Daily Stuff 1-27-15 Lewis Carroll

Hi, folks!

weather Cloud oceanIt’s 57F and cloudy, but bright and quite still.

We ended up opening late yesterday….well, at 10 past…. at it was all my fault! I had gone out at 4am to see whether I could see the asteroid and I think there was too much cirrus. I didn’t say anything in yesterday’s newsletter because I thought I was looking in the wrong place, but I found a live feed later that had a star chart, and yeah, I was looking in the right place, just couldn’t see it. For those of you that didn’t know, it was a 400×900 meter asteroid that was 3 (and some change) lunar distances away as it crossed our planet’s orbit! So, I started watching a replay of the live feed after I got the newsletter out and lost track of time! http://live.slooh.com/stadium/live/large-asteroid-2004-bl86-makes-its-close-approach-live AND it’s got a moon!  http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=4459

Mistletoe 12-23 Celtic Tree Month  motif-plant-tree-xmasTempus did some cleaning and I started doing the ironing. After a while he headed home and I had my lunch, then went back to ironing. He was back before two and I ran out to the City Planning meeting and came back fuming over not getting any questions answered. Well!

skunk cabbage plant motifTempus spent awhile after that moving things in back and I spent some time sorting sewing supplies before class showed up. Class went well. We finished Lesson 4 and then went on the Lesson 5 and got at least 1/3 of the way… possibly closer to 1/2 done with that lesson, too.

I was really tired at the end of the day and came home and collapsed into bed within an 1/2 hour. It didn’t help that the internet was having a lot of problems last night, although they’ve cleared up this morning. I was up for a couple of hours late in the night but crashed again until past 10, which is why this is coming through later than usual. …that and getting distracted… 🙂 Mudlarked toys are fun….

plant motif  big ole daisyTempus is taking our elderly friend to a doctor appointment today. This morning he had to finish a reel-grinding on a mower for a customer and then he’ll take off. Today is a research day for me. I already found some good instructions on how to make a Russian version of piroški, which is more like a bun than a dumpling. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/traditional-russian-pirozhki/

Good article on racism, how to stop being complicit. http://paganactivist.com/2015/01/26/i-am-a-racist/

A pic from 1-19-15 by @at-hercule-poirot3

011915 at hercule_poirot3

motif, tree celtic duir oregon white oakToday’s Plant is Oregon White Oak, Quercus garryana, also called Garry oak, or just Oregon oak. It doesn’t grow well out here on the coast, although supposedly there are some specimens. I’ve never seen one out here, but they’re *all* over the Willamette Valley, many of them hosting our local mistletoe,Phoradendron flavescens. This is the same relation of tree and herb that gave rise to the legends of the Golden Bough in Europe, although these are *far* different species. – Masculine, Sun ,Fire, Dagda, (Jupiter, Thor, Pan) – Use in magicks for protection, money, potency, fertility – Burn the bark to draw off illness, carry and piece of the for luck and protection, acorns are used to tip male power wands and worn as necklaces by some priests and can be carried to increase fertility and male potency to preserve health and long life. Place in windows to ward off lightning. Plant an acorn at the new moon if you need money. Fires of oak wood draw off illness. – Wiccaning or SeiningWiccaning or Seining is the ceremony where we welcome a new child to the world. Holly water is used for girls and Oak for boys. Make by a tablespoon of powdered leaf brew in 1 cup of very hot water for about 10 minutes, then adding that to 2 cups of cold water.  Sprinkle or wash baby with it. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_white_oak Mistletoe lore here :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistletoe#Culture.2C_folklore.2C_and_mythology and more about our variety here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoradendron

feast 0127 Alice_par_John_Tenniel_30Today is the birthday of the English mathematician and author, Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson; d. January 14, 1898), in 1832. He wrote lots of wonderful nonsense verses, including the “Hunting of the Snark” and Jabberwocky, but is best known for his books “Alice in Wonderland” and the sequel “Through the Looking Glass”. This despite him being a mathematician and logician and teacher! These latter things were his life’s work, but he has been immortalized in his hobbies. There is a wonderful article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_Carroll

motif Imbolc PentacleThe shop opens 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 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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Waxing Gibbous MoonWaxing 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. Waxing Gibbous MoonFrom 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 beginning of Full Phase on 2/2 at 3:09am. 

Astro Constellation Pleiades“If I had to choose just one deep-sky object to demonstrate the appeal of binocular astronomy, it would probably be the Pleiades,” writes Gary Seronik. The Pleiades are certainly a nice sight overall. But the cluster also holds a secret in its center: the 8th-magnitude double star South 437, barely resolvable with 10× glasses. See Gary’s column and chart in the February Sky & Telescope, page 45. The large black circle on his chart spans a 10× binocular’s 5° field of view.
Astro StarAlgol shines at its minimum brightness, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.1, for a couple hours tonight centered on 10:42 p.m. EST.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.6, in western Leo) comes to opposition next week, so it’s big and bright. It rises in the east-northeast in twilight, and by 9 p.m. it’s shining good and high in the east, with fainter Regulus (magnitude +1.4) down below it. Jupiter and Regulus pass highest in the south around the middle of the night.
Comet Lovejoy is now fading somewhat, and the Moon increasingly brightens the night sky this week for comet viewers. Even so, the comet is still a nice sight in binoculars at magnitude 4½ or so. And it’s high overhead. See our article and finder chart: Where To See Comet Lovejoy Tonight. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/observing-news/spot-comet-lovejoy-tonight-122920141/

Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
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 CalendarRunic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.

