Daily Stuff 12-11-20 Muybridge

Hi, folks!

The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1pm-5pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

It’s mostly cloudy. We’re getting occasional breaks in the rain, but there are lots and lots of green splotches out there. 41F, wind at 1-4mph, AQI 5-38, UV1. Chance of rain 100% today and 63% tonight. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 7pm tonight. Rain today, slacking off in the evening and we could have a break until Saturday evening, but then right back into soggy…..

Yesterday was a long, kinda sleepy, day. We didn’t have many people in, but one guy selling mistletoe (and it’s hung over the door!) and Phil stopped by to chat for a bit. That’s about all…. Funny, it felt long, but it must not have been.

I spent the evening reading and embroidering. I should have been working on something more profitable, but I just didn’t have the oomph. I’m wondering if I’m hitting the same kind of COVID depression that other folks are talking about…. I did finally put myself together enough to pack the orders to go out and finish the tomatoes. I still need to pull out the little starts box for the jade plant leaves, but I got the larger pieces into the one with the gigantor starts. Oof….

Today we’ll be open regular hours. Even if I crash between 5 and 6, Tempus is keeping the lights on until 7:30-8 most nights.

A pic by Ken Gagne from 12/11/16 in Yachats.

Today’s Plant is ColtsfootPetasites frigidus var. palmatus. One of the best cough remedies out there, this is often smoked to help cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is also made into cough syrups often combined with horehound. This is another plant where the medicinal and magickal uses seem to go together. Feminine, Venus, water– Add to love sachets and use in spell of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites_frigidus

Boys_playing_Leapfrog Muybridge 12-11

Eadweard Muybridge was one of the first to do “motion studies” using photography, some of which are still being used. He made it possible to see these in his “zoopraxiscope” (wow, what a name!) His first famous one seems to have been on a bet to prove that at one point in its stride a trotting horse has all four feet off of the ground. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eadweard_Muybridge …where you can find moving images of the ‘scope, the horse and a bison!

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 ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 12/12 at 11:17pm.

The waning Moon in the dawn passes Venus on Saturday the 12th.

Moon and Venus at dawn. As day begins to break Saturday morning, look southeast for the thin crescent Moon with Venus some 4° or 5° to its lower left (for North America), as shown below. Several hours later the Moon will occult Venus in broad daylight for telescope users in the Pacific time zone. By then the Moon-Venus pair will be getting low in the southwest. Seen from Hawai`i they’ll be higher in thinner air. See the December Sky & Telescope, page 50.

Although the Geminid meteor shower won’t peak for a few more days, it’s been ramping up since the 4th and you may notice an increase in the number of meteors you see each night. The shower’s radiant is near the bright star Castor in Gemini the Twins, but your best bet is to look 30° to 60° away from the radiant to see the longest meteor trails.

Sirius and Orion – The main constellations of the Northern Hemisphere’s winter sky are on display in this scene that includes La Ventana Arch in El Malpais National Monument in New Mexico in the foreground. Orion the Hunter stands in the upper right corner and the sky’s brightest star, Sirius, lies in line with Orion’s Belt and just to the right of center. – John A. Davis

To the southwest, that puts you within the realm of Orion the Hunter, perpetually aiming his bow at Taurus the Bull. Orion’s easy-to-spot belt is made up of the stars Alnitak, Alnilam, and Mintaka, while his right shoulder and left knee are the famous stars Betelgeuse and Rigel, respectively. Right below Alnitak is Orion’s sword, a naked-eye fuzz that’s one of the closest star-forming regions to Earth. Within it is the famous Orion Nebula (M42), a beautiful, sprawling cloud of gas and dust whose details are visible even under low magnification.

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 Runic half-month of Jera/ Jara 12/13-12/27 – Jara signifies the completion of natural cycles, such as fruition, and has a more transcendent meaning of mystic marriage of Earth and Cosmos. *Ø* Wilson’s Almanac free daily ezine | Book of Days | December 13

Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder  Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH)

Moon in Libra enters Scorpio at 5:59pm.

Chiron (12/12) Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde
Color – Crimson
Planting 12/10-12

©2020 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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
Color: Red
Class: Shrub
Letter: R
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.

to study this month Straif – Blackthorn Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Chieftain
Letter: SS, Z, ST
Meaning: Resentment; Confusion; Refusing to see the truth

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Tides for Alsea Bay
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Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
F   11      Low   2:50 AM     1.9   7:43 AM    Rise  3:54 AM      20
~    11     High   9:09 AM     8.8   4:37 PM     Set  2:45 PM
~    11      Low   4:05 PM     0.0
~    11     High  10:16 PM     6.6

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Be kind to unkind people. They need it the most.

