There’s nice sunshine, too bright after being in the apartment with the lights off, but it’s very low. Small bits off stuffing are floating across the sky. It looks like some cloud dog went after a cloud sofa…. 44F, going to get to freezing tonight, but clear for the Full Moon. The wind has died down. Gusts are still in the teens, but the lower teens.
Yesterday started late and slowly. Gary stopped by for a chat and we had coffee and cheese toast. We got a disturbing message about someone hanging out by the shop, so Tempus went out to check on that and didn’t come back for awhile. I got newsletters done and then worked on getting the invitations set up for the House Feast next month. …and lists of things to do, and writing to people to find out if they might be able to attend… and…and… transferring a whacking lot of clipart that I haven’t been able to find from where it was lurking, which took a couple of hours….
Tempus worked in back, moving some things so that I can work there, and then putting up a couple of the hanging bars, so that ritual cloaks, SCA costumes and such can get put away. So started on that process….which is arduous….In between when I had to sit I listened to my recording of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe, singing along since no one could hear me. That was fun!
It was snowing in the Valley. I have friends all up and down and Portland/Salem got nailed. Our boy that’s up in Seattle said that the wind was rocking his place and the high wind warning sirens going off all night.
I got picked up at about 3:30 after spending some time working out an embroidery pattern. The wind was in the teens and gusting over 20 at that point. It was good, quiet run. We made it a little longer heading out to the spring, but we were still home by 6. I only woke at 2…. The nearly Full Moon was very low in the west as we were doing the last of the paper route, very far north of the usual track.
Today there’s not a lot left of, since we still have some chores at home after whatever we get done here. I have to get some newsletter stuff done and there’s the stuff to get out of the aisleways, mostly. Tempus got my chair cushions washed (that got dripped on when the roof leaked, so I’ll put those back together.
Because this one bears repeating….
Today’s Plant is False Lily of the Valley, Maianthemum dilatatum. It was eaten as a poverty food, and the berries won’t hurt you, but they aren’t particularly tasty, either. It was more used as a medicinal by the indigenous peoples, although modern medicine doesn’t substantiate the native uses. The leaves were eaten in spring as a purgative, leaves were made into poultices for scrapes and cuts and the roots were pounded to make a medicine for sore eyes. I don’t know of any magickal uses except against sterility. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maianthemum_dilatatum and here: http://academic.evergreen.edu/projects/gardens/longhouse/monographs/false_lillyofthevalley.htm
On today’s date in 1783 London’s River Thames froze over and a ‘Frost Fair’ was held on the frozen river. It has been said that 3,000,000 people attended. A Frost Fair is a nearly spontaneous celebration held only when a major river freezes as it did in that year and in a number of others in that century. In one they walked an elephant across the ice! “From 1400 into the 19th century, there were 24 winters in which the Thames was recorded to have frozen over at London; if “more or less frozen over” years (in parentheses) are included, the number is 26: 1408, 1435, 1506, 1514, 1537, 1565, 1595, 1608, 1621, 1635, 1649, 1655, 1663, 1666, 1677, 1684, 1695, 1709, 1716, 1740, (1768), 1776, (1785), 1788, 1795, and 1814. ” (Wikipedia) More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thames_frost_fairs
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 3:35 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 1/12 at 3:34am.
The Venus-Mars-Fomalhaut triangle has changed a lot in the last month. Keep an eye on it! This view is for just after dark.
Full Moon tonight (exactly full at 3:34 a.m. Thursday morning PST). The Moon is in Gemini, with Castor and Pollux to its left and Procyon below or lower.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.0, in Virgo) rises around midnight or 1 a.m. and shines brightly high due south just before the first light of dawn. Spica dangles 4° below it. Jupiter is creamy white, but Spica is an icier shade of white with a trace of blue. In a telescope, Jupiter is 36 or 37 arcseconds in diameter, relatively small as Jupiter goes. That’s because it’s still far away; it won’t reach opposition until April 7th.
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 Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.
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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
W 11 Low 4:59 AM 2.7 7:51 AM Set 6:50 AM 96
~ 11 High 10:55 AM 9.5 4:58 PM Rise 4:40 PM
~ 11 Low 5:59 PM -1.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the freedom of the mind you will find expression of the soul
~ Anger always comes from frustrated expectations. – Elliott Larson
~ I know that if odour were visible, as colour is, I’d see the summer garden in rainbow clouds. – Robert Bridges (1844-1930) English writer
~ The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas. – Linus Pauling
~ If you light a lamp for someone, it will also brighten your path. – Buddhist saying
Our race was mighty once when at the head
Wise men like steadfast torches burned and led;
When Ollamhs’ law and royal Cormac’s spell
Guided the Gael, all things with them went well. – D’Arcy McGee
Brigid, gold-red woman,
Brigid, flame and honeycomb,
Brigid, sun of womanhood,
Brigid, lead me home.
You are a branch in blossom.
You are a sheltering dome.
You are my bright precious freedom.
Brigid, lead me home. ~Irish Prayer To The Goddess
The Shield of Brigid
Every day, every night
that I praise the goddess,
I know I shall be safe:
I shall not be chased,
I shall not be caught,
I shall not be harmed.
Fire, sun, and moon
cannot burn me. Not
lake nor stream nor sea
can drown me. Fairy
arrow cannot pierce me.
I am safe, safe, safe,
singing her praise. ~The Shield of Brigid, Irish Prayer
Prayer for Imbolc
On this Imbolc day, as I kindle the flame upon my hearth,
I pray that the flame of Brigid may burn in my soul,
and the souls of all I meet today.
I pray that no envy and malice,
no hatred or fear, may smother the flame.
I pray that indifference and apathy,
contempt and pride,
may not pour like cold water on the flame.
Instead, may the spark of Brigid light the love in my soul,
that it may burn brightly through this season.
And may I warm those that are lonely,
whose hearts are cold and lifeless,
so that all may know the comfort of Brigid’s love. – Morgana West Source: The Wheel of the Year, Copyright © 2001 Morgana West
Silliness – Light Bulbs – Q: How many years does it take a Gardnerian witch to change a light bulb?
A: A year and A day in an Outer Grove, a year and a day at first level, a year and a day at second level, but only third levels change light bulbs.