Daily Stuff 1-11-19 Frost Fair

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Arthur Bartlett. Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. We’ll be closed for our annual vacation from 7-17 January.

Venus was visible off and on while we were doing the drops in Bayshore, so I know it’s only partly cloudy. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR HAZARDOUS SEAS through tomorrow. 49F, wind at 4mph, AQI27.

Yesterday started with coffee and arguing with a laptop keyboard. There’s a reason that I use a regular keyboard and screen! Tempus managed to make the tower boot up, after I told him not to, because he was hunting passwords for me. The guy came to work on it just after I got the newsletter out.

My tvarog was ready at that point. In fact, I’m not sure that it wasn’t partly cooked. Tempus set it on the dehydrator instead of next to it.

The pieces of trim that I needed for the outfit showed up, which was great. Phil stopped by and we talked about the NDE meeting next week. …and then the computer was running again….sortof…. I got two sets of things printed and it went wonky and then it was nearly 6pm before I could get it going again.

During that time I got two cheeses done and got some time in on the sewing, also doing some packing! At that point I managed to get an inventory list together, but it was too large, rather than too small. More things than what we were actually taking….

Tempus had gone to run some errands and get a skirt that I needed from storage. Amor called and they chatted for a bit, then I hit a snag in the sewing and when I came up front I got to chat a bit. Tempus headed for Newport, only to call and say that there was an accident in Seal Rock, so he had to go around the Bayview/Beaver Creek loop backwards from the usual to get around it.

I got as far as a sleeve and a side seam and then took a break. ,…and then both computers fought me….So I sewed some more, then got a nap. Tempus was rolling on the regular route at 12:45.

...and sewed and sewed and then the smock’s main construction was *finally* finished, so I hung it up to take a look…and discovered, to my horror, that I had offset the neckline by almost two inches. How did I miss that? That would take some thinking and several hours to take apart, recut and then put back together. What with the kirtle needing some adjustments that I didn’t have the bias tape for and the gown still needing a couple of pieces cut….well, that was it. I failed miserably at getting it done in time….

So I wept a weep for a bit, then pulled out another project that was a quick-to-do, so at least I’d have *something* to wear this weekend! Within 1/2 an hour that was well on the way to being cut out, and within 3 (counting the 45 minutes I spent on the paper route) it was done.

Tempus got in at 6:45 and curled up for a nap. He’s got a lot of driving today.

Today is the day we head for Portland. It’s going to be a very long day. I don’t know whether I’ll be able to post a newsletter tomorrow, Sunday or Monday morning. I’ll try, but it’s iffy. If you don’t see them over the weekend, look for me to post them on Monday, because I’ll be typing things up as I go.

Hecate’s brooch by Arthur Bartlett on 5/3/16

Because this one bears repeating….

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plant pic flower false lily of the valleyToday’s Plant is False Lily of the ValleyMaianthemum dilatatum. It was eaten as a poverty food, and the berries won’t hurt you, but they aren’t particularly tasty, either. It was more used as a medicinal by the indigenous peoples, although modern medicine doesn’t substantiate the native uses. The leaves were eaten in spring as a purgative, leaves were made into poultices for scrapes and cuts and the roots were pounded to make a medicine for sore eyes. I don’t know of any magickal uses except against sterility. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maianthemum_dilatatum and here:  http://academic.evergreen.edu/projects/gardens/longhouse/monographs/false_lillyofthevalley.htm

220px-Frost_Fair_of_1814_by_Luke_ClenellOn today’s date in 1783 London’s River Thames froze over and a ‘Frost Fair’ was held on the frozen river. It has been said that 3,000,000 people attended. A Frost Fair is a nearly spontaneous celebration held only when a major river freezes as it did in that year and in a number of others in that century. In one they walked an elephant across the ice! “From 1400 into the 19th century, there were 24 winters in which the Thames was recorded to have frozen over at London; if “more or less frozen over” years (in parentheses) are included, the number is 26: 1408, 1435, 1506, 1514, 1537, 1565, 1595, 1608, 1621, 1635, 1649, 1655, 1663, 1666, 1677, 1684, 1695, 1709, 1716, 1740, (1768), 1776, (1785), 1788, 1795, and 1814. ” More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thames_frost_fairs

The shop opens at 11am. Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. We’ll be closed for our annual vacation from 7-17 January. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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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 1/20 at 9:16pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 1/13 at 10:46pm. 

Watch the thick waxing crescent Moon step past Mars.

As twilight fades this evening, how soon can you detect Mars glimmering above the Moon? They’re about 18° apart (in early evening for North America). Mars is magnitude +0.6.

By January 12th Venus has closed in on Jupiter and Antares, shortening the triangle.

Have you ever seen the constellation Leo Minor the Lion Cub? If you answered, “No,” tonight could be your night. You can look for it around midnight local time. Don’t try before that because the Moon will still be in the sky. Unfortunately, Leo Minor is so faint that you’ll have to find two other celestial signposts — the Big Dipper and Leo the Lion — and work from them. The Big Dipper will lie high in the northeast and Leo low in the east. Draw a 45°-long line from Merak (Beta [β] Ursae Majoris), which is the Dipper’s Pointer star at the bottom of the cup, to Regulus (Alpha [α] Leonis), Leo’s brightest star. Leo Minor lies at the exact midpoint of that line. When you do locate its position, you might question the imaginations of early stargazers who drew a lion cub out of these faint stars. The constellation’s brightest star is 46 Leonis Minoris, which shines at magnitude 3.8. (The constellation doesn’t have a star labeled Alpha.) Beta Leonis Minoris is a bit fainter at magnitude 4.2.

Comet 46P/Wirtanen – The brightest comet of 2018 puts on a nice show in mid-December. The comet’s greenish glow showed up nicely when the photographer captured this image December 4. – Gerald Rhemann

Although Comet 46P/Wirtanen appeared brightest in mid-December, it currently glows at 6th magnitude and shows up nicely through binoculars or a telescope. This periodic visitor lies among the background stars of western Ursa Major, a region that remains visible all night but climbs highest around midnight local time. This evening, you can find Wirtanen just over 1° southeast of 3rd-magnitude Omicron (o) Ursae Majoris, the star that marks the nose of the Great Bear.
The dwarf planet Pluto is in conjunction with the Sun at 7 a.m. EST. The distant world then lies on the far side of the Sun from our perspective and can’t be seen.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, at the Aries-Pisces border) is highest in the south just after dark. It’s visible in binoculars if you have a good finder chart and if you know the constellations well enough to see where to start with the chart.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for January
Goddess Month of
Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
Runic half-month of Eihwaz/Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic,Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar. 

Sun in Capricorn
Moon in Pisces
Color: Pink

Planting 1/10-11

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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

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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
F   11     High   4:07 AM     6.9   7:51 AM    Rise 11:02 AM      18
~    11      Low   9:51 AM     3.3   4:58 PM     Set 10:35 PM
~    11     High   3:18 PM     6.7
~    11      Low  10:03 PM     1.0

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Sing out loud today.

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Journal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – Have you ever been lost? Explain what happened and how you felt then, and afterwards.

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Quotes

~   The King was indeed so ill-natured and so little polished by education, that neither in great things nor in small had he the manners of a gentleman.  – N Hooke, 1742; on King William
~   Whosoever enjoys not this life, I count him but an apparition, though he wear about him the sensible affections of flesh. – Thomas Browne, English writer born on October 19, 1605; from Religio Medici (1642), Pt. I, Sec. 45
~   If you do not come to me some time today dear husband that I may have my belly full of discourse with you I shall take very ill. – Queen Mary II in a letter to her loner husband, King William
~   If you want to hurry up Federation, you ought to make a syndicate to hire a few German cruisers to bombard Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane for 20 minutes. – Rudyard Kipling, who was in Sydney on November 14, 1891

If the grass grows in Janiveer,
It grows the worse for ‘t all the year. – –proverb

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Imbolc Magick – Incense & Oil Recipes

Incense #1 by Dawn Thebarge Hill

  • 1 part each of Basil and Bay, Frankincense, Myrrh
  • 2 parts Rosemary
  • 3 parts Cinnamon

Grind herbs until fine if using whole herbs. Break resins into small pieces and grind. Visualize fertility and cleansing your home, environment and life of all negativity. Burn on charcoal tablets.

