Today is Christmas in Waldport.There’s a holiday market, the tree-lighting, a dog show and the traditional Lighted Bridge Walk. I don’t have a lot of details, but you can stop at the Bridge Interpretive Center for those. Stop at the shop for a cup of mulled cider to warm you up!
Dim and grey and birds in all directions… While I was getting my eyes working I counted over 100 in less than 5 minutes. Right now there’s a hummingbird and a bunch of sparrows. It’s 42F, no wind and drizzling.
Yesterday ended up being very, very long. We ran a little late getting there, since I had to finish packing up a bunch the cookies that I’ve been baking. Once we got to the shop, after we got things open, I went through mail, then checked in new stock. I got interrupted in that because I needed to make sure that all the stuff got into Amor’s box (cookies, violin, presents….) and Tempus and I had to get the very long shopping list together. In between things I worked on blog updates. Packing the box and getting it to the PO took until past 4pm and then Tempus headed for Newport. I got back to working on stock and there are another 30 books on the shelves!
Mid-afternoon Tamara, who is a doll-maker, among other things, came in and we had a nice chat. She left some dolls with us. (see below)
…and my writing friend came in so that’s what I did right up until 9pm, then I got some pictures done of the dolls below. Tempus got back around 10:30 and we closed up and came home and he put groceries away.
Today is going to be a long day again. We’re up and doing already and I’ll be at the shop by 8:30 at the latest. With the Christmas in Waldport festivities going on all day and the Bridge Walk at dusk it’s going to be fun! I’m setting up the hotpot with mulled cider, so come in and warm up with a cup! Tempus and Marius are heading out at around 8:30 for an SCA event today, so I’ll be by myself.
I’m leaving the time open for the various Saturday workshop. Herbs at 11am. Crystals at noon and Sewing at 3pm, but I’m not going to set topics for today.
One of the people who came in yesterday was a lady named Tamara who is from Five Rivers and is a doll-maker. Here are Earth, Fire and Water, the dolls that she left with us at the shop. They’re marked $200 each.
They’re hand-felted and sewn, created from wool from her own flock and shearing!
Today’s Feast is that of Neith, creation goddess and mother in Egypt. She also was goddess of warriors and weaving and all kinds of other things…. More here: http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/dec8.html (search for Neith) and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neith
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is a Waning Crescent moving to Hecate’s Brooch at 12:42pm. 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 Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term. Phase ends on 12/8 at 12:42pm. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and begin the letting go process. Phase ends on 12/11 at 12:42pm at the Dark.
This is the time of year when Cassiopeia, now a flattened M shape, is poised at its very highest in the north in early evening.
Vesta is at is opposition tonight, not far from Jupiter. It’s magnitude 6.4. Ceres, which comes to opposition in nine days, is magnitude 6.9. Spot them in binoculars using our finder chart in the December Sky & Telescope, page 50, http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newtrack/st_201212/ or online. http://media.skyandtelescope.com/documents/WEB_Dec12_CeresVesta.pdf
Algol in Perseus, the prototype eclipsing binary star, should be in one of its periodic dimmings, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.1, for a couple hours centered on 12:29 a.m. Sunday morning EST; 9:29 p.m. Saturday evening PST. Algol takes several additional hours to fade and to rebrighten.
Jupiter’s moon Io reappears out of eclipse from Jupiter’s shadow at 11:49 p.m. EST; 8:49 p.m. PST.
At dawn, watch the waning crescent Moon step down past Spica, Saturn, Venus and Mercury from one morning to the next.
During dawn Sunday morning the waning crescent Moon hangs close to Spica.
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis Elder Nov 25 – Dec 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
©2012 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Ruis Elder Nov 25 – Dec 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
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.
to study this month Straif – Blackthorn Ogam letter correspondences
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
Sa 8 Low 12:51 AM 2.1 7:40 AM Rise 2:01 AM 37
~ 8 High 7:27 AM 8.0 4:37 PM Set 1:19 PM
~ 8 Low 2:24 PM 1.3
~ 8 High 8:20 PM 5.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow.
~ A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father. – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
~ Americans play to win at all times. I wouldn’t give a hoot and hell for a man who lost and laughed. That’s why Americans have never lost nor ever lose a war. – George S. Patton, Jr. (1885-1945) US general
~ As the Dalai Lama says, a child’s first teacher is the mother. The mother is the one who teaches them right from wrong and how to be a good person in the culture…Such lessons are highly valued in Tibet. – Grandmother Tsering Dolma Gyaltong, one of our Wise Women – from Tibet.
~ As things are, and as fundamentally they must always be, poetry is not a career, but a mug’s game. No honest poet can ever feel quite sure of the permanent value of what he has written: He may have wasted his time and messed up his life for nothing. – Thomas Stearnes Eliot (1888-1965) US writer
But I can tell,
Let truth be told
That love will change in growing old
Though day by day is nought to see,
So delicate his motions be. – Robert Bridges (1844-1930) English writer
Magick – Yule Book list and lore
Winter Solstice Book list tidbit – YULE/JÓL – (links are defunct….)
