Featured photo by Ken Gagne
Most of the note section of this newsletter went out early in the afternoon when I realized that it was going to be awfully late, otherwise. I apologize for not putting it together better, but this is the full newsletter, now
Ancient Light’s Holiday Hours!
Closed Wednesday 12/27
Open Thursday 12/29 through Sunday 12/31 from 11-5pm (Regular Hours)
Closed New Year’s Day, Monday 1/1, Tuesday 1/2, Wednesday 1/3
Back to regular hours on Thursday 1/4/18!
It’s 50F and everything is wet. There have only been a couple of hard spates of rain, but it’s given us just under 1/10 of an inch today. There’s no wind. The clouds are fairly thin, enough for the Moon to show Her face, but at 500 feet.
Yesterday was a lovely day. We were up fairly early for us and we had beautiful weather for a drive to Eugene. It was dry, but the roads have been washing clean and the new brake pads that Tempus installed on Monday were working well and hardly needed.
We had to pump up the one tire and gas up before we left, at least a little, enough to get to Florence. It was a heron day. There was one in Alsea Bay, near the choppy Throat, along with a gull getting just his feet wet, both looking at the morning. There was one in a tiny hind-dunes lake near Yachats. There were several, including one flying in the Siletz River.
There were lots of people pulled off all the way down 101, taking pictures, although one guy was standing beside the drive door, shaking his clothing vigorously and looking pissed. Hmm… I saw a whale at one point as we rounded one of the curves. I thought initially it was just a big rock, but then it moved and blew! It was very close to the bottom of one of the rocky cliffs.
We stopped to fill up in Florence, just the gas tank, since we were anticipating lunch in Eugene, then drove on up beside the Siletz, grey-blue in the gathering cloud. I started getting sleepy and dozed off somewhere after Mapleton, waking several times when a big truck went by or Tempus swerved, but I woke just as we were coming into Noti. Triangle Lake along there had a bunch of ducks and we started seeing geese flying over.
There were lots of geese in Fern Ridge reservoir, but it’s awfully low. There were *dry* mudflats in between the water channels….not the ones that are usually drowned grass when the water is high, but bare mud bottom! There was a heron in one of the channels there and later in some of the damp ditches by the Oregon Country Fair site.
We had no problem finding the restaurant, Yaun Lok. It’s right on 11th, which is what rt 126 from Florence turns into, once you’re in Eugene. We had a tasty lunch with Vesta and Louisa and then visited with them for several hours (and the restaurant didn’t throw us out. 🙂 ) We exchanged some presents, too. Vesta gave us a pair of hot pads that are handmade by one of her coworkers.
The food there is good, but everyone but me thought it a bit bland. I was happy to not hit pepper in every dish! …and they have lovely crab puffs….origami and then fried crab puffs…. The wrappers are turned into the little origami frog shapes!
We had a leisurely drive back with the sky looking like snow, clouds settling into the treetops of the Coast Range, and hawks on what seems like every single branch. I saw at least 4 varieties and then started getting dozy again and slept most of the way into Florence.
When we got in both of us crashed out on the sofa at the shop. We woke enough to get some food and I went over to the computer, while Tempus snoozed awhile more. Eventually he needed to head out on the paper route. I got a little writing done, but kept slowing down and slowing down until I was just staring at the computer or playing games. I called him and let him know that I was going to want to go home once he was done with the Bayview loop, so that’s what we did.
He had a smooth run without me, while I crashed out at home. I was asleep by 2am and he got in not long after 6 and slept until 2pm while I was up by 9am. It took me awhile to realize that I wasn’t going to get the newsletter out properly. I had been working on clipart and some new pages for a couple of the blogs in the morning when I realized he was stirring and it was going to be several hours before we could get to the shop, so I put out a short version and then got back to work on my other stuff.
Photo from 12/18/16 by Ken Gagne of a similar sky to today’s.
Today’s Plant is Evening primrose, Oenothera species, sometimes called Sundrop or Suncup in Oregon. The young roots can be eaten like a peppery-flavored vegetable and the shoots can be used in salad. It can be used in poultices for wound-healing and to ease bruises. (Sun…it’s drying) Clinical trials don’t support the traditional uses for treatment of PMS (particularly bloating and water retention) or cervical ripening in pregnancy, but one of the varieties has promise as a treatment for breast cancer. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often called the King’s Cure-all, used by a ruler to cure scrofula. It has powers of healing, particularly for drying “wet” wounds or injuries. It can be used in sleep sachets, and for spells to cure (or cause) alcoholism. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evening_primrose
1675 – Charles II tried to suppress the coffee-houses, since people gathered there to discuss a lot of politics and such. His Proclamation of Suppression was laughed away in just 12 days. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee_house#Coffee_in_Europe
The shop is open 11-7pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. 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 1/1/18 at 6:24pm. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 12/31 at 6:24am.
A week later, Mercury is considerably brighter. And notice how the configuration of Jupiter, Mars, and Alpha Librae has changed.
As the stars come out, face due north and look high. Cassiopeia is now a flattened “M” canted at about a 45° angle (depending on where you live). Hardly more than an hour later, the M has turned horizontal. Constellations passing near the zenith appear to rotate rapidly with respect to the direction “up.”