Incense #2 by Scott Cunningham

  • 3 parts Frankincense
  • 2 parts Dragon’s Blood
  • 1/2 part red Sandalwood
  • 1 part Cinnamon
  • a few drops of red wine
  • a pinch of the first flower of the season-dried

Imbolc Oil

To 2 Tablespoons of sweet almond, grape seed or other light weight carrier oil add:

  • 5 drops Sandalwood e.o.
  • 5 drops Vanilla extract
  • 6 drops Jasmine e.o.
  • 2 drops Balsam e.o.

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Silliness – Last night as we were driving up the seawall I exclaimed over seeing a seal swimming up the bay. Tempus said, “Seals are important to marine ecology, you know….”

I fell for it and asked, “Why?”

He said, “Well, if they went extinct, the water would all leak out!”
<sigh> I’ve been falling for those for over a quarter century…. ( This is from 4/21/12)

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Daily Stuff 1-10-19 Rubicon

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. We’ll be closed for our annual vacation from 7-17 January.

It’s dry and bright out there, instead of gloomy. Still overcast, but looking like maybe that will burn off. They’re talking about ridiculously warm for January, though, 57F for a high? Right now it’s 53F, wind at 5mph. We got 1/10 of an inch before it stopped after most of an 1/2 inch yesterday, but we’re supposed to be going off into a dry spell through Tuesday from the looks of it.

That was a kick in the gut yesterday morning. We had hardly finished the paper route when the news came through about the Mary B. From what I understand, she was on her way back to harbor when something happened crossing the Yaquina Bar. One man was pulled out of the water by the Coast Guard, but pronounced dead at the hospital, one was found on the beach and the skipper…. was still with his boat. Mother Ocean has taken three for Herself.

“Does any man know where the love of god goes, when the waves turn the minutes to hours?” (Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald) Anyone who has had an experience of that sort is shivering at the thought. There was a vigil last night at Chicken Point.

I posted this, the poem that I read at my Daddy’s funeral when it was his turn.

Crossing the Bar– BY ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;

For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar.

Almost a bit of irony…. almost…. Please keep their families and the fisherman’s community in your thoughts.

Tempus and I had breakfast at the Salty Dawg as a celebration of the first morning of our “vacation”, then we came back. It was kinda quiet at the restaurant. All of us here on the coast are affected when something happens in the fishing community.

Tempus went to sleep and I finished the mushroom catsup, which I got put away once I was awake, as it drained all afternoon. Then the lees of the sauce went into the dehydrator and will be ground for my mushroom spice mix.

Once that was running, Tempus scrambled around to find me a jar for the tvarog that I had in mind and then did a few more dishes so that I could do the pickled eggs today.

My computer was acting weird. Microsoft Edge was acting like a virus, opening multiple tabs and windows and crashing the computer. I finally found out how to turn it off, but only after losing most of this note, multiple times! …and then Chrome started doing the same thing. It fought me all day and finally crashed for good in the early evening. I have someone coming today to look at it. Of course, all of the information that I need for the weekend is in the computer. Goodness knows how I’m going to sort all this out. …and yes, I’m typing from a laptop.

…and then I got back to sewing, ‘coz that was my best bet for doing something productive.

So today is supposed to be all packing, although I still have food things to finish and I’m nowhere near done with my outfit. Oi!

A photo by Ken Gagne from 1/10/17. Says Ken, “So I was just walking along the Yachats Bay minding my own business when all of a sudden I heard, Psssst! Hey KennyG, I’m just about on my last leg and crab season starts tomorrow and I’d sure appreciate if you could put me in the protected tide pool over there.”

Today’s plant is NasturtiumTropaeolum majus, (not watercress, which is true nasturtium). It’s certainly not native to the PNW, but grows well here. I love the brilliant oranges and yellows of the flowers. They’re yummy, too, with a slightly peppery taste, both leaf and flower, and the seeds serve as a substitute for capers in pickles. The flowers stand for Victory in Battle;motif flower Nasturtium-TropaeolumPatriotism and Affectation and are little used in magicks other than as symbols and foods for Ostara and Beltane celebrations because of their association with the Sun. They also can be used as a symbol for sacrifice to the larger good of soldiers, firemen and police, but are usually only seen at funerals in this context. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropaeolum_majus

0110 newsletter feast caesar coin49 BCE The date often given as the day that Julius Caesar famously crossed the Rubicon. – “As he crossed the river into Italy, he exclaimed “iacta alea est” (the die is cast) knowing full well that this action signified a declaration of war against Pompey. This gave rise to the common English-language expression ‘to cross the Rubicon’, meaning ‘to pass a point of no return, one where an action taken commits a person irrevocably’.” This is quoted from http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/jan10.html (link is broken)
More about the Rubicon here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubicon

The shop opens at 11am. Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. We’ll be closed for our annual vacation from 7-17 January. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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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 1/20 at 9:16pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 1/10 at 5:28am. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 1/13 at 10:46pm. 

Watch the thick waxing crescent Moon step past Mars.

As twilight fades, look almost two fists at arm’s length below the crescent Moon (and a bit left) for Fomalhaut, the “Autumn Star,” now on its way out. How late into the evening, and into winter, can you keep Fomalhaut in view?
Saturn is out of sight deep in the bright sunrise.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for January
Goddess Month of
Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
Runic half-month of Eihwaz/Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic,Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar. 

Sun in Capricorn
Moon in Pisces
Color: Purple

Planting 1/10-11

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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

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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
Th  10     High   3:31 AM     6.9   7:51 AM    Rise 10:36 AM      12
~    10      Low   9:03 AM     3.3   4:57 PM     Set  9:35 PM
~    10     High   2:34 PM     7.2
~    10      Low   9:28 PM     0.5

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I welcome success and fortune into my life.

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Journal Prompt – Personal Interests and Experiences – Picture yourself ten years from now.  Then write down any thoughts, ideas, or mental pictures of yourself that flash across your mind.

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Quotes

~   Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious. – Peter Ustinov
~   Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world. – Archimedes
~   A lot of people say to me, “Why did you kill Christ?” “I dunno… it was one of those parties, got out of hand, you know.” “We killed him because he didn’t want to become a doctor, that’s why we killed him.” Lenny Bruce (1925-1966) US comic
~   Follow your passion, and success will follow you – Arthur Buddhold

The sprawling Bear
Growled deep in the sky;
And Orion’s hair
Streamed sparkling by:
But the North sighed low,
“Snow, snow, more snow!” – –Walter de la Mare (1873–1956)

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Imbolc Magick – Crafts

Beehive Candles
You can also make beehive candles with great success by coiling ropes of salt dough in a small, deep bowl. A rice bowl is the perfect size.It’s easier to start with making a spiral, about 3 inches across, outside of the bowl, then transferring this into the bottom of the bowl. Next coil the rope inside the bowl until you reach the top. The candle is burned with the dome side up, so the wick has to be extended through the wax at the bottom of the bowl. When the wax is firm enough to insert the wick, use a slightly larger straw than usual, and push it firmly through the candle, into the dough beneath, straight to the bottom of the bowl. The candle unmolds easily: Lift candle and mold from the bowl and uncoil the mold. – From “Circle Round” By Starhawk, Diane Baker and Anne Hill

Make ropes by rolling salt dough clay between your hands. Each rope should be two or three feet long and 1/4 to 1/2 inch in diameter. If younger children can’t manage such lengths, have them make smaller segments that can be joined later with a little pressure and water. Dip your fingers into the bowl of water occasionally if the dough tends to crack. Roll the paper into a 1 inch wide cylinder and tape it shut. Around this cylinder, tape a piece of wax paper. Coat the wax paper with a thin layer of oil. Lightly moisten a salt dough rope with water. Lay the paper cylinder on its side at one end of the rope. Roll it along the dough, wrapping the rope up the cylinder until it is six inches tall. Be sure the edges of the coiled rope always touch. To provide extra support, at intervals stick severaltoothpicks vertically through the coils. Make a bottom for the mold byshaping another piece of salt dough into a 3/4 inch thick circle that’s larger than the coiled tower in diameter. Moisten the bottom’s surface, then carefully lift the coiled tower onto the bottom piece and press gently to make a seal. Pull the paper cylinder out. This slides out easily, leaving the wax paper. Remove it by gently tugging on the wax paper with one hand while you support the clay coils with the others. Inspect each part of the mold, looking for tiny cracks where melted wax could leak. Press these shut. If the coils start to sag, quickly fashion a paper cylinder around the outside of the coils and tape it closed. Trim it to the same height as the clay, so it won’t get in the way when you are pouring wax. Set the mold inan empty bowl, in case wax leaks through. You are ready to pour. Pouring the wax is thrilling. Go very slowly up each level to make sure no wax is leaking through. If a leak appears, carefully pinch it shut and pour again. Insert the wick. The wax will harden within an hour, long before the clay dries. To unmold, just unwind the clay. If some sticks, soak the candle in cool water and then gently rinse off the clay. The candles have a wonderfully craggy spiral looping from bottom to top, and burn with a lovely strong flame.

