Christler Lake mirrored the colors of the trees: golds, chocolate browns, deep greens and gilded green where the sun touched. Clouds were wisping up from the Coast Range as we came over the bridge. There wasn’t a single fishing boat in the bay! 46F, wind at 3mph, 1/3 of an inch of rain yesterday, but only a trace this morning It’s likely to be dry today and Monday, but not Saturday and Sunday.
It took forever getting far enough to get the turkey into the roaster. It was still pretty solid, but since I don’t bake them stuffed, it was an inconvenience rather than a problem, but it put dinner off until 6pm. We had lots of stuff for the day, though. Tempus worked on getting dishes cleaned up, since we had used a lot of the same dishes on Sunday and Tuesday and had little time to get them re-done between.
…and it was a frustrating set of cookery. I burned myself twice, stabbed myself with a fork once. The hotplate decided to not “hot” and Tempus had to fix it…. and the messes kept going from there all the way to me getting drenched with hot turkey broth as I was putting leftovers away! Argh!
But the food turned out well. Sash loved the bacon and blue cheese butter and took a small container home with him along with an 1/2 loaf of Tempus’ good bread. We talked and ate and ate and talked and ate and talked some more and never even got close to dessert, but that was fine. We didn’t need it!
Josh showed up around 8pm (he was Sash’s ride) and they headed out. Tempus and I got the leftovers put away and then came home. He played on the computer, but I just fell into bed, which meant I was up a couple of times during the night, and up early this morning.
It’s barely 9am and we’re already at the shop and working on getting open. There are still things in the way from our weekend that we’re trying to clear up, and things from earlier that really need to vanish, so that’s where we’re starting. For the life of me, I can’t remember where we decided to have the Wicca 101 class tonight or not, but we’ll be here until at least 8pm, even if we don’t, and my coffee certainly tastes good this morning!
Today’s Plant is Oregon Ash, Fraxinus latifolia. “Ash before oak we’re in for a soak. Oak before ash we’re in for a splash” refers to a weather divination in England about spring rain and the leafing times of trees! Ash is a hardwood and is hard, dense, tough and very strong but elastic, great for making bows, , spears and drums as well as all kinds of furniture, even guitars and many of the early airplanes. It makes excellent firewood and has been used a lot for smoking meats.The bark can make a quinine substitute for fevers. The folk name for Ash is “Hoop Ash” , or “Nion” – (a rune name from the Irish Gaelic word Nionon which means heaven.) Elsewhere the ash and elm tree were known as the Widow Maker because the large boughs would often drop without warning. Witches were believed to fly on ash-handled broomsticks, while Viking ships were made of ash. In ancient Greece the Meliae were the ash nymphs and the dryads were the oak nymphs. Yggdrasil, the World Tree that supports the order of the Universe was an ash and humans were born from her branches. Odin hung on the tree to gain the knowledge of the Runes and therefore the ash tree is associated with communication. Ash trees have a sugary sap which may have been the basis of the Norse mead of inspiration. Ash Tree attracts lightening, so don’t stand under one during an electric storm. The ash fairy understands that problems are rarely solved on the level at which they were created. –Feminine – Sun & Neptune, Water & Fire – The “helicopter” seeds are used for traditional wish magicks. The Yule Log is traditionally of ash to bring the light of the Sun to the depths of winter and prosperity to the family. Wands and Staves (and traditionally the handle of the besom) made of this wood are good for healing, general and solar magic. The leaves attract love and prosperity. Sleep with them under your pillow and you will have psychic/prophetic dreams. Sleep with them in a bowl of water next to your bed to prevent illness. Wearing garters of green ash bark protects against the powers of magicians. Ash can heal children just by passing the child through a split in the tree’s trunk. It promotes strength, harmony, and a sense of being in tune with your surroundings. Ash is the key to healing the loneliness of the human spirit, forming a link between the gods, humans, and the dead in the spirit world. Ash holds the key to Universal Truth and Cosmic Wisdom, and it takes on the important role as a Tree of Initiation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraxinus_latifolia
Feast day of St John of the Cross – (Starry stapelia, Stapelia radiata, is today’s plant, dedicated to this saint.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stapelia this is one weird plant. The flowers small like rotting meat! This is also the guy that wrote the book, “The Dark Night of the Soul”. He was a poet and a reformer and ended up imprisoned and tortured by fellow monks!
