Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Minus Tide at 7:11 PM of -0.5 feet. Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. We’ll be closed for our annual vacation from 7-17 January. House Capuchin Project Day from 1-5pm.
Everything’s wet out there, but the wind has died down. We didn’t get all that much, but the Valley sounds like they got it all. Several friends lost power last night. 44F. Wind at 7mph, not gusting much beyond that. It’s showery, but we’ve gotten most of 1/2 an inch since midnight after just over 1/10 yesterday. That’s supposed to be the pattern until Thursday when it’s supposed to dry out a bit and then just be showery off an on for a few and into the weekend.
Eventually Tempus got some supper made and afterwards I took a long nap. When I got up he was asleep on the sofa. Eventually he woke, I went back to newsletter set-up and he got my sewing area cleared. Something’s wrong with the one site I get astronomy info from. The link has been dead since Friday. <sigh>
..and once I was back to sewing I found out that if I’d spent another 1/2 an hour the last time I was working on the smock I could have been doing a batch of hand-sewing for the whole time that I was waiting for Tempus! Sometimes I feel like a real doofus….
I’m going to keep on with that today. We have a few chores this morning and I want to make my chinese soup for lunch, then we have Project Day this afternoon. Tempus is still working on the bone needles. After that he’s supposed to make a delivery and then do laundry.
Today’s plant is Candy Flower, Claytonia siberica, also called, Siberian Spring Beauty, Siberian Miner’s Lettuce or Pink Purslane) is a flowering plant in the family Montiaceae, native to Siberia and western North America. A synonym is Montia sibirica. The plant was introduced into the United Kingdom by the 18th century where it has become very widespread. It is similar to Miner’s Lettuce in properties, but not as edible. – Feminine, Moon, Water, – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. This one is also a spirit-lifter. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia_sibirica
Tri králové is the name of this feast day in the Czech Republic. Children dress up as the Kings and visit neighbors to raise money for charities, often for children in need. (Trick or Treat for Unicef?) Three shivering kings also swam across the Vltava in Prague this morning, too! This is also “Chicken Step Day”, the day the sun takes a chicken step back into the sky and the end of the holiday season.
Turisi – Procines (January) 6 – This is the holiday of the bull, Jar-tur, a symbol of the strong power of life and fertility. People today celebrate this day by donning masks, parading and imitating the Great Bull. Younger and older folk alike join in playing games of enjoyment, called “Turisi”. This also ends the New Year holiday.
The Days of Volos – Procines (January) 1-6 – These moonlit and frosty nights have a name: The Holiday of the Wolves. These days are set aside for the worship of the God of pets and of cattle, whose name is Volos. We give our thanks for the animals on these days, which bring food and sustenance to our homes from ancient times. We also defend them from the ravenous wolves which attack. (Slavic Pagan Calendar)
The shop opens at 11am. Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. We’ll be closed for our annual vacation from 7-17 January. 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 1/20 at 9:16pm. 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 5:28am on 1/7.
Venus appears brilliant in the southeast before dawn. It reached greatest elongation late yesterday evening, when it was 47° west of the Sun, so it stands highest in this morning’s sky. The inner world shines at magnitude –4.6, more than 10 times brighter than the second-brightest planet, Jupiter. Venus rises nearly four hours before the Sun and stands 20° high in the southeast when twilight begins. The planet lies among the background stars of Libra, but it will move into Scorpius this coming week. If you point a telescope at Venus, you’ll see a disk that spans 25″ and appears halflit.
Orion stands in the east-southeast after dark, higher every week, but in early evening his three-star Belt is still nearly vertical. The Belt points up toward Aldebaran and, even higher, the Pleiades. Down below, the Belt points to the horizon where Sirius rises around 6 or 7 p.m. (depending on how far east or west you live in your time zone). Just after Sirius clears the horizon, it twinkles slowly and deeply through thick layers of low atmosphere. It twinkles faster and more shallowly as it gains altitude, and its flashes of vivid color blend into shimmering whiteness.
Mercury (magnitude –0.5) is sinking away into the glow of sunrise. At the beginning of the week, try looking for it 20 or 30 minutes before sunup about 20° lower left of Jupiter, just above the horizon. Bring binoculars. Good luck.
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
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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
Su 6 High 1:10 AM 6.9 7:52 AM Rise 8:21 AM 0
~ 6 Low 6:23 AM 3.4 4:52 PM Set 5:41 PM
~ 6 High 12:06 PM 8.4
~ 6 Low 7:11 PM -0.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I accept clarity, peace, and order in all aspects of life.
