Lighted House Count – 22
It’s 47F, but warming, now that the sun is up. We got 8/10’s of an inch of rain yesterday, enough to keep the flooding going, as you’ll see below. Right now, there’s little wind and just the occasional drop of rain, but we’re supposed to go right back into that before noon.
Yesterday was kinda off, all day. I fell back asleep and we didn’t get to the shop until past 10, and then it took awhile to get going on the newsletters. Tempus fretted around and finally went out to pay bills and then headed to storage to work there. …and the rain started up. I started getting the new stock onto the floor and the new equipment.
Little Albany flooded. Ken Gagne got some pix. The tree that went over Thursday on 101 by the Hilltop Bistro got cleaned up in the morning. I spent some time hunting down music for a project and in the process putting things away that were sitting out. How does that happen so fast?
So, we headed home in the early part of the evening, since the papers were supposed to be out early. Tempus dropped me at the apartment and I went upstairs with the pumpkin to have it bake and to visit with Jeanne after he headed out. I worked steadily for a couple of hours and then went to bed. I didn’t sleep well, which isn’t unusual when Tempus is out on the paper route, but I woke around one with a start and then fell back to sleep after a few minutes. Around 3:30 I woke and checked Facebook for the status updates….and there were none after the “rolling” one at 10:40pm…. Uh-oh…. so I waited and waited and finally around 5:15, the phone rang for upstairs and I got up and dressed, certain that it was Tempus, but Jeanne sent a Facebook message and I was offline, already. Around 5:30, she got me on the intercom line and we headed out. We knew that he was on Beaver Creek road, broken down, but not why.
So when we got there…. *water*! He had hit a spot where the marsh on the north was running over the road to join up with the marsh that was heading for the ocean on the south side of the road. We don’t know what it did to the engine, but it stalled out and he hasn’t been able to get it started, so it’s being dropped off by a tow truck in the parking lot, as I’m typing! Poor Tempus had been there since not long after 1am, standing out in the cold, signalling with flashlights and it took that long to have someone stop who then went and called Jeanne. He had no cell signal out there, of course.
After we got all the details (my poor, soaked and shivering sweetie…..) Jeanne and I headed back toward 101 hoping for signal. We finally got some, nearly to the Newport Airport, which is almsot 20 minutes from where Tempus and the car were. We called AAA, then went into Newport and got gas and coffee and hurried back to warm him up…. The tow truck loaded the car (fascinating to watch) and just dropped it here.
I got to watch the sunrise, ducks and geese flying, taking off and landing in the water, raccoons by the road (and a couple of them flattened on the road <sigh>) a heron standing practically right on where the shoulder would be, if there were a shoulder, and spent a lot of time watching the bubbling outgassing of the marsh bottom because of the extra weight of water on it. I also spent a while watching turbulence and even saw a snake swimming!
Today is Small Business Saturday and we’re not going to open early or even on time, it looks like. <gah> I’ve *got* to get a little more sleep and Tempus is in worse shape than I am. I’m going to send this out and tip back in my chair and hope to wake before 11.
A beautiful picture from 11/18/14 Ken Gagne again, this time from up the Yachats River.
<giggling> Just ‘cuz I just gotta!
Didn’t see any fish, but there was the swimming snake…. 🙂
Today’s Plant is Pearly Everlasting, Anaphalis margaritacea, sometimes called Life-Everlasting. The “everlasting” part of the name comes from the fact that the flowers dry well and can be used as decorations during the winter months. The flowers can be soaked in essential oils for adding to potpourris. There are a number of medicinal uses for this plant, particularly as poultices and often as a decoction added to a hot bag of some sort (iow, put it on a washcloth, warm and put a heating pad on top of that) for bruises, sprains and to the chest for bronchitis, among others –Feminine, Venus, Air – Add to spells that are long-term. Can
be useful in a sachet/potpourri/amulet since the flowers will soak up essential oils and release the scent over time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaphalis_margaritacea
Late November, the Bogong Moth Dreaming, Australia – At one time this was a standard festival for several tribes, where disputes were settled, rites of passage performed and a food source was honored. Sadly the festival feast no longer can include the moth caterpillars since they are too toxic from pesticide use… more on the moth itself, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bogong_Moth
The shop opens at 11am! Winter Hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. 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,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 11/29 at 4:18am. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 11/27 at 4:18pm.
Before and during dawn Saturday morning, the thinning crescent Moon in the southeast is at the bottom of an arc that it now forms with Spica and Jupiter, as shown here.
By 10 or 11 p.m. now (depending in how far east or west you live in your time zone), the dim Little Dipper hangs straight down from Polaris. By that time, Orion has risen high in the southeast and Sirius is blazing below it.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) are high in the southeast and south, respectively, in early evening. Info and finder charts.
