Yesterday, right after the newsletter went out the sun came out for a bit. The light is falling right on my altar now, in the mornings. I got a shower and by 10 am the winds were really picking up, back up into the low 20’s with gusts topping 40mph. One gust at Mary’s Peak in the early afternoon topped 80mph. We had the doors open on the shop, but at about 12:30, closed the back because of the wind. There was a gorgeous rainbow that showed up around then, and then one sucker hole after rain shower after gust with the clouds just *booking* along… …and then we had to shut the front door since all the pennants and hangings went horizontal and everything peeled off of the bulletin board … and various creakings and crunchings ensued…. I got to listen to my tuned chime again. Tempus had untangled the rosevine from it last week.
Tempus headed home to work on his shop up there. I spent some time finding bits and pieces of projects that got stopped and then scattered over the summer and then taking pictures of some stuff that we found in the cleaning.
We had the proverbial good news and bad news yesterday. GMO labeling failed, but we have our rescue copter for another year!
By 2:30 there were a lot of windgusts from 60-80mph being reported, the worst of ’em from Mary’s Peak. …and the lights were flickering, but only for a little while and then it started to rain fishhooks and hammer handles! You could hear it drumming on the roof of the shop.
Sabrina came in late in the afternoon just after I realized I was hearing dripping sounds in the back of the shop and called Tempus to come down and take a look. We sat and stitched and chatted and then took a side trip over to Family Fabrics, across the street, while Tempus took a break. They have some *nice* stuff, and quite a variety! We also stopped in to talk to Leslie and Ken at the Chocolate Frog. Tempus decided that the leak wasn’t something that we could do much about other than move things and not too awful, anyway, but it’s going to have to get fixed.
After Marius got off work, he and Rowan came down to the shop with sewing in hand and we all worked on projects and talked politics and projects until around 9pm, then headed home. I spent an hour or so on mail at home and then crawled into bed and read until Tempus was finished with a bath and slept like a dead thing.
Today we have to get tags onto the projects that are going with the guys tomorrow and make sure nothing got damaged by yesterday’s weather. I have to run across the street to get some thread for the puff cushions and I’m guessing Tempus will need to deliver that lawn mower, as well as take a bank deposit. It looks like there was a bit of flooding on the Alsea River, but not a lot of other damage than trees down.
A Ken Gagne photo from yesterday of the seagulls hunkering down before the storm at Schooner Creek just south of Lincoln City.
Today’s Plant is Luffa (or loofah, luffa aegyptica or luffa acutangula). This is an odd sort of plant, rather like a cucumber in that it’s a long, green vegetable with the flesh on the outside and a core full of seeds. They’re even edible, if a little bitter, when young. The biggest difference is that they grow a fibrous frame that has been used for a long time as a “vegetable sponge” wherever they grow, and are particularly good for scrubbing scratchable dishes, counters and glassware. They’re used a lot in Chinese medicine, and the juice is a remedy for jaundice. – Feminine, Moon, Water – Their magicks include helping with rheumatism and arthritis, detoxing, especially the liver, and with acne and scarring.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luffa
…and we think we’ve got it tough with Santa Claus and having to wait and be good and all! How would you like to be from Iceland where the jólasveinarnir, the Yuletide lads, start showing up on the 12th of December and do things like skimming the cream off the milk, swiping meat out of a pan and they’re all the kids of a pair of trolls!!!! They used to (pretend to) beat kids and sometimes kidnap them, but now they’re a little nicer and look a lot more like Santa’s Elves than gruesome Fae. Here are some pictures: http://jol.ismennt.is/myndasafn3.htm and a little lore: http://jol.ismennt.is/english/christmas-lads-museum.htm (most of the links on that page are broken) Wikipedia has more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule_Lads and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_worldwide#Iceland
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.
This is the time of year when, around 8 or 9 p.m., Cassiopeia crosses very high in the north as a flattened letter M. When do you see it lined up perfectly level?
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) are still well up in the southern sky right after dark. Use binoculars or a small telescope and our finder charts for Uranus and Neptune.
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
F 12 High 4:35 AM 6.9 7:43 AM Set 11:30 AM 74
~ 12 Low 10:25 AM 3.3 4:37 PM Rise 10:59 PM
~ 12 High 3:48 PM 6.4
~ 12 Low 10:33 PM 1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If you’re not Growing then you’re not Living! Make today better than the day before.
~ The good have no need of an advocate. – Phocion
~ You need to replace guilt with responsibility. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ I prefer to supervise the whole operations of Government myself rather than entrust the public business to subord. – James K. Polk (1795-1849) US President (11)
~ Most witches don’t believe in gods. They know that the gods exist, of course. They even deal with them occasionally. But they don’t believe in them. They know them too well. It would be like believing in the postman. – Terry Pratchett, Witches Abroad
THE DREAM KEEPER
Bring me all of your dreams,
Bring me all your
That I may wrap them
In a blue cloud-cloth
Away from the too-rough fingers
Of the world. – Langston Hughes (1902-1967), American novelist, playwright, and poet, active in the Harlem Renaissance
The Feast of St Lucy: Luciadagen
And I will stay awake throughout the longest winter night
And dress up in a red silk sash and flowing gown of white
And serve my parents with warm sweets and sing for their delight.
And I will wear upon my head a crown of fragrant green
Ablaze with tall white candles, with golden candle-gleam,
And I will be a Lussibrud as in some wondrous dream.
And as the night begins to fade I’ll greet December sun
And knock on all the neighbors’ doors and sing to everyone
And offer all the friends I greet a golden saffron bun.
Lucia maidens will come too, with silver in their hair
And star boys with their studded wands and pointed caps to wear,
And elfin boys will follow us as we walk everywhere.
And I will stay awake throughout the longest winter night
And dress up in my silken sash, my crown, my robe of white
And I will be, for one brief day, Lucia of the Light. – Myra Cohn Livingston, The Feast of St. Lucy: Luciadagen http://www.millan.net/funp/christmas/luciafact.html
May the Moon never Leave You in A place so dark that night is Silent…
May the Sun Always Visit Your Window in Birth of Day, and no Cords Bind You to that which Would Not Stay without Them…
May the Season Hold You, and Open You to All that Awaits, with grace, Dignity, Courage…and Kindness…
May You Walk , even when so Torn, so desolate that Road seems cruel…
But Always Give you the Fortitude to Weather the Pain, the Hurt…
May the Face you See when you Awaken in Snow s gentle Veil, Be the One You Love amd Recieve, with Joy and Hope Doves upon Your Shoulders…Happy Yule.. © Angela Mia Antonelli
The Holly King
I am the Holly King, Lord of the Waning Year. You may know me as the Green Man or as the Winter King. I rule from Midsummer to Midwinter, and my reign culminates in the festivities of Yuletide. As the wren dies to make way for the robin, soon I will bow before my brother the Oak King. You will not see me again until the Sun once more begins to wane. As I prepare to withdraw into the deep midwinter, I contemplate the glowing light of the reborn Sun in my cup — and in this holy grail, I see visions and dreams of the year to come.
Carry a sprig of holly with you as my token. It will protect you against fierce winter storms, and will bestow upon you the focus, direction and courage you need to succeed in your own spiritual quest.
Fill your homes with holly this season! Deck the halls! My evergreen leaves and bright red berries, seen against the barren oaks of winter, will remind you of the Life that sustains us during the bitterest time of the year.” ~The Holly King~