Brigit Candleholder
To echo the Goddess’s symbol of the serpent, make this candleholder, which resembles a coiled snake. Follow directions for making a mold for taper candles, with the following differences:

  1. Size your holder by wrapping a paper cylinder around whatever candle you intend to use. Remove candle before proceeding further.
  2. Dough ropes should be about 1/2 inch wide and a foot long. If candleholder is taller than 4 inches, use toothpicks for extra support.
  3.  Make the bottom by coiling a rope into a small circle.
  4. After the paper cylinder has been removed, use your candle to gently test of the open end of the candleholder is large enough to accommodate the candle. If it’s too small, delicately press the opening wider. If it’s too large, fill in with bits of salt dough.5 Bake the holder as directed. Turn after the first hour to be sure it does not stick to the pan.
  5. Cool completely after baking. Then paint with snaky patterns, finishing with eyes on the end of the top coil. – From “Circle Round” By Starhawk, Diane Baker and Anne Hill

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Silliness – Talkative Public Bathroom

Leaving Minnesota for Colorado, I decide to make a stop at one of those rest areas on the side of the road. I go in the washroom. The first stall was taken so I went in the second stall. I just sat down when I hear a voice from the next stall…
– “Hi there, how is it going?”
Okay, I am not the type to strike conversations with strangers in washrooms on the side of the road. I didn’t know what to say so finally I say:
– “Not bad…”
Then the voice says:
– “So, what are you doing?”
I am starting to find that a bit weird, but I say:
– “Well, I’m going back to Colorado…”
Then I hear the person say all flustered:
– “Look I’ll call you back, every time I ask you a question this idiot in the next stall keeps answering me.”

 

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Daily Stuff 1-9-19 Karel Capek

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne/Minus Tide/Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. We’ll be closed for our annual vacation from 7-17 January.

It’s been amazingly warm overnight. and the storm didn’t turn out to be much, just a lot of rain. 52F, wind at 12 gusting up to 20, AQI 14. The Gale warning is in effect until 10am. It looks like we got 3/5 of an inch yesterday, but less than 1/10 so far today. It looks like Thurs-Sat should be mostly dry and then showers after that.

We got moving so late yesterday that it was unreal. Pretty much everything until past 6pm was catching up and eating. After that point I was starting on grocery lists and sewing and Tempus was running around in circles, finding things (or not finding things) and getting crankier by the minute…. He finally got on his way to Newport at 8pm. I sat down with some supper. I hope he ate…

After a lot of back and forth on the phone about the groceries, I started the mushrooms for the mushroom catsup sauce that I’m making for the vigil Friday evening and curled up for a nap.

After I got up I got back to work on the smock neckline and finally finished it. At that point I was cutting out things.

At 4:15 Tempus stopped at the shop to drop off groceries and quickly took off again. I got things put away and made myself a snack. He didn’t pick me up after Bayshore. I was working on the catsup and some pickles, so he picked me up before starting 34 and then dropped me back off before doing the last 10 or so drops, because I had a muscle seizing up on me.

The first thing I noticed as we were driving was what I thought was Sirius, flirting in and out of the clouds, but it turned out to be Venus! It’s really far south, now, after the greatest elongation and dropping fast. It was getting into twilight, but with enough clouds to still be quite dark.

I’m about to head into the back to go on with the pickles and such and when he gets back he’s going to help me start a tvarog. We’re intending to sleep in and be back at work late this afternoon, so I can finish the cheese and get back to my sewing.

Cape Perpetua Sunrise – 12/4/17 by ken gagne

mahonia aquifolium oregon grape plantToday’s Plant is Cascade Oregon GrapeMahonia aquifolium, or Dull Oregon Grape, Mahonia nervosaIt’s a lovely, spiky-leaved large shrub or small tree with amazing clusters of bright, yellow flowers in the early spring. ull Oregon Grape is a shorter plant with duller leaves with a nerve-like pattern of veins, but they both have the same magickal properties. The locals used it to help with rheumatism and it has been tested to replace Goldenseal in the pharmacopeia with some good results. The fruits can be made into jam or wine, although they’re too sour to eat. – Feminine, Earth,carry to draw money and prosperity, or popularity. More on aquifolium here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_grape and on nervosa here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahonia_nervosa

0109 feast 180px-Karel-capekKarel Capek, Czech novelist, short-story writer, playwright, essayist; born in Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (now in the Czech Republic). He wrote R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots), in which the word ‘robot’ first appeared and the play Ze života hmyzu (Life Among the Insects) which Grandma and I saw when in Prague. More here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karel_Capek

I have a personal “funny” associated with that play. It’s a satire, as is much of Capek’s work, comparing different types of societies to different insects. I was having no trouble with the vocabulary, but Grandma was missing some of the more adult colloquialisms that she never learned, having been working hard at learning English as her second language at the same age that I learned Czech as mine…and I learned it from lurking under the dining table while the teti were chatting. They usually forgot I was there….. So we got to the part of the play where a butterfly throws herself on her back with her legs in the air and yells, “Oh, somebody f*** me!” There was a titter from the audience and then Grandma said loudly, in English and the too-loud tones of the hearing-impaired, “WHAT did she say?” The audience roared….. It took me 3 tries to explain what had happened, later, but Grandma howled with laughter once she realized what she had said.

The shop opens at 11am. Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. We’ll be closed for our annual vacation from 7-17 January. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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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 1/20 at 9:16pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 1/10 at 5:28am. 

The Gemini twins lie on their sides these January evenings, left of Orion. Their head stars, Castor and Pollux, are farthest from Orion, one over the other. (Castor is the top one.) The Castor figure’s feet are just left of Orion’s very dim Club.
Jupiter (magnitude –1.8, in Ophiuchus) shines in the east during dawn, lower left of brighter Venus. Every morning Venus and Jupiter are a little less far apart. Look 6° to Jupiter’s lower right for orange Antares, twinkly and much fainter.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for January
Goddess Month of
Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
Runic half-month of Eihwaz/Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic,Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar. 

Sun in Capricorn
Moon in Aquarius enters Pisces at 11:44am.
Color: White

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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

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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    9     High   2:55 AM     6.9   7:52 AM    Rise 10:08 AM      6
~     9      Low   8:20 AM     3.3   4:56 PM     Set  8:35 PM
~     9     High   1:55 PM     7.6
~     9      Low   8:53 PM     0.1

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am constantly moving forward in the direction of my goals.

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Journal Prompt – What do you think? – What would happen if people never co-operated? Why do you think it is important to co-operate?

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Quotes

~   The Earth is degenerating today. Bribery and corruption abound. Children no longer obey their parents, every man wants to write a book, and it is evident that the end of the world is fast approaching. – Allegedly from an Assyrian tablet, c. 2800 BCE.
~   Do not fear going forward slowly; fear only to stand still. – Chinese Proverb
~   A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think. – Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) US first lady (33)
~   Peace in my heart, peace in this place, peace in our land and throughout the world peace. – UK Peace Foundation Mantra

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)

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Imbolc Magick – Lore – Imbolc Collected Tidbits

From:  http://www.geocities.com/SouthBeach/Marina/4870/celtic.html
IMBOLC
Imbolc was the second of the Celtic seasonal festivals, covering the months of February, March and April. The chief rituals were carried out on 1 February and had strong associations with fertility. In pastoral terms, they were linked with lambing and the lactation of ewes. The festival was also devoted to the powerful triple-goddess, Brigid. In her different aspects, she was influential in the fields of healing, poetry and smithcraft. Poets regarded her as the source of literary inspiration and her protection was frequently invoked by mothers in childbirth. In Ireland, she was much revered by the filidh (sages), who recognized her gift of prophecy. The cult of Brigid was probably connected with the worship of Brigantia, a northern British deity, and also with the Irish saint of the same name. It can be no coincidence that the latter’s feast day is celebrated on 1 February, the same day as Imbolc.  From:  http://members.tripod.com/~Banshee_Sidhe/seasons.html

Imbolc – (EM-bowl’g) – February 1st

Imbolc is the Sabbat that celebrates and honors the Goddess as the bride-to-be of the returning Sun God. The soon arrival of the plant life whispering beneath the soil, the full warmth of the Sun God being birthed from the Imbolg Virgin Goddesses womb, the promise of fertility that is celebrated on Beltaine, are all honored on this sacred day. Witches typically charge and annoint seeds that are harbored by their hearths until Ostara, the day in which they are planted. Imbolg is also known as Oimelc, Brid’s Day, Bride’s Day and Imbolc. Imbolc colors are white, pale yellow and silver. Symbols are candles, grain, burrowing animals, ewes and marigolds. Dieties for this sabbat are Gods as Young Men, Boys or infants, Virgin, Maiden or Child Goddesses.

