It’s 56F and supposedly raining, although it’s not anything like yesterday. Only .1 inch since midnight, where yesterday we got two inches! It’s completely overcast at 1300 feet and very still. Things are dripping, but everything looks very deeply green in the twilight that should be giving way to light an 1/2 hour past sunrise on this shortest day.
Yesterday it stayed pretty gloomy as I was getting ready for the day at the shop. *Lots* of water bucketing down. No wonder they call this weather an “atmospheric river”! Tempus was glistening from the wet when he got into the car to drive us down to the shop and his hat was dripping. You couldn’t see the ocean as we were coming down the hill, too much water in the air in between. The tide was fairly high and the bay *full* of wood that had been washing down the river. The Alsea wasn’t at flood stage, but it was pretty full. By 11am we were at 1.62 inches of rain!
Brook came by to help work on things and we made cedar smudges and then worked on the library, while Tempus was sorting out the Circle Altar and getting things washed and put away. She left midafternoon and we found out the 101 had been closed between Heceta Head and Sea Lion Caves…mp 177, mostly likely that bit just south of the tunnel that blew out back in ’99….. 20 has landslides and high water, 34 has flooding all along (not on the road)…. 1.82 inches of rain by 3pm!!!! Interesting weather. Tempus went out to check the part of his paper route the goes up 34 late in the afternoon and when he got back a friend stopped by that we had wanted to discuss some leftover stuff about my mother’s estate with, so that took the rest of the day.
Marius and Rowan got caught on the far side of the 101 closure! They were driving home from Coos Bay, where Marius was working today and they discovered it and had to come home through Eugene and around. Hatch and Travis were supposed to go up there for D&D, but that was going to get them home awfully late and tired. Well, didn’t matter. They got together, anyway. 🙂 and the youngsters got home past midnight.
By that time we had 2 inches of rain! Tempus took off for the papers at around 4 and I was up for a bit at 7am, being antsy, and then stayed up for sunrise….not that it was visible!
“The Flood Warning continues for the Alsea river near Tidewater. * At 3 am Sunday the stage was…18.9 feet / 21810 cfs. * Flood stage is 18.0 feet and flood flow is 19500 cfs. * Forecast…this river was near a crest at 18.9 ft at 3 am Sunday. This river is expected to fall below flood stage around 4 PM Sunday and continue falling for the next couple days. * Impact…above 18 ft, expect minor flooding of low-lying pasture land, roads, and a few structures close to the river.”
So, today is the monthly potluck for House Capuchin at the shop. There’s no morning class until January 18 since the young folks are on their Winter Break. Tempus is going to go open the shop and clean off the back table for our feast while Hatch and I are are cooking this morning. Yes, the shop is open on these days, but we’ll be in costume! Actually, it’s kinda fun to see…
Sumpin’ *gawjus*! Temari Balls http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2013/12/temari/
…and if you’re feeling crafty, a mini-gingerbread house that’s permanent! http://www.pixiefaire.com/blogs/doll-tips-and-tutorials/10921785-miniature-gingerbread-house
…and *wow* singing! This is just lovely. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJ_MGWio-vc I have a new favorite group. Or this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghe_2_UcX9U …although I have *no* idea what the pictures are all about…. A golf ball? …and one more pretty…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sme8N2pzRx8
Today’s plant is the trillium, specifically the varieties for our state, of the Giant Purple Wakerobin, the Idaho Trillium and Round Leaf Trillium. These are one of the characteristic flowers of the Oregon spring forests, the flowers of spring called Wakerobin since in many places robins and trilliums appear at the same time. It is also called Birthroot and has been used medicinally to control bleeding. Tripartite petals and flower make this an unusual plant and since they grow widely separated in the undergrowth of forests, they’re striking when you come across them. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Carry the root to attract money and luck or – Masculine, Venus & Saturn, Earth – the magicks of trillium are concerned with boundaries and lust. ….and they’re beautiful! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trillium Yes, it’s odd to have two sets of correspondences for one plant, but that’s the way this one works!
