Daily Stuff 11-28-12 Alice’s Restaurant

Hi, folks!

If you’re planning to buy something after about December 10 for the holidays, you should let me know before then to set it aside for you or get it ordered, soonest. The problem is that shipping will drive prices through the roof after that point and my *suppliers* may run out! If it’s something that I make, like jewelry or sewing, ya gotta get hold of me *soonest* if you’re planning on having it.

We had a nice break in the weather, but here come the storms again. Yesterday started off pretty, but it got dimmer and cloudier and darker until by 3pm I had the lights on in the study. It’s going to be worse today. Yesterday was dark, today is going to be wet, tonight comes wind. I woke to the sound of rain on the skylight and the bamboo chime clonking. We’re under a high wind watch for tonight through tomorrow afternoon, although they’re not sure it’s actually going to happen. It’s only 48F, but the damp is making it feel chilly.

When we started the day yesterday, Tempus worked in the back room and I worked in my study. We’re trying to make room to put stuff away. He pulled out 6 boxes of books. I sorted and emptied 8 boxes of things that had been stashed in my study. I found a whole box of stuff for the shop, mostly paperwork and research that had gotten stashed. I also dug out another stack of kids’ books for that shelf at the shop. He moved one of my bookshelves, so that the curtain creates a better draft block than it was doing, too. I’ve managed to empty one of the boxes of books onto the shelves, but I’m digging out books, since we’re pruning the book collection. Of course, that means more for the Buck-a-Book shelf at the shop!

Tempus headed down to the shop to work there around 1pm. When he got back he let me loose…. I had managed in all the sorting to make it impossible to get out of my study! …and then he handed me an awesomely good sandwich. <feeling very pampered> I sat there afterwards staring at the large hole in the “stuff” that had been in the corner and going, “Wow!” and “Ow!”, alternately. <grin>

He got a bunch of stuff cleared away since I had done the sorting and he’s made a *huge* hole in the mess elsewhere. We can actually move all the way around the dining room table and that means I’m able to put away some of the dishes that we don’t use as often, which in turn reduces the mess elsewhere. I *hate* the way the house turns into a disaster area in the summer when we have so little time!

Today I have a Rural Tourism Studio meeting to go to (remember those?) and Tempus has some lawn mower work to do mid-day, so the shop will be open…or a least someone will be there mid-day. Again, calling ahead might be the smart idea. (541)563-7154.

I read an article yesterday here: http://www.danoah.com/2011/11/im-christian-unless-youre-gay.html?fb_action_ids=10152097171192837&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map={%2210152097171192837%22%3A10150536253400898}&action_type_map={%2210152097171192837%22%3A%22og.likes%22}&action_ref_map=[] … and started thinking…. Which can be a dangerous thing but, well…

The basic premise of the article is that folks are being down on gays, addicts, anyone who is “other”, despite the tenets of their religion, simply because they just aren’t paying enough attention to tolerance and to love. “Caritas” love…. Unconditional…the step beyond eros and agape to Divine Love. (That’s my wording, not his, btw…..)

“Am *I* like that?” was my first thought, mostly because I’ve trained myself for nearly 50 years to be introspective. I came to the conclusion that “Yes, occasionally, but…” was the answer…

I’m not perfect…well, except in the sense that Single Dad Laughing uses it. I’m human. I’m divine. Both of those have limitations and joys, challenges and privileges. I’m trying to get better, to step beyond the limitations of the human (and goodness knows I’ve got *those*), to become all that’s possible.

Power-Over vs. Power-With is a concept we work with a lot because it explains so much about how our culture is structured. Power-Over can be pretty toxic, but this is one of the ways that is separates us from others. Thinking you’re better than someone else may bolster a damaged ego for a while, but the benefits are outweighed by the longer-term nastiness of suspicion of “other” and the natural human tendency to focus on their bad points.

Taking a side-step from the Power-Over stuff to reach out negates all that. It makes it possible to live in a world where everyone has something to learn, and everyone can help each other.

We have some one-of-a-kind ornaments today. I have a number of ornaments that I’m down to nearly the last of or that come out differently each time I do one. This first one is a Yule Fairy tree-top, mostly constructed of fabric. It’s very light-weight.

