Cloudy, but those are looking kinda thin. That might even be blue showing through. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 10am, but after that there’s only a 10% chance of rain today, 20% overnight and 30% tomorrow…but not until later in the day.. 52, F, wind at 0-8mph, AQI32, UV1. Tuesday looks like “interesting” weather, though, most of 100% chance of 0.85 inches and thunderstorms…. Hey, the sun just came out!
Yesterday was also pretty busy in the shop. Because I was doing the workshops and a reading/counseling session I didn’t get any accurate count, but it felt busy. For the first hour of Herbs we were bagging small amounts of basil, oak moss and such. When Linda came in we bagged for a few minutes and then went in back and started potting/re-potting plants and starts. We went on until well past 1:30 until we ran out of pots and potting soil. Those need to get watered this morning.
I had a reading at 2pm, someone who had gotten a gift certificate for Christmas. I took a short break after and tried again to get the other computer up and copying data. …Didn’t work… still… I’m getting a little cranky about not being able to do the newsletters.
I was it for sewing and I kicked a few more projects down the line. While I was working on that a couple came in that are starting to set up a ministry over in the Valley. I did a reading, but a *lot* of teaching with them, and they were here until nearly 6pm.
Tempus went over to the China Restaurant to get us some supper. I had egg foo yong and he had Szechuan chicken and we got a batch of potstickers. Michael is putting more pepper in things than he used to and I’m having to be careful how much I eat at one sitting.
Today is the Project Day and the potluck. I have to get photos after I’m done here of the Herbs stuff from yesterday, then set up the chickens to bake. Tempus is going to get some more sleep after I get the plants cleared from the table, and then I have a few more things to do: a soup, a blancmange, a vegetable (probably beets) and then a munchie platter for starters for the potluck.
We’ll be open at the regular time and I’m figuring on mostly doing small sewing projects when customers aren’t here.
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 (especialy for people who have problems with fluid in the lungs at night) , and for spells to cure (or cause) alcoholism. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evening_primrose
Feast day of St Henry, Bishop of Uppsala (St Henry of England; Henry of Finland; Henry of Sweden; Henrik; Heikki; Piispa Henrik) Henry was the English-born bishop of Uppsala, Finland, who was martyred on January 20, 1156 by a Finnish soldier (or wealthy landowner) named Lalli whom he had just excommunicated for murdering a Swedish soldier. Legend says that Lalli had a long life – continually tormented by mice as a penance for his attack. More information here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry,_Bishop_of_Uppsala
The shop is closed 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
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 1/23 at 1:42pm. Waning Crescent Moon
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky map for January – https://www.almanac.com/sky-map-january
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth BirchDec 24 – Jan 20
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan
Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.
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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