No workshops at Ancient Light today, but the Blue Mountain’s Sundance Society is doing a presentation at 2pm over at the Bridge Interpretive Center!
The phone rang at 6:30… no one there. <sigh> Not a good way to start a day…. It’s barely dawn. I can only see that it’s getting light if I turn off the study lights. It’s 39F, went down to 34 last night before I went to sleep. There’s almost no wind and it’s pretty clear, from what the computer says.
Yesterday started pretty well, except that I had a case of the clumsies and kept dropping and scattering things. The sky was full of the prettiest wisps of cirrus! We came down the seawall and I was watching for herons, since the tide was so low. I’ve seen at least one each day for weeks…. but none yesterday. We got the shop open, settled down to mail, and got checks written for shop bills, which Tempus took and paid.
We got started on the boxes, next, stuff that must not have been sorted since we moved, was first. I’ve been fumbling through, grabbing out holiday paper, but I found a couple of packs of photos from 1994-5. I gotta do some scanning. There were several “awwww” pictures in there, one of which was our youngest smeared with birthday cake from his first….
…and then I got told that the Triple Goddess was coming over to the shop to work in the back where I had stuff all spread out. So Tempus and I hurried through what we could, with me grumbling mightily because I hadn’t found the miscellaneous and sort boxes before we started stacking…..and then I took my bad temper up to the house and took a long nap and had a good lunch.
When I got moving again I went back down to the shop, but stopped by the sunset on the way. On the way down Range Drive I could see the orange ball of the sun through the trees, hanging right above the gunmetal blue of the ocean. As I pulled into Patterson Park the whole horizon was a marvelous rose pink and above that seemed green in contrast. There were ruffles of cloud on the horizon that glowed golden against the red that the pink turned to, just as the sun was slipping over the horizon, and a scribble of gold looking like steam from a teacup. There was a tiny flash of green as it slipped over, but the golds and oranges simply intensified.
I pulled out of the parking lot and rolled down to the shop, watching the twilight arch form. Tempus and I worked on sorting a few more things, talking about what all needs to be done over the next couple of days and then he put boxes away while I worked on pouches. I’ve got a few almost done. They just need cords and I got the ends of those glued while I was waiting. The holiday stock ended up under the rock table and the boxes of stuff that needs to be sorted got pulled out and put into the back, with some things being shifted to access them better. Ok, we’re ready for the weekend…not as ready as I wanted to be, but….
As we got home we looked up at the moon which had a white halo. Jupiter was high and bright and Sirius just coming up over the horizon was sparkling in every color. We had pork chops, baked potatoes and pickled beets for supper and I worked on Cafe Press stuff until I was getting sleepy.
So, I changed my mind about workshops today. I’m going to can the whole batch and just repeat today’s next Saturday . I have a counseling session scheduled this morning for 10am, which means we’re going to be open by then. Rowan and I are heading for the Valley around 12:30, anyway. I have *no* idea when we’re going to be back. It could be around 4:30. It could be around 10pm or even later. Tempus will be at the shop until I get back, so if you need to shop later, call, and he’ll keep the door unlocked.
A very short article with some good ideas: http://witchesandpagans.com/Pagan-Culture-Blogs/imbolc-with-the-littles.html
Today’s featured products are some of the stone/crystal pieces that we have at the shop. Most of these are in the case that faces the rest of the crystals. There’s an amethyst pyramid, that we have in several sizes, a labradorite/spectralite orb (small), a lapis handstone (we have several sizes of these, too, see the gold?) and an oakenite orb. We have a number of different orbs in quartz, and rose quartz and jasper as well as the representative sample here. Pyramids are in amethyst, quartz, rose quartz and lapis at the moment. One of our crystal suppliers that stops by every year is due this next time towards the end of February. If there’s something specific that you’re looking for, let me know, soonest, so I can ask her specifically about it. We’re usually last on her run so if something’s not specifically on the list she might not have any left!
Feast day of St Henry, Bishop of Uppsala (St Henry of England; Henry of Finland; Henry of Sweden; Henrik; Heikki; Piispa Henrik) Henry was the English-born bishop of Uppsala, Finland, who was martyred on January 20, 1156 by a Finnish soldier (or wealthy landowner) named Lalli whom he had just excommunicated for murdering a Swedish soldier. Legend says that Lalli had a long life – continually tormented by mice as a penance for his attack. More information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry,_Bishop_of_Uppsala
The shop opens at 11am although we’ll be there earlier. 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! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light or call the shop at 541-563-7154.
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 1/26 at 8:38pm. 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 at the Full on 1/25 at 8:38am.
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth Birch Dec 24 – Jan 20
Celtic Tree Month of Luis, Rowan, Jan 21 – Feb 17
Runic half-month of Peorth, 1/13-1/27. Feast of Brewing, Druidic Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.
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Beth Birch Dec 24 – Jan 20 Beith – (BEH), birch – The silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) is the most common tree birch in much of Europe. It grows up to 30 m (100 feet) high, but is more often found in spreading clumps on sandy soils. It is one of the first trees to colonize an area after a mature forest is cut; this is probably a large part of its symbolic connection with new beginnings. It is cultivated in North America, often under the name of weeping birch. The common birch (B. pubescens Ehrh.) is almost as widespread as the silver birch, but grows primarily on acid or peaty soils. It can reach 20 m (65 feet) in height. Birches are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae). Curtis Clark
Beth – Birch – Ogam letter correspondences –
Meaning: New Beginnings; Changes; Purification.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible Sa 19 High 6:01 AM 7.7 7:46 AM Set 1:23 AM 48 19 Low 1:05 PM 1.7 5:08 PM Rise 11:40 AM 19 High 7:03 PM 5.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Be happy, happiness brings balance and peace in world. It is part of the medicine Earth Mother needs to heal.
