The shop opens at 1pm . Extra hours for Small Business Saturday! We’ll be open from 1pm to 7pm!Winter hours are 1pm-5pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). Featured photo by Josh Orkin.
Overcast, 41F, wind at 5mph and gusting, AQI 5-37, UV1. Chance of rain 20% today and 10% tonight. THis week should have a fair amount of sun other than the storm that’s walking in Sunday night, that’s likely to have not just rain, but some wind. There’s a possibility of rain next Sunday, too.
Yesterday was a strange, quiet day. Tempus took off at 8am to get the car fixed. Apparently, the guy that was supposed to work on his car didn’t show up for work today, so the dealership sent him to another shop. He got it fixed and then started delivering papers. He ran back to Waldport to pick up orders at the PO, and then went right back to deliveries. He did the bulk route and by midnight was snoozing in the car, waiting for today’s papers. Oi!
I got the shop open, did some cleaning, and then when I ran out of oomph, sat at my desk and read a kindle book. My microgreens showed up, but that was the only person that walked in during the day.
Once I closed up I did some more cleanup and then went home and slept until midnight. I talked to Tempus several times during the day and he was pretty tired, but enthusiastic. He had gone out to the spring, too, and refilled the big jug.
Today is Small Business Saturday. I don’t have anything particularly new in stock today, except for the calendars, but I’m hoping that we’ll have the energy to get to work on the herb wall, since I’ve gotten some things bagged and ready. I don’t know what kind of shape Tempus is going to be in, either. It depends a little on whether he dozed during his down time or actually slept.
Today’s plant is Oregon Iris, Iris tenax. I grew up calling Iris flowers “ladies’ ball gowns”. Local peoples used the tough leaves for making string and rope mostly for snares. –Feminine, Venus, Water – sacred to Iris and Juno, their magicks are used for purification and magicks including 3’s. The three petals stand for faith, wisdom and valor and can be used in magicks to promote these qualities. More on Oregon Iris here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_tenax More on Iris in general here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_%28plant%29
Today is the anniversary of the 1965 “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” immortalized in the song “Alice’s Restaurant” that became almost an anthem in the late 60’s. The song by Arlo Guthrie hit #17 on the Billboard chart. We usually listen to it on KLCC after the noon news on Thanksgiving, and but had to catch it on Youtube this year! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice%27s_Restaurant …and the youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m57gzA2JCcM
The shop opens at 1pm . Extra hours for Small Business Saturday! We’ll be open from 1pm to 7pm!Winter hours are 1pm-5pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). We will be closed for Thanksgiving on 11/26. 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 11/30 at 1:30am. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 11/28 at 1:30pm. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 12/1 at 1:30pm
This evening the bright, almost-full Moon shines between Aldebaran below it and the Pleiades above it. Off to their left, bright Capella looks on. Right of Capella by 3° to 5°, look for the narrow, elongated triangle of 3rd and 4th-magnitude stars called “The Kids.” Is the Goat Star a mommy goat?
Last week, Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, was due north of the planet. Last night, it was due south. You’ll find Saturn (magnitude 0.6) in the southwest after sunset, alongside blazingly bright Jupiter (magnitude –2.1) in the constellation Sagittarius. Zoom in on the Saturn system with a telescope and you’ll see Titan (magnitude 8) 1′ from the center of the disk. Stretching out to the planet’s east in a line are, from nearest to farthest, Enceladus, Tethys, and Dione. Look at a 90° angle from Dione to find Rhea just 19″ to its north Saturn’s rings are on beautiful display, stretching roughly 36″ wide — more than twice the width of Saturn’s disk at 16″. Look for the dark gap of the Cassini Division, which spans about 3,000 miles (4,800 kilometers) between the A and B rings. If your seeing is particularly good, also try to spot the shadow of Saturn’s disk on the northeastern portion of the rings.
With a bright Moon in Aries all night, it’s best to focus on brighter targets tonight. Northeast of our satellite is the open cluster M45, also known as the Pleiades. Below them, closer to the horizon at sunset, is the bright star Aldebaran, the reddish eye of Taurus the Bull. The 14th brightest star in the sky, Aldebaran is a type-K giant star with a surface temperature a bit cooler than the Sun. But what it lacks in heat it makes up for in size, stretching out to 44 times our Sun’s diameter. If you plunked it into our solar system in place of the Sun, it would stretch halfway to Mercury’s orbit and cover 20° in the sky (the Sun covers just 0.5°, the same apparent size as the Full Moon).
Wait another two hours or so and most of Orion has cleared the horizon. His brightest stars are Betelgeuse, Rigel, and Bellatrix. Betelgeuse, like Aldebaran, is a cool giant star, while Rigel and Bellatrix are younger and hotter — and therefore bluer. Compare and contrast their colors through binoculars or a telescope to see whether you can tell the difference.
