Daily Stuff 12-19-21 Iuventas

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 7:04 PM of -0.5 feet. The shop opens at 1pm! Winter hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, Holiday hours 12/24 until 8pm. Closing on 12/31 at 4pm. Closed 12/25 and 1/1. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. House Capuchin Project Day and potluck 1-7pm.

[posting at 7pm [rain gauge at noon on 12/18 – 0.1 inch] Showery/Wet, 50F, wind at 3-19mph and gusting in the 30’s at least, AQI 2-33, UV1. Chance of rain 99 today and tonight. Rain and rain and rain. As much at 2 inches today! Tomorrow an 1/2 inch, Wednesday 3/4, and then tapering off to showers over the rest of the 10-day. After today’s high of 45, that will stay around 50 through Wed and then start dropping. Lows will start the week around 45 and then also drop. 3 firespots and those fires have dropped off the map again.

Friday evening we ate and crashed. I was up before Tempus, but didn’t have enough oomph to work on anything except a little more on rings. Yesterday was kinda long. Tempus got in at a reasonable time and we got some good sleep. We were a touch late at the shop since we slept so well! I started writing and I spent most of the day with a background of live-streams from 11th Night in the Summits (the historical recreation stuff we do) It ran over closing time and I was saving pictures and sharing videos all afternoon. I forgot that I was going to be doing this…

We had quite a lot of people in, shopping, while the oncoming storm was just wind. When the rain really started up, everything stopped. 🙂 Except for Tempus, of course. I have no idea what all he was doing outside.

Once the SCA stuff is done, we’ll head home, ate and crash. I have some baking to do during the late evening. I hope I have the energy for it. Today is our monthly project day and potluck. There will be lights on in the shop quite late. I’ll be mostly absent, since I have a lot of cookery to accomplish.

A photo by Ken Gagne from 11/20/16 of Yaquina Bay with a cloudy sky showing all the crab pots from the commercial fishing fleet.

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I’ve often heard people talk about “beach thistle”, but Sea HollyEryngium 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.

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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 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, Holiday hours 12/24 until 8pm. Closing on 12/31 at 4pm. Closed 12/25 and 1/1. 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

Moon in Gemini enters Cancer at 1:42am.

Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 12/20 at 8:36am. 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 1/17/22?

Northern lights – Jupiter and Venus set amid the northern lights as seen from Ruka, Finland, in early 2012. – Timo Newton-Syms (Flickr)

Full Moon occurs at 11:35 P.M. EST. December’s Full Moon is also called the Cold Moon, thanks to its timing during the chilly winter season in the Northern Hemisphere. The Moon will appear Full both tonight and tomorrow night, casting its bright light throughout the nighttime sky.

This evening, let’s take advantage of the Full Moon as we search out the crater Boussingault, located in the lunar southeast (our satellite’s lower right as we see it from Earth). Use a telescope to zoom in on the cratered southern region, where the circular features often appear elongated thanks to our foreshortened view of the lunar limb. Inside the larger Boussingault is a second crater — the 45-mile-wide (72 kilometers) Boussingault A — which gives the feature a double-walled appearance. Smaller Boussingault K (18 miles [29 km] wide) sits on Boussingault’s northern rim. Spotting A and K will ensure you’re in the right place on the lunar surface. Enjoy these craters’ complex terrain and dark shadows, and come back over the next few nights — up until the 21st — to see how the dynamic view has changed. Take note that the bright moonlight will temporarily eliminate your eyes’ dark adaptation, so plan your lunar observing for after you’ve searched out any fainter objects you might like to enjoy.

Venus and Jupiter this week continue to shine brightly during twilight in the southwest and south-southwest, respectively. But both are getting lower now, Venus especially. As twilight fades, watch for dimmer Saturn emerging between them. Jupiter and Saturn are far past opposition, so don’t be disappointed by the less-than-optimal telescopic views. Venus, on the other hand, is enlarging while becoming a thinner, more dramatic crescent. It will continue to enlarge and thin into the beginning of January. Have you ever tried to discern the crescent of Venus with your naked eyes? A few sharp-eyed people can! One was apparently Edgar Allan Poe; see This Week’s Planet Roundup at the bottom of this page.

