Lighted house count – 18+107=115
It’s nearly 60F! That high that is messing with S.Cal over the last couple of days shifted our temps upwards, too. There’s wind in some places and not others. Not a breath of it here, but at the airport and in a couple of spots along the beaches it’s in the teens. 59F, humidity at 39% and no chance of rain until maybe Friday, a week from now!
Yesterday started slowly. We had coffee and some breakfast while I was getting the newsletter out, then watched a couple of Townsend videos and talked history for awhile until around 3pm. Tempus went upstairs to do some chores while I worked on plants, getting them placed where they need to be over the winter and then getting the crocuses into a pot so that they’ll bloom this spring. When Tempus came back downstairs he got some dirt into the pot so that it will settle once it rains again and helped move some of the other plants back into better shelter, so we’ll have some greens and herbs over the winter.
As we were heading for the shop, the sky was a blue-grey bowl turned upside down over us. The edges had a golden glaze, except for a couple of splotches where a careless hand splashed some white glaze and the burning gem of the golden sun, backed by striped of pink-gold cirrus.
I played a little with my advent calendars. Some of these digital ones are fun! …and the real one from the Chocolate Frog is a small milk chocolate every day, which is yum! I finally got going on newsletters. Not sure what Tempus was up to, although he scrubbed out my water jug and put away some jars and then after that went out to service the car.
I turned my little heater on and rucked up my skirt on that side and got warmed up just fine. We still haven’t turned the heat on in the shop but once, but it was *chilly*, then Tempus turned on the furnace. That was nice!
Eventually he made potpies for supper again, which occasioned opening the doors since the shop smoked up. He headed for Newport at just about the time when I finished setting up the newsletters, but he had to run around and find some things that he put away and I didn’t before he left.
I worked for awhile on some waxed fabric food covers and got another 10 done. We don’t have them for sale, yet, since I’m still experimenting with how best to do a batch of them. I spent awhile tagging finished pieces and doing the last bits on some pouches for a box of goodies that are going out. By 12:20 Tempus was on the road and by 1:30 my pie was in the fridge, all set up. By 2:30 the box was packed.
Tempus picked me up before 4am, although I had dozed off so I’m not certain exactly what time it was. We had a lovely drive in the moonlight, counting lighted houses as we dropped off the papers.
For most of the drive She had a 22 degree halo from the high cloud that was covering part of the western/southwestern sky. It was thin enough to see stars through, so perfect conditions for halos and at one point I think there was actually a sub-moon on the bottom side of the halo.
The moonlight on the river was lovely, too, some of the stars were actually reflecting along with the moonlight and the glimpses of the moonsparkles on the ocean were breath-taking. ….well, squee-making. 🙂
It was starting to get light on the last few drops and as we crossed the bridge, heading home, we could see the lightening sky about the eastern horizon. The Moon was still shiningdown from the west, lighting the pathway and Tempus just fell into bed, with me a short time after.
Today is going to be interesting. We have to get that pie baked and set up some of the pickle things and then we’re taking a drive to North Bend to a potluck that the group down there has each month, the same as our group does. I’m also dropping off the box of stuff that got packed last night to go to the event this weekend. I’m sad I’m going to miss that, but with no transportation…. well, it’s going to be a long day because that’s a 2 1/2 hour drive.
By Arthur Bartlett on 12/4/17 Harbor Island, Seattle, WA.
Today’s Plant is Rhubarb, Rheum 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 is open 11-7pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Holiday Hours. We will be closing early on 12/24 and 12/31 and closed 12/25 and 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 12/17 at 10:30pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 12/9 at 11:51pm.
Mars and Spica look down at Jupiter in the dawn. And, can you get a last glimpse of Venus barely above the pre-sunrise horizon?
The five brightest stars of Cassiopeia are usually called a W, but late these nights Cas turns over to become a wide M, very high in the north.
The late-evening waning Moon shines below Pollux and Castor >>>and left of Procyon.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) are well placed in the southeast and south, respectively, in early evening. Use our finder charts online or in the October Sky & Telescope, page 50.
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic tree month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22
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
Star Chart for December – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-december-2017
©2017 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).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 6 High 2:34 AM 7.6 7:38 AM Set 10:31 AM 93
~ 6 Low 8:00 AM 2.7 4:37 PM Rise 8:24 PM
~ 6 High 1:48 PM 9.1
~ 6 Low 8:50 PM -1.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do.
