Daily Stuff 12-30-12 Key plus Fish

Hi, folks!

weather sun faceThe eastern sky started with a pale lemon color and lavendar above it. It’s begun to turn blue, but there’s a solid block of cloud all along the horizon. …Now it’s starting to blush. It’s only 36F and the roof next door is covered with frost, but I don’t see any on the ground or plants. ….now, the edges of the clouds are orange. …and eye-hurting white…. and now the sun is up. It’s only 36F!

motif bird juncoLots of juncos this morning. Birds don’t have much seed. I asked Tempus to fill it, but he’s been making coffee and starting a bread loaf and talking to Amor, our son that’s Air Force, stationed in Alaska. We were just talking a minute ago about how even though our sunrise was at 8am, it’s going to be nearly 10am for him before it’s up!

StrawflowerWe got to the shop around 10:30 and opened up right away, yesterday. By 11am Fawkes and Tempus were off for Newport again, shopping for supplies and also to get a new key made to replace the one that Fawkes snapped off in his truck doorlock Friday night. Tempus fished the piece out of the lock before we left the house. I settled in to catching up on paperwork.

plant flower HarmelThen for about 2 hours I was *busy*! I had people in looking at books and jewelry and all kinds of other things. The guys got a new key made and did a little shopping. When they got back Tempus and I got some chores done while Fawkes went across the street to the bookstore. I got a nap and then we were both doing paperwork for a while as Fawkes slept.

plant flower MilfoilWe ended the day working on the window plants, since two of the big hanging plants really needed some TLC. One got put back up, but the other came home and is going to be replaced by one of the bathroom hanging plants for a while.

motif food burgerTempus made fries and burgers for dinner. He makes the *best* burgers! We talked for a while and then I got too sleepy to stay awake and turned in.

motif plant flower borage herbTempus is working today, so I’ll be at the shop by myself until he gets back. We won’t put the readings sign out until then. Fawkes heads home today, to, since he has to work tonight. It’s been wonderful having him here.

motif plant flower echinacea herbI’m really hoping that the newsletter will get back to normal tomorrow. I may end up putting the newsletter out and then doing an update mid-day to get the information back in.

I have a deal for those who are reading the newsletter. If you come in before the ornaments are counted and put away and mention the “newsletter special” I’ll give you an Anja-made ornament and 10% off of your purchase! This is *only* good until we’re finished putting away!

pajamasToday’s featured products are our Cafe Press designs. There are more than 30 designs available and you can get the designs printed on everything from t-shirts (in sizes newborn to 6x) to mugs, to bedding, to I-Pad covers, cards, journals, etc. One thing: while Cafe Press has a really good return policy, the return deadline is very short. Unpack and inspect right away! The first picture is the pajamas from the Happy Naked Pagan Dance design set. Next pic is several pieces that we got in as samples in the late fall. After that are the Mothers of Teenagers shot glass, a Novice Witches I-Pad cover and an Idol Speculation cocktail plate. …and there’s lots more here: http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight/4540487

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Feast day of St Egwin of Worcester – Egwin was a bishop who died at Evesham, England, in about 717; the story of his life bears some resemblance to that of St Adhelm. He was possibly a member of Mercian royal house, and thus a relative of King Ethelred. Appointed Bishop of Worcester in about 692, he founded a monastery at Evesham. This came about when the Virgin Mary was seen first by a herdsman, Eof, or Eoves (who was shown where to site a monastery), and then by Egwin himself in a meadow by the Avon River. The place name Evesham derives from the herdsman’s name. (It has been suggested by Peter Eaves that it might be that the name Eoves actually was a signifier of the man’s occupation as a swineherd – in Old English, eofor meant ‘boar’.)

Before setting out for Rome to defend himself again false accusations of strictness, he locked his feet in chains and threw the key into the River Avon. In Rome he went straight to the market and bought a salmon caught in the River Tiber. Miraculously, the key was in the belly of the fish. More here: http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/dec30.html here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egwin_of_Evesham  and here: http://saints.sqpn.com/sainte94.htm

wheel of the yearThe shop opens at 11am. Winter hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday. 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!

Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Waning Gibbous moonThe Moon is Waning Gibbous. Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 1/11 at 11:44am

Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth Birch  Dec 24 – Jan 20
EohRunic half-month of Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books

Sun in CapricornSun in Capricorn
Moon in GeminiMoon in Cancer entered Leo at 11:45pm last night
Ceres, Vesta, Jupiter Retrograde
Color: Orange

Harvest 12/30-31


©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


tree celtic month birchBeth Birch  Dec 24Jan 20 Beith – (BEH), birch – The silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) is the most common tree birch in much of Europe. It grows up to 30 m (100 feet) high, but is more often found in spreading clumps on sandy soils. It is one of the first trees to colonize an area after a mature forest is cut; this is probably a large part of its symbolic connection with new beginnings. It is cultivated in North America, often under the name of weeping birch. The common birch (B. pubescens Ehrh.) is almost as widespread as the silver birch, but grows primarily on acid or peaty soils. It can reach 20 m (65 feet) in height. Birches are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae). Curtis Clark
Beth – Birch – Ogam letter correspondences –
Month: November
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: B
Meaning: New Beginnings; Changes; Purification.

tree beech birch Celtic Tree MonthPhagos – Beech Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Orange-brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: PH, IO
Meaning: New experiences and information coming


WavesTides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                    Visible
Su  30     High   2:00 AM     7.0   7:52 AM     Set  8:59 AM      98
    30      Low   7:23 AM     3.2   4:46 PM    Rise  7:29 PM
    30     High   1:02 PM     8.0
    30      Low   7:59 PM    -0.3


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Do today what will not get done tomorrow or live in regret.


Poem –  ‘The Moon’
        By William Topaz McGonagall (see 1879 on Wilson’s Almanac, http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/dec28.html ), often claimed to be the world’s ‘best bad poet’

Beautiful Moon, with thy silvery light,
Thou seemest most charming to my sight;
As I gaze upon thee in the sky so high,
A tear of joy does moisten mine eye.

Beautiful Moon, with thy silvery light,
Thou cheerest the Esquimau in the night;
For thou lettest him see to harpoon the fish,
And with them he makes a dainty dish.

Beautiful Moon, with thy silvery light,
Thou cheerest the fox in the night,
And lettest him see to steal the grey goose away
Out of the farm-yard from a stack of hay.

Beautiful Moon, with thy silvery light,
Thou cheerest the farmer in the night,
and makes his heart beat high with delight
As he views his crops by the light in the night.

Beautiful Moon, with thy silvery light,
Thou cheerest the eagle in the night,
And lettest him see to devour his prey
And carry it to his nest away.

Beautiful Moon, with thy silvery light,
Thou cheerest the mariner in the night
As he paces the deck alone,
Thinking of his dear friends at home.

Beautiful Moon, with thy silvery light,
Thou cheerest the weary traveller in the night;
For thou lightest up the wayside around
To him when he is homeward bound.

Beautiful Moon, with thy silvery light,
Thou cheerest the lovers in the night
As they walk through the shady groves alone,
Making love to each other before they go home.

Beautiful Moon, with thy silvery light,
Thou cheerest the poacher in the night;
For thou lettest him see to set his snares
To catch the rabbit and the hares.

*[About the dates: In his autobiography, McGonagall writes that he was born in 1830: “I was born in the year of 1830 in the city of Edinburgh, the garden of bonnie Scotland”. However, in another memoir, ‘A Summary History of Poet McGonagall’, he gives his approximate date of birth as March, 1825. It seems most online sources accept the earlier year as authentic.

As to when he died, the photo of the memorial plaque to the poet in Dundee (also to be seen here) shows September 2 as his date of death. However, the Today in Literature biographical article and the Wikipedia article on McGonagall both have September 29.]


Newsletter SillinessSilliness – As we were coming down to the shop we were talking about stock and I mentioned that I’m low on quartz crystals and that we really needed to re-stock. Fawkes said, “In fact, a couple of quartz low?”

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