Daily Stuff 12-9-16 Belisarius

Lighted House Count – 141
Hi, folks!

weather Cloud oceanIt’s another gloomy-looking day, but it’s finally warmer again. We got almost 1/2 an inch of rain yesterday, but the Valley actually got some snow. Alsea Bay was wrinkled from the wind and the clouds low, out at sea. It supposed to keep raining off and on. 51F and the wind is at 10 mph with gusts into the upper teens.

Yule motif 1207 18 ProsperityYesterday was all about getting packages opened and stock prepped. We had a big order of packing materials come in, finally, so the soaps that I got from Glenn Hills are now all packaged and out in a basket for sale.

Yule motif 1207 19 Sunrise Standing Stones UnhewnTempus worked on the other car and did manage to get it started. Other than that he pecked at all kinds of small stuff and made a delicious loaf of bread.

Yule motif 1207 21 LightsI got a bunch of headers cut and waited for Jay and then waited for Amy for sewing.🙂 Well, I ended up reading a bunch of interesting pieces. I finally started the embroidery piece that I’m going to use for my “gauntlet” for the Investiture. I kept going on that, once I was home. I also had gotten copies of WDW#4 folded and packaged and printed #2.

Yule motif 1207 20 LightsTempus did the paper run by himself last night. We knew the papers were going to be late, so I went home to get some sleep. He didn’t get in until 7am.

Yule motif 1207 23 BearToday I have to finish packing, then get #2 finished and put together a box of Mab’s Creations stuff. Marius is picking me up after 6pm. Tempus is doing some running around and then heading back to Jeanne’s for a bit. Hopefully, he’ll have a car, later today.

john-gleen-ksc-98ec-1392Godspeed, John Glenn – http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/12/john-glenn/john-glenn.html

Another Ken Gagne photo from 12/10/15 of our wild ocean.

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220px-Rhamnus_purshiana,_Cascara_--_branch_with_leaves,_flowers_and_budsToday’s Plant is Cittim Bark (Cascara), Rhamnus purshiana. It is a potent laxative and has been used for that for centuries. –Masculine, Saturn, Earth – Sprinkle an infusion of this around the home before legal proceedings, to help you win your case. It is used in money spells and worn in a brown cloth amulet will protect again evil influences and hexes. It can be sewn into a poppet to attract those influences away from you, but place this outside at night, especially.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascara_Sagrada

220px-Meister_von_San_Vitale_in_Ravenna_013In the time of the collapse of the Roman Empire, Rome itself was taken over by the Ostrogoths, one of the many sacks of the city that happened. On this day in 536, Belisarius, a brilliant general recaptured the city. He managed to depose the Pope during all this….. He also fought the Vandals earlier and helped keep the invasion of the Kutrigurs  from taking over the Eastern Empire later in his career. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belisarius

Mine - Yule PentacleThe shop opens at 11am! Winter Hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waxing Gibbous MoonWaxing 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 12/13 at 4:06pm. 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 12/12 at 4:06am. 

Lyra astro constellation Vega<<< Vega still glitters brightly in the northwest early these evenings. Astro Constellation Cygnus Deneb is the brightest star above it. Deneb is the head of the big Northern Cross (Cygnus), which now extends to Deneb’s lower left. By 10 or 11 p.m. the Northern Cross swings down and around to plant itself upright on the northwest horizon (as seen from mid-northern latitudes).
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) are high on the southern side of the sky just after dark. Info and finder charts.

Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder  Nov 25 – Dec 22
Rune Runic Month 23 Is IsaRunic 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

Sun in CapricornSun in Capricorn
Moon in AriesMoon in Aries
Ceres Direct at 4:26pm
Uranus (12/29), Vesta (3/7) Retrograde
Color: Coral

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elderberry flower RuisRuis  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.

plant red elderberry RuisElder 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.

plant motif Elderberry RuisThe 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).

070116-stella-red-elderberryRuis – Elder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: Makeup days of the thirteenth Moon
Color: Red
Class: Shrub
Letter: R
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.

elder month Husband_and_wife_trees - Blackthorn Ruisto 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

Mistletoe SilverBirch Unhewn StoneSecret of the Unhewn Stone, Dec 23 – (This is the blank day in this calendar, the one day of the year that is not ruled by a tree and its corresponding Ogham alphabet character. Its name denotes the quality of potential in all things.)

Graves (1966) makes a case for an additional “blank” ogham, “the unhewn dolmen arch”, which he assigns to the mistletoe, a plant for 800px-Mistletoe_Abundance_Wye_Valleywhich there is abundant evidence of its ritual importance to the Celts. There are two common mistletoes in Europe, both of which live as parasites on trees. The common mistletoe (Viscum album L.) parasitizes many tree species, including oaks in the western part of its range. It forms white berries between Samhain and Yule. The yellow-berried mistletoe (Loranthus europaeus L.) does Mistletoe 12-23 Celtic Tree Month huath motif-plant-tree-xmasnot extend to western Europe. It is found primarily on oaks. It is most likely the “golden bough”, being more common in the eastern Mediterranean than the common mistletoe. The common mistletoe has been cultivated in North American for the Yule trade, and there are several native mistletoes in the genus Phoradendron. Mistletoes are in the Mistletoe family (Viscaceae).

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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
F    9      Low   1:25 AM     1.7   7:41 AM     Set  2:08 AM      65
9     High   7:58 AM     8.1   4:37 PM    Rise  2:05 PM
9      Low   2:45 PM     1.2
9     High   8:40 PM     6.2

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Take a walk.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – December journal Prompt – Write about, “5 things about me”

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Quotes  

~  The way we see the problem is the problem. – InsideOut
~  You are more than you realize yourself to be. You can achieve your dreams. All you have to do is reach for them. This is what being a Warrior is all about. Face your fears and go forward. Be glorious! – Kerr Cuhulain
~  If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance. – George Bernard Shaw
~  It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes. –  Sally Field

Nocturne

Because these are not the nights of empty hands,
because these are not the nights of dreams galloping
like gasoline fire over blue tar,
I wish you could see what I see
when I look at you,
I wish I could give you
the landscape in my soul, invisible
as the wishes I follow to your mouth —
an ocean mounting within me, the drowsy foam
and drone of velvet waters washing us closer
and farther apart, always both at once,
murmur of umber, bloodwings beating in bone.

You cannot see the waves breaking against welted shoals,
but in the rocking of our chair, maybe you hear
the whispering of the sea, biting acetylene,
or cries of tern and gull, brine-stung; maybe you hear
the uncaged waters gasping against hasp and hull,
salt fumes hissing, scalps flensed from bile-dark brine.
In your shirt’s rustling, I hear sailcloth in wind,
ropes lashed and pulling against the mast.
In our chair’s rasp against pine boards, I hear
the creak of oarlocks, a broken scull scraping against keel.
I hear spume soaking a bowsprit crisped with salt,
as I rock into your torso, your human shore.

Come nearer, nearer,
for I want to see what you see —
Dress me in burlap and bone,
wrap me in musk and dulse, in human moss,
shine me a lighthouse’s scalding gold;
comfort me with wine and sole, come to me
with a severed branch of coral, a fistful of wet wings;
sing me the gauze of dusk and salt, nights full of sulfurous foam,
lead me through the narcotic dark to a bed
of coats, your stubbled face grazing my throat,
for I want to feel your eyelids touching my lips when I sleep,
I want to feel the bones of your silence pressing against my own. – Suji Kwock Kim – (Notes From The Divided Country)

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divider yule Yule Magick – Lore – The Tale of the Holly King and the Oak King
Author: Franco Posted: December 18th. 2011 Times Viewed: 1,448

As I write this, we are approaching the holidays surrounding the winter solstice where we sing about decking the halls with boughs of Holly. Where does this come from? When we celebrate the summer around the solstice day, the celebrations of old consist of bonfires. Where does this come from? Please keep in mind this written from a Northern Hemisphere perspective. You folks down under will celebrate the opposite holidays.

As a Pagan or a rather Polytheist, I hear several stories surrounding the Oak King and the Holly King — one is killed and reborn — and I hate to say that so many of them are incorrect. Then again, people are allowed to believe what they wish but I would like to set the record straight. I am also an astrologer and one of the first things I noticed is there two sets of celebrations surrounding modern Paganism: the first is the Lunar cycles — how we celebrate the moons of the year, thirteen full and thirteen new moons — and the second set are what are labeled as the Sabbats, the eight solar celebrations. The eight are Ostara (Vernal Equinox) , Beltaine, Litha (Summer Solstice) , Lammas, Mabon (Autumn Equinox) , Samhain (Hallowe’en) , and Yule (Winter Solstice) or in other words, the solstices and equinoxes and the cross-quarter holidays.

We will examine the Sabbats with their relation to the Holly King and the Oak King. In order to understand the eight Sabbats, one must understand who the Oak King and Holly King are. They are none other than Light and Darkness.

Vernal Equinox (March 21st) : This is the celebration of Light and Dark being in harmony. The Darkness does not conquer Light, nor does the Light conquer Darkness. They are at equilibrium. This is when the “battle” between the two is at its strength. It is a time of high energy and of the concept of killing off the old and bringing in the new. Many ancient Pagan celebrations consisted of burning straw men at this time, when they took dried corn/wheat from last year’s harvest to burn at this time. The Christian myth of Jesus dying on the cross (of the year) and rising again came from these ancient rituals.

Beltaine (May 1st) : This is the time when the Holly King dies. Darkness dies in order to give way to Light. The Oak king defeats Holly king! This is why this time of year is a celebration of procreation and why the gods were mating along with the humans during this time. This is a time of sex, and the life bringing energies associated with it. In ancient times, people were not allowed to marry until June. If anyone is questioning why the Holly king or the Dark Lord, passes during this time think to the opposite holiday when it is the other way around during Samhain or Hallowe’en.

Litha or the Summer Solstice (June 23rd) : Hooray! The Oak king reigns supreme and we celebrate the Oak King or the Bright Lord with bonfires. Long live the King! Today is the longest day of the year. People in the Northern regions celebrate the light and brightness of summer. As we celebrate the light and creation, many Pagans forget that on this day the Dark Lord or the Holly King is reborn. Many do not honour what he can bring us on this day. One must think forward to Yule and keep this in mind when we discuss the Summer Solstice as a day of growth and fertility. One must look to the subsequent holiday to see what it brings to us.

