Minus Tide at 5:44 PM of -1.6 feet. The shop is closed today for New Year’s. Winter hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Holiday hours – Closed 1/1. Featured photo by Brent McKean.
[posting at 5pm] Rain gauge at noon on 12/31 – 0.2 It’s been sunny most of the afternoon, at least partly. 0-4F, wind at mph and gusting, AQI 8-46, UV0. Chance of rain 6% today and 51% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 7pm Sat-4am Sun. GALE WARNING from 4am to 1pm Sun. STORM WATCH from Sunday after, through Mon. COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY 10am-2pm Sun. Tidal overflow flooding expected. Today should still be sunny, but then we have stormy weather. 5 inches of rain by Thursday? The worst of it should be Sun-Tue, though with just showers after that. Highs upper 40’s to 50F, Lows (after tonight’s 37!) will be in the low-to-mid 40’s. Middle Fork Complex Fire – 90% – 30841.25 acres
Yesterday went pretty fast, being such a short day. We had a raft of people in, 3 groups, all at once, early on, but nothing after. I did paperwork all day. Tempus finally got out to the bank and PO right after 4 after closing for me. I was dealing with the aftermath of an allergic attack that had me sneezing violently, and took my voice for about 1/2 an hour. No clue what set it off, either. Just sore and nasty.
We’re going to celebrate the turn of the year at home, probably asleep. 🙂 I do have some goodies for today, but I’m worried about Tempus out there on the road with the drunks. We’ll probably work on projects during the afternoon.
We’re going to be closed today, although I’m probably going to come in, late, to do tomorrow’s newsletter. Sunday is always a big paper and Tempus is usually late, so I’ll plan on already being at the shop in time to open (on Sunday…)
We are contemplating closing for a couple of weeks here… our annual “vacation”, also to miss the surge of people getting sick for the holiday. We’ll be open Sunday and Monday. Watch here for updates!
Arthur found this! Details in the caption below. By Brent McKean
Today’s Plant is the Blueberry, Vaccinium Cyanococcus (many species/varieties)! This is a fruiting bush that is related to cranberries, huckleberries and bilberries, has many species within the genus and many varieties within the species. Many fruits are called blueberries, when they’re not Vaccinium. Widely cultivated across the world, the fruit is high in iron and lot of micronutrients and even has resveratrol like red grapes. It may have effects on brain health, reducing stroke damage in experimental animals and memory retention in the aged. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blueberry – Put blueberries under the doormat to keep people you don’t want out of the house or plant them along the property line or next to the front walk to keep them entirely off your property. Blossoms can be dried and carried in an amulet, or wear fresh ones in your hair for protection from negative psychic energy near you. Eat blueberries and/or make blueberry pie or tea or jam to get the protection from psychic attack inside you, especially if the effects are leading to headaches and fatigue.
Pocket full of money – In Scotland, Wales and the border counties of England, an old tradition is for children to go singing door to door on New Year’s morning, for which they will be rewarded with coins, sweets, fruit or mince pies. A typical song goes:
I wish you a merry Christmas
A Happy New Year.
A pocket full of money
And a cellar full of beer.
A good fat pig
To last you all the year.
Please to give a New Year’s gift
For this New Year.
The Days of Volos – Procines (January) 1-6 – These moonlit and frosty nights have a name: The Holiday of the Wolves. These days are set aside for the worship of the God of pets and of cattle, whose name is Volos. We give our thanks for the animals on these days, which bring food and sustenance to our homes from ancient times. We also defend them from the ravenous wolves which attack. (Slavic Pagan
The shop opens at 1pm! Winter hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, Holiday hours Closing on 12/31 at 4pm. Closed on 1/1. 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
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/at 3:48pm. 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 1/1 at 1:33am. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps. – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris . Phase ends at the New on 1/2 at 10:33am.
asBut the show isn’t over yet. Four naked-eye planets are now visible in the evening sky at sunset: Venus, Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter. The brightest, magnitude –4.3 Venus, is lowest as the Sun disappears — 11° above the southwestern horizon. Magnitude –0.8 Mercury is 1° higher, slightly southeast of Venus. Saturn, which is a much fainter magnitude 0.6, is nearly 19° due east of Venus, higher in the sky and located in the constellation Capricornus. Highest in the sky, roughly 19° east of Saturn, is magnitude –2.1 Jupiter. Complete the planetary lineup with Neptune and Uranus, also visible tonight. Neptune shares Capricornus with Saturn and is magnitude 7.8, while brighter Uranus (magnitude 5.7) is higher in the sky in Aries. Both are excellent binocular or telescope targets.
