Minus Tide at 5:11 PM of -1.1 feet. This is in twilight. Be careful!
G0t my calendar, finally, so the astrological/moon phase info ought to be correct from now on!
It’s chilly this morning and raining steadily, not hard, but my poncho is pretty wet. Everything is dripping, with crystal droplets reflecting the light. The sky is bright, considering. 38F on the phone company thermometer and only a light breeze.
Yesterday was kinda weird. Tempus ran around a lot for the early part of the day, and then spent some time putting things away that were scattered. I was trying to finish up the paperwork for the year. I’m still not done….
Class went well, and we lost track of time and didn’t quit until nearly midnight! Tempus didn’t quit until after that and then he came back to the shop and unloaded. I don’t think we got in until 1am.
I didn’t wake up until 11:30 this morning. Tempus has been and gone because the house was re-keyed this morning and he needed to turn over the keys. He still has a few things to pick up and I want to go back for a couple of plants, but other than that we’re done. Next step is re-setting the shop so we can get things put away properly.
A photo by Ken Gagne. Says Ken, “So I was just walking along the Yachats Bay minding my own business when all of a sudden I heard, Psssst! Hey KennyG, I’m just about on my last leg and crab season starts tomorrow and I’d sure appreciate if you could put me in the protected tide pool over there.”
Today’s plant is Nasturtium, Tropaeolum majus, (not watercress, which is true nasturtium). It’s certainly not native to the PNW, but grows well here. I love the brilliant oranges and yellows of the flowers. They’re yummy, too, with a slightly peppery taste, both leaf and flower, and the seeds serve as a substitute for capers in pickles. The flowers stand for Victory in Battle;Patriotism and Affectation and are little used in magicks other than as symbols and foods for Ostara and Beltane celebrations because of their association with the Sun. They also can be used as a symbol for sacrifice to the larger good of soldiers, firemen and police, but are usually only seen at funerals in this context. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropaeolum_majus
49 BCE The date often given as the day that Julius Caesar famously crossed the Rubicon. – “As he crossed the river into Italy, he exclaimed “iacta alea est” (the die is cast) knowing full well that this action signified a declaration of war against Pompey. This gave rise to the common English-language expression ‘to cross the Rubicon’, meaning ‘to pass a point of no return, one where an action taken commits a person irrevocably’.” This is quoted from http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/jan10.html (link is broken)
More about the Rubicon here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubicon
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 1/12, at 3:34 AM. 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 1/10 at 3:34pm. 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 1/14 at 3:34pm.
Catch Saturn, Mercury, and Antares changing the shape of their lineup low in the dawn all week.
The Moon, nearly full, shines in the dim Club of Orion — with Betelgeuse to its lower right in early evening, Gemini’s Alhena closer to the Moon’s lower left, and Elnath in Taurus above it.
Algol >>>shines at minimum light, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.1, for a couple hours centered on 9:19 p.m. EST (6:19 p.m. PST).
Mercury and Saturn are low in the southeast in early dawn. Mercury is 7° or 8° to Saturn’s lower left this week, brightening from magnitude +0.6 to –0.1. Saturn stays at magnitude +0.5. Antares, magnitude +1.0, twinkles 14° to Saturn’s right or upper right.
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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
Tu 10 Low 4:02 AM 2.8 7:51 AM Set 5:48 AM 90
~ 10 High 10:04 AM 9.3 4:57 PM Rise 3:39 PM
~ 10 Low 5:11 PM -1.1
~ 10 High 11:39 PM 7.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Meditation – Roll down a hill with your (or any) child. Breathe deep. What does your inner child feel like?
~ Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State’s failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community. – H. G. Wells (1866-1946) English writer
~ Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King Jr.
~ Ninety percent of those who fail are not actually defeated. They simply quit. – Paul J. Meyer, Entrepreneur and writer
~ Change means movement. Movement means friction. – Saul Alinsky
One late fall day, he knelt,
A spray of white roses held with trembling hands, a gold and diamond ring,
As he declared his love, and asked for me to share his life,
To be his lover, his friend, his guide.
I said “Yes!”, and we were wed the following June.
With pink rose buds to grace the altar,
We promised love, which would never falter.
Neither mine for him nor his for me has ever wavered.
As the spring showers came and went, we held fast to each other.
I became a mother;
He, a father, a coach, a grandfather,
As we grew old together.
But slowly, slowly he began to forget,
His keys, his home, my name.
His thoughts slipped through his mind, like sand through your fingers.
He could not hold them.
I still loved him.
And I knew he loved me,
But we were not the people we had planned to be.
And then, one bright morning in May,
We were sitting in the garden, side by side,
When with a look of anxious joy
He got down on one knee.
And holding the first red rose of spring,
He asked, again, to marry me.
I looked at him, as he stared at me waiting,
Waiting for what my answer would be.
And I told him as I laughed through my tears,
“Darling, we’ve been married for sixty years.”
The look of joy that lit his face,
Told me once again how much he loved me.
He has gone, gone away,
To the place where all good memories stay.
I am here; I still have life to live.
But I imagine, when we meet again,
Among the celestial beings,
It will be in a rose garden,
On the first day of spring. -Grace Hanna
Brigit’s Bed – (For Imbolc) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/bed.html
Basket, wood box, or doll cradle
Padding to make receptacle like a bed
Figure to represent the goddess Brigit
Figure to represent the god (any god)
Dress up the basket, box, or cradle like a bed, and make it comfortable. Put it by the fireplace or the most desirable, warm spot in the house, as if you were waiting for a visitor to lie in it. Make a figurine to represent Brigit; this can be made with a bundle of oats, rushes, straw, or any grain or craft material fashioned into a loop or slightly human shape, and can be simple or ornate, and even can be decorated with clothes of any sort, preferably white with red ribbons. (One traditional adornment is a sparkling crystal around her neck.) You can make a god figurine by making a fruitwood wand with a pinecone attached to the end, decorated with ribbons, or any male-oriented symbol that works for you.
Place the Brigit’s Bed in the most inviting, warmest place in the house and imagine that you will really be visited by Brigit, the night before or night of Imbolc. Leave an aromatic, hot snack out for her by the bed. As you invite the spirit of the goddess to inhabit the bed, ask for her blessings of fertility and healing. Put the dolly in the bed, and offer the company of the god-wand. For an extra ounce of fertility blessing, the wand can be crossed like an X over the dolly to form the Norse rune Gifu. Add nuts to the bed to stimulate fertility. Use the Brigit dolly as a talisman of protection and fertility through the winter, and either recycle her for Lughnasadh or return her to the earth if she is made of grain.
Laminated Window Hangings for Imbolc
you will need:
– lined paper
– laminating paper
– Imbolc cookie cutters(the big ones)
– scissors & a single hole punch
– a pencil
what to do:
- Lightly trace the shapes of candles, babies, a Triple Moon or other Imbolc figures with your pencil.
- Cut out those shapes with scissors.
- Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
- Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
- Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.
To anyone with kids of any age, here’s some advice (Purportedly to have come from Bill Gates) and who recently dished out at a high school speech about 11 things they did not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good,
politically correct teaching has created a full generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world. This is a good one
RULE 1 – Life is not fair-get used to it.
RULE 2 – The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
RULE 3 – You will NOT make 40 thousand dollars a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice president with a car phone, until you earn both.
RULE 4 – If you think your teacher is tough, wait ’till you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure.
RULE 5 – Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping – they called it opportunity.
RULE 6 – If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
RULE 7 – Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you are. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.
Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
RULE 9 – Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time.
RULE 10 Television is NOT real life? In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
RULE 11 – Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.