We’ve been coming home late enough that the racoons are raiding the seed feeder before we get in. <sigh> They’ve emptied the tube on the far side almost completely and someone yanked down and broke the syrup feeder a couple of nights back. Tempus thinks he can fix it, but one of the perches got shattered.
We got the shop open on time for once yesterday, and had people in the door almost as soon as we walked in. It was as busy as a summer weekday! A lot of people have been putting off shopping until now. We worked on inventorying the small categories of stuff yesterday, things like the baskets and the parasols and fans and some of the small boxes, but there were so many people in that right up until 5:30 or so we just didn’t get that much of the inventory accomplished…..believe me, I’m not complaining.
Tempus got a call from the company he’s been working for and headed out right around then to go dig out an ocean-side porch that’s gone under. The beach had come to call and over-stayed its welcome. Sash showed up right after that. He’s not going to make it for Christmas dinner. <sigh> I got the pictures that I’ve been working on posted on Facebook and sat and talked with Robyne. We ended up listening to part of the Messiah, done by the Portland Baroque Orchestra & Chorus.
We’re opening early today, before 10am. Tempus has to be at work, then, but he’s supposed to be back at the shop for the afternoon and evening.
Today is a celebration of the Yule Log and the customs of this time of the year! You can search for it on this page as “Yule Log” http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/dec24.html but that page has a fun midi and a bunch of other Christmas Eve lore. Here’s more on the Yule Log. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule_log …and here is a page about the Yule Log TV program http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule_Log_%28TV_program%29 There are even links at the end to get you to the webcast!
The shop opens at 11am and we’re closing at 8pm (or later, if folks are still shopping) because of last-minute types. Winter 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,
Need a project to get the kiddos or other bored relatives out of your hair? …and you’ll benefit the winged ones! http://recycledawblog.blogspot.com/2012/12/how-to-make-bird-seed-wreath.html Another idea that I shared on Facebook is to take the “shells” of oranges and grapefruit and fill them with a mix of saved cooking grease and bird seed…or you can use peanut butter. Stick in the fridge to harden. If you put 3 holes in the sides and run string through (hemp cord or cotton….) you can tie all 6 ends in a knot at the top and hang them in trees or on your porch. I’d try for a dry spot or the birds will have seed soup….
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.
The Moon, nearly full, shines upper right of Jupiter and Aldebaran early this evening, as shown above. Look too for the Pleiades closer left of the Moon. By around 9 p.m. Jupiter and the Moon are level with each other, when they’re both very high overhead.
Venus (magnitude –3.9) is still the bright “Morning Star,” but it’s moving lower in the dawn every week. Look southeast.
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
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
Beth Birch Dec 24 – Jan 20 Beith – (BEH), birch – The silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) is the most common tree birch in much of Europe. It grows up to 30 m (100 feet) high, but is more often found in spreading clumps on sandy soils. It is one of the first trees to colonize an area after a mature forest is cut; this is probably a large part of its symbolic connection with new beginnings. It is cultivated in North America, often under the name of weeping birch. The three trees in my front yard form root sprouts that would take over the bed where they are planted if I didn’t cut them back. The common birch (B. pubescens Ehrh.) is almost as widespread as the silver birch, but grows primarily on acid or peaty soils. It can reach 20 m (65 feet) in height. Birches are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae). Curtis Clark
Beth – Birch – Ogam letter correspondences –
Meaning: New Beginnings; Changes; Purification.
Phagos – Beech Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Letter: PH, IO
Meaning: New experiences and information coming
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 24 Low 3:10 AM 3.5 7:51 AM Set 4:32 AM 82
~ 24 High 9:14 AM 8.0 4:42 PM Rise 2:15 PM
~ 24 Low 4:29 PM 0.4
~ 24 High 11:00 PM 6.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Dance to the rhythm of life.
~ Argue for your limitations and sure enough they’re yours. Are you holding yourself back? – Dominique Brown
~ Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, more fit to bruise than polish. – Anne Bradstreet
~ Be a sinner and sin strongly, but more strongly have faith and rejoice in Christ. – Martin Luther (1483-1546) German leader of the Protestant Reformation
~ Be humble for you are made of earth. Be noble for you are made of stars. – Serbian Proverb
When a star falls from the sky
It leaves a fiery trail.
