We did get some rain overnight, but barely enough to measure. The clouds are low and grey and in long rolls. Areal Flood Watch, High Wind Warning, Gale Warning, Storm Warning Looks like we’re about to get a lot of interesting weather! We’re getting the occasional gust that rattles wind chimes, but down by the water those are hitting the 20’s. We actually have the shop doors open to air out a bit since it’s 52f!
We’re also talking about yanking a bunch of stuff out of the back to get it out of the way of what all needs to be shifted back there. …and tonight…when all the watches and warning take effect…. is the paper route. We’ll see how that goes.
Today’s plant is Kinnikinnick, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi. It is used medicinally for urinary tract complaints, as a “poverty food”, and as a smoking herb, known for giving visions. Magickally it is used for ceremonies. Add to sachets designed to increase psychic power. Full article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctostaphylos_uva-ursi More inhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bearberry
Today is the date in 1929 when Popeye, the creation of cartoonist Elzie Crisler Segar, first appeared in a comic strip in Thimble Theater! I’d bet if you’re over the age of 40 you can sing the tune of, “I’m Popeye the Sailor Man (toot, toot), I’m Popeye the Sailor Man (toot, toot), I fights to the finish, when I eats me spinach, I’m Popeye the Sailor Man (toot, toot)!” …probably if you’re under 40, too…. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popeye
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
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.
Early risers: look out your south window for the Moon passing the Jupiter-Spica pair in early dawn
Sirius twinkles brightly after dinnertime below Orion in the southeast. Around 8 or 9 p.m., depending on your location, Sirius shines precisely below fiery Betelgeuse in Orion’s shoulder. How accurately can you time this event for your location, perhaps using a plumb bob or the vertical edge of a building? Of the two, Sirius leads early in the evening; Betelgeuse leads later. Welcome to pre-telescopic astronomy.
Venus is the brilliant “Evening Star” this winter, high in the southwest during and after twilight. It’s currently magnitude –4.6, in eastern Aquarius. To its upper left is Mars, an orange speck by comparison. In a telescope Venus appears very nearly half-lit, and it’s growing larger as it approaches us: it’s now 25 or 26 arcseconds from cusp to cusp. For the rest of the winter, Venus will continue to enlarge as its phase wanes down to a thin crescent. Venus in a telescope is least glary when viewed in bright twilight, so get your scope on it as soon as you can see it naked-eye.
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)
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
Tu 17 High 4:06 AM 7.6 7:48 AM Set 10:47 AM 78
~ 17 Low 10:09 AM 2.4 5:06 PM Rise 11:13 PM
~ 17 High 3:47 PM 6.9
~ 17 Low 10:16 PM 1.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – May the hinges of friendship never grow rusty.
~ Many were increasingly of the opinion that they’d all made a big mistake in coming down from the trees in the first place. And some said that even the trees had been a bad move, and that no one should ever have left the oceans. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~ A man who exposes himself when he is intoxicated, has not the art of getting drunk. – Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English writer, lexicographer
~ True words are not beautiful, beautiful words are not true. A good man does not argue. He who argues is not a good man. – Lao Tzu
~ A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble. – Mohandas Gandhi
One of the great minds of the Information Age is a Nigerian American named Philip Emeagwali. He had to leave school because his parents couldn’t pay the fees. He lived in a refugee camp during your civil war. He won a scholarship to university and went on to invent a formula that lets computers make 3.1 billion calculations per second. Some people call him the Bill Gates of Africa. – US President Bill Clinton; ‘Remarks in an address to the Joint Assembly’, House of Representatives Chamber, National Assembly Building, Abuja, Nigeria, August 26, 2000. Philip Emeagwali, a creator of the Internet, was born on August 23, 1954.
Imbolc Collected Tidbits From: http://www.geocities.com/SouthBeach/Marina/4870/celtic.html
Imbolc was the second of the Celtic seasonal festivals, covering the months of February, March and April. The chief rituals were carried out on 1 February and had strong associations with fertility. In pastoral terms, they were linked with lambing and the lactation of ewes. The festival was also devoted to the powerful triple-goddess, Brigid. In her different aspects, she was influential in the fields of healing, poetry and smithcraft. Poets regarded her as the source of literary inspiration and her protection was frequently invoked by mothers in childbirth. In Ireland, she was much revered by the filidh (sages), who recognized her gift of prophecy. The cult of Brigid was probably connected with the worship of Brigantia, a northern British deity, and also with the Irish saint of the same name. It can be no coincidence that the latter’s feast day is celebrated on 1 February, the same day as Imbolc.
Imbolc – (EM-bowl’g) – February 1st
Imbolc is the Sabbat that celebrates and honors the Goddess as the bride-to-be of the returning Sun God. The soon arrival of the plant life whispering beneath the soil, the full warmth of the Sun God being birthed from the Imbolg Virgin Goddesses womb, the promise of fertility that is celebrated on Beltaine, are all honored on this sacred day. Witches typically charge and annoint seeds that are harbored by their hearths until Ostara, the day in which they are planted. Imbolg is also known as Oimelc, Brid’s Day, Bride’s Day and Imbolc. Imbolc colors are white, pale yellow and silver. Symbols are candles, grain, burrowing animals, ewes and marigolds. Dieties for this sabbat are Gods as Young Men, Boys or infants, Virgin, Maiden or Child Goddesses.
As the days’ lengthening becomes perceptible, many candles are lit to hasten the warming of the earth and emphasize the reviving of life. “Imbolc” is from Old Irish, and may mean “in the belly”, and Oimelc, “ewe’s milk”, as this is the lambing time. It is the holiday of the Celtic Fire Goddess Brigid, whose threefold nature rules smithcraft, poetry/inspiration, and healing. Brigid’s fire is a symbolic transformation offering healing, visions, and tempering. Februum is a Latin word meaning purification — naming the month of cleansing. The thaw releases waters (Brigid is also a goddess of holy wells) – all that was hindered is let flow at this season.
Enjoy a Happy GroundHogs Day, USA
Woodchuck/Marmot/Ground Hog’s Wisdom Includes:
- Sense of family and community
- Connection to seasonal changes
- Understands the power of cycles
- Ability to hibernate (sleep) during hard times
- Protection from floods
- Ability to go underground when trouble arises
- GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
- Brigid’s cross
A well-known custom connected with this saint is the plaiting of reed crosses (‘Brigid’s crosses’) today, and these are supposed to protect the home, the harvest and farm animals. The tradition derives from the story that she was plaiting rush crosses while nursing a dying pagan chieftain. He asked her about this and her explanation led to his conversion to Christianity.
Her symbolism as a probable sun goddess may be found in the form of these Brigid’s crosses, which are widdershins swastikas, found widely around the world as home-protecting talismans, reaching Ireland by the second century, BCE.
In the Scottish Highlands, an effigy corn dolly of Bride made by the young woman from the previous year’s corn sheaf would be carried around the village, and gifts were collected for the Bride Feast. The ritual was completely matriarchal, the door of the feasting place being barred to the men of the community who had to plead humbly to honour Bride. Straw cradles called Bride’s Beds were also made for today among the Celtic peoples. A wand, candle or other phallic object would be laid across the dolly and Brigid (‘the Bride’) was invited to come for her bed was ready. If her blankets are rumpled in the morning, it was seen as a good omen. Brigid obviously has fertility associations far beyond her legendary persona as a convent Mother Superior.
Silliness – Late Night Funny – Today is National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day. Or as it’s also known, National Apologize to the Waiter Day. Seth Meyers