Lighted House Count – 319 (yeah, you can tell I was on the road!)
Christmas in Waldport! Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Alsea Bay Interpretive Center. Festivities begin at 3 p.m. with Santa Claus followed by the holiday dog costume contest. Join the ranger-led candlelight bridge walk at 5 p.m. Live music, refreshments and prize giveaways.
The hotel says that it’s 49F with showers here in Eugene. Wunderground says that it’s 45 with a 90% chance of rain today and 2/10’s of an inch yesterday.
Yesterday was a busy day. Tempus was sleepy and I was, a little, (leftovers from a couple of nights of restlessness), but started with some simple things (making up the WDW#2 pamphlets) and then got going on packing and so on. He ran into Newport to run some errands and then came back.
Marius picked me up around 6:45 and after we got stuff into the truck we headed for Eugene. Even though we got a couple of heavy-duty bouts of rain we had a good drive. Oh! If you get a chance, drive down to see the Heceta Head Light and the B&B all lighted up! It’s gorgeous! We got to the hotel at about 9:30 and I had a short meeting right away, then fought the computer trying to get onto the internet. Eventually, I got my mail picked up and then turned in.
The Hot Chocolate Snowmen are going to be at the shop today! It’s not just the Wreaths, but a youngster who is trying to make money for her school trip is going to have a bunch of these for sale! The wreaths got dropped off late in the afternoon, yesterday. Also, pick up a House Blessing. One to each household is our gift to you!
Today Tempus is going to be at the shop all day, and into the evening. I’m going to be in Eugene at the event!
Boston, MA unveiling their sign marking the start of Route 20, the longest continuous Highway in the United States. Newport, Oregon also unveiled their sign today. #newportoregon #travelnewport #discovernewport #bostonmassachusetts #route20 credit to @bostonnancy
Today’s plant is Candy Flower, Claytonia siberica, also called, Siberian Spring Beauty, Siberian Miner’s Lettuce or Pink Purslane) is a flowering plant in the family Montiaceae, native to Siberia and western North America. A synonym is Montia sibirica. The plant was introduced into the United Kingdom by the 18th century where it has become very widespread. It is similar to Miner’s Lettuce in properties, but not as edible. – Feminine, Moon, Water, – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. This one is also a spirit-lifter.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia_sibirica
Lux Mundi festival, ancient Rome – Lux Mundi literally means ‘the Light of the World’. This is also another name for France’s Liberty, whose day this also is. Liberty’s torch shines hope in the world. Her statue graces New York City’s harbour, her full name being Liberty Enlightening the World.
In Roman mythology, Liberty is Libertas, the goddess of freedom. Originally a deity of personal freedom, she evolved to become the goddess of the commonwealth. Her temples were found on the Aventine Hill and the Forum. She was depicted on many Roman coins as a female figure wearing a pileus (a felt cap, worn by slaves when they were set free), a wreath of laurels and a spear … from Pip Wilson’s Almanac.
In recent times the title of Lux Mundi has been taken on by Christians to mean Jesus rather than enlightenment, so many online references reflect this. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statue_of_Liberty http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libertas
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
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 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.
Right after dark you’ll find the Pleiades well up in the east, with Aldebaran and the Hyades below them. Far below these, Orion is beginning to clear the horizon. By about 10 p.m. Orion is much higher and now Sirius is rising below it, completing this famous tall stack of December stars.
Mercury is having a nice apparition low in twilight, even as it fades this week from magnitude –0.5 to 0.0. Look for it low in the southwest, about 25° to the lower right of bright Venus as shown above.
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
©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
Sa 10 Low 2:25 AM 1.9 7:42 AM Set 3:21 AM 76
~ 10 High 8:47 AM 8.6 4:37 PM Rise 2:41 PM
~ 10 Low 3:41 PM 0.3
~ 10 High 9:49 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – A warm smile is the universal language of kindness!
~ Americans love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle. – George S. Patton, Jr. (1885-1945) US general
~ The most effective and devastating techniques are the simplest ones. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it? – Eleanor Roosevelt
~ Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. – William Faulkner (1897-1962) US writer
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” – ‘The New Colossus’, by the 19th-century American poet Emma Lazarus. The poem, describing the Statue of [the Roman goddess] Liberty, appears on a plaque at the base of the statue.
Sun Welcoming Center Pieces
Yule is a Sabbat to welcome back the Sun King. The sun is vital to all that exists on Earth. It is the giver of light and warmth, and causes the rebirth of this past years crops by warming and gently coaxing the seeds that have been sleeping underground during the winter. Traditional methods of celebrating this Sabbat are mostly inside activities.
Materials: Flat or bowled wicker basket, Evergreen Boughs, Oranges and Apples, Whole Cloves, Walnuts, Hazelnuts, Wheat Stalks, Flour, Red, Green, and Gold Bows or String.
Children of all ages will delight in both making and giving these delightful center pieces.
- Place the basket in the center of the table.
- Lay a couple of evergreen boughs (can be found at most Christmas tree lots) in bottom of basket so that the tips flow out from all sides.
- Spike the oranges all the way around with several whole cloves.
- Arrange the oranges and apples on top of the boughs.
- Arrange in a couple of the walnuts and hazel nuts.
- Place a couple of the wheat stalks standing up amidst the fruit.
- Lightly dust with flour.
- Tie bows to the handle and outside the basket.
Tell children about each special part of the centerpiece. Explain that the baskets were used during the harvests during the season before. The evergreen boughs are symbols of immortality, reminding us that the Sun King is not dead, but reappears at Yule each year to lengthen, brighten and warm the days ahead. The oranges and apples are symbols of the Sun King. The nuts symbolize the seeds as they lay sleeping and awaiting the Sun King’s return. The wheat stalks symbolize the yearly harvests and the flour represents the triumph of the forces of light and life.) – Excerpted From “Yule Celebration, Children Activities”
Laminated Window Hangings for Yule
you will need:
– lined paper
– laminating paper
– Yule cookie cutters(the big ones)
– scissors & a single hole punch
– a pencil
what to do:
- Lightly trace the shapes of trees, stars or other Yule figures with your pencil.
- Cut out those shapes with scissors.
- Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
- Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
- Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.
- red velvet ribbon, 1/2 inch and 1 inch
- 6 or 8 inch embrodery hoop
- florist wire
- hot glue
- separate the two pieces of the embrodery hoops and fit them together, one inside the other, at a 90 degree angle. Secure in this position with florist wire or hot glue
- Secure a piece of the 1/2 ribbon to the bottom of the hoop. Wind the ribbon around the edges of the hoop, wrapping each “arm” in a spiral motion until the wood is covered completely.Secure with hot glue.
- Form two bows with the 1 inch ribbons, leaving the ends dangling. Secure one to the bottom of the joined hoops, the other to the top.
- Gather the mistletoe into a ball, secure the ends with florist wire. Insert inside the globe and twist the florist wire to the top of the ball.
- Hang the ball somewhere you are sure to get kissed!
Silliness – Ice Cream Flavors
The young man entered the Ice Cream Palace and asked, “What kinds of ice cream do you have?”
“Vanilla, chocolate, strawberry,” the girl wheezed as she spoke, patted her chest and seemed unable to continue.
“Do you have laryngitis?” the young man asked sympathetically.
“Nope,” she whispered, “just vanilla, chocolate and strawberry.”