The sky is a beautiful blue with cirrus on one side and big, puffy clumps of cumulus cloud on the other. 52F, the wind at 1mph, 74% humidity. We got 7/10 of an inch of rain yesterday and tomorrow is likely to be wet, but today ought to be really nice.
Yesterday was long, but we got a lot done. I spent quite awhile working in the office space and I can see the pathway, now, even if no one else can. 🙂 Tempus worked on making a step for my embroidery stand so I can sit upright at it and still see what I’m doing. I made a triple batch of marzipan late in the afternoon and spent most of the rest of the time writing. We had supper around 7:30, all leftovers, but good for all for that…. and Tempus did a batch of dishes while I wrote and we didn’t head home until past midnight but that was mostly because I had some waxed food covers that really needed to be cleaned right away.
Tempus left me sleeping this morning and I’m just now at the shop. We have some more cleanup from yesterday and I want to tackle my beading table, next. Of course, we have class tonight, too, so we’ll be open late.
A beautiful pic of 11/27/15’s thick frost in Yachats by Ken Gagne!
Hops are the seed cones of the hop plant, Humulus lupulus. They are an ancient medicinal for stress relief and a sleep aid, helpful with indigestion, and used extensively in brewing. They grow really well in the PNW, which is part of the micro-brew culture that we have. The Yakima hopyard pic to the right is pretty typical for growth habit. The growth of the hops industry was also quite influential in the oldest of the labor movements, since so much of the harvest is done by migrants or part-time workers – Masculine, Mars, Water – Used in healing incenses and charms. Hops placed in a pillow will help with sleep. It is also used in seduction spells. Good for toothache. Below is a cross-section of a hop cone.
In 1893 in New Zealand, 10 weeks after full Suffrage had been granted to women, the next election was held. Thanks to people like Kate Sheppard, leader of the New Zealand female suffrage movement, women voted for the first time in a national general election anywhere in the world. Australia was the second nation, fully nine years later (1902), although on December 18, 1894 women in the State of South Australia became the first in the world to be able to vote and stand for election. Among the earliest nations to grant women the vote include Finland (1906), United Kingdom (1918), and Afghanistan (1922). Switzerland was one of the last, in 1971. Women didn’t get to vote in the USA until 1920, the year that my mother was born! Photo is Kate Shephard, leader of the movement. There’s more info here: http://www.nzine.co.nz/features/suffrage2.html
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 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.
By a week later, on Friday December 1st, Mercury and Saturn are just 3° apart in the sunset glow.
The Moon, below the Great Square of Pegasus, forms a big triangle with Fomalhaut >>> to its lower right, and orange Beta Ceti less far to the Moon’s lower left (for North America and Europe).
*Mercury and Saturn (magnitudes –0.4 and +0.5, respectively) are very low in the sunset afterglow, as shown in the first panels above. Scan for them with binoculars in the southwest no more than 20 or 30 minutes after sunset.
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
M 27 Low 12:18 AM 1.3 7:28 AM Set 12:14 AM 51
~ 27 High 7:09 AM 6.9 4:40 PM Rise 1:42 PM
~ 27 Low 1:25 PM 3.1
~ 27 High 6:49 PM 5.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Drive away Fear.
~ You need to move into uncharted territory and be all that you can be. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ You will find only what you bring in. – Yoda
~ You win some you lose some. Trick is learning to have the same reaction to both. Or close. – Bari Alyse
~ Choosing a warrior name may seem trivial. But names can have great transformative powers. – Kerr Cuhulain
And the prayer, which my mouth is too full to express,
Swells my heart that thy shadow may never be less,
That the days of thy lot may be lengthened below,
And the fame of thy worth like a pumpkin-vine grow,
And thy life be as sweet, and its last sunset sky
Golden-tinted and fair as thy own Pumpkin pie! – John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892)
Yule Travel Spell
To ensure that your luggage is not lost or stolen during the busy holiday travel season, make a small cloth pouch of orange fabric and write your full birth name on it. Stuff it with empowered herbs such as comfrey (to protect from theft), mugwort (to protect from loss or attack), and cumin (to give you peace of mind). Tie the talisman with blue string while visualizing the luggage being bound to you. Tie some of that same blue string on your left wrist until you safely reach your destination with all your luggage intact. – By: Edain McCoy
Household Holiday Protection – November 26th, 2007
Color of the day: Silver Incense of the day: Basil
You’ve already gotten your house ready for winter. The windows are insulated, drafts blocked, appropriate fuel laid in, and so forth. But you hear that cold, cold wind gnawing at the eaves, and you still shiver. So what can you do, magically, to make the house feel warmer? You’ll need a red candle, preferably scented with cinnamon. Light the candle and focus on its flame. Imagine a bubble of red light surrounding your home, and say:
Let the winds
of winter shout
As we shut
them safely out.
Let the winds
of winter wail
For this shield
will never fail.
Let the winds
of winter ride
While we all
stay safe inside.
Blow out the candle and keep it in a safe place through the season. By: Elizabeth Barrette
YuleTide Spells for 12/21
- Capricorn Begins (Various Locations)
- Goddess Of The Day: AMALTHEIA
- Themes: Success; Humor; Reason; Devotion; Providence
- Symbols: Goat; Cornucopia; Stars
About Amaltheia: In Greek Mythology, this she-goat goddess nourished Zeus as an infant. In later years, Zeus broke off one of her horns,which became the cornucopia, providing sustenance for all earth’s creatures. For her diligence and service, Amaltheia was transformed into the constellation Capricorn, where she remains.
To Do Today: This astrological sign begins on the first day of winter with the power of logic and reason to guide action, balanced by a keen sense of humor when the going gets rough. Those born under this sign strive tenaciously for success, like the stubborn goat that they are. To improve your personal tenacity, make a paper horn filled with fruit. From now until the end of the year, eat a piece of fruit each day named after the area of your life in which you need Amaltheia’s diligence. Take that energy with you each day so that by the end of the year you will achieve success. Other ways of emphasizing Amaltheia’s power include keeping the image of a goat (perhaps cut out of a magazine, or one made of stone) on your altar or in another place of honor today, carrying fortitude-inspiring herbs like gingerroot and carnation, or tucking in your pocket for the day stones that inspire victory (like marble).
By Patricia Telesco ~ From “365 Goddess”
Silliness – Working Man Blues – Next was a job in a shoe factory; I tried but I …just didn’t fit in.