Lighted House Count – 466
Minus Tide at 7:44 PM of -1.6 feet.
Yesterday started so late and with the car acting up…. well, Tempus went over to the repair place and talked with them and it looks like the maybe-failing idle motor up and died. They’re getting the part. The car is drivable, but only barely. Tempus ran up to storage to try to create some order out of chaos and I got to work on newsletters. …and tracking down people to read some papers since so many of ’em have a snow day….
By 6:30 or so, Tempus was back and working on supper. I was still doing newsletters…. We didn’t head home until well past 10, since he was working on some things in the back. I did chores. He was upstairs watching a moving with Jeanne and they got to talking. 🙂
Today we have the shop open. There’s Sewing from 6-8pm and then Tempus has a paper run tonight. I’m hoping the car will behave.
Today’s plant is Oregon Iris, Iris tenax. I grew up calling Iris flowers “ladies’ ball gowns”. Local peoples used the tough leaves for making string and rope mostly for snares. – Feminine, Venus, Water – sacred to Iris and Juno, their magicks are used for purification and magicks including 3’s. The three petals stand for faith, wisdom and valor and can be used in magicks to promote these qualities. More on Oregon Iris here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_tenax More on Iris in general here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_%28plant%29
Today is the Consualis Ludes or Consualia, the celebration of the god of underground storehouses, secret negotiations and horse racing… Horse racing? Chariot races, anyway! Today the underground temple of Consus was opened just for this single day in the year and the storing of grain commenced. The Lares, the household gods of the Romans, were also honored. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consualia
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
Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 12/15 at 4:06am. 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 12/28 at 10:53pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 12/20 at 5:56pm.
Now the evening Moon shines between Betelgeuse to its right >>>>> and <<<<< Castor and Pollux to its left. As the evening grows late, look for Procyon coming up way down below.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) are high on the southern side of the sky just after dark. Info and finder charts.
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22
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
Th 15 High 1:27 AM 7.7 7:46 AM Set 9:08 AM 99
~ 15 Low 6:54 AM 2.5 4:38 PM Rise 7:02 PM
~ 15 High 12:45 PM 9.5
~ 15 Low 7:44 PM -1.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I dissolve thoughts that suggest there is no freedom. I stop arguing for limitations.
~ Science fiction does not remain fiction for long. And certainly not on the Internet. – Vinton Cerf
~ I prefer to supervise the whole operations of Government myself rather than entrust the public business to subord. – James K. Polk (1795-1849) US President (11)
~ Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it. – Truman Capote (1924-1984) US writer
~ If our atmosphere is so extraordinarily different, so reactive, and yet it stays constant for millions of years, something must be regulating it. And since I knew that these gases all came from living organisms, it must be life that’s doing the regulating. – James Lovelock, The Gaia Hypothesis.
Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are… Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in my pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return. – Mary Jean Iron
On this long‑shadowed day
I set the host-gifts out. On this day
Even the needy to the needy offer gifts;
My prayer‑gifts I offer with these my hands:
May a thin cushion of mercy soften
The between‑a‑rock‑and‑a‑hard‑place place you dwell;
May your shovel seem a little lighter
As you heft yet another spadeful against the tide;
May it be, as you curl against the cold‑sheeted night
That a warmth enfold itself around your back,
May the candle you still have courage enough to light
Be thanks and praise for fire, for bread and wine;
May no more salt run down into your cup,
May your ghosts be exorcised
May pain leave you
May cats come to you
May the intangibles freedom, vision and peace
Dispel the encroachment of the sorrowing dark!
May you believe in the lengthening of days,
May your presents be the future. – Blessed be! Written and Submitted By Dame Niamh, HPS,Sisters of the Burning Branch
While Lighting the Yule Log
Goodbye Old King–hello, New
With this log we honor You
The old reign’s gone–the new has begun
We welcome now the newborn Sun. – Dorothy Morrison