Yule Celebrations: December 21st – January 6th This time of year is the celebration of the Festival of Lights. We may attend many different churches, temples, etc. but we still honor the celebration of the Festival of Lights. Light is the one thing we all have in common and is essential for all living growing beings. Included here are poems, Bible passages and stories you can read without compromising your alternative beliefs. These pieces remind us that we are not that much different. Some celebrate the season because of the return of the “son” and some as Pagan/Heathens prefer to celebrate because of the return of the “sun!”
It has been challenged by many scholars through the years, but the fact is that Yule/Jól was celebrated throughout the Northern Europe well before the advent of Christianity was widely accepted. The exact date, or dates, that Yule was originally celebrated is not certain, but it was probably connected to the full moon nearest the winter solstice or was determined when the sun appeared after the very shortest or darkest day of the year. Yule today is celebrated sometime between December 21st and as late as January 6th. It is observed in many different ways with different names and different deities than can be imagined. The day might be chosen because it is the shortest day of the year, Winter Solstice, the first day of Winter. It may be a day chosen and observed on the same calendar day every year for no apparent reason except to be consistent like Christmas Eve, December 24th, and Christmas Day, December 25th. Or it might be held as late as January 6th, because of calculations of the Moon and/or planets.
For close to a thousand years people have tried to explain the meaning of the name “Yule” to no avail. Some scholars believe it comes from one of the names of Óðinn. Others have even theorized that it came from the name of Julius Caesar. It has also been suggested that Jól is derived from the Old-Nordic word for wheel: Hjól, the theory being that the wheel of the year has come full circle as there have been many explanations and we may never know the exact meaning of the original word.
The calendar has been changed many times since, and it is impossible to reconcile the references to an exact date. The Norse once had a calendar system of 19 days that was continuous for about 300 years. The cycle of calendar years was so accurate that only one day had to be added to reconcile the calendar to the solar years. The newer calendars were not as accurate and were calculated incorrectly needing to be reconciled many times after loosing a week or two here and there! Even today our calendar has to have a day added every four years known as Leap Year.
“Grimm in Tuetonic Mythology wisely observed that the further north men lived, the more important is the distinction between light and darkness, with emphasis on the shortest day in mid-winter, and Procopius noted that the men of Thule, in the far north, held their main feast when the sun was first seen from a mountain top after the long period of winter darkness.” [Davidson, H.R. Ellis, Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe, Early Scandinavian and Celtic Religions, Syracuse Press, Syracuse, NY. 1988. p 40].
Books to Read:
I recommend reading a chapter a day from some of these books and some are short enough to read in one sitting. As a small child I delighted in the Christmas/Yule story-telling of Santa Claus, Reindeer, Fairies, Elves, and Miracles of Light. The magical weaving of those myths and stories became my perception of the Christmas/Yule time.
The Great American Christmas Almanac, A Complete Compendium of Facts, Fancies, and Traditions, by Irena Chalmers, Viking Studio Books, 1988.
The Night Before Christmas, by Clement C. Moore, any version you find with wonderful illustrations is fine!
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, by L. Frank Baum, Lowe & B. Hould Publishers, Inc., Ann Harbor, MI, reprinted classic, 1902.
When Santa Was a Shaman, The Ancient Origins of Santa Claus & The Christmas Tree, Tony van Renterghem, LLewellyn Publishers, MN, 1995.
A Child’s Christmas Treasury, Compiled by Mark Daniel, Dial Books for Young Readers, NY, 1988.
The Solstice Evergreen, The History, Folklore and Origins of the Christmas Tree, Sheryl Ann Karas, Aslan Publishing, Boulder Creek, CO, 1991.
The Joys of Christmas, Christmas Customs and Legends Around the World, by Kathryn Jackson, Golden Press, NY, 1976.
Tree of Cranes, by Allen Say, Houghton Mifflan Company, Boston, 1991.
The Father Christmas Letters, by J.R.R. Tolkien, Houghton Mifflan Company, Boston, Copyright 1976.
Star Mother’s Youngest Child, by Louise Moeri, Houghton Mifflan Company, Boston, 1975.
A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, any unabridged edition.
The 12 Days of Christmas, A Pop-Up Celebration, by Robert Sabuda, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Div, NY, 1996.
To Everything There Is A Season, Verses from Ecclesiastes, Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon, The Blue Sky Press, NY, 1998.
Flight of The Reindeer, The True Story of Santa Claus and His Christmas Mission, by Robert Sullivan ~ Drawing by Glenn Wolff, Macmillian, Inc., NY, 1996.
Dreams of Santa, Haddon Sundblom’s Advertsing Paintings for Christmas 1931-1964, Text by Barbara Fahs Charles & J. R. Taylor, Gramercy Books, NY, 1992.
Silliness – “You know you’re a Pagan when…” you keep trying to book clients for December 24th…. …as seen inT. Thorn Coyle: Know Thyself on Facebook
Lighted House Count – Total on 12/1 was 49, added 3 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>