It’s a morning of dull silver. The clouds, the clematis leaves, the roof next door, every flat surface is wet and reflecting. It’s still quite dark, though. It’s 54F, with gusts up to 27mph so far. There’s a high surf advisory, so it’s likely to be interesting on the beaches. Keep your eyes open! Snow is finally beginning to build up in the mountains, a little. We’re just getting water, enough for a flood watch, with 0.8 inches yesterday and 1.15 so far this morning. It’s disconcerting to watch that number look like a ticker!
Yesterday I was having so much trouble getting going that Tempus and I finally agreed that I ought to go back to bed. I slept until well past 2pm, so I guess I needed it. When I got up, I made sure things were getting going for the ritual, answering questions and sorting out my stuff. I finally got a shower, got dressed and waited….
I took a few minutes with a lighted candle or so to watch the fading of the light at sunset, to remember how dreadful that must have been to our distant ancestors who had only experience to say that the Sun would return. I thought about my Babicka who watched the sun set every day that she could each year at this time and would shake her head and come in and bake up a storm to “tempt the Sun back”. I thought about my Dedi, who was my first teacher, who often would set up something special on Solstice Night for us… often stories and his special eggs and mushrooms midnight snack and then he would make pancakes at sunrise. Now, I understand it as a special offering, but as a kid it was just something that he did and my mother would fuss about his keeping us awake, but allowed it.
I got a nibble of Hatch’s mac and cheese as he was making it and *wow*! He used some more exotic cheeses than standard and it was well worth while. ….and then he added some bacon before he brought it down to the shop. We have some leftovers for lunch and I’m looking forward to more!
When I got down there we still had to set up, but it all gradually came together. There were about 15 of us…. maybe 14…. not sure how it all worked out. We had a good ritual with the gifting goddesses arriving and giving us various things to spread their blessings. Stop at the shop for some of those blessings while they last in the goodie baskets. 🙂
Today we have Herbs at 11am. We’ll be making cedar smudges and scented beeswax ornaments. There’s also Sewing at 3pm. We’ll be finishing re-setting the shop this morning, not that it’s not pretty well done with help from Hatch, Travis and Brooke last night! We’ll probably settle down to some of the projects that are underway…maybe even the new candle display? 🙂
Fascinating article on Corvid (crow) intelligence. Whaddya know? Our best bet for studying alien intelligence is right here on earth! http://io9.com/crows-could-be-the-key-to-understanding-alien-intellige-1480720559
Today’s Plant is Gillyflower, Clove Pink, Carnation, all names that are used for, Dianthus caryophyllus. This plant has been hybridized to the point where the basic flower and the florist’s varieties (which are all that show up in the article….) don’t look a bit alike, although they keep the scent. These also make a yummy tea. Even a single flower in a cup of green tea is enough! There is a lot of symbolism to the flower, depending on which culture you’re in, although they generally are thought to mean love, fascination, and distinction. They were used particularly in crowns of victory in ancient Europe. – Masculine, Sun, Fire, Jupiter – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy (so perfect for hospital bouquets!) and for healing of broken hearts, add red, rather than pink blossoms. White are occasionally used for the protection of children or those who travel. Dried petals make a great addition to sachets, potpourris or incense since they strengthen the properties of other plants and herbs.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianthus_caryophyllus
Mōdraniht, Modresnacht, Mother’s Night is a very old festival that apparently celebrated several goddesses, the Matres or Matrones. This is one of those did-they-didn’t-they feasts that you find in a lot of the modern pagan calendar books, but we aren’t really sure *what* was done, only that something was. What’s in the books is interpretation. It’s possible that this connects to Berchta/Frau Holde/La Befana who are all gifting goddesses. It’s equally possible that this was simply an event where women did the sacrifices or even some other kind of topsy-turvy bit. No one is really sure. Here’s some info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C5%8Ddraniht A similar event is talked about here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%ADsabl%C3%B3t
The shop 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 12/21 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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps. Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 12/21 at 5:36pm.
You are remembered, Carl Sagan! >>>>>> (November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996).
