Tempus and I had a fun Thanksgiving. I hope you did, too! We ended up with a lovely dinner, even if it took 7 hours to eat it, but we would eat one dish and then sit and talk for an hour or more, and then eat the next and sit and talk…. Our giggle was that it was a serial feast, but thankfully not a cereal feast!
The biggest problem was that we got started so late that we went to bed so late, and then I didn’t fall asleep until 6:30 and here I’m back up just after 9am and Tempus isn’t back from his paper route. ….There, he just walked in. His papers didn’t show up until 4:40!
Today the shop’s going to be open. We may be a little late (since Tempus promised me sausages and cinnamon buns) and if it’s a typical Black Friday, we might close a little early. On the other hand if folks come in, we’ll stay as long as you need@ I’m feeling *lots* better, so I’ll be in, but if I get to feeling not-so-well, I may disappear into the back and snooze. Yes, I promise I’ll be sane, kay? 🙂
As promised, the first Yule ornament from the shop stock! I’ll post one each day from here through the Solstice. We have a number of these pairs of tiny (1″) lightweight handmade ornaments. They make great package tie-ons or decorations for thin-branched trees. I made the first ones for Grandma’s prized Norfolk Island Pine!
A beautiful pic of yesterday’s thick frost in Yachats by Ken Gagne!
Today’s plant is New Zealand Flax, Phormium Tenax. This is a very different plant from common flax or linseed,Linum usitatissimum. It is used mostly as an ornamental in the northern hemisphere, but at one time sustained a lively trade as a fiber. While the two plants are very different, they have similar magickal properties. These days the fiber is mostly used by paper artisans. – Masculine, Mercury, Fire, Hulda – Money spells, add to coins and carry, flax in the shoe averts poverty. For protection while asleep, add to mustard seed, put both opposite cold water. Protection from evil entering, scatter with red pepper by door. Health and healing rituals, sprinkle altar with flaxseed. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phormium For the traditional uses of the plant fiberhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_flax
In 1893 in New Zealand, 10 weeks after full Suffrage had been granted to women, the next election was held. Thanks to people like Kate Sheppard, leader of the New Zealand female suffrage movement, women voted for the first time in a national general election anywhere in the world. Australia was the second nation, fully nine years later (1902), although on December 18, 1894 women in the State of South Australia became the first in the world to be able to vote andstand for election. Among the earliest nations to grant women the vote include Finland (1906), United Kingdom (1918), and Afghanistan (1922). Switzerland was one of the last, in 1971. Women didn’t get to vote in the USA until 1920, the year that Grandma was born! Photo is Kate Shephard, leader of the movement. There’s more info here: http://www.nzine.co.nz/features/suffrage2.html
The shop opens at 11am! Winter hours are 11am-5pm, Thursday through Monday. Please note that the shop will be closed on 12/25 for Christmas and 1/1 for New Years. We will be open on Wednesday 12/23 and Thursday, 12/24 for last-minute shoppers. 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 11/27 at 2:44am. 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 12/10 at 2:29am. 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 12/2 at 11:40pm.
Venus shines within 5° of Spica in early dawn from tomorrow morning through the morning of Wednesday December 2.
Algol is at minimum brightness, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.1, for a couple hours centered on 7:04 p.m. EST (per new predictions).
New developments before dawn in the Jupiter-Mars-Venus lineup: Mars is now close to Gamma (γ) Virginis, and Spica is passing Venus.
Neptune is well placed in the evening sky all month in the constellation Aquarius.
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22
Runic half month of Naudhiz/ Nyd /Nauthiz – November 13- 27 – Time to prepare for winter. Bank the walls, seal the windows, make sure the shutters will close properly. The storms are coming. Runic half-month of Isa/ Is November 28-12 Literally, ‘ice’: a static period. The time of waiting before birth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
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Ruis Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH), elder – Celtic tree month of Ruis (Elder) commences (Nov 25 – Dec 22) – Like other Iron Age Europeans, the Celts were a polytheistic people prior to their conversion to (Celtic) Christianity. The Celts divided the year into 13 lunar cycles (months or moons). These were linked to specific sacred trees which gave each moon its name. Today commences the Celtic tree month of Elder.
Elder or Elderberry (Sambucus) is a genus of fast-growing shrubs or small trees in the family Caprifoliaceae. They bear bunches of small white or cream coloured flowers in the Spring, that are followed by bunches of small red, bluish or black berries. The berries are a very valuable food resource for many birds.
Common North American species include American Elder, Sambucus canadensis, in the east, and Blueberry Elder, Sambucus glauca, in the west; both have blue-black berries.
The common European species is the Common or Black Elder, Sambucus nigra, with black berries.
The common elder (Sambucus nigra L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (33 feet) in damp clearings, along the edge of woods, and especially near habitations. Elders are grown for their blackish berries, which are used for preserves and wine. The leaf scars have the shape of a crescent moon. Elder branches have a broad spongy pith in their centers, much like the marrow of long bones, and an elder branch stripped of its bark is very bone-like. The red elder (S. racemosa L.) is a similar plant at higher elevations; it grows to 5 m (15 feet). Red elder extends its native range to northern North America, and it is cultivated along with other native species, but common elders are seldom seen in cultivation. Elders are in the Honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae).
