Daily Stuff 1-20-15 St. Agnes eve

Hi, folks!

Waves tide Minus tide at 6:41 PM of -1.4 feet. This is really after dark and not a fast change, but fairly steep, so if you’re on that beach at that point, watch out!

motif plant flower moonflowerYesterday was just a long day. We kept on with the cleaning/putting back chores, although we’re not done. We had a lot of people through during the day, both customers and friends, and the Duckmeister’s ducks are laying again, so we have another dozen! <yummmmmmm> Class went well in the evening. We’re 1/2-way through lesson 4, since I kept getting distracted.

motif plant flower orangehibiscusHatch found an interesting link about Hades that ties in with what we were doing in Lesson 3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3c51pwfaBrM Lessons 3 & 4 are all about the stories about various deities and deity forms.

weather sun faceIt was chilly when we left the shop, 42F and the temp dropped over night. We tried to look for the comet, but the fog was coming up and it just wasn’t seeable. When I got up around 9am it was still 41F, but now, past noon, it’s up to 55F and beautifully sunny.

motif food bread008This kinda took awhile to get out today. I’ve been distracted all morning by the feast that we’re putting together for next month. Hatch and I have been talking a lot. Tempus and I are going out to dinner with our elderly friend. It’s a holiday gift to us from him. I’m going to give him a tin of wood butter. I wish I had something better, but he’s in a limited space, now. Hatch and I are going to go on tonight with feast planning, I hope.

This is the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. I spent a lot of time when I was growing up, going over and under this bridge. This is a pic from Moonrise on 103014 put up by the  Cheasapeake Bay Maratime Museum. See the moondog and the partial halo?

103014 Chesapeake Bay Bridge CBMuseum

plant tree maple Acer_macrophyllum_1199Today’s Plant is Big-leaf Maple, Acer macrophyllum. This tree has the largest leaves of any maple. I remember being startled by that when I first moved to Oregon. Have you ever played with the seeds? A twin pair, before they separate, is a good charm for separated lovers. Maple syrup can be made from the sap, although it is subtly different from the taste of sugar maple and a bit thinner. Masculine, Jupiter, Air – Maple leaves are used in prosperity and love spells. When doing a baby blessing, walk the child down a row of people with maple wands to help the child to a long life. Maple has long been used for wands, being easy to work and directing energies very well. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acer_macrophyllum

feast 0120 Eve_of_St_AgnesSt. Agnes eve is a traditional fire divination day. There are a bunch of marriage divinations, too. “You must lie in another county, and knit the left garter about the right legged stocking (let the other garter and stocking alone) and as you rehearse these following verses, at every comma, knit a knot.”

“This knot I knit,
To know the thing, I know not yet,
That I may see,
The man (woman) that shall my husband (wife) be,
How he goes, and what he wears,
And what he does, all days, and years.

plant feast 0120 herb flower Helleborus_nigerWhat that all comes from is a martyr from the 4th century, but more probably has to do with leftovers from the worship of Yngona/Annis. More here: http://ketutar.wordpress.com/2007/01/22/saint-agnes-annis-the-black-hag-2/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Annis  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agnes_of_Rome,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Eve_of_Saint_Agnes and (text of poem) http://www.bartleby.com/126/39.html

Today’s plant is Christmas Rose http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helleborus_niger

motif Imbolc PentacleThe shop is closed Tuesday/Wednesday for our weekend. 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 ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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New MoonWaning 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. 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 on 1/20 at 4:59am. 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 1/21 at 4:59pm. 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 Tide Change on 2/3 at 3:09pm. 

Astro neptuneAstro marsMonday, January 19, dusk – Neptune and Mars – Neptune and Mars will pass within 15 arc minutes of each other, a rare planetary conjunction.
Astro Constellation Big Dipper PolarisThe Bear is already coming out of hibernation. In the north-northeast these evenings, Ursa Major >>>  is walking upwards from the horizon nose first. His brightest part is the Big Dipper, with its bowl to the upper right and its handle dragging.
comet-lovejoy-c-2014-q2-howesComet Lovejoy is still at its predicted brightest this week, and it’s high in the evening sky with no Moon yet. The comet is glowing at about 4th magnitude more or less west of the Pleiades. It’s very obvious in binoculars, and it’s dimly visible to the unaided eye if you have a very good dark sky. Article and finder chart: See Comet Lovejoy Tonight.
Astro jupiterJupiter (magnitude –2.5, in western Leo) rises around 6 or 7 p.m in the east-northeast. Nearly an hour later, fainter Regulus (magnitude +1.4) rises below it. By 9 p.m. They’re shining high in the east.

Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Rune Runic Month 02 Perth PeorthRunic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar

Sun in AquariusSun in Capricorn
Moon in AquariusMoon in Capricorn enters Aquarius at 4:59am
Juno and Jupiter (4/8/15) Retrograde
Color: Red

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©2014 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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tree celtic month birch bethCeltic 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
Plant Tree Birch bethBeth – Birch – Ogam letter correspondences –
Month: November
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: B
Meaning: New Beginnings; Changes; Purification.
tree beech birch Celtic Tree MonthPhagos – Beech Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Orange-brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: PH, IO
Meaning: New experiences and information coming

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Waves tide

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Tides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                    Visible
Tu  20     High  12:25 AM     7.4   7:46 AM    Rise  7:31 AM      0
20      Low   5:52 AM     2.5   5:09 PM     Set  5:56 PM
20     High  11:44 AM     9.3
20      Low   6:41 PM    -1.4

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I believe that talking with the heart is a political act, rather than something just “artistic and/or juvenile”.

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Behind every able man, there are always other able men. — Chinese proverb

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Quotes

~  Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. – Albert Einstein
~  All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible. – William Faulkner (1897-1962) US writer
~  When you find the strength to continuously act in the face of uncertainty, you till the soil of genius. – Jonathan Fields
~  In order to achieve access to the divine, you have to think differently. – Kerr Cuhulain

Poem lyrics of The Lady Of Shalott by Alfred Lord Tennyson.
PART I
On either side the river lie
Long fields of barley and of rye,
That clothe the wold and meet the sky;
And thro’ the field the road runs by
To many-tower’d Camelot;
And up and down the people go,
Gazing where the lilies blow
Round an island there below,
The island of Shalott.

Willows whiten, aspens quiver,
Little breezes dusk and shiver
Thro’ the wave that runs for ever
By the island in the river
Flowing down to Camelot.
Four gray walls, and four gray towers,
Overlook a space of flowers,
And the silent isle imbowers
The Lady of Shalott.

By the margin, willow-veil’d,
Slide the heavy barges trail’d
By slow horses; and unhail’d
The shallop flitteth silken-sail’d
Skimming down to Camelot:
But who hath seen her wave her hand?
Or at the casement seen her stand?
Or is she known in all the land,
The Lady of Shalott?

Only reapers, reaping early
In among the bearded barley,
Hear a song that echoes cheerly
From the river winding clearly,
Down to tower’d Camelot:
And by the moon the reaper weary,
Piling sheaves in uplands airy,
Listening, whispers ‘’Tis the fairy
Lady of Shalott.’

PART II
There she weaves by night and day
A magic web with colours gay.
She has heard a whisper say,
A curse is on her if she stay
To look down to Camelot.
She knows not what the curse may be,
And so she weaveth steadily,
And little other care hath she,
The Lady of Shalott.

And moving thro’ a mirror clear
That hangs before her all the year,
Shadows of the world appear.
There she sees the highway near
Winding down to Camelot:
There the river eddy whirls,
And there the surly village-churls,
And the red cloaks of market girls,
Pass onward from Shalott.

Sometimes a troop of damsels glad,
An abbot on an ambling pad,
Sometimes a curly shepherd-lad,
Or long-hair’d page in crimson clad,
Goes by to tower’d Camelot:
And sometimes thro’ the mirror blue
The knights come riding two and two:
She hath no loyal knight and true,
The Lady of Shalott.

But in her web she still delights
To weave the mirror’s magic sights,
For often thro’ the silent nights
A funeral, with plumes and lights,
And music, went to Camelot:
Or when the moon was overhead,
Came two young lovers lately wed;
‘I am half sick of shadows,’ said
The Lady of Shalott.

PART III
A bow-shot from her bower-eaves,
He rode between the barley-sheaves,
The sun came dazzling thro’ the leaves,
And flamed upon the brazen greaves
Of bold Sir Lancelot.
A red-cross knight for ever kneel’d
To a lady in his shield,
That sparkled on the yellow field,
Beside remote Shalott.

The gemmy bridle glitter’d free,
Like to some branch of stars we see
Hung in the golden Galaxy.
The bridle bells rang merrily
As he rode down to Camelot:
And from his blazon’d baldric slung
A mighty silver bugle hung,
And as he rode his armour rung,
Beside remote Shalott.

All in the blue unclouded weather
Thick-jewell’d shone the saddle-leather,
The helmet and the helmet-feather
Burn’d like one burning flame together,
As he rode down to Camelot.
As often thro’ the purple night,
Below the starry clusters bright,
Some bearded meteor, trailing light,
Moves over still Shalott.

His broad clear brow in sunlight glow’d;
On burnish’d hooves his war-horse trode;
From underneath his helmet flow’d
His coal-black curls as on he rode,
As he rode down to Camelot.
From the bank and from the river
He flash’d into the crystal mirror,
‘Tirra lirra,’ by the river
Sang Sir Lancelot.

