Ancient Light’s Holiday Hours!
Open Thursday 12/28 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!
We ended up with over 1/2 an inch of rain yesterday, but it stopped mid-evening and things should stay dry through Wednesday and be showery after for several days. 44F (well, it’s not yet 7am) and quite still on land, although the offshore buoy is registering 11mph. It’s still cloudy, but the Moon was bright all night.
Yesterday was just a steady slog up until the middle of the afternoon. The rain and wind picked up steadily to the point where customers were picking up the readings sign as it tried to blow across the parking lot! It was already getting darker by the time that Stella came in and we worked out details so that I could go to Coos Bay today for a group xmas party. After that, Armand, the eclipse enthusiast, came in for a visit. We talked for a couple of hours!
I got some supper together and Tempus got some more things done. We eventually headed home around 9, did a few chores and turned in. I’m up at 6am. That never happens. 🙂 I usually see 6am from the other side!
Today’s Plant is Rhubarb, Rheum rhabarbarum. Best known as “pie plant” or in strawberry and rhubarb jam this is a wonderful and nutritious stalk vegetable, that has been legally counted as a fruit, because of its uses. The roots have been used as a laxative for thousands of years, and the stalks, while strong-tasting when uncooked and with no sugar, are delicious in sauces, pies, jellies, juice and so on, but the leaves are poisonous. It is very easy to grow since the roots will over-winter,even if the stalks die back and it’s one of the earliest vegetables to be harvestable. – Feminine, Venus Earth. – Wear a dried piece to help with stomach or gut pain and general protection. The pie served to a mate helps to maintain fidelity and is an aphrodisiac, especially when combined with strawberries.
Feast day of St Egwin of Worcester – Egwin was a bishop who died at Evesham, England, in about 717; the story of his life bears some resemblance to that of St Adhelm. He was possibly a member of Mercian royal house, and thus a relative of King Ethelred. Appointed Bishop of Worcester in about 692, he founded a monastery at Evesham. This came about when the Virgin Mary was seen first by a herdsman, Eof, or Eoves (who was shown where to site a monastery), and then by Egwin himself in a meadow by the Avon River. The place name Evesham derives from the herdsman’s name. (It has been suggested by Peter Eaves that it might be that the name Eoves actually was a signifier of the man’s occupation as a swineherd – in Old English, eofor meant ‘boar’.)
Before setting out for Rome to defend himself again false accusations of strictness, he locked his feet in chains and threw the key into the River Avon. In Rome he went straight to the market and bought a salmon caught in the River Tiber. Miraculously, the key was in the belly of the fish. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egwin_of_Evesham and here: http://saints.sqpn.com/sainte94.htm
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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.
Watch the Moon pull eastward away from Aldebaran through the night. If you’re in the eastern US, the Moon occults Aldebaran early this evening; in northern Europe the occultation happens very late in the night. Map and local timetables, including the times of the star’s disappearance and reappearance for many locations and the altitudes of the Moon and Sun at those times. (Note that the text consists of three separate, long tables: for the star’s disappearance, for its reappearance, and the locations of the cities.) With the Moon so bright, use a telescope.
Mars and Jupiter (magnitudes +1.6, and –1.8, respectively) rise in the east-southeast around 3 to 4 a.m. First up is Mars, far to the lower right of Spica. Then Jupiter, much brighter, rises much closer to Mars’s lower left. By early dawn they’re well up in the southeast. The gap between Mars and Jupiter is closing: from 6½° on the morning of December 23rd to 3½° on the 30th. They’ll have a close conjunction, 0.3° apart, on the mornings of January 6th and 7th. Close to Jupiter this week is 3rd-magnitude Alpha (α) Librae, a very wide double star for binoculars.
Jupiter- After several weeks when it lay on the far side of the Sun, Jupiter is returning to darker skies. The giant planet rises about two hours before the Sun at the start of December and four hours before sunrise at month’s end. A small telescope, or even binoculars, will be enough to reveal Jupiter’s four biggest satellites, the Galilean moons Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. During the final days of 2018, Jupiter and Mars will be closing in on each other, though this is purely a line-of-sight effect.
