At home it’s 33F with no wind and bright sunshine and rain rolling in around 3:30 this afternoon. Here in Kerby (at 1350 feet) it’s the same bright sunshine, but what’s rolling in near midnight is supposed to change to snow by morning. Hmm…
It’s 9:50pm and we’re down for the night at the event site in Grants Pass. That was an adventure!
Packing took up pretty much the whole morning and just kept taking longer and longer. We had garb, feast gear, food, embroidery stuff for sale, display and class, plus a table, my walker and a computer! Yikes! One thing after another kept going on. First I could reach this, then Loren couldn’t find that…. Well…. Then a bank person came in that had to be consulted with, then we had a final flurry of get-it-into-the-car and we were off.
Of course we needed to stop for gas and while the tank was filling we thought of some things that were forgotten, like the camera and class tripod with my AV aids, so we ran back to the shop for those, but finally got rolling south at 2:30, when we planned on heading out at noon. <groan>
It was a lovely day and I watched waves breaking and spouting horns blowing to my heart’s content. Every horn or blowhole that I know of was going off! There were some boats offshore, but not many. One of the most beautiful things was the sun’s rays falling through the pines onto the light mist that wasn’t enough to obscure vision, but just enough to make that look nice and mysterious. (Tempus says, “mist-erious”.)
We were talking about the scenery and making pins and aluminum bronze and glass-headed pins until we rolled through Florence and then commented on the Dunes, darlingtonia and the bridge repairs as well as the ebbing tide.
We took a pit stop at one of the day use parks well south of there for food, and I nabbed a couple of pictures of the view. We waved to the Guardian Tree in Gardiner, and then turned at Reedsport to head over 38/138 to I-5.
There were a couple of elk grazing right by the road as we went through by the elk viewing area, plus a large herd and then a couple of elk close up to the road again. One of those was missing most of one antler. I wonder what happened? After that we commented on the walking meat lockers usually referred to as steers (dang, they’re rectangular!) and sheep, and a heron and then ducks in the Umpqua River. The river was calm enough to see the reflections of the trees on the hills on the far side that went more and more golden and then dimmed. The sun was going down by then making the light clouds above turn pink and one set, honest-to-goodness, was a pastel version of pea-soup green! Venus popped out pretty soon and then the tiniest finger-nail paring of a Moon! It was getting darker as we rolled through Elkton and full dark when we got to Sutherlin, where we turned onto I-5.
Grants Pass lights up the whole sky for miles and we ended up adding over 200 lighted house just there! (257 lighted houses to add to count over the whole trip!) I pointed out where Marcus and I had stayed and then the event site for 11th Night from December a year ago and also the restaurant parking lot where I slipped and staggered all the way onto someone else’s car in the unexpected snow.
It was a long haul from Grants Pass to the site. We went past places that I remember from the trek out here in October, but we went on past that and farther still and then a bunch of red and blue lights went off and we had a State Trooper stop us since we had a brake light out again….. Checked those in Waldport, but somewhere in between…. I asked him where Kerby is, since that’s what we were looking for, so we had a little better idea of where to go, but still missed on the first try and had to go back. ….and no one was there…..
It was 7:30 which was an ½ hour after our best guess at a time, so we did some sitting and waiting until we got the computer fired up and connected to the web and could let someone know where we were. Jennet came to our rescue, let us into the hall and headed back out again.
Tempus loaded stuff in and I set things up so we weren’t going to have to much to do in morning and then went to write this into the newsletter. There was no signal in the hall although we were fine in the parking lot! So I typed this into a file so that I could transfer later, we puttered for a bit, and then we got our air mattress blown up and went to sleep.
Today I have my class at 11am and then the rest of the day to play! One of my necklaces needs to be re-strung and I have either embroidery or sewing to work on and I promised to make myself available to anyone who wants to learn from me. I’m kinda figuring we’ll have a sewing circle going or some such. There are other classes and a rapier tourney and a feast in the evening and folks to talk to…. Well, I’ll type more this evening… Tempus brought the computer to the front of the hall where there is signal so this is going out, now.