Jupiter and Saturn (magnitudes –2.1 and +0.6, respectively) tilt ever farther down in the southwest during and after twilight. Look early. Jupiter is the bright one; Saturn is upper left of it. Watch their separation shrink from 3.3° to 2.3° this week, from November 20th to 27th. They’ll pass 0.1° apart at conjunction on December 21st. Don’t expect a decent view in a telescope; they’re farther and smaller than they were last summer, and the low-altitude seeing will be poor.
Old Farmer’s Almanac October Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-october
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
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH),
Neptune Directs at 4:36pm.
Chiron (12/12) Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde
Color – Blue
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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).
Ruis – Elder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: Makeup days of the thirteenth Moon
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.
to study this month Straif – Blackthorn Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: SS, Z, ST
Meaning: Resentment; Confusion; Refusing to see the truth
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 28 Low 4:47 AM 2.7 7:30 AM Set 5:42 AM 93
~ 28 High 10:45 AM 8.1 4:39 PM Rise 4:00 PM
~ 28 Low 5:41 PM 0.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The height of your accomplishments will equal the depth of your convictions.
Journal Prompt – Books – Explain why you like or don’t like to read comic books.
~ Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little. – Edmund Burke
~ Adorned with cape, with tricorn, saintly soul singing in librarian tones an enameled song that coolly celebrates her chewing-gum enthusiasms. – Truman Capote (1924-1984) US writer
~ The danger of civilization, of course, is that you will piss away your life on nonsense. – Jim Harrison
~ A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline. – Harvey Mackay
NOVEMBER’S sky is chill and drear,
November’s leaf is red and sear :
Late, gazing down the steepy linn
That hems our little garden in,
Low in its dark and narrow glen,
You scarce the rivulet might ken,
So thick the tangled greenwood grew,
So feeble trilled the streamlet through ;
Now, murmuring hoarse, and frequent seen
Through bush and brier, no longer green,
An angry brook, it sweeps the glade,
Brawls over rock and wild cascade,
And, foaming brown with double speed,
Hurries its waters to the Tweed.
No longer autumn’s glowing red
Upon our Forest hills is shed ;
No more, beneath the evening beam,
Fair Tweed reflects their purple gleam.
Away hath passed the heather-bell
That bloomed so rich on Needpath Fell ;
Sallow his brow, and russet bare
Are now the sister heights of Yair.
The sheep, before the pinching heaven,
To sheltered dale and clown are driven,
Where yet some faded herbage pines,
And yet a watery sunbeam shines ;
In meek despondency they eye
The withered sward and wintry sky,
And far beneath their summer hill
Stray sadly by Glenkinnon’s rill.
The shepherd shifts his mantle’s fold,
And wraps him closer from the cold :
His dogs no merry circles wheel,
But shivering follow at his heel ;
A cowering glance they often cast,
As deeper moans the gathering blast. – SIR WALTER SCOTT, Marmion.
Riding With Holda – Like someone else we know, this yuletide goddess also flew through the air, slipped down chimneys, and delivered gifts. By Selena Fox
You thought the person in the red outfit giving out treats to children on Christmas Eve was a jolly, overweight elf with a white beard and a team of reindeer leading the way. Nah. That’s just what Santa’s spin doctors want the world to believe.
Want to know who really decides who’s naughty or nice? Try Holda, the Teutonic goddess of winter. She’s the beautiful blonde wearing a shimmering gown and red or white goosedown cape who flies through the night sky on December 24 bringing gifts and spreading joy.
In Pagan religions, goddesses are an important part of our celebrations because they help tie us to ancient traditions and the seasons of the year. Holda is one of my favorites. Stories about her are found in old folktales of Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Holland, Denmark, Norway, and other parts of Europe. Her name means ” kind” and “merciful.”
I first discovered Holda many years ago while researching the Pagan origins of Santa Claus. In addition to learning that the Teutonic Gods Odin and Thor were part of Santa’s mix, I found that in some parts of old Europe, it was Holda–not Santa–who brought gifts to children and determined who was “naughty or nice.” I also encountered lore depicting her as dressed in red and going down chimneys to bring gifts to children. An old Germanic tradition included leaving an offering of food and milk for Holda on December 24, known as Mother Night.
I decided to learn more about Holda, and connecting with her and her lore has been part of my Winter Solstice celebrations ever since. I invoke her in rituals, and keep a picture of her on my household altar. She is even among the Yuletide characters that appear in the public Winter Solstice pageant that I direct each year in Madison, Wisconsin.
