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 12/24 for regular hours and then close on Christmas Day. We’ll be open on 12/26, but after that only by appointment until the COVID #s come down, and we’ll probably stay closed until 2/1. Watch here for notifications about that! Featured photo by Paul Didsaybutra.
We changed our minds a little on the hours for the coming month. Ancient Light is going to open on 12/24 for regular hours and then close on Christmas Day. We’ll be open on 12/26, but after that only by appointment until the COVID #s come down, and we’ll probably stay closed until 2/1. Find us on Facebook, or our blog ancientlightshop.wordpress.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or just tape a note on the door. We’ll do curbside, if you know what you want, or you can come in to shop.
We’re going to tear up some of the displays for deep cleaning and I’m hoping to pull my sewing machines up front and sort out the tools and materials and get a few projects done, plus make new stock for the altar cloths and such.
It’s mostly clear, but those few clouds are likely to thicken up as the day goes on. The Moon is gorgeous, right now. 41F, wind at 4-13 mph and gusting, AQI 13-26, UV0. Chance of rain 1% today and 58% tonight. We could get over an inch of rain on Friday and the rest of the forecast is for showers, although Monday might be dry.
Yesterday flew past again. We had the shop open and had several people in shopping at various points. I had a bunch of paperwork and Tempus worked in the back. He had to build a box for one of our kids’ family. I got a puzzle that’s longer than anything we had!
We closed around 6:30 and drove out to Patterson Park to see the Conjunction before it’s gone. It was amazingly clear, one of those evenings that make up for trees down and standing water. 🙂 Lots and lots of stars, despite the Moon, and I even saw a meteor, probably a stray Ursid. …and the Conjunction was amazing. They’re still so close! Sticking a finger out at arm’s length I could still cover both.
I got a nap when we got back and the Tempus took off for Newport. This week and next the Friday paper is coming out on Thursday. I got back to work on setting up dishes for our dinner on Friday.
Oh! We got some awesome news yesterday! Sasha went and got his drivers’ license, took the test and passed! He’s been so afraid to do something about that for so long, but now it’s done.
Today Tempus is going to need to sleep some. We’ll be open regular hours today, probably closing later than usual, just in case folks need to shop. He’s going to have to go to the PO to drop off and pick up packages and run some other errands, too, and I have to get the pickled eggs and devilled eggs made for tomorrow!
I have my Santa Tracker going! Do you? https://santatracker.google.com/
Today’s plant is the Snowberry, Symphoricarpos albus. My kids used to call this “popcorn plant”, which is a name I’ve heard from others, too. The white berries are used as a food, a soap, and for hand lotion. It doesn’t have any magickal uses that I know of, although the folk magicks for this bush amongst the Slavs say that it is “proper” as an offering to statues of the gods. Also it should have the properties of purification and healing, just going by the medicinal uses and the fact that it will re-grow from the root and is planted as riparian erosion control and around abandoned mines and other such places. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphoricarpos_albus
Today is a celebration of the Yule Log and the customs of this time of the year! Traditionally the Yule Log burns for the 12 days of Christmas, lighted tonight. Here’s more on the Yule Log. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule_log …and here is a page about the Yule Log TV program http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule_Log_%28TV_program%29 There are even links at the end to get you to the webcast!
Kolada – Studen (December) 24-31 – This is one of the most important pagan Slavic holidays. At the time of the Winter Solstice, we sing songs for Lada and of praise to Perun who are prisoner now under frost and snow. During these days we celebrate our Gods by drinking a toast to them and burning bonfires deep within the forest. We wend our way singing from house to house, bemasked and dancing as we go. Under the aegis of the New Year, we sacrifice a Goat:
Behind a large mountain
Beside a swift river
Within a dark forest,
Big bonfires are lit.
On benches around the fire,
These benches made of oak,
Men of reknown on these benches seated
Famous men, beautiful ladies
Sing Kolada’s songs.
The Old Man in the center, seated
Grinds his knife of iron;
Boiling hot, boiling
With the goat nearby…
The time of sacrifice for the goat. – (From an ancient song)
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 12/24 for regular hours and then close on Christmas Day. We’ll be open on 12/26, but after that only by appointment until the COVID #s come down, and we’ll probably stay closed until 2/1. 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.
A Christmas star-tower: This is the time of year when Orion shines in the east-southeast after dinnertime. He’s well up now, but his three-star Belt is still nearly vertical. The Belt points up toward Aldebaran and, even higher, the Pleiades. Off to the right of the Pleiades the Moon shines brightly. Orange Mars glows to the right of the Moon.
The Moon reaches apogee — the farthest point from Earth in its orbit around our planet — at 11:31 A.M. EST, when it will sit 251,663 miles (405,012 kilometers) away. Our brightening satellite also passes 3° south of Uranus at 6 P.M. EST. While Uranus is in Aries, the Moon lies just over the border in the constellation Cetus the Whale. Uranus, a tiny magnitude 5.7 dot, is visible to the naked eye under excellent skies — but not tonight, with the Moon so close. However, you’ll likely be able to spot it in binoculars or a telescope as a “flat”-looking blue-gray disk 4″ wide.
