The sky has lovely blue patches with white fluffies in them, but also lumpy grey sections with slate-colored sky between. When we were driving here Tempus and I were both joking about “melting” and “sparkles” because the sunlight was so bright! It’s 49F. We’ve had a little under 1/10 of an inch of rain this morning, after 1 1/10 yesterday. There’s no wind. Tempus says it was down to 39F when he left the shop last night. There’s almost no chance of rain in the forecast over the next week, so it sounds like a good time to finish up putting things away for the stormy season and cleaning up your gardens. I know Tempus and I were talking about that this morning.
Yesterday was another sick day for me, but I finally started feeling better after the fever broke (I thought it had, Friday night, but it didn’t…) Still dunno what had hold of me and I feel like a limp, used dish-rag, but I made it to the shop today, at least.
We’re going to try to get some projects worked on today, and I have a ton of mail to catch up on!
Yachats sunset on 11/30/15 by Ken Gagne
Today’s Plant is Cascade penstemon, or coast penstemon, Penstemon serrulatus. A member of the plantain family, this was used by the 1st nations peoples as a medicinal remedy for toothache. It’s common name, “Beardtongue” is because the flower appears to be sticking out it’s hairy tongue! It has a lovely flower, and is a semi-deciduous shrub, which usually is very short, unlike many shrubs. The tender shoots that the flowers grow on often get frost-nipped so only survive for a year or so, with the rest of the plant surviving below the level of surrounding plants, acting as a perennial ground-cover. – Feminine, Venus, Earth – Use for headaches, particularly headaches coming from tooth pain or infection by binding the herb with red wool and/or putting it into a red cloth pouch and bind to the head, or even put into your pillowcase at bedtime. You can put a leaf in your shoes to help with the effects of standing on them too long. Roots protect from snakebite and a bunch of the flowers will chase negativity away, particularly that coming from outside. Iow, it won’t do much for a bad mood…. More on Penstemon here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penstemon
Today’s feast is to Bona Dea, the Good Goddess! This was an exclusively women’s religious festival. Men could be punished with blindness for profaning the rites. Bona Dea’s true name and face, due to her modesty, were unknown to men. She was the goddess of virtuous womanhood, venerated by everyone from emperors to slaves, but mostly by women, children and plebs. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bona_Dea
Day of Remembrance for Bogatir Svatogor – Studen (December) 3 – The date refers back to the time of the Great Barrow Gulbishe and the first fight with Pechenegs. Awesome were the honors at the funeral for this great noble warrior. His implements and armor were gigantic, twice as large as the ordinary in size. Today, say a toast to this great warrior. (Bogatir: “Greatest Hero” in Old Russian )
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 7:47am. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 12/3 at 7:47pm. Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 12/17 at 10:30pm.
On Friday December 1st, Mercury and Saturn are 3° apart very low after sunset. Their visibility in bright twilight is exaggerated here. (The blue 10deg scale is about the width of your fist held at arm’s length.)
Full Moon (exactly full at 10:47 a.m. EST). This is a “supermoon”; the Moon is near perigee. In fact this is the closest full Moon of 2017. But the difference from average is slight. Can you really detect that this full Moon is a little larger than usual? With enough careful practice moonwatching, yes you can.
The Moon is in Taurus, with orange Aldebaran now to its upper right in the evening. The Pleiades are above Aldebaran. Orange Betelgeuse rises below the Moon not long after dark.
Now that the Pleiades and Aldebaran are up due east, can Orion be far behind? Orion’s entire iconic figure, formed by its brightest seven stars, takes about an hour and a quarter to cross the horizon below Aldebaran. By 10 p.m. Orion is well up in fine pre-winter view.
Mercury and Saturn are disappearing deep down in the afterglow of sunset.
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic tree month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22
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
©2017 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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 3 High 12:00 AM 7.3 7:35 AM Set 7:18 AM 98
~ 3 Low 5:29 AM 2.3 4:37 PM Rise 5:16 PM
~ 3 High 11:26 AM 9.6
~ 3 Low 6:26 PM -1.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Take the time to notice the little things.
~ If I mayn’t tell you what I feel, what is the use of a friend? – William Makepeace Thackeray
~ Habits and routines in your life may leave you vulnerable. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ If you judge people, you have no time to love them. – Mother Teresa
~ If you treat every situation as a life and death matter, you’ll die a lot of times. – Dean Smith
Listen . . .
With faint dry sound,
Like steps of passing ghosts,
The leaves, frost-crisp’d, break from the trees
And fall. – Adellaide Crapsey (1878–1914)
Wheel of the Year Candle – You will need candlewax from each Sabbat candle you use througout the year, a candle mold, and a new wick. This takes a whole year to make. You have to save some of the wax from the candles you used on each Sabbat and keep them in a special place for the whole year. As each Sabbat passes, add the next piece of wax. Since you used them for the Sabbat rituals, they have more power. Once the wheel of the year has made a complete cycle, melt the wax from the eight Sabbats together. Pour the melted wax into a candle mold, or cut a plastic cup in half; add a wick to the bottom of the cup and pour in the wax. Place it in the freezer to harden quickly. Keep it in your sacred space to bring a wonderful coming year. You could also do this with wax from the 13 Full Moons in a year.