As the days’ lengthening becomes perceptible, many candles are lit to hasten the warming of the earth and emphasize the reviving of life. “Imbolc” is from Old Irish, and may mean “in the belly”, and Oimelc, “ewe’s milk”, as this is the lambing time. It is the holiday of the Celtic Fire Goddess Brigid, whose threefold nature rules smithcraft, poetry/inspiration, and healing. Brigid’s fire is a symbolic transformation offering healing, visions, and tempering. Februum is a Latin word meaning purification — naming the month of cleansing. The thaw releases waters (Brigid is also a goddess of holy wells) – all that was hindered is let flow at this season.

Enjoy a Happy GroundHogs Day, USA

Woodchuck/Marmot/Ground Hog’s Wisdom Includes:

Brigid’s cross

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.

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Silliness – Good Advice – Military StyleWhat is the similarity between air traffic controllers and pilots? If a pilot screws up, the pilot dies; If ATC screws up, …. the pilot dies.

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Daily Stuff 1-8-19 Lesser Dionysia

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Kenny Henson. Last Minus Tide of the cycle at 8:19 PM of -0.2 feet. Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. We’ll be closed for our annual vacation from 7-17 January.

It’s wet and gloomy. It rained hard in the hours before dawn, but there’s only been a little, since. 52F, wind at 9 gusting well up into the teens, AQI 14. We didn’t get all that much rain, yesterday, but it looks like there’s a storm rolling in overnight since we’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR WINDS and a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR HAZARDOUS SEAS through tomorrow, 10am. After that the chance of rain is low through the weekend.

Yesterday started late for me, because we were trying to sort out the leak problem right off the bat. We had a decent number of folks in, shopping, for January. Tempus went out to pay our rent (he tried on Friday, but when he was at the bank, was in line right next to the guy we pay it *to*, who told him that they had closed early….) and when he got back it was already time to think about class, both cleaning up and supper before.

I had gotten a pic of the smock (it was right under the leak, go figure!) and a few others, wrote a little and then was doing paperwork. I’ve got to get caught up on last year, never mind this!

So, Tempus added some brats & onions to the ham/barley soup and we had that with pickled beets for supper.

Wicca 101 went very well last night. We’re most of the way through Lesson 4 and had some good discussions on associated topics. During class, though, the ceiling started dripping again….

After I got a nap I got to sewing again. The kirtle is done, all but the back lacing part. The smock is washed and drying. Tempus found more of the blue fabric for the gown and then started cleaning more of the table because I need to whole thing for cutting out. I made some eggshell fertilizer to get rid of a couple of space wasters, and then settled in to fitting pieces to what I have.

Today we slept in. Both of us have been pushing hard and we have the paper route tonight. I have a lot of sewing to do and we both have some chores, plus we need to start packing stock. There’s mail to get and Tempus needs to do a store run before starting on the papers.

Photo by Kenny Henson of Florence, Oregon of Heceta Head Light in a winter storm on 1/4/17.

plant pic fern Adiantum_pedatum

Maidenhair Fern is cultivated for use in gardens, but out here on the coast you can’t walk past a stand of trees without seeing it. Our variety is Adiantum Pedatum, (northern maidenhair, five-fingered fern) most often , but others of the aidantums get mixed in, too. – Feminine, Venus, Water – This represents the physical presence of the Divine Feminine, much as the Sword Fern represents the Divine Masculine. To get more in touch with this part of your Higher Self and to gain grace and physical beauty (always remembering that true beauty is from within) soak a sprig of this plant in water (…better by moonlight, and it’s a great ritual for a Full Moon) and hang it in your bedroom. This is also helpful for the transition times between life stages, and can even help with becoming pregnant if there are physical difficulties with a woman’s cycles. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adiantum_pedatum and on the family grouping here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maidenhair_fern

0108 feast Dionysos_Louvre_Ma87_n2Lesser (Rural) Dionysia, festival of Dionysus, ancient Greece – This wasn’t a set date, either festivals were held in different areas on different dates. A festival with a lot of comedy and horseplay in honor of Dionysus, where a large wooden phallus was carried in a procession.  More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dionysia and a description of the procession and revels here:  http://web.eecs.utk.edu/~mclennan/BA/JO-RD.html plus another link on the Dionysian Mysteries:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dionysian_Mysteries

The shop opens at 11am. Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. We’ll be closed for our annual vacation from 7-17 January. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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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 1/20 at 9:16pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 1/10 at 5:28am. 

This whole giant pattern was named “the Andromegasus Dipper” by the late Sky & Telescope columnist George Lovi and is shaped sort of like a giant Little Dipper with an extra-big bowl

After dinnertime now, the enormous Andromeda-Pegasus complex runs from near the zenith far down to the west. Near the zenith, spot Andromeda’s high foot: 2nd-magnitude Gamma Andromedae (Almach), slightly orange. Andromeda is standing on her head, on the Great Square of Pegasus. The Great Square is about halfway down from the zenith to the west horizon, balancing on one corner. Mars shines left of the bottom corner. Down from the Square’s bottom corner run the stars outlining Pegasus’s neck and head, ending at his nose: 2nd-magnitude Enif, due west and also slightly orange.
Mars (magnitude +0.5 or +0.6, in Pisces) still shines high in the south-southwest at nightfall and sets around 11 or so. In a telescope it’s gibbous and disappointingly small, 7 arcseconds from pole to pole.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for January
Goddess Month of
Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
Runic half-month of Eihwaz/Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic,Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar. 

Sun in Capricorn
Moon in Aquarius
Color: Red

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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

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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
Tu   8     High   2:20 AM     6.9   7:52 AM    Rise  9:37 AM      2
8      Low   7:41 AM     3.4   4:54 PM     Set  7:36 PM
8     High   1:18 PM     8.0
8      Low   8:19 PM    -0.2

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day –The warmth of the covers; the knowledge that today no demands await you. Give thanks to the Goddess for this respite.

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Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Your children need your presence more than your presents. — Jesse Jackson

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Quotes

~   If you’re angry at a loved one, hug that person. And mean it. You may not want to hug – which is all the more reason to do so. It’s hard to stay angry when someone shows they love you, and that’s precisely what happens when we hug each other. ~Walter Anderson, The Confidence Course, 1997
~   The things we are afraid of seem to be like high mountains to climb. When we have gone through them they were in fact very small hills. Tricky mind. – Shanti
~   Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. – St. Francis of Assisi
~   Physics is becoming so unbelievably complex that it is taking longer and longer to train a physicist. It takes so long to train a physicist to the place where he understands the nature of physical problems that he is already too old to solve them. – Eugene Wigner (1902-1995) Hungarian-born US physicist

When all were all asleep the snow came flying,
In large white flakes falling on the city brown,
Stealthily and perpetually settling and loosely lying. – –Robert Bridges (1844–1930)

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Imbolc Magick – Scone Recipes

Cheddar Dill Scones – From: vigil@esca.com  (Sandra)

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 Cup  all-purpose flour
  • 1 Cup      (4 oz.) shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 Cup    chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 Tbsp     baking powder
  • 2 tsp      dill weed
  • 1/2 tsp    salt
  • 3/4 Cup    butter or margarine
  • 2          eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 Cup    half-and-half

Instructions:

Heat oven to 400 degrees.  In medium bowl combine all ingredients EXCEPT butter, eggs and half-and-half.  Cut in butter until crumbly.  Stir in eggs and half-and-half just until moistened.  Turn dough onto lightlyfloured surface; knead until smooth (1 min.).  Divide dough in half; roll each half into 8″ circle.  Cut each circle into 8 pie-shapedwedges.  Place 1″ apart on cookie sheets.  Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

Apple Scones – From: kati@glnserv.UUCP (Lady Dragon) – Servings: 18

  • 2 c Flour
  • 3 t Baking Powder
  • 2 T Sugar
  • 1/2 t Cinnamon
  • 1/2 t Salt
  • 6 T Shortening
  • 1/2 c Apples, peeled, chopped fine
  • 1/2 c Raisins
  • 4 T Cold Apple juice or water
  1. Preheat oven to 400 deg F.
  2. Mix together dry ingredients.
  3. Cut in shortening as you would for a pie crust.
  4. Stir in apples and raisins.
  5. Add enough juice to make a stiff dough.
  6. On floured surface, roll dough about 1/2″ thick.
  7. Cut into triangles
  8. Bake on cookie sheet for 10 minutes, or until light brown.

