We’ve already gotten 1/2 an inch of rain today and the wind is gusting into the 30’s. It looks like we’re getting a bit of a break at the moment and then we’ll go back into the wind picking up and getting interesting again. It’s 53F.
I did go back to bed yesterday after I got the newsletter out, but it was a very frustrating morning. I would just doze off and someone out in the main part of the house would drop something or the curtain would bang, and then I got chilly and needed more blanket, and then to cover my head so the light stopped bothering me, then Tempus got back and crawled back into bed and I went soundly out for probably 45 minutes or so, when the radio started up. At that point I got mad enough that I got up, grumpy.
It was worth getting up for the interesting weather, though. The next band of rain was moving across, trees thrashing, rain drumming and sheeting across the yard. The temp had dropped down to 54F, too. The wind was pretty steadily in the 20’s and we were getting gusts up into the high 30’s ahead of the front that was pushing this all onshore. By 10am 0.37 inches of rain had fallen. At 11am the reading was 0.51 and it was thundering down and the wind gusts were getting into the 40’s. By noon we were at 0.76 inches of rain and we’d had one gust that made Tempus exclaim. By 1pm it was all slowing down but we’d gotten most of an inch. Right at about 1:30 there was a sudden roar from the roof and when I looked up I couldn’t see the house next door because it was coming down so hard! It had gotten very dark just before that. It went on for most of 15 minutes and we got 0.2 inches of rain during that spate….It looks like we finally ended up with 1 1/2 inches of rain, yesterday.
Tempus finally got out the door after that slacked off a bit and I got started on the week’s newsletters. During the afternoon it just got darker and darker, although the clouds blushed a little at sunset and Ken Gagne got a photo that he posted on Facebook. At about 4:45 he was posting that they got a lightning flash and then by 5pm we were getting rumbles….several of ’em. I didn’t see any lightning, but was on the computer, so might not have.
I took a nap and then got back to work on the newsletters. By 10pm my eyes were going buggy and I got offline and went to bed. As I was leaving the study the moon was rising. We were in a lull between the weather systems and at first it didn’t register what I was seeing, the lopsided light all tangled up in the cedars.
Today we’re supposed to be at the shop. I’m hoping to do some actual cleaning up and re-setting and then settle to some sewing projects. We’ll be there into the evening, with several folks intending to stop by to work on projects.
Today ‘s featured products are from Cafe Press. We’re running out of time to get things for the holidays! They usually take 5-7 business days, but this is a busy time of year, plus shipping time can be longer than usual, so if you want something it might be a good idea to head over there soonest. http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight
I have over 30 designs up (although some similar themes are combined into one, e.g. pentacles). Cafe Press prints on everything from t-shirts in sizes 6x to newborn, long, short and no-sleeve, hoodies, pj’s, undies, jewelry, hats to pillows to blankets, shot glasses to coffee mugs to beer steins & hip flasks, computer, ipad & phone gear, cards, journals and calendars. They even print shower curtains! Not every design of mine suits every product, so if you see a design and can’t find a product type that you need, e-mail me and request it. At this time of the year I can get some of those kind of requests done quickly!
Also, we do custom designs. Mostly this would entail taking your photo (and I can start from scanning one!!!!) adding captions, sayings or “froufies” (such as a holiday or other border) and placing it on a specific product so that you can order it. Depending on the length of time that it takes me to get the product set up for you, it would cost between $10 and $80 for custom sets. I’ll give you an example… If you send me an electronic copy of a picture of your kids and request “We love you, G’ma!” for a caption on a coffee-mug, a pillow and a blanket, the art-work and set-up would take me about 40 minutes, or $10 (payable in advance, yes, you can use Paypal or plastic…) At that point you could go to our Cafe Press site to the “Custom” section and place your order through them for however many or few that you want. When you notify me that you’ve gotten the pieces that you want, I take the design back down, to protect your privacy, putting it in “hidden” status, so that if you want more pieces I don’t have to charge you again for custom work, simply re-activate the design. If I’m starting from custom art-work (yes, I do that) and you want a lot of different sizes and shapes of products, I can spend up to 6 or 8 hours ($80) getting that ready for you. E-mail me to discuss this at email@example.com
Today’s Plant is Coltsfoot, Petasites frigidus var. palmatus. One of the best cough remedies out there, this is often smoked to help cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is also made into cough syrups often combined with horehound. This is another plant where the medicinal and magickal uses seem to go together. Feminine, Venus, water – Add to love sachets and use in spell of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites_frigidus
Eadweard Muybridge was one of the first to do “motion studies” using photography, some of which are still being used. He made it possible to see these in his “zoopraxiscope” (wow, what a name!) His first famous one seems to have been on a bet to prove that at one point in its stride a trotting horse has all four feet off of the ground. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eadweard_Muybridge …where you can find moving images of the ‘scope, the horse and a bison!
