Featured photo by Jessica Smith-Carlock. Minus Tide at 7:45 PM of -0.4 feet. Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. We’ll be closed for our annual vacation from 7-17 January. Wicca 101 tonight, 6:30pm.
It rained hard last night, but it stopped long enough ago for the pavement and puddles to have dried. It’s kinda gloomy, though. 46F, wind at 8 with gusts into the teens. We got most of 1/2 an inch of rain, yesterday and the rain is supposed to roll in around midnight, again and then rain on Wednesday, but nothing but showers are predicted for the rest of the week and weekend.
After being up so late, sewing and then a stupid asthma attack, I was really yawning yesterday morning. After my usual 2 cups of coffee I was in better shape and caught up on mail. I spent awhile writing in the early part of the day and a good bit of the afternoon on sewing.
Tempus was working on some of the bone needles and his sundials for part of the day. I’m fairly sure we had almost no one in shopping, although I was in back when he was talking to someone and I heard the register… I should have asked.
We had brats for supper and then he took off with the laundry and I went back to sewing, but I got horribly sleepy. I pulled out a soda, which I don’t usually, but I needed to finish that neckline! My eyes were going buggy, too, from the fluorescent light, so I went up front to use my OTT. …and then I went in back to use the sewing machine…and up front to use the OTT and back and forth and then the phone rang.
Tempus called from Newport. He hit *hail*! There was so much coming down it was building up on the highway so he pulled over! He had to run Sash into work and called to say that he was going to stay to go pick him up, too, so he was going to be awhile.
We’re dealing with a couple of sudden leaks at the shop today. For no reason, a bunch of water started dripping onto the coffee table this morning, and there’s a tile (in the least accessible place, that’s soggy and bulging. Well, at least we’re coming up on being closed for a few days. Maybe we can get it taken care of. I have a lot of sewing to do and then we have class tonight.
Today’s Plant is Oregon Ash, Fraxinus latifolia. “Ash before oak we’re in for a soak. Oak before ash we’re in for a splash” refers to a weather divination in England about spring rain and the leafing times of trees! Ash is a hardwood and is hard, dense, tough and very strong but elastic, great for making bows, , spears and drums as well as all kinds of furniture, even guitars and many of the early airplanes. It makes excellent firewood and has been used a lot for smoking meats. The bark can make a quinine substitute for fevers. The folk name for Ash is “Hoop Ash” , or “Nion” – (a rune name from the Irish Gaelic word Nionon which means heaven.) Elsewhere the ash and elm tree were known as the Widow Maker because the large boughs would often drop without warning. Witches were believed to fly on ash-handled broomsticks, while Viking ships were made of ash. In ancient Greece the Meliae were the ash nymphs and the dryads were the oak nymphs. Yggdrasil, the World Tree that supports the order of the Universe was an ash and humans were born from her branches. Odin hung on the tree to gain the knowledge of the Runes and therefore the ash tree is associated with communication. Ash trees have a sugary sap which may have been the basis of the Norse mead of inspiration. Ash Tree attracts lightening, so don’t stand under one during an electric storm. The ash fairy understands that problems are rarely solved on the level at which they were created. – Feminine – Sun & Neptune, Water & Fire – The “helicopter” seeds are used for traditional wish magicks. The Yule Log is traditionally of ash to bring the light of the Sun to the depths of winter and prosperity to the family. Wands and Staves (and traditionally the handle of the besom) made of this wood are good for healing, general and solar magic. The leaves attract love and prosperity. Sleep with them under your pillow and you will have psychic/prophetic dreams. Sleep with them in a bowl of water next to your bed to prevent illness. Wearing garters of green ash bark protects against the powers of magicians. Ash can heal children just by passing the child through a split in the tree’s trunk. It promotes strength, harmony, and a sense of being in tune with your surroundings. Ash is the key to healing the loneliness of the human spirit, forming a link between the gods, humans, and the dead in the spirit world. Ash holds the key to Universal Truth and Cosmic Wisdom, and it takes on the important role as a Tree of Initiation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraxinus_latifolia
Jinjitsu (Festival of Seven Herbs), Japan – Seven-herb rice soup (nanakusa-gayu) is prepared on the seventh day of January, a day known as jinjitsu, literally ‘Human Day’. It is also called Nanakusa no sekku. On the morning of January 7, or the night before, people place the nanakusa (seven edible wild herbs of spring), rice scoop, and/or wooden pestle on the cutting board and, facing the good-luck direction, chant “Before the birds of the continent (China) fly to Japan, let’s get nanakusa” while cutting the herbs into pieces. The pictures are the herbs in process and the soup/congee itself. More here: http://www.angelfire.com/de/poetry/Holy_Days/jan.html(search for “nana”) , here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jinjitsu and here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanakusa-no-sekku
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. 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 1/10 at 5:28am.
