Yesterday started very slowly. There wasn’t anyone in for Herbs, so I put those chores off for later to give Tempus a chance at washing the new jars. We had some shoppers in and then Mary stopped by to visit.
Tempus took off around 3pm to get the shopping done. He kept calling with questions and his timing was perfect…. I would just start to work on something other than at my desk and he would call. I had the tvarog cooking at that point and the mistletoe and cedar long since bagged. The tvarog was bagged and hanging to drip by 1/4 to 4. I had stirred it pretty well, so it took a long time to drip out. At 2 1/2 hours it was still dripping. Even at 8:30pm, long after Tempus got back, it was still dripping. Left is when it was hung. Right is 4 1/2 hours later!
Dang, but the sun was a funny color all day! Got an explanation late in the afternoon. https://www.theweathernetwork.com/us/news/articles/smoke-plume-cloud-fog-air-quality-pollution-pacific-northwest-washington-oregon-california-wildfires/90591 Yeah, it’s the fires….
We didn’t even bother with dinner, but headed home and fell into bed. That’s two tired people!
Boston, MA unveiling their sign marking the start of Route 20, the longest continuous Highway in the United States. Newport, Oregon also unveiled their sign today (last year). #newportoregon #travelnewport#discovernewport #bostonmassachusetts#route20 credit to @bostonnancy
…and ours! from 8/23/17
Today’s plant is Candy Flower, Claytonia siberica, also called, Siberian Spring Beauty, Siberian Miner’s Lettuce or Pink Purslane) is a flowering plant in the family Montiaceae, native to Siberia and western North America. A synonym is Montia sibirica. The plant was introduced into the United Kingdom by the 18th century where it has become very widespread. It is similar to Miner’s Lettuce in properties, but not as edible. – Feminine, Moon, Water, – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. This one is also a spirit-lifter.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia_sibirica
Lux Mundi festival, ancient Rome – Lux Mundi literally means ‘the Light of the World’. This is also another name for France’s Liberty, whose day this also is. Liberty’s torch shines hope in the world. Her statue graces New York City’s harbour, her full name being Liberty Enlightening the World.
In Roman mythology, Liberty is Libertas, the goddess of freedom. Originally a deity of personal freedom, she evolved to become the goddess of the commonwealth. Her temples were found on the Aventine Hill and the Forum. She was depicted on many Roman coins as a female figure wearing a pileus (a felt cap, worn by slaves when they were set free), a wreath of laurels and a spear … from Pip Wilson’s Almanac.
In recent times the title of Lux Mundi has been taken on by Christians to mean Jesus rather than enlightenment, so many online references reflect this. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statue_of_Liberty http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libertas
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. Waning Crescent Moon – Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 12/13 at 10:30am.
The Moon, almost last quarter, stands high under Leo as dawn begins to brighten Saturday morning the 9th.
At this time of year the Big Dipper lies down lowest soon after dark, due north. It’s entirely below the north horizon if you’re as far south as Miami. But by midnight, the Dipper is standing straight up on its handle in fine view in the northeast.
Mother of all Geminids makes a near-Earth pass. The asteroid 3200 Phaethon, source of the Geminid meteoroid stream, should reach about 11th magnitude from December 12th through 17th as it passes several million miles from Earth. That’s bright enough for medium-size telescopes. It’ll be perfectly placed high in the evening sky. See our article and finder charts.
Geminid meteor shower – December sees activity from two meteor showers. The Geminids, which is usually the strongest and most reliable shower of the year, with a quoted peak rate of 120 an hour on the night of maximum, the 13th/14th, for a single observer enjoying ideal conditions. Main activity can be seen from December 7th to the 16th. Conditions are good for this shower around maximum this year because the meteors will not be drowned out by moonlight.
Mars and Jupiter (magnitudes +1.6, and –1.7, respectively) rise in the east-southeast around 3 a.m. and 4 a.m., respectively. First up is Mars. Spica sparkles to its upper right, a little farther from it every day. Then bright Jupiter rises to Mars’s lower left. By early dawn, they’re both well up in the southeast. Mars is in Virgo; Jupiter is in Libra.
Mars – The Red Planet is now rising more than four hours before the Sun and so you should be able to find it without much difficulty in the morning sky, not far from Spica, the brightest star in the constellation of Virgo. However, it remains far from the brilliant sight that it will become when closest, around opposition in July, 2018. During December, Mars will brighten from magnitude 1.7 to 1.5, so that it resembles a moderately bright star. Watch it approach Jupiter towards the end of 2017.