~ In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. – Albert Camus
~ It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide on what to do. – Elbert Hubbard
~ It is always your next move. – Napoleon Hill
~ It’s not enough to read and understand the concept of expressing full truth. It is crucial to BECOME that full truth. – Lauren Zimmerman
Our death is our wedding with eternity.
What is its secret? God is One.
The sun divides itself
Streaming through the different openings of the house;
But when these openings are closed, multiplicity vanishes.
Multiplicity exists in the separate grapes
But cannot be found in the juice that springs from the grape. – Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)
Magick – Imbolc Fire & Flame – Fire Safety
- It is a good idea to have a pail of water or a fire extinguisher close at hand when having a fire.
- Never leave candles lit and a blazing fire unattended.
- If you often light fires at your home, try growing an aloe vera plant, or keep some of the pure gel on hand in the fridge, to use as first aid for burns.
- Fires at the beach are popular in all seasons, and eliminate some of the risks of fires in the woods or in the meadow. Few people are aware of how to extinguish a beach fire safely, however. Covering up a beach fire with sand actually insulates the coals, keeping them burning through the night. Those hidden coals will still be red-hot in the morning waiting for an unsuspecting person to step on them. Always douse a beach fire with water – seawater works as well as fresh water – until there are no more live coals. Wait for the steam to clear; then using a stick, turn over all the coals to make sure no smoldering coals remain.
Kindling a Fire
This holiday is a good time to teach your older children how to set a fire and kindle a blaze. Most children are eager to help lay a fire, but may be too scared to light one. Using long matches often eases their fear, and with supervision they can become quite proficient at lighting fires.
Children are great at gathering wood.
A note of caution about burning found wood, however: Make sure you inspect the wood. Scrap plywood gives off toxic fumes, as does wood that has been painted or coated with urethane. Make sure the wood you are burning has not been coated with creosote. Creosote is a dark, often tarry preservative and is commonly found on wood washed up on the beach. Its fumes are toxic, and when burned, the treated wood creates a smoky, stinky blaze. Creosote is easy to identify by its smell, which resembles that of turpentine or paint thinner.
Egg Carton Fire Starters – Reuse all those old candle ends in this practical, convenient fire project suitable for outdoor fires, only. (Don’t burn wax in an indoor fireplace, it can cause chimney fires!)
You will need:
paraffin wax or beeswax (old candle stubs work great for this)
the bottom halves of cardboard egg cartons
sawdust, pine needles, scraps of cotton material, dry pinecones, or
Stuff each cardboard egg holder with sawdust or other flammable material.
Melt the wax in double boiler, over low to medium heat.
When the wax is melted, carefully pour the wax into each depression in the egg cartons. Make sure the wax does not overflow.
Stir gently with a bamboo skewer or other small stick to make sure that the wax reaches through the other combustibles.
After the wax has cooled down, use scissors to cut the fire starters apart from each other, leaving the hardened wax inside its cardboard shell.
To use, set one or two fire starters in your fireplace, surround with kindling and larger wood, and light. The fire starters will keep burning long enough to light even the most stubborn logs.
Tips – You can used powdered resins along with the other combustibles to give a lovely scent to the flames or line each cup with plucked off “petals” from cones. A wick can be inserted so that the fire can be started with a lighter. Make a bed of crumpled paper to set this on and continue as above.
Imbolc Ideas Having To Do With Fire by Starhawk, Anne Hill, and Diane Baker
Whether we circle around a hearth, outdoor bonfire, or kindle a blaze in a cast-iron cauldron, in the season of Brigit we welcome the return of light. Here are some suggestions for a safe and cheerful blaze.
Cauldron Fire – Any cast-iron pot can be made into a cauldron with a fire of Epsom salts and rubbing alcohol. This is a very safe blaze. [Anja’s note: …as long as it’s *tiny*! We had one of these in a standard 8” cauldron that sent flames 5 feet into the air!]
You will need:
a cast-iron pot of any size [I’d say 3” or smaller, actually]
a lid that fits snugly, for putting out the fire (or something heavy and heatproof that lies across the top of the cauldron)
bricks, hotplate or other heat-resistant material to set the cauldron on.
To keep the blaze going for 45 minutes in a five quart cauldron, you need 1/2 gallon of Epsom salts and approximately 4 to 6 pints of rubbing alcohol [they’re NUTS!…..this is WAY too much!!!!!]
- Once the cauldron is secured on a heat-proof surface, pour the Epsom salts in until the bottom is covered, approximately 1 inch deep.
- Pour rubbing alcohol over the salts until the alcohol is about an inch higher than the salts.
- Hold a lighted match just above the alcohol.
- The liquid will light and produce a strong orange flame. The flame burns cool, unlike a wood fire, and it is difficult to burn things in.
- When the flame gets low, cover to snuff out completely.
- Add more rubbing alcohol to the cauldron and relight carefully. The warmer the rubbing alcohol, the more quickly it ignites.
This fire recipe leaves a significant amount of sediment in the bottom of the cauldron. For this reason, it is best to dedicate a pot strictly for cauldron use.