We open today at 11am!
Yesterday I spent pretty much the whole day on the computer, writing and writing and writing. Not anything I was particularly eager to write, but “duty” stuff. I spent the evening putting newsletters together. Brandon and Nick headed home mid-afternoon.
Tempus isn’t feeling well, kinda what I did earlier in the week, running a temp and wobbly and shaky. I think I’m going to ask the young folks to come down to the shop with us and do the unloading. There’s enough to unpack.
Today that’s what we’ll be doing: unpacking, counting, putting back, fixing displays. At 3pm we’re supposed to have Sewing Time. I don’t know who will show or not. I ‘m kinda thinking I’m going to be glad to sit down by then, so I’ll either be working on pouches or my smock that I didn’t get finished in time for 12th Night.
Today’s Plant is Salal, Gaultheria shallon. This is a shrub, an understory plant, that ranges all up and down the west coast, from Alaska to California. They’re an invasive in wild heathlands in Europe, having been introduced back in the 1800’s. There’s a big industry in Oregon, supplying the foliage to florists. The local peoples harvested the berries as a primary food source, drying them into cakes. They make a nice crunchy snack, dried this way or individually. The young leaves are edible, too. One nearly-forgotten use, is medicinally as an astringent. Mashed with some water, they’re a great soother for sunburn or insect bites, even working on yellow-jacket stings. It also works internally on an inflamed digestive tract from ulcers to diarrhea and a tea (simple infusion) will help with a dry cough. Eat the young leaves as an appetite suppressant. –Feminine, Saturn, Juno – Use in spells as the medicinal uses, the appetite suppressant effect, particularly. This is an hardy herb, so it also can be added to spells for added duration. It also works in situations of emotional upset, particularly when there’s a sick stomach from stress. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salal
I didn’t know that there was a feast day of an alphabet? !?!? That’s what this day is, the anniversary of the creation of the Hangeul, the Korean alphabet! It is a rest day and does have different names in North Korea and other places. One year it was celebrated by unveiling a statue. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hangul_Day
The shop re-opens today after our Winter Vacation at 11am! 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,
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 5:14am. Waning Crescent Moon – Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon & Modron, Arachne, Tyr. Phase ends on 1/15 at 4:59pm. 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 at the Dark on 1/18 at 4:59pm.
Comet Lovejoy is at its best this week and next, especially now that the Moon is gone from the evening sky. The comet is glowing at about 4th magnitude well to the west of Orion early in the week — nice in binoculars and possibly visible very dimly to the unaided eye, depending on your sky conditions. By week’s end it’s higher overhead, nearly west of the Pleiades. See our article and finder chart: How To See Comet Lovejoy Tonight.
Mercury is pulling away to the right of Venus now in twilight. Look low in the southwest. This evening they’re still only 1.3° apart: roughly a finger’s width at arm’s length.
Jupiter‘s moon Io fades into eclipse by Jupiter’s shadow tonight around 12:27 a.m. Friday morning EST; 9:27 p.m. Thursday evening PST. Use a telescope to watch it dwindle out of view just to Jupiter’s west. Around 10:56 p.m. EST, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot crosses the planet’s central meridian (north-south midline). For the whole month’s schedule of events, good worldwide, see “Action at Jupiter” in the January Sky & Telescope, page 53.
Before dawn on Friday the 16th, look southeast for the waning Moon near Saturn. Below them twinkles Antares. Saturn (magnitude +0.5, at the head of Scorpius) glows in the southeast before and during dawn. Look below it (by 10°) for twinklier Antares.
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.
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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
Th 15 Low 1:03 AM 3.1 7:49 AM Rise 2:45 AM 36
~ 15 High 7:32 AM 7.7 5:03 PM Set 1:02 PM
~ 15 Low 2:48 PM 1.2
~ 15 High 9:01 PM 5.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings.
~ A person’s worth in this world is estimated according to the value they put on themselves. – Jean De La Bruyere
~ You are what you think. – Gautama Buddha
~ Religion is about creation, and for that reason religion should be about the earth. – Laurie Cabot
~ A sub-clerk in the post-office is the equal of a conqueror if consciousness is common to them. – Albert Camus (1913-1960) French writer, born in Algiers
Some very worthy persons, who have not had great advantages for information, have objected against that clause in the constitution which provides, that no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States. They have been afraid that this clause is unfavorable to religion. But my countrymen, the sole purpose and effect of it is to exclude persecution, and to secure to you the important right of religious liberty. We are almost the only people in the world, who have a full enjoyment of this important right of human nature. In our country every man has a right to worship God in that way which is most agreeable to his conscience. If he be a good and peaceable person he is liable to no penalties or incapacities on account of his religious sentiments; or in other words, he is not subject to persecution. But in other parts of the world, it has been, and still is, far different. Systems of religious error have been adopted, in times of ignorance. It has been the interest of tyrannical kings, popes, and prelates, to maintain these errors. When the clouds of ignorance began to vanish, and the people grew more enlightened, there was no other way to keep them in error, but to prohibit their altering their religious opinions by severe persecuting laws. In this way persecution became general throughout Europe. – Founding Father Oliver Ellsworth, Philip B Kurland and Ralph Lerner (eds.), The Founder’s Constitution, University of Chicago Press, 1987, Vol. 4, p. 638
Summoner – In these lean months the food we harvested in the fall dwindles. Our God in his youth looks to the Great Mother for sustenance. She who is the Birch Tree has dropped her leaves and kept safe everything that he needs to grow strong, and she will help us through the last of the winter. Hear now the words of the Birch Tree!
Priestess – I have seen many long and cold winters. When my leaves drop in the autumn I take my sweet sap down into the ground and nourish the Roots of Life. In that time I hide the fallen seeds and nuts for the hungry times of the late winter. As the Wheel turns to Imbolc I see all Life struggling to survive and I bring my sap back up from the earth.
While the snow gently caresses your back, realize that I am watching over you. To me you look up to see the fine difference between life and death.
Understand that I will not always give you what you want. Instead I will give you what you NEED, for that is the lesson of this time in the Turning of the Wheel.
I see to your safety but you must sacrifice to me your weakness, and your infancy.
Shelter behind my trunk as the winds of winter blow! Bite my bark and drink my sap as it begins to flow again! Dig through my roots! Find the fallen seeds of the last harvest! Take them, and use them to survive.
I will always provide. Priestess lights Goddess candle.
Summoner – The Birch Tree holds our God safely till his power grows strong enough for spring. He is the Red Bird that searches her roots for food. He sleeps in Her branches for shelter. When He is strong enough his song will herald the coming spring. Hear now the words of the Red Bird.
Priest – In the cold and storms of winter I bring the lesson of trust in the Great Mother of us all. I listen, Birch Tree, and will survive remembering your words.
As the Wheel turns the cold winter will end, and I will sing the spring back to us. My song will ease the winter winds, strengthen the burning of the sun, calm the great waters, and release the life that the winter earth has safe guarded for us. Until then I ask the Birch Tree to help me find my strength. Priest lights the God candle.