Minus Tide at 8:49 PM of -1.3 feet. Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. 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!
It’s mostly cleared up and there’s been no rain since midnight, but it’s *cold*! 39F? It’s still dark, but that’s what sunrise ought to be. We got 1/6 of an inch of rain yesterday. Wind at 8mph, AQI 14. That’s ragweed pollen thing is still in the report… Hmm… Looking like showers for tomorrow and then on the weekend, but otherwise dry? Sounds good!
Tempus got us open yesterday and went in back to sleep. … and I went nuts with customers until 1:30. Several people said they were coming back, too, and did, the last one at 8pm. …and in the middle of that I remembered that I had to take my pills. Of course, one stuck and it had to be the one that tastes awful until you get it swallowed. Erk…
We worked in back afterwards, since I have to get a bunch of sewing done over the next couple of weeks. After awhile I went and sorted some of the things that we’re boxing up to send to the kids that we won’t see this Christmas. I still have the gnomes to make for those.
Today Tempus is going to go fetch Sash and we’ll go to the community dinner, go to the shop to open our prezzies and then go out to Toledo to hang out for the rest of the day. Hoping you have a lovely holiday, however you spend it!
HOLLY, Ilex aquifolium in Europe or Ilex opaca in the Americas, also called Bat’s Wings in old herbals. It’s usually used as an ornamental, but sometimes as a good wood for carving. In heraldry, holly is used to symbolize truth. Harry Potter’s wand is of holly. Some cultures use a tea of the leaves as a medicinal. Holly is one of the evergreens brought into the home by Druids. It symbolizes a willingness to allow the nature spirits to share one’e abode during the harsh, cold season. The traditional crowns for the bride and groom are made of holly (a male plant) and ivy (a female plant), wreaths and altar decoration are made of these as well. AUTION: the berries are poisonous! – Masculine, Mars, Fire – protections, dreams, luck, anti-lightning, holly water for wiccaning, Planted around the home for protection against evil. Cast it about to repel unwanted animals and spirits. The leaves and berries can be carried by a man to heighten his masculinity, virility and to attract a lover. Mixed with ivy for good luck to newlyweds. A Druid sacred tree. Sacred to the Winter Solstice, when it is used for decorating. Carry to promote good luck. Energy; Power; Strength; Protection, Enchantment, Dream Magic, Protection and Anti-Lightning.
Today is the Roman festival of Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, or “Birthday of the Unconquered Sun” and may be the actual “Reason for the Season”. This is the first day that the sun (if you’re watching *very* closely) has a shorter shadow at noon. Today is actually less than ½ a minute longer than on the solstice, but accurate sundials & noon marks predate accurate clocks by a long shot! More on the god of this day http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol_Invictus More on noon marks http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noon_mark and sundials http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sundial
The shop opens at 11am. Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. Holiday Hours – 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 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 1/5 at 5:28. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 12/29 at 1:34am.
Sirius and Procyon in the balance: Sirius, the Dog Star, sparkles low in the east-southeast by mid-evening. Procyon, the Little Dog Star, shines in the east about two fist-widths at arm’s length to Sirius’s left. If you live around latitude 30° (Tijuana, New Orleans, Jacksonville), these two canine stars will be at the same height above your horizon soon after they rise. If you’re north of that latitude, Procyon will be higher. If you’re south of there, Sirius will be the higher one. Why? The eastern edge of the Earth tilts differently with respect to the stars depending on your latitude.
If you’re looking for a Christmas star to mark the holiday, you can’t go wrong with brilliant Sirius. The brightest star in the sky (after the Sun, of course) gleams at magnitude –1.5. This makes it nearly four times brighter than the next brightest star visible from mid-northern latitudes: <<<< Arcturus in the constellation Boötes. Sirius currently rises before 8 p.m. local time and ascends in the southeast throughout the evening hours.
The variable star Algol in Perseus reaches minimum brightness around 8:26 p.m. EST, when it shines at magnitude 3.4. If you start watching it after darkness falls, you can see it more than triple in brightness, to magnitude 2.1, over the course of about five hours. This eclipsing binary star runs through a cycle from minimum to maximum and back every 2.87 days. Algol appears in the eastern sky after sunset and passes nearly overhead around 9 p.m. local time.
Saturn is lost in the sunset.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for December
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
Runic half-month of Jera/ Jara 12/13-12/27 – Jara signifies the completion of natural cycles, such as fruition, and has a more transcendent meaning of mystic marriage of Earth and Cosmos. *Ø* Wilson’s Almanac free daily ezine | Book of Days | December 13 Runic half-month of Eihwaz/Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books,
©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 25 High 2:37 AM 7.6 7:51 AM Set 10:25 AM 94
~ 25 Low 8:02 AM 2.8 4:42 PM Rise 8:31 PM
~ 25 High 1:47 PM 9.0
~ 25 Low 8:49 PM -1.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – All people have at least ten faults. Pick ten you can live with.
