Daily Stuff 12-18-12 Epona

Hi, folks!

motif plant flower snowdropI keep rubbing my eyes and looking out into the yard. Nah, that’s not *possible*! But, yeah, there are patches of snow all over the yard and the house roof next door is white. Of course, everything’s dripping and the street is just wet. It’s already 36F, so it’s not likely to last much longer, but…. that was a surprise!

motif plant flower echinacea herbYesterday was one of those productive, but slightly frustrating days, that just happen. We took a moment before heading for the shop to pulling into Patterson Park to take a peek at the wave action on the ocean and it was spectacular. White breaking waves all the way to the horizon! We got the shop open and various chores done and then worked on the inventory. Tempus found it awfully frustrating, because I know the stock, since I made a lot of it and chose what I didn’t. We have different names for *colors* even! In any case he’s learning it. These weren’t the hard ones, though. I’m dreading doing the pendant and  necklace wall….

motif plant flower holiday cactusWe had a lot of folks in shopping. There are still a lot of ornaments. We finally have managed to pull out the 4 big Celtic-design wall tapestry/bedspreads, so we’ll be setting those out for sale as soon as I can get some pictures and we have a few Yule banners that I finally remembered about that got hung up.

motif plant flower foxgloveLate in the day we got into some discussions about the world and the state of things and finally managed to get out the door by 8pm. Both of us were cranky-tired and snappish from frustration by that time but we got ourselves home and put supper together, worked a little and then headed for bed. Last night was New Dreamers on KLCC from 11pm to 1am and I drowsed listening to the interesting music. It’s electronic and ambient and the show host’s taste is as eclectic as mine.

motif plant flower heatherDuring the time just before we ate there was a tremendous hailstorm. It was marvelously loud and later, while we were eating, there was a very bright flash and then a long rumble from thunder. Right now, we’re getting more hail and it’s gone very, very dark. The ground looks like a popcorn popper and it was hitting the porch rail and bouncing. As I watched I saw one grass seed head, that has survived to still stand mostly upright, get hit and bounce back up. Tempus came in here and said, “Alright, what’s *this*!” in the most disgusted tones…. 🙂

motif plant flower dandelion herbI have an appointment in Newport at 11. We have some things to mail (orders mostly) on the way and a bank deposit and then we’re going to do a bit of shopping. Depending on how long that takes and how tired we are, we might be at the shop for a bit in the mid-to-late afternoon range. Call ahead! (541)563-7154, because we don’t know what time.

Angel small angel bear orn cutout grbutton country orn setbead wreath mouse white gold bead wreathfoil orn set foil orn sampOrns 01 010 copper orns Orns 01 007 Orns 01 002More ornament pictures, today…. same as before you can e-mail me if you need a larger picture.

The 2nd day of the Saturnalia was Epona’s feast. Epona is associated with horses, is Gallic in origin and is the only Celtic deity to be worshiped in Rome. More here: http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/goddess_epona.html and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epona

Yule PentacleThe shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. 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

Waxing Crescent MoonThe Moon is a Waxing Crescent. 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 12/28 at 2:21am. 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. Phase ends at the Quarter on 12/20 9:19am

CassiopeiaAfter dinnertime this week, Cassiopeia stands at its very highest in the north like a flattened M (for skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes). The Milky Way runs through it, stretching all the way down to the east horizon on one side and the west horizon on the other. Given the quality of your sky, how much of the Milky Way (if any) can you trace out?
Astro uranusUranus (magnitude 5.8, in Pisces) and Astro neptuneNeptune (7.9, in Aquarius) are the south and southwest, respectively, right after dark. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/highlights/Uranus-and-Neptune-in-2012-138059253.html

Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis  Elder  Nov 25Dec 22
Secret of the Unhewn Stone Dec 23
Beth Birch  Dec 24Jan 20
JaraRunic half-month of Jara 12/13-12/27 – Jara signifies the completion of natural cycles, such as fruition, and has a more transcendent meaning of mystic marriage of Earth and Cosmos. *Ø* Wilson’s Almanac free daily ezine | Book of Days | December 13

Sun in Sagittarius
Moon in PiscesMoon in Pisces
Ceres, Vesta, Jupiter Retrograde
Color: Red

Planting 12/18-19


©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  18      High   4:23 AM     7.8   7:48 AM    Rise 11:18 AM      26
~    18      Low  10:23 AM     2.5   4:39 PM     Set 11:25 PM
~    18      High   4:00 PM     7.1
~    18      Low  10:34 PM     0.5


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Do it for Love.


