Daily Stuff 1-19-22 Bishop of Uppsala

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 7:53 PM of -0.5 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 9pm] Rain gauge at noon on 1/18 – 0.1, Foggy and 50F, wind at 0-3mph and gusting, AQI 8-25, UV2. Chance of rain 75% today and 62% tonight. Today, pretty much the same as yesterday and tomorrow, as well. Friday should see things drying out and it could stay that way for a week! 2 firespots.

Monday evening, after I got the newsletter out the phone rang. It was Amor, our son up in Alaska, so I ended up talking to him for a couple of hours while Tempus got his stuff done and then napped. We didn’t get home until past 11pm, and fell into bed.

My intent to make cookies went away because Tempus forgot that I had asked him to start the oven. He got in at a decent hour yesterday morning, but slept until past 3pm, when I asked him for coffee. We got to talking and only make it into town barely in time to get the package from the post office. One was the book that I was supposed to get a week ago and another was some interesting socks.

I sat down to write immediately and have been going at a furious pace and I’m not done in time for my meeting, so I’m going to be here overnight, drattit. …That was a fun meeting. We were making oak gall ink and quill pens!

Tempus is making bread, but he has to head out very shortly. I’m going to finish my other newsletter, then this one, and I’ll go curl up in back with my embroidery and book.

Today we really have to get some home stuff done. Chores have been building up, and so have a few projects, like putting up my shelf in the bedroom and getting things put away. Here’s hoping! I think I’m going to double up tonight, so I can keep working tomorrow evening and maybe get those cookies done. …and we still need to decide whether we’re re-opening on Thursday. I think we’re going to.

Photo by Ken Gagne on 1/18/17 – Seagulls hunkered down away from the storm at Yachats State Park

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Today’s Plant is Evening primroseOenothera species, sometimes called Sundrop or Suncup in Oregon. The young roots can be eaten like a peppery-flavored vegetable and the shoots can be used in salad. It can be used in poultices for wound-healing and to ease bruises. (Sun…it’s drying) Clinical trials don’t support the traditional uses for treatment of PMS (particularly bloating and water retention) or cervical ripening in pregnancy, but one of the varieties has promise as a treatment for breast cancer. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often called the King’s Cure-all, used by a ruler to cure scrofula. It has powers of healing, particularly for drying “wet” wounds or injuries. It can be used in sleep sachets (especialy for people who have problems with fluid in the lungs at night) , and for spells to cure (or cause) alcoholism. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evening_primrose

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Feast day of St Henry, Bishop of Uppsala (St Henry of England, Henry of Finland, Henry of Sweden, Henrik, Heikki, Piispa Henrik) Henry was the English-born bishop of Uppsala, Finland, who was martyred on January 20, 1156 by a Finnish soldier (or wealthy landowner) named Lalli whom he had just excommunicated for murdering a Swedish soldier. Legend says that Lalli had a long life – continually tormented by mice as a penance for his attack. More information here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry,_Bishop_of_Uppsala

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 anjasnihova@yahoo.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,
Anja

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Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Leo

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 1/19 at 3:48am. 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 1/31 at 9:46pm. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 1/25 at 5:41am.

The Moon has just begun to wane from its Full phase, appearing some 95 percent lit by this evening. After it rises, take a look at our satellite to try and spot the slowly encroaching shadow of night just starting in the lunar east (west on the sky). With just a sliver of its limb gone, some of the features in this region now stand out in stark contrast, thanks to the moving terminator (the line separating night from day). One of the most noticeable is Mare Crisium (the Sea of Crises) in the northeast. This round, flat sea spans some 345 miles (550 km) and likely formed between 4.5 billion and 3.8 billion years ago. To its southwest, still in broad daylight, is the large Mare Tranquillitatus, better known as the Sea of Tranquillity and the landing site of Apollo 11, the first manned mission to the Moon.

After dark, face east and look very high. The bright star there is Capella, the Goat Star. To the right of it, by a couple of finger-widths at arm’s length, is a small, narrow triangle of 3rd and 4th magnitude stars known as “the Kids.” Though they’re not exactly eye-grabbing, they form a never-forgotten asterism with Capella.

Venus (magnitude –4.3) emerges into dawn view. Look for it low in the east-southeast about 45 or 30 minutes before sunrise. It gets higher every day. In a telescope or good binoculars it’s a thin crescent, as it was a few weeks ago in the evening sky. But now it’s getting thicker every day, not thinner.

Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.

Sun in Capricorn enters Aquarius at 6:39pm.

Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20,
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)
Venus (1/29), Mercury (2/3) Retrograde
Color – Brown
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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 –
Month: November
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: B
Meaning: New Beginnings; Changes; Purification.

Phagos – Beech Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Orange-brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: PH, IO
Meaning: New experiences and information coming

Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)/rowan – The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) is related to servceberries. The red berries were historically used to lure birds into traps, and the specific epithet aucuparia comes from words meaning “to catch a bird”. Birds are also responsible for dispersing the seeds. Rowans thrive in poor soils and colonize disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe they are most common around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 15 m (50 feet) and are members of the Rose family (Rosaceae). They are cultivated in North America, especially in the northeast.

Luis – Rowan Ogam letter correspondences
Month: December
Color: Grey and Red
Class: Peasant
Letter: L
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.

Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: Q
Meaning: A choice must be made

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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
W   19     High   1:55 AM     6.8   7:46 AM     Set  9:15 AM      99
~    19      Low   7:09 AM     3.4   5:08 PM    Rise  6:57 PM
~    19     High  12:49 PM     8.2
~    19      Low    7:53 PM    -0.5

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life is too short to wait.

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Journal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – Explain how you think your life would be different if you had to be in a wheel chair.

