Even at noon it’s only 36F. There was frost so thick that it looked like it had snowed even past 10pm. I’m staying in my nice warm study…..
Yesterday we definitely got moving very late. We ran a little short on sleep over this last weekend, so I guess it made sense. Tempus said his route went very well except for some “rattly precipitation”, which didn’t stick. He wasn’t even hitting any ice. The warmest it got all day yesterday was 41F. It went down to at least 26F. He got ice this morning, but none that was scary.
Tempus and I worked on chores after we had breakfast. One part of mine was a lovely fried duck egg thanks to the Duckmeister. Her ducks are laying! Tempus forgot to set up a bread dough until late in the afternoon, but I made up some cream cheese biscuits for a snack rather than a lunch.
Tempus made us a great salad with the last of the turkey. His car is still not running right, but he got it a little farther today.
There have been a lot of birds this morning. Lots of towhees and juncos, but several flickers. I can now identify their chirp, since they sound like a loud sparrow, pitched about a major third lower! I had one standing on the plant stand looking in the window at me and chirping. We’ve also had some jays that keep falling off of the feeder.
Today I have a bit more to do on the newsletters, but also a set of letters to print and then we have esbat tonight.
Last year, as a Yule Gift to all of you I wrote up a description of how I make ornaments out of small books. These are a fun craft. If you start with a small book that suits the person you’re making it for (try bookstores, but the pharmacy across the street from us has ’em in the gift section!) or one with special nostalgic significance, you can have an inexpensive gift (or 6!) in an afternoon. Go to this page: https://ancientlightshop.wordpress.com/our-gift-to-you-tutorials/ Look for this picture and click on the link below the picture (clicking the title will do nothing, clicking the pic will take you only to the pic!)
The local larkspurs, delphinium trollifolium, and delphinium pavonaceum (which the Wiki article says is confined to the Valley, but I’ve collected out here….) are pretty flowers in shade of white, blue and purple. They’re called delphiniums after the shape of the nectary. More here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_trolliifolium and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphinium_pavonaceum Other names are Larksheal and Staggerweed – Feminine, Venus, Water – The flowers frighten away venomous creatures and ghosts. Sprinkle between your eyes and a Litha fire to keep your sight clear. Use in rituals to call upon Dolphin energy.
Today is the feast of St. Barbara. This Virgin, & Martyr was Born in the mid third century somewhere in the Roman Empire and died in early fourth century to late third century, executed by her father for becoming a Christian. Her feast, on December 4 is no longer on Roman Catholic calendar, because they can’t prove she existed. Her symbols are a three-windowed tower, a palm branch, a chalice, or lightning. She is the Patron Saint of prisoners, architects, artillerymen and mathematicians. At various points in history her stories have probably been confused with pagan deities. In many of the Central European countries today, each family member will cut a twig from a tree that blooms and/or fruits. (My grandparents did this every year.) These are put in water in a warm place and the number of blossoms foretell the winter’s weather. The person whose twig blooms the most is said to be the favorite of the Goddess (usually listed as Mary….) More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Barbara
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is New moving to Diana’s Bow at 4:22am. 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. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 12/4 at 4:22am. 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 Full on 12/17 at 1:28am. 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! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 12/7 at 4:22am.
Look for the waxing crescent Moon far lower right of Venus in twilight.
Watch Jupiter’s moon Io gradually disappear into eclipse by Jupiter’s shadow, just off the planet’s western limb, around 10:58 p.m. EST. A small telescope is all you need.
Mercury and Saturn(magnitudes –0.6 and +0.6, respectively) are low in the east-southeast during dawn, to the right of where Comet ISON would have reappeared very low in the first few days of December . The two planets start the week close together and then widen, as Mercury sinks and Saturn moves higher.
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22
Runic half-month of Isa/Is November 28-12 Literally, ‘ice’: a static period. The time of waiting before birth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
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Ruis/Elder, Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH) Celtic tree month of Ruis (Elder) commences (Nov 25 – Dec 22) – Like other Iron Age Europeans, the Celts were a polytheistic people prior to their conversion to (Celtic) Christianity. The Celts divided the year into 13 lunar cycles (months or moons). These were linked to specific sacred trees which gave each moon its name.
Elder or Elderberry (Sambucus) is a genus of fast-growing shrubs or small trees in the family Caprifoliaceae. They bear bunches of small white or cream coloured flowers in the Spring, that are followed by bunches of small red, bluish or black berries. The berries are a very valuable food resource for many birds.
Common North American species include American Elder, Sambucus canadensis, in the east, and Blueberry Elder, Sambucus glauca, in the west; both have blue-black berries.
The common European species is the Common or Black Elder, Sambucus nigra, with black berries.
The common elder (Sambucus nigra L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (33 feet) in damp clearings, along the edge of woods, and especially near habitations. Elders are grown for their blackish berries, which are used for preserves and wine. The leaf scars have the shape of a crescent moon. Elder branches have a broad spongy pith in their centers, much like the marrow of long bones, and an elder branch stripped of its bark is very bone-like. The red elder (S. racemosa L.) is a similar plant at higher elevations; it grows to 5 m (15 feet). Red elder extends its native range to northern North America, and it is cultivated along with other native species, but common elders are seldom seen in cultivation. Elders are in the Honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae).
