Minus Tide at 7:18 PM of -0.3 feet.
There are big patches of blue sky and a couple of brilliant white puffy clouds, but most of the sky is covered by ominous dark damp-looking clouds. It got windy last night, but both wind and gusts are in the teens, now. 52F and there’s a better chance of dry than there’s been for several days.
I spent all of yesterday working on the associated web pages for WDW#4. Dang! Tempus worked on the car, worked on bills, helped me find pieces for the cedar to dry on, put stuff into displays and also talked with some of the folks who came in to chat.
Yes, I have about 1/3 of my big batch of cedar fronds. The wreath lady brought it in during the afternoon and is going to bring me more as she finds it. It’s drying on a sheet in front of a fan and we’ll put it in back come Thursday. Tempus found another batch of dried cedar, so we got out the food processor and I started working on that, as I could. I think I have enough to mix a batch of
He took off a little after nine to start the paper run. I spent the evening on some pin-pillows and grinding up cedar. He picked my up at a bit after 3 and we got home at 5:30. Jupiter and Orion were high and bright when we could see them. It alternated between clear sky and pouring rain for most of the route.
We’re already at the shop and yawning. Tempus needs to work on the car today, so we have something to drive. I’m going to try to finish the web pages and my pincushion filling and then see if I can get some more stock checked in. We also have our batch of fresh mistletoe!
Incredible winter wonderland! Photo by Ken Gagne, Yachats River Valley, 11/29/15
Today’s Plant is Big-leaf Maple, Acer macrophyllum. This tree has the largest leaves of any maple. I remember being startled by that when I first moved to Oregon. Have you ever played with the seeds? A twin pair, before they separate, is a good charm for separated lovers. Maple syrup can be made from the sap, although it is subtly different from the taste of sugar maple and a bit thinner. – Masculine, Jupiter, Air– Maple leaves are used in prosperity and love spells. When doing a baby blessing, walk the child down a row of people with maple wands to help the child to a long life. Maple has long been used for wands, being easy to work and directing energies very well. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acer_macrophyllum
Today is the anniversary of the oldest record of an eclipse. From Wikipedia: “Records of solar eclipses have been kept since ancient times. Eclipse dates can be used for chronological dating of historical records. A Syrian clay tablet records a solar eclipse which occurred on March 5, 1223 B.C., while Paul Griffin argues that a stone in Ireland records an eclipse on November 30, 3340 B.C. Positing classical-era astronomers’ use of Babylonian eclipse records mostly from the 13th century BC provides a feasible and mathematically consistent explanation for the Greek finding all three lunar mean motions (synodic, anomalistic, draconitic) to a precision of about one part in a million or better. Chinese historical records of solar eclipses date back over 4,000 years and have been used to measure changes in the Earth’s rate of spin.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eclipse#Historical_record
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 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,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 11/30 at 4:18pm. 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 12/13 at 4:06pm. 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 12/3 at 4:18pm.
On what date will you first see the waxing crescent Moon? While the Moon is still low with Mercury, Venus helps to guide the way. (As always, the Moon is positioned for a skywatcher in the middle of North America. Its position may differ a bit for you.)
Twilight challenge: Can you see Mercury and the super-thin crescent Moon? Starting about 15 minutes after sunset, use binoculars to scan for them just above the southwest horizon, about 25° to the lower right of Venus, as shown here. The Moon and Mercury are about 7° apart, with the Moon to the planet’s right or upper right depending on where you are.
Jupiter (magnitude –1.8, in Virgo) rises around 2 or 3 a.m. and shines brightly in the southeast by early dawn. Look for Spica 8° or 9° under it at dawn, and Arcturus 30° its left or upper left.
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22
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
©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
W 30 High 1:10 AM 6.8 7:32 AM Rise 8:18 AM 0
~ 30 Low 6:33 AM 3.1 4:38 PM Set 6:02 PM
~ 30 High 12:18 PM 8.2
~ 30 Low 7:18 PM -0.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I give the gift of love!
