Flood warnings, strong wind gusts, lashing rain, trees down, standing water in unexpected spots…. be careful out there!!!!!
55F and wow…. this is the biggest storm so far this year. The trees are thrashing in the gloom, and it’s gloomy with the clouds at 500 feet. Rain is pouring down and sideways and right into your teeth. Waterpik weather…. It’s not as high wind as the storms sometimes get, regularly gusting up out of the 30’s, but not very far, but the rain! We had almost an inch yesterday and so far today we’re at 1.15 inches!We’re under a High Surf Advisory, a High Wind Warning and A Flooding Advisory all at once. So, this is a real storm and it’s not going to let up quickly, since there are a bunch all lined up behind it and lots more water where this is coming from.
I started the day with candles and kept pecking away all day long, cleaning wax, making votives and container candles, sorting supplies, taking pictures and gradually cleaning up.
We also finally started sorting out the smudge box. There are a bunch of new white sage and black sage minis, some medium and large black sage and a couple of new large white sage, plus we have a lot of loose black and white sage and eucalyptus that we’ll be packaging.
Tempus did some running around after a long nap. He sorted out the problem that I was having with my display, so that’s almost finished. Back at the house he tracked down some things that we needed and did a little sorting in our renter’s garage.
In the evening he ended up over at a friend’s, taking care of her cats and doing some chores. I was writing. The wind really picked up during the evening, banging doors and howling dismally, gusting well into the 30’s. I don’t see any record reports, yet, but I know that some of those gusts are up out of the 30’s!
Today we’ll work on the warm and dry. 🙂 I know I’m going to go around and check the shop ceiling to see whether the repairs are holding. The shop will be open.
A photo from 10/22/15 by Ken Gagne of Pelicans near the mouth of the Yachats River
Today’s Ornament is actually a few one-of-a-kind pretties that are hanging on the display garland. These little beauties are $3 each.
Today’s Plant is the Coast Willow, Salix hookeriana. I’ve been mistaking it for pussy willow ever since I moved out here! Pussy Willows are a subset of the willows which also include osiers (think “wicker” for their uses). They’re all Saliciae from which, salicylic acid, the medicine Aspirin, was derived. Willow magick is Feminine, Moon and Water. Willow wands can be used for healing, to sleep with for more vivid dreams, Drawing Down the Moon, or for protection in underworld journeying. The Willow will bring the blessings of the Moon upon those who plant it or have it on their property. Willows can be used to bind together witch’s brooms and a forked willow branch is widely used in water witching and dowsing. New Moon magick, creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, binding. Love, Love divination, protection, healing. It is also known as the tree of immortality because of its ability to re grow from a fallen branch in moist ground. These properties apply to all forms of willow, but the Coast Willow has the properties of endurance, tolerance and stubbornness as well. There’s more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org
Today is the Haloia of Demeter, the feast of the beginning of her long search for her daughter. More here: http://witchofstitches.blogspot.com/2009/12/haloia-of-demeter.html and on Demeter here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demeter#Demeter_and_Persephone
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 12/11 at 2:29am. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 12/9 at 5:29pm.
Venus and the Moon – Monday, Dec. 7, morning – Venus will about a degree away from the moon at dawn. The moon will move to occult Venus over most of North America around noon EST, a good opportunity to locate Venus in the daytime sky. The Moon occults Venus in broad daylight for essentially all of North and Central America. The Moon is a thin waning crescent about 43° west of the Sun. Venus will disappear behind its sunlit limb, which has a much dimmer surface brightness than Venus does. Venus will reappear from behind the Moon’s dark limb up to an hour or more later. The occultation happens in the middle of the day for the East, and in the morning for the West. In Alaska it happens during dawn. See the December Sky & Telescope, page 46, for timetables.
Comet Catalina (C/2013 US10) is running about a magnitude fainter than predicted now that it’s emerging into view low in the east at dawn. So it’s on track to glow at 6th magnitude, not 5th, as it climbs high into the predawn eastern sky through December and January. See the December Sky & Telescope, page 45, or Get a Predawn Peek of Comet Catalina. With finder chart.
Uranus (magnitude +5.8, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude +7.9, in Aquarius) are high in the southern sky early in the evening. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune.
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 Runic half-month of Jera/ Jara 12/13-12/27 – Jara signifies the completion of natural cycles, such as fruition, and has a more transcendent meaning of mystic marriage of Earth and Cosmos. *Ø* Wilson’s Almanac free daily ezine | Book of Days | December 13
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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 7 Low 3:09 AM 2.7 7:39 AM Rise 3:45 AM 19
~ 7 High 9:20 AM 7.8 4:37 PM Set 2:46 PM
~ 7 Low 4:19 PM 0.9
~ 7 High 10:28 PM 6.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There is something wrong if you are always right.