Lammas (Aug 1st) : This is the day, which is opposite to Imbolc where we celebrate the anticipation of the Light. Here we celebrate the first harvest. What is this, other than the Holly King’s first victory by the killing off of the crops for the first harvest? The Holly King strikes his first blow to the Oak King’s reign. We take the crops of the season in this, what can be termed as, a mini-death. We still bask in the warmth of the Oak King’s summer but things must die and we feast on what has died!

Autumn Equinox (September 23rd) : This is the celebration of Light and Dark being in harmony once again. The Darkness does not conquer Light but the Darkness is getting stronger. This is a time of thanksgiving as the Light does start giving way to the darkness and we start reaping the rewards of a dying Earth. The Oak King’s light is starting to give way. He has trouble hanging on. We give thanks to the Oak King for all he has given us. How many of us give the Holly King or the Dark Lord thanks for the abundance he brings us through the Oak King’s flesh?

Samhain (October 31st) : the Final Harvest or Hallowe’en. Many people realize that this is the Oak King’s death. However, many celebrate his death and rebirth. This is not his rebirth. He is dead until the Winter Solstice! This is a time for darkness to reign. The days get shorter and the nights grow longer. This is at time for us to withdraw and hide in solitude. This is why the “holiday season” can be very difficult for many to endure as we start celebrations before the Winter Solstice. At this point the Oak King, and all light, is dead and we must retreat to the Holly King’s realm, underworld, to be reborn. How can a corpse decompose when someone is pumping embalming fluid into you during this time?

Winter Solstice (December 21st) : the rebirth of the Sun or the Oak King. On this day the light is reborn and we celebrate the renewal of the light of the year. Oops! Are we not forgetting someone? Why do we deck the halls with boughs of Holly? This day is the Holly King’s day – the Dark Lord reigns. He is the god of transformation and one who brings us to birth new ways. Why do you think we make “New Year’s Resolutions”? We want to shed our old ways and give way to the new! The Christians celebrate the birth of the Son who in more ancient times was the Sun or Son (Mithras, the Sun God, son of the good god, Ahuru-Mazda) as it was the same concept. This is a discussion on its own but nevertheless it is the same concept. Astrologically, Saturn rules this time. Saturn rules Capricorn, which is the sign that starts at the Winter solstice and where celebrations with food, gift exchanges happened during the Roman celebration of Saturnalia. The masters would serve the servants in a celebration of role reversals. Nevertheless, this was a celebration of abundance and renewal.

Imbolc (Feb 2nd) : This day has been secularised into “Groundhog Day” when the groundhog tells us when winter ends. Originally, it was the day of the Goddess Brigit, later Christianised into St. Brigit. This a time when Darkness still rules but the light is coming into power and it is celebrated by the celebration of candles, which was Christianised into Candlemas. The darkness or the Holly King still rules but the Oak King or light is growing in power. In Pagan, celebrations the sacramental wine is replaced with honey and milk.

As one can simply see, the struggle of the Oak and Holly King is that light and dark and the life and death is more solar than some arbitrary day. Many Christian holidays have come to be associated with more ancient Pagan holidays such as St. Brigit’s Day and St. John the Baptist day (Summer Solstice) but in the end they are no more than solar celebrations.

Light-Dark not Good-Evil: One concept that must be kept in mind is that the struggle of light versus dark is not one of good versus evil. In the Pagan mindset, the struggle of light and dark is of one of birth and regeneration. Like the harvest, one thing that grows will die and what dies will grow again. It is about how we choose to grow and die and how we choose to be reborn. As the sun is reborn on the Winter Solstice day, we too are reborn. As the darkness reborn on the Summer Solstice day, we too start to die on that day. It is cycle that we live from year to year. Death is not bad – it is just an opportunity to be reborn. Do we die forever? No! We are reborn with the light, in one way or another.

Copyright: Franco Minatel 2011
ABOUT…
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Location: Toronto, Ontario
Website: http://www.soulbody.ca/
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Bio: Energy Worker, Astrologer, Tarot and Rune Reader, Numerologist, Bucket Reader. Professional Engineer. Runner. Musician…basically a Renaissance Man.

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Daily Stuff 12-8-16 Neith

Lighted House Count – 141
Hi, folks!

weather Cloud WindWe dodged the bullet as far as ice goes, but it’s stormy and grim-looking, with gusts weather Raindropsof wind that were shoving the car around and making the trees roar and slashing rain that felt like it had teeth as it attacked my face. It’s only 35F, but it’s climbing rapidly as the weather system goes past us. I’m still shivering…. The wind in town is negligible, with gusts of under 10mph, but down by the water the wind is more like 20mph with gusts hitting into the 40’s depending on where you are.

Orns 01 007Yesterday started way late, but we got a lot done. The new stuff from Alley Valkyrie is in. It’s patches ($2 and $4) and little plate/bowls ($10-$15)  with cool designs in her style. I found some more books that I got priced and inventoried and Tempus ran around putting stuff away so we’d be ready to open this morning.

Orns 01 009We have House Blessings! The first one per household is our gift to you. After that you can purchase them for $2 each.

angel bear orn cutout grToday I really have to get things packed for the weekend. It’s really only down Friday, back Saturday, so one day, but there’s a lot of stuff to take with me!

…and a lovely picture of terns over the surf from 12/6/15 by Ken Gagne

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Today’s plant is Field or Scouring Rush Horsetail  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_horsetail,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EquisetumThe darned things are next to impossible to get rid of, although they’re fascinating in construction and growth habit. In Oregon they’re a noxious weed, since, while the plants have been used as a poverty food (early spring) plant herb Equisetum_arvense_frthey can be toxic to grazing animals and are dangerous to people who retain fluid, although the Romans used it both as a tea and a thickening powder. It can be used as a polish and a dye. Horsetail –Feminine, Saturn, Earth, This is best used in fertility mixtures, sachets, amulets, etc. Place in the bedroom for help in conception. 272px-Neith_with_Red_Crown.svgWhistles made of horsetail stems are used in snake charming.

Today’s Feast is that of Neith, creation goddess and mother in Egypt. She also was goddess of warriors and weaving and all kinds of other things….  More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neith

Mine - Yule PentacleThe shop opens at 11am! Winter Hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waxing Gibbous MoonWaxing 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 12/13 at 4:06pm. 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 12/12 at 4:06am. 

Astro Constellation PegasusThe left side of the Great Square of Pegasus points down past the gibbous Moon early this evening. Below the Moon is Beta Ceti (Deneb Kaitos, tail of the sea monster), about as bright as the stars of the Great Square.
Astro SaturnSaturn is lost in the sunset.

Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder  Nov 25 – Dec 22
Rune Runic Month 23 Is IsaRunic 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

Sun in CapricornSun in Capricorn
Moon in AriesMoon in Pisces enters Aries at 2:15am.
Ceres (12/9) and Uranus (12/29), Vesta (3/7) Retrograde
Color: Purple

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elderberry flower RuisRuis  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.

plant red elderberry RuisElder 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.

plant motif Elderberry RuisThe 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).

070116-stella-red-elderberryRuis – Elder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: Makeup days of the thirteenth Moon
Color: Red
Class: Shrub
Letter: R
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.

elder month Husband_and_wife_trees - Blackthorn Ruisto 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

Mistletoe SilverBirch Unhewn StoneSecret of the Unhewn Stone, Dec 23 – (This is the blank day in this calendar, the one day of the year that is not ruled by a tree and its corresponding Ogham alphabet character. Its name denotes the quality of potential in all things.)

Graves (1966) makes a case for an additional “blank” ogham, “the unhewn dolmen arch”, which he assigns to the mistletoe, a plant for 800px-Mistletoe_Abundance_Wye_Valleywhich there is abundant evidence of its ritual importance to the Celts. There are two common mistletoes in Europe, both of which live as parasites on trees. The common mistletoe (Viscum album L.) parasitizes many tree species, including oaks in the western part of its range. It forms white berries between Samhain and Yule. The yellow-berried mistletoe (Loranthus europaeus L.) does Mistletoe 12-23 Celtic Tree Month huath motif-plant-tree-xmasnot extend to western Europe. It is found primarily on oaks. It is most likely the “golden bough”, being more common in the eastern Mediterranean than the common mistletoe. The common mistletoe has been cultivated in North American for the Yule trade, and there are several native mistletoes in the genus Phoradendron. Mistletoes are in the Mistletoe family (Viscaceae).

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Day        High      Tide    Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time       Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
Th   8      Low  12:25 AM     1.3   7:40 AM     Set 12:58 AM      55
~     8     High   7:08 AM     7.6   4:37 PM    Rise  1:32 PM
~     8      Low   1:42 PM     2.1
~     8     High   7:22 PM     6.0

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I welcome success and fortune into my life.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – December journal Prompt – Write about, “In the Air”

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Quotes  

~  A Lawyer will do anything to win a case, sometimes he will even tell the truth. – Patrick Murray
~  Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich. – Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) French actor
~  I have made more friends for American culture than the State Department. Certainly I have made fewer enemies, but that isn’t very difficult. – Arthur Miller (1915-2005) US playwright
~  This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure. – Winston Churchill

No one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside. We cannot open the gate of another, either by argument or by emotional appeal.” If you decide to open your “gate of change” to really understand and live the principles embodied in the Seven Habits, your growth will be evolutionary, but the net effect will be revolutionary. – Marilyn Ferguson, quoted in Overview of the Seven Habits

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divider yule Yule Magick – Recipes – Sweets

Irish Trifle – Makes about 8 servings  (used Stuff 2006)
Trifle Loaf:
1 stale spongecake
4 tablespoons raspberry jam
1/2 to 2/3 cup sherry
1/3 cup Irish whiskey, optional (see note)
*custard (recipe follows)
1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar
**few drops vanilla
1/2 cup almonds, blanched and slivered, optional
**slices of kiwifruit and strawberries for garnish, optional
Custard
1 egg
2 egg yolks
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 cups milk
To make trifle: Split the spongecake into three or four layers and spread each layer with raspberry jam.

