Daily Stuff 12-28-18 Kwanzaa

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. 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!

Yes, we’re closing for the day tomorrow!!!

It’s been raining. It’s dark already, where did the day go? I had this ready to go out at 6am and here it’s well past 6pm! 48F and it only got to 49 today… Wind at 2mph…only 0.03 inches of rain, but it looks like more, ditto for yesterday… AQI of 12. There’s a good chance of rain tomorrow night, but then dry for a few.

Yesterday went past in a thundering hurry again. We had folks in shopping, as we’ve had today, a lot of people from out of town on the coast for the holiday.

The day flew for me because I was doing a lot of writing and working on that sewing project that I keep talking about. If I have the skills that I hope I do it’ll look something like this…. …but that’s what I worked on all night….

Today’s been weird. I slept very late, not quite sure why, but then I got nabbed for several hours talking to some folks who have moved up  here from Texas, plus a bunch of other customers, so this is the first chance I’ve had to sit and work! We have some cooking to do this evening and then tomorrow we’ll be closed. We don’t usually on a Saturday, but we’re heading to Coos Bay for an event.

A pic from 12/28/15 of our glorious Ocean! Ken Gagne, of course.🙂

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I saw this picture and went, “Oh, *yes*!” It’s a much better version of one of the common things that we talk about, perspective, better than the tired old cliche of moss on a tree.

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Today’s plant is Blue ElderberrySambucus cerulea. It’s a rather wild shrub that can be trained into a small tree, with icky-smelling white flowers that then produce dark fruits that appear blue because of a whitish coating on them. In Oregon it grows mostly from the valley out to the coast with some isolated pockets in the Eastern part of the state. There’s a lot of folklore surrounding the tree. “In some areas, the “elder tree” was supposed to ward off evil influence and give protection from witches, while other beliefs say that witches often congregate under the plant, especially when it is full of fruit. In some regions, superstition, religious belief, or tradition prohibits the cutting of certain trees for bonfires, most notably in witchcraft customs the elderberry tree; “Elder be ye Lady’s tree, burn it not or cursed ye’ll be” – A rhyme from the Wiccan rede-poem. If an elder tree was cut down, a spirit known as the Elder Mother would be released and take her revenge. The tree could only safely be cut while chanting a rhyme to the Elder Mother.”From Wikipedia– Feminine, Venus, Water – The flowers are used for Crossing the Bridge rituals. Carry for protection and to prevent rheumatism and toothache. Dried berries are helpful in sleep pillows. All parts are good for protection. Grow near the home for prosperity. Magic wands and flutes are often made from this wood.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus_ceruleaorhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus

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Kwanzaa, African-American holiday (Dec 26 – Jan 1); Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) This is the 3rd day of this modern festival for those of African heritage. There’s a really good article explaining the traditions and where they come from here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwanzaa

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 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

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 MoonBest 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. 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 1/1 at 5:28am. 

. . .And when the Moon wanes to last quarter, it’ll pose above the telescopic double star Gamma (γ) Virginis (Porrima) before dawn.

Last-quarter Moon tonight (exact at 4:39 a.m. on the 29th EST). The Moon, half-lit, rises around midnight in Virgo. By the beginning of Saturday’s dawn it’s shining high in the south, close above Gamma (γ) Virginis and about a fist and a half upper right of Spica (as shown above).

Mars mosaic astro – By combining roughly 1,000 Viking Orbiter images, researchers created this stunning mosaic of Mars that shows surface features at a scale of just over half a mile (1 kilometer) per pixel. NASA/JPL/USGS

Mars continues to put on a nice show these December evenings. Look for the Red Planet halfway to the zenith in the southern sky as darkness falls. The world shines at magnitude 0.4 against the much dimmer stars of Aquarius the Water-bearer. A telescope reveals a disk that spans 8″ and should show a few subtle surface features during moments of good seeing.
Mercury (magnitude –0.4) and brighter Jupiter (mag. –1.8) are together low in the dawn this week. Look for them above the southeast horizon, about 25° lower left of Venus, 45 minutes or so before sunrise. Jupiter and Mercury appear closest together (about 1° apart) on the mornings of December 21st and 22nd. Each morning after that Jupiter climbs farther to the upper right and Mercury sinks lower.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for December
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for January
Goddess Month of
Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
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,

Sun in Capricorn
Moon in Virgo enters Libra at 12:23pm
Uranus (1/6/19) Retrograde
Color: Pink

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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

Beth – Birch – Ogam letter correspondences
Month: November
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: B
Meaning: New Beginnings; Changes; Purification.

Phagos – Beech Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Orange-brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: PH, IO
Meaning: New experiences and information coming

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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
F   28     High   5:10 AM     7.8   7:52 AM     Set 12:10 PM      67
~    28      Low  11:13 AM     2.5   4:44 PM
~    28     High   4:49 PM     6.9
~    28      Low  11:22 PM     0.6

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Sometimes we think the world needs policing, quality control. But what it needs even more than that is encouragement and love.

