Daily Stuff 12-11-18 Muybridge

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

It’s damp and windy out there. Trees are thrashing and wind is spattering the shop winds with drips from the eaves. 51F, wind at 22mph, gusting to the mid-30’s. We’ve already gotten one tenth of an inch of rain today and there’s more coming this afternoon. It’s going to be a double-bag night for the papers. Tomorrow should be less wet and then Thursday drier still, but it’s winter.

Yesterday was a long day, but satisfying. I taught from 2pm to nearly 11pm! I got a break in the late afternoon for some lunch, but had to wait until after class for my supper. We have 3 students in the 101 class and two need catchup classes, one of which is today at 2pm.

Tempus worked with customers while I was in class. Late in the evening one of the local “wildlife” folks came in, not quite in the same world with the rest of us and, telling Tempus that he was cold, curled up on the floor in front of the display case and fell asleep. He wasn’t doing any harm, so we left him there until class was done and it was time to close.

After class I ate my supper and started working on herb headers. If you’re reading regularly you know that the printer started acting up just as I started this back a couple of weeks ago. Tempus realized on Sunday that it seemed to be printing blue again, and I found (just before class) that it was indeed acting normally. I wonder if something glitched with all the updates and then got fixed?

So I spent a couple of hours finding the herbs that had been bagged, lining them up and printing the appropriate headers. I ended with a tall stack of baskets ready to start the cut and staple process and headed off knowing I had done a good job.

….except I came in this morning and the whole stack was scattered on the floor! No clue why…. So I have to do that next.

The catchup class is going to take most of the afternoon and then Tempus and I have a set of photos to take before I get back to those headers and sort the whole stack. <sigh>

A pic by Ken Gagne from 12/11/16 in Yachats.

Today’s Plant is ColtsfootPetasites frigidus var. palmatus. One of the best cough remedies out there, this is often smoked to help cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is also made into cough syrups often combined with horehound. This is another plant where the medicinal and magickal uses seem to go together. Feminine, Venus, water– Add to love sachets and use in spell of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites_frigidus

Boys_playing_Leapfrog Muybridge 12-11Eadweard Muybridge was one of the first to do “motion studies” using photography, some of which are still being used. He made it possible to see these in his “zoopraxiscope” (wow, what a name!) His first famous one seems to have been on a bet to prove that at one point in its stride a trotting horse has all four feet off of the ground. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eadweard_Muybridge …where you can find moving images of the ‘scope, the horse and a bison!

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 ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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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. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 12/11 at 11:20am. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 12/15 at 3:49am. 

Now you’ll find Alpha and Beta Capricorni to the right of the Moon at nightfall.
The Summer Triangle is sinking lower in the west, and Altair is the first of its stars to go (for mid-northern observers). Start by spotting bright, zero-magnitude Vega in the northwest right after dark. The brightest star above Vega is Deneb. Altair, the Triangle’s third star, is farther to Vega’s left or lower left. How late into the night, and into the advancing season, can you keep Altair in view?

Asteroid 3 juno

Although asteroid 3 Juno reached opposition and peak visibility a month ago, it remains a worthwhile target this week. Glowing at magnitude 7.8, it’s easy to spot with binoculars under a reasonably dark sky and a cinch to locate through a telescope. You can find Juno floating among the relatively faint background stars of northern Eridanus the River, a region that climbs highest in the south around 10 p.m. local time. This evening, the asteroid lies 1.3° northwest of the magnitude 5.5 star 22 Eridani.
Mars (magnitude +0.1, in Aquarius) still shines highest in the south at nightfall and sets by midnight. In a telescope it’s gibbous and quite small: 9 arcseconds from pole to pole. For a Mars map that displays which side is facing Earth at your time and date, use our Mars Profiler.

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

Sun in Sagittarius
Moon in Aquarius
Juno (12/23), and Uranus (1/6/19) Retrograde
Color: Grey

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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
Color: Red
Class: Shrub
Letter: R
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.

to study this month – Straif – Blackthorn Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Chieftain
Letter: SS, Z, ST
Meaning: Resentment; Confusion; Refusing to see the truth

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Tides for Alsea Bay

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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Tu  11     High   3:25 AM     6.8   7:43 AM    Rise 11:03 AM      11
~    11      Low   8:45 AM     3.6   4:37 PM     Set  8:47 PM
~    11     High   2:16 PM     7.5
~    11      Low   9:22 PM     0.2

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Creator, you are mastery, help me to see mastery in a way that I can understand.