  1. Put the pieces in a pretty glass bowl.
  2. Pour the sherry (mixed with the whiskey, if desired) over the spongecake and let it soak an hour
  3. To make the custard: Beat the egg and egg yolks together with the sugar.
  4. Heat the milk to just below boiling point and pour over the eggs, beating constantly.
  5. Cook the custard in the top of a double boiler over simmering hot, not boiling, water until it’s thick and creamy.
  6. Pour the custard over the cake and cool.
  7. Meanwhile, whip the cream with the sugar, fold in the vanilla.
  8. Pile the whipped cream over the top of the trifle.
  9. Decorate with the almonds, kiwi and strawberries if desired.

Note: The whiskey, when added to the sherry, gives the trifle a more pungent flavor. It’s not for all tastes. If in doubt, leave it out!

Hot Cinnamon Pudding Cake

  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 T. butter
  • 1 c. milk
  • 2 c. flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon (you can change this out for nutmeg, cardamom or vanilla)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Mix all together and pour into a greased 13 x 9″ baking pan. Add topping.
Topping:

  • 2 c. brown sugar
  • 2 T. butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (you can change this out for nutmeg, cardamom or vanilla)
  • 1-1/4 c. water

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Pour over cake batter and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Serves 12. Good with ice cream or cool whip. 

Submitted By Dana 2002 to GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives

CRANBERRY DIVINE (6 Servings)

Preheated 375° oven.

  • 1-9″ Pie Pan
  • 1-1 Ib. can cranberry sauce (whole or jellied)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tsp grated lemon rind
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (or cadamom or nutmeg, as your prefer)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1/3 cup sifted flour
  • 1/2 cup sliced blanched almonds
  • 12/ cup instant nonfat dried milk
  1. Spread cranberry sauce in bottom of pie pan.
  2. Sprinkle with lemon juice and rind.
  3. Mix flour, instant nonfat dry milk, salt, cinnamon and sugar until well blended.
  4. Cut in butter with pastry blender until mixture is the consistency of commeal.
  5. Add almonds.
  6. Spread on top of cranberries. ‘
  7. Bake 35-40 minutes.
  8. Cut in wedges while warm.
  9.  Serve with scoop of ice cream.

VARIATIONS:

3 cups sweetened tart pie apples, fresh peaches, plums or rhubarb may be used instead of cranberries. Add 1/4 cup water to fresh fruits with lemon juice.

BRANDIED PECANS

  • 2 1/2 c. pecan halves
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 2-3 tsp. brandy

Preheat oven to 370 degrees.  Spread pecans on a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan. Dot pan with butter.  Place in oven for 10 minutes.  Stir nuts.  Turn oven off, leaving nuts in warm oven.  Line a baking sheet with waxed paper and set aside.  In a heavy 2-quart saucepan combine water and sugar.  Place over high heat and stir with a wooden spoon until mixture comes to a boil.  Cook syrup to soft-ball stage, about 238 degrees.  Remove from heat.  With a wooden spoon, beat 1 minute or until mixture is creamy.  Add toasted nuts and brandy.  Stir until well-coated.  Spread on waxed paper to cool.

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Light Bulbs – Q: How many Fam-Trads does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Ask your OWN grandmother!

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Daily Stuff 12-7-16 Haloia of Demeter

Lighted House Count – 85+56=141
Hi, folks!

weather sun face dim winterIt’s been cold. The grass was frozen in the garden this morning and I may have lost a succulent that I forgot about. It looks like it froze through. It’s been just a bit breezy and never got above 36, so far. There’s wind in the 20’s by the water, which I’m sure it going to make it bitter on the beaches.

weather Cold temperatureYes, we’re very late to the shop today. We slept later than we thought and then Jeanne was running errands. It’s 3:30pm and we’re just getting started. We’ve a winter weather advisory for freezing rain starting around 4am and running until well after we would normally open. We’ll have a sign in the window and come in as soon as it’s safe.

product copper ornsYesterday was a sort of slog day. Jay came in the late afternoon and we made house blessing bundles, then started in on bagging herbs. Both before and after I was catching up on paperwork. Marius took us to supper at the Chinese restaurant across the street and we caught up on news and such, gazing at Venus and the nearly-quarter Moon while we chatted afterwards. Later, while Tempus was starting the paper route, I did some more on the Mamluk-era embroidery patterns.

button country orn setIt was frosty when he picked me up at a little after 2:30. We took the whole route *very* easy, and there was black ice and sparkling pavement from frost and potholes with ice just on the very top that the tires went right into and all kinds of need-to-be-careful stuff.

Orns 01 006The stars were lovely! I watched Orion pretty much the whole time, striding across the wintry sky. Stars weren’t even twinkling much, because of the cold. Jupiter and a red star rose higher and higher as we went, bright in the east. We got home just before 5am. It was very quiet as I was walking down the path, even the ocean wasn’t making much noise unlike the last several days.

Orns 01 009Today I spent quite a while in the garden. We moved some things to the solarium and shifted some others into more sheltered spots. Tempus also got some extra soil on the raspberry and the costmary. Jay is supposed to come in later to work on herbs some more and then we’ll head home early to get ready for the week.

A photo from 10/22/15 by Ken Gagne of Pelicans near the mouth of the Yachats River

102215 Ken Gagne Pelicans

plant coast willow Salix_hookeriana_USFWSToday’s Plant is the Coast Willow, Salix hookeriana. I’ve been mistaking it for pussy willow ever since I moved out here! Pussy Willows are a subset of the willows which also include osiers (think “wicker” for their uses). They’re all Saliciae from which, salicylic acid, the medicine Aspirin, was derived. Willow magick is Feminine, Moon and Water. Willow wands can be used for healing, to sleep with for more vivid dreams, Drawing Down the Moon, or for protection in underworld journeying.  The Willow will bring the blessings of the Moon upon those who plant it or have it on their property. Willows can be used to bind together witch’s brooms and a forked willow branch is widely used in water witching and dowsing. New Moon magick, creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, binding. Love, Love divination, protection, healing. It is also known as the tree of immortality because of its ability to re grow from a fallen branch in moist ground. These properties apply to all forms of willow, but the Coast Willow has the properties of endurance, tolerance and stubbornness as well. There’s more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org

Demeter 1207Today is the Haloia of Demeter, the feast of the beginning of her long search for her daughter. More here:  http://witchofstitches.blogspot.com/2009/12/haloia-of-demeter.html and on Demeter here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demeter#Demeter_and_Persephone

Mine - Yule PentacleThe shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Winter Hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waxing Quarter MoonWaxing 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 12/13 at 4:06pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 12/7 at 1:03am. 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 12/12 at 4:06am. 

Waxing Quarter MoonFirst-quarter Moon (exactly so at 4:03 a.m. on this date EST). After dark, look for the Great Square of Pegasus high above it.
weather sunset sunEarliest sunset of the year (if you’re near latitude 40° north). By the time of the solstice and longest night on December 21st, the Sun actually sets 3 minutes later. But it doesn’t rise its latest until January 4th. For these slight discrepancies, blame the tilt of Earth’s axis and the ellipticity of Earth’s orbit.
Astro jupiterJupiter (magnitude –1.8, in Virgo) rises around 2 or 3 a.m. and shines brightly in the southeast by early dawn. Look for Spica 7° or 8° under it at that time, and Arcturus 30° its upper left.

Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder  Nov 25 – Dec 22
Rune Runic Month 23 Is IsaRunic 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

Sun in CapricornSun in Capricorn
Moon in PiscesMoon in Pisces
Ceres (12/9) and Uranus (12/29), Vesta (3/7) Retrograde
Color: Topaz

Planting 12/6-7

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elderberry flower RuisRuis  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.

plant red elderberry RuisElder 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.

plant motif Elderberry RuisThe 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).

070116-stella-red-elderberryRuis – Elder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: Makeup days of the thirteenth Moon
Color: Red
Class: Shrub
Letter: R
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.

elder month Husband_and_wife_trees - Blackthorn Ruisto 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

Mistletoe SilverBirch Unhewn StoneSecret of the Unhewn Stone, Dec 23 – (This is the blank day in this calendar, the one day of the year that is not ruled by a tree and its corresponding Ogham alphabet character. Its name denotes the quality of potential in all things.)

Graves (1966) makes a case for an additional “blank” ogham, “the unhewn dolmen arch”, which he assigns to the mistletoe, a plant for 800px-Mistletoe_Abundance_Wye_Valleywhich there is abundant evidence of its ritual importance to the Celts. There are two common mistletoes in Europe, both of which live as parasites on trees. The common mistletoe (Viscum album L.) parasitizes many tree species, including oaks in the western part of its range. It forms white berries between Samhain and Yule. The yellow-berried mistletoe (Loranthus europaeus L.) does Mistletoe 12-23 Celtic Tree Month huath motif-plant-tree-xmasnot extend to western Europe. It is found primarily on oaks. It is most likely the “golden bough”, being more common in the eastern Mediterranean than the common mistletoe. The common mistletoe has been cultivated in North American for the Yule trade, and there are several native mistletoes in the genus Phoradendron. Mistletoes are in the Mistletoe family (Viscaceae).

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide    Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time       Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
W    7     High   6:18 AM     7.2   7:39 AM    Rise  1:00 PM      44
~     7      Low  12:32 PM     2.9   4:37 PM
~     7     High   6:00 PM     6.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Accept that you are divine, perfect and enough.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – December journal Prompt – Write about, “Best book 2016”

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Quotes  

~  The things that one most wants to do are the things that are probably most worth doing. – Winifred Holtby
~  Asceticism is not that you should own nothing, but that nothing should own you. – Ali Ibn Abu Talib
~  Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought. – Albert Gyrogyi
~  When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt. – Henry J. Kaiser

It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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divider yule Yule Magick – Studies

Solstice Meditation and Visualization

Winter Solstice is an excellent time to undergo a vision quest to find your magickal name, a totem animal, a mantra, or other empowering insights. This meditation is meant to accent that quest by opening your awareness to the power within and without all things. Begin in a standing position. Center yourself and breathe deeply. Slowly take off your mundane clothes., likewise removing the “World”  with each. Wrap a blanket around yourself for warmth, but remain naked for the meditation. You need no trappings to discover personal power.

Sit and close your eyes. Let any remaining tension drain away, then begin listening to the sound of silence. Smell the aromas of oak and herb. Feel the latent energy of everything around you and the magick you’ve placed there. Know it is your own.  Listen to your breath and your heartbeat. Sense the pulse and bb within as the same energy without. Listen closely; does it whisper a message to you? Does it whisper a name? Do you hear the cry of an animal? Do you hear words that fill you with energy? Linger in this place between Earth and stars until you receive a message. Then return to normal levels of awareness, and write the experience in your journal.