The shop is open 11-7pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Holiday Hours. We will be closing early on 12/24 and 12/31 and closed 12/25 and 1/1. 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 12/2 at 1:21pm. 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 11/26 at 9:03am.
And by about the 24th, Saturn stands closer over Mercury.
Whenever Fomalhaut “souths” — crosses the meridian due south, which it does around 7 p.m. this week — the first stars of Orion >>> are just about to rise above the east horizon. And, the Pointers of the <<< Big Dipper stand upright due north, straight below Polaris.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) are well placed in the southeast and south these evenings. Neptune is 0.6° south of Lambda Aquarii. Use our finder charts online or in the October Sky & Telescope, page 50.
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24
Celtic tree month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22
Runic half month of Naudhiz/ Nyd /Nauthiz – November 13- 27 – Need-fire – Time to prepare for winter. Consciousness is the Necessity. “That which does not destroy me makes me stronger.” – Nietzsche Runic half-month of Isa/ Is November 28-12 Literally, ‘ice’: a static period. The time of waiting before birth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
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Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl), reed – The term “reed” is used with great imprecision in North America, but it is clear that the reed of the ogham is the common reed (Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steudel). This is a giant grass, with stems as high as 4 m (13 feet). It grows in marshy areas, where it often forms dense stands. Like most other grasses, the vertical stems live only a single year, dying in the autumn and being replaced with new green shoots in the spring. The dead stems rattle and whisper in late autumn winds. Common reed has spread as a weed throughout the world; in North America it is widespread in cooler climates. Common reed is in the Grass family (Poaceae, or Gramineae). “The Reed Month, is said by some to be most favorable for communication with ancestral spirits and the strengthening of all family ties, with magickal associations with fertility, love, protection, and family concerns. ‘Thin and slender is the Reed. He stands in clumps at the edge of the river and between his feet hides the swift pike awaiting an unsuspecting minnow to come his way. In his thinness the reed resembles arrows that fly, silver-tipped, up into the unknown air to land at the very source that one had searched for all these years. Firing arrows off into the unknown is an expression of the desire to search out basic truths. If you loose off without direction, the place of landing will be random. If the firing off is carried out with the correct conviction, determination and sense of purpose, then the act becomes secondary to the event that comes both before and after the moment.'” Source: Earth, Moon and Sky
Celtic tree month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH), elder – Celtic tree month of Ruis (Elder) commences (Nov 25 – Dec 22) – Like other Iron Age Europeans, the Celts were a polytheistic people prior to their conversion to (Celtic) Christianity. The Celts divided the year into 13 lunar cycles (months or moons). These were linked to specific sacred trees which gave each moon its name. Today commences the Celtic tree month of Elder.
Elder or Elderberry (Sambucus) is a genus of fast-growing shrubs or small trees in the family Caprifoliaceae. They bear bunches of small white or cream coloured flowers in the Spring, that are followed by bunches of small red, bluish or black berries. The berries are a very valuable food resource for many birds.
Common North American species include American Elder, Sambucus canadensis, in the east, and Blueberry Elder, Sambucus glauca, in the west; both have blue-black berries.
The common European species is the Common or Black Elder, Sambucus nigra, with black berries. The common elder (Sambucus nigra L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (33 feet) in damp clearings, along the edge of woods, and especially near habitations. Elders are grown for their blackish berries, which are used for preserves and wine. The leaf scars have the shape of a crescent moon. Elder branches have a broad spongy pith in their centers, much like the marrow of long bones, and an elder branch stripped of its bark is very bone-like. The red elder (S. racemosa L.) is a similar plant at higher elevations; it grows to 5 m (15 feet). Red elder extends its native range to northern North America, and it is cultivated along with other native species, but common elders are seldom seen in cultivation. Elders are in the Honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 24 High 4:37 AM 6.4 7:25 AM Rise 12:06 PM 23
~ 24 Low 9:59 AM 3.7 4:42 PM Set 10:11 PM
~ 24 High 3:24 PM 6.7
~ 24 Low 10:32 PM 0.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Each new day offers us possibilities, don’t waste it. Accept the challenge that comes with the sunrise. Marvel at the opportunities before you. Step confidently into the day and relax with the setting of the sun, knowing you made the most of your day!
~ Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
~ Virtue has never been as respectable as money. – MarkTwain
~ We are all in the same boat in a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty – G. K. Chesterton
~ We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another. – Jonathan Swift
Twas The Night of Thanksgiving
But I just couldn’t sleep,
I tried counting backwards,
I tried counting sheep.
The leftovers beckoned-
The dark meat and white
But I fought the temptation
With all of my might.
Tossing and turning,
The thought of a snack,
So, I raced to the kitchen,
Flung open the door,
And gazed at the fridge,
Full of goodies galore.
I gobbled up turkey,
And buttered potatoes,
Pickles and carrots,
Beans and tomatoes.
I felt myself swelling,
So plump and so round,
’til all of a sudden,
I rose off the ground.
I crashed through the ceiling,
Floating into the sky,
With a mouthful of pudding,
And a handful of pie.
But, I managed to yell,
As I soared past the trees…
“Happy eating to all-
Pass the cranberries, please”.
May your stuffing be tasty,
May your turkey (or tofu) be plump,
May your potatoes ‘n gravy,
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious,
May your pies take the prize,
May your Thanksgiving dinner,
Stay off of your thighs.
However many your turkey leftovers, check this site out for good recipe ideas: http://www.butterball.com
Symbolism – Rebirth of the Sun, The longest night of the year, The Winter Solstice, Introspect, Planning for the Future.
Symbols – Yule log, or small Yule log with 3 candles, evergreen boughs or wreaths, holly, ivy, fir trees, mistletoe hung in doorways, gold pillar candles, baskets of clove studded fruit, a simmering pot of wassail, poinsettias, christmas cactus.
Deities – Goddesses-Brighid, Isis, Demeter, Gaea, Diana, The Great Mother. Gods-Apollo, Ra, Odin, Lugh, The Oak King, The Horned One, The Green Man, The Divine Child, Mabon, Hathor, Hecate, Neith, Athene, Minerva, Ixchel, Osiris, Norns, Fates
Foods – Cookies and caraway cakes soaked in cider, Yule Cake (rich fruit cake), fruits, nuts, pork dishes, turkey, eggnog, ginger tea, mulled wine, spiced cider. Include many that have solar symbolism. Cookies are round like the sun, eggnog is golden and fertile, gingerbread is hot and spicy, and fruitcake bears red and orange highlights. As a side, try a little flaming brandy to warm you up
Incense – Pine, cedar, bayberry, cinnamon
Scents – violet, patchouli, rose geranium, frankincense, myrrh, lilac
Colours – Red, green, white or gold, silver, yellow, orange or blood red, white and black
Herbs – Bayberry, thistle, evergreen, frankincense, holly, ivy, laurel, mistletoe, oak, pine, sage, yellow cedar, holly, English ivy, fir
Flowers – holly, poinsettia, Christmas cactus
Trees – pine, fir, holly
Nature Spirits – snow faeries, storm faeries, winter tree faeries
Animals – mouse, deer, horse, bear
Birds – rook, robin, snowy owl
Stones – Rubies, bloodstones, garnets, emeralds, diamonds, serpentine, jacinth, peridot
Activities – Caroling, wassailing the trees, burning the Yule log, decorating the Yule tree, exchanging of presents, kissing under the mistletoe, honoring Kris Kringle (more commonly known nowadays as Santa Claus) the Germanic Pagan God of Yule.
Suggested Altar Decorations – Use a Green Altar cloth, with green and red God and Goddess candles. Decorate the Altar with evergreens, holly and ivy, fir tree boughs, and possibly your Yule Log. Use Ale or Mulled wine and rich fruit cake for your Cakes and Ale feast.
Power Flow – to endure, die, be reborn; Earth tides turning. Darkness. Personal alchemy. Spiritual paths – Reach out to friends and family, the lonely and needy.
Spellworkings of Yule – Peace, harmony, love, and increased happiness.
Silliness – Knock Knock! Who’s There?
The lid a you trash can just blew off!