It’s a bitter morning. It’s raining and windy and it feels like it’s freezing, even though it’s 43F. There’s little wind at the shop, but coming across the bridge was a little on the interesting side.
Yesterday both Tempus and I weren’t doing too well. I’m having trouble with the number of allergens that walked in on the “stuff” that’s all over the shop. He’s still coughing. We didn’t get much done. I finally managed to set up a bean soup for the week and make a chicken salad from already cooked stuff. Tempus wanted french fries…. …and then he went to sleep and my asthma really kicked up so we quit for the night. Not going to open today.
We really have a huge amount of stuff to deal with! You can see if you come up to the door that there’s stuff piled in the walkway. The current plan is to work back to front to see whether we can shift stuff to the back. If not, we’ll have to block the reading desk and the toy section temporarily. We need to be cleaned up enough for the Open Circle tomorrow night!
Today’s plant is the Columbine, genus Aquilegia. Found in garden and native species in Oregon, these plants stick their flowers up into the air where they can be admired. They’re related to aconite and share those qualities of a deadly poisonous plant. The flowers aren’t the problem. It’s the seeds and root. Columbina means “dove” and Aquila is “eagle” supposedly from the resemblance of the flower either to clustered doves or the spur at the back of the flower to an eagle’s claw. There is such a thing as too much imagination…. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Crush between the hands or wear in a pouch that can be squashed to induce courage and daring. Carry a posy of the flowers to attract love and the seeds can be used as a love perfume when crushed, however the seeds are *very* poisonous, so don’t ingest any! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquilegia
Today is Groundhog’s Day, which is a descendant of the old Imbolc Celebrations where weather divinations for the year were a big chunk of the festivities. From the look of our weather here we’re done with winter, which is a little worrisome. We haven’t had nearly enough rainy this year… More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundhog_Day and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punxsutawney_Phil
The shop is temporarily closed for remodeling! 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 2/10 at 4:33pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 2/3 at 8:19am.
All week, Saturn and Antares await you in the south-southeast in early dawn.
As soon as it’s dark, spot the equilateral Winter Triangle in the southeast. Sirius is the triangle’s brightest and lowest star. Betelgeuse stands above Sirius by about two fists at arm’s length. Left of their midpoint is Procyon. And, standing directly above Procyon now (depending on your latitude) is Gomeisa, Beta Canis Minoris, the only other easy naked-eye star of Canis Minor.
Vesta, the brightest asteroid, is still a very accessible magnitude 6.5 in Gemini near Pollux and Castor. Article and finder chart.
The waxing crescent Moon joins Venus and Mars at January’s end. The 10° scale bar is about a fist-width at arm’s length. (These maps are always plotted exact for an observer near the middle of North America, at latitude 40° N, longitude 90° W. The Moon is always shown three times its actual apparent size.)
Jupiter (magnitude –2.2, in Virgo) rises around 11 p.m. and shines brightly high in the south in the hours before dawn. Spica dangles 3½° below or lower right of it. Jupiter is creamy white. Spica is an icier shade of white with a trace of blue (once it’s fairly high). In a telescope Jupiter is 39 arcseconds across its equator, on its way to 44 arcseconds in late March and April. (Opposition is April 7th.)
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 Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
©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
Th 2 High 4:08 AM 7.9 7:33 AM Rise 10:42 AM 24
~ 2 Low 10:30 AM 1.7 5:27 PM
~ 2 High 4:16 PM 6.6
~ 2 Low 10:25 PM 1.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In the Name of the Maiden: I will remember to smile.
Journal Prompt – What do you think? – If you don’t believe in reincarnation, forget about that for a minute. What would you like to be reincarnated as? What do you think you WOULD be reincarnated as, if karma had its way with you?
~ The Peace you long for also longs for you.
~ Patience is the companion of wisdom. – St. Augustine
~ The best way to predict the future is to create it. – Peter Drucker
~ Your physical, mental and intellectual resources — continually growing and changing — are your personal capital. – Brian Tracy
Perhaps a meal ought not bear so much weight.
A dining room is not a synagogue.
Sometimes, however, food’s a pedagogue.
Sometimes one’s best text is what one ate.
One finds in food the sense in many senses,
Vested in a symbol that will last.
Even as a people needs its past,
Ritual foods dismantle time’s defenses.
© by Nicholas Gordon
Summoner – In these lean months the food we harvested in the fall dwindles. Our God in his youth looks to the Great Mother for sustenance. She who is the Birch Tree has dropped her leaves and kept safe everything that he needs to grow strong, and she will help us through the last of the winter. Hear now the words of the Birch Tree!
Priestess – I have seen many long and cold winters. When my leaves drop in the autumn I take my sweet sap down into the ground and nourish the Roots of Life. In that time I hide the fallen seeds and nuts for the hungry times of the late winter. As the Wheel turns to Imbolc I see all Life struggling to survive and I bring my sap back up from the earth.
While the snow gently caresses your back, realize that I am watching over you. To me you look up to see the fine difference between life and death.
Understand that I will not always give you what you want. Instead I will give you what you NEED, for that is the lesson of this time in the Turning of the Wheel.
I see to your safety but you must sacrifice to me your weakness, and your infancy.
Shelter behind my trunk as the winds of winter blow! Bite my bark and drink my sap as it begins to flow again! Dig through my roots! Find the fallen seeds of the last harvest! Take them, and use them to survive.
I will always provide. Priestess lights Goddess candle.
Summoner – The Birch Tree holds our God safely till his power grows strong enough for spring. He is the Red Bird that searches her roots for food. He sleeps in Her branches for shelter. When He is strong enough his song will herald the coming spring. Hear now the words of the Red Bird.
Priest – In the cold and storms of winter I bring the lesson of trust in the Great Mother of us all. I listen, Birch Tree, and will survive remembering your words.
As the Wheel turns the cold winter will end, and I will sing the spring back to us. My song will ease the winter winds, strengthen the burning of the sun, calm the great waters, and release the life that the winter earth has safe guarded for us. Until then I ask the Birch Tree to help me find my strength. Priest lights the God candle.
Silliness – Devil to the Salesman
The Devil tells a salesman, “Look, I can make you richer, more famous, and more successful than any salesman alive. In fact, I can make you the greatest salesman that ever lived.”
“Well,” says the salesman, “what do I have to do in return?”
The Devil smiles, “Well, of course you have to give me your soul,” he says, “but you also have to give me the souls of your children, the souls of your children’s children and, as a matter of fact, you have to give me the souls of all your descendants throughout eternity.”
“Wait a minute,” the salesman says cautiously, “What’s the catch?”