Ten Magical Gifts to Share for Yule – about.com By Patti Wigington, About.com Guide http://paganwiccan.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=paganwiccan&zu=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dreamcatcher.net%2Fmoonwise%2Fcrafts.html
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Want to give your friends and family a magical gift? Why not make something for them that shows you really care? Here are some of the simplest magical items to make — you can put these together ahead of the Yule season, and give them out to those you care about.
Tarot Box – If you’ve got a set of Tarot cards that you’d like to keep safe, one of the best ways you can store them is in a special box. This easy craft project is one you can make either for yourself, or as a gift for a friend. If you like, make a bunch of them, choosing a personalized card for each of your coven-mates. Perhaps your HPS would enjoy a box with the High Priestess on it, or someone new to the path might relate to the symbolism of the Fool. Be creative – you can even fill the box with a new Tarot deck, or stock it with crystals, herbs, and other magical items.
Incense – For thousands of years, people have used fragrant flowers, plants, and herbs as incense. Using smoke to send prayers out to the gods is one of the oldest known forms of ceremony. From the censers of the Catholic church to the Pagan bonfire rituals, incense is a powerful way to let your intent be known. You can make your own quite easily, using a blend of herbs, flowers, wood bark, resins, and berries. Most of these are items you can grow yourself, find in the woods, or purchase inexpensively. Make a selection of different scents and blends, bottle or bag them up, and give them to friends in a decorative basket, along with an incense burner or some charcoal discs.
Magical Oils – Our ancestors used oils in ceremony and ritual hundreds and even thousands of years ago. Because many essential oils are still available, we can continue making our own blends today. In the past, oils were created by placing oil or fat over a heat source, and then adding fragrant herbs and flowers to the oil. Many companies today offer synthetic oils at a fraction of the cost of essential oils (essential oils are the ones actually extracted from a plant). However, for magical purposes it’s best to use authentic, essential oils — these contain the magical properties of the plant, which synthetic oils do not have. Put together a few vials of different oils, such as Blessing Oil or Money Oil, and include them in a spell basket for a friend.
Herb Collection – Herbs have been used for thousands of years, both medicinally and ritually. Every herb has its own unique characteristics, and these properties are what makes the plant special. Subsequently, many Wiccans and Pagans use herbs as part of their regular ritual practice. Why not put some together for a friend? You can pot fresh ones in a planter, or dry a selection and put them in pretty bags and bottles. To figure out which herbs you want to use, for which purpose, be sure to read about Magical Herb Use.
Portable Altar Kit – Got a friend or coven-mate who travels a lot? Put together a portable altar kit. You can include anything you like in it — find a nice box or bag, and fill it with magical goodies. It’s easy to do, and it makes it a snap to just grab-and-go on your way out the door!
Candles – Candle magic is one of the simplest forms of spell casting. Considered sympathetic magic, it’s a method which doesn’t require a lot of fancy ritual or expensive ceremonial artifacts. In other words, anyone with a candle can cast a spell. So why not make some candles to give as gifts? It’s not hard to do, if you’ve got a little bit of free time. You can make spell-specific candles, such as a Prosperity Candle, or you can create a candle for a Moon Ritual. If you’re not sure which one you like, why not try just some simple poured candles with different scents and colors?
Besoms and Brooms – The besom is the traditional witch’s broom. It’s associated with all kinds of legend and folklore, including the popular notion that witches fly around in the night on a broomstick. The besom is a great addition to your collection of magical tools — it’s used in many traditions as a method of cleansing or purifying a space. Why not make one to give to someone who means a lot to you?
Altar Cloths – Many Pagans and Wiccans choose to use an altar cloth. It tends to serve multiple purposes — first of all, it protects your work surface from scratches and wax dropples during ritual. It also is a great way to decorate seasonally — perhaps a green cloth for the spring, or a brown one in the fall. You can make a simple altar cloth by cutting a three- to five-foot square of material and hemming all four sides. Or, if you’re feeling really adventurous, create our Elemental Altar Cloth so the people on your gift list can celebrate the four natural elements!
Yule Ornaments – Ornaments make a great gift for your Pagan or Wiccan friends, because there are so few commercially-made ornaments with a Pagan flair. Mix up a batch of Salt Dough, use your cookie cutters, and create your own ornaments that your friends can bake and hang. For a quick and kid-friendly idea, make a bundle of Pipecleaner Pentacles to share, or go out in the woods and gather up some of earth’s goodies to make Pinecone Ornaments. Put them all in a pretty tin, tie a ribbon around the top, and share with the people on your gift list.
Coven Banner – If you’d like to give a gift to your entire group instead of (or in addition to) individual people, why not make a coven banner? If your group or coven attends public events, it’s not a bad idea to have your own banner. You can hang this up so people know who you are, and it also helps to make you look a bit more organized — groups with a logo or banner appear more “official” to some folks. Anyway, making your own banner is a great magical project — think of the energy you can put into a creation like this! If you’re not part of an established tradition, don’t worry – you can still make one of these — select a logo for yourself, or for the deities you honor, or for your family’s heritage.
More Magical Gifts to Make – Looking for more magical gifts to make and share? Check out our additional list which includes baked goods, hand-sewn projects, clay creations, and more! More Magical Yule Gifts