It was clear when we started out around 5, but it’s mostly clouded over, now, and kinda breezy, and chilly! 36F! Wind at 10 mph, gusting to 20. AQI 43. It should be dry most of the day, but there’s a 90% chance of rain tonight.
After yesterday’s newsletter went out, the catch-up class went on until about 4:30. After that I caught up on mail while Tempus was working in back. I got a few more things checked in and worked on sorting out some hardware for the bookmarkers and then found a set of necklace that I needed to get hung. In the evening I made a batch of pickled eggs.
Eventually Tempus headed for Newport and I went in back to get a nap. After that I made a batch of mustard. It’s a variety that Tempus and I like. I went up front and started working on newsletters. I had all the frames finished and feast and herbs and such entered about when he finished Makai. The papers had been late (stickers) but he only had to single bag.
I cooked up, peeled and sliced some potatoes for snacks, then started fishing out sewing projects that had gone over the back of the table. I got picked up at 5 and we were back by 7:30. We’ve got to get at least a nap before we open.
Today is mostly checking in things, but I’m hoping that Tempus will get a little farther in back again, so I can sew.
Today’s Plant is the Coast Willow, Salix hookeriana. I’ve been mistaking it for pussy willow ever since I moved out here! Pussy Willows are a subset of the willows which also include osiers (think “wicker” for their uses). They’re all Saliciae from which, salicylic acid, the medicine Aspirin, was derived. Willow magick is Feminine, Moon and Water. Willow wands can be used for healing, to sleep with for more vivid dreams, Drawing Down the Moon, or for protection in underworld journeying. The Willow will bring the blessings of the Moon upon those who plant it or have it on their property. Willows can be used to bind together witch’s brooms and a forked willow branch is widely used in water witching and dowsing. New Moon magick, creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, binding. Love, Love divination, protection, healing. It is also known as the tree of immortality because of its ability to re grow from a fallen branch in moist ground. These properties apply to all forms of willow, but the Coast Willow has the properties of endurance, tolerance and stubbornness as well. There’s more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org
The remembrance of the “Day that will live in infamy”, Pearl Harbor Day, is observed annually in the United States on December 7, to remember and honor the 2,403 citizens of the United States who were killed in the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941. For more – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Pearl_Harbor_Remembrance_Day
Today is the Haloia of Demeter, the feast of the beginning of her long search for her daughter. More here: http://witchofstitches.blogspot.com/2009/12/haloia-of-demeter.html and on Demeter here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demeter#Demeter_and_Persephone
The shop opens at 11am. Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. Open Circle for Yule 12/21, 7pm. Holiday Hours – Open Late on 12/22 & 24 (Christmas Eve), Closed Christmas Day 12/25, Closed 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
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 12/22 at 9:49pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 11:20am on 12/8.
Now Neptune appears about 1/4° to Mars’s southwest.
Comet Wirtanen may or may not come within binocular, or even small-telescope, range as it passes unusually close by Earth for the next couple weeks. Start trying now while the evening sky is still moonless and dark! See Comet 46P/Wirtanen Approaches Earth, but as Joe Rao warns there, keep your expectations low.
New Moon (exact at 2:20 a.m. on this date EST). At its new phase, the Moon crosses the sky with the Sun and so remains hidden in our star’s glare.
Although people in the Northern Hemisphere won’t experience the shortest day of the year for another two weeks (at the winter solstice December 21), those at 40° north latitude will see the Sun set earlier today than at any other time this year. Tomorrow’s sunset will arrive about one second later than today’s. By the time of the solstice and longest night on December 21st, the Sun actually sets 3 minutes later than now. The date of earliest sunset depends on latitude — the farther north you live, the closer it occurs to the solstice. And the latest sunrisedoesn’t come until January 4th. These slight discrepancies arise from the tilt of Earth’s axis and the ellipticity of Earth’s orbit.
Uranus, near the Aries-Pisces border, is pretty easy to see in binoculars at magnitude 5.7 — with a good finder chart, if you know the constellations well enough to see where to start with the chart.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for December
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 Runic half month of Naudhiz/ Nyd – November 13- 27 – Need-fire – Time to prepare for winter. Consciousness is the Necessity. “That which does not destroy me makes me stronger.” – Nietzsche
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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
F 7 High 12:39 AM 7.0 7:39 AM Rise 7:51 AM 0
~ 7 Low 6:01 AM 2.9 4:37 PM Set 5:19 PM
~ 7 High 11:50 AM 8.7
~ 7 Low 6:51 PM -0.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want, but the realization of how much you already have.
~ And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. – Nietzsche
~ Alexander Hamilton started the U.S. Treasury with nothing, and that was the closest our country has ever been to being even. – Will Rogers (1879-1935) US actor, humorist
~ One of the dreariest spots on life’s road is the point of conviction that nothing will ever again happen to you. – Faith Baldwin (1893-1978) US writer
~ In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Now see stern Winter nearer draw,
Sol’s feeble rays refuse to thaw
What Winter’s frost congeal’d;
And lo! the flakey snows appear,
Proclaim the approach of Christmas near,
And deck in white the field. – William Cole (1824)
While Lighting the Yule Log
Goodbye Old King–hello, New
With this log we honor You
The old reign’s gone–the new has begun
We welcome now the newborn Sun. – Dorothy Morrison
Winter Solstice Meditation
I invite you to take time to visit your dark side in silence and observation and reverence dare to see yourself as you are
- what would I do if there were no norms, values or laws to restrict me?
- how would I act detrimentally if I didn’t care about the response from family or friends?
- I invite you to take time to call out from the dark in words and unfettered prayer dare to call out for all you can become
- what could I do if I dare followed my heart and revealed my higher Self?
- how could I act beneficially if I didn’t shrink fearing the response from family or friends?
With these thoughts and prayers, relish all that you are – human incarnated.
Winter Solstice Chant
Note: This chant is set to be used in a solstice reading. It can also simply be set as a poem, eliminating the cues.
New Year born, Old Year gone,
Time’s a wheel we ride upon.
Round and round, until at last
Our future has become our past.
At the end/beginning of the year
The light is born/dies into darkest night
Being personified and given a name by some, by others not.
The yin/yang sound of one hand clapping
Begins/ends the year that it may carry us forward
Into whatever day/night is there for us to experience.
Two sides of a coin to flip for “yes” or “no,”
One coin to pay the piper or the tax collector as the case may be.
That coin wheeling in the sky that shines by day, reflects by night.
There is beauty in the day; as well there is beauty in the night.
Neither can exist without the other. Nor is there any end
Without beginning, or beginning without end.
Speakers 1 & 2 in unison:
The wheel turns and turns, and we as spokes turn with it,
Returning to our source, whatever and wherever that may be,
Until we know that truth abides in every season of the heart.
New Year born, Old Year gone,
Time’s a wheel we ride upon.
Round and round, until at last
Our future has become our past. Written and Submitted by Tasha Halpert