Fruited Oat Scones – From: chrisb@hubcap.clemson.edu (Chris Behrens) – Source: Quaker Oat pamphlet received in mail

Ingredients :

  • 1/2 cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups  Quaker Oats (Quick or Old Fashioned, uncooked)
  • 1/4 cup     sugar
  • 1 tblsp     baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp     salt (optional)
  • 1/3 cup     margarine
  • 6 oz. pkg   (1 1/3 cups) diced dried mixed fruit
  • 1/2 cup     milk
  • 1           egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp       sugar
  • 1/8 tsp     cinnamon (a dash, I’ll use more next time)

Instructions:

Heat oven to 375 deg F.  Combine flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Cut in margarine until mixture resembles course crumbs; stir in fruit.  Add combined milk and eggs, mixing just until moistened.  Shape dough to form a ball.  Turn out onto lightly floured surface; knead gently 6 times.  On lightly greased cookie sheet, pat out dough to form 8-inch circle.  With sharp knife, score round into 12 wedges.; sprinkle with combined sugar and cinnamon.  Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.  Break apart; serve warm.  Makes 1 scone with as many wedges as you scored.

Irish Herb SconesSource: Vera Gewanter, “A Passion for Vegetables” from http://www.unc.edu/~reddeer/recipe/rec_mabon.html#herbscone

  • 1/2 pound Mealy potatoes
  • 4 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 4 Tablespoons Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon Savory
  • 1/4 teaspoon Marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon Powdered sage
  • Oil for frying

Boil or bake the potatoes, then pass through a foodmill. Mix the flour, salt, oil & herbs with the potatoes. On a floured board, roll this dough to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Cut into triangles 3 or 4 inches wide.

Fry in very hot oil on both sides until light golden.

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Silliness – Caesar’s eff you, too! 

Speculation is that a more accurate translation would be, “Well, f*** you, too!”

 

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Daily Stuff 1-7-19 Jinjitsu

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Jessica Smith-Carlock. Minus Tide at 7:45 PM of -0.4  feet. Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. We’ll be closed for our annual vacation from 7-17 January. Wicca 101 tonight, 6:30pm.

It rained hard last night, but it stopped long enough ago for the pavement and puddles to have dried. It’s kinda gloomy, though. 46F, wind at 8 with gusts into the teens. We got most of 1/2 an inch of rain, yesterday and the rain is supposed to roll in around midnight, again and then rain on Wednesday, but nothing but showers are predicted for the rest of the week and weekend.

After being up so late, sewing and then a stupid asthma attack, I was really yawning yesterday morning. After my usual 2 cups of coffee I was in better shape and caught up on mail. I spent awhile writing in the early part of the day and a good bit of the afternoon on sewing.

Tempus was working on some of the bone needles and his sundials for part of the day. I’m fairly sure we had almost no one in shopping, although I was in back when he was talking to someone and I heard the register… I should have asked.

We had brats for supper and then he took off with the laundry and I went back to sewing, but I got horribly sleepy. I pulled out a soda, which I don’t usually, but I needed to finish that neckline! My eyes were going buggy, too, from the fluorescent light, so I went up front to use my OTT. …and then I went in back to use the sewing machine…and up front to use the OTT and back and forth and then the phone rang.

Tempus called from Newport. He hit *hail*! There was so much coming down it was building up on the highway so he pulled over! He had to run Sash into work and called to say that he was going to stay to go pick him up, too, so he was going to be awhile.

…and I sewed and sewed and then potted a plant… Eventually he got back, fairly late.

We’re dealing with a couple of sudden leaks at the shop today. For no reason, a bunch of water started dripping onto the coffee table this morning, and there’s a tile (in the least accessible place, that’s soggy and bulging. Well, at least we’re coming up on being closed for a few days. Maybe we can get it taken care of. I have a lot of sewing to do and then we have class tonight.

Clematis pods – 12/31/18 by Jessica Smith-Carlock

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Celtic tree month Ash NuinFraxinus_latifolia_JPG1FeToday’s Plant is Oregon AshFraxinus latifolia. “Ash before oak we’re in for a soak. Oak before ash we’re in for a splash” refers to a weather divination in England about spring rain and the leafing times of trees! Ash is a hardwood and is hard, dense, tough and very strong but elastic, great for making bows, , spears and drums as well as all kinds of furniture, even guitars and many of the early airplanes. It makes excellent firewood and has been used a lot for smoking meats. The bark can make a quinine substitute for fevers. The folk name for Ash is “Hoop Ash” ,  or “Nion” – (a rune name from the Irish Gaelic word Nionon which means heaven.) Elsewhere the ash and elm tree were known as the Widow Maker because the large boughs would often drop without warning. Witches were believed to fly on ash-handled broomsticks, while Viking ships were made of ash. In ancient Greece the Meliae were the ash nymphs and the dryads were the oak nymphs. Yggdrasil, the World Tree that supports the order of the Universe was an ash and humans were born from her branches. Odin hung on the tree to gain the knowledge of the Runes and therefore the ash tree is associated with communication. Ash trees have a sugary sap which may have been the basis of the Norse mead of inspiration. Ash Tree attracts lightening, so don’t stand under one during an electric storm. The ash fairy understands that problems are rarely solved on the level at which they were created. – Feminine – Sun & Neptune, Water & Fire – The “helicopter” seeds are used for traditional wish magicks. The Yule Log is traditionally of ash to bring the light of the Sun to the depths of winter and prosperity to the family. Wands and Staves (and traditionally the handle of the besom) made of this wood are good for healing, general and solar magic. The leaves attract love and prosperity. Sleep with them under your pillow and you will have psychic/prophetic dreams. Sleep with them in a bowl of water next to your bed to prevent illness. Wearing garters of green ash bark protects against the powers of magicians. Ash can heal children just by passing the child through a split in the tree’s trunk. It promotes strength, harmony, and a sense of being in tune with your surroundings. Ash is the key to healing the loneliness of the human spirit, forming a link between the gods, humans, and the dead in the spirit world. Ash holds the key to Universal Truth and Cosmic Wisdom, and it takes on the important role as a Tree of Initiation.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraxinus_latifolia

0107 The_seven_herbsJinjitsu (Festival of Seven Herbs), Japan – Seven-herb rice soup (nanakusa-gayu) is prepared on the seventh day of January, a day known as jinjitsu, literally ‘Human Day’. It is also called Nanakusa no sekku. On the morning of January 7, or the night before, people place the nanakusa (seven edible wild herbs of spring), rice scoop, and/or wooden pestle on the cutting board and, facing the good-luck direction, chant “Before the birds of the0107 Nanakusa_gayu_on_Nanakusa_no_sekku continent (China) fly to Japan, let’s get nanakusa” while cutting the herbs into pieces. The pictures are the herbs in process and the soup/congee itself. More here:  http://www.angelfire.com/de/poetry/Holy_Days/jan.html(search for “nana”) , here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jinjitsu and here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanakusa-no-sekku

The shop opens at 11am. Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. We’ll be closed for our annual vacation from 7-17 January. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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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 1/20 at 9:16pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 5:28am on 1/7. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 1/10 at 5:28am. 