What better way to welcome a new year that than with a glimpse of a bright comet? Reported around magnitude 4 earlier in the week, Comet C/2021 A1 (Leonard) sits in the southwestern portion of Piscis Austrinus. It’s 10° high at sunset, sinking lower as the minutes tick by and setting less than two hours later, around 6:30 P.M. local time. You’ll want to catch it as early as possible for the best views before it sinks too deep into the turbulent air near the horizon. Tonight, Leonard is just a bit higher above the horizon than Mercury, which sits nearly 24° to its right [northwest] in Sagittarius. You’ll want to begin scanning the region with binoculars or a telescope shortly after the Sun sets. If your skies and view of the horizon are clear, you may be able to see the comet’s small, fuzzy round coma with the naked eye as darkness falls. By then, you can use the magnitude 4.3 star Iota (ι) Piscis Austrini as a closer guidepost — this star sits just 3.1° north-northeast of the comet tonight.
As we enter January, the bowl of the Little Dipper hangs straight down from Polaris around 8 or 9 p.m., as if from a nail on the cold north wall of the winter sky. The brightest star of the Little Dipper’s dim bowl is Kochab at the bowl’s lip. It’s the equal of Polaris. Kochab passes precisely below Polaris around 8 p.m., depending on how far east or west you live in your time zone.
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,
NIGHT SKY MAP FOR DECEMBER 2021 – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-december-rotation-stars
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20,
Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – Brown
©2021 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Sa 1 Low 4:29 AM 3.4 7:53 AM Rise 7:02 AM 5
~ 1 High 10:26 AM 9.6 4:48 PM Set 3:36 PM
~ 1 Low 5:44 PM -1.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Before it’s too late, tell them everything you’ve ever wanted to say.
Journal Prompt – What is? – What is the one thing you remember most clearly about kindergarten or first grade?
~ I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant. – Martin Luther King, Jr., Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech
~ The storm of frenzy and faction must inevitably dash itself in vain against the unshaken rock of the Constitution. – Franklin Pierce (1804- 1869) 14th US president
~ The wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water molds itself to the pitcher. – Chinese Proverb
~ How often it is that the angry man rages denial of what his inner self is telling him. – Frank Herbert (1920-1986) US writer
To the Garbage Collectors in Bloomington, Indiana, the First Pickup of the New Year BY PHILIP APPLEMAN
(the way bed is in winter, like an aproned lap,
like furry mittens,
like childhood crouching under tables)
The Ninth Day of Xmas, in the morning black
outside our window: clattering cans, the whir
of a hopper, shouts, a whistle, move on …
I see them in my warm imagination
the way I’ll see them later in the cold,
heaving the huge cans and running
(running!) to the next house on the street.
My vestiges of muscle stir
uneasily in their percale cocoon:
what moves those men out there, what
drives them running to the next house and the next?
Halfway back to dream, I speculate:
The Social Weal? “Let’s make good old
Bloomington a cleaner place
to live in—right, men? Hup, tha!”
Healthy Competition? “Come on, boys,
let’s burn up that route today and beat those dudes
on truck thirteen!”
Enlightened Self-Interest? “Another can,
another dollar—don’t slow down, Mac, I’m puttin’
three kids through Princeton?”
Or something else?
A half hour later, dawn comes edging over
Clark Street: layers of color, laid out like
a flattened rainbow—red, then yellow, green,
and over that the black-and-blue of night
still hanging on. Clark Street maples wave
their silhouettes against the red, and through
the twiggy trees, I see a solid chunk
of garbage truck, and stick-figures of men,
like windup toys, tossing little cans—
All day they’ll go like that, till dark again,
and all day, people fussing at their desks,
at hot stoves, at machines, will jettison
tin cans, bare evergreens, damp Kleenex, all
things that are Caesar’s.
O garbage men,
the New Year greets you like the Old;
after this first run you too may rest
in beds like great warm aproned laps
and know that people everywhere have faith:
putting from them all things of this world,
they confidently bide your second coming.
Philip Appleman, “To the Garbage Collectors in Bloomington, Indiana, the First Pickup of the New Year” from New and Selected Poems, 1956-1996. Copyright © 1996 by Phillip Appleman. Reprinted with the permission of the University of Arkansas Press, www.uapress.com . Source: New and Selected Poems 1956-1996 (University of Arkansas Press, 1996) – https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/46572/to-the-garbage-collectors-in-bloomington-indiana-the-first-pickup-of-the-new-year
New Year’s Magick – School for the Seasons – December 31 New Year’s Eve
If New Year’s eve night wind blows South,
It betokeneth warmth and growth;
If West, much milk and fish in the sea,
If North, much cold and storms there will be;
If East, the trees will bear much fruit;
If North-east, flee it, man and brute.
Out with the old and in with the new. Before midnight, sweep and clean your house and take out all the trash because you don’t want to sweep tomorrow (you will sweep the good luck away) or take anything out of the house (you only want to bring new things in to insure abundance during the coming year). Be sure you finish any work you have in hand for a task carried over will never prosper.
Everything you do on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day is freighted with significance. The American custom of spending the night with the one you love and kissing them at midnight insures that the relationship will flourish during the coming year. In Vienna, the pig is the symbol of good luck. Pigs are let loose in restaurants and everyone tries to touch it as it runs by for luck. In private homes, a marzipan pig, with a gold piece in its mouth, is suspended from a ribbon and touched instead. In Sarasota Springs, New York, it’s a peppermint pig that brings good luck and good health for the coming year. The pig is cracked with a hammer after a holiday meal and shared among the guests.
