It’s 41F and drippy. The rain is supposed to quit by late morning. There’s no wind at the moment and the forecasts don’t agree on whether it will pick up or not, later. We got 6 tenths of an inch of rain yesterday and already over 3 tenths today.
Yesterday was pretty amazing. We woke up to snow in Grants Pass, which was exciting, but made things run late. Marius and I had moot and wading through puddles and slush, along with my walker having been in the truck bed under the snow made for puddles even inside, soggy shoes and socks and *very* cold feet. We hung around afterwards and talked to some folks, getting early planning done for the year, and then went to go to a restaurant with some other folks from the
area. It was so crowded that everyone gave up and headed out and so did we, but not after me almost going down in the snow. I stepped on a compacted bit, slid off and staggered, with Marius grabbing for me and me teetering and slipping across the parking and falling onto a car. No major damage except to my dignity….
We got on the road with the heat turned up on our feet and headed north on I-5. We were full of plans and ideas. I got to gaze at snow to my heart’s content. I’ve had my “visit” for the year, so we don’t need to have any come visit us, now. 🙂
We stopped a couple of times for gas and some food and I really needed a coffee. The Dutch Bros. in Grants pass didn’t have power before moot, so I got a chai and that just doesn’t cut it for me. 🙂 We were talking so hard that we drove right through Eugene, where we had planned to turn for the coast and didn’t realize it until we were in Coburg! We ended up coming back over rt 20. There was only one “interesting” bit, although traffic was slow in spots, when we were coming over one of the high spots there was a lot of lumpy snow/ice. It was sanded and we got through just fine. Marius is a good driver. The rivers are high as you can see in the pictures from our hotel an in one place the water was getting really close to the road. >>> Marius >>>
So, Marius and Tempus unloaded the truck and he headed home.
Tempus had a quiet day, steadily working on various projects. The shop wasn’t very busy. He was glad to see me and we talked a bit and then closed up and came home. After he unloaded into the house, he crawled into bed and I followed. I woke a couple of hours later and wrote and sorted during the evening, but he didn’t wake again until midnight and he’s still a little groggy!
Today I have unpacking to do both at home and at the shop. We’ll be open during the usual hours today.
<<<<<<<<< me in my outfit and new regalia <<<<<<<<<<<
Jim Thode – ·- Tillamook Rock Light aka “Terrible Tilly” living up to her name today. The top of the light is 140′ above sea level and that puts the top of the wave about 200′ high. We dealt with closed roads due to slides and flooding, torrential rain, 1/2″ hail and gale force winds to get this pic.
Today’s Ornament is more of a category. I have a number of these tiny ornaments that make great package ties for mailing and great little ornaments on a tree. They’re fabric, string and stuffing, so pretty safe against breakage.
Today’s plant is Goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis
1503 – Birthday of Michel de Nostradamus(d. July 1, 1566), physician and prophet. Nostradamus was a physician of Provence(France) who published a series of little books, each containing a hundred predictions (‘centuries’), collected later into a single volume. He studied mathematics, philosophy, and physic (medicine), and was twice married and had several children. He lived at Salon, near Marseilles, where he studied astrology and, as many do, took up almanac making. Such were those erudite times that his almanacs became popular, inspiring imitators, but, as some of the imitations in his name were poorly produced, he gained a bad reputation from them. He was said to have cured and/or prevented the bubonic plague by his medical knowledge and wrote out quite a lot of his herbal lore. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nostradamus
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,
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 12/25 at 3:12am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 12/15 at 2:29pm.
Low in the east before dawn, 6th-magnitude Comet Catalina displayed two widely separated tails on December 6, 2015. A comet’s thin blue ion (gas) tail quickly becomes entrained in the solar wind and blows at high speed straight away from the direction of the Sun. The grains making up the yellow dust tail are less influenced by the Sun, move away from the comet much more slowly, and therefore follow along with the comet’s orbital motion for longer. These two directions may or may not be similar, especially as seen from Earth’s viewpoint. Brian Ottum took this image with a 10-inch f/5 Newtonian reflector from Rancho Hidalgo, New Mexico.
During the 2004 Geminid shower, Alan Dyer caught a bright fireball around midnight with a tripod-mounted digital camera. He was using a wide-field, 16-mm lens for 1-minute exposures at f/2.8 with an ISO setting of 800. Expect to shoot a lot of frames before you get this lucky!
The Geminid meteor shower should have reached its peak either late last night or tonight, December 13–14 and 14–15. The sky will be moonless. See the December Sky & Telescope, page 44, or our online article Geminids in 2015: Moonless and Marvelous.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5) is deep in the glow of sunrise, very far lower left of Venus. You’ll probably need binoculars.
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22
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
©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.
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 14 High 2:37 AM 7.2 7:45 AM Rise 10:05 AM 6
14 Low 8:01 AM 3.1 4:37 PM Set 8:23 PM
14 High 1:42 PM 8.2
14 Low 8:42 PM -0.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Nobody is perfect until you fall in love with them.
~ A wet man does not fear the rain. – Russian Proverb
~ Your actions should be the light that guides others. Your example should be their inspiration.. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Each has his own tree of ancestors, but at the top of all sits Probably Arboreal. – Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Scottish novelist, poet
~ Its a great advantage to be able to hurdle with both legs – David Coleman
Celebration of the Snake by Jan Snyder
Tonight I dreamed I was a snake.
“I am serpent”, I said with a sibilant hiss, “sssserpent”,
Enjoying the sound it made.
My body moved in undulating waves, sliding sideways,
As I stretched out upon my belly on the earth.
