First Minus Tide of the cycle at 3:46 PM of -0.4 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
[posting at 6pm] Rain gauge at noon on 1/27 – Dry, Clear and 46F, wind at 0-3mph and gusting, AQI 15-41, UV2. Chance of rain 1% today and 9% tonight. Today should be mostly sunny (57/38). Tomorrow partly sunny (51/42) with a tiny, tiny chance of showers late in the evening. That chance will peak on Sunday (49/41) in the late morning giving us about 1/3 of an inch. Mon. (47/39) has a tiny chance of a few more showers, then we’re looking at partly cloudy (48/40) for the rest of the 10-day. 9 firespots
Wednesday evening went as planned with getting some research and mail sorting done. I was home at about 1:10 and Tempus took off just a few minutes later after slicing up some cheese and taking that and a couple of cookies for a snack. I made a sandwich and went to bed and was asleep by 2am. I kept waking up and reading for an hour, then curling back up!
It was cold Wednesday night. Tempus was dealing with frost and cold fingers. I had to keep putting the heat back on, but he got in around 8 (?) or so and then we both got warm, curling into each other. We didn’t quite make it to the shop on time. The NPR headlines were just finishing, so it was 5 past, but we got things open and started in. After Tempus got us coffee he headed out with the laundry basket. I sat down to write and catch up on e-mails. In between bouts of writing I watered plants, but only got the south window 1/2-way before I was out of water and plants that I could reach.
I was hoping to do some cooking last night, but Tempus didn’t get my cabbage and leeks from the store, yet, so I might just be cooking up meats. I have a few in the freezer, anyway. I think tonight’s supper is going to be either lentils or soup, since those are both on the freezer door, but that depends on when Tempus is done with the laundry. It’s bulk route so he’s going to have to skedaddle, early.
Today we’ll be open at 1pm and he needs to get back to work on the saw, unless he managed to finally get a tarp. If he has that, he’ll have to go home and work on that while it’s light. I have more writing and more plants to water and I want to get a few more headers done.
Lupines are represented on the coast by the Large-Leaved Lupine, Lupinus polyphyllus, (which is often the common garden variety and all over out here) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_polyphyllus and Kincaid’s Lupine, Lupinus sulphureus subsp. Kincaidii (which used to be called Oregon Lupine). The latter is threatened as they’re disappearing and are needed for an also disappearing butterfly. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_sulphureus We also get the yellow varieties of this one on the coast. More on the main lupin species here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin These are tall showy flower spikes with a distinctive leaf pattern that bloom all summer into the fall. Some varieties of lupins (the “sweet lupins”) are eaten, but many require soaking in salt water for long periods of time to get the alkaloids out that could be poisonous. These were eaten by the indigenes, but no one has said how they were prepared. There’s a little here about the beans, which are being used as a vegan food, but have a high potential for allergic effects. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin_bean –Masculine, Fire, Moon – As far as magick goes, it’s not listed very many places, but its old name is “Blood from a head”. The word “lupine” derives from the word for wolf, as well. They are useful in magicks for any canine. In fact, I always include them in amulets for dogs or wolves. They can also be used to help with spirit communication with the canine/lupine totems. They have also been used in curse magicks for getting rid of things like cancers, or resistant viruses and bacteria or even for brain tumors.
The Festival of the Lênaia to Dionysus was held in ancient Greece beginning on approximately this date. The Lênaia, which was held at the coldest time of year, was for Dionysus Lênaios, celebrating his birth from Zeus’s thigh and his emergence from the Underworld. It was a festival with a dramatic competition but one of the lesser festivals of Athens and Ionia in ancient Greece. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenaia (picture is the present-day remains of the Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus, Athens)
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. 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 1/30 at 9:46am.
Right after dark, face east and look very high, almost straight up. 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.
Today, asteroid 44 Nysa begins a five-day journey across the open star cluster NGC 1647 in Taurus the Bull. The constellation currently rises before sunset and is climbing higher in the eastern sky by the time darkness falls. The easiest way to find the 6th-magnitude, 45′-wide cluster is to first find bright red Aldebaran, the Bull’s eye. Notice the smattering of stars nearby — that’s the Hyades, another young open cluster. Flip the Hyades over to the northeast side of Aldebaran, and you’ll be smack dab in NGC 1647’s domain. Nysa is currently 10th magnitude and visible with good binoculars or a small scope. It sits on the NGC 1647’s southwestern edge tonight and may be a bit difficult to discern from some of the cluster’s stars at first glance. But give it some time — within three hours or so, you’ll be able to pick up Nysa’s movement against the background. Over the next several nights, the main-belt world will traverse the cluster, moving northeast. Check back night after night to see how much progress it’s made. Plus, if you want an additional target, use our chart to skim west and find 8th-magnitude dwarf planet 1 Ceres, less than 5° south of the sparkling Pleiades star cluster.
