Lighted House Count – 319+57 = 386
First Minus Tide of the cycle at 4:33 PM of -0.6 feet.
The clouds are low and moving fast which made for an odd optical illusion earlier where the clouds appeared to be dancing, since the tall cedars were blowing in the wind. There was one unshaded, white and very puffy cloud that reflected sunlight from the north as I was coming up the path to the car. It took me a moment to figure out why things looked so strange. 🙂 The wind is clipping along in the low teens in town, so the wind chime outside my window here in ringing steadily. On the beaches the velocities are higher still. We’ve got some rain rolling in this afternoon, but the sunshine is welcome, and we have a couple of days break and it will get chillier and chillier until the rain comes back in on Thursday. 48F.
Yesterday was busy at the shop, but not too much for Tempus to handle. The Hot Chocolate Snowman folks didn’t show up. We’ll try again for next weekend! We have a *bunch* of really lovely wreaths at the shop, at the moment! Come in a take a look!
I had a good day at the Eugene event. Got to talk to friends and the competitions I was running were easy and had some good entries. Unfortunately I really bunged my knee and hip in the middle of the day so had to sit very still and then just endure on the way home. I’m limping badly and squawking when I move wrong. Well, I’ll heal….
Today we have the House Capuchin Project Day and there will be a whole lotta’ craftin’ going on. 🙂 We’re open for shopping from 11-5pm and I will be doing readings, today, as well.
A pic by Ken Gagne from this morning in Yachats.
Today’s Plant is Coltsfoot, Petasites frigidus var. palmatus.One of the best cough remedies out there, this is often smoked to help cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is also made into cough syrups often combined with horehound. This is another plant where the medicinal and magickal uses seem to go together. Feminine, Venus, water– Add to love sachets and use in spell of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites_frigidus
Eadweard Muybridge was one of the first to do “motion studies” using photography, some of which are still being used. He made it possible to see these in his “zoopraxiscope” (wow, what a name!) His first famous one seems to have been on a bet to prove that at one point in its stride a trotting horse has all four feet off of the ground. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eadweard_Muybridge …where you can find moving images of the ‘scope, the horse and a bison!
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.
Watch for early Geminid meteors! The occasional Geminid should be flashing into view by now even through the moonlight. The shower is due to peak late Tuesday night December 13–14, as told below. On any night, rates increase through the evening and will be greatest from midnight to 4 a.m., when the radiant in Gemini is high overhead. The Geminid meteor shower should be at its strongest late on the night of the 13th — but that extra-bright full Moon is in the same part of the sky as the shower’s radiant! There will be no moonless period from dusk to dawn. Still, Geminid fireballs are not uncommon. You may see a dozen or more meteors per hour by 10 or 11 p.m. even through the moonlight, as the radiant climbs high in the east. Watch in a direction that keeps the glary Moon itself out of your vision. The Geminid radiant passes overhead (for skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes) around 2 a.m. See Bob King’s Supermoon and Geminids Duke It Out.
Venus (magnitude –4.2, in Capricornus) is the bright white “Evening Star” blazing in the southwest during and after twilight.
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
~ 11 High 9:35 AM 9.1 4:37 PM Rise 3:20 PM
~ 11 Low 4:33 PM -0.6
~ 11 High 10:50 PM 6.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Sing out loud today.
~ Great deeds and ill deeds often fall within each other’s shadow. – Gisli Sursson’s Saga, c.17
~ He who rides the sea of the Nile must have sails woven of patience. – William Golding (1911-1993) English writer
~ A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control. – Proverbs 29:11, New International Version
~ Ninety percent of the world’s woe comes from people not knowing themselves, their abilities, their frailties, and even their real virtues. Most of us go almost all the way through life as complete strangers to ourselves. – Sydney J. Harris, 1917-1986), Syndicated columnist
When the voices of children are heard on the green,
And laughing is heard on the hill,
My heart is at rest within my breast,
And everything else is still.
“Then come home, my children, the sun is gone down,
And the dews of night arise;
Come, come leave off play, and let us away
Till the morning appears in the skies.”
“No, no, let us play, for it is yet day,
And we cannot go to sleep;
Besides, in the sky the little birds fly,
And the hills are all cover’d with sheep.”
“Well, well, go and play till the light fades away,
And then go home to bed.”
The little ones leaped, and shouted, and laughed
And all the hills echoed. – ~ William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet, painter, engraver, and mystic visionary
The Feast of St Lucy: Luciadagen
And I will stay awake throughout the longest winter night
And dress up in a red silk sash and flowing gown of white
And serve my parents with warm sweets and sing for their delight.
And I will wear upon my head a crown of fragrant green
Ablaze with tall white candles, with golden candle-gleam,
And I will be a Lussibrud as in some wondrous dream.
And as the night begins to fade I’ll greet December sun
And knock on all the neighbors’ doors and sing to everyone
And offer all the friends I greet a golden saffron bun.
Lucia maidens will come too, with silver in their hair
And star boys with their studded wands and pointed caps to wear,
And elfin boys will follow us as we walk everywhere.
And I will stay awake throughout the longest winter night
And dress up in my silken sash, my crown, my robe of white
And I will be, for one brief day, Lucia of the Light. – Myra Cohn Livingston, The Feast of St. Lucy: Luciadagen http://www.millan.net/funp/christmas/luciafact.html
Another fresh new year
Another fresh new year is here…
another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear;
to love and laugh and give! ~William Arthur Ward
Silliness – Ways To Stay Stressed
Are you worried now about how to stay stressed? You’ll have no trouble if you practice the following clinically proven methods:
NEVER EXERCISE. Exercise wastes a lot of time that could be spent worrying.
EAT ANYTHING YOU WANT. Hey, if cigarette smoke can’t cleanse your system, a balanced diet isn’t likely to.
GAIN WEIGHT. Work hard at staying at least 25 pounds over your recommended weight.
TAKE PLENTY OF STIMULANTS. The old standards of caffeine, nicotine, sugar, and cola will continue to do the job just fine.