Daily Stuff 12-15-15 Consualia

Hi, folks!

Waves tide Last Minus Tide at of the cycle at 9:25 PM of -0.3 feet

motif yule holiday lightsLighted House Count 530 + 43

weather sun face dim winterThere are lovely pinkish clouds against blue sky in the east. It’s only 38, chilly in the house, too, since the cold is radiating in from the windows. We got 6 tenths of an inch of rain yesterday, but we should have a break until this evening. No wind before sunrise, but now it’s picking up…and here come the sunshine, falling squarely on my altar!

plant motif flower blackeyed susansYesterday was a lot of unpacking and putting away. Tempus came back after me because I was still trying to get caught up on mail after the weekend, but then he went out to run errands while I worked at the shop. Late in the day I got really sleepy and dozed over my embroidery. Obviously we weren’t all that busy! As we left the shop it was 39F and the marvelous crescent moon was high in the sky. We took a drive in the twilight out to Eckman Lake. There was mist on the water and the reflection of Her Light was lovely. The water was roaring through the sluices and the lake was quite high.

plant motif flower borage herbWe had a quiet evening. Tempus heated up some of my leftovers for starters. After that he made a yummy supper of mixed veg and french fries and pita pockets with a hamburger scramble and then dozed in his chair while I was doing paperwork. Eventually we both went and crawled into bed, and I read while he was on his computer. It was lovely to snuggle after that crazy weekend.

plant motif flower calla lily bulbToday we have chores and some bills to be paid and so on. I also have to start the winter sorting that we always have to do, but I want to spend a little time in the garden today, if I can manage it later.


Orns 01 010We have a bunch of hand-stitched tiny pillow ornaments. These are great for packages, kids, and other high-stress environments.

Today’s plant is Oregon Iris, Iris tenax. I grew up calling Iris flowers “ladies’ ball gowns”. Local peoples used the tough leaves for making string and rope mostly for snares. – Feminine, Venus, Water – sacred to Iris and Juno, their magicks are used 220px-Iris_tenaxfor purification and magicks including 3’s. The three petals stand for faith, wisdom and valor and can be used in magicks to promote these qualities. More on Oregon Iris here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_tenax More on Iris in general here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_%28plant%29

Vettii Lares 121513Today is the Consualis Ludes or Consualia, the celebration of the god of underground storehouses, secret negotiations and horse racing… Horse racing? Chariot races, anyway! Today the underground temple of Consus was opened just for this single day in the year and the storing of grain commenced. The Lares, the household gods of the Romans, were also honored. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consualia

Mine - Yule PentacleThe shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. 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 ancientlight@peak.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,


Dianas Bow MoonWaxing 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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 12:18 at 7:14am. 

Aquarius astroThe waxing crescent Moon hangs in the southwest at nightfall. Look above it for the two brightest stars of Aquarius: Beta (β) and, higher, Alpha (α) Aquarii. Alpha is the bottom-right point of the Water Jar asterism.
Astro Constellation Orion Sirius BetelgeuseSirius >>>> , the Dog Star, and Procyon, the Little Dog Star 25° to its left, shine low in the southeast and east by 9 p.m. If you live around latitude 30° N (Tijuana, New Orleans, Jacksonville), the two canine stars will shine at the same height above your horizon. If you’re north of that latitude, Procyon will be higher. If you’re south of there, Sirius will be the higher one.
120615 Comet CatalinaComet Catalina (C/2013 US10) is running about a magnitude fainter than predicted, now that it has emerged into view low in the east at dawn. It’s likely to stay at 6th magnitude as it climbs high into the predawn eastern sky through December and January. This week it’s near Venus. See the December Sky & Telescope, page 45, or our article Get a Predawn Peek of Comet Catalina. Both provide finder charts.
Astro mercuryMercury (magnitude –0.6) is emerging from the glare of sunset into evening twilight view. Look for it about 20 or 30 minutes after sunset just above the southwest horizon — the later in the week the better. Binoculars will help. Mercury is on its way up to a fine showing through Christmas and New Year’s.

Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder  Nov 25 – Dec 22

Rune Runic Month 24 Jara JeraRunic 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

Sun in SagittariusSun in Sagittarius
Moon in AquariusMoon in Aquarius.
Color: Red


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elderberry flower RuisRuis  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.
plant red elderberry RuisThe 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).
plant motif Elderberry RuisRuis – Elder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: Makeup days of the thirteenth Moon
Color: Red
Class: Shrub
Letter: R
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.
elder month Husband_and_wife_trees - Blackthorn Ruisto study this month Straif – Blackthorn Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Chieftain
Letter: SS, Z, ST
Meaning: Resentment; Confusion; Refusing to see the truth


Waves tide


Tides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                                    Visible
Tu  15     High   3:20 AM     7.2   7:46 AM    Rise 10:45 AM      12
~    15      Low   8:51 AM     3.1   4:37 PM     Set  9:30 PM
~    15     High   2:29 PM     7.9
~    15      Low   9:25 PM    -0.3


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – High intention operates in the midst of trust.  Trust operates in the midst of high intention.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Nothing makes one feel so strong as a call for help. — George MacDonald



~  There are more things to alarm us than to harm us, and we suffer more often in apprehension than reality. – Seneca
~  Diplomats are useful only in fair weather. As soon as it rains they drown in every drop. – Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) French general and statesman
~  Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose. Anything less is a form of slavery. – Dr. Wayne Dyer

CHILDREN’S GAMES (picture here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children%27s_Games_(Bruegel)#mediaviewer/File:Pieter_Bruegel_d._%C3%84._041b.jpg


This is a schoolyard
with children

of all ages near a village
on a small stream
meandering by

where some boys
are swimming

or climbing a tree in leaf
is motion

elder women are looking
after the small

a play wedding a
nearby one leans

an empty hogshead


Little girls
whirling their skirts about
until they stand out flat

tops pinwheels
to run in the wind with
or a toy in 3 tiers to spin

with a piece
of twine to make it go
blindman’s-buff follow the

leader stilts
high and low tipcat jacks
bowls hanging by the knees

standing on your head
run the gauntlet
a dozen on their backs

feet together kicking
through which a boy must pass
roll the hoop or a

made of bricks
some mason has abandoned


The desperate toys
of children

imagination equilibrium
and rocks
which are to be

and games to drag

the other down
to make use of

a swinging
with which

at random
to bash in the
heads about

Brueghel saw it all
and with his grim

humor faithfully
it – William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), American poet and practicing physician


Yule Log 122413Yule Magick – Songs

adapted by Susan M. Shaw

The holly and the ivy
When they are both full grown
Of all the trees that are in the wood
The holly bears the crown

The rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry tunes
As we Pagans sing with cheer

The holly bears a blossom
White as the lily flower
The Goddess shares the Solstice Sun
Days grow longer with its power

The rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
We celebrate with joyous hearts
The Wheel of the Year

The holly bears a berry
As red as any blood
The Goddess brings the Solstice Sun
To allow our hopes to bud

The rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
These blessed signs of life’s renewal
Will banish any fear

The holly bears a prickle
As sharp as any thorn
The Goddess lights the Solstice Sun
As we welcome the new morn

The rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
The Green Man and the Holly King
Are always welcome here

The holly bears a bark
As bitter as any gall
The Goddess gives the Solstice Sun
For the wonder of us all

The rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
In perfect love and perfect trust
May our hearts be ever clear

The holly and the ivy
When they are both full grown
Of all the trees that are in the wood
The holly bears the crown

The rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry tunes
As we Pagans sing with cheer


John G. MacKinnon
Tune: Greensleeves

In ancient days the folk of old
When chilled with fright by winter’s cold
Did kindle up a great Yule fire
With leaping flames in its great pyre;
So to entice the waning sun
To rise again and wider run;
It’s fiery course across the sky,
To warm them so they would not die.

So we, whose minds now sense a chill
Of anger in the evil will,
The human conflict, hate, and strife,
Which hold a menace over life;
Would kindle up a flame of love
That we within our hearts may move,
In Yuletide joy, with love embrace
And thus abide in peace and grace.

Hark The Neo-Pagans Sing By: Sunblade – Tune: “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”

Hark the neo-Pagans sing,
Glory to the Holly King!
Peace on Earth and mercy mild,
God and Goddess reconciled,
Hear us now as we proclaim,
We have risen from the flames,
Our ancient Craft now we reclaim,
In the God and Goddess’ names
Hark the neo-Pagans sing,
Glory to the Holly King!

Herne by highest love adored,
Herne the ever-reborn Lord,
At all times behold Him come,
Offspring of the Holy One,
Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see,
Hail Incarnate Deity!
Our ancient Craft now we reclaim,
In the God and Goddess’ names
Hark the neo-Pagans sing,
Glory to the Holly King!


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – Smart Joke # 3. A buddhist monk approaches a burger foodtruck and says “make me one with everything.” The buddhist monk pays with a $20 bill, which the vendor takes, puts in his cash box, and closes the lid. “Where’s my change?” the monk asks. The vendor replies, “change comes from within”. – http://higherperspectives.com/jokes-for-intellectuals/?c=cleo&ts_pid=2&ts_pid=2

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