Ruis – Elder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: Makeup days of the thirteenth Moon
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.
to study this month Straif – Blackthorn Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: SS, Z, ST
Meaning: Resentment; Confusion; Refusing to see the truth
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 27 High 1:23 AM 7.6 7:28 AM Set 9:00 AM 98
~ 27 Low 6:52 AM 2.4 4:40 PM Rise 6:52 PM
~ 27 High 12:43 PM 9.2
~ 27 Low 7:41 PM -1.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I think God leaves me alone to let me find my own strength because no one else can give it to me. Sometimes it is very lonely. But I know the lonely times teach me the most. I must let go in order to let anything in. No one can love me, for me.
~ Politics makes me sick. – William Howard Taft (1857-1930) US President (27)
~ When it seems that everything you do is wrong and everyone is against you–it is the most opportune time to wear your “I-don’t-give-a-damn” tutu and glide gleefully in the dance floor of “this is me and my life”. – Dodinsky
~ Successful, happy people live their lives in accordance with natural laws. – Brian Tracy
~ One cannot eat breakfast all day,/ Nor is it the act of a sinner,/ When breakfast is taken away,/ To turn his attention to dinner;/ And it’s not in the range of belief,/ To look upon him as a glutton,/ Who, when he is tired of beef,/ Determines to tackle the mutton. – Sir William Gilbert (1836-1911) English Playwright and Poet.
Broceliande by Alan Seeger http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Seeger
Broceliande! in the perilous beauty of silence and menacing shade,
Thou art set on the shores of the sea down the haze
of horizons untravelled, unscanned.
Untroubled, untouched with the woes of this world
are the moon-marshalled hosts that invade
Broceliande.Only at dusk, when lavender clouds in the orient twilight disband,
Vanishing where all the blue afternoon they have drifted in solemn parade,
Sometimes a whisper comes down on the wind from the valleys of Fairyland —-Sometimes an echo most mournful and faint like the horn of a huntsman strayed,
Faint and forlorn, half drowned in the murmur of foliage fitfully fanned,
Breathes in a burden of nameless regret till I startle,
disturbed and affrayed:
Broceliande. . . .
May the Moon never Leave You in A place so dark that night is Silent…
May the Sun Always Visit Your Window in Birth of Day, and no Chords Bind You to that which Would Not Stay without Them…
May the Season Hold You, and Open You to All that Awaits, with grace, Dignity, Courage…and Kindness…
May You Walk , even when so Torn, so desolate that Road seems cruel…
But Always Give you the Fortitude to Weather the Pain, the Hurt…
May the Face you See when you Awaken in Snow s gentle Veil, Be the One You Love amd Recieve, with Joy and Hope Doves upon Your Shoulders…Happy Yule.. © Angela Mia Antonelli
Christmas is not in tinsel and lights and outward show.
The secret lies in an inner glow.
It’s lighting a fire inside the heart.
Good will and joy a vital part.
It’s higher thought and a greater plan.
It’s glorious dream in the soul of man. – Wilfred A. Peterson, The Art of Living….
The Winter Women
They come, the winter women, at harvest time
Turning the great Yule wheel, cross-quartered,
Down Persephone’s dark road
While the earth weeps a mother’s tears.
The Baba comes to the barn,
Corn Mother, Corn Maiden, Old Wife, Oatwife
Tossed high on the harvest, dancing, queening it she comes
The year’s last sheaf come home.
Creeping she comes, the Old Wife of the Celts,
Cailleach Bheur, hag goddess, crag goddess,
Leaping from the rocks to lock the Bride of spring away.
She whistles up her winter winds, that pack of dogs
That follow dark Frau Gaude on her icy rounds.
Keening she comes! You careless ones,
Who leave your doorways cracked ajar
Will hear her dogs’ keen whining at your hearth.
You lazy spinsters, mind your distaff’s full
And wind your spindles tidy by the fire
Lest Berchta send you plague or blind your eyes for spying.
Sweep your altar stone
And pile the green boughs high to call her forth
To tell your future in the flames where past and
present mingle at your hearth.
Bright candle flames now wreath her, crowned in lingonberry,
Saint Lucia bringing light out of the heart of Northern darkness.
She brings you gifts of plenty, La Befana sweeping on
Beware, and honor her! Lest your Epiphany be black as
Black it was, in the beginning,
When the sun was on the far side of the world
And Spider Woman made the long journey with her pot of clay
To bring the sun back to the Cherokee.
Mary brought the Son, they say, the Prince of Peace —
For unto us a child is born! and the year begins anew.
Children carol for her, Kolyada, whiterobed in her snowy sleigh
In her deep Russian woods of frozen winter streams
where the winter nymphs, Rusalky, sing their secret solstice songs.
There in those winter woods was born the Snegurochka,Snow Maiden,
Ancient spirit, daughter of spring and winter come to earth.
At Candlemas, cross-quarter time, the Old Hag springs again,
But this time Brigit’s cross wheels high above the door
And the frail Snow Maiden melts into her summer lover’s arms.
See where they come, the winter women, in the bleak midwinter night
To summon up the sun and bring us light.
Used With Permission – Dame Niamh c) Lynn Noel 1990 and 1991 for Tapestry Folkdance
Center production of Summon the Sun! Carols and Rituals for Winter Solstice
Silliness – The Garden of Eden
A Brit, a Frenchman and a Russian are viewing a painting of Adam and Eve frolicking in the Garden of Eden.
“Look at their reserve, their calm,” muses the Brit. “They must be British.”
“Nonsense,” the Frenchman disagrees. “They’re naked, and so beautiful. Clearly, they are French.”
“No clothes, no shelter,” the Russian points out, “they have only an apple to eat, and they’re being told this is paradise. Clearly, they are Russian.”