A deep mutual eclipse among Jupiter‘s moons! Callisto will cast its shadow onto Io from 10:13 to 10:32 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. At mid-eclipse, Io should be dimmed by a very noticeable 1.1 magnitude. Compare it carefully with the brightnesses of Jupiter’s other moons. Io will appear just to Jupiter’s east quite close to Ganymede, which is normally only 0.4 magnitude brighter. Dimmer Callisto will be just a little farther east. The timing of this is excellent for observers in Europe, though you’ll have to go out very late; add 5 hours to the times above to get UT. The timing is fair for North America’s East Coast, where Jupiter will be rather low in the east. Westerners miss this one.
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
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder, Nov 25 – Dec 22
Secret of the Unhewn Stone, Dec 23
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
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
Sa 20 Low 4:31 AM 3.1 7:49 AM Rise 6:08 AM 6
~ 20 High 10:29 AM 8.8 4:39 PM Set 3:58 PM
~ 20 Low 5:35 PM -0.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If quitters never win, and winners never quit, then who is the fool who said, “Quit while you’re ahead?”
~ Be what nature intended you for and you will succeed. – Sydney Smith
~ All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer. – It becomes us in humility to make our devout acknowledgments to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for the inestimable civil and religious blessings with which we are favored. – James K. Polk (1795-1849) US President (11)
~ Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Scottish novelist, poet
~ We must know a force greater than our weaknesses. – Jean Toomer
The execution of our Chicago comrades on 11th November 1887, for the sake of their opinions, has become a recognised red-letter day amongst labor organisations. On Sunday, 11th November, 1888, the Melbourne Anarchists assembled at the Queen’s wharf to commemorate the martyrdom of their comrades, and to spread the principles for which they died. J.W. Fleming, D.A. Andrade, J.A. Andrews, R.Beattie, J.McMillan, and L.D.Petrie, delivered appropriate addresses, which were attentively listened to by the numbers present. A quantity of copies of Honesty, the Australian Radical, the portraits of the martyrs, and other Anarchist literature, were disposed of. At the conclusion, an English version of the “Marseillaise” was sung, after which those present joined in the memorable cry, which Fischer shouted from the gallows, “Hurrah for Anarchy!” – From ‘On the Lookout’, Honesty, February, 1889 Source: Melbourne Anarchist Club notes 1889
THE SOLSTICE CHILD – Lunaea Wetherstone – Tune: What Child is This?
What Child is this, who brings such light
That all who see Him grow hopeful
The Solstice candles, this darkest night
Rekindle a flame in our soul
This, this is the Solstice Child
The Sun God brilliant, the Sun God wild
Come, Pagans, to hold Him near
The hope and the light of the New Year.
CHESTNUTS ROASING ON AN OPEN FIRE – Words by Robert Wells, adapted by Susan M. Shaw – Music by Mel Torme
Chestnuts Roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nipping at your nose
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir
And folks dressed up like Eskimos
Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe
Help to make the season bright
Tiny tots with their eyes all a glow
Will find it hard to sleep tonight
They know that Santa’s on his way
He’s loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh
And ev’ry mother’s child is gonna spy
To see if reindeer really know how to fly
And so I’m offering this simple phrase
To kids from one to ninety-two
Although it’s been said many times, many ways
“Merry Yuletide to you!”
Old Ones, Dear Ones – by Link (Anthony)
Old Ones, Dear Ones, Standing Stones
Ancient time piece, ancient thrones.
From Solstice to Solstice and all in between
Beloved King joins beloved Queen.
Old Ones, Dear Ones, to the North
Hear us now, please do come forth
Old Ones, Dear Ones, to the East
Join us now, please share our feast.
Old Ones, Dear Ones, to the South
Share our kiss, mouth to mouth.
Old Ones, Dear Ones, to the West
Be one with us, oh sacred guest
Standing Stones from times of Old
Ancient witness to secrets untold.
Throughout time, we’ve come, we’ve passed
But your circle endures and lasts.
As it happened, a friend whom I had been promising to take to lunch, asked if we could make it that Friday. So, hopping into the car, I taped my “to do” list to the dashboard and went and picked her up.
As she settled into the car, her face dropped.
“Geesh! Thanks a lot!” she sulked.
What!?Then I glanced at my list and saw the first item:
“Take out the Turkey.”