The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1pm-5pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Minus Tide at 8:41 PM of -0.4 feet.
It’s clear, so quite chilly. 38F, wind at 1-3 mph and gusting, AQI 12-43, UV1. Chance of rain 10% today and6 % tonight. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 4pm on Friday. That slight chance of rain on Saturday has turned into likely light rain, an then Tuesday through Thursday there still a chance of showers. Otherwise long-range we’re looking at partly cloudy. Temps are going to be more varied this week that usual. Most of the highs will be in the low 50’s, but Friday could see 60F and then next Thursday might not even make it to 48….
Yesterday we got up early, not the way we planned. We were waiting for a UPS package. Tempus made me coffee, then curled up on the nap bed. I spent awhile catching up messages and e-mail.
..and then I watched a silly commercial and it made me cry. CZR has gotten ahead of the curve on the virus and they’re opening pubs and bars tomorrow. The commercial was a guy throwing open the doors to his bar and serving beer and such, but the first guy to get his beer…. He looked ready to cry happy even before the first swig and the bliss with foam all over his face! …and everyone else was so joyful. I think this virus is teaching us some things that we wouldn’t have otherwise twigged to. Last week Facebook was all, “I wish I could see ….”, not like last year’s “Oh, damn, I gotta have Aunt Sally over again….” Just taking a walk isn’t being taken for granted, now. Getting a haircut… It’s gonna be good when we can get rid of the restrictions too, and maybe we’ll appreciate things more.
UPS showed at 11, so I got the package in and then went back for another cup of coffee and it made me sleepy, so I gave up and crawled in next to Tempus. ….and it was nearly 3 when I woke back up.
Amor called around suppertime and we talked for quite awhile. He wanted to brag to Mama about how good he’s getting a making cocktails.
Eventually Tempus and I got supper and then I turned in. I didn’t get to sleep very long because Tempus said he was coming to bed and then didn’t. It kept waking me up. Made me very cranky when I got up to do this.
Today we’ll be open normal hours. I have that package to open. Crystal magnets! I want to add some water to plants and then do some cleaning. We have boxes all over the place. …and seeing the leeks in the clipart reminds me that I want to make a cream of leek and onion soup today.
Today’s Plant is Cascade penstemon, or coast penstemon, Penstemon serrulatus. A member of the plantain family, this was used by the 1st nations peoples as a medicinal remedy for toothache. It’s common name, “Beardtongue” is because the flower appears to be sticking out it’s hairy tongue! It has a lovely flower, and is a semi-deciduous shrub, which usually is very short, unlike many shrubs. The tender shoots that the flowers grow on often get frost-nipped so only survive for a year or so, with the rest of the plant surviving below the level of surrounding plants, acting as a perennial ground-cover. – Feminine, Venus, Earth – Use for headaches, particularly headaches coming from tooth pain or infection by binding the herb with red wool and/or putting it into a red cloth pouch and bind to the head, or even put into your pillowcase at bedtime. You can put a leaf in your shoes to help with the effects of standing on them too long. Roots protect from snakebite and a bunch of the flowers will chase negativity away, particularly that coming from outside. Iow, it won’t do much for a bad mood…. More on Penstemon here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penstemon
Today’s feast is to Bona Dea, the Good Goddess! This was an exclusively women’s religious festival. Men could be punished with blindness for profaning the rites. Bona Dea’s true name and face, due to her modesty, were unknown to men. She was the goddess of virtuous womanhood, venerated by everyone from emperors to slaves, but mostly by women, children and plebs. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bona_Dea
Day of Remembrance for Bogatir Svatogor – Studen (December) 3 – The date refers back to the time of the Great Barrow Gulbishe and the first fight with Pechenegs. Awesome were the honors at the funeral for this great noble warrior. His implements and armor were gigantic, twice as large as the ordinary in size. Today, say a toast to this great warrior. (Bogatir: “Greatest Hero” in Old Russian )
The shop opens at 1pm . Winter hours are 1pm-5pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). 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
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 12/14 at 8:17am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 12/7 at 4:37pm.
As the stars come out, the Cassiopeia W stands on end (its fainter end) very high in the northeast. Watch Cas turn around to become a flattened M, even higher in the north, by late evening.
There are a few hours between sunset and moonrise to enjoy dark skies tonight. Once darkness falls, consider trying for the Andromeda Galaxy (M31), located high in the east in its namesake constellation. From a particularly dark location, you may be able to see a dim, gray smudge without any optical aid at all. At roughly 2.5 million light-years away, it is the farthest object most people can see with the naked eye. Look for it about 1.3° west of Nu (ν) Andromedae. Pull out binoculars or a telescope for an even better view of the galaxy’s bright center and dimmer outskirts. It may look like a gray-white ball of fuzz through an eyepiece, but Andromeda is a spiral galaxy like the Milky Way, just slightly larger and more massive. Because it is so close, our best telescopes can resolve individual stars in the galaxy’s halo, allowing researchers to learn more about our nearest neighbor and, in turn our own galaxy.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Aries) is high in the east-southeast after nightfall, about 20° east (lower left) of Mars. Uranus is only 3.7 arcseconds wide, but that’s enough to appear as a tiny fuzzy ball, not a point, at high power in even a smallish telescope with sharp optics. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune. And while you’re there, find the 9th-magnitude asteroid 8 Flora about 10° south (lower right) of Uranus. See Bob King’s Tiny Asteroid Flora and Mighty Uranus Team Up, with finder charts and more about both.
