Minus Tide at 4:42 PM of -1.0 feet. The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by David Bruerd. Sewing workshop, 3pm.
[posting at 7pm] Rain gauge at noon on 1/28 – Dry, Clear, 45F, wind at 3mph and gusting, AQI 21-38, UV2. Chance of rain 10% today and 12% tonight. Today (51/43) the clouds will start to thicken up and there’s a tiny chance of rain. The peak of it should be around 6pm on Sunday (50/40). Monday (46/38), mostly cloudy. The rest of the forecast is for partly cloudy (47/36) with daytime temps climbing as the week goes on. 4 firespots.
Thursday evening we hurried home and quickly heated some soup for supper. Tempus got going not long after that. I went to bed, really tired. I was up again around midnight, made a sandwich and started working on putting clean stuff away. Eventually I grabbed my book and embroidery and took that to bed because it was just to chilly in the main room.
Tempus put a heating bad at the foot of the bed, so we can have warm tosies in this chilly weather. That was *really* nice last night. I worked on the embroidery until I made a nasty tangle that’s going to have to be picked back out in good light, read for awhile and went back to sleep. Tempus got in at a decent hour, but he said it was *nasty* chilly last night: temps going down to 30 and reading “ice”. I’m glad he has good gloves. One of his customers gifted him a wool pair, so he has those for warm and the ones Grandma bought him years back for “waterproof”.
I spent a little while working on the garden as he was getting ready to go. I clipped the raspberries back and took old blooms off of one of the succulent pots. I also nabbed a stem of lemon grass to make lemon-grass chicken.
On the way back into town at noon there were lots of high clouds, not obscuring the sun, but a harbinger of things to come. There was an egret in the Eckman outflow. Tempus actually saw it, since it was close to the road. It was hunting and came up with a wriggly just as we passed. Lots of ducks on the other side.
We got the shop open and got to work. The cinnamon roll lady delivered just as I was getting my sweatshirt off! Those, with coffee, were breakfast. Raspberry cream rolls! …and we have molasses cookies for later!
We did have people in shopping. One guy came in, did a quick flap-through and left, then came back with someone about 20 minutes later. There was another lady who hadn’t been in before and bought one of the last of KC’s bone carvings. I was working on headers until the printer jammed. I grabbed a piece of the wrong cardstock. <sigh> Tempus had to fix that and then went out to do the bank deposit He was working on paperwork before all that and I also did a little writing. I never did get to the plants.
Tempus is finishing up a batch of bread and we’ll take that home. I’m planning a nuker casserole for supper, since he doesn’t have to hurry away tonight. Hopefully, we’ll get some of the laundry put away before we have to go to bed.
Today I really need to water! I also need my rolly to finish that last garden bed. …and more headers and more paperwork. Oi! …and sewing workshop at 3pm. …and I keep forgetting. There are a lot more pix added to the bottom of “Grandbaby’s 3rd year” https://ancientlightshop.wordpress.com/calendar/psychic-fair-information/grandbaby-trip-2-28-to-3-6-19/grandbabys-third-year/
Today’s Plant is Cow parsnip, Heracleum lanatum, or Indian Celery. Growing in every damp place along the roads out here, this is easily confused with seacoast angelica, and other plants, and even dangerously with water hemlock, if you don’t look carefully, or dig it up to check the root. It’s a huge plant (over 6 feet tall) with leaves large enough to make a hat from! Local peoples used it as a poultice plant for bruises and sores. The young stems and leaf stalks can be peeled and eaten in spring. The root makes a nice yellow dye. –Feminine, Water, Moon, Hathor – The flowers glow in the moonlight and I have used this as a plant of sacrifice to Bona Dea or the Great Mother in one of her many aspects as it is a symbol of the plenty of spring. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heracleum_lanatum
Today is the Roman Feast of Concordia, the day of “getting along”. Not so much peace as “Pax”, but being able to work together for the good of all, agreement, often translated as “Harmony” …. It’s amazing how many feasts dedicated to peace and peaceful pursuits the Romans had when we think of them as a warlike people. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concordia_%28mythology%29
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.
