A falling-leaf-scatter of small birds just blew across my field of vision. A hummingbird is sitting on the feeder hoist, patiently waiting.
Yesterday didn’t start well. Robyne was ill all the night before last. (We suspect a turkey sandwich…) He slept all day. Tempus and I came down to the shop and got the books done and then Tempus went home to check on Robyne and get the bread made. Fawkes showed up not long after that and we sat and talked for quite a while. He finally started getting tired enough that he figured he’d better get home and go to bed and he’d only been gone 5 minutes or so when Tempus got back with the bread! Timing…. We had been pretty busy the whole time, a lot of folks out shopping, and that didn’t stop even well into the evening. Robyne finally woke and called the shop around 5:30pm, feeling better, thankfully.
Brittany stopped in and I finally found out that yes, we *were* supposed to eat the chocolates! <grin> So we did. They were *wonderful*! Brittany’s work space is in the spot where Great Bear Chocolates used to be and I’m hoping we’re going to be able to start stocking some of these wonderful candies at the shop.
The sunshine was lovely early on, only a bit of it, but a bit is better than nothing! We had some *awesome* hail that drummed on the roof and jumped about on the sidewalks, as one storm cell after another rolled over us. Most was pretty small, but the one “dump” had stuff that was larger than peas…..
Late in the day we finished the Books of Shadows in the inventory, and then closed up at 8pm, hurrying home to keep Robyne company, instead of going light hunting…..
I’m going to give you a break from all the product stuff for a few days! Two pix for today. One is “ouch”, one is hope. …and this cartoon says it all about Sandy Hook. It’s such a beautiful statement that I had to share.
Spinning? Actually today is the birthday in 1732 of the man whose spinning device revolutionized fabric manufacture. If you can afford more that one set of clothing, thank Richard Arkwright! He was the youngest of 13 children, son of a tailor, who rose in rank to “Sir” on the basis of his invention called the “water frame” and a yarn-making device, as well as improvements in carding machines that made possible the cheap calicoes. He was one of the entrepreneurs of the Industrial Revolution. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Arkwright
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.
With the coming of winter, the Great Square of Pegasus is once again balancing on one of its corners as it descends the western evening sky.
It’s a busy evening at Jupiter. Ganymede, Jupiter’s largest satellite, emerges from behind Jupiter’s eastern limb at 7:26 p.m. EST — then just 6 minutes later it disappears into eclipse by the planet’s shadow. Ganymede emerges from Jupiter’s shadow farther out from the planet at 9:42 p.m. EST. Twenty-two minutes after that, Io starts crossing the planet’s face, followed by Io’s tiny black shadow at 10:36 p.m. EST.
And at 10:45 p.m. EST, Jupiter‘s Great Red Spot should cross the planet’s central meridian.
For all of Jupiter‘s satellite events and all the Great Red Spot’s transit times, get our new JupiterMoons app. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jupitermoons/id577009038?mt=8
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
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
Secret of the Unhewn Stone Dec 23 – (This is the blank day in this calendar, the one day of the year that is not ruled by a tree and its corresponding Ogham alphabet character. Its name denotes the quality of potential in all things.)
Graves (1966) makes a case for an additional “blank” ogham, “the unhewn dolmen arch”, which he assigns to the mistletoe, a plant for which there is abundant evidence of its ritual importance to the Celts. There are two common mistletoes in Europe, both of which live as parasites on trees. The common mistletoe (Viscum album L.) parasitizes many tree species, including oaks in the western part of its range. It forms white berries between Samhain and Yule. The yellow-berried mistletoe (Loranthus europaeus L.) does not extend to western Europe. It is found primarily on oaks. It is most likely the “golden bough”, being more common in the eastern Mediterranean than the common mistletoe. The common mistletoe has been cultivated in North American for the Yule trade, and there are several native mistletoes in the genus Phoradendron. Mistletoes are in the Mistletoe family (Viscaceae).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 23 Low 2:14 AM 3.2 7:51 AM Set 3:34 AM 74
~ 23 High 8:29 AM 7.9 4:41 PM Rise 1:39 PM
~ 23 Low 3:45 PM 0.9
~ 23 High 10:08 PM 5.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Creator, you are mastery, help me to see mastery in a way that I can understand.
Journal Prompt – Persuasive – Some business people argue that child labor is essential in third-world countries because the money children earn prevents families from starving. How would you answer this argument?
~ You don’t have to look poor, you know, you don’t have to look down. For money is a medium of exchange, and that’s all; but it is not a mind regulator unless you allow it to be. – Mother Charleszetta Waddles (1912-2001) US nun
~ A fool too late bewares when all the peril is past. – Queen Elizabeth I of England
~ A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar. – H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) US writer
~ A man may devote himself to death and destruction to save a nation; but no nation will devote itself to death and destruction to save mankind. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) English writer
Turn away from me for one moment
My mouth fills and chokes with gall.
