57F. It’s grey and rather gloomy. There’s not much in the way of rain expected today, nor of wind, but it looks like it’s going to get more interesting tonight. There’s some rough weather moving in, much more seasonal than the mild weather over the last several weeks. It’s already quite breezy.
- Special Statement
- Statement as of 8:32 PM PST on December 07, 2014
- …Wet and very windy week ahead for the coast and Coast Range of southwest Washington and northwest Oregon…
- A series of increasingly strong Pacific frontal systems will likely bring periods of strong southerly winds and potentially heavy rain to the coast and Coast Range this week.
- The strongest winds will initially be confined to the beaches and headlands along with the higher terrain of the Coast Range late Monday and Monday night. However winds will likely increase Tuesday for the coastal communities as well…as the first in a series of strong frontal systems moves onshore.
- The heaviest rain Monday night and Tuesday appears to stay over the olympic peninsula and British Columbia…but there is some possibility of heavy rain moving south into the Willapa Hills and extreme north Oregon Coast Range.
- An even stronger frontal system is expected Tuesday night and Wednesday…bringing more widespread heavy rain and strong winds to the coast and Coast Range. Some forecast models bring yet another period of widespread strong winds late in the week as strong low pressure moves up the Oregon coast.
- At this point it does not appear there will be enough rain to cause widespread flooding on the coastal rivers…as forecast models currently suggest the focus of heaviest rain may shift south into California by Thursday. However we will monitor this closely as details may change.
- There remains a good deal of uncertainty as to how much rain will fall and how strong the winds will be this coming week. However…those along the coast and in the Coast Range should be prepared for periods of strong winds and heavy rain this coming week. Monitor the latest forecasts as confidence in the details will increase with time.
- For additional weather information…visit our web site at http://www.Weather.Gov/Portland”
Yesterday Tempus got in from his paper route at 8:45…. just enough time for a cup of coffee and a Sunday morning doughnut and then heading down to the shop for class. We did a bit of catch-up for the newer people and folks who’ve been absent for awhile, talked about self-work and then made a batch of calendula/rose soap balls (for healing a broken heart, or healing a bad relationship). Hatch and Travic came down to the shop and we worked on several projects. At that point Tempus headed back up to the house with Travis to try to pull out the jigsaw after spending time texting everyone that he was ready to. 🙂
Marcus was at the shop during the afternoon and we got a lot of things finished. See the House Capuchin blog page here: http://housecapuchin.wordpress.com/portfolio/report-for-week-up-to-12-6-14/ and the jigsaw got there! Now to find out whether it still runs….
We got home around 7 and had a yummy dinner of chicken, and rosemary mashed potatoes and rosemary carrots. I worked on the House blog during the evening and also put up a new Mab’s Creations post and got some other bits and pieces done.
Today we’re getting going late. It’s already past 10 and we just got up, but we were both tired from yesterday’s exertions. I’m going to be at the shop, although I’m hoping to send Tempus back home to get things done. I have to get some more projects finished and I’m hoping to get him, Hatch and Travis out to the store to do a shopping run.
From a Medieval Manuscript, baby Jesus has a pull-toy boat! Yes, I’ve been obsessing over the history of toys, too much….
Today’s plant is Field or Scouring Rush Horsetail http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_horsetail, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equisetum The darned things are next to impossible to get rid of, although they’re fascinating in construction and growth habit. In Oregon they’re a noxious weed, since, while the plants have been used as a poverty food (early spring) they can be toxic to grazing animals and are dangerous to people who retain fluid, although the Romans used it both as a tea and a thickening powder. It can be used as a polish and a dye. Horsetail – Feminine, Saturn, Earth, This is best used in fertility mixtures, sachets, amulets, etc. Place in the bedroom for help in conception. Whistles made of horsetail stems are used in snake charming.
Today’s Feast is that of Neith, creation goddess and mother in Egypt. She also was goddess of warriors and weaving and all kinds of other things…. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neith
The shop opens at 11am! Fall hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, although the time that we’re there is drifting earlier with the shorter days. 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,
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. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends on 12/20 at 5:36pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. , Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 12/14 at 4:51am.
Monday, Dec. 8, 11:20–11:25 p.m. EST – Double shadow transit on Jupiter – For a brief 5-minute period, the shadows of both Io and Europa will fall simultaneously on opposite limbs of Jupiter, the first of a series of double transit events culminating in a triple shadow and satellite transit on January 24, 2015.
The waning Moon rises by 7 or 7:30. As it climbs higher, look to its left for Pollux and, above Pollux, Castor. To the Moon’s lower right, Procyon is on the rise.
Venus (magnitude –3.9) is beginning to peek through the glow of sunset. Look for it just above the southwest horizon about 20 minutes after sundown. Binoculars help, and the farther south you live the better. Venus is beginning a long, slow evening apparition that will last into next summer.
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder, Nov 25 – Dec 22
Runic half-month of Isa/ Is November 28-12 Literally, ‘ice’: a static period. The time of waiting before birth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992 Runic half-month of Jera/ Jara 12/13-12/27 – Jara signifies the completion of natural cycles, such as fruition, and has a more transcendent meaning of mystic marriage of Earth and Cosmos. *Ø* Wilson’s Almanac free daily ezine | Book of Days | December 13
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Ruis/Elder – Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH), elder – Celtic tree month of Ruis (Elder) commences (Nov 25 – Dec 22) – Like other Iron Age Europeans, the Celts were a polytheistic people prior to their conversion to (Celtic) Christianity. The Celts divided the year into 13 lunar cycles (months or moons). These were linked to specific sacred trees which gave each moon its name. Today commences the Celtic tree month of Elder.