As with many ancient goddesses, Holda is complex. Also called Hulde and Frau Holle, she goes by a variety of names and takes different forms, depending on locale and culture. In her form as a beneficent and noble White Lady, Holda is beautiful and stately, with long, flowing golden hair, which shines with sunlight as she combs it. She wears a white gown covered with a magical white goose down cape. At Yuletide, she travels the world in a carriage and bestows good health, good fortune, and other gifts to humans that honor her. She not only is connected with Winter Solstice itself, but also with the holiday season that continues many of its customs, the 12 days of Christmas–from December 25 through January 6
In some tales, Holda is a weather goddess. Snow flies as Holda shakes her cape or the comforter on her bed. It is said that fog comes from her fires and rain from her washing day. In other accounts, Holda is a goddess of prosperity and generosity. Gold coins fall from her cape as she furls it. In one tale, after a villager worked all night to fashion a new wooden shaft to replace the one that had broken on her carriage, he found she had thanked him by turning the wood shavings from his work into gold. It was only then that he discovered the woman he had helped was actually the Goddess Holda.
In other early lore, Holda was a sky goddess riding on the wind. She is thought to be an older form of Frigg, wife of the Father God Odin; in some tales, Holda and Odin ride the sky together. Holda also has been honored as a goddess of the moon, and sometimes her name has been used as a term for a lunar priestess. Another of her forms is that of a night-riding witch leading a spirit host in a fierce ride, known as the Wild Hunt, through the sky and across the land.
During persecution times in Europe, some of those suspected of witchcraft were said to “ride with Holda.” Her Pagan origins are evident in folk tales in which she is described as accompanied by a grand and furious procession of souls of the dead, mostly unchristened babies and children. It was said that as Holda and her entourage passed through the fields, they blessed the land with abundance and caused a double harvest in the growing season that followed.
In many places, Holda is closely associated with Perchta (Berchta), her tatters-clad shadow twin sister, also identified with the Wild Hunt and Yuletide. On Perchta’s Day, January 6, ancient Europeans left offerings of cakes and milk on house roofs to bring good luck for the coming year. Holda and Perchta probably emerged as local variants of the same goddess-turned-folk character, since both sometimes appear in tales as hunched-backed crones and bogey figures, punishing or blessing adults as well as children for bad or good behaviors, at Yuletide and at other times of the year. As crone goddesses, they also preside over destiny and the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth.
Geese are sacred to Holda, and some say she is the source of the storybook character Mother Goose. As the Lady of Beasts, Holda has many creatures associated with her, including hounds, wolves, pigs, horses, goats, bears, and birds of prey. In some tales, she lives in the woods and is the ancient half-tree, half-woman who gave birth to humankind. Apples and flax are among the plants sacred to her.
Holda also is associated with lakes, streams, and wells. In the Grimm’s fairy tale, “Mother Holle,” she is visited by two half-sisters at her home at the bottom of a well, where she rewards the industrious one with gold but covers the lazy one with pitch. Holda as goddess of hearth and home presided over spinning and domestic arts. She also symbolized virtue, wisdom, and womanhood.
Today, across the United States, Europe, and other parts of the world, Holda is remembered, not only by folklorists, but by Pagans of many paths, who invoke her, give her offerings, and share her stories and traditions in Winter Solstice rituals and celebrations. As Holda takes her Yuletide ride this year, may she bring the world her blessings of peace, prosperity, and well-being.
For further reading:
Bates, James Allan, Doris Duncan, & Countess Von Staufer. History of Santa. Fullerton, California: Duncan Royale, 1987.
Farrar, Janet & Stewart. The Witches’ Goddess. Custer, Washington: Phoenix Publishing, 1987. p. 230, 260.
Fox, Selena. “Frau Holda: Yuletide Goddess” in CIRCLE Magazine, Winter 2000, issue 78, p. 19.
Guiley, Rosemary Ellen. “Holda” in The Encyclopedia of Witches & Witchcraft, second edition. New York: Checkmark Books, Facts on File. p. 160-161.
Hilton, Edward. “Winter Goddess” http://des.users.netlink.co.uk/winter.htm, summary of “The Winter Goddess: Percht, Holda, and Related Figures” in Folklore Vol. 95: 11, 1984.
Karas, Sheryl Ann. The Solstice Evergreen. Fairfield, Connecticut, 1998. p. 51-53.
Leach, Maria & Jerome Fried, editors. Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology, and Legend. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1972. p. 500.
Monaghan, Patricia. The New Book of Goddesses & Heroines. St. Paul, Minnesota:Llewellyn Publications, 1997. p. 127, 252.
Thorn, Thorskegga. “Holda” at http://www.thorshof.org/holda.htm.
Silliness – Yule Riddles – Q; What do you call a Snowman in the Tropics? A:
Lost! (I would have said, “Wet!)