Yule/Winter Solstice is the Wicca celebration of the birth of the Sun, the return of the God to the physical world. Today the Holly King lays down his crown for the Oak King. We work with a lot of myths and folklore from around the world, too, but the return of hope, the spark of new life is what we’re working with here. Today is also the beginning of the new year and the end of the first year of the new Cycle in the Mayan Long Count among other things. There is always hope that things will get better, that the world will not end and that the Sun will always rise in the morning, bringing us Light and Joy and Love. Blessed Yule!
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. 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 12/20 at 5:36pm New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Full on 1/4 at 8:53pm.
Sunday, Dec. 21, 6:03 p.m. EST – Winter solstice – The sun reaches its southernmost position in the sky, and begins moving northward again. New Moon is less than 3 hours away, so the moon is close by, and the sun is flanked by four planets (Mars, Venus, Mercury, and Saturn) and two dwarf planets (Pluto and Ceres). As happens every year at the solstice, the sun is only a few degrees away from “alignment” with the black hole at the center of our Galaxy. This is the longest night and the start of winter in the Northern Hemisphere; the longest day and the start of summer in the Southern Hemisphere. Happy Yule!
Sunday, Dec. 21, 8:36 p.m. EST – New Moon – The moon is not visible on the date of New Moon because it is too close to the sun, but can be seen low in the east as a narrow crescent a morning or two before, just before sunrise. It is visible low in the West an evening or two after New Moon.
Mercury is buried in the sunset.
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
Runic half-month of Eihwaz/Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books,
©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
Su 21 High 12:02 AM 6.9 7:49 AM Rise 7:09 AM 1
~ 21 Low 5:18 AM 3.0 4:40 PM Set 4:55 PM
~ 21 High 11:12 AM 9.1
~ 21 Low 6:17 PM -1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t ask for an easier life; ask to be a stronger person.
~ Everything happens for a reason. Neither success nor failure is an accident. They have specific causes, and when you repeat the causes you get the same effects, no matter who you are. – Brian Tracy
~ The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation. – Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1919-2000) Canadian Prime Minister
~ A man who tries to carry a cat home by its tail will learn a lesson that can be learned in no other way. – Mark Twain
~ Dream big, and dare to fail. – Colonel Norman Vaughan, American dogsled driver and explorer, drove a dog team in Richard E. Byrd ‘s 1928 expedition to the South Pole
The Fish – Mary Oliver
The first fish
I ever caught
would not lie down
quiet in the pail
but flailed and sucked
at the burning
amazement of the air
in the slow pouring off
of rainbows. Later
I opened his body and separated
the flesh from the bones
and ate him. Now the sea
is in me: I am the fish, the fish
glitters in me; we are
risen, tangled together, certain to fall
back to the sea. Out of pain,
and pain, and more pain
we feed this feverish plot, we are nourished
by the mystery.
Hot Tea Punch
6 cups water
3/4 cup sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
8 whole cloves
5 tea bags
1 1/2 cups orange juice
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
Bring first 4 ingredients to boil in heavy large saucepan over high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Boil 6 minutes. Remove from heat. Add tea bags. Cover and let steep 10 minutes. Discard tea bags. Add orange and lemon juices to punch. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Rewarm before continuing.) Using slotted spoon, remove whole spices. Serve hot.
1 ½ cup sugar
1 ¼ cup cocoa powder
1 ¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup hot water
1 gallon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
This recipe can be doubled and kept in crock-pot for easier serving to large
In large saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa and salt. Add hot water slowly,
mixing well. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils
Boil and stir 2 minutes.
Add milk; heat to serving temperature, stirring occasionally. DO NOT boil.
Remove from heat; add vanilla, and cinnamon; whip with a whisk. Serve hot,
with whipped cream or marshmallows if desired.
Yule Float – My kids used to love this. I gag at the notion….
1 can of coke.
3 scoops of ice cream – chocolate or vanilla.
Equal amounts of cherries, green and red gum drops and green and red
chocolate candy sweets.
Whipped cream topping from a can.
Put ice cream in cup, pour the coke onto it and then add the whipped cream,
cherries, gum drops and candy.