The sky looks like what my grandfather called “snow sky”. It’s not *that* cold, but cold enough. 39F, wind at 5mph and gusting, AQI41, UV1. We’re supposed to get rain tonight. The chance starts climbing around 2pm and then it’s supposed to be steady by 8pm. It looks definite for rain on Friday again, and showers on the days before and after. Checking the temps, it *could* snow, but not likely to stay.
Yesterday’s newsletter went out way too late. I’m not happy about how late many have gone out over the last few weeks, so I’m going to make an attempt to fix that.
After supper I caught a nap and Tempus took off around 9pm for papers…. which he still didn’t have in hand until well past midnight. He took off to do the bulk drops at 1:30. I went ahead and “picked” the turkey, pulling the easily useable meat and separating it into dark and light. Tempus only likes white meat, so that makes sense. Everything else went into a crock pot to make a heavy broth, which is still bubbling away this morning.
After that I worked on newsletter frames and adding things into the magic file. There’s a lot of Yule info, compared to some of the other Sabbats, so don’t expect too many repeats! …and as he started the regular drops just before 3am I told him that I needed to sleep so I could run today, since he was likely to get in just as we needed to open!
…and that’s where he is after I convinced him to eat and drink something. The lights are on and we’re open. Long day ahead! I’m still working on pendulums and crystals.
Today’s Plant is Big-leaf Maple, Acer macrophyllum. This tree has the largest leaves of any maple. I remember being startled by that when I first moved to Oregon. Have you ever played with the seeds? A twin pair, before they separate, is a good charm for separated lovers. Maple syrup can be made from the sap, although it is subtly different from the taste of sugar maple and a bit thinner. – Masculine, Jupiter, Air– Maple leaves are used in prosperity and love spells. When doing a baby blessing, walk the child down a row of people with maple wands to help the child to a long life. Maple has long been used for wands, being easy to work and directing energies very well. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acer_macrophyllum
Today is the anniversary of the oldest record of an eclipse. From Wikipedia: “Records of solar eclipses have been kept since ancient times. Eclipse dates can be used for chronological dating of historical records. A Syrian clay tablet records a solar eclipse which occurred on March 5, 1223 B.C., while Paul Griffin argues that a stone in Ireland records an eclipse on November 30, 3340 B.C. Positing classical-era astronomers’ use of Babylonian eclipse records mostly from the 13th century BC provides a feasible and mathematically consistent explanation for the Greek finding all three lunar mean motions (synodic, anomalistic, draconitic) to a precision of about one part in a million or better. Chinese historical records of solar eclipses date back over 4,000 years and have been used to measure changes in the Earth’s rate of spin.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eclipse#Historical_record
The shop opens at 11am today. Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. 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
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 12/11 at 9:12pm 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 11/30 at 7:06pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 12/3 at 10:58pm.
While the stars of summer and winter remain on view these late November evenings, the stars of spring are not so lucky. The Big Dipper swings low in the north at this time of year. Although this conspicuous asterism never sets from much of the United States and Canada, it does come close. And the star at the end of the handle — magnitude 1.9 Eta (η) Ursae Majoris — does dip below the horizon around 9 p.m. local time for viewers south of 40° north latitude.
As the stars come out, the Cassiopeia W stands on end high in the northeast. Watch Cas turn around to become a flattened M, even higher in the north, by late evening.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in eastern Aquarius) is highest in the south after dark. See our finder charts for Uranus and Neptune and Bob King’s story on observing Neptune.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for November –https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-november-2019
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22
Runic half-month of Isa/ Is November 28-12 Literally, ‘ice’: a static period. The time of waiting before birth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
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Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH), elder – Celtic tree month of Ruis (Elder) commences (Nov 25 – Dec 22) – Like other Iron Age Europeans, the Celts were a polytheistic people prior to their conversion to (Celtic) Christianity. The Celts divided the year into 13 lunar cycles (months or moons). These were linked to specific sacred trees which gave each moon its name. Today commences the Celtic tree month of Elder.
