I keep seeing people posting things about Snoqualmie Falls flooding. Last week’s interesting weather is having consequences. Here, though, 49F, just enough breeze to stir the clematis leaves and rock the bamboo chime and we’re seeing the occasional sunbreak, barely enough to cast a shadow. It should clear up some later, so I’m hoping we’re going to be able to go to the park for sunset and try to catch another glimpse of Mercury, Venus and Mars. This >>>> is where they’ll be on the 10th.
As we were heading out the door for the shop yesterday, Hatch and Travis were getting his car ready for their Portland trip. I spent some time online talking to Marius about what they were picking up. Tempus took our car to the shop. It was just a starter problem and covered under warranty!
<<<<<< Tempus working on a sundial on Sunday.
Tempus got to work on varnishing, after checking in on the status of our medical insurance, and I went back to sewing. Hatch and Travis walked in after a bit. They got as far as Seal Rock and had car troubles, so walked back to the shop. Marius came down to us to pick ’em up and then all took off for Portland, not getting back to the house until way after we did.
We kept pecking at things and eventually Tempus went to the post office. We have a whole new box of smudges, and I don’t even dare open the box until we re-open on the 14th! After that he headed over to Shep’s and picked up the car. No charge! That man is a wonder.
>>>>>>> The new peg doll sets >>>>>>>
Tempus started setting up the pegboard display that’s going to 12th Night. By then I had my box of display stuff put together, but was still puzzling over some missing pieces.
Class went well. We pretty well finished Lesson 3, all but the genderqueer deities. The Duckmeister stopped by for a bit to say hi and we thanked her again for the loan of her car over the weekend. After class I was *so* ready to get home….tired…. but Tempus was still working on a couple of projects so it took a bit to get gathered up and head out.
There was a moon halo as we were leaving the shop. I called Tempus out to come look, but up at the house, the clouds were pretty thick. Even with that, the Moon still being Full gave enough light to throw shadows on the path as I trudged up to the front door.
I had intended to really sleep in this morning, so I could get restored after yesterday’s long hours and turned the radio way down so it wouldn’t wake me…. I thought I did, anyway…. but it came on anyway and it finally tickled me up to consciousness just before 9am. Even with a cup of coffee I’m still only just getting the newsletter out.
Today we’re going to start the day at home, but Tempus wants to do a shopping run and I’m going to work at the shop while he’s gone. There’s a ton of stuff to complete yet, even with putting off handwork until we’re actually at the event. <groan> It’s going to be another long, long day.
Ken Gagne got another awesome picture of the Yachats Valley!
Sky Watching Guide 2015! http://www.iflscience.com/space/sky-watching-event-guide-2015
Prague, Staro-Mesto Namesti (Old-Town Square) Christmas Market 2014
Today’s plant is Candy Flower, Claytonia siberica, also called, Siberian Spring Beauty, Siberian Miner’s Lettuce or Pink Purslane) is a flowering plant in the family Montiaceae, native to Siberia and western North America. A synonym is Montia sibirica. The plant was introduced into the United Kingdom by the 18th century where it has become very widespread. It is similar to Miner’s Lettuce in properties, but not as edible. – Feminine, Moon, Water, – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. This one is also a spirit-lifter. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia_sibirica
Twelfth Night is the last day of the 12 days of Yule. It’s called “Chicken Step Day” in Central Europe, because the sun has moved the amount of the chicken step back toward the north. It’s also the Epiphany and the Day of the Magi. These guys in the pic are wassailing the trees! Lots of info pages: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelfth_Night_(holiday) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epiphany_(holiday) http://www.kansascity.com/2014/01/05/4731454/the-night-before-epiphany-in-italy.html
The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday and this week starts our Winter Vacation that runs from today through 1/14! ! 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,
Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 1/6 at 8:32am. 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 at the Tide Change on 1/20 at 5:14pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. , Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 1/13 at 1:46am.
In early evening at this time of year, the Great Square of Pegasus balances on one corner high in the west. The vast Andromeda-Pegasus constellation complex runs all the way from near the zenith (Andromeda’s foot) down through the Great Square (Pegasus’s body) almost to the western horizon (Pegasus’s nose).
Watch lower left of the Moon for <<<< Jupiter and then >>> Regulus >>>>> to rise in early evening. Jupiter (magnitude –2.4, in western Leo) rises in the east-northeast around 8 p.m. About 45 minutes later, fainter Regulus (magnitude +1.4) rises below it. By dawn they shine in the west — with Regulus now to Jupiter’s upper left.
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,
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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
Tu 6 High 1:30 AM 7.2 7:52 AM Set 8:28 AM 99
~ 6 Low 6:57 AM 2.9 4:52 PM Rise 6:52 PM
~ 6 High 12:41 PM 8.3
~ 6 Low 7:35 PM -0.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Thou shalt not weigh more than thy refrigerator
~ It is better to be true to what you believe, though that be wrong, than to be false to what you believe, even if that belief is correct. – Anna Howard Shaw, American preacher, physician and suffragist
~ A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Forgiving creates a new way to remember. – L Smedes
~ I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them. – Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) Dutch philosopher
~ Hope is patience with the lamp lit. – Tertullian
The inside-out approach holds that if you want to have a happy marriage, be the kind of person who generates positive energy and sidesteps negative energy rather than empowering it. If you want to have a more pleasant, cooperative teenager, be a more understanding, empathic, consistent, loving parent. If you want to have more freedom, more latitude in your job, be a more responsible, a more helpful, a more contributing employee. If you want the secondary greatness of recognized talent, focus first on the primary greatness of character. – Principles of Growth and Change
Imbolc Lore – Various Bits from Waverly Fitzgerald (website www.schooloftheseasons.com )
Pamela Berger has written a book, The Goddess Obscured, about the rituals celebrated at the time of the first sowing when the earth is awakened and the seed placed in the belly of the earth. This is a significant moment in a community which depends on the earth for sustenance. The fields were purified and offerings were made to the goddess.
