Lighted House Count – 556+37=593
Ancient Light’s Holiday Hours!
12/23 Open at 11am, through the…
Open Circle for Yule Sabbat – 7pm Friday, 12/23 We’ll be open until 7pm.
Open Christmas Eve from 10am to 7pm, Saturday 12/24
Closed Christmas Day, Sunday 12/25
Open Monday 12/26, Wednesday 12/28 and Thursday 12/29 from 11-5pm (Regular Hours)
Closed Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12/30-1/1
Back to regular hours on 1/2/17!
It’s a sleepy, yawny morning for both Tempus and me and the weather looks like it. Drippy, upon occasion, wind blowing hard enough to come up with a Small Craft Advisory and grey, low clouds covering the sky. We got 1 1/0 of an inch of rain yesterday and 3/10 more since midnight.
Yesterday started slowly, but picked up speed as customers came in mid-day. Tempus made a new loaf of bread and did some work in back. I was setting up newsletters since I hadn’t gotten that done before. Tempus spent the afternoon putting stuff into storage.
The rain didn’t start up the way they had figured. I kept looking but the pavement was dry. Then they said 7:15. By the time Sewing was over the pavement was damp. That was when I heard that someone had gone into the water at Thor’s Well. One got out, all scraped up. The other…. They called off the search after 90 minutes….
Tempus took off around 10pm. Thick papers and late. <sigh> By that time it was raining steadily. Christmas in Waldport…. I packed the boxes for the kids, got copies of the Yule ritual printed, ate a little marzipan and read.
We had a good paper run last night, but since the papers were late, it was 7am when we got in and both Tempus and I are yawning. He’s making coffee and we’ve already had a couple customers. We need to find the rest of the things for the ritual and set up late this afternoon.
From 12/22/15 up the Yachats River, another Ken Gagne pic of a bald eagle.
Peacock Lane in Portland, photos and schedule: http://pdxpipeline.com/monthly-event-list/peacock-lane-portland-holidaychristmas-lights-pictures-2016-schedule/
Today’s plant is Evergreen huckleberry, Vaccinium ovatum, a small shrub that is native to the PNW. The berries were a staple food for the PNW indigines. The fruit is blue-black and tends to be small, but makes excellent jam and the leaves are smoked or made into tea for colds. Gender, Feminine – Planet, Venus – Element, Water – Carry for luck and health. This is a plant that will keep away evil and break hexes. Burn the leaves to bring visions and to make dreams come true.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evergreen_Huckleberry
Seeing the white stag, the hope that, if caught, you can have your three dearest wishes granted…. Even in the darkest night, there is hope that the Sun will rise.
Spinning? Actually today is the birthday in 1732 of the man whose spinning device revolutionized fabric manufacture. If you can afford more that one set of clothing, thank Richard Arkwright! He was the youngest of 13 children, son of a tailor, who rose in rank to “Sir” on the basis of his invention called the “water frame” and a yarn-making device, as well as improvements in carding machines that made possible the cheap calicoes. He was one of the entrepreneurs of the Industrial Revolution. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Arkwright
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
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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 12/26 at 10:53am.
The waning Moon passes Jupiter and Spica high in the south these cold dawns. (The Moon is positioned for the time of dawn near the middle of North America.)
<<<<<<<< Sirius and Procyon >>>> in the balance. Sirius, the Dog Star, sparkles low in the east-southeast after dinnertime. Procyon, the Little Dog Star, shines in the east about two fist-widths at arm’s length to Sirius’s left. If you live around latitude 30° (Tijuana, New Orleans, Jacksonville), the two canine stars will be at the same height above your horizon soon after they rise. If you’re north of that latitude, Procyon will be higher. If you’re south of there, Sirius will be the higher one.
Jupiter (magnitude –1.8, in Virgo) rises around 1 or 2 a.m. and shines brightly high the south-southeast by early dawn. Spot Spica 5° below it. In a telescope, Jupiter is 34 arcseconds in diameter, relatively small as Jupiter goes.
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of the Secret of the Unhewn Stone, Dec 23
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch
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 Runic half-month of Eihwaz/Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books,
©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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).
