Minus Tide at 4:54 PM of -1.1 feet. The shop is only open 1-4pm today. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Holiday hours Closing on 12/31 at 4pm. Closed 1/1. Featured photo by Jessica Smith-Carlock.
[posting at 6pm] Rain gauge at noon on 12/30 – 0.3, It’s been raining off an on and everything is dripping, 46F (*much* closer to normal!!!!), wind at 1-12mph and gusting into the 20’s, AQI 20-52, UV0. Chance of rain 23% today and 5% tonight and it’s going down to below freezing! SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 9pm today. Showers should quit around sunrise and we’ll have dry weather Fri/Sat, even if it’s cold, still. There’s a storm rolling in on Sunday with lots of rain and wind. Over 4 inches by the end of Tuesday! The temps will start moderating at that point and from Wednesday on it’ll be showers and temps closer to 50. The Middle Fork Complex Fire is 90% contained and 30841.25 acres. iow. It’s mostly contained, but not out.
Yesterday both of us were pretty tired. Lots of ducks in the Eckman outflow and the crane was out by the river in one of the nameless inlets. I had Tempus sleep most of the afternoon after he ran errands. Of course, my packages haven’t hit the PO, yet. <sigh> Hopefully, they’ll be there this morning. I spent a lot of the day doing computer housekeeping. I’m way behind on messages and photos and such. I had been hoping to get help with the plants, but he was just too whacked.
Raven (Arthur’s wife) has gone down with COVID. They’re vaxxed and boosted and have been masked consistently and boom, a couple of hours on a plane…. That’s how contagious this new variant is. Hospitals are bracing for a spate after holiday visits. At least her folks are docs and she’s got folks to take care of her. They’re out there for the holiday. She got out to hike with her dad today, so she’s feeling better. There’s an adorable vid of Arthur and Sioned playing in the leaves, too. 🙂 I don’t know if you’ll be able to see it from this link, but I hope so. https://www.facebook.com/arthur.m.bartlett/videos/293792806028434
…and the runaway-laundry-hamper aka Sioned.
We’re heading home on time and I’m hoping to eat and go splat. I need to finish the rag doll (it’s got the weirdest hair, oughta be fun) so I can start sending things out today, or at least packing them up.
Today we’re going to close at 4pm. Tempus needs a good long nap if he’s going to be out past two. Mostly he ought to miss the partyers, but you never know…. Hoping you have a good New Year celebration and a better, healthier, happier New Year!
Today’s Plant is Coltsfoot, Petasites frigidus var. palmatus. One of the best cough remedies out there, this is often smoked to help cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is also made into cough syrups often combined with horehound. This is another plant where the medicinal and magickal uses seem to go together. Feminine, Venus, water– Add to love sachets and use in spell of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites_frigidus
What is Silvester/Sylvester? It’s the New Year’s celebration in Central Europe! Silvester celebrations http://www.thelocal.de/society/20111231-16425.html#.UN3uwazheSq More on Pope Sylvester:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Sylvester_I A bit about it more on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silvester
Part of the reason that I’ve heard of this is that Babicka and Dedi (my grandparents) used to talk about the “SIEVE-est-er” (their pronunciation was interesting) which was a costume party held by the Czech community in Baltimore in late January. At various times the “uncles” (Dedi’s brothers and cousins) came up with some impressive outfits, including a clock that worked, a “rooster” that ran around laying eggs, a house on chicken legs and a two-person horse. This one was the big hit because they made balls of newspaper painted brown and the horse, after running around the dance floor, swishing its tail, backed up to the most pompous woman in the room and dropped them out the hind end of the horse into her lap!
The shop opens at 1pm! Winter hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, Holiday hours Closing on 12/31 at 4pm. Closed on 1/1. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at firstname.lastname@example.org 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,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 1/17/22? Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 1/1 at 1:33am.
The Moon and planets are aligning to give 2021 the perfect sendoff, regardless of whether your preference is to get up early or stay out late. First, our satellite passes 0.9° south of Mars at 3 P.M. EST. Both are visible several hours earlier this morning, just 4° apart in the southeastern sky an hour before sunrise. Look especially for a hint of earthshine — sunlight reflecting off our planet to illuminate the portion of the Moon’s face still in shadow — on the delicate crescent Moon. Mars’ magnitude 1.5 disk now sits just over 5° northeast of Antares. Together with the Moon, the three form a small isosceles triangle on the sky.
If evening viewing better fits your New Year’s Eve plans, there are four naked-eye planets now congregating in the dusk sky, setting slowly after the Sun: Venus, Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter. Magnitude –4.3 Venus now stands lowest on the sky, 11° high at sunset. Mercury, at magnitude –0.8, is 1° higher. Saturn, still magnitude 0.6 in Capricornus, is nearly 19° due east of Venus. Wait for a darker sky to catch its largest moon, Titan, floating just over 1′ to the ringed planet’s southeast tonight. Finally, highest in the sky in Aquarius, magnitude –2.1 Jupiter is just over 18.5° east of Saturn and sits 35° high at sunset. It is nearly even with bright Altair in Aquila, some 40° northwest of the planet and the first of the Summer Triangle’s three stars to set tonight, around 7:45 P.M. local time. The Triangle’s other two stars are gone by midnight — a far cry from the height of summer, when they fly high overhead at this time.
