Open Circle for the Yule Sabbat 7pm!
Its 47F and bright sunshine is falling on my altar.
Yesterday I was very late getting to the shop. I was trying to do the books and got tangled up, so Tempus headed down without me, while I got things unknotted. I was there by 1pm and hard at work, but Tempus had to go deal with a tire that had gone right down to the cords without us realizing…. So that got done and I wish I had gotten a picture of what he looked like having been out in the wind. 🙂
I varnished another set of the dyed wood things and had an idea. I pulled out the 6 colors so that I could head across the street to get a 1/4 yard of each color for bags! Just after I got back Sabrina arrived and we settled in to sewing for about an hour, then she headed out to check out another space for rent in town, but came back after and we kept going until past 6pm. Tempus was putting up window lights at that point.
We finally got home past 8pm and had a lovely supper of ham, carrots and baked potato. I was talking to friends most of the evening when I wasn’t talking to Tempus and then I crawled into bed with a book, only to become wakeful after he had come in and gone to sleep. Around 2:30 there were several flashes of lightning and peals of thunder and after that I did manage to finally doze off, but one of those rumbles went on for most of a minute rumbling from the ocean to the mountains and then echoing back.
I’m not doing well this morning. I just didn’t get enough sleep to get by on. Tempus is working on bread for tonight’s ritual. The weather is supposed to close back in with a lot of rain tomorrow into Sunday. Also, in addition to the minus tides there’s a high surf advisory going. The shop is going to open at the regular time and then stay that way into the ritual time, although we’ll be moving things around after 6pm.
I’ve often heard people talk about “beach thistle”, but Sea Holly, Eryngium maritimum isn’t a thistle. It’s actually related to carrots. The young shoots can be blanched and eaten like asparagus and the roots (which can get up to 20 feet long!!!!) are peeled, boiled and cut, then braided and candied. Prepared thus they are a good cough and cold remedy. The roots can also be boiled or roasted as well and are very nutritious. It is native to Europe, but going extinct in certain areas. – Masculine, Fire, Venus – This plant is an aphrodisiac, pure and simple.
Iuventas, is the Goddess of Youth, Roman mythology‘s version of the goddess Hebe of Greek mythology. A celebration was held for all the youth who had come of age (14 years old) in the preceding year. Boys offered a coin to her when they wore a man’s toga for the first time. The temple of Juventas on the Capitol was more ancient than that of Jupiter. She also had a second temple in the Circus Maximus. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juventas
The shop opens at 11am and we’ll be open next week on the Tuesday/Wed 23rd and 24th, then closed on 12/25 &6! 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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends on 12/20 at 5:36am.
Friday, Dec. 19, 1 hour before sunrise – Saturn and the Moon – Saturn makes a reappearance as a “morning star” close to the slender waning crescent moon, just before sunrise Friday morning. Saturn (magnitude +0.5, between Libra and Scorpius) is emerging into the dawn sky. During early dawn look for it low in the southeast, far below Arcturus.
Have you ever tried to catch Sirius actually rising? If you can find a good view down to the east-southeast horizon, watch for Sirius emerging about two fists at arm’s length below Orion‘s Belt. It now rises sometime around 7:30 or 8 p.m. local time, depending on your location. When a star is very low, it tends to twinkle quite slowly and often in vivid colors. Sirius is bright enough to show these effects well.
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder, Nov 25 – Dec 22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
Secret of the Unhewn Stone, Dec 23
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 19 Low 3:42 AM 3.1 7:48 AM Rise 5:04 AM 12
~ 19 High 9:46 AM 8.5 4:39 PM Set 3:10 PM
~ 19 Low 4:54 PM -0.1
~ 19 High 11:17 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There is only one success–to be able to spend your life in your own way.
~ You can decide within yourself how circumstances will affect you. Between what happens to you, or the stimulus, and your response to it is your freedom or power to choose that response. – Principles of Personal Vision
~ If you want to know what the word of “God” is, sit down and listen. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ A man learns to skate by staggering about making a fool of himself; indeed, he progresses in all things by making a fool of himself. – GB Shaw
~ It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it. – Upton Sinclair (1878-1968) US writer
The Dial of Flowers – Felicia Hemans
A lovely thought to mark the hours,
As they floated in light away,
By the opening and the folding flowers,
That laugh to the summer’s day.
Thus had each moment its own rich hue,
And its graceful cup and bell,
In whose colour’d vase might sleep the dew,
Like a pearl in an ocean-shell.
To such sweet signs might the time have flow’d
In a golden current on,
Ere from the garden, man’s first abode,
The glorious guests were gone.
So might the days have been brightly told-
Those days of song and dreams
When shepherds gather’d their flocks of old
By the blue Arcadian streams.
So in those isles of delight, that rest
Far off in a breezeless main,
Which many a bark, with a weary quest,
Has sought, but still in vain.
