The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1pm-5pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
There are times when I haven’t a clue why the computer thinks what it does about the weather! The computer says that it’s dry and foggy… Nope, it’s *pouring* rain and blowing it around! 51F, wind at 1-6 mph and gusting, AQI 2-39, UV. Chance of rain 100% today and tonight. We’re under a HIGH WIND WATCH and a GALE WATCH from this afternoon through the night, a FLOOD WATCH from this afternoon through Sunday night, and a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through this afternoon. It’s going to be wet and blowy right through Sunday, iow, and then taper off on Monday. Tues-Thurs should be dry and maybe sunny, but Friday and Saturday we’re back to wet again.
Yesterday was pretty busy… not with customers, but plenty to do. Tempus had errands in Newport and I watered plants, worked on stock, got dead leaves off of plants, worked on stock, dumped some empty pots and got dirt onto other plants and did paperwork. Oof…. At about 6, we closed because the weather had turned crappy, anyway. I got canned goods put away and sorted and Tempus got the fridge stuff done and then we had onion soup and toasted buns for supper.
I got a nap while Tempus was doing home chores and then he turned in, too. When I got up around midnight I did some of the pictures and set up some of the foods for the Sunday virtual potluck, then got back to work on this.
Today is going to be all about cookery, although the shop will be open during the usual hours. I need to get the goodies finished for the kids, and a couple of the boxes that have to go the farthest, ready to go. I have some vegetable ends to plant, as well, assuming the weather lets me. Tempus should be heading out in a few minutes, but for right now, I’m going to get some sleep, I hope.
I’ve often heard people talk about “beach thistle”, but Sea Holly, Eryngium maritimum isn’t a thistle. It’s actually related to carrots. The young shoots can be blanched and eaten like asparagus and the roots (which can get up to 20 feet long!!!!) are peeled, boiled and cut, then braided and candied. Prepared that way they are a good cough and cold remedy. The roots can also be boiled or roasted as well and are very nutritious. It is native to Europe, but going extinct in certain areas. – Masculine, Fire, Venus – This plant is an aphrodisiac, pure and simple.
Iuventas is the Goddess of Youth, Roman mythology‘s version of the goddess Hebe of Greek mythology. A celebration was held for all the youth who had come of age (14 years old) in the preceding year. Boys offered a coin to her when they wore a man’s toga for the first time. The temple of Juventas on the Capitol was more ancient than that of Jupiter. She also had a second temple in the Circus Maximus. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juventas
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
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 12/29 at 7:28pm. 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 at 8:17am on 12/18. 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 12/21 at 3:41pm
Sirius and Procyon in the balance. Sirius, the Dog Star, sparkles low in the east-southeast after dinnertime. Procyon, the Little Dog Star, shines in the east about two fist-widths at arm’s length to Sirius’s left. But directly left? That depends. If you live around latitude 30° (Tijuana, New Orleans, Jacksonville), the two canine stars will be at the same height above your horizon soon after they rise. If you’re north of that latitude, Procyon will be higher. If you’re south of there, Sirius will be the higher one. Your eastern horizon tilts differently with respect to the stars depending on your latitude.
With the Moon setting two hours before midnight and not rising again until nearly noon, the late-night and early-morning hours are the ideal time for deep-sky observers. By the time the Moon sets, Auriga is high in the northern sky. Its brightest star, Capella, is hard to miss at magnitude 0.1. Given its location along the dusty disk of the Milky Way, this constellation is rich with young open clusters of stars visible with only minor optical aid. Among the brightest are M36, M37, and M38, as well as NGC 2281, NGC 1857, NGC 1893, NGC 1664, NGC 1778, and NGC 1907. Those with more observing experience, larger telescopes, and photographic equipment may want to aim for the Flaming Star Nebula, also known as IC 405 — an emission/reflection nebula lit by the nearby star AE Aurigae. You’ll find it just over 4° northeast of magnitude 2.7 Iota (ι) Aurigae. The star AE Aurigae itself is odd — it’s a blue-hot O-type star that varies irregularly between magnitude 5.8 and 6.1. It’s also moving extremely fast compared to other stars in its vicinity, which has led astronomers to think it may have once belonged to a binary system and was long ago kicked out, lending it its great speed.
After reaching aphelion (the farthest point from the Sun in its orbit) last week on December 16, Mercury reaches superior conjunction tonight at 7 P.M. PST. This means it is on the opposite side of the Sun from Earth, which puts it out of view of skywatchers for the rest of the year. It will reappear in the evening sky next month.
Old Farmer’s Almanac NIGHT SKY MAP FOR DECEMBER 2020 – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-december-2020-rotation-stars
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)
Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde
Color – Black
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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 19 High 4:21 AM 7.1 7:49 AM Rise 11:52 AM 19
~ 19 Low 9:51 AM 3.4 4:39 PM Set 10:19 PM
~ 19 High 3:22 PM 7.4
~ 19 Low 10:22 PM 0.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Allow me to experience peace in a way that I can understand.
Journal Prompt – Books – What techniques do you know for helping other resolve conflicts peacefully? Write a list for a Problem-Solvers Handbook.
