What sunshine there is is strained, and strained through clouds, so the shadows have soft edges and I had to turn the light on in the study. My eyes still aren’t really open and my fingers really stiff, so I’m having to go back and spell-check 6 words out of 10. I’m only just barely vertical and it’s already 9am. I needed the sleep, though.
It’s cold, 36F, but there’s no frost. that kinda says that we’re going to get rain. …which is predicted for this evening….and at 10am we’re up to 47F. …I got distracted by Facebook… <sigh> and at 11am it’s only 41F. What’s up with that?
I was watching the juncos in theirdark winter coats and the towhees that were throwing sunflower seed off the feeder onto the porch floor. One would stick its head into the feeder and come out with a seed. If it was millet, it would nibble contentedly until done and then grab another. If a sunflower seed, it would be dropped onto the porch, with contempt, the kind of contempt that says, “This isn’t even worth drop-kicking!” and then complain and squawk for a few before going after another seed. At one point two of them were doing it and they both stood there squawking until one made a “harumph” sound (that’s what the sound is, just translated into “human”) and the other jumped him for the insult. I don’t speak bird very well, but those comments during the flap and flutter had to have been unprintable, anyway!
Yesterday wasn’t all that busy at the shop. We had people in shopping, one of them a young man who finished at Angell Job Corps as of yesterday. He was on his way home and brought his folks in. Diana (Valley Coast Connection) stopped by late in the day to check in and Ruth Miller stopped in just before closing.
I spent quite a while doing inventory, all small stuff and quite a lot of time on Cafe Press, editing. I got another small set of things up, shop logo products. If you want to be doubly nice to us, they’re great for advertising what we do! I bought a car magnet for us and a coffee mug for the case from what’s sold over the last month. That was nice…. If you have requests for products, let me know.
I spent a while working on OCPPG. We’re trying to get ideas together. Please submit some! Suggesting a class you want to take or an activity that you’d like to be involved in is as valuable as teaching a class! One other thing…. I’d like some input on whether we should rent the community center for the potluck, for the potluck and some classes, or not at all. I just updated the blog page.
By the time I got that done and was starting on putting up the OCPPG2013 logo products (only barely started), Tempus was at Fred Meyer’s and doing the weekly shopping. He got back to the shop around 7:30 and we closed up and came home.
I’m going to put up some basics again, not the full range of products. The only ones that sold last year were sleepshirts and coffee mugs and one regular shirt, so those will go up first. I’m also contemplating a bumper sticker and a mousepad and we talked about doing either lapel stickers or buttons for attendees. As with the shop logo products, if you want something specific let me know! …and since the people that requested the underwear and skimpy shirts didn’t buy any, no I’m not putting those up again :-P. Btw, I’m starting to send out the “teacher letters”.
The ocean was roaring last night and the thermometer had said 44F as we were locking up. It’s been quiet in town in the evenings, only traffic noise, so I’m guessing that the roar means there’s some kind of interesting weather out at sea and moving in. Long scarves of cirrus were glowing just enough by the moonlight to tell they were there. The Moon was just at zenith and Jupiter was snuggled up close in the conjunction. The light was bright enough to see colors and that’s from a just-past-quarter waxing moon.
We’re heading back into Corvallis today, to do a filmed interview with the Pilgrim Studios people. A couple of nights ago I read something disturbing. Several people on Facebook *really* freaked out over the idea of pagans on reality TV. I pointed out that if the “normals” don’t get involved we’re going to be represented by Miss Cleo, punk vampires and Satanists…..hardly a good set of folks to work with, and not representative of the community. Do we *want* to be known as freaks? It will be *good* press for the Pagans of all stripes to be associated with a company that’s about the personalities and not the scandal and drama. At least that’s how I see it. Of course, I’m not in the broom closet at all. (Rowan said on the trip, “You burned it down!” 🙂 ) If you have to be “in the closet” I do get it, and I’m going to be talking to Jon about why people must. I understand folks not wanting to be outed, but it just feels like an over-reaction.
Today is the feast of St. Vincent who is a thinly-veiled version of Apollo as the sun-god. It’s a little weird that so many of the saints end up having been gods, but the needs of humans for beings to work with that are a little more understandable than ”God the all-seeing, all-knowing, all-powerful” dictate that we gotta have ‘em. Take away the old gods and we’ll invent new…. The plant associated with him is Draba Verna, Whitlow Grass. Today is a weather/prosperity prognostication day.
If on St Vincent’s Day the sky is clear
More wine than water will crown the year. – Traditional
Remember on St Vincent’s Day
If that the sun his beams display,
Be sure to mark his transient beam
Which through the window sheds a gleam;
For ’tis a token bright and clear,
Of prosperous weather all the year. – Traditional
More here with lots of links (scroll down to St. Vincent….) http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/jan22.html and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_of_Saragossa not St. Vincent de Paul whose page is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_de_Paul More on today’s plant is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Draba_verna
The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. 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 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. Phase ends at the Quarter on 1/18 at 3:45pm. 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
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
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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Luis Rowan Jan 21 – Feb 17 – Luis – (LWEESH), rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to serviceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.
