It’s 38F and bright sunshine. The computer is giving different windspeeds ranging from 0-23mph for our area, so about all I can say is that it’s breezy and cold! Today’s likely to be the last clear day for awhile. I’m hoping to make the most of it.
<<<< <giggling> In honor of the cold weather we’ve had!
We got up *way* late yesterday. I had gone back to be after putting the newsletter out, but Tempus slept until well past noon. We took it easy during the day, doing some planning for the next while and some small chores. He went out around 5pm to gas up the car. When he got back, he did a little kitchen work so I could put some supper together. We ended up with the last of the turkey mixed with mushroom soup, peas and black olives over rice. It was tasty!
After supper he went over to a friend’s place, because she was having trouble with her electrical system in the house and needed some help. I worked on some writing and then crawled into bed with some of the new books.
Today the shop is open from 11am-5pm. I’ll be sewing as much as I can, but I’ll be available for readings if someone comes in.
Newport Bayfront in 1915
Today’s plant is the Rhododendron genus, specifically the wild rhodys that we have out here, that bloom in late April and May, the Pacific rhododendron, Rhododendron macrophyllum.Rhodys have native forms in much of the world (not South America or Africa) They are one of the showiest of the flowers with hybrids and cultivars all over the place, including the azaleas which fall into this genus, but there are some that you wouldn’t recognize having almost no flowers at all! The plant is toxic to many animals and honey made from some of plants will make you ill. ,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RhododendronOur rhodys out here are lovely during their bloom time, when you see a hit of pink here and there along highways and trails and in the woods and then within days drifts and swathes and whole hillsides are pink! It’s a hardy plant, which grows well in disturbed places, particularly areas that were burned over. It will re-grow from the scorched roots!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_macrophyllum – There aren’t any magickal references to rhododendrons that I’ve found, which doesn’t make any sense, since at least the cultivated ones are all over! Azaleas stand for Temperance in the language of flowers. Yellow rhododendron, native to Sibera, is use for rheumatism, gout and syphilis. My personal uses for them are for glamourie, beauty and outward show, but also for the learning to make these unnecessary by creating inward beauty and serenity. When these flowers are in season I use the fresh ones as a “notice me!” spell.
Her names and titles
“Nin-me-sar-ra, the Lady of Myriad Offices / or Queen of all the Me
Ninsianna as the personification of the planet Venus
Nin.an.na, which means ‘queen of the sky’.
Nu-ugiganna, the Hierodule of Heaven
Usunzianna, Exalted Cow of Heaven” More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inanna
The Days of Volos – Procines (January) 1-6 – These moonlit and frosty nights have a name: The Holiday of the Wolves. These days are set aside for the worship of the God of pets and of cattle, whose name is Volos. We give our thanks for the animals on these days, which bring food and sustenance to our homes from ancient times. We also defend them from the ravenous wolves which attack. (Slavic Pagan Calendar)
The shop opens at 11am today! Winter hours are 11am-5pm, Thursday through Monday. Please note that the shop will be closed for our annual vacation from 1/5-1/14. 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,
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 1/8. 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 Waning Quarter on 1/1 at 9:30pm. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 1/5 at 5:31am.
Comet Catalina and Arcturus – Friday, January 1, dawn – Comet Catalina will pass very close to the bright star Arcturus in Boötes. It will spend most of the month close to the Big Dipper.http://www.almanac.com/blog/astronomy/astronomy/how-see-comet-catalina?trk_msg=SO3RRN7B2BB45ETF01ILB4555O&trk_contact=J5D09JVVNEPDDNSEBO9E134AKG&utm_source=Listrak&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=http%3a%2f%2fwww.almanac.com%2fblog%2fastronomy%2fastronomy%2fhow-see-comet-catalina&utm_campaign=December+29+Companion&utm_content=12-29-2015
Dawn and sunrise happen at their latest for the year this week (in the mid-northern latitudes). Earth is at perihelion, its closest to the Sun for the year: only 1 part in 30 closer than at aphelion in July.
Look low in the southeast early in the dawn for bright Venus. It heads up up a triangle with Saturn to its lower left and twinkly Antares lower down. And on Sunday morning the 3rd, the Moon high to its upper right shines with Mars and Spica.