This medieval Anglo-Saxon plowing charm, preserved in a manuscript in the British Museum and recorded by Berger, was said by the farmer while cutting the first furrow:
Whole be thou Earth
Mother of men.
In the lap of God,
Be thou as-growing.
Be filled with fodder
For fare-need of men.
The farmer then took a loaf of bread, kneaded it with milk and holy water, and laid it under the first furrow, saying:
Acre full fed,
Bring forth fodder for men!
And the God who wrought the ground,
Grant us the gifts of growing,
That the corn, all the corn,
May come unto our need.
Berger suggests that the Candlemas rituals for appeasing the earth at plowing may be derived from a Roman festival, Sementiva (from the word for seed which also gives us semen). Ovid is the first to mention it and includes it in his calendar of festivals under late January, but it was apparently not fixed to a particular date but took place whenever the fields were ready for sowing. To appease the earth goddess, who has been been “wounded” by the plow, the farmer made offerings to Tellus Mater and Ceres which included flat cakes, seed and a pregnant sow. Tellus Mater, the Roman earth mother, was often depicted in early art with a snake nursing at her breast.
Later Joannes Lydus says Sementiva was celebrated on two days, the day of sowing and seven days later when the seeds began to sprout. On the first day, sacrifices were made to Demeter (who corresponded with Tellus Mater), the earth that received the grain, and the seventh day, sacrifices were made to Kore (who corresponded to Ceres), the creative force of the seed.
A first century BC poet Tibullus describes the festival in more detail. Participants abstained from sex the night before, bathed and put on new clothing. Ceres and Bacchus were invoked and asked to provide abundance and protect the grain from danger. A lamb was sacrificed and the cattle and fields were purified. Perhaps the cattle were driven between smoky bonfires as the Celts did at Beltane or torches were carried around the fields.
Virgil describes a typical procession around the field in this passage:
…But chiefly pay
Fit worship to the gods. Make sacrifice
Each year to sovereign Ceres, when the grass
Is green and glad, the winter making end
And gentle Spring is in the air, when lambs
Are fattening, when the wine grows smooth and mild,
And sweet is slumber in cool hillside shade.
Let all the country youth of manly prime
On Ceres call, bearing her tribute due
Of honey mixed with milk and sweet, new wine.
Three times around the freshly bladed corn
The blessed victim guide, while all the choir
In gladsome company an anthem sing,
Bidding the goddess to their lowly doors.
And let no reaper touch the ripened corn
With sickle keen until his brows bind
With twine of oak-leaf, while he trips along
In artless dance with songs in Ceres’ praise.
The festival of Brigid is one of emergence. In America, instead of goddesses emerging from the underworld or serpents slithering out of holes, we watch for the ground hog to pop out of his burrow.
Many animals are emerging from hibernation as the hours of sunlight increase. The bear is a true hibernator; it sleeps through the winter with a slower heart rate and a lower body temperature, without eating or urinating or defecating. Many other mammals that seem to hibernate, like raccoons, skunks, woodchucks, chipmunks, hamsters and hedgehogs, actually go into dormancy, rather than true hibernation, and wake up occasionally to move around and eat.
In England, the animal that comes out of hibernation on this day is the badger. Since there are no badgers in America, this role was assigned to the groundhog (or woodchuck). If the groundhog comes out of his hole and sees his shadow on February 2nd, he goes back in and winter continues. If he doesn’t see his shadow, then winter will soon be over.
Dianaic: Shit happens when men are around.
Norse: If shit happens, beat the crap out of it.
Feminist: Get in touch with your inner shit.
Solitary: If shit happens; Duck!
Eco-Feminist: We’ve got to clean up this shit.
Gardenarian: Shit happens in degrees.
Alexandrian: Shit happens because Gardner told us so.
Dabbler: We have ways of making shit happen.
Eclectic: We make our own shit.
Newbie: I don’t understand this shit. -OR- I like this shit.
Ceremonial Magician: No-one understands my shit.
Wiccan: You must balance your shit.
Witch: I can use this shit.
Druid: This is old shit.
Greek: Let’s drink to this shit.
Reconstructionist: This shit happened before.
Celtic: This shit keeps happening to us.
Modern Western: We’ll fight to keep our shit.
Fundamentalist: We know who to blame for this shit.
Priest: This shit happens every year.
Traditionalist: Don’t tell anyone about this shit.
Fam-Trad: I inherited this shit.
Visionary: Let’s smoke this shit.
Former Catholics: If shit happens, I’m not to blame, I’m not to blame…
Techno-Pagan: This shit always happens when I’m online.
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