A Pine Cone of folded ribbon is next. I’ve only made just the one of these.

The last ornament for today is an angel that opens in the middle. It’s constructed of wood, like the Matroshka Dolls and has a small interior compartment to hide a tiny gift in.

Today is the anniversary of the 1965 “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” immortalized in the song “Alice’s Restaurant” that became almost an anthem in the late 60’s. The song by Arlo Guthrie hit #17 on the Billboard chart. We usually listen to it on KLCC after the noon news on Thanksgiving, but missed it this year. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice%27s_Restaurant

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday, but there should be someone there in the early afternoon for a while. Fall hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday. 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!

Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

The Moon is Full and waning. Full Moon Magick: From fourteen to seventeen-and-a-half days after the new moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. Phase ends on 11/29 at 6:46pm. Eclipses – Lunar Eclipses always occur on the day of the Full Moon. Positive magicks should not be performed in these months until after the eclipse is over. Eclipse is exact at 6:33am at 6 degrees Gemini 40′ on 11/28. 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. Tide change is on 12/13 at 12:42am.

The Full Moon shines close to Jupiter and Aldebaran this evening, with the dimmer Pleiades above them. Think photo opportunity! Use a long (or zoomed) lens, and try a variety of exposures to catch the faint stars as well as the bright Moon.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.8, in Taurus) rises in the east-northeast in early twilight and climbs higher all evening. Orange Aldebaran is 5° to its right or lower right. Above them are the Pleiades. Jupiter is nearly at its December 2nd opposition; it appears a big 48 arcseconds wide, essentially as large as it will become this year. See “Turmoil on Jupiter” in the November Sky & Telescope, page 56. http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newtrack/st_201211/
The Great Red Spot’s side of Jupiter is busy indeed. From lower right, note the orange ring of Oval BA, the tiny dark-red dot following it, the Great Red Spot in its white Red Spot Hollow, and the huge turbulence behind it roiling the South Equatorial Belt. The South Temperate Belt is barely visible along some of its length but prominent on the following side of the Great Red Spot. Four white ovals dot the South South Temperate Belt. On the north side of the planet, the North Equatorial and North Temperate belts have become cleanly separated by the North Tropical Zone’s return to whiteness. Blue festoons intrude into the bright Equatorial Zone. The satellite to the left is sulfur-colored Io.

Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis  Elder  Nov 25Dec 22
Runic half-month of Is November 28-12 Literally, ‘ice’: a static period. The time of waiting before birth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992

Sun in Sagittarius
Full Mourning Moon in Gemini at 6:46am, Wealthy Bull Moon
Mercury Stationary through 12/14
Ceres, Vesta, Uranus, Jupiter Retrograde
Color: Yellow

Harvest 11/28-29


©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Ruis  Elder  Nov 25Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH), elder – Celtic tree month of Ruis (Elder) commences (Nov 25 – Dec 22) – Like other Iron Age Europeans, the Celts were a polytheistic people prior to their conversion to (Celtic) Christianity. The Celts divided the year into 13 lunar cycles (months or moons). These were linked to specific sacred trees which gave each moon its name. Today commences the Celtic tree month of Elder.
Elder or Elderberry (Sambucus) is a genus of fast-growing shrubs or small trees in the family Caprifoliaceae. They bear bunches of small white or cream coloured flowers in the Spring, that are followed by bunches of small red, bluish or black berries. The berries are a very valuable food resource for many birds.
Common North American species include American Elder, Sambucus canadensis, in the east, and Blueberry Elder, Sambucus glauca, in the west; both have blue-black berries.
The common European species is the Common or Black Elder, Sambucus nigra, with black berries. This is a shrub growing to 10 m (33 feet) in damp clearings, along the edge of woods, and especially near habitations. Elders are grown for their blackish berries, which are used for preserves and wine. The leaf scars have the shape of a crescent moon. Elder branches have a broad spongy pith in their centers, much like the marrow of long bones, and an elder branch stripped of its bark is very bone-like. The red elder (S. racemosa L.) is a similar plant at higher elevations; it grows to 5 m (15 feet). Red elder extends its native range to northern North America, and it is cultivated along with other native species, but common elders are seldom seen in cultivation. Elders are in the Honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae).

