Wet and more wet, I drowsed my way to consciousness this morning listening to rain drumming on the solarium roof. 47F (feels colder), no wind. As the rain started up very late in the evening we got well under 1/10 of and inch, but we’re gotten over an inch of rain since midnight! We should get a break tomorrow and Wednesday, but it’s winter….
For Small Business Saturday yesterday was awfully quiet. After we got our coffee Tempus put away books, then vacuumed the pottery display and got the mugs over there. I was working on newsletter stuff, then started bagging some herbs (no one came in for the workshop), then printing headers and then I got a look at where I needed to sit to print the headers…. oi…. so that had to be cleaned up. I have a lot of bead sorting to get to. Part of that comes from donations of beads that folks have no use for. Part of it comes from purchases over the summer that got partly used.
No one came in for Sewing, either. Eventually, as I tired out, I started doing some writing, instead.
We only had one set of people come in all day, at around 5pm, so we got supper together, mixed up the pecan pies and headed home. Tempus had made a delicious turkey salad for sandwiches that we had with sweet pickles and olives.
We took the pies upstairs to bake and had a good visit with Jeanne,mostly catching up on what all we’ve been up to over the last week. Tempus was really tired despite napping while things were baking, so he crashed as soon as we walked in.
…and I didn’t, so he let me sleep this morning while he got the shop open. I’m here, now, and I’m going to be starting with more of the putting-things-away-after-they’re-sorted that I started earlier in the week. There are only two of us for Project Day, so far as we know, so I’m going to grab the opportunity to get a little farther on my office space.
A beautiful picture from 11/18/14 Ken Gagne again, this time from up the Yachats River.
Heather, Calluna vulgari, also called common heather or ling, is a perennial shrub native to Europe and Asia and widely found there in acidic soils. One of the “trees” of the Celtic Tree months, it is an important food plant for a lot of different creatures from butterflies, moths and birds to sheep, deer and cattle. It dyes wool a pretty yellow and has been used to tan leather, make brooms. Heather beer was a medieval beverage before hops came along and heather honey is prized. There are some medicinal uses, involving the urinary tract. It is even used to make jewelry when set in resin. It can become invasive as has happened in New Zealand recently, but usually is just a nice ornamental plant. More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calluna – Feminine, Venus, Water , Isis. – Carried to protect against violence, especially rape. It is also carried for good luck. Used for protection when conjuring ghosts. There are some specifics by color, too.
- Heather, Lavender – Admiration
- Heather, Pink – Protection, Luck and Rain Making
- Heather, White – Wishes and Good Luck, used in bridal bouquets
Late November, the Bogong Moth Dreaming, Australia – At one time this was a standard festival for several tribes, where disputes were settled, rites of passage performed and a food source was honored. Sadly the festival feast no longer can include the moth caterpillars since they are too toxic from pesticide use… more on the moth itself, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bogong_Moth
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. 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 12/1 at 10:47pm.
First-quarter Moon (exact at 12:03 p.m.). The Moon shines straight above Fomalhaut as the stars come out at dusk. The Moon appears to move to the upper right of the lonely star as the sky turns and evening grows late.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) are well placed in the southeast and south in early evenings. Use our finder charts online or in the OctoberSky & 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 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 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
Su 26 High 6:20 AM 6.6 7:27 AM Rise 1:12 PM 41
26 Low 12:15 PM 3.6 4:40 PM
26 High 5:31 PM 6.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Giggle with Children.
~ When you master your mindset, you master your life. – Kevin Ringold
~ Women get the last word in every argument. Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument. – Anonymous.
~ Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul. – Douglas Macarthur
~ You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.- Beverly Sills
We thank Him for all the fruits that grow on the trees and vines.
We thank Him for his goodness in making the forests, and thank all its trees.
We thank Him for the darkness that gives us rest, and for the kind Being
of the darkness that gives us light, the Moon.
We thank Him for the bright spots in the skies that give us signs, the stars.
–Harriet Maxwell Converse (1836–1903) Translated from a traditional Iroquois prayer
Yule Time/Christmas Scent simmering potpourri 3 sticks cinnamon
3 bay leaves
1/4 cup whole cloves
1/2 lemon, sliced
1/2 orange, sliced
1 quart water
Combine ingredients and simmer in a teakettle or saucepan throughout the holidays! Just be careful to keep the heat turned low and the water topped up, else the house will smell like burned spices. Not a fun Yule scent!
You can also use this blend in a candle heated oil diffuser once it’s simmered for a bit.
Other spices can be used, such as allspice, star anise, nutmeg, ginger…. Use your imagination!
This is a good way to use up baking spices that are getting stale, or that have picked up codling moths during the summer.
Yule Oil – Put in soap or anoint candles
- 4 drops pine
- 3 drops cedarwood
- 3 drops cinnamon
- 2 drops frankincense
- 2 drops juniper
Add a pinch of dried pine needles from your tree with garnet, green tourmaline, and clear quartz crystals. A great Yule tree smell with the hint of log fires and spicy pomanders!
Yule Incense Recipe Spiritwolf & Silver Dove
2 Parts Frankincense
2 Parts Pine needles or resin
1 Part Cedar
1 Part Juniper Berries
Grind the Pine needles, dried juniper berries and Cedar together with a pestle (in a mortar), add frankincense and mix well before burning on charcoal in a fireproof container.
Winter Solstice Ritual Potpourri – Recipe by Gerina Dunwich
- 20 drops musk oil
- 25 drops pine oil
- 1 cup oak moss
- 2 cups dried mistletoe
- 1 cup dried poinsettia flowers
- 1 cup dried bayberries
- 1/2 cup dried rosemary
- 1/2 cup dried holly leaves and berries
- 3 crushed pinecones
Mix the musk and pine oils with the oak moss, and then add the remaining ingredients. Stir the potpourri well and store in a tightly covered ceramic or glass container.
(The above recipe for “Winter Solstice Ritual Potpourri” is quoted directly from Gerina Dunwich’s book “The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch’s Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes”, page 164, A Citadel Press Book, Carol Publishing Group, 1994/1995)
Silliness – The Presbyope
Doug went to the eye doctor for an examination because he was having trouble reading the newspaper. “Now that you’re over 40,” the doctor told him, “you’ve developed a condition called ‘presbyopia,’ in which the lens of your eye can no longer focus as well as it used to.”
Seeing his worried look, the doctor tried to be upbeat. “Congratulations!” he said. “You’re now officially a presbyope!”
Doug leaned over and asked seriously, “If that means I’m no longer a Roman Catholic, do I still have to go to Confession?”