Cetus holds some stellar highlights you’ll want to catch while you’re in the area tonight. About 12.5° south of the Moon is Mira, a well-known variable star that swings between magnitude 2 and 10 — a difference in brightness of 1,600x! Its period of 332 days brought it to maximum brightness in October; it’s now on the downswing again but should still be a fairly bright point in the Whale. Also in Cetus is the star Tau (τ) Ceti — exoplanet enthusiasts might recognize the name as the sun that hosts four rocky super-Earths. Although of course you can’t see these planets even with a large telescope, you can easily identify the magnitude 3.5 glow of their host star about 15.5° southwest of Mira.
Mercury is out of sight in conjunction with the Sun.
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
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde
Color – Purple
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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
Th 24 Low 1:45 AM 2.6 7:51 AM Set 2:29 AM 66
~ 24 High 8:14 AM 7.5 4:42 PM Rise 1:40 PM
~ 24 Low 3:15 PM 1.6
~ 24 High 9:12 PM 5.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Goddess… allow me to see clarity in a way that I can receive.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Two heads are better than one. — John Heywood
~ He may not enter anywhere at the first, unless there be some one of the household who bid him to come, though afterwards he can come as he please. – Bram Stoker (1847-1912) English novelist
~ Never trust the man who tells you all his troubles but keeps from you all his joys. – Jewish Proverb
~ I saw that all beings are fated to happiness: action is not life, but a way of wasting some force, an enervation. Morality is the weakness of the brain. – Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) French writer
~ Never leave the scene of an intention without taking action. – Tony Robbins
The Christmas Tree
The holly’s up, the house is all bright,
The tree is ready, the candles alight:
Rejoice and be glad, all children tonight!
The mother sings of our Lord’s good grace
Whereby the Child who saved our race
Was born and adored in a lowly place,
Once more the shepherds, as she sings,
Bend low, and angels touch their strings:
With “Glory” they hail the King of kings.
The children listening round the tree
Can hear the heavenly minstrelsy,
The manger’s marvel they can see, Let every house be ready tonight —
The children gathered, the candles alight —
That music to hear, to see that sight. – Words: Carl August Peter Cornelius, Translated by H. N. Bate, Source: Anne Thaxter Eaton, ed., Welcome Christmas! A Garland Of Poems. New York: The Viking Press, 1955.
Mulled Tea Bags – (for yourself or a gift!)
5 tsp. loose black tea
4 whole cloves
6 whole allspice berries
2 tsp. coarsely crushed cinnamon stick
1 tsp. grated orange rind
1/2 tsp. grated lemon rind
Cut two five inch squares out of the cheese cloth. Place 1/2 of your tea ingredients on one square, and the other 1/2 on the second one. Bring the corners together and tie into a bag with the string. Place the teabags into a mug, with these instructions:
To brew place one tea bag in a mug and 1 cup of boiling water. Steep 5 minutes and enjoy!
To gift – You can also include a small jar of honey, an antique spoon (easily found at a thrift store), 2 cinnamon sticks for stirring and a novel to enjoy reading while drinking.
Hot Spiced Wassail (non-alcoholic)
4 cups cranberry juice
6 cinnamon sticks
5 cups apple cider
1 orange, studded with whole cloves
1 cup water
1 apple, cored and sliced
1/2 cup brown sugar
Mix juice, cider, and water in large saucepan or crock pot. Add cinnamon sticks, clove studded orange, and apple slices. Simmer mixture for 4 hours. Serve hot. Makes 12 servings.
Hot Whiskey, also known as ‘hot Irish’ or just ‘punch’, is a favourite winter drink in Irish pubs, good for what ails you!
- boiling water
- 1-2 tsp sugar
- 1 large measure Irish whiskey
- slice of lemon
- 2 or 3 whole cloves
- Heat a stemmed whiskey glass by running it under hot water.
- Pour in fresh boiling water to more than half full,
- Dissolve sugar to taste,
- Add the whiskey, a slice of lemon and the cloves.
- Serve at once.
Anja’s mulled wine
- 2 cups of water
- 1 star anise
- 10 3 or 4 inch cinnamon sticks
- small handful of whole cloves
- 1 crushed whole nutmeg
- 1 vanilla bean (opt.)
- (any other sweet spice you like can be added!)
- 2 cups of sugar
Bring water to a boil in heavy bottomed pot. Add spices and simmer 5 minutes. Add sugar and turn to low heat. Cook down slowly, stirring constantly until back to two cups of liquid. Strain out spices, but save the big pieces.
2 hours before party time
- ½ gallon of cranapple juice
- ½ gallon of cheap Burgundy wine
- party urn (30 cup!)
Take a party urn and pour wine and cranapple juice into it. Plug in. When it has finished heating, pour the syrup in slowly, stirring constantly (if you do this fast, it will sink to the bottom and scorch, not an enticing flavor!) Take the large whole spices (cinnamon, vanilla & anise) and put into urn. If you like a lot of nutmeg flavor, cut another whole nutmeg into 4 pieces and add. Serve hot, with cinnamon stick swizzles, pfeffernusse (or lebkuchen, gingerbread or gingersnaps) and Kiss Thumbprint cookies (brownies or other chocolate thingies work, too).