Mercury and Saturn have ridden away into the sunset.
Runic half-month of Elhaz/Algiz, from 1/28-2/11. This half month: optimistic power, protection and sanctuary.
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 – Pink
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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
F 28 Low 2:02 AM 3.6 7:39 AM Rise 4:38 AM 25
~ 28 High 8:16 AM 8.6 5:20 PM Set 1:21 PM
~ 28 Low 3:46 PM -0.4
~ 28 High 10:28 PM 6.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Rest is good, but not when it feeds inertia. Let rest be true rest, then rise again to the practices that feed your soul.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
~ Perceive that which cannot be seen with the eye. – Musashi Miyamoto
~ A compliment is verbal sunshine. – Robert Orben
~ You are full if you are in tune with the universe. If you are not in tune with the universe, then your are empty. And out of that emptiness comes greed – greed is to fill it, with money, houses, furniture, with friends, lovers, with anything. – Osho
~ If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito. – Bette Reeves
Suddenly, with lifted eyes you said,
There, on the black bough of a snow flecked maple,
Fearless and gay as our love,
A bluejay cocked his crest!
Oh who can tell the range of joy
Or set the bounds of beauty? – Sara Teasdale (1884–1933)
Imbolc Magick – Recipes
- 1 gal. Blackberries
- 1 gal. Spring water, lukewarm
- 5 lbs. sugar
- 2 slices toast (of yeast-raised bread)
- 1 pkg yeast
In a very large wide-mouthed container, crush the berries and add water. Mix in half of the sugar and stir until dissolved. Float toast on top and sprinkle with yeast. Cover container with cheesecloth and let stand for 5 days. Add remaining sugar and leave for another 2 days. Stir well. Let the mixture sit undisturbed for 3 more weeks. Strain through cheesecloth to remove seeds from wine. Bottle and serve when desired. [This is likely to mold…. better to take the stuff and put into a carboy with a water-trap!]
“Birch Sap” – Ritual Foods – Beverage – Sabbat – Imbolc – 8-10 “ritual sips” per recipe
For each cup of “sap” you need:
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
- ½ inch of vanilla bean
- A 1 ½ cup glass jar with a lid or (that holds ½ again as much as you will put in it.)
- Heat water to boiling.
- Run glass jar under hot tap water (to prevent shattering)
- Put vanilla bean in jar.
- Add hot water.
- Add honey.
- Screw lid down and shake until syrup/honey dissolves.
- Unscrew lid every five minutes or so to allow pressure to equalize as “sap” cools.
- Keep refrigerated.
- Shake well before pouring into chalice.
Spiced Milk with Honey – Leda Merideth
- 1 quart milk
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 4 cardamom pods
- 4 whole cloves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 4 whole allspice or spice bush berries
- 1/4 teaspoon shavings of fresh nutmeg
- 1 bay leaf
- Tie up all the spices in a cheesecloth square, or strain out before
- Combine spices, milk and honey in a saucepan.
- Heat gently for 20 minutes (do not boil).
Boiled Custard – Adapted by Akasha Ap Emrys
- 1 quart milk
- 4 large eggs
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
Scald milk in heavy pan do not boil. Thoroughly beat eggs, adding salt and sugar. Beat a little of the hot milk into the egg mixture, stirring constantly. Pour egg mixture into hot milk, stirring well. Slowly bring just to a boil until mixture coats a wooden spoon. Remove from heat and beat until cool. Add vanilla and chill well.
Silliness – Mike’s Girlfriend
After directory assistance gave me my boyfriend’s new telephone number, I dialed him — and got a woman.
“Is Mike there?” I asked.
“He’s in the shower,” she responded.
“Please tell him his girlfriend called,” I said and hung up.
When he didn’t return the call, I dialed again. This time a man answered. “This is Mike,” he said.
“You’re not my boyfriend!” I exclaimed.
“I know,” he replied. “That’s what I’ve been trying to tell my wife for the past half-hour.”