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,
Bill Hall Posted on Facebook 12/10/14 and we’re reprinting with his permission
BIG NEWS! Saved for another year!
[Anja’s note…and the late news is that the lawsuit hearing is cancelled for tomorrow…hmmm]
Oregon Lawmakers Secure Provision to Keep Newport Coast Guard Air Facility Open until January 2016
Life-Saving Rescue Helicopters Had Been Scheduled for Removal by Dec. 15
Washington, D.C. – Following their repeated calls to ensure the safety of residents in coastal areas, Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Representatives Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader, Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici today announced the Congress has passed legislation that will keep the U.S. Coast Guard’s air facility at Newport open through the coming year.
The Oregon lawmakers worked to include language in the Coast Guard reauthorization bill that would keep the Coast Guard’s air stations open through January 1, 2016-including the Newport facility. The Senate passed the short-term Coast Guard reauthorization bill earlier today, and the House of Representatives passed it tonight.
“This bill buys us some much-needed time to keep fighting for Newport, for the air facility and for the continued safety of residents living and working along the Oregon coast,” Wyden said. “I will continue working with my Oregon colleagues to pursue every avenue to keep this facility in Newport.”
“The passage of this bill is a literal lifesaver for our coastal communities,” Merkley said. “It’s essential to the safety of fishermen, recreational boaters, and tourists on our coast that we have lifesaving facilities nearby when the distress call comes. This is a huge win for the safety of our communities and the health of our economy. I’m determined to keep the Newport helicopter right where it belongs: in Newport.”
“It is impossible to understate how critical this air station is not only to the hardworking men and women of Oregon’s fishing industry, but for all coastal visitors and residents,” DeFazio said. “While I’m encouraged that the Oregon delegation was able to keep the lights on for one more year in Newport, clearly we will need to keep up the fight in the coming months in order to ensure a permanent resolution.”
“I know folks often get frustrated with Washington, DC for not getting things done that matter to them,” Schrader said. “But this critical safety issue on our coast is an example of how a community, working with its elected officials can really make a difference, just like we did with NOAA and get something done. I’m proud to be on a team with my colleagues in the House and Senate to make sure this helicopter remains in Newport.”
“The Newport Coast Guard Air Facility is critical to the safety and security of a key region of Oregon’s coastal economy,” Blumenauer said. “Closing this facility will harm Oregon’s tourism, research, and fishing industries and create longer response times in life or death situations.”
“Without this helicopter, far too many Oregonians who earn a living on our coast or enjoy its beautiful beaches would be at risk,” Bonamici said. “I’m glad to see that the air facility and its helicopter will remain in Newport for the next year, and I will continue to work with my colleagues on a permanent solution.”
In a letter last month<http://www.wyden.senate.gov/…/bipartisan-bicoastal-group-of…>, the Oregon lawmakers, along with South Carolina Senators Tim Scott, R-S.C. and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Representatives Mark Sanford, R-S.C., and Tom Rice, R-S.C., and Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., urged the Department of Homeland Security to reverse the Coast Guard’s decision. This letter came on the heels of a letter that Oregon lawmakers sent to the Commandant of the Coast Guard urging him to keep the helicopter in Newport.
While the Coast Guard claims that it would still be able to meet the national standard of a two-hour search-and-rescue response time, local fishermen and Central Coast residents who depend on the rescue helicopters say first-hand experience shows that closure of the base will lengthen response times and threaten the safety of local mariners.
Newport houses National Oceanic and Atmospheric vessels and Oregon’s largest commercial fishing fleet, in addition to research vessels from Oregon State University. In response to repeated calls from Oregon lawmakers, the Coast Guard announced it would delay the December 1 closure of the Newport facility until December 15
Bipartisan, Bicoastal Group of Lawmakers Calls on Coast Guard to Keep Facilities Open | Senator… – Washington, D.C. In a continued effort to ensure the safety of residents living and working in coastal…
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.
The waning Moon rises in the east by about 10 or 10:30 p.m. tonight, with bright Jupiter shining to its upper left. Fainter Regulus, to their lower left, forms a nearly equilateral triangle with them.
Keep an eye out for early-arriving Geminid meteors! This annual shower should peak late on Saturday and Sunday nights; see tomorrow.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5, in Libra) is emerging into the dawn sky. In early dawn, look for it low in the east-southeast, far below Arcturus and Spica. Binoculars help.
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
©2014 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Th 11 High 3:52 AM 7.0 7:43 AM Set 11:01 AM 82
~ 11 Low 9:30 AM 3.3 4:37 PM Rise 10:02 PM
~ 11 High 2:59 PM 7.0
~ 11 Low 9:52 PM 0.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do.
~ I think all great innovations are built on rejections. – Louise Nevelson (1889-1988) Russian artist
~ You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche
~ Your whole idea about yourself is borrowed from those who have no idea of who they are themselves. – Osho
~ A pessimist is a man who looks both ways when he crosses the street. – Dr. Lawrence J. Peter (1919-1990) US pop psychologist, writer
The show opened on time. Sound the sirens. Motorcycle cops. Then two big black cars filled with big men in blond felt hats pulled up in front of the school. The crowd seemed to hold its breath. Four big marshals got out of each car and from somewhere in the automobiles they extracted the littlest Negro girl you ever saw, dressed in shining starchy white, with new white shoes on feet so little they were almost round. Her face and little legs were very black against the white.
The big marshals stood her on the curb and a jangle of jeering shrieks went up from behind the barricades. The little girl did not look at the howling crowd, but from the side, the whites of her eyes showed like those of a frightened fawn. The men turned her around like a doll, and then the strange procession moved up the broad walk toward the school, and the child was even more a mite because the men were so big. Then the girl made a curious hop, and I think I know what it was. I think in her whole life she had not gone ten steps without skipping, but now in the middle of her first step, the weight bore her down and her little round feet took measured, reluctant steps between the tall guards. Slowly they climbed the steps and entered the school. – In his book Travels with Charley, John Steinbeck wrote down what he saw that morning as he was driving through the city. It was 8:40 in the morning of November 14, 1960, when little Ruby Bridges tried to go to class at the William Franz School in New Orleans. She had to walk through a crowd of angry housewives and teenagers who came every morning to protest the integration of the school.
Make a Witch Ball Spell – December 5th, 2006
Color of the day: Black Incense of the day: Neroli
Years ago Witch balls hung in the windows of many homes. These were glass balls similar to the gazing balls you see today in many gardens. The purpose of these balls was to repel the evil eye. Here’s how you can make your own. Purchase clear glass or plastic Christmas ornaments from a craft store, along with bottles of liquid gold and silver metallic craft paints. You can also purchase other colors of paint—it’s up to you. Next, remove the wire loop at the top of the ornament. Squeeze small amounts of the paint on to the ornament, in pleasing combinations of colors. Swirl the ornament around, so the paints blend and coat the interior of the ornament. Leave it to dry overnight. On the next day, replace the wire loops at the top of the ornament and charge it with your magical intent. Hang it with a pretty cord in your window or on a holiday tree. The pattern made by the paints will trap and hold any negative energy.
1 cup mugwort
1/2 cup rose petals
1/2 cup german chamomile
1/2 cup of sweet hops
1/3 cup lavender buds
1/3 cup catnip crushed
1/4 cup peppermint
Mix the ingredients together. Make cloth bags from a 5×12 inch piece of material and fill the bags with your mixture. Sew the top of the bag shut.
Sweet dreams! These make great craft fair items, inexpensive gifts or neat items for gift baskets.
From Herbal Witchcraft
Santa Claus, like all pilots, gets regular visits from the Federal Aviation Administration, and the FAA examiner arrived last week for the pre-Christmas flight check. In preparation, Santa had the elves wash the sled and bathe all the reindeer. Santa got his logbook out and made sure all his paperwork was in order. He knew they would examine all his equipment and truly put Santa’s flying skills to the test.
The examiner walked slowly around the sled. He checked the reindeer harnesses, the landing gear, and even Rudolph’s nose. He painstakingly reviewed Santa’s weight and balance calculations for sled’s enormous payload. Finally, they were ready for the check ride. Santa got in and fastened his seat belt and shoulder harness and checked the compass.
Then the examiner hopped in carrying, to Santa’s surprise, a shotgun. “What’s that for!?” asked Santa incredulously.
The examiner winked and said, “I’m not supposed to tell you this ahead of time,” as he leaned over to whisper in Santa’s ear, “but you’re gonna lose an engine on takeoff.”