She left the web, she left the loom,
She made three paces thro’ the room,
She saw the water-lily bloom,
She saw the helmet and the plume,
She look’d down to Camelot.
Out flew the web and floated wide;
The mirror crack’d from side to side;
‘The curse is come upon me!’ cried
The Lady of Shalott.

PART IV
In the stormy east-wind straining,
The pale yellow woods were waning,
The broad stream in his banks complaining,
Heavily the low sky raining
Over tower’d Camelot;
Down she came and found a boat
Beneath a willow left afloat,
And round about the prow she wrote
The Lady of Shalott.

And down the river’s dim expanse
Like some bold seer in a trance,
Seeing all his own mischance
With a glassy countenance
Did she look to Camelot.
And at the closing of the day
She loosed the chain, and down she lay;
The broad stream bore her far away,
The Lady of Shalott.

Lying, robed in snowy white
That loosely flew to left and right
The leaves upon her falling light
Thro’ the noises of the night
She floated down to Camelot:
And as the boat-head wound along
The willowy hills and fields among,
They heard her singing her last song,
The Lady of Shalott.

Heard a carol, mournful, holy,
Chanted loudly, chanted lowly,
Till her blood was frozen slowly,
And her eyes were darken’d wholly,
Turn’d to tower’d Camelot;
For ere she reach’d upon the tide
The first house by the water-side,
Singing in her song she died,
The Lady of Shalott.

Under tower and balcony,
By garden-wall and gallery,
A gleaming shape she floated by,
Dead-pale between the houses high,
Silent into Camelot.
Out upon the wharfs they came,
Knight and burgher, lord and dame,
And round the prow they read her name,
The Lady of Shalott.

Who is this? and what is here?
And in the lighted palace near
Died the sound of royal cheer;
And they cross’d themselves for fear,
All the knights at Camelot:
But Lancelot mused a little space;
He said, ‘She has a lovely face;
God in His mercy lend her grace,
The Lady of Shalott.’

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divider Imbolc BorderImbolc Magick – Brigid’s Cross Meditation

Priestess – We stand at the crossroads of the year where Brigid will meet us. If we ask, she will guide us.

The Priest takes the basket of rosemary branches and gives an even-numbered amount to each participant along with a length of white yarn.

Priest – To make Brigid’s cross, take one branch in each hand. Lay one branch perpendicular to the other, creating an equal-armed cross. Wrap the yarn over and under at the center to secure them. While you work, let your mind roam freely and think of yourself approaching a crossroads. When you arrive, Brigid is standing in the middle. She points to one of the roads. When you finish making your cross, close your eyes and hold it between your hands. Meditate on the path Brigid pointed out for you. Let this path inspire you; let it bring you to a place of beauty. Let these thoughts and images flow into the cross you hold. As you hold the vision of the crossroads in your mind, it may feel appropriate to stand or move around the circle.

The Priestess or other designated participant may drum a steady rhythm.

When everyone has finished their cross and had a chance to meditate or move around the circle, bring the drumming to stillness.

Hecate’s Brooch Winter Meditation – CatMorgan (Margie Profitt)

Close your eyes.  Take a deep breath and relax your eyes, your face, your shoulders, your arms, your hands.  Take a deep breath, and relax your chest, your back, your belly, your hips, your legs, your feet.
Take a deep breath, and relax your mind, let it empty of everyday worries and thoughts.  Take a deep breath, and relax your heart, let it open in perfect safety to the love and wisdom of the Goddess.

You notice you feel a bit chilled, and when you look around there is near darkness, an open field with dark leafless trees.  You begin to walk, and feel snow crunching beneath your feel, cold snowflakes brushing your checks, and an icy wind that tries to find its way under your warm coat.  You walk and walk, and in the distance far away there is a tiny cottage.  There is a light in the window, and smoke curling from the chimney.  You walk and walk thru the wind and snow, getting colder and colder.  Finally you are at the door of the cottage.  It is opened by a very old woman dressed in all in black.
She hangs your wet coat by the fire and invites you to sit at the hearth.  She brings you a cup of warm soup, which warms your hands and your belly as your toes and fingers thaw and you watch the flickering flames.

The old woman speaks.  “Welcome, little one.  do not fear the dark of winter, it is just a season like any other.  When the noise and light of the holidays fade away there is welcome dark and quiet, a time to rest, reflect and dream.  On these cold, quiet nights come to me and listen, and I will teach you and tell you secrets.”  So you listen…

A while later it is time to go.  You thank the Goddess for her wisdom.  You take your dry warm coat from its place by the fire.  As you step thru the door the cottage is gone, and you are standing at a cross roads in the snow.  But the wind is not so biting, and you begin to walk toward the lights of our circle quite nearby.   Soon you are back in your place in our circle.  You feel your chair beneath you, and begin to wiggle your fingers and toes.  Take a deep breath, as your awareness returns totally to your physical body.
When you are ready, open your eyes.

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Jack in the box phone funny

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