Yet is not life, in its real flight,
Mark’d thus even thus on earth,
By the closing of one hope’s delight,
And another’s gentle birth ?
Oh ! let us live, so that flower by flower,
Shutting in turn, may leave
A lingerer still for the sunset hour,
A charm for the shaded eve.
Yule Tree – (For Yule) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/yuletree.html
Materials: Tree of the traditional seasonal type
Decorative materials: Popcorn strings, tinsel, wooden stars, ornaments of any sort, fake snowflakes . . . use your imagination!
Directions: Simply decorate the tree however you desire. One fun activity is using popcorn strings, which can be created by stringing them together with a needle and thread. (Make sure you get unsalted, unbuttered popcorn!) Little brooms, apples, or stars, and any other symbols of Yule you like, can be placed at strategic intervals all over the greenery.
Ritual use: Candles or lights can be added to the tree and solemnly lit at a family or solitary ceremony. Gifts can be stored under the tree and joyously given on Yule.
Making Bath Salts
Making your own therapeutic bath salt is really very simple. SaltWorks offers a wide range of high quality sea salts and free bath salt recipes. Bath salts are a wonderful way to implement aromatherapy benefits. Create your own unique bath salt recipe with essential oils, dried herbs and colorants. Making these salts for yourself or for your business takes little time and is very rewarding! There are also recipes for making great spa products such as Salt Glows, Bath Bombs, Crystal Potpourri and Bath Teas!
CAUTION: Essential Oils you should avoid in the bath include but are not limited to basil, oregano, thyme, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, black pepper, and bay (Pimenta and Laurus). Also avoid any oils that can cause sensitivity to your skin.
Consult your physician if you have high blood pressure, are pregnant or have other medical concerns.
Blending Bath Salts:
Bath Salts: Sea salts and essential oils are a wonderfully synergistic combination. The relaxing properties of hot water compliment the effects of well chosen salts and essential oils. Aromatic baths can provide relief from stress and anxiety, assist with muscle and joint pains, and treat the symptoms of more severe skin conditions. Both men and women are enjoying aromatic baths in increasing numbers. The therapeutic benefits of sea salt baths are well known and often recommended by doctors for treating a wide range of medical conditions.
Aroma Therapy: Aromatherapy is the practice of controlled use of essential oils to maintain and promote physical, psychological, and spiritual well being. As a holistic medicine, Aromatherapy is both a preventative approach as well as an active treatment during acute and chronic stages of illness.
Essential Oils: Essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts distilled from a variety of plant material including leaves, flowers, needles, fruit peels, grasses, wood and roots. These oils, with the exception of Lavender and Tea Tree, should always be diluted in carrier oil before applying directly to the skin.
Dried Herbs: Many dried herbs possess the same scent and healing properties of their essential oil counterparts. Herbs are popular additions to bath salts and bath teas and look great in a finished product, one draw back is that it can be messy in the tub. A good option is to include an organza bag with your salts to use as a tea bag – the salts melt, the herbs seep in the hot bath water and once the bag dries it is easy to empty out the herbs and re-use the bag.
Carrier Oils: moisturizing vegetable oils are commonly used as a “carrier” for essential oils. Most essential oils are too strong to apply directly to the skin and should be diluted 12-30 drops to 1oz of carrier oil. Carrier oils are also combined with sea salts to create defoliant salt scrubs.
Hydrogen Peroxide: Adding hydrogen peroxide to bathwater increases oxygen available to the body. Hydrogen peroxide baths leave the body feeling alert and revitalized, like just after a rain shower. This gentle bath is antibacterial, antiviral, and cleansing to the emotional and energetic bodies. Add six ounces of food-grade hydrogen peroxide to a hot bath and soak for 20-30 minutes. Be careful in handling this concentrated solution of hydrogen peroxide as it can “burn” or irritate the skin. Diluted in the bathwater, it is fine for skin contact.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar baths restore a natural pH to the skin and hair, as well as rejuvenating and building up the body’s resistance. It helps restore acid mantle protection to the skin, which is lost from swimming and from routine use of soaps on the skin. It thus helps combat “unfriendly” bacteria, fungal overgrowth, and as helpful with vaginal and bladder infections. Apple cider vinegar baths are soothing to the skin, alleviating itchiness, poison ivy, and sunburn discomfort. As with all hot baths, it causes the pores to open and aids in general systemic detoxification. Make certain to use pure, unprocessed apply cider vinegar. Use 2-4 cups in a hot bath.
Sodium Bicarbonate: A hot bath with equal parts of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and sea salt assists in detoxification from exposure to heavy metals and radiation. It is also beneficial for cleansing the theauric field, and for soothing itchy skin. In combination, use 1-2 pounds of each. Sea salts is recommended, as opposed to rock salt or common table salt, which are depleted of nourishing minerals.