Ruis – Elder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: Makeup days of the thirteenth Moon
Color: Red
Class: Shrub
Letter: R
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.
to study this month Straif – Blackthorn Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Chieftain
Letter: SS, Z, ST
Meaning: Resentment; Confusion; Refusing to see the truth


Tides for Alsea Bay
Day        High      Tide     Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~           /Low      Time        Feet    Sunset                                  Visible
W   28     High  12:33 AM     6.7   7:30 AM      Set  7:32 AM      99
~    28       Low   5:49 AM     3.2   4:39 PM    Rise  4:58 PM
~    28     High  11:35 AM      8.3
~    28       Low   6:38 PM    -0.4


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The height of your accomplishments will equal the depth of your convictions.


Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Tell a memory that you have with one of your grandmothers.


~   If the truth isn’t enough, then you must become stronger at presenting it. – Jim Rohn
~   If you are not too large for the place you occupy, you are too small for it. – James A. Garfield (1831-1881) 20th US President
~   In summer, the song sings itself. – William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) US poet
Insurance covers everything except what happens. – Miller’s Law of Insurance
~   It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered. – Aeschylus

Without destroying me, how could He pour me this treasure?
He had to throw me to the waves for Love’s Sea to sweep me away.
What can the man of words guess of the sweetness of silence?
What can the arid heart know of always-flowing freshness?
I am the mirror, I am the mirror, I am not a man of words –
You’ll know my spiritual state when your ears become gaze. – Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)


Magick – Yule Spells

Happy Holiday Card Spell – December 3rd, 2007
Color of the day: Gray  Incense of the day: Parsley

Every year during the holiday rush, we promise ourselves to start early and avoid the rush, to be more organized about writing and mailing our holiday cards. Now is the time. Gather together your address book, pens, stamps, and holiday cards and sit near some mistletoe, which is very good for achievement and attainment. Light frankincense for a favorable outcome to your holiday card project. Light a yellow candle for clarity and eloquence, and light a pink candle for harmony, friendship, and affection. Fix a cup of Earl Grey tea: the bergamot in the tea will bring you luck and accomplishment in your task. Place your hand over your cards and chant:
In love and more,
speed this chore.

Place your hand over your pens and say:
Write the best words I’ve ever heard.

Then write your cards, and embellish them and the envelopes. Address and stamp them. When all the cards are done, stack them together in a pile. Take a deep breath and send affection through your hands into the cards and say:
Merry meet through the mail, love and greetings to you I send.
Be sure to mail them the next day. By: Gail Wood

Yule Travel Spell

To ensure that your luggage is not lost or stolen during the busy holiday travel season, make a small cloth pouch of orange fabric and write your full birth name on it. Stuff it with empowered herbs such as comfrey (to protect from theft), mugwort (to protect from loss or attack), and cumin (to give you peace of mind). Tie the talisman with blue string while visualizing the luggage being bound to you. Tie some of that same blue string on your left wrist until you safely reach your destination with all your luggage intact.

By: Edain McCoy

Ghosts of Christmas Spell – December 23rd, 2005Color of the day: Coral  – Incense of the day: Dill

It is appropriate that Larentia, the Roman mother goddess of friendly ghosts, was honored today. Traditionally, December is a time when ghosts are active. All we have to do is think of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to understand this. As the year draws to a close, it is time to honor our ancestral spirits and any friendly spirits that have taken up residence with us. Prepare the following sachet to protect your home and to welcome friendly spirits. In an attractive scrap of fabric tie up a pinch of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, one crushed bay leaf, and a tablespoon of dried orange peel. Tie it up with a green ribbon, and leave it near a window, or put a pinch in an old shoe and leave on your porch —
a place where house spirits frequently dwell. End by lighting a green candle and saying: “Friendly spirits alone are welcome in this place. Come in peace, or come not at all. As I will, so mote it be.”  By: James Kambos


Silliness – GCF: Not Hanging Around
O’Reilly was in a bit of a fix. He was filling in an insurance form and was asked to state how his parents had died. His mother was not a problem, she had died of a coronary at the age of 71, but his father had been hanged for murder at the age of 46.
He did not want to say this, though, so after a bit of thought came up with a solution and filled in the form: “My father died at the age of 46 when a platform collapsed at a public occasion.”

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