Elder or Elderberry (Sambucus) is a genus of fast-growing shrubs or small trees in the family Caprifoliaceae. They bear bunches of small white or cream coloured flowers in the Spring, that are followed by bunches of small red, bluish or black berries. The berries are a very valuable food resource for many birds. Common North American species include American Elder, Sambucus canadensis, in the east, and Blueberry Elder, Sambucus glauca, in the west; both have blue-black berries. The common European species is the Common or Black Elder, Sambucus nigra, with black berries.
The common elder (Sambucus nigra L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (33 feet) in damp clearings, along the edge of woods, and especially near habitations. Elders are grown for their blackish berries, which are used for preserves and wine. The leaf scars have the shape of a crescent moon. Elder branches have a broad spongy pith in their centers, much like the marrow of long bones, and an elder branch stripped of its bark is very bone-like. The red elder (S. racemosa L.) is a similar plant at higher elevations; it grows to 5 m (15 feet). Red elder extends its native range to northern North America, and it is cultivated along with other native species, but common elders are seldom seen in cultivation. Elders are in the Honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae).
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 30 High 3:21 AM 7.0 7:31 AM Rise 11:22 AM 11
~ 30 Low 8:39 AM 3.5 4:39 PM Set 8:35 PM
~ 30 High 2:17 PM 8.0
~ 30 Low 9:25 PM -0.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I HAVE FOUND THAT IF U LOVE LIFE, LIFE WILL LOVE U ALWAYS………..:)
~ All that is comes from the mind; it is based on the mind, it is fashioned by the mind. – The Pali Canon
~ Burn with the black flames of the Goddess Saturnine. The Mighty Dead wept tears of blood into her cauldron cup so that we can wear the dark feathered cloak of truth. Now we fly through the Abyss to weep the holy tears ourselves and burn. Blessed be and be blessed in return. – Christopher Penczak
~ We will be known forever for the tracks we leave. – American Indian proverb, Dakota
~ Every word has a mental highway. – Clotaire Rapaille
Winter is good—his Hoar Delights
Italic flavor yield—
To Intellects inebriate
With Summer, or the World – Emily Dickinson (1830–86)
Yule Incense Recipe Spiritwolf & Silver Dove
2 Parts Frankincense
2 Parts Pine needles or resin
1 Part Cedar
1 Part Juniper Berries Grind the Pine needles, dried juniper berries and Cedar together with a pestle (in a mortar), add frankincense and mix well before burning on charcoal in a fireproof container.
Winter Solstice Ritual Potpourri – Recipe by Gerina Dunwich
- 20 drops musk oil
- 25 drops pine oil
- 1 cup oak moss
- 2 cups dried mistletoe
- 1 cup dried poinsettia flowers
- 1 cup dried bayberries
- 1/2 cup dried rosemary
- 1/2 cup dried holly leaves and berries
- 3 crushed pinecones
Mix the musk and pine oils with the oak moss, and then add the remaining ingredients. Stir the potpourri well and store in a tightly covered ceramic or glass container.
(The above recipe for “Winter Solstice Ritual Potpourri” is quoted directly from Gerina Dunwich’s book “The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch’s Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes”, page 164, A Citadel Press Book, Carol Publishing Group, 1994/1995)
Yule Time/Christmas Scent simmering potpourri
3 sticks cinnamon
3 bay leaves
1/4 cup whole cloves
1/2 lemon, sliced
1/2 orange, sliced
1 quart water
- Combine ingredients and simmer in a teakettle or saucepan throughout the holidays! Just be careful to keep the heat turned low and the water topped up, else the house will smell like burned spices. Not a fun Yule scent!
- You can also use this blend in a candle heated oil diffuser once it’s simmered for a bit.
- Other spices can be used, such as allspice, star anise, nutmeg, ginger…. Use your imagination!
- This is a good way to use up baking spices that are getting stale, or that have picked up codling moths during the summer.