First Minus Tide of the cycle at 5:35 PM of -0.1 feet. We’re taking our usual Winter Vacation and will be closed from 1/4 until 1/20 if the COVID numbers come down. If they stay high it might be longer than that. If you need something contact us here or on Facebook. We can make time to be at the shop. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
[posting at 8pm] Rain gauge at noon on 1/14 – 0.3 Clear and the temp is dropping fast. It was 60F when we got to the shop around 4pm and now it’s 45F, wind at 0-13mph and gusting, AQI 13-30, UV1. Chance of rain 6% today and tonight. BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT through Sat. eve. for sneaker waves. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 4am Sat to 4am Sun. Today should be nice, with plenty of sun in the afternoon. That’s most of the 10-day forecast with highs in the mid-50’s, lows in the low-to-mid 40’s, except for 3 days of possible showers (50%) Tuesday through Thurs. 3 firespots, two to the south (like the last few days) and one just a tad north and west of John Day.
When we left the shop Thursday night I was really out of it. It had taken an hour after I got the newsletter out to be able to head home. All I remember is crawling into bed…. and then it was pushing 2am! I ended up making a frumenty (wheat porridge) and set it by for morning and spent the rest of the night embroidering and reading. I finally fell asleep around 6am, and Tempus got home around 10. I woke at noon and kept falling asleep in my chair, so I crawled back in.
So we finally got moving around 3:30! I went out and did some garden photos while Tempus was getting put together and then we went straight to the shop. I didn’t see a single duck or waterbird on the trip. That might be a first.
The sunlight was going to golden syrup as we were driving, which made the evergreens bright and the colors on the river and the hills beyond really deep. The sky was clear except for high cloud.
Tempus got us coffee and a bit of food and then ran over to Loryea’s. She’s in the Valley recuperating from cataract surgery and was expecting packages, so he went to get those for her. When he got back a fellow was out front that had been hoping to come in and chat. …and he did… (fantastic chat!) and it was 7pm by the time I got back to this.
So this is going to be about all that happens this evening before we head home. I’m starting to work on potluck foods and trying to decide what all to make for Sunday, as well. I was working on that last night before I fell asleep. I’m hoping Tempus is going to spent a little time on chores at home. There’s still a missing towel bar! …and laundry to finish sorting. Today we’re going to try to actually get some stuff done at the shop. Plants and last year’s business records… Hoping…..
Today’s Plant is Salal, Gaultheria shallon. This is a shrub, an understory plant, that ranges all up and down the west coast, from Alaska to California. They’re an invasive in wild heathlands in Europe, having been introduced back in the 1800’s. There’s a big industry in Oregon, supplying the foliage to florists. The local peoples harvested the berries as a primary food source, drying them into cakes. They make a nice crunchy snack, dried this way or individually. The young leaves are edible, too. One nearly-forgotten use, is medicinally as an astringent. Mashed with some water, they’re a great soother for sunburn or insect bites, even working on yellow-jacket stings. It also works internally on an inflamed digestive tract from ulcers to diarrhea and a tea (simple infusion) will help with a dry cough. Eat the young leaves as an appetite suppressant. –Feminine, Saturn, Juno – Use in spells as the medicinal uses, the appetite suppressant effect, particularly. This is an hardy herb, so it also can be added to spells for added duration. It also works in situations of emotional upset, particularly when there’s a sick stomach from stress. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salal
I didn’t know that there was a feast day of an alphabet? !?!? That’s what this day is, the anniversary of the creation of the Hangeul, the Korean alphabet! It is a rest day and does have different names in North Korea and other places. One year it was celebrated by unveiling a statue. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hangul_Day
The shop is closed until 1/20 for our winter vacation. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook message 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 3:48pm on 1/17. 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 1/16 at 3:48am.
Here it is the coldest very bottom of the year, but the Summer Star, Vega, is still barely hanging in. Look for it twinkling over the northwest horizon during and shortly after nightfall. The farther north you are the higher it will be. If you’re as far south as Florida, it’s already gone.
