. Look for it a little above the southeast horizon about 50 minutes before sunup, way down below Arcturus and Spica.
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 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
NIGHT SKY MAP FOR DECEMBER 2021 – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-december-rotation-stars
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 – Orange
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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
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.
to study this month Straif – Blackthorn Ogam letter correspondences
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
Su 12 Low 12:52 AM 1.3 7:44 AM Set 1:14 AM 57
~ 12 High 7:35 AM 7.5 4:37 PM Rise 1:37 PM
~ 12 Low 2:11 PM 2.2
~ 12 High 7:46 PM 5.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Love is the language every one speaks. Love is what every heart seeks. Love is everything.
Journal Prompt – What if? – If you received any sum of money as a gift, what would you do with it?
~ I have nothing against undertakers personally. It’s just that I wouldn’t want one to bury my sister. – Jessica Mitford
~ I’ll die young but it’s like kissing God. – Lenny Bruce; on heroin addiction
~ In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions. When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?” – Gabrielle Rotho
~ Let this truth go as deep in you as possible: that life is already here, arrived. You are standing on the goal. Don’t ask about the path. – Osho
The darkness breaks
And Dawn awakes,
Her cheeks suffused with youthful blushes.
The rocks and stones
In holy tones
Are singing sweeter than the thrushes. – Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872–1906)
Yule Magick – Recipes
APRICOT CARAMEL SAUCE – Can be prepared in 45 minutes or less.
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup firmly packed dried apricots (about 6 ounces)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- In a dry heavy saucepan (about 3-quart capacity) cook sugar over moderate heat, stirring with a fork until melted and then swirling pan, until sugar is a golden caramel.
- Remove pan from heat and carefully add 3 cups water down side of pan (it will bubble up and steam).
- Return pan to heat and simmer, stirring, until caramel is dissolved.
- Add apricots and simmer, covered, until soft, about 10 minutes.
- Cool mixture 10 minutes and in a blender purée with remaining 1 cup water and vanilla until very smooth.
- Sauce may be made 3 days ahead and chilled, covered.
- Reheat sauce to warm.
Makes about 5 cups.
Orange Baked Pears
6 fresh pears
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons cornstarch
¼ cup sugar
6 ounces of frozen orange juice
- Halve and core pears.
- Place, cut-side up, in baking dish.
- Sprinkle with lemon juice.
- In small saucepan, mix together cornstarch, juice and 1 juice can of water.
- Heat to boiling, reduce heat and simmer, stirring constantly until thickened and clear.
- Pour over pears.
Bake in a 350* oven for 30 minutes or until pears are tender, basting occasionally with sauce.
Nut and Fruit Bark
- 24 oz. Craisins
- 6 oz Almond slivers
- 12 oz. Pecans halves, and/or crushed
- 1 24oz. package white almond bark
- 1 24oz. package dark almond bark
- Colored sugar
- Aluminum foil
- Mix nuts and fruits in a large bowl.
- In a nukable bowl heat the white bark, for one minute, then 15 seconds at a time until thoroughly melted.
- Pour ½ of the nut and fruit mixture into the white bark and mix thoroughly.
- Pour out onto foil and spread around.
- Sprinkle thoroughly with colored sugar.
- Put another piece of foil on top and roll out with a rolling pin. This squashes out the air in between pieces.
- Let cool.
- Peel off foil, breaking up bark and refrigerate.
- Repeat with the chocolate bark.
Makes 6 quart zip bags and 1 large bowlful
Silliness – This is who I am.