Ritual Foods

Go with your traditional holiday foods, which for me include many that have solar symbolism. Cookies are round like the sun, eggnog is golden and fertile, gingerbread is hot and spicy, and fruitcake bears red and orange highlights. As a side, try a little flaming brandy to warm you up! – GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives

Winter Solstice Chant

Note: This chant is set to be used in a solstice reading. It can also simply be set as a poem, eliminating the cues.

Chorus Chant:

New Year born, Old Year gone,
Time’s a wheel we ride upon.
Round and round, until at last
Our future has become our past.

Speaker 1:

At the end/beginning of the year
The light is born/dies into darkest night
Being personified and given a name by some, by others not.

Speaker 2:

The yin/yang sound of one hand clapping
Begins/ends the year that it may carry us forward
Into whatever day/night is there for us to experience.

Speaker 1:

Two sides of a coin to flip for “yes” or “no,”
One coin to pay the piper or the tax collector as the case may be.
That coin wheeling in the sky that shines by day, reflects by night.

Speaker 2:

There is beauty in the day; as well there is beauty in the night.
Neither can exist without the other. Nor is there any end
Without beginning, or beginning without end.

Speakers 1 & 2 in unison:

The wheel turns and turns, and we as spokes turn with it,
Returning to our source, whatever and wherever that may be,
Until we know that truth abides in every season of the heart.

Chorus Chant:

New Year born, Old Year gone,
Time’s a wheel we ride upon.
Round and round, until at last
Our future has become our past. – Written and Submitted by Tasha Halpert

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Things You Don’t Want To Hear From Technical Support

* “Do you have a sledgehammer or a brick handy?”
* “That’s right, not even McGyver could fix it.”
* “So — what are you wearing?”
* “Duuuuuude! Bummer!”
* “Looks like you’re gonna need some new dilithium crystals, Cap’n.”
* “Press 1 for Support. Press 2 if you’re with 60 Minutes. Press 3 if you’re with the FTC.”
* “We can fix this, but you’re gonna need a butter knife, a roll of duct tape, and a car battery.”
* “In layman’s terms, we call that the Hindenburg Effect.”
* “Hold on a second… Mom! Timmy’s hitting me!”
* “Okay, turn to page 523 in your copy of Dianetics.”
* “Please hold for Mr. Gates’ attorney.”

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Daily Stuff 12-6-16 Old Nick and St Nick

Lighted House Count – 85
Hi, folks!

weather sun face dim winterThe light this morning is different from the light of summer. Everywhere that the sunshine doesn’t hit directly has a blue tinge, as though a blue filter was added. The places where the sun shines are golden. The sky is the brightest blue! White puffy cloud are over the Coast Range and a few over the ocean and some low tatters of fog are still floating by. I could see my breath this morning. It was only 38F at the apartment, although the thermometer on the power company, the one that reads oddly when the sun is out, says that it’s 46F. We got 3/4 of an inch of rain before it quit last night. The stars were out for a little as we got home. The snow is really building up in the mountains. Little Meadows is reporting 33 inches. We’re getting a break in the rain today and into tomorrow, but another low is pushing through on Thursday.

Yule motif 1207 09 mistletoe sprayYesterday was more of what we’ve been doing. I did get the weird problem with my computer fixed. Apparently Windows 10 will “hang” between updates, so all you have to do it update it and restart!

Yule motif 1207 12 holly candleI also had a pleasant surprise that WDW#2 (I’ve been working on #4) had most of the revised edition finished. It was in final draft form, so I did a little editing and that one will be release on Saturday, too!

Yule motif 1207 15 AntlersJay was in. He’s going to come by and volunteer for some experience, so I need to set things up for him. The only thing that I had yesterday was to de-bark some branches, but I have House Blessings to set up today.

Yule motif 1207 14 King StagThe car folks are supposed to come get the van. Tempus has done everything he knows how to do, but it still won’t fire. He set that up yesterday and just headed over there to find out why they haven’t gotten it, yet.

Yule motif 1207 16 Yule GoddessWe didn’t have class last night. Two students were sick and another was overwhelmed, so we’ll get onto that next week.

Tempus is going shopping later. We’re out of a bunch of things and then he has the paper route. I’m going with him, so I’ll be at the shop really late tonight.

I have a bunch of SCA paperwork to do this morning and then get onto some of the herbal things that have been waiting. Well, gotta get to it!

newsletter holiday yule Cartoon Santa

220px-Rhubarb_flowerToday’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, food motif Rhubarb_Piejuice 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.

220px-Krampus-Postkarte_um_1900If 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

Mine - Yule PentacleThe shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Winter Hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waxing Crescent MoonWaxing 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 12/13 at 4:06pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 12/7 at 1:03am. 

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astro Piscis_Austrinus fomalhaut.svgIn late twilight, the Moon, Mars, and Venus form a long diagonal line in the south to southwest. Well below the Moon twinkles Fomalhaut.
112716-jupiter-astroJupiter’s non-Red-Spot side, imaged by Christopher Go  on November 27th,. South is up. As Jupiter comes back into good telescopic view in the morning sky, it’s showing a huge white zone south of the brownish South Equatorial Belt, but nothing like that in the northern hemisphere. A very small telescope should be able to show the difference.
Astro marsMars (magnitude +0.6, in Capricornus) still glows in the south-southwest at dusk, 20° or 25° upper left of Venus. In a telescope it’s a tiny orange blob only 6 arcseconds in diameter.

Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder  Nov 25 – Dec 22
Rune Runic Month 23 Is IsaRunic 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

Sun in CapricornSun in Capricorn
Moon in PiscesMoon in Pisces
Ceres (12/9) and Uranus (12/29), Vesta (3/7) Retrograde
Color: Red

Planting 12/6-7

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elderberry flower RuisRuis  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.

plant red elderberry RuisElder 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.

plant motif Elderberry RuisThe 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).

070116-stella-red-elderberryRuis – Elder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: Makeup days of the thirteenth Moon
Color: Red
Class: Shrub
Letter: R
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.

elder month Husband_and_wife_trees - Blackthorn Ruisto 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

Mistletoe SilverBirch Unhewn StoneSecret of the Unhewn Stone, Dec 23 – (This is the blank day in this calendar, the one day of the year that is not ruled by a tree and its corresponding Ogham alphabet character. Its name denotes the quality of potential in all things.)

Graves (1966) makes a case for an additional “blank” ogham, “the unhewn dolmen arch”, which he assigns to the mistletoe, a plant for 800px-Mistletoe_Abundance_Wye_Valleywhich there is abundant evidence of its ritual importance to the Celts. There are two common mistletoes in Europe, both of which live as parasites on trees. The common mistletoe (Viscum album L.) parasitizes many tree species, including oaks in the western part of its range. It forms white berries between Samhain and Yule. The yellow-berried mistletoe (Loranthus europaeus L.) does Mistletoe 12-23 Celtic Tree Month huath motif-plant-tree-xmasnot extend to western Europe. It is found primarily on oaks. It is most likely the “golden bough”, being more common in the eastern Mediterranean than the common mistletoe. The common mistletoe has been cultivated in North American for the Yule trade, and there are several native mistletoes in the genus Phoradendron. Mistletoes are in the Mistletoe family (Viscaceae).

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Things that happen in life affect your energy. You can’t stop things from happening, but you can somewhat influence and determine your response to what happens. Your actions throughout life continuously affect your chi (life energy). These impressions become perpetual conditioning factors on your personal flow of chi.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – December journal Prompt – Write about, “Circles”

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Quotes  

~  No man is ever whipped until he quits in his own mind. – Napoleon Hill
~  People who make no mistakes lack boldness and the spirit of adventure. They are the brakes on the wheels of progress. – Dale E. Turner
~  The only thing worthy of you is compassion – invincible, limitless, unconditional. Hatred will never let you face the beast in man. — Thich Nhat Hanh
~  The creator of the new composition in the arts is an outlaw until he is a classic. – Gertrude Stein, U.S. writer

My parents taught me that I could do anything I wanted and I have always believed it to be true.. – Pete Goss (1961-) British Sailor and Entrepreneur(from his book ‘Close to the Wind’. Goss successfully sailed around the world – alone.)

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divider yule Yule Magick – Pagan Friendly Decorations for Yule- grannysage by grannysage Last updated: 11/13/2011

Celebrating the Winter Solstice

When I decided to walk a pagan path some years ago, I still enjoyed decorating for the season. Instead of celebrating Christmas, I began to celebrate Yule or the Winter Solstice.

The Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year. In years past, when people were more in tune with the turn of the seasons, particularly in the Nordic countries, the Winter Solstice was a time of celebration that the days would once again become longer and the return of the warm season would come again.

In modern times, Yule has been attached to Christmas, which is a celebration of the birth of Jesus (except in the Southern Hemisphere where Christmas is in July and the winter solstice is in the winter, which I find to be rather odd). Finding decorations that did not have a Christmas theme became quite a challenge. It became a quest for me to find ornaments that reflected the spirit of the Yule season, not the religious celebration of Jesus’ birth.

I’ve searched the web to find those elusive Yule decorations and will attempt to explain the reasons behind some of the customs of the season.

A Symbolic Mythology

Paganism, including Wicca, is based on a symbolic mythology. The stories of the gods and goddesses from legends of old are aspects of the One Spirit, stories which humans developed to explain forces that to them were often unexplainable. The goddess giving birth to the Sun at Yule symbolizes the cycle of life, both in nature and in the lives of humans. As the earth repeats the process of death to rebirth and renewal, so do people pass through the seasons of life.

Joseph Campbell said, “Myth must be kept alive. The people who can keep it alive are the artists of one kind or another.” He also stated, “Every myth is psychologically symbolic. Its narratives and images are to be read, therefore, not literally, but as metaphors.”

The symbols associated with the Winter Solstice/Yule are therefore important to our inner consciousness, to keep us in touch with our spiritual selves. At some deep level, as we gaze and think upon these tangible representations of older traditions, we re-connect with a world filled with mystery, wonder, and infinite possibilities.