Taken July 21, 2007, this shot of the Milky Way above Paranal Observatory in Chile captures the stunning planet Jupiter, which appears as the brightest point of light in the image. – ESO/Y. Beletsky

You may know where the center of our Milky Way galaxy is: in Sagittarius next to the Large Sagittarius Star Cloud. But that’s for summer. I bet you’ve never located the galactic anticenter in the winter sky! Pinpoint its location near Elnath, at the Taurus-Auriga border, using binoculars and Matt Wedel’s diamond-shaped asterism in his Binocular Highlight column in the January Sky & Telescope, page 43. Here, you’re looking precisely away from the galaxy’s center.
Venus (magnitude –4.6, in Libra) rises above the east-southeast horizon two hours before the first light of dawn. By the time dawn arrives, Venus is the brilliant “Morning Star” dominating the southeast. Spot Jupiter to Venus’s lower left. In a telescope, Venus appears about half sunlit.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for January
Goddess Month of
Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
Runic half-month of Eihwaz/Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books 

Sun in Capricorn
Moon in Capricorn enters Aquarius at 10:46am.
Color: Lavendar

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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

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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
M    7     High   1:45 AM     6.9   7:52 AM    Rise  9:02 AM      0
~     7      Low   7:02 AM     3.4   4:53 PM     Set  6:38 PM
~     7     High  12:42 PM     8.2
~     7      Low   7:45 PM    -0.4

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this an acceptable day!

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Journal Prompt – Wiki – What yes or no questions should I decide by flipping a coin?

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Quotes

~   Formal education will make you a living; self education will make you a fortune. – Jim Rohn
~   Dance along the knife edge and maintain the inner balance. – Kerr Cuhulain
~   There is an art, it says, or rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
~   Laurie Oakes is a cane toad. – Paul Keating on journalist Laurie Oakes

All day the gusty north-wind bore
The loosening drift its breath before;
Low circling ‘round its southern zone,
The Sun through dazzling snow-mist shone. – John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–92)

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Imbolc Magick – Prayers

The Shield of Brigid

Every day, every night
that I praise the goddess,
I know I shall be safe:
I shall not be chased,
I shall not be caught,
I shall not be harmed.
Fire, sun, and moon
cannot burn me. Not
lake nor stream nor sea
can drown me. Fairy
arrow cannot pierce me.
I am safe, safe, safe,
singing her praise. ~ Irish Prayer

Blessed be this season of Imbolc
Mother Earth stirs from Her long sleep.
Everything is waiting for spring.
This is the season of purification, a renewing of life.
At this time and in this place between the worlds,
I come to the Lady that I may gain counsel.

I know my path is within your keeping.
Guide me in the year to come

As there is a renewal within the plants and animals,
so shall there be renewal in my life.

Great Goddess give my life good health, happiness, prosperity
And magical power.
I honor you. By Amber Rain

Brighid of the mantle encompass us,
Lady of the Lambs protect us,
Keeper of the Hearth, kindle us,
Beneath your mantle, gather us
And restore us to memory.

Mothers of our mother,
Foremothers strong,
Guide our hands in yours
Remind us how
To kindle the hearth,

To keep it bright
To preserve the flame,
Your hands upon ours,
Our hands within yours,
To kindle the light,
Both day and night

The mantle of Brighid about us,
The memory of Brighid within us,
The protection of Brighid keeping us
From harm, from ignorance, from heartlessness,
This day and night,
From dawn till dark
From dark to dawn. (by Caitlin Matthews)

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Silliness – Debate About The Box

An engineer, a physicist, and a mathematician are trying to set up a fenced-in area for some sheep, but they have a limited amount of building material. The engineer gets up first and makes a square fence with the material, reasoning that it’s a pretty good working solution. “No, no,” says the physicist, “there’s a better way.” He takes the fence and makes a circular pen, showing how it encompasses the maximum possible space with the given material.

Then the mathematician speaks up: “No, no, there’s an even better way.” To the others’ amusement he proceeds to construct a little tiny fence around himself, then declares:

“I define myself to be on the outside.”

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Daily Stuff 1-6-19 Tri králové

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Minus Tide at 7:11 PM of -0.5 feet. Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. We’ll be closed for our annual vacation from 7-17 January. House Capuchin Project Day from 1-5pm.

Everything’s wet out there, but the wind has died down. We didn’t get all that much, but the Valley sounds like they got it all. Several friends lost power last night. 44F. Wind at 7mph, not gusting much beyond that. It’s showery, but we’ve gotten most of 1/2 an inch since midnight after just over 1/10 yesterday. That’s supposed to be the pattern until Thursday when it’s supposed to dry out a bit and then just be showery off an on for a few and into the weekend.

Yesterday’s Herb workshop was very productive. We got some more of the dried herbs prepped and did a set of starts working from some of the last of the “bits” from the succulents.

After that I waited for Tempus…and waited… so Jay called and we talked Feast for a bit, then I sat down to work on that since I couldn’t sew or anything.

Eventually Tempus got some supper made and afterwards I took a long nap. When I got up he was asleep on the sofa. Eventually he woke, I went back to newsletter set-up and he got my sewing area cleared. Something’s wrong with the one site I get astronomy info from. The link has been dead since Friday. <sigh>

..and once I was back to sewing I found out that if I’d spent another 1/2 an hour the last time I was working on the smock I could have been doing a batch of hand-sewing for the whole time that I was waiting for Tempus! Sometimes I feel like a real doofus….

…So I worked on that for several hours, meticulous hand-sewing.

I’m going to keep on with that today. We have a few chores this morning and I want to make my chinese soup for lunch, then we have Project Day this afternoon. Tempus is still working on the bone needles. After that he’s supposed to make a delivery and then do laundry.

A photo from 1/5/16 by Ken Gagne in Yaquina Bay of the Tabitha being given the Seal of Approval (says Tempus). Ken says it’s their new security system.

200px-Claytonia_sibirica_EglintonToday’s plant is Candy FlowerClaytonia siberica, also called, Siberian Spring Beauty, Siberian Miner’s Lettuce or Pink Purslane) is a flowering plant in the family Montiaceae, native to Siberia and western North America. A synonym is Montia sibirica. The plant was introduced into the United Kingdom by the 18th century where it has become very widespread. It is similar to Miner’s Lettuce in properties, but not as edible. – Feminine, Moon, Water, – 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. This one is also a spirit-lifter.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia_sibirica

tri-kralove-2Tri králové is the name of this feast day in the Czech Republic. Children dress up as the Kings and visit neighbors to raise money for charities, often for children in need. (Trick or Treat for Unicef?) Three shivering kings also swam across the Vltava in Prague this morning, too! This is also “Chicken Step Day”, the day the sun takes a chicken step back into the sky and the end of the holiday season. 
solar-bull-42048034Turisi
 – Procines (January) 6 – This is the holiday of the bull, Jar-tur, a symbol of the strong power of life and fertility. People today celebrate this day by donning masks, parading and imitating the Great Bull. Younger and older folk alike join in playing games of enjoyment, called “Turisi”. This also ends the New Year holiday.

Howlsnow2f448de8bf7c6f84cdccb0996cc3cc31The Days of Volos – Procines (January) 1-6 – These moonlit and frosty nights have a name: The Holiday of the Wolves. These days are set aside for the worship of the God of pets and of cattle, whose name is Volos. We give our thanks for the animals on these days, which bring food and sustenance to our homes from ancient times. We also defend them from the ravenous wolves which attack. (Slavic Pagan Calendar)

The shop opens at 11am. Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. We’ll be closed for our annual vacation from 7-17 January. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at ancientlight@peak.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,
Anja

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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 1/20 at 9:16pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 5:28am on 1/7. 

Venus climbs high before dawn – The brightest planet puts on a grand show before dawn this week as it reaches its greatest elongation from the Sun. – Chan Chee Guan

Venus appears brilliant in the southeast before dawn. It reached greatest elongation late yesterday evening, when it was 47° west of the Sun, so it stands highest in this morning’s sky. The inner world shines at magnitude –4.6, more than 10 times brighter than the second-brightest planet, Jupiter. Venus rises nearly four hours before the Sun and stands 20° high in the southeast when twilight begins. The planet lies among the background stars of Libra, but it will move into Scorpius this coming week. If you point a telescope at Venus, you’ll see a disk that spans 25″ and appears halflit.

