It’s 36F and dim, even an hour after sunrise. I could have sworn when I went to bed that there was frost on the roof next door, but I don’t see any, now. I wouldn’t think moonlight would be enough to make me make that mistake.
There’ve been a number of confused birds this morning. The feeder still isn’t out.
Yesterday was pretty quiet compared to the way it’s been. I had a number of people in at various times, one pair of which sat and talked for a couple of hours, but otherwise it wasn’t busy. I worked on Cafe Press designs, trying to put together a proper template so that I can finish some of the design sets. Once that wasdone I worked on updating some of the older design sets that don’t have the newer products. That’s going to be a hard slog, I think, and going to take quite a while. So far, the White Shell Woman prayer is the only one, and that has a limited application!
Tempus got back 5-ish and he settled in with some orders while I finished up, then we closed up the shop and came home. The stars were out and just beautiful in the dark sky. The Milky Way arched across the center and Orion strode proudly up toward the zenith as Cygnus flew into the west. The Pleiades were very visible overhead. After we came in I started setting up today’s newsletter and watched the moon rise. We had a turkey & apple salad with hot biscuits for dinner and I turned in not long after.
Tempus is working again today, so the Readings sign will not be out. I’m going to be re-loading the rock tumblers and setting up some new pots of plants, mostly the spider plants that got the “haircuts” a couple of nights ago, and then getting back into the Cafe Press updates. No, I still don’t have the data to fill the newsletter out properly. I’m hoping that JNR is open today, because Tempus can go get the drive and then I won’t be frantically data-mining to get this out! At least tomorrow is a holiday, if I don’t get my data.
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!
More Cafe Press! These first two are the “Oops” series of designs. Next is a hip flask with the Ankh if you love Isis design. Then there’s a pic of a shower curtain. (yes, a shower curtain!) with the Blessed Be design. My thought was that this would make a great, large wall-hanging for a temple!
The last is the “Pan” design. It says, “Have you accepted Pan as your Lord and personal satyr?” <snort>
What is Silvester? It’s the New Year’s celebration in Central Europe! Silvester celebrations http://www.thelocal.de/society/20111231-16425.html#.UN3uwazheSq More on Pope Sylvester: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Sylvester_I A bit about it more on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silvester More about this celebration, the pope that inspired it and other New Year’s Customs here: http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/dec31.html
Part of the reason that I’ve heard of this is that Babicka and Dedi used to talk about the “SIEVE-est-er” which was a costume party held by the Czech community in Baltimore in late January. At various times the “uncles” (Dedi’s brothers and cousins) came up with some impressive outfits, including a clock that worked, a “rooster” that ran around laying eggs, a house on chicken legs and a two-part horse. This one was the big hit because they made balls of newspaper painted brown and the horse, after running around the dance floor, swishing its tail, backed up to the most pompous woman in the room and dropped them out the hind end of the horse into her lap!
The shop opens at 11am, although we’ll probably close at dusk….somewhere between 4:30 and 5pm. 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,
And just for fun…. A flash-mob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Xrn43HikrA
An interesting take on the question “What is a Pagan?” http://miniver.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-pagan-sensibility.html
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Waning Gibbous. 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.
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.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible M 31 High 2:33 AM 7.1 7:53 AM Set 9:29 AM 94 31 Low 8:03 AM 3.1 4:47 PM Rise 8:32 PM 31 High 1:40 PM 7.8 31 Low 8:32 PM -0.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Do not use the word “can’t”. Say, “I won’t!”. Say, “I don’t know how.” You can even say, “I am not physically (emotionally, mentally) able at the current time.” As soon as you say, “can’t”, you cut off all possibility.
Play a thin tune
on a paper horn.
Old is dying.
New is born.
over the floor.
Sweep an old year
Out the door.
Blow up a wish
in a bright balloon.
To a midnight moon.
Play a loud tune
on a paper horn.
Old is dying.
New is born. – Myra Cohn Livingston
Ring out the old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lusts of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old;
Ring in the thousand years of peace. – Alfred, Lord Tennyson, English poet
Wassail! Wassail! over the town,
Our toast is white, our ale is brown:
Our bowl it is made of the maplin tree,
We be good fellows all: I drink to thee.
Traditional Gloucestershire wassailing song
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The Way of the Witch – Thread and Knot Magic
“In many cultures, threads are seen as being spirit pathways. In the Romanian folklore, it was once believed that a vampire traveled upon the moonlight spun thread of weavers to drink the blood of the sun and moon. This vampire, the Varcolai, would only depart into other celestial spheres if the thread was broken.
Threads have been used to travel, trap, and confuse, as well as a means for energy to travel and move through. I recall this to the spinners and weavers of Fate; the hidden tapestry upon which we are all woven.
The Doms used to hang fishnets over the door to protect against vampires, as it believed that the vampire would spend all of its time counting the knots and become confused with the task.
Even the Cailleach was considered to be a spinner of silver threads. Goddesses in German folklore who also are considered to be spinners include Perchtl and Berchtholda.
Aradia is also considered to be the Mistress of spinners under her epithet of Doamna Zinelor.
Spells of knots are usually placed near the target of the energy for maximum effectiveness. For best results, they are most often worn on the person.”
-House Shadow Drake
Another method of knot tying in witchcraft would be imbuing the knot with the spell, and then either burning or untying it when you wish the spell to be cast or released.