It’s 52F and overcast with some interesting weather moving in over the next several days. They’re talking gusty wind and a fair amount of rain. Keep your eyes open! It’s really grey out there, even at 9am. With the days getting longer by over 2 1/2 minutes per we’re getting startled by how late it is in the evenings. Last night Tempus thought it was about 4:30 and it was going on 6pm!
Yesterday was kind of disappointing. I had hoped to be cooking/baking all day. Didn’t happen. I had so much to catch up on with paperwork and mail that by around 2pm I kinda gave up and just put my head down and finished it all…well, except for what I was finishing this morning… 🙂
At 6pm Tempus and I had to go to a merchant’s meeting. We’re going to put together a merchant’s association for Waldport, hoping to call it ShopWaldport. We need one, since our Chamber of Commerce isn’t one….it’s a City Club. So, that took a lot of the evening. We had to go through the signage changes that *we* want to see, instead of the weirdness that the planning commision was trying to put through.
Once we got home Hatch was making a sweet version of the scalded milk cheese and I got a taste of it. I think he makes a better one than I do. …and he got me some pictures of the cheese bag, too. After that he did a trial run on the Maids of Honour, which are a Renaissance area cheesecake, nothing like the sticky-sweet, too-rich modern versions.
Today’s plant is the Snowberry, Symphoricarpos albus. My kids used to call this “popcorn plant”, which is a name I’ve heard from others, too. The white berries are used as a food, a soap and for hand lotion. It doesn’t have any magickal uses that I know of, although the folk magicks of a similar bush amongst the Slavs say that it is “proper” as an offering to statues of the gods.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphoricarpos_albus
Limbo Festival, Trinidad and Tobago – “Few of the Americans who take part in a favorite party tradition realize that it originally served as a sacred funeral ritual from the West Indies – it is called the Limbo. In Trinidad, the Limbo was a part of a funeral dance. Mourners at the funeral would walk towards a horizontal bamboo pole and would attempt to walk forward, while bending backwards at the waist in order to move under the pole without knocking it off of its supports. The act was meant to symbolize the passage that the soul of the departed would take between life and the afterlife.” (quoted from Pip Wilson’s Almanac) More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limbo_%28dance%29
The shop is closed on Wednesday, but we’ll be there 6-ish, setting up for tonight’s Open Circle. 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,
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. 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 2/5 at 3:09am. 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 2/18 at 3:47pm.
Jupiter shines above the Moon this evening. Look closer to the Moon’s left for Regulus, the Alpha star of Leo >>>> .
Saturn (magnitude +0.5, at the head of Scorpius) rises around 2 or 3 a.m. and is well up in the southeast before dawn. Look 1° lower right of it for Beta Scorpii, magnitude 2.5, a showpiece double star for telescopes. Below them by 9° is orange Antares >>> .
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic 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.
Luis – Rowan Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Grey and Red
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.
Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Meaning: A choice must be made
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 4 High 1:01 AM 7.2 7:31 AM Set 7:34 AM 99
~ 4 Low 6:40 AM 2.4 5:30 PM Rise 6:40 PM
~ 4 High 12:27 PM 8.0
~ 4 Low 7:11 PM -0.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There are no coincidences or mistakes, just timely lessons.
…beneath every accusation lies a confession both of desire and powerlessness, and beneath every confession lies an interest that can be framed as a simple request. – Kenneth Cloke
~ To will is to have an unwavering purpose. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Groups create a collective energy, and ecstasy comes more easily because everyone infects everyone else. – Paulo Coehlo
~ All thoughts, all passions, all delights Whatever stirs this mortal frame All are but ministers of Love And feed His sacred flame. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) English writer
THE LIFTED VEIL
When the veil is lifted,
I will no longer be there.
When you lift the bridal veil,
There will be a simulacrum, a phantom.
It will never be me, never!
You will have to live without me.
I tried to be the woman you wanted
But then I wondered where I was,
And what kind of stranger
I had become to myself.
While you are marrying a mannequin
(Which is what you really wanted);
I will be putting on eagle wings
And soaring toward the sky,
Singing songs of freedom.
I’m sure my body’s indentation
Upon your bed will fill in,
And your ‘secret’ girlfriends
Will be glad to take up the slack…
And I leave them to it!
A phantom bride will meet you;
A ghost of the girl that once loved you.
She may take the bride’s place,
But I will leave, and she will soon
Disappear. © Copyright 2/25/06 Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
- Emerging (from hibernation)
- Propitiating the earth mother with milk, water and bread, sometimes a lamb
- Asking for protection
- Plowing the fields
- Blessing of seeds
- Lighting new fires
- Blessings candles
- Processing with torches
- Eating dairy foods and grains
- Wearing new clothes, especially white clothes
- Weather divinations (smoke or sun)
- Making Brigid’s crosses
- Making candles
- Lighting candles
- Blessing seeds
- Planting seeds
- Taking a new name
- Making valentines
- Creating a collage vision of the new year
- Making a pledge for the year for self, neighborhood and the world
- Dedicating yourself to a path, a spiritual practice, a deity
New Year’s Collage
For several years, I’ve been getting together with friends to make magical New Year’s Collages on Candlemas. After casting a circle and creating sacred space, we gather together over a table piled with pictures, glue, scissors, glitter, photographs and other items that will help us create a visual representation of what we want to bring into our lives during the new year. I always keep my newest collage above my desk where I can see it every day, but the walls of my room are covered with the old ones, all icons of my dreams.
The first year I made a collage which showed different things in the four directions for the four seasons. The lighthouse picture I put in the east has become the Watchtower of the East for me and I see it every time I call that direction. I also put a llama in the south in that collage and that was the summer I found a llama I could buy and a place to keep it (I chickened out and never called about the llama).
Sometimes I use symbols to represent qualities I want. One particularly creative year the central images in my collage were a nest and a flower. Another year, uncomfortable with being too blatant about what I wanted, I put a glimpse of a rumpled bed seen through a half-closed door in my collage, and that’s exactly what I got–a glimpse of sexuality.
My friend, Liza, made a collage that became a portal. When she slept with it over her bed, she felt presences come into her room. She eventually moved it to another location where it did not have quite the same impact. I give you these examples to let you know how profound these images can be.
Visualization has always been acknowledged as an important skill in practising magic but, with the publication of Shakti Gawain’s pivotal book, Creative Visualization, it became well known in the general culture so that now every book about success in any field counsels the value of clearly visualizing what you want.
Gwendolyn Endicott in The Spinning Wheel suggests making a collage in the shape of a mandala. She recommends putting something that represents you in the center of the picture. Then fill in the different quadrants with images appropriate to those seasons, directions or elements. Or place images of things you want to create at the four cardinal points and images of what you want to attract into your life in between.
Silliness – A Noise…
My wife has not spoken to me in three days. I think it has something to do with what happened on Sunday night when she thought she heard a noise downstairs.
She nudged me and whispered, “Wake up, wake up!”
“What’s the matter?” I asked.
“There are burglars in the kitchen. I think they’re eating the tuna casserole I made tonight.”
“That’ll teach them!” I replied.