Did someone lose a quilt batt with some kittens to shred it? 🙂 The sky is blue where the bits aren’t strewn across it with only a few thunderstorm-promising clouds in spots. There’s enough mist in the air, that the sunlight hurts my eyes! 42F with little wind, and after the late morning chance of a thunderstorm, looks clear until Wednesday. 1/3 of an inch of rain yesterday and another 1/3 this morning.
Yesterday was pretty good at the shop. We had a number of customers and Tempus and Leslie had fun. I had a great time in Eugene. It was a long day and very tiring, but good friends, a good series of workshops and good food do a lot!
Today, again we don’t know whether we’re going to have Job Corps kids this morning, so we’re in early. I have to set up some cookery, too. Today is the House Capuchin Project Day and the monthly potluck, so expect some odd costumes. 🙂 We’ll be open during the normal hours.
A photo from 1/18/17 by Ken Gagne – Looks like just a bit wave until you realize those dots are seagulls!
Today’s plant is St. John’s Wort, Hypericum perforatum,which traditionally blooms at mid-summer on the pagan festival that the feast of St. John the Baptist replaced. It is widely used in the treatment of depression and to ward off evil, both in a medical and magickal sense. Charms made of this herbs, harvested on the summer solstice (or on June 24 or July 7, depending on your culture) make some of the best protection charms (especially against lightning) and good prosperity charms.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_John%27s_wort
Today is the feast of St. Vincent who is a thinly-veiled version of Apollo as the sun-god. It’s a little weird that so many of the saints end up having been gods, but the needs of humans for beings to work with that are a little more understandable than ”God the all-seeing, all-knowing, all-powerful” dictate that we gotta have ‘em. Take away the old gods and we’ll invent new…. The plant associated with him is Draba Verna, Whitlow Grass. Today is a weather/prosperity prognostication day.
If on St Vincent’s Day the sky is clear
More wine than water will crown the year. – Traditional
Remember on St Vincent’s Day
If that the sun his beams display,
Be sure to mark his transient beam
Which through the window sheds a gleam;
For ’tis a token bright and clear,
Of prosperous weather all the year. – Traditional
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.
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 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.
Mercury and Saturn are low in the southeast in early dawn. But Mercury (magnitude –0.2) is sinking lower every day, while Saturn (magnitude +0.5) is moving higher into much better view to Mercury’s upper right. They widen from 14° to 22° apart this week. Antares, >>> magnitude +1.0, twinkles 15° to Saturn’s right or upper right. The waning crescent Moon passes through this area on the mornings of January 23rd through 26th.
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.
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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
Su 22 Low 1:44 AM 3.3 7:44 AM Rise 3:06 AM 32
~ 22 High 8:02 AM 7.5 5:12 PM Set 1:17 PM
~ 22 Low 3:19 PM 1.2
~ 22 High 9:39 PM 5.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When you approve of your self, then you have no problem with what others think of you.
~ The truth of things is the chief nutriment of superior intellects. – Da Vinci
~ All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue. – Plato
~ If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses. Lenny Bruce (1925-1966) US comic
~ If time heals all wounds, how come belly buttons stay the same? – Sylvia McGuire
Physics is becoming so unbelievably complex that it is taking longer and longer to train a physicist. It takes so long to train a physicist to the place where he understands the nature of physical problems that he is already too old to solve them. – Eugene Wigner (1902-1995) Hungarian-born US physicist
~ If you can’t win, make the fellow ahead of you break the record. – Anonymous
~ Sympathizing and selfish people are alike, both given to tears. – Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) English writer
~ if we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin. – Ivan Turgenev
~ A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself; his aim is so exalted that riches, office, fortune and favour cannot satisfy him. – Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English writer, lexcographer
PRAYER FOR A NEW MOTHER
The things she knew, let her forget again –
The voices in the sky, the fear, the cold,
The gaping shepherds, and the queer old men
Piling their clumsy gifts of foreign gold.
Let her have laughter with her little one;
Teach her the endless, tuneless songs to sing,
Grant her her right to whisper to her son
The foolish names one dare not call a king.
Keep from her dreams the rumble of a crowd,
The smell of rough-cut wood, the trail of red,
The thick and chilly whiteness of the shroud
That wraps the strange new body of the dead.
Ah, let her go, kind Lord, where mothers go
And boast his pretty words and ways, and plan
The proud and happy years that they shall know
Together, when her son is grown a man. – Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), American writer of poetry and short stories
- It is a good idea to have a pail of water or a fire extinguisher close at hand when having a fire.
- Never leave candles lit and a blazing fire unattended.
- If you often light fires at your home, try growing an aloe vera plant, or keep some of the pure gel on hand in the fridge, to use as first aid for burns.
Fires at the beach are popular in all seasons, and eliminate some of the risks of fires in the woods or in the meadow. Few people are aware of how to extinguish a beach fire safely, however. Covering up a beach fire with sand actually insulates the coals, keeping them burning through the night. Those hidden coals will still be red-hot in the morning waiting for an unsuspecting person to step on them. Always douse a beach fire with water – seawater works as well as fresh water – until there are no more live coals. Wait for the steam to clear; then using a stick, turn over all the coals to make sure no smoldering coals remain.
Imbolc Ideas Having To Do With Fire by Starhawk, Anne Hill, and Diane Baker
Whether we circle around a hearth, outdoor bonfire, or kindle a blaze in a cast-iron cauldron, in the season of Brigit we welcome the return of light. Here are some suggestions for a safe and cheerful blaze.
Cauldron Fire – Any cast-iron pot can be made into a cauldron with a fire of Epsom salts and rubbing alcohol. This is a very safe blaze. [Anja’s note: …as long as it’s *tiny*! We had one of these in a standard 8” cauldron that sent flames 5 feet into the air!]
You will need:
a cast-iron pot of any size [I’d say 3” or smaller, actually]
a lid that fits snugly, for putting out the fire (or something heavy and heatproof that lies across the top of the cauldron)
bricks, hotplate or other heat-resistant material to set the cauldron on.
To keep the blaze going for 45 minutes in a five quart cauldron, you need 1/2 gallon of Epsom salts and approximately 4 to 6 pints of rubbing alcohol [they’re NUTS!…..this is WAY too much!!!!!]
- Once the cauldron is secured on a heat-proof surface, pour the Epsom salts in until the bottom is covered, approximately 1 inch deep.
- Pour rubbing alcohol over the salts until the alcohol is about an inch higher than the salts.
- Hold a lighted match just above the alcohol.
- The liquid will light and produce a strong orange flame. The flame burns cool, unlike a wood fire, and it is difficult to burn things in.
- When the flame gets low, cover to snuff out completely.
- Add more rubbing alcohol to the cauldron and relight carefully. The warmer the rubbing alcohol, the more quickly it ignites.
This fire recipe leaves a significant amount of sediment in the bottom of the cauldron. For this reason, it is best to dedicate a pot strictly for cauldron use.
Silliness – Missing School
The local high school has a policy that the parents must call the school if a student is to be absent for the day. Alice deciding to skip school and go to the mall with her friends. So she waited until her parents had left for work and called the school herself.
“Hi, I’m calling to report that Alice is unable to make it to school today because she is ill.”
Secretary at high school answered, “I’m sorry to hear that. I’ll note her absence. Who is this calling please?”
“This is my mother.”