It’s 41F, grey and occasionally drippy. It’s been an “interesting” morning, already.
Yesterday was “back to inventory”. We managed to get 1/2 of the big display case done. We’re officially 1/3 of the way through the total inventory. <sigh> Darwinia stopped by for a visit during the afternoon and told us how her ducks are doing, among other things. We had a good supper when we got home.
This morning I got up on time and went out to the study to be greeted by a non-functional computer. We have no idea what happened. After trying to figure that out and talking to Roger at JNR computers. Tempus and Fawkes (who drove here after he got off work this morning and will be staying through the weekend) went up to Newport to drop off the computer and to run a couple of errands. We opened the shop when they dropped me off here a little before 10am and I’m trying to get this out as close to on time as I can manage, working on the shop computer.
The ritual tonight is a change of leadership of Rose of the Sea. I’m stepping down as High Priestess and a Triple Goddess of Marius, Cat and Rowan is going to take my place. It’s a simple ritual, a Rite of Passage for all of us. We’ll have a small potluck following the ritual at the shop. The ritual is open to anyone. Most of the active Circle members will be in full regalia, but for some of up that isn’t much beyond street clothes. 🙂 If you’re going to attend, please bring a finger-food to share.
I have a deal for those who are reading the newsletter. If you come in before the ornaments are counted and put away and mention the “newsletter special” I’ll give you an Anja-made ornament and 10% off of your purchase! This is *only* good until we’re finished putting away!
Kwanzaa, African-American holiday (Dec 26 – Jan 1); Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) This is the 3rd day of this modern festival for those of African heritage. There’s a really good article explaining the traditions and where they come from here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwanzaa
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Full. 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. Full Moon Magick: From fourteen to seventeen-and-a-half days after the new moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. Phase ends on 12/29 at 2:21pm. Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 1/11 at 11:44am
Look left of the Moon this evening for Castor and Pollux, one above the other. Castor is the one on top. Farther right of the Moon is Orion.
The two brightest asteroids are looping near Jupiter.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.8, in Taurus) is up and glaring in the east as twilight fades. It climbs to dominate the high eastern and southeastern sky in the evening, with orange Aldebaran 5° below it and the Pleiades twice as far to its upper right. Jupiter is highest in the south around 10 p.m. local time. In a telescope it’s still a big 47 arcseconds wide.
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth Birch Dec 24 – Jan 20
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 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.
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 28 High 12:53 AM 6.7 7:52 AM Set 7:48 AM 99
~ 28 Low 6:07 AM 3.4 4:44 PM Rise 5:29 PM
~ 28 High 11:50 AM 8.3
~ 28 Low 6:54 PM -0.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Spend each day, thinking of “someone to thank”, I know everyone at one point in their life has someone to thank, a friend, a loved one, maybe a doctor that saved your life. This helps elimianate negativity. Wake up with gratitude, not thinking of what’s wrong today, or what you can find wrong. If someone opens a door for you, say thank you. Say, “Good morning!” to the first person you see. Quit finding fault with everything and everyone. Instead, love your loved ones. Thank your family and friends for what they have done for you. I know everyday you can think of someone to thank.
~ He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven. –Thomas Fuller
~ How often it is that the angry man rages denial of what his inner self is telling him. – Frank Herbert (1920-1986) US writer
~ I am heartily rejoiced that my term is so near its close. I will soon cease to be a servant and will become a sovereign. – James K. Polk (1795-1849) US President (11)
~ I is another. – Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) French writer
Criswell: Greetings, my friends. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember, my friends, future events such as these will affect you in the future.
Criswell: The ever-beautiful flowers she had planted with her own hands became nothing more than the lost roses of her cheeks.
Criswell: My friend, you have seen this incident, based on sworn testimony. Can you prove that it didn’t happen?
Criswell: Perhaps, on your way home, someone will pass you in the dark, and you will never know it… for they will be from outer space. – The Amazing Criswell, American psychic and actor, born on August 18, 1907; quotes above from Plan 9 from Outer Space
Nutmeg – for mending cranky tempers
Cinnamon – energy
Coffee – soothing (they drink it with a lot of milk and sugar)
Kohlrabi – make strong bones and soothes upset stomach when cooked with potatoes (drink the broth)
Beets – “Good for the blood”, therefore also strength and willpower
Kimmel (caraway seed) – endurance
Dill and dill seed – good for women
Poppy seed – Good in the winter to keep you warm
Garlic – clearing and cleansing the system of toxins
Eggs – for renewal of your system
Linden – energizer for anything else, moon color
Saffron – happiness, sun color
Rosemary – protection
Rose petals – grounding, connection to the earth
Vazila miska kasicku
Na hlom jedno redlicku
Tomu dali, tomu take, tomu take, tomi take
Bezila, bezila, bezila
Mama Mouse stirs the cereal
Calls them (her children) to eat
They scatter and run around and around and around
She runs (to catch them) she runs, she runs.
The Mouse stirs. – (Apparently a corruption of an old protection spell. )
Silliness – GCF: Holiday Eating Tips
I hate aspects of this time of year. Not for its crass commercialism and forced frivolity, but because it’s the season when the food police come out with their wagging fingers and annual tips on how to get through the holidays without gaining 10 pounds.
1. About those carrot sticks. Avoid them. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they’re serving rum balls.
2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. Like fine single-malt scotch, it’s rare. In fact, it’s even rarer than single-malt scotch. You can’t find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It’s not as if you’re going to turn into an eggnogaholic or something. It’s a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It’s later than you think. It’s Christmas!
3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That’s the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.
4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they’re made with skim milk or whole milk. If it’s skim, pass. Why bother? It’s like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.
5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other peoples food for free. Lots of it. Hello? Remember college?
6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Years, You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you’ll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.
7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them, and don’t budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They’re like a beautiful pair of shoes. You can’t leave them behind. You’re not going to see them again.
8. Same for pies. Apple. Pumpkin. Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or, if you don’t like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?
9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it’s loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean have some standards, mate.
10. And one final tip: If you don’t feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven’t been paying attention. Reread tips. Start over. But hurry! Cookieless January is just around the corner.