Tradition of the Yule Log

There are many stories of the history of the Yule Log, depending on what culture is being discussed. We do know that in the Nordic countries, the people would drag in a big log to celebrate the Winter Solstice. The fire symbolized the return of the light as the wheel turned from darkness of winter to the light of spring. A piece of the unburned part of the previous year’s Yule log was used to kindle the new flame. It would then be allowed to burn or smolder for 12 days and was believed to bring prosperity and protection to the household.

Many pagans today continue this tradition and if they don’t have a fireplace, they may use a smaller log with holes to hold three candles.

Mistletoe Customs

Mistletoe was considered sacred by the Druids, particularly when found on oak trees. It was considered to be the soul of the tree. It was cut using a golden sickle and caught in a white cloth, as it could not touch the ground. They used it as a remedy for many diseases.

The custom of kissing under the mistletoe comes from Scandinavian myth. The god Baldur, son of Frigga who was the goddess of Love, was killed by a spear of mistletoe. Frigga wept for her son and her tears turned to white berries on the mistletoe plant. Baldur is restored to life and Frigga, in her joy, decreed that the plant was sacred and a symbol of peace and love. Anyone who passed under it would receive a kiss.

Holly Folklore

There are many folklore beliefs surrounding holly. It has long been associated with midwinter because of its evergreen leaves. It was consider to provide strong protection; wearing a sprig of holly could protect one from mischievous fairy folk.

Bringing holly leaves into the home brings luck by allowing the friendly fairies a place to play. One should never cut a holly branch without asking the tree for permission, and then an already broken branch should be gently removed.

Holly is a symbol to remind us that even though the ground is barren at midwinter, the seasons turn and soon the earth will be green and fertile once again.

You Can Never Have Too Many Fairies

As a former fairy collector, I always said “you can never have too many fairies.” Of course that changed when we transitioned to living in an RV full time. But I still find fairies beautiful.

Why Put Antlers On a Tree?

Antlers can symbolize several things. If your animal totem is a deer or an elk, you might want to connect with its energy with an antler ornament.

Antlers are also symbolic of the Horned God, the Forest Lord (no it is not the devil, don’t worry). The Horned God is an archetype of nature and of the hunt and is the male consort of the Goddess. He gives of his energy so all may have life. The Horned God is reborn into this life at the Winter Solstice. It is difficult to describe all of his aspects in such a small space, so I shall let pagan author, Starhawk, describe him for me.

“For men, the Horned God is the image of inner power and potency that is more than merely sexual. He is the undivided Self, in which mind is not split from body, nor spirit from flesh. United, both can function at the peak of emotional and creative power….
The God embodies the power of feeling. His animal horns represent the truth of undisguised emotion, which seeks to please no master. He is untamed. But untamed feelings are very different from enacted violence. The God is the life force, the life cycle. He remains within the orbit of the Goddess; his power is always directed towards the service of life.
(Starhawk, THE SPIRAL DANCE)

Prosperity Ornament

You can add decorations to your Yule tree as visualizations for dreams or goals you wish to manifest in the next year.

Prosperity can mean many different things; wealth, happiness or good fortune. A tree is prosperous when it is full of leaves, bearing fruit or providing shelter. The tree of prosperity reminds us that not only wealth is the path to prosperity. By finding our true happiness or helping others, we may grow and prosper.

Bring Back the Light

The Winter Solstice is all about bringing back the light to a darkened world. The sun, which appeared to ancient people as being dead, is reborn to return again to warm the earth. Pagans love to celebrate with lights, both indoors and out. My husband is the king of lights in this house, so I asked him to pick out what he would choose for a Yule tree.

He chose white lights because white is the combination of all the colors of light and appears often in nature. In symbolic terms, white embodies peace, tranquility, purification; truth, spirituality, and sincerity.

Bring Back the Light by Gypsy

This is a classic pagan Winter Solstice song and one of my favorites. Sing along if you like….here are a few of the words.

Bring back the Light
Light never ending
Through dark of night
this call we are sending
With all our might
Bring back the Light
Bring back the Light
Our hearts are open
On Solstice night
We are invoking
The Lord of Light
Bring back the Light

Animal Totems

Many pagans feel a connection with their animal totems. One of mine is the wolf. Place a symbol on your Yule tree to help draw the energy of your personal animal totem.

Joulupukki and JulTomte, Who are they?

Because of my Finnish ancestry, I have become interested the the Finnish version of Santa, Joulupukki. The Joulupukki translated means “Yule Goat” The traditions have evolved over the years, as the Yule Goat used to be a ugly creature that scared children and demanded gifts. Today he resembles the American Santa Claus although he lives in Lapland and his reindeer don’t fly.

A tomte (or tontuu in Finnish) is a Scandinavian mythical creature, much like a brownie. He is said to be a small elderly man with a full beard and dressed as a farmer. The tomte was originally believed to be the soul of the original owner of the farm. He would take care of the farm and its animals, but could also be easily angered. Thus the custom of putting out a bowl of porridge for the tomte is a form of ancestral worship.

Sources: Juoluupukki and Tomte

More Ideas for Yule Decorations

More ideas about trimming a pagan tree on the blog One Witch’s Way

Welcome Yule

“May all things Well and good Come to you and yours at this season of Yule.”

This is the greeting that my husband and I have been using to both greet and say farewell to folks. The word “welcome” comes from Old English wilcuma, meaning literally “well + come” (“May you have fared well in coming here!”).

I hope you have enjoyed looking at some alternative decorations for your Yule tree and learned more about their symbolism. I would also enjoy hearing about any other customs or traditions, or special ornaments you use on your tree. Please feel free to comment.

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – More Vague Thoughts

If you want the world to beat a path to your door, just try to take a nap on a Saturday afternoon.
Measure wealth not by the things you have, but by the things you have for which you would not take money.

When your dreams turn to dust, it’s time to vacuum.

Is your holier side your altar ego?

I need someone to refresh my memory. How many cars are allowed through an intersection after the light turns red? Is it three or five?

What’s dumber, expecting educators to be entertaining, or expecting entertainment to be educational?

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Daily Stuff 12-5-16 Mikulas Eve

Lighted House Count – 85
Hi, folks!

Rose of the Sea Logo 2013Wicca 101 tonight!

rain weather motifIt’s raining, at times hard. Everyone else is talking about snow. One of my friends online said, “We have school today. Snow is coming down, but only wet pavement. Please pray for the teachers with thoroughly buzzed students!”🙂 The sky is lumpy grey and the sun was trying to muscle through, but didn’t make it. It was down to 36 last night and it’s only 38F, now. We got 8/10’s of an inch of rain yesterday and almost 1/2 and inch so far since midnight!

Yule motif 1207 06 logMy 101 student didn’t show up yesterday. Not sure why. When I realized it wasn’t likely I curled up and got a nap, because I was still sleepy. After I woke and had some coffee I got back to work on the bay leaves. By the time House Capuchin folks started showing up it was in totes instead of all over the floor and by the end of the day there was a basket of perfect leaves drying, a tote of imperfect ones that will mostly get crunched or ground and a tote of sticks that I’m stripping of bark. I also managed a little more work on pincushions. Tempus mostly was catching up on dishes.

Yule motif 1207 08 mistletoe childToday we have more work to do on the car, bills, getting some more stock out (the new stuff had to be washed) and then we have Wicca 101 tonight.

Ken Gagne from 11/23/16 I’ve had tried and tried to get a pic of this pond that we see twice a day on our way to and from the shop, but never managed it. He did!

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Today’s Plant is Miner’s Lettuce, Claytonia perfoliata (aka winter purslane, or Indian lettuce). It’s a plant native to our area, growing and blooming in our soggy spring and drying out and dying back in the summer. I’ve seen it re-bloom in the fall. 200px-Claytonia_sibirica_EglintonIt’s a leaf vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked like spinach. It’s really choice in salads and very high in vitamin C. It got the name because the Gold Rush miners ate it to prevent scurvy, since they really weren’t eating right. Like any lettuce or most of the salad greens it’s Feminine and Water, but as any high Vitamin C food, its planet correspondence is the Sun. – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miner%27s_lettuceMore on the genus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia

Sinterklaas Mikulas YuleMikulas Eve (MEE-coo-lahsh) is held the night before the Feast of St. Nicholas. In the Czech Republic, this is the equivalent of Halloween in the US. The Christmas Markets are up in every square, huge trees in front of hotels and municipal buildings and the shopping areas light up at night as bright as day. There are cookies and candies and candles in every shop window and greenery everywhere that it can be placed. On the night of December 5th, though, you will see small groups of children, about the same age as our trick-or-treat-ers, dressed up and going from door to door. Often “professionally” costumed groups show up in the hotels and markets for the tourists, but everywhere else, it’s whichever children decide to. One child is in a bishop’s robe, with a crook and miter and long white beard, usually of cotton wool. Another child is dressed all in white (called Andelicka, “Little Angel), sometimes with wings, but usually with a red sash and a wreath on her head, sometimes with lighted candles, who has a basket of dukati. A third child is dressed all in black or brown (the Sasak (SAH- shahk, the imp), is liberally smudged with soot and carries a sack, chains and either a whip or a bundle of switches. There are some other characters that occasionally show up, such as Death, the Turk, the Lost Knight, the Old Soldier, a violinist, the Miser, the Dancer, the Smart Little Maid (all characters from Czech folklore) but usually just the first three. They give goodies to small children, if “they’ve been good” and if the parents report that they have not been good, the Sasak will growl at them and threaten to pop them in his sack loaded with chains to drag them off to the “cold places”. One thing that struck me was that they collect money and goodies, not for themselves, (although they are often invited in for hot chocolate or cider and kolachki (pastries) but to pass on to other children, UNICEF, or to the food bank instead of the personal greed that our celebration gets into. More on other celebrations of this day here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Nicholas#Belgium.2C_the_Netherlands_and_the_Lower_Rhineland_.28Germany.29 plus the articles that follow on “German speaking countries” and “Central Europe”.

Mine - Yule PentacleThe shop opens at 11am! Winter Hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waxing Crescent MoonWaxing 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 12/13 at 4:06pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 12/7 at 1:03am. 