Elder or Elderberry (Sambucus) is a genus of fast-growing shrubs or small trees in the family Caprifoliaceae. They bear bunches of small white or cream coloured flowers in the Spring, that are followed by bunches of small red, bluish or black berries. The berries are a very valuable food resource for many birds.
Common North American species include American Elder, Sambucus canadensis, in the east, and Blueberry Elder, Sambucus glauca, in the west; both have blue-black berries.
The common European species is the Common or Black Elder, Sambucus nigra, with black berries.
The common elder (Sambucus nigra L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (33 feet) in damp clearings, along the edge of woods, and especially near habitations. Elders are grown for their blackish berries, which are used for preserves and wine. The leaf scars have the shape of a crescent moon. Elder branches have a broad spongy pith in their centers, much like the marrow of long bones, and an elder branch stripped of its bark is very bone-like. The red elder (S. racemosa L.) is a similar plant at higher elevations; it grows to 5 m (15 feet). Red elder extends its native range to northern North America, and it is cultivated along with other native species, but common elders are seldom seen in cultivation. Elders are in the Honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae).
Ruis – Elder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: Makeup days of the thirteenth Moon
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.
to study this month Straif – Blackthorn Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: SS, Z, ST
Meaning: Resentment; Confusion; Refusing to see the truth
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 8 High 1:50 AM 7.2 7:40 AM Set 9:12 AM 98
8 Low 7:13 AM 3.0 4:37 PM Rise 7:08 PM
8 High 12:57 PM 8.5
8 Low 7:56 PM -0.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Help Wanted: Telepath. You know where to apply.
~ The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken. – Samuel Johnson
~ God does not comfort us to make us comfortable only, but to make us comforters. – Dr. John Henry Jowett
~ Just because people can’t read your mind doesn’t mean they won’t eventually see what you are thinking. – Steve Keating CSE
~ If I should die, I have left no immortal work behind me — nothing to make my friends proud of my memory — but I have loved the principle of beauty in all things and if I had had time I would have made myself remembered. – John Keats, English poet
CRYING, MY LITTLE ONE
Crying, my little one, footsore and weary?
Fall asleep, pretty one, warm on my shoulder:
I must tramp on through the winter night dreary,
While the snow falls on me colder and colder.
You are my one, and I have not another;
Sleep soft, my darling, my trouble and treasure;
Sleep warm and soft in the arms of your mother,
Dreaming of pretty things, dreaming of pleasure. – Christina Rossetti (1830-1894), English poet
Happy Holiday Card Spell – December 3rd, 2007
Color of the day: Gray Incense of the day: Parsley
Every year during the holiday rush, we promise ourselves to start early and avoid the rush, to be more organized about writing and mailing our holiday cards. Now is the time. Gather together your address book, pens, stamps, and holiday cards and sit near some mistletoe, which is very good for achievement and attainment. Light frankincense for a favorable outcome to your holiday card project. Light a yellow candle for clarity and eloquence, and light a pink candle for harmony, friendship, and affection. Fix a cup of Earl Grey tea: the bergamot in the tea will bring you luck and accomplishment in your task. Place your hand over your cards and chant:
In love and more,
speed this chore.
Place your hand over your pens and say:
Write the best words I’ve ever heard.
Then write your cards, and embellish them and the envelopes. Address and stamp them. When all the cards are done, stack them together in a pile. Take a deep breath and send affection through your hands into the cards and say:
Merry meet through the mail, love and greetings to you send.
Be sure to mail them the next day.
By: Gail Wood
Holiday Peace Meditation – November 30th, 2007
Color of the day: White Incense of the day: Carnation
The holidays can be horrible. There are so many stresses involved: you’re trying to create some idealized experience, trying to deal with family members who have their own ideals, and trying to stretch your finances. There are ways to help banish at least some of the stress and keep a level head to enjoy this special time with family and friends. Find a jar candle with a scent you enjoy—something that speaks of warmth, hearth, and good holiday things. Bless the candle with bringing peace, warmth, and enjoyment to your home. Allow it to burn each day throughout the holiday season.
By: Laurel Reufner
Mistletoe has long been used for protection and for love magic. Burning mistletoe banishes evil. Take a bottle of rubbing alcohol and drop fresh mistletoe sprigs in it. Let this set for a few hours. The longer it rests, the more potent will be the potion. When ready, pour the alcohol in your cauldron and light it. If you do not have time to allow the potion to rest, instead burn some sprigs of mistletoe. As you burn the potion or sprigs, say: “Evil may not reside or visit this happy and healthy home—not in any form, nor at any time. This home is protected by the Mother Goddess and Father God. Blessed are those who reside here. So it is from this day forward.” You may also empower a mistletoe wreath for additional protection.
By: Tammy Sullivan
He was so excited he just had to tell his parents: “I learned in Sunday School today all about the very first Christmas! There wasn’t a Santa Claus way back then, so these three skinny guys on camels had to deliver all the toys!” And Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer with his nose so bright wasn’t there yet, so they had to have this big spotlight in the sky to find their way around.”