It’s been a pretty day and it’s raining, now. 44F, wind at 5mph and we got 2/3 of an inch today? …adn most of 1/2 and inch, yesterday? Yes, winter is here on the Oregon Coast. It was mostly dry in Portland, but I’m home and I love the weather. 🙂
I had an awesome weekend, but no WiFi, and Tempus had the shop open both days. I’ll post more tomorrow, but I wanted to get this out before it’s tomorrow again. We just closed because I’m *wiped*! ..and I have my hari-kuyo to keep …but I’ll post closer to the normal time tomorrow. Hope your weekend was a fun as mine!
Arlys and I were placed at the ADA table, initially, and while that had good access, it was in a spot where everyone was standing and sort of hanging over us, which became oppressive after awhile. We found another spot right in front of the thrones and Wilhelm stashed my walker so it wouldn’t be in the way.
I got my feast contribution (some of Tempus’ pea flour bread) dropped at the kitchen. Projects got pulled out and worked on. After the Vigil I got to talk to a lot of long-time friends and pass on messages from Tempus, but really got to spend time with Kat (Mistress Kateryne of Hindscroft) which was wonderful, since it’s been years. I also got to talk blackwork with a number of people who watched me working during court. I also helped with the judging in the A&S competition.
During the afternoon Court there was Marya’s elevation to the Laurel. It was a beautiful ceremony. Her reactions were priceless, but she was so lovely, taking the oath, that *I* was moved to tears, as were many.
After court ended and after a few farewells, Arlys and I headed out, both of us being exhausted and unlikely to be able to safely eat much at the feast. After we were changed out of court clothes, she ordered a pizza, but in the process ended up calling a Pizza Hut in Pakistan of all places! I got my things together and prepped/re-packed and set out for morning. …and then we sat down to talk some more, ate pizza and talked some more yet, but we were both tired enough to go to bed at 10pm.
Wilhelm and family got to talk on the phone that night. “Mom” was back home and doing fine other than cleanup.
…and I ended up in the middle of the night having to go sit in the living room, having a nasty asthma attack, but I finally managed to get back to sleep and we didn’t actually get up until going on 10, had breakfast and got ourselves together. …and talked some more. 🙂
…and yes, there was a Tempus’ Teapot on Saturday! Keep scrolling down to find it! ”
Today’s Plant is the Buttercup that flourishes in my area in two types, Ranunculus bulbosus (sometimes called. St Anthony’s Turnip) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_bulbosus and ,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_repens (called creeping buttercup or crowfoot) which is the variety in my garden. These are non-native plants and invasive, but not usually worried about too much, since they usually grow in grasslands and very poor soil, not suited for agriculture. Although the fresh plant is poisonous, the sap being used as a blistering agent for gout and rheumatism, the dried plant is safe for consumption. Tinctures of this plant have been used on shingles and infusions for “soremouth”. – Masculine, Mercury(Uranus), Fire– These are used in spells for tenacity & stubbornness, both to create and cure, and as a plant of fertility, possibly being the plant that the Flora gave Juno to use to get pregnant with Mars. Carry in sachets (dried flowers only) for fertility or the dried leaves for tenacity. This is also used for harmony and for Sight (and called Frog’s Foot). Use buttercup flower petals in magickal potpourris for spells regarding: divination, energy, innocence, prosperity, youth. Use buttercup in solar spells involving energy and prosperity.
…and, of course today is Hari-Kuyo. I’ll be honoring my needles today. Hari Kugo, the feast of Broken Needles, is celebrated in Japan. Also called Daitosai, or Good-Luck Market it is celebrated from Nov 30 – Dec 11, honouring women’s crafts and tools. At Hikawa Shrine, Omiya, Saitama Prefecture, a large market is held selling good luck charms and many products. Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar I don’t remember where I read it, but there’s supposed to be a shrine where women take needles that have snapped and poke them into a ball of butter to “soothe their hurts”. I like that idea! I have this as the date, but going to look online, February 8 is usually listed. Hmmm…. anyway here’s a nice link: http://stitchtress.com/2010/02/08/hari-kuyo/ …and I love that picture!
The shop opens at 11am. Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. Holiday Hours – Open Late on 12/24, Christmas Eve, Closed Christmas Day 12/25, Close Saturday 12/29, Closing Early for New Year’s on 12/31 (probably by 4pm), And then we’ll be closed again on New Year’s Day! 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
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 12/6 at 11:20pm. Waning Crescent Moon – Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 12/2 at 11:20am. 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 12/5 at 11:20am.
Algol should be at its minimum brightness, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.1, for a couple hours centered on 9:53 p.m. EST. Algol takes several additional hours to fade and to rebrighten.
Look southeast just as dawn begins tomorrow (about 90 minutes before your local sunrise), and there will be Venus just a few degrees below the waning crescent Moon. Look to their right for Spica, much fainter, before dawn grows too bright.
The days of viewing Saturn in the evening sky are dwindling rapidly. You can find the ringed world about 10° high in the southwest 45 minutes after sunset. The planet shines at magnitude 0.5, more than a full magnitude brighter than any of the background stars in its host constellation, Sagittarius the Archer. Although the best views of Saturn through a telescope came earlier in this apparition, it never hurts to take a final look. This week, the planet’s disk measures 15″ across while the ring system spans 35″ and tilts 26° to our line of sight.