Lunar Alpenglow and Orion – The setting Moon casts its light on the sacred Chana Dorje peak at Yading National Reserve in the Sichuan province of China. In the background sky, you can see the three belt stars of Orion lined up almost vertically above the pyramid-shaped peak. The Horsehead Nebula (B33) is visible near the belt stars, and to the right is the great Orion Nebula (M42). The red, glowing circular structure surrounding Orion is Barnard’s Loop. Copper-colored Betelgeuse (Alpha Orionis) and blue Rigel (Beta Orionis) appear on the left and right sides, respectively. – Jeff Dai

Orion stands in the east-southeast after dark, higher every week, but in early evening his three-star Belt is still nearly vertical. The Belt points up toward Aldebaran and, even higher, the Pleiades. Down below, the Belt points to the horizon where Sirius rises around 6 or 7 p.m. (depending on how far east or west you live in your time zone). Just after Sirius clears the horizon, it twinkles slowly and deeply through thick layers of low atmosphere. It twinkles faster and more shallowly as it gains altitude, and its flashes of vivid color blend into shimmering whiteness.
Mercury (magnitude –0.5) is sinking away into the glow of sunrise. At the beginning of the week, try looking for it 20 or 30 minutes before sunup about 20° lower left of Jupiter, just above the horizon. Bring binoculars. Good luck.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for January
Goddess Month of
Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
Runic half-month of Eihwaz/Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books 

Sun in Capricorn
New Moon at 5:28pm.
Moon in Capricorn
Uranus directs at 12:27pm.
Color: Gold

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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

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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
Su   6     High   1:10 AM     6.9   7:52 AM    Rise  8:21 AM      0
~     6      Low   6:23 AM     3.4   4:52 PM     Set  5:41 PM
~     6     High  12:06 PM     8.4
~     6      Low   7:11 PM    -0.5

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I accept clarity, peace, and order in all aspects of life.

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Journal Prompt – What do you think? – Why do you think some people encourage others to smoke/drink?

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Quotes

~   Chivalry may have been largely a romantic legend in the past, but can and should be made reality in the present. – Kerr Cuhulain
~   If better is possible, good is not enough. – Anonymous
~   It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not. – author unknown
~   John Howard has all the vision of Mr Magoo without the good intentions. – Paul Keating on then opposition leader and later Prime Minister John Howard

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)

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Imbolc Magick – Crafts

Candlemas Candle Wheel – (For Imbolc) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/cndlweel.html

Materials:

  • Craft wreath
  • Eight white candles
  • Ivy leaves or vines
  • Glue gun

Directions:

Either drill thick holes into the wreath so that candles can be placed inside, or just secure them with screw-bottom candleholders or glue gun glue. Place the ivy leaves around in a decorative fashion.

Ritual use:

The eight candles are symbolic of the eight spokes of the year, and spinning the circle into motion at Imbolc is important. In ritual, the candles can be solemnly lit with a cauldron or bowl placed in the middle of the candle wheel. The cauldron or bowl can have the Wish Tree in the middle of it, with water all around it, and have new pennies thrown into it while cementing the wishes. Also the tree and the candle wheel can be toasted.

Candle Hat – One holiday tradition in Scandinavian countries is for the girls to wear garlands in their hair that hold a circle of lit candles and bless the light’s return. We’ve adapted this candle custom to honor the returning light for Brigit. These paper hats are a simple and safe variation.

  1. Draw an inner circle on a 9-inch paper plate, about an inch from the rim.
  2. Next draw very light lines dividing the circle into quarters.
  3. Draw four rectangular candle shapes, keeping the dividing lines as guides for the candles’ centers.
  4. The rectangles will meet in the center of the plate in a small square. (Could also be said as, “The candle wicks meet at the center, their bases on the plate rim.)
  5. Cut out the candle shapes, preserving their connection to the ring at the rim. This connection serves as the base of the candle.
  6. Bend candles from their base to stand upright.
  7. Decorate candles with markers, crayons and glitter.
  8. Use the discarded plate material to cut flame shapes.
  9. Color them bright flame colors, then glue or staple them to the top of the candles.

Imbolc Priapic Wand – Source unknown

Children will love the sound of this magical wand as they walk about pointing and shaking it at plants and trees, invoking them to wake up from Winter’s sleep to witness the union of the Bride and the Lord of  the Forest.

**PARENTAL SUPERVISION REQUIRED!**

Materials:

  • Small Tree Branch
  • Acorn
  • Thin Brown String or Thread
  • Yellow, Green, and Gold 1/4″ Ribbon
  • Small Gold/Silver Jingle Bells.
  1. Select a small branch about 1/2″ to 3/4″ in diameter.
  2. Cut top end flat.
  3. Approx. 1/2″ below top score a groove (parents only) with a sharp knife.
  4. Take 1′ long piece of string/thread and tie in groove.
  5. Take another 1′ piece of thread and tie in groove on opposite side of branch.
  6. Place acorn at top of branch (flat end) and adhere with some glue.
  7. Now pull the string up over the cap and wind once around acorn.
  8. Repeat with all 3 other pieces of string.
  9. Pull strings back down to the groove in the branch and tie off. This will hold the acorn in place.
  10. Decorate the branch by wrapping it with the ribbons, leaving enough length at top for streamers.
  11. Tie gold/silver jingle bells to the ends of the ribbons.
  12. For smaller children, thread the bells onto the ribbon while wrapping the branch.

Tell the children about how the acorn-wand is a symbol of the Lord of the Forest, and how this magical wand helps the sleeping plants and animals wake up and prepare for Spring.

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Silliness – A Cowboy Rides Into Town

A cowboy rode into town and stopped at the saloon for a drink. Unfortunately, the locals always had a habit of picking on newcomers. When he finished, he found his horse had been stolen.
He comes back into the bar, handily flips his gun into the air, catches it above his head without even looking and fires a shot into the ceiling. “Who stole my horse?” he yelled with surprising forcefulness.
No one answered.
“I’m gonna have another beer and if my horse ain’t back outside by the time I’m finished, I’m gonna do what I dun back in Texas and I don’t want to have to do what I dun back in Texas!”
Some of the locals shifted restlessly.
He had another beer, walked outside, and his horse was back! He saddled up and started to ride out of town.
The bartender wandered out of the bar and asked, “Say partner, what happened in Texas?”
The cowboy turned back and said, “I had to walk home!”

 

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Daily Stuff 1-5-19 Kore

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Minus Tide at 6:35 PM of -0.6 feet. Winter hours are 11am-5pm Thursday through Monday. We’ll be closed for our annual vacation from 7-17 January.

Herbs Workshop 11am-1pm. Sewing Workshop at 3pm.

Kinda drippy and chill out there. 46F, wind at 14, AQI 34 and pretty much likely to stay that way for several days. We’re under a High Wind Warning for late this evening, too.

I kept working on newsletters yesterday during the first 4 hours we were open. At that point I woke Tempus. He was really sleeping hard! He got going pretty fast, though, and headed out with a short shopping list, too.

I got so sleepy while he was out that I dozed off and clocked myself on the bookcase a couple of times. I finally went in back and pulled out the chicken, planning on making a broth tonight. I discovered that I had small amounts of both chicken and ham, so pulled out the two smallest crockpots and started a couple of soups. One was ham/barley/caraway and it got onions later. The other was a partial chicken carcass, so it got dill and garlic.

He was back by 6pm and we had some supper, mostly of leftovers, but good stuff that needed to be eaten up. I got a nap and then we had some of the ham and barley with pickles and cheese. …and then I got back to newsletters. Urf. I was so very sleepy again. What’s up with that? So, after doing a bit, I went in back and got the chicken broth set up, then grabbed a book, my embroidery and convinced Tempus it was time to quit for the night.

Of course, I was up during the night and did a little more on newsletters and a little embroidery. I couldn’t sew because the table was occupied…. but Herbs Workshop starts in just a few minutes and then I’m hoping to sew for most of the afternoon.

Sunset on 9/29/16 by Ken Gagne

plant red elderberry RuisToday’s plant is Red ElderberrySambucus racemosa. It’s a large shrub that has white flower clusters in the spring and red berry clusters late in the summer. – Planet: Venus Element: Water Deity: Hel, Holda, The White Lady Magickal properties: Exorcism, Prosperity, Banishment and Healing  – The leaves and berries are used for protection and in breaking spells that were cast against you or to undo spells of evil intent. Growing an elder in your garden will protect your property from misfortune and harm. In Europe they planted elder in cemeteries to keep away the evil spirits. Elder wands can be used to drive out evil spirits or thought forms, and music on panpipes or flutes of elder have the same power as the wand.  Elder should not be cut without first making a prayer, and don’t burn Elder in fear of bringing about ill-luck. “Elder is the Lady’s Tree, burn it not or cursed ye be.” More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus_racemosa and here:http://www.thegoddesstree.com/trees/Elder.htm

Aion 0105Today is the Epiphanios of the goddess Kore, the night when she gives birth to Aeon, the year-god. The last paragraph of this section talks a little about this.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aion_(deity)#Identifications …and the page has more information in historical context. Here is some more information about Persephone/Kore.

