60F again. This feels weird. It’s nice, but…. There’s very little wind, none in town, although one spot in Bayshore is reporting 10mph. It’s clouded up compared to yesterday, but there are still spots of sun. Earlier, to the north, where I can see a few small patches of sky, there was one gold spot and one spot that was more green than gold. The barometer is dropping and there’s likely to be rain tomorrow and for several days to come.
Yesterday was quiet both at home and at the shop. Tempus had a few shoppers in and then in the evening Brandon and his family showed up, planning to surprise us. Well, I’m still too sick to be at the shop, so it was a surprise all right! Tempus visited with them for quite awhile and then got home around 11pm.
Today I have my camera and a couple of hardware pieces that I needed for the next step on the embroidery that I’ve been doing. Tempus is at the shop again by now. He ran down and back to get my camera and the files so I could fill in the newsletters, but he forgot my calendar book, so I’m still missing a few pieces. I’m going to go back and fill in yesterday, too.
He’s going to have the shop open today and will run the Project Day. I’m going to be getting pix of the stuff I’ve been working on and writing, as well as snoozing some more. 🙂
I thought y’all might get a kick out of this Ronald Hutton documentary about Wicca. It’s a bit, “ooh-wow” in spots, but, oh well…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHAqBjOvYOQ
Today’s plant is Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. It is naturalized in the PNW, being native to Europe, not the Americas. Digitalis was one of the first heart medications and was extracted from the plant and then synthesized. The plant is poisonous, not just because of this (too much causes irregular heartbeat), but some other chemicals. Also known as Lady’s Glove, Witches’ Gloves, Fairy Fingers, or Dead Men’s Bells. – Feminine, Venus, Water – A Druid sacred herb associated with the “little people”. Lust, protection, decision, grow in a garden for protection of house and yard, reveals insincerity. Flower meaning – a wish, “I am not ambitious for myself but for you”.
Mallard Day, All Souls’ College, Oxford University – In 1437 the founder of this college was turning over options for various sites in his mind. On this day he woke from a dream of a huge mallard trapped in the place where he should build. Workmen went to dig and found an enormous bird making quite a racket. In honor of this event the Mallard Song is sung and a feast is held on this day. More about the college and the custom here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Souls_College,_Oxford#Customs
The shop is open 11-5pm 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 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
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 1/16 at 6:17pm. 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 1/15 at 9:17am.
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.
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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
Su 14 Low 4:28 AM 3.5 7:49 AM Rise 5:50 AM 9
~ 14 High 10:20 AM 8.2 5:02 PM Set 3:23 PM
~ 14 Low 5:29 PM 0.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Thou shalt not weigh more than thy refrigerator
~ You don’t need to justify your love, you don’t need to explain your love, you just need to practice your love. Practice creates the master. – Miguel Ruiz
~ You will forget your misery; you will remember it as waters that have passed away. – Unknown
~ You’re in charge, make a decision. – Jack Nicholson, Chinatown
~ Advice is like snow – the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper in sinks into the mind. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) English writer
Oh, what a goodly and a glorious show;
The stately trees have decked themselves with white,
And stand transfigured in a robe of light;
Wearing for each lost leaf a flake of snow. – Richard Wilton (1827–1903)
Imbolc Priapic Wand – Source unknown
Children will love the sound of this magical wand as they walk about pointing and shaking it at plants and trees, invoking them to wake up from Winter’s sleep to witness the union of the Bride and the Lord of the Forest.
**PARENTAL SUPERVISION REQUIRED!**
- Small Tree Branch
- Thin Brown String or Thread
- Yellow, Green, and Gold 1/4″ Ribbon
- Small Gold/Silver Jingle Bells.
- Select a small branch about 1/2″ to 3/4″ in diameter.
- Cut top end flat.
- Approx. 1/2″ below top score a groove (parents only) with a sharp knife.
- Take 1′ long piece of string/thread and tie in groove.
- Take another 1′ piece of thread and tie in groove on opposite side of branch.
- Place acorn at top of branch (flat end) and adhere with some glue.
- Now pull the string up over the cap and wind once around acorn.
- Repeat with all 3 other pieces of string.
- Pull strings back down to the groove in the branch and tie off. This will hold the acorn in place.
- Decorate the branch by wrapping it with the ribbons, leaving enough length at top for streamers.
- Tie gold/silver jingle bells to the ends of the ribbons.
- For smaller children, thread the bells onto the ribbon while wrapping the branch.
Tell the children about how the acorn-wand is a symbol of the Lord of the Forest, and how this magical wand helps the sleeping plants and animals wake up and prepare for Spring.
Brigit’s Bed – (For Imbolc) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/bed.html
- Basket, wood box, or doll cradle
- Padding to make receptacle like a bed
- Figure to represent the goddess Brigit
- Figure to represent the god (any god)
- Nuts (optional)
Dress up the basket, box, or cradle like a bed, and make it comfortable. Put it by the fireplace or the most desirable, warm spot in the house, as if you were waiting for a visitor to lie in it. Make a figurine to represent Brigit; this can be made with a bundle of oats, rushes, straw, or any grain or craft material fashioned into a loop or slightly human shape, and can be simple or ornate, and even can be decorated with clothes of any sort, preferably white with red ribbons. (One traditional adornment is a sparkling crystal around her neck.) You can make a god figurine by making a fruitwood wand with a pinecone attached to the end, decorated with ribbons, or any male-oriented symbol that works for you.
Ritual use: Place the Brigit’s Bed in the most inviting, warmest place in the house and imagine that you will really be visited by Brigit, the night before or night of Imbolc. Leave an aromatic, hot snack out for her by the bed. As you invite the spirit of the goddess to inhabit the bed, ask for her blessings of fertility and healing. Put the dolly in the bed, and offer the company of the god-wand. For an extra ounce of fertility blessing, the wand can be crossed like an X over the dolly to form the Norse rune Gifu. Add nuts to the bed to stimulate fertility. Use the Brigit dolly as a talisman of protection and fertility through the winter, and either recycle her for Lughnasadh or return her to the earth if she is made of grain.
Candlemas Candle Wheel – (For Imbolc) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/cndlweel.html
- Craft wreath
- Eight white candles
- Ivy leaves or vines
- Glue gun
Directions: Either drill thick holes into the wreath so that candles can be placed inside, or just secure them with screw-bottom candleholders or glue gun glue. Place the ivy leaves around in a decorative fashion.
Ritual use: The eight candles are symbolic of the eight spokes of the year, and spinning the circle into motion at Imbolc is important. In ritual, the candles can be solemnly lit with a cauldron or bowl placed in the middle of the candle wheel. The cauldron or bowl can have the Wish Tree in the middle of it, with water all around it, and have new pennies thrown into it while cementing the wishes. Also the tree and the candle wheel can be toasted.
Silliness – Bottle Fed Baby
A woman and a baby come into the doctor’s office.
She is taken into an examining room and waits for the doctor.
After arriving there, the doctor examines the baby, and finds him not gaining much weight and asks the woman, “Is he breast fed or on the bottle?”
“Oh…he is breast fed!”, replied the woman.
“Well then, strip down to your waist,” orders the doctor.
She takes off her top and bra and sits on the examining table.
The doc starts pressing, kneading and pinching both breasts for quite a while in a very detailed and thorough examination.
The doc motions to her to get dressed, then the doctor says, “No wonder this baby is so hungry. You don’t have any milk!”
The woman with a wry grin on her face responds, “Well of course I don’t, I’m his aunt!”