Sun in AquariusSun in Aquarius
MOon in TaurusMoon in Taurus 
Mercury (2/11/15), Juno and Jupiter (4/8/15) Retrograde
Color: Black

©2014 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month Rowan berries, LuisCeltic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.
Celtic Tree Month Rowan Luis Rowan Sitka Sorbus_sitchensisLuis – Rowan Ogam letter correspondences
Month: December
Color: Grey and Red
Class: Peasant
Letter: L
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.
Plant Tree Apple Quert LuisQuert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: Q
Meaning: A choice must be made

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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  27     High   5:47 AM     8.3   7:40 AM     Set  1:11 AM      46
~    27      Low  12:40 PM     1.2   5:18 PM    Rise 11:49 AM
~    27     High   6:41 PM     5.9

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Build fairy windows!

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Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? –  “Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.” — Vernon Saunders Law

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Quotes

~  I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear. – Rosa Parks
~  A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably. ~William Penn
~  Help yourself and God will help you. – Dutch Proverb
~  Who keeps his tongue keeps his friends. – Irish Proverb

THE MERMAID WORE A FRENCH CHAPEAU

The mermaid wore a French chapeau,
Eau de parfum, and teased-up hair;
She wore net gloves on her tiny, wet hands,
And sat there dripping on my chair.

I’ve come to see you Sir, she said,
And I am really in quite terrible distress;
I’m engaged to marry a barrister,
And there is no way I can fit into a dress.

I know you are a famed dress designer,
As you see by my presence, I can walk
On the tips of my beautiful green tail..
Do please help me Sir, I am so distraught!

The bride wore a French chapeau,
Eau de parfum, gloves, and teased-up hair;
A mermaid style dress with long, flared skirt;
And was the happiest woman there! © Copyright 09/19/05 Beth Johnson

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divider Imbolc BorderImbolc Magick – Crafts

Brigdhes Cross 6.pngA Brighid’s Cross can be made with wheat stalks, grasses, reeds or rushes. Gather a few dozen reeds of the same length. If they tend to break when you bend them, soak them in water to soften them, so that they will bend easily.

  1. Hold one reed vertically, and fold another in half around the middle of the first.
  2. Fold next reed over the reeds one and three. (It will be parallel to the 2nd reed)
  3. Fold next reed over the reeds one and three. (It will be parallel to the 2nd reed)
  4. Continue to work in a circular fashion, until you have used up your reeds, or created enough of a “woven” center to the cross. Hold the reeds together
  5. Can be decorated with early spring flowers, with thyme, basil, bay and any other medicinal cooking herbs that look pretty, bright ribbon.

Brigdhe's Cross ImbolcBrighid’s Cross – These crosses were exchanged as symbols of protection in ancient times. Let the children hand these Brighid’s Crosses out to guests at any ritual you attend or host.

Method # 1 – Items needed:

  • a handfull of wheat stalks
  • warm water
  • clothespins
  • clear or red thread and needle

Directions:

  1. Soak wheat stalks in warm water until pliable
  2. Fold one stalk of wheat in half, leaving the kernels sticking out
  3. Fold another one the same way, and thread through the first one. (It now looks like a long “L” )
  4. Fold the third the same way, and insert through the second wheat stalk. (It now looks like an L with a tail )
  5. Fold and insert the fourth stalk through the third
  6. Use the clothes pins to help keep the shape as you weave more wheat
  7. Continue folding and threading the wheat stalks until you have several wheat woven through each “arm”
  8. Allow to dry with the clothespins in place
  9. Using the thread and needle, sew the stalks together – this is cheating, but I find that it’s necessary!

Hang over the fireplace or stove

brigdhes cross 1Brighid’s Cross

Items needed:

  • a handfull of wheat stalks
  • warm water
  • clothespins
  • clear or red thread and needle
  • perserverance

Directions:

  1. Soak wheat stalks in warm water until pliable
  2. Fold one stalk of wheat in half, leaving the kernels sticking out
  3. Fold another one the same way, and thread through the first one. It now looks like a long “L”
  4. Fold the third the same way, and insert through the second wheat stalk. It now looks like an L with a tail
  5. Fold and insert the fourth stalk through the third
  6. Use the clothes pins to help keep the shape as you weave more wheat
  7. Continue folding and threading the wheat stalks until you have several wheat woven through each “arm”
  8. Allow to dry with the clothespins in place
  9. Using the thread and needle, sew the stalks together – this is cheating, but I find that it’s necessary!
  10. Hang over the fireplace or stove

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motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – While I sat in the reception area of my doctor’s office, a woman rolled an elderly man in a wheelchair into the room and ‘parked’ his chair right next to me.

As she went to the receptionist’s desk to ‘check in’, the man sat there all alone, and silent.

Just as I was thinking I should try to make some small talk with him, a little boy slipped off his mother’s lap from across the room, and walked over to the wheelchair. Placing his little hand on the man’s, he said….

“I know how you feel. My mom makes me ride in the stroller sometimes too.”

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