It’s 46F and raining steadily. We got an inch and a half of rain yesterday and almost that already today! It’s supposed to slow down soon, though. It’s very quiet. You can hear raindrops when you’re sitting outside. I curled up in my warmsie in the doorway and listened for a bit.
I really don’t know what all I did yesterday, mostly catching up, I think and setting up workshops and times and doing paperwork. I did set up newsletters in the evening and work out details on a meeting that we’re supposed to have next Tuesday evening. Tempus was doing chores and puttering, mostly, although he went down to the shop to partly offload before running his paper route.
He was supposed to go to Metal Night but got blocked from the area by a tractor trailer and a train and when nothing moved for long enough that he dozed off, he said the heck with it, drove back into Newport and did a little shopping, instead.
We still haven’t really gotten offloaded. I’m kinda hoping we can get that going this afternoon, but Tempus is moving even more slowly than I am.
Today’s plant is Wild ginger, Asarum caudatum – This is a different plant from the one usually used in magick, but has only slightly different properties. This is related to black pepper, kava and birthwort. –Masculine, Mars, Fire – This is used for “heating up” spells. While standard ginger is used in money, love, success and power spells, Wild Ginger is mostly used to add power, rather than on its own.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asarum_caudatum
Lamentations of Isis, ancient Egypt(Nov 13 – 14) –Today: ‘Dismemberment of Osiris’. Isis and Osiris are archetypes bearing a similarity to other divine dualities such as Ishtar and Tammuz ( Damuzi), Venus and Adonis, Mary and Jesus Christ. The tears of Isis, as she lamented Osiris, were said to cause the periodic rising of the Nile; June 18 is another such event, The Egyptian story is believed to have influenced Christianity. See also the Festival of Isia, October 28. Related bits here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Djed and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nephthys
The shop re-opens tomorrow after 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,
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.
Sirius twinkles brightly after dinnertime below Orion in the southeast. Sometime around 9 p.m., depending on your location, Sirius shines precisely below fiery Betelgeuse in Orion’s shoulder. How accurately can you time this event for your location, perhaps using a plumb bob or the vertical edge of a building? Sirius leads early in the evening, Betelgeuse leads later. Welcome to pre-telescopic astronomy.
Info on the Constellation of Orion! – http://www.almanac.com/blog/astronomy/astronomy/secrets-orion?trk_msg=DFO7EBR4CG84N7R2NEMJLF0UHK&trk_contact=J5D09JVVNEPDDNSEBO9E134AKG&utm_source=Listrak&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=http%3a%2f%2fwww.almanac.com%2fblog%2fastronomy%2fastronomy%2fsecrets-orion&utm_campaign=January+12+2016+Companion&utm_content=01-12-2016
Mars (magnitude +1.2, in eastern Virgo), glows high in the south in early dawn, 10° to 13° left of similarly-bright Spica.
Comet Catalina (C/2013 US10) is fading; it’s down to 7th magnitude. For finder charts see the December Sky & Telescope, page 45, or Bob King’s article online.
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 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
W 13 High 2:55 AM 7.7 7:50 AM Rise 9:59 AM 9
~ 13 Low 8:39 AM 2.4 5:00 PM Set 9:39 PM
~ 13 High 2:22 PM 8.1
~ 13 Low 9:06 PM -0.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Prejudice melts in the face of compassion.
~ If experience was so important, we’d never have had anyone walk on the moon. – Doug Rader
~ Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. – Confucius
~ Celebrate summer–sun-drenched days and starlit nights. – Gooseberry Patch
~ The only way to deal with an unfree world is to make yourself so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. – Albert Camus
~ All we are is a lot of talking nitrogen. – Arthur Miller (1915-2005) US playwright
~ It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. – W. Churchill
DIAMONDS ARE NOT MY BEST FRIEND
Diamonds are not this girl’s best friend.
A charming smile and hairy chest
Are sooo much better!
And who can snuggle up
With a cold, sharp-edged gemstone?
So don’t go rushing off on a business trip
Leaving me jewelry as compensation!
I much prefer your company, dear
Or better yet, take me with you.