In Italy, I’ve been told, you have to watch out for falling objects on New Year’s Eve, as people shove their old sofas, chairs and even refrigerators out of the windows of their apartments on New Year’s Eve. In Greece, it’s customary to throw a pomegranate wrapped in silver foil on the threshold, to spread the seeds of good luck for an abundant year.
The first person to cross your threshold after midnight brings luck into the house. In medieval Britain, the best possible first-footer was a tall dark-haired handsome man, who brought gifts of whisky, bread, a piece of coal or firewood and a silver coin. He entered in silence and no one spoke to him until he put the coal on the fire, poured a glass for the head of the house and wished everyone a Happy New Year. If this concept doesn’t work for you, figure out what would and make sure it happens.
One popular method of divination, used to determine your future in the new year, is to prick a newly-laid egg at the smaller end with a pin, and let three drops of the egg white fall into a bowl of water. Interpret the designs it makes to get a glimpse of what will happen to you in the new year. Another traditional method of divination is to open a Bible at midnight and interpret the passage beneath your finger.
Kightly, Charles, The Perpetual Almanack of Folklore, Thames & Hudson 1987
Spicer, Dorothy Gladys, The Book of Festivals, The Womans Press 1937
Storace, Patricia, Dinner with Persephone, Pantheon 1996
December 31 St Silvester’s Eve
Austrians consider this a rauchnacht or smoke-night when all rooms and animals must be purified with the smoke of incense and holy water, a purification ritual.
In The Winter Solstice, Matthews describes another Austrian custom, involving a masked figure called the Sylvester (from the Latin sylvan, meaning “from the woods”), a sort of Green Man who hides in the corner at inns throughout Austria and leaps out when a young man or woman passes to give them a kiss. The Sylvester wears a wreath of mistletoe, perhaps an emblem of fertility which he bestows with the kisses. When midnight comes, he is driven out of the room as a representative of the old year.
Matthews, John, The Winter Solstice, Quest 1998
December 31 Réveillon/Yemaya
Yemaya-Olokun, the Mother of the Sea, is honored on New Year’s Eve in Brazil. Cariocas (natives of Rio de Janeiro) go down to the beaches to celebrate. The biggest show occurs at Copacabana Beach where over 1.5 million people crammed into two miles of beach to dance to Brazilian superstars and watch 60 tons of fireworks explode at the end of 2001.
According to McCabe, the color of underwear you wear on the first day of the new year establishes your fortune for the year. Pink brings love, yellow, prosperity; and white, peace and happiness. Tucking a fresh bay leaf in your wallet guarantees a miracle. And at midnight, people either eat 12 grapes, one for each month of the year, while making 12 wishes, or jump seven waves.
The color for outer clothing is white. Everyone goes to the ocean, where they carry out various rituals, for instance, throwing flowers (preferably gladioli and roses) into the waves, launching little wooden boats, releasing white doves, and arranging little altars in the sand in honor of Yemaya, who likes candles, fruit, fish, rice and items associated with personal adornment: mirrors, combs, perfumes and powder.
Alma Guillermoprieto, the author of Samba, asked an older woman how she should pray and the woman suggested she say something like this:
Yemanja, our Mother, please make [this year] a better year than [last year]. Not that [last year] was a bad year; don’t get me wrong; I received many benefits, many good things happened to me and I’m not complaining. But now, thinking over everything that’s happened, I would like to ask you for something from the bottom of my heart: please bring me twice the amount of good things and take away half the number of bad. [p. 123]
Luisah Teish provides suggestions for a beautiful Yemaya ritual in her book Carnival of the Spirit, along with good ideas for a New Year’s ritual.
Guillermoprieto, Alma, Samba, Vintage 1990
McCabe, Connie, “Rhythm of the Night,” Gourmet, December 2002
Teish, Luisah, Carnival of the Spirit: Seasonal Celebrations and Rites of Passage, Harper San Francisco 1994
December 31 Vesta
This day is set aside for honoring the Roman goddess of the hearth (see Hertha, December 21). As Hestia, the Greek goddess of the hearth, she was credited with the art of building houses (since every home was built around the sacred central fire).
Robert Graves speculates that the archaic white aniconic image of the Great Goddess found throughout the Eastern Mediterranean represents a heap of glowing charcoal, kept alive by a covering of white ash. It was tended by the woman of the house and was the center of family life and clan gatherings. He also mentions the Pythoness who induced trance by burning hemp, laurel and barley over an oil lamp in an enclosed space, and suggests that burning the same herbs over hot ashes would be just as effective for producing visions because of their narcotic fumes.
Graves, Robert, The Greek Myths, Penguin 1955
Silliness – Even More Signs Technology Took Over Your Life – – You own a set of itty-bitty screw-drivers and you actually know where they are.