39F? Wow! We’ve got chilly and clear weather ahead this whole week. The porch railings are still wet and droplets of water are scintillating in the alder, but the humidity is down to 41% so that’ll vanish soon.
Yesterday went pretty quickly. We got some small things done (more fennel seed headered) and pretty quickly the House Capuchin group was all there going over things. We working on various projects during the afternoon and there are paper bits all over the carpet up front again, as well as the varnish smell. 🙂 We finished up a little earlier than usual. The holidays took it out of everyone. Tempus and I had a few more chores, so we got out of the shop just after 7pm.
As we were leaving the shop the quarter Moon was flirting with clouds overhead. Stars drifted in and out of visibility, too, but as we drove up the seawall, the moon was illuminating the surf beyond Bayshore. Tempus drove us around to a couple of lighted houses that he has been seeing on this paper route just for a last bit. We added 23 houses.
We spent a quiet evening. I was working on some more designs for my blackwork, having finally finished out this set of towels (which has a matching potholder and dish cloth.
Today Robyne is heading home, which means that Tempus is going to do some shopping in Newport. I’m going to be trying to do a Mab’s Creations inventory and then pull out some of the stuff in back. We have the Wicca 101 class tonight at 6pm, so the shop will be open, late.
This is a Ken Gagne photo from 11/28/14 of pelicans flying over the surf in Yachats and a fishing boat in the background.
Today’s Plant is Nodding Onion, Allium cernuum. This is sometimes called Lady’s Leek. It’s an edible plant in the Allium family, but not particularly choice. (Yeah, personal experience…) It’s called “Nodding” because the inflorescences, the “flower”, tend to droop, unlike a lot of the alliums that end up with a ball on a stick. Most of the plants in this family are edible, but be careful! There are a few that are either disgusting or at least mildly poisonous and there are bulbs that *are* poisonous that are easy to mistake. Onions have been very important as a food/nutrition source for a long while and have even been worshiped at times. These are grown as ornamentals, mostly, but are found wild here on the coast. – Masculine, Mars, Fire, Isis – Cut and dry the flowers and add to a grapevine or rosemary wreath for a house protection spell. These are great for house blessings. Grown in pots indoors or in the garden they protect against evil and particularly against poisonous snakes. When you harvest in the fall, make a decorative braid of onions and hang over bedroom doors to prevent infections. Nodding onions are great for this purpose because, not being particularly great as food, you won’t mind replanting them in the spring as they start to sprout! Purify swords and athames after particularly heavy magicks, by rubbing the blade with a cut bulb, then wash with clear water and oil with rosemary-infused almond oil. Place the dried flowers in a vase at the head of the bed, or pack into a pillow sachet to help clarify prophetic dreams. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allium_cernuum and on Alliums here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allium
Today’s feast is the day of Thomas a Becket. He was Archbishop of Canterbury when he was assassinated in the cathedral. It was a deed that shocked even the violent medieval world. There is some of the history here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Becket Senista heather, Erica genistopha, is the plant associated with this Saint.
The shop opens at 11am! Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. In case of rotten weather, check our Facebook Page as Ancient Light for announcements! 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. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 1/3 at 8:53am.
No matter where you are, even under a dome of city light pollution, deep-sky objects await your binoculars… at least a few of them. One is the big Alpha Persei Association, now high overhead. See Gary Seronik’s Binocular Highlight article and chart in the January Sky & Telescope, page 45.
Venus (magnitude –3.9) shines low through the glow of sunset. Look for it just above the southwest horizon 30 or 40 minutes after sundown. The farther south you live, the higher Venus and Mercury will appear.
Mars (magnitude +1.1, in eastern Capricornus) still glows in the southwest during and after twilight. And it still sets around 8 p.m.
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
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
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
M 29 High 6:20 AM 8.3 7:52 AM Set 1:05 AM 50
~ 29 Low 1:08 PM 1.4 4:45 PM Rise 12:34 PM
~ 29 High 6:58 PM 5.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I give thanks for the abundance and prosperity in my life.
~ When smiling lawns and tasteful cottages begin to embellish a country, we know that order ~ and culture are established. -Andrew Jackson Downing
~ Resolved, never to do anything which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life. – Jonathan Edwards
~ An open heart is a sanctuary where all are welcome. – Paul Ferrini
~ It is much easier to suppress a first desire than to satisfy those that follow. – Benjamin Franklin
The god of dirt
The god of dirt
came up to me many times and said
so many wise and delectable things, I lay
on the grass listening
to his dog voice,
frog voice; now,
he said, and now,
and never once mentioned forever – Mary Oliver (Dream Work)
Crone’s Corner – Sensual Bedroom Spray
10 drops Jasmine
5 drops Patchouli
5 drops Sandalwood
5 drops Ylang Ylang
Add to 16 oz. distilled water in spritzer bottle. Shake well before each use.
GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives 2003
JOY – A relaxing yet uplifting blend.
Orange 3 drops
Cedarwood 3 drops
Add this to 1 Tablespoon of unscented lotion or base oil such as sweet almond oil.
Brought to you by AromaThyme.com – http://www.aromathyme.com
Spicy Business Potpourri – February 1st, 2006
Color of the day: Yellow – Incense of the day: Sandalwood
How about a spicy, magical potpourri to bring in some new business at this dark time of year? In a small jar place three tablespoons of orris root or cellulose fiber fixative, along with one teaspoon of amber, sandalwood, or orange-spice fragrance oils. Allow this to sit overnight. To two cups of small pine cones add one cup rose petals and buds, one-half cup of orange peel ribbons, and each of the following: a whole star anise, several basil leaves, two whole nutmegs, several bay leaves, two cinnamon stick pieces, and several small to medium sea shells. Gently combine all the ingredients in a glass or ceramic bowl. Add the ingredients of the jar from the night before. Store the contents in a glass or plastic jar in a cool, dry, dark place for one week, and it is ready to use. – Laurel Reufner