Luis – Rowan Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Grey and Red
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible Tu 22 Low 2:35 AM 3.6 7:44 AM Set 4:12 AM 76 22 High 8:40 AM 7.7 5:12 PM Rise 1:38 PM 22 Low 4:01 PM 0.8 22 High 10:34 PM 5.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I understand the meaning of peace. I let peace express itself through me.
~ Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work. – Booker T. Washington
~ Nothing noble is done without risk. – Andre Gide
~ Nurture your mind with great thoughts; heroes are made by believing – Disraeli
~ Praise is a powerful people-builder. Catch individuals doing something right. – Brian Tracy
Magick – Imbolc – Candlemas in Old Ireland
Candlemas – February 2nd – celebrates the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple and the Purification of the Virgin Mary. As with many festivals in the liturgical calendar, this one has its origins in ancient Rome.
In Roman times, candles were carried through the streets and women observed purification rites. Even today, in many countries, women who had borne children the year before participate in candlelit processions – an activity the Church gladly welcomes as it symbolizes the purification of the Virgin Mary.
In ancient Celtic cultures, the period between February 1st and 2nd is called Imbolc – the first day of spring, midway through the dark half of the year. It was a time when the stirring of new life manifested itself in the first flow of milk in the udders of pregnant ewes – a sure sign that the lambing season was about to begin. The Church tried to replace Imbolc which was dedicated to the Goddess of Youth and Fertility – Bride. Thus, in the 5th century, February 1st became St. Brighid’s Day and February 2nd became Candlemas.
There’s a popular legend which explains why Candlemas falls immediately after St. Brighid’s Day. Mary was very nervous about bringing the infant Jesus to the crowded Temple. St. Brighid promised to help her by distracting the crowds. She did this by appearing to the multitude wearing a headdress bearing many lighted candles. In gratitude, Mary decreed that a feast day honoring St. Brighid should take place the day before Candlemas.
In Ireland, Candlemas lapsed during the time of the Penal Laws but was revived afterwards. People donated candles to their local church or took their own to be blessed. These would then be used on special occasions such as station Masses or when the holy sacraments were administered to the sick.
Weather forecasts were often made on this date. It was once believed that if the day was sunny and fair, more winter weather was to come, but if a lark was heard singing, that was a sign of an early spring. There is also a lot of folklore as well as superstitions involving candles. These are necessarily related to Candlemas and they’re not exclusive to Ireland; however, since so many candles are lit on this day, it would be prudent to know what certain signs mean.
A bright spark in the wick is sometimes said to indicate that a stranger is coming or that a letter will arrive for the person nearest to the candle. A wavering flame where there is no draft is a harbinger of windy weather. A candle that doesn’t light easily foretells rain, and in some areas, a bluish flame means frost.
It was considered very ill-omened to leave a candle burning in an empty room. The only exception is the Christmas candle which should be left to burn all through the night of Christmas Eve to light the way for the Holy Family and also to ensure light, warmth and plenty in the coming year.
To snuff out a candle by accident is a sign of a wedding; and no candle should ever be allowed to burn down to the socket of the candlestick. It should be blown out before that. Otherwise, misfortune may come to someone in the house, and in certain coastal areas, a sailor or fisherman may drown at sea.
At one time it was thought to be very unlucky to light three candles with a single taper. This superstition has survived in the avoidance of lighting three cigarettes with one match. It was also asking for misfortune to burn three candles at the same time. Apparently, Charles Stuart Parnell, the Irish nationalist leader was well-acquainted with the superstition. In his book, Life of Parnell, Barry O’Brien writes that a friend once visited Parnell when he was ill and found him lying in a bedroom illuminated by four candles. During the visit, one of the candles went out; Parnell immediately snuffed out another while remarking how unlucky it was to have three lights burning together.
Finally, in this brief look at candle lore, it is said to be very ill-omened to light a candle from the fire on the hearth. There are those who believe that if a person does this, they will become impoverished. As a measure of protection from this misfortune or any others for that matter, here is a blessing by Andrew Greeley, written expressly for the saints who celebrate their feast days in February:
May good St. Brighid keep you warn till spring
And fill your head with poetry and song
May your true heart with the help of Valentine
Love you deeply this month and all year long
May Blaise protect you from the common cold and sore throat, hacking cough and snuffy nose
May Mother Mary’s candles light your road and at the end of the day bring sweet repose
And may God, who tells the stories of His love through the saints, who love us too, bless you.
Resources: The Year in Ireland by Kevin Danaher, Irish American Blessings & Prayers by Andrew Greeley, Encyclopedia of Superstitions by Edwin & Mona Radford.
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