~ Look at things with a mental squint. – Lewis Carroll
~ Luck affects everything. Let your hook always be cast. In the stream where you least expect it, there will be fish. – Ovid
~ Magic is about using your connections to the universe effectively. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Neither smiles nor frowns, neither good intentions nor harsh words, are a substitute for strength. – John F. Kennedy
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)
Start now making special herbal gifts and decorations with your own hands expressing holiday sentiments from your heart. We’ve searched far and wide and come up with a fine assortment of herbal ideas, recipes and crafts for you to select from.
Yule Time/Christmas Scent
3 sticks cinnamon
3 bay leaves
1/4 cup whole cloves
1 quart water
Combine ingredients and simmer in a teakettle or saucepan throughout the holidays!
Cinnamon Treasures By Brenda Hyde
Cinnamon is not only easy to craft with, but it’s a smell that reflects the warmth and charm of a cozy winter home more than any other. These gifts can be used as additions to baskets filled with homemade breads, muffins or cookies. You can also package them alone for small gifts to give teachers, friends and house guests.
Mulled Tea Bags
5 tsp. loose black tea
4 whole cloves
6 whole allspice berries
2 tsp. coarsely crushed cinnamon stick
1 tsp. grated orange rind
1/2 tsp. grated lemon rind
Cut two five inch squares out of the cheese cloth. Place 1/2 of your tea ingredients on one square, and the other 1/2 on the second one. Bring the corners together and tie into a bag with the string. Place the teabags into a mug, with these instructions:
To brew place one tea bag in a mug and 1 cup of boiling water. Steep 5 minutes and enjoy!
If you wish you can also include a small jar of honey, an antique spoon (easily found at a thrift store), 2 cinnamon sticks for stirring and a novel to enjoy reading while drinking.
Santa Cinnamon Sticks
You will need:
1 6 inch long cinnamon stick
red, peach or cream, black and pink acrylic paint
tiny stiff paintbrush for textured paint
“snow” textured paint
Paint Santa’s hat on a 1/2 inch space at the top of the stick, using textured paint for ball and trim. For face, paint 3/4 below the hat using peach or cream paint, paint eyes black and cheeks pink. Lastly use texture paint and the stiff brush to paint eyebrows and the beard. These make charming gift toppers, or additions to gift baskets and flower arrangements.
Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments
Two recipes, both simple, for making these neat ornaments that can also be used as package toppers. If making ahead, I would put each one in it’s own plastic bag and store in a cool dry place.
You will need:
4 ounces of ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground cloves
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
3/4 cup of applesauce
2 tablespoons of white craft glue
These are not edible because of the glue. Mix together well, roll out and cut your shapes. Poke a hole at the top of each one for hanging before they dry. Put them on a wire rack for about a week and let them dry, turning them over about once a day.
You will need:
3/4 cup applesauce
1 4.12 ounce bottle ground cinnamon
Mix together to form a stiff dough. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters. Make hole at top of ornaments on rack to dry. Let dry 1-2 days or until thoroughly dry, turning occasionally. Hang with decorative thread, ribbon or natural raffia. Makes 12-15 ornaments.
You will need:
Cinnamon sticks, 4-5 inches long
dried flowers of your choice
hot glue gun, glue sticks
To make a centerpiece glue together two cinnamon sticks, then top with two more, gluing the four of them together. Glue dried flowers to the top of the sticks to decorate, but not overwhelm. Tie a few pieces of raffia around the middle of the sticks and flowers to form a bow with a few ends hanging slightly off the piece. Place one in front of each place setting during your holiday meal. Guests can then take home their cinnamon craft.
Cinnamon Stick Candle Holder
You will need:
1 clear glass votive candle holder
about 20 cinnamon sticks
hot glue gun, glue sticks
Measure the height of your holder, and add 1/2 inch. This is the length you will need to cut your cinnamon sticks.
Cover the holder completely with tape. Hot glue does not adhere well to glass, so this will give you a good surface
to glue to. Glue each stick vertically to the holder, making sure they are placed evenly, until the entire surface is covered. Use like this, or decorate with raffia, or other small holiday decorations.
1 cup mugwort
1/2 cup rose petals
1/2 cup german chamomile
1/2 cup of sweet hops
1/3 cup lavender buds
1/3 cup catnip crushed
1/4 cup peppermint
Mix the ingredients together.Make cloth bags from a 5×12 inch piece of
material and fill the bags with your mixture. Sew the top of the bag shut.
Sweet dreams! These make great craft fair items, inexpensive gifts or neat items for gift baskets.
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