We got started so late yesterday that I felt odd all day. I didn’t actually have breakfast (well, breakfast foods, I had crispbread and cheese earlier) until 2pm which meant lunch was after 5pm. Tempus was cleaning the study/guest room for Robyne and doing laundry and such. I spent the day working on newsletters since I won’t be able to do those today, which is my usual day.
Tempus took off to pick Robyne up from the bus station somewhere around 6:30 and they stopped to do some grocery shopping before heading back. Of course Tempus turned around and headed right back out again. Robyne and I had soup and I turned in, since I was up early and I’ve been going to sleep for awhile around 7pm, even if it’s just a nap. …and then I woke around 11pm and was up until nearly 3am, which is when Tempus got in from his paper route. he’s still asleep.
Today the shop is open since we’re be closed on Friday. Tempus and Robyne are going to stay at the house and come down later. I’m hoping to get some sewing done. We have to set up for the Open Circle for Yule, as well.
From yesterday up the Yachats River another Ken Gagne pic of a bald eagle.
Every house on Peacock Lane in Portland, all lighted up for the holidays! http://www.oregonlive.com/multimedia/index.ssf/2015/12/peacock_lane_every_house_photo.html
Today’s plant is Evergreen huckleberry, Vaccinium ovatum, a small shrub that is native to the PNW. The berries were a staple food for the PNW indigines. The fruit is blue-black and tends to be small, but makes excellent jam and the leaves are smoked or made into tea for colds. Gender, Feminine – Planet, Venus – Element, Water – Carry for luck and health. This is a plant that will keep away evil and break hexes. Burn the leaves to bring visions and to make dreams come true.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evergreen_Huckleberry
Seeing the white stag, the hope that, if caught, you can have your three dearest wishes granted…. Even in the darkest night, there is hope that the Sun will rise.
Spinning? Actually today is the birthday in 1732 of the man whose spinning device revolutionized fabric manufacture. If you can afford more that one set of clothing, thank Richard Arkwright! He was the youngest of 13 children, son of a tailor, who rose in rank to “Sir” on the basis of his invention called the “water frame” and a yarn-making device, as well as improvements in carding machines that made possible the cheap calicoes. He was one of the entrepreneurs of the Industrial Revolution. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Arkwright
The shop opens at 11am today! Special Holiday Hours!. We’ll be open Wednesday and Thursday! 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 email@example.com 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. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends with Full on 12/23 at 3:12pm. 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 12/26 at 3:12pm.
The Moon, nearly full, shines near orange Aldebaran tonight. The Moon occults (covers) Aldebaran for Europe and much of northern Asia. Watch the occultation via Gianluca Masi’s Virtual Telescope webcast, starting at 17:45 UT (12:45 p.m. Eastern Standard Time).
Comet Catalina (C/2013 US10) remains at about magnitude 6.3 as it climbs higher in the east before dawn. It’s unlikely to brighten much further, but it will move much higher before dawn in the next few weeks. See the December Sky & Telescope, page 45, or our article Get a Predawn Peek of Comet Catalina. Both provide finder charts.
Jupiter shines brightly in Leo rising around midnight.
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch
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 Runic half-month of Eihwaz/Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books
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Secret of the Unhewn Stone, Dec 23 – (This is the blank day in this calendar, the one day of the year that is not ruled by a tree and its corresponding Ogham alphabet character. Its name denotes the quality of potential in all things.)
Graves (1966) makes a case for an additional “blank” ogham, “the unhewn dolmen arch”, which he assigns to the mistletoe, a plant for which there is abundant evidence of its ritual importance to the Celts. There are two common mistletoes in Europe, both of which live as parasites on trees. The common mistletoe (Viscum
album L.) parasitizes many tree species, including oaks in the western part of its range. It forms white berries between Samhain and Yule. The yellow-berried mistletoe (Loranthus europaeus L.) does not extend to western Europe. It is found primarily on oaks. It is most likely the “golden bough”, being more common in the eastern Mediterranean th
an the common mistletoe. The common mistletoe has been cultivated in North American for the Yule trade, and there are several native mistletoes in the genus Phoradendron. Mistletoes are in the Mistletoe family (Viscaceae).
