Daily Stuff 12-4-12 St Barbara

Hi, folks!

weather WindyThey’ve cancelled the high wind warning. It sounds like 18 and 101 just north of Florence got “interesting” overnight, with trees coming down on the roadway although it’s cleared up, now. The wind is clipping along in the 20’s with gusts staying under 30, now, but it certainly sounded strong during the night. There wasn’t the level of wind that makes the house thrum, but it was definitely rattling things.

weather RaindropsA friend posted on Facebook this morning, “Who left the faucet on? Oh, wait…. It’s just Oregon. ” <grin> It’s actually just drizzling, now. I think the rain gauge is at about 2 inches. We didn’t dump it yesterday morning. They’re talking about another inch and a half up here, but Manora says that farther down the coast they’re talking about 7 inches!!!

The feeder has been covered with birds this morning. Right now there’s a towhee, and a Steller’s Jay that was on the railing, flew up to the feeder, grabbed and now he’s eating something that he’s clutched between his toes. Oh, two of ’em, now! When they fluff their feathers out they’re *huge*! I saw a bunch of sparrows earlier, and some juncos, and what I *think* was a house finch, but it’s dark enough out there that I’m not sure….

motif plant flower holiday cactusI’m hoping I’m going to get some garden time today, but I’m not going to hold my breath, waiting. At the least I’ll get out onto the porch, because I was to do another round of picking up things and to see if I can get Tempus to put some stuff into the garden shed that’s blowing around. ….maybe get some of the tools into either garage or shed.

motif plant flower dandelion herbWe had a productive day at the shop yesterday, although we didn’t get done what I expected. I started off with getting some orders ready to be sent out while Tempus was getting boxes from the Yule stuff put away and the green screen stuff rolled up, and then got back to work on a resume that I was preparing.

plant flower chamomile herbYes, I’m applying for a job, and I haven’t had to put together a resume since 1972….. It took me most of the day.

Tempus got it mailed and I just kept falling asleep after that, so he sent me into the back to nap and I didn’t wake until nearly 7pm. We got things sorted around and closed up and went home.

plant flower lily of the valley bulbI did some work on the newsletter files during the evening, since the Tides file was empty and so was the Waning Moon Affirmations file. He made an awesome supper of his wonderful mashed potatoes, peas and baked chicken and we talked about what we need to do during our “weekend”. I crawled into bed pretty early, being tired awfully tired, but I don’t think he quit until nearly 2am.

plant flower mixed petuniasWe got awakened by the phone this morning, and it’s taking a while to get moving. I have my coffee and cereal, now. I’ve a *lot* of newsletter work to do and updates to files and clipart stuff that I need. Tempus is talking about going to the shop for the early afternoon. Other than that, I asked him to get the kitchen island clean enough that I can make lebkuchen, at some point. I’m hoping to get a chance to try making some of the stamped shortbread cookies, too.

weather Cloud WindSuddenly it’s turned into waterpik weather out there. Rain is blowing in sheets, and it got very, very dark…. Waterpik weather? Yeah, that’s when you walk outside and grin and there’s no need to brush your teeth afterwards, much less floss…. 🙂

jinglesunwheel w bellsnativityMore ornaments today! The first is a Jingle Wreath, useful if you have toddlers or cats in the family. They act as an Early Warning System for the possible destruction of the tree. Btw, I also tend to fasten my trees to the ceiling, rather than rely on a stand…. experience with cats & kids…… 🙂 These come with either these large bells or one that’s just slightly small. Gold wheels for Sun Wheels!

This next ornament is a more obvious Sun Wheel in gold, red & white. The last ornament for today is a Nativity ball. This has all the Mithras/Xmas symbols. I’m sorry that it’s difficult to see. The clear ornaments are hard to get into focus. It’s not nearly as foggy as it looks in the picture!

St-barbaraToday is the feast of St. Barbara. This Virgin, & Martyr was Born in the mid third century somewhere in the Roman Empire and died in early fourth century to late third century, executed by father for becoming a Christian. Her feast, on December 4 is no longer on Roman Catholic calendar, because they can’t prove she existed. Her symbols are  a three-windowed tower, a palm branch,  a chalice, or lightning. She is the Patron Saint of prisoners, architects, artillerymen and mathematicians. At various points in history her stories have probably been confused with pagan deities. In many of the Central European countries, today each family member will cut a twig from a tree that blooms and/or fruits. These are put in water in a warm place and the number of blossoms foretell the winter’s weather. The person whose twig blooms the most is said to be the favorite of the Goddess (usually listed as Mary….) More on Wikipedia under “Saint Barbara” and in Wilson’s Almanac here: http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/dec4.html

Yule PentacleThe shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday, but we’re planning on being there for a bit in the early afternoon. Call ahead if you want to be sure! (541)563-7154 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

Waning Gibbous moonThe Moon is Waning Gibbous. 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. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. Phase ends at the Quarter on 12/6 at 7:31am.