A Czech New Year’s Card. What the fascination is with pigs, I don’t know!
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
What is Silvester? It’s the New Year’s celebration in Central Europe! Silvester celebrations: http://www.thelocal.de/society/20111231-16425.html#.UN3uwazheSq More on Pope Sylvester: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Sylvester_I A bit about it more on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silvester
Part of the reason that I’ve heard of this is that Babicka and Dedi (my grandparents) used to talk about the “SIEVE-est-er” which was a costume party held by the Czech community in Baltimore in late January. At various times the “uncles” (Dedi’s brothers and cousins) came up with some impressive outfits, including a clock that worked, a “rooster” that ran around laying eggs, a house on chicken legs and a two-part horse. This one was the big hit because they made balls of newspaper painted brown and the horse, after running around the dance floor, swishing its tail, backed up to the most pompous woman in the room and dropped them out the hind end of the horse into her lap!
The shop is closed while we’re on our trip. We’ll reopen on Monday 1/2! 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 email@example.com 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 1/12, at 3:35 AM. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 1/2 at 10:53am.
As the new year begins, watch the waxing Moon step up eastward past Venus and Mars, as seen here just after dark. As twilight fades, catch the crescent Moon, Venus, and Mars forming a diagonal, gently curving line in the southwest. Left of the line twinkles Fomalhaut, 25 light-years away — the same distance as Vega, the brightest star in the northwest.
Mars is passing faint Neptune. They’re only about 0.2° apart early this evening as seen from the East Coast of North America, and 0.1° as seen from the West Coast. Neptune, 8th magnitude, is more or less above Mars. Use high power to try to discern Neptune’s slightly nonstellar disk, diameter just 2.2 arcseconds.
After the noise and whoopla at the turning of midnight tonight, step outside into the silent, cold dark. Shining in the south will be Sirius at its highest. The other bright stars of Canis Major will be to its right and below it. Sirius forms the bottom of the bright, equilateral Winter Triangle. The triangle’s other stars are Betelgeuse in Orion’s shoulder to Sirius’s upper right, and Procyon the same distance to Sirius’s upper left. The Winter Triangle now stands upright just about in balance.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) are in the southern sky right after dark. Info and finder charts.dark. Info and finder charts.
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch
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,
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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
Sa 31 High 2:06 AM 7.1 7:53 AM Rise 9:20 AM 2
31 Low 7:30 AM 3.1 4:47 PM Set 7:33 PM
31 High 1:10 PM 8.2
31 Low 8:08 PM -0.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When spiders weave their webs by Noon, fine weather is coming soon
~ He who is attached to things will suffer much. He who saves will suffer heavy loss. A contented man is never disappointed. – Lao Tzu
~ If God lets me live, I shall attain more than Mummy ever has done. I shall not remain insignificant. I shall work in the world and for mankind! Anne Frank, in her diary
~ I have had dreams and I have had nightmares, but I have conquered my nightmares because of my dreams. – Jonas Salk (1914-1995) US microbiologist
~ Don’t try to please the crowd. Stand tall and stride forward to your destiny. – Kerr Cuhulain
Once upon a time,
When women were birds,
There was the simple understanding
That to sing at dawn
And to sing at dusk
Was to heal the world through joy.
The birds still remember what we have forgotten,
That the world is meant to be celebrated.
-Terry Tempest Williams, When Women Were Birds
Color of the Day: Orange – Incense of the Day: Poplar
Invite your family and close friends for a late night feast tonight. Have everybody bring a worn item of clothing. Make a scarecrow by stuffing the clothing with pieces of paper on which each person at the party has written old habits or sad memories they wish to rid themselves of. In some cultures, people add a few firecrackers to add more excitement to the spell. Carry the scarecrow out of doors and burn it. Visualize the old habits and memories going up in smoke. At the stroke of midnight, eat twelve grapes to symbolize the twelve months of the new year, then make twelve wishes. When this is done, the youngest person at the party should stand in the front door and ring in the new year, and the oldest person in the group should stand at the back door and ring out the old year. By: Lily Gardner-Butts
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true. – –Alfred, Lord Tennyson, English writer (1809–92)