Like a dream that flows from heart to heart,
I, too, flow continually through all hearts.
Everything you think, I know;
Your heart is so close to mine.
I have other symbols, even more I intimate,
Come closer still, dare to invoke them. – Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)
Magick – Yule Crafts
Making Luminarias – School for the Seasons
Every year I host a Winter Solstice party and every year I like to send my guests home with some small hand-made gift. Last year, I found the perfect gift item in an issue of Martha Stewart’s Living: luminarias made from tin cans. Although Martha featured this craft project in summer, I thought it was the perfect gift for Winter Solstice, with its symbolism of the returning light. It also resonated with the personal image I had been working with all year: of letting my light shine, instead of hiding it.
The great secret to making these little lanterns is simple. Fill empty tin cans with water and put them in the freezer until the water is frozen. Then you can use a hammer and nail to make designs in the sides. After making enough lanterns for all 40 guests at my party, I learned some handy tips.
The best cans to use are condensed milk cans. [anja note, or canned mushroom cans] They are the only cans I found in a year of collecting that don’t have corrugated sides. Although the corrugated sides aren’t noticeable when the lantern is in use, they aren’t as attractive when the lights are on since the corrugations obscure the design.
To make the designs, brace the tin can against a towel, set the point of the nail where you want the hole to appear, and hammer away. The ice tends to chip away from the rim so begin at the top and work your way down. But don’t go too far. The biggest design flaw of my lanterns is that the wax leaks out of the bottom holes as the candle burns down. I invited friends over to help me make the lanterns and I enjoyed watching them come up with creative designs. I started out with fairly repetitive patterns, like crosses, stars, flowers (one dot in the center surrounded by 5 other dots) and borders of staggered dots. But you can also make sun symbols (a circle around a dot), wave patterns, diagonal lines, vertical lines of varying lengths, or simply scatter random dots across the surface, like stars in space. I suppose you could write your name or the name of a friend. You can use a screwdriver and other wood-working tools to make more complicated patterns than simple nail holes, especially if you are using large cans. But be careful. The heavier force of the screwdriver crumpled the sides of the flimsy tin cans I was using.
Also be careful when inserting candles into the lanterns. The inside edges are very sharp. For the same reason, I would be cautious about giving these to small children. I own a beautiful decorative tin lantern made in Mexico. It is made from a sheet of tin which was pierced, while lying flat, then bent into a circle and fitted onto a base. In this version, the sharp edges are all on the outside, making it easier to insert and light a candle.
My house was beautiful last Winter Solstice, glowing with these little tin lanterns. There were many left, after the guests departed with the lanterns they chose, and they’ve been put to good use all year long. I light one on my desk when I’m doing my writing, to indicate my recognition of the sacred nature of my work. A few found a place on the bathroom counter and are lit for candlelight baths. A few more garnish the piano, and ornament my altar. I know there are more packed away in the Christmas box. I look forward to setting them out and seeing how the house is transformed by the flickering light, like the sparkle of hundreds of stars, of my Winter Solstice luminarias.
[Another Anja note – You can use tea lights in these and avoid the wax leak problem and you can also use glass votive holders]
Yule Tree – (For Yule) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/yuletree.html
Tree of the traditional seasonal type
Decorative materials: Popcorn strings, tinsel, wooden stars, ornaments of any sort, fake snowflakes . . . use your imagination!
Simply decorate the tree however you desire. One fun activity is using popcorn strings, which can be created by stringing them together with a needle and thread. (Make sure you get unsalted, unbuttered popcorn!) Little brooms, apples, or stars, and any other symbols of Yule you like, can be placed at strategic intervals all over the greenery.
Candles or lights can be added to the tree and solemnly lit at a family or solitary ceremony. Gifts can be stored under the tree and joyously given on Yule.
Laminated Window Hangings for Yule
you will need:
– lined paper
– laminating paper
– Yule cookie cutters(the big ones)
– scissors & a single hole punch
– a pencil
what to do:
Lightly trace the shapes of trees, stars or other Yule figures with your pencil.
Cut out those shapes with scissors.
Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.
Silliness – One Christmas, Phil and Will built a skating rink in the middle of a pasture. A shepherd leading his flock decided to take a shortcut across the rink. The sheep, however, were afraid of the ice and wouldn’t cross it. Desperate, the shepherd began tugging them to the other side. “Look at that,” remarked Phil to Will. “That guy is trying to pull the wool over our ice!”
Lighted House Count – Total on 12/21 was 167, 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>