Today is Black Friday. Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday. I’m running specials all weekend. If you mention something that you read in this newsletter and remind me of the special I will give you 10% off of your entire purchase and we do have some holiday specials up in the shop. This goes for online as well as in-store purchases, but I have to have payment in full by 6pm on Sunday, no checks through the mail…
Don’t forget to look for your Yule Gift from us on this page: https://ancientlightshop.wordpress.com/our-gift-to-you-tutorials/
It’s dim and grey, “Eet loooooks like rrrrrrrrrrrrrain!” (the last word sounded more like “wren”….) Babicka used to say. I was thinking yesterday during my time in the kitchen of how much I learned from her.
I was watching a hummingbird on the feeder. At one point yesterday when Tempus was setting out some leftovers for them there must have been 3-5 of them I kept warning him and he would say, “I can *hear* them!” Hummingbirds sometimes will attack if they think you’re after their food supply. I’ve had them grab my hair when I was working on the porch. Feisty little buggers….
Omg….cooking and cooking! I got the rest of the side dishes set up during the morning, but I had that dreaded un-thawed turkey issue. The bird finally went into the oven at 11am, when I had intended to have it in by 8am at the latest. So dinner ran late, but it was pretty darned good. I made stuffing with hazelnuts, water chestnuts, celery, onion and sunflower seeds (baked on the side), a pretty dish of sweet potato slices alternating with yam in butter, a savory dish of baked carrots with dill, a mixed veg casserole in a butter sauce, a pan of rolls, the turkey of course, and Marius and Sash both brought salad, plus we made 3 dozen deviled eggs that we ate while waiting for the turkey (that’s 18 eggs…) and had cranberry and other sauces and salad dressings.
We finally sat down around 4pm and were at table until nearly 6. The guys had said, “No pie!” because they were figuring there was plenty of food. Actually, we were all so stuffed afterwards, that while Tempus was taking Sash home (he got a ride into town, but walked up from the grocery) everyone else went to sleep and I only woke around 8:30, by which time Marius had headed home.
Robyne toddled off to bed around 9:30pm while I was making thumbprint cookies. I made them with red candied cherries, green candied cherries and Hershey’s Kisses, while the bread that Tempus put together was rising. Tempus was doing dishes while I was baking, and I spent time in between batches picking up and cleaning up. I got my last batch pulled just before 11 and “tinned” by 11:30, so I crawled into bed at that point. Tempus finished the bread, which put him in bed after midnight.
In between all of that I was still working on the newsletter files, talking with people on Facebook, talking with the guys and working on the embroidered biscornu. If I get far enough on that today I’m going to start taking some pictures….
Today Tempus is out working and I’m at the shop with Robyne, which means I’ll probably put the Readings sign out. I have some more pentacles (remember those from several days ago?) that I need to get pictures of, as well.
Today’s featured products are some of the ornaments, still. These are bead wreaths with various “stuff” in the center. The first one is one of my favorites, a wooden mouse. Btw, mention these over this weekend and you can have them for $2 each. They’re regularly $4.
The first recorded strike took place among pyramid labourers, Egypt, November 23, 1170 BCE – Today may be Black Friday, but with Walmart workers on strike, think about this before you buy.from any kind of big box store…
They say the Pharaohs built the pyramids.
Do you think one Pharaoh dropped one bead of sweat?
We built the pyramids for the Pharaohs
and we’re building for them yet. – Anna Louise Strong
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Waxing Gibbous. Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 11/28 at 6:46am. 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. Phase ends on 11/26 at 6:46pm.
Some pre-telescopic astronomy: Sometime between 6:30 and 8:30 this evening, depending on how far east or west you live in your time zone, bright Vega sinking in the northwest and bright Capella climbing in the northeast (well left of brighter Jupiter) will be at exactly the same height. How accurately can you time this event for your location? An astrolabe would help.
Saturn (magnitude +0.6, in Virgo) is lower left of bright Venus before and during dawn. They appear closer together every day. They’re on their way to a conjunction less than 1° apart on the American mornings of November 26th and 27th.
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal – Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22
Runic half month of Nyd – November 13- 27 – Time to prepare for winter.
Runic half-month of 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
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Ngetal Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl), reed – The term “reed” is used with great imprecision in North America, but it is clear that the reed of the ogham is the common reed (Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steudel). This is a giant grass, with stems as high as 4 m (13 feet). It grows in marshy areas, where it often forms dense stands. Like most other grasses, the vertical stems live only a single year, dying in the autumn and being replaced with new green shoots in the spring. The dead stems rattle and whisper in late autumn winds. Common reed has spread as a weed throughout the world; in North America it is widespread in cooler climates. Common reed is in the Grass family (Poaceae, or Gramineae). “The Reed Month, is said by some to be most favorable for communication with ancestral spirits and the strengthening of all family ties, with magickal associations with fertility, love, protection, and family concerns. ‘Thin and slender is the Reed. He stands in clumps at the edge of the river and between his feet hides the swift pike awaiting an unsuspecting minnow to come his way. In his thinness the reed resembles arrows that fly, silver-tipped, up into the unknown air to land at the very source that one had searched for all these years. Firing arrows off into the unknown is an expression of the desire to search out basic truths. If you loose off without direction, the place of landing will be random. If the firing off is carried out with the correct conviction, determination and sense of purpose, then the act becomes secondary to the event that comes both before and after the moment.'” Source: Earth, Moon and Sky
Ngetal – Reed Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Grass Green
Meaning: Upsets or surprises
to study this month Mor – the Sea Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: AE, X, XI, M
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 23 Low 2:06 AM 2.0 7:24 AM Set 2:39 AM 72
~ 23 High 8:30 AM 7.8 4:42 PM Rise 2:07 PM
~ 23 Low 3:22 PM 1.2
~ 23 High 9:22 PM 6.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Today I envision a world of peace and plenty.
