Minus tide at 8:25 PM of -1.2 feet.
Yesterday started grumpy again, and then it went nuts and then fun and then sleepy…. We had a lot of bits and pieces to start the day with, things that have needed to be done and found, little stuff like putting a new hook into one of the poles that we use to get things down from the window shelf. Tempus went hunting for Christmas cards and never did find any, although I know we have several sets. I finally printed some for him for his customers.
Willow and Caleb stopped by to talk awhile. It was good to see them. The Duckmeister also dropped by. She’s hanging by the phone waiting for a granddaughter to have her baby. 🙂 While they were there I got a bunch of machine-sewing done, things that have been sitting awhile.
It looks like they’ve gotten 101 open again. Repairs are going on at 3 spots and ODOT is talking about 20 minutes delays, pilots cars and such. Well, better than the highway falling off, I guess…..
We took Robyne down to the Ona Restaurant for supper, since they were having a Scandinavian buffet. We chowed down on the menu here. >>>> The Limpe had not only butter but a lovely creamy cheese to go with it. I also had iced tea, but the guys drank water. They have a really interesting soup bowl. It sits on an angle, so it’s easy to get the spoon into! We also snagged a rosette or so apiece on the way out! 🙂
We took a drive around and counted 149 lighted houses! Part of that was going to Yachats and back, but we took a loop through our neighborhood, and also down Wakonda Beach road. That means that so far we’re at 266 houses.
When we got home we all turned in, although I got up and did some work on some requested Spoonflower designs.
Early this morning Tempus has headed out on the paper route. He left around 3am, but he’s back in bed, snoring away. I’m going to be at the shop, although I’m considering suggesting that he stay home and get a little sleep. I have sewing to do, hopefully something more for stock!
Today’s plant is the Snowberry, Symphoricarpos albus. My kids used to call this “popcorn plant”, which is a name I’ve heard from others, too. The white berries are used as a food, a soap and for hand lotion. It doesn’t have any magickal uses that I know of, although the folk magicks for this bush amongst the Slavs say that it is “proper” as an offering to statues of the gods. Also it should have the properties of purification and healing, just going by the medicinal uses and the fact that it will re-grow from the root and is planted as riparian erosion control and around abandoned mines and other such places. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphoricarpos_albus
Today is a celebration of the Yule Log and the customs of this time of the year! Traditionally the Yule Log burns for the 12 days of Christmas, lighted tonight. Here’s more on the Yule Log. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule_log …and here is a page about the Yule Log TV program http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule_Log_%28TV_program%29 There are even links at the end to get you to the webcast!
The shop opens at 11am, but we’ll be closed on 12/25 &6! Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. 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,
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. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 12/26 at 5:36am.
Tiny Mars in twilight glimmers to the left of the increasingly thick crescent Moon.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.4, in western Leo) rises in the east-northeast around 9 p.m. About 45 minutes later, fainter Regulus (magnitude +1.4) rises below it. By dawn they shine in the west-southwest — with Regulus now to Jupiter’s upper left.
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
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,
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Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch – The silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) is the most common tree birch in much of Europe. It grows up to 30 m (100 feet) high, but is more often found in spreading clumps on sandy soils. It is one of the first trees to colonize an area after a mature forest is cut; this is probably a large part of its symbolic connection with new beginnings. It is cultivated in North America, often under the name of weeping birch. The three trees in my front yard form root sprouts that would take over the bed where they are planted if I didn’t cut them back. The common birch (B. pubescens Ehrh.) is almost as widespread as the silver birch, but grows primarily on acid or peaty soils. It can reach 20 m (65 feet) in height. Birches are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae). Curtis Clark
Beth – Birch – Ogam letter correspondences –
Meaning: New Beginnings; Changes; Purification.
Phagos – Beech Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Letter: PH, IO
Meaning: New experiences and information coming
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 24 High 2:13 AM 7.6 7:51 AM Rise 9:40 AM 4
~ 24 Low 7:44 AM 2.6 4:41 PM Set 8:19 PM
~ 24 High 1:30 PM 8.9
~ 24 Low 8:25 PM -1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Never miss the opportunity to compliment or say something encouraging to someone.
~ Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: “I’m with you kid. Let’s go. ~ Maya Angelou
~ I require constant reminding of the availability of the ecstatic currents that flow through me as a result of the intercourse of the energies of the Earth and Sky. – Arun Once Was ZyGoat
~ If it is not right, do not do it; if it is not true, do not say it. – Marcus Aurelius
~ One of the dreariest spots on life’s road is the point of conviction that nothing will ever again happen to you. – Faith Baldwin (1893-1978) US writer
The Fly by William Blake.
