Lighted House Count – 115+288=303
Yesterday started a bit later than usual, although I got the newsletter out around noon. I went back to bed, though, since we got in around 6:30am. Tempus ran down to the shop, grabbed the pie and got it into the oven when he got back. After that we had coffee and really started moving. He brought the laundry down while I was working on general pick-up/clean-up.
We had a beautiful drive. The sun had set before we left the shop, but the colors of the sea and sky were amazing, shading from gold and metallic pale blue through orange and slate blue to deep red and a navy blue so dark that it was nearly black. One of the last colors before things started to grey out was a skinny band of sky, right on the horizon, that was the exact color of a blood orange.
Heceta Lighthouse was shining, the beam sweeping over the trees as we went past and on the mist rising from the ocean. We went on our way, talking cookery, working out a recipe for baked beans that would suit the both of us among other things.
I got confused by the drydocks and lights of Reedsport, thinking we were already in North Bend, when we were just going into Garibaldi, but we got to the potluck site just before 7pm.
We had a good time seeing folks that we know, talking stitchery and Investiture, eating some yum food and generally visiting. We weren’t there very long since the gathering broke up at 8pm and we headed home.
Orion was up and bright as we left North Bend. I dozed off for awhile, but woke as we got to Reedsport where we grabbed a couple of hamburgers, since there hadn’t been a lot that I could eat at the potluck. The Moon was up, a thoroughly nibbled wheel of cheese, but bright as bright. The rest of the way home I watched for Her light on Woahink Lake, the Siletz River, Sutter Lake, 10 mile Creek, Big Creek and the Alsea. Beautiful Moon Paths! The ocean was black, but the skyglow showed the horizon line. As the Moon rose higher, the shadows from the Coast Range over the ocean grew shorter, but it was only just as we were getting home that the ocean started to brighten up. We stopped to drop stuff off into the fridge at the shop and were home by 10:30. Tempus fell into bed, but I took awhile to write and then to read a little before sleep.
I was up for awhile during the night and then woke late since Tempus lost track of time. I was a bit groggy until had handed me coffee, since I think I woke in the middle of a sleep cycle. The wind is picking up a bit, at 6mph, although an hour ago it wasn’t to be felt at all.
I have a reading coming in a few minutes, so I have to get going. Sewing tonight from 6-8pm!
A photo from 10/22/15 by Ken Gagne of Pelicans near the mouth of the Yachats River
Today’s Plant is the Coast Willow, Salix hookeriana. I’ve been mistaking it for pussy willow ever since I moved out here! Pussy Willows are a subset of the willows which also include osiers (think “wicker” for their uses). They’re all Saliciae from which, salicylic acid, the medicine Aspirin, was derived. Willow magick is Feminine, Moon and Water. Willow wands can be used for healing, to sleep with for more vivid dreams, Drawing Down the Moon, or for protection in underworld journeying. The Willow will bring the blessings of the Moon upon those who plant it or have it on their property. Willows can be used to bind together witch’s brooms and a forked willow branch is widely used in water witching and dowsing. New Moon magick, creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, binding. Love, Love divination, protection, healing. It is also known as the tree of immortality because of its ability to re grow from a fallen branch in moist ground. These properties apply to all forms of willow, but the Coast Willow has the properties of endurance, tolerance and stubbornness as well. There’s more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org
The remembrance of the “Day that will live in infamy”, Pearl Harbor Day, is observed annually in the United States on December 7, to remember and honor the 2,403 citizens of the United States who were killed in the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941. For more – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Pearl_Harbor_Remembrance_Day
Today is the Haloia of Demeter, the feast of the beginning of her long search for her daughter. More here: http://witchofstitches.blogspot.com/2009/12/haloia-of-demeter.html and on Demeter here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demeter#Demeter_and_Persephone
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
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. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 12/9 at 11:51pm.
On Friday December 1st, Mercury and Saturn are 3° apart very low after sunset. Their visibility in bright twilight is exaggerated here. (The blue 10° scale is about the width of your fist held at arm’s length.)