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Quotes

~   No matter how cynical you become, it’s never enough to keep up. . – Lily Tomlin
~   We worry about what a child will be tomorrow, yet forget that he is someone today. – Author Unknown
~   If to be venerated for benevolence, if to be admired for talent, if to be esteemed for patriotism, if to be beloved for philanthropy, can gratify the human mind, you must have the pleasing consolation to know that you have not lived in vain. – George Washington in a letter to Benjamin Franklin, about a year before the latter’s death
~   I thought they’d get one of us, but Jack, after all he’s been through, never worried about it. I thought it would be me. – Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968) US Politician

Outside your shadow, I can go
A free moon in a crystal arc;
Circling at dusk with lunar cold
Above, below, your cone of dark. – –Kathryn Worth (1898–1969)

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Imbolc Magick – Meditation – Meditation on Cat.   Breathe deep… Breathe from your belly, from your core, your center… Inhale and become… Exhale and release… Release all things that do not serve. Anger. Fear. Resentment. Shame. Sadness. Let them flow out of your breath, down to Mother Earth… Breathe in and know that we all breathe the same breath…. Breath out and know that you are safe, surrounded by friends and Gods who will let no harm come to you… Breathe and let the cradling darkness of the Mother envelop you… Rest in Her mysteries as you breathe in… And out…

 Floating in the Mother’s womb, you know that you are meant to go forward, to receive a message, to seek the path that She has set you upon… The cat has long been a guide and friend to Witches, and tonight we call upon the power of Cat to guide us to the Lady of the Crossroads who sees all possible pathways…

 You hear a sound, maybe a meow, or a roar… You can feel the silent steps of the Cat coming to guide you to the Lady. The darkness fades a little, and as you look around you can see the Cat who has been sent to you. This Cat is your guide… Some of you may be guided by your own house cat, or one who has passed away… Others will be guided by their Cat totems, ranging from Tigers, to Lions, to Panthers, to Leopards, to Lynx’s. Let Cat come to you in the way it is meant to… Spend some time with this Cat… Ask its name and why it has been sent to you…

 It is time to go to the Lady… Cat turns, and begins walking away from you… Follow Cat… Follow and know that it is leading you to the Lady of the Crossroads… As you walk with Cat, feel around you for the Direction that you are walking in… If you do not feel which direction you are walking in, you may ask Cat which direction it is taking you in… By paying attention to North, East, South, and West you will get a better idea of what Path you are being set upon…

 Looking down at your feet, you see that Cat has taken you upon a Pathway… Looking around you, pay attention to your surroundings… What do you see? Are there trees, animals, birds? Are you near the ocean, a river, or in a desert? What do you smell? Hear? Let these visions come to you…

 Looking ahead of you, you see a lady, cloaked in fire… Her red hair shines like the sun, and her eyes are as green as the deep waters… As you get closer, you notice that she is standing at the center of a four-way Crossroad… This is the Lady Bridget. Goddess of Fire, Inspiration, Poetry, Blacksmiths, and the Crossroads. She holds the knowledge of Pathworking and possibilities… Cat brings you to Her, and lays at Her feet… You are struck by Her beauty and obvious strength..

 Let Bridget offer to you her words of wisdom… Ask Her any questions you have about the Path are currently on… Let Bridget show you the possible outcomes of your actions, and the possible alternatives…

 Ask Bridget any last quick questions that you have for Her, and give Her your thanks… Cat stands, and begins walking down one of the Pathways in the Crossroad… Follow… Is this the same Pathway that you followed to meet Bridget, or a different one? As Cat guides you back to your physical body, is the scenery the same, or somehow altered? Are there any new smells or sounds?

 You arrive at a shimmering black-misty Veil… Ask the Cat if it has any last words for you, and thank Cat for it’s guidance… Step through the Veil, and be cradled once again in the Mother’s formlessness…

 In this darkness, you are within your own being… Breathe deep and allow yourself to begin slipping back into your physical body… Breathe and become aware once again of your physical body and your physical surroundings… Breathe and let your mind and soul reenter your physical vessel…

 Begin to wiggle your toes and fingers… Breathe deep, and begin to slowly move your arms and feet… Roll your head from side to side… Breathe deep, and when you are ready, open your eyes.

 You have seen many things in this Quest that will be of great benefit to you. Anytime that you need guidance on your Path, you may call on Cat or Lady Bridget and seek their guidance… If you were lead by a Cat totem, it would be a good idea to continue working with it… If you felt a deep connection with Bridget, you might wish to build an altar for Her, and continue working with Her.

 In order for you to keep a blessing and reminder from this Pathwork, you will now be instructed in how to create one of Bridget’s sacred charms, a Bridget’s Cross. This charm will act as a ward of protection, a symbol of the presence of Bridget, and as a amulet for aiding you to keep in contact with the knowledge that was gained at the Crossroads.

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Silliness – Computa-holic 12-Step Program

1) I will have a cup of coffee in the morning and read my newspaper like I used to, before the Web.
2) I will eat breakfast with a knife and fork and not with one hand typing.
3) I will get dressed before noon.
4) I will make an attempt to clean the house, wash clothes, and plan dinner before even thinking of the Web.
5) I will sit down and write a letter to those unfortunate few friends and family that are Web-deprived.
6) I will call someone on the phone who I cannot contact via the Web.
7) I will read a book…if I still remember how.
8) I will listen to those around me and their needs and stop telling them to turn the TV down so I can hear the music on the Web.
9) I will not be tempted during TV commercials to check for email.
10) I will try and get out of the house at least once a week, if it is necessary or not.
11) I will remember that my bank is not forgiving if I forget to balance my checkbook because I was too busy on the Web.
12) Last, but not least, I will remember that I must go to bed sometime … and the Web will always be there tomorrow!

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