Emotion Codes Special Event! 11am-5pm!
It’s early twilight and while things are damp it’s not raining at the moment. The crescent Moon peeked through the clouds and vanished, as did a star. High Surf Advisory, Small Craft for Winds Advisory, Small Craft for Hazardous Seas Advisory, Gale Watch It was a little breezy coming across the bridge and the car rocked, although you can’t feel it by the shop. 44F. 4/10 of an inch of rain yesterday and only 1/10 this morning.
Yesterday was pretty busy early in the day and then things slowed down. Tempus and I were both very sleepy. He was trying to find the things that I needed for packing and for my displays and my carving tools had gone awol. I got everything else pulled out. …then he found my fabric that vanished yesterday under something else that I could have sworn hadn’t been touched since we got back from over New Year’s. Still weren’t finding the carving tools.
Well, we tracked them down where I said they were. The basket wasn’t recognizable from my description. Tempus climbed in there and dug them out and then I made the mistake of sitting and carving for an hour. No blisters, but right next to it…. Eventually I was all packed and we closed up and headed home!
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
Today in 1189 the 3rd Crusade began, sometimes called the Kings’ Crusade since Richard Lionheart of England, Phillip II of France and Frederick Barbarossa put it together. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Crusade The Crusades were an odd phenomenon, part political, part religious and really caused more damage than they did any good. On the other hand, they set off the industrial revolution of the Middle Ages (wind and water power) and eventually the Renaissance. Also, there were a *lot* of crusades that didn’t include the holy land at all, hacking up heretics in Provence, anyone?. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crusades We’re still paying the price for the hubris that set the whole thing off.
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 Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 1/23 at 4:07am.
Jupiter as imaged by NASA’s Juno orbiter on December 11, 2016, as Juno receded from the planet after its third close pass. Damian Peach processed and assembled raw images to produce this view. South is again up. In the 20 days between this image and the one above, notice how Oval BA (“Red Spot Junior”) shifted with respect to the white ovals poleward of it, and how all shifted slightly with respect to the Great Red Spot. Jupiter is always on the move.
Is your sky dark enough for you to see the winter Milky Way? After dinnertime now, it runs vertically up and across the zenith: from Canis Major low in the southeast, up between Orion and Gemini, through Auriga and Perseus almost straight overhead, and down through Cassiopeia, Cepheus, and Cygnus to the northwest horizon.
Early in the dawn of Sunday the 22nd, spot the waning crescent Moon hanging in the southeastern sky. Some 12° below it (for North America) is Antares. Look 15° to the left or lower left of Antares for Saturn. The same distance lower left of Saturn is Mercury.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is drawing away from Venus this week. On January 13th they’re still only about 0.4° apart for North American observers, with Neptune to Venus’s lower left in the sky. Use high power to try to discern its 8th-magnitude disk — which appears barely nonstellar with a diameter of just 2.2 arcseconds. Their separation widens by 1° per day after that, with Neptune moving down to the lower right. Here are Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune among their background stars.
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Goddess Month of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
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.
©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 21 Low 12:43 AM 2.9 7:45 AM Rise 2:09 AM 41
~ 21 High 7:12 AM 7.4 5:11 PM Set 12:43 PM
~ 21 Low 2:23 PM 1.7
~ 21 High 8:29 PM 5.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There is only one success–to be able to spend your life in your own way.
~ The opposite of love is not hate, its indifference. – Elie Wiesel
~ One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar. – Helen Keller
~ It is now the only place in our overly active world that does. – John Kenneth Galbraith
~ Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me…going to bed at night saying we’ve done something. – Steve Jobs
pearls of wisdom
pearls of beauty
pearls surround me
i’m wrapped, bound,
and covered in pearls
like a bumpy queen.
candles made of pearls
round ones, square ones
pearls of great price
glowing with color
or pale like my
pearls in my ears
pearls on my feet
shining in bracelets
and beautiful rings
my bloodless heart.
pearls of sadness
pearls of joy
they mean nothing
i am only a spectre
at my own
riches have won me
but pale is his gold,
and the pearls
that cover me
are the poison
for us both.
they sold me to him
now they shall see
of a daughter
and her riches
can be. © 2005 Beth Johnson (Mystic Amazon)
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 FeastArchives
Imbolc – (EM-bowl’g) – February 1st – From: http://members.tripod.com/~Banshee_Sidhe/seasons.html
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.
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 – Photos surfacing this week show a Chinese airline hazing ritual in which new female flight attendants are expected to fit inside the overheard compartments. It’s similar to another hazing ritual in which an average American passenger is expected to fit into a middle seat. Seth Meyers