Citric Acid: Citric Acid is a key ingredient, along with Sodium Bicarbonate, for bath fizzies (recipe below). It is also great for making fizzy bath salts. The combination creates an effervescent blend that helps release the aroma of your essential oils into the air, creating an uplifting aromatic bath.
Colorants: FD&C dyes dispersed in liquid or glycerin are popular for adding color to bath salts. Herbs can also be used to create beautiful natural colors for your salts. Powdered Mica can create beautiful pearl essence salt.
Mix Salts together, set aside. Mix all oils together. Pour oils mixture into storage jar. Jar should be glass or PET and have an airtight seal. Slowly add salt and mix well.
Salt Glow should be stored in cool dark place to maximize shelf life. Adding a drop or two of Rosemary Essential Oil will help to preserve your scrubs.
1/2 C Breton™ Coarse or Breton™ Brut
Sweet Orange Essential Oil
Dried Lavender Buds
Dried Chamomile Flowers
Large 3×5 inch tea bags
(can substitute tea bags with Organza Bags or Muslin Bags)
Add essential oil to salt and mix well. Add dried herbs and stir to combine. Fill each tea bag with approx 4oz of mixture, Package individually in plastic to seal in the scent.
To Use: Simply toss one bag into warm bath water. As the tea bag seeps the salts will melt and the fragrance from the essential oils and herbs will disperse. When done, throw the tea bag away!
RIO™ Sea Salt Crystals – Jumbo
Essential Oils or Fragrance Oils
Making Salt Crystal Potpourri is a simple process. The trickiest part is the coloring of the crystals. You have 3 choices for colorings: Liquid Based, Glycerin Based or Mica Powders. The liquid based colorings will dry the best, glycerin will be a nice translucent coloring and Mica gives you opalescent options. You can also simply rinse the crystals for a “glass like” look (see Rio Salt Page).
Add Fragrance and Color. Crystals out on Parchment to dry. If you’re using liquid or glycerin colorants, an easy way to color the crystals is by wearing rubber gloves and rubbing the color on the crystals. Mica’s you will have to sprinkle than mist with your fragrance.
- ESSENTIAL OIL BLENDS – 3/4 oz Grapefruit & 1/4 oz Eucalyptus
- Cleansing – 1/2 oz Lavender & 1/2 oz Bergamot
- Soothing & Relaxing – 1/4 oz Lemon grass / 3/4 oz Lime
- Uplifting – 1/4 oz Rosemary & 3/4 oz Spearmint
- Energizing – 3/4 oz Sweet Orange & 1/4 oz Chamomile
- Calm & Happy – 1/4 oz Eucalyptus, 3/4 oz Lavender & 6 dps Tea Tree
- Cold Relief – 1/2 oz Geranium & 1/2 oz Grapefruit
- *Always use caution when working with EO’s, See basic guidelines under “Blends”.
1C Ceara™ Sea Salt – Extra Small
1 1/4 C Citric Acid
2 1/2 C Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda)
Essential Oil Blend
Dried Herbs (optional)
Mix all dry ingredients. Prepare molds by sprinkling dried herbs on the bottom. Moisten mixture with witch hazel and essential oils using a spray bottle. As soon as mixture holds its shape, pack into the molds. Use caution DO NOT over mist! Allow to dry overnight, then remove from molds. Package in airtight plastic bags.
Try varying the formulas above to create your own signature products!
Scenting Sea Salts: All of the sea salts that SaltWorks™ offers are very easy to scent. The amount of Essential Oils or Fragrance Oils you will need to use will depend on the quality of oil and the variety of oil used. For example, you would need more grapefruit in your salts than peppermint as the mint family is much stronger than the citrus. The oils will travel easily through the salts. Always store your scented salts in airtight glass or PET (type of plastic) containers.
Coloring Sea Salts: Be sure to use FD&C approved, or herbal, colorants for bath salts. It is recommended scenting the salts first and then coloring. Once you mix in the color, let sit in a sealed container overnight. The color will disperse for a more even coverage.
Sea Salt Cell: Some therapies call for a Sea Salt Cell or Dead Sea Salt Cell. This is simply a single bath portion of Sea Salts mixed with Therapeutic grade Essential Oils. A deep therapy cell will call for 2 lbs of salt mixed with approx. 40 drops of your chosen EO Blend.
Check out our online store for many types of therapeutic bath salts.
Silliness – One Christmas, Phil and Will built a skating rink in the middle of a pasture. A shepherd leading his flock decided to take a shortcut across the rink. The sheep, however, were afraid of the ice and wouldn’t cross it. Desperate, the shepherd began tugging them to the other side. “Look at that,” remarked Phil to Will. “That guy is trying to pull the wool over our ice!”