If you’ve got a larger telescope and plenty of patience, we’ve got a challenge for you: globular cluster Palomar 5. This 7′-wide blob of stars is one of the more difficult globulars to spot, but you’ve got a chance this morning between the time the Moon sets and when twilight starts to brighten the sky. Ideally, you’ll want a dark site and a good view of the southeastern horizon to find this softly glowing prize. Discovered in 1950, Palomar 5 has a total magnitude of 11.8. That isn’t too bad, but it’s spread out over the cluster, giving it a low surface brightness that makes it harder to spot. Begin by finding magnitude 3.5 Mu (μ) Serpentis, then skimming 9° west-northwest to land on the cluster. Astronomy’s editors recommend using a magnification of 75x with an 11-inch telescope to search out this cluster, and even larger scopes will further improve your chances.
If you can’t find it, don’t give up hope of seeing a globular cluster this morning — instead try looking 9.5° northwest of Mu. You’ll land on the much easier-to-see, magnitude 5.6 M5. Any size instrument should pick this one up with ease, especially if the sky is still dark.
Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20,
Uranus (1/18/22), Venus (1/29), Mercury (2/3) Retrograde
Color – Grey
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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
Sa 15 Low 4:29 AM 3.9 7:49 AM Set 6:25 AM 90
~ 15 High 10:16 AM 8.1 5:03 PM Rise 2:55 PM
~ 15 Low 5:35 PM -0.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Embrace Change. True success can be defined by your ability to adapt to changing circumstances.
Journal Prompt – What do you think? – Do you think that competitive sports like Little League baseball are or are not helpful to students in elementary school? Explain your answer.
~ The future battle on the ground will be preceded by battle in the air. This will determine which of the contestants has to suffer operational and tactical disadvantages and be forced throughout the battle into adoption compromise solutions. – Erwin Rommel (1891-1944) German Field Marshal.
~ A strong leader accepts blame and gives the credit. – John Wooden
~ The strength of any weakness within us is the degree to which it is feared. – Guy Finley
~ Believe me, there exists no such dilemma as that in which a gentleman is placed when he is forced to reply to a blackguard. – Edgar Allan Poe
A liquid moon
moves gently among
the long branches.
Thus having prepared their buds
against a sure winter
the wise trees
stand sleeping in the cold. – William Carlos Williams (1883–1963)
Imbolc Magick – Spells
Granny’s Musing: Put out food, (cake, buttered bread and milk will do), outside your door: Brighid and her cow walk through the neighborhood tonight, and will appreciate your offering.
CANDLEMAS IMBOLC HERBS
This time is known by some as the “Feast of the Waxing Light” it is the time of year that we are beginning to notice the Sun God’s growth in that the days are becoming longer. This, like MayDay/Beltane, is another pagan holiday which has survived into the current time, now it is celebrated as Ground Hog Day.
ANGELICA–is best in the ritual cup. In this manner is considered to bring one in contact with the inhabitants of Atlantis and to bring Atlantean energies into their lives, visions and understanding.
BASIL–this is the traditional time of year for initiations and the initiate should have been taking daily tonics of basil for at least the last two weeks. It is given now to prepare the innerself for initiation to bring fortitude.
BAY–if the ritual is to be a solemn occasion then it is appropriate to chew one or two (no more than that!) Leaves and meditate upon the growing light and Sun God.
BENZOIN–is used in the incense.
CELANDINE–is used in the ritual cup and tossed into the fire.
HEATHER–is used to decorate the entire space.
MYRRH–is used in the ritual cup and/or incense. – GrannyMoon’s Herbal Course – http://goddessschool.com/courses/Herbs/herbology.html
Beginning of Spring Spell – Imbolc is the Celtic holiday that marks the beginning of spring.