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch – The silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) is the most common tree birch in much of Europe. It grows up to 30 m (100 feet) high, but is more often found in spreading clumps on sandy soils. It is one of the first trees to colonize an area after a mature forest is cut; this is probably a large part of its symbolic connection with new beginnings. It is cultivated in North America, often under the name of weeping birch. The three trees in my front yard form root sprouts that would take over the bed where they are planted if I didn’t cut them back. The common birch (B. pubescens Ehrh.) is almost as widespread as the silver birch, but grows primarily on acid or peaty soils. It can reach 20 m (65 feet) in height. Birches are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae). Curtis Clark
Beth – Birch – Ogam letter correspondences
Meaning: New Beginnings; Changes; Purification.
Phagos – Beech Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Letter: PH, IO
Meaning: New experiences and information coming
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 23 Low 4:05 AM 2.6 7:50 AM Set 5:39 AM 91
~ 23 High 10:08 AM 9.3 4:41 PM Rise 3:44 PM
~ 23 Low 5:12 PM -1.0
~ 23 High 11:38 PM 7.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Rejoice in other people’s triumphs.
~ There’s an important difference between giving up and letting go. – Jessica Hatchigan
~ The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore. – Dale Carnegie
~ America is a country that doesn’t know where it is going but is determined to set a speed record getting there. – Dr. Lawrence J. Peter (1919-1990) US pop psychologist, writer
~ There are no mistakes, no coincidences, simply lessons. – Kerr Cuhulain
Tune: Gloria in Excelsius Deo
Christmas time is here again,
Christmas carols ringing out,
Gentle pagans, we don’t care.
Christmas time is pagan!
Christmas time is pagan!
Modern folks all celebrate
What they learned in Sunday School.
In December, they don’t know
They are celebrating Yule!
Let them have their Christmas trees,
Decked in red and green and blue.
We rejoice at every one!
Christmas trees are pagan, too.
Bowls of bubbly Christmas cheer,
Fill your cup and quench your thirst.
They think the tradition’s theirs.
Wassail bowls were pagan, first.
Every door and window bears
Wreaths of holly, wreaths of pine.
Circles represent the Sun.
Every wreath is yours and mine.
Christmas lights on Christmas trees,
Candle flames burn higher and higher,
Let us cheer along, my friends,
As they light their Yuletide fire.
There’s a possibility
That this song is yours and mine
‘Cause the tune was known to all
Back in A.D. one-two-nine.
A HOLLY JOLLY YULETIDE
Words and Music by Johnny Marks
Adapted by Susan M. Shaw
Have a holly jolly Yuletide
It’s the best time of the year
I don’t know if there’ll be snow
But have a cup of cheer
Have a holly jolly Yuletide
And when you walk down the street
Say hello to friends you know
And ev’ryone you meet
Oh, ho, the mistletoe
Hung where you can see
Somebody waits for you
Kiss her once for me
Have a holly jolly Yuletide
and in case you didn’t hear
Oh, by golly have a holly jolly Yuletide
CHESTNUTS ROASING ON AN OPEN FIRE – Words by Robert Wells, adapted by Susan M. Shaw – Music by Mel Torme
Chestnuts Roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nipping at your nose
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir
And folks dressed up like Eskimos
Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe
Help to make the season bright
Tiny tots with their eyes all a glow
Will find it hard to sleep tonight
They know that Santa’s on his way
He’s loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh
And ev’ry mother’s child is gonna spy
To see if reindeer really know how to fly
And so I’m offering this simple phrase
To kids from one to ninety-two
Although it’s been said many times, many ways
“Merry Yuletide to you!”
DONA NOBIS PACEM (Grant Us Peace)
Dona nobis pacem, pacem
Dona nobis pacem
Dona nobis pacem
Dona nobis pacem
Silliness – Smart Joke # 5. Noam Chomsky, Kurt Godel and Werner Heisenberg walk into a bar. Heisenberg turns to the other and says “Obviously this is a joke, but how can we tell if it’s funny?” Godel replies “We can’t know that because we’re inside the joke.” Chomsky says “Of course it’s funny, you’re just telling it wrong.” – http://higherperspectives.com/jokes-for-intellectuals/?c=cleo&ts_pid=2&ts_pid=2