I got up at 7 and it was already light despite the clouds! It’s already 46, only two degrees below the forecast high. I don’t see that it’s been raining, but it’s certainly dark enough for that. It’s supposed to start raining today and by the radar there’s quite a bit coming down both north and south of us. There hasn’t been a breath of wind, although just for a moment the hanging long strands of clematis are swaying.
We had a fun day, yesterday! The morning was slow and easy. I got the newsletter out and Tempus fed me waffles and some lovely sausage with an egg and we sat and chatted (and had an awesome time watching a flicker that actually came right up onto the railing and stayed awhile) until he said, “What time do we have to leave?” …and then, “Isn’t that just to Corvallis, though?” …and the event was in Salem! So, I hopped into the shower while he put a snack basket together, we both dressed in a tearing hurry and sailed out the door.
Here’s a link for info on the flicker (Colaptes auratus) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flicker_%28bird%29
It was sunny, but the clouds were starting to roll in as we drove into Newport and then onto rt 20. I was disappointed at not seeing the hoarfrost as we went over Kline Hill and then, just a few miles from Philomath it started! I got some pictures because I was bouncing all over the car, so Tempus stopped…. in almost the exact spot that I got the one and only speeding ticket I’ve ever had…..
The first two pictures of the same plants. The hoarfrost is on the east side and the west sides were dry. Next is a pic to the west, (note that only some of the plants are frosted, the ones that stick up!) then the last two are to the east with the easterly branches of the trees so heavy that they sag.
We saw a bunch of hawks on posts, signs, in the sky and one odd one on a lightpost…. it’s usually the crows that do that! They were all redtails as far as I could tell. At one point we were sitting in a gas station and I was idly gazing at the sidewalk between us and the street. There was a splatting sound and a white blob had appeared on the sidewalk. I looked up to see a crow on the lightpost above and he just looked smugly back. 🙂 We saw a bunch of geese, flying in formation, more and more as we got into the Valley and then into Salem.
We got there early…but only by PST (pagan standard time…) IOW, we were 15 minutes late. They hadn’t started, so we all got acquainted while Jon set up and then Tempus and I were interviewed first. Since there were two of us, Jon gave us double time. He asked about the shop, who and what Tempus and I are and our connections with Paganism, how we met, why we think folks are freaking out about the possibility of filming, and other things along those lines. Right away, since it was nearly 4 o’clock and freezing rain was predicted, we scrabbled our stuff together and boogied. We wanted to stay and chat with folks, but….
It was already getting dark when we were going through Corvallis, 32F at the print shop thermometer, twilight when we were going through Philomath, and dark before we got very much farther. As soon as we got out from the under the fog that was causing the hoarfrost the sky was mostly clear, but the clouds closed in the farther west we drove and the darker it got. We stopped in Newport at the Dollar store and then rolled home, getting in around 7pm.
We had salad for supper and then Tempus fell into bed. I worked on newsletter stuff and some mail and then grabbed a book and followed him, except that he got up almost right away and wandered off…. so I read for a while.
I have a MAC (marketing action committee) meeting at 2:30 and I’m going to try to go in to the community center to check on whether it will be suitable for use for the OCPPG potluck. I’ve got a couple of other errands to run, as well. Other than those, it’s back to work on the Cafe Press things and trying to get sorted out how to pick up my mail from the account from the dead computer.
Hathor is an egyptian mother/death/sky goddess. She’s familiar to everyone as the cow-headed goddess whose symbol of cow horns as lunar crescents on either side of the disc of the sun/moon was worn by many ofther goddesses (and gods) in the pantheon. On her feast day offerings of cow’s milk are poured into the Nile. More here: More here: http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/goddess_hathor.html and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hathor
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 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 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 W 23 Low 3:33 AM 3.6 7:43 AM Set 5:01 AM 83 23 High 9:29 AM 7.8 5:14 PM Rise 2:27 PM 23 Low 4:44 PM 0.5 23 High 11:15 PM 6.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The height of your accomplishments will equal the depth of your convictions.