It is ruled by the Goddess of spring, known as Brigit or Brigantia in Ireland, and Bride in Scotland. In Irish myth, the god of the earth Dagda, also known as the “good god,” had three daughters, who were all named Brigit. The first Brigit was the goddess of poetry, the second was the goddess of smithcraft, and the third was the goddess of fire and healing. All three are really aspects of one triple goddess who was associated with the Sun and with fire. On this day Brigit used her flame to rekindle the fire in the earth and assure that plants would have the heat that they need to break through the earth and begin to grow. In ancient times, a woman dressed as Brigit would bless the fires in the households and forges across Ireland. On this day, Brigit’s snake would come out of its mound, and the snake’s behavior would determine how long the remaining frost will last. This is the most likely origin of Groundhog Day. In Christian times, Brigit became a saint associated with the Virgin Mary. Imbolc became the Christian Candlemas, the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is celebrated by lighting candles. A Brigit’s cross is a talisman made of woven reeds that form a cross with a woven square in the center and four equal arms extending out from the center. This design gives the cross a sense of rotation that evokes the wheel of the year. Brigit’s cross should be made or bought on this day and used to protect the home throughout the year. Also on this night one can leave a silk ribbon on the doorstep for Brigit to bless. Later it can be used for healing. – ~ Robert Place
Dream Tending Spell – Incense of the day: Sandalwood
This is a truly special day for Wiccans and some Witches. It is Imbolc, a high holiday that honors the triple goddess Brigit and one of the eight sabbats that mark the turning of the wheel of the year. Ground-hog day is also observed today.
This holiday incorporates the seasonal divination of the more ancient Imbolc, which uses the movement of a snake rather than the shadow of a ground-hog to divine how much longer winter will remain. It is the beginning of the Storm Moon and also the time of the Feast of Oya, the orisha of weather and changes. To the Iroquois people, it is Midwinter Ceremony, a time to bless the fields, tell your dreams, and pay tribute to your ancestors. Today is also the birthday of Marie Laveau II, New Orleans’ Voodoo Queen and diviner extraordinaire.
At bedtime now, light a braid of sweet grass. Extinguish the flame but allow the braid to smolder. Wave the braid lovingly and with great care around your bedroom, motioning with your hand to encourage the smoke to drift in a snake-like stream over your bed and pillow. Dip the braid in springwater, making absolutely sure no flame remains. Then put the braid away. Pour lavender water in a large bowl. Put your favorite seashell inside the bowl of water. As you sleep, the bowl will act as a conduit for messages from the ancestors, nature spirits, and the great beyond.
Place this under your bed or on your bed table. Replenish the water as needed over a period of two weeks. Write down your dreams in a journal. Read over them frequently. Messages revealed in the darkness of winter have special meaning. Work each day to lift the shroud of darkness so you can glimpse new growth and the coming light of spring. Understanding the mysteries of winter is at the heart of Imbolc and its celebrations. By: Stephanie Rose Bird, Llewellyn and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
Silliness – What it Means, “Really”
- “It’s really a good movie,” REALLY MEANS, “It’s got guns, knives, fast cars, and good looking women.”
- “You know how bad my memory is,” REALLY MEANS, “I remember the words to the theme song of “F Troop”, the address of the first girl I kissed, the Vehicle Identification Number of every car I’ve ever owned, but I forgot your birthday.”
- “Oh, don’t fuss. I just cut myself. It’s no big deal,” REALLY MEANS, “I have actually severed a limb, but will bleed to death before I admit I’m hurt.”
- “I do help around the house,” REALLY MEANS, “I once threw a dirty towel near the laundry basket.”
- “What did I do this time?” REALLY MEANS, “What did you catch me doing?”
- “She’s one of the rabid feminists,” REALLY MEANS, “She refused to make my coffee.”
- “I heard you,” REALLY MEANS, “I haven’t the foggiest clue what you just said, and am hoping desperately that I can fake it well enough so that you don’t spend the next 3 days yelling at me.”
- “You really look terrific in that outfit,” REALLY MEANS, “Please don’t try on another outfit. I’m starving.”
- “I missed you,” REALLY MEANS, “I can’t find my sock drawer, the kids are hungry and we are out of toilet paper.”
- “I’m not lost. I know exactly where we are,” REALLY MEANS, “No one will ever see us alive again.”
- “We share the housework,” REALLY MEANS, “I make the messes. She cleans them up.”
- “I don’t need to read the instructions,” REALLY MEANS, “I am perfectly capable of messing it up without printed help.”