High wind warnings for today, and they’re not saying it, but a high surf advisory will follow…. The wind is running in the high 20’s and gusts into the 30’s here. It’s up to 46F, but when I went to bed last night it was only 37F. <shiver>
That weather was stark, raving insane, yesterday!!!! At one point it was hailing with the sky quite blue and sun shining brightly in the west. At another point earlier in the morning, with pretty snow drifting down, you would have sworn that it was late afternoon, because the clouds were so thick to the east and south and the sky was so clear to the north and west, that the angle of light was distorted!
It was a slightly crazy day because I had an appointment in Newport at 11. It was most of four hours when I expected to be an hour. Tempus waited patiently. We got our shopping done after that, browsing through holiday goodies, seeing Marius in the process, then headed home.
I took a long nap and when I got up worked on newsletter stuff until suppertime and then Tempus and I talked for quite a while until dinner started to wear off enough that we could get up and work! I made a cookie dough from a new(to me) recipe that has *no* sweetening in it. I’m going to try it with the marmalade and hazelnuts, now that I found my nut grinder and maybe with some pecans tomorrow, since it needs to sit overnight in the fridge.The recipe is adapted for one for kolache… that appear to be Polish, rather than Czech, and it talks about “cookies”, which is not what I grew up with, anyway….
I spent a while tracking down a few recipes for one of my kids who was requesting them and sent ’em off. I went to bed earlier than usually being pretty tired, but drowsed, listening to Tuesday night’s New Dreamers program.
Today I have house chores to do and a Marketing Committee meeting at 2:30pm. Tempus is going to be out working for a couple of different people, so I may be at the shop for a while getting some things done there.
Festival of Juventas, ancient Rome – Juventas, or Iuventas, is the Goddess of Youth, Roman mythology‘s version of the goddess Hebe of Greek mythology. A celebration was held for all the youth who had come of age (14 years old) in the preceding year. Boys offered a coin to her when they wore a man’s toga for the first time. The temple of Juventas on the Capitol was more ancient than that of Jupiter. She also had a second temple in the Circus Maximus. More here: http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/dec19.html and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juventas
Love & Light,
NASA Science News for Dec. 18, 2012 – NASA has named the site where two spacecraft hit the Moon on Dec. 17th in honor of the late astronaut Sally K. Ride, who was America’s first woman in space and a member of the GRAIL mission team. FULL STORY: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/17dec_sallyride/
One lady called this one a “weeper”…. yeah…. hug your kids, now! It’s an old lullaby as interpreted by the Kingston Trio. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_lyx1SB86Q&ytsession=kXJQ2WvPNIJDjq57UUae11NnFX-RIr4M3lXuO6FL8RD3QmAXI34AAlPJxwcwj7mzVoKGzbdD-nfyHj-en5GwbtkPAJ9X1T7xQSgBDiD89KDWl9r29y39Z_Mkur7_Km3qCr-a3cAJAHdYjwPzZmWVtqjFgQnRaURYagAbX4k_bkqmT0KqVdqolRIJ4eA8wb43tx3S8v5uayGKZNBOKuLnQaOOgh3U-h1qYZTPPZ-M5SJnoH33qECmlifeenaHPqKyaElPZxdYPsESsPXKOkG6urqTsh92N6Ql2xDb6Vgim4o
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The 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
The first-quarter Moon shines at the dim Circlet of Pisces, below the much larger and brighter Great Square of Pegasus early in the evening.
All week at dawn, Mercury has been shining down to the lower left of bright Venus. By December 21st, try also for Antares. Binoculars help.
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22
Celtic Tree Month of Secret of the Unhewn Stone Dec 23
Celtic Tree Month of Beth Birch Dec 24 – Jan 20
Runic 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
©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
W 19 High 5:13 AM 7.8 7:49 AM Rise 11:45 AM 36
~ 19 Low 11:31 AM 2.3 4:39 PM
~ 19 High 5:06 PM 6.3
~ 19 Low 11:24 PM 1.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Meditations – Smell the freshness of the morning. Now close your eyes and let it take you where it will.
~ The respect of those who you respect is worth more than the applause of the multitude. – A. Glasow
~ The storm of frenzy and faction must inevitably dash itself in vain against the unshaken rock of the Constitution. – Franklin Pierce (1804- 1869) 14th US president
~ The superior man blames himself. The inferior man blames others. – Sandy Diva
~ The willingness to take risks is our grasp of faith. – George Woodberry
My words become drunk through one of Your qualities,
Stagger a thousand times between tongue and heart, heart and tongue.
My words are drunk, my heart is drunk, and Your images are drunk –
They all pile up on top of each other, and just gaze. – Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)
Magick – Yule Crafts
How about some Citrus Candles??
Hollowed-out lemons become fragrant yellow cups for candles. Using a serrated knife and small ice-cream scoop, remove pulp from lemon halves. Wash and dry lemon shells, then insert a votive candle into each one. (try and find a citrus scented yellow candle or use a vanilla or plain-colored candle). Pour rock salt around candles to add sparkle. )0( ?Brought to you by AromaThyme.com – http://www.aromathyme.com
Anja’s notes – In our wet ocean climate don’t try to use rock salt! You’ll end up with a puddle and put the candle out as soon as it burns down to the level of the water. Use glass pebbles or bits instead Stand the hollowed rinds up in the same stuff.
You can also use orange or grapefruit rinds for this, or even Satsuma, Mandarin or tangerine shells. For the orange or grapefruit follow the same directions although you can use 3” pillar candles in most grapefruit shells. For the last three cut each shell carefully around the middle and gently pull away from the pulp segments.
red velvet ribbon, 1/2 inch and 1 inch
6 or 8 inch embroidery hoop
1. separate the two pieces of the embroidery hoops and fit them together, one inside the other, at a 90 degree angle. Secure in this position with florist wire or hot glue
2. Secure a piece of the 1/2 ribbon to the bottom of the hoop. Wind the ribbon around the edges of the hoop, wrapping each “arm” in a spiral motion until the wood is covered completely. Secure with hot glue.
3. Form two bows with the 1 inch ribbons, leaving the ends dangling. Secure one to the bottom of the joined hoops, the other to the top.
4. Gather the mistletoe into a ball, secure the ends with florist wire. Insert inside the globe and twist the florist wire to the top of the ball.
5. Hang the ball somewhere you are sure to get kissed!
1 cup mugwort
1/2 cup rose petals
1/2 cup german chamomile
1/2 cup of sweet hops
1/3 cup lavender buds
1/3 cup catnip crushed
1/4 cup peppermint
Mix the ingredients together. Make cloth bags from a 5×12 inch piece of material and fill the bags with your mixture. Sew the top of the bag shut.
Sweet dreams! These make great craft fair items, inexpensive gifts or neat items for gift baskets. – From Herbal Witchcraft
Silliness – Snowman Chips
Q – Where does a Snowman go to Dance? A – To the Snow Ball!
Q – What does a Snowman eat for Breakfast? A – Snow Flakes.
Q – How does a Snowman travel around the Neighborhood? A – He rides his icycle.
Q – What does a Snowman take when he is sick? A – A Chill Pill.
Q – What is a Snowman’s favorite Drink? A – Iced Tea!
Q – What kind of Hat does a Snowman wear? A – An Ice Cap.
Q – What do you call a Snowman in the Tropics? A – Lost! (I would have said, “Wet!)
Lighted House Count – Total on 12/17 was 108, added 8 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>