<<<<<<<<<<< Hatch and a friend <<<<<<<<<<<<
Yesterday started early and ran late. 🙂 Tempus and I were up at 7:30, getting coffee, getting dressed and starting to pack. He ran down to get the computer, brought it and then headed to the booth to start the day. I got the newsletter out and finished my packing, then went to change places with him, so he could finish and get the stuff to the car. The morning was full of talking with people about my embroidery and helping customers.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Marius >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
By noon when the customers were being chased out so that we could start tearing down I was still waiting for him to get back, but I sat and talked with a couple of friends and then we got goign on packing. That was actually finished inside of an hour, with the help of said friends and then we had to sit and wait while the logjam cleared. Well Tempus said we had to. He was being Little Red Hen, but finally the merchant-crat just got a bunch of people to load it all out to the parking lot. 🙂
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We drove around our old stomping grounds over in the Montavilla area of Portland and stopped at the Burgerville and got Collosal burgers and chocolate milkshakes and waffle fries and noshed happily all the way down 205 to I-5 and a while after. I started going into a “python coma”, so Tempus let me sleep all the way past Philomath. I kept dozing off after that, too.
We got home at about 7:30 and spent a while running in and out, finding things. I got on the computer, started processing pictures and catching up on mail. He took the other computer into the bedroom and went to sleep with it in his lap. 🙂 ….and stayed asleep all night. I got the computer off the bed, so I could.
<<<<<<<<<< Me <<<<<<<<<<<
Right now I’m in my study, blearily blinking at the computer screen. I thought I heard the heating system from over the weekend turn out (too loud, very annoying) and looked out the window to see pouring rain blowing in sheets, the porch roof running streams and the trees thrashing! …. and by the time I type this it slowed to almost nothing. …well the roof is steadily dripping in that way that says, “Come out here and you’ll get wet.”
We’re goign to take it easy, catching up on laundry, sleep, food, some chores and start unpacking. Getting started is taking an effort!
Everyone but Tempus…. he vanished off the side of the pic!
Today’s Plant is False Lily of the Valley, Maianthemum dilatatum. It was eaten as a poverty food, and the berries won’t hurt you, but they aren’t particularly tasty, either. It was more used as a medicinal by the indigenous peoples, although modern medicine doesn’t substantiate the native uses. The leaves were eaten in spring as a purgative, leaves were made into poultices for scrapes and cuts and the roots were pounded to make a medicine for sore eyes. I don’t know of any magickal uses except against sterility. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maianthemum_dilatatumand here:http://academic.evergreen.edu/projects/gardens/longhouse/monographs/false_lillyofthevalley.htm
On today’s date in 1783 London’s River Thames froze over and a ‘Frost Fair’ was held on the frozen river. It has been said that 3,000,000 people attended. A Frost Fair is a nearly spontaneous celebration held only when a major river freezes as it did in that year and in a number of others in that century. In one they walked an elephant across the ice! “From 1400 into the 19th century, there were 24 winters in which the Thames was recorded to have frozen over at London; if “more or less frozen over” years (in parentheses) are included, the number is 26: 1408, 1435, 1506, 1514, 1537, 1565, 1595, 1608, 1621, 1635, 1649, 1655, 1663, 1666, 1677, 1684, 1695, 1709, 1716, 1740, (1768), 1776, (1785), 1788, 1795, and 1814. ” (Wikipedia) More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thames_frost_fairs
The shop will be closed for our annual vacation from 1/5-1/13. 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,
New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 1/11 at 5:31am. 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 1/23 at 5:46pm. 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 1/14 at 5:31am.
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 Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.
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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
M 11 High 1:35 AM 7.4 7:51 AM Rise 8:44 AM 0
~ 11 Low 7:02 AM 2.7 4:57 PM Set 7:18 PM
~ 11 High 12:48 PM 8.8
~ 11 Low 7:44 PM -1.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Finish something!
Journal Prompt – What is? – What was the hardest thing for you to learn when you were very young? For example, you might have had trouble learning to tie your shoelaces or drinking from a straw. Explain how you finally learned to do it.
~ Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them. – Tagore
~ The difference in winning & losing is most often, not quitting. – Walt Disney
~ Beware of those who speak fairly but think falsely. – The Saga of Bjarn of the Hitdoela Champions, c.7
~ A warrior’s thoughts go to his community. – Kerr Cuhulain
I live …
For the cause that lacks assistance,
For the wrong that needs resistance,
For the future in the distance – And the good that I can do. – Poem quoted on the title page of the diary of Elizabeth Cady Stanton
I am the womb
……………….of every hope
I am the fire
……………….of every season
I am the queen
……………….of every hive
I am the womb
……………….of every life.
I am a drop
……………….of morning dew
I am a star
……………….in the evening sky
I am the light
……………….by which you read
I am a word
……………….in this very book. ~ Welsh Bardic Incantations
Midwife’s Call to Bridget
When a woman is in labour the midwife…goes to the door of the house, and standing on the door-step, softly beseeches Bride to come in:
‘Bride, Bride, come in!
Thy welcome is truly made,
Give thou relief to the woman,
And give thou the conception to the Trinity.’
Candlemas carol, sung by singers who processed from house to house.
“Hail, reign a fair maid with gold upon your chin,
Open up the East Gate and let the New year in!”