It does not die.
Its shade goes back to its own place to shine again.
The Indians sometimes find the small stars
where they have fallen in the grass. – Native Americans legend, among the Menominee of the Great Lakes region (Wisconsin)
Magick – Yule Lore
The Yule Log, Symbolic of the New , Bright, Shinning, Son/ Sun – By Lady Feoneafey the KitchenWitch
Death is always fallowed by rebirth. endings are fallowed by beginnings, just as the Sun precedes the Moon.
In Roman tradition, December 25 was “Dies Natalis Solis Invictus” or the Day of the Birth of the Undefeated Sun.
In ancient times of lands such as Ireland, on or about the date of December 21or the Winter Solstice was the time the Son/Sun comes back to Earth. Many customs surround these 2 dates, one of which is the burning of the Yule fire.
Nordic Pagans regard Yule as the New Year, coinciding with the Solar year. (Samhain coincides with the Lunar year)
Yule marks the succession from the Holly King, who is the king of the Waning year, to the Oak King, who is the king of the Waxing year/ It symbolizes the rebirth of the God to the Virgin Goddess.
Yule is a Lesser Sabbat and is a Sun Sabbat.
In earliest times this tradition, the Yule fire was a bonfire burned outdoors. The sacred blaze was built to give power and life to the sun, among other things. Burning a Yule log not only gives out warmth against the winter cold, but it is said to posses the power to burn off the misfortune of the ending year and to bring good health and prosperity, protection, fertility, and good fortune in the year to come.
Traditionally a log of Oak, but may be made of any good, hard wood, available to you. It was carved with images of the blazing sun to encourage the return of the Son/Sun, or Divine Child of Light, The God. It was also carved with other symbols representing plenty, prosperity, fertility, wealth and love.
The Yule log was decorated with whipped bees wax that had been scented with bayberries (or bay berry wax if available) to bring good fortune throughout the year to come. Sprigs of evergreens, considered sacred and representing the Eternal aspect of the Goddess, were added as a traditional symbol of life everlasting.
Holly leaves, which are representative of The Holy King, symbolic of death and to guard the household against evil spirits and symbolic of the promise of ongoing life.
Oak Leaves and acorns to represent the Oak King, and symbolic of rebirth and of all things living within both the material and spirit world (the Oak tree is host to mistletoe plant); The white berries and leaves of the Mistletoe (also known as The Golden Bough) for fertility and symbolic of the sacred seed of the God who embodies the spirit of vegetation and divine life; fruits and grains or other seeds to celebrate the past harvest and the hope for a good harvest in the new year. Other items are often attached in representation and symbolisms of requested blessings for the up coming year as well.
Later in its history the Yule fire was brought indoors in the form of the Yule Log. Later a log that will burn continuously for 3 days would be used and its remnants used to light the next years fire.
Most fire places now days could never safely accommodate a 3 day monster. So to compensate, some individuals will split the log into 3 pieces , then all three pieces are decorated and one piece burnt each day; or decorate 3 smaller logs yet others are satisfied with one log burnt on the night of the Winter Solstice only…
And if you don’t have a fireplace, you can make a Yule log and bore holes to accommodate 2 hand dipped tapers, 1 for the Mother Goddess, and one for the Divine Child of the Light, the God, and burn the tapers down to just safely above the decorations surrounding it…this then can be placed in a secret part of the garden to return to the Earth and bless the land to which it is given.
No matter your adaptation of this tradition. you are sure to be blessed by the incorporation of it into your Yule celebration
May you have a Happy Christmas!
As it happened, a friend whom I had been promising to take to lunch, asked if we could make it that Friday. So, hopping into the car, I taped my “to do” list to the dashboard and went and picked her up.
As she settled into the car, her face dropped. “Geesh! Thanks a lot!” she sulked.
What!?Then I glanced at my list and saw the first item: “Take out the Turkey.”
Lighted House Count – Total on 12/22 was 167, added 7 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>