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
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
©2017 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Sa 30 Low 3:19 AM 2.7 7:52 AM Set 4:50 AM 84
~ 30 High 9:28 AM 9.0 4:46 PM Rise 3:01 PM
~ 30 Low 4:35 PM -0.6
~ 30 High 10:57 PM 6.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life is what one makes it, and the outside world only reflects what is in your heart
~ At some point in your life you either have the thing you want or the reasons why you don’t. – Andy Roddick
~ Be a friend, the rest will follow. – Samuel Johnson
~ Be careful when you fight the monsters, lest you become one. – Nietzsche
~ Brawl with a pig and you go away with his stink. – Norse Adage
He’s one of those who knows that life
Is just a leap of faith
Spread your arms and hold your breath
And always trust your cape – Guy Clark
Magick – THE FIREBIRD – A MAGICAL CREATURE FROM SLAVIC FAIRY TALES – Oct 26, 2014by Vesna Adic – http://meettheslavs.com/firebird-magical-creature-slavic-fairy-tales/
The Firebird is a miraculous bird whose plumage shines with fiery colors. It travels secretly by night and few beholders had the chance to witness this bird’s mysterious whereabouts. It is mentioned in fairy tales and legends of all the Slavic people, being the most prominent among the Eastern Slavs. The Firebird is usually the reason for sending heroes to difficult journeys, but is sometimes heroic itself, throwing pearls from its beak to the poor peasants. Of all the stories about this creature, the following two are most widely known. Speakers of Slavic languages will most likely be familiar with a number of other interpretations from their native surroundings.
Prince Ivan and the grey wolf
The frequent motif of this fairy tale is the Tsar’s magical orchard which contains the tree with golden apples. The mysterious thief steals one apple each night. Depending on the story, the Tsar can have three sons, or sons and daughters, but the hero is always the youngest prince Ivan. He alone stays awake while guarding the tree, identifies the thief as the Firebird and grabs one of its feathers. The bird is described as beautiful, peacock-like, blazing with orange, red and gold. When she flies, her light illuminates the entire orchard. The feather from its tail, which Ivan caught, also glows in the dark, enough to lighten the whole room. The beauty of the feather makes Tsar covet the bird itself. He sends his children on a quest to faraway lands, in order to fetch the Firebird. Only Ivan is brave enough to proceed into the dark forest, and gets his horse eaten by the gray wolf. The wolf is wise and magical animal, capable of talking and shape shifting. Sorry for depraving Ivan of its horse, he promises to serve him and carries him to another tsar who owns the Firebird. Stories differ in details, but Ivan is always young and foolish, forgetting the wolf’s advices and failing to get the task right. The failure gets the hero into trouble and initiates another quest, thus making him obliged to several tsars apart from his father. At the end, he not only needs to fetch the Firebird, but also the horse with the golden mane, the beautiful maiden and her wedding dress from the depths of the sea. Shape shifting wolf helps him fulfill the tasks, tricks the other tsars and keeps all the treasures for Ivan, including the fair maiden with whom the prince fell in love. The last Ivan’s obstacle is to face the jealousy of his brothers, who meet him on the way home and kill him. But, the gray wolf resurrects him with the water from the Fountain of life, and Ivan gets home victorious. He marries, inherits the throne and lives happily ever after.
The Firebird and the horse of power
Another fairy tale about the Firebird represents the warning against greed and vanity. The protagonists are the young and ambitious archer and his horse of power, apparently wiser than his master. One day in the woods, they come across the splendid and glowing Firebird’s feather. The horse advices his master to leave it where it stands, but the archer wants to be rewarded by the Tsar and decides to present him with the magical feather. In spite of the horse’s warning, he appears in front of the Tsar, who becomes greedy to own the whole bird. He orders the archer to either fetch the Firebird or die. The archer fulfills the task with the help of his horse, but instead of reward gets another death threat. Namely, the Tsar realizes that his servant is very skillful and decides to send him for all the treasures he ever wanted. The most important among them is the young bride Vasilisa, from the far away land, whom the tsar desires in spite of his old age and worn-out looks. When she is kidnapped by the archer and brought to the tsar, the former is in danger again, because the girl wants to boil her captor out of vengeance. The Tsar agrees, but here the twist of the story happens. In some versions, Vasilisa herself enchants the boiling water not to harm the archer, and in the others, his horse does it. The effect of the boiling is that the archer comes out unharmed and even younger and more handsome than before. Seeing this, the Tsar himself enters the cauldron and gets boiled to death. The archer ultimately gets his reward, becoming the ruler and a groom to beautiful Vasilisa. In some versions of this story, other fairy tale characters appear, the most prominent being the evil wizard Kaschei the Deathless and the forest witch Baba Yaga.
The Firebird fairy tales are not only children’s bed time stories, since they point towards human weaknesses such as jealousy, greed, lust and vanity. However, they are colorful and didactic, and have inspired many artists through the ages. Igor Stravinsky’s ballet “The Firebird” is probably the most popular adaptation of this motif in the mainstream culture. Quite recently, American author Susanna Kearsley offered a modern interpretation in her 1996 novel, “The Firebird”.
Silliness – Working Man Blues – After many years of trying to find steady work I finally got a job as a historian until I realized there was …no future in it.