Mercury remains hidden in the sunset for much of the week. But by Christmas Eve, look for it in early twilight some 9° below Venus as shown above. Next week Mercury will get easier every day.

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

NIGHT SKY MAP FOR DECEMBER 2021https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-december-rotation-stars

Sun in Sagittarius

Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic tree month of Ruis (Elder) (Nov 25 – Dec 22)
Venus retrograde at 2:36am
Chiron directs at 8:33am,
Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – Gold
Planting 12/19-21
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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Celtic Tree Month of 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
Su  19     High   1:06 AM     6.7   7:49 AM     Set  8:32 AM      99
~    19      Low   6:11 AM     3.6   4:39 PM    Rise  4:59 PM
~    19     High  11:52 AM     8.3
~    19      Low   7:04 PM    -0.5

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Every day is a chance to change your life.

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Every artist was first an amateur. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Quotes

~   When smiling lawns and tasteful cottages begin to embellish a country, we know that order and culture are established. -Andrew Jackson Downing
~   Resolved, never to do anything which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life. – Jonathan Edwards
~   An open heart is a sanctuary where all are welcome. – Paul Ferrini
~   A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. – Samuel Goldwyn

LXVIII

     And in the nights of winter,
          When the cold north winds blow,
     And the long howling of the wolves
          Is heard amidst the snow;
     When round the lonely cottage
          Roars loud the tempest’s din,
     And the good logs of Algidus
          Roar louder yet within;

               LXIX

     When the oldest cask is opened,
          And the largest lamp is lit;
     When the chestnuts glow in the embers,
          And the kid turns on the spit;
     When young and old in circle
          Around the firebrands close;
     When the girls are weaving baskets,
          And the lads are shaping bows;

               LXX

     When the goodman mends his armor,
          And trims his helmet’s plume;
     When the goodwife’s shuttle merrily
          Goes flashing through the loom;
     With weeping and with laughter
          Still is the story told,
     How well Horatius kept the bridge
          In the brave days of old. – From Lays of Ancient Rome, by Thomas Babington Macaulay

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Yule Magick – Writings

Wake up, people! Open your eyes! Wake up!
Move quickly, like people of light!
Draw clouds forth from the sky’s quarters.
Draw clouds full of snow to us here!
Snow falling now means water in summer.
Come, ice, cover my fields!
In four days the festival starts, when we assemble
to call down snow in abundance. ~Pueblo Dawn Call To Winter Feast

Throughout the world, the darkest time is also the time of the greatest celebration. One reason is simple: busy people, bustling about to gather enough food to survive through the winter, have less time to tell stories and to feast and to sing. But there is another reason that is not so obvious: the belief that the activities of human beings during the winter somehow empower the earth to keep turning on its axis, progressing slowly toward the new seasons yet to come.

Stories have traditionally been vital in this quest for continued order in the universe. Each winter, people would gather to hear the old myths recited by the hearth-fire. This was the children’s school, the time to learn the rules by which humankind was expected to live. It was a continuing education program for adults, too, who each year heard the familiar stories anew, with deeper meaning. But the stories did more than just educate people. In a mysterious and magickal way, they also linked humans to the cosmos. Just as the sun set at the anticipated time, so we were to tell the right story on the right night. We thus were bound to the cycle of the seasons in a deep and meaningful way.

By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast

  • Christmas is not in tinsel and lights and outward show.
  • The secret lies in an inner glow.
  • It’s lighting a fire inside the heart.
  • Good will and joy a vital part.
  • It’s higher thought and a greater plan.
  • It’s glorious dream in the soul of man.

Memory – I took a few minutes with a lighted candle or so to watch the fading of the light at sunset, to remember how dreadful that must have been to our distant ancestors who had only experience to say that the Sun would return. I thought about my Babička who watched the sun set every day that she could each year at this time and would shake her head and come in and bake up a storm to “tempt the Sun back”. I thought about my Dedi, who was my first teacher, who often would set up something special on Solstice Night for us… often stories and his special eggs and mushrooms midnight snack and then he would make pancakes at sunrise. Now, I understand it as a special offering, but as a kid it was just something that he did and my mother would fuss about his keeping us awake, but allowed it. – Anja Yule 2003

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Silliness – Heavy lifting

Picture by Marius Van Dokkum

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