~ Believe it or not, one of the best “hex-breakers” is laughter. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Boldly do men talk from a distance. – Heitharvega Saga
~ And the Devil did grin, for his darling sin is pride that apes humility. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) English writer
~ Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness. – Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish artist
CHOCOLATE HEARTS FOR BREAKFAST
My breakfast was leftover chocolate hearts today.
I told myself when I got the chocolates that
I would not binge out on them for once.
Omigod, was I LYING to myself!
Chocolates call to me, where my willpower is…
Well, how in the hell would I know?
I don’t have any!
Sometimes, Valentines’s Day is a ‘slippery place’
The chocolates just call to me, and then they
Pile up on my waistline and collect there.
Why did you give me chocolates in the first place?
That can’t be love…do you WANT me to stay fat?
You talk about how far you can run…
Do you want me to to brag how far I can waddle?
I felt so down in the dumps. You sent chocolates,
But why didn’t you bring them yourself?
Talk about absentee caring…or lack thereof…
Instead of coming and giving me love, kisses, sex,
You sent me chocolates that just make me FAT.
What’s the matter with you, anyway?
Have you ever heard of the word passive-aggressive?
What a jerk.
The days when I would be pathetically pleased
That you even acknowledged that I was on the
Same planet, have just disintegrated.
As far as I am concerned YOU have disintegrated!
At least the chocolate made me feel loved,
I can’t say the same thing for you and your card.
The cute neighbor across the hall is bringing margaritas,
Heck, maybe I can get some action here….
Well, we are now sharing your chocolates
For our breakfast, thoughtful of you to send them.
Don’t bother to send any next year, though.
I think maybe my neighbor would bring some, as well
As himself, and I much prefer a hands-on Valentine.
This is to let you know that your valentine chocolates
Were eaten, so they weren’t wasted at all…
Have a nice day, wherever you are! Toodles. – © Copyright 2/16/06, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
Sing we of a mystery, now as long ago
Blood red holly berries, blood upon on the snow
The Oak king shall rise, the waxing year to bring
Therefore bid we farewell to the Holly king
Now in deep midwinter all seems in a trance
Comes the golden Oak King in his age old dance
Comes he to slay, yet honor he does he bring
To his fallen brother the darksome Holly King
In the bright midsummer the year’s wheel turned around
Then shall be the Oak King’s blood upon the ground
Ever it comes, once more the years waning
Then shall be victorious the Darksome Holly King
Sing we of the Mystery now as long ago
Blood red holly berries, blood upon on the snow
The Oak king shall rise waxing year to bring
Therefore bid we farewell to the Holly king
“The holly and the ivy, when they were both full grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood, the holly bears the crown. . .”
I am the Holly King, Lord of the Waning Year. You may know me as the Green Man or as the Winter King. I rule from Midsummer to Midwinter, and my reign culminates in the festivities of Yuletide. As the wren dies to make way for the robin, soon I will bow before my brother the Oak King. You will not see me again until the Sun once more begins to wane. As I prepare to withdraw into the deep midwinter, I contemplate the glowing light of the reborn Sun in my cup — and in this holy grail, I see visions and dreams of the year to come.
Carry a sprig of holly with you as my token. It will protect you against fierce winter storms, and will bestow upon you the focus, direction and courage you need to succeed in your own spiritual quest.
Fill your homes with holly this season! Deck the halls! My evergreen leaves and bright red berries, seen against the barren oaks of winter, will remind you of the Life that sustains us during the bitterest time of the year.” ~The Holly King~
The Feast of St Lucy: Luciadagen
And I will stay awake throughout the longest winter night
And dress up in a red silk sash and flowing gown of white
And serve my parents with warm sweets and sing for their delight.
And I will wear upon my head a crown of fragrant green
Ablaze with tall white candles, with golden candle-gleam,
And I will be a Lussibrud as in some wondrous dream.
And as the night begins to fade I’ll greet December sun
And knock on all the neighbors’ doors and sing to everyone
And offer all the friends I greet a golden saffron bun.
Lucia maidens will come too, with silver in their hair
And star boys with their studded wands and pointed caps to wear,
And elfin boys will follow us as we walk everywhere.
And I will stay awake throughout the longest winter night
And dress up in my silken sash, my crown, my robe of white
And I will be, for one brief day, Lucia of the Light. – Myra Cohn Livingston, The Feast of St. Lucy: Luciadagen http://www.millan.net/funp/christmas/luciafact.html
Silliness – Smart Joke # 1. Einstein, Newton and Pascal are playing a rousing game of hide and seek. Einstein begins to count to ten. Pascal runs and hides. Newton draws a one meter by one meter square in the ground in front of Einstein then stands in the middle of it. Einstein reaches ten, uncovers his eyes, and exclaims “Newton! I found you! You’re it!” Newton replies “You didn’t find me. You found a Newton over a square meter. You found Pascal!” – http://higherperspectives.com/jokes-for-intellectuals/?c=cleo&ts_pid=2&ts_pid=2