Open Circle for the Imbolc Sabbat tonight at 7pm!
Curious Gallery is this weekend! http://www.curiousgallerypdx.com/
It’s only 45F. It turned chilly over the last few days, even with the cloud cover. The sun’s been going in and out; a couple of times, setting off sparkles from hanging droplets. It got so warm when the rain started that Little Meadows went down to 5 inches of snow on the ground. They’re back up to 10 inches and it looks like we’re going into a cold spell, into the 30’s tonight and then a couple of days down the line, late next week, the forecast *high* is 36F!
Yesterday Tempus was up and running around dealing with trash around 10am. I got the newsletter out, drew up a complicated border, and then started in on my writing. I worked steadily all day and made good progress, even if I didn’t bake a single cookie. Tempus wasn’t busy at the shop. He had a lot to do, but few people in. So, it was a day with progress, but quiet.
I way overslept this morning. Tempus went in on time, but I’m only just getting my brain together. He said he’ll come back for me when I’m ready. I guess we’re working on inventory, although I have more product headers for some of the stones that need to be done. The shop will stay open up until the Open Circle starts at 7pm.
Today’s Plant is the Douglas Fir, Pseudotsuga menziesii, sometimes called Oregon Pine, since it’s actually a pine, not a fir at all. Common as Christmas trees, since they hold their needles better than many other trees, and are one of the better timber trees, growing quickly with a straight grain. Their main use, magickally, is in incense, since the resin has a good sweet scent. – Mars, Air/Fire – Attracting prosperity, purifying ritual areas and new homes, helping “stay the course” during difficult times. A wand or cone kept on the altar wards off evil influences. Carry cones to increase fertility and have a vigorous old age. Floor washes with the oil cleanse a space of negativity and ward off illness. Throw needles into winter fires for protection, or burn as incense for purification and divination. Place branches over the bed to keep sickness away, or to aid the ill. Hang a branch over the main door of your house to ensure continuous joy within. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudotsuga_menziesii
Feast day of Hekate (Hecate), ancient Greece – “In Greece, this day was celebrated as the Feast of Hecate, known to the Romans as Diana Lucifera. Diana had three manifestations, Luna in the Heavens (the moon), Diana the Huntress on earth, and Diana Ludifera in Hades, the Underworld. Diana was the goddess of the moon and was called Diana Lucifera which means the Bringer of Light. The name Lucifera was also applied to the morningstar Venus. The Christians gave the name negative connotations in their systematic attempts to discredit the Roman gods. The Greeks knew Diana as Artemis, the twin sister of Apollo, and daughter of Zeus and Leto. She was born under Mount Cynthus in Delos and hence was also called Cynthia and Delia. She was the goddess of hunting, carried a bow and quiver like her brother, and was especially fond of music and dance. Diana was never conquered by love, and submitted to no man, hence she was the goddess of a ‘chaste’ moon and, except for her family, tolerated only female companions. Her priestesses were all chaste.” From the Roman Calendar (broken link) More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trivia_%28mythology%29 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hecate and here:http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/jan31.html
The shop opens at 11am! Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is New. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 2/1 at 1:39am. 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 on 2/14.
Friday, Jan. 31, sunset – Mercury at greatest elongation east – Mercury will be well placed for observation just after sunset for observers in the northern hemisphere. The 1-day-old moon will be nearby. The Moon is back in the evening sky, as a thin waxing crescent to the lower right of Mercury. Look very low above the west-southwest horizon in twilight.
Uranus (magnitude 5.9, in Pisces) is still findable in the west-southwest right after dark. Finder chart.
Supernova in M82! An 11th-magnitude supernova has gone off in the galaxy M82 in Ursa Major. It’s in the evening sky in reach of amateur telescopes, and it may not be done brightening yet. See our article Bright Supernova in M82, with ongoing updates. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/home/Bright-Supernova-in-M82-241477661.html
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree month of Luis/Rowan – Jan 21-Feb 17 – Luis (LWEESH)/rowan
Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
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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.
Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Meaning: A choice must be made
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In tarot, a circle can represent spirit, eternity, circles of manifestation and/or perfection.
~ Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. – Benjamin Franklin
~ Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing. – Benjamin Franklin
~ Breakage, whatever its cause, is the dark complement to the act of making; the one implies the other. The thing that is broken has particular authority over the act of change. – Louise Gluck
~ A great question is one you can ask yourself, one that disturbs your status quo and scares you a little bit. – Seth Godin
We will all experience disappointments and crushing events somewhere along the way, setbacks for which there is no “reason”; no one to blame. It might be a disease; it might be injury; it might be an accident; it might be losing a loved one; it might be getting swept away in a political shake up; it might be getting shot down over Vietnam and thrown into a POW camp for 8 years. What separates people, James Stockdale taught me, is not the presence or absence of difficulties, but how they deal with the inevitable difficulties of life. – Jim Collins
Spiced Milk with Honey – Leda Merideth
- 1 quart milk
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 4 cardamom pods
- 4 whole cloves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 4 whole allspice or spice bush berries
- 1/4 teaspoon shavings of fresh nutmeg
- 1 bay leaf
- Tie up all the spices in a cheesecloth square, or strain out before
- Combine spices, milk and honey in a saucepan.
- Heat gently for 20 minutes (do not boil).
Small Mead: Honey Drink
- 1 Tablespoon Peeled, Sliced Fresh Ginger
- 1/2 Tablespoon Orange Zest (Yellow Only)
- 1/2 Teaspoon Yeast
- 11 Pints Water
- 1 Pint Honey
- Dissolve the honey in the water in a large pot and bring to a boil.
- Let it boil for about 21/2 hours and then add ginger, and orange zest.
- Allow mixture to boil with the new ingredients for about 2 minutes and remove from heat.
- Allow to cool to just above room temperature and add yeast.
- Cover and let sit 24-36 hours.
- Use 2 Liter Plastic Soda Bottles to bottle mead.
- Do not use glass in case bottle bursts. Injury could result.
- Refrigerate after 4 days.
- Do not drink until mead has fermented at least a week. A month is best.
- Rose Water & Angelica Wafers from A Victorian Grimoire by Trish Telesco
- 1 pound of flour
- ½ t. salt
- 2 Tbsp. Rosewater
- 2 T. Butter
- 1/8 t. angelica
- Mix all ingredients except the milk. Blend well and then add milk until a stiff dough forms. Roll the dough out very thin and cut into rounds. Roll again. The rounds should be thin as paper and will swell when they bake. Dredge in flour and put in a well-greased baking pan. Bake at 425 degrees until lightly browned. Serve with cream that has been beaten stiff and sweetened.