~ So little done, so much to do. – Cecil Rhodes (sounds like me!)
~ The ancient Greek definition of happiness was the full use of your powers along lines of excellence. – John F. Kennedy
~ The candy bar you planned to eat on the way home from the market is hidden at the bottom of the grocery bag. – The Grocery Bag Law
~ The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. When we obtain too cheaply, we esteem too lightly. – Thomas Paine
Magick – Imbolc Crafts
Imbolc Priapic Wand – Source unknown
Children will love the sound of this magical wand as they walk about pointing and shaking it at plants and trees, invoking them to wake up from Winter’s sleep to witness the union of the Bride and the Lord of the Forest. **PARENTAL SUPERVISION REQUIRED!**
Small Tree Branch
Thin Brown String or Thread
Yellow, Green, and Gold 1/4″ Ribbon
Small Gold/Silver Jingle Bells.
- Select a small branch about 1/2″ to 3/4″ in diameter.
- Cut top end flat.
- Approx. 1/2″ below top score a groove (parents only) with a sharp knife.
- Take 1′ long piece of string/thread and tie in groove.
- Take another 1′ piece of thread and tie in groove on opposite side of branch.
- Place acorn at top of branch (flat end) and adhere with some glue.
- Now pull the string up over the cap and wind once around acorn.
- Repeat with all 3 other pieces of string.
- Pull strings back down to the groove in the branch and tie off. This will hold the acorn in place.
- Decorate the branch by wrapping it with the ribbons, leaving enough length at top for streamers.
- Tie gold/silver jingle bells to the ends of the ribbons.
- For smaller children, thread the bells onto the ribbon while wrapping the branch.
Tell the children about how the acorn-wand is a symbol of the Lord of the Forest, and how this magical wand helps the sleeping plants and animals wake up and prepare for Spring.
Brigit’s Bed – (For Imbolc)
Basket, wood box, or doll cradle
Padding to make receptacle like a bed
Figure to represent the goddess Brigit
Figure to represent the god (any god)
Directions: Dress up the basket, box, or cradle like a bed, and make it comfortable. Put it by the fireplace or the most desirable, warm spot in the house, as if you were waiting for a visitor to lie in it. Make a figurine to represent Brigit; this can be made with a bundle of oats, rushes, straw, or any grain or craft material fashioned into a loop or slightly human shape, and can be simple or ornate, and even can be decorated with clothes of any sort, preferably white with red ribbons. (One traditional adornment is a sparkling crystal around her neck.) You can make a god figurine by making a fruitwood wand with a pinecone attached to the end, decorated with ribbons, or any male-oriented symbol that works for you.
Ritual use: Place the Brigit’s Bed in the most inviting, warmest place in the house and imagine that you will really be visited by Brigit, the night before or night of Imbolc. Leave an aromatic, hot snack out for her by the bed. As you invite the spirit of the goddess to inhabit the bed, ask for her blessings of fertility and healing. Put the dolly in the bed, and offer the company of the god-wand. For an extra ounce of fertility blessing, the wand can be crossed like an X over the dolly to form the Norse rune Gifu. Add nuts to the bed to stimulate fertility. Use the Brigit dolly as a talisman of protection and fertility through the winter, and either recycle her for Lughnasadh or return her to the earth if she is made of grain.
Candlemas Candle Wheel – (For Imbolc) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/cndlweel.html
Eight white candles
Ivy leaves or vines
Directions: Either drill thick holes into the wreath so that candles can be placed inside, or just secure them with screw-bottom candleholders or glue gun glue. Place the ivy leaves around in a decorative fashion.
Ritual use: The eight candles are symbolic of the eight spokes of the year, and spinning the circle into motion at Imbolc is important. In ritual, the candles can be solemnly lit with a cauldron or bowl placed in the middle of the candle wheel. The cauldron or bowl can have the Wish Tree in the middle of it, with water all around it, and have new pennies thrown into it while cementing the wishes. Also the tree and the candle wheel can be toasted.