This is the note that originally went out on 1/26 with all the info filled in. So, no, I didn’t quite repeat things. It’s not your memory that’s off. 🙂
It’s been raining off and on all last night and all day. We’ve gotten most of 3/4 of an inch today, and yesterday well over 1/3 of an inch. 43F, wind at 7 and hitting 15 in spots. Sunday looks like it’ll clear up a bit and then after a bit more rain, next week looks like we’ll get a break.
We actually had a lot of folks in for a winter day, but as it got dark everything got quiet. …and in the early evening Tempus and I got some bad news. A friend of both of ours Crossed the Veil yesterday. I had been looking forward to seeing her this winter, but never got to any of the events where she was. She’s been ill, off and on, but nothing serious, it’s just we’re getting to that age, where folks we know are wearing out and going on. Tempus is grieving, too, but I fell apart.
We finally got home around 9pm and he tucked me into bed and took off to do his paper route, which went well, despite the rain and hail. I slept a little, but in the early morning my teeth started hurting and I can’t sleep with a bad toothache, so while he got enough sleep to get by on, I didn’t.
Tempus left me home, trying to get me a little more sleep, and I finally did, although I’m still pretty tired. He’s been at the shop all day, working with customers and visiting with some friends. I only just realized that I hadn’t done anything toward a newsletter today. I’ll re-post this with the rest of the info, probably tomorrow, but at least you know what’s happening.
Today’s Plant is the Linden Tree, tilia species. It is also called lime tree (no relation to the fruit) and basswood. It is the national tree of many countries, particularly in Central Europe, (the Czech Republic!) where at one time it was sacred and councils met at the sacred linden, just as in the British Isles they met at an oak. The wood is widely used for carving and for guitars. The inner bark of the tree has been used in making fabric. The flowers, which smell delicious, are used in teas and perfumes and a valuable honey is derived from them. The flowers, leaves, wood, and charcoal (obtained from the wood) are used for medicinal purposes.– Feminine, Jupiter, Water, Taurus – Bark used for protection, leaves and flowers for immortality. Good Fortune, Sleep and Love. Hang branches over the door for protection or grow in the garden. Use in love spells/mixtures and protection spells & incenses. Mix equal parts Linden and Lavender flowers and place in a sachet under your pillowcase to relieve insomnia. Keep Linden on a table to release the energies needed to keep the spirit alive and healthy.
Today’s feast is the anniversary of the day in 1993 that Vaclav Havel was elected President of the Czech Republic. How many playwrights, even dissident playwrights, become president? How many countries would *pick* a playwright as president? Maybe the country whose anthem is this:
Where is my home, where is my home?
Water roars across the meadows,
Pinewoods rustle among crags,
The garden is glorious with spring blossom,
Paradise on earth it is to see.
And this is that beautiful land,
The Czech land, my home,
The Czech land, my home!
No war, no battles, no glorious gore…. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaclav_Havel and on the republic here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Czech_Republic and the anthem here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Czech_national_anthem A youtube of the anthem http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPTwOZWnm6E and another with some lovely sights http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qn87PI9K99M Or even better still for today…. The version from Havel’s state funeral. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zL1fBSyXI5U Can you tell that I love my ancestral home?
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
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 1/31 at 5:27am. 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 1/29 at 5:27pm.
The Moon visits the Pleiades and the Hyades as it crosses Taurus after first quarter.
The Moon, two days past first quarter, shines to the right of Aldebaran and lower left of the Pleiades this evening, as shown here (for the middle of North America). Later, the Moon’s dark limb occultsAldebaran as seen from far northwestern North America during the early-morning hours of Saturday. Map and timetables.
Venus remains hidden very deep in the sunset.
Goddess Month of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17
Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar. Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 26 Low 12:37 AM 2.7 7:41 AM Set 2:29 AM 59
~ 26 High 7:07 AM 8.1 5:17 PM Rise 12:53 PM
~ 26 Low 2:20 PM 0.9
~ 26 High 8:35 PM 5.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Rejoice in other people’s triumphs.