120316-astroAt nightfall, look lower right of the Moon for Mars and much farther lower right from there for bright Venus. Meanwhile, well to the Moon’s lower left is Fomalhaut.
113016-jupiter-astro Jupiter’s Great Red Spot side on November 30th. South is up. As Jupiter comes back into good telescopic view in the morning sky, it’s showing a huge white zone south of the brownish South Equatorial Belt, but nothing like that in the northern hemisphere. A very small telescope should be able to show the difference. Notice little orange Oval BA just to the Red Spot’s upper left (south preceding) side.
Astro uranusAstro neptuneUranus (magnitude 5.7, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) are high on the southern side of the sky just after dark. Info and finder charts.

Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder  Nov 25 – Dec 22
Rune Runic Month 23 Is IsaRunic 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

Sun in CapricornSun in Capricorn
Moon in AquariusMoon in Aquarius enters Pisces at 8:31pm.
Ceres (12/9) and Uranus (12/29), Vesta (3/7) Retrograde
Color: Silver

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elderberry flower RuisRuis  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.

plant red elderberry RuisElder 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.

plant motif Elderberry RuisThe 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).

070116-stella-red-elderberryRuis – Elder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: Makeup days of the thirteenth Moon
Color: Red
Class: Shrub
Letter: R
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.

elder month Husband_and_wife_trees - Blackthorn Ruisto 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

Mistletoe SilverBirch Unhewn StoneSecret of the Unhewn Stone, Dec 23 – (This is the blank day in this calendar, the one day of the year that is not ruled by a tree and its corresponding Ogham alphabet character. Its name denotes the quality of potential in all things.)

Graves (1966) makes a case for an additional “blank” ogham, “the unhewn dolmen arch”, which he assigns to the mistletoe, a plant for 800px-Mistletoe_Abundance_Wye_Valleywhich there is abundant evidence of its ritual importance to the Celts. There are two common mistletoes in Europe, both of which live as parasites on trees. The common mistletoe (Viscum album L.) parasitizes many tree species, including oaks in the western part of its range. It forms white berries between Samhain and Yule. The yellow-berried mistletoe (Loranthus europaeus L.) does Mistletoe 12-23 Celtic Tree Month huath motif-plant-tree-xmasnot extend to western Europe. It is found primarily on oaks. It is most likely the “golden bough”, being more common in the eastern Mediterranean than the common mistletoe. The common mistletoe has been cultivated in North American for the Yule trade, and there are several native mistletoes in the genus Phoradendron. Mistletoes are in the Mistletoe family (Viscaceae).

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M    5     High   4:38 AM     6.8   7:37 AM    Rise 11:55 AM      24
~     5      Low  10:11 AM     3.5   4:37 PM     Set 10:44 PM
~     5     High   3:37 PM     6.8
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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the Name of the All-Mother: I will sow my seed and prepare for the crop that I expect.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – December journal Prompt – Write about, “Best day of 2016”

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Quotes

~  Prayer does not use up artificial energy, doesn’t burn up any fossil fuel, doesn’t pollute. Neither does song, neither does love, neither does the dance. ~ Margaret Mead
~  The chances of finding out what’s really going on in the universe are so remote, the only thing to do is hang the sense of it and keep yourself occupied. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~  He that would be superior to external influences must first become superior to his own passions. – Samuel Johnson
~  Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you? – Fanny Brice

A metaphysician is one who, when you remark that twice two makes four, demands to know what you mean by twice, what by two, what by makes, and what by four. For asking such questions metaphysicians are supported in oriental luxury in the universities, and respected as educated and intelligent men. – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) US writer

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divider yule Yule Magick – Lore – Yule Tide, The Winter Solstice

The modern word Yule descends from the Germanic ‘Yula’, meaning ‘wheel’ of the year or sun. Yule occurs in the dead of winter, on the Winter Solstice (generally around December 21) when the world has reached its darkest time. And in the midst of this darkness springs hope, light, and flame. It is said that the darkest hour is just before dawn and the holiday of Yule acknowledges and counts on this as the world awaits the rebirth of the sun. Dates vary Yuletide, but it is generally thought to last about twelve days after the actual solstice.

Yule is the holiday dedicated to the birth of the Sun God, who is the son of the good who died the year before. The Christian holiday of Christmas is not much different. Both holidays celebrate the birth of God’s son and both holidays have many of the same customs. Of course, as with anything there are differences. For example, as written by the Anglo-Saxon chronicler Bede, the first night of the fest was entitled “Mothernights” and dedicated to Frigga and the disir (fore-mothers). This implies that the celebration of the goddess was every bit as important as the celebration of the return of the god. However, the similarities are so strong that Martin Luther and John Calvin both hated the celebration and spoke out strongly against it. The Purtians would not even acknowledge that the holiday existed and the celebration of Christmas was actually illegal in Boston at one time.

Amongst the those who follow the old Germanic ways, Yule is the most important holiday of the year. It is believed that this is the time when the deities are closest to Midgard (the middle world where humans live). The Germanic gods are referred to as the “Yule Beings,” and Odin himself is titled, “Jolnir,” or “Yule-One.” To the Germanic people, Yule is similar to the Celtic Samhain in that this was the time when their dead are free to pay visits and when magic beings such as Elves and trolls are thought to run free. These spirits and beings have to either be welcomed into the home or warded against as the householders see fit. If they are welcomed, they will be ritually driven from the house at the end of Yuletide to enforce the return of normalcy in the world. Yule is the time of year when the Wild Hunt of Wodan rides most fiercely and it is the border between years when the fates of men are set.

In Ancient Rome, the holiday of Saturnalia was celebrated in mid-winter. The day was dedicated to the god Saturn and featured street celebrations and feasting. Homes were decorated with greenery and strands of lights abound. Also popular was the exchange of small gifts thought to bring luck on the recipient. The remnants of these customs are still strong in the modern celebration of Christmas despite the lengths that the Church went to in attempting to make Christmas a solemn day.

To the Celtic peoples, Yule was the time when the Oak King defeated the Holly King. In the Celtic custom, the Holly King represents death and darkness while the Oak King stands for rebirth and life. Hence, with the Oak King returned to power light shall become prevalent and life return to the earth. It is a time of joy and hope. Yule is a holiday meant to uplift spirits weary from winter and a time to appreciate the wonders that will come with the spring.

There are many customs of Yuletide practiced by the Germans, the Celts, the Romans, and later much of the world under the guise of a Christian holiday.

One of the oldest customs is that of the Yule Log. A log of wood, usually Ash or Oak, is brought into the house. Carvings are placed on it to bring protection and luck to the house and every family member is allowed to make a wish upon it. The log is then placed on the hearth where it is to burn for no less than twelve hours and preferably until dawn. It’s ashes and rekindling pieces are saved to place about the house or to be made into pendants for protection though out the year. This custom seems to date back to through the Roman Saturnalia and possibly even to ancient Egypt. This was well before the spread of Christianity although Christians have claimed that Martin Luther or Saint Benefice started the custom.

The most obvious custom of Yule to remain as a Christmas tradition is the Yule or Christmas tree. It was a Germanic custom that spread into most of Europe well before Christianity. A pine or fir tree would be decorated with candles and tokens. Presents where sometimes left under the trees to be anonymously received buy those indicated. Originally, these trees where left outside, but after the spread of Christianity began many moved their trees indoors to avoid notice. A candle lit and ribboned wreath was sometimes used as a smaller reminder of the season.

Plants of the Yule season are traditionally the evergreen, holy, ivy, and mistletoe. The mistletoe was seen by the Celtic Druids to be magical aphrodisiac (I stress the magic since mistletoe is lethal to ingest) and a symbol of fertility. It should thus be obvious that any maiden standing beneath a sprig of mistletoe would be expecting more than to be kissed.

However, such albeitly pleasant activities as these fertility rituals where not the focus of the ancient Yule celebrations. It was a time of magic and ritual, but also of games and riddles. Divinations were cast for the coming Spring both through ritual means and through good-natured taunting and wagering. Caroling was popular and the carolers expected rewards, usually in the form of alcohol, from the houses they visited. Alcohol was important as there was much drinking at these celebrations the amount of which was rivaled only by how much people tried to eat. The most traditional solid forming was wild boar (the hunting of which was often a ritual in itself) and the most popular of liquids mulled wines and the wassail cup, whose name comes from an Anglo-Saxon term meaning “Be whole or hale.” ]

Another Germanic tradition was that of the Yule-oath. A hallowed bear, which was considered the emblem of Freya and Frey, was brought forth into the hall and oaths where sworn upon it. This custom is still alive in Sweden although it has begun to loose popularity in this century. The oaths sworn on the bear were considered even stronger in binding than those sworn at other times of the year due to the proximity of the deities. Particularly binding oaths would also be sworn on a horn or cup while drinking at the Yule feast. It is thought that this custom is very likely to be the forefather of the New Year’s Resolution practiced in the modern world.

Yule is a time for hope, joy, and celebration. And like Christmas it has become a time of caring and gift. It is a time to forget differences and come together in peace.

May the deity/concept of your choice bless you this Yule.

Christmas, December 25

Few people on Earth do not know the story of the infant born in a stable one night in Bethlehem. We have all heard of the angels who cried out to shepherds to announce his birth. We have heard of the wise men who came bearing gifts. And we all know who this child grew up to be.

Whether we accept this as historical fact or view it as a myth or fiction, the holiday that commemorates this birth effects all of those who live in the Western world. It is impossible to completely escape the Christmas songs, the lights, the goofy seasonal clothing, the greeting cards, the shopping crazes, the street side Santas, and the television specials without moving out into the middle of the woods and not having any human contact from mid-November to January.

Christmas wasn’t always _the_ holiday of the year and it really hasn’t had an easy time of it. Christmas has had many hurdles to overcome to be such a prevalent holiday and I’m not just talking about Scrooge and the Grinch. Martin Luther openly condemned the holiday for it’s pagan connections and traditions, many of which dated back to ancient Egypt . (For more information read my Yule essay.) John Calvin viewed the holiday to be a sacrilege and the Puritans of New England completely refused to acknowledge that the Christmas holiday existed. However at some points in time, they must have changed there minds about this because the British Parliament under Oliver Cromwell acknowledged it so far as to prohibit it by law in 1654 as did another Puritan government in Boston.

