Daily Stuff 12-13-21 Santa Lucia

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

[posting at 6pm] [rain gauge at noon on 12/12 – 1.2inches] MARINE WEATHER STATEMENT – GUSTY SQUALLS AND THUNDERSTORMS CONTINUE THROUGH EARLY MONDAY. It was bright sunshine as we left home for the shop, ducks in the small inlets/creeks, a lovely egret in the Eckman outflow, but the rest of the day hasn’t been so pretty. Tempus just poked his nose out the door and said, “No! *Not* going out in that!” 🙂 It’s pouring, iow 43F, wind at 2-10mph and gusting into the 30’s, AQI 37-59, UV0. Chance of rain 89% today and 66% tonight. BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT for sneaker waves through Mon. eve. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 10pm Mon. The rain ought to be easing up by evening, but it’s not going to get any warmer than today’s high of 43F. Monday should taper off to Tuesday’s partly cloudy. Wednesday should see both wind and rain, but except for a spike of heavy rain early on Saturday the rest of the 10-day should be just showers. 2 firespots, 2 mostly-contained fires.

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We got home so late Saturday evening that all we did was eat and crash, then when Tempus got up I didn’t have the energy to do anything other than read and embroider.

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Yesterday started in beautiful sunshine, but the weather degenerated. We only had a few people in, one sale. I spent the first couple of hours listening to what-all Vesta and Karla did on their trip to Knossos, Santorini, Athens, Pompeii, Rome and Naples. Lots of pix and some fascinating info!

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After that I was writing, mostly, and never did catch up on messages and e-mail. I did manage to get some new things inventories and up on the shelves, one of which was another of the stone boxes. Tempus paid some bills, found some stuff for Loryea and worked on the bookmark project. By late afternoon I was starting on this and he was working on dishes.

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Today is just another work day, but I hoping to spend time on plants, once I’m done with catching up. I do have a lot of writing, yet….

Newport Oregon Police Department – Pit Maneuver Performed On Porta-Potty. 🚔 🚓 😊 – Earlier today, a porta-potty attempted to elude police during a high-wind chase on Hwy 101 at Hwy 20. The porta-potty was observed traveling recklessly near the Dollar Store. After a brief chase by officers, the porta-potty’s run ended when it had nowhere else to go. The trash bin received minor injuries when it blew out of the way of the oncoming porta-potty, but declined medical treatment at the scene. Photo by Dave West.

Ken Gagne got another pic of the wild ocean 12/12/15.

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Today’s Plant is YarrowAchillea millefolium. This plant is often called woundwort or nosebleed because of its clotting properties and is used for fevers and infections because it has salicylates (aspirin) in it. The young leaves can be eaten and it becomes an aid to vision-work. It’s easy to grow and makes a great companion plant. We have mostly the pacifica and californica varieties out here. Leaf – Feminine, Venus, Water. Exorcism – Wear to protect – hold in hand to stop fear – hang over bed for lasting love – carry for love and bring friends and contact with relatives. Flower – Feminine, Venus, Water– flowers made into tea for psychic power, Exorcism, protection, stop fear, lasting love. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarrow

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Today’s feast is Santa Lucia, Saint Lucy, whose name means “Light”. One of the nicer customs around the world is that in Scandinavia the daughters of the family serve everyone coffee and sweet rolls this morning as a “thank you” for the year. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Lucy%27s_Day

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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Aries

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.

Gemini the Twins is our target for tonight, climbing higher in the east as the hours tick by toward midnight. Although the Twins’ heads, bright Castor and Pollux, are easy to spot some 43° northeast of Orion’s Belt, tonight we’re zooming in on Gemini’s northern foot, depicted by Mu and Eta (η) Geminorum. Nearby are two beautiful open clusters: M35 & NGC 2158.

Open star cluster M35 – This bright star cluster in western Gemini plays host to Mars the evenings of May 18 and 19. The sparkling stars of M35 dominate this scene, while the fainter, more compact, and more distant open cluster NGC 2158 lurks just to its right. – Behyar Bakhshandeh

Let’s start with brighter M35, which glows at magnitude 5.3 less than 2.5° north-northwest of Eta. Spanning about 28′, this cluster contains several hundred stars and is visible under good conditions as a smudge with the naked eye. NGC 2158 sits some 15′ southwest of M35. It’s smaller and fainter, glowing around magnitude 8.6 and spanning just 5′. You’ll need binoculars or a telescope to see it, well within the same field of view as M35. But it’s only smaller in relative terms — this cluster is more compact and contains more stars than M35. It’s also about five times more distant, which accounts for its smaller apparent dimensions on our sky.

