Shop Waldport is having a special day on 12/12! That’s the day of our Bridge Walk and Tree Lighting, so from 5-9pm (which is also when Santa will be around) many of the Waldport small businesses on 101 and 34 will be open! Some folks are going to have special treats and hot drinks. Some are giving a special discount. Some are sponsoring drawings. It’s going to be a fun evening! Ruth Miller is going to be an Ancient Light from 6-9pm running a discussion on adoption and adaptation of symbols of the Holiday Season!
It’s 38F and raining. I could hear it tapping gently on the skylight. The gorgeous, sunny weather is giving way to more normal (warmer!) drippiness. There’s a pretty good breeze, as well. I’m looking at the patches of lichen on the alder. They seem to glow in the growing light .
Yesterday went pretty well. Tempus had gotten a lot more sleep Saturday
evening than the night before, so his morning paper route had gone very well. He came home with doughnuts, so we had those with coffee then got moving and to the shop by 9:30. The Duckmeister was there almost as soon as we were and we had a good chat, talking ducks and bunnies and such. When she left it was obvious we didn’t have any Job Corps students, so Tempus got a little bit of a nap and I worked in back, setting up for the candle-making that needs to happen this week.
When he woke, Tempus helped for awhile. Some ornaments got put up. He got my wax hacked up, so I could start molding which went on all day, although I had to send him out for some Pam spray to get the candles to let loose from the molds. I did quite a bit of sewing, working on my ball project and on some pouches.
I’m hoping we’re going to get to more of the ornaments today, although I still can’t reach up very well and he needs to work on some stuff at home. I have to keep on with the molding
Today’s Ornament is another set. This one just got finished last year. These *are* baby and pet safe, being fabric, fiberfill and ribbon! $32 for a 14-piece set.
Incredible winter wonderland! Photo by Ken Gagne, Yachats River Valley, 11/29/15
Today’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
Today is the anniversary of the oldest record of an eclipse. From Wikipedia: “Records of solar eclipses have been kept since ancient times. Eclipse dates can be used for chronological dating of historical records. A Syrian clay tablet records a solar eclipse which occurred on March 5, 1223 B.C., while Paul Griffin argues that a stone in Ireland records an eclipse on November 30, 3340 B.C. Positing classical-era astronomers’ use of Babylonian eclipse records mostly from the 13th century BC provides a feasible and mathematically consistent explanation for the Greek finding all three lunar mean motions (synodic, anomalistic, draconitic) to a precision of about one part in a million or better. Chinese historical records of solar eclipses date back over 4,000 years and have been used to measure changes in the Earth’s rate of spin.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eclipse#Historical_record
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,
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.
Two faint fuzzies naked-eye: The Andromeda Galaxy (M31) and the Perseus Double Cluster are two of the most famous deep-sky objects. They’re both cataloged as 4th magnitude, and in a fairly good sky you can see each with the unaided eye. They’re located only 22° apart, high in the northeast these evenings — to the right of Cassiopeia and closer below Cassiopeia, respectively. But they look rather different, the more so the darker your sky. See for yourself. They’re plotted on the all-sky constellation map in the center of the November Sky & Telescope.
The waning Moon walks eastward under Leo at dawn in the first days of December, past Regulus, Jupiter, and Mars. (The blue 10° scale is about the size of your fist at arm’s length.) Venus, Mars, and Jupiter continue their display in the east before and during dawn. Venus is the lowest and brightest, shining at magnitude –4.2. Jupiter, high to the upper right, is –2.0, and Mars, between them, is much fainter at +1.5. Watch the line lengthening. Venus is descending; Jupiter and Mars are moving higher. So is Spica; watch it pass to the right of Venus this week.
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22
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
M 30 High 3:50 AM 7.2 7:31 AM Set 11:21 AM 82
~ 30 Low 9:25 AM 3.1 4:39 PM Rise 9:53 PM
~ 30 High 3:02 PM 7.6
~ 30 Low 9:58 PM 0.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t explain; your friends don’t expect it, and your enemies won’t believe it.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – The following words are from the song “Home, Sweet Home” by John Howard Payne: “Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.” Explain what you like the most about your home.
~ Time is a dressmaker, specializing in alterations – Faith Baldwin (1893-1978) US writer
~ To understand the actual requires awareness, an alert and totally free mind. – Bruce Lee
~ Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, more fit to bruise than polish. – Anne Bradstreet
~ Be a sinner and sin strongly, but more strongly have faith and rejoice in Christ. – Martin Luther (1483-1546) German leader of the Protestant Reformation
BREAKFAST AT THE DINER
Polly fluffed up her permanent,
And put on the headband that matched
Her short waitress outfit with the frilly apron.