Although there are no major meteor showers for the next two months, it doesn’t mean there isn’t something a little extra special to search for in the night sky. On moonless evenings like tonight, turn your gaze west an hour or so after sunset. If you’ve got a clear, dark observing site, you may just spot a yellow-white cone-shaped glow angling upward from the horizon, spreading steeply toward Taurus the Bull. It is visible by eye under good conditions and also photographs well. This glow is the zodiacal light, created by sunlight scattering off myriad grains of dust spread throughout the solar system and aligned with the ecliptic (the plane of the solar system). Astronomers believe this dust is the debris left behind by countless comets approaching the Sun, although recent research suggests it may instead originate from the planet Mars. One more thing astronomers have recently learned: Other planetary systems show evidence of zodiacal light as well. So, this close-to-home phenomenon may also light up the skies above alien life-forms on planets circling other stars.
Spot the equilateral Winter Triangle in the southeast. Sirius is its brightest and lowest star. Betelgeuse stands above Sirius by about two fists at arm’s length. To the left of their midpoint is Procyon. Can you discern their colors? Sirius (spectral type A0) is cold white, Betelgeuse (M2) is pale orange, and Procyon (F5) is much paler yellowish white. And, standing 4° above Procyon is 3rd-magnitude Gomeisa, or Beta Canis Minoris, the only other easy naked-eye star of Canis Minor.
Meanwhile, the Great Square of Pegasus is sinking low in the west, tipped onto one corner. And the Big Dipper is creeping up in the north-northeast, tipped up on its handle.
Venus stands stationary against the background stars of Sagittarius at 3 A.M. EST. You can catch the blazingly bright planet — now magnitude –4.8 — after it rises around 5 A.M. local time. You absolutely won’t be able to miss it, shining like a diamond in the still-dark sky.
Shortly after, Mars rises as well, a much fainter (but still easy-to-find) magnitude 1.4. Mars and Venus are just 10.5° apart, with a waning crescent Moon less than 3.5° south of the Red Planet, floating above the spout of Sagittarius’ famous Teapot asterism. The spout is formed by three stars: Delta (δ), Gamma (γ), and Epsilon (ϵ) Sagittarii. See how long you can follow these three luminaries into the brightening twilight before only the Moon and planets remain visible.
Later today, the Moon will pass 2° south of Mars at 10 A.M. EST and 10° south of Venus at 9 P.M. EST.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Aries) is very high in the south-southwest after dark. Finder chart.
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 Directs at 12:46am.
Mercury (2/3) Retrograde
Color – Black
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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
Sa 29 Low 3:16 AM 3.7 7:38 AM Rise 5:51 AM 16
~ 29 High 9:17 AM 8.9 5:22 PM Set 2:19 PM
~ 29 Low 4:42 PM -1.0
~ 29 High 11:23 PM 6.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Thou shalt not weigh more than thy refrigerator
Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Did I recently have an interesting conversation?
~ People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them. – Dave Barry
~ Every human being is the author of his own health or disease. – Buddha
~ Nobody understands. And of course, how could they? – Robert Crumb
~ Man’s real life is happy, chiefly because he is ever expecting that it soon will be so. – Edgar Allan Poe
Then came old January, wrapped well
In many weeds to keep the cold away;
Yet did he quake and quiver, like to quell,
And blow his nails to warm them if he may. – Edmund Spenser (c. 1552–99)
A well-known custom connected with this saint is the plaiting of reed crosses (‘Brigid’s crosses’) today, and these are supposed to protect the home, the harvest and farm animals. The tradition derives from the story that she was plaiting rush crosses while nursing a dying pagan chieftain. He asked her about this and her explanation led to his conversion to Christianity.
Her symbolism as a probable sun goddess may be found in the form of these Brigid’s crosses, which are widdershins swastikas, found widely around the world as home-protecting talismans, reaching Ireland by the second century, BCE.
In the Scottish Highlands, an effigy corn dolly of Bride made by the young woman from the previous year’s corn sheaf would be carried around the village, and gifts were collected for the Bride Feast. The ritual was completely matriarchal, the door of the feasting place being barred to the men of the community who had to plead humbly to honour Bride. Straw cradles called Bride’s Beds were also made for today among the Celtic peoples. A wand, candle or other phallic object would be laid across the dolly and Brigid (‘the Bride’) was invited to come for her bed was ready. If her blankets are rumpled in the morning, it was seen as a good omen. Brigid obviously has fertility associations far beyond her legendary persona as a convent Mother Superior.
Silliness – Psych Treatment
A woman called her insurance company to see if her policy covered psychiatric treatment.
After reviewing her policy, the agent told her, “Yes, Virginia, there is an insanity clause!”