~ There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self. – Aldous Huxley
~ Worry is interest paid on trouble before it falls due.- William R. Inge
~ By entitlement behavior, I mean the apparent belief of too many political figures – make that too many male political figures – that the ordinary rules of acceptable conduct do not apply to them. – Ruth Marcus
~ If I should die, I have left no immortal work behind me — nothing to make my friends proud of my memory — but I have loved the principle of beauty in all things and if I had had time I would have made myself remembered. – John Keats, English poet
A HOLLY JOLLY YULETIDE
Words and Music by Johnny Marks
Adapted by Susan M. Shaw
Have a holly jolly Yuletide
It’s the best time of the year
I don’t know if there’ll be snow
But have a cup of cheer
Have a holly jolly Yuletide
And when you walk down the street
Say hello to friends you know
And ev’ryone you meet
Oh, ho, the mistletoe
Hung where you can see
Somebody waits for you
Kiss her once for me
Have a holly jolly Yuletide
and in case you didn’t hear
Oh, by golly have a holly jolly Yuletide
Merry Christmas In Various Languages
Afrikander – “Een Plesierige Kerfees”
Arabic – “I’d Miilad Said Oua Sana Saida”
Argentine – “Felices Pasquas Y felices ano Nuevo”
Armenian – “Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand”
Basque – “Eguberri on”
Bohemian – “Vesele Vanoce”
Breton – “Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat”
Bulgarian – “Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo”
Chinese – [Mandarin] – “Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan”
Chinese – [Cantonese] – “Saint Dan Fai Lok”
Cornish – “Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth”
Croatian – “Sretan Bozic i Nova Godina” (Merry Christmas & Happy New Year)
Czech – “Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok”
Danish – “Glædelig Jul”
Dutch – “Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar”
Inupiaq Eskimo (Kotzebue area in NW Alaska) – Quvianagli Anaiyyuniqpaliqsi suli Nakuuluni Ukiutqiutiqsi – (Merry Christmas) (and) (Happy New Year)
English – “Merry Christmas”
Estonian – “Haid joule ja head uut aastat”
Farsi – “Cristmas–e–shoma mobarak bashad”
Happy New Year in Filipino
“Manigong Bagong Taon”
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in Filipino– “Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon”
Finnish – “Hyvaa joulua”
French – “Joyeux Noël”
German – “Froehliche Weihnachten”
Greek – “Kala Christouyenna”
Hawaiian – “Mele Kalikimaka”
Hebrew – “Mo’adim Lesimkha. Chena tova”
Hindi – “Shub Naya Baras”
Hungarian – “Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket”
Icelandic – “Gledileg Jol”
Indonesian – “Selamat Hari Natal”
Iraqi – “Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah”
Irish – “Nollaig Shona Dhuit”
Italian – “Buone Feste Natalizie”
Japanese – “Shinnen omedeto, kurisumasu omedeto.”
The first part is translated “Happy New Year”.
“Kurisumasu omedeto” means “Merry Christmas”.
Japanese people generally add the expression gozaimasu to indicate some humility.
Korean – “Sung Tan Chuk Ha”
Latvian – “Prieci’gus Ziemsve’tkus un Laimi’gu Jauno Gadu”
Lithuanian – “Linksmu Kaledu”
Navajo – “Merry Keshmish”
Norwegian – “God Jul”
Pennsylvania German – “En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr”
Polish – “Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia”
Portuguese – “Feliz Natal” “Boas Festas” (Good Holidays)
Rumanian – “Sarbatori Fericite”
Russian – “Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva s Novim Godom”
Serbian – “Hristos se rodi”
Slovakian – “Sretan Bozic or Vesele vianoce”
Samoan – “La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou”
Scots Gaelic – “Nollaig chridheil huibh”
Serb–Croatian – “Sretam Bozic. Vesela Nova Godina”
Slovak – “Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok”
Slovene – “Vesele Bozicne. Screcno Novo Leto”
Spanish – “Feliz Navidad”
Swedish – “God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt År”
Tahitian – Merry Chrismas :” Ia orana te Noera”
and Happy new year is “Ia orana i te mata iti api”
Thai – “Sawadee Pee Mai”
Turkish – “Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun”
Ukrainian – “Z Rizdvom Khrystovym !” – “Merry Christmas”
” Z Novym Rokom !” – “Happy New Year”
“Z Rizdvom Khrystovym i Novym Rokom !” – both greetings together.
Vietnamese – “Chuc Mung Giang Sinh”
Welsh – “Nadolig Llawen”
Yugoslavian – “Cestitamo Bozic”