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 come 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.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) are best hunted right after dark — when Uranus is high in the south-southeast and Neptune hasn’t yet sunk too low in the southwest. Use our finder charts online or in the October Sky & Telescope,page 50.
Uranus – Though no bright planets are visible in December after dusk, the two outer planets Uranus and Neptune may be seen during the early evening hours. You can find Uranus with binoculars, shining at magnitude 5.7, in the constellation of Pisces for the first half of the night. Find it with the aid of our guide. Where to find Uranus in the night sky
Neptune – This outer planet, another ice giant like Uranus, lies in the constellation of Aquarius and can be seen as soon as it gets dark in December. Look as soon as you can after dark as it sets before 10pm by the end of the month. Neptune is fainter than its inner neighbour, at magnitude 7.8 it is not hard to find with binoculars if you know where to look.
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
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 Runic half-month of Eihwaz/Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books
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Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch – The silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) is the most common tree birch in much of Europe. It grows up to 30 m (100 feet) high, but is more often found in spreading clumps on sandy soils. It is one of the first trees to colonize an area after a mature forest is cut; this is probably a large part of its symbolic connection with new beginnings. It is cultivated in North America, often under the name of weeping birch. The three trees in my front yard form root sprouts that would take over the bed where they are planted if I didn’t cut them back. The common birch (B. pubescens Ehrh.) is almost as widespread as the silver birch, but grows primarily on acid or peaty soils. It can reach 20 m (65 feet) in height. Birches are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae). Curtis Clark
Beth – Birch – Ogam letter correspondences –
Meaning: New Beginnings; Changes; Purification.
Phagos – Beech Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Letter: PH, IO
Meaning: New experiences and information coming
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 27 Low 12:18 AM 1.8 7:52 AM Set 1:16 AM 54
~ 27 High 7:01 AM 7.6 4:44 PM Rise 1:09 PM
~ 27 Low 1:48 PM 2.0
~ 27 High 7:32 PM 5.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I manifest from abundance. With the consciousness of abundance, I give. With the consciousness of abundance, I receive.
~ This is what it takes to become involved with the sorrows of the world, to extend love and compassion, joy and equanimity to everyone—no exceptions.” – Pema Chödrön
~ Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t going away. – Elvis Presley
~ We must not become discouraged every time we meet with difficulty. Solutions should be sought in the very midst of hardship. – Buddha
~ We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it. – Mark Twain.
The darling of the world is come,
And fit it is we find a room
To welcome Him.
The nobler part
Of all the house here is the heart. – Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
Nuvak’chin’Mana – Hopi Kachina Dances – (Southwestern United States)
Themes: Ghosts (Spirits); Blessings; Weather; Winter – Symbols: Cold Items; White; Moisture
About Nuvak’chin’Mana: This Goddess’s name means Snow Maiden. In the Niman festival, Nuvak’chin’Mana is a Kachina who appears to pray for the return of cold weather so the moisture in the earth gets replenished. In our lives, she comes to replenish the well of our spirits and cool any overheated tempers that erupt with summer’s heat.
To Do Today: In Hopi tradition, Kachinas are spirits that help the tribe in all matters of life. Each year the Kachinas emerge around February to remind people of their blessings and to teach the sacred rituals that bring rain. Around this time of year, the Kachinas return to their rest, escorted out of the human realms by the Niman ritual.
To bring Nuvak’chin’Mana’s coolheadedness and refreshing energy to your entire day, drink a glass of milk on the rocks at breakfast, lunch, and dinner (or anytime in between). It’s very refreshing, and the appearance of the beverage honors the Goddess. If your region has been suffering from a dry spell, pour out a little of the milk and ice on the ground as an offering to Nuvak’chin’Mana so she might carry your need for rain to the nature spirits.
Last, take a moment at some point during the day to thank the Powers for all your blessings. A grateful heart is one ready to give and receive more of the Goddess!
Enter, Goddess, by the power of seven,
by the power of a cobra’s tear,
by the dewdrop, by the mango,
by the power of journeys at sea.
Joyously we bring you our gifts,
joyously we make music for you.
With hollow horns and flutes and
the deep sound of the conch, we call on you. ~Sri Lankan Song To The Goddess Pattini
Prayers of thanksgiving and petition go hand in hand. Thanks for this harvest, people prayed each year, and make it last through the winter. Thanks for this child, a mother prayed, and let her be healthy enough to survive. Thank you for this lover, a happy man called to the Goddess, and let her continue to love me this well. When we are lacking something – food, or money, or love, or success – we feel that having it all will surely make us happy. But no sooner do we have it than we begin to feel the pinch of fear. What if we lose what we’ve so longed to have? Happiness is just a treaty we make with our circumstances. One can be happy in squalor, while another whines in luxury. It is not what we have that makes us happy, nor what we lack that makes us unhappy. True thanksgiving means acknowledging what life has given us, without bargaining to get more or holding on more tightly. – )0( By Patricia Monaghan – From ” The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast 1-800-THE-MOON