After the noise and cheering at the turning of midnight tonight, step outside into the silent, cold dark. Shining high in the south will be Sirius, with the other stars of Canis Major to its right and below it. Sirius is the bottom star of the bright, equilateral Winter Triangle. The others are Betelgeuse in Orion’s shoulder to Sirius’s upper right, and Procyon the same distance to Sirius’s upper left. The Triangle stands upright, just about in balance. Happy New Year. No Moon or planets grace the midnight sky.
Neptune and Uranus are also up tonight — the former in Capricornus and magnitude 7.8, and the latter in Aries at magnitude 5.7. Both make great targets for binoculars or a telescope if you’re looking to round out your last solar system tour of the year. Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Aries north of the head of Cetus) is very high in the southeast in early evening. See Bob King’s story and finder chart. Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is less high in the south-southwest after dark.
Runic half-month of Eihwaz/Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books,
NIGHT SKY MAP FOR DECEMBER 2021 – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-december-rotation-stars
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20,
Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – Pink
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Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch – The silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) is the most common tree birch in much of Europe. It grows up to 30 m (100 feet) high, but is more often found in spreading clumps on sandy soils. It is one of the first trees to colonize an area after a mature forest is cut; this is probably a large part of its symbolic connection with new beginnings. It is cultivated in North America, often under the name of weeping birch. The three trees in my front yard form root sprouts that would take over the bed where they are planted if I didn’t cut them back. The common birch (B. pubescens Ehrh.) is almost as widespread as the silver birch, but grows primarily on acid or peaty soils. It can reach 20 m (65 feet) in height. Birches are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae). Curtis Clark
Beth – Birch – Ogam letter correspondences –
Meaning: New Beginnings; Changes; Purification.
Phagos – Beech Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Letter: PH, IO
Meaning: New experiences and information coming
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 31 Low 3:33 AM 3.1 7:52 AM Rise 5:42 AM 12
~ 31 High 9:38 AM 9.3 4:47 PM Set 2:43 PM
~ 31 Low 4:54 PM -1.1
~ 31 High 11:25 PM 6.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Tough times never last, but tough people do.
Journal Prompt – Wiki – Just a spoonful of what makes the medicine go down?
~ The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become. – Goethe
~ People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it’s simply necessary to love. – Claude Monet (1840-1926) French landscape painter
~ The man says, “If I had a fortune, I’d take good care of it. But I only have a paycheck and I don’t know where it all goes.” Wouldn’t you love to have him running your company? – Jim Rohn
~ There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true. – –Alfred, Lord Tennyson, English writer (1809–92)
New Year’s Magick – Recipes
To Wish you Peas and Hominy in the New Year! Tempus’ favorite pun, and it’s tasty!
- 2 cups frozen peas
- 1 small can of hominy (whole, not grits)
- 1 stick butter
- Warm the can of hominy by letting it stand in the sink on its side and run hot water over it.
- Open the can and shake it out (pry it out….) of the can into a sieve, and wash it with hot water, the way you would beans, separating kernels with a fork.
- Put the hominy into a nuker-safe bowl.
- Put the peas on top.
- Nestle the stick of butter into the peas.
- Zap for two minutes. Stir.
- Zap for one minute. Stir.
- Keep zapping/stirring until the dish is hot and steaming.
- Serve hot with giggles over the pun, but truly wish each other Peace and Harmony!
Hoppin’ John: A Traditional Southern Dish for New Year’s Day – Eat Hoppin’ John for Good Luck in the New Year! – December 07, 2021 – Welcome in the New Year with Hoppin’ John, a traditional New Year’s Day dish, and luck will follow you all year long! https://www.almanac.com/content/hoppin-john-good-luck-food-new-year
What Is Hoppin’ John?
- Hoppin’ John is a dish traditionally eaten in the southern United States on New Year’s Day. Dating back to the early 1800s, it is made with black-eyed peas (aka cow peas), rice, and meat (usually pork, in the form of bacon or ham). The meal can also include collard greens and corn bread.
- Hoppin’ John is also known as “Happy Jack,” “Happy John,” and “Hop-in-John.”
- When Do You Eat Hoppin’ John?
- For some, the tradition of eating Hoppin’ John begins at midnight (New Year’s Eve), when the dish is served with a Champagne toast.
- New Year’s Day is the traditional day to eat Hoppin’ John. Any leftover can be enjoyed on later days, but be aware that the name of the dish changes to Skippin’ Jenny. Stretching the dish into leftovers demonstrates your sense of frugality and promises even greater prosperity in the new year!