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),
Chiron (12/12) Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde
Color – White
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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
Th 3 High 2:43 AM 6.6 7:35 AM Set 10:39 AM 94
~ 3 Low 7:46 AM 3.7 4:37 PM Rise 7:29 PM
~ 3 High 1:25 PM 8.1
~ 3 Low 8:41 PM -0.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius.
Journal Prompt – Favorites – The following lines are from the poem “The Walrus and the Carpenter” by Lewis Carroll: ‘”The time has come.’ The Walrus said, To talk of many things: Of shoes—and ships—and sealing wax—Of cabbages—and kings—”‘ List all of your favorite things to talk about.
~ Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory. – George S. Patton
~ Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. – Norman Vincent Peale
~ If you choose not to decide, you still have made a Choice. – Neil Peart
~ Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends. – Proverb
To the cold December heaven
Came the pale Moon and the stars,
As the yellow Sun was sinking
Behind the purple bars. – Charles Dawson Shanly (1811–75)
DANCING IN A WICCAN WONDERLAND
“Alexander & Aarcher”
Pagans sing, are you listenin’,
Altar’s set, candles glisten,
It’s a Magickal night, we’re having tonight,
Dancing in a Wiccan Wonderland
In a Circle we can light a Yule Fire,
And await the rising of the Sun,
It’s the Great Wheel turning for the new year,
Loaded with abundance and great fun.
Blades held high, censer smoking,
God and Goddess, we’re invoking,
Through Elements Five, we celebrate life,
Dancing in a Wiccan Wonderland,
Queen of Heaven, is in Her place,
Triple Goddess, now the Crone Face,
Above and Below, She’s the Goddess we know,
Dancing in a Wiccan Wonderland
Now the God, is the Provider,
Supplying game for our Fire,
Above and Below, He’s the Horned One we Know,
Dancing in a Wiccan Wonderland
Later on, by the fire,
Cone of Power, gettin’ higher
It’s a Magickal Night we’re having tonight,
Dancing in a Wiccan Wonderland
GOD REST YE MERRY PAGANFOLK
Tune: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
God rest ye merry, paganfolk,
Let nothing you dismay.
Remember that the Sun returns
Upon this Solstice day.
The growing dark is ending now
And Spring is on its way.
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy!
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy.
The Goddess rest ye merry, too,
And keep you safe from harm.
Remember that we live within
The circle of Her arms,
And may Her love give years to come
A very special charm.
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy!
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy!
HERE WE COME A-WASSAILING
Chorus by Hilda Marshall
Here we come a wassailing
Among the leaves so green
Here we come a-wandering
So fair to be seen
Love and joy come to you
Peace and hope and friendship too
And we bless you and wish you a happy new year
And we wish you a happy new year!
We are not daily beggars who
Beg from door to door
But we are neighbors’ children
Whom you have seen before
We have got a little purse
Of stretching leather skin
We want a little money
To line it well within
Call up the butler of this house
Put on his golden ring
Let him bring us a glass of beer
And better we shall sing
Bring us out a table
and spread it with a cloth
Bring us out a moldy cheese
And some of your Yuletide loaf
God bless the master of the house
The mistress bless also
And all the little children
Around the table go
Good master and good mistress
While you sit by the fire
Pray think of us poor children
A-wand’ring in the mire
Silliness – Treetop Angel
When four of Santa’s elves got sick, the trainee elves did not produce toys as fast as the regular ones, and Santa began to feel the Pre-Christmas pressure.
Then Mrs. Claus told Santa her Mother was coming to visit, which stressed Santa even more.
When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two others had jumped the fence and were out, Heaven knows where.
Then when he began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboards cracked, the toy bag fell to the ground and all the toys were scattered.
Frustrated, Santa went in the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum. When he went to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drunk all the cider and hidden the liquor.. In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the cider jug, and it broke into hundreds of little glass pieces all over the kitchen floor. He went to get the broom and found the mice had eaten all the straw off the end of the broom.
Just then the doorbell rang, and an irritated Santa marched to the door, yanked it open, and there stood a little angel with a great big Christmas tree.
The angel said very cheerfully, ‘Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn’t this a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to stick it?’
And so began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.
Not a lot of people know this!…….- Jonathan M Richards