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Journal Prompt – Describe – Describe a fair, parade, or festival you have attended.

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Quotes

~   Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think. – Robert Henri
~   Much learning does not teach understanding. – Heraclitus
~  Be nice to ’em goin’ up, because you’re going to meet them all comin’ down. – Jimmy Durante
~  It is a mistake to suppose that men succeed through success; they much oftener succeed through failures.  Precept, study, advice and example could never have taught them so well as failure has done. – Samuel Smiles

Fairbanks Under the Solstice

Slowly, without sun, the day sinks
toward the close of December.
It is minus sixty degrees.

Over the sleeping houses a dense
fog rises—smoke from banked fires,
and the snowy breath of an abyss
through which the cold town
is perceptibly falling.

As if Death were a voice made visible,
with the power of illumination…

Now, in the white shadow
of those streets, ghostly newsboys
make their rounds, delivering
to the homes of those
who have died of the frost
word of the resurrection of Silence. – John Haines, 1924 – 2011 – Excerpted from The Owl in the Mask of the Dreamer: Collected Poems, copyright © 1993 by John Haines

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Yule Magick –  Songs

The Holly King Ravensgrove Coven

“The holly and the ivy, when they were both full grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood, the holly bears the crown. . .”

I am the Holly King, Lord of the Waning Year. You may know me as the Green Man or as the Winter King. I rule from Midsummer to Midwinter, and my reign culminates in the festivities of Yuletide. As the wren dies to make way for the robin, soon I will bow before my brother the Oak King. You will not see me again until the Sun once more begins to wane. As I prepare to withdraw into the deep midwinter, I contemplate the glowing light of the reborn Sun in my cup — and in this holy grail, I see visions and dreams of the year to come.

Carry a sprig of holly with you as my token. It will protect you against fierce winter storms, and will bestow upon you the focus, direction and courage you need to succeed in your own spiritual quest.

Fill your homes with holly this season! Deck the halls! My evergreen leaves and bright red berries, seen against the barren oaks of winter, will remind you of the Life that sustains us during the bitterest time of the year.” ~The Holly King~

The Feast of St Lucy: Luciadagen
And I will stay awake throughout the longest winter night
And dress up in a red silk sash and flowing gown of white
And serve my parents with warm sweets and sing for their delight.

And I will wear upon my head a crown of fragrant green
Ablaze with tall white candles, with golden candle-gleam,
And I will be a Lussibrud as in some wondrous dream.
And as the night begins to fade I’ll greet December sun
And knock on all the neighbors’ doors and sing to everyone
And offer all the friends I greet a golden saffron bun.

Lucia maidens will come too, with silver in their hair
And star boys with their studded wands and pointed caps to wear,
And elfin boys will follow us as we walk everywhere.

And I will stay awake throughout the longest winter night
And dress up in my silken sash, my crown, my robe of white
And I will be, for one brief day, Lucia of the Light. – Myra Cohn Livingston, The Feast of St. Lucy: Luciadagen http://www.millan.net/funp/christmas/luciafact.html

Holly King

Sing we of a mystery, now as long ago
Blood red holly berries, blood upon on the snow
The Oak king shall rise, the waxing year to bring
Therefore bid we farewell to the Holly king

Now in deep midwinter all seems in a trance
Comes the golden Oak King in his age old dance
Comes he to slay, yet honor he does he bring
To his fallen brother the darksome Holly King

In the bright midsummer the year’s wheel turned around
Then shall be the Oak King’s blood upon the ground
Ever it comes, once more the years waning
Then shall be victorious the Darksome Holly King

Sing we of the Mystery now as long ago
Blood red holly berries, blood upon on the snow
The Oak king shall rise waxing year to bring
Therefore bid we farewell to the Holly king

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Silliness – Yule Riddles – Q: What did the sheep say to the shepherd? A: Seasons Bleatings!

 

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