Ruis – Elder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: Makeup days of the thirteenth Moon
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.
to study this month Straif – Blackthorn Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: SS, Z, ST
Meaning: Resentment; Confusion; Refusing to see the truth
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Always have a plan, and believe in it. Nothing happens by accident.
~ All your dreams can come true…If you have the courage to pursue them. – Walt Disney
~ Self-worth comes from one thing – thinking that you are worthy. – Wayne Dyer
~ The smallest deed is better than the grandest of intention. – Larry Eisenberg
~ Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds. – George Eliot
The agony of breaking through personal limitations is the agony of spiritual growth. Art, literature, myth and cult, philosophy, and ascetic disciplines are instruments to help the individual past his limiting horizons into spheres of ever-expanding realization. As he crosses threshold after threshold, conquering dragon after dragon, the stature of the divinity that he summons to his highest wish increases, until it subsumes the cosmos.. Finally, the mind breaks the bounding sphere of the cosmos to a realization transcending all experiences of form—all symbolizations, all divinities: a realization of the ineluctable void.” Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces
Snow Protection Spell
You will need:
one pinch of salt
one pinch of powdered sugar
pinch of powdered ginger
pinch of powdered cloves
a small pinch of cayenne pepper
snow pattern cotton cloth square
Put the sugar in the bowl, saying and visualizing: “Spirit of Snow, Spirit of Rain, Spirit of Storm and Stormy Sea, please add your power to this spell.”
Add the salt to the bowl, saying: “I charge you with stability.”
Place the peppercorn in bowl, saying: “I charge you with protection.”
Add the cayenne pepper, saying: “I charge you with warmth.”
Add the ginger, saying: “I charge you with protection.”
Add the cinnamon, saying “I charge you with the strength of the roof tree.”
Add the Add the cloves, saying: “I charge you with protection. “
Mix the assembled spices and salt with your fingers and visualize yourself having a safe, healthy, and guarded time. Now transfer the herbs to the center of the cloth square. Fold in half and in half again and sew up the ends. Carry this with you. Make a new charm ever snowy/rainy season.
Household Holiday Protection – November 26th, 2007
Color of the day: Silver Incense of the day: Basil
You’ve already gotten your house ready for winter. The windows are insulated, drafts blocked, appropriate fuel laid in, and so forth. But you hear that cold, cold wind gnawing at the eaves, and you still shiver. So what can you do, magically, to make the house feel warmer? You’ll need a red candle, preferably scented with cinnamon. Light the candle and focus on its flame. Imagine a bubble of red light surrounding your home, and say:
Let the winds
of winter shout
As we shut
them safely out.
Let the winds
of winter wail
For this shield
will never fail.
Let the winds
of winter ride
While we all
stay safe inside.
Blow out the candle and keep it in a safe place through the season.
By: Elizabeth Barrette
Happy Holiday Card Spell – December 3rd, 2007
Color of the day: Gray Incense of the day: Parsley
Every year during the holiday rush, we promise ourselves to start early and avoid the rush, to be more organized about writing and mailing our holiday cards. Now is the time. Gather together your address book, pens, stamps, and holiday cards and sit near some mistletoe, which is very good for achievement and attainment. Light frankincense for a favorable outcome to your holiday card project. Light a yellow candle for clarity and eloquence, and light a pink candle for harmony, friendship, and affection. Fix a cup of Earl Grey tea: the bergamot in the tea will bring you luck and accomplishment in your task. Place your hand over your cards and chant:
In love and more,
speed this chore.
Place your hand over your pens and say:
Write the best words I’ve ever heard.
Then write your cards, and embellish them and the envelopes. Address and stamp them. When all the cards are done, stack them together in a pile. Take a deep breath and send affection through your hands into the cards and say:
Merry meet through the mail, love and greetings to you send.
Be sure to mail them the next day.
By: Gail Wood
Ghosts of Christmas Spell – December 23rd, 2005 – Color of the day: Coral – Incense of the day: Dill
It is appropriate that Larentia, the Roman mother goddess of friendly ghosts, was honored today. Traditionally, December is a time when ghosts are active. All we have to do is think of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to understand this. As the year draws to a close, it is time to honor our ancestral spirits and any friendly spirits that have taken up residence with us. Prepare the following sachet to protect your home and to welcome friendly spirits. In an attractive scrap of fabric tie up a pinch of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, one crushed bay leaf, and a tablespoon of dried orange peel. Tie it up with a green ribbon, and leave it near a window, or put a pinch in an old shoe and leave on your porch —
a place where house spirits frequently dwell. End by lighting a green candle and saying: “Friendly spirits alone are welcome in this place. Come in peace, or come not at all. As I will, so mote it be.”
By: James Kambos