Thy summer’s play
My thoughtless hand
Has brushed away.
Am not I
A fly like thee?
Or art not thou
A man like me?
For I dance
And drink, and sing,
Till some blind hand
Shall brush my wing.
If thought is life
And strength and breath
And the want
Of thought is death;
Then am I
A happy fly,
If I live,
Or if I die.
Ghosts of Christmas Spell
December 23rd, 2005 – Color of the day: Coral – Incense of the day: Dill
It is appropriate that Larentia, the Roman mother goddess of friendly ghosts, was honored today. Traditionally, December is a time when ghosts are active. All we have to do is think of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to understand this. As the year draws to a close, it is time to honor our ancestral spirits and any friendly spirits that have taken up residence with us. Prepare the following sachet to protect your home and to welcome friendly spirits. In an attractive scrap of fabric tie up a pinch of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, one crushed bay leaf, and a tablespoon of dried orange peel. Tie it up with a green ribbon, and leave it near a window, or put a pinch in an old shoe and leave on your porch – a place where house spirits frequently dwell. End by lighting a green candle and saying: “Friendly spirits alone are welcome in this place. Come in peace, or come not at all. As I will, so mote it be.”
By: James Kambos
Snow Protection Spell
You will need:
- one peppercorn
- one pinch of salt
- one pinch of powdered sugar
- pinch of powdered ginger
- pinch of powdered cloves
- a small pinch of cayenne pepper
- snow pattern cotton cloth square
- small bowl
Put the sugar in the bowl, saying and visualizing: “Spirit of Snow, Spirit of Rain, Spirit of Storm and Stormy Sea, please add your power to this spell.”
Add the salt to the bowl, saying: “I charge you with stability.”
Place the peppercorn in bowl, saying: “I charge you with protection.”
Add the cayenne pepper, saying: “I charge you with warmth.”
Add the ginger, saying: “I charge you with protection.”
Add the cinnamon, saying “I charge you with the strength of the roof tree.”
Add the Add the cloves, saying: “I charge you with protection. “
Mix the assembled spices and salt with your fingers and visualize yourself having a safe, healthy, and guarded time. Now transfer the herbs to the center of the cloth square. Fold in half and in half again and sew up the ends. Carry this with you. Make a new charm ever snowy/rainy season.
Capricorn Begins (Various Locations)
Goddess Of The Day: AMALTHEIA
Themes: Success; Humor; Reason; Devotion; Providence
Symbols: Goat; Cornucopia; Stars
About Amaltheia: In Greek Mythology, this she-goat goddess nourished Zeus as an infant. In later years, Zeus broke off one of her horns,which became the cornucopia, providing sustenance for all earth’s creatures. For her diligence and service, Amaltheia was transformed into the constellation Capricorn, where she remains.
To Do Today: This astrological sign begins on the first day of winter with the power of logic and reason to guide action, balanced by a keen sense of humor when the going gets rough. Those born under this sign strive tenaciously for success, like the stubborn goat that they are. To improve your personal tenacity, make a paper horn filled with fruit. From now until the end of the year, eat a piece of fruit each day named after the area of your life in which you need Amaltheia’s diligence. Take that energy with you each day so that by the end of the year you will achieve success. Other ways of emphasizing Amaltheia’s power include keeping the image of a goat (perhaps cut out of a magazine, or one made of stone) on your altar or in another place of honor today, carrying fortitude-inspiring herbs like gingerroot and carnation, or tucking in your pocket for the day stones that inspire victory (like marble). By Patricia Telesco ~ From “365 Goddess”
When four of Santa’s elves got sick, the trainee elves did not produce toys as fast as the regular ones, and Santa began to feel the Pre-Christmas pressure.
Then Mrs. Claus told Santa her Mother was coming to visit, which stressed Santa even more.
When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two others had jumped the fence and were out, Heaven knows where.
Then when he began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboards cracked, the toy bag fell to the ground and all the toys were scattered.
Frustrated, Santa went in the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum. When he went to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drunk all the cider and hidden the liquor.. In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the cider jug, and it broke into hundreds of little glass pieces all over the kitchen floor. He went to get the broom and found the mice had eaten all the straw off the end of the broom.
Just then the doorbell rang, and an irritated Santa marched to the door, yanked it open, and there stood a little angel with a great big Christmas tree.
The angel said very cheerfully, ‘Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn’t this a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to stick it?’
And so began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.
Not a lot of people know this!…….- Jonathan M Richards