Recipes for Hoppin’ John
- Try this traditional recipe for Hoppin’ John.
- Fix this Hoppin’ John Salad recipe when time is short.
- What Makes Hoppin’ John Special?
- The ingredients in Hoppin’ John have symbolic importance, and eating this dish on New Year’s Day portends good fortune in the new year:
- black-eyed peas represent coins
- collard greens represent green backs (dollars), or cash
- corn bread represents gold
- pork—especially ham hocks—recall the cheap cuts of meat provided to slaves
- tomatoes, if included, represent health
- Sometimes, the cook slips a dime into the dish before serving. It is said that wealth awaits the diner who gets the dime (and hopefully not a chipped tooth).
- Some say that good luck visits those who count the black-eyed peas on their plate for a hint at the amount of luck or wealth that will ensue.
- The custom of eating all but three of the black-eyed peas on your plate promises a trio of benefits—luck, wealth, and romance.
- Legend has it that Sephardic Jews served black-eyed peas during Rosh Hashanah in the hope of fertility and good fortune.
What Is the History of Hoppin’ John?
- Hoppin’ John is considered Southern cuisine, mainly associated with North and South Carolina, but especially the Sea Islands, off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia. Historians believe that the recipe was created by African slaves, who introduced black-eyed peas to America and grew them in small gardens on rice plantations. Some sources suggest that cattle grazed on black-eyed peas in the Carolinas in the early 1700s. The peas helped to suppress weeds and added nutrition to the soil, and therefore the livestock.
- The first appearance of the recipe for Hoppin’ John occurred in 1847 in a book titled “The Carolina Housewife.”
- Where Does the Name Hoppin’ John Come From?
- One source suggests that “Hoppin’ John” was a handicapped man who cooked and sold the dish in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1841.
- One tradition has children hopping around the dinner table as the dish was brought in from the kitchen.
- A more dubious explanation suggests that in South Carolina it was customary to invite a guest to dinner by saying, “Hop in, John.”
Anja’s mulled wine – This is a favorite for big groups.
- 2 cups of water
- 1 star anise
- 10 3 or 4 inch cinnamon sticks
- small handful of whole cloves
- 1 crushed whole nutmeg
- 1 vanilla bean (opt.)
- (any other sweet spice you like can be added!)
- 2 cups of sugar
- Bring water to a boil in heavy bottomed pot.
- Add spices and simmer 5 minutes.
- Add sugar and turn to low heat.
- Cook down slowly, stirring constantly until back to two cups of liquid.
- Strain out spices, but save the big pieces.
2 hours before party time
- ½ gallon of cranapple juice
- ½ gallon of cheap Burgundy wine
- party urn (30 cup!)
- Take a party urn and pour wine and cranapple juice into it.
- Plug in. When it has finished heating, pour the syrup in slowly, stirring constantly (if you do this fast, it will sink to the bottom and scorch, not an enticing flavor!)
- Take the large whole spices (cinnamon, vanilla & anise) and put into urn.
- If you like a lot of nutmeg flavor, cut another whole nutmeg into 4 pieces and add.
- Serve hot, with cinnamon stick swizzles, pfeffernusse (or lebkuchen, gingerbread or gingersnaps) and Kiss Thumbprint cookies (brownies or other chocolate thingies work, too).
- Refrigerate leftovers. To re-heat, use a nuker-safe mug and zap for two minutes. Adjust to your preference and your nuker’s wattage.
Silliness – This was recently in the Seattle Paper… The title of the article was “Best Come-Back Line Ever.”
In summary, the police arrested Robert Aylor, 59+ year old white male, in a pumpkin patch 11:38 p.m. on Friday night.
On Monday, at the County courthouse, Aylor was charged with lewd and lascivious behavior, public indecency, and public intoxication.
The suspect explained that as he was passing a pumpkin patch on his way home from a drinking session when he decided to stop, “You know how a pumpkin is soft and squishy inside, and there was no one around for miles or at least I thought there wasn’t anyone around” he stated in a telephone interview.
Aylor went on to say that he pulled over to the side of the road, picked out a pumpkin that he felt was appropriate to his purpose, cut a hole in it, and proceeded to satisfy his alleged ‘need.’ “Guess I was really into it, you know?” he commented with evident embarrassment.
In the process of doing the deed, Aylor failed to notice an approaching police car and was unaware of his audience until officer Brenda Taylor approached him.
“It was an unusual situation, that’s for sure,” said officer Taylor. “I walked up to Mr. Aylor and he’s just banging away at this pumpkin.”
Officer Taylor went on to describe what happened when she approached Aylor.
“I said, “Excuse me sir, but do you realize that you’re having sex with a pumpkin?”
He froze and was clearly very surprised that I was there, and then he looked me straight in the face and said…..
“A pumpkin? ….. Sh*t…is it midnight already??!!