~ Only those who see the invisible can do the impossible. – Unknown
~ Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels. – Goya
~ A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman. – Wallace Stevens
~ The road to success is a tightrope that the warrior walks, maintaining the balance in their life. – Kerr Cuhulain
My wife to France, from whence set forth in pomp,
She came adorned hither like sweet May,
Sent back like Hallowmass or short’st of day. – Shakespeare, Richard II, V, i
Winter Solstice Meditation
I invite you to take time to visit your dark side in silence and observation and reverence dare to see yourself as you are
– what would I do if there were no norms, values or laws to restrict me?
– how would I act detrimentally if I didn’t care about the response from family or friends?
I invite you to take time to call out from the dark in words and unfettered prayer dare to call out for all you can become
– what could I do if I dare followed my heart and revealed my higher Self?
– how could I act beneficially if I didn’t shrink fearing the response from family or friends?
With these thoughts and prayers, relish all that you are – human incarnated.
May the Moon never Leave
May the Moon never Leave You in A place so dark that night is Silent…
May the Sun Always Visit Your Window in Birth of Day, and no Chords Bind You to that which Would Not Stay without Them…
May the Season Hold You, and Open You to All that Awaits, with grace, Dignity, Courage…and Kindness…
May You Walk , even when so Torn, so desolate that Road seems cruel…
But Always Give you the Fortitude to Weather the Pain, the Hurt…
May the Face you See when you Awaken in Snow s gentle Veil, Be the One You Love and Receive, with Joy and Hope Doves upon Your Shoulders…Happy Yule.. © Angela Mia Antonelli
The Winter Women
They come, the winter women, at harvest time
Turning the great Yule wheel, cross-quartered,
Down Persephone’s dark road
While the earth weeps a mother’s tears.
The Baba comes to the barn,
Corn Mother, Corn Maiden, Old Wife, Oatwife
Tossed high on the harvest, dancing, queening it she comes
The year’s last sheaf come home.
Creeping she comes, the Old Wife of the Celts,
Cailleach Bheur, hag goddess, crag goddess,
Leaping from the rocks to lock the Bride of spring away.
She whistles up her winter winds, that pack of dogs
That follow dark Frau Gaude on her icy rounds.
Keening she comes! You careless ones,
Who leave your doorways cracked ajar
Will hear her dogs’ keen whining at your hearth.
You lazy spinsters, mind your distaff’s full
And wind your spindles tidy by the fire
Lest Berchta send you plague or blind your eyes for spying.
Sweep your altar stone
And pile the green boughs high to call her forth
To tell your future in the flames where past and
present mingle at your hearth.
Bright candle flames now wreath her, crowned in lingonberry,
Saint Lucia bringing light out of the heart of Northern darkness.
She brings you gifts of plenty, La Befana sweeping on
Beware, and honor her! Lest your Epiphany be black as
Black it was, in the beginning,
When the sun was on the far side of the world
And Spider Woman made the long journey with her pot of clay
To bring the sun back to the Cherokee.
Mary brought the Son, they say, the Prince of Peace —
For unto us a child is born! and the year begins anew.
Children carol for her, Kolyada, whiterobed in her snowy sleigh
In her deep Russian woods of frozen winter streams
where the winter nymphs, Rusalky, sing their secret solstice songs.
There in those winter woods was born the Snegurochka,Snow Maiden,
Ancient spirit, daughter of spring and winter come to earth.
At Candlemas, cross-quarter time, the Old Hag springs again,
But this time Brigit’s cross wheels high above the door
And the frail Snow Maiden melts into her summer lover’s arms.
See where they come, the winter women, in the bleak midwinter night
To summon up the sun and bring us light.
Used With Permission – Submitted By Dame Niamh
- c) Lynn Noel 1990 and 1991 for Tapestry Folkdance
Center production of Summon the Sun! Carols and Rituals for Winter Solstice