Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 8:53 PM of -0.5 feet.
It’s all blue sky and sunshine this morning. There aren’t any clouds even over the Coast Range, only the usual high cloud over the ocean. All the little ponds except for the two closest to the Bay were still brown mirrors with golden light dripping into them. The other two were slightly rippled, maybe one had ice, but the Bay with quite wrinkly, being almost the deep blue of the ocean, rather than reflecting the sky. 34 with only a light breeze. Today’s the last day of clear, though. There’s a big swirl in the Gulf of Alaska and the first of that is supposed to start rolling in tonight.
Yesterday no one showed up for Herbs again, but we did have some people in, shopping. Tempus and I got some incense re-headered. Sewing was just us, too. I got a couple more pincushions done. What I mostly did was work on patterns for embroidery. Tempus mostly was doing dishes.
Today is House Capuchin’s Project Day. We’re not only celebrating one member’s birthday, but will be working on music and entertainment for the upcoming House Feast (Btw, that means we will be closed on Sunday, 2/12.)
Today’s Plant is Salal, Gaultheria shallon. This is a shrub, an understory plant, that ranges all up and down the west coast, from Alaska to California. They’re an invasive in wild heathlands in Europe, having been introduced back in the 1800’s. There’s a big industry in Oregon, supplying the foliage to florists. The local peoples harvested the berries as a primary food source, drying them into cakes. They make a nice crunchy snack, dried this way or individually. The young leaves are edible, too. One nearly-forgotten use, is medicinally as an astringent. Mashed with some water, they’re a great soother for sunburn or insect bites, even working on yellow-jacket stings. It also works internally on an inflamed digestive tract from ulcers to diarrhea and a tea (simple infusion) will help with a dry cough. Eat the young leaves as an appetite suppressant. –Feminine, Saturn, Juno – Use in spells as the medicinal uses, the appetite suppressant effect, particularly. This is an hardy herb, so it also can be added to spells for added duration. It also works in situations of emotional upset, particularly when there’s a sick stomach from stress. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salal
I didn’t know that there was a feast day of an alphabet? !?!? That’s what this day is, the anniversary of the creation of the Hangeul, the Korean alphabet! It is a rest day and does have different names in North Korea and other places. One year it was celebrated by unveiling a statue. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hangul_Day
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 1/27 at 4:07pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 1/19 at 2:13pm.
The Venus-Mars-Fomalhaut triangle continues to narrow, as Venus creeps toward Mars in the twilight week by week and Fomalhaut moves toward the lower right far below them. Mars and Venus creep closer, but at an ever slower rate. They will never pass this season; they’ll be closest, 5½° apart, in early February, and then Venus will begin to drop away.
Zero-magnitude <<< Capella high overhead, and equally bright Rigel in Orion‘s>>>> foot, are at almost the same right ascension. This means they cross your sky’s meridian at almost exactly the same time: around 9 or 10 p.m. now, depending on how far east or west you live in your time zone. (Capella goes exactly through the zenith if you’re at latitude 46° north: Portland, Oregon; Montreal; central France.) So, whenever Capella passes its very highest, Rigel always marks true south over your landscape. And vice versa.
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 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
Su 15 High 2:41 AM 7.8 7:49 AM Set 9:47 AM 93
~ 15 Low 8:24 AM 2.3 5:03 PM Rise 9:07 PM
~ 15 High 2:07 PM 8.3
~ 15 Low 8:53 PM -0.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Mikey’s Thot for the Day: Keep your boss’s boss off your boss’s back.
~ Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat. – Sartre
~ Nothing endures but change. – Herodotus
~ The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up. – Paul Valery
~ God has no religion. – Mahatma Gandhi
Pale, beyond porch and portal,
Crowned with calm leaves she stands
Who gathers all things mortal
With pale, immortal hands. – Swinburne
Granny’s Musing: Put out food, (cake, buttered bread and milk will do), outside your door: Brighid and her cow walk through the neighborhood tonight, and will appreciate your offering.
Beginning of Spring Spell – Imbolc is the Celtic holiday that marks the beginning of spring.
It is ruled by the Goddess of spring, known as Brigit or Brigantia in Ireland, and Bride in Scotland. In Irish myth, the god of the earth Dagda, also known as the “good god,” had three daughters, who were all named Brigit. The first Brigit was the goddess of poetry, the second was the goddess of smithcraft, and the third was the goddess of fire and healing. All three are really aspects of one triple goddess who was associated with the Sun and with fire. On this day Brigit used her flame to rekindle the fire in the earth and assure that plants would have the heat that they need to break through the earth and begin to grow. In ancient times, a woman dressed as Brigit would bless the fires in the households and forges across Ireland. On this day, Brigit’s snake would come out of its mound, and the snake’s behavior would determine how long the remaining frost will last. This is the most likely origin of Groundhog Day. In Christian times, Brigit became a saint associated with the Virgin Mary. Imbolc became the Christian Candlemas, the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is celebrated by lighting candles. A Brigit’s cross is a talisman made of woven reeds that form a cross with a woven square in the center and four equal arms extending out from the center. This design gives the cross a sense of rotation that evokes the wheel of the year. Brigit’s cross should be made or bought on this day and used to protect the home throughout the year. Also on this night one can leave a silk ribbon on the doorstep for Brigit to bless. Later it can be used for healing. – ~ Robert Place
Crios Bríde, or Saint Brigid’s Girdle, made from braided straw rope and carried in procession with the effigy of Bride throughout the town. At each house, the occupants were expected to pass through it, to obtain Bride’ protection and good health for the coming year. As they did this, the bearers of the crios chanted a verse. One version goes in translation:
Brighid’s girdle is my girdle
The girdle with the four crosses
And go out three times.
May whoever goes through my girdle
Be seven times better a year from now.