I have become too large for my skin,
For I have caught knowledge in my coils,
And understanding has been my food.
I have become fat on the wisdom of the grandmothers.
It is time to burst forth from the bonds of flesh,
To escape the prison of this old constricting body
And for the scales of blindness to fall from my eyes.
I am the despised, forgotten and fallen woman.
I am she who refused to lie beneath the man.
I am she who is free to give her love where she wills,
And I am no slave – I give myself as I wish on my terms.
I am sister to the sorceress, to Circe and Medea.
I am Lilith, Magdalene, holy harlot, sacred whore.
I am the virgin mother of the god’s children.
I am the mother of the merry met child.
I am the dread demon goddess.
Call me Kali, Hecate, Astarte.
I am the great Serpent Goddess.
Call me Leviathan, Tiamat.
I am Oroborous, the soul of the world.
I open my mouth and swallow my tail,
Yet I am always whole.
Now my skin splits and I slither forth.
It is not painful at all, though my skin is new.
I am a creature born again,
Iridescent green, glowing, phosphorescent, glorious. – Copyright Jan Snyder
Altar-Sized Yule Log – (For Yule) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/yulelog.html
- Small altar-sized log
- Three candles: One white, one red, one black
- Bits of artificial holly to decorate with
- Red and green ribbon to be tied in a decorative bow
- Glue gun
The candles can be short squat ones or longer ones if you’re willing to drill holes in the log and insert them. Just gluing them is fine. The white candle represents the innocent phase of life; it goes first. The red represents the childbearing phase; it goes in the middle. The black candle represents maturity and wisdom; it goes last. Arrange the holly around them so that drill holes or glue gun marks do not show. Tie a bow with the ribbon and stick on the front.
Burn the candles during ritual or any times the Yule darkness threatens to overpower.
How about some Citrus Candles?? (used Stuff 2006)
Hollowed-out lemons become fragrant yellow cups for candles. Using a serrated knife and small ice-cream scoop, remove pulp from lemon halves. Wash and dry lemon shells, then insert a votive candle into each one. (try and find a citrus scented yellow candle or use a vanilla or plain-colored candle). Pour rock salt around candles to add sparkle. )0( Brought to you by AromaThyme.com – http://www.aromathyme.com
Anja’s notes – In our wet ocean climate don’t try to use rock salt! You’ll end up with a puddle and put the candle out as soon as it burns down to the level of the water. Use glass pebbles, or bits instead or even sand. Stand the shells up in the same stuff.
You can also use orange or grapefruit rinds for this, or even Satsuma, Mandarin or tangerine shells. For the orange or grapefruit follow the same directions although you can use 3” pillar candles in most grapefruit shells. For the last three cut each shell carefully around the middle and gently pull away from the pulp segments.
Sun Welcoming Center Pieces
Yule is a Sabbat to welcome back the Sun King. The sun is vital to all that exists on Earth. It is the giver of light and warmth, and causes the rebirth of this past years crops by warming and gently coaxing the seeds that have been sleeping underground during the winter. Traditional methods of celebrating this Sabbat are mostly inside activities.
Materials: Flat or bowled wicker basket, Evergreen Boughs, Oranges and Apples, Whole Cloves, Walnuts, Hazelnuts, Wheat Stalks, Flour, Red, Green, and Gold Bows or String.
Children of all ages will delight in both making and giving these delightful center pieces.
- Place the basket in the center of the table.
- Lay a couple of evergreen boughs (can be found at most Christmas tree lots) in bottom of basket so that the tips flow out from all sides.
- Spike the oranges all the way around with several whole cloves.
- Arrange the oranges and apples on top of the boughs.
- Arrange in a couple of the walnuts and hazel nuts.
- Place a couple of the wheat stalks standing up amidst the fruit.
- Lightly dust with flour.
- Tie bows to the handle and outside the basket.
Tell children about each special part of the centerpiece. Explain that the baskets were used during the harvests during the season before. The evergreen boughs are symbols of immortality, reminding us that the Sun King is not dead, but reappears at Yule each year to lengthen, brighten and warm the days ahead. The oranges and apples are symbols of the Sun King. The nuts symbolize the seeds as they lay sleeping and awaiting the Sun King’s return. The wheat stalks symbolize the yearly harvests and the flour represents the triumph of the forces of light and life.)
Excerpted From “Yule Celebration, Children Activities”
Silliness – Workplace Vocabulary Lesson
Assmosis – The process by which some people seem to absorb success and advancement by kissing up to the boss.
Blamestorming – Sitting around in a group discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed and who was responsible.
Seagull Manager – A manager who flies in, makes a lot of noise, poops over everything ,and then leaves.
Blowing Your Buffer – Losing your train of thought.
Salmon Day – The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream only to get screwed and die in the end.
Chainsaw Consultant – An outside expert brought in to reduce the employee head count, leaving the brass with clean hands.
Career-Limiting Move (CLM) – Trashing your boss while he or she is within earshot is a serious CLM.
Flight Risk – Used to describe employees who are suspected of planning to leave the company or department soon.
404 – Someone who’s clueless. From the World Wide Web error message “404 Not Found” “Don’t bother asking him… he’s 404, man.”
Ohnosecond – That minuscule fraction of time in which you realize that you’ve just made a BIG mistake.
Percussive Maintenance – The fine art of whacking the heck out of an electronic device to get it to work again.
Prairie Dogging – When someone yells or drops something loudly in a “cube farm” (an office full of cubicles) and everyone’s head pops up over the walls to see what’s going on.
Umfriend – A sexual relation of dubious standing or a concealed intimate relationship, as in “This is Jill, my… um… friend.”