Next to last day of the minus tides around the Full Moon. Tonight’s low is around 7pm, so it’s the early evening stroll that could be interesting. After dinner walk the dog? Just be careful out there.
All the little birds have visited this morning. Right now there’s a towhee on the feeder and when I first glimpsed anything outside a set of tiny birds, pine siskins, I think, were lined up on the handlebar of the exercise bike, feathers all puffed, heads tucked in.
As I came back out to the study about 20 minutes after that, the sky was a marvelous pink with a streak of bright gold in the east. Within minutes it was pouring rain, streams flowing from the porch roof. Now, the sun is trying to break through again and diamond drops hang on the clematis.
As I went out the door yesterday it was pouring hard, so I stayed on the porch until it slackened. By the time Tempus came out it had stopped and as we started the car the sun was coming out. What I could see of the sky was marvelously blue with large white puffies, but grey/beige clouds kept blotting that out.
As we came down the seawall Tempus was exclaiming about how rough things seemed, but the tide was just high enough to make waves spurt up above the seawall. It just *looked* rough, but when we got out of the car you couldn’t hear the ocean above town noise.
He set out to do the windows (ew!) and I worked in back. There was a whole box that’s been buried for awhile of “giftie” things, that I had to sort because it had become a miscellaneous box. I found some things to re-stock the $100 premium basket and quite a lot for the $25 premium basket. (You get one “dip”) for each $25 or $100 you spend at the shop!) That’s the good part about being a “hoarder”! I can find all sorts of goodies! 🙂
No one came in for Herbs or Crystals, so after I pried Tempus loose from Facebook we got the holiday stack re-set, and then started working on some of the individual holidays where stuff had drifted away from the boxes… and discovered some treasures, things that we had forgotten that we have! There was a string of red/white/blue star lights and some Ostara carrots, for just two. Tempus took some boxes to the car and then got back to work on lights.
Mary stopped by for Sewing Workshop and we both chatted and worked on current projects for a couple of hours. Hers was a piece of bright-colored crochet and I’m working on St. Patrick’s Day ornaments.
Tempus and I got distracted several times during the day with Youtube videos. I don’t remember what the first one was, but we watched a number of Gilbert and Sullivan operetta clips.
I spent some time on Cafe Press stuff and looking up correspondences for tree woods … and I found this wonderful website, http://www.thegoddesstree.com/trees/index.htm
We finally left the shop around 8pm. It was 42F and the Moon was looking down from a clear spot of sky. As we were driving away Tempus was commenting that this Moon was a rare sight and I finally realized he was saying that it was at exactly the right angle to be seen only through the blue glare strip in the window, thus making it a “blue moon”. <sigh>
When we got to the house we stopped and stared awhile, since the thin clouds were giving the sky a pearly glow and the tops and edges of the grey clouds were all white. Orion was visible through the clouds, but as the Moon pulled a curtain of grey across Herself, we went into the house to try to get warm again.
Tempus made bread again while I worked on Cafe Press. I’m back to the “Ankh If You Love Isis” set. Here’s a sampling of some of the products: ornament, notecards, necklace, pajamas! I also finally got the mousepad for this set.
After I had a salad I was tired enough to go drop into bed, although I dozed and read rather than slept. Tempus burst into the bedroom around midnight and said I had to come look at the Moon. The thin cloud from earlier was completely surrounding Her and there was a beautiful, colored corona! I was so glad he came to get me! Also glad that other clouds covered her up quickly, since I was shivering violently by the time I got inside and I could not have torn myself away from that glorious sight without their help!
This morning is the young folks Wicca 101 class. That runs from 10-noon, Brea’s Elements from Noon to 1pm. Practical Craft is at 2pm.
