The sky is blank grey and the rain is steady. Everyone is freaking out about the Winter Weather Advisory, although chances are we’ll have nothing but rain. It’s 41F and no wind, hardly even a breeze down on the beaches. Winter Weather Advisory, Areal Flood Watch, Small Craft for Hazardous Seas Advisory, Small Craft for Winds Advisory Winter weather, alright….
Yesterday was interesting. Tempus and I got a lot done early on, then he took me home and I worked on sorting out some of the things that have been in the way at the apartment while he went back to the shop and worked there. We’re starting to see some improvement. We’re still not going to be open today, but maybe tomorrow? House Capuchin’s Project Day is still going on today, since we need a rehearsal.
A good attitude…..
Today’s Plant is Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa, sometimes called “sloe”, wish-thorn or faery tree. The blossoms, the fruits and the crimson sap display the three colors of the Great Goddess: white, black, and red. The dangerous long spikes and the red “blood” that flows in the veins of this tree enhance the dramatic effect of Her symbolism. Blackthorns are sacred to the Luantishees, which are Blackthorn Fairies who guard the trees. It makes great walking sticks, such as shillelaghs. The fruit and leaves contain Vitamin C, organic acids, tannins, and sugars. Otzi, the “Iceman” had fruits in his stomach, even though they’re pretty bitter for food. Good wines and liqueurs are made from the fruits. Steep the flowers for a diuretic, tonic, and laxative. Dried fruits can treat bladder, kidney and stomach ailments. Boil the leaves for a mouthwash or to sooth the throat from tonsillitis or laryngitis. –Feminine, Saturn, Earth – Blackthorn symbolizes the inevitability of Death, Good in magicks of protection and revenge, strife and negativity, the balance between light and darkness. The staves cane help in exorcism, to make wishes, in divination and general protection magicks. Being a plant that’s bad to tangle with it also symbolizes not only death and the conquering of death, but the wisdom gained in life and beyond life and can be used in magicks for the gaining of such wisdom. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_spinosa
Feast day of St Agatha, martyr, patroness of victims of breast cancer. – What *is* it about martyrs that makes the stories so gruesome? In this case, because of the tortures, the pictures get pretty “squirmy”. “Agatha is an aspect of the goddess known to the Greeks as Tyche, to the Romans as Fortuna, and to the Anglo-Saxons as Wyrd. Today is especially potent for fortune telling and all forms of divination. Also known as Santo Gato, it is said that she appears as a cat and can summon storms when angry.” (Pip’s) Common primrose, Primula vulgaris, is today’s plant, dedicated to this saint. More on Agatha here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Agatha Tyche here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyche Wyrd: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyrd More on today’s plant here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primula_vulgaris And there’s an article in French with several more pictures of Agatha’s Bread http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santo_Gato
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
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 Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 2/9 at 4:33am.
The waxing gibbous Moon shines left of Aldebaran in twilight for North America, then pulls farther away from it through the night. The Moon occults Aldebaran for southern Europe and northern Africa; map and timetables.
Mercury (still magnitude –0.2) is sinking ever lower down into the glow of dawn. Use binoculars to try for it 20 or 30 minutes before sunrise, barely above the east-southeast horizon. It moves from 30° to 40° lower left of Saturn this week. Good luck.
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.
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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 5 Low 12:21 AM 2.6 7:29 AM Set 2:26 AM 57
~ 5 High 6:48 AM 8.2 5:32 PM Rise 12:39 PM
~ 5 Low 2:00 PM 0.7
~ 5 High 8:19 PM 5.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – When you love yourself, others will do the same.
~ Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome. – Jules W Lederer
~ What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do. – Aristotle
~ Democracy… while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide. – John Adams (1735-1826) US President (2)
~ He who waits to do a great deal of good at once, will never do anything. – Samuel Johnson
We need more love,
to supersede hatred,
We need more strength,
to resist our weaknesses,
We need more inspiration,
to lighten up our innermind.
We need more learning,
to erase our ignorance,
We need more wisdom,
to live longer and happier,
We need more truths,
to suppress deceptions,
We need more health,
to enjoy our wealth,
We need more peace,
to stay in harmony with our brethren
We need more smiles,
to brighten up our day,
We need more hero’s,
and not zero’s,
We need more change of ourselves,
to change the lives of others,
We need more understanding,
to tackle our misunderstanding,
We need more sympathy,
We need more forgiveness,
We need more humility to be lifted up,
We need more patience
and not undue eagerness,
We need more focus,
to avoid distraction,
We need more optimism,
We need more justice,
We need more facts,
We need more education,
to curb illiteracy,
We need more skills,
We need more challenges,
to make attempts,
We need more talents,
to create the extraordinary,
We need more helping hands,
not stingy folks,
We need more efforts,
We need more jokes,
to forget our worries,
We need more spirituality,
not mean religion,
We need more freedom,
We need more peacemakers,
not revolutionaries…with these,
we create an heaven on earth. – Michael Bassey Johnson.
Witches have always known the special meaning of nature’s acts. They are warnings, blessings and magic guides to our living in the world around us. Rain is a special gift from the sky and its power should be used wisely. Try never to shelter yourself from its fall, but rather accept the rain as we should accept live with all of its trials and blessings.
- Rain while the sun shines is a healing rain. Catch and store it in blue glass. Use the water for all manner of healing magic. Place in the bath for an overall body cleaning.
- The blessing of fairies is upon anyone who catches rain in a silver spoon after the rain has bounced off a flat stone. Place some of this water on any object that is frequently misplaced. Keys are always a good choice.
- Place midnight rain of a New Moon on the third eye to bring visions and see future events.
- The first rain gathered in May is symbolic of May Day dew and holds much power. It is used when very special favors are needed. Do not gather this rain in a metal container or its power will be lost. A glass or wood container would do much better.
- When rain runs off a gravestone, gather carefully and use with caution.
- Rain gathered during a thunderstorm holds much energy and can be used to enhance spells and potions. But be aware that the energy does not last long and the spell should be completed before three days and three nights have passed or the rain water will be of little use.
- House plants enjoy the outdoor rain – this cleanses their leaves and helps to purify the indoor air when they are brought back in the home. This is especially good to do when you are in need of a clear mind and strong thought.
- Jewelry, charms and other objects can be purified by standing in the rain, facing west and tossing the object into the air, three times, catching it in your hands each time.
- The sound of the rain carries the voices of the water spirits. Listen to the sound of the rain and enjoy the gifts of the undines. They will speak to you of love and friends.
The wise also realize that rain is just one aspect of nature. We should look to the wind, trees, lightning, fire, stones, and other forms of nature’s expression for clues to the magic of the world. ~Theitic Borrowed From GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
Silliness – Late Night Funny – According to a new study, the average cost of raising a child in America is now over $200,000. The study was funded by Trojan condoms. Conan O’Brien