Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 10:29 PM of -0.2 feet. Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. 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! …and then we’re going to close for a week in January. I’ll post those dates, soon!
Bright sunshine in a clear, blue sky and it still is rather dim. Well, the Sun is on his way back, just a baby, yet! It’s only 50F and that’s today’s high. Chilly! Wind at 1mph, AQI 14 and we’ve gotten 1/10 of an inch of rain since midnight. All that wind over the last several days and we’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR HAZARDOUS SEAS . The next solid chance of rain is Saturday evening, so we’ve got some time to dry out a bit .
Yesterday was a good day, despite what it looked like to start. Tempus ran over with the tire as soon as anyone was open and then got it mended. We’re still not sure what happened with it, but it got mended….. so, he got it onto the car and got quite soaked in the process. He had to come in and change before we headed out and we had a tote of stuff and my walker to load. I had been talking back and forth with Vesta since the night before when we realized the tire problem.
We had a lovely drive down. The *views* from the car of the ocean and then of the trek up and over the Coast Range! It was decent weather, only a little spitty at times, and the roadways weren’t slippery. We talked the whole way, chatting about this and that, things that we often don’t have time to bring up, since we’re so busy.
We had stopped for gas in Florence, but that was all, and we got to the restaurant (Vietnam Restaurant on 11th, Eugene) 10 minutes past the time we were supposed to get there, but Vesta was waiting. I ordered what she suggested which was the #4, a shrimp/chicken/veg roll with peanut sauce, in an almost transparent casing and beef pho. Now, I get what the shouting’s about! That was delicious, but some of the odd bits that floated up in that bowl… Um… well that was neither beef nor a noodle…it looked like it had suckers on it. Maybe I don’t want to know… I happily chowed on it until it started to get cold. That was a mixing bowl, not a soup bowl…. So I got mine into a tub to take home.
We exchanged presents. She gave Tempus a loaf of delicious bread and me a beautiful Czech tablecloth…vintage at this point, since it says, “Czechoslovakia”. 🙂 She had a good laugh over the Nutella socks. 🙂 …and we talked and talked. It was good to be able to do that outside of an SCA event.
She took of for the rehab center where our friend, Iurii, has been since he got ill around thanksgiving. …and we followed the google map directions and got thoroughly lost for over an hour. We finally called the rehab center and one of the secretaries talked us in. Tempus says he’s humiliated forever…. 🙂
Iurii is still looking peaky and he all kinds of places for tubes to attach. all plugged off, but wasn’t attached to anything at that time we were there. Vesta took off (she’d been there for 1 1/2 hours before we got there!) and we gave Iurii his Christmas goodies and then sat and talked for awhile. He was kinda dozy. I’m sure he’s still on a bunch of pain meds, but he was moving easily and coherent, so I know he’s doing better.
We were supposed to go to fight practice after, but Tempus was tired enough that we headed back. I dozed a lot, but Tempus was dealing with people trying to drive in our non-existent trunk and high beams and fog, so I kept getting startled awake. I got some lovely views of the starry night sky and some really spooky vignettes of the foggy landscape. I finally came completely awake at about Mapleton on the way back.
We stopped at A&W and had a good supper with cheese curds for dessert. 🙂 They really do have the best root beer! We took it easy on 101 from Florence to Waldport, since we were mostly alone on the road. The Heceta Light was amazing in the slightly foggy weather, the rotating beam sweeping over the trees and cliffs and us and ocean. We had seen the brightness for most of a couple of miles.When we came around the bend by the Sea Lion Caves, though, *WOW*! They have the whole B&B lighted and it’s really lovely. …and then coming home…seeing the lights of Yachats appearing and disapplearing as we came around the curves. …and all the holiday lights on houses…. I haven’t managed to say anything about those, but we looked and commented all day. I wasn’t counting, officially, but it was upwards of 400! …and we came home and slept *hard*.
I’m pretty sure that I got over 12 hours of sleep…well, we regularly burn the candle at both ends… but I apparently slept on a shoulder wrong and I keep yelping… Tempus’ wrist stopped hurting, which he kept yelping about yesterday. I had told him in all seriousness, last night, that I wished I could take that for him, ‘coz I’m more used to it and he’s more useful. 🙂 I think I got my wish. 🙂
We’ve been busy today, which is why this is coming out later than I like. We have a couple currently in the shop from Bellingham and one earlier from northern Idaho. We’ll be open until 6 or 7 tonight, but if you’re coming in after 5pm it’s always a good idea to call ahead, just on the off chance. Paper run tonight.