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Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – How do others see you?

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Quotes

~   A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner. – English proverb
~   Nowhere in my travels have I encountered a festival of people that has such magnificent appeal to the whole nation. The Cup astonishes me. – Mark Twain, on visiting the Melbourne Cup in 1890
~   Autumn is a second Spring when every leaf is a flower. – Albert Camus, Nobel Prize-winning Algerian-born French author, born on November 7, 1913
Imagination is the only key to the future. Without it none exists – with it all things are possible. – Ida M Tarbell, American pioneer investigative journalist, born on November 5, 1857

CAROL OF THE BELLS
Words by Hilda Marshall
Traditional Ukranian Carol

Hark! How the bells, sweet silver bells
All seem to say, “Throw cares away.”
Yuletide is here, bringing good cheer
To young and old, meek and the bold
Ding, dong, ding, dong, that is their song,
With joyful ring, all caroling
One seems to hear words of good cheer
From everywhere, filling the air
O, how they pound, raising the sound
O’er hill and dale, telling their tale

Gaily they ring, while people sing
Songs of good cheer, Yuletide is here!
Merry, merry, merry, merry Yuletide!
Merry, merry, merry, merry Yuletide!

On, on they send, on without end
Their joyful tone to every home
Hark! How the bells, sweet silver bells
All seem to say, “Throw cares away.”
Yuletide is here, bringing good cheer
To young and old, meek and the bold
Ding, dong, ding, dong, that is their song
With joyful ring, all caroling.
One seems to hear words of good cheer
From everywhere, filling the air
O, how they pound, raising the sound
O’er hill and dale, telling their tale

Gaily they ring, while people sing
Songs of good cheer, Yuletide is here!
Merry, merry, merry, merry Yuletide!
Merry, merry, merry, merry Yuletide!

On, on they send, on without end
Their joyful tone to every home.

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Magick –   Sylvester, Tri Kralu & Little Christmas

Little Christmas is a custom that is not usually observed in Western Europe or in the USA. Celebrated on January 6 (beginning the evening before) in Central and Eastern Europe, this is actually the bigger celebration in many places. Guessing from the proverbs and observances surrounding it, this particular place in the Wheel of the Year has a significance that goes back to pre-xtian times.

The saying that I remember from my childhood, (roughly translated), is “Today the Sun makes a chicken step back towards the warm.” If you’re watching the position of the setting or rising sun, this is the first day that you can actually see a distinct difference in the position without having careful marks or large dolmens, etc. to work with.

In many of these countries the Christmas celebrations have completely taken over the Solstice observations that were held at one time. Many of the customs are of solemn religious rites and emphasize not the coming of the Sun/Son but the coming sacrifice. The rejoicing “party-time” has been pushed over to New Year’s, Little Christmas or later

I grew up with this celebration, Sylvester, Tri Kralu and the Mikulas days, along with the usual Christmas.

Sylvester What is Silvester? It’s the New Year’s celebration in Central Europe! Silvester celebrations http://www.thelocal.de/society/20111231-16425.html#.UN3uwazheSq More on Pope Sylvester:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Sylvester_I A bit about it more on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silvester

Part of the reason that I’ve heard of this is that Babicka and Dedi (my grandparents) used to talk about the “SIEVE-est-er” which was a costume party held by the Czech community in Baltimore in late January. At various times the “uncles” (Dedi’s brothers and cousins) came up with some impressive outfits, including a clock that worked, a “rooster” that ran around laying eggs, a house on chicken legs and a two-person horse. This one was the big hit because they made balls of newspaper painted brown and the horse, after running around the dance floor, swishing its tail, backed up to the most pompous woman in the room and dropped them out the hind end of the horse into her lap!

Since January 6 is the feast day of the Three Kings in both Western and Eastern church observance it fits right in. Many places have gift-givings on this day rather than on 12/25 and explain it by the gifts of the Magi.

We always celebrated Christmas just as others do in the United States, but Tri Kralu/Little Christmas (Jan.6) is a holiday that most people haven’t heard of by that name. It is the end of the Christmas season as Mikulas begins it. Little Christmas, goes by the name of Epiphany, 12th Night, Befana, and the Feast of Three Kings in other countries. We used to celebrate with a special dinner, during which, for dessert, we ate up the last of the Christmas candy and cookies and took apart and ate the gingerbread house. Baba and Dedi would tell stories all evening until my brother and I dropped off to sleep and were carried off to bed. My children and I did this, but I’ve also added in that we play any of the new games from Christmas that haven’t been opened yet, or we open and put together a special jigsaw puzzle.

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Silliness – Just before Christmas, an honest politician, a generous lawyer and Santa Claus were riding in the elevator of a very posh hotel. Just before the doors opened they all noticed a $20 bill lying on the floor. Which one picked it up? A: Santa of course, because the other two don’t exist!

 

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