It’s another grey day. 49F and breezes at 3mph, although in some spots near the water the wind velocity is into the teens. The clouds are at 400 feet. The ground is wet, but there wasn’t measurable rainfall, supposedly… well we ran the wipers all the way into town… Tomorrow morning it likely to be more like our normal winter weather, wind and rain. They’re predicting up to 30mph and up to 1 1/2 inches of rain. Hmm…. good day to sleep in a bit, I think.
Yesterday was a long day of cooking and eating and enjoying the company of friends. We had the shop open and some of those friends came in as customers, like one young lady from Southern Oregon who travels through on her way to visit family up in Washington a couple of times a year. Other folks were local and one couple from Illinois.
The House Capuchin folks ran in and out. One needed to go to the library to study. Another was headed for a concert in Newport and picked up one of our no-transpo people on the way back, so we didn’t eat until 5pm, but it was good stuff!
By 7pm we were cleaning up and heading out. Tempus and I took a long loop up Cedar to Crestline to Wakonda and back home down 101 just to look at holiday lights. There aren’t as many as usual, but some of the places are still pretty over-the-top. One has a 15 foot Yeti in their yard. 🙂 The decorations always make me smile.
Tempus and I went to sleep pretty early, and got up early, doing some chores, and we have more cleanup to be done here in the shop before we’re really ready for business. I spent a little while planting garlic cloves that were too sprouted to cook with this morning and discovered that something went in and dug out the carrot and celery ends that I had put in one of the pots. <grr> Well, it had been a tomatillo bucket and that plant is dead, so I cut it down and had Tempus put one of the hardware cloth covers on, so that won’t happen again.
I have some jewelry to check in this morning (more amber!) and then I need to get some more herbs headered and hung. I’m hoping we’re going to be able to do some on the inventory today, too. We’ve got to get that under way. I also need to go check on the brined apples….
I’ve often heard people talk about “beach thistle”, but Sea Holly, Eryngium maritimum isn’t a thistle. It’s actually related to carrots. The young shoots can be blanched and eaten like asparagus and the roots (which can get up to 20 feet long!!!!) are peeled, boiled and cut, then braided and candied. Prepared that way they are a good cough and cold remedy. The roots can also be boiled or roasted as well and are very nutritious. It is native to Europe, but going extinct in certain areas. – Masculine, Fire, Venus – This plant is an aphrodisiac, pure and simple.
Iuventas is the Goddess of Youth, Roman mythology‘s version of the goddess Hebe of Greek mythology. A celebration was held for all the youth who had come of age (14 years old) in the preceding year. Boys offered a coin to her when they wore a man’s toga for the first time. The temple of Juventas on the Capitol was more ancient than that of Jupiter. She also had a second temple in the Circus Maximus. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juventas
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 email@example.com 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 1/1/18 at 6:21pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 12/19 at 10:30am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 12/22 at 10:30am.
By December 23rd, Mercury is emerging low into dawn view where the Moon was a week before.
The Pleiades star cluster, the size of your fingertip at arm’s length, shines very high in the southeast after dinnertime. How many Pleiads can you count with your unaided eye? Take your time and keep looking. Most people can count 6. With sharp eyesight, a dark sky, and a steady gaze, you may be able to make out 8 or 9.
New Moon (exactly new at 1:30 a.m. on the 18th EST).
Ursid meteor shower – December sees activity from two meteor showers: Geminids and Ursids. Conditions are good for a meteor shower called the Ursids, which peaks just before Christmas. This is a shower for northern hemisphere observers only because the radiant, from
which direction the meteors appear, lies in the northernmost constellation, Ursa Minor. Activity may be seen from December 17th to 25th, with a peak on the night of the 22nd/23rd. Rates are usually low, with a maximum rate of 10 per hour for a single observer under perfect conditions, but the Ursids have sprung a surprise with higher rates in some years. Again, moonlight will not be a problem this year. As ever, during a meteor watch, you may also see some other, random, meteors unrelated to the known showers. These are known as sporadics.
Mars and Jupiter (magnitudes +1.6, and –1.7, respectively) rise in the east-southeast around 3 a.m. to 4 a.m. First up is Mars, glowing to the lower right of twinklier, bluer Spica. Then Jupiter, much brighter, rises to Mars’s lower left. By early dawn they’re well up in the southeast. The gap between Mars and Jupiter is closing: from 10° on the morning of December 16th to 6½° on the 23rd. They’ll have a close conjunction, 0.3° apart, on the mornings of January 6th and 7th.
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
Celtic Tree Month of the Secret of the Unhewn Stone, Dec 23
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
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
M 18 High 12:52 AM 6.8 7:48 AM Rise 7:55 AM 0
~ 18 Low 6:10 AM 3.2 4:38 PM Set 5:25 PM
~ 18 High 11:55 AM 8.3
~ 18 Low 6:57 PM -0.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Listen more carefully..
~ It is not love of self but hatred of self which is at the root of the troubles that afflict our world. – Eric Hoffer
~ It’s not what you call me, but what I answer to. – African proverb
~ It’s so much better to desire than to have. – Anouk Aimee
~ It’s the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep. – Dale Carnegie
As many mince pies as you taste at Christmas,
so many happy months will you have. – proverb
Yule Tree – (For Yule) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/yuletree.html
- Tree of the traditional seasonal type
- Decorative materials: Popcorn strings, tinsel, wooden stars, ornaments of any sort, fake snowflakes . . . use your imagination!
Directions – Simply decorate the tree however you desire. One fun activity is using popcorn strings, which can be created by stringing them together with a needle and thread. (Make sure you get unsalted, unbuttered popcorn!) Little brooms, apples, or stars, and any other symbols of Yule you like, can be placed at strategic intervals all over the greenery.
Ritual use – Candles or lights can be added to the tree and solemnly lit at a family or solitary ceremony. Gifts can be stored under the tree and joyously given on Yule.
- pieces of driftwood that approximate the shape of santa – can be carrying a bag, tree, etc
- acrylic paint
- acrylic sealer
- Using your mind’s eye, determine where Santa’s head, body, etc are
- Paint using the acrylic paints, working with the curves of the wood to determine what is what
- Seal with sealer after paint has dried
Protective Pinecones – November 13th, 2007
Color of the day: Maroon Incense of the day: Lavender
For a beautiful and functional arrangement, try this simple technique. Gather ten pinecones. Spray paint five of them gold. Take the other five and apply spray glue to the tips. Dust with ground cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and orange zest. Tie holly leaves and pine needles in little bundles with red ribbon. Attach the pinecones to a straw wreath with wire, and tuck the greenery, along with baby’s breath, into the open spaces. Place white candles nearby. As you hang the wreath, channel vibrations of protection into it. Visualize a blue light slowly surrounding the entire area. When you light the candles each night, call upon these energies and allow the blue bubble to form over the whole house. By: Tammy Sullivan
Silliness – Working Man Blues – I got a job at a zoo feeding giraffes, but I was fired because I …wasn’t up to it.