She knew she was lookin’ good today,
And that pink was her best color.
She looked around the diner;
It was all set up for the breakfast crowd.
They weren’t opening for half an hour,
So she had time to read her new tabloid
And see what was going on in Hollywood.
She crossed her long legs and made sure
That she showed off her new anklet,
It had tiny seahorses and mermaids on it.
She knew Art would be coming in soon,
And she wanted him to get an eyeful.
She wore her new false eyelashes
That really gave her a glamorous look,
And the new lipstick that was supposed
To make her lips get more puffy.
Art owned his own filling station,
And had gone to college two years, too.
He was more ambitious than other guys
That she met waitressing. And cuter.
She swung her leg and popped her gum
In pretty good rhythm, while she read.
Uh, oh. Time to open the doors.
Here are Clyde and Tina…where’s Art?
Oh, there he is, looks like he was
Just out of the shower. Mmmmhmmmm.
Hi, folks. What will you be having today?
Eggs and pancakes? Good choice.
Here, let me fill up your coffee cups.
I’m reading a new book that’s
On the Times best seller list…
I forget the name of it, but it’ll come back
Oh, Art! You’re such a flirt.
I’m not an intellectual, you’re teasing me.
Here, have a look at my new seahorse
Pendant. Oops! Oh, gosh…
My new eyelashes fell into your syrup!
How embarrassing. I’ll get you fresh syrup.
I was just trying to look more like
Some of the models in my new magazine.
You think I do? Oh, what a sweetie!
Of course, I have time to sit down with you
For just a few minutes, till the place fills up.
No, I haven’t seen the new movie,
But I would love to.
Okay, Saturday night would be fine.
Yes, that’s a new fingernail polish,
Black Cherry, and I put little symbols
In the middle of the nails, and lacquer.
You really notice details, Art.
Would you like me to lean over closer,
So you can get a better look at my
Pendant? – © Copyright 2/27/06. Beth Clare Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Yule Travel Spell
To ensure that your luggage is not lost or stolen during the busy holiday travel season, make a small cloth pouch of orange fabric and write your full birth name on it. Stuff it with empowered herbs such as comfrey (to protect from theft), mugwort (to protect from loss or attack), and cumin (to give you peace of mind). Tie the talisman with blue string while visualizing the luggage being bound to you. Tie some of that same blue string on your left wrist until you safely reach your destination with all your luggage intact. – By: Edain McCoy
Happy Holiday Card Spell – December 3rd, 2007 – Color of the day: Gray Incense of the day: Parsley
Every year during the holiday rush, we promise ourselves to start early and avoid the rush, to be more organized about writing and mailing our holiday cards. Now is the time. Gather together your address book, pens, stamps, and holiday cards and sit near some mistletoe, which is very good for achievement and attainment. Light frankincense for a favorable outcome to your holiday card project. Light a yellow candle for clarity and eloquence, and light a pink candle for harmony, friendship, and affection. Fix a cup of Earl Grey tea: the bergamot in the tea will bring you luck and accomplishment in your task. Place your hand over your cards and chant:
In love and more,
speed this chore.
Place your hand over your pens and say:
Write the best words I’ve ever heard.
Then write your cards, and embellish them and the envelopes. Address and stamp them. When all the cards are done, stack them together in a pile. Take a deep breath and send affection through your hands into the cards and say:
Merry meet through the mail, love and greetings to you send.
Be sure to mail them the next day. – By: Gail Wood
Ghosts of Christmas Spell – December 23rd, 2005 – Color of the day: Coral – Incense of the day: Dill
It is appropriate that Larentia, the Roman mother goddess of friendly ghosts, was honored today. Traditionally, December is a time when ghosts are active. All we have to do is think of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to understand this. As the year draws to a close, it is time to honor our ancestral spirits and any friendly spirits that have taken up residence with us. Prepare the following sachet to protect your home and to welcome friendly spirits. In an attractive scrap of fabric tie up a pinch of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, one crushed bay leaf, and a tablespoon of dried orange peel. Tie it up with a green ribbon, and leave it near a window, or put a pinch in an old shoe and leave on your porch — a place where house spirits frequently dwell. End by lighting a green candle and saying: “Friendly spirits alone are welcome in this place. Come in peace, or come not at all. As I will, so mote it be.” – By: James Kambos