~ The most fearful unbelief is unbelief in your self. – Thomas Carlyle
~ The overculture cares nothing for your Will. You have to care deeply, and act accordingly. – T. Thorn Coyle
~ The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make their minds to be either good or evil. – Hannah Arendt
~ The size of your next step doesn’t matter. What matters is the direction. – Rev Run
All day the gusty north-wind bore
The loosening drift its breath before;
Low circling ‘round its southern zone,
The Sun through dazzling snow-mist shone. – John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–92)
Paper Brigid’s Crown – This is especially appropriate for young girls, since this is the holiday for the return of the maiden.
You will need:
- Construction paper in your child’s favorite colors, and yellow and/or red, for the flames.
Pencil, crayon, or marker
- Glue (white glue or glue stick
What to do:
- Cut a strip of paper about 2 inches wide and long enough to wrap around your child’s head. You may need to glue 2 shorter strips to get the right length. Remember to include a couple of extra inches for overlap!
- Draw and cut out eight thin rectangles (these are the candles) of paper.
- Draw and cut out eight flames.
- Glue the flames to the candles
- Draw wicks in the flames and candles.
- Distribute the candles evenly around the headband.
- Glue the candles to the outside of the headband. (You can glue it to the inside if you think your youngster will wait long enough for the glue to dry!)
- Depending on the age of your child, they can do the drawing, cutting and gluing. Even the youngest child can hold paper and have you guide her hands.
Candle Hat – One holiday tradition in Scandinavian countries is for the girls to wear garlands in their hair that hold a circle of lit candles and bless the light’s return. We’ve adapted this candle custom to honor the returning light for Brigit. These paper hats are a simple and safe variation.
Draw an inner circle on a 9-inch paper plate, about an inch from the rim.
- Next draw very light lines dividing the circle into quarters.
- Draw four rectangular candle shapes, keeping the dividing lines as guides for the candles’ centers.
- The rectangles will meet in the center of the plate in a small square. (Could also be said as, “The candle wicks meet at the center, their bases on the plate rim.)
- Cut out the candle shapes, preserving their connection to the ring at the rim. This connection serves as the base of the candle.
- Bend candles from their base to stand upright.
- Decorate candles with markers, crayons and glitter.
- Use the discarded plate material to cut flame shapes.
- Color them bright flame colors, then glue or staple them to the top of the candles.
Candle Treat Rolls – These can be used as decoration for your celebration and then given to each celebrant afterwards for a nice little treat.
- Empty Toilet Paper Rolls
- Construction Paper (in the colors you want for your candles)
- Tissue Paper (yellow and orange)
- Tape (or glue)
- Treats (candy, nuts, raisins, or other yummy things)
- Take your toilet paper roll and lay it down on your construction paper. Use a ruler to draw a line on the paper for the width of the paper roll as shown in the sample to your left. Use your scissors to cut along the line that you drew.
- Lay the Paper Roll down on the edge of the construction paper. Tape one of the ends of the construction paper to the Paper Roll, then carefully roll the Paper Roll until you get to the end of the construction paper.
- When the construction paper is all the way around the Paper Roll, put a piece of tape to hold the paper together. You can also glue the paper down instead of using tape. If you do this, put a rubber band around the Paper Roll, and allow time for this step to dry.
- Cut two squares of tissue… one of the yellow color and one of the orange tissue paper. Use a nice sized square here so your candle flame is nice and large. Also remember when making this part of the candle, most of the tissue will be inside of the paper roll… so be generous with its size.
- Lay the tissue down, one piece on top of the other. If you angle it like the sample here to your left, both colors of the tissue will show nicely in your finished project.
- Use a spoon to gently push the tissue into the Paper Roll. Don’t push too hard or the tissue may rip. Once the tissue is in the Paper Roll… add your treats.
- Once your treats have been added… tie off the end. The illustration shows green string… but that is only so you can see where to add the tie.
- With your fingers… work up the tissue to form a tip to make it look like a candle flame.
Be sure to make as many candles as there are celebrants since you want everyone to get one of the decorations when all is done.
Sun Paper Plate – This is a simple craft made from a paper plate and a child’s handprint cutouts.
- A paper plate
- Yellow construction paper
- Glue (or a stapler)
- Crayons, paint or markers
- Googly eyes (optional)
Color in the sun, drawing a mouth and a nose. Either draw the eyes or glue on googly eyes.
Silliness – Makes You Think – Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things.