~ A business that makes nothing but money is a poor kind of business. – Henry Ford
~ A fool and his money are soon elected. – Will Rogers (1879-1935) US actor, humorist
~ A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week. – George S. Patton, Jr. (1885-1945) US general
~ A life without love is like a year without summer. – Swedish Proverb
Under One Small Star
My apologies to chance for calling it necessity.
My apologies to necessity if I’m mistaken, after all.
Please, don’t be angry, happiness, that I take you as my due.
May my head be patient with the way my memories fade.
My apologies to time for all the world I overlook each second.
My apologies to past loves for thinking that the latest is the first.
Forgive me, distant wars, for bringing flowers home.
Forgive me, open wounds, for pricking my finger.
I apologize for my record of minuets to those who cry from the depths.
I apologize to those who wait in railway stations for being asleep today at five a.m.
Pardon me, hounded hope, for laughing from time to time.
Pardon me, deserts, that I don’t rush to you bearing a spoonful of water.
And you, falcon, unchanging year after year, always in the same cage,
your gaze always fixed on the same point in space,
forgive me, even if it turns out you were stuffed.
My apologies to the felled tree for the table’s four legs.
My apologies to great questions for small answers.
Truth, please don’t pay me much attention.
Dignity, please be magnanimous.
Bear with me, O mystery of existence, as I pluck the occasional thread from your train.
Soul, don’t take offense that I’ve only got you now and then.
My apologies to everything that I can’t be everywhere at once.
My apologies to everyone that I can’t be each woman and each man.
I know I won’t be justified as long as I live,
since I myself stand in my own way.
Don’t bear me ill will, speech, that I borrow weighty words,
then labor heavily so that they may seem light. ~ Wislawa Szymborska (Poems New and Collected)
Magick – Yule Correspondences
Symbolism – Rebirth of the Sun, The longest night of the year, The Winter Solstice, Introspect, Planning for the Future.
Symbols – Yule log, or small Yule log with 3 candles, evergreen boughs or wreaths, holly, ivy, fir trees, mistletoe hung in doorways, gold pillar candles, baskets of clove studded fruit, a simmering pot of wassail, poinsettias, christmas cactus.
Deities – Goddesses-Brighid, Isis, Demeter, Gaea, Diana, The Great Mother. Gods-Apollo, Ra, Odin, Lugh, The Oak King, The Horned One, The Green Man, The Divine Child, Mabon, Hathor, Hecate, Neith, Athene, Minerva, Ixchel, Osiris, Norns, Fates
Foods – Cookies and caraway cakes soaked in cider, Yule Cake (rich fruit cake), fruits, nuts, pork dishes, turkey, eggnog, ginger tea, mulled wine, spiced cider. 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
Incense – Pine, cedar, bayberry, cinnamon
Scents – violet, patchouli, rose geranium, frankincense, myrrh, lilac
Colours – Red, green, white or gold, silver, yellow, orange or blood red, white and black
Herbs – Bayberry, thistle, evergreen, frankincense, holly, ivy, laurel, mistletoe, oak, pine, sage, yellow cedar, holly, English ivy, fir
Flowers – holly, poinsettia, Christmas cactus
Trees – pine, fir, holly
Nature Spirits – snow faeries, storm faeries, winter tree faeries
Animals – mouse, deer, horse, bear
Birds – rook, robin, snowy owl
Stones – Rubies, bloodstones, garnets, emeralds, diamonds, serpentine, jacinth, peridot
Activities – Caroling, wassailing the trees, burning the Yule log, decorating the Yule tree, exchanging of presents, kissing under the mistletoe, honoring Kris Kringle (more commonly known nowadays as Santa Claus) the Germanic Pagan God of Yule.
Suggested Altar Decorations – Use a Green Altar cloth, with green and red God and Goddess candles. Decorate the Altar with evergreens, holly and ivy, fir tree boughs, and possibly your Yule Log. Use Ale or Mulled wine and rich fruit cake for your Cakes and Ale feast.
Power Flow – to endure, die, be reborn; Earth tides turning. Darkness. Personal alchemy. Spiritual paths – Reach out to friends and family, the lonely and needy.
Spellworkings of Yule – Peace, harmony, love, and increased happiness.
A lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store, but couldn’t find one big enough for her family. She asked a stock boy, “Do these turkeys get any bigger?”
The stock boy replied, “No ma’am, they’re dead.”