Today is the birthday of the English mathematician and author, Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson; d. January 14, 1898), in 1832. He wrote lots of wonderful nonsense verses, including the “Hunting of the Snark” and Jabberwocky, but is best known for his books “Alice in Wonderland” and the sequel “Through the Looking Glass”. This despite him being a mathematician and logician and teacher! These latter things were his life’s work, but he has been immortalized in his hobbies. There is a wonderful article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_Carroll
The 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! 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 Full. 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. Full Moon Magick: From fourteen to seventeen-and-a-half days after the new moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. 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 2/9 at 11:20pm.
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.
Runic half-month of Elhaz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
©2013 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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 Su 27 High 12:54 AM 7.0 7:39 AM Set 7:32 AM 99 27 Low 6:26 AM 2.7 5:19 PM Rise 6:24 PM 27 High 12:13 PM 8.2 27 Low 7:02 PM -0.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The hardest thing to do is watch the one you love, love somebody else.
~ Being a Warrior is not about using your hands, it is about using your head. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a poor substitute for life. – Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Scottish novelist, poet
~ Campaign behavior for wives: Always be on time. Do as little talking as humanly possible. Lean back in the parade car so everybody can see the president. – Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) US first lady (33)
~ Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning. ~ William Arthur Ward
A DANCE IN THE RAIN
Summer rain is starting to fall outside,
It sparkles when the sun peeps
Though the gray clouds.
Rumbles of thunder in the distance
Sound almost like drums
Calling down water for thirsty Earth
In Mother Nature’s symphony.
I sit on a bench on my back porch
Beating out a rhythm on my drums,
Harmonizing with the thunder
In a celebration to the Goddess.
Joyfully, I walk out into my garden
Soaking myself in the thick wetness;
The rain slides down my body
Cleansing my soul of fears and pain.
My heart matches the thunder’s rhythm
It sounds like drums playing
Hypnotically, and just for me.
My body turns into a slow dance
Then starts whirls faster and faster
I clap along with the rumbling sky..
Wordless melody bursts out of my throat
And a tambourine appears in my hand,
Shaking like the vibrations of my body.
Suddenly I am between the worlds…
Part of the rain, part of the grass
Becoming one with the rich black Earth. © August 30, 2008, Beth Clare Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Magick – Imbolc Candles
You can also make beehive candles with great success by coiling ropes of salt dough in a small, deep bowl. A rice bowl is the perfect size.It’s easier to start with making a spiral, about 3 inches across, outside of the bowl, then transferring this into the bottom of the bowl. Next coil the rope inside the bowl until you reach the top. The candle is burned with the dome side up, so the wick has to be extended through the wax at the bottom of the bowl. When the wax is firm enough to insert the wick, use a slightly larger straw than usual, and push it firmly through the candle, into the dough beneath, straight to the bottom of the bowl. The candle unmolds easily: Lift candle and mold from the bowl and uncoil the mold. – From “Circle Round” By Starhawk, Diane Baker and Anne Hill
Make ropes by rolling salt dough clay between your hands. Each rope should be two or three feet long and 1/4 to 1/2 inch in diameter. If younger children can’t manage such lengths, have them make smaller segments that can be joined later with a little pressure and water. Dip your fingers into the bowl of water occasionally if the dough tends to crack. Roll the paper into a 1 inch wide cylinder and tape it shut. Around this cylinder, tape a piece of wax paper. Coat the wax paper with a thin layer of oil. Lightly moisten a salt dough rope with water. Lay the paper cylinder on its side at one end of the rope. Roll it along the dough, wrapping the rope up the cylinder until it is six inches tall. Be sure the edges of the coiled rope always touch. To provide extra support, at intervals stick severaltoothpicks vertically through the coils. Make a bottom for the mold byshaping another piece of salt dough into a 3/4 inch thick circle that’s larger than the coiled tower in diameter. Moisten the bottom’s surface, then carefully lift the coiled tower onto the bottom piece and press gently to make a seal. Pull the paper cylinder out. This slides out easily, leaving the wax paper. Remove it by gently tugging on the wax paper with one hand while you support the clay coils with the others. Inspect each part of the mold, looking for tiny cracks where melted wax could leak. Press these shut. If the coils start to sag, quickly fashion a paper cylinder around the outside of the coils and tape it closed. Trim it to the same height as the clay, so it won’t get in the way when you are pouring wax. Set the mold inan empty bowl, in case wax leaks through. You are ready to pour. Pouring the wax is thrilling. Go very slowly up each level to make sure no wax is leaking through. If a leak appears, carefully pinch it shut and pour again. Insert the wick. The wax will harden within an hour, long before the clay dries. To unmold, just unwind the clay. If some sticks, soak the candle in cool water and then gently rinse off the clay. The candles have a wonderfully craggy spiral looping from bottom to top, and burn with a lovely strong flame.
