😦 We are opening late today, if at all. The street outside the apartment is a solid sheet of ice! So, no sewing workshop this evening, either.
The sky is blue and everything crackles when you step on it. There’s ice outside the apartment door from watering the sunroom last night and the ice doesn’t seem to be going anywhere at the moment. I’m not sure what the temp is outside, but my toes and fingers are tingling and my face is finally thawing.
So, Tempus got a batch of papers done and came back, but Crestline was closed and a couple of the steeper places along 34, just weren’t possible. We had some food and coffee and he made me a snowball to keep for the summer and then he napped for awhile and I worked on newsletters. I still need my calendar…. ordered before Christmas, but….
By about 5, I was getting worried, folks were talking about icing up, so we got moved and headed back and the road up to the apartment was so icy that we barely made it! We did some chores and had some supper and I got my hair washed and then we turned in.
We are opening late today, if at all. We’ve been out looking at things. The street outside the apartment is a solid sheet of ice! So, no sewing workshop this evening, either. It’s between 34 in Seal Rock and 40 in Bayshore, so some of this ought to melt. The question is, “How soon?”
So we’re home, having spanish rice and meatballs for breakfast and going to do chores. …and darned if I know what he’s going to do about the papers.
Today’s plant is Red Elderberry, Sambucus racemosa. It’s a large shrub that has white flower clusters in the spring and red berry clusters late in the summer. – Planet: Venus Element: Water Deity: Hel, Holda, The White Lady Magickal properties: Exorcism, Prosperity, Banishment and Healing – The leaves and berries are used for protection and in breaking spells that were cast against you or to undo spells of evil intent. Growing an elder in your garden will protect your property from misfortune and harm. In Europe they planted elder in cemeteries to keep away the evil spirits. Elder wands can be used to drive out evil spirits or thought forms, and music on panpipes or flutes of elder have the same power as the wand. Elder should not be cut without first making a prayer, and don’t burn Elder in fear of bringing about ill-luck. “Elder is the Lady’s Tree, burn it not or cursed ye be.” More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus_racemosa and here:http://www.thegoddesstree.com/trees/Elder.htm
Today is the Epiphanios of the goddess Kore, the night when she gives birth to Aeon, the year-god. The last paragraph of this section talks a little about this. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aion_(deity)#Identifications …and the page has more information in historical context. Here is some more information about Persephone/Kore.
The Days of Volos – Procines (January) 1-6 – These moonlit and frosty nights have a name: The Holiday of the Wolves. These days are set aside for the worship of the God of pets and of cattle, whose name is Volos. We give our thanks for the animals on these days, which bring food and sustenance to our homes from ancient times. We also defend them from the ravenous wolves which attack. (Slavic Pagan Calendar)
The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. 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 1/12, at 3:35 AM. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 1/5 at 2:47pm. 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 1/12.
First-quarter Moon (exact at 2:47 p.m. EST). This evening, look to the right or upper right of the Moon for the Great Square of Pegasus. A diagonal through two corners of the Square points toward the Moon.
Orion is now well up in the east-southeast after nightfall, with his three-star Belt nearly vertical. The Belt points up toward Aldebaran and, even higher, the Pleiades. In the other direction, it points down to where bright Sirius rises around 7 p.m. (depending on your location), to twinkle furiously.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5, in Ophiuchus) is emerging from the glow of sunrise. Look for it in early dawn very low in the southeast. You’ll also find twinkly orange Antares in the vicinity, 13° to Saturn’s right or upper right. Antares is magnitude +1.0.
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
This next is going to be skimpy until I get my new calendar (sold the copy that I brought into the shop, oops….)
©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Th 5 High 5:37 AM 7.6 7:52 AM Rise 12:06 PM 39
~ 5 Low 12:02 PM 2.3 4:52 PM
~ 5 High 5:38 PM 6.1
~ 5 Low 11:48 PM 1.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – She who smiles first smiles best!
~ Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservations. – Elton Trueblood
~ Ah, March! we know thou art Kind-hearted, spite of ugly looks and threats, And, out of sight, art nursing April’s violets! – Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885) US writer
~ Reexamine all you have been told. Dismiss what insults your Soul. – Walt Whitman
~ No man stands so straight as when he stoops to help a boy. – Knights of Pythagoras
One cannot eat breakfast all day,
Nor is it the act of a sinner,
When breakfast is taken away,
To turn his attention to dinner;
And it’s not in the range of belief,
To look upon him as a glutton,
Who, when he is tired of beef,
Determines to tackle the mutton. – Sir William Gilbert (1836-1911) English Playwright and Poet.
Apple Wassail Tidbits
There are a set of customs grouped under the name wassailing. They include saluting the health of animals and crops. This has been shown to be a legacy handed down from ancient Celtic practices. The most renowned of these are the ones concerning fruit trees, most familiarly the apple tree. In 1585, a group of enterprising young men in Fordwich, Kent, went around to various orchard keepers and offered to perform the ceremony for a monetary reward, which is when the tradition is first mentioned, in print. It is mentioned once again in the 1630’s, by Robert Herrick, when he writes about the “wassailing” of fruit bearing trees, in order to assure good yields at harvest time.
Devonshire, England Tradition
The farmers get their weapons and go to their apple orchard. Selecting the oldest tree, they form a circle and chant: The men drink cider, make merry, and fire their weapons (charged only with powder) at the tree. They return to the home and are denied entrance no matter what the weather by the women indoors. When one of the men guesses the name of the roast that is being prepared for them, all are let in. The one who guessed the roast is named “King for the Evening” and presides over the party until the wee hours.
1851 London Newspaper – Wassail: “a liquor made of apples, sugar, and ale; a drunken bout; a merry song”. – Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary 1756
The Player’s Song
The nut-brown ale, the nut-brown ale,
Puts downe all drinke when it is stale,
The toast, the nut-meg, and the ginger,
Will make a sighing man a singer,
Ale gives a buffet in the head,
“But ginger under proppes the brayne;
When ale would strike a strong man dead,
Then nut-megge temperes it againe,
The nut-brown ale, the nut-brown ale,
Puts downe all drinke when it is stale – The Player’s Song,Histrio-mastix,in:Specimines of Songs by Dramatic Writers”
Brit. Bibliog. vol.ii. p.167.as cited in: Crhistmas Carols, Anceint and Modern.William Sandys,London,1833.
Submitted by Irish Faerie Witch 2004
A traditional song for the end of the Yule season opens:
Down with the rosemary and bay,
Down with the mistletoe.
This day is traditionally known as Twelfth Night, the last of the twelve days of Christmas. It’s time now to take down your decorations; in fact, many people believe keeping them up after this day will bring bad luck. If you still want some decoration in your living space now, generic winter fare such as plain white lights or greenery will have to do. Extra plants can keep the winter blues away and the air fresh.
Holiday lore: Twelfth Night celebrations in cultures around the world call for cake-baking. In France, the cake is called Galette des Rois (the King’s Cake); in England, the cake has lucky charms baked inside it, and in Mexico, the cake is crown-shaped. – Magenta Griffith – GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives