Well, the sunny streak is broken. The pavement outside is damp and they’re predicting rain at 7pm. It’s 45 with almost no wind. Even the offshore buoy is only reporting 2mph! The distances beyond the trees aren’t golden spots, they’re grey. It’d be nice to call them silver, but they’re not, just grey. The humidity is finally back up (94%) and it feels better. My throat isn’t quite so sore. It looks like this weather will continue until some heavy rain on Tuesday and then we should have a bit more sun.
Yesterday’s newsletter didn’t go out until 3pm. I filled in today’s info and then went on to checking in books. We have a lot of old magazines, especially on bats and nutrition, that have landed in the freebie box. There are a lot more flora and fauna ID books, too, and a couple that hit the dollar shelf on bears, reptiles and butterflies and cooking tofu. There’s another new stack in there on various home improvement topics, idea books and there are some $3 ones on the general interest shelf in doing wiring, masonry and some other things.
Tempus dropped me at home after some supper and I got to work on clipart again and doing some writing. I even managed to put in some time on a new design for an embroidery kit, doing the trial run on how everything fits. I got started on it, anyway, there are some problems with making it work. It’s a snap-top little purse and I’m working out how to gather the fabric into the frame. I already how one that doesn’t gather at the top worked out, so that’s next, to actually get one made.
He finished at around 6:30. We watched the Falcon 9 liftoff and then I went back to sleep and woke up with him not here and it’s past 1pm. He’s quiet, but I must have been soundly asleep! He’s at the shop, but will come back for me after I get this done. I have more of the books to check in and then there’s the 101 class this evening.
A photo by Arthur Bartlett of hole punch clouds near Seattle 12/12/17
Today’s plant is Oregon Iris, Iris tenax. I grew up calling Iris flowers “ladies’ ball gowns”. Local peoples used the tough leaves for making string and rope mostly for snares. – Feminine, Venus, Water – sacred to Iris and Juno, their magicks are used for purification and magicks including 3’s. The three petals stand for faith, wisdom and valor and can be used in magicks to promote these qualities. More on Oregon Iris here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_tenax More on Iris in general here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_%28plant%29 …and the pic on the right is my birthday boy taking a picture of some!
Today is the Consualis Ludes or Consualia, the celebration of the god of underground storehouses, secret negotiations and horse racing… Horse racing? Chariot races, anyway! Today the underground temple of Consus was opened just for this single day in the year and the storing of grain commenced. The Lares, the household gods of the Romans, were also honored. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consualia
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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 12/16 at 10:30am.
Watch the waning Moon march down past Mars and Jupiter these mornings. Alpha (α) Librae is a nice, very wide double star for binoculars. As dawn begins to brighten on the morning of Saturday the 15th, look low in the southeast for the thinning crescent Moon. It forms the end of a ragged diagonal line with Jupiter, Mars, and Spica extending to its upper right. …And a small telescope will show Jupiter‘s moons Ganymede, Callisto, and Europa bunched in a tight little triangle off the planet’s western (upper right) side.
As the Summer Triangle sinks lower in the west, Altair is the first of its stars to go. Start by spotting bright Vega >>> in the northwest right after dark. The brightest star above Vega is Deneb. Altair, the Triangle’s third star, is farther to Vega’s left or lower left. How late into the night, and into the advancing season, can you keep it in view?
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.
Mercury, Venus, and Saturn are hidden in the glare of the Sun. The ringed planet disappeared from evening skies in November and now lies on the far side of the Sun. It will therefore not be visible this month and you will have to wait until 2018 to see it again.
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic tree month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22
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
F 15 Low 4:09 AM 2.8 7:46 AM Rise 5:07 AM 10
~ 15 High 10:11 AM 8.3 4:37 PM Set 3:28 PM
~ 15 Low 5:11 PM 0.1 15
~ High 11:32 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – It is not about reaching a goal and finally sitting back to rest. The point is experiencing the journey and drawing your own conclusions….
~ Do not harbor sinister designs. Harm none, do what thou wilt. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Honor your commitments with integrity. – Les Brown
~ I court exertion. I love work. – Mark Twain
~ I have made more friends for American culture than the State Department. Certainly I have made fewer enemies, but that isn’t very difficult. – Arthur Miller (1915-2005) US playwright
He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all. – –Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)
Mistletoe has long been used for protection and for love magic. Burning mistletoe banishes evil. Take a bottle of rubbing alcohol and drop fresh mistletoe sprigs in it. Let this set for a few hours. The longer it rests, the more potent will be the potion. When ready, pour the alcohol in your cauldron and light it. If you do not have time to allow the potion to rest, instead burn some sprigs of mistletoe. As you burn the potion or sprigs, say: “Evil may not reside or visit this happy and healthy home—not in any form, nor at any time. This home is protected by the Mother Goddess and Father God. Blessed are those who reside here. So it is from this day forward.” You may also empower a mistletoe wreath for additional protection. By: Tammy Sullivan
Pre-Solstice Ritual Bath
During the Winter Solstice, we often place emphasis on celebrating and sharing this joyous, but often difficult, holiday. For Witches, however, now may also serve as a time to attune to a quiet, internal spirituality. To begin to do so (with the solstice less than ten days away now), prepare a ritual bath with oils of rosemary, pine, and orange. Add a touch of patchouli for grounding. Light gold and green candles, and immerse yourself in watery solitude to refresh your weary holiday spirit. Meditate on the winter goddess and her lesson of stillness. Find the cool and clean space she offers, free of clutter and activity. It is the season for centering and grounding ourselves, and for defining who we really are. After the bath, take your journal and write down your goals by candlelight. Contemplate the coming rebirth, and identify which direction you wish to channel your energy and focus your intentions. By: Karri Allrich
Snow Protection Spell
You will need:
- one peppercorn
- one pinch of salt
- one pinch of powdered sugar
- pinch of powdered ginger
- pinch of powdered cloves
- a small pinch of cayenne pepper
- snow pattern cotton cloth square
- small bowl
Put the sugar in the bowl, saying and visualizing: “Spirit of Snow, Spirit of Rain, Spirit of Storm and Stormy Sea, please add your power to this spell.”
Add the salt to the bowl, saying: “I charge you with stability.”
Place the peppercorn in bowl, saying: “I charge you with protection.”
Add the cayenne pepper, saying: “I charge you with warmth.”
Add the ginger, saying: “I charge you with protection.”
Add the cinnamon, saying “I charge you with the strength of the roof tree.”
Add the Add the cloves, saying: “I charge you with protection. ”
Mix the assembled spices and salt with your fingers and visualize yourself having a safe, healthy, and guarded time. Now transfer the herbs to the center of the cloth square. Fold in half and in half again and sew up the ends. Carry this with you. Make a new charm ever snowy/rainy season.