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
Su 10 High 6:17 AM 7.6 7:42 AM Set 1:04 PM 55
~ 10 Low 12:31 PM 2.6 4:37 PM
~ 10 High 6:04 PM 6.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Everyone deserves a second chance.
~ The life you have left is a gift. Cherish it. Enjoy it now, to the fullest. Do what matters, now. – Leo Babauta
~ The minute you start thinking that you’ve done it all, that’s when you’re in the rear view mirror. – Chris De Wolfe
~ The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer. – Ed Murrow
~ The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist fears this is true. – J B Campbell
O World, thou choosest not the better part!
It is not wisdom to be only wise,
And on the inward vision close the eyes,
But it is wisdom to believe the heart. – George Santayana (1863–1952)
Yule Magick – 10 Pagan DIY Gifts For Yule – December 15, 2014 by Lilith Dorsey – http://www.patheos.com/blogs/voodoouniverse/2014/12/10-pagan-diy-gifts-for-yule/
‘Tis the season not to drown under the rampant consumerism of Yule. Celebrating those you love shouldn’t have to involve spending loads of money. There are plenty of easy do it yourself gifts you can make this time of year. Most of these will take little to no investment and you might even have some of these ingredients and materials already on your pagan shelves.
- Protection Mojo Bagis a great holiday gift for yourself and others. You can use it to provide protection for your home or yourself as you brave the season. Here’s a short video I made on how to put one together.
- Love Nuts– Food is one of the best presents anyone can give. It nourishes and blesses at the same time. This easy love nuts recipe is designed to spice up the Holidays. The best gifts are given from the heart and this one has has the added benefit of bringing more love into the lives of those who eat it. For more tasty magickal recipes please check out my African-American Ritual Cookbook.
- Holiday Love Nuts Recipeby Lilith Dorsey
- DIY Runeswith glass drops. The best way to create a new set of runes both spiritually and practically is to birth them from an existing set. Begin by setting up a sacred space for your working. Light a candle, perhaps charged with oils for psychic power and get ready to begin. Take your set of runes and transfer the symbols one at a time to the glass drops. Leave the two sets together overnight to help with the energy exchange between the old and new sets. Then the new ones are ready to place in a bag or box and give to someone as a gift.
- Carved Candlerequires you get a candle large enough to carve a sacred symbol in, some glitter, herbs and oils, and something to carve with (a porcupine quill or even a paper clip will work.) You will need to begin by choosing what symbol you are going to carve. There are astrological symbols, planetary symbols, veves, runes, a whole world of things to choose from. Try and personalize the candle for the people you are giving it to. If it’s for a family, maybe carve each of their sun sign astrological symbols and Wunjo, the rune for joy. If it’s for your favorite college student consider choosing a veve for money or wisdom. After your candle is carved rub it with the corresponding oil and roll it in powdered herbs and glitter. Wrap in plastic wrap and or tissue paper and it’s ready to gift.
- Incense stick holder– This do-it-yourself gift is genius in it’s simplicity. Just drill or nail a hole in wood, and voila you have made a holder for an incense stick.
- Yule Smudge Sticksare one of the simplest things you can make this holiday season. In order to do it yourself will need: Sage, Lavendar, Cedar, or Pine (Any or all of these can be used or add your own favorite herb for protection) and embroidery floss. Bundle the herbs together and tie tightly, if the herbs are very fresh you will need to wait awhile until they dry out and can be burned.
- Tarot/crystal/rune pouch– A project like this requires some minimal sewing, but the entire project from start to finish should take less than twenty minutes even for a beginner. Pagan blogger Patti Wigington‘s detailed post shows simple instructions on how-to create your own.
- Cinnamon Stick Pentacle Ornament– For this project you will need five cinnamon sticks( longer ones if possible) for each ornament and a glue gun, along with some ribbon for hanging. It may take a bit of searching and re-arranging to find five sticks that you can easily attach together as a star. Lay them out in front of you and try different combinations until you get a good fit. Glue the sticks together into a star shape. Attach a festive ribbon at the top and now it is ready to hang from the tree or mantle.
- Cinnamon/twig candle holder– This can be done with either cinnamon sticks or twigs. Take the sticks and tie with ribbon, making sure the sticks don’t interfere with the flame. This project would also be great used as decoration around your home, or as part of your yuletide altar.
- Tin Traveling Altar– These portable altars or shrines have become very popular of late. They allow people a small and portable place to worship at home or on the road. I have seen them created for ancestors, deities, or even just to celebrate love or joy in your life. You will need a tin, a some mod podge or other strong fixing glue/sealer, and whatever photos and small items you want to attach. The only limits are your own imagination.
Silliness – Working Man Blues – Thought about becoming a witch, so I …tried that for a spell.