Today’s Plant is Evening primrose, Oenothera species, sometimes called Sundrop or Suncup in Oregon. The young roots can be eaten like a peppery-flavored vegetable and the shoots can be used in salad. It can be used in poultices for wound-healing and to ease bruises. (Sun…it’s drying) Clinical trials don’t support the traditional uses for treatment of PMS (particularly bloating and water retention) or cervical ripening in pregnancy, but one of the varieties has promise as a treatment for breast cancer. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often called the King’s Cure-all, used by a ruler to cure scrofula. It has powers of healing, particularly for drying “wet” wounds or injuries. It can be used in sleep sachets, and for spells to cure (or cause) alcoholism. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evening_primrose
1675 – Charles II tried to suppress the coffee-houses, since people gathered there to discuss a lot of politics and such. His Proclamation of Suppression was laughed away in just 12 days. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee_house#Coffee_in_Europe
The shop opens at 11am. Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. Holiday Hours – 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
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.
M31, the Andromeda Galaxy, now crosses the zenith shortly after dark (if you live in the mid-northern latitudes). Exactly when? That depends on your longitude. Binoculars will show it just off the knee of the Andromeda constellation’s stick figure; see the big evening constellation chart in the center of Sky & Telescope.
Two of the finest deep-sky objects shine prominently on evenings in late December. The Pleiades and Hyades star clusters climb highest in the south during midevening but remain conspicuous nearly all night. The Pleiades, also known at the Seven Sisters and M45, appears like a small dipper to naked eyes. The larger Hyades forms the V-shaped head of Taurus the Bull. Although both look nice with naked eyes, binoculars show them best.
Neptune, in Aquarius, is lower in the southwest right after dark and quite a bit more difficult at magnitude 7.9. Finder charts.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for December
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,
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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
Th 27 High 4:17 AM 7.7 7:52 AM Set 11:40 AM 78
~ 27 Low 10:02 AM 2.7 4:43 PM Rise 10:59 PM
~ 27 High 3:41 PM 7.7
~ 27 Low 10:29 PM -0.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths. Breath, enjoy life and feel blessed that you are able to do so…
~ My mind tells me to give up, but my heart won’t let me. – Jennifer Tyler
~ I do not tolerate a world emptied of you. I have tried. For a year I have called every black tree Marya Morevna; I have looked for your face in the patterns of the ice. In the dark, I have pored over the loss of you like pale gold. – Cat Valente, Deathless
~ I am myself spiritually dead unless I reach out to the fine quality dormant in others. For it is only with the god enthroned in the innermost shrine of the other, that the god hidden in me, will consent to appear. – Felix Adler
~ From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life. – Arthur Ashe
On this night so long, My Lady
Keep me in your loving care
I await the dawn, My Lady
And the Sun King who will bear
Light and warmth and love, My Lady
As he has in years before
So guide me to the dawn, My Lady
This Solstice Night and ever more. ~Adapted by Akasha Ap Emrys to share with all her friends and those of like mind ~ Copyright © 1997-99 Akasha, Herne and The Celtic Connection wicca.com
The cookies I’d nibbled,
The eggnog I’d taste
At the holiday parties had gone to my waist.
When I got on the scales
There arose such a number!
When I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber),
I’d remember the marvelous meals I’d prepared;
The gravies, and sauces, and beef nicely rared,
The wine and the rum-balls, the bread the cheese,
And the way that I’d never said, “No thank you, please.”
As I dressed myself up,
In my husband’s old shirt,
And prepared once again to do battle with dirt –
I said to myself, (as only I can),
“You can’t spend the winter disguised as a man!”
So, away with the last of the sour cream dip,
Get rid of the fruit cake, each cracker, and chip,
Every last bit of food that I like must be banished
’til all the unwanted ounces have vanished!
I won’t have a cookie, not even a lick…
I’ll just have to chew on a celery stick.
I won’t have hot biscuits, or corn bread, or pie;
I’ll munch on a carrot, and quietly cry.
I’m hungry, I’m lonesome, and life is a bore –
But isn’t that what January is for?
Unable to giggle, no longer a riot…
Happy New Year to all, and to all a good diet! ~ Author Unknown ~ pagans4peace