Journal Prompt – Multicultural Connections – What are some foods you and your family eat that reflect your cultural background?


~   Some people are always grumbling that roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses. – Alphonse Karr
~   Successful self development also involves taking more selftime to be quiet & think for oneself! – Patrick Driessen
~   The first place to look for anything is the last place you would expect to find it. – Law of the Search, Corollary: It will not be in the last place you expect to find it.
~   The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart. – Robert Green Ingersoll

The only undefeated fighters never fought. Victory comes from loss. While voices may chide you for the supposed hubris of your dreams, the gratification of a life lived with triumphs favors those bold enough to get knocked down and out. None of us gets out of here alive, so accept that it’ll be messy and painful, get back up and go kick ass anyway. Quitting or never trying are the only real defeats. – Scott Sonnon


Magick – Yule – A Celtic Flavor

The most common way to say Merry Christmas in Irish is “Nollaig Shona Duit.” (Nullug Shunna it). This would be used if addressing one other person. If you were addressing more than one person you would say “Nollaig Shona Daoibh.” (Nullug-nuh JEEV). This literally means “You have a Happy Christmas.” A common response to this would be “Nollaig Mbaith Chugat” (Nullug WyHU-gut), which literally means “A good Christmas to you.”

For a Happy New Year one would say “Athbhliainfaoi Mhaise Duit.”(AH-vlee-ihn fwee WAH-shuh it) for the singular; and the plural would be: “Athbhliain faoi Mhaise Daoibh.”(AH-vlee-ihn fweeWAH-shuh HEEV).  The literal translation would be “You have a Prosperous New Year.”

Just as in English the two expressions are often combined to say Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, “Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi Mhaise Duit.” (Nullug shunna AH-guhs AH-vlee-ihn fweeWAH-shuh it). The plural would be: “Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliainfaoi Mhaise Daoibh.” (Nullug shunna AH-guhs AH-vlee-ihn fwee WAH-shuhHEEV).

For the all of the above greetings a common response is; “Go mba hé duit” (guh may hay it) which means:  “The same to you.”
Note: To pronounce duit. “it” Hold the “t” longer than you do in English.

Oh Come All Ye Faithful in Irish  
Oh Come All Ye Faithful
Téarnaigh in Eineacht

Oh Come All Ye Faithful
Téarnaigh in Eineacht
“Tear knee in Ain nocht”

Téarnaigh in éineacht, téarnaimis go haerach
“Tear knee in Ain nocht, tear nah mish go hair ock”

téarnaigh, ó téarnaigh go mBeithil Thoir
“Tear knee, o tear knee, go meh hill hoar”

Chífimid an Nai ann, Rí na naingeal, losa
“chee fee midge an neh ow-n, Re nah nangle, Ee-sah”

Umhlóimid sios Dó
“Oh loy midge shes dough”

Umhlóimid sios Dó
Umhlóimid sios Dó
Is glóire Dó
“iss glor-ah dough”

Seinnidh, a Shlóite, Aingeal, suas bhur gceolta
“Shay knee, a hloyta, angle. sues were key ol ta”

Freagraidh, a chomhachta, a gceoltasan
“Frag rah, a co och ta, a key ol ta san”

Glóire gan teora, do theacht am tSlanathóra
“Glora gone chore ah, dough yhack ah-m teh slaw nah hoar ah”

Umhlóimid sios Dó
Umhlóimid sios Dó
Umhlóimid sios Dó
Is glóire Dó


Silliness – Holiday Riddles

Q: Why are Christmas trees like bad knitters? A: They both drop their needles

Q: What did the bald man say when he got a comb for Christmas ? A: Thanks, I’ll never part with it!

Q: What do you get if you cross an apple with a Christmas tree? A: A pineapple!

Q: What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus? A: Claustrophobic!

Yule LogLighted House Count – Total on 12/16 was 105, 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>

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