Of course, the first problem that Christmas had was that no one was quite certain when they were supposed to be celebrating it. Tradition held that Jesus had been born on the twenty-fifth, but nobody knew of which month. Sometime in the 200 or 300’s, Rome decided to name the month to be December. This was presumably to coincide with the Roman Mithraic celebrations and with the Germanic and Celtic Yule since at the time no pretense seems to have been made that it was the historical birth date. The Eastern branch of the Church rejected this date because Biblical evidence goes against this date. Why, they asked, would shepherds be tending their flocks by night in the dead of winter? Why tend them by night at all unless it where the lambing season, which would be in the spring?

Of course, since Rome was the center of Christianity, the December date eventually grew in prominence. In 529, Emperor Justinian named Christmas to be a civic holiday. Work and public business not associated with the celebration of the holiday (i.e. cooks, bakers, entertainers, etc.) was strictly forbidden. (Which implies that policing forces where also exempt.) 563 brought a decree from the Council of Braga that fasting on Christmas was prohibited and in 567 the Council of Tours elected the twelve days from December 25th to Epiphany to be sacred. Hence, in the Middle Ages, Christmas was not one day to take off work and spend with your family, but twelve days of celebration. This is, of course, where we get the song, “Twelve Days of Christmas,” from. In some areas of the world, it is still proper to erect your Christmas tree on Christmas Eve and leave it up until a week after New Years for this very reason. In older times, the Twelfth Night brought great festivities and it is certainly a pity that the tradition was lost.

In modern days, Christmas has deviated from being a religious holiday into taking up the aspects of a secular one. A secular holiday open to all faiths (or lack thereof) celebrating good will, charity, and the spirit of giving. And of course, the spirit of shopping and demanding, but all things have their negatives. Hallmark tells us that people have been sending Christmas cards since 1843 and it is now expected that everyone do it. A popular cartoon clearly states, “Today we learned the true meaning of Christmas…. Presents!” and if one fails to produce a gift for Aunt Whosit, whom one never really liked much anyway, the family will completely understand why she gets in such a snit. We sandwich ourselves in the midst of gigantic shopping mobs while the mall speakers declare that now is a time of peace on Earth. Perhaps one day people will look back on us and say, “In the twentieth century, people held great festivals of shopping sprees, uniting together in joyous celebration of gift hunting.” I for am hoping that instead they will say something like, “For some reason, the people of the twentieth century developed the materialistic side of Christmas to the point that it drove most of them into holiday breakdowns. Shortly after the turn of the century it was realized that this was ridiculous and that the negativity was canceling the good will the holiday was meant to promote. So gradually people turned from this materialism and returned to the original goals of peace, harmony, good will, and happiness.” But, then I’ve never been much of a realist.

At any rate,

Merry Christmas!

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Daily Stuff 12-4-16 St Barbara

Lighted House Count – 84
Hi, folks!

House Capuchin Project Day from Noon to 6pm.

weather rain steadyA lone heron was standing in an unbroken sheet of water right in the middle of the bay. The sand flats are covered at the moment, but it *looked* like he was walking on water.🙂 There’s a steady rain coming down, flattening the waves and little wind even down by the water. It’s cold. 44F shouldn’t be, but with the rain, it feels like it. We’ve gotten well over 6/10’s of an inch since midnight and there’s no let-up in sight until this evening.

motif plant flower season yule poinsettiaYesterday started early and ended late. We didn’t head home until nearly 11pm. I’m still working my way through the web pages associated with my Pincushions pamphlet. We also got a big delivery of bay from a lady who had topped a tree and I spent quite some time cutting that up. Again, there’s more to do. I made a bean/lentil stew, too, which is going to be some dinners for a few days. Tempus made a loaf of bread and started working on some dishes.

Yule motif 1207 01 wreathToday I have a Wicca student in a few minutes and then the project day all afternoon. I’m going to have to work on the bay and the mistletoe and more on pincushions….

From 11/21/15 up the North Fork of the Yachats River, by Ken Gagne

112115 North Fork Yachats Ken Gagne

book orn 113A couple of years ago, as a Yule Gift to all of you, I wrote up a description of how I make ornaments out of small books. These are a fun craft. If you start with a small book that suits the person you’re making it for (try bookstores, but the pharmacy across the street from us has ’em in the gift section!) or one with special nostalgic significance, you can have an inexpensive gift (or 6!)  in an afternoon. Go to this page: http://wp.me/P2xgQ8-H8 Look for this picture and click on the link below the picture (clicking the title will do nothing, clicking the pic will take you only to the pic!) …and there are a lot more tutorials on the page! Or go straight to the PDF https://ancientlightshop.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/yule-gift-2012-book-ornaments2.pdf

220px-Delphinium_pavonaceumThe local larkspurs, delphinium trollifolium, and delphinium pavonaceum (which the Wiki article says is confined to the Valley, but I’ve collected out here….) are pretty flowers in shade of white, blue and purple. They’re called delphiniums after the shape of the nectary. More here  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_trolliifolium and here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_pavonaceum Other names are Larksheal and Staggerweed – Feminine, Venus, Water – The flowers frighten away venomous creatures and ghosts. Sprinkle between your eyes and a Litha fire to keep your sight clear. Use in rituals to call upon Dolphin energy.

St-barbaraToday is the feast of St. Barbara. This Virgin, & Martyr was Born in the mid third century somewhere in the Roman Empire and died in early fourth century to late third century, executed by her father for becoming a Christian. Her feast, on December 4 is no longer on Roman Catholic calendar, because they can’t prove she existed. Her symbols are  a three-windowed tower, a palm branch,  a chalice, or lightning. She is the Patron Saint of prisoners, architects, artillerymen and mathematicians. At various points in history her stories have probably been confused with pagan deities. In many of the Central European countries today, each family member will cut a twig from a tree that blooms and/or fruits. (My grandparents did this every year.) These are put in water in a warm place and the number of blossoms foretell the winter’s weather. The person whose twig blooms the most is said to be the favorite of the Goddess (usually listed as Mary….) More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Barbara

Mine - Yule PentacleThe shop opens at 11am! Winter Hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waxing Crescent MoonWaxing 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 12/13 at 4:06pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 12/7 at 1:03am. 

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astro Piscis_Austrinus fomalhaut.svgThe Moon shines about 5° or 6° to the right of little orange Mars in early evening, with Venus blazing far to their lower right. Farther to the Moon’s lower left, you’ll find twinkly Fomalhaut.
Astro venusVenus (magnitude –4.2, crossing from Sagittarius into Capricornus) is the bright white “Evening Star” blazing in the southwest during and after twilight.

Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder  Nov 25 – Dec 22
Rune Runic Month 23 Is IsaRunic 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

Sun in CapricornSun in Capricorn
Moon in AquariusMoon in Aquarius
Ceres (12/9) and Uranus (12/29), Vesta (3/7) Retrograde
Color: Yellow

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elderberry flower RuisRuis  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.

plant red elderberry RuisElder 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.

plant motif Elderberry RuisThe 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).

070116-stella-red-elderberryRuis – Elder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: Makeup days of the thirteenth Moon
Color: Red
Class: Shrub
Letter: R
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.

elder month Husband_and_wife_trees - Blackthorn Ruisto 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

Mistletoe SilverBirch Unhewn StoneSecret of the Unhewn Stone, Dec 23 – (This is the blank day in this calendar, the one day of the year that is not ruled by a tree and its corresponding Ogham alphabet character. Its name denotes the quality of potential in all things.)

Graves (1966) makes a case for an additional “blank” ogham, “the unhewn dolmen arch”, which he assigns to the mistletoe, a plant for 800px-Mistletoe_Abundance_Wye_Valleywhich there is abundant evidence of its ritual importance to the Celts. There are two common mistletoes in Europe, both of which live as parasites on trees. The common mistletoe (Viscum album L.) parasitizes many tree species, including oaks in the western part of its range. It forms white berries between Samhain and Yule. The yellow-berried mistletoe (Loranthus europaeus L.) does Mistletoe 12-23 Celtic Tree Month huath motif-plant-tree-xmasnot extend to western Europe. It is found primarily on oaks. It is most likely the “golden bough”, being more common in the eastern Mediterranean than the common mistletoe. The common mistletoe has been cultivated in North American for the Yule trade, and there are several native mistletoes in the genus Phoradendron. Mistletoes are in the Mistletoe family (Viscaceae).

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide    Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time       Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
Su   4     High   3:51 AM     6.8   7:36 AM    Rise 11:19 AM      16
~     4      Low   9:14 AM     3.6   4:37 PM     Set  9:40 PM
~     4     High   2:45 PM     7.3
~     4      Low   9:49 PM     0.3

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Say yes to Freedom!

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – December journal Prompt – Write about, “Fave photo of 2016”

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Quotes  

~  I could never stay long enough on the shore; the tang of the untainted, fresh, and free sea air was like a cool, quieting thought. – Helen Keller
~  You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. – Mae West
~  Things are seldom what they seem, / Skim milk masquerades as cream. – Sir William Gilbert (1836-1911) English Playwright and Poet.
~  A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who cannot read. – Mark Twain

My Moon Song

I am an ocean in Your fullness
Full of life and Your creations.

I am a lake in Your waning
With gentle laps against the shore.

I am a stream in Your newness
Trickling over rocks and telling tales

I am a river in Your waxing
Charging back towards ocean’s roars. ~Written and Submitted by Wren~

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divider yule Yule Magick – Recipes

Sun Up Egg Squares – Set this up the night before and just pop it into the oven!

1 pound pork sausage, cooked & drained
1 1/4 cups bisquick
4 ounces mushrooms, sliced
12 eggs
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1 cup milk
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 teaspoon each; pepper, oregano

  1. Layer the sausage, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, and cheese in a well greased 13″x9″x2″ baking dish.
  2. Beat together the remaining ingredients in a non-metal bowl and pour over sausage mixture.
  3. Bake, covered, in a 350 degree oven until golden brown and set (about 30 minutes).
  4. Cut into 12 3-inch squares. Serves 12, can be halved.

½ recipe

½  pound pork sausage, cooked & drained
½ cup and 1 tablespoon bisquick
2 ounces mushrooms, sliced or one small can
6 eggs
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1/2 cup milk
1 medium tomatoes, chopped
¾  teaspoon salt
1 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 teaspoon each; pepper, oregano  ( I would use Italian seasoning)
Morning Julegroed
4 cups milk
A couple of almonds, finely chopped
1 rounded teaspoon of butter/margarine
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup washed white rice
A pinch of cinnamon powder
1/2 cup thick cream

  1. In a large saucepan, heat the milk until boiling.
  2. Add butter/margarine, then add the rice and turn down the heat.
  3. Cover with lid, and let rice simmer slowly for about one hour or until the milk is absorbed.
  4. Transfer to a non-metal bowl and fold in the cream and almonds.
  5. Serve in small bowls with sugar and cinnamon sprinkled on top.