Mercury brightens and emerges into good dawn view toward the end of this week. By Thursday Dec. 6 it’s magnitude +0.5 and brightening fast. Look for it just above the southeast horizon, 25° to the lower left of Venus. Binoculars may help.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for December not yet available
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22 – (RWEESH)
Runic half-month of Isa/ Is November 28-12 Literally, ‘ice’: a static period. The time of waiting before birth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992
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Celtic tree month of Ruis/Elder, Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH) – 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).
Ruis – Elder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: Makeup days of the thirteenth Moon
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 2 Low 1:57 AM 1.2 7:34 AM Rise 2:19 AM 30
~ 2 High 8:29 AM 8.1 4:38 PM Set 2:33 PM
~ 2 Low 3:08 PM 1.3
~ 2 High 9:00 PM 6.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Forgive someone for something right now. Release the resentment and anger. This practice is for you to become happier. Telling the other person that you forgive them is completely optional, and is merely a bonus, Dear Friend!
~ Just because people can’t read your mind doesn’t mean they won’t eventually see what you are thinking. – Steve Keating CSE
~ I think all great innovations are built on rejections. – Louise Nevelson (1889-1988) Russian artist
~ A pessimist is a man who looks both ways when he crosses the street. – Dr. Lawrence J. Peter (1919-1990) US pop psychologist, writer
~ Most witches don’t believe in gods. They know that the gods exist, of course. They even deal with them occasionally. But they don’t believe in them. They know them too well. It would be like believing in the postman. – Terry Pratchett, Witches Abroad
Beyond the Red River – BY THOMAS MCGRATH
The birds have flown their summer skies to the south,
And the flower-money is drying in the banks of bent grass
Which the bumble bee has abandoned. We wait for a winter lion,
Body of ice-crystals and sombrero of dead leaves.
A month ago, from the salt engines of the sea,
A machinery of early storms rolled toward the holiday houses
Where summer still dozed in the pool-side chairs, sipping
An aging whiskey of distances and departures.
Now the long freight of autumn goes smoking out of the land.
My possibles are all packed up, but still I do not leave.
I am happy enough here, where Dakota drifts wild in the universe,
Where the prairie is starting to shake in the surf of the winter dark. – Thomas McGrath, “Beyond the Red River” from Selected Poems 1938-1988. Copyright � 1988 by Thomas McGrath. Source: Selected Poems 1938-1988 (1988)
There is a set of images from the Hubble Telescope that are set up to cut out as ornaments. I love these! Hubble ornaments
12 Days of Christmas: Scented Beeswax Ornaments from Soap Queen…
To kick things off, these Scented Beeswax Ornaments are the perfect addition to your Christmas tree. Scented with Woodland Elves Fragrance Oil, these ornaments smell like a fresh pine, clove and juniper. If you have a fake tree this year, these ornaments are a great way to bring the fresh Christmas tree scent inside!
What You’ll Need:
Medium 9 Ball Silicone Mold 30% off until Nov. 11th at noon, PST
16 oz. White Beeswax
4 oz. Woodland Elves Fragrance Oil
1/2 tsp. Merlot Mica
1/2 tsp. Super Pearly White Mica
1/2 tsp. Gold Sparkle Mica
1/2 tsp. Green Chrome Oxide
1/2 tsp. Cellini Red Mica
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Note: This recipe makes several batches of ornaments. Once you make the first batch and remove the cooled ornaments, reheat the beeswax in the microwave to make another!
ONE: To a separate heat safe containers, add 1/2 tsp. of Super Pearly White Mica, Green Chrome Oxide, Gold Sparkle Mica, and Merlot Mica. To the container containing Merlot Mica, add 1/2 tsp. Cellini Red Mica.
TWO: To each container, add 2 tbs. of Woodland Elves Fragrance Oil and use a spoon to thoroughly mix.
THREE: If necessary, use a mini mixer to get rid of any clumps.
FOUR: Melt beeswax over a double boiler. If you’d like you can use the microwave, just be careful! Because beeswax has an extremely high melting point, the container can get very hot (and possibly explode) if microwaved too long. Pour the melted beeswax evenly into each container, about 4 ounces.
FIVE: Use a spoon to thoroughly mix the wax, fragrance and colorants.
SIX: Using droppers, add 6 mL of wax into each cavity using various colors to complete the first layer. Allow to cool and harden. For our ornaments, we used a combination of red/gold and green/white, but you can use whatever color combinations you like!
Note: Work quickly, as the wax will harden in the droppers if it gets too cool.
SEVEN: Using the droppers, add 6 mL of wax on top of the hardened first layer using a contrasting color. Allow to full cool and harden.
EIGHT: Continue layering colors until each cavity has three 6 mL layers of beeswax.
NINE: After pouring the last layer, place a ribbon on top of the melted wax, and hold for several seconds until the wax cools and is able to support the ribbon. Once the ornaments are fully cool, remove from the mold and enjoy!
Yule Incense Recipe Spiritwolf & Silver Dove
2 Parts Frankincense
2 Parts Pine needles or resin
1 Part Cedar
1 Part Juniper Berries Grind the Pine needles, dried juniper berries and Cedar together with a pestle (in a mortar), add frankincense and mix well before burning on charcoal in a fireproof container.