The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1pm-5pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). Holiday hours – We’re going to open on Wednesday 12/23 and 12/24 for regular hours and then close on Christmas Day. Holiday hours – We’re going to open on Wednesday 12/23 and 12/24 for regular hours and then close on Christmas Day. We’re intending to be open over the weekend, but closed on 12/28 and we’ll probably stay closed until 2/1. We usually take a “vacation” in January and with the COVID #’s so high it might be a smart idea. Watch here for notifications about that! Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
Partly cloudy and *cold*. 38F, wind at 1-5 mph and gusting, AQI 6-33, UV1. Chance of rain 4% today and 4% tonight. The forecast hasn’t changed much from what they’ve been saying. Today ought to be sunny and just over 50. Tomorrow, the clouds will be back, even if it stays dry. Friday the rain could be heavy, and it’ll go on into Saturday. We’ll have some wind with it Friday night. Sunday and Monday should be dry and then showers after that.
Yesterday, almost as soon as we were up, we headed for Newport to look at the RV. I didn’t manage to get inside, the ladder was too steep for my knees, but I got my nose in and it’s ok. Tempus got some photos and we’re planning where to put stuff and how to set it up. Next is figuring money and then getting the space to put it.
We whomped through a lot of chores at the shop and we’re starting to pack up home stuff, already.
After Tempus headed for Newport to start the bulk route I got going on marzipan and fudge again. I have more to do on sorting things, now, and we should be finishing the boxing up for at least 2 of the kids, I hope, today.
Seeing the white stag, the hope that, if caught, you can have your three dearest wishes granted…. Even in the darkest night, there is hope that the Sun will rise.
Today’s plant is Evergreen huckleberry, Vaccinium ovatum, a small shrub that is native to the PNW. The berries were a staple food for the PNW indigines. The fruit is blue-black and tends to be small, but makes excellent jam and the leaves are smoked or made into tea for colds. Gender, Feminine – Planet, Venus – Element, Water – Carry for luck and health. This is a plant that will keep away evil and break hexes. Burn the leaves to bring visions and to make dreams come true.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evergreen_Huckleberry
Spinning? Actually today is the birthday in 1732 of the man whose spinning device revolutionized fabric manufacture. If you can afford more that one set of clothing, thank Richard Arkwright! He was the youngest of 13 children, son of a tailor, who rose in rank to “Sir” on the basis of his invention called the “water frame” and a yarn-making device, as well as improvements in carding machines that made possible the cheap calicoes. He was one of the entrepreneurs of the Industrial Revolution. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Arkwright
The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1pm-5pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). Holiday hours – We’re going to open on Wednesday 12/23 and 12/24 for regular hours and then close on Christmas Day. We’re intending to be open over the weekend, but closed on 12/28 and we’ll probably stay closed until 2/1. We usually take a “vacation” in January and with the COVID #’s so high it might be a smart idea. 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
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. 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 12/28 at 7:28am.
The waxing gibbous Moon shines high in the evening sky with orange Mars about 6° over it, as shown above. The Moon passes 6° south of Mars at 11 A.M. PST. By an hour after sunset, the pair is relatively high in the southeast, floating with the stars in Pisces the Fish. Ruddy Mars is now magnitude –0.5, bright enough to easily spot even with the Moon so nearby.
A far cry from its appearance during its October opposition, Mars is now just 11″ wide — the same apparent size as Venus. It will continue to shrink another 0.5″ before the month is out. The planet is now roughly 90 percent lit. If you have a decent-sized telescope, Syrtis Major and the Hellas basin will appear central on the disk around 10 P.M. EST this week.
Uranus is located in the nearby constellation of Aries. We’ll return here tomorrow evening, when the Moon passes within just a few degrees of the ice giant.
Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is lower in the south-southwest right after dark. Neptune is 2.3 arcseconds wide, harder to resolve than Uranus except in very good seeing. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune.
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 Runic half-month of Eihwaz/Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books,
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Secret of the Unhewn Stone, Dec 23
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde
Color – Topaz
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Secret of the Unhewn Stone, Dec 23 – (This is the blank day in this calendar, the one day of the year that is not ruled by a tree and its corresponding Ogham alphabet character. Its name denotes the quality of potential in all things.)
Graves (1966) makes a case for an additional “blank” ogham, “the unhewn dolmen arch”, which he assigns to the mistletoe, a plant for which there is abundant evidence of its ritual importance to the Celts. There are two common mistletoes in Europe, both of which live as parasites on trees. The common mistletoe (Viscum album L.) parasitizes many tree species, including oaks in the western part of its range. It forms white berries between Samhain and Yule. The yellow-berried mistletoe (Loranthus europaeus L.) does not extend to western Europe. It is found primarily on oaks. It is most likely the “golden bough”, being more common in the eastern Mediterranean than the common mistletoe. The common mistletoe has been cultivated in North American for the Yule trade, and there are several native mistletoes in the genus Phoradendron. Mistletoes are in the Mistletoe family (Viscaceae).
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
Beth – Birch – Ogam letter correspondences –
Meaning: New Beginnings; Changes; Purification.
Phagos – Beech Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Letter: PH, IO
Meaning: New experiences and information coming
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 23 Low 12:52 AM 2.0 7:51 AM Set 1:28 AM 57
~ 23 High 7:32 AM 7.3 4:41 PM Rise 1:19 PM
~ 23 Low 2:21 PM 2.2
~ 23 High 8:00 PM 5.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – It is better to give than to receive
Journal Prompt – How? – How do you feel when it’s your birthday? Why?
~ The prejudices of ignorance are more easily removed than the prejudices of interest; the first are all blindly adopted, the second willfully preferred. – George Bancroft (1800-1891) US historian, statesman
~ If you light a lamp for someone, it will also brighten your path. – Buddhist saying
~ After all, every murderer when he kills runs the risk of the most dreadful of deaths, whereas those who kill him risk nothing except promotion. – Albert Camus (1913-1960) French writer, born in Algiers
~ Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose. Anything less is a form of slavery. – Dr. Wayne Dyer
Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat,
Please to put a penny in the old man’s hat;
If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will do,
If you haven’t got a ha’penny, God bless you! – –Beggar’s rhyme
May the Moon never Leave You in A place so dark that night is Silent…
May the Sun Always Visit Your Window in Birth of Day, and no Chords Bind You to that which Would Not Stay without Them…
May the Season Hold You, and Open You to All that Awaits, with grace, Dignity, Courage…and Kindness…
May You Walk , even when so Torn, so desolate that Road seems cruel…
But Always Give you the Fortitude to Weather the Pain, the Hurt…
May the Face you See when you Awaken in Snow s gentle Veil, Be the One You Love amd Recieve, with Joy and Hope Doves upon Your Shoulders…Happy Yule.. © Angela Mia Antonelli
While Lighting the Yule Log
Goodbye Old King–hello, New
With this log we honor You
The old reign’s gone–the new has begun
We welcome now the newborn Sun. – Dorothy Morrison
Invoking the Holly King by Ginger Strivelli
Today we do bid Hail to our beloved Holly King
With these ancient carols, we do again sing
He who is called Father Christmas is returning yet again
As the Solstice’s longest night has finally begun
We await you, Santa Claus, Lord of Winter
To honor you on this day that you always were
Saint Nicholas, patron of children on Gaia’s sphere
This invocation, we pray you do hear
Come bless us, upon this season of the Yuletide
Great Holly King as you fly upon your sleigh ride
Whether your gifts to us be physical or spiritual
We know that they will always be most magical
Grateful, because we know your blessings’ great worth
We offer a blessing of our own — Peace on Earth!