~ Chivalry may have been largely a romantic legend in the past, but can and should be made reality in the present. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ If better is possible, good is not enough. – Anonymous
~ It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not. – author unknown
~ John Howard has all the vision of Mr Magoo without the good intentions. – Paul Keating on then opposition leader and later Prime Minister John Howard
Then came old January, wrapped well
In many weeds to keep the cold away;
Yet did he quake and quiver, like to quell,
And blow his nails to warm them if he may. – Edmund Spenser (c. 1552–99)
Candlemas Candle Wheel – (For Imbolc) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/cndlweel.html
- Craft wreath
- Eight white candles
- Ivy leaves or vines
- Glue gun
Either drill thick holes into the wreath so that candles can be placed inside, or just secure them with screw-bottom candleholders or glue gun glue. Place the ivy leaves around in a decorative fashion.
The eight candles are symbolic of the eight spokes of the year, and spinning the circle into motion at Imbolc is important. In ritual, the candles can be solemnly lit with a cauldron or bowl placed in the middle of the candle wheel. The cauldron or bowl can have the Wish Tree in the middle of it, with water all around it, and have new pennies thrown into it while cementing the wishes. Also the tree and the candle wheel can be toasted.
Candle Hat – One holiday tradition in Scandinavian countries is for the girls to wear garlands in their hair that hold a circle of lit candles and bless the light’s return. We’ve adapted this candle custom to honor the returning light for Brigit. These paper hats are a simple and safe variation.
- Draw an inner circle on a 9-inch paper plate, about an inch from the rim.
- Next draw very light lines dividing the circle into quarters.
- Draw four rectangular candle shapes, keeping the dividing lines as guides for the candles’ centers.
- The rectangles will meet in the center of the plate in a small square. (Could also be said as, “The candle wicks meet at the center, their bases on the plate rim.)
- Cut out the candle shapes, preserving their connection to the ring at the rim. This connection serves as the base of the candle.
- Bend candles from their base to stand upright.
- Decorate candles with markers, crayons and glitter.
- Use the discarded plate material to cut flame shapes.
- Color them bright flame colors, then glue or staple them to the top of the candles.
Imbolc Priapic Wand – Source unknown
Children will love the sound of this magical wand as they walk about pointing and shaking it at plants and trees, invoking them to wake up from Winter’s sleep to witness the union of the Bride and the Lord of the Forest.
**PARENTAL SUPERVISION REQUIRED!**
- Small Tree Branch
- Thin Brown String or Thread
- Yellow, Green, and Gold 1/4″ Ribbon
- Small Gold/Silver Jingle Bells.
- Select a small branch about 1/2″ to 3/4″ in diameter.
- Cut top end flat.
- Approx. 1/2″ below top score a groove (parents only) with a sharp knife.
- Take 1′ long piece of string/thread and tie in groove.
- Take another 1′ piece of thread and tie in groove on opposite side of branch.
- Place acorn at top of branch (flat end) and adhere with some glue.
- Now pull the string up over the cap and wind once around acorn.
- Repeat with all 3 other pieces of string.
- Pull strings back down to the groove in the branch and tie off. This will hold the acorn in place.
- Decorate the branch by wrapping it with the ribbons, leaving enough length at top for streamers.
- Tie gold/silver jingle bells to the ends of the ribbons.
- For smaller children, thread the bells onto the ribbon while wrapping the branch.
Tell the children about how the acorn-wand is a symbol of the Lord of the Forest, and how this magical wand helps the sleeping plants and animals wake up and prepare for Spring.
Silliness – A Cowboy Rides Into Town
A cowboy rode into town and stopped at the saloon for a drink. Unfortunately, the locals always had a habit of picking on newcomers. When he finished, he found his horse had been stolen.
He comes back into the bar, handily flips his gun into the air, catches it above his head without even looking and fires a shot into the ceiling. “Who stole my horse?” he yelled with surprising forcefulness.
No one answered.
“I’m gonna have another beer and if my horse ain’t back outside by the time I’m finished, I’m gonna do what I dun back in Texas and I don’t want to have to do what I dun back in Texas!”
Some of the locals shifted restlessly.
He had another beer, walked outside, and his horse was back! He saddled up and started to ride out of town.
The bartender wandered out of the bar and asked, “Say partner, what happened in Texas?”
The cowboy turned back and said, “I had to walk home!”