We’re back open! Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Arthur Bartlett. House Capuchin Project Day, 1-5pm.
[posting at 6:3-pm] Rain gauge at noon on 1/22 – Trace, Clear 51F, wind at 2-7mph and gusting, AQI 16-28, UV1. Chance of rain 4% today and tonight. More sun than not through Thursday and cold at night. 55F/39. From Friday on there’s a chance of showers. 51F/42. Enjoy the Halcyon Days! 5 firespots
Friday night we just ate and went to bed. It was almost 8pm when we got out of the shop! I was up for awhile, around midnight, and got a snack. Tempus didn’t get up until 1:20, but was ready in plenty of time. He kept asking me if there was anything else that I needed. 🙂
I had trouble sleeping again. I started a sewing project, or rather picked up one that’s been ready to go for years and I only just found it. I read and sewing, tried to sleep, tossed and turned and then got back up. Lather, rinse, repeat… 🙂 I finally fell asleep around 6am. At least I got some sewing in! Tempus got in around 10 (I think) and we were at the shop well before time for once! He had stopped on the way home to make popcorn, and that was my breakfast on the way into town. That and staring out at the beautiful sunshine and a couple of cranes or egrets in various spots.
Tempus worked in back for quite some time. I worked on the office space, then checked in some inventory that I found that Tempus needs to hang when I’m done. About once in a couple of hours I would ask him for help and he would put things away that I couldn’t, either too high or too heavy….
We had a few sets of people in. One was a couple who are new in town. The man had been in and said he was going to have to bring his wife. He did, so we all got introduced, finally. Good to see new folks! All the shoppers got a chance to look around, despite the mess. …which is changing, at least, even if it’s not less…. Sewing Workshop was just a couple of us, but we’re making progress. I didn’t have to help with threading needles this time, just the knots. 🙂
After my lunch sandwich Tempus brought me some dilly beans. They’ve been sitting awhile, but are really tasty. I had some cheese with them later in the afternoon while I started working on this. I’m getting awfully sleepy. …Oh, Raven posted some more Sioned pix! …and Tempus is back working on the saw.
I’m hoping that I remember to take the spinach and the confectioner’s sugar home with me tonight. One is to go in frumenty and the other into pecan butterballs, which will only happen if I remember to ask Tempus to light the oven.
Today is our “different day”. I’m planning to work on a rag doll and set up some more bookmarks. We should be open at the regular time, but I’m going to be busy with House folks for most of the afternoon. …and I’m hoping to make marzipan, too.
Today’s Plant is Miner’s Lettuce, Claytonia perfoliata (aka winter purslane, or Indian lettuce). It’s a plant native to our area, growing and blooming in our soggy spring and drying out and dying back in the summer. I’ve seen in re-bloom in the fall. It’s a leaf vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked like spinach. It’s really choice in salads and very high in vitamin C. It got the name because the Gold Rush miners ate it to prevent scurvy, since they really weren’t eating right. Like any lettuce or most of the salad greens it’s Feminine and Water, but as any high Vitamin C food, its planet correspondence is the Sun. – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miner%27s_lettuce More on the genus here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia
Hathor is an Egyptian mother/death/sky goddess. She’s familiar to everyone as the cow-headed goddess whose symbol of cow horns as lunar crescents on either side of the disc of the sun/moon was worn by many other goddesses (and gods) in the pantheon. On her feast day offerings of cow’s milk are poured into the Nile. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hathor
We’re back open! Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. 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
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.
Orion is now high in the southeast right after dark, and he stands highest due south around 9 p.m. Orion is the brightest and showiest of the 88 constellations — and that often distracts from the fact that his main pattern is surprisingly small compared to some of his dimmer neighbors. The biggest of these is Eridanus the River to his west, enormous but hard to trace. Dimmer Fornax the Furnace, to Eridanus’s lower right, is almost as big as Orion! Even the main pattern of Lepus, the Hare cowering under Orion’s feet, isn’t much smaller than he is. Compared to Orion, the rabbit is the size of a Saint Bernard.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Aries) is very high in the south in early evening. See Bob King’s story and finder chart.
Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.
Goddess Month of of Bridhe, runs from 1/23 – 2/19
Celtic Tree Month of Luis/Rowan, Jan 21-Feb 17, Luis (LWEESH)
Venus (1/29), Mercury (2/3) Retrograde
Color – Gold
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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
Color: Grey and Red
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.
Quert – Apple Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Meaning: A choice must be made
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 23 High 4:08 AM 7.4 7:43 AM Set 10:46 AM 78
~ 23 Low 10:12 AM 2.5 5:13 PM Rise 11:32 PM
~ 23 High 3:46 PM 6.6
~ 23 Low 10:10 PM 1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Dream, a dream, because dreams are what tomorrow’s futures are made of.
Journal Prompt – Schoolish Stuff – If you were a fish and could talk, what would you say to humans?
~ I just put on what the lady says. I’ve been married three times, so I’ve had lots of supervision. – Upton Sinclair (1878-1968) US writer
~ The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: That’s the essence of inhumanity. – George Bernard Shaw
~ If you can’t win, make the fellow ahead of you break the record. – Anonymous
~ Shake the tree, and the fruit will fall. – Sandy Diva
The night’s drifts
Pile up below me and behind my back,
Slide down the hill, rise again, and build
Eerie little dunes on the roof of the house. – James Wright (1927–1980)
Imbolc Magick – Poems/Sayings
Bride put her finger in the river
On the Feast Day of Bride
And away went the hatching mother of the cold. — Carmina Gadelica
If Candlemas be bright and fair
Winter will have another year
But if it be dark with clouds and rain
Winter is gone, and will not come again
A medieval quatrain fills in details of the celebration:
Tasting every food in order
This is what behoves at Imbolc
Washing of hand and feet and head
It is thus I say….
Silliness – Olives
A fellow came into a bar and ordered a martini. Before drinking it, he removed the olive and carefully put it into a glass jar. Then he ordered another martini and did the same thing. After an hour, when he was full of martinis and the jar was full of olives, he staggered out.
“Well,” said a customer, “I never saw anything as peculiar as that!”
“What’s so peculiar about it?” the bartender said. “His wife sent him out for a jar of olives.”