No workshops today except Sewing at 3pm!
I burst into giggles when I walked out into the study. The cord for the bird feeder (which Tempus brought in last night because of the raccoons) had one feather-ball of a sparrow after another lined up! Tempus took the hint and put the birdfeeder out and then refilled the syrup feeder, too.
Yesterday was long, but fun…or rather it got more fun as the day went on. We were doing inventory. <groan> It was the “un-fun” part of it, too, having to go through each and every book, used or new, to get that all sorted out. We didn’t quite finish, but an hour or so this morning ought to get the last and then it’s on to the CD’s. We had a lot of people in shopping and a lot of friends chatting and got progress reports from Robyne as he got closer and closer on the bus…although sitting for 6 hours in Corvallis sounds like it was nerve-racking… and he and Tempus did get back in time for the Open Circle.
We had some new people there for the Sabbat. One is from Toledo and the other from Hawaii, but here for the holidays. We had about a dozen people and got our “seed” (the Sitka Spruce cone that we found last month) planted. We’ll grow and decorate the Wish Tree that springs from this “seed of hope” throughout this year.
…and yes, the offer on these Bayberry Beeswax Candles is good until they’re gone!
There were Winter Solstice celebrations in which worshippers led the goddess in the form of a golden cow, covered by a black veil, seven times round the shrine of the dead Osiris in the temple of Helios in a perambulation called ‘the seeking for Osiris’. This represents the wanderings of Isis who journeyed over the world mourning for his death and searching for the scattered parts of his body. More here: http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/dec22.html
The shop opens at 11am and we’re closing at 8pm because of last-minute types. 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 Waxing Gibbous. 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 Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Phase ends at the Full on 12/26 at 2:21pm.
During the Christmas season, Sirius rises in the east-southeast, far below Orion, around 7 or 8 p.m. depending on your location. When Sirius is still low, binoculars often show it twinkling in vivid colors. All stars do this when low, but Sirius is the brightest, making the effect more pronounced.
Mercury (magnitude –0.5) can be spotted during dawn, well to the lower left of brilliant Venus low in the southeast. They’re 8° or 9° apart.
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
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
Runic half-month of Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books,
©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 22 Low 1:15 AM 2.7 7:50 AM Set 2:34 AM 66
~ 22 High 7:42 AM 7.9 4:40 PM Rise 1:07 PM
~ 22 Low 2:53 PM 1.2
~ 22 High 9:03 PM 5.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Language is the thread joining desire to its object, explaining its needs, expressing its cries. ~ Michelle Lovric
~ I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant. – Martin Luther King, Jr., Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech
~ What a strange machine man is! you fill him with bread, wine, fish, and radishes, and out comes sighs, laughter, and dreams. ” Nikos Kazantzakis
~ What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn’t have any doubt – it is sure to get where it is going, and it doesn’t want to go anywhere else. – Hal Boyle
~ When things go wrong–don’t go with them. – Unknown
What Lives In The Silence
In an eerie silence
under branches that strive in the worship of silver
forgotten tales come alive around me
and I walk with ancient myths
Hecate and her hounds are beside me
Poseidon swims through the blue midnight
the dark wind is Dionysus’ laugh
and Hades rumbles the earth
as Pegasus’ hooves spark on the ground
The shadows reflect like obsidian fire
the faces of those unremembered
I try to speak their holy names
but I have lost the knowledge to reason
I can only beg forgiveness
as the trees bow down to the crescent moon – Copyright September 23, 2003 Tressa Lee Breen
Magick – Yule Lore
Sharing Your Family Traditions
This is definitely a family time for us. Both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are spent playing board games, eating and generally just being together. I have told our children that if they want to start their own family traditions, they are welcome to do so, but for now they still all want to come to our home. My parents (who are in their 80s) drive to our home for Christmas day as well. They (we) are fortunate that my older sister lives with them and is able to drive them here. Our home is open to anyone who wants to join us. We’ve had college roommates and girlfriends/boyfriends spend Christmas with us. This year one of my nephews will probably be joining us.
Also, not to be missed is the family gathering held at my parents sometime in December. All the children and grandchildren and now great-grandchildren look forward to this annual event. It’s day filled with eating, playing basketball, Trivial Pursuit (thanks to my older sister, the women always win), eating, opening presents (we draw names) and did I say eating? Again, roommates, girl/boy friends and other wayward waifs are welcome.
Several years ago my husband and I “scaled down” our holiday gift giving, opting to make many of our gifts. This year I’m into making lotions, bath salts, bath teas and soap. The proverbial question of the season seems to be “have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? ” I rather enjoy the look of horror when I say, “No I don’t shop for Christmas anymore.” Of course they have no idea the amount of time I put into making my gifts. It’s a trade-off for me as I do not like to shop, but do enjoy making my gifts. (Although last night I’m certain a huge bar of cocoa butter was chasing me in my dreams).
My husband and I have started a tradition of a quiet dinner on Dec. 21st (or thereabout) to celebrate the Solstice. It started as a quiet time for the two of us before the family descended on the house for Christmas and has now evolved to a candlelit dinner of homemade bread, cheese, homemade sausage and wine. This may sound silly, but we watch the old “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” video after dinner. The TV show first came out when we were young children.
At work I help coordinate the student “care package” day at work. We create “care packages” for our student employees and pass them out the week before finals. (I work for off-campus programs for a University). I also serve on the “Adopt a family” and “Soup Kitchen” committees
We have an “Adopt a Family Holiday Tree” at work. Social Services provides information about a needy family in the area (no names are given) and we provide holiday gifts and other things for them. Paper ornaments are placed on the tree each ornament lists an item that is needed and employees choose an ornament/gift they want to purchase. For instance, I chose Silverware, Boys Jeans size 6 and a Boys Board game. Items are wrapped and placed under the tree with the ornament attached so Social Services can place the recipients name on it.
We also collect our pop bottles and cans throughout the year (Michigan has a 10 cent bottle return) and donate the money, along with donated canned goods to the local soup kitchen. This year we collected $450 in bottle returns and have hosted several “Movie Matinees” at work. We show videos during the lunch break and charge some type of canned good for admission. Our donated admissions are then given to the soup kitchen.
Our care packages for the students are a fun affair. We collect $6 (or 30 items) from each employee (there are 107 of us in this building) and the committee shops at the local Dollar Stores and discount stores ! to fill the Care Packages with items like aspirin, pop, oranges, popcorn, Pop Tarts, hot chocolate mix . . . things college students might appreciate while studying for final exams. We then gather about 30 volunteers to hold the bags while they are filled with our care package items. (One volunteer for each of our students). The bags are actually filled to the top by the time we are through. The day the care packages are distributed we set up a buffet in one of our conference rooms and the students come in and pick up their Care Packages and enjoy the buffet.
That’s our Christmas/Yule in a nutshell.
Blessings, Phyll in Michigan, Sisters of the Burning Branch
Silliness – A group of chess enthusiasts had checked into a hotel, and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of his office and asked them to disperse. “But why?” they asked. “Because,” he said, “I can’t stand chess nuts boasting in an open foyer.”
Lighted House Count – Total on 12/20 was 166, added 1 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>