Geminid meteor shower – Your best bet to catch the most Geminid meteors is first waiting for the Moon to set on the morning the shower peaks.

The Geminid meteor shower, often the best of the year, should be at its peak late tonight. The light of the waxing gibbous Moon will wash out faintest meteors until the Moon sets around 3 a.m. By then the shower will be in full force, with its radiant high overhead. You have about three excellent dark-sky hours between then and the first light of dawn. Under a really dark sky during that time, you might see two or three meteors per minute on average. Under suburban light pollution, maybe more like one a minute. In early evening the meteors will be fewer because the shower’s radiant point (in Gemini) will be low. But those that do appear will be Earth-grazers skimming far across the top of the atmosphere. Layer up even more warmly than you imagine you’ll need; remember about radiational cooling! Find a dark open spot with no local lights to get in your eyes, lie back in a reclining lawn chair, and gaze up into the stars. Relax and be patient.
Want to do more? This year the International Meteor Organization is asking for help in determining the effect of bright moonlight on meteor activity, by means of careful counts for at least one hour and careful determinations of your limiting magnitude. See Bob King’s Precious Hours with the Geminids.

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 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 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 – Silver
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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
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   13      Low   1:48 AM     1.9   7:44 AM     Set  2:18 AM      66
~    13     High   8:20 AM     7.7   4:37 PM    Rise  1:57 PM
~    13      Low   3:10 PM     1.5
~    13     High   9:02 PM     5.8

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Celebrate all that you have accomplished in my life.

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – The story “Puss in Boots” by Charles Perrault ends with these words: “Puss became a great lord and gave up chasing mice except just once in a while for the fun of it.” List the things that you like to do “just for the fun  of it.”

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Quotes

~   A man is nothing without his good name. – Roscoe Conkling ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle, American movie star, charged with the rape and manslaughter of Virginia Rappé on September 5, 1920
~   Between 18 and 20, life is like an exchange where one buys stocks, not with money, but with actions. Most men buy nothing. – André Malraux, French author/statesman, born on November 3, 1901
~   Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds. – Bob Marley (1945 – 1981), Jamaican reggae singer/songwriter; ‘Redemption Song’
~   ‘E’s not pinin’! ‘E’s passed on! This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! ‘E’s expired and gone to meet ‘is maker! ‘E’s a stiff! Bereft of life, ‘e rests in peace! If you hadn’t nailed ‘im to the perch ‘e’d be pushing up the daisies! ‘Is metabolic processes are now ‘istory! ‘E’s off the twig! ‘E’s kicked the bucket, ‘e’s shuffled off ‘is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible!! THIS IS AN EX-PARROT!! – John Cleese (The Dead Parrot sketch); Monty Python’s Flying Circus commenced on October 5, 1969

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 – Lore – Winter Solstice tidbit – Yule, the Winter Solstice 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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Carr-Gomm, Philip The Elements of the Druid Tradition Element Books, Rockport, MA 1998
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“The Holly and the Ivy”: a Re-Heathenized Traditional Yuletide Carol by Jordsvin

Note: this  song, in its Christianized form, was sung at the Lexington Unitarian Universalist Church in December 1999. The following comments were printed on the songsheet: “In early times, when reference was made in song or verse to ‘holly’ or ‘ivy,’ the meaning was symbolic: holly stood for the male, ivy for the female.” This commentary, plus the reference to the Sun and deer, made it clear to me that the song should be Re-Heathenized as a Frey and Freya song appropriate for the Winter Solstice. Please see my article on the Rune Elhaz linked from “Rune-of-the-Month Club” on my main page for more information. If anyone knows of other verses, please e-mail them to me. Those interested in publishing or recording it, please contact me. Thanks!

“The Holly and the Ivy, when they are both full grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood, the Holly bears the crown:
The rising of the sun and the running of the deer,
The toasting of Njordh’s Children, the Boar’s Head on the plate.”

Further notes: Njordh is the father of Frey and Freya, both of whom ride a golden boar. The line replaced in the Re-Heathenization process was the last one, which in the Christian version went: “The playing of the merry organ, sweet singing in the choir.” Personally, while I have nothing against organs and choirs; I’d much prefer the “Lord” and “Lady” (the meanings of “Frey” and “Freya”) and the Boar’s Head!

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Silliness – Even More Signs Technology Took Over Your Life – You go to computer trade shows and map out your path of the exhibit hall in advance. But you cannot give someone directions to your house without looking up the street names.

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