Saturday, January 2, 12:30 a.m. EST – Last Quarter Moon – The Last Quarter Moon rises around 12:30 a.m. and sets around 12:30 p.m. It is most easily seen just after sunrise in the southern sky.
Orion >>> season is in full swing. The Hunter strides up the southeastern sky in the evening, with his three-star belt still almost vertical. Far below shines brilliant Sirius, the Dog Star, in Canis Major.
By midevening at this time of year, the Great Square of <<< Pegasus balances on one corner high in the west. The vast Andromeda-Pegasus constellation complex runs all the way from near the zenith (Andromeda’s foot) down through the Great Square (Pegasus’s body) to somewhat low in the west (Pegasus’s nose).
Mars and the Moon – Sunday, January 3, dawn – Mars will be 3 degrees east of the moon.
Catch Mercury in the evening twilight early this week, while you still can. Altair >>>helps point the way.
Early in the dawn, look low in the southeast for bright Venus. It heads up a triangle with Saturn to its lower left and twinkly Antares lower down. And on Sunday morning the 3rd, the Moon high to Venus’s upper right shines with Mars and Spica, as shown below.
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 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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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
Sa 2 High 6:17 AM 7.2 7:53 AM Rise 12:34 AM 53
~ 2 Low 1:00 PM 2.6 4:48 PM Set 12:18 PM
~ 2 High 6:31 PM 5.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – No matter what happens in life, Remember that you don’t have the power to control everything, But you do have the power to control how it affects you.
~ If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest. – Publius Syrus
~ Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning. – Rich Cook
~ …and this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything. – William Shakespeare
~ You have to stay in shape. My grandmother, she started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She’s 97 today and we don’t know where the hell she is. – Ellen DeGeneres.
Circle around the Moon By Silvana ~)O(~
Like the spiral of life I see the gentle circle around the Moon
Whispering of the hurt, love and pain that one can feel within it
Lift your arms and adore me she spoke to me wisely
Remember the seasons she says
I look at her with wonder and quiver with the night breeze
Gently I lift my eyes and see her dressed with white light
Within her the love I am yet to experience
Her chalice is edged with ancient script
Words that only ancient bards can read
The circle around the Moon holds the key
Can you see it?
Can you feel the truth and love within it?
I can hear her whisper
She speaks to you
She speaks to me
The key is kept inside the circle
The circle around the Moon – GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast 2002
The Rosary was invented somewhere between the 12th and 13th centuries as a devotion to Mary, the mother of Jesus. Although the Church is quick to define Mary as simply “first among the saints,” it is clear the common people from the first century CE onwards saw Mary as the continuation of the Queen of heaven: Astarte in Palestine, or Isis in Egypt. It is fitting, then, to adapt a Marian devotion for honor to the Goddess, the Queen of Heaven.
These beads honor the Goddess in her three-fold, or triple, nature as Maiden, Mother, and Crone.
Instructions – It is best to string your own beads. You will need:
- 13 white 8mm beads for the Maiden
- 13 red 8mm beads for the Mother
- 13 black mm beads for the Crone
- 1 silver 10mm bead representing the Full Moon
- 52 silver spacer beads
- (class “E” 6/0) representing the Moonlight.
- Size 10 crochet yarn white or ecru, or color of choice
- You may begin and end stringing anywhere in the loop, but the tie-off is less visible in the midst of the black beads.
- The silver Moon bead is separated from the White Maiden beads by four (4)
silver spacer beads. Each white Maiden bead is followed by one silver spacer bead, but the thirteenth bead is followed by four (4) spacer beads.
- Then come the red Mother beads, each followed by one silver spacer, but the 13th bead is followed by four (4) spacers.
- Then come the black Crone beads, each followed by one silver bead, but the 13th is followed by four (4) spacers. And so we are back at the silver Moon bead.
- In other words, beads of the same color are separated by one spacer. The three sets of beads and the larger Moon bead are separated by four spacers. Thirteen (13) beads are used in each set to signify the thirteen months of the lunar year.
- The silver spacers represent moonlight issuing from the Full Moon bead throughout the life cycle of Maiden, Mother, Crone.
- Prayers are said on each bead, while meditating on the mysteries of the Triple Goddess, and the experience of the human life cycle.
- Men may wish to make a devotion to the Horned God, and honor the life cycle of Youth, Father, and Sage.