You may know where the center of our Milky Way galaxy is: in Sagittarius next to the Large Sagittarius Star Cloud. But that’s for summer. I bet you’ve never located the galactic anticenter in the winter sky! Pinpoint its location near Elnath, at the Taurus-Auriga border, using binoculars and Matt Wedel’s diamond-shaped asterism in his Binocular Highlight column in the January Sky & Telescope, page 43. Here, you’re looking precisely away from the galaxy’s center.
Venus (magnitude –4.6, in Libra) rises above the east-southeast horizon two hours before the first light of dawn. By the time dawn arrives, Venus is the brilliant “Morning Star” dominating the southeast. Spot Jupiter to Venus’s lower left. In a telescope, Venus appears about half sunlit.
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
M 7 High 1:45 AM 6.9 7:52 AM Rise 9:02 AM 0
~ 7 Low 7:02 AM 3.4 4:53 PM Set 6:38 PM
~ 7 High 12:42 PM 8.2
~ 7 Low 7:45 PM -0.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an acceptable day!
~ Formal education will make you a living; self education will make you a fortune. – Jim Rohn
~ Dance along the knife edge and maintain the inner balance. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ There is an art, it says, or rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~ Laurie Oakes is a cane toad. – Paul Keating on journalist Laurie Oakes
All day the gusty north-wind bore
The loosening drift its breath before;
Low circling ‘round its southern zone,
The Sun through dazzling snow-mist shone. – John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–92)
The Shield of Brigid
Every day, every night
that I praise the goddess,
I know I shall be safe:
I shall not be chased,
I shall not be caught,
I shall not be harmed.
Fire, sun, and moon
cannot burn me. Not
lake nor stream nor sea
can drown me. Fairy
arrow cannot pierce me.
I am safe, safe, safe,
singing her praise. ~ Irish Prayer
Blessed be this season of Imbolc
Mother Earth stirs from Her long sleep.
Everything is waiting for spring.
This is the season of purification, a renewing of life.
At this time and in this place between the worlds,
I come to the Lady that I may gain counsel.
I know my path is within your keeping.
Guide me in the year to come
As there is a renewal within the plants and animals,
so shall there be renewal in my life.
Great Goddess give my life good health, happiness, prosperity
And magical power.
I honor you. By Amber Rain
Brighid of the mantle encompass us,
Lady of the Lambs protect us,
Keeper of the Hearth, kindle us,
Beneath your mantle, gather us
And restore us to memory.
Mothers of our mother,
Guide our hands in yours
Remind us how
To kindle the hearth,
To keep it bright
To preserve the flame,
Your hands upon ours,
Our hands within yours,
To kindle the light,
Both day and night
The mantle of Brighid about us,
The memory of Brighid within us,
The protection of Brighid keeping us
From harm, from ignorance, from heartlessness,
This day and night,
From dawn till dark
From dark to dawn. (by Caitlin Matthews)
Silliness – Debate About The Box
An engineer, a physicist, and a mathematician are trying to set up a fenced-in area for some sheep, but they have a limited amount of building material. The engineer gets up first and makes a square fence with the material, reasoning that it’s a pretty good working solution. “No, no,” says the physicist, “there’s a better way.” He takes the fence and makes a circular pen, showing how it encompasses the maximum possible space with the given material.
Then the mathematician speaks up: “No, no, there’s an even better way.” To the others’ amusement he proceeds to construct a little tiny fence around himself, then declares:
“I define myself to be on the outside.”