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22
Runic half month of Naudhiz/ Nyd /Nauthiz – November 13- 27 – “Need-fire” – Time to prepare for winter. Consciousness is the Necessity. “That which does not destroy me makes me stronger.” – Nietzsche Runic half-month of Isa/ Is November 28-12 Literally, ‘ice’: a static period. The time of waiting before birth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
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Ruis Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH), elder – Celtic tree month of Ruis (Elder) commences (Nov 25 – Dec 22) – Like other Iron Age Europeans, the Celts were a polytheistic people prior to their conversion to (Celtic) Christianity. The Celts divided the year into 13 lunar cycles (months or moons). These were linked to specific sacred trees which gave each moon its name. Today commences the Celtic tree month of Elder.
Elder or Elderberry (Sambucus) is a genus of fast-growing shrubs or small trees in the family Caprifoliaceae. They bear bunches of small white or cream coloured flowers in the Spring, that are followed by bunches of small red, bluish or black berries. The berries are a very valuable food resource for many birds. Common North American species include American Elder, Sambucus canadensis, in the east, and Blueberry Elder, Sambucus glauca, in the west; both have blue-black berries. The common European species is the Common or Black Elder, Sambucus nigra, with black berries.
The common elder (Sambucus nigra L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (33 feet) in damp clearings, along the edge of woods, and especially near habitations. Elders are grown for their blackish berries, which are used for preserves and wine. The leaf scars have the shape of a crescent moon. Elder branches have a broad spongy pith in their centers, much like the marrow of long bones, and an elder branch stripped of its bark is very bone-like. The red elder (S. racemosa L.) is a similar plant at higher elevations; it grows to 5 m (15 feet). Red elder extends its native range to northern North America, and it is cultivated along with other native species, but common elders are seldom seen in cultivation. Elders are in the Honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae).
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 than 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).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 26 Low 4:03 AM 2.4 7:27 AM Rise 4:33 AM 11
~ 26 High 10:09 AM 8.0 4:40 PM Set 3:38 PM
~ 26 Low 5:00 PM 0.5
~ 26 High 11:12 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a Good day!
~ If you ask your husband to pick up five items at the store and then you add one more as an afterthought, he will forget two of the first five. – Murphy’s First Law for Wives
~ Funny,” he intoned funereally, “how just when you think life can’t possibly get any worse it suddenly does. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~ Those who have lost an infant are never, in a way, without an infant. – Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) English writer
~ He who finds diamonds must grapple in mud and mire because diamonds are not found in polished stones. They are made. – Henry B. Wilson
Mother earth, we feel your heart beat
Mother earth, bless this day
Turning wheel, with your life force
The Winter Solstice has come our way
Winter Solstice, shaft of light
Signifies the shortest day
Turning wheel, the coldest season
Has sprinkled snowflakes of a silver grey
Snowflakes dancing in the wind of change
Inspires within me the dreams of hope
The Winter Solstice is a magical day
Colorful visions in the kaleidoscope
Mother earth, we feel your heart beat
Mother earth, bless this day
Turning wheel, with your life force
The Winter Solstice has come our way – Written and Submitted by Alwyn 2002
Yule Time/Christmas Scent simmering potpourri
- 3 sticks cinnamon
- 3 bay leaves
- 1/4 cup whole cloves
- 1/2 lemon, sliced
- 1/2 orange, sliced
- 1 quart water
Combine ingredients and simmer in a teakettle or saucepan throughout the holidays! Just be careful to keep the heat turned low and the water topped up, else the house will smell like burned spices. Not a fun Yule scent!
You can also use this blend in a candle heated oil diffuser once it’s simmered for a bit.
Other spices can be used, such as allspice, star anise, nutmeg, ginger…. Use your imagination!
This is a good way to use up baking spices that are getting stale, or that have picked up codling moths during the summer.
Christmas Cookie Blend
This blend smells like a sugar cookie! Try it in a room spray.
4 drops Vanilla (fragrance oil is ok as vanilla is so expensive)
10 drops Bergamot
5 drops Ylang ylang
2 drops Cardamom
1 drop Roman chamomile
Brought to you by AromaThyme.com – http://www.aromathyme.com
Protective Pinecones – November 13th, 2007
Color of the day: Maroon Incense of the day: Lavender
For a beautiful and functional arrangement, try this simple technique. Gather ten pinecones. Spray paint five of them gold. Take the other five and apply spray glue to the tips. Dust with ground cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and orange zest. Tie holly leaves and pine needles in little bundles with red ribbon. Attach the pinecones to a straw wreath with wire, and tuck the greenery, along with baby’s breath, into the open spaces. Place white candles nearby. As you hang the wreath, channel vibrations of protection into it. Visualize a blue light slowly surrounding the entire area. When you light the candles each night, call upon these energies and allow the blue bubble to form over the whole house. By: Tammy Sullivan