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch – The silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) is the most common tree birch in much of Europe. It grows up to 30 m (100 feet) high, but is more often found in spreading clumps on sandy soils. It is one of the first trees to colonize an area after a mature forest is cut; this is probably a large part of its symbolic connection with new beginnings. It is cultivated in North America, often under the name of weeping birch. The three trees in my front yard form root sprouts that would take over the bed where they are planted if I didn’t cut them back. The common birch (B. pubescens Ehrh.) is almost as widespread as the silver birch, but grows primarily on acid or peaty soils. It can reach 20 m (65 feet) in height. Birches are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae). Curtis Clark
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 23 Low 1:37 AM 2.5 7:51 AM Rise 2:25 AM 33
~ 23 High 8:05 AM 7.6 4:41 PM Set 1:41 PM
~ 23 Low 3:05 PM 1.5
~ 23 High 9:04 PM 5.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I can face the daily challenges head on and make every day of my life successful …..because I can…I am no longer alone..
~ When an old American Black woman was asked the secret of her long life and excellent health, she said, “When I works, I works hard; when I sits, I sits loose; when I worrys, I goes to sleep.” – Author Unknown
~ It all depends on how you look at things and not on how things are, in themselves. – Carl Jung
~ If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live. – Lin Yutang (1895-1976) Chinese writer
~ Measure yourself by your best moments, not by your worst. We are too prone to judge ourselves by our moments of despondency and depressions. – Robert Johnson
Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat,
Please to put a penny in the old man’s hat;
If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will do,
If you haven’t got a ha’penny, God bless you!
THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM – http://www.almanac.com/blog/astronomy/astronomy/star-bethlehem
What is the Star of Bethlehem, and what is its significance?
Every holiday season, planetariums present their “Star of Wonder” show, which offers astronomical explanations for the most famous star of all—the Star of Bethlehem.
The show suggests that the star was either a comet, a conjunction of bright planets, or maybe a supernova.
Or perhaps it was Jupiter alone in the constellation Aries, according to a newer thesis that got New York Times headlines a few years ago.
What the public doesn’t know, is that none of these could be correct. Every backyard stargazer knows you can’t get anywhere by following something in the sky.
In the painting, Adoration of the Magi, the Star of Bethlehem is shown as a comet. The painter, Giotto di Bondon, saw Halley’s Comet in 1301. Find out more about comets.
WHERE IS THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM?
Whether planet, star, or supernova, everything arcs rightward during the night. The Magi would travel in a giant semicircle if they followed any kind of celestial object. What’s more, no astronomical body can come to a screeching halt and hover over Bethlehem or anywhere else.
Only things in the north don’t move much—like Polaris, the North Star, which appears glued in place. But that eliminates planets, which are never in the north. Plus, the Magi weren’t going north to get to Bethlehem, but southwest. Find out more about stars and their locations.
Bottom line? None of the planetarium explanations can possibly be valid—and planetarium directors know this very well.
Many scholars believe that when the account was first written a century after Christ’s death, the star was intended to be an ASTROLOGICAL omen. By this reasoning, it was never an actual object in the real sky. This idea is supported by the fact that the Star appears in Matthew, but not at all in Luke.
In any case, astrology (which appears in the earliest of almanacs) eventually fell into total disfavor—first with the church and later with science—making this explanation popular with neither. And planetariums are reluctant to get into this because astrology is the last thing they want to discuss.
Now, hold off on any angry letters. The whole point is that when planetariums suggest some natural phenomenon such as a comet just happened to appear at the right place and then just happened to stop and hover over the manger—well, that itself would be indistinguishable from a miracle. Why offer a scientific explanation that has to unfold outside the laws of science?
And religion is similarly mistreated because the whole thing suggests that faith in the miraculous is unnecessary, because there’s some kind of rational science explanation for the Star. In short, neither science nor religion are well served.
No matter. Those planetarium programs will continue. They’ve been around for three quarters of a century, and are enjoyed by the public. They’ve become a holiday tradition of their own.
Find out the facts behind other Christmas traditions.
~ By Bob Berman – Welcome to “This Week’s Amazing Sky,” the Almanac’s blog on stargazing and astronomy. Wondering which bright objects you’re seeing in the night sky? Want to learn about a breathtaking sight coming up? Bob Berman, longtime and famous astronomer for The Old Farmer’s Almanac, will help bring alive the wonders of our universe. From the beautiful stars and planets to magical auroras and eclipses, we’ll cover everything under the Sun (and Moon)!