Howlsnow2f448de8bf7c6f84cdccb0996cc3cc31The Days of Volos – Procines (January) 1-6 – These moonlit and frosty nights have a name: The Holiday of the Wolves. These days are set aside for the worship of the God of pets and of cattle, whose name is Volos. We give our thanks for the animals on these days, which bring food and sustenance to our homes from ancient times. We also defend them from the ravenous wolves which attack. (Slavic Pagan Calendar)

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Love & Light,
Anja

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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 1/5 at 5:28pm. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 5:28pm on 1/5. 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 1/20 at 9:16pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 5:28am on 1/7. 

Jupiter, Venus, and Antares form a tall, tilted triangle in the dawn of Saturday the 5th. Its left side points down to Mercury about to disappear.

Ursa Major, Ursa Minor
Copyright 1995 Jerry Lodriguss
24mm f.2 Nikkor working at f/3.5
20 minute exposure
hypered Kodak Royal Gold 400
3:17 am May 27, 1995
Massai Point, AZ

As we enter the very coldest time of the year, the dim Little Dipper (Ursa Minor) turns to hang straight down from Polaris after dinnertime — as if, per Leslie Peltier, from a nail on the cold north wall of the sky. The Big Dipper, meanwhile, is creeping up low in the north-northeast. Its handle is very low and its bowl is to the upper right. And Cassiopeia, a flattened letter M, is beginning to tilt nearly overhead in the north-northwest.
New Moon occurs at 8:28 p.m. EST. At its New phase, the Moon crosses the sky with the Sun and so remains hidden in our star’s glare. At least, it typically does. But if you live in the right area, you can watch the Moon pass in front of the Sun and cause a partial solar eclipse. Observers in southwestern Alaska, Japan, and eastern Asia can see the Moon partially eclipse the Sun. Maximum eclipse occurs in eastern Siberia, where our satellite covers 71 percent of the Sun’s disk. Remember that when viewing the Sun during a partial eclipse, protect your eyes by using a safe solar filter.
Venus is at greatest elongation on this date, 47° west of the Sun in the morning sky.

Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for January
Goddess Month of
Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
Runic half-month of Eihwaz/Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books 

Sun in Capricorn
New Moon at 5:28pm.
Moon in Capricorn
Uranus (1/6/19) Retrograde
Color: Black

©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright

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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

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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
Sa   5     High  12:32 AM     6.8   7:52 AM    Rise  7:33 AM      1
~     5      Low   5:42 AM     3.4   4:51 PM     Set  4:48 PM
~     5     High  11:29 AM     8.6
~     5      Low   6:35 PM    -0.6

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Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If you don’t love me by now, you never will. I am who I am.

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Journal Prompt – Favorites – What is your favorite place to eat?

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Quotes

~   He has committed the crime who profits by it. – Seneca
~   A toothache, or a violent passion, is not necessarily diminished by our knowledge of its causes, its character, its importance or insignificance.” – T. S. Eliot
~   I never forget a face, but in your case I’ll be glad to make an exception. – Groucho Marx
~   If you wish to find, you must search. Rarely does a good idea interrupt you. – Jim Rohn

Chill airs and wintry winds! my ear
Has grown familiar with your song;
I hear it in the opening year,
I listen, and it cheers me long. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–32)

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Imbolc Magick – Lore

Twelfth Night –  January – Twelfth Night

A traditional song for the end of the Yule season opens:

Down with the rosemary and bay,
Down with the mistletoe.

This day is traditionally known as Twelfth Night, the last of the twelve days of Christmas. It’s time now to take down your decorations; in fact, many people believe keeping them up after this day will bring bad luck. If you still want some decoration in your living space now, generic winter fare such as plain white lights or greenery will have to do. Extra plants can keep the winter blues away and the air fresh.

Holiday lore: Twelfth Night celebrations in cultures around the world call for cake-baking. In France, the cake is called Galette des Rois (the King’s Cake); in England, the cake has lucky charms baked inside it, and in Mexico, the cake is crown-shaped. – Magenta Griffith – GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives

Celebrating Candlemas in Old Ireland by Bridget Haggerty

Candlemas – February 2nd – celebrates the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple and the Purification of the Virgin Mary. As with many festivals in the liturgical calendar, this one has its origins in ancient Rome.

In Roman times, candles were carried through the streets and women observed purification rites. Even today, in many countries, women who had borne children the year before participate in candlelit processions – an activity the Church gladly welcomes as it symbolizes the purification of the Virgin Mary.

In ancient Celtic cultures, the period between February 1st and 2nd is called Imbolc – the first day of spring, midway through the dark half of the year. It was a time when the stirring of new life manifested itself in the first flow of milk in the udders of pregnant ewes – a sure sign that the lambing season was about to begin. The Church tried to replace Imbolc which was dedicated to the Goddess of Youth and Fertility – Bride. Thus, in the 5th century, February 1st became St. Brighid’s Day and February 2nd became Candlemas.

There’s a popular legend which explains why Candlemas falls immediately after St. Brighid’s Day. Mary was very nervous about bringing the infant Jesus to the crowded Temple. St. Brighid promised to help her by distracting the crowds. She did this by appearing to the multitude wearing a headdress bearing many lighted candles. In gratitude, Mary decreed that a feast day honoring St. Brighid should take place the day before Candlemas.

In Ireland, Candlemas lapsed during the time of the Penal Laws but was revived afterwards. People donated candles to their local church or took their own to be blessed. These would then be used on special occasions such as station Masses or when the holy sacraments were administered to the sick.

Weather forecasts were often made on this date. It was once believed that if the day was sunny and fair, more winter weather was to come, but if a lark was heard singing, that was a sign of an early spring. There is also a lot of folklore as well as superstitions involving candles. These are necessarily related to Candlemas and they’re not exclusive to Ireland; however, since so many candles are lit on this day, it would be prudent to know what certain signs mean.

A bright spark in the wick is sometimes said to indicate that a stranger is coming or that a letter will arrive for the person nearest to the candle. A wavering flame where there is no draft is a harbinger of windy weather. A candle that doesn’t light easily foretells rain, and in some areas, a bluish flame means frost.

It was considered very ill-omened to leave a candle burning in an empty room. The only exception is the Christmas candle which should be left to burn all through the night of Christmas Eve to light the way for the Holy Family and also to ensure light, warmth and plenty in the coming year.

To snuff out a candle by accident is a sign of a wedding; and no candle should ever be allowed to burn down to the socket of the candlestick. It should be blown out before that. Otherwise, misfortune may come to someone in the house, and in certain coastal areas, a sailor or fisherman may drown at sea.

At one time it was thought to be very unlucky to light three candles with a single taper. This superstition has survived in the avoidance of lighting three cigarettes with one match. It was also asking for misfortune to burn three candles at the same time. Apparently, Charles Stuart Parnell, the Irish nationalist leader was well-acquainted with the superstition. In his book, Life of Parnell, Barry O’Brien writes that a friend once visited Parnell when he was ill and found him lying in a bedroom illuminated by four candles. During the visit, one of the candles went out; Parnell immediately snuffed out another while remarking how unlucky it was to have three lights burning together.

Finally, in this brief look at candle lore, it is said to be very ill-omened to light a candle from the fire on the hearth. There are those who believe that if a person does this, they will become impoverished. As a measure of protection from this misfortune or any others for that matter, here is a blessing by Andrew Greeley, written expressly for the saints who celebrate their feast days in February:

May good St. Brighid keep you warn till spring
And fill your head with poetry and song
May your true heart with the help of Valentine
Love you deeply this month and all year long
May Blaise protect you from the common cold and sore throat, hacking cough and snuffy nose
May Mother Mary’s candles light your road and at the end of the day bring sweet repose
And may God, who tells the stories of His love through the saints, who love us too, bless you.

Resources: The Year in Ireland by Kevin Danaher, Irish American Blessings & Prayers by Andrew Greeley, Encyclopedia of Superstitions by Edwin & Mona Radford. http://www.irishcultureandcustoms.com/ACalend/Candlemas.html

Goddess Blessings! GrannyMoon, GoddessSchool.com

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