~ The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread. – Mother Teresa
~ A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. – MLK
~ There is no marvel in a woman learning to speak, but there would be in teaching her to hold her tongue. – Queen Elizabeth I; to the French Ambassador after he had praised her linguistic skills
~ Do not let failure discourage you. Persistence is a true sign of strength, which originates in your spirit, not in your muscles. – Kerr Cuhulain
little tree E. E. Cummings – 1894-1962
little silent Christmas tree
you are so little
you are more like a flower
who found you in the green forest
and were you very sorry to come away?
see i will comfort you
because you smell so sweetly
i will kiss your cool bark
and hug you safe and tight
just as your mother would,
only don’t be afraid
look the spangles
that sleep all the year in a dark box
dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,
the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads,
put up your little arms
and i’ll give them all to you to hold.
every finger shall have its ring
and there won’t be a single place dark or unhappy
then when you’re quite dressed
you’ll stand in the window for everyone to see
and how they’ll stare!
oh but you’ll be very proud
and my little sister and i will take hands
and looking up at our beautiful tree
we’ll dance and sing
This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on December 25, 2018, by the Academy of American Poets.
SHARE THE LIGHT
Tune: The First Noel
On this Winter holiday, let us stop and recall
That this season is holy to one and to all.
Unto some a Son is born, unto us comes a Sun,
And we know, if they don’t that all paths are one.
Share the light, share the light!
Share the light, share the Light!
All paths are one on this holy night!
Be it Chanukah or Yule,
Christmas time or Solstice night,
All celebrate the eternal light.
Lighted tree or burning log,
Or eight candle flames.
All gods are one god, whatever their names.
SILVER AND GOLD – Words and Music by Johnny Marks, adapted by Susan M. Shaw
Silver and gold, silver and gold
Ev’ryone wishes for silver and gold
How do you measure its worth?
Just by the pleasure it gives here on earth
Silver and gold, silver and gold
Mean so much more when I see
Silver and gold decorations
On ev’ry Yuletide tree
OH HOLY NIGHT I
Dianne T. DeShea
Oh holy night!
The stars shine in their brightness.
It is the night of the dear Sun Child’s birth.
Long lay the world in growing cold and darkness
‘Til He appeared, casting light o’er the earth.
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
All nature sings! Oh raise your joyous voices!
Oh night divine! This night the Sun is born!
Oh night divine! Oh night, oh night divine!
OH HOLY NIGHT II
Words by Shekhinah Mountainwater
Music by Adolphe Adam
O holy night, the stars are brightly shining.
It is the night of the Sun God’s rebirth
Long lay the world, in cold and darkness pining.
`Til He appeared, and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices.
For yonder breaks, a new and glorious morn.
Rise from your knees! O hear the Pagan’s voices!
O night divine. O night when light was born.
O night divine. O night divine.
O holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the Goddess’s birth
Long lay the world in patriarchy pining
Til She appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn
Rise from your knees! O hear the women’s voices!
O night devine, O night when Light is born
O night divine, O night, O night devine.
OH HOLY NIGHT III
Music by Adolphe Adam
O holy night, so peaceful, dark, and quiet
We’re stuffed and tipsy, each Priestess and Priest
Witches are holy, but find it hard to diet
We may not orgy, but boy, can we feast!
With stew and wassail, apples, nuts, and pumpkin
We celebrate the deepest truths of life
Please, pass the salt. Oh, taste that turkey dressing
Oh, what will we weigh after seconds on the corn
Oh, what a way to pray! On this night when God’s reborn
Silliness – How Cold Is It?
+60 – Californians put on sweaters.
+50 – Miami residents turn on the heat.
+45 – Vermont residents go to outdoor concert.
+40 – You can see your breath.
Californians shiver uncontrollably.
Minnesotans go swimming.
+35 Italian cars don’t start.
+32 Water freezes.
+30 You plan your vacation in Australia.
+25 Ohio water freezes.
Californians weep pitiably.
Minnesotans eat ice cream.
Canadians go swimming.
+20 Politicians begin to talk about the homeless.
New York City water freezes.
Miami residents plan vacation further south.
+15 French cars don’t start.
Cat insists on sleeping with you.
+10 You need jumper cables to get the car going.
+5 American cars don’t start.
0 Alaskans put on T-shirts.
-10 German cars don’t start.
Eyes freeze shut when you blink.
-15 You can cut your breath and use it to build an igloo.
Arkansans stick tongues on metal objects.
Miami residents cease to exist.
-20 Cat insists on sleeping in pajamas with you.
Politicians actually do something about the homeless.
Minnesotans shovel snow off roof.
Japanese cars don’t start.
-25 Too cold to think.
You need jumper cables to get the driver going.
-30 You plan a two week hot bath.
Swedish cars don’t start.
-40 Californians disappear.
Minnesotans button top button.
Canadians put on sweater.
Your cat helps you plan your trip south.
-50 Congressional hot air freezes.
Alaskans close the bathroom window.
-80 Hell freezes over.
Polar bears move south.
Green Bay Packer fans order hot cocoa at the game.
-90 Lawyers put their hands in their own pockets.
-100 Canadian buildings turn off air conditioning