The Bartlett Yule Bowl

For 4 people

  • 1 cup of mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 cup of crunched hazelnuts (not looking for small pieces, just smaller….)
  • ½ cup of semi-sweet or dark chocolate morsels
  • ¼ of shredded coconut
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  1. Put oranges, hazelnuts, and chocolate morsels in a bowl and mix.
  2. Sprinkle with coconut.
  3. Grate nutmeg over the top

For breakfast serve over sweetened scalded milk cheese or cottage cheese.

For a dessert can be served by the bowl or over vanilla ice cream.

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Light Bulbs – Q: How many Family traditionalists does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Kerosene was was good enough for grandma, it’s good enough for us!

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Daily Stuff 12-3-16 Bona Dea

Lighted House Count – 83
Hi, folks!

plant motif hanging herbmotif sewing Pin tomatoHerbs at 11am! Sewing at 3pm!

part sun weather motifIt’s rather grey and gloomy, but the sky isn’t blank. It’s filled with bits and chunks of different levels of cloud. Sometimes there’s even a bit of sunshine! 47F and 1/10 of an inch of rain yesterday, none today so far. Today is a bit of a break from the usual winter weather and then right back into it tomorrow.

motif seasonal yule dog and lightsYesterday was long and a lot of little stuff happened. I’m still working on getting the sample pincushions for WDW#4 finished. Tempus is still working on the car. Other than that, nothing particularly interesting.🙂

motif yule holiday lightsWe’ve already been out at a yard sale. I saw some drop spindles that I’m interested in and a warping board and bought some bowls and pitchers and such along with a bunch of pint canning jars. Herbs today will be about mistletoe and then Sewing later on pincushions. Come in and make one! The shop will be open into the early evening, at least.

Yachats Sunset on 11/30/15 Ken Gagne

113015 Ken Gagne Sunset

Today’s Plant is Cascade penstemon, or coast penstemon, Penstemon serrulatus.A member of the plantain family, this was used by the 1st nations peoples as a medicinal remedy for toothache. It’s common name, “Beardtongue” is because the flower appears to be sticking out it’s hairy tongue! It has a lovely flower, and is a semi-deciduous shrub, which usually is very short, unlike many shrubs. Penstemon_serrulatus1The tender shoots that the flowers grow on often get frost-nipped so only survive for a year or so, with the rest of the plant surviving below the level of surrounding plants, acting as a perennial ground-cover. – Feminine, Venus, Earth – Use for headaches, particularly headaches coming from tooth pain or infection by binding the herb with red wool and/or putting it into a red cloth pouch and bind to the head, or even put into your pillowcase at bedtime. You can put a leaf in your shoes to help with the effects of standing on them too long. Roots protect from snakebite and a bunch of the flowers will chase negativity away, particularly that coming from outside. Iow, it won’t do much for a bad mood…. More on Penstemon here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penstemon

Bona Dea Feast Tellus_-_Ara_PacisToday’s feast is to Bona Dea, the Good Goddess! This was an exclusively women’s religious festival. Men could be punished with blindness for profaning the rites. Bona Dea’s true name and face, due to her modesty, were unknown to men. She was the goddess of virtuous womanhood, venerated by everyone from emperors to slaves, but mostly by women, children and plebs. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bona_Dea

magick motif slav Kolovrat RodnoverDay of Remembrance for Bogatir Svatogor – Studen (December) 3 – The date refers back to the time of the Great Barrow Gulbishe and the first fight with Pechenegs. Awesome were the honors at the funeral for this great noble warrior. His implements and armor were gigantic, twice as large as the ordinary in size. Today, say a toast to this great warrior. (Bogatir: “Greatest Hero” in Old Russian )

Mine - Yule PentacleThe shop opens at 11am! Winter Hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Dianas Bow MoonWaxing 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 12/13 at 4:06pm. Diana’s BowOn 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 12/3 at 4:18pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 12/7 at 1:03am. 

120316-astroFor the next two evenings, the thickening crescent Moon shines above Venus during and after dusk. They’re once again about 7° apart for the Americas.
Astro mercuryMercury(magnitude –0.5) is very deep in the bright afterglow of sunset, 20° or 25° to the lower right of Venus. Binoculars will help.

Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder  Nov 25 – Dec 22
Rune Runic Month 23 Is IsaRunic 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

Sun in CapricornSun in Capricorn
Moon in AquariusMoon in Capricorn enters Aquarius at 11:44am
Ceres (12/9) and Uranus (12/29), Vesta (3/7) Retrograde
Color: Black

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elderberry flower RuisRuis  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.

plant red elderberry RuisElder 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.

plant motif Elderberry RuisThe 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).

070116-stella-red-elderberryRuis – Elder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: Makeup days of the thirteenth Moon
Color: Red
Class: Shrub
Letter: R
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.

elder month Husband_and_wife_trees - Blackthorn Ruisto 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

Mistletoe SilverBirch Unhewn StoneSecret of the Unhewn Stone, Dec 23 – (This is the blank day in this calendar, the one day of the year that is not ruled by a tree and its corresponding Ogham alphabet character. Its name denotes the quality of potential in all things.)

Graves (1966) makes a case for an additional “blank” ogham, “the unhewn dolmen arch”, which he assigns to the mistletoe, a plant for 800px-Mistletoe_Abundance_Wye_Valleywhich there is abundant evidence of its ritual importance to the Celts. There are two common mistletoes in Europe, both of which live as parasites on trees. The common mistletoe (Viscum album L.) parasitizes many tree species, including oaks in the western part of its range. It forms white berries between Samhain and Yule. The yellow-berried mistletoe (Loranthus europaeus L.) does Mistletoe 12-23 Celtic Tree Month huath motif-plant-tree-xmasnot extend to western Europe. It is found primarily on oaks. It is most likely the “golden bough”, being more common in the eastern Mediterranean than the common mistletoe. The common mistletoe has been cultivated in North American for the Yule trade, and there are several native mistletoes in the genus Phoradendron. Mistletoes are in the Mistletoe family (Viscaceae).

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Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide    Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time       Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
Sa   3     High   3:08 AM     6.8   7:35 AM    Rise 10:39 AM      9
3      Low   8:27 AM     3.5   4:37 PM     Set  8:40 PM
3     High   2:02 PM     7.6
3      Low   9:08 PM     0.0

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – High intention operates in the midst of freedom.  Freedom operates in the midst of high intention.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – December journal Prompt – Write about, “Light”

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Quotes  

~  The best cure for insomnia is plenty of sleep. – W. C. Fields
~  All children have creative power. – Brenda Ueland, U.S. author and writing teacher
~  A publisher who writes is like a cow in a milk bar. – Arthur Koestler (1905-1983) Hungarian writer
~  And where does magic come from? I think that magic’s in the learning. – Dar Williams

My Master, finding how profitable I was likely to be, resolved to carry me to the most considerable Cities of the Kingdom. Having therefore provided himself with all Things necessary for a long Journey, and settled his Affairs at Home; he took Leave of his Wife, and upon the 17th of August 1703, about two Months after my Arrival, we set out for the Metropolis, situated near the Middle of that Empire, and about three Thousand Miles distance from our House: My Master made his Daughter Glumdalclitch ride behind him. She carried me on her lap in a Box tied about her Waist. The Girl had lined it on all Sides with the softest Cloth she could get, well quilted underneath; furnished it with her Baby’s Bed, provided me with Linnen and other Necessaries, and made everything as convenient as she could. – Jonathan Swift; Gulliver’s Travels   Source

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divider yule Yule Magick – 

Five-Minute Winter Solstice Meditation by Stuart Wilde

The First Liberation is to make peace with the world. You can use the night of the winter solstice, December 21st. It is the most powerful day of the year. At midnight go outside or stand on a balcony and face north. Take an ice cube with you in your left hand. And place your right hand on your heart and take three deep breaths and relax.

Then in your mind’s eye, bring up anyone that you hold rancor or resentment toward – people that have ripped you off or treated you badly. Bring the first one in your mind’s eye and breath them in eleven times and as you breath out send them love and wish them well in life, release them from your energy. Then bring up the next one and so forth until you are done.

Then finally when you are finished, take eleven very special breaths for yourself; forgive yourself for any shortcomings and vow to become a better person in this next year.

The ice cube is there to remind you of the freezing cold ambience of hell. And as it melts in your hand it also reminds you how energy draining are anger, resentment and conflict.

Goddess Bless! GrannyMoon

Midwinter

In the darkness
The light is born anew.
In the silence
The call is heard aloud.
Let new life waken
Let dry husks crumble.
The end and the beginning are one.

Deepest night nourishes the seed of life
Waiting in the womb.
Patience breathes the rhythm that brings life.
Time stands still at the beginning
Poised, waiting for the moment’s first sigh.

We stand on the threshold of now
The past behind, the future before.
We are awake, yet dreaming
Hovering in the moment’s birth.
Let us be still and know

The treasure lies within our grasp
As long as we do not grasp it,
Ours, as long as we do not claim it.
As we are present in the precious moment
So we become the peace we seek.
Between sleeping and waking
We call out our dream
And the seed grows to become all that we are. – Blessed Be. © Tasha Halpert

Christmas is not in tinsel

Christmas is not in tinsel and lights and outward show.
The secret lies in an inner glow.
It’s lighting a fire inside the heart.
Good will and joy a vital part.
It’s higher thought and a greater plan.
It’s glorious dream in the soul of man. – Wilfred A. Peterson

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – An artist, a lawyer, and a computer scientist

An artist, a lawyer, and a computer scientist are discussing the merits of a mistress.
The artist tells of the passion, the thrill which comes with the risk of being discovered.
The lawyer warns of the difficulties. It can lead to guilt, divorce, bankruptcy. Not worth it. Too many problems.
The computer scientist says “It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me. My wife thinks I’m with my mistress. My mistress thinks I’m home with my wife, and I can spend all night on the computer!”

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