Lighted House Count – 85+56=141
It’s been cold. The grass was frozen in the garden this morning and I may have lost a succulent that I forgot about. It looks like it froze through. It’s been just a bit breezy and never got above 36, so far. There’s wind in the 20’s by the water, which I’m sure it going to make it bitter on the beaches.
Yes, we’re very late to the shop today. We slept later than we thought and then Jeanne was running errands. It’s 3:30pm and we’re just getting started. We’ve a winter weather advisory for freezing rain starting around 4am and running until well after we would normally open. We’ll have a sign in the window and come in as soon as it’s safe.
Yesterday was a sort of slog day. Jay came in the late afternoon and we made house blessing bundles, then started in on bagging herbs. Both before and after I was catching up on paperwork. Marius took us to supper at the Chinese restaurant across the street and we caught up on news and such, gazing at Venus and the nearly-quarter Moon while we chatted afterwards. Later, while Tempus was starting the paper route, I did some more on the Mamluk-era embroidery patterns.
It was frosty when he picked me up at a little after 2:30. We took the whole route *very* easy, and there was black ice and sparkling pavement from frost and potholes with ice just on the very top that the tires went right into and all kinds of need-to-be-careful stuff.
The stars were lovely! I watched Orion pretty much the whole time, striding across the wintry sky. Stars weren’t even twinkling much, because of the cold. Jupiter and a red star rose higher and higher as we went, bright in the east. We got home just before 5am. It was very quiet as I was walking down the path, even the ocean wasn’t making much noise unlike the last several days.
Today I spent quite a while in the garden. We moved some things to the solarium and shifted some others into more sheltered spots. Tempus also got some extra soil on the raspberry and the costmary. Jay is supposed to come in later to work on herbs some more and then we’ll head home early to get ready for the week.
A photo from 10/22/15 by Ken Gagne of Pelicans near the mouth of the Yachats River
Today’s Plant is the Coast Willow, Salix hookeriana. I’ve been mistaking it for pussy willow ever since I moved out here! Pussy Willows are a subset of the willows which also include osiers (think “wicker” for their uses). They’re all Saliciae from which, salicylic acid, the medicine Aspirin, was derived. Willow magick is Feminine, Moon and Water. Willow wands can be used for healing, to sleep with for more vivid dreams, Drawing Down the Moon, or for protection in underworld journeying. The Willow will bring the blessings of the Moon upon those who plant it or have it on their property. Willows can be used to bind together witch’s brooms and a forked willow branch is widely used in water witching and dowsing. New Moon magick, creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, binding. Love, Love divination, protection, healing. It is also known as the tree of immortality because of its ability to re grow from a fallen branch in moist ground. These properties apply to all forms of willow, but the Coast Willow has the properties of endurance, tolerance and stubbornness as well. There’s more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org
Today is the Haloia of Demeter, the feast of the beginning of her long search for her daughter. More here: http://witchofstitches.blogspot.com/2009/12/haloia-of-demeter.html and on Demeter here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demeter#Demeter_and_Persephone
The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. 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
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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 12/7 at 1:03am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 12/12 at 4:06am.
First-quarter Moon (exactly so at 4:03 a.m. on this date EST). After dark, look for the Great Square of Pegasus high above it.
Earliest sunset of the year (if you’re near latitude 40° north). By the time of the solstice and longest night on December 21st, the Sun actually sets 3 minutes later. But it doesn’t rise its latest until January 4th. For these slight discrepancies, blame the tilt of Earth’s axis and the ellipticity of Earth’s orbit.
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 7° or 8° under it at that time, and Arcturus 30° its 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 Runic half-month of Jera/ Jara 12/13-12/27 – Jara signifies the completion of natural cycles, such as fruition, and has a more transcendent meaning of mystic marriage of Earth and Cosmos. *Ø* Wilson’s Almanac free daily ezine | Book of Days | December 13
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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
W 7 High 6:18 AM 7.2 7:39 AM Rise 1:00 PM 44
~ 7 Low 12:32 PM 2.9 4:37 PM
~ 7 High 6:00 PM 6.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Accept that you are divine, perfect and enough.
~ The things that one most wants to do are the things that are probably most worth doing. – Winifred Holtby
~ Asceticism is not that you should own nothing, but that nothing should own you. – Ali Ibn Abu Talib
~ Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought. – Albert Gyrogyi
~ When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt. – Henry J. Kaiser
It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Solstice Meditation and Visualization
Winter Solstice is an excellent time to undergo a vision quest to find your magickal name, a totem animal, a mantra, or other empowering insights. This meditation is meant to accent that quest by opening your awareness to the power within and without all things. Begin in a standing position. Center yourself and breathe deeply. Slowly take off your mundane clothes., likewise removing the “World” with each. Wrap a blanket around yourself for warmth, but remain naked for the meditation. You need no trappings to discover personal power.
Sit and close your eyes. Let any remaining tension drain away, then begin listening to the sound of silence. Smell the aromas of oak and herb. Feel the latent energy of everything around you and the magick you’ve placed there. Know it is your own. Listen to your breath and your heartbeat. Sense the pulse and bb within as the same energy without. Listen closely; does it whisper a message to you? Does it whisper a name? Do you hear the cry of an animal? Do you hear words that fill you with energy? Linger in this place between Earth and stars until you receive a message. Then return to normal levels of awareness, and write the experience in your journal.
Go with your traditional holiday foods, which for me include many that have solar symbolism. Cookies are round like the sun, eggnog is golden and fertile, gingerbread is hot and spicy, and fruitcake bears red and orange highlights. As a side, try a little flaming brandy to warm you up! – GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
Winter Solstice Chant
Note: This chant is set to be used in a solstice reading. It can also simply be set as a poem, eliminating the cues.
New Year born, Old Year gone,
Time’s a wheel we ride upon.
Round and round, until at last
Our future has become our past.
At the end/beginning of the year
The light is born/dies into darkest night
Being personified and given a name by some, by others not.
The yin/yang sound of one hand clapping
Begins/ends the year that it may carry us forward
Into whatever day/night is there for us to experience.
Two sides of a coin to flip for “yes” or “no,”
One coin to pay the piper or the tax collector as the case may be.
That coin wheeling in the sky that shines by day, reflects by night.
There is beauty in the day; as well there is beauty in the night.
Neither can exist without the other. Nor is there any end
Without beginning, or beginning without end.
Speakers 1 & 2 in unison:
The wheel turns and turns, and we as spokes turn with it,
Returning to our source, whatever and wherever that may be,
Until we know that truth abides in every season of the heart.
New Year born, Old Year gone,
Time’s a wheel we ride upon.
Round and round, until at last
Our future has become our past. – Written and Submitted by Tasha Halpert
* “Do you have a sledgehammer or a brick handy?”
* “That’s right, not even McGyver could fix it.”
* “So — what are you wearing?”
* “Duuuuuude! Bummer!”
* “Looks like you’re gonna need some new dilithium crystals, Cap’n.”
* “Press 1 for Support. Press 2 if you’re with 60 Minutes. Press 3 if you’re with the FTC.”
* “We can fix this, but you’re gonna need a butter knife, a roll of duct tape, and a car battery.”
* “In layman’s terms, we call that the Hindenburg Effect.”
* “Hold on a second… Mom! Timmy’s hitting me!”
* “Okay, turn to page 523 in your copy of Dianetics.”
* “Please hold for Mr. Gates’ attorney.”