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Journal Prompt – What do you think? – If you could live in another country for six months, what country would you choose? How do you think living there would be different from where you’re living now?

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Quotes

~   I do not want to so firmly identify with anything that I close myself off to change. – T. Thorn Coyle
~   Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field. – Dwight D. Eisenhower
~   I don’t think that we necessarily lie. I mean, we make our living by pretending that we’re someone else. I don’t tell tall tales. I always tell the truth. – Albert Finney
~   Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations. – Earl Nightingale

Winter

silence snowing
life locked white in time
the wheel still turning
in stillness spiraling
silent white
snow flakes individually falling
twirling landing and building
all in unison
I stand in inspiration
in quiet mind
always swirling – By Zhiva Mora

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Yule Magick – Songs

CHESTNUTS ROASING ON AN OPEN FIRE – Words by Robert Wells, adapted by Susan M. Shaw – Music by Mel Torme

Chestnuts Roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nipping at your nose
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir
And folks dressed up like Eskimos

Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe
Help to make the season bright
Tiny tots with their eyes all a glow
Will find it hard to sleep tonight

They know that Santa’s on his way
He’s loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh
And ev’ry mother’s child is gonna spy
To see if reindeer really know how to fly

And so I’m offering this simple phrase
To kids from one to ninety-two
Although it’s been said many times, many ways
“Merry Yuletide to you!”

O TANNENBAUM II
Words by Hilda Marshall

O tannenbaum, O tannenbaum
How true you stand unchanging!
O tannenbaum, O tannenbaum
How true you stand unchanging!
Your boughs so green in summertime
Remain as green in wintertime
O tannenbaum, O tannenbaum
How true you stand unchanging!

O tannenbaum, O tannenbaum
Your message is enduring!
O tannenbaum, O tannenbaum
Your message is enduring!
Of all the trees of field and hill
You best recall the Lady’s will
O tannenbaum, O tannenbaum
Your message is enduring!

O tannenbaum, O tannenbaum
You teach us hope and patience!
O tannenbaum, O tannenbaum
You teach us hope and patience!
Through icy day and frozen night
You bear the promise of the Light
O tannenbaum, O tannenbaum
You teach us hope and patience!

Moon of Silver – Carusone – (We Three Kings)

Come Thou, Lord, the Newborn Sun,
Come, Sweet Mother, Holy One.
Praise we sing Thee, Love we bring Thee
As ever shall be done.

Chorus:

Oh, Moon of silver, Sun of gold!
Gentle Lady, Lord so bold!
Guide us ever, failing never,
lead us all in ways of old.

Maiden, Mother, Ancient Crone,
Queen of Heaven on your throne,
Praise we sing Thee, Love we bring Thee,
For all that you have shown.

Chorus:

Lord of Darkness, Lord of Light,
Gentle Brother, King of Might!
Praise we sing Thee, Love we bring Thee
On this Solstice Night.

Chorus:

CAROL OF THE BELLS
Words by Hilda Marshall
Traditional Ukranian Carol

Hark! How the bells, sweet silver bells
All seem to say, “Throw cares away.”
Yuletide is here, bringing good cheer
To young and old, meek and the bold
Ding, dong, ding, dong, that is their song,
With joyful ring, all caroling
One seems to hear words of good cheer
From everywhere, filling the air
O, how they pound, raising the sound
O’er hill and dale, telling their tale

Gaily they ring, while people sing
Songs of good cheer, Yuletide is here!
Merry, merry, merry, merry Yuletide!
Merry, merry, merry, merry Yuletide!

On, on they send, on without end
Their joyful tone to every home
Hark! How the bells, sweet silver bells
All seem to say, “Throw cares away.”
Yuletide is here, bringing good cheer
To young and old, meek and the bold
Ding, dong, ding, dong, that is their song
With joyful ring, all caroling.
One seems to hear words of good cheer
From everywhere, filling the air
O, how they pound, raising the sound
O’er hill and dale, telling their tale

Gaily they ring, while people sing
Songs of good cheer, Yuletide is here!
Merry, merry, merry, merry Yuletide!
Merry, merry, merry, merry Yuletide!

On, on they send, on without end
Their joyful tone to every home.

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Silliness – Take out the Turkey

Planning a Christmas weekend of entertaining guests, I made a list of things I needed to do, including taking food out of the freezer and going grocery shopping.

As it happened, a friend whom I had been promising to take to lunch, asked if we could make it that Friday. So, hopping into the car, I taped my “to do” list to the dashboard and went and picked her up.

As she settled into the car, her face dropped.

“Geesh! Thanks a lot!” she sulked.

What!?

Then I glanced at my list and saw the first item, “Take out the Turkey.”

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