I walked into the study to see nothing but pink outside the window for a moment. There are a lot of shattered clouds to the east and south and that was the color. They quickly changed to an orange, and then faded for a bit. Now they’re edged with white gold above the sunrise. It’s *cold*! 31F! There’s frost on the roof next door and some on the grass. Little vagrant puffs are stirring the clematis, but barely. It’s only supposed to get into the low 40’s today
It was bizarre to walk out of the house under a clear blue sky when it was so cloudy/drippy earlier, yesterday! When we were past the curve of the hill we could see a lot of cloud to the south and west, but none over us. The weirdest part was that it was 36F at the house and 49F at the shop! That’s a big difference! We talked all the way down to the shop about how to get to the shop closer to on time. <sigh> I think we have a plan, but we’ll see.
Tempus and I started talking about windmills while we were doing morning paperwork and Darwinia came in to chat and the three of us talked windmills for quite a while more. We’ve talked about windmills for decades, literally, and Tempus ran across some interesting designs online recently. Also, there’s the Wind Garden at the Freed gallery just south of Lincoln City. There are a bunch of marvelously mobile, spinning sculptures outside the gallery and I keep thinking that something like that could be used to power garden lights.
We got busy for a while. An 1/2 dozen people were in shopping and two of the Sundance group stopped by to get some supplies. They’re doing a *big* event next Saturday (the 19th) by the Bridge Interpretive Center at 2pm. I’ll have more on that later in the week.
I worked on files for a bit, then got a nap while Tempus was sorting some of his stuff, and when I got up we worked on inventory and finished the Divination section. After that we worked on sorting out and cleaning up the classroom and then while Tempus was working in the holiday corner I got the branches that I cut this morning into vases. The table is about 1/2 clean and I should be able to get the rest in the morning.
It was 36f even down by the water as we left the shop at around 7pm. I was too chilly to watch the stars going in, but Orion was bright in the east and Sirius glittering just above the trees. It was below 32F at the house while I was eating supper and it just got colder.
Herbs class this morning is going to be on re-potting starts. We have some small plants and herbs in starter trays that need to be transplanted to something larger. Crystals will be opening the small tumbler, which is on final polish to see what we have and then we’ll sort and discuss. Sewing is “bring-a-project”, but if enough people are interested I’ll start cutting out my jumper from the spider fabric, which will be a demonstration of how to cut out from an extant garment, one without a pattern.
Just a couple of product pictures today. One is the huge quartz scrying crystal that we have at the shop. The other is the Tarot of Marseilles that we have for sale. Both of these are one-of-a-kind items (well, the tarot deck is printed, but I’m never likely to see another at the shop!) The scrying crystal is a natural quartz piece that has been smoothed in one area to make a scrying crystal of it. It’s a stunning piece anyway, but has a good feel to it. Yes, I’ve tried scrying with it and it seems to want to help.
The Tarot of Marseilles is a complete deck with book. There is some minor red-staining on the cover of the original book. Decks like this start at $45 online, so I have it priced at $40.
Today is the anniversary of the day that Charles Perrault was born in 1628. He was the author of many of our best-loved fairy tales such as Sleeping Beauty and Puss in Boots, which he took from folklore and gave them characters and settings that reflected what he saw around him. . He’s often credited with inventing the fairy tales as a literary genre. There more information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Perrault and here: http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/jan12.html with a marvelously annotated version of Sleeping Beauty and links to various books based on the story here: http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/sleepingbeauty/index.html and other tales similar to this one with more links here: http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/sleepingbeauty/other.html
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is New moving to Diana’s Bow at 11:44pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. Phase ends on 1/13 at 11:44pm. 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. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step!
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
Runic half-month of Peorth, 1/13-1/27. Feast of Brewing, Druidic Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.
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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.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible Sa 12 High 12:54 AM 7.7 7:50 AM Rise 8:09 AM 0 12 Low 6:25 AM 2.3 5:00 PM Set 6:40 PM 12 High 12:16 PM 9.4 12 Low 7:10 PM -1.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Do it. Do it right. Do it right now. These are three simple steps to success.
~ You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of. You don’t have charge of the constellations, but you do have charge of whether you read, develop new skills, and take new classes. – Jim Rohn
~ A father is a guy who has snapshots in his wallet where his money used to be. – Unknown
~ A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession. – Albert Camus (1913-1960) French writer, born in Algiers
~ A holding company is a thing where you hand an accomplice the goods while the policeman searches you. – Will Rogers (1879-1935) US actor, humorist
Why should we accept that the “talent” of someone who writes jingles for an advertising agency advertising dog food and gets $100,000 a year is superior to the talent of an auto mechanic who makes $40,000 a year? Who is to say that Bill Gates works harder than the dishwasher in the restaurant he frequents, or that the CEO of a hospital who makes $400,000 a year works harder than the nurse or the orderly in that hospital who makes $30,000 a year? The president of Boston University makes $300,000 a year. Does he work harder than the man who cleans the offices of the university? Talent and hard work are qualitative factors which cannot be measured quantitatively. – Howard Zinn, American historian born on August 24, 1922; Source: ZNet commentary, November 25, 1999
Magick – Imbolc– Beginning of Spring Spell
Imbolc is the Celtic holiday that marks the beginning of spring.
It is ruled by the Goddess of spring, known as Brigit or Brigantia in Ireland, and Bride in Scotland. In Irish myth, the god of the earth Dagda, also known as the “good god,” had three daughters, who were all named Brigit. The first Brigit was the goddess of poetry, the second was the goddess of smithcraft, and the third was the goddess of fire and healing. All three are really aspects of one triple goddess who was associated with the Sun and with fire. On this day Brigit used her flame to rekindle the fire in the earth and assure that plants would have the heat that they need to break through the earth and begin to grow. In ancient times, a woman dressed as Brigit would bless the fires in the households and forges across Ireland. On this day, Brigit’s snake would come out of its mound, and the snake’s behavior would determine how long the remaining frost will last. This is the most likely origin of Groundhog Day. In Christian times, Brigit became a saint associated with the Virgin Mary. Imbolc became the Christian Candlemas, the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is celebrated by lighting candles. A Brigit’s cross is a talisman made of woven reeds that form a cross with a woven square in the center and four equal arms extending out from the center. This design gives the cross a sense of rotation that evokes the wheel of the year. Brigit’s cross should be made or bought on this day and used to protect the home throughout the year. Also on this night one can leave a silk ribbon on the doorstep for Brigit to bless. Later it can be used for healing. – ~Robert Place
Granny’s Musing: Put out food, (cake, buttered bread and milk will do), outside your door: Brighid and her cow walk through the neighborhood tonight, and will appreciate your offering.