AurigaSometime between 6 and 8 each evening now (depending on how far east or west you live in your time zone), bright Vega sinking in the northwest, and equally bright Capella climbing in the northeast, will be at exactly the same height. How accurately can you time their balance moment for your location?
Astro marsMars (magnitude +1.2, in Sagittarius) remains low in the southwest in evening twilight. In a telescope it’s just a tiny blob 4.4 arcseconds in diameter.

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
Moon in Leo
Mercury Stationary through 12/14
Ceres, Vesta, Uranus, Jupiter Retrograde
Color: Red

Harvest 12/3-4


©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


elderflower_wk_pdRuis  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
Tu   4     High   4:24 AM     6.8   7:36 AM     Set 11:25 AM      76
~     4      Low   9:59 AM     3.5   4:37 PM    Rise 10:40 PM
~     4     High   3:23 PM     6.7
~     4      Low  10:18 PM     0.7


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – For people who like peace and quiet; a phoneless cord.


Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – When the Genie in the lamp appeared to Aladdin, he asked, “What wouldest thou have? I am ready to obey thee as thy slave….” If you could have one wish, what would it be? Explain your answer.



~   The greatest gift you can give to somebody is your own personal development. I used to say, ‘If you will take care of me, I will take care of you.’ Now I say, ‘I will take care of me for you if you will take care of you for me.’ – Jim Rohn
~   The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
~   The monster of advertisement… is a sort of octopus with innumerable tentacles. It throws out to right and left, in front and behind, its clammy arms, and gathers in, through its thousand little suckers, all the gossip and slander and praise afloat, to spit out again at the public. – Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) French actor
~   The truth doesn’t hurt unless it ought to. – Unknown

O Bird, whose call raises the dead,
Nightingale with your voice of night and musk –
Ravish Venus with that song
Whose every note is new life! – Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)


Magick – Yule Lore

Mikulas Day & Little Christmas

In Bohemia (the Czech Republic), where my family came from 2 generations ago, Mikulas (MEE-coo-lahsh) is the name for St. Nicolas or Santa Claus.

The Christmas season always began for me as a child on the night of Dec. 5, the eve of the Feast of St. Nicolas. I put my shoes in the front hall as my Dedi taught me, with my list of what I would like for Christmas, for the world, for my family, for my brother and for myself. Some of these creations got quite elaborate, with pictures and poems and I remember the one (when I was in 2nd grade, I think) where I said that my brother ought to just get dog poo for Christmas and he did, the fake rubber variety, that he then proceeded to hide in my bed, my coat pocket and finally in my school bag, where it fell out on my desk in front of the teacher! I could hear Mikulas laughing at my selfish request for years.

Now, Mikulas is a persnickety old gent, much pickier than Santa (or so I believed as a child!) so, on the morning of his feast day (Dec.6), if my room was clean and my toys all picked up and tidy and I’d been helping my Grandmother (Baba) with her preparations, and my Daddy and Dedi (Grandfather) with cleaning up the garage and the shop, my letter would be gone and my shoes would be filled with dukati (foil-covered chocolate coins, also called gelt) cookies and other goodies, like special Christmas pencils and little toys.

If I had not been good, sometimes is would take days or even a week, for Mikulas to come get my letter, during which time I was painfully well behaved and whatever I had missed was gently pointed out by my Baba who would then help me with whatever-it-was “so that Mikulas will come.”

I’ve done this with my children, too, and it’s amazing how clean the house gets in time for the holiday!

Preparations got even more elaborate after that, from our gingerbread houses and making ornaments and presents to decorating the house and putting up our tree and all the wonderful anticipation that goes along with that.

We always celebrated Christmas just as others do in the United States, but Little Christmas (Jan.6) is a holiday that most people haven’t heard of by that name. It is the end of the Christmas season as Mikulas begins it. Little Christmas, goes by the name of Epiphany, 12th Night, Befana, and the Feast of Three Kings in other countries. We used to celebrate with a special dinner, during which, for dessert, we ate up the last of the Christmas candy and cookies and took apart and ate the gingerbread house. Baba and Dedi would tell stories all evening until my brother and I dropped off to sleep and were carried off to bed. My children and I still do this, but I’ve also added in that we play any of the new games from Christmas that haven’t been opened yet, or we open and put together a special jigsaw puzzle.

These traditions create a special season, a month long, that seems set off from the rest of the year, by goodies, good will and lots of love.


Silliness – GCF: Personalized Plate
One of my customers at the Department of Motor Vehicles wanted a personalized license plate with his wedding anniversary on it. As we completed the paperwork he explained, “This way I can’t forget the date.”
A few hours later, I recognized the same young man waiting in my line. When his turn came, he said somewhat sheepishly, “I need to change the numbers on that plate application.”

Yule LogLighted House Count – Total on 12/2 was 49, added 4 last night.
Ok, this is a “silly” that we started when my kids were small…. just count how many houses have lights or lighted displays as you go about! Businesses don’t count, but doorways that are decorated and have a porch light on, do! …and certainly lighted trees in a window. <grin>

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