I’d rather have the love in your heart
Than any ruby heart you can find.
My real love is priceless too, and that
You already have. – © Copyright 2/16/06, Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
From: http://www.geocities.com/SouthBeach/Marina/4870/celtic.html – IMBOLC
Imbolc was the second of the Celtic seasonal festivals, covering the months of February, March and April. The chief rituals were carried out on 1 February and had strong associations with fertility. In pastoral terms, they were linked with lambing and the lactation of ewes. The festival was also devoted to the powerful triple-goddess, Brigid. In her different aspects, she was influential in the fields of healing, poetry and smithcraft. Poets regarded her as the source of literary inspiration and her protection was frequently invoked by mothers in childbirth. In Ireland, she was much revered by the filidh (sages), who recognized her gift of prophecy. The cult of Brigid was probably connected with the worship of Brigantia, a northern British deity, and also with the Irish saint of the same name. It can be no coincidence that the latter’s feast day is celebrated on 1 February, the same day as Imbolc.
From: http://members.tripod.com/~Banshee_Sidhe/seasons.html – Imbolc – (EM-bowl’g) – February 1st
Imbolc is the Sabbat that celebrates and honors the Goddess as the bride-to-be of the returning Sun God. The soon arrival of the plant life whispering beneath the soil, the full warmth of the Sun God being birthed from the Imbolg Virgin Goddesses womb, the promise of fertility that is celebrated on Beltaine, are all honored on this sacred day. Witches typically charge and annoint seeds that are harbored by their hearths until Ostara, the day in which they are planted. Imbolg is also known as Oimelc, Brid’s Day, Bride’s Day and Imbolc. Imbolc colors are white, pale yellow and silver. Symbols are candles, grain, burrowing animals, ewes and marigolds. Dieties for this sabbat are Gods as Young Men, Boys or infants, Virgin, Maiden or Child Goddesses.
As the days’ lengthening becomes perceptible, many candles are lit to hasten the warming of the earth and emphasize the reviving of life. “Imbolc” is from Old Irish, and may mean “in the belly”, and Oimelc, “ewe’s milk”, as this is the lambing time. It is the holiday of the Celtic Fire Goddess Brigid, whose threefold nature rules smithcraft, poetry/inspiration, and healing. Brigid’s fire is a symbolic transformation offering healing, visions, and tempering. Februum is a Latin word meaning purification — naming the month of cleansing. The thaw releases waters (Brigid is also a goddess of holy wells) – all that was hindered is let flow at this season.
Enjoy a Happy GroundHogs Day, USA
Woodchuck/Marmot/Ground Hog’s Wisdom Includes:
- Sense of family and community
- Connection to seasonal changes
- Understands the power of cycles
- Ability to hibernate (sleep) during hard times
- Protection from floods
- Ability to go underground when trouble arises
A well-known custom connected with this saint is the plaiting of reed crosses (‘Brigid’s crosses’) today, and these are supposed to protect the home, the harvest and farm animals. The tradition derives from the story that she was plaiting rush crosses while nursing a dying pagan chieftain. He asked her about this and her explanation led to his conversion to Christianity.
Her symbolism as a probable sun goddess may be found in the form of these Brigid’s crosses, which are widdershins swastikas, found widely around the world as home-protecting talismans, reaching Ireland by the second century, BCE.
In the Scottish Highlands, an effigy corn dolly of Bride made by the young woman from the previous year’s corn sheaf would be carried around the village, and gifts were collected for the Bride Feast. The ritual was completely matriarchal, the door of the feasting place being barred to the men of the community who had to plead humbly to honour Bride. Straw cradles called Bride’s Beds were also made for today among the Celtic peoples. A wand, candle or other phallic object would be laid across the dolly and Brigid (‘the Bride’) was invited to come for her bed was ready. If her blankets are rumpled in the morning, it was seen as a good omen. Brigid obviously has fertility associations far beyond her legendary persona as a convent Mother Superior.
Smart Joke # 10. Another Roman walks into a bar, holds up two fingers, and says “Five beers please!” – http://higherperspectives.com/jokes-for-intellectuals/?c=cleo&ts_pid=2&ts_pid=2