Brigit Candles – adapted from Starhawk, Baker and Hill’s Circle Round – Honor Brigit with new special candles. These candles use molds made from coiled salt dough ropes so that each completely unique candle bears the spiral imprint of the coil.
You will need:
1 recipe salt dough clay
a bowl of water
8 1/2 by 11 inch sheet of paper, one for each candle
wax paper, cut into 8 1/2 by 11 inch sheets, one for each candle tape
1 T vegetable oil
candle making supplies
- Make ropes by rolling salt dough clay between your hands. Each rope should be two or three feet long and 1/4 to 1/2 inch in diameter. If younger children can’t manage such lengths, have them make smaller segments that can be joined later with a little pressure and water. Dip your fingers into the bowl of water occasionally if the dough tends to crack.
- Roll the paper into a 1 inch wide cylinder and tape it shut.
- Around this cylinder, tape a piece of wax paper, coated with a thin layer of oil.
- Lightly moisten a salt dough rope with water.
- Lay the paper cylinder on its side at one end of the rope.
- Roll it along the dough, wrapping the rope up the cylinder until it is six inches tall. Be sure the edges of the coiled rope always touch.
- To provide extra support, at intervals stick several toothpicks vertically through the coils.
- Make a bottom for the mold by shaping another piece of salt dough into a 3/4 inch thick circle that’s larger than the coiled tower in diameter.
- Moisten the bottom’s surface, then carefully lift the coiled tower onto the bottom piece and press gently to make a seal.
- Pull the paper cylinder out. This slides out easily, leaving the wax paper. Remove it by gently tugging on the wax paper with one hand while you support the clay coils with the others.
- Inspect each part of the mold, looking for tiny cracks where melted wax could leak. Press these shut.
- If the coils start to sag, quickly fashion a paper cylinder around the outside of the coils and tape it closed. Trim it to the same height as the clay, so it won’t get in the way when you are pouring wax.
- Set the mold in an empty bowl, in case wax leaks through. You are ready to pour.
- Pouring the wax is thrilling! Go very slowly up each level to make sure no wax is leaking through. If a leak appears, carefully pinch it shut and pour again.
- Insert the wick.
- The wax will harden within an hour, long before the clay dries.
- To unmold, just unwind the clay. If some sticks, soak the candle in cool water and then gently rinse off the clay.
Brigit Candleholder – To echo the Goddess’s symbol of the serpent, make this candleholder, which resembles a coiled snake. Follow directions for making a mold for taper candles, with the following differences:
- Size your holder by wrapping a paper cylinder around whatever candle you intend to use. Remove candle before proceeding further.
- Dough ropes should be about 1/2 inch wide and a foot long. If candleholder is taller than 4 inches, use toothpicks for extra support.
- Make the bottom by coiling a rope into a small circle.
- After the paper cylinder has been removed, use your candle to gently test of the open end of the candleholder is large enough to accommodate the candle. If it’s too small, delicately press the opening wider. If it’s too large, fill in with bits of salt dough.
- Bake the holder as directed. Turn after the first hour to be sure it does not stick to the pan.
6 Cool completely after baking. Then paint with snaky patterns, finishing with eyes on the end of the top coil.
From “Circle Round” By Starhawk, Diane Baker and Anne Hill, adapted by Anja Reed Bartlett 1/11