Herbs Workshop at 11am, Crystals at Noon and Sewing at 3pm.
There is a beautiful sunrise in progress. A tiny, delicate rim of pink is on the edge of the mountains. It’s only 36F and there’s some frost on the roof next door. There are only a very few clouds and the sky is blue above them, on the other side, closer to the horizon the sky is pale, but that’s a hard color to name. It could be yellow, or blue or even green! … the pink rim is gone, but a long cloud close to the horizon is turning maroon and the pink color stretches over behind the trees. …In the few minutes that I’ve been sitting here, the cloud have gone from slate-blue to pink edged to orange and now to gold. That odd nameless color has turned to blue. … The eye-hurting gold has become white, still backed by the slate-blue. The sun is over the horizon, but not over the mountains. ….and the rim of sun is lifting over. I noticed it just as it started. Or is it the sun? I think it’s the sun reflecting from a band of cloud, actually, turning it to orichalcum.
Towhees and sparrows have been all over the feeder. It looks like the juncos and chickadees are down in the rugosa, although the juncos are starting to come up to the feeder. The one that’s sitting on the grass rack in the tool rack is a feather ball with a beak and tail. It’s funny!
Yesterday started off just flaming nuts! I said something about the splatted computer in yesterday’s newsletter. When Fawkes got to the house after work I had gone back to bed (forgetting, pre-coffee, that is was Friday!) and Tempus had his head under the computer desk. Fawkes made coffee and I gradually came back to life while Tempus determined that there was nothing wrong that he could fix.
Once they opened we called Roger at JNR and he told us to bring it in, so the guys dropped me at the shop and headed up there to do that and run errands. …and the phone rang, and rang and one e-mail and facebook message after another came in. They were done before Roger and walked in just as he called. We talked and I told him some of the other things that were going on with the ‘puter, so Tempus and Fawkes went to get some auto fluids and then Fawkes went up to the house to sleep.
…then Roger called back. Another power supply blew on the computer, which means it’s a motherboard issue….. which means a whole new computer, or re-building this one. Ugh! …so we talked it over and put off doing *anything* about the computer in favor of getting the data from the old hard-drive and Tempus headed out again, to pick up “T-Rex” (our terabyte drive…. “terror-bite”…. yes, that’s *his* fault…. 🙂 ) …and then to head back to Newport with it.
When he got back from Newport, (after he had done some checking about a new computer….’coz I’m going to have to have one) I went up to the house to nap, knowing that I needed the extra energy for the evening. When I woke I got a bath and dressed and Fawkes was awake, too, so we chatted for a little bit and then headed for the shop, which is where the ritual was going to be.
Tempus pulled in the flags and we shut the shop down and then started in, a little early, which meant that the ritual was over and folks heading home by 9:30. We had a tasty feast with grapes and cheese, a Milky Way cake, 7-layer jigglers and crackers and dip. Fawkes, Marius, Rowan, Tempus and I went up to the house and talked and had some beer (a Kiwanda Cream Ale? Yum!) until midnight, when I went to bed. I don’t know when the others stopped, but it was well after 2, when Tempus came in.
I’m still a bit sleepy and Tempus hasn’t even twitched, yet! We’ll be at the shop at 11 and work on more inventory in between customers. I’m figuring that Fawkes will come down there when he gets up and I have no idea when that will be. The Readings sign will be out today.
The sun is over the mountains, but it’s obscured by cloud that is all an eye-hurting silver, but straining the light. It looks like it’s going to be a pretty day!
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!
The last picture is come of the penannular brooches that are in the case along with a bunch of other pins.
Today’s feast is the day of Thomas a Becket. He was Archbishop of Canterbury when he was assassinated in the cathedral. It was a deed that shocked even the violent medieval world. There is all kinds of folklore associated with him that shows up in Wilson’s Almanac on this page http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/dec29.html (search for Thomas a Becket) and some of the history here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Becket Senista heather, Erica genistopha, is today’s plant.
Love & Light,
I’m putting this link in as an extra. It’s a pretty scathing denunciation of Christmas from a Jewish point of view. I found the “slant” in the article fascinating and an object lesson in how *not* to slant what we know of holidays any more than is consistent with scholarship. ….yes, there are a number of factual mistakes in the article…. http://www.simpletoremember.com/vitals/Christmas_TheRealStory.htm
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Full moving to Waning Gibbous. 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.
No astro today….
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
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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.