Earliest sunset of the year (if you’re near latitude 40° north). By the time of the solstice and shortest day on December 21st, the Sun actually sets 3 minutes later than now. But the Sun doesn’t rise its latest until January 4th. For these slight discrepancies, blame the tilt of Earth’s axis and the ellipticity of Earth’s orbit.
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 Runic half-month of Jera/ Jara 12/13-12/27 – Jara signifies the completion of natural cycles, such as fruition, and has a more transcendent meaning of mystic marriage of Earth and Cosmos. *Ø* Wilson’s Almanac free daily ezine | Book of Days | December 13
©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
Th 7 High 3:27 AM 7.6 7:39 AM Set 11:19 AM 86
~ 7 Low 8:58 AM 2.8 4:37 PM Rise 9:35 PM
~ 7 High 2:42 PM 8.5
~ 7 Low 9:41 PM -1.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Don’t confuse mere inconveniences with real problems.
~ No one is in charge of your happiness but you. – Regina Brett
~ No, no, you’re not thinking; you’re being logical. – Niels Bohr
~ One should either be a piece of art or wear a piece of art. – Oscar Wilde
~ Only in our dreams are we free. The rest of the time we need wages. – Terry Pratchett
I hear the thrush, and I see
Him alone at the end of the lane
Near the bare poplar’s tip,
Singing continuously. – Edward Thomas (1878–1917)
Holiday Peace Meditation – November 30th, 2007
Color of the day: White Incense of the day: Carnation
The holidays can be horrible. There are so many stresses involved: you’re trying to create some idealized experience, trying to deal with family members who have their own ideals, and trying to stretch your finances. There are ways to help banish at least some of the stress and keep a level head to enjoy this special time with family and friends. Find a jar candle with a scent you enjoy—something that speaks of warmth, hearth, and good holiday things. Bless the candle with bringing peace, warmth, and enjoyment to your home. Allow it to burn each day throughout the holiday season. By: Laurel Reufner
Ghosts of Christmas Spell – December 23rd, 2005
Color of the day: Coral , Incense of the day: Dill
It is appropriate that Larentia, the Roman mother goddess of friendly ghosts, was honored today. Traditionally, December is a time when ghosts are active. All we have to do is think of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to understand this. As the year draws to a close, it is time to honor our ancestral spirits and any friendly spirits that have taken up residence with us. Prepare the following sachet to protect your home and to welcome friendly spirits. In an attractive scrap of fabric tie up a pinch of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, one crushed bay leaf, and a tablespoon of dried orange peel. Tie it up with a green ribbon, and leave it near a window, or put a pinch in an old shoe and leave on your porch —
a place where house spirits frequently dwell. End by lighting a green candle and saying: “Friendly spirits alone are welcome in this place. Come in peace, or come not at all. As I will, so mote it be.” By: James Kambos
Happy Holiday Card Spell – December 3rd, 2007
Color of the day: Gray Incense of the day: Parsley
Every year during the holiday rush, we promise ourselves to start early and avoid the rush, to be more organized about writing and mailing our holiday cards. Now is the time. Gather together your address book, pens, stamps, and holiday cards and sit near some mistletoe, which is very good for achievement and attainment. Light frankincense for a favorable outcome to your holiday card project. Light a yellow candle for clarity and eloquence, and light a pink candle for harmony, friendship, and affection. Fix a cup of Earl Grey tea: the bergamot in the tea will bring you luck and accomplishment in your task. Place your hand over your cards and chant:
In love and more,
speed this chore.
Place your hand over your pens and say:
Write the best words I’ve ever heard.
Then write your cards, and embellish them and the envelopes. Address and stamp them. When all the cards are done, stack them together in a pile. Take a deep breath and send affection through your hands into the cards and say:
Merry meet through the mail, love and greetings to you send.
Be sure to mail them the next day. By: Gail Wood