38F, overcast and breezy. The wind is gusting into the teens. A bunch of people are reporting ice all over. Marius and Rowan definitely are iced in in Toledo (She had to walk up the hill to get home!) but we’re just damp. It’s different in the Valley, though. Lots of ice and snow. One of our boys in Beaverton put up a couple of pix of their dog playing in the snow.
Yesterday was a very busy day, but I didn’t get done what I was hoping to. A
lot of herb processing happened in the morning and then some hand-sewing while I had a counseling session, but then we just stayed busy with customers and various shop things until it was past time to close.
It was only 36F when we came out of the shop. There were stars twinkling in the west despite the street lights and the afterglow as we came up the seawall was lovely. Orion was rising in the east as we got to the house and I looked up just as I went up the house steps and saw Cygnus flying across the sky.
Tempus went to sleep right after supper. I read awhile, then got back to work on my writing. He went out to do his paper run only to be informed that there weren’t going to be any papers. It had something to do with the weather in Eugene.
A picture from New Year’s Day by Ken Gagne of the wonderful, amazing ocean!
Today’s plant is the Apricot, Prunus armeniaca. Apricots are a delicious fruit, resembling a small peach, but with a flavor all their own. They were known in the ancient world, possibly being cultivated as far back as 3000BCE.Thought of as an aphrodisiac in the Renaissance it can be fermented into a yummy wine or made into the brandy, Barack. It has properties of healing and health, lust magicks and learning, mostly in educational circles. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apricot
On the Campus Martius (Field of Mars, God of War), she had a minor sanctuary called the Ara Pacis, dedicated to her on January 30, 9 BCE. Her temple was on the Templum Pacis (Forum Pacis) built by Emperor Vespasian on the site of a meat market, and was dedicated in 75. She was depicted in art with olive branches, a cornucopia and a sceptre. Pax became celebrated (in both senses of the word) as Pax Romana and Pax Augusta from the 2nd Century BCE.
In Greek mythology, she was Eirene or Irene (‘peace’), daughter of Zeus and Themis, one of the first generation of Horae. The Horae (the Hours, or Seasons) were Pax and her sisters Lawfulness, Wisdom and Order (Eunomia) and Justice (Justitia/Dike) are sometimes considered to be the three aspects of Themis. As goddesses of the seasons, they brought order to Nature. Eirene was the personification of peace and wealth and was depicted in art as a beautiful young woman carrying a cornucopia, sceptre and a torch or rhyton. (Links are dead, but quoted from Wilson’s Almanac here: http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/jan3.html ) More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pax_%28mythology%29 and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eirene_%28Greek_goddess%29
Isn’t it a cool idea to have Peace as a goddess?
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 Day of Remembrance for Princess Olga – Procines (January) 3 – On this day we celebrate Olga who brought glory and honor to herself for all eternity through her acts of heroism. She avenged her husband’s murder by slaying the perpetrator, Drevlane. She later gave birth to the Great Prince Sviatoslav and thus united all the Russias; a feat of great honor in her remembrance. Today is the day of a toast to the Great Paganess, Olga. (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 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 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.
The waning Moon poses between Spica and Mars early in the dawn of Sunday the 3rd.
Mars and the Moon – Sunday, January 3, dawn – Mars will be 3 degrees east of the moon.
Mercury remains low in the southwest as twilight fades, but it’s getting lower now and fading fast. Look for it about 30 to 40 minutes after sunset. On the evening of January 1st it’s still magnitude –0.3. By January 8th it’s not just lower, but has dimmed to a perhaps unobservably faint magnitude +1.8.
The Quadrantid meteor shower, brief but sometimes rich, is well timed this year for North America. It should reach its peak for several hours late tonight. See the article in the January Sky & Telescope, page 48.
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
©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.
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
Su 3 Low 12:26 AM 2.5 7:53 AM Rise 1:32 AM 44
~ 3 High 7:04 AM 7.3 4:49 PM Set 12:47 PM
~ 3 Low 2:03 PM 2.1
~ 3 High 7:49 PM 5.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The Secret of Life Is Not To Live…..But To Have Something to lived For……….
~ The greatest treasures of your life are associated with the people you love and who love you in return. – Brian Tracy
~ Goodwill is the one and only asset that competition cannot undersell or destroy. – Marshall Field
~ I have found out that people would rather believe a lie than know the truth. It must be true Ignorance is Bliss! – Debi Tumlin
~ To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. -Thich Nhat Hanh
CRYSTAL BALL ADVICE
My crystal ball told me, “Beware!
Beware!” But I wouldn’t listen.
Blinded by hormones and
Loneliness, let you move in.
I thought I knew it all, and I’m not
Even a teenager. But I learned…
Yesterday when I got home from work,
I smelled cheap perfume.
You are hooking again, boyfriend!
And bringing your bimbo clients here.
(Too bad the crystal ball didn’t explain
All about that).
I need to cleanse the apartment
Of your negativity, so I’ll use Broom
Magic to sweep your vibrations out.
Then I’ll throw your things out in the yard,
Burn candles and chant, and put salt
All around the perimeter. And if that
Doesn’t work, maybe the police will
Be interested that you are back working
At your old profession.
I think from now on, I will pay more
Attention to my crystal ball when it
Warns me about something. Now
I will use it to scry for a new boyfriend
That doesn’t hook! (c) Copyright 1/22/06, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
On Imbolc – Granny’s Musing: Put out food, (cake, buttered bread and milk will do), outside your door: Brighid and her cow walk through the neighborhood tonight, and will appreciate your offering.
Beginning of Spring Spell – Imbolc is the Celtic holiday that marks the beginning of spring.
It is ruled by the Goddess of spring, known as Brigit or Brigantia in Ireland, and Bride in Scotland. In Irish myth, the god of the earth Dagda, also known as the “good god,” had three daughters, who were all named Brigit. The first Brigit was the goddess of poetry, the second was the goddess of smithcraft, and the third was the goddess of fire and healing. All three are really aspects of one triple goddess who was associated with the Sun and with fire. On this day Brigit used her flame to rekindle the fire in the earth and assure that plants would have the heat that they need to break through the earth and begin to grow. In ancient times, a woman dressed as Brigit would bless the fires in the households and forges across Ireland. On this day, Brigit’s snake would come out of its mound, and the snake’s behavior would determine how long the remaining frost will last. This is the most likely origin of Groundhog Day. In Christian times, Brigit became a saint associated with the Virgin Mary. Imbolc became the Christian Candlemas, the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is celebrated by lighting candles. A Brigit’s cross is a talisman made of woven reeds that form a cross with a woven square in the center and four equal arms extending out from the center. This design gives the cross a sense of rotation that evokes the wheel of the year. Brigit’s cross should be made or bought on this day and used to protect the home throughout the year. Also on this night one can leave a silk ribbon on the doorstep for Brigit to bless. Later it can be used for healing. – ~ Robert Place
Dream Tending Spell – Incense of the day: Sandalwood
This is a truly special day for Wiccans and some Witches. It is Imbolc, a high holiday that honors the triple goddess Brigit and one of the eight sabbats that mark the turning of the wheel of the year. Ground-hog day is also observed today.
This holiday incorporates the seasonal divination of the more ancient Imbolc, which uses the movement of a snake rather than the shadow of a ground-hog to divine how much longer winter will remain. It is the beginning of the Storm Moon and also the time of the Feast of Oya, the orisha of weather and changes. To the Iroquois people, it is Midwinter Ceremony, a time to bless the fields, tell your dreams, and pay tribute to your ancestors. Today is also the birthday of Marie Laveau II, New Orleans’ Voodoo Queen and diviner extraordinaire.
At bedtime now, light a braid of sweet grass. Extinguish the flame but allow the braid to smolder. Wave the braid lovingly and with great care around your bedroom, motioning with your hand to encourage the smoke to drift in a snake-like stream over your bed and pillow. Dip the braid in springwater, making absolutely sure no flame remains. Then put the braid away. Pour lavender water in a large bowl. Put your favorite seashell inside the bowl of water. As you sleep, the bowl will act as a conduit for messages from the ancestors, nature spirits, and the great beyond.
Place this under your bed or on your bed table. Replenish the water as needed over a period of two weeks. Write down your dreams in a journal. Read over them frequently. Messages revealed in the darkness of winter have special meaning. Work each day to lift the shroud of darkness so you can glimpse new growth and the coming light